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Published by admin on 24 Jul 2009

Flight’s Far Flingers by C.R. Learn

Flight’s Far Flingers
By C. R. Learn

Bow and Arrow Magazine March – April. 1968

The flight archer is one who has no target at which to shoot. He lofts his arrow into the air at the prescribed angle of forty-three degrees and is only concerned with how far that shaft will fly down the course. They have no six-gold ring, no spot and no sight. To many, flight perhaps is one of the most different types of archery and they see no earthly reason for shoot it. Those who have tried it cannot stay away from the flight course to see if they can’t better that last shot or perhaps set a new mark themselves. It becomes a competetion with yourself.


The one thing sought by all is perfection. The best tuned bow, the cleanest release, the best balanced arrow and the proper angle perhaps will bring the archer the coveted distance he is seeking. It does require one more important ingrediant and that is strength. The bows used in flight may vary from a fifty-pounder or under to asone is capable of pulling. If you care to see a hundred-pound or better hand bow, attend the next flight meet and test your strength.


There have been many articles written about the fabulous distances shot by the Turks, but we are concerned with the present. The first thought that usually comes to the fore when flight is mentioned is that it is an expensice hobby, since most bows are broken in just a few shots. This perhaps was true of old self yew bows and there still is a bow broken occasionally, but when a flight bow manufactured will guarantee his product for one full year unconditionally, that speaks for itself. There may be a new flight bow design or a sight change in one and these are the ones most often seen exploding when shot.


The bows used for flight shooting are good for several years and the usual reason for purchasing another is to obtain a different poudage to enter another event. Unlike target or field the events in flight are the same in every meet. They have five classes: 50, 65, 80-pound and an unlimited category in which one can shoot any draw weight from fifty or below to over one hundred pounds. The final class is the footbow, but another may be added in the crossbow, since many enthusiasts are experimenting with this method of casting a shaft. They are also thinking of adding target flight and hunter flight events, using regulationbroadheads. Each of the current classes is divided into two groups: amateur and prfessional. This means that the first-time-out flight shooter isn’t competing with the seasoned por for records.


Perhaps the best method of approaching flight archery is to compare the equipment  with the usual tackle. The shaft used seldom is longer than twenty inches and closer to eighteen inches. The bows may have corresponding poundages, but the design is different. The flight bow usually is about forty-two inches overall in length and differs drastically from hunter or target equipment in several ways. The length is less than even  the shortest practical hunter. Limb design is the same with fiberglass back and face with hardrock maple or other hardwood laminates between glass.

The handle section of the bow may or may not have a handle. The older style had a handle similar to standard bows before Harry Drake, a leading flight archer and the only manufacturer to make and sell strictly flight equipment, began experimenting. First he went from the conventional grip to using the heel of the hand on the face of the bow. This prevented torque but limited the weight, since it was hard to pull anything heavier than sixty five pounds. His present handle system is fastened to the back of the bow by means of an aluminum handle extension. In this extension is a standard type bow grip of hardwood. This gets the left arm of the right-handed archer out in front of the bow and allows him to use his shoulder muscles to more advantage than with pervious methods.


The first thing about the flight bow attract attention, other than the short length and the extended handle, is the full center-shot design. This doesn’t mean the bow is cut in sight window past center as with the conventional style. There is a hole right in the center of the handle between the limbs, called a keyhole. Behind the center hole is an extension shelf on which the arrow is drawn and released. This allows the flight archer to shoot a shorter shaft and still use his full draw length of twenty-eight inches and want to shoot a twenty inch shaft, your handle will extend several inches in front of thw bow and the overdraw shelf will extend several inches behind to allow this short shaft to be drawn to normal length.

Limbs of a flight bow are tuned finely for balance and for tension to obtain the maximum from the bow design. They are recurved but the amount of the laminate in the wood core, the taper of the laminate if any, and the thickness of the fiberglass back and faced are weighed and calculated closely.

An example concerns a recent test by Drake on the curvature of the edges of a bow under stress. He noticed that when a bow does break or the glass let’s go on a bow under stress, it usually is at the edges. This meant that the edges of the bow were moving, more and getting more stress than the center of the glass in the bow limb. He made a test bow with the face glass convexed to the center and the back glass concaved to allow for this problem.

Bowstrings usually are made the same as any other, except for the balance of the string as to the center serving. The amount of serving to come down from the tip end loops and the proper number of strands are constantly being checked and tested by each flight enthusiast. When Easton introduced the new Dacron Super B and wanted to give it roughest ppossible test, they called Harry Drake to use the bowstring in his 180-pound foot bow. He confirmed their tests that it was far stronger than any other string materials.

The shaft that is shot in flight is like no other. The crossbow bolt might come close but not very. These little chunks of wood are works of art made of Port Orford cedar and often footed with purpleheart or some other hardwood, but the most popular material used now is Forgewood.

Drake orders full length shafts from Bill Sweetland of Forgewood Products. These then are sent to Riley Denton, who turns them down on the tip and adds a small brass point. These shafts are barreled to the tip and left normal toward rock end. By standards he has set up over the years, Drake tapers the front half to his specs, then tapers the nock section. The length of his flight shafts varies from 18-1/2 to 18-7/16 inches. For nocks, he has perfected a method of laminating four pieces of fiberglass to the tapered shaft. This gives an arrow a much stronger nock to withstand the tremendous pressures of heavy bows.


The last step is the fletch. I fyou look hard you will see it by the rock: three small pieces of plastic vane mounted on the shaft. We usually have our cock feather off the side of the bow to obtain clearance. In the center-shot bow there is no problem of side clearance, so the cock feather is mounted on top or parrallel with the nock cut for the string, the other two fletch on each side, leaving the bottom completely clear to move over the arrow rest on the overdraw shelf.

