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    10 Things Every Bowhunter Should Carry When Hunting

    As with any other sport or hobby in the world; there are certain things you need to have in order for you to be safe or be successful at that particular sport or hobby.  The same idea/concept applies to bowhunting.  Bowhunting can be a very rewarding and enjoyable sport however there are many factors that could make it dangerous and take the enjoyment right out of it.  The key to making sure your bowhunting trip stays positive is to go prepared for any situation that may occur.  Here are 10 things you should always carry when you go out hunting.

    1. First Aid Kit – While often overlooked bringing a first aid kit with you hunting is essential and can really come in handy if you were to hurt yourself while out in the field, or bush.  As we all know there are a ton of ways to get hurt while hunting whether it be a cut from your broadheads to scrapes and scratches from falls.

    2.  Survival Kit - This item is fairly commonly taken and is again a very important thing every bowhunter should remember to bring with them hunting.  This is especially true if you are not familiar with the area you’ll be in or if you are going to be going through dense brush for the evening hunt.  It really is amazing how everything at night can look the same and you can get turned around and “Lost” even though you’re only a few hundred yards off the road.

    3.  Compass/Maps – I can’t tell you how many times this has saved me and many of the other bowhunters I know from finding our way out of the bush after getting turned around.  These 2 items are absolutely essential and should be brought with you EVERY time you go out hunting.  As a side note the map should be a very detailed map of just the area where you’ll be hunting so that you can see small lakes, and groups of trees or valeys that would otherwise be left out on a bigger map.

    4. Flashlight w/extra Batteries – After finishing the night hunt and going out early in the morning for the morning hunt it can get unbelievably dark especially if you’re away from any large citites or towns.  Having a good flashlight can help you find and see things like the trail, compass, map, landmarks and more.  Just remember that if the flashlight runs on batteries, make sure you bring some extras just in case you end up needing the flashlight longer than expected.

    5. Portable Bow Press – Bringing a portable bow press is important to not only your survival but for ensuring a successful hunt in the event your string breaks.  There are a lot of sharp rocks, tree branches, broadheads and other things that could cause your bowstring to be compromised and your hunt to be over before it even starts.  These are usually very easy to use and can quickly help you to change your bow string and be back in the game in no time.  I would recommend going with the top selling portable bow press -Bowmaster Portable Bow Press

    6. Extra Bow String - This is more or less the “Second Part” to the above item.  Bow strings and cables don’t last forever and can break or snap from things like: dry-rot, sharp objects, previous unknown damage, faulty string etc.  I always recommend bringing  1 or 2 extra sets of strings and cable as they are light weight and can help to save your hunting trip in case something happens to your current strings or cables.

    7.  Allen Wrenches – Have you ever been in your tree stand or hunting spot and you realize your sight or rest has come loose?  If this happens and you don’t have some allen wrenches to tighten your equipment back up this could turn into an ugly situation especially if you just so happen to see that beautiful 10 or 12 point buck walk out in front of you.  Having a set of allen wrenches that fit all of the components on your bow can really help to keep you in the hunt should the unexpected happen to your bow equipment.

    8. Water – As everybody knows your body can only go a few days without water before you dehydrate and things get really bad for you.  Chances are you will have a hard time finding some drinkable water in the bush where you’ll be hunting especially these days.  I strongly recommend bringing a supply of water with you on your hunts so that in the event that you get lost or have to spend a few days in the bush you will have enough water to keep yourself hydrated and healthy.

    9.  Quality Hunting Knife – This isn’t usually an issue as most bowhunters do carry one or multiple hunting knives on them at any given time when hunting, however; I thought it was worth a mention just for good measure.  A hunting knife can be very useful and not only in case you have the pleasure of filling your tag and having to field dress your trophy but in the event that you get lost your knife can be used to create a spear, kill food, cut vines for rope and start fires.

    10.  Soft Bow Case – This is more of an item that will help with keeping you out of trouble with your local wildlife enforcement officers.  In most areas once the night hunt is over you must encase your bow so that you can no longer shoot it.  Depending on your local hunting laws usually this case has to completely cover the entire bow.  If you forget this and you get caught with your bow uncovered depending on the laws and officer you could be looking at a nice fine and possibly equipment confiscation.

