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How to Shoot a Compound without a Release

Finger shooting is rapidly fading from popularity. Something I find difficult to understand. The numbers I saw on a recent New Archery Products' website survey suggest from 75 to 80 percent of bowhunters now employ release aids. Compound bows are growing shorter every year, the average now running around 32-...


Fact or Fiction: The Post Velvet Whitetail Lull

My big plans for a velvet white-tailed buck fell through again. I had some nice bucks on camera but uncooperative weather -- ill winds mostly -- permitted limited stand time. My best stand was also being haunted by a cougar (a young calf was killed nearby), and that didn't help...


The New Barnett Droptine XT Crossbow in Realtree Original

Users of all skill levels will benefit from the Barnett Droptine XT Realtree Crossbow's safety and performance features. The pass-through grip with finger reminders keeps your hands safely positioned, and you can rely on the Anti-Dry Fire trigger system and Soft-Lok arrow retainer for additional peace of mind. It also...


Gear Review: The Trophy Ridge React H5

One of the most important pieces of the compound bow puzzle is the sight. It’s hard to be very accurate without it. And you need a product you can rely on. That’s why we recently reviewed the React H5 by Trophy Ridge . Did it live up to the Trophy...


Man Accidentally Shoots Himself in Chest with Crossbow

One young man is extremely lucky to be alive after accidentally shooting himself in the chest with a crossbow. CBC News reports the 19-year-old from Tweed, Ontario, is recovering in the hospital after accidentally discharging his crossbow last Monday morning, firing the arrow straight through his chest. Emergency crews and...


Bow Review: The 2017 Hoyt Pro Defiant

Today’s compound bow industry is a competitive market. There are numerous bow manufacturers making great bows. That’s good and bad for the consumer. It’s good because more competition leads to lower prices and plenty of good options. It’s bad because it can be much more difficult to choose one when...


How to Bowhunt Early Season Mountain Mule Deer

Bowhunters will soon head into the high country in search of velvet-antlered mule deer. During early bow seasons, the biggest Rocky Mountain mule deer inhabit the highest timberline elevations. Such open habitat makes long-range glassing extremely rewarding, but also adds a high degree of challenge to stalking endeavors. Arriving with...


The Best Setup for Bowhunting Elk

For me, the annual highlight of archery elk edges out the November whitetail rut for sheer bowhunting enthusiasm. There's something about elk. They're big and wear a lot of bone, but there's more to it than this; a gregarious nature, majestic terrain and the proactive hunting style (no sitting for...


The Best Broadhead and Arrow to Make Your Bow An All-Game Rig

By: Patrick Meitin Just for fun let's pretend you've won a cosmic lottery allowing you to shoot a wide variety of game this coming season, all expenses paid, including the combination of arrows and broadheads best suited to each big-game animal. The only stipulation is you must use a single...


Ways to Fine Tune Your Bow

By: Patrick Meitin If your still with me in this journey to a perfectly tuned bow outfit you have only a few details to complete to create a hunting-deadly bow. Beyond basic sighting you might want to take a closer look at the sight system you currently use and whether...


The Best Setup for Bowhunting Turkeys

By: Patrick Meitin "How should I set up for bowhunting turkeys?" This is a question I'm asked. Here are my thoughts: I generally shun short bows whether they're compound or traditional. But when the subject turns to turkeys I lighten up on that conviction. This is directly related to how...


World Event Displays Archery’s Appeal

Almost 5,000 youngsters recently illustrated archery’s growing popularity and bright future. The National Archery in the Schools Program’s 2015 World Tournament, held July 22 through 25 in Nashville, Tenn., attracted student shooters from across the globe, including Canada, Namibia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. According to...


Bow-Up Against Breast Cancer 3-D Archery Tournament Raises $100,000 for Breast Cancer Research

I’m a firm believer God answers prayers, especially selfless ones. This past weekend, I had the honor of seeing one man's prayer answered while attending the 4th Annual Bow-Up Against Breast Cancer 3-D Archery Tournament held at the Cullman Archery Park in Alabama. Cameron Mitchell, the heart and brains behind...


Is Lars Andersen a New Level of Archer or a Simple Trickster?

I’d like to preface this blog by saying, please don’t try the dangerous tricks you see in this video at home. At least don’t try the one where the archer stands in the path of a fired arrow and catches it in midflight, or the one where he shoots an...


Save the Rack

The opening of archery season across much of the country isn’t the only thing that makes the month of October special. Realtree and Bow-Up Against Breast Cancer would like to remind everyone that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Please join with Realtree to support this annual campaign to increase...


On the Eve of Deer Season

The kid was about 14, and for the first time, under his dad’s supervision, he’d set his own treestand in an area he’d found himself. Truthfully, he didn’t know just how good of a funnel he’d found for a morning hunt – it was a strip of timber that narrowed...


Realtree.com's new Kinetic Energy and Momentum Calculator Unveiled

What is it that drives an arrow through a deer's rib cage? Is it the cam designed by a team of engineers, carved from a solid hunk of aluminum billet on a multi-million dollar CNC machine? Or is it the design of the bow limbs and riser, each painstakingly detailed...


My Kids Test Out the New Easton Beginner Recurve Bow

My 10-year-old son, Ethan, had been begging me for a recurve bow for several months. So, when the package containing two Easton 2014 Beginner Bows arrived on my door steps, I literally had to push him, as well as his curious siblings, back as I pulled the bows out of...


5 Ways to Increase Arrow Penetration

When I first started bowhunting, the legal minimum draw weight was 40 pounds. Draw-weight restrictions have long since been lifted here, as well as in many other areas. Today’s top-notch equipment allows a bowhunter more ways than brute draw weight to get the penetration required for a lethal shot. Anyone...


How Deadly Are Modern Crossbows?

I shot my first crossbow about 10 years ago. The bow was on loan from a buddy, and I’d intended to take it turkey hunting. A few shots on the range convinced me otherwise. Not only was the thing loud, heavy, and cumbersome as a tuba horn, it was wildly...


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