Bowhunters have a tremendous option to help increase success in the field for turkey and deer, Decoys. In this month’s Thoughts and Tips, M.R. James provides some important things to do to ensure your success.
Clay Newcomb travels to West Virginia to hunt with Curtis and Jamie Walker and their famous West Virginia Plotts! Hunting the Appalachian Mountains with hound for bears is an extremely traditional hunt.
Some of the most exciting black bear footage ever captured! After missing a huge black bear Clay Newcomb takes a big color phase bear at 3 yards after it bumps into the end of his arrow!
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.
M.R. James entered his first animal into the record book of Pope & Young and from that moment on he not only added more but went from a member to one of the important leaders in this vital organization.
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.
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?
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.
Fred Bear was an innovator in the world of bowhunting and archery, as well as bow making and the inventing of new archery products.
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.
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.
It was Fred Bear, the iconic bowhunter whose legend still lives more than two decades after his death, who summed it up perfectly when he said, “A hunt based only on trophies taken fall far short of what the ultimate goal should be.”
This shot was on the mark and knocked the bird completely off of his feet where he flopped around for a few seconds and then lay still. This is when his ‘buddies’ attacked. As soon as he stopped moving the other gobblers ran over and jumped on the ‘dead’ one.
One thing about bowhunting that is a given, everyone misses. No one, not even the most accomplished archer/bowhunter will let an arrow fly with out a miss but M.R. James knows how to minimize the misses to be more successful on your bowhunts. And accept when you aren’t.
M.R. James discusses the ethics of how to release an arrow at a game animal. It’s a quandary many bowhunters find themselves debating.
The buck stepped from the tree line shadows. “C’mon,” I whispered. “Join the crowd.” And when he did, I was ready.
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 […]
The industry mourns the loss of yet another great friend to our sport. It is with deep sadness we say good-bye to Don Clark.