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Q&A with Kendall Jones: How Hunting Crossbows Empower Lady Hunters

We recently had the chance to sit down with Kendall Jones and discuss crossbows, hunting, and her feelings about how crossbows help to give lady hunters increased access to hunting opportunities.  As someone relatively new to crossbow hunting and shooting, Kendall offers a unique perspective for those interested in taking

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Have You Practiced Shooting Angles with Your Hunting Crossbow?

Does this routine sound familiar?  Just prior to archery season, you take your hunting crossbow out of storage and begin to prep it for use.  You take the crossbow out to your backyard or your archery club to test fire your hunting arrows with field points and broadheads to determine

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Straightness and Weight Consistency Determine the Best Crossbow Bolts

When shopping for the best crossbow bolts, you have probably noticed that most manufacturers list both the shaft straightness, expressed in thousandths of inches, and the overall bolt weight tolerance, expressed as grains.  You have also probably noticed that the price of the crossbow bolts increases as these numbers get

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Are the Best Crossbow Broadheads Fixed or Mechanical?

A common question that crossbow hunters ask is “Which crossbow broadheads are better to use – fixed-blade or mechanical?”  To best answer this question, we need to take a number of factors into consideration, including the differences between the shapes and how these differences affect the aerodynamics of each, the

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Are You Using the Best Nock for Crossbow Bolts?

Choosing the best crossbow nock for your hunting bolts may not seem important, but the nock shape can have significant effects on string wear, crossbow function, and accuracy. Over the past 20 years, crossbows for hunting have experienced a significant technological evolution with respect to both their size and performance. 

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Are the Best Crossbow Hunting Bolts Aluminum or Carbon?

Many hunters want to know – should I shoot an aluminum or carbon bolt out of my hunting crossbow?  The answer to this question is not as simple as saying, “Always shoot carbon – it’s far superior to aluminum.” Both hunting crossbow bolt types have advantages, so here are some

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How To Choose the Best Crossbow Bolt Weight

Crossbow bolts come in many different weights that range from lightweight to standard weight to heavyweight.  You may have wondered – why are there different crossbow bolt weights and what is the best weight to shoot from your hunting crossbow? Lightweight crossbow bolts weigh-in between 350 to 399 grains, standard

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10 Tips for Getting Your Crossbow Ready for Season

Follow this 10-tip checklist to prepare your hunting crossbow for the upcoming season: Tip #1 – Check your crossbow for dirt, grit, or debris.  If your hunting crossbow has dirt or grit on it from last season or if it has collected dust from off-season storage, use a cotton cloth

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Five Must-Have Crossbow Accessories for Turkey Hunting

Heading to the woods this spring in pursuit of a wild turkey? Don’t forget to purchase these must-have crossbow hunting accessories to help you have a successful harvest! EVO-X CenterPunch Premium Carbon Crossbow Arrows The most accurate crossbow arrow ever, the CenterPunch 20-inch EVO-X CenterPunch Premium Carbon crossbow bolt is

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Brad Fenson's Sweet & Sour Wild Turkey Recipe

Brad Fenson’s Sweet & Sour Wild Turkey Recipe

When you’re looking for a quick and easy meal, you’ll appreciate the simplicity of this recipe. With 10 minutes of prep time, you can have this dish ready to serve in the time it takes to cook rice. The sauce can be made in advance and stored in an airtight

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The Gift of Game

For me personally, wild game has always been a gift.  When I open a package of game that I will prepare to cook, it’s a sharp reminder of all that is good. Recently, we have all experienced an unexpected shift in our life; this COVID issue has unleashed a world

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8 Tips for Turkey Crossbow Hunting from Wade Middleton

A New Challenge I’ve always enjoyed a new challenge when it comes to hunting.  Be it hunting a new location, new species or hunting with something new.   When I talk about hunting with something new it could be a new model or a new style to hunt something with and

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6 Tips for Choosing the Best Crossbow Broadhead

