Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 54

Straight from the Bowstring
By Tom Tatum

A thousand and one things can go wrong in the Murphy’s Law world of bowhunting. But conscientious bowhunters can minimize these by paying attention to the details.

Sweat the Small Stuff
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OR WANT of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail. So says the old proverb, one that should serve as a cautionary tale for each and every bowhunter. To wit, although an entire kingdom may not be at risk if you don’t sweat the small stuff — like the proverbial horseshoe nail — failure to pay attention to the “little things” might just cost you the buck of a lifetime. Let me plead guilty to doing just that a few years back when my ultimate “dream buck” escaped unscathed. However, the applicable proverb would read, “For want of a clear peep sight the buck was lost.” Permit me to explain. When it comes to a bow, one of the smallest pieces of accessorized apparatus is the humble peep sight. But in the case of my lost buck, the tiny peep sight loomed large. I had become accustomed to using a peep sight while shooting competitive archery and 3-D shoots. There is no question the device, used in tandem with a kisser button, had helped fine-tune my accuracy. I had also used the peep with good success in the deer woods — until that fateful day when it cost me the buck of my dreams. It was late October, during what is now popularly described as the “pre-rut.” I had selected a limbless tulip tree and ratcheted my climbing stand well up in it. The fact that I had never hunted from this tree before would also play a key factor in my failure, as would the height I had selected. As the bright, late afternoon sun fell in the sky, I experimented with a chorus of grunt calls. It soon became apparent that I had hit all the right notes when I heard heavy footfalls approaching. Sure enough, here came Mr. Big, strolling in broadside a mere
A KISSER BUTTON is a key component in anchoring the shot and is a small detail that can make a difference.

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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011
Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Contents
Triple Trophy — Thrice
National Archery in the Schools Program
One More Squirrel Hunt with Dad
Harvey Roberts
Pennsylvania’s Hunter Access Program
State Game Lands 93
Right Violators, Wrong Deer
A Shot in the Pines
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist's Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Contents
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Triple Trophy — Thrice
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - National Archery in the Schools Program
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - One More Squirrel Hunt with Dad
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 12
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Harvey Roberts
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Pennsylvania’s Hunter Access Program
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - State Game Lands 93
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Right Violators, Wrong Deer
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - A Shot in the Pines
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - The Naturalist's Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Crossings
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