BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - It's time! The early seasons are underway, and Bowhunting World's special Annual issue has the information and advice at hand to help bowhunters make the most of their precious time afield. It's on the newsstand September 18!
Many of us are out there matching our skills against antelope on the wide prairies. Frustration happens when atypical conditions change behaviors. What do you do when antelope won't approach waterholes? Veteran antelope chaser Joe Byers shares the tale of "the Trojan cow" that one creative bowhunter employed for connecting with "Speed Goats On Steroids."
Outdoor writer Sarah Gaffney made the trek to central Florida and experienced the authentic and thrilling adventure that can only come with hunting some of the largest American alligators on record. " 'Oh my gosh! Look how big it is! Oh my goodness!' Those were the only words I could think of," she remembers. Sarah's gator was 10.5 feet long, 475 pounds, and a memory of a lifetime. Gaffney tells you what you need to know to make gator memories of your own.
When you finally get that shot of a lifetime, equipment makes all the difference, especially when you are "In DEEP For Hogs." Managing Editor Mark Melotik recently tried the exciting new Deep Six arrow technology from industry juggernauts Easton and New Archery Products, a deadly arrow/broadhead system that, he says, bowhunters everywhere should consider. Several Carbon Injexion/Big Nasty head combinations that passed completely through their feral hog targets were virtually unscathed and could be used again after a brief touch-up. Impressive.
Success is where preparation meets opportunity. Make sure you have all the right preparations in place, especially if you plan on "Bowhunting The Last Frontier." Alaska resident and veteran bowhunter Paul D. Atkins offers checklists of animals, equipment, steps for planning, and good advice to anyone thinking about heading north.
And once you get to Alaska, you may come to admire the skill of the bush pilots, as Bob Robb does in this issue's "Backcountry." "Bush pilots are a different breed, proud men who would never think about being on some reality TV show or spend time bragging about their skills," Robb asserts. "They can MacGyver their planes together in a pinch and know what they can and cannot do. And they can take you on the very best adventures you'll ever have."
One of the great things about archery is the variety of equipment. In our Annual issue, we take a closer look at the equipment and lore behind traditional bows and crossbows. In the "Traditional Almanac," Clint Stone looks at the latest trad-style equipment and shares an amusing array of "Goofy Broadheads" produced over the years. He also highlights the achievements and thoughts of those who carry on this proud tradition. Did you know that Mel Johnson's 204 4/8-inch typical whitetail deer, taken in 1965, has withstood the influx of modern equipment? Read how Johnson took that bruiser with a Damon Howatt 62-inch Hunter Classic recurve, a bow still produced in much the same form today.
Brad Strandlund discusses the evolving crossbow laws and regulations in the "Crossbow Almanac." Crossbow-friendly laws have increased hunting participation across all hunting segments. If you are thinking about going afield, Brad offers advice for choosing the setup right for you, and he outlines the crossbows and accessories that will get you there. Like history? Learn more about the crossbow's role in medieval warfare.
Finally, we offer the "Bowhunting North America Guide for 2012-2013," our annual overview of bowhunting forecasts, season dates and regs across the continent. Whether you are aiming to put a trophy on the wall, put meat in the freezer, or embark on the bowhunting adventure of a lifetime, this guide is chock-full of good information to help you meet your goals.
All this and much, much more is in Bowhunting World's Annual issue. Check it out! On newsstands September 18th or visit www.bowhuntingworld.com
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