The number of broadheads offered for hunting crossbows on the market these days has become mind-boggling. With so many options, you may find it difficult to figure out which one out of the many will fly the best out of your hunting crossbow on your chosen crossbow bolt, while still achieving maximum

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Shot Placement Is Vital When Crossbow Hunting for Turkeys

The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down most areas of the country right now, closing most businesses and causing folks to stay at home.  Spring turkey hunting seasons across the country are either coming in now or will be starting in the next few weeks for most crossbow hunters, however some

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5 "Must Have’s for Successful Shed Hunting

These 5 items are things that you should ALWAYS keep with you when shed hunting: 1.     Weather App: Looking for the glint off a shiney white antler laying on the forest floor might sound easy enough, so why not shed hunt when the sun is out in force?

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Achieving the Highest Level of Accuracy with Your Crossbow

For most crossbow hunters, achieving the highest level of accuracy with a hunting crossbow is the ultimate shooting goal.  A crossbow hunter who can shoot more accurately has a greater chance of landing an arrow in an animal’s vitals zone, which reduces the time that the animal suffers until it

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Best Places to Shed Hunt

You’ve hung up your hunting gear for the season. The opportunities to peer down the scope and squeeze the trigger, watching a crossbow arrow zip down range toward a healthy whitetail deer have come and gone. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still things you can hunt! Shed antlers are a

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The Best Crossbow Hunting Accessories of 2020

It’s no secret that TenPoint designs and builds crossbows that are regarded as the highest quality hunting crossbows available on the market today, but, do you know that TenPoint also custom designs the best crossbow hunting accessories?  We use a “built from the ground-up” approach when it comes to developing

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The Best Hunting Crossbows of 2020

We looked at our 2020 crossbow line-up and compared performance, features, and price, and arrived at what we feel is our “Best of the Best” hunting crossbows.   Best Hunting Crossbow:  TenPoint Vapor RS 470 The TenPoint Vapor RS470 is a compact powerhouse unlike any other crossbow that TenPoint has built

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A Special First Hunt For Jayden Barber

A Special First Hunt for Jayden Barber

There are times in life when you meet a special person who you would do anything to help succeed.  Jayden Barber is one of those people.  At age 12 he has already faced more in life than anyone should have to face.  Having had cancer multiple times in his right arm, dozens of

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Tenpoint's Alpha Nock: Not Just Another Moon Or Capture Nock

TenPoint’s Alpha-Nock: NOT Just Another Moon or Capture Nock

Over the past 20 years, crossbows have experienced a significant technological evolution with respect to both their size and performance.  One significant change to hunting crossbows is how narrow the bow assemblies have become.  In the late 1990’s, the widths of cocked crossbows were in the neighborhood of 24-inches when

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10 Safety Tips for Treestand Hunters

Unfortunately, it seems to happen every year – sometimes to people you know, sometimes to people you don’t.  Every archery deer season there is a report of a hunter who was injured or died from a fall from a treestand.  Don’t think it can happen to you?  Think again.  It’s estimated that one out

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10 Scent Control Tips to Help You See More Deer

As an archery hunter, your main objective in the field is to get as close to your prey as you can, allowing for a closer shot with a higher chance for harvest success.  This can seem like a monumental task if you are hunting white-tailed deer, since deer have more

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Tips for Summer Crossbow Prep

Mid-to-late summer is when most crossbow hunters prepare for the upcoming fall archery hunting season.  Whether you are new to crossbows or you are a seasoned veteran, proper maintenance and tuning of your hunting crossbow, proper arrow selection, and practicing your shooting routine are all activities that will help you to

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How To Properly Sight In A Multi-Line Drop-Compensating Scope

If your crossbow scope has windage and elevation adjustment knobs but does not have a speed adjustment dial, then you have a multi-line style drop-compensating scope.  The TenPoint Multi-Line Scope and 3x Pro-View 3 Scope are examples of this style.  The process for sighting in this type requires you to

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Is a Lighter or Heavier Arrow Best for Crossbow Hunting?

