Tag: Bowhunting

Ishi: The father of modern bowhunting

Ishi: The father of modern bowhunting

When we consider the tools that helped propel mankind to the top of the food chain, there is perhaps none more influential than the bow and arrow. The bow enabled our neolithic ancestors to hunt from a distance, outside the reach of claws and teeth. It instilled confidence, providing a tool to defend against whatever

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‘Urban Sportsman’: Bringing bowhunting to the city, one whitetail at a time

‘Urban Sportsman’: Bringing bowhunting to the city, one whitetail at a time

Written by Bernd Debusmann, this article was originally published by Free Range American on January 27, 2021. It’s a sunny, abnormally warm early evening in October, and Taylor Chamberlin is about 20 feet off the ground. Looking down from his tree stand through the dense canopy, he sees his target: a whitetail cruising for acorns.   Chamberlin draws his bow and lets

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Scratching the itch: Early season deer-hunting tactics

Scratching the itch: Early season deer-hunting tactics

As the dog days of summer slowly wind to a close and those first early frosts delicately lie upon blades of long grass, I start to feel the itch. As soon as I feel that little tickling between my shoulders, I grab my bow and head out into the cool mornings and warm afternoons of

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Going primal: The challenge of traditional bow hunting

Going primal: The challenge of traditional bow hunting

I started bow hunting with an old wooden recurve bow that my grandfather gave me for Christmas when I was 12 years old. It didn’t have much draw weight, but I still couldn’t hold it at full draw for very long. It didn’t have any sights, so I had to learn to shoot by instinct.

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Become a master of scent control to take more whitetails

Scent control companies market all different types of products they claim will help better block your scent while in the woods, and some may help—a little. Here’s the thing: A deer’s nose has more than 300 million scent receptors whereas a human nose only has five million. So just imagine how powerful a deer’s nose

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Balance your bow to shoot like the pros

In a recent article, “Don’t let the sales guy talk you into a stabilizer on your new bow,” I spoke about the importance of having a balanced bow. For those who took my advice and bought two stabilizers instead of one, here’s a guide to help you actually balance your bow. Before we start, there

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