The bow is picked up in the left hand, if you are right-handed. The shaft is nocked onto the string, which is built up to hold the tiny nock on with no pressure, and all that is left is to draw and let fly.

But how does one draw a bow that has no archer’s paradox. This, simplified, is bending of the arrow around the side of the bow, hence spine problems and erratic flight. We have nothing for the arrow to bend around, since it is sitting on its toothbrush rest in the middle of the bow!

If you use the regular three-finger, two or one-finger release, the flight shaft will slam into the side of the bow and literally disinegrate.

The answer is the double flipper. This is simply a piece of leather that is brought around the little finger at the mid-point of the flipper, the other ends are out in front. The end on the left side is brought around the string and held while the end on the right is placed over and around the left half and the string. When pressed together between the thumb and first finger, this offers one of the cleanest releases I’ve seen. The bow is drawn with the leather double flipper by the pressure of the thumb and the first finger, with some help of the the loop placed around the little finger at the back of the hand.

The accpted angle to release your shaft is forty-three degrees. Some may like forty-three but it does become difficult to split a few degrees while drawing a sixty-five-pound bow.

There is no anchor point in flight shooting. When the archer see’s his shaft reach the back of the arrow rest, he relaxes while drawing and the arrow is on its way. This gives the best  possible trajectory to the shaft.

Flight is used by many archers to determine which bow is the fastest. Take your favorite hunting bow and a friend with his into a wide, open field. Both should shoot in the same direction to make the testvalid. Shoot at the prescribed angle of forty-three degrees with your choice of shafts, but of the same weight and length. Launch at least six shafts for an average and you may be surprised at the results. The faster bow will shoot the longer distance.

The California State Flight Shoot is held at Ivanpah Dry Lake each summer. This lake bed stretches for miles with a firm soil just just made for plopping arrows around great distances. Harry Drake has been there for several days lining up the measuring stakes and measuring distances. Sunday morning found several devotees of the sport tuning up and weighing in equipment. Each bow is weighed on a certified scale and the weight recorded at the draw length. Each arrow to be shot in that event or class is numbered and each contestant shoots six arrows in each class entered. These shafts usually are weighed by the owner and have the individual weight marked on the shaft, his number and also his name is written on each shaft to be shot.

Some will shoot all six shafts in swift succession and retire from the line. Others may shoot, relax, then prepare the next shot. After all contestants have shot the allotted shafts they find and tag all arrows.

When a shaft is found, the name of the archer is called out and when the most distant shaft has been found of those shot by the contestant, it is marked with a metal stake with his name, arrow number, weight and the event. When all shafts have been found, marked and  accounted for, the archers return to the shooting line and prepare for the next class.

Mornings are usually the best time, since there is little windand the heat hasn’t started thermal air currents moving. Contestants shoot with any wind to their backs to give the shaft the best advantage.


Perhaps the most unique the most unique event to watch is the foot bow, working the bows in one hundred-pound range or better. The feet are placed on the face of the bow with small sheets of lead over the arch to protect the footfrom the string. There usually are rubber bands stretched at these points to give the foot something which to grip thw bow. The archer sets his arrow on the rest with the mid-nock on the string, then rocks back after placing a two-handed double flipper on the string. This is nothing more than two double flippers, one in each hand, to help pull these heavy bows. With the arrow on thw string and the flippers wrapped properly, the archer rolls on his back and elevates his feet on te bow. When he has attained the needed draw, the arrow is loosed. The bow flies up in the air and usually lands on the archer. It is amusing to watch but Drake has shot well over 1,000 yards using this technique and a 180-pound bow.

Two new events have been encorporated by the California Flighters. George Alavekiu of San Fransisco shot a bolt from his 135-pound crossbow to a new record distance of 1148 yards, two inches. The previous record is 660 yards, nine inches. The crossbow was of Alavekiu’s own design. He also makes his own flight bows. Several archers competed in the broadhead event.

Dr. Charles Grayson of Sacremento remarked that he had hunted in Africa, Mexico, Canada and th U.S. and had shot target and field, but feels that flight is the most exacting and inteteresting phase of archery.

Each time the flight shooters get toether it is to better the excisting records in each class, then get tuned up again to beat their own records. They now are shooting some of the shafts over a half mile and that is moving a piece of wood.

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Published by admin on 23 Jul 2009

Archery Apps For Iphone by Jake Richmond

I sat nearly motionless and listened….The sweet sounds of cows and calves permeated the air around me…It was mid morning, and I was thoroughly enjoying myself…It had been months since I had heard the sounds of fall…A single escalating bugle broke out, followed closely by…….laughter?? Yes..the laughter of my co-workers…

I wasn’t in the mountains, nor was it September..Its July and I was in my office…at my desk…cow calling, sweet talking, and bugling with my gleaming new iPhone.  The previous evening I successfully downloaded my very first app. from the good fellows at Primos Game Calls.  Now, at any given moment I can whip out my do it all mini machine and be scratching out the lonesome yelps and purrs of a rio hen, yip and yap like a hungry coyote, or blast out the high pitch scream of a frenzied bull… J  This cool little app. runs the gamut.  Waterfowl, elk, deer, hogs, turkeys and predator calls, all in the palm of my hand


Further investigation into the world of iPhones, I found a plethora of archery, bow hunting and outdoor lifestyle apps.  Deer and turkey hunting games abound as do archery competition and fishing..Here is some of what I found to be fun…

One App. I found called Hunt Call Pro allows you to download a variety of calls to actually be used on the hunt (where legal of course).  A separate volume control lets you manipulate the sound to be used in real hunt applications.


