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Bowhunter October 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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3 minutos
the whitetail stands alone

ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS about bow-hunting is the opportunity it gives me to study the habits and idiosyncrasies of each species of game that I pursue. So far, I have bowhunted 30 species of big game across nine countries, and in doing so I’ve witnessed a lot of animal behavior. Certainly, there are exceptions, but after 36 years of observation, you get a decent assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of each species. Pronghorns have legendary eyesight but don’t rely on their noses. Bears have unequaled olfactory skills but weak eyesight. Elk have an excellent blend of sensory acuteness but often exhibit a fatal hesitation when they see or hear something unusual. Some species don’t tolerate humans; others have never seen a human — and act like it. Mountain goats…

2 minutos
between bowhunters

PASSION BREEDS PASSION Dear Bowhunter , I just finished reading Tom Miranda’s article about sheep-hunter extraordinaire Tom Hoffman in your August-Big Game Special 2017 issue. After having back surgery in July and turning 70 shortly thereafter, I told my wife that I believed my big-game hunting days were over. Hunting all my life with pretty good success, I took up serious bowhunting in the early 90s, and I took my last three public-land bull elk with a bow. But what a persistent bowhunter Tom Hoffman is! Having all those surgeries and still hunting in his 70s, Mr. Hoffman has given me new life. My bow is coming out of my closet today, and I’m joining Pope and Young and having two of my bulls scored. I love reading stories in your magazine about…

5 minutos
hard-working bowhunter

I FIRST MET Jeremy Johnson deep in the Oregon wilderness. I was staying at my friend Shay Mann’s base camp, and when Shay and Jeremy showed up late one afternoon, Shay immediately took off downstream to hunt while Jeremy and I chatted to get acquainted. As sundown came and went, I figured Jeremy would just spend the night there and head out in the morning. But he continued to organize his bivy pack as we talked, and at about 10 p.m. he set off upstream, prepared to stay out for several days. I got up early the next morning, hunted all day, and returned to camp after dark. After a quick dinner, I hit the sleeping bag. Then, about midnight, I heard rustling in the tent. It was Jeremy. “What’s up?” I muttered,…

1 minutos
“can’t lose bowhunting”

In his new book, “Can’t Lose Bowhunting,” Jeremy expands on all of these and other facets of his bowhunting skills. He details Plan A (all aspects of shot placement); Plan B (arrows and broadheads that guarantee clean kills, even with less-than-perfect hits); and Plan C (all aspects of game recovery). He offers in-depth analysis of kinetic energy versus momentum, broadhead design, shooting proficiency, physical conditioning, hunting methods, backpacking systems, equipment, game recovery, and meat care. Despite his enviable success, Jeremy’s writing shows no bravado or ego. By vocation, Jeremy is an auto mechanic, but by avocation he is simply a hard-working bowhunter. For a complete course in “lucky” bowhunting, with the emphasis on big animals like elk — and a fun read on top of it — you cannot beat “Can’t…

6 minutos
in search of superior hunting accuracy

MODERN SHOOTING EQUIPMENT continues to improve. For example, super-slow-motion photography has allowed bow engineers to make subtle but crucial design changes in compound cams that reduce cam lean at full draw, cause less cam oscillation during the shot, and thus enhance forgiveness of a setup with less than perfect shots. Similarly, arrow shafts made of carbon, aluminum, or carbon/aluminum are straighter and more consistent in weight, stiffness, and wall thickness than ever before. That being said, it is still crucial that every bowhunter set up their gear to perfection, tune the combination precisely, and work hard at being a better shot. When it comes to preparing and shooting a hunting bow and arrow, there is no such thing as too nitpicky or too perfectionistic. A while back, I helped a friend’s young…

1 minutos
big game hunting tip

Things occasionally go wrong with your equipment on a hunt. Your bowstring or cables might stretch. Your peep might catch a branch and slip. A sight pin might rattle loose. One of the best ways to ensure dependable shooting equipment is to record a few key measurements on your bow. Measure the brace height (distance from grip to bowstring), and write it down. Measure the exact distance between the axles of your compound bow. Measure the distance between the nocking point on the string and the center of your peep. Measure the distance between your top and bottom sight pins. Such measurements are easily checked in the field with a quarter-inch steel tape. I do this every day of a hunt. If anything moves, your setup is certainly out of whack and…