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Published by Po man Jo on 10 Apr 2008

Fanboys, Are They Ruining the Hunt?

Fanboys are zealots and zealots are rarely fun to be around. I’ve read fanboy comments all over the net and I am so tired of it.”Bow maker A is better than B because B just sucks” is what I see. Is it possible that the fanboys mentality is chasing people away from online discussion forums? I think it is.

How many pro shooters and hunters have you seen leave a forum because a fanboy was disrespectful and rude? Im sure we all have seen it once or twice. I for one grow weary of the Bowtech vs Mathews fanboys. I see your lips moving but all I hear is blah blah blah! Grow up people this isnt the 80s anymore. Bows are not status symbols. If you have issues with your mother or the your other “shortcomings” then get professional help!

I doubt very seriously that any bow tuned right and in good working order will shoot an arrow any less accurate than any other. The target or animal never asks what bow was used to hit the X or make the kill. I’ve never seen a practiced up archer with a professional tuned bow say,” well if this wasnt brand A and was brand B, that arrow would have hit where I aimed!! ”

I believe the source of this self centered mentality is an inferiorority complex. That bow from brand A makes you feel better about yourself apparently. If it didnt then when brand B owner criticized your bow maker you wouldnt have a need to get hostile and defend it. If someone says my bow sucks, I say well, it hits where I aim and the blood trail is just as red as it would be if I used brand B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K or Z.

Bottom line is, GET OVER YOURSELF AND SHOW SOME RESPECT TO YOUR FELLOW HUNTER/ARCHER ya never know who is watching or reading. Your pettyness may cost that maker you are a fanboy of to lose a sale. I know of one company I will not buy from because of the fanboys who shoot there products. Its crazy but its the truth. Carry on and have a nice day y’all!!!!!!!

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Published by csinclair on 09 Apr 2008

Spring, the time for practice and the pro shop

Hello sports fans,

In my last post I mentioned the difficulty of finding a place to shoot locally, (outdoors and legal according to the local by-laws in this part of Canada). My experiment was a success and I have found not one but several good places for shooting at some of the home made targets that I’ve made recently, (who says archery has to be expensive to get into). So after a morning of extensive scouting with the maps that I’d printed off from the by-law website on the discharge of firearms, (including bows and crossbows), for my local area, I easily found a few good spots, out of the way of passers by and hikers, where I could set up my targets and let some arrows fly.

What a great feeling, outside on a beautiful spring day enjoying my Martin and some Easton Lightspeed 400s. I enjoyed myself so much infact that after shooting probably a couple hundred arrows, straight ahead, at 20 / 30 / 40 yards and even greater distances, up hill, down hill and even through the brush, (just to make things interesting), my shooting was ok, but I noticed that my grouping was a little loose, so I had to go back to the shop today and have my bow tuned right up to it’s maximum draw weight and installed a peep sight for better accuracy.

While in the shop doing all this, during my test shots with the new peep sight, the fellow who owns the shop noticed my left hand position wasn’t optimal, my wrist was too high. Correcting the problem, I spent some time at the indoor range at the shop and immediately noticed that my grouping was tighter and my shot placement was much better almost like magic. I’m not sure if it’s my hand position or the new peep sight, probably the combination of the two together, but my shooting just jumped up a notch today and I’m really happy about it. It never ceases to amaze me how something as simple as a trip to the pro shop once and a while, with regular practice can really improve one’s skill level. Perhaps my new archery motto should be practice, practice, pro shop. 😉

I can’t wait to get out to the forest range tomorrow, some friends are coming out with me, I’ve agreed to loan them bows so that we can all enjoy some archery outdoors for the day with me, is there any better way to spend a spring day, while on one’s way to becoming a bow hunter.

Craig

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Published by Po man Jo on 09 Apr 2008

You Dont Have to be Rich to Hunt but it Helps

Anyone else think archery is getting to be a rich mans sport? Well it is, but it can still be enjoyed by us po folks.

Fancy new bows can run well over a grand. A guided hunt on prime land can cost $3500 or more. Camo can run as much as $300 or more for some coveralls and a coat. This can be a real discouragement to people who want to start hunting with a bow.