Archery Championship is a fun and realistic target archery competition.  You can choose from a mini hunting game, a practice round to hone your skills or go directly into competition!  What I thought was neat is that you aim by tilting your phone…Need to aim higher, tip the phone back, lower..tip it forward…I actually found myself caught up in this as I do any real life archery competition…Aiming hard..executing..checkingmy opponents score…Just as if I were on the line.


iHunt 3D…now this one is probably my favorite so far…You get to choose your season.  As you hunt, you build up experience points and cash (based on the successful hunts) to move to the next level and purchase new and better equipment. Equipment upgraded rifles, bows, camo, optics and scent eliminators.  You use your index finger to navigate around your stand..scanning the surrounding area for that monster buck…Now, the deer could be 100yds or 30 yds…But even in close, don’t fool yourself..The Scope has a realistic amount of ambient movement built in just as if you were shooting in a standing position.  Add in the fact that again, you aim the crosshairs by tipping your phone/ipod, it can definitely prove to be a challenge….even in the easy game setting.  After you are done hunting, add your score to the leader board, and compare yourself to other online hunters from across the country…


Bowmen…Now this game is just plain fun…You aren’t much more than a stick figure..Obviously more could have been done graphics wise, but that is part of the attraction of this little game…You are dueling with your chosen opponent, the cpu. or another person who shares the game with you…Simply put, you take turns shooting at each other.  The challenge is this:  You cannot see your opponent until you shoot!  So this means, you have to set the angle of the shot, and the force to get it there (you do so by dragging you finger across the screen) without actually having a point of reference or something to aim at!  For as simple as this game is, it is 10 fold with fun!!


The above is just a small sample of apps. available for hunters..Bow and gun alike…Some are mere games, some are fun just to have, and some are much more serious tools…Like a highly detailed and accurate compass and a new GPS feature already come standard on your iPhone. (Compass/gps images)  Whether or not you’ll ever need to use these two features, nobody knows…But like I’ve said..Id rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it…

So all in all, the iPhone apps get an enthusiastic thumbs up from me…Even though I’ve barely scratched the surface in the world of apps, I know for fact regardless if you are a hardcore bow hunter, determined target archer or a backyard champion like me, if you take the time to look, you will find something you cant live without!


Jake Richmond

Martin Archery, Inc.

Research and Developement

Pro-Staff Coordinator

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Published by admin on 22 Jul 2009

Laura’s Animal Rescue


Animal Rescue
by Laura Francese

I have passion for many things in my life.  One of which is taking care of animals.  Since I was a little girl, I’ve taken in animals of all kinds.  Anything that needed care and/or a permanent home became my responsibility.  In the last few years I become more aware than ever of the need for permanent homes for animals.  There are literally 1000’s and 1000’s of animals that need homes.  Some are from unspeakable situations…others are just unwanted animals from homes where they were once wanted.  Breaks my heart in a thousand pieces.  Chris and I have taken in many animals.  Our first official rescue was Ally, a blue Weimaraner.  We got her from the Ohio Weimaraner Rescue.  She was 8 hours from being euthanized.  No way we could let that happen.  Then we found Buddy.  We now call him Buddha (sometimes names just stick and you don’t know why)  We rescued him from the New York Weimaraner Rescue.  They even had his papers still.  He’s been the toughest case yet.  He had been passed from one home to another, abused, neglected, unwanted.  We were even told to “put him down”…. NOWAY we could do that….we already loved him and he was our responsibility now.  It has been amazing to see him change and get better.


This last Friday we brought home a horse.  His name is Peanut.  He was taken from his home thankfully.  He is a papered Quarter Horse.  Kept in a stall where he couldn’t move.  Was used for breeding and rarely fed for 14 years!!!!!!

Please please consider adopting or rescuing a pet before going to a breeder.  There are thousands of amazing animals that need and want permanent homes.  Please visit or or I have found these three sites to be resourceful and informative.

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Published by admin on 22 Jul 2009

Addington to use/endorse Hoyt bows



Howdy– let me start out by wishing you & yours a Happy Fourth of July!   Also a Happy Birthday to my friend Butch Thompson at the King Ranch in South Texas. 

I’d like to announce that as of today, July 1, I will be shooting Hoyt bows exclusively on stage and for all my bowhunting adventures.  After being at Hoyt for almost 19 years, it feels great to have a Hoyt in my hand again.  I look forward to working with my friend Mike Luper, aka “Super Luper” again.  I have twin GMX recurve bows for my stage show and a Montega compound that I shoot instinctively for my hunts. 

Here’s something on the move to Hoyt:
Addington to use/endorse Hoyt bows
by Lynn Chhabra

