Sleeping With The Enemy

For better than a quarter of a century, I’ve been bowhunting elk and mule deer on the public lands of our Western states. All my outings are of the do-it-yourself variety, and because of this, I’ve gleaned a vast storehouse of memories and savvy. Please allow me to tell you about a particular hunting strategy that has proven invaluable to me over the years.

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Why Not Lever-Action?

Lever-action rifles went from America’s favorite to “also-ran”
about mid-20th century. Why? Accuracy and efficiency. The core difference between a lever-action and bolt-action is merely the
mechanical device that cycles the action and ignites the cartridge. But that does contribute to some performance differences. Let me explain … .

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Rifling Twist Rates & Bullets

We all understand that a rifle barrel has spiral grooves (rifling) in order
to impart spin to bullets. This stabilizes them so they fly true, like a
well-thrown football. But what’s all this talk about twist rates like 10-inch
or 1-in 14? What’s that all about and how important is it?

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Beat The Buck’s Nose

Deer, elk and bears depend on their noses to stay alive. It’s their finest sense and first line of defense, and they know it. Their behavior makes the best use of their best sense and that’s what makes them difficult to bowhunt. Your mission then, should you choose to accept it, is to breach that superb double-intake defense. It’s the best thing you can do to up your odds of success.

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A Scent Elimination Program

Total scent elimination is a never-ending process for the meticulous whitetail bowhunter. Over the years, I’ve managed to adopt an approach that has done wonders for my ability to keep from being scented by deer.

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