Firing Up Public Land Bulls

During the past 20 years, I’ve bowhunted elk passionately. For many weeks each autumn I’ve traipsed the wide-open spaces of our western mountains — from juniper flats to alpine basins — in search of “just one more whistle.” Here are some tips on hunting elk on public land that should help you next season.

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Conrid’s Conversion

When I met Conrid, he’d reached the point in his hunting career when he was only hunting the biggest bucks. And not long after that, he reached the point where he sometimes didn’t feel like hunting at all. That soon changed when he was introduced to archery.

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Colorado Mule Deer: On Common Ground

While visiting my brother and his wife and strolling through an antique mall, I happen to meet a man who collects PEZ candy dispensers. My PEZ turns out to be worth almost exactly as much as round-trip airfare from Maine to Colorado. My Colorado mule deer hunt was a reality.

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Bowhunting Turkeys: The Right Gear Is Key

If you ever have the tough job of hauling a bow, a full outfit of turkey gear, and a 20-pound gobbler off the mountain or out of the swamp, consider yourself lucky — and good! You can be proud of accomplishing one of the grandest feats in bowhunting!

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Adapting To Deer During Mid-Season

A couple of weeks after the start of bowhunting season, deer behavior changes. Here are some tips on adapting to changing deer patterns. Firearm deer hunters also can pick up a few tips for their season.

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Iowa: Whitetail Bowhunter’s Mecca

It began as a vision. Cornfields, now combined bare, as far as the eye could see. They were bare fields ringed by creekbottoms and fencelines where acres of deer concentrated in scant cover and provided the perfect bowhunting situation. Hunting those big cornfed Iowa bruisers had been my dream for a decade. Now it was finally going to happen!

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Big Bucks — Before The Rut!

If you ask 10 bowhunters about the best time to ambush a mature buck, nine will tell you the peak rut. There will be one guy who says that the early season is the best time to surprise a huge buck. I won’t say the early season is better than the rut, but I must agree that the early season offers a chance to hunt a particular buck in his home range. Here’s how to do it.

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Buddy Hunting

Bowhunting elk for an extended period of time can be a very mentally and physically draining experience. A good hunting partner can make the experience much more tolerable for many reasons.

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