      Effective July 1, 2009 Frank Addington, Jr. will exclusively use Hoyt bows on stage for his instinctive archery exhibitions across the country and for all bow hunting activities.  For his stage bows, Addington selected two identical GMX recurve bows with 990 TX limbs.  In a long standing tradition, both bows are blue.  For his bowhunting activities, Addington will use the Hoyt Montega compound bow, which he has set&nb sp;up to shoot instinctively as well.  He said, “I’ll have a little higher profile in the bowhunting end of the sport.  I’ve always kept my bowhunting private, but will do a little more high profile stuff to further promote the sport and brand.”
      Addington, 42, shot his first bow in 1971 at the age of four and has been on stage doing exhibitions since 1986.  He joined Hoyt/Easton in 1986 and served on the advisory staff, Gold Staff, and as a one man member of the promotional pro staff until 2003.  He had this to say about the new Hoyt bows, “I was impressed when I got the bows and began to put the recurves together.  The GMX has a real “wow” factor.  Hoyt has always had a solid repututation for building bows that would shoot very accurately, but these new bows have so much cosmetic appeal.  They are works of art. The riser, limbs, graphics all come together to create a great looking bow.  The limbs are beautiful and I salute the designers and engineers that put this bow together.  Earl Hoyt would be so proud of this bow.  I can’t wait until our next stage show to blast some baby aspirins with it.”
      Addington also likes his new Montega compound bow. “I’ve been shooting the Montega and let me tell you that at 44.25″ axle to axle length, this bow is a finger shooter’s dream.  The accuwheel is impressive and I’ve already seen enough to know I may add t his bow to my stage show so that I can share the accuracy of this bow with my audiences.  Although it is a fraction of the market, I know there’s a demand for a finger shooter’s bow that’s fun, accurate, and has respectable speed.  This is that bow.  I intend to field test it in South Texas in October for a trophy whitetail buck on King Ranch,” Addington stated.
     The “Aspirin Buster” appears at sports shows, deer classics, expos, and related events coast to coast every year.  Addington has appeared on ESPN, CNN, and other media during his exhibition career.  Along with private shows for celebrities, private shows for the owners of the King ranch,  and an appearance at the 2007 National Pope & Young convention Addington travels far and wide promoting archery & outdoors to the next generation.  His goal at his appearances is to promote archery and encoura
ge young people to turn off TV, computers, and video games and get outdoors.  His main message is that archery is a lifetime, family sport. 
     Hoyt’s Director of sales & marketing Mike Luper had this to say about Addington’s return:

“We are very excited to have Frank back in the Hoyt family.  Through his incredible archery talents and abilities, he continues to introduce archery to thousands of people who may otherwise never experience this great sport. Through his relentless travels and the shows that he performs across the nation, he continues to promote archery as a family sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. He has touched many lives, especially the lives of many young kids, and has taught them that life in the outdoors with a bow and arrow is a great and happy life!  We look forward to working with Frank as he continues doing what he does best…promoting archery and entertaining the masses.”

     When asked about returning to Hoyt, Addington had this to say, “Having been with Hoyt for about 19 years, I told Mike Luper I felt like I was coming home.  I am really excited about the potential this new role will have and I will be doing everything I can to promote Hoyt bows, Hoyt dealers, and the sport of archery.  As a protege’ of the late Rev. Stacy Groscup, I keep challenging myself to try harder shots in front of audiences.  I have some new shots lined up for our 2010 “HAVE BOW WILL TRAVEL” tour and I’m sure my Hoyt bows will be up the challenge. Hoyt is a class act and I’m proud to be affiliated with them.  Seeing is believing and I look forward to seeing you at one of my shows.”
     Addington resides in Winfield, West Virginia with his wife Amanda and son Gus.  Gus has been shooting a bow since he was 18 months old.  Addington is a graduate of Marshall University.  He serves on the Expo Tech Team of the Weatherby International Foundation. and currently writes columns for, and other websites and magazines.  He owns Rocking A Productions,LLC , the company that books his archery exhibitions and speaking engagements.  For more information, visit his website at: .

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The latest
     Well folks, that’s the latest.  We added two more shows to our schedule today.  I can’t wait till audiences can see the new bows.  I also want to thank Jon Gauthier, Kevin Stay, Bob Ohm, Joel Maxfield, and Matt McPherson for everything while I was using Mathews/Sky bows on stage. 
      I also appreciate our other sponsors very much— Muzzy, Easton, Sims Vibration Labs, Eze-eye, Archery Stand By, Justin Boots, and Resistol hats.  Next year celebrates 25 years on stage!  Looking forward to it! 

      I will publish our 2010 schedule soon.

Until next time, Adios & God Bless.

Shoot Straight,

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Published by caribou creek on 15 Jun 2009

I’m not a cowboy– I just found the hat !

As we grow up in life .From the day we are born to the day we die .We find that life comes to full circle.

In my youth things were hard . my fathers lack of work, h]Heavy drinker .My parents couldnt afford to keep me at home. Plus i ran away from home at early age to keep from being beat by my drunk father . I ran away to alaska .Places where there were no maps . Places yet mapped only seen by natives and gold miners of old .

I had worked with horse all my life .You could say from ground up !My aunt and uncle raised appalossa horses and cattle in southern arizona ,I worked hard from sun up to sun down .We worked cattle around Bisbee, Douglas and Tomstone .Chaseing cattle back acrossed the border from mexico picking up a few donkeys along the away . Even today you will see wild donkeys in area watering with the wild life. The ranch is gone now ,So my stories starts from there . These are my roots.

I ran away to alaska very young .I found myself working in fall months for guides and spring/summer in construction .I lived out of town .building a life for myself with only trade i knew –Horses ! I had collected a good string of horses and mules  All giving me good service .I packed in supplies for guides and miners .Mostly guides.  I could work my horses all fall packing .

I had 23 horses and 2 jenny mules  Each horse knew it’s  job . My mare would lead out the string . All would follow . What a life for a young man with horse ‘s .Free and easy !

This one time i had packed in my horses and two hunters for guide i worked for . Into area known as the Wood river .Deep in the alaska range .Horse back only area . Great hunting  for moose ,caribou and sheep . Late fall would be best time for my hunters .

We rode into area .Set up camp .Very long day . Rideing was hard on horses also .I hobbled out horses . letting  my mules range free that night. Knowing they would stay close . Also they would  make lots of noises if bears were close .

My one jenny was in heat . I didnt feel it was going to effect our trip the way it did. The first morning up with the sun . looking out the tent .I see a large bull moose . Hey guys ! Who wants this moose ?  My jenny had a boy friend she brought him home to meet dad.Hunter had his moose .Now we needed  one more moose .

