All posts by Nick Viau

Michigan - Nick's blog covers a variety of topics, focusing on bowhunting from a traditional archery standpoint.

Hunting from Natural Cover Part III by Blind Interaction

We’ve discussed locations and blind types in our previous segments. Obviously, both are important but having good cover in the perfect spot is useless if you don’t do the right things once inside. Knowing what you can get away with in regards to movement is paramount to having success from the ground. Continue reading Hunting from Natural Cover Part III by Blind Interaction

Ground Hunting the Natural Way – Part Two

Now that your location has been set, let’s spend some time on blind construction. For starters, I’m not really fond of referring to the way I hunt as hunting out of a “blind” because it isn’t really a “blind” per say. When I think of “blind” I think of something synthetic like a store-bought pop-up. I prefer “enhancing natural cover” to creating a blind. For those who think I’m splitting hairs, you wouldn’t call food plots “baiting” would you? Same difference. Continue reading Ground Hunting the Natural Way – Part Two

Ground Hunting the Natural Way – Part One

Bowhunting on the ground is a heart-thumping endeavor that appears to be on the decline due to the popularity treestands. While it is true treestands offer considerable advantages, the experience of taking an animal at eye-level close enough to hear it breath is incomparable. Continue reading Ground Hunting the Natural Way – Part One

Stumping 102 – Building the Perfect Arrow

Now that we have introduced stump shooting and addressed the merits of doing so, I thought it important to briefly discuss crafting the perfect arrow. Hurling a perfectly good arrow at targets sane people wouldn’t normally shoot is a unique practice that requires specialist’s tackle. It can be as simple as grinding the tip off a field point, or as complicated as footing a carbon arrow and using a Judo.

Throughout my years of enjoying the activity, I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t and would like to offer up the following pointers for anyone interested in this particular style. Continue reading Stumping 102 – Building the Perfect Arrow

Stump Shooting 101

If I had to choose one archery-related activity to entertain me the rest of my life, it would be stump shooting and I write this without a speck of hesitation. I’ll never forget the first time my Dad and I tried it. We had been shooting at box targets for a month and decided it was time for something new. It felt natural to be in the woods with our bows. In fact, while he was at work, I recall spending an entire Saturday wandering around the woods behind the house and having my bow with me the entire time – just for grins. I didn’t even bring an arrow. The combination of longbow and nature just felt right. Continue reading Stump Shooting 101