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Bowhunter March 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.

País:
United States
Língua:
English
Editora:
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
Periodicidade:
Monthly
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US$ 23,94
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3 minutos
commitment is key

EVERY NOW AND THEN, an article comes across my desk that transports me back through time, in this case to 1983, when I was preparing for my first elk hunt. The tips and suggestions offered by Jerid Stoffel in his article, “Prep Now For Your First Backcountry Elk Hunt,” on page 52 brought back strong memories from my formative years as an elk hunter. My own mistakes and lessons were easily recognized in the words of Stoffel, a greenhorn who knows how to learn from his own experiences. If you’re pondering your first elk hunt, or second, or third, this article is for you. This piece also brings to mind one of the most important, yet simple, elements of any journey into elk hunting. That element is the often neglected first…

3 minutos
between bowhunters

THANKS FOR 45 YEARS OF GREATNESS Dear Bowhunter , I wasn’t even finished reading your 45 Anniversary issue (October 2016), and I felt I must stop to say thank you for a great magazine I have been subscribing to since I started bowhunting 20 years ago. Both “Priceless!” by Assistant Editor Brian Fortenbaugh and “What It Means To Me” by Traditional Editor Fred Eichler had me in tears! Although successful from age 12 through high school, my three sons gave up hunting to pursue further education, jobs, and other interests. I still have the great memories of times enjoyed with them afield. However, my older brother and his son have remained as crazy about bowhunting as I am. We have enjoyed countless moments such as Brian has with his dad. I, too, have met…

3 minutos
taken with turkeys

TURKEYS HAVE GROWN on me over the years. Not in the weird way that requires a surgeon to remove a growth. More like a dog that you don’t think much of at first, but he kind of grows on you because he is around all the time and you start to see his redeeming qualities. It took a while for me to see what some fellow hunters were so passionate about when it came to turkeys, but eventually I figured it out. It was about 36 years ago when I shot my first turkey. I was in my early teens, and to me it was a bonus animal. I was happy to have harvested it, and I was tickled with the meat. But through my young eyes, it was just a…

7 minutos
lethal lessons

OVER THE YEARS I have interviewed many champion archers, archery coaches, and successful bowhunters. And I personally have spent nearly 50 years trying to perfect my own archery and bowhunting skills. Here are four lessons I have learned from this background that have contributed in a big way to my bowhunting success. A NOSE FOR ACCURACY One summer, I could not shoot a tight group to save my life. Vertically my arrows were right on, but horizontally they were all over the place. No matter how carefully I released the string, my arrows inexplicably hit left or right of the bull’s-eye. In late summer, I was in a hunting camp with Randy Ulmer and did not hesitate to tap into his expertise. So at his direction, I lined up at the target butt…

5 minutos
walking with your eyes

AS I PEERED into the valley below, vague shapes began to form. Some were bushes, trees, and rocks. Others were slowly moving across grass and sagebrush slopes. Dawn is always exciting for a mule deer hunter, and early October 2016 was no exception. I lifted my 10x42 Swarovski binoculars and glued them to my eyes. Like magic, fuzzy shapes of bucks and does snapped into crystal-clear focus. Of the more than three-dozen deer I saw, two were startling to behold. One had a mass of dark, heavy antlers above his head. The other’s rack was wider and taller, but thinner and lighter in coloration. As daylight crept across flats and ridges, details through my binos improved. The massive-antlered buck had deep forks, nice brow tines, and an extra point on the right. The…

1 minutos
big game hunting tip

Choosing Your Binoculars Every bowhunter would be well served by quality binoculars. You generally get what you pay for with optics, and top-quality glass is perhaps the single best hunting investment you will ever make. Spend as much as you can possibly afford, and you will never regret the clear, eye-easy viewing that results. Cheap optics produce eye strain, fuzzy looking, and poor light gathering early and late in the day. Most bowhunters are best off with full-size 8X or 10X binoculars weighing between 20 and 30 ounces. Smaller “compact” binoculars might be handy, but they sacrifice light gathering, wide field of view, and steady glassing. Compact, porroprism binocular design is better for bowhunting than a more conventional roof-prism shape with bulky, dogleg-shaped twin viewing barrels. The larger the binoculars around your…