Camp fire .open fire meal .good stroies told .Horse tied out for the night ,All was well . Alaska can be beautiful in the fall .fall colors .night lights .Sounds of wolves howling .Day was done

Next morning up again with the sun  Out the wall tent was another bull moose .With my jenny mule ! Just a bit futher away out this time .Maybe gun shy by this time . My judas mule had another boy friend .The other hunter filled his tag . Boy !  Iam thinking this is an easy hunt .I could be home early and ready for two more hunters .Outfitting can be good money .You most work all you can in fall .Or money can be short and winters long .

W e hunt the next day for caribou and filling both tags .I had left a few horses in camp with my mules .when we got back to camp my jenny was gone .I walked out to find her . She had yet another boy friend .She couldnt be caught this time , Not even grain !. Look at it this way your daughter comes home with new boy freind and he gets shot .she wouldnt bring home any more to meet ole dad !

We packed up  leaving for the road .My mule was still there left behind .she would not follow the rest . At the road i left meat and supplies with old sourdough with message to catch my mule and call me to pick her up .

Fall season was a pretty good one .I had plenty of work.The horses were tired and needed winter pastures. I loaded up 3 good horses and headed back to hunt for my winter meat supplies and wanting to catch my mule .I trailed into an old hunting camp site .looking for my lost mule .I found the signs –The writing was on the walls .I would miss her.I found what was left of her .wolves had cleaned up the remains .I would miss her .I never did ever buy another mule to replace her ,some things are just left alone .Time moves on .I left for the  service .Leaving my horse in good hands .I was dicharged early and came home to the same way of life .Only this time i would have a pilots license and aviation mechical  experiance.I work winters as turbine mech and fall as outfitter. I homesteaded 160 acres and got married .Not bad way of life for a runaway boy with only a dream to come to alaska .

One day i was watching my horses feed in the fields  These horses are in better shape than my family . They were better cared for .So i sold them all and moved to town . My horse days were over ! It was a good life. Some times like now .I look back at the youth of my past. I can see myself packing over the mountain passes fresh snow . …..Iam older now maybe wiser …My youth is gone .My spirit Is still stronger with my age .Weather beaten hands ,skin baked in the sun .I wear a rain slicker , And yes this old cowboy hat –But Iam not a cowboy .I just found the hat !

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Published by RightWing on 10 Jun 2009

Morning Meeting ………

I walked down the gravel road in the pre-dawn stillness , the first frost of the year lay sparsely on the layer of leaves that littered the ground along my travel route. I could make out the shapes of feeding deer under an old Southern Pin Oak in a clearing just ahead of the point that the gravel road intersected a logging path that leads to my stand sight.I am certain that these deer saw me enter the wood, but it is early in the season and the hunting pressure has been light, besides it couldn’t be avoided.

I finally reach my tree and attach my climber. Thoughts start to fill my head as I ascend to my lofty, elevated perch. Thoughts of past hunts and seasons gone by, some of which had long days spent in this very tree. With all my gear, placed in its own location in the adjacent limbs, I caught movement of a fat young doe gracefully walking along the path, that in moments will lead her a mere twelve yards of my elavated seat. After several minutes, the fat two-year old deer made the final steps placing her squarely into the shooting lane. I placed my site pin tight behind her shoulder and touched the release, she bounded a few yards ahead then turned looking back at the noise totally unaware of what had taken place. The doe steps forward a couple of more paces then fell to her side almost underneath my tree.

I spend the next several minutes watching two playful squirrels. The squirrels would chase each other around and around a thick barked limb of an old White Oak tree. Earlier ,the doe seemed to have been making her way toward that exact tree . The doe was now laying  still on the damp forest floor as I decend from my natural overlook. Reaching the deer, I place my tag onto the sleek robust animal, once again thoughts fill my mind about past hunts as well as looking forard to the ones to come. Sure I have harvested bigger deer and have had more exciting hunts, but today I have provided my family with tender delicious venison. I thanked the good lord and began the process of gathering my gear . I will be back another day. 🙂

Written by:
Jason Wilborn                          Allons,  Tennessee

Jason, lives in Allons TN and enjoys bowhunting and competing in archery events throughout Tennessee and surrounding states. Jason is also a National Bowhunter Education IBEP/NBEF Instructor and a member of the Christian Bowhunters of America

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Published by RightWing on 05 Jun 2009

Beetles and Bowhunting

Jason Wilborn

Beetles and Bowhunting……

What was I thinking? Here I am hot, bruised, and bleeding, trying to figure the quickest and easiest path to get out of this mess. O.K., let me explain my problem here. It started out a beautiful mid spring morning, the kind of day custom made to take a nice long nature walk. I decided to go to a place that I had visited several years before on Dale Hollow lake. A short drive to the entrance of the Accordion Trail located near the famed Willow Grove Resort on the Tennessee side of the lake started my journey. This trail runs from Willow Grove to Lillydale camping area, both very popular recreational areas on Dale Hollow.
I made my way through the hardwoods very easily, as the trail meandered along the lake’s edge. I would soon find this to not be the case as I work my way along the trail. Here is where the fun begins, halfway around the trail I started to find fallen trees. The farther I go the more deadfalls I find. These were Pine trees and the fallen trunks made for difficult walking. It was soon obvious that this was not going to be the pleasurable walk that I had anticipated. I soon found myself in a near impenetrable pile of dead pine trees. It was clear at this point that I should have asked more about the trail before taking this hike. The trip around this small section of the lake should have taken around one hour to complete, but with the added obstacles it was more like three. I was finally able to climb, crawl and scratch my way over and through the fallen fauna. Occasionally I would take a break and try to enjoy myself, despite the unwanted pitfalls that I had encountered. It was during these periods of rest that I made the discoveries that lead me to the reason for writing this story.