With so many different arrow offerings now available on the market, how are you to choose which arrow will yield the most accurate and lethal results?  Is it best to maximize the speed of your crossbow by shooting the lightest arrow possible, or is it better to shoot a heavier

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10 Steps To Properly Chronograph Your Crossbow

Whether you are determining crossbow bolt speed to calibrate a variable power scope or you want to calculate the kinetic energy of your bolt setup, knowing how to chronograph your hunting crossbow properly is critical to obtaining accurate speed data. Here are 10 steps for you to follow to properly

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5 Reasons to Mount Your Trail Cameras in the Spring

Trail cameras are your most valuable resource for scouting and monitoring deer activity in your hunting area year-round.  If you have not already placed your trail cameras in the woods for this year, you should consider mounting them sooner, rather than later, as you may be missing out on precious

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Are You Geared Up and Ready for Spring Turkey Season?

With the arrival of spring also comes the prospect that turkey hunting season is now around the corner.  The feeling of being in the woods on a crisp spring morning with gobblers firing off in every direction is indescribable.  Is harvesting a big, beautiful gobbler one of your crossbow hunting

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TenPoint Introduces the EVO-X CenterPunch Rear-Deploying Broadhead

Just in time for spring turkey season, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies has introduced the EVO-X CenterPunch Broadhead, a rear-deploying style broadhead with a simple, collarless design that delivers field point accuracy downfield and creates a devastating 1 7/8-inch wound channel! TenPoint’s engineers recently tested 20 industry leading broadheads for long-range accuracy,

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Top 5 Reasons to Shoot A Reverse-Draw Crossbow

Reverse-draw style crossbows like the TenPoint Nitro XRT and the Wicked Ridge RDX 400 have seen a rise in popularity over the past few years.  The reverse-draw design yields certain advantages over its traditional forward draw counterpart when it comes to balance, performance, and overall quietness of the shot.  If

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The TenPoint Alpha-Nock: Pacing Modern Crossbow Performance and Design

Advancing manufacturing and materials technology has combined with design innovations to radically transform the crossbow segment over the last decade. Greater launch velocities, decreasing axle-to-axle widths, and reverse-limb designs have significantly evolved the crossbow platform in recent years. Ancillary equipment, however, has not necessarily kept pace. Consider the crossbow arrow

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TenPoint’s New Alpha-Nock: An Evolution in Crossbow Nock Design

One obvious change to hunting crossbow designs over the past 20 years is how narrow the bow assemblies have become.  When TenPoint produced its first line of crossbows in the late 1990’s, the widths of the bow assemblies were around 24-inches when cocked.   By 2013, the average width of TenPoint’s

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Preparing Your Crossbow for End-of-Season Storage

NOTE:  If you are looking for the article, “Achieving the Highest Level of Accuracy with Your Crossbow” please click HERE. The deer archery seasons in most states are now coming to an end.  Hopefully, you had a successful harvest with your TenPoint, Horton, or Wicked Ridge crossbow this past season. 

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7 Tips for Hunting the Rut

For a majority of those who hunt whitetail deer, the rut is the most exciting time to be in the woods.  The chances of seeing mature bucks during the daytime in areas where does frequent are highly increased.  For those still left in the hunt, here are some tips and

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How To Properly Sight In A Variable-Power Drop-Compensating Scope

Does the scope on your crossbow have a dial on the rear bell with numbers on it?  If so, you have a variable-power style drop-compensating scope.  The EVO-X Marksman Scope and the TenPoint RangeMaster Pro Scope are examples of this style.  The numbers on the dial signify a range of arrow

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What Is Your Early Season Hunting Plan?

Opening day of archery season is just a few short weeks away in most states. For many crossbow hunters, opening day is a culmination of hard work and time spent in the field scouting, planting food plots, creating mineral licks, filling and re-filling feeders, hanging trail cameras and collecting photos,

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It’s NOT Too Late To Plant Food Plots for This Season!

