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September 2019

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.

United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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10 Issues


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adding three to the hunting party

ALL OF US HERE at Bowhunter are still missing our friend and colleague, Dwight Schuh. But life goes on. The hunt continues. And so must we. The loss of Dwight has left a void in our magazine, particularly on the back page where Dwight’s Wild-side column regularly appeared. However, we know that Dwight would approve of the man we've asked to write a new back-page column entitled, The Quest . Without a doubt, Randy Ulmer is an archery and bowhunting icon as well. A Bowhunters Hall of Fame member since '99, Randy was formally inducted into the Archery Hall of Fame in 2016. For years, Randy dominated competitive archery, and while we lack the space here to document his archery achievements, suffice it to say that he won many world titles.…

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between bowhunters

READERS REFLECT ON DWIGHT SCHUH Dear Bowhunter , When my March 2019 issue of Bow-hunter Magazine showed up in my mailbox, I immediately flipped to the back page, as I always do, to read Wild-side. The very next day, I opened up an e-mail from Bowhunter and read the sad news of Dwight Schuh’s passing. I never even met the man, but I felt crushed. As a 48-year-old bowhunting and outdoor junkie, I have consumed as many bowhunting articles as I can since the age of 10 or 11. In my mind, there is an elite bunch of writer/hunters, and Mr. Schuh was without a doubt one of the best in that elite group. He always came across as extremely humble, honest, and knowledgeable. His writing always made me feel like I…

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ryley’s elk

MY HUNTING BUDDY Doyle Shipp crouched behind a bush and watched the 6x7 bull pace along a ridge. The elk was 150 yards away, but Doyle was not concerned about the distance. He was excited, because his son Ryley was inching toward the bull and had already cut the range in half. Doyle hesitated a few more minutes, and then he started sneaking along behind Ryley. He could not help himself. It looked like the young man might actually get a shot, and Doyle wanted a front-row seat. At age 24, Ryley Shipp had already bagged two bulls in his home state of Montana with a Hoyt fingers bow — first a fat 5x5, and then a bomber 6x6 that gross-scored a touch over 380 record-book points. Both elk were shot…

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situation-specific camo

DURING A RECENT conversation with a young hunting-industry insider, we got on the topic of camouflage. The fellow I was chatting with simply said, “I don’t believe in camouflage or scent control.” I don’t know how many times we’ve gone down the road on scent control, but there are proven methods that work. Maybe not 100 percent of the time, but definitely more than zero. As far as camouflage, his statement is one that echoes of the olden days, when hunters wore blue jeans and red-plaid shirts into the woods. They were also hunting deer that hadn’t been hunted much, and not insignificantly, were reputed to rarely, if ever, look up into a treestand. Things have changed on that last front, as we’ve all witnessed plenty of times. Deer these days do…

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does the moon phase determine deer movement?

EVERY YEAR, we read articles on the relationship between deer movements and specific phases of the moon. Various charts and tables are published, which include the latest truths or “scientific” links between maximizing your days afield to the different phases of the moon (new, waning, waxing, and full). But, is there any science to these claims? One of the first to make a connection between moon phase and deer movement was the late Jeff Murray, who in 1992 created the Moon Guide. Jeff and I spent many hours discussing his guide. In short, it picked the best days, times, and locations for hunters. Depending on whether the moon is directly above or below the Earth, the Moon Guide tells you whether your time afield should be spent near bedding, feeding, or…

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feds doing more for hunters

THE PRESENT administration has done many things to improve habitat and access for hunters. For example, under former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, hunting was expanded on 10 national wildlife refuges. Zinke also directed bureaus to open hunting on some national monument lands where hunting was legally allowed, and he established the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council. The Council is intended to provide the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture with advice regarding the establishment and implementation of existing and proposed policies and authorities with regard to wildlife and habitat conservation. In late 2017, Zinke created the International Wildlife Conservation Council. The Council provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior and focuses on increased public awareness regarding conservation, wildlife law enforcement, and economic benefits…