Off- Season Pet Peeves
Posted on August 20, 2014

As I write this, it’s the beginning of June—the official “off-season” for the bowhunter. Consequently, I’ve been in my shop tinkering and analyzing gear and equipment choices more than I care to admit. Why do I do this?   I guess it boils down to three things—motivation, resourcefulness and success. … more

This brute of a 10-pointer was shot by the author on a Wisconsin, big woods deer hunt.

Buck Lessons: Pt. 2
Posted on August 15, 2014

Learning from a Master Some people frown on guided hunting trips thinking that it is somehow cheating to hunt other than on your own. The vast majority of my hunts are solo affairs, but every once in a while, I go on an outfitted hunt just to spice things up … more

This Illinois 12 pointer was shot by the author after another hunter ruined his morning hunt in another location.

Buck Lessons: Pt 1
Posted on August 13, 2014

Most of the readers have seen bowhunting articles on lessons learned the hard way. Over the years I’ve written a few of those kinds of articles myself and actually find them sort of painful to compose. Conjuring up those memories of hunts that went sour due to my blunders is … more

Doing everything the same on each shot is the key to consistent accuracy. Refining things like your muscle memory and focus will ensure more flawless performance.

Improve Your Form: Try these tips for smoother, more accurate shooting
Posted on August 6, 2014

Shoot With Eyes Shut One of the best things you can do for your shooting is to shoot with your eyes shut. This may sound a little funny to some but it’s practiced by most of the top archers on a regular basis. To shoot with your eyes shut, move … more

Joe Bell photo

Backpack Basics
Posted on August 5, 2014

Backpacking is a great way to increase your hunting success. However, most that do it are destined for failure due to poor preparation and forethought. To prevent bad success, follow these steps. Like many western bowhunters, I’ve always been the adventurous-type who finds it difficult not going to that next … more

The Third-Axis Leveling Device by Hamskea Archery Solutions was designed to simplify the difficulty of leveling your bowsight for second- and third-axis capability.

Inside Gear
Posted on July 16, 2014

01: Cabela’s E.C.W.C.S Thermal Zone Polartec Power Dry Zip Top is unlike any other base layer you’ve worn. It uses three-types of fabrics to provide total comfort in a variety of temperatures and activities. You’ve got to wear it to believe it. Versatile Base Layers Early last year, I was … more

Bow And Arrow Hunting - Tech

Long-Range Savvy: If You Want to Build Confidence and Stretch Your Effective Range, Follow These Bits of Wisdom
Posted on April 3, 2014

Taking shots beyond the 40-yard mark require lots of pre-season practice, polished shooting form and tuned-up gear. Big antler tips flashed abruptly downrange, a big mule deer browsing in the privacy of a thick aspen grove. You nock an arrow and tiptoe ahead, hoping to close the distance to a … more

Keefer and his trophy management Tule elk bull, which offered an adventure and thrill he'll never forget. He arrowed the bull from 44 yards, achieving excellent penetration with his Mathews Heli-M 52-pound setup.

The Great Tule
Posted on March 28, 2014

The Great Tule Join this bowhunter as he travels to the beautiful foothills of California, pursuing our continent’s third and smallest species of elk. By Roy K. Keefer   For many years hunters striving to kill at least one of all the North American species referred to them as the … more