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Petersen's Bowhunting

Petersen's Bowhunting June 2020

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

5 min.
finding calm amidst the storm

In a matter of days, America was brought to a near-standstill as state and federal governments scrambled to deal with the rapid spread of the virus. Schools closed. Businesses closed. Travel halted. Professional sports leagues shut down. Financial markets rocked. Grocery store shelves wiped bare by panicked citizens ordered to “shelter in place.” The news changed not hour by hour, but minute by minute, and our world was turned upside down so quickly that it all felt like a bad dream. Days turned into weeks, and as the virus continued to spread, the enormity of the situation began to sink in. The number of confirmed cases and deaths grew, and many of us felt a stronger connection to the numbers as friends or family members were infected; some even losing loved…

4 min.
know your limits

BACK IN 2011, I learned this the hard way. That year, I killed what was, at the time, the potential world-record, non-typical archery mule deer. He would have been the legitimate Pope and Young world record by 15 inches, but the Club would not recognize the buck as such unless I stripped the velvet from its antlers. This magnificent deer was in full velvet when I fell in love with him over the summer scouting season, and he was still in velvet when I shot him. So, I wanted to remember him exactly how he was the day I brought him home. For that reason, I voluntarily relinquished the chance to make him the official world record. To this day, I have zero regrets about that. Now, let’s get back to the…

5 min.
2020 state of the whitetail report

ONE OF THE best things about being a wildlife-management consultant is the constant feedback I receive from hunters across the whitetail’s range. I’m afforded the advantage of knowing almost instantly how deer herds are responding to state regulations and management efforts. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about hunters over the last 20-plus years, it’s that they don’t like being told how they should hunt and manage deer. If you want to change how hunters make management decisions (through trigger-finger management) you must EDUCATE them first and NEVER force-feed them regulations, or they will regurgitate it immediately. Successful state wildlife agencies recognize this. As a nonprofit education and outreach organization dedicated to whitetail deer management, the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) has arguably educated more hunters than any other organization. Each year…

5 min.
avoiding the gun stands

THIS COLUMN is supposed to be about the bigger lessons I’ve learned over my 42 years of bowhunting, lessons that have shaped the way I think. One of the most important lessons took me a long time to learn, because it has as much to do with human nature as it does with whitetail behavior: There’s seeing deer, and then there’s shooting deer. I have hunted a number of spots — and still do sometimes — where I see lots of deer. As hunters, we love to watch deer; that is the human-nature part. Sure, it is therapeutic to occasionally sit in a spot where you can see multiple deer at a time, but I can’t remember very many instances when I actually killed a nice buck in one of those spots.…

5 min.
shooting well under pressure

IN ANY SPORT, the best way to ensure you will perform well under pressure is by developing and maintaining excellent form. Whether it’s kicking a field goal to win the Super Bowl or making a 30-yard shot on a monster muley, good form will help carry you through times of duress. You shouldn’t have to think about the step-by-step mechanics of the process as you are performing it. If you have developed good form, muscle memory will help you complete the task without significant involvement of your conscious mind. As you become attuned to how an ideal shot feels, every part of your body will learn what it is supposed to do and how it is supposed to feel during all aspects of the shot. You will begin to sense the proper feel…

4 min.
2020 top trends: part 2 of 3

“GIVE THE PEOPLE what they want,” sang The O’Jays and The Kinks. That’s also a good mantra if you want to be successful selling consumer goods. The crossbow industry seems to agree, as illustrated by its latest trends. In our last issue, we started exploring some of these trends, such as making crossbows shorter, narrower and quieter. In this issue, we’ll continue with a few more. Modernization The hunting industry in general, and the archery industry in particular, tends to be trendy. A relatively recent trend in firearms was the proliferation of tactical guns. Crossbows soon followed suit: PSE was the first to make the jump with its innovative and, at the time, controversial TAC series. It was both groundbreaking and breathtaking in terms of speed, long-range accuracy and the riser and limb…