    This is just a list of the top items that every bowhunter should be carrying while bowhunting, I would recommend taking the time before each and every hunt to ensure that you have everything packed that you will need in case you fill your tag or the unexpected happens.

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    Deer Hunter BlackBerry Theme

    A few days ago I was looking for some cool hunting related things for my BlackBerry and I realized that there isn’t a whole lot out there for archery or hunting in general, but I ended up coming across this BlackBerry theme that I thought was really impressive compared to a lot of others I had seen. I downloaded it and have had it for a few days now and I think it’s one of the nicest deer hunting themes out there for BlackBerrys and so I thought it was worth a mention for all those who like hunting related themes for your BlackBerrys.

    Here are a few screenshots I got from the theme page:

    Ultimate Deer Hunter's Theme Main Screen  Ultimate Deer Hunter's Theme icon screenUltimate Deer Hunter's Theme Call Screen  Ultimate Deer Hunter's Theme Incoming Call

    Well I’m not going to go on about it forever if you are interested in getting this theme for yourself to get you into the hunting spirit you can get it from one of the links below:

    For those of you running 5.0 Software you can download this theme from here:

    http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/14987?lang=en

    For those of you running 6.0 Software you can download this theme from here:

    http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/34945?lang=en

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    2012 Bows – A Look at the New Bows for 2012 Continued

    APA – SIDEWINDER HE2
    Specifications

    IBO Rating: Up to 333 fps

    Axle-to-Axle: 30″

    Brace Height: 7″

    Draw Weight: 40lbs – 70lbs

    Bow Weight: 3.4 lbs

    Draw Lengths: 25.5″ – 31.5″

    Cams:

    Desc: The NEW APA Sidewinder HE2 offers all of the same quality of the Sidewinder HE1 however sports APA’s dual cams to give it an added boost to the arrow speeds that are boasted at a quick 333fps. The Sidewinder is a smooth, quiet, quick, lightweight bow that is packed with features while still being budget friendly.

    With its smaller size of a 30″ axle to axle the 2012 APA Sidewinder HE 2 is here to accomodate any shooter.

    APA -VIPER XL39
    Specifications

    IBO Rating: Up to 318 fps

    Axle-to-Axle: 39″

    Brace Height: 7″

    Draw Weight: 40lbs – 70lbs

    Bow Weight: 4.4 lbs

    Draw Lengths: 26″ – 33″

    Cams:

    Desc: The New 2012 APA Viper XL39 is a bow that has been designed to become a best seller with its 39″ axle to axle length and a generous brace height of 7 inches, the Viper XL39 delivers the same smooth, quick and quiet quality of the whole APA line while also being a very forgiving bow. The 2012 APA Viper XL39 is a lightweight masterpiece that any archer would enjoy shooting.

    APA – MAMBA XLR36
    Specifications

    IBO Rating: Up to 340 fps

    Axle-to-Axle: 36″

    Brace Height: 7 1/4″

    Draw Weight: 50lbs – 70lbs

    Bow Weight: 4.4 lbs

    Draw Lengths: 26.5″ – 32.5″

    Cams:

    Desc: The New 2012 APA Mamba XLR36 is an extremely stable and well balanced bow. Spouting off a 36″ axle to axle and a 7 1/4″ brace height this high performannce bow is amazingly forgiving and accurate and is destined to become a fierce compettitor in the 3D circuit. The 2012 APA Mamba XLR36 boasts incredible speeds of up to 340fps and will be a joy for all archers who choose to shoot it.

    APA – MAMBA XL39
    Specifications

    IBO Rating: Up to 335 fps

    Axle-to-Axle: 39″

    Brace Height: 7 1/4″

    Draw Weight: 50lbs – 70lbs

    Bow Weight: 4.3 lbs

    Draw Lengths: 27″ – 333″

    Cams:

    Desc: The New 2012 Mamba XL39 is the next generation of target/competition bows. The Mamba XL39 has all of APA’s proven performance, stability and accuracy features poured in to it making it one of the most stable bows that is available to be shot. The 2012 APA Mamba XL39 boasts an axle to axle length of 39″ with a brace height of 7 1/4 inches which is no wonder why Mamba XL39 is sure to be a hit with archers who needs an extremely stable and accurate bow.