The large areas of fallen trees had really opened the canopy of the surrounding woods. There where some areas that looked very similar to the way a portion of logged woods would look. The extra sunlight that now made its way to the forest floor caused a surge in growth of green shoots from young hardwoods and bushes. Some of these included valuable deer browse such as young greenbrier, honeysuckle, hearts-a-bursting and other woody plants. Young honey locust trees, as well as young mast bearing trees now received considerably more sunlight and thus flourished. This was a special find on this public tract of land. The substantial plant life and new structure provided excellent cover and food for whitetail and what had began as a brisk nature walk now turned into a preseason scouting trip.

In early September, with just a few weeks left till archery season I made one final scouting trip to the area. My suspicions were confirmed when a jumped several bedded deer, which took very little time retreating from the area. Not to worry, as I knew they would return, because the place had everything a whitetail needs security, subsistence, and with the lake nearby, water.

Early bow season found me hunting my old familiar haunts. The agricultural edges and woodlots that I have hunted and harvested deer at for years, however the little sanctuary stayed on my mind and I vowed that when activity at my usual hotspots subsided, that I would return to it and try my fortune. My chance came in late October after coming back home from a bow hunt in Southeastern Missouri and after filling my Kentucky deer tags earlier in the season. I made my approach quietly through the calm morning water. A dense fog lay heavy on the lake and surrounding woods. It was still archery season in Tennessee and the deer had not received very much hunting pressure at this point. I tied up my boat in a nearby hollow and entered the woods.

I was able to find a suitable white oak tree to attach my stand and soon was looking over a nice opening in the tangle of trees and vines. From this vantage point I could see several small rubs on the remaining pine saplings. This observation was cut short when I noticed movement to my right, a mature doe and her yearling fawn nibbled away at the leaves of some scrubby looking bush. They were unaware of my presence and soon fed on lichen that covered a decaying log before leaving. The shot presentation was tempting, but with a freezer full of venison, I elected to just enjoy the two deer as the feed out of sight. Throughout the morning I saw several other deer, including some small bucks that moved past my elevated position. I never harvested a deer that morning, but I had proven my theory about the newly created habitat. I will return next year to see how much those young bucks have grown and if I haven’t been as fortunate as I was this year, I might look at harvesting one of those plump does for the freezer. As I layout plans for next bow season, I will include this little spot in my rotation.

Once again through nature’s destructive ways something new has emerged and I couldn’t be happier then the day I found a little overlooked section of trail now clogged with fallen trees. With the pine beetles came destruction, but somehow the deer and the Bowhunter have taken advantage of the situation.

Written By:  Jason Wilborn                                Allons,  Tennessee

Jason, lives in Allons TN and enjoys bowhunting and competing in archery events throughout Tennessee and surounding states. Jason is also a National Bowhunter Education IBEP/NBEF Instructor and a member of the Christian Bowhunters of America



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Published by admin on 03 Jun 2009

Aspirin Buster heads for 25 year Milestone by frank addington, jr.


Aspirin Buster heads for 25 year milestone
                                                                                       by frank addington, jr.

2010 will mark a milestone in my shooting career.  It will mark exactly 25 years on stage.  It doesn’t seem like that much time has gone by.   It seems like yesterday the late Rev. Stacy Groscup was tossing a PEPSI can into mid air and challenging me to hit it.  I hit the can and that very day he put me in front of an audience shooting at targets.  I’ve always been very proud to be considered his protege’. 

Over the years I have kept every single bow I’ve used on stage.  In that amount of time I’ve went through some bows!  I have all of them and most are displayed in order at my parent’s retail archery shop.  There’s an old Bear Kodiak, which was the first recurve I used on stage.  Fred Bear sent me an identical one that’s a special blonde colored wood that he hand signed.  He was tickled that a kid could shoot aspirins from mid air with one of his bows.  I never did tell Fred I didn’t have the nerve to string it.  As a matter of fact it’s laying 12″ from my hands as I type these words.  I keep it on my desk as a reminder of my old friend.

From 1986 until 2003 I used Hoyt bows.  I have a variety of models.  Most of my bows are blue but a few are different colors.  These bows are like old friends and when I look at each model I am reminded of shows I did or events that took place at that time. I am a packrat and it just seemed natural to keep these bows.  Some I liked better than others. At least one of these was a prototype, one of the early machine riser models.  I am reminded of some of the folks I answered to while shooting for Hoyt, here are some names, sorry if I leave anyone out… Joe Johnston traveled with me and Jim Wynne once and he was the President of Hoyt/Easton at the time we had a great time with the boss traveling with us, I answered to Bill Krenz, Jack Lyons, Eric Dally, and Mike Luper.  There’s one or two names I forget but over that 17 year period I had some great people to work with that meant alot to me.

I have used a SKY recurve since 2004, a blue one I call, for lack of a better name, “ole Blue”.  This bow has been a great bow.  This bow has some miles on it—from coast to coast several times.  I guesstimate we’ve done over 500 exhibitions together in the last six years.  I plan to retire ole Blue in June 2009.  I used this bow for some very special shows.  I was a surrogate speaker for President George Bush in 2004 and used this bow to do a show on his behalf at a campaign event in Oregon.  I also did a private show for country singer Toby Keith with this bow.   In March 2007 I hit three baby aspirin in mid air—with three arrows—behind the back— when Chuck Adams introduced the show in Indianapolis.  The bow & I got a standing ovation for that same shot a few months later at the 2007 National Pope & Young Convention.  So needless to say this is a very special bow to me.  I appreciate Kevin Stay and Jon Gauthier at Sky for all they’ve done for me.  I have two Mathews prototype recurves from last year that are in the collection.  At last word the bow doesn’t have a name but whatever it is I have two of them!  I believe there are less than 15 of these outside the factory.

