Category: Archery

Bowhunter Makes Perfect Shot on Giant, 180-Inch Illinois Buck


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The hardest part of hunting is figuring out the habits of truly big, mature bucks. Those old forest warriors that have been around for more than a few seasons and know how to properly evade a hunter. It takes a lot of strategic thinking and proper stand placement, but it can be done. In today’s […]

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Bowhunting in Southern Arizona: How to Tag a Rutting Buck in the Late Season


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Come January, most states are entering late-season hunts featuring icy weather and frigid temperatures. Folks familiar with these conditions might feel like they’re in A Christmas Story when they can’t put their arms down due to the sheer amount of layers they’re wearing. An upside to these hunts is that meat spoilage becomes a minor […]

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Why Hunting Sika Deer in Maryland Is a Worthwhile Challenge

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When most people think of an exotic hunting adventure, they likely picture a trip to a faraway place. Unless you step foot inside a high fence, there are few areas to hunt for non-native species in the continental U.S. Unless you venture to the eastern shore of Maryland. In Maryland, sika deer hunting is king. […]

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Baiting for Deer: Why Many States Have Banned the Practice, and More May Follow


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Baiting deer can be an extremely effective way to hunt them. Whether you agree or disagree with any moral objections to the idea, it’s no secret that whitetail hunters in several parts of the country take advantage of feed such as corn, beans, apples, peanuts, and more. Some say it’s a lazy form of hunting, […]

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5 Red Flags That Will Tell You a Hunting Outfitter Isn’t Worth It

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Hunting with an outfitter can be a truly great experience. I am grateful that I grew up in the heart of three incredible whitetail states, which allowed me to chase trophy quality bucks without the use of a guide. However, I love traveling the country in pursuit of other big game species, upland and migratory […]

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Best Broadheads for Whitetail Deer: Bowhunter Picks for Fixed-Blade, Mechanical, and Crossbow Bolts

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One of the most commonly debated topics revolves around the best types of broadheads to use for America’s favorite big game animal, the whitetail deer. You’ll hear people talk about the penetrating power of fixed blades, but then you’ll immediately hear a rebuttal about their inconsistent accuracy. Some will tell you that mechanicals are the […]

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Best Hunting Innovations of the Last 50 Years


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In the early days of my hunting life, mechanical pump shotguns, side-by-side double barrels, and lead shot were used to down everything from doves to pheasants. Since then, there have been many changes to our hunting arsenal due to better science and sound environmental common sense. The best hunting innovations of the last 50 years […]

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The Luke Brewster Buck: The Archery Non-Typical World Record


Luke Brewster Buck

In the pages of whitetail hunting history, there is no doubt the Luke Brewster buck is something incredibly special. The antlers of this once-in-a-lifetime deer sported 39 scorable points, with all the width, mass, and spread a hunter could ever hope for. This animal took the bowhunting world by storm when it was harvested in […]

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Best Shot Placements While Hunting With a Crossbow


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With more state wildlife agencies legalizing the use of crossbows for everyone during regular archery deer seasons, there’s a lot more hunters heading afield during those seasons these days. Some die-hard bowhunters may not like it, but many hunters are drawn back to deer hunting because of the 350+ fps speeds and excellent kinetic energy […]

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Most Popular Hunting Shows to Ever Air

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We all love watching the greats go out there and do it big. Whether we’re watching Steven Rinella trekking across Alaska or Brian Quaca exterminating feral hogs in Texas, it’s fun to visualize what a big-time hunt would look like. While several shows have had long runs, some have especially resonated with American viewers. The […]

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