Hunting & Fishing

Bowhunter June 2019 - Gear Special

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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10 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
a dose of honesty

AS YOU STROLL through the pages of this issue, our annual Gear Special, I would like you to understand the purpose of our effort here. First, this issue came to be years ago when the usual eight issues of Bowhunter Magazine were expanded to nine. In a sense, the Gear Special is a “bonus” issue that has become part of our annual schedule. The purpose of this issue needs occasional clarification — and a dose of honesty. First of all, we make no attempt to rate or rank bowhunting products in any kind of head-to-head manner. You won’t find any “Best Of,” or “Top 10” articles that call out one product as better than another. There are several reasons for that. To start with, the performance of most bowhunting products is highly…

1 min.

PUBLISHER Jeff Waring EDITORIAL STAFF EDITOR Curt Wells ART DIRECTOR Mark Olszewski ASSISTANT EDITOR Brian Fortenbaugh EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Sally Burkey FIELD EDITORS CONSERVATION Dr. Dave Samuel EQUIPMENT Tony J. Peterson HUNTING Dwight Schuh TECHNICAL Joe Bell TRADITIONAL Fred Eichler CONTRIBUTORS Chuck Adams•Joe Blake•Chuck Denault• Jeff Frey•Cameron R. Hanes•Donald M. Jones• Larry D. Jones•Judy Kovar•Lon Lauber• Pat Lefemine•Frank Noska•Matt Palmquist• John Solomon•Dan Staton•Randy Ulmer• John “Lefty” Wilson•C.J. Winand ADVERTISING SALES ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Danny Farris (719) 338-9781; daniel.farris@outdoorsg.com ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Jeff Millar (717) 695-8081; jeff.millar@outdoorsg.com ADVERTISNG SALES REP Mark Thiffault (720) 630-9863; mark.thiffault@outdoorsg.com PRODUCTION MANAGER Brittany Kennedy (717) 695-8089; brittany.kennedy@outdoorsg.com COORDINATOR Leah Jaroh (717) 695-8087; leah.jaroh@outdoorsg.com ENDEMIC AD SALES NATIONAL ENDEMIC SALES Jim McConville (440) 791-7017 WESTERN REGION Hutch Looney hutch@hlooney.com NATIONAL AD SALES ACCOUNT DIRECTOR – DETROIT OFFICE Kevin Donley (248) 798-4458 NATIONAL ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE – CHICAGO OFFICE Carl Benson (312) 955-0496 DIRECT RESPONSE ADVERTISING/NON-ENDEMIC Anthony Smyth (914) 693-8700…

7 min.
like a dart

AS I GET OLDER, I find that I care less and less about big critters and more about so many other aspects of any given hunt. One aspect in particular, is how good of a shot I take — and make. When I think back on last season, for example, the deer that are the most pleasurable to recall are those that I hit perfectly, or perfect enough to result in sub-100-yard blood trails. The ones that make me cringe are the shots where I didn’t hit right where I was aiming, or I didn’t aim right where I should have. It happens, but my goal every year is to make this as rare an occurrence as I can. This starts with only taking shots where I have 100% confidence that I’m…

10 min.
level up

TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY? That is the yearly bow question. Some folks argue that the refresh cycle on new bows should span several presidential administrations, while others hand their credit card over to purchase a new rig almost as a yearly ritual. The rest of us fall somewhere in between. And, we base our decisions on many factors. Cost is an obvious biggie, and it’s no secret that you can drop some serious coin on a new bow. To that I say, life is full of products begging for your money, and while new sofas and landscaping and whatever else you desire are nice, few purchases are as fun as a new bow. Technology will also factor in, because every year bow manufacturers are bound to create something that we’ve never…

10 min.
just 10 more yards

IN MY NECK of southeast Colorado, the sage-dappled plains stretch to the horizon. Hills, plateaus, and red-rock canyons pop up here and there, but for the most part the terrain is open and flat. The good news is this vast acreage is rich in game. Pronghorns thrive on the golden prairies, mule deer lurk in the heavy sagebrush, and pockets of elk and bears can be found in the snaking canyonlands. The problem is that getting bowhunting-close to critters is tough in open country, and shots at game often stretch beyond those typically found in the whitetail woods. This calls for specific gear items that aid in deflating a pair of prairie lungs. And because I find myself 20' up a hardwood tree as often as I find myself inching across…

9 min.

MY BLIND was brushed into a patch of poplar saplings and gray dogwoods. The dogwood berries were ripe, and legions of songbirds flitted their way through in waves to munch on the seasonal buffet. The tiny movements and noises were nonstop, and I suppose that’s why I’d zoned out and wasn’t paying attention as well as I should have been. As is so often the case, my brain registered something bigger walking through the grass and leaves only a few seconds before something bigger did indeed walk in. The doe stepped in front of my blind, looked my way for a second, then walked straight away. A fawn followed, then another. Although they were maybe eight or nine yards away when they walked in, I never had a real shot opportunity. The…