Skin A Cat – Knives for Traditional Bowhunters

A full tang blade Helle knife top, and partial tang below. Helle sells complete knives as well as tangs and parts to make your own. I remember my first knife. My father gave it to me when I was quite young. It was made by Schrade with two folding blades made [...]

Skin A Cat – Knives for Traditional Bowhunters2021-02-26T10:02:13-07:00

Gear Review: Two Backpacks for Bowhunters

I vividly remember the first time I prepared for a mule deer hunt with my dad. In fact, I remember it better than the actual hunt. It was August 1996, and I had just finished my Hunters Education course. The excitement of getting to go hunting was likely the only thing that made [...]

Gear Review: Two Backpacks for Bowhunters2021-02-08T08:54:55-07:00

Traditional Archives: Saxton T. Pope

One man clearly stands out when you think back to the advent of modern bowhunting in the United States—Saxton T. Pope. What Maurice Thompson started in the late 1800s, Pope took to the next level in the 1920s. Saxton Temple Pope was born at Fort Stockton, Texas, on September 4, 1875. His father, [...]

Traditional Archives: Saxton T. Pope2021-01-21T10:55:09-07:00

Spring Training

"Dad, I think I’m ready,” Victor said one morning after shooting his recurve. “Is that a fact?” I asked with a tinge of incredulity. Lately, he had been neglecting his archery practice, preferring to play Clash of Clans with his buddies. “Show me.” We strolled out to the range behind the house, and [...]

Spring Training2021-01-04T14:35:33-07:00

The Beauty of Archery

The largest area of growth within the bowhunting community is the female contingent. Lady archers are coming on strong. That’s no surprise to me. As a fan of competitive archery, I’ve seen some impressive scores laid down by women over the years. If you happen to know a woman who has shown interest [...]

The Beauty of Archery2020-12-04T10:23:28-07:00

Wild Cuisine: French Onion Venison Steaks

This past deer season was extremely successful for me for a variety of reasons. One, I managed to shoot a big doe with my recurve and have my baby daughter along. Two, I hadn’t got a deer the previous year, thus our freezer was feeling pretty empty when it came to red meat. [...]

Wild Cuisine: French Onion Venison Steaks2020-11-16T17:02:23-07:00

Home Sweet Home: Picking a Backcountry Camp Site

I have no idea how many nights I’ve spent camped out in the field, but it’s a lot. Most of them were pleasant and highly enjoyable, either because I was engaged in exciting hunting or fishing nearby or simply because my surroundings were free of the noise and clutter of daily life closer [...]

Home Sweet Home: Picking a Backcountry Camp Site2020-10-19T13:32:16-06:00

The First Rule: Hunt Where the Deer Are

"Why do we keep driving to the top of the mountain?” my husband and hunting buddy Bob asked. “I don’t know,” I answered. “Look at all these muddy deer trails coming off the bank right along the hard road.” Our drives every day from our campground in north-central Pennsylvania’s Little Pine Creek valley, [...]

The First Rule: Hunt Where the Deer Are2020-09-28T08:46:31-06:00

Migration Trails and Bowhunting Tales

During winter months the deep snows at higher elevations trigger the seasonal migration of mule deer. It is during these times that mule deer move in large herds down along ancestral travel corridors to their wintering grounds at lower elevations. It is essential for deer to travel in order to access seasonal habitats. [...]

Migration Trails and Bowhunting Tales2020-09-18T11:14:21-06:00

Golden State Hog

As deer season faded away and winter settled in, I started to get excited about wild pigs. I live in an area with a large population of feral pigs, but there is little public land that offers a good chance of hunting success. So, it is best to know someone with a hog [...]

Golden State Hog2020-08-03T10:10:31-06:00
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