4. GET A LEG UP. In the field, when a buck turns broadside, Howell traces his pin up the rear side of the front leg to the vertical center of the animal's body, then shoots. For quartering away, he uses the far front leg. "This is more than an aiming device. Shooting at the same point on every animal makes it seem routine and calms you at the moment of truth."
The long-standing question with expandable broadheads is: How well do they expand? To find out, the Primos video team (primos.com) developed a simple test. "Set up cardboard in front of a target to act as the 'skin' of an animal and open the blades," says Primos's T.J. Williams. "Then take the vanes off some arrows and shoot different expandable heads through at about 10 yards." With no vanes ripping the cardboard and confusing the cuts, you can see exactly how each head opens. Split the cost with friends to test several brands.
Move Your Butt**
Don't sit in the same stand again and again. "Do that and a big whitetail will pattern you," explains Andrae D'Acquisto, coproducer of Whitetail Addictions. Instead, he goes after specific bucks aggressively from a brand-new perch every day. "I spend midday scouting for sign that tells me what the deer is doing right now. When I find it, I put up a stand and sit there that evening and again the next morning." Then he takes down that stand and scouts for a fresh spot to ambush the same deer. "Even if a buck suspects I'm around, he never knows where I'm going to hit him from. My hunting partners and I have been arrowing lots of very big deer this way."
Green Means "Go!"**
The pins on new bow sights feature at least three colors, right? "So use them," says Bowtech pro Greg Staggs (bowtecharchery.com). "Manipulate the order of the pins to maximize the benefits of each color—it's easy to do."