June 2021 - Gear Special
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Bowhunter brings you expert advice from legendary Bowhunters! Each issue is filled with updates from major bowhunting organizations, coverage of bowhunting locations across North America, complete coverage of the sport and much more.

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United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
5,18 €(IVA inc.)
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9 Números

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3 min.
luck? no such thing...

BACK IN 1981, when I made the exhilarating decision to become a bowhunter for life, I had a buddy who already had some bowhunting experience. We’ll call him Clint E. As I began the exciting process of choosing the best bowhunting gear I could afford, I noticed that Clint was hunting with quite possibly the crudest, most poorly-matched equipment imaginable. His compound bow looked like it had been dragged behind a pickup for a couple miles. The string was so fuzzy from wear, he could have used it to check wind direction. No two aluminum arrows in his quiver were of the same length, spine, or fletching color, and I doubt any were straight. His broadheads were rusty, with hand-honed edges; his sight a single, partially bent brass pin; and…

7 min.
adjust to the situation

IF I WERE TO DIG AROUND ENOUGH, I’m sure I could find remnants of the first archery sight I ever owned. Like many of you, it was a fixed multi-pin sight, constructed from a lightweight polymer frame that offered the best in brightness and quality at the time. Back then, three pins — 20, 30, 40 yards — were all I needed. Fast-forward a couple of decades. Although I still rely on the qualities of a multi-pin sight, it’s honestly hard to beat the flexibility of an adjustable bow-sight. With single or multi-pin configurations to choose from, virtually every sight manufacturer offers something in this growing arena. I picked up my first adjustable sight nearly 20 years ago, and it truly was a game-changer. My accuracy improved significantly, and with that came…

11 min.
best-in-class bows

BACK IN 1991, when I was 11 years old, I thought I was pretty hot stuff when I got my first compound bow. With a year to spare, I’d already worked my way past the minimum draw weight for my home state of Minnesota and was confident that my new rig would help me fill tags by the time I could actually hunt the following year. It didn’t, but it wasn’t the bow’s fault. My issues in my early years all stemmed from the mess between my ears, and for quite a few seasons I thought I was mostly cursed to either miss, or shoot poorly. It wasn’t until I was in my 20s and I got my hands on a new Bowtech, that my world changed. With better gear and…

13 min.
the launchpad

IF YOU SPEND ANY time around accomplished bowhunters, you’ll soon figure out that it’s not just dumb luck that has led to their success. Don’t get me wrong, they’ll gladly take any amount of luck the bowhunting gods offer. But if you look deep enough, it’s their skills, tenacity, and equipment that ulti mately define their success. While skill comes with time, and tenacity is a mindset that’s developed, having effective equipment is something that can be ini tiated now. Nothing ends up on a successful hunter’s bow without a purpose There are many factors in the bowhunting pro cess we look forward to, but it s that moment when our arrow hits exactly where we wanted it to that we’re ultimately after Your equipment is a huge component to that…

10 min.
match-grade ammo

THE YOUNG FIVE-POINT pointed his nose in my direction, so I slowly stood up, trying to ignore the shaking in my legs. I’d yet to kill an antlered buck, and while he’d score about 35", this buck was about 33" bigger than I needed to be happy. At 20 yards, he stopped and posed up. My first arrow hit his spine and he dropped. My second arrow was also off the mark. My third, guided no doubt by some empathetic bow-hunting god, passed through his ribs and buried into his off-side shoulder. With his last breath, he rolled just slightly on his side and broke all three of my arrows in the process. I immediately thought about how my dad was going to be ticked about my breaking three arrows on…

11 min.
cutting edge

I’VE WATCHED BOWHUNTERS sweat bullets over broadheads. Rightly so. After all, it’s the business end of the arrow that does the damage. I’ve answered thousands of e-mails about their performance and been asked “my opinion” about which broadhead is best for elk, deer, turkeys — and the list goes on — more times than I can count. Recently, after giving a turkey seminar at a local bow shop, it happened again. It was time for some Q&A, and one bowhunter asked, “If you had to shoot one broadhead for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?” I’ve done pretty well at dodging this question over the years. In my line of work, giving an all-in endorsement to a single head can be a recipe for disaster, and…