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Petersen's Bowhunting

Petersen's Bowhunting October/Rut Guide 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

3 min.
hunting by the moon: lucid or lunacy?

WHEN IT COMES to great debates among bowhunters, the moon’s impact on deer activity is right up there with crossbows vs. compounds and fixed-blade broadheads vs. mechanicals. Opinions are sharply divided, and trying to find a single right answer is about as easy as brokering Middle East peace. In preparing this month’s issue for publication, I found it interesting to find two highly respected voices from the whitetail community on opposite sides of the moon issue. On one side, you have Adam Hays III. Hays is one of the most prolific big-buck bowhunters in America, having personally taken 10 whitetails scoring more than 170 inches — including four bucks surpassing the mythical 200-inch mark. Hays credits much of his success to Jeff Murray, creator of the MoonGuide. Hays discovered Murray’s work in…

3 min.
a painful lesson

IN BOWHUNTING, there are many factors that decide your fate. It’s like the million little parts of a model car that need to be glued together in just the right spots for the wheels to turn. Some elements are physical, such as the bow and accessories you choose. Others aren’t the type that come wrapped in plastic at the store. As complex as the equipment side of bowhunting is, it’s just one candle on a senior citizen’s cake compared to the mental side of the game. If you head afield without a healthy dose of confidence, bowhunting will eat you alive. If you lack patience, you’ll starve. And if you aren’t determined, you’ll never taste success. Of all the adjectives I could use to describe an accomplished bowhunter, the one that tops…

5 min.
rut facts and fiction

POPULAR HUNTING magazines, including this one, are full of articles with headlines such as Hunting the Trickle Rut, How to Hunt the Late Rut, Rut Predictions and the ever-controversial Plan Your Rut Hunt by the Moon. Yet, as hunters, we misunderstand the rut as much as we love it. Scientists who have spent decades researching and dissecting the whitetail rut readily admit there’s much more to unravel. So, is the rut really predictable? Does the moon really affect buck movements during the rut? Well, let’s review the science so you can decide whether your rut-hunting strategy needs an overhaul. Before you can hold up your end of a campfire rut debate, it’s important to understand the “why” surrounding the timing of the big show — from nature’s point of view, not your…

5 min.
mastering difficult shots, part 3

IF YOU’RE A serious bowhunter, you should have one overriding reason to practice, and that is to become a better shot under hunting conditions. It’s OK to shoot your bow for fun at the range or in your backyard when conditions are perfect. However, the fastest way to improve your hunting accuracy is to practice with a defined purpose, specific goals in mind and under extreme conditions. Through many years of practice, I’ve found it is best to focus intently on improving just one aspect of your shot at a time. Everyone seems to enjoy doing things they are good at. However, people don’t like to do the things they aren’t very good at. For example, those of us who have trouble shooting in the wind avoid practicing when it’s windy. So,…

4 min.
wounding rate

WOUNDING RATE — the number of animals hit by hunters but not recovered — is an important topic, particularly when bowhunting is being considered as a legitimate wildlife management tool. Proposals for controlled hunts in urban areas or on public lands often bring strong sentiment from both pro-hunting and anti-hunting factions, and depending on the study or studies you cite, there seems to be sufficient evidence to support both sides of the argument. For example, a Wisconsin study from 1958 found a bowhunting wounding rate of 10 percent, while in a 1963 New York study, it was a mere 7 percent. Later studies in Iowa and Michigan reported wounding rates of 17 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Conversely, studies from Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, South Dakota and Wisconsin reported wounding rates…

3 min.
how many pins are right for me?

THE IDEAL number of pins on a bow sight is a hotly debated topic. The answer depends on the type of hunting you do, the amount of practice you put in and how well you shoot. It’s not an exact science, but there does seem to be an optimal number of pins for each archer. It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. What kind of hunting do you do? If you are hunting in a treestand or ground blind where the longest shot is typically 30 yards, then a 1- or 2-pin sight is wonderful. It keeps things simple, helps you avoid confusion when the pressure is on and provides a big, unobstructed field of view. However, if you are stalking, a 30-yard shot often ends up being more of a wish than reality. So, this…