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Petersen's Bowhunting

Petersen's Bowhunting August 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

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2 min.
the journey is the destination

WHAT DOES “going hunting” mean to you? The obvious answer is heading afield with the intention of harvesting game. While accurate, I believe most hunters would say that is a gross oversimplification of what we do. To me, and I’d bet most of you, hunting is about adventure — the total experience encompassing everything that happens from the time we leave home until the time we get back again. Whether we’re talking about an afternoon sit in the Back Forty or a two-week cross-country expedition, a big part of every hunt is unscripted, and that element of the unknown is every bit as alluring as filling the freezer or putting a set of trophy antlers on the wall. Take, for example, my August 2019 DIY pronghorn hunt in Montana. As you can…

3 min.
no adventure too small

I WAS IN moose camp, 2006. My client was a first-time big-game hunter named Ken — a duck hunter at heart who came to the Canadian north to try his luck on moose. Laying in our sleeping bags the first night, the silence was broken by faint scratching noises. Ken asked, “What’s that?” “It’s a grizzly bear!” I hissed. Ken’s jaw bruised his kneecaps as he looked at me in fear and asked, “Are you sure?” Wanting to project confidence, I snatched my rifle from the corner, slammed a cartridge in the pipe and calmly whispered, “It’s a griz. He’s probably gonna rip the door right off the cabin and pounce on us, but not to worry. You’re safe with me, bud!” An hour later, I was trying hard to stay in the game. Slowly…

5 min.
you, me and cwd

MORE THAN 50 years after Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was first identified, it seems we aren’t any closer to giving hunters the answers they want. First observed in 1967 in mule deer at a government research facility in Colorado, CWD is a prion disease. A prion is a type of protein that can trigger normal proteins in the brain to abnormally fold. These misfolded prion proteins are toxic and infectious, but what causes the protein misfolding remains a mystery. Potential causes are often thrown around, but the science to prove them is scant. CWD causes a massive amount of fear and frustration in academia, among hunters and throughout state wildlife agencies. Why the latter? State wildlife agencies are heavily funded through hunting-license sales. With whitetails representing the most sought-after game species in…

4 min.
slowing the moment

THE GIANT BUCK was already in my shooting lane when I spotted him. In a panic, I grabbed my bow off the hook, pivoted and drew all in one motion. It wasn’t a hard shot, but I rushed it badly. I assumed there was no way I could miss him at that range, but I did. I shot right under the buck. I could have easily made that shot if I had just taken the extra moment required to pick a spot. That is all it would have taken to slow the moment and ensure success. If only we could get mulligans in bowhunting … I have also had a few shots that seemed simple while they occurred but were, as I reviewed them later, more difficult. In each of these, the common…

4 min.
mastering difficult shots, part 1

EVERY SPORT offers opportunities to stretch one’s abilities by going to extremes during practice sessions. Archery is no different. If you want to become a better shot and a better bowhunter, you need to expand your practice sessions. You probably won’t become the Tiger Woods of bowhunting or shooting, but I guarantee you’ll improve your skills dramatically. If you hunt very long, you will probably make many awkward shots during your bowhunting career. To be consistently successful, you must be able to shoot proficiently under all circumstances and in every type of habitat, terrain and weather. When bowhunting, it’s not often you get to stand upright on flat ground and use the same form you’ve been practicing during the off-season. You will most likely be forced to shoot from an awkward position. Working on…

4 min.
survey says

WE’RE ENTERING THE middle ages of modern crossbow hunting. The general sentiment is that they’re here to stay and their use is only likely to increase. Questions about whether they should be allowed have largely been replaced with more subtle and specific questions, such as how hunters feel about them where they’ve been legalized for a few years, how they’re influencing license sales/the archery business and how do/will liberalized crossbow regulations affect deer populations? Several states, non-profit groups and bowhunting associations have conducted surveys and analyzed various information to evaluate some specific aspects, such as retention and recruitment, attitudes for and against and the impact of crossbows on deer numbers. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) took it a step further; in 2014, it introduced an all-inclusive crossbow season that runs…