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Art Lander’s Outdoors: When it comes to bow hunting accuracy it’s all about repetition

Bow hunting accuracy is all about repetition — doing everything the same way every shot. Whether you are punching holes in a foam target in the backyard or drawing on a deer while hunting from a tree stand in the woods, the ability to put an arrow where you want it to go depends on a series of events that must be duplicated as practiced and perfectly executed. Here’s some advice on pre-shot...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Changing deer patterns can result in the ritual ‘October Lull’ for hunters

Most bow hunters will tell you the most difficult time to hunt deer during Kentucky’s 136-day archery season may be the so-called October Lull. In early-to-mid October deer seem to disappear into thin air. Early season stands where hunters saw lots of deer suddenly go cold, as if some mythical switch has been flipped. In fact, there’s no drop off in deer activity. The October Lull can be explained...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: If it’s August, it must be time to prepare for a new archery deer season

When August arrives, it’s time to start getting ready for the upcoming archery deer season. Kentucky’s 2017-18 deer season starts with the opening of archery hunting on Saturday, Sept. 2. Last season archery hunters checked in 19,571 deer they harvested, which is about 3 percent below the five-year average archery deer harvest of 20,162. Here’s a checklist, with some tips that will improve your...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: You may have to alter your game plan for late season bow hunting success

As Kentucky’s 136-day archery deer season draws to a close, hunters are carefully picking their hunt locations and times to go afield, based on weather conditions and available food sources. Success comes to archers who alter their game plan from how they hunted earlier in the fall. In January deer hunker down, especially when snow covers the ground and temperatures plummet. They bed up, and move...