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Petersen's Bowhunting October 2018

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.

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wiping the slate clean

Inspiration often arrives unexpectedly. In the case of this column, for example, it was delivered via email from a friend who wanted to discuss plans for the upcoming archery deer season. “I just want to tag along and shoot whatever you decide to pass on!” he wrote. “Heck, you only kill Booners these days!” Indeed, in what is undoubtedly one of the more amazing flukes in bowhunting history, I arrowed not one, but two bucks that grossed in excess of 180 inches in the fall of 2017. But, as the infamous investment disclaimer notes, past performance is no guarantee of future results. With that perspective in mind, I channeled my inner Bill Belichick and replied, “That was last year. Everyone is 0-0 again. You didn’t really think the Eagles were still Super Bowl…

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the inbox

A Call to Action I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Petersen’s BOWHUNTING for the fantastic State of the Sport Report in the July issue. Bowhunters have a lot, and I mean A LOT, to be thankful for. But as the article points out, there are also some alarming trends out there. You skillfully walk the reader through the good and the bad, pointing out the issues that demand every bowhunter’s attention. Bowhunters have proven that the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation works and works well. Bowhunters have proven that the bow is a lethal hunting weapon, capable of humanely taking down the largest big-game species. We’ve even proven that it is healthier to consume wild-harvested game [than commercially raised animals]. What we haven’t proven is whether we can maintain…

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the importance of proper nock fit

As much as I wish shooting a bow consistently well was as simple as pulling it back, putting the pin on target and firing the shot, that’s just not the case. The truth is, if you want to be the best archer you can be, you have to pay attention to the tiniest details, such as the way your arrow nocks fit on your bowstring. As with many of the topics I’ve discussed in this column, the majority of archers don’t pay enough attention to nock fit. If fact, most people just tie a nocking loop on their bowstring and call it good. But there are many factors to consider here, and all are critical: things such as how tightly your nock fits on the bowstring, how much vertical and horizontal…

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a biologist’s dissection of the rut

We humans often like to complicate matters, even when the facts are very clear. It is human nature to break complex subjects down into simpler, more manageable parts. There’s nothing wrong with this reasoning-based approach, and it actually sets us apart as a species. The whitetail rut is one subject of particular interest for bowhunters. What are “the facts” of the whitetail rut? Just as the news media has major influence over how we think about everything today, the hunting media greatly impacts our perception of the rut. One popular hunting TV show even manages to create an entire 13-episode season around their interpretation of the phases of the rut! As a wildlife biologist of 17 years, I regularly field questions regarding all aspects related to whitetails. This is one of the…

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rut facts

• In the northern half of the whitetail range, most does are bred in a three-week period • A heavy hunter harvest of bucks can delay peak breeding up to one month • The presence of mature bucks in the herd promotes earlier, more intense breeding • Although bucks make 300-400 rubs during the breeding season, young bucks only make half as many rubs as mature bucks • Although scrapes appear shortly after velvet is shed, peak scraping occurs 2-3 weeks prior to peak breeding • Yearling bucks make 85 percent fewer scrapes than mature bucks • Doe activity increases just prior to conception, suggesting that they are searching for mates • Bucks increase the size of their home range immediately after shedding velvet shed and tend to do so until after the peak breeding season, when…

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trapped in a tree

The number one strategy for hunting deer during the month of October revolves around food sources. It could be the back corner of a hayfield, a food plot or even a grove of oak trees dropping acorns. If you find the food, you find the deer — especially right now. Finding them is easy enough, but hunting them in these sensitive areas is another matter altogether. It is tough to hunt near feeding areas without quickly alerting most of the deer that they are being hunted. The hardest part of the hunt is getting away at the end of legal shooting time without spooking any deer. Getting out cleanly is a true art form. The Big Spook Obviously, educating a buck you’d like to shoot is a big mistake, but it may be…