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Bowhunter January/February 2019

Bowhunter brings you expert advice from legendary Bowhunters! Each issue is filled with updates from major bowhunting organizations, coverage of bowhunting locations across North America, complete coverage of the sport and much more.

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English
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KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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3 min.
locked out? well, stand up.

MORE THAN A FEW TIMES over my nearly four decades of bowhunting I’ve had to deal with the reality of “landlocked” public land. Years ago, when I began my obsession with elk, I regularly had to skip around the checkerboard of private and public land in Montana’s Crazy Mountains. This past September, I encountered another version of this problem on a DIY elk hunt in Colorado. We could see elk on a distant saddle, but to access the BLM land we had to cross private land. We could not get permission to do so. Our only option was a route so lengthy that we could not have recovered an animal before it spoiled in the 85-degree temps. There was no “reasonable” access. The private landowners were “saving” my land for their…

2 min.
keys to concealment

LATE IS GREAT! AS THE RUT WINDS DOWN, change your tactics to match changing conditions in the field. Mid-November marks a time of transition in the whitetail world. Most oes have been bred, so rut activity is winding down. Deciduous trees and shrubs are dropping their leaves, and many food sources freeze, causing deer to concentrate on new feeds. As these changes take place, so must your hunting tactics. Once does get bred and disperse from traditional breeding areas, sign can be deceptive. Every year in Idaho I find dozens of scrapes in one small area, and early in the season it’s a hub of activity. Not so later. The sign remains, luring hunters to set up there. But by mid-November, the bucks are gone. And so must hunters be by switching focus from…

4 min.
between bowhunters

A SIMPLE FIX Dear Bowhunter , In reference to your November/December 2018 Editorial about “whitetail hunting pet peeves,” not only does my bow moving on my bow hanger bug me, so does the amount of time it takes to screw in the bow hanger and other hangers for my backpack and quiver. To combat these problems, I came up with a little homemade rig. I’m sure I’m not the first to do this, but it works great. Using zip ties, I attached a couple of J hooks that I bought at the hardware store to an old strap from one of my Summit tree-stands. I covered the hooks with camo duct tape to eliminate any noise and reflection. It’s a simple but effective rig, and the only hard part about making it…

6 min.
big elk in tennis shoes

My wife does not shoot a bow, but she is a great cheerleader when we go on hunting trips. She also loves the outdoors and often takes photos of animals while I’m sneaking in another part of the woods. “I SAW A REALLY GOOD ELK this morning,” I told Greta when we met for lunch at the pickup. “The rack was narrow, but the tines were massive and long, with a seventh point on one side.” “That bull bugled below me,” I continued. “He sounded big, so I hustled down the draw. He was cruising fast, and I never caught up. Two miles later, I got one good look when he topped a ridge. Then he shut up, and I lost him.” It was early September 2018, and I finally had another Montana…

1 min.
three a’s for animal accuracy

Bowhunters argue a lot about ethical shooting distance, but what I call the “Three A’s for Animal Accuracy” are equally important but often ignored. First, you need to evaluate animal attitude. If your target is tense and suspicious, or looking directly at you, the animal is likely to jump the bowstring and duck the arrow or take a bad hit. You need to wait for a shot at a relaxed, unsuspecting critter. Second, be sure you have a clear shooting alley to prevent a deflected arrow and a miss or crippling shot. It is sometimes possible to shoot through a thin screen of grass, but any stiff weeds, bushes, or tree limbs will almost certainly ruin your day. Third, wait for a proper animal angle. Quartering-away is best for full access to the…

6 min.
brace height fight

I’VE SPENT A CONSIDERABLE amount of time testing bows—not so much in a lab or controlled shooting environment but out in the woods or mountains while hunting and stump-shooting. As the years have gone by, I’ve seen an array of engineering techniques used to make bows faster, smoother, and more accurate. My conclusion is this: A bow is a system and one single detail won’t make the bow better compared to the next one. Instead, the bow’s features, including the shape of the riser, its balance and geometry, and its overall feel in terms of how it draws and anchors, is what determines how well a bow performs. Nevertheless, brace height remains a critical bow spec, and for good reason. Here are the reasons why: Brace height has the ability to negatively or…