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Hold your fire.

Dear Bowhunter,

I just finished reading your Whitetail Special 2004 issue from cover to cover. It was a good issue, but I'm troubled by one piece of advice given by Troy Peterson. In "Lunchbox Bucks," Peterson mentions shooting a practice arrow into the ground after spending a long time in his tree-stand.

One time I did just that, and it cost me a very nice buck. I had taken a practice shot, and the buck picked up my scent off the arrow and bolted before I had a chance to draw on him. Considering how much time and effort we bowhunters spend trying to minimize scent, it makes no sense to launch our scent where game can smell it. My intent in writing this letter is not to bash Mr. Peterson. I enjoyed reading his article and found it pretty informative. I just want other readers to be aware of potential problems. Thank you.

Robert Paar, Fond du Lac, WI
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Title Annotation:Between Bowhunters: letters from Bowhunter readers
Author:Paar, Robert
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Mar 1, 2005
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