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Bowhunter April/May 2018

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
Língua:
English
Editora:
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
Periodicidade:
Monthly
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2 minutos
kids and turkeys

DARKNESS was losing its grip against the gray light of dawn, and from their perch high in the cottonwoods the gobblers, jakes, and hens voiced their approval of the night’s demise. Soft yelps were followed by loud gobbles. A turkey simply cannot gobble softly. Then a distant crow called to his gang, and a dozen scattered gobblers talked back. That’s when I noticed our ground blind was vibrating. It was my 14-year-old grandson, Carson. “Why are you shaking already,” I asked. “I can’t help it. This is so awesome,” chattered Carson. With a proud, gratified smile hidden beneath my facemask, I sat quietly absorbing the moment. The ambient sights and sounds came at me from the outside, but on the inside I was overcome with memories. This was Carson’s eighth turkey hunt. He…

3 minutos
between bowhunters

READER DISAPPROVES OF BAITING Dear Bowhunter , I’ve been a Bowhunter subscriber on and off since 1980. I felt compelled to write a while back when I read an article in your magazine bemoaning the fact that Arizona had passed a law banning the use of bait, and how difficult that would make it for outfitters and their clients to harvest a Coues deer. After reading Curt Wells’ Editorial, “Hunt Right; Hunt Fair Chase,” in your Jan/Feb 2018 issue, I will now offer an opinion. I’ve been hunting Coues deer in Arizona for 20 years now. I’ve taken one with the bow and two with a firearm. Not a very good success rate. But, the satisfaction rate is through the roof! My point is that having read many books on Theodore Roosevelt (Founder of…

2 minutos
keys to concealment

TURKEYS WITHOUT A BLIND HUNTING TURKEYS with a bow is a challenge. Heck, hunting turkeys with any weapon is a challenge. That’s why so many people become obsessed with hunting them every spring. For bowhunters, the biggest obstacle to overcome is getting drawn on a gobbler without getting busted. This is made infinitely easier by the use of pop-up ground blinds with darkened interiors designed to hide your movements. However, you can consistently fill your tag without a commercial blind. If you do go blind-less, make sure you are wearing a good spring camouflage pattern. My go-to pattern happens to be Mossy Oak Obsession, which is built on a background of mottled tree bark and features limbs, leaves, bark, branches and other digitally enhanced natural elements, plus shadowing, color tones, and an…

5 minutos
double whammy on pronghorns

IF YOU HAVE EVER driven an interstate highway in Wyoming, you have probably been amazed at the number of pronghorn antelope along the way. The Cowboy State harbors thousands of “prairie goats,” including some truly impressive bucks. Southwestern states like New Mexico and Arizona enjoy a reputation for giant pronghorns, and the very largest are usually taken in those milder-weather places. But last time I checked, Wyoming had produced more record-book antelope than any other state. If you want a Pope and Young or Boone and Crockett pronghorn, with hordes of animals to choose from, Wyoming is impossible to beat. I am a lucky guy, because I live in the heart of Wyoming pronghorn country. So, it was no mistake that I was hiking the sagebrush hills just last September in search…

7 minutos
little things

I FOR ONE BELIEVE that in life and in archery, it’s the little things that count for a lot. Solid “building blocks” such as quality gear, a bow that fits you correctly, and tackle that operates reliably, certainly make up foundational items necessary for consistent shooting. However, to reach new heights of proficiency — otherwise known as hair-splitting accuracy — making a few small steps here and there can make a tremendous difference. A great example can be found in a bow I recently tuned and prepared for the field. Out of the box, this bow felt great. It drew nice and tuned quickly. All in all, it was a solid-shooting setup, delivering relatively tight groups in short order. I could certainly kill animals with it. However, accuracy wise, it didn’t…

4 minutos
quick tune for traditional gear

IT ALWAYS SURPRISES ME how many traditional shooters have poor arrow flight and loud bows. It’s pretty easy to tune a traditional bow, but there are more adjustments than people realize that will improve arrow flight and quiet a stickbow down. Here are some basics I’ve learned over the years that will help you get your recurve or longbow shooting its best. SETTING BRACE HEIGHT Each bow has a sweet spot that deserves to be found. Start with the manufacturer’s recommended brace height, then adjust the brace height an eighth of an inch at a time up to an inch above and below the suggested measurement. You will know when you are at the perfect brace height for your bow and your shooting style when the bow is the quietest. It’s as…