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Bowhunter September 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
mentors and inspiration

EVEN AFTER SEVEN YEARS, I still can’t get used to it. Maybe I’ll never get accustomed to it. I am thrilled to do it, even though it feels really bizarre. As Editor, part of my job is to assign articles to writers, and to purchase stories from anyone who sends in an article that is worthy of these pages. Where it gets strange is when I find myself assigning articles to my mentors — the Founder of this magazine, M.R. James, and former Editor (and now Hunting Editor) Dwight Schuh. Wait...what? I used to almost run to the mailbox back in the late-80s, hoping there would be an acceptance letter from M.R. The same goes for when Dwight took over as Editor. I sent every article I wrote to Bowhunter first. If…

3 minutos
between bowhunters

KEEP UP THE INSPIRATION! Dear Bowhunter , As a long-time subscriber, I really appreciate your emphasis on physical conditioning and how you encourage aging bowhunters to keep at it. Here is my contribution to encouraging such older hunters not to give up. Last summer, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer. I underwent a robotic radical prostatectomy on September 29, 2016 — a four-hour surgical procedure. The surgery went well, and afterwards my surgeon told me that for 30 days I was to restrict all my movements to simply walking. After 30 days, I could go back to my normal activities. So, on Day 32 post-op, I got antsy and went out to my treestand and shot a beautiful 10-point buck. Then, on Day 44 post-op, I harvested another buck…

7 minutos
by the numbers

SOME YEARS AGO, I killed a hefty mule deer buck at the bottom of a deep canyon in Utah. My companion, Rex Thomas, helped me bone out the deer and load the meat into my pack. The total load, including my gear, came to about 100 pounds. Only one obstacle remained — it was two miles and 1,500 vertical feet to my truck at the end of the road. I sat on the ground to shoulder my pack, and then groaned as Rex helped me to my feet. “Are you sure you can carry that by yourself?” Rex asked, shaking his head. “That slope is steep!” “Well, I don’t know,” I said. “But I’ll give it a try. I can always come back to finish packing later.” “Okay, we’ll meet back at camp,” my…

8 minutos
the broadhead maze

TODAY’S SELECTION OF broadheads is vast. Why is this? Why so many configurations? What works best? These are commonly asked questions among newcomers to the sport. But experienced bowhunters know all about the ever-changing broadhead offerings, and the opinions and hype that often follow them. After more than three decades of tackling game with archery gear, I certainly have my own views on what I consider to be the most lethal broadhead designs. Let’s take a look at the different categories of modern broadheads, and outline the perceived pros and cons of each. Then we’ll explore certain details that often dictate the best choice for a particular bow setup and hunting application. I’ll do my best to keep this column as brief as possible by relying only on the structural and…

5 minutos
another ishi buck bites the dust

THE SUN WAS STILL 20 minutes from peeking above a blood-red horizon. Dark blobs had barely materialized into trees and bushes against the yellow fall grass. I was exactly where I wanted to be — about a mile from the nearest road, atop a sheer lava bluff. A steep, brush-choked canyon yawned below my feet, and to the left a semi-open glade rolled out of sight through a deep saddle in a ridge. The night before, a nice 3x4 buck had sauntered through that saddle. Brush gobbled him up before I could make a move, and then it was dark. That night, I decided to sit and glass the area all the next day if necessary. The November rut was winding down, but I figured the 3x4 was still somewhere nearby. There…

1 minutos
big game hunting tip

Facts About Rattling Deer In my experience, any mature buck will respond to antlers rattled in the right place at the right time. Whitetails and blacktails approach antlers the best, but mule deer will occasionally walk or run to these sounds as well. It is always worth a try. One key to rattling success is doing this at the correct stage of the rut. You should avoid this tactic during the peak of the rut, because dominant bucks usually have plenty of real estrous does to choose from. The best time to rattle is several days before or after the rut is going strongest. Bucks during these periods are cruising for females, but very few does are in heat. When males hear what sounds like two bucks fighting, they assume an estrous doe…