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Bowhunter January/February 2020

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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2 min.
in the dead of winter

EVEN IF YOU DON’T experience winter in a meteorological sense where you live, we are in the dead of winter. It’s a time when most bowhunters tend to not only reflect on the season and the adventures that just came to an end, but to also find ways to learn and adapt so they’re more successful in the future. And as we all know, a successful hunt, or even a season, isn’t defined by taking an animal. There is so much more that goes into this pursuit from the first twinkle in our eye when anticipating a hunt to the moment we pack our gear away until the next adventure. In this issue, we’ve tried to cover some of those things we should be focusing on at this time of year.…

3 min.
between bowhunters

ULMER GETS IT Dear Bowhunter , I just returned home from an eight-day solo bowhunt in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness of Montana and had the pleasure of reading the October 2019 issue of Bowhunter . When I read Mr. Randy Ulmer’s column, I thought, Wow! Here is someone who not only “gets it,” but also has the ability to put into words what I’m sure most of us solo hunters have always felt but couldn’t adequately express. I’m not sure anyone will ever be able to fill the boots of Mr. Dwight Schuh, very large boots indeed, but what I’ve read from Mr. Ulmer so far has really touched me. Thanks, Randy. Writing is clearly another of your many talents, and I look forward to reading many more of your columns! Mike Vierling, Shafer,…

5 min.
big bison

“THIS IS LIKE watching paint dry,” I grumbled to myself as I scanned the high slopes with my binoculars. The scenic vistas were beautiful but completely devoid of game. It was early October 2019, and I had a rare Wyoming wild bison tag in my pocket. I had taken six Pope and Young fair-chase bison in the past, and I dearly loved hunting these difficult and underrated animals. As I glassed on the third day of my latest bison adventure, my mind wandered to silly things I had heard about the American buffalo. One fellow, who offered awards to hunters through his trophy club, was typical of the nonsense. He claimed there was no difference between a high-fence bison and the wild, free-ranging variety recognized by Pope and Young. “Bison are stupid and…

1 min.
chuck adams

Transporting Really Big Game Recovering a deer is one thing. Transporting an elk, moose, or buffalo is quite another. You need to plan salvage in advance to preserve quality meat and comply with the law. You might get lucky and shoot a large animal where you can drive your pickup, side-by-side, or quad close to it. More often, you will need to de-bone and backpack the meat, have a professional packer with horses or mules lined up in advance, or otherwise adopt a feasible transport plan. In the case of bison, I have moved the meat in just about every imaginable way. I de-boned and backpacked my Henry Mountains buffalo in 15 body-torturing trips. I do not recommend it. On another hunt, I had a meat packer on call to bring his horses…

7 min.
performance bow stabilization

THE OTHER DAY, I was at the range shooting 3-D targets with some friends. I brought my normal hunting rig with a fairly short stabilizer. When I partake in target or 3-D shooting, I typically add a 10 or 12-inch field stabilizer — and sometimes a side/back bar to the bow’s riser — to steady my aim, and my nerves, for improved consistency. However, since mule deer season was only a couple weeks away, I decided to leave my short, hunting stabilizer on the bow and began shooting. The idea was to keep my bow light and compact for long hikes in the mountains. Fortunately, I shot fairly well that day, despite the sometimes-irritating sight movement. At home, my bow seemed to hold pretty well, but when shooting 3-D and feeling the…

1 min.
backbar systems: blending balance with control

Resistance to rotational force prevents hand torque from preventing an accurate shot, while a bow’s overall balance allows for improved aiming and shooting form. A backbar and stabilizer combo provides two points of stabilization, instead of just one, delivering the best combination to properly balance and control a bow’s movement. With a backbar, you can equalize a forward-tipping bow with ease, since the bar and counterweight extend to the rear and away from the riser near the bowstring. This quickly equalizes weight distribution and forces the bow into a plumb position by adjusting the position of the bar and its weight. One thing I’ve noticed while testing various setups is the faster, lighter, and shorter a bow is, the more prone it is to hand torque, certainly causing an inconsistency at longer…