Playing the Angles

Playing the Angles

It’s critical to visualize exactly where your arrow needs to penetrate to reach the heart-lung-liver area. Hitting an animal in the exact spot to do the most internal damage in the shortest amount of time is what matters most.

Making the Book: Part II

Making the Book: Part II

Bowhunters often speak wistfully of taking animals that end up “Making the book.” In part II M.R. covers ‘The Book’, when it was started, the evolution and the great bowhunters who made it happen. Want to make ‘The Book’? Yeah, we all dream of doing just that.

Man, What a Rack!

Man, What a Rack!

You don’t have to be an elk hunter to appreciate the regal majesty of a rutting bull elk. The oversized antlers, eerie sounds of fluting bugles, throaty grunts and guttural growls can fire the imagination and touch the soul of anyone. M.R. James knows, he caught the fever.

Compounding a Problem

Compounding a Problem

The January Archery Trade Association Show, where the industry’s manufacturers unveiled their latest products and take orders from dealers revealed a less-than- positive consensus that “significant problems exist” in the archery business. Is the compound bow to blame?

One More Deer Season

One More Deer Season

For most bowhunters the drive is to put a good animal on the ground. Add to the trophy room, the count and the freezer. For some it’s not the quantity but the quality of the trophy and for even less, it’s passing on the shot.

Goodbye & Good Riddance!

Goodbye & Good Riddance!

2016 has slide quietly into the past and with it the bitter sweet memories. Every year is challenged with good and bad times but M.R. James who lived through the pain of 2016 reveals his views of what we can all appreciate about what we do and how we look at our world. I think you will agree.

Long Live the King

Long Live the King

THE DATE WAS October 29, 1965 and Illinois bowhunter Mel Johnson was about to write deer hunting history by tagging a World Class whitetail and World Record buck that still reigns as the best of archery’s best 51 long years later.

Beating Target Panic!

Beating Target Panic!

As he stepped closer to the decoy and into view, I began to draw. Wait-stiffened muscles didn’t cooperate. I struggled to reach the anchor point at the corner of my mouth. The buck was broadside now, under 35 yards. My bow arm trembled, the sight pin bobbing on his side.

So You Think You Know Bowhunting?

So You Think You Know Bowhunting?

What is your bowhunting IQ? Know what and where Fred Bear had his first bowhunt? Know who invented the compound bow? Who is The Father of the Compound bow? Know who Roy Case, Mel Johnson and Larry Bamford are? Take the quiz and see what you really know about the sport of bowhunting.

48-Year-Old World Record Shattered!

48-Year-Old World Record Shattered!

Jeff Samson was thinking more about picking blueberries than record-class caribou in early Sept, 2013. But as Jeff and his wife searched for ripe berries in the Middle Ridge area near Gander, Newfoundland, the sudden sight of a giant woodland stag feeding nearby snagged their attention.

Accepting Challenges

Accepting Challenges

Why do you bowhunt? For M.R. James the reasons are many, highly personal, and probably somewhat complex. But whenever he is forced to come up with the single reason that best explains why he loves bowhunting as much as he does, he usually answers with a single word: challenge.

Yep, I’m a Dinosaur!

Yep, I’m a Dinosaur!

       OKAY, I CONFESS. I’m something of a troglodyte when compared to most twenty-first century bowhunters. Need proof? Well, I pulled my first toy bow when Roosevelt was president (FDR, not Teddy!). And I was shooting longbows and recurves long before Allen’s first prototype mechanical bow was unveiled in the ‘60s. Fact is, I still […]

Respect

Respect

M.R. James has seen it all in his decades as an ethical, conscientious bowhunter and “Without respect and dignity, a hunter’s kill is a hollow victory. Without respect and dignity, the hunter will never be the better person he or she can become. ”