I know it seems hard, but bowhunting can be fun and not break your budget. I have found great ready to hunt bows on ebay for under $200. It takes time but it can be done. Names like Golden Eagle,PSE,Jennings and Bear are a few to look for. You dont need a $1000 bow rig to take a deer. It takes well placed shot to do it and that takes practice. Good accessories and gear can be found reasonably priced also.

Ebay has great deals but you have to look for them. Wal Mart sells decent camo and accessories too. A useable target runs about $15 at wal mart. I have purchased good warm clothing for well under $50 and I didnt freeze my butt off wearing it.

My advice on finding good land is to either find public land or drive around your area and stop by some local farms and ask nicely if you can hunt there. You’ll hear alot of NOs but eventually someone will say yes. Remember be respectful and take care if the land. It will gauranty that you will be allowed back next season. I have found that if you offer some of what you take to the land owner then they trust you more and let you hunt next season.

So if you are interested in bowhunting and are worried about it costing your 1st born child then stop. It can be done on a small budget. I am far from rich and I am able to bow hunt. It takes patience and practice. Remember the indians didnt have a $1000 bowtech rig. Enjoy what GOD gave you and dont worry about what you dont have.

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Published by Hyunchback on 08 Apr 2008

An eye opening revelation

Literally.

Today as I practiced I was finally able to keep my eyes on the target as I fired. Partly by not squeezing my non-aiming eye fully closed, making it easier to watch the arrow all the way to the target.

This hardly ever happened before for me. It’s like a new portion of my form that I was finally able to bring into my shot sequence.

Literally. My groups tightened up. I resolved from that point to devote the rest of my session keeping my eyes on the arrows as they hit the target.

No, I didn’t magically turn into a threat to the 3D champions. I just found something that I’d been missing that was resulting in many, many random misses. It’s a wonder that my arrows ever hit the center. I was flinching.

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Published by Suttle1976 on 08 Apr 2008

A New Start At An Old Hobby

I was first bitten by the archery bug when I was 14 years old. Me and my best friend both got new bows one Christmas. I received a Hoyt Raider that I loved until someone told me it was considered “Youth”  bow. The bow was great but I was not a youth I 14 years old and knew everything.  I must have shot every day, in every spare minute for three years straight. I had that little bow cranked down all the way and was getting every bit of 60 pound out of it. My accuracy was dead on up to 40 yards and I could keep a pattern so tight that even the old guys that worked at the indoor range where we shot were impressed. AS time went on I meet a girl and she was the farthest thing from a “youth” model I had ever seen. So needless to say my bow shooting days slowly faded out. I always keep an interest in archery and would go take a look at the bows every time I was at the sporting goods store and told my self “One day”. So here I am 31 years old and that day has finally come. Oh but how things have changed. Technology has really pushed the sport to new levels and the bows that have evolved are highly tuned and can be adjusted to fit anyone and any type of shooting style. Even with all the changes the one thing that remains is the feeling you get when you shoot a bow and hit your mark. The total control, the fact that what you put into the bow is what you get out. I am sure that this is the same feeling that native Americans got when they shot their bows for food or just to shoot. Its not the type of bow or how fast it shoots or weather it is a “youth” model or not, these thing can help but the feeling is all the same from the youngster at summer camp who puts one in the yellow for the first time to the professional hunter taking down wild game season after season. Once you get that feeling weather for the first time or the hundredth time you know what archery is all about and why it has stood the test of time. So you will be happy to know that I bought a new bow last week and can’t wait to get out their and start shooting all over again.

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Published by poorman on 07 Apr 2008

Hunting: The Complete Package

     It was still three hours before sunrise, but I was out of bed and getting prepared for the morning hunt. Even though I had not slept a wink the night before, I was fully charged and ready to go. I had looked forward to this moment since the last day of the season the prior year. Just being out in the woods this time of year was enough to get my adrenaline going. There is nothing more beautiful than a woodlot in early to mid October. Fully camouflaged from head to toe, I was almost ready. As I sat there pulling up my knee-high boots (camouflaged of course), I couldn’t help but wonder how this day would turn out. Would it be an eventful morning or would I come home empty handed? After finishing my morning cup of coffee and loading my gear into the truck, I drove to the woods where I would be spending the next five hours.

