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Bowhunting

Bow Test 2014

Perennial underdogs take center podium in our annual examination of the newest compounds. Check out the results of the 2014 Bow Test.

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Latest Bow Gear

Bowhunting Editor Todd Kuhn hit the Archery Trade Association show to bring you the best new bowhunting gear for 2013.

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Bowhunting Articles

New Crossbows For 2013

As crossbows grow in popularity, manufacturers are constantly striving to make faster,...

Broadhead Test

We tested and ranked the 5 best mechanical broadheads and 5 best fixed-blade broadheads...

Best New XBows

Find out which crossbows scored the highest in our annual torture test.

Bow Test 2012

Outdoor Life is known for running one of the toughest and most detailed bow tests in...

Hot New Bow Gear

Here is a quick look at some of the newest bowhunting products poised to make a splash...

Setting up a Bowhunting Rig

A step-by-step guide to setting up a tack driving hunting machine.

  • July 28, 2014

    Study: One Sit in the Deer Woods Equals Three Days of Pressure for Mature Bucks - 0


    Photo by David Restivo, NPS via Flickr

    Hunters know that putting too much pressure on whitetails can alter deer activity. We often hear that putting too much pressure on a mature buck makes it go nocturnal for the rest of the hunting season. But how much pressure is too much? 

    In a recent study of South Carolina bucks, just a single day of light-impact hunting made bucks avoid the area for several days.  

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  • July 28, 2014

    Video: New Study Sheds Light on What Deer See - 2


    Photo by Justin Leonard via Flickr

    If you’re a deer hunter who likes to wear blue jeans to your stand, you might as well hang a cowbell around your neck to let whitetails know you’re in the woods. And if you wear camouflage with many subtle colors, it may be doing you more harm than good. 

    At the recent QDMA conference, researchers from the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources presented findings from a new study on whitetail vision. 

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  • July 28, 2014

    Bowhunting Prep: Why You Really Only Need One Fixed Pin - 0

    Many of today's sights give bowhunters the ability to extend their range to distances that were unimaginable 15 years ago. But, according to the Pope & Young Record Books, 20 yards is still the average distance from which a whitetail buck is killed. When the buck you've been watching all summer walks by, deciding which pin to use should be the last thing on your mind.

    Archery expert Larry Wise explains how to make one sight pin work for you at multiple yardages during that moment of truth.

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  • July 28, 2014

    Bowhunting: Prime-Time Pre-Rut Strategies - 0


    Photo by Donald M. Jones

    Without question, most diehard deer hunters get fired up for the much-anticipated rut. But this brief period can be chaotic, somewhat unpredictable, and often difficult to hunt due to intense outside hunting pressure and other uncontrollable factors. This is exactly why you need to take advantage of the early season and exploit a mature buck’s routine long before things start to unravel and shake loose. The following high-impact tactics, strategies, and setups will help you take advantage of the pre-rut and kick-start your season.

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  • July 28, 2014

    Bow Test 2014: OL Ranks and Reviews 9 New Crossbows - 0


    Photo by Nick Ferrari

    While none of them will admit it, manufacturers of hunting compound bows and crossbows are constantly at war with one another, keeping tabs as best as they can on who’s doing what. After all, the spoils of this war are the cash-laden bowhunters they can recruit—or convert—to their brand.

    Of course, established brands hold several advantages over newcomers. Typically, the industry behemoths have bigger budgets and star-studded pro staffs, and they employ the most capable engineering minds in the industry. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 28, 2014

    Deer of the Year: The Pumpkin Buck - 0

    Editor's Note: We're highlighting all of the bucks that ran in August's Deer of the Year feature. Each week we'll post the full story and extra photos right here on the BBZ blog.

    A new hunter might sit in the stand for weeks or months before even coming close to shooting a deer. For hunter Parker Florimonte, it took four years. But his efforts finally paid off when he tagged his first deer on October 29 in Hamilton County, Ohio. Everyone’s first successful hunt is memorable, and Florimonte made sure he'ld never forget his by harvesting this nontypical suburban bruiser in his own backyard.

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  • July 24, 2014

    Bow Test 2014: OL Ranks and Reviews 10 New Compounds - 0


    Photo by Nick Ferrari

    While none of them will admit it, manufacturers of hunting compound bows and crossbows are constantly at war with one another, keeping tabs as best as they can on who’s doing what. After all, the spoils of this war are the cash-laden bowhunters they can recruit—or convert—to their brand.

    Of course, established brands hold several advantages over newcomers. Typically, the industry behemoths have bigger budgets and star-studded pro staffs, and they employ the most capable engineering minds in the industry. [ Read Full Post ]


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