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Petersen's Bowhunting November/December 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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when the woods come alive

I’ll never forget the first time I witnessed the pandemonium of a mature whitetail buck hot on the heels of an estrous doe.It happened more than 20 years ago on a chilly, late-October morning in Pennsylvania. Guided by the light of a headlamp, I walked into the woods surrounded by pre-dawn darkness, climbed into my stand and eagerly awaited the sunrise. At first, all was quiet. But it wasn’t long before the silence was broken by the frantic hoof-beats in the dry leaves that covered the forest floor. Like an approaching freight train, the sound grew louder and louder, and I strained my eyes in the direction of the commotion until finally its source appeared. Running at a furious pace, a doe — followed closely by a large, wide,…

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the inbox

Advice for New BowhuntersBack in the September issue, we asked you to share the most important piece of advice you would offer a new bowhunter. Below is a sampling of your responses.If I could give a new bowhunter just one piece of advice, I would tell them to compete in 3-D tournaments. In Arizona, the clubs set up a shoot similar to a golf course, where you walk from station to station and shoot at various targets at different distances. Most clubs have these in their states, and it is a great way to learn to shoot how to shoot in a hunting environment and have fun at the same time. In Arizona, there are some great clubs that put on these tournaments for shooters of all ages and…

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question of the month:

What is the biggest challenge you personally face as a bowhunter (eg., lack of time afield, lack of hunting ground, lack of game, cost of equipment, etc.)? Send your reply, or comments on any other bowhunting topic, to bowhunting@outdoorsg.com ■…

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reckless doe harvest: it’s the habitat, stupid!

Before aggressively targeting does for harvest, columnist Jason Snavely believes it is worthwhile to enhance the habitat quality on your hunting property via food plots, timber stand improvements and the creation of additional bedding areas and water sources. Doing so allows the property to maintain higher deer numbers in good condition — without compromising habitat quality. (LINDA ARNDT PHOTO) During my 17 years of working with private landowners, I’ve spent more time discussing doe-harvest philosophy than any other deer-management topic. Like politics, it gets emotional. Are we taking too many? Can we each kill a doe for the freezer without denting the population? When should we be harvesting our does? Should we kill older does or younger does? We have way too many deer, and we need to…

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always shoot your broadheads

Pro shooter Levi Morgan likes to match individual broadheads and arrows into numbered sets once he practices with them and knows for certain they work well together. During practice, he wraps the heads with electrical tape to prevent the blades from opening and keep them sharp for the hunt. Mechanical heads are dominating the broad-head market nowadays, and for good reason. They fly a lot better than traditional fixed heads, they cut bigger holes and, depending on the style, do a better job of killing the animal quickly. Back in the day when we only had fixed heads, we had to tune them and really spend time with our setup, mak ing sure we were dialed in with our broadheads. But I think mechanical heads and the expectation…

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fine-tuned patterning

This marked-up image shows the trail-camera locations Field Editor Bill Winke used to pattern a buck nicknamed Big Jr. during the summer and fall of 2015. Although the deer ended up being killed by Winke’s neighbor during the Iowa muzzleloader season, Winke learned a lot about the buck and has since used the same methods to pattern several other mature deer. Patterning a buck can be the most enjoyable part of the season. I really enjoy putting the puzzle pieces together. It can be a real mind-bender with some bucks, because they are all different. You never know what you are getting into. Your hunting area is a chess board, and you are chess master Bobby Fischer trying to anticipate the opponent’s next move. To illustrate the moves…