Tradlife 2017-05-15T15:53:48+00:00

What’s In Your Pack?—Beka Garris

When it comes to hunting, I've always been a fan of packing light. There's no point in carrying a full pack around the woods if you're never going to use half of what's [...]

Fred Bear Polar Bear Hunt

Here is a video of Fred Bear's exciting polar bear hunt. Twenty-five days into his third hunt for this species, Fred gets it done.

What’s In Your Pack? Don Thomas

The contents of one’s pack obviously vary to some degree with where you are and what you’re doing. Here, I’ll talk about what I carry when I’m hunting in Alaska, although most of [...]

The Life

Traditional Bowhunter Magazine recently partnered with The Push to expand the wealth of knowledge and camaraderie to those who are new to shooting traditional bows. Matt Zirnsak and Tim Nebel remind [...]

What’s In Your Pack?—David Darling

As a traditional bowhunter who hunts a variety of seasons what’s in my pack varies greatly, but the pack take into the field for my fall whitetail tree stand hunting basically falls into [...]

FOC Explained by Clay Hayes

Having weight forward of center can help with arrow flight and penetration. Clay explains how to measure your Forward of Center (FOC) in this "Field Tips" video from Twisted Stave. Leave [...]

Forum Members Reading List

The final list in our series comes from the members of our Campfire Forum. It's a longer list, so there's no description for each book. Log in (or sign up for a free membership) [...]

Masters of the Barebow 5

Last weekend, at the Traditional Bowhunter's Expo in Kalamazoo, I visited with some of the people who produced this video. This trailer explains what the video is all about. It is [...]

David’s Reading List

David Tetzlaff, our resident book reviewer, reads a lot of archery books so it was hard to pick only a few favorites. If the author sells the book directly, the photo will link to [...]

Fred’s Reading List

G. Fred Asbell, is well-known for the books he's written on instinctive shooting and stalking or still-hunting, and for his shooting school held every spring at Black Widow Bows in Missouri. He also served [...]

Care For a Traditional Bow

With the right techniques, and consistent care, the life of your traditional bow can be lengthened significantly. When caring for your bow, there is some regular maintenance that should be done, as well [...]

Don’s Reading List

TBM Co-Editor Don Thomas has written many books and articles about everything from archery to wingshooting. Here are a few of his favorites. If the author sells the book directly, the photo will link [...]

Shooting: Practice

I don’t hear the word practice very often in conversation with traditional bow shooters. We talk about shooting instead. There is such pleasure in simply shooting traditional equipment, but there’s something about the [...]

T.J.’s Reading List

The Witchery of Archery by Maurice Thompson Probably the first book that introduced target and field archers into the idea of hunting with the bow and arrow. It is a classic piece of bowhunting [...]

Why Hunting is a Healthy and Moral Option

Many people today are concerned about health: Health for themselves, health for the environment, and health for future generations. Seemingly endless studies on which ever-present chemicals, additives, preservatives, and seed strains are bad [...]

Big Chill

Understanding Hypothermia Back when I was young, when someone got lost in the woods and was found dead three weeks later the cause of death was usually listed as “exposure.” I didn’t know [...]

Opportunity Calls

I was cow-calling for a bull elk one September day deep in the bottom of a canyon. While there was daylight on the canyon rim 500 feet above, evening had come early to [...]

Three Common Mental Shooting Mistakes

You’ve done your shooting homework by establishing a repeatable, torque-free grip on the bow and locating an anchor point that places the nock under your dominant eye, aligning your draw arm elbow with [...]

Winter Hydration

We all know how important hydration is when you're outdoors. Winter hydration should be top priority as the cold hunts are beginning. There are a lot of cold-weather bowhunters who have [...]

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 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

How to Use a Compass and Map

Krik of Black Owl Outdoors thoroughly yet simply explains how to navigate with just a compass and a map. Regardless of why and how you spend your times in the great [...]

Nordic Story: The Modern Bowhunter

THE MODERN BOWHUNTER Bowhunting is more than just hunting. Ulrik never chose to hunt, hunting has just always been with him. The nordic nature gives him something nothing else can. We can [...]

Water Filtering Basics

Randy Newberg, Hunter explains the basics of water filtration, the types of systems available and his preferences for the style of hunting he does. Gravity flow systems, hand pumps, straws, and [...]

See How the Woodsman Broadhead is Made

The Woodsman broadhead has helped bowhunters put big game on the ground all around the world. See step-by-step how the original series Woodsman broadheads are built. These fixed blade broadheads are [...]

Meet The Champs: The Wilhelm Brothers

Walt and Kenneth Wilhelm, are in the archery hall of fame. In the 1930s they appeared in these Paramount newsreels. The shots they make will amaze you! Howard Hill shot with [...]

Gutless Field Dressing

Are you a gutless hunter? There are pros and cons to gutless field dressing of your game. This video from is a good tutorial for how to field dress an [...]

Mountain Fit

As the astute Benjamin Franklin noted, "Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other." You can let yourself believe you're in pretty good shape--maintaining that belief is certainly the [...]

Anchoring for Accuracy

One evening I was at an archery club when a local coach asked me to work with one of his up and coming adult barebow shooters. We’ll call her Janet. He pointed her [...]

10 Years a Bowhunter

Join Chris Shelton as he takes you on an adventure through the last 10 years of bowhunting with a traditional bow. Bowhunting has many ups and downs and you'll experience that [...]

Photo Gallery

Traditional Bowhunter Photo Gallery Upload your favorite pictures of camp life, your bow, or your latest animal hunted. Click on an image to enlarge it. *These photos are for our website ONLY. We [...]

Paul Bunyan Bucks—Traditional Archives

Left to right: Eugene Reeber, Leo Lange, and Nelson Grumley. Back in the days of lumberjacks and logging camps they told the story of the “winter of the blue snow” when meat was [...]

Ron La Clair Recites “The Legacy”

Ron La Clair, a traditional bowhunting legend in his own right, recites the following poem to the children at the Compton Traditional Bowhunters' 2017 Rendezvous. I think the adults were entertained [...]

How to Set Up a Traditional Bow

In this bow hunting tip, Damon Bungard shows you how to set up a Bear Takedown Bow. Setting up your new bow is always exciting, and it can also be relatively [...]

What Is Your Camo Philosophy?

Follow along as Damon Bungard of Orion Coolers goes through his top three camo philosophies in this Orion Chronicles episode. Share with us what your top three choices are and why. [...]

Survival Craft—Fire and Food

In this video by Clay Hayes he shares his two "Free Range Kids" gathering wood, building a fire and cooking wild edible plants for lunch. These are many of the skills [...]

Video: Improve Your Shot with Proper Form

15 years ago Clay Hayes converted from a compound bow to a traditional bow. Since then he has become a great resource for woodsmanship and traditional archery information. In this video [...]