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Petersen's Bowhunting

Petersen's Bowhunting October 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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
Frequency:
Monthly
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10 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
red moons and red arrows

The bowhunting community loves a good argument. If you don’t believe me, just lock a bunch of bowhunters in a room and don’t let them out until they unanimously agree on their favorite brand of bow, style of broadhead or big-game species to pursue. Trust me; you’ll be waiting a loooong time to unlock that exit! Another favorite subject that generates plenty of “spirited debate” in bowhunting circles is the moon’s influence — or lack thereof — on daylight deer activity. Many hunters swear by the moon as a reliable indicator of deer movement, while others insist the moon has absolutely no impact whatsoever. So, which group is right? Well, truth be told, there is evidence to support both sides of the argument. Every year, scores of giant bucks are killed during…

3 min.
execute through the shakes

Whether you bowhunt, shoot competitively or both, you have to deal with pressure and nerves. Growing up hunting, I got buck fever with the best of them. I made the shot sometimes and didn’t sometimes, but I never really questioned why. Shooting competitively as an amateur, I don’t remember ever getting nervous, much less trying to learn how to shoot through it. However, when I turned pro and my house payment, next year’s contract and about $20,000-$30,000 was on the line, the heaviness of the situation began to sink in.When you’re bowhunting, you’re only under that pressure maybe a few times a season. As a professional archer, though, those nerves are real every weekend — you quickly learn how to deal with them or you go away, simple as that. Now,…

5 min.
can you change the genetic quality of your bucks?

While working on strategic buck-harvest guidelines with my clients, I often find myself explaining the role of genetics in managing free-range whitetails. This requires me to clear up misconceptions regarding how successful deer managers employ genetics in their management programs. More specifically, I must explain the differences between managing the current crop of bucks that could live to maturity (based on their physical appearance and antler quality) and making harvest decisions (aka culling) to improve the gene frequencies that determine antler size (invisible to you). Put more simply, the former is designed to maximize the quality of the existing buck population, while the latter is designed to change the physical appearance of the future buck population. These two vastly different concepts are often erroneously used interchangeably. It’s easy to misunderstand the distinction,…

5 min.
sight-pin setup for western bowhunting

In my last two columns, we discussed two of the 10 features I consider mandatory for the ultimate Western bow-hunting sight. We thoroughly covered fiber-optic pins and bubble levels. We’ll continue down the list and go over each of the remaining features in depth, and then discuss how best to use your sight for maximum effectiveness. 5+ Fixed Pins I began my competitive-archery career in the Bowhunter class. We were allowed to use five fixed pins and were not allowed to adjust our sights during competition. I learned to use that system very well and continue to use at least five fixed pins on my Western sight. Multiple fixed pins give me the ability to shoot out to 60 yards quickly, without the need to make any adjustment. My pins are set…

1 min.
how to calculate foc

Here’s how to calculate the FOC (front-of-center balance point) percentage of your bolt/broadhead combination. Keep in mind that experts generally recommend an FOC in the 10-15 percent range for crossbow-hunting setups. 1. Measure the bolt length (with broadhead installed) from tip to tip, divide by two to determine the center point and then mark that point on the bolt. 2. Use another object such as a pencil and place the bolt perpendicular to it until you find the balance point where it rests horizontally without tipping in either direction. Mark this point (which should fall somewhere between your center point and the broadhead). 3. Measure the distance between your center point and your balance point, then multiply by 100. 4. Divide that number by the overall bolt length to determine your FOC percentage.…

5 min.
broadhead tuning tips

Deer hunters, especially bowhunters, love a good argument. Morning vs. afternoon. Speed vs. kinetic energy. Mossy Oak vs. Realtree. And, of course, fixed-blade broadheads vs. mechanicals. The latter is less of an argument among crossbow hunters, but there are a few dedicated (or stubborn) horizontal bowhunters who still prefer fixed-blade broadheads. As bowhunters know, fixed-blade heads can require more attention to detail when it comes to tuning for proper accuracy in the field. This is especially true when it comes to crossbows, for several reasons. Still, getting dialed-in and deadly isn’t as complicated as you might think. With deer season soon upon us, now is the time to make sure your crossbow is shooting just as well with your hunting heads as it is with fieldpoints. Size Matters All else being equal, short…