Bowhunter March 2019

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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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United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
US$ 23,94
9 Números

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3 min.
take care of yourself

YEARS AGO, I was riding a kneeboard behind a boat when I spun around to skim along backwards. Then, I had a sudden thought — If I crash, I could dislocate both shoulders! I immediately let go of the pull rope, and that was the last time I rode a kneeboard. I slalom-skied at the age of 60, but that was risky. And I quit riding a mountain bike because of the danger of crash-landing on my shoulder. Can’t take chances like that. Accidents happen quickly and unexpectedly. My brother-in-law once reached out of a slow-moving car, grabbed a twig on a tree, and dislocated his shoulder. Hunting Editor Dwight Schuh slipped going down a mountain and put his hand back to catch himself and damaged his shoulder. Another friend of…

4 min.
between bowhunters

KEEP IT SIMPLE Dear Bowhunter, I have seen firsthand how many young people with an interest in the outdoors have been turned off by the inordinate detail that complicates our Wisconsin state regulations. This may not seem oppressive to us old-timers because the changes and details have developed over time. We also understand the scientific logic behind many of these regulations. However, for the new participants it is akin to studying math by going directly to calculus. Instead of recognizing this dilemma, our state is citing the science behind the increasingly detailed regulations, and touting their personal perception that it increases the quality of the outdoor experience. The potential new customers are not seeing it the same way and they appear to be quickly losing interest as a result. The September/October issue of…

6 min.
boots on the ground

FOOT HUNTING has always been my favorite. I grew up chasing blacktail deer in the rugged hills of Northern California, where taking any kind of stand would have been a joke. Animals were too scarce and wandered too randomly to make ambushing them an option. So, I started honing my bowhunting skills at an early age with boots on the ground. Stand-hunting can certainly be lethal on a few of our continent’s 29 species of big game. I have shot more than a dozen pronghorns from pit blinds beside water, many whitetail deer from treestands and ground blinds, and more than one elk near seeps or springs. But given a choice, I prefer stalking or still-hunting. Hunting on foot can be deadly on a wide variety of animals in a host…

1 min.
big game hunting tip

How To Stalk Silently Wild animals have incredible ears. They can hear a pin drop, and instantly recognize natural versus dangerous sounds. Quiet footwear is essential for sneaking up on game. Of course, you must pick your walking routes to avoid the worst of leaves, twigs, and pebbles. But well-chosen, soft-soled boots flex with underfoot debris and let you feel your way across the ground. Some archers remove their boots to stalk, but I’ve found this unnecessary when I wear the right footwear to begin with. If you cannot depress a boot sole at least1/8 inch with your thumb, it is too hard for quiet walking. Neoprene, chain-tread or air-bob pac soles, and gum rubber are all great. Hard rubber and Vibram are not. Clothing, the uppers on boots, and daypacks must also be…

7 min.
gear fallacies

THERE ARE MANY fallacies in life, and certainly in archery as well. You know, things that archers perceive to be true based on industry hype and marketing claims. The worst of these misconceptions surround the compound bow and accessory market. It’s the same year in and year out: Buy this new bow, arrow, sight, or release, and you’ll maximize your results. Unfortunately, this simply is not always the case. Good gear is precious, and every archer must sift through the details to come up with the best of the best. But just because it’s newer, lighter, faster, smoother, etc. does not mean it’s somehow better, especially for a specific archer and his or her unique bowhunting needs. In this column, I’ve listed four common misunderstandings that often muddy the waters in choosing…

6 min.
wine vs. milk

IF YOU HAVE READ some of my columns over the years, you may have caught the fact that I’ve had a few issues with my shoulders. I have been shooting a bow for about 40 years, and sometimes I can feel it. A few horse spills and pulled muscles hasn’t helped matters. I also never took the break from shooting my bow, or throwing and stacking haybales, that was suggested by a specialist for a quicker recovery. His actual comment was to give it a rest so I could heal, but I just never found time to do that. Too many things I wanted to do, or needed to do, and they all required my shoulders doing stuff. I started experimenting with lighter draw weight longbows and recurves. The longbow seemed to…