     When I arrived, I still had one hour before sunrise, wich gave me plenty of time to get to my stand and get set up for the morning hunt. I unloaded my bow from its case, took out my flashlight and started the twenty minute walk to my stand. As I started the walk I thought to myself about how much everything looks the same in the woods when it is dark and how easy it would be to get turned around and become lost. I wondered how the pioneers did it without the flashlights or reflective markers that we use today. Trying to be as quiet as I possibly could, I ventured on. Nearing my stand, I again wondered how things would go. Had I picked the right spot? Had my previous scouting trips payed off? Would I see the deer of my dreams? Would everything come together and make this the perfect day? I had waited nine months for this day to arrive and I had butterflies in my stomach just thinking about the morning to come.

     Well here I am at the tree where my stand is placed. The stand that I have put in this tree is a twenty by eighteen inch steel platform that is attached to the tree with a log chain and adjustable straps. It is twenty feet above the ground with steel steps screwed into the tree at various intervals to allow me to climb to the top. It is cold and uncomfortable, but I think its a good trade off for what I am getting in return. While I am tying my bow to the rope that is hanging from my stand, an owl lets out a screech from above and nearly scares the living daylights out of me! After regaining my composure, I slowly begin my climb up the tree to where I would be spending the rest of my morning. On my way up, the owl decides he doesn’t like the company and noisily flies away to find a different perch. After reaching the top I fasten my safety belt and pull my bow up to where I am perched. The sun is just beginning to break the tops of the trees on the east end of the woods. My God! What a beautiful sight! This is a whole different world than it was just a short hour ago. The orange hue of the sun lightly reflecting off of the red and orange leaves couldn’t have been painted any prettier by Rembrandt himself. The morning dew was sprinkled across everything in sight and when the sun hit it, it sparkled like a field full of diamonds. This is truly one of God’s gifts to mankind. After enjoying the view I settled in for the hunt to come.

     It wouldn’t be long now, I thought. This is prime time. The next hour will be when it all happens, when all my hard work pays off. The sun is above the trees now, the darkness is gone. I can feel the warmth of the sun on my face, and I think to myself there is no other place in the whole world I would rather be on an early October morning. All the leaves are changing colors, most of the weeds are dead or dying, the birds are chirping and the squirrels are chattering. This is what makes it all worthwhile. All the work that goes into making this morning happen. All the sore muscles from carrying in the stand and getting it in place. All the complaints from my wife on how all I ever think about is hunting. To me its all worth it.

     My eyes are peeled and my ears are open just waiting to get a glimpse or hear a footstep of an approaching deer. After all, that’s what I am here for, isn’t it? After an hour or so it happens- I hear a twig snap in the leaves behind me! Could it be him? Could it be the buck of a lifetime? My heart is pounding so hard I can feel it in my eyes. My pulse is racing a mile a minute as I reach for my bow. This is it, I think to myself. Stay calm. Don’t be nervous. Don’t rush the shot. You have practiced all summer to be able to make a quick, clean kill. All these things are rushing through my mind as I slowly turn around so I can be in the perfect position for the shot to come. As I get turned all the way around and start scouring the woods in front of me for the approaching deer, it is then that I see what is making the noise in the leaves. It’s a nice eight point buck following a doe and they are headed straight for my stand. If they continue coming this way I would have the perfect broadside shot. The closer they got, the harder my heart would beat. Two more steps and the buck would be in the perfect spot for a double lung shot. Those two steps semed to take an eternity! Just then he made the last of those steps, I raised and drew my bow. I could see the razor sharp broadhead on the end of my arrow and I started envisioning it slicing through the buck’s lungs. In the little amount of time that it took me to draw my bow I had forgotten one thing- the doe! Just as I came to full draw she spotted my movement and let out a snort that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. The buck and I both knew this was an alarm call and it didn’t take him any time at all to vacate the area with the doe trailing right behind him. With my heart still pounding, I watched them run farther and farther into the woods with every passing second. Finally I settled back into my seat and tried to slow my pulse rate down, before I keeled over with a heart attack! That was a rush that no drug could ever induce. I dont think there was anything in the world that could have made me feel any more alive than that thirty-second scenario that just took place.

     The rest of the morning was uneventful, except for the appearance of a red fox and a few squirrels. The birds are always there keeping me company and singing their songs. Before long, it is 11 a.m. and time to go home. Discouraged and tired, I once again tie my bow to the rope and lower it to the ground from my perch in the tree. As I am walking to my truck, I again take notice at what a beautiful place the woods can be.