    APA – VIPER XLR35
    Specifications

    IBO Rating: Up to 320 fps

    Axle-to-Axle: 35″

    Brace Height: 7 3/4″

    Draw Weight: 50lbs – 70lbs

    Bow Weight: 4.4 lbs

    Draw Lengths: 25″ – 32″

    Cams:

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    Bowtech 2012 – TBA
    Specifications

    IBO Rating: N/A

    Axle-to-Axle: N/A

    Brace Height: N/A

    Draw Weight: N/A

    Bow Weight: N/A

    Draw Lengths: N/A

    Cams: N/A

    Desc: Thus Far there is no word from Bowtech on their new Bow Model for 2012, They have some videos that hint towards this new bow however at this point nothing definitive has been released. We will continue watching and keep you updated on this.

     

    Diamond Archery – TBA
    Specifications

    IBO Rating: N/A

    Axle-to-Axle: N/A

    Brace Height: N/A

    Draw Weight: N/A

    Bow Weight: N/A

    Draw Lengths: N/A

    Cams: N/A

    Description: Thus Far there is no word from Bowtech on their new Bow Model for 2012, They have some videos that hint towards this new bow however at this point nothing definitive has been released. We will continue watching and keep you updated on this.


    Mission Rally
    Specifications

    IBO Rating: Up to 300 fps

    Axle-to-Axle: 37″

    Brace Height: 7 1/4″

    Draw Weight: 26lbs – 70lbs

    Bow Weight: 4.0 lbs

    Draw Lengths: 22″ – 30″

    Cams: Opti-Mod™

    Description: The New 2012 Mission Rally is a quality entry level target bow that can run with the rest of them. This 37″ axle to axle bow boasts a very generous brace height of 7 1/4″ and can with Missions’ patent pending Opti-Mod cam system you can go from a 70 to a 60lb draw while maintaining draw length adjustability.

    Mission Riot
    Specifications

    IBO Rating: Up to 310 fps

    Axle-to-Axle: 31″

    Brace Height: 7″

    Draw Weight: 15lbs – 70lbs

    Bow Weight: 4.3 lbs

    Draw Lengths: 19″ – 30″

    Cams:

    Description: The New 2012 Mission Riot is the perfect bow for the price conscious archer who is still looking for quality and performance. The Mission Riot features the adjustability of the Craze while offering more speed at 310fps, a smoother draw and longer bow length axle to axle at 31″. This 2012 Mission Riot is a great value for your money and you will likely find it hard to find a better deal anywhere else.

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    2012 Bows – A Look at the New Bows for 2012

    Hoyt 2012 Carbon Element RKT
    Specifications

    IBO Rating: Up to 330 fps

    Axle-to-Axle: 32″

    Brace Height: 6 3/4″

    Draw Weight: 30lbs – 80lbs

    Bow Weight: 3.6 lbs

    Draw Lengths: 24.5″ – 30″

    Cams: RKT Cam

    Hoyt 2012 Carbon Element RKT

    Description:  The NEW 2012 Hoyt Carbon Element RKT features Hoyt’s Carbon technology riser made up of over 40 different carbon components to bring you a riser that is strong, durable and incredibly lightweight. The Carbon Element RKT sports Hoyt’s rocket-fast-RKT cam with their ErgoDraw technology meaning you get a smooth consistent draw each and everytime.

    While the Carbon Element RKT does not boast the fastest speeds, the smooth consistent draws combined with the lightweight vibration free riser makes for a great smooth, quiet bow that you would come to expect from Hoyt.

     

    Matthews 2012 Heli-m
    Specifications

    IBO Rating: Up to 332 fps

    Axle-to-Axle: 30″

    Brace Height: 7″

    Draw Weight: 40-70 & 65 lbs

    Bow Weight: 3.5 lbs

    Draw Lengths: 26″ – 30″

    Half Sizes: 26.5″ – 29.5″

    String/Cable: String: 88″ | Cable: 32 3/4″

    Riser Length: 26 1/8″

    Cams: Helim Cam™ & QCA

    Matthews Heli-m Solo Cam Compound Bow

    Description: The new Mathews Heli-m™ boasts a major leap in compound bow design and innovation with over 20 years of Mathews’ engineering going into its technologically advanced design and function .  This technological design and innovation of the new Heli-m™ allows Mathews to be able to deliver the smoothest, quietest and most light weight compound bow ever offered.

