About T. J. Conrads

T. J. Conrads is the Editor, Publisher and Founder of Traditional Bowhunter Magazine. He has written many articles over the years, and has also written two excellent books: The Traditional Bowhunter's Handbook and Campfire Reflections.

String Silencers for Traditional Bows

This is an excerpt from T.J.'s book, The Traditional Bowhunter's Handbook. Many archers enjoy the sound their bowstring makes when loosing an arrow. It is one of those unique sounds that, along with the flight of the arrow, makes shooting a bow such a wonderful experience. However, for the bowhunter bowstring noise is [...]

String Silencers for Traditional Bows 2017-08-28T04:43:02+00:00

Smooth Leading Edge

If you shoot a selfbow without an arrow shelf, you may have experienced feathers cutting your finger. Worse, you may have run a quill a ways into your finger. This happens when the leading edge of the lower hen feather is slightly lifted off the arrow or has a sharp edge to it. [...]

Smooth Leading Edge 2017-01-03T20:20:53+00:00

Wood Arrow Spine

To get arrows with the correct spine for your bow, you first need to know your exact draw length and the weight that you are pulling from your bow. The standard measurement for a bow is based on 28", but many of us fail to draw to that length; most of the time [...]

Wood Arrow Spine 2016-12-14T13:46:51+00:00

Shooting Up and Down

Learning to shoot uphill and downhill is a must if you ever plan on hunting steep or hilly terrain. The fact is most bowhunters who are not experienced in shooting up and down invariably shoot high. Deer and other game live in a wide variety of terrain, and if you are hunting out [...]

Shooting Up and Down 2017-02-14T22:28:20+00:00

Understanding Single Bevel Broadheads

Many folks are still confused about single bevel broadheads. A single bevel broadhead is sharpened on only one side of each edge; the opposite edge remains flat. If the bevel (sloped edge) is on the left looking from the base of the broadhead to its point, it's a left bevel; if the bevel [...]

Understanding Single Bevel Broadheads 2016-12-14T11:38:41+00:00

Wood Grain Direction

Many archers don't know that there is a top and bottom of a wood arrow shaft, and care must be taken when building arrows to take this fact into account. If you look at the shaft you will notice a slight feathering on opposite sides. This is called the rift of the grain [...]

Wood Grain Direction 2016-12-14T05:14:24+00:00

Nock Fit

When Dacron was the only bowstring material used, almost every nock commercially available would fit snugly on a bowstring. Today many bowyers are building bows that can shoot Fast Flight or other non-stretch string material. These new materials are much stronger and much thinner than Dacron, so a smaller number of strands are [...]

Nock Fit 2016-12-14T04:53:45+00:00

Glassy Eyed

From The Traditional Bowhunter's Handbook If you want to take high quality, life-like images of your trophy in the field, you ought to keep a set of taxidermy glass eyes in your hunting pack. When you get ready to shoot your photos, simply slip the glass eyes over the animal's eyes and under [...]

Glassy Eyed 2016-12-11T17:06:44+00:00

Traditional Harvest Photos

I get a lot of questions about how to submit a kill photo for the magazine. The Traditional Harvest pages are sponsored by Columbia River Knife and Tool in Portland, Oregon. They give away a knife to one lucky hunter in each issue. If you would like to submit your picture, mail it to us at: Traditional Bowhunter Magazine Attn: T. J. Conrads P O Box 519 Eagle, ID 83616 Please include your name, address, and any pertinent information you'd like to include, such as bow, arrow, broadhead, etc. If you would like the photo returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Photos can also be emailed to tjc@tradbow.com. Please email the full-sized image for the best results. I'd like to outline a few other tips for good hunting photos. This applies to the magazine, our online galleries, or even the bulletin board at the sporting goods store. Keep in mind that not everyone who sees your photo is a hunter. Images of hunters straddling their quarry, animals hanging from a hook, o

Traditional Harvest Photos 2017-08-09T13:38:31+00:00