     On my short drive home, I can’t help but think that I had an unsuccessful morning. Here I am, going home without a deer in the back of my truck or any blood on my hands. If that doe hadn’t seen me that buck would have been mine. Then it hits me like a slap in the face – that isn’t the only  reason I hunt. I should be ashamed of myself. I had just experienced what many people never get a chance to in their lifetime. Seeing those beautiful animals in that gorgeous setting is one of the most amazing things there is. Just being able to be there and enjoy the sights, smells, and the sounds of the outdoors had made this morning’s hunt a success. After all, I didn’t need to kill anything to make this a memorable and enjoyable experience – it already was! If a person hunts just to kill, he or she is missing the best part of the hunt. It’s not just the kill that makes this sport enjoyable, it’s all the events that lead up to it that really make it a complete package. If I subtracted all the events that led up to and followed the actual kill, I would have some very short and boring hunting memories.

    

 

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Published by Kelly Johnson on 07 Apr 2008

Venison 101. An overview for beginners

Hey ya’ll. I’ve been cooking professionally for over 20 years now and thought I’d pass along some tips that may help get the most enjoyment after you tag the big one

First we’ll talk about Venison.

Vension is lean. Made even leaner by the fact that the fat is not pleasurable at all because it coagulates at a much lower temp than farm raised animals.
What that means is if you add venison fat to a sausage recipe when you eat it and take a drink….it turns to vaseline in your mouth. So….trim all the fat off. We can add a more palatable fat later.

There are 2 major factors in how your animal will taste inherently.
1. Diet.
A Whitetail from the Rocky Mountians that lives in big woods will have a very different flavor profile than one from the agro region in Illinois for example.

2. Processing.
How the animal was killed and handled during butchering. I’ll do butchering later if there’s interest so for now let’s just say gut it, skin it and cool it as quickly as possible

Next let’s break these up into 2 parts.
Texture. How tough, tender, stringy etc…physical traits in mouth feel, “bite” and texture
And
Flavor. Gaminess, piney or sagey-ness etc

Texture.
The “whys”

The older the animal and/or rougher the terrain the tougher it’ll be.

The harder the muscle works, the tougher the meat will be.

The leaner the diet, the tougher it will be. The more protien rich, the more tender.

The “Fresher” the tougher. Letting an animal hang or age properly goes a long way in tenderizing it through natural enzymes breaking down the tough connective tissue. I recommend 7-14 days for a whole carcass depending on age and size at around 41 degrees.

The thinner, the more tender. The thicker the tougher. Thin slices off a roast or raw meat sliced and pounded thin (like scallopine) before cooking will always work.

The “Hows”
Roasts.

1.Don’t Boil it. Don’t boil it…don’t boil it!
Boiling meat is a great way to waste time and ruin meat. SIMMER! Tiny bubbles! Simmer has the heat without the agitation. Bring it to a boil and QUICKLY lower the heat to low simmer. As low as you can get it and still get a bubble every 2-3 seconds. Cover it and cook till tender…1.5-4 hrs depending on size.

2.Use liquid….wine, stock, broth, water, beer etc. Not submerged in it but a couple inches in the bottom will help keep it moist and cook evenly.

3. Add fat.Drape raw bacon over the top before you put the lid on, rub a little butter on top the last 2-3 minutes of cooking etc. This will all but gaurantee it be moist and not dry out.

Thinner cuts and steaks

1. Don’t overcook it. Medium rare to medium will be most tender.

2. Don’t boil it! If you start with thin slices for salisbury steak or something when you add the stock or gravy…simmer.

3. Pound it or jaccard it. (Search Jaccard…great tool for the wild game chef and well worth the $ IMO) Pounding with a meat mallet or jaccarding breaks down the connective tissue by force.

4. Marinate it. I’m not a big fan of marination in general but it does help a little. Acid is the tenderizer…(it’s the vinegar in italian dressing )

Flavor

The coppery, bloody, “gamey” flavor can be offset by a myriad of ingredients.
Acids and sugars mask it well but you may need to add a fat to offset the acid….which works out well becasue it’s generally so lean the fat will help with mouth feel and “roundness” anyway.