    The New 2012 Mathews Heli-m boasts a 30″ axle to axle and a very generous 7″ brace height with a top IBO speed of 332 fps.  The Heli-m is well on its way to tearing up this years bow market as all archers who get their hands on this bow will not be disappointed.

    PSE 2012 Evo 7
    Specifications

    IBO Rating: Up to 337-345 fps

    Axle-to-Axle: 32 1/4″

    Brace Height: 7″

    Draw Weight: 50-70

    Bow Weight: 4.4 lbs

    Draw Lengths: 26″ – 31″

    PSE 2012 Evo 7

    Description: The New 2012 PSE Evo 7 is a bow made for archers who enjoy a larger brace height which is boasted for this bow at 7″.  The Evo 7 features a Planar flex riser, Evo Cams with 1/2″ adjustable posi- lock inner cam, and revolutionary center lock pockets to deliver a smooth, quiet and quick bow boasting IBO speeds up to 345fps.

    The PSE Evo 7 is a perfect edition to any archers arsenal and will definitely be making its mark on the bow market this 2012 season.

    PSE 2012 Dream Season
    Specifications

    IBO Rating: Up to 337-345 fps

    Axle-to-Axle: 32 1/4″

    Brace Height: 6″

    Draw Weight: 50-70

    Bow Weight: 4.4 lbs

    Draw Lengths: 25″ – 30″

    PSE 2012 PSE Dream Season Evo

    Description: The New 2012 PSE Dream Season is a bow made with the bowhunter in mind. The 2012 PSE Dream Season has a compact brace height of 32 1/4 ” and has a brace height of 6 ” while boasting top end speeds of 337 – 345 fps.  The PSE Dream Season features an optimized draw cycle which delivers virtually no vibration and reduced bow noise.  This bow is a beautiful specimen of what may become the best bowhunting bow to hit the market.

    Fred Bear 2012 Anarchy
    Specifications

    IBO Rating: Up to 340 fps

    Axle-to-Axle: 35 1/4″

    Brace Height: 7 1/4″

    Draw Weight: 50lbs – 70lbs

    Bow Weight: 3.8 lbs

    Draw Lengths: 25″ – 31.5″

    Bear 2012 Anarchy

    Description: The NEW 2012 Bear Archery Anarchy has been designed based on what you wanted.  With a longer axle to axle and a bigger brace height coupled with its flat top cam the Anarchy is a very forgiving bow that delivers a smooth draw and remarkably fast speeds of up to 340fps (IBO).

    The Bear Archery Anarchy features an ultra light riser to deliver an entire bow weighing in at only 3.8lbs along with its Dual Arc Offset String Suppressors with Added Vibration-Dampening Boots which works to virtually eliminate hand shock, vibration and noise.

    The Anarchy is a quick, lightweight and very forgiving bow, great for anybody who demands top quality from their bow.

    Excalibur Crossbows
    Specifications

    IBO Rating: N/A
    Axle-to-Axle: N/A

    Brace Height: N/A

    Draw Weight: N/A

    Bow Weight: N/A

    Draw Lengths: N/A

    Cams: N/A

    Description: No Current Information on the new 2012 lineup for Excalibur Crossbows, We will be keeping a very close eye for any changes in order to bring you the latest developments.

    APA – Mamba M6
    Specifications

    IBO Rating: Up to 355 fps

    Axle-to-Axle: 32 1/4″

    Brace Height: 6 1/8″

    Draw Weight: 50lbs – 70lbs

    Bow Weight: 3.8 lbs

    Draw Lengths: 24″ – 30″

    Cams:

    Description:  The NEW 2012 APA Mamba M6 features a lot of the same features as its predecessor the Mamba M7 with added performance for those sportsman looking to hunt larger game.  Like the Mamba M7 the 2012 M6 features high efficiency 3 stage limbs, APA roller guide and EZTune Modules for a smooth, easy draw, simple speed and arrow flight tuning, as well quick arrow speeds.

