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Welcome to the 3Rivers Archer's Den

Archer's Den

Welcome to the Archer's Den. Here you will find a gathering of traditional archery stories, tips and techniques, trophy animals taken with traditional bows, and plenty more. Stay a while and learn something. We hope you enjoy and even submit a trophy of your own, or leave a comment on a post.


How to Clean, Whiten, and Mount a Whitetail Deer Skull

Skull Hooker in Use

  By Jason D. Mills and Art Myers During hunting season, there are three great days for every successful hunter: the day you get your tag, the day you fill your tag, and the day you hang your new trophy. However, shoulder mounts are expensive, costing anywhere from $400-500, and aren’t necessarily suited for every […]

Who Are The Best Bowhunters in the Country?

From left: Barry Wensel, Dr. Dave Samuel and Gene Wensel at a recent PBS meeting.

By Dr. Dave Samuel “Dr. Dave” spent 30 years as a professor of wildlife management at West Virginia University. He is now in his 43rd year as the Conservation Editor of Bowhunter Magazine, where his KnowHunting column still appears. Much of his teaching and writing has centered on white-tailed deer. This article has been re-published here with […]

2014 Sportsman Choice Awards Announced at SHOT Show

"Fred Bear: Father of Bowhunting," won a sportsman Choice award Jan. 21 for Best Special Program Show.

NEW BERLIN, WI (January 22, 2015) – Sportsman Channel revealed its 2014 Sportsman Choice Awards winners at the network’s viewer choice awards event Wed., Jan. 21. The winners were announced during Sportsman Channel’s annual awards presentation at Rain Nightclub in the Palms Hotel Casino Resort during the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas. The collective […]

Five Tips for Cold Weather Traditional Bow Hunting

Five Tips for Cold Weather Traditional Bow Hunting

By: Jason D. Mills It’s January, which, for many archers, means cold-weather hunting. Whether you’re hunting small game such as squirrel or rabbits; or you’re headed out to bag that late season buck, there are many difficulties unique to a cold weather hunt. Here are five tips to remember before heading out: 1. Practice shooting […]

What to Pack into Your Tree Stand

What to Pack when Bowhunting from a tree stand

By: Dean VanderHorst Let’s face it, if you’re tree stand hunting whitetails in the Midwest you’re most likely just a short hike from your vehicle or house. Most of us are. If you forget a flashlight or heaven forbid your knife it is just a short walk away. I grew up in southern Michigan bowhunting […]

Small Game Hunting With Bow and Arrow

Dale Karch with an armadillo

By: Dale Karch and Todd Smith Good Game Comes in Small Packages What is THE most hunted animal in North America? The whitetail deer? The black bear? The elk? Nope! It’s the cottontail rabbit! In fact, more hours are logged in the field each year by small game hunters than any other. Let’s face it; […]

Broadheads for Wood Arrows

Woodsman Broadheads

By: Dale Karch and Todd Smith Glue-On Broadheads have taken every kind of big game known to man. What’s up with all these glue-on broadheads? Which ones are the best? Which ones should I use? What are the differences? These are all great questions and we hear them often from our customers who are thinking […]

October Hunting Tips


By Dave Echterling and James McKenzie October is a favorite time of year for most bowhunters. In addition to hunting, many of us spend every spare second in the woods looking for rubs, scrapes, and general signs. There is nothing better than a fall afternoon in the woods. Deer hunting is an ever changing challenge. […]

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