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Petersen's Bowhunting

Petersen's Bowhunting November/December 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

2 min.
locked out of public land

Imagine you’re standing high on a Montana mountaintop, with the September sun warming your shoulders and a gentle breeze in your face. It’s day five of your seven-day, DIY, backcountry elk hunt, and your tag is burning a hole in your pocket. You planned all year for this adventure, and now, with time becoming the enemy, the clock ticks just a bit louder with every passing hour. Suddenly, while scanning the valley below through your binoculars, you spot a few brown specks of movement. Quickly retrieving your spotting scope and tripod from your pack, you confirm your suspicions. There, in a meadow about a mile away, is a small herd of elk, including an impressive, 6x6 herd bull! Quickly stuffing your scope back into your pack and shouldering its load, you are eager…

6 min.
going cellular: in-season game film

As a bowhunter, scouting intelligence doesn’t get any better than in-season trail-camera pictures delivered in real time via cellular technology. Confirmation that you’re hunting the right area, at the right time, doesn’t come in a better form than a shooter buck that has no idea his picture was just taken! Snapshots of mature bucks in August are encouraging; however, the odds of centering that buck in your peep sight come October are frighteningly low. That’s why maximizing the number of cameras you have afield during the season — and maximizing your use of the insights they offer — is so critical. As a deer manager, the explosion of cellular trail-camera technology that we have seen in recent years has had a greater impact on my work than any other tool. It…

2 min.
a better button for a perfect anchor

If you’ve read any of my previous columns, you know how important I believe a solid anchor to be. I have always taught a three-way anchor system: release-to-hand, hand-to-face and face-to-string. If I had to say which one of these is most important, I would say face-to-string contact. How consistently you anchor the string to your face determines how consistently you center the peep with the sight,as well as the left and right position of the string when at full draw. These will greatly affect your arrow’s downrange impact point. So, I like to “micro-anchor” my string to my face. Some people touch the string to their cheek or the side of their nose, but for me, there’s never been an adequate way to make sure I had the string in…

5 min.
three best days

In my feature for this issue (Frosty Morning Magic, p. 28), I discuss the best places to spend your mornings during the rut. We all know that success comes from being in the right place at the right time. The feature is all about the right place; here, I want to dive into the right time. There are two ways to look at the rut, depending on what kind of buck you are trying to shoot. If you are just trying to kill a buck, the entire rut is good. Every day, there are some bucks on the move looking for does. Any traditional rut spot will work — funnels in general, but more specifically, those funnels near food in the evenings and doe bedding areas in the mornings. However, if you…

4 min.
western sights: repeatable, rugged & reliable

In the last three issues, I discussed four of the 10 features I consider mandatory for the ultimate Western bow-hunting sight: fiber-optic pins, bubble levels, fixed pins and a “floater” pin. We’ll go over each of the remaining features in depth and then discuss how to maximize your personal sight’s effectiveness. Repeatability Repeatability is an adjustable sight’s ability to come back to the exact same position after being moved. In other words, repeatability is the sight’s inherent accuracy. Two things come into play here. First, the lack of “play” in the sight — you should not be able to wiggle any of the sight’s components once it is locked down. For example, when I was shooting 3-D tournaments years ago, our bows had a tremendous amount of vibration because we shot really light…

5 min.
“necessary” accessories

I settled into my ground blind and checked my watch: 15 minutes till legal shooting time on opening day of bow season. I began methodically pulling gear from my pack and arranging it conveniently around me: grunt call, rangefinder, tripod, etc. I removed the quiver from my crossbow, then I reached into the pack for my rope cocker. That was when the first pangs of panic hit. Within seconds, the contents of my pack were all on the ground — no rope cocker! More frantic fumbling through pants and jacket pockets produced similarly unsatisfactory results. The day, and the season, was off to an inauspicious start. Deer hunters carry a lot of gear into the woods, much of it somewhat superfluous. However, even among the items that aren’t entirely necessary are a…