Bowhunting. It makes the world go 'round for those who love to chase game with stick and string. That "strang" music coming off the bow is what we live to hear. And oh how sweet a sound it is. Because of that, we work hard to produce bowhunting content that both educates and entertains those who join in the virtual Realtree.com tailgate party. And these were your favorite posts of 2018.
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 downs, terrain peaks and troughs, hillsides and gully bottoms. What this means is eventually the average bowhunters will find themselves shooting up at a target, or down, sometimes at angles that are quite steep. On technically flat ground, say Kansas or Colorado’s Eastern Plains, bowhunters disrupt this carefully ironed ground by climbing into tall cottonwoods, windmills or haystacks to get above it all, lifting our presence and scent above the astute eyes and noses of big game animals, especially the white-tailed deer. This also creates a situation where we’re shooting down on our quarry from above. And that's when people often make mistakes . . . continue reading . . .
What to Know About Low-Poundage Bowhunting
The Tennessee rain finally relents, giving way to a cobweb haze at the base of a Cumberland Mountain foothill. Michelle shed her rain coat long ago, and as we stand behind the massive white oak, I can see water droplets trickling down her neck from under a blond ponytail. Some of that is from the humidity. But some of it is from fear of the two 300-pound hogs approaching us. Shielding ourselves behind the oak, their guttural grunts get progressively louder and closer. Soon we can hear air rushing through their nostrils as they sniff the ground for acorns. Michelle killed a button buck with her bow two weeks ago; it was the first time she’d ever drawn on an animal. But either of these pigs outweighs the little deer by more than 200 pounds . . . continue reading . . .
18 Tips for Stalking Deer with a Bow
Stalking deer is a serious business. Slipping up on an animal that can smell you from 400 yards, see you from 3/4 of a mile and hear the slightest snap of a twig is tricky business. It takes real skill to accomplish this sort of thing. And that’s why we’re giving you our top 18 tips for getting close to big game on the ground . . . continue reading . . .
Compound Archery: The Parts of the Compound Bow
Archery wasn’t very popular (relatively speaking) not too long ago. But today, archery is taking the country, and the world, by storm. Anti-hunters and non-hunters are even taking up the storied heritage of archery. And it’s helping add numbers to our ranks each and every day. But regardless of your background with the outdoors, if you want to learn the working parts of the compound bow, follow along as we show them to you and explain the different components that make a bow what it is . . . continue reading . . .
5 Great New Bows for 2018
It’s that time of year. Everyone is waiting on deer season, prepping for fall, and shooting their bow. We’re all excited for what’s to come later. But we can get excited about all of the new bows on the market right now. Here are some of the models that are creating a buzz this summer . . . continue reading . . .
ATA Show: New Broadheads for 2018
Broadheads aren’t just the business ends of the arrows we send downrange. They’re also very innovative products that bowhunters get very passionate about. Whether it’s mechanical or fixed-blade broadheads, 100-grain or 125-grain options, or any other variation of this product type, people have their preferences. And here we’ve revealed some of the latest and greatest in the world of pointy metal objects . . . continue reading . . .
10 Top Bowfishing Hot Spots
What’s the best bowfishing spot in the country? That depends on what you’re after. Is it quality or quantity? Are you willing to put in the time for a single big gator gar or paddlefish? Or do you want to shoot 100 jumping carp in a day?
The best places to enjoy bowfishing vary as widely as the fish you might be shooting. This list covers lakes, rivers and coastlines across the country that offer outstanding bowfishing opportunities for a variety of species. No doubt, someone’s favorite waters were overlooked in this list. If so, leave a comment and tell us where it is . . . continue reading . . .
5 Great Women’s Bows for 2018
Bowhunting is increasingly becoming more popular. Another thing becoming more of a mainstream thing — women and hunting. It’s not just a man’s game anymore. And that’s a good thing. Women are flocking to the outdoor lifestyle and the gear reflects that. There are numerous great compound bow models available on the market for 2018. Here are five of the best options . . . continue reading . . .
How to Make an Old Bow New Again
Do you need a new bow, or just a few upgrades to the one you already own? It’s interesting to note equipment we thought cutting edge just five years ago is suddenly rendered obsolete with the introduction of new technology. I guess some believe that failing to keep up with the Jones’ makes their old compound bow somehow less-lethal. Yet you might have found yourself pinching pennies and doing without. This is especially true of major new-gear purchases. Not to worry. Your old bow’s probably fine; after all it got the job done when first purchased, right? More encouraging, your “old” bow can likely be brought up to speed by replacing less-expensive accessories instead of the entire bow . . . continue reading . . .
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 ring. You remain in the lead; on to the next target. Three-dimensional archery tournaments have always been a popular choice among sportsmen. Today, that tradition continues. More and more, individuals are turning to the thrills that the course provides. Here are a few key ways to improve your odds this tournament season . . . continue reading . . .
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