Examples of acidic ingredients are…
Vinegars (Balsamic is great or apple cider maybe)
Wine
Beer
Fruits. Currants, blueberries, cranberries, cherries, raisins etc.

If you want to test this take your standard venison tenderloin and cook half in a hot pan with whatever gravy you use or sauce you make. Now add 1/2 Tbsp of red wine vinegar to your sauce and taste it again. You’ll see what I mean.

Now the straight vinegar goes a long way. Just a touch in the sauce. If you add too much a little sugar will help even it out and add a litt ebutter or oil to smooth it over. I’ll often mix Cider Vin and Sugar and cook till it’s a syrup and keep that around the kitchen in a small bottle to add as I need it.

Now unless you like sweet and sour everything you may need to smooth some of them out with a little fat. Add a little pat of butter to the sauce at the end maybe or a drizzle of GOOD olive oil where it fits will round these out and bring the flavors to the meat instead of having the meat overpower everything else.

Here’s the theories at work
Venison loin with Chocolate Balsamic, Baby root vegetables and Horseradish sprouts.
Venison Loin

Well that’s all pretty generic stuff and I hope it gives a little insight and maybe help someone enjoy their kill a little bit more.

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Published by djohns13 on 07 Apr 2008

Two for two times two

A perfect fall 2006 morning saw me out with my nephew for a whitetail hunt.  My nephew, Jake, is an accomplished bowhunter who has harvested several deer and whom I feel safe and confident being in the woods with.  It appeared to be a great morning to be out and I was nervous with anticipation.  As the morning wore on, however, my anticipation turned to frustration as the woods seemed completely dead.  Not even the pesky squirrels were out and about.  Late in the morning, I decided to give Jake a call to set up a deer drive on the other end of the property.  Just as I was ready to dial his number, I saw two deer moving toward Jake’s stand.  Within seconds I heard the release of a bowstring and the sounds of chaos as the two deer bolted.  One headed directly toward me and got within about forty yards before slowing down.  Its beautiful head started to droop before it collapsed on the forest floor.  In a matter of seconds, a frustrating hunt had turned fruitful as my nephew had collected the first doe of the season.  To make things even better, Jake’s wife Janna was within days of delivering their firstborn, a beautiful baby girl who would be named Annie.  A freezer stocked with deer meat would do their young family a world of good.

The second doe had headed off a different direction but was circling back toward Jake’s doe.  Slowly it edged up to the doe and sniffed the arrow entry wound.  Then she raised her leg and kicked the dead doe three times as if trying to wake her up.  Seeing that the doe wasn’t going to move, the second doe began wandering away but closer to my location.  Within moments she was standing quartering away in an open shooting lane thirty two yards away.  My aim and release felt perfect but I heard a loud thud as the arrow sped toward the target.  My heart sunk as I thought I must have hit a previously undetected tree limb in mid-flight.  At the sound, the doe bolted away from me eliminating any ability to get a second shot.  As I watched her I noticed that her tail was held straight down rather than flagging alarm and I began to wonder if I had hit her after all.    In a few seconds I was astonished to see her go down, only about twenty five yards from the point of impact.  My legs got weak as I began to realize that my apparent miss was indeed dead on the mark and two freezers were going to be stocked with tender nutritious doe meat.

Fast forward to pre-rut 2007, and the deer hunting had been hard and frustrating.  The weather had been very uncooperative and EHD had thinned the herd earlier in the fall.  I had done my tree time and had enjoyed it for the most part but had yet to take a shot.  In fact, I had yet to see a buck of any time when I had a bow in my hand.

It was well before dawn when Jake and I slipped into our stands.  Jake was in a permanent stand that had been a proven performer over the past several years.  I had recently changed my stand location as the old location had seen next to no activity due to the drought.  I had little idea how the new location would pan out, but I knew the change was overdue and the activity raised my hopes.

