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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

Regardless of the bowhunting successes and failures you’ve had in the past, every archery season starts with a clean slate. You must put in time and effort every year to be prepared for the challenge. 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…

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the inbox

Reader Jim Mead took his best bow buck using Gold Tip Hunter Pro 340 arrows. A Call to ActionI 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…

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the importance of proper nock fit

One good way to check whether your nocks attach too tightly to the bowstring is to grab the nocking loop with your fingers, pull it back about half an inch and let it go. If the arrow doesn’t pop off the bowstring, the nock fit is too tight. 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…

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a biologist’s dissection of the rut

The general timing of the rut is controlled by photoperiod (the number of daylight hours) but the exact timing of breeding can be influenced by a variety of factors, including buck-to-doe ratio and the number of mature bucks in the herd. (VIC SCHENDEL PHOTO) 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…

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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,…

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trapped in a tree

Some bowhunters believe they can wait out nearby deer at the end of the day and sneak past them in the dark. This rarely works. Deer are much more aware of what is happening around them in the dark than we might assume. 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.…