Planting a food plot is a great way to attract more deer to your hunting area while helping to provide them with a supplemental food source and balanced nutrition. It is not too late to plant food plots for both the early and late parts of this year’s season! The

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How To Use Your Trail Cameras For Effective Scouting

Trail cameras are the most valuable scouting tool for monitoring deer activity in your hunting area. However, are you using them effectively? Are you really getting as much information from them as they offer? Here are some tips and tricks for properly placing, using, and maintaining your trail cameras so

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Summer Crossbow Maintenance Checklist

Here’s a list of things to do before you shoot your crossbow this summer! If your crossbow has dirt or grit on it left from the last season or has collected dust from being stored, use a cotton cloth with dish soap and water to gently wipe down any parts

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10 Steps to a Successful Food Plot

Planting a food plot is a great way to attract more deer to your hunting area while helping to provide them with a supplemental food source and more balanced nutrition.  The following 10 basic steps for planting food plots should serve as an easy guide for helping to achieve this

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The NXT Crossbow Revolution

In 2018, TenPoint has introduced three new crossbow models which have taken the marketplace by storm – the Shadow NXT, the Stealth NXT, and the Nitro X.  No, these crossbows are not just like your hunting rifles, but they are the most accurate and highest performing crossbows that TenPoint has

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Tips and Tricks for Calling Spring Turkeys

The early signs of spring are finally starting to appear in most locations around the country, and, for many hunters, the onset of spring means that turkey hunting season is just around the corner. For those of you who will soon be in the woods in search of a “long

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Beating the “Rut”

November is here. The most coveted time for a whitetail hunter to be in the woods is upon us. As you scroll through your social media feed or talk with your buddies and fellow hunters, don’t get discouraged if you aren’t basking in the same luck as those other guys.

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Entrance and Exit Routes from Your Hunting Location

Something often times considered, but disregarded more often than not, is the entrance and exit routes to and from your treestands or ground blinds. Something to note is that your entrance and exit routes may not be the same on any given day, and that sometimes you might have to

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Using Trail Cameras to Locate a Buck's Core Area

Trail cameras featuring todays technologies can be pretty impressive. Sending images in real time via cellular service directly to your phone to alert you when a deer steps in front and triggers the camera is a remarkable advancement, and a testament to the engineers behind trail camera computer software. For

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Choosing the Right Cocking Device

The best hunting crossbows have more to them than meet the eye. Speed, accuracy, and durability all come into play, but there are other factors to consider; like scope and, more importantly, cocking device. That can be a difficult and somewhat tricky decision to make. Cocking devices come in all

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Crossbow Shooting Basics

Shooting a crossbow sounds easy enough to most people, and truthfully, it is. But it is not the cliché of “shooting like a gun”. Crossbows are far more intricate. Yes, crossbows are fired by pulling a trigger like a gun, and they shoulder the same way because of a similar

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How to Sight In Your Crossbow

The most important part about being an ethical hunter is making certain your equipment is dialed in as accurately as possible. The folks at TenPoint Crossbow Technologies, as well as the rest of our Family of Brands (Horton Crossbow Innovations and Wicked Ridge Crossbows) are all committed to helping you

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Selecting the BEST Treestand for your Hunting Property

Let’s face it, there are about as many treestand manufacturers as there are automovile manufacturers, and there are just about as many different models to choose from! Just like choosing a vehicle to drive, there are some ways to help narrow down your search for the perfect treestand for you.

