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Petersen's Bowhunting September 2019

Petersen's Bowhunting is the source for the tactics, tools, and techniques necessary for successful bowhunting. Get practical shooting tips and useful information on archery, equipment tests, clothing, and product evaluations.

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10 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
when a bad shot isn’t bad

After slowly coming to full draw, I settled into my anchor position, looked through my peep and steadied my aim on the deer’s vitals. Holding my sight pin carefully behind the buck’s shoulder, I pulled through the shot and watched as my arrow sailed downrange and hit home. “Heart shot!” my buddy Brian exclaimed. “That’s a great shot — if you were bowhunting.” The only problem was, I wasn’t bowhunting. I was shooting a team 3-D tournament at my local archery club. And despite the fact my arrow would have killed a real deer within seconds, I was less than thrilled with its location on the foam target. In the 3-D game, missing by even a fraction of an inch will cost you precious points. And on this target, I not only…

3 min.
avoiding anxiety

Most people who have shot a bow long enough have developed some form of anxiety while aiming. For many, this anxiety eventually leads to target panic,which destroys their ability to make a good shot and takes all the fun out of the game.Even if it doesn’t turn into full-blown target panic, anxiety will, at the very least, cause them to anticipate the shot and freeze up during execution. Aiming anxiety is something I deal with all the time, and it really messes with my timing and execution — not to the point where I want to “punch the trigger,” but enough that I quit executing when my pin leaves the middle of the target.This causes a start-and-stop approach that, in general, doesn’t work well for an extended period of time. To…

5 min.
banking food & water for whitetail bowhunting success

In my June 2017 “Whitetails” column, Take Control of Your Hunt [p. 16-17], I mentioned one of the most under-utilized deer management tools: water! I rated water guzzlers and watering holes for whitetails as the most neglected of my “Sainted Six.” Ever since then, it has been my goal to circle back and drill down on creating well-placed, high-quality water sources to gain more control over when, where and how often you dump the string on whitetails. I’ll also address forage banking, because having both food and water when the time is right equates to your best year yet. Let’s combine the two and see how the average bowhunter, whether they own hunting property or not, can own the season! Working with landowners and bowhunters across the country, I’m frequently asked about…

7 min.
one week to hunt

In my feature for this issue [Celebrating October, p. 80], I mention the need to keep impact to a minimum during the early season in order to save your best stands for the best times. However, I stop short of telling you how to actually hunt those stands once the time comes. In this column, I’m going to dovetail the feature by focusing on that goal. Let’s assume you have just one week to hunt and the property you’re going to hunt is relatively small — 120 acres or less. Your hunting vacation will probably fall during the rut. The idea is to apply as much pressure as you can without the deer knowing it so they keep moving naturally (i.e, moving in daylight). The perfect squeeze is more art than…

4 min.
how to use your sight’s bubble level

In my last column, I listed the 10 features I consider mandatory in a Western bow-hunting sight. They are: • Bright pins (fiber optic) • Bubble level • Ability to shoot to at least 60 yards without any adjustments (five or more pins) • Repeatability • Ruggedness/reliability • Gang adjustment • Ability to aim spot-on at longer distances (a “floater” or “slider” pin) • Ease of adjustment (individual pins, gang adjustment and the “floater” pin) • 2nd - and 3rd -axis adjustment capability • Lightweight I covered pin brightness in the last issue, so now we’ll continue down the list and discuss bubble levels and their importance when shooting and hunting out West. Bubble Levels In order to consistently hit the bull’s-eye, you must hold your bow at the same angle during each shot. Notice I didn’t say the bow must be held…

5 min.
the more things change ...

Sorry I’m late. My annual update on crossbow regulations usually comes earlier in the year, but things kind of got away from me in 2019. So, here it is — better late than never, as the saying goes. Space constraints preclude a comprehensive round-up; fortunately, there’s increasingly less opportunity for change, as crossbow use is now so widespread. So, instead, I offer some of the more interesting and noteworthy examples from the last few years. Alabama Progress Alabama made crossbows legal for hunting in 2004. It was quite a controversial step at the time, and, as a result, it got lots of press. What was very clear in the written regulations but most everyone neglected to point out was that the law change made crossbows legal only for hunting during deer season. They…