As dawn arrrived, the chill of the morning was attacking me with full force.  Toes, ears and fingers were beginning to protest their suffering when I heard movement behind me.  Turning slowly I saw a yearling doe making her way within 5 yards of my tree.  Given the lack of results my season had seen so far, I was thinking about harvesting her when I noticed that she kept looking back over her shoulder.  Hoping she was looking for a trailing buck I let her go and she slowly moved on toward Jake’s stand.  Within seconds, more noise caught my attention and I turned to see a respectable eight pointer headed my way fast along the doe’s trail.  Knowing he was on a mission and wouldn’t slow down on his own, I doe called him but he didn’t notice.  As he ran practically right under my stand, I called again, this time much louder.  Again, he made no notice of me.  Knowing he would be out of range in mere seconds, I stood up and yelled “Stop”!  He slammed on the brakes and looked around trying to identify the sound.  As I swung the bow around to take aim, he headed off again in the direction of his potential mate.  I watched him disappear into the brush as I kicked myself for not doing more to stop him sooner.  A few minutes later the cell phone rang and Jake excitedly told me that he had just taken the eight pointer, his biggest to date.  He told me that we was actually ready to take the shot on the yearling doe when the buck caught up to her and he was able to swing around and take a good shot on the buck.  Less than fifty yards later the buck piled up and Jake’s season had taken a dramatic upward turn.

I was very excited for Jake and was happy that he had connected with the biggest so far, but was also letting myself get downhearted about my season.  I love being in the woods for any reason but not seeing many deer in my honey hole was taking its toll.  I continued survey the woods around when I noticed movement behind some trees to my right.  Slowly I figured out that is was an ear flipping and out walked one of the biggest does I have ever seen.  Her body looked every bit as big as the eight pointer and her long nose and sagging belly gave her away as one of the matriarchs of the woods.  She was slowly moving along the same path as the earlier deer had and would surely pass within feet of my tree.  My plan was to wait until she passed me and then stand to try to take a quartering away shot.  It seemed perfect until she saw my breath 18 feet up in the air!  I was shocked as she started stomping and blowing, alerting the entire woods to the trespasser in the tree.  Helplessly I sat as she passed the alert on throughout the woods.  If only I could have held my breath!  Finally she had seen enough and turned to trot away.  As she did, I stood and raised my bow in hopes of getting the shot.  About thirty yards away, she slowed down and turned to look back at me.  Luckily I was ready and the shot was true,  She bolted through the brush and ran approximately one hundreds yards, dead away from where my vehicle was parked, before going down.  As I sat back down, the reality of both of us scoring on the same day in the same woods two years in a row begin to sink in. 

As it turned out, Jake’s buck ran away from the vehicle as well but after a long, hard drag back to the truck we were both still giddy.  It turns out that my doe was at least five and a half years old and field dressed at 170 pounds.  A perfect deer to take from the herd.

The rest of the season turned out to be as frustrating as the first part except for me seeing the deer of my dreams in the final week of the season.  He was big bodied with a rack that was wide, massive and had too many points to count in our short meeting.  I will spend all of the off-season trying to get to know him better and on opening day I will be in a tree along one of his travel routes with my nephew Jake in another tree close by.  You can bet the farm on it.

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Published by csinclair on 07 Apr 2008

The Urban Archers Outdoor Range and ByLaws (CDN)

Hi Folks,

In order to become a better archer and bow-hunter one needs to be accurate, (practice, practice, practice comes to mind), shooting tight groups consistently from various distances under any weather conditions from any position, (sitting, standing, crouching, up-hill or down-hill), one needs to practice much and do so in an outdoor setting which mirrors the real hunting environment as closely as possible.

It’s always been a challenge for me personally to find an appropriate place to shoot like this due to the fact that I’m living in a Canadian urban area where the by-laws specifically state that one may ‘not’ discharge a firearm, (including a bow), as the discharge of firearms is disallowed in most areas within, (and around), city limits.

Recently I had a very informative discussion with a gentleman who was a local bow hunter as well as being very well versed in the local by-laws, (we started talking archery when he noticed my bow-shop hat), possibly because he is studying to become an RCMP officer as well, he really helped set me straight on the facts, which I’d like to pass along to any other new bow-hunters / archers who may also benefit from the information that he shared with me.

The tip that he shared with me was simple really, just do your homework and search the internet for the local by-laws, which I found quite easily, in particular the by-law that governs the discharge of ‘firearms’ which includes bows and crossbows. Included with the by-law that governs the discharging of ‘firearms’ in the areas surrounding the city limits is a map, which showed me the exact areas where I could, (and could not), legally set up a ad-hoc range for myself and shoot outside all summer, up hill down hill through some trees, crouching, standing etc…

I’ve since scouted the area and am going out today with my bow to do some shooting, I’ll post some pictures as soon as I’m able.

