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Celebrating 40 Years of Bowhunter Magazine

This is Bowhunter Magazine's 172-page 40th Anniversary Special! You won't want to miss the original bow-only magazine's celebration of four decades serving North America's exceptional community of hunting archers. Founder M.R. James, Conservation Editor Dr. Dave Samuel, and new Hunting Editor Dwight Schuh share their perspectives on where we've been as bowhunters and where we're going. The original Super Slam bowhunter Chuck Adams reveals his secrets for giant "border-jumping" bull elk. Editor Curt Wells invites you to join him on a very special spot-and-stalk hunt for an Alberta muley. And Publisher Jeff Waring makes his first trip to Africa. Plus, you'll learn about a number of staff member's best whitetails and gain season-making insights from bowhunting gurus like Fred Eichler, Cam Hanes, C.J. Winand, and Tony J. Peterson. Look for this Collector's Edition on store shelves now!


Bowhunter Magazine Memories pg. 54 by M.R. James, Founder

Here's the story of how it all came together four decades ago.

40 Years On Stand pg. 66 by Dr. Dave Samuel, Conservation Editor

He's still here, as he was at the very beginning.

A 40-Year Perspective pg. 68 by Dwight Schuh, Hunting Editor

He would become editor of a magazine created the same year he became a bowhunter.

Border Jumpers pg. 78 by Chuck Adams

When the bulls head for the fence, stash the calls and get wheels!

Land Of Opportunity & Heartbreak pg. 88 by Jeff Waring, Publisher


This bowhunter's trip to Africa was exciting, memorable, and overdue.

10 Musts For Africa pg. 96 by Jeff Frey

Follow this advice to African adventure.

A Recluse In The Thistles pg. 98 by Curt Wells, Editor

Waiting for a muley buck to make a move leaves time for reflection.

October: Whitetail Trick Or Treat? Pg. 108 by Mark Kayser

October gets no respect from whitetail hunters. Is that a mistake?

Remembering In Montana pg. 120 by Brian Fortenbaugh, Assistant Editor

Editor #2 engages his history, a good Montana buck and -- his girl.

A Beautiful Sunset pg. 128 by Jeff Millar, Sales Manager

Only a personal-best buck can thaw the cold of the Alberta Bow Zone.

The Subtlety Of Terrain pg. 134 by Tony J. Peterson, Equipment Editor

Ferreting-out landscape details can help you take elusive bucks.

Never Give Up pg. 140 by Matt Liljenquist

When you find a world-class animal, it pays to team up and see it through

to the very end.


Forty-Nine Year Whitetail pg. 145 by Larry D. Jones

He should have known better than to get married in November, but his 49th anniversary brings luck.

The Traditional Way pg. 154 by Fred Eichler, Traditional Editor

Let no one tell you what a trophy is. That decision is yours alone.

Go Soft Or Silent For Elk pg. 156 by Joe Blake

Today's elk take shyness to a new level. Calling may be hurting you.


Editorial pg. 4 Curt Wells, Editor

Between Bowhunters pg. 12 Letters from Readers

Bowhunter's Journal pg. 34 Summit Turns 30!

What's New pg.160 Brian Fortenbaugh, Assistant Editor

Where To Go pg. 162

Marketplace pg. 164

Special Advertising Sections

Ask Bowhunter pg. 166 Randy Ulmer

The Wild Side pg.168 Dwight Schuh, Hunting Editor


Pure Bowhunting pg. 14 Dwight Schuh, Hunting Editor

Tried & True pg. 18 Tony J. Peterson, Equipment Editor

Bleed pg. 26 Cameron R. Hanes

Know Hunting pg. 32 Dr. Dave Samuel, Conservation Editor

Hunting Whitetails pg. 42 C.J. Winand

Survival pg. 46 John Solomon

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