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4 Tips for Youth Bowhunters

Getting a young person involved in archery and bowhunting can be highly rewarding. Passing on our knowledge and passion as bowhunters to future generations is what keeps the sport alive. Many who have experienced it will tell you that helping a young hunter harvest his or her first animal with...


Why Crossbows Are Good for Hunting

Crossbows. The mere mention of the word can stir a heated debate in any hunt camp or club. I had listened to the debates before, but I'm not one to take sides until I actually learn the truth for myself. All I can say is that during my first crossbow...


How to Become an Endurance Bowhunter

With a bulldog tenacity and drive that rivals that of any elite athlete, Cameron Hanes is shattering the preconceived image of the hunter. He’s the poster boy for the new extreme outdoorsman, running ultra marathons and training in the most hostile conditions so he can improve his odds afield. Svelte,...


The Body of a Bowhunter

When first reading this phrase some 10 or more years ago, it immediately held special meaning to me. These few sentences perfectly sum up what I live to do -- bowhunt the West's most rugged and remote backcountry for trophy-class animals. The challenge of getting within bow range of big,...


3 Tips for Shooting 3D Archery Tournaments

A slight click resonates as the arrow knocks. A smooth draw brings the 20-yard pin up to rest on the target. An inhale of breath clears the mind. An exhale steadies the limbs. Seconds later, the slightest pressure of the release sends the arrow downrange. It center punches the 12...


5 Archery Tips for Instant Results

No archer achieves a state of absolute perfection. There are too many steps in a complicated process and too many details to juggle during each shot. Even the archer with perfect coaching and perfect shooting form must deal with the mental aspects of shooting a bow. You can master the...


8 Tips for Bowhunting Deer from a Ground Blind

Bowhunting is a serious challenge . It’s not easy. Nothing about it is. That’s why you must cross your t’s and dot your i’s in order to ensure success. As with all things deer hunting, there is no silver bullet for success. It’s about all of the little things you...


What’s the Best Fletching for Bowhunting?

Walk into any archery pro shop and look at the arrows that are available, you’ll notice nearly all of them are fletched with the same type of vane. The 2-inch Blazer Vane has become the industry standard for good reason, its short stature makes it more forgiving in windy conditions...


Can You Trust Angle Compensating Rangefinders?

Before laser rangefinders were common place in the hunting world, bowhunters had to rely on their ability to judge distance on the fly. Fortunately, todays archers not only have access to rangefinders but models that read and automatically adjust for angle. These modern rangefinders contain small electronic processors that run...


How to Bowhunt Turkeys from a Ground Blind

Bowhunting turkeys is a fine art. And bowhunting them from a ground blind is, too. It isn’t easy. But nothing worth doing ever is. That’s why we’ve got a step-by-step list of the things you should do in order to be successful. 1. Locate turkeys. Decide where the most likely...


7 Mistakes Rookie Bowhunters Make

Bowhunting is no easy task. It takes practice. It requires effort. It’s a skill that slowly develops over time. So naturally, everyone learns a lot through trial and error. We learn from our mistakes. And these seven rookie blunders have cost everyone sometime or another. And if they haven’t cost...


5 Tips to Kill More Turkeys on the Ground with a Bow

Bowhunting turkeys has been around for a very long time. But a load of No. 5s upside the head is still the preferred method by most. And rightfully so. There’s nothing quite like seeing a turkey’s head roll. That said, there are a lot of people getting into bowhunting turkeys...


8 Archery Mistakes: Reasons You’re Bad with a Bow

Archery is a touchy skill. It doesn’t take much to miss the mark. A twist of the wrist here. An inconsistent anchor point there. It’s easy to get out of rhythm. There are an infinite number of mistakes you can make as an archer. But the two key components of...


5 Truths of Bowhunting Hogs

When it comes to the subject of hunting and patterning wild hogs , there is much conjecture as to what is fact and what is fiction. The sport of hog hunting has grown much during the past decade, and to those of us deeply involved with the sport, it is...


How to Shoot a Bow in High Winds

In different parts of the country, the same word or phrase can have a very different meaning. In some places a soft drink is a soda, others a pop and to some simply a Coke. When we describe weather conditions the same principle applies. “Hot” means something entirely different in...


How to Shoot Uphill and Downhill

The world isn’t flat, as mankind believed before Christopher Columbus discovered the New World, nor is it perfectly round — at least from the perspective of bowhunters faced with an important shot at mountain game, or from elevated positions. The Earth’s surface is an irregular juxtaposition of topographical ups and...


How to Spot and Stalk a Hog

Since hogs roam most frequently in the early morning and late evening hours and then disappear quickly once the sun begins bearing down on their thick, fatty layers, you can’t dawdle. Don’t hunt these animals like deer, but more like elk, as you’re trying to intercept them on the move...


How to Shoot a Bow without a Release

Twenty years ago, shooting a compound bow with a fingers tab was the norm and not the exception. Today, of course, the tables have turned. Visit any archery range or 3D competition and the “limited” fingers class is pretty small, sometimes only three or four guys making up the group...


10 Ways to Maximize Your Bow’s Performance

The way I see it, bow proficiency boils down to two important components: proper shooting form and outstanding bow setup. By exploring certain steps for making your rig more forgiving and accurate, you have the opportunity to become a better archer and hunter . 1. Optimize Your Cam System We...


8 Advanced Rangefinder Skills Bowhunters Need to Know

Judging range has always been a big part of archery. Arrows, even from the fastest compound bows, travel in arching paths. Misjudged range has probably caused more misses than all other factors. Then came affordable laser rangefinders, which are now standard-issue gear for modern bowhunters. And misses disappeared. Yeah, right...


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