The author and his massive whitetail, which he arrowed after 15 days on stand while hunting with the Harpole’s Lodge in Pike County, Illinois. The buck’s gross score was 192 points—truly a deer of a lifetime. Photos by Eric Suhm,

Miracle Buck Part I
Posted on September 26, 2013

Part I of a two-part series. Over the course of three seasons, and three weeks on stand, this bowhunter’s dream of scoring on a Boone and Crockett-caliber buck finally comes to life. By Ron Way “I can’t believe it,” I said to myself. “I just blew a chance of a … more

To be an ethical bowhunter, you must have intimate knowledge of a deer or elk’s vital organ structure, so you can deliver a killing shot accordingly. Photos courtesy of National Bowhunter Education Foundation

How to Stay Mentally Tough at Crunch Time: Taking Ethical Shots
Posted on May 29, 2013

Exclusive BOW & ARROW HUNTING Feature Series: Check out this excerpt from Joe Bell’s recent book, “TECHNICAL BOWHUNTING, The Ultimate Guide to Shooting Performance.” Learn how to stay mentally tough and deliver at the moment of truth. This segment covers how to learn when to shoot and when to draw. … more

Stafford poses with his first-day buck, which he shot at 20 yards as it approached his ambush area.

Adventure: The Search for a Coues Deer
Posted on March 31, 2013

  Excitement fills the air as this bowhunter heads toward the rugged mountains of Southern Arizona, all in search of the cagey, gray ghost Coues deer.   I tucked my face into my Sitka jacket as the cold morning breeze stung my cheeks. Growing up in North Dakota, I have … more

There are primary and secondary bucks scrapes. The primary ones are of the most important to hunters, as bucks will regularly visit these, whereas secondary scrapes get visited much less regularly, making them poor hunting spots. When hunting a particular scrape, be sure you’re setup within 20 yards of the prevailing downwind side of the scrape. This will put you in the best position for a shot and to catch bucks scent checking further downwind of the area.

The Real Dirt on Hunting Scrapes
Posted on March 29, 2013

If you thought hunting a scrape was useless, then you’d better think again. Here’s the right strategy that will produce serious results.   Let’s say I was visiting my home town and wanted to find a certain guy, my unrequited crush from high school. I wondered what he’d look like … more


Bow & Arrow Hunting Coach: Late Rut Tips
Posted on December 28, 2011

It had already been an amazing morning. I’d passed on two very mature bucks within easy shooting range in under a half-hour. With firearm season a day away, the only thing that gave me the resolve to pass was my belief that I could still take a larger buck. The … more


The Surprising Benefits of Ground Blinds
Posted on December 20, 2011

Everyone knows that to kill whitetails with a bow you have to be at least 15 feet off the ground, right? Wrong. Today’s combination of safe, inexpensive portable treestands and an extreme focus on hunting trophy bucks has turned ground hunting into a dying art–a trend that’s likely causing bowhunters … more


Bowhunting Mule Deer in Arizona
Posted on December 14, 2011

It was late December 13 years ago when I embarked on my first journey to Southern Arizona to hunt desert mule deer. My hunting buddy and I each had an over-the-counter archery deer tag in our pockets, and with other hunters’ stories in our heads, we were positive we would … more

Jarrod Erdody, of Blood Brothers Outdoors, stayed mobile and flexible throughout the season, which allowed him to connect on this nice Illinois buck.

Streamline Your Hunting Season
Posted on November 9, 2011

Tired of guessing what deer are doing? Well, don’t. Follow these rules, and you’ll enjoy better action. By Jason Herbert My head hung low as I climbed into the car to go home. After slaving over this property all summer, I had big plans of putting my tag on one … more