Bowhunting Editor Todd Kuhn hit the Archery Trade Association show to bring you the best new bowhunting gear for 2013.
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In just the last four years, Cory Peterson’s outfitting business has doubled in size to nearly 60,000 acres of deer- and turkey-rich ground in Nebraska’s Sand Hills. But Peterson, who also farms corn and raises beef cattle in the area, didn’t pursue many of his leases. Instead, neighbors came to him, offering to lease their land for annual payments that range between $1 and $3 per acre.
The main reason Peterson’s Hidden Valley Outfitting has grown? His neighbors find it increasingly difficult to allow free public hunting.
“Most traditional farmers understand the idea that hunting is something that should be free,” says Peterson. “But these guys have had gates left open by hunters, cattle shot by hunters, and water tanks shot by hunters. After a while, they just run out of patience.” [ Read Full Post ]
As more states legalize the use of crossbows during regular archery seasons, the popularity of horizontal bows just continues to grow. And it's expensive to be popular. With all the bells and whistles, a high-end crossbow can run you more than $2,000.
But, you can still get a new crossbow and put your kid through college. Wanting to provide technology-driven crossbows that are high performers but don’t break the bank, many manufacturers are offering quality crossbows under the $600 mark. So let’s take a peek at some of the best budget crossbows on the market today. [ Read Full Post ]
The National Shooting Sports Foundation released a report yesterday detailing just how heavily hunting impacts the economy. The report, which collected data through 2011, unveiled some interesting facts: There's been a 9 percent increase in hunter participation from 2006 to 2011 but overall hunting-related expenditures have grown by 55 percent.
The expenditure data for the report were obtained from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, conducted every five years with help from the U.S. Census Bureau. Hunters’ expenditures were then analyzed with the IMPLAN economic model to develop estimates of jobs, tax revenues, and other economic measures, according to the NSSF. [ Read Full Post ]
Tom Jennings, otherwise known as "Mr. Compound Bow," passed away on February 25th. Mr. Jennings was 88. Tom's love affair with archery began early, building his first recurve when he was just 12.
Throughout his life, Jennings was known as an innovator. Jennings was one of the first to recognize the potential of Holless Wilbur Allen's original compound bow design.
As such, Jennings purchased the first license to Allen's patent and is credited as the first to mass produce compound bows. [ Read Full Post ]
So, a hunting buddy forwarded this video to me the other day proclaiming its awesomeness. As for me? Well, I think I must be missing something. I have a hard enough time getting my arrows to fly straight with a 125-grain broadhead and can’t imagine how’d they would fly with what amounts to a 300-grain blunt. [ Read Full Post ]
It’s that time of year again when well meaning do-gooders (including hunters and landowners) start killing winter stressed dear by feeding them. Concerned that whitetails are not getting enough to eat, they drive pickups full of corn or apples (or just about anything a deer will eat) into the woods and leaving it for the hungry deer to gobble down. And that’s when the deer to begin to starve.
In most parts of the North, winter weather conditions put serious stress on whitetails. With the ground covered by a foot or more of snow in some areas, deer are forced to eat woody browse, old dead leaves or even tree bark and lichens. It’s not the best food stuff in the world but whitetails have been doing it for thousands of years and somehow are able to manage fairly well on it (at least in winter). Their digestive system is tuned to winter forage and can make the most of these low-quality foods. They may lose 20-30% of their body weight over the winter but it is how they have learned to survive. [ Read Full Post ]
Willie and Jase Robertson (left), from A&E's hit show Duck Dynasty, are unlikely TV superstars. And they're still hard-core outdoorsmen at heart.
Willie: Our show, Duck Dynasty, is a family show, and the reaction to it has been overwhelmingly positive. But I’ll tell you what—nobody wrote a manual for this. Nobody wrote a manual on how you run a business while all this is happening at the same time.
Jase: When we go out in public now we’re easily recognized. Basically, when you look like we do—before the show, people kept their distance. People thought I was homeless. Now it’s different. I was in Ohio last weekend, my plane got delayed, and I got there 60 seconds before I was going up on stage to speak. When I walked out, there were two families in the front row and they had “Duck Dynasty” spelled out in paint on their chests. People were cheering and hollering. People were going crazy and I hadn’t even said a word. [ Read Full Post ]