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Determining the PERFECT Place to Hang a Treestand

Here we are in the Month of June, just a few short months away from being able to enjoy a little “treestand therapy”. Bucks across the country are showing us their promise, wrapped neatly in velvet, still with much growing yet to occur. Trail camera photos of these velvet bucks

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The Best Food Plot Locations

Driving down back country roads in the heart of the Midwest, you’ll encounter vast expanses of land dedicated to growing crops. Increasingly, the hunting community is also planting food in the ground, but not for harvesting. Rather, they use it to support wildlife in a given area with supplemental food

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RCX Technology: Significant Efficiency

RCX (Reverse Cam Crossbow) technology is our latest breakthrough in hunting crossbow innovations. Many of you have probably seen and heard about both of our RCX models for 2017: The Carbon Phantom RCX and Eclipse RCX. If you get the opportunity, stop in to your local dealer and test them

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The ONLY food plot you need to plant

Planting food plots has absolutely taken off in the last decade. Now, nearly EVERY hunter has attempted to plant food specifically to grow bigger and healthier deer. The question is, what should you plant, when, and why, to give you the best opportunity to let your crossbow arrow “eat” come

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3 Turkey Hunting Tactics you NEED to Know

There is nothing quite like waking up before the world and trekking into the woods, plopping down against a sturdy tree trunk, and listening for the world to awaken. This is especially true when it is mid-April and the thunder of gobbles crack off through the hazy dawn. You want

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What You Need to Hunt Turkey's this Spring

All across the country hunters are able to get out and enjoy the springtime weather, chasing turkeys, thanks to the tremendous conservation efforts of the Nation Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and other similar organizations. Increasing in popularity it to use archery equipment to make these harvests. It adds a whole

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Looking for Terrain Features while Scouting

Terrain can be a hunter’s best friend or worst nightmare. It all depends on how you use it to your advantage and that comes largely from knowing what you’re working with. You could have the best hunting clothing on the market and use the best hunting crossbow as a weapon,

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February Scouting: 5 Signs to Look For

This time of year, your crossbow really isn’t going to do you much good. Most hunting seasons have come and gone, and the wait for next year anxiously begins. But rather than sitting on your couch at home watching TV personalities put their hunting crossbows to work, scanning through social

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TenPoint Introduces Lightweight Carbon Phantom RCX™

Mogadore, OH. Industry leader TenPoint Crossbow Technologies’ introduced its NEW Carbon Phantom RCX model at the January 2017 ATA Trade Show.  One of TenPoint’s three new crossbows for 2017, the Carbon Phantom RCX generates maximum efficiency in combining a newly engineered reverse cam bow assembly with a newly engineered stock

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TenPoint Introduces Highly Efficient, Ultra-Light Eclipse RCX

Mogadore, OH. TenPoint Crossbow Technologies’ introduced its NEW Eclipse RCX crossbow model at the January 2017 ATA Trade Show.  Featuring an innovative reverse cam bow assembly and a time-tested stock and barrel configuration, it is the high-tech manufacturer’s latest response to a growing consumer preference for lighter, faster, more compact

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TenPoint Launches NEW Entry-Level Renegade™ Featuring Premium

Mogadore, OH. Industry leader, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies’ unveiled its new Renegade at the January 2017 ATA Trade Show.  Featuring a new stock and a time-tested bow assembly, the Renegade provides consumers premium quality, performance, and safety at an entry-level price-point.    “The Renegade is perhaps the best entry-level TenPoint we

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Wicked Ridge Introduces TenPoint® ACUdraw™ on Best-Selling Invader G3™ Model and as Add-On Accessory

Mogadore, OH.  Wicked Ridge Crossbows, known for producing top value, precision performance crossbows, announced at the 2017 ATA Show that the TenPoint® ACUdraw cocking mechanism is now available on the best-selling Invader G3 model. A gear-assisted cocking mechanism, the patented ACUdraw is the most user-friendly and practical solution available on

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TenPoint Introduces Improved Biodegradable Omni-CUB™ (Crossbow Unloading Bolt)

Mogadore, OH.  Years after introducing the industry’s revolutionary Crossbow Unloading Bolt (CUB™), TenPoint Crossbow Technologies has released a substantially improved version called the Omni-CUB™. Featuring the company’s patented Omni-Nock™ technology that uses six micro grooves to prevent flat-nock “shoot-over” or “shoot-under” that can happen with the acute string angles common