    The 2012 APA Mamba M6 boast incredible speeds of up to 355fps and features an innovative Cam Lock Press technology that allows you to be able to change your string and or cables without the use of a standar bow press.

    All in all the Mamba M6 is a quick, smooth and quiet bow with a ton of added features and gadgets to put it in the running to be made Inside Archery’s Best Buy Winner just like its predecessor the Mamba M7.

     

    APA SIDEWINDER HE1
    Specifications

    IBO Rating: Up to 318 fps

    Axle-to-Axle: 29″

    Brace Height: 7 1/8″

    Draw Weight: 40lbs – 70lbs

    Bow Weight: 3.5 lbs

    Draw Lengths: 23.5″ – 30.5″

    Cams:

    Description:  The NEW APA Sidewinder HE1 is a high quality bow that is budget friendly while still delivering the quality of a smooth, quiet, quick, lightweight bow.  The Sidewinder HE1 features APA’s HE limbs as well as the Venom 2 cams to deliver you nothing less than a quality bow.

    With its compact size of a 29″ axle to axle and broad range of  available drawlengths the 2012 APA Sidewinder HE 1 will suit most archers out there.

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    BullDog Targets Review – The Truth Uncovered

    Having a family owned archery business has enabled me the opportunity to try many different products of which include BullDog Targets. Obviously what enticed us to first give these targets a try was the unusual offer of a lifetime warranty. We had not previously seen any other target companies doing this and we were curious as to how BullDog Targets was able to extend such an unusual offer.

    First impressions of the BullDog Target was that it was a solid well constructed target that was a manageable weight and it had 8 small targets printed on the front and back of the target (Doghouse FP)which was a really cool touch, but to be honest I was still very skeptical as I have tried many targets that seemed strong and durable at first and then fall apart like a cardboard box in a rainstorm after only a few months time.

    We set up 4 BullDog Targets in our archery range and and one in our shop and began to test them out. What really impressed me about theses targets was not only its ability to stop arrows flying from higher poundage compound bows (40 – 80lbs) but from crossbows shooting 330+ fps as well. Whether it was at 5 yds or 50 yds the Bulldog Targets were able to stop the arrow after only a few inches of penetration.

    Another surprise I got was that in my experience of shooting at targets whether it be a regular target or a 3D animal target, I am used to having to really put some effort into pulling the arrow from the target and making use of products like arrow pullers and arrow lube. BullDog Targets eliminated this effort completely as you are able to pull your arrows out with very little effort whatsoever.

    The results of our tests are as follows, after 9+ thousand shots at varied ranges of 20-60 yds the BullDog targets in our archery range were still able to effectively stop arrows after a only a few inches of penetration, however; we needed to replace the target faces due to sun damage.  The BullDog target in our shop which has been shot at point blank range (2-3 feet away) for paper tuning, testing arrow speeds and other close work after 5000+ shots needed to have the face cover replaced, but was still easily stopping arrows at speeds of 330+ fps.

    The real test in my mind was the “Lifetime warranty” and how BullDog targets customer service was going to be now that I was ready to make a claim.  I called and told them I needed a few new covers for our BullDog targets, to my shock to be quite honest they sent me the face covers and wrap-around covers for the targets without any big hassle at all.  The only thing I was paid for was the shipping which as about 10 – 15 dollars which in all reality is a small price in comparison for the price of replacing 5 full archery targets.

    Overall BullDog targets are quality field point targets that can withstand anything you throw at them and more.  I am very impressed with them, and at a very reasonable price coupled with a hassle free lifetime warranty you really can’t go wrong.  If you’re looking for a great, long lasting affordable target then I would strongly recommend any of the BullDog Target lineup which can be.   If you want to see all of the BullDog Target lineup or want more information please visit the Bulldog Targets Website

    Tips to a Longer Lasting Bulldog Target:

    - Frequently alternate target face sides when shooting
    - Bring your BullDog target(s) in or cover them to avoid sun damage
    - Shoot different areas of the target.
    - Don’t use Broadheads on any of these targets

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    Archery Accident Lessons- Carbon Arrow Shattering During Shot

    This topic has been talked about before but because of the seriousness and decent potential possibility of this issue happening I would like to re-post an article on the dangers of not properly checking your carbon arrows before shooting them. This article is not meant to scare you simply to bring awareness to a danger you can avoid.