I have two longbows in this collection of bows, one of the original SKY longbows Earl Hoyt signed for me when he owned the company and the very first SKY bow to leave the Mathews factory.  This was by accident.  Matt McPherson gave me the bow out of the Mathews booth during the 2004 ATA Show.  He hand signed it and I was leaving the booth with it when one of the Mathews employees came running after me.  “Frank, wait… you can’t have that bow.  We’ll send you one…” was the response.  I smiled, pointed at Matt, and said, “That red headed guy there just gave this one to me.”   That was the end of that.

The cool thing about all my bows is that my father has set up every single bow since I was four years old.  He’s made most of my arrows and hand tuned every show bow I have ever had.  I’ve since learned how to do it but still have him do it.  There’s alot of father-son time in these bows.  He would tune them, I’d shoot them, and then he’d watch me and fine tune them.  It’s great to have such a good “pit crew” behind you.  Like the late Dale Earnhardt, when something goes wrong with a bow at a show and Pop’s not there, I can use duct tape, super glue or dental floss to fix it until I get the bow home.  He hand makes my special rests and this is a very time consuming ordeal.  Thanks Pop.

I have not kept many of  my compound bows over the years and there are some special ones I miss.  I had an old Onieda H-500 in the mid 1980’s that was a shooting machine.  I have had some great shooting Hoyt compounds too.  Most are the long finger shooting models since I am an instinctive shooter that likes a good finger bow.  I’ve had some Mathews bows I enjoyed too.  But I seldom get attached to the compound bows the way I am to my stage bows.  I make a living with them.  The other bows are recreational.  I usually keep the compound a year or so and then sell it.  I’ve shot PSE, Martin, Darton, Hoyt/Easton, Bear, Jennings, Hoyt USA, Mathews, and Onieda compounds over the years.

I have a few recurves that I’ve never used that I like.  One is a special NUGE BOW that Bill Wiesner had made for me.  I understand there are three, he has one, Ted Nugent has one and mine is the third.  It’s a special version of the Renegade bow in snakeskin camo and is hand signed by Bill and Ted.  They made it as a compound but Bill had three take down recurves made.  This is a cool bow and folks enjoy looking at it.  Like Fred’s bow, I have never strung it. 

Most of my show bows on display are old, beat up, well worn bows.  To some they may look like flea market material but to me there’s a million memories with each particular bow.

Sometime I plan to write an article about some of my sidekicks I’ve had the last 25 years.  Talk about funny, there are some stories there that will have you falling off your chair with laughter.  I’ll try and get around to that soon.  In the meantime, thanks for allowing me to ramble over some of the bows I’ve used in my stage shows the past 24 years.  As 2010 rolls around I will be bringing some new shots to my show to spice it up for this milestone.  I am excited to make a living at a sport I love.  It’s been a great time and I hope to be on the road another 25 years at least!  2010 will mark my 39th year in archery and you’d think I’d be sick and tired of the sport. 

As the great John Wayne used to say, “Not hardly…”

Thanks for reading my column.  Until next time, Adios & God Bless.

Shoot Straight,
Frank Addington, Jr.

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Published by admin on 02 Jun 2009




I needed this. Not that my life is short on adrenalin charging highs by any means, but my extreme ying calls for some darn extreme yang to keep things in balance and keep me from further going crazy in my unbelievable wild life. Having just wrapped up three very intense days of the most momentous, record breaking 139th NRA annual meetings in Phoenix Arizona with more than 60 thousand of the worlds greatest freedom fighting families, I was ready for an equally intense dose of wilderness adventure with my wonderful son Toby. And according to the ear blasting cacophony of bellering, yowling, howling spirit hound music ricocheting off the mountainsides all around us, the good Lord His bad self was once again soothing the old guitar players tattered nerves and pumping massive renewable spirit back into my soul. Say YOWZA and let us get it on, again!

Hunting game with hounds is surely the most demanding, high octane hunting challenge known to man. When tuned in properly to the sheer energy of the amazing dogs and the target beasts of their fury, one cannot help but be moved back to primordial times when the pureness of survival drove life itself. In a modern world of overt cush and dependency, I am convinced that it is vital for truly independent souls to run behind a pack of kill crazy hounds, clawing our way up near vertical mountain slopes, slipping, sliding, falling, crashing, smashing and slashing legs, knees, arms, hands and heads on rocks, stumps and deadfalls, driven to call upon a defiance factor seldom unleashed in man’s everyday life, just to keep the spirit hounds in earshot. It will change your life.

And that we did. Now, I admit we do experience the occasional easy, short, nearly flatland jog to a pack of baying hounds only a few hundred yards from the truck, but that is rare, and after some life endangering iron man, marathon man humps, a quickie run is much appreciated by all. Except maybe the bear or lion on the receiving end of the race.

But now I was heaving, clinging to any sapling, branch or root I could grasp my sweating hands around. The day before, on another thrilling race with Bear Hunting magazine publisher Jeff Folsom, I had battered my legs, shins and knees on the 50 degree slippery slopes just enough to hamper my climbing ability, so now I was really struggling as I dragged my Martin Firecat through all sorts of destructo derby abuse. That young, athletic MotorCity MadMan had disappeared a few years back, and in his place is this weathered, rather beat up 60 year old man who still thinks he can leap tall buildings in a single bound. He cannot, but I am not quite ready to admit it just yet, so I push on at a pace that will eventually get me to the beautiful hound music ahead without killing myself. Ying and yang all day long baby.

