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Bowhunter October 2019

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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3 min.
don’t let the fire die

I RAN INTO an old bowhunting buddy the other day who lamented, almost sheepishly, the fact that he hadn’t picked up his bow in a couple of years. I asked him why that was. “I’m not really sure,” he replied. “Guess I just don’t have the time anymore.” This is a typical refrain these days, as the average age of our continent’s bowhunters climbs into the late-40s and up. We do have some young, serious bowhunters coming into the ranks, but their numbers are nowhere near the number of seasoned bowhunters who are feeling their age. Recruitment is not keeping pace with retirement, and that should concern us all. The world of bowhunting has always experienced peaks and valleys, and we’re in a serious valley right now. And while recruitment will always…

3 min.
between bowhunters

WHAT ABOUT THIRD AXIS? Dear Bowhunter , I’ve been hearing about third-axis adjustment on bowsights, and with a mule deer hunt coming up, I was wondering if that is something I should consider. What exactly do I need to know about this to use it effectively? Jeff Martin, via e-mail Curt Wells responds: Jeff, thanks for your e-mail regarding third axis. Yes, if you plan to hunt mountainous or even hilly terrain, third axis is important. But first, let’s address second axis, which is the “rotational level” of your sight guard (see photo below). With your bow vertically plumb (use a string level or place the limb pockets against a plumb doorway) the bubble on your sight should show level. This ensures your sight pins are always aligned straight up and down, provided you…

6 min.
meat care, field to freezer

A BIG-GAME BOWHUNT is not over until all edible meat is cut, wrapped, and in the freezer. It always surprises me how many skillful archers seem confused about what to do when their critters hit the ground in less than perfect situations. In a PERFECT situation, meat salvage is easy. Autumn weather is cool, and your buck drops fast. You gut the animal, drive your ATV or pickup to the kill site, and rush the trophy to a meat-processing facility a short drive away. The butcher hangs and skins, cuts, packages, and freezes the edible portions, and then calls to say your meat is ready. No muss, no fuss. But there are seldom perfect situations in the real bowhunting world. Your animal might run a ways before it drops, and finding it…

1 min.
big game hunting tip

Extra Meat Care For Extra-Large Game Big-bodied animals like caribou, elk, moose, and bison require extra steps to ensure rapid meat cooling in the field. Unless you can transport the whole carcass immediately, it is best to remove and hang up the backstraps and tenderloins, and then quarter the animal so heat can dissipate from deep inside the body. Once the critter is quartered, you should hang the parts from a tree, or lay them above ground on a bed of logs or limbs. De-boning a really large animal will cool meat even faster, but surfaces will usually get grimy and fouled with bits of animal hair. At the very least, a really big animal should be immediately cut in three deep-muscle places that typically spoil first — along the back of the…

7 min.
beating the wind

ARCHERS WHO HUNT out west know that executing shots under windy conditions is more the rule than the exception. I once took a shot at a Wyoming pronghorn in a stiff, 30-mph crosswind. The shot seemed true, yet I missed my target by a full 14 inches! I also remember a follow-up shot on a mule deer at 55 yards when the wind was whipping with intermittent gusts. I had to aim about two feet off-center to send the arrow through the buck’s chest. When the wind blows that hard, a well-gauged aim is critical, but so is your use of specialized tackle to help counter the wind’s forcing your arrow off course. Unfortunately, being a precise shooter and knowing how to aim in the wind is more art than science,…

3 min.
getting kids hunting with traditional gear

ONE OF THE BEST TIMES I have as a father is when I’m hunting with my boys. I think that is because hunting with my father was and still is a special event. As a father who has raised 2 1/2 boys (one is still under 18), I have found that I did a lot of things right when it came to getting the kids involved in hunting with traditional equipment. But, I also did a lot of things wrong. I hope my experiences will help you avoid making some of the mistakes I made. My wife, Michele’s, father (their grandfather) not only was a traditional bowhunter, but also designed the Muzzy broadhead to be used with traditional equipment. My father was and still is a traditional bowhunter, so our kids were…