Tech questions

Downrange arrow energy is important when hunting large game such as elk. To know your arrow's energy output, log on to and punch in your arrow's specs to find out its performance values downrange, say 40 or 50 yards.

Ask the Editor- Downrange Arrow Energy
Posted on April 23, 2013

Hi Joe. Great mag! I have four different bowhunting magazine subscriptions, and I honestly feel that I learn more reading yours than I do in the other three combined. Here’s my question: I am in the market for new arrows. I’m looking at Easton Axis 340s and Easton Flatline 340s. … more


Ask the Editor : Serving Choices
Posted on April 16, 2013

Q: Hey Joe. I have some questions on serving material. My favorite bow tech at the local archery shop just moved, and I don’t trust my bow maintenance to anyone else. I’m happy, kind of, as it will finally force me into doing my own bow maintenance. I thought I … more

Modern speed bows, such as the BowTech Destroyer 350, are much more shooter-friendly compared to speed models from the past. The use of ingenious engineering concepts have actually made these bows very quiet, vibration free, smooth drawing, and extremely forgiving. They are no longer an expert's-only tool.

Ask the Editor – Bow’s Brace Height: 6 or 7-inch?
Posted on March 15, 2013

Q: Hey Joe. I’m finally ready to pull the trigger on a new bow. After much consideration and shot testing, I’ve decided to go with the BowTech Destroyer. However, this bow is available in two brace models — the 6-inch 350 or 7-inch 340. I’ve shot both in the pro … more

Copper John’s Deadnuts Series is a highly rugged bowhunting sight that features third-axis leveling capability.

Which Bow Sight?
Posted on February 6, 2013

Q: Hey Joe. I’m in the market for a new bow sight and I know you value all-out ruggedness when it comes to bow components. I’m a stickler for accuracy so I’d like to find a sold model with third-axis capability. Any recommendations? Jim Powers, via e-mail   A: There … more

Today's mechanical-blade broadhead market is profuse, with various cutting width and designs to choose from. As ethical bowhunters, we must experiment and choose equipment that best matches the types of animals we hunt, the shots we take, and the equipment we use.

Whitetails and Mechanical Broadheads
Posted on February 1, 2013

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.   Each season in deer camp, I notice more and more bowhunters using expanding-blade broadheads over smaller fixed-blade-style heads. This is true testament to the improvements … more


Tech Tips – Looking to gain an accuracy edge? If so, try these six proven steps.
Posted on October 11, 2012

With deer season around the corner, you should ask yourself, “Am I more ready this year this last, in terms of shooting better and feeling more accurate?” If the answer is “no,” then I believe there’s always room for improvement.   In fact, each season, you should find yourself growing … more

Modern bows are becoming shorter and shorter, which makes the string angle at full draw quite acute. As a result, archers often experience difficulty getting the string to touch their nose at anchor. The best way to remedy this is to increase the draw length slightly and to use a shorter-nose release aid.

Ask the Editor – String Angle Off or Draw Length?
Posted on October 2, 2012

  Q: Hello Joe. I love your magazine and your book, and I wish I had them years ago. Now a technical question for you.   I’m six-foot-three tall, with a six-feet, four-inch horizontal wing span. I just purchased a new Hoyt Maxxis 35 bow. The draw length is currently … more


High-Lung Hit?
Posted on August 14, 2012

My 15-year-old son shot his first bull elk while on a once-in-a-lifetime hunt in New Mexico. It looked like a good shot, just behind the shoulder but a few inches high. The shot was across pretty flat ground, and he used a 1-1/8-inch-wide fixed blade head. While tracking the animal downhill, … more