Mountain man Mitch Payne was already there, surrounded by a pack of handsome hounds barking furiously at the huge ancient western red cedar tree that towered up more than 100 feet. My son Toby strategically maneuvered into prime vidcam position as guide Travis Reggear and I scrambled up the side hill looking for a hole to thread an arrow up into the gorgeous yellow tinted red bear high up in the canopy of the upper branches. With a hot sun basking us on that spectacular mountainside, I gulped some delicious Idaho air, settled my racing heart and tingling nerves, said a brief prayer for the wildthings, envisioned Fred Bear drawing his bow somewhere, and sent my first arrow from my 52# Firecat across the deep chasm into the chest of the red beast. Instantaneously my second arrow followed nearly the same path, the bear rolled its head back, reached for an invisible limb, and came caterwauling earthward with a crashing thump. Hallelujah and pass the SpiritWild rugsteaks! Beautiful!

We were soon joined by Travis’ son Walker, and Three Bear Kennels operator Mike Kemp and his son Colton. A reverential recovery on film for our Spirit of the Wild TV show said it all; More bears in North America today than at any time in recorded history. Mind boggling challenge keeping up with the unstoppable spirit hounds, designed by God to chase and sing and kill. Real conservationists still connected to the perfection of sustain yield resource utility and respect. Crazy men and boys seeking and attaining pure, thrilling fun in the mountains killing bears and other protein rich beasts. Perfect.

Travis Reggear, Mitch, Mike, Mike Stockton and Scott showed us what its like to be Daniel Boone in 2009, and we rejoiced this amazing American Dream that is still alive and well in dedicated, gung-ho hunting families across America.

Amazingly, in our short three day hunt, Travis’ world class hounds treed seven stunning bears, all in varying shades of brown, red, cinnamon and blonde. Some were so high up in old growth timber that an arrow shot would have been very difficult. All seven of the bears we treed were on the smaller side in the 150 pound range, though Travis routinely puts his hunters on 300 to 400 pound whoppers, true trophy bruins. He also guides trophy mountain lion hunts, trophy elk and whitetail deer, and has gained a well earned reputation for being the real deal and a gifted guide and outfitter and natural born hunter and woodsman. His mother Charlotte created award winning meals everytime we sat down, and the Reggear hunting camp is one I highly recommend and shall return to ASAP. I think the dogs liked me.

For booking info, visit or call Sunrize Safaris at 517-750-9060 or contact Travis Reggear at 208-476-5638 or subscribe to BEAR HUNTING magazine at 320-743-6600 or [email protected]

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Published by admin on 26 May 2009

Shooting Straight with Frank Addington, Jr.


Shooting Straight
   with frank addington, jr. 

Archery Talk’s New Format Unleashed…

      Howdy & welcome to my new column on Archery Talk.   When Terry Martin emailed me about the new page, I immediately said “Yeah, I’m in..” because I personally believe that the internet is a powerful marketing tool that promotes our sport 24/7 around the world.  Now you may have to be stuck in an office in a big city, but for a few minutes each day you can escape to a bowhunting adventure somewhere, read about equipment updates, and read the forums here to see what’s on other archer’s minds.  Pretty cool huh?   

      Thank you for taking time to read my first column.  Soon I’ll be posting some of our adventures from the road with the 2009 “HAVE BOW WILL TRAVEL” tour.  You see,  I don’t spend all my time at a desk banging on a keyboard.  I actually make a living as a professional archery exhibition shooter.  (I don’t like the term “trick shot” because that term implies smoke & mirrors.)  My show, The Aspirin Buster Show, is 24 years old this year.  I have been shooting a bow and arrow since 1971 at the age of four.  My parents have operated an archery pro shop, Addington’s Bowhunter Shop, in Winfield, West Virginia since the 1970’s.  As a matter of fact, we have been a Martin Archery dealer since about 1978.    I was telling Terry the other day that Pop sold a lot of the Martin Cougar and Cougar Magnum’s in the old days.  We even had some customers that were fans of the Martin Dyna-Bow.  Perhaps Terry will write about the history of that bow sometime, it was amazing.

     Anyway, long story made short I was a protege’ of the late Rev. Stacy Groscup.  Groscup became the first archer to ever hit an aspirin from mid air and would later set a world record on national TV by hitting seven aspirin in a row without a miss.  In later years he was inducted into the national Archery Hall of Fame as the 49th inductee.  When I was 18 Rev. Groscup tossed a Pepsi can into mid air and challenged me to hit it.  I did and later that day he put me in front of an audience shooting.  It was an amazing time.  

     Now, 24 years later, I travel coast to coast doing archery shows and promoting the sport of archery 24/7.  What can you expect at my shows?  Six arrows at one aerial target, two balloons from mid air with one arrow, targets of all sizes from mid air, down to a baby aspirin or multiple baby aspirin— all shot instinctively with my bow behind my back.  Why this unconventional method?  I wanted to have a signature shot.  A baby aspirin behind the back is just about the hardest shot I could come up with.

     Archery is a great sport.  I am fortunate that time in the sport has allowed me to cross paths with so many of the archery greats, from Fred Bear to Ted Nugent, Earl and Ann Hoyt, Gail Martin, Al Henderson, Joe Johnston, Ann Clark, Chuck “Woodrow” Adams, Jim Easton, Dick Mauch, Glenn St. Charles, Matt McPherson, and so many well known figures from our sport.  My life has been blessed by all the archery friends I’ve met.

     Now my wife and I have a son who shot his first arrow at less than two years old!  He’s a natural and loves to shoot his bow.  I hope that your family joins you in your outdoor pursuits.  I am a big believer in turning off TV, computers, video games and leaving cell phones behind to spend time as a family outdoors.  If you agree then please stop by my columns from time to time to keep up with my adventures.  Hats off to Terry Martin for the opportunity.

 Thanks for your time.  Until next time, Adios & God Bless.

Shoot Straight,


Frank Addington, Jr.

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