By Dennis Cecil
A bowhunter today carries a surprising amount of gear beyond just a bow and some hunting arrows. Even while hunting whitetails in what is almost my backyard, I feel naked and ill-equipped without my binoculars, my release, rattling antlers, grunt calls, doe bleat calls, rangefinder, cover scents, wind checker, pruning saw and on and on. It’s a lot of stuff, and the best way to get it all there is a good backpack.
By Michael Corrigan
A tournament shooter I know once described archery as “human beings doing their best to act like robots.” That sums it up pretty well.
By Bill Krenz
It could be said that the two most important developments in arrow rests in recent times have been the introduction of rests whose launcher arms drop completely out of the way during the shot and rests that totally contain the arrow so that the shaft can’t be knocked from the shooting position. Both of those rest innovations have earned widespread bowhunter acceptance because they address commonly held archery problems. Drop-away arrow rests work to eliminate fletch-clearance problems. Total-containment rests ban dislodged hunting arrows forever.
By Michaelean Pike
I’m sorry to tell you this, but you stink. Day in and day out, your body is busy manufacturing the kinds of telltale odors that spell danger to wary big game animals. Skin and hair oils, sweat, mouth odors and many other charming human scents can ruin even the most carefully planned hunt. Many of these odors are detectable even to the relatively dull human nose, which is why your odor problem is compounded by the numerous products we’ve developed to hide those objectionable scents from each other. Everything from toothpaste to deodorant to laundry detergent to hand soap seems to be scented these days, and those foreign smells can frequently lead to hunting disaster as well. After all, anything that puts a whitetail buck on high alert is a bad thing. Fortunately, the hunting scent industry is just as busy manufacturing solutions as your body is manufacturing problems.
By Brian Strickland
Without question, today’s bowhunters are a blessed bunch. Never before have you had access to such an ever-expanding selection of quality outdoor equipment. From bows that spit out arrows at 300-plus feet per second to scouting cameras that possess the technology of a small computer to arrows that produce miniscule groups to broadheads tough enough to crack an engine block, today is a great time to buy new gear.