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Petersen's Bowhunting

Petersen's Bowhunting April/May 2019

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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5 Min.
to be continued . . .

Perspective, as they say, is everything. Take, for example, the outcome of any sporting event. A single result sends half the spectators home happy and leaves the other half crying into their beer. It all depends which team you were rooting for. Much the same can be said of election results. Depending on your perspective — determined by where you fall on the political spectrum — a particular candidate’s rise to power can be cause for high hopes or an omen of certain doom. As bowhunters, I think it’s fair to say that — most of the time, at least — our perspective is determined by punched tags. We judge the outcome of a given season or an out-of-state hunting trip almost solely on whether blood was shed. I would like to suggest,…

4 Min.
the inbox

There is No Off-Season In our Jan/Feb 2019 issue, we asked you to share how you stay connected to bowhunting during the off-season. Here are some responses: First, I’ve been a hunter-education instructor for nearly 20 years. We start classes in early spring and finish in late fall. So, just to keep myself tuned, I work on the archery range, helping those new to bowhunting and eventually bringing out my bow and taking some practice shots. I’m surrounded by other instructors who carry a boatload of bowhunting experience — not to mention stories of how their seasons went. Next, 3-D shoots. I don’t have much of a backyard, so there are about five shoots I make sure to visit every year. They usually start mid-summer and end just before Labor Day. I never make…

3 Min.
maintaining consistent string tension

There has always been talk of draw weight, holding weight, back tension and the like, but what’s not often discussed is the importance of maintaining consistent tension at full draw. This is something you can almost certainly improve, whether you’re just starting out in archery or the most seasoned pro. Maintaining exactly the same string pressure at full draw throughout your shot process is almost impossible, but the closer you get to perfection on the back end, the more consistently you’ll shoot. I believe one of the biggest reasons most archers have never talked about this is because — until now — there was no way to monitor accurately the amount of string pressure being applied at full draw. The Problem For me, the problem has always been varying my full-draw string…

5 Min.
improving the health of your deer dirt

In his book Plowman’s Folly, written in 1943, radical agronomist Edward Faulkner wrote, “The truth is that no one has ever advanced a scientific reason for plowing.” In fact, if you’re currently plowing, discing, fertilizing or spraying herbicides on your food plots, you’re destroying your soil health. Thanks to these common farming practices, our soils are completely depleted, eroded and in need of regenerative practices. If you want to truly make your food plot more diverse and (at least) as attractive as your neighbor’s agricultural fields, put your plows out to pasture and rent no-till equipment locally. I can see the letters to the editor now. Change hurts. Understand, growing crops was once done without additional fertility “help” from humans. What if I told you that a shift in mindset regarding…

6 Min.
mystery hits — the one that got away

I spent 25 days between Oct. 4 and Nov. 11 hunting one buck before finally getting a shot. The impact looked good to the eye — and to the camera, as my cameraman and I saw when we played it back on video — but I missed the spot I was aiming for by about two inches at 30 yards. I hit the deer right behind the heart; he mule-kicked and tore off. However, the buck showed back up on the other end of the field chasing a doe (though not too energetically) an hour after the shot. Finally, he gave up and went down into a draw, presumably to die. I produce a web series, Midwest Whitetail , and when I ran the shot on my daily video blog that…

4 Min.
part 2 of 3: peep sights

In Part 1 of this series [Jan/ Feb 2019, p. 24-25], we discussed how to choose the peep sight best suited for your applications. We also described a method of tying your peep into the string to minimize its movement, as well as another trick to determine whether the peep has moved up or down the string. In the next few columns, we’ll talk about the different types of peeps and how each of them may help you shoot more accurately and consistently. The sheer number of peep-sight options on the market makes the decision of which peep to use a difficult one. We’ll go over all the popular types of peeps, and I’ll give you my take on the pros and cons of each. After this discussion, you’ll hopefully be…