Unraveling this buck’s patterns during the post season was key to the author arrowing him the first time in the stand.

5 Steps to Kill- Part I
Posted on December 18, 2013

Steps 1 and 2 in our “5 Steps to Kill” series. Make sure you check back next week for steps 3-5! 5 Steps to Kill Follow this simple plan to line out where to shoot next year’s buck.  By Steve Bartylla I was pumped. Just that quick, I was convinced … more

The author and his bomber Illinois non-typical, which offered a hunting experience he'll never forget.

Illinois Brute
Posted on December 10, 2013

    After many ups and downs, this bowhunter finally gets his crack at a true one-of-a-kind monster buck.  Story and photos by Matt Frane It all started in August when my friend Jack was riding his four-wheeler out behind his property when, all of a sudden, a buck jumped … more

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Tech Tips- Whitetails and Mechanical Broadheads
Posted on December 6, 2013

  Whitetails and Mechanical Broadheads Today’s bows and arrows are technologically advanced, but does this mean you can just screw on any broadhead and hunt? Common sense says no. By Joe Bell Each season in deer camp, I notice more and more bowhunters using expanding-blade broadheads over smaller fixed-blade-style heads. … 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

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How to Stay Mentally Tough at Crunch Time: Knowing When to Shoot & Draw
Posted on May 26, 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

The author remembers feeling a strong dose of buck fever while drawing down on this Wyoming whitetail. His saving grace was aiming intensely at where he wanted to hit, which seemed to force a good shot.

How to Stay Mentally Tough at Crunch Time: Gaining confidence
Posted on May 24, 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 you can gain confidence and be a better hunter. … more

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How to Stay Mentally Tough at Crunch Time: The Pre-Shot Checklist
Posted on May 22, 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 an important part of the preparation stage: the pre-shot checklist. … more

Consistent bowhunting success doesn’t just happen. To make high-pressure shots again and again, you must have a system in place, such as a mental drill you go through just prior to hitting full draw.

How to Stay Mentally Tough at Crunch aTime: Power of practice
Posted on May 19, 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 the power of practice.   “What this power is I … more