Happy shooting,

Craig

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Published by X-Ecutioner2 on 06 Apr 2008

How to Pick the Perfect Hunting Arrow

           Choosing the right hunting arrow is one of the most crucial steps in having a successful hunt.  There are a lot of new arrows out there, all with their own special features and new colors and camo finishes, but how do you tell which is the best arrow?  Or more importantly, how do you tell which is the right arrow for you?  The following is the steps that I go through in determining which arrow to hunt with.  I hope this guide will help you in determining which arrow is best for you.

 

            Every year there are new arrows that come out.  In order for one of those arrows to replace the arrows I am currently shooting, they have to fare better than my current arrows in a technical evaluation, they have to be able to set up easily and consistently, and finally, they have to perform in actual shooting situations.  Let’s start with the technical evaluation.

 

            For the technical evaluation, I compare each arrow I am interested in, over 3 different fields.  First, I look to see if each arrow comes in a spine that I will be able to shoot.  Second, I compare the straightness and weight consistencies of each arrow.  And third, I compare the kinetic energy each arrow produces with my current set-up.

           

            The first evaluation is pretty simple.  I gather a group of arrows that I am interested in, from advertisements, web sites, catalogs, shows, and other places.  I then use an arrow chart supplied by the manufacturer, and use the draw weight of my bow, and my draw length to find the correct box.  If the arrow that I am interested in is in that box, then I let it move on to the second evaluation. 

 

            For the second evaluation, I then look at the advertised straightness of these arrows, and eliminate any that’s straightness tolerance is greater than .003.  After this first part of the elimination process, I then eliminate any of the arrows that are greater than 2 grains per arrow within the dozen.  Note:  Sometimes this is not advertised, and you will have to go to a pro-shop and weigh an individual dozen arrows. 

 

After the first and second evaluations, I am usually down to two or three kinds of arrows.  The third, and final technical evaluation, is to evaluate the kinetic energy of the arrows in my current set-up.  The formula for measuring kinetic energy is

(1/2)(mass)(velocity)²  If you have never used a formula like this before, it is important to remember to take the velocity times itself, then multiply that number by the mass of the arrow, and then divide it by 2.  In order to get the mass of the arrow, take the grains per inch of the arrows you are choosing between, and add in your point weight (including the insert), your vane weights, your nock weight, and about 10 grains for glue.  Getting the velocity is a little less exact science, unless you have a pro shop that will let you make up one of each arrows to shoot.  Usually what I do, is take an arrow that is similar to the weight of the arrows I am evaluating, and shoot it to get the velocity.  Most pro shops have a plethora of arrows of all different weights and sizes, and you can usually find one within 5 grains of the arrows you are evaluating.  Once you shoot these arrows over a chronograph, you have all of the pieces of the equation, and can start breaking them down.  Here is an example of how the equation works.  Let’s say my arrows weigh 350 grains, and shoot out of my bow at 300 fps.  The equation would look like this:

(1/2)(350)(300)² = 15,750,000  People always say the heavier the arrow the more kinetic energy, but this is not always true.  For example, let’s say my arrow weighs 450 grains, which drops my speed down to 250 fps.  The equation would look like this:

(1/2)(450)(250)² = 14,062,500.  That is why it is important to look at both mass and speed when evaluating kinetic energy. 

 

            After I have chosen the arrow that had the best results from my three technical evaluations, I buy a half dozen arrows, and go to work.  I set them up just like I would for hunting.  This is not an advertisement, so I will not list the equipment that I am using.  After they are set up, I make sure they tune quickly and consistently, and group very well; first with field points, and then with broadheads. 

           

            After I have determined that the arrows perform well in practice, I will set up my blind in my back yard, and shoot a target through the mesh netting.  If the arrows still perform well, I know that I have found my hunting arrows for the season.  However, many times I will end up shooting the same arrows I have been shooting, even after all of the work that I have put in determining which of the new ones is the best.  The bottom line is, if they can’t outperform the ones I am currently shooting, then why should I shoot them? 

 

            I hope this article has been helpful to you.  This is a pretty rigorous evaluation, but it has netted me nothing but good results, and I’m sure it will help you as well.  Good luck, and good shooting!

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