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Going Traditional For Texas Bucks

"Most important, plan for closer shots. I try to limit myself to 20 yards and less. It's not that accuracy, proper penetration and kill shots can't be achieved at a greater distance -- it's just that they become less likely. And from an ethical and humane standpoint, I use this as my standard."

The Lees have a couple of favorite retreats they hunt almost every year. Their hunting tactics are the same even when the region of the state they hunt changes. Bob's favorite spot is in Central Texas.

"One of the areas where Rob and I hunt is the Texas Hill Country, specifically around Menard. If you are going to be successful in bowhunting, you must place yourself where there is a significant number of deer. If your goal is for a trophy whitetail, you should seek out those ranches that specialize in that type of buck.

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"Some hunters will spend years logging hour after hour in areas where they rarely see any deer, much less a quality animal. I prefer dedicating my time to a place where one has a good chance of not only getting a shot, but aiming that shot at a worthwhile target."

When pressed for his favorite hunting location, Rob admitted that each region has its appeal, but for him, South Texas is tough to beat. "My favorite area to hunt would have to be South Texas, due to the quality of the herd as well as the opportunities afforded to bowhunters. Access is everything, and with a larger number of deer, as well as the heightened quality of the population, more game presents itself.

"This is, of course, an advantage for any hunting scenario, but it is especially important for bowhunters and even more so for traditional bowhunters. Dad and I are both fortunate enough to have the opportunity to hunt on several exceptional South and West Texas ranches -- and it just doesn't get any better!"

A good place to hunt is always important, but there's more to being a successful bowhunter than just the real estate where you set up your stand. Bob and Rob are exceptionally careful to cover their scent with both a scent-control soap and laundry detergent. And however obvious it may seem, they both believe good camouflage is still a must. Rob shared some other details that, he feels, are critical for success.

"I think that one of the greatest virtues you can have in bowhunting is patience," he offered. "The patience to sit still, the patience to log long hours in the stand and the patience to pick a visual focal point on your game before releasing. This last item is crucial: Reduce your target mentally and visually to a small area on the animal and block out all other areas when directing your arrow. I also limit my trips in and out of the stand. (scouting kept to a minimum, for instance.)"

Bow tackle is always a very personal choice, and Bob and Rob have their differences. But one constant you'll find is that they both firmly believe that bows of light draw weights can be deadly. In the past, Bob shot bows of 55 pounds for deer and 65 pounds for elk, caribou and other large animals. Advancing age and numerous surgeries on his neck and shoulders have led Bob to drop his preferred bow weight to 45 pounds. With this weight reduction, he's still been able to take several nice P&Y; trophies.

The bow he's shooting now is a 45-pound 60-inch Red Wing Hunter model one-piece recurve, which is a new spin on what was their best-selling bow at Wing Archery. The arrows he shoots are 28-inch-long 35/55 Goldtip carbons, and he's using the Wensel Woodsman three-blade cut-to-the-tip broadhead.

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