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Bowhunter June / Gear 2017

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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3 minutos
50 years of compounding

HIS NAME WAS HOLLESS WILBUR ALLEN. And he changed bowhunting forever. It was the mid-60s when Allen removed the limb tips of a recurve and fashioned a pulley system to it. The goal was to increase arrow speed — not to create letoff. He struggled with several designs until it dawned on him to position the axle hole in the limb-tip pulley off-center. That did it. The bow was fast, and the draw weight at full draw was reduced by 15%. Allen applied for a patent in 1966, and after bow manufacturers of the day turned him away he teamed up with Tom Jennings in 1967, 50 years ago this year, and started commercially manufacturing compound bows. The rest, as they say, is history. Only 13 years old at the time, I…

6 minutos
well aimed

I’VE WRITTEN several times on the debilitating levels of buck fever I used to deal with when trying to keep it together on a big game animal. The best step I took to alleviate that affliction was to dumb down my sight to include a single pin. That decluttered sight window did wonders for my success, and I got hooked. In fact, it worked so well that I really experience only remnants of the buck fever that once caused me to miss an embarrassing amount of critters. It has gotten to the point where in the last few years I’ve been trying out, and hunting, with multi-pin sights again. This has reminded me of something that I sometimes forget — you’ll never know how much you like a sight until you…

1 minutos
keys to concealment

“TAKE YOUR PICK!” That’s standard advice when first-time bear hunters ask what method I’d suggest for making their bucket-list dream come true. The fact is there are four tested choices available for any dreamer’s consideration: hunting over bait, using trained bear hounds, spot and stalk, and calling bruins with predator calls. I know. I’ve tried ‘em all since arrowing my first black bear in 1971. Dozens of subsequent hunts taught me each technique offers challenges, thrills, and unforgettable memories galore. Waiting for long hours in treestands or ground blinds near bait requires patience aplenty and buns of steel. Following baying hounds on foot is physically demanding, with strong legs and lungs mandatory. Still-hunting through prime bear country — glassing clearcuts, berry patches, or shorelines — can be effective in locating stalkable…

1 minutos
product spotlight

If you are in the market for a new bow that is quiet, smooth-shooting, and also gives you the ability to micro-tune every aspect of it, then look no further than the Bowtech Reign 6 ($1,049). You’ll love the new riser and cam design, not to mention the new Outrigger™ counterweight system, which offsets the weight of your bow’s accessories for better balance. Bowtech’s PowerShift Technology Flip Disc™ and Micro Sync Dial™ provides a customizable draw cycle and detailed fine-tuning for this 32 5/8" tack driver. And, as you would expect from Bowtech, the Reign 6 has the company’s ultra-efficient OverDrive™ Binary cams. The Reign 6 has a 6" brace height, a draw-length range of 24"–30", and is capable of speeds up to 350 fps. It’s available in peak draw…

11 minutos
the plunge

I WAS HALFWAY through a brutal elk hunt when I realized that the draw stop on my bow’s top cam was sheared clean off. I took a few practice shots in camp, and everything seemed to be working fine. With 19 hours of solo drive time to ponder eating an elk tag and the hunt overall, I wondered how important that little piece of my bow really was. After I returned home, I spent a few days catching up and shooting. I shot that bow several times out to 50 yards and it functioned perfectly, so I brought it along on a public-land whitetail hunt in South Dakota. After striking out opening morning, I scrambled to hang a stand over a pond for my afternoon hunt. I was sweating, swatting flies, and…

12 minutos
intimate knowledge

TAKE A LOOK at your social media feed over the last couple of seasons, and you’ll see a pattern emerge. The same few friends are the ones who consistently take big bucks. It’s not that these guys and gals are just lucky, or have access to the perfect property (although the latter certainly helps). Hunters who have a wall full of trophies don’t just slap up a stand and hope a deer appears. Instead, they are almost always the people who put in the work all year long, and a big part of that effort is scouting. These hunters also know every deer herd is different, and each animal is an individual. Understanding a buck’s behavior, and how those habits change over the course of the season, is a huge part…