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Petersen's Bowhunting July 2020

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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3 min.
get back in the game!

After all, watching a game is, at its essence, a chance to escape real life for a few hours — and if ever we needed an escape from reality, it’s now. As I write this, the nation is taking baby steps towards reopening, and I am cautiously optimistic America is gaining the advantage against the virus. However, it is still unclear when, or if, the NBA and NHL will be able to finish their seasons or MLB will be able to begin theirs. At this point, I’m just hoping we have football this fall. I was so desperate for a sports fix this spring I actually watched the NFL Draft! Normally, watching teams pick players who won’t suit up in meaningful games for nearly five months would be as appealing as watching…

4 min.
“my” buck

Now, I’m not referring to a deer that’s swinging from the meat pole. If that were the case, there would be nothing wrong with this label. I’m talking about the times we refer to an animal that is alive and well as “my” buck. You know, the mythical creature that may have slipped in front of your Stealth Cam a time or two. Or maybe that big, old brute you saw cross the road on your way to work. In other words, a free-ranging, wild animal. This terminology may seem inno - cent, at least until we start getting possessive. If you use it in a way that indi - cates you own the rights to that animal, there’s a problem. You’ll hear a guy say, “That guy killed my buck,”…

5 min.
buck slots & food plots

AS THE MOST popular game species in America, whitetail deer boast a huge following and, as a result, attract a massive amount of financial support for research and management. For 43 years, deer researchers and managers have annually assembled to discuss the state of whitetail-deer management. Before I get into some of the highlights from the 2020 meeting of the Southeast Deer Study Group, I’d like to acknowledge the states that regularly participate: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Slot Limits for Bucks? While it is possible for a late-born fawn to “catch up” with its peers in future years in terms of antler development, there seems to be some evidence that we can use antler-size comparisons within…

6 min.
use small-diameter shafts

OVER THE LAST 30 years, I’ve gradually shifted from using standard-diameter arrow shafts to medium-diameter shafts to micro-diameter shafts for all my bowhunting. Here’s why: Penetration In all the testing data I’ve read, as well as all the testing I’ve done personally, small-diameter arrows penetrate better than larger-diameter arrows of the same weight and stiffness. These findings hold true whether the arrows are shot into foam targets or into animal carcasses. The reduced surface area of a small-diameter shaft reduces overall resistance as the shaft slips into the target. Interestingly, some thorough testing conducted by BOWHUNTING Gear Editor Jon Silks indicates this penetration advantage is reduced when shooting broadheads as opposed to fieldpoints. However, the small-diameter shafts still penetrated deeper than wider shafts. You can review that info at bowhuntingmag. com; search for…

5 min.
my greatest bow-tuning lesson

MANY OF THE lessons I’ve learned over the years have been related to the behavior of the animals I’ve hunted and how a person with a bow can get close enough for a clean shot. However, just as important are the lessons I’ve learned that determine how accurately that shot can be placed. The most important lesson I’ve learned about arrow flight? Nock travel. Junk Bows Bow design has gotten a lot better over the last 30 years, but there were times when the manufacturers made bows that could not be tuned, period. You literally had to disassemble and modify some of them in order to get an arrow to fly true. Most people, of course, didn’t do that, so bow tuning became something of a black art. Sure, there were some good bows…

4 min.
2020 top trends: part 3 of 3

IN OUR LAST two issues, we’ve looked at recent trends in the crossbow industry. As previously noted, the archery industry tends to be trendy, but these trends aren’t simply frivolous marketing. They represent legitimate improvements — some in direct response to the demands of an ever more sophisticated customer base, others resulting from the latest advancements in materials, technology and engineering. However, the two aren’t mutually exclusive. We’ll finish off this series here with a few more trends. Like a shark, the crossbow industry must continue to move forward, and by the time this issue hits newsstands, there will no doubt be new trends already in motion. Speed One of the biggest trends in crossbows is speed. Consumers are constantly asking for more. Whether they need it or not is debatable, but it’s the…