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The Truth About the Rut

We’ve talked about it before. There are almost as many myths about deer hunting as there are days in the season. One of the most commonly misconceived myths is about the length of the Midwest whitetail rut. November hits and a lot of hunters have been lead to believe that

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Preparing for the ‘Orange Army’

We have nothing against them. Gun hunting is a great way for people without the money, time, or desire to learn the skills of bow hunting to get out and enjoy a good deer hunt. In many states, though, gun season does spell a turn in deer behavior, as the

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Scent Control Best Practices

Spray, powder, deodorant, body wash, laundry detergent… you name it and a scent control company has got it! Scent elimination and scent control didn’t always exist, however; and native peoples still harvested all sorts of game. So what’s the big deal? Is it really worth the hype? For most hunters,

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Effective Crossbow Shooting Range

There is an old myth that crossbows shoot like firearms. In a sense, the mechanics are the same. That does not mean that a crossbow is effective out to 200 yards like some rifles are. Yes, a crossbow shares some functions with the way firearms shoot. There is a safety

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Filming Your Crossbow Hunts with Action Cameras

We hunt for the experiences. We hunt for the memories. We know that these things are invaluable and timeless in our hearts. But what if we could actually ensure their timeless qualities? The art of filming and documenting hunting adventures has been around for the last half-century. In recent years,

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How High Should My Tree Stands Be?

There are a vast array tree stands and other hunting options on the market today (ground blinds, elevated box blinds, etc.). Just as varying are the heights of ladder stands and recommended tree stand height. So the question is, how high does your tree stands actually need to be? This

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Choosing the Right Broad Head

Before the modern age, native peoples would hunt some of the most foreboding creatures roaming the Earth with nothing more than a stick and string and an arrow brandishing a stone arrow head. If they could successfully harvest game with such primitive technology, why has the market blown up with

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Trail Camera Direction: Does it Really Matter?

Blurry, fuzzy, discolored pictures have plagued the trail cam user for quite some time. Often, these unfortunate discoveries have caused hunters to abandon their favorite brand in search of a new one that produces better quality pictures. Is there on brand that has solved this problem? How do you get

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Compensating for Shot Angle

A nice 8 point out at 35 yards. You’re up in your tree stand. It’s a clear shot. Perfectly broadside. You pull the trigger on your crossbow and watch, painfully, as the arrow flies mere inches over the buck’s back. He was at 35 yards. I shot for 35, how

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Patterning Bucks Can Lead to Early Season Hunting Success

You take a drive down some back roads near your hunting property. It’s 7:30 in the evening. The sun is setting, temperature dropping, and all the bean fields seems to start to fill up with deer coming out to feed on the lush green leaves. In about a half-hour or

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Pre-season Crossbow Hunting Check List

Can you feel it? Hunting season is just around the corner! You’ve been shooting your crossbow or compound, practicing up for that moment a deer walks past. Are you actually ready, though? Some things to keep in mind when you can’t get hunting whitetails out of your head: 1-    Do

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Choosing a Camouflage Pattern

Hunting season is drawing near. You’ve been drawing up plans on how to hunt your property(s). And hundreds of companies have been drawing up new ideas to try to sell you as camo patterns! How do you choose the right one? Is there even a right one? The answer is

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Budget-Minded Food Plots

When it comes to the average hunter, the phrase ‘money is no object’ is often completely inaccurate. Yet we are constantly told by hunting media that we should buy heavy equipment and plant large scale food plots on vast amounts of property if we want to grow and have opportunities

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Target Practice to Trophy Taking

Target shooting has become an increasingly popular sport over the last decade. While it is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and your archery equipment during the off-season, it is also a perfect way to prepare you for those pressure-filled hunting scenarios. For starters, target shooting allows you to

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