    Carbon arrows are made from strands of carbon fibers and therefore have the possibility of sharttering if the arrow structure is compromised and the arrow is shot from a bow. The video below gives you an idea of how much stress the arrow receives when shot from a bow.

    One of the most important things to remember when shooting carbon arrows is that they need to be checked frequently for fractures, splintered areas, gouges and other possible structural compromises.  Too many archers and bowhunters alike simply pick up their arrows, or pull them from the target, place them in their quiver and continue withrout checking their arrows.

    Below are 2 videos the first depicting an arrow shattering during a shot and then second showing what can happen if the arrow shatters during your shot.  The second video is very graphic and if you are easily offended by graphic content don’t watch the second video, the front picture of it will give you a good enough idea of what can happen.

    The above video depicts only one scenario of what could happen if your arrow shatters. There are other scenarios can include the arrow hitting you in the face, your bow string breaking and causing your limbs to shatter and the arrow breaking being deflected and the tip hitting another part of your body.

    Aside from frequent random checks of your arrow which include bending and flexing the arrow to see any potential splintered areas or stress cracks there are a few situations in which you will want to check the arrow right after shooting it.  These situations include:

    - Arrow hitting the ground.
    - Hitting a tree or other hard object.
    - Any kind of deflection shot.
    - After shooting an animal.
    - If arrow is accidentally stepped on or flexed improperly.
    - Taking them out of storage

    These situations are just a few of the most likely situations however any situation where the arrow receives a greater unatural amount of stress than they were made for they should be given the flex and bend test and carefully looked over for any kind of structural compromise.

    Checking your arrows only takes a minute or tw0 and can most save you from getting badly hurt.  Let’s do what we can to keep safe and have a great hunting season.

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    New Mathews 2012 Heli-m Bow Overview

    New for 2012 Mathews is introducing its newest addition to their compound bow line-up.  The new Mathews Heli-m™ boasts a major leap in compound bow design and innovation with over 20 years of Mathews’ engineering going into its technologically advanced design and function .  This technological design and innovation of the new Heli-m™ allows Mathews to be able to deliver the smoothest, quietest and most light weight compound bow ever offered.

    Specifications

    IBO Rating: Up to 332 fps

    Axle-to-Axle: 30″

    Brace Height: 7″

    Draw Weight: 40-70 & 65 lbs

    Bow Weight: 3.5 lbs

    Let-off: 80%

    Draw Lengths: 26″ – 30″

    Half Sizes: 26.5″ – 29.5″

    String/Cable: String: 88″ | Cable: 32 3/4″

    Riser Length: 26 1/8″

    Cams: Helim Cam™ & QCA

    The New Mathews Heli-m has some great new features which include:

    -Geo Grid Lock™ Riser which provides strength and stability to bow while keeping the weight of the bow at an incredible low of 3.5lbs.

    -Harmonic Stabilizer Lite™ which works to reduce the nearly 75% of the residual vibration while weighing nearly 70% less than the original Harmonic Stabilizer.

    -Reverse Assist Roller Guard™ which reduces the amount of friction and tension on the cables during draw to provide you with a consistent, smooth draw each and every time you draw this bow.

    -Helim Cam™ & QCA which is the culmination of over 20 years of single-cam advancements, to bring you a quality, dependable single-cam you can trust.

    If you want more information on the new Mathews Heli-m or want to find out where to buy in your area then you can visit Mathews Heli-m Bow Page

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    How to Fletch your own Arrows

    How many times have you shot an arrow and missed the target or had a pass-through on the target and found the arrow  laying on the ground with a fletching missing?  This can be a very frustrating experience as in most cases it means you will have to take the time to bring the arrow into a bow shop and pay to have your arrow re-fletched.  This can become tiresome and can end up in the long run costing you a lot of money that you can actually save by fletching your arrows yourself.  In this tutorial I will be giving you an outline of how you can fletch your own arrows to save time and money.

    Things you will need:

    -Bare arrow shaft/arrow shaft in need of reparation
    -Fletching Remover
    -Fletching Glue
    -Fletching Jig
    -Fletchings
    -99% rubbing alcohol
    -Fine grit sand paper

    Step 1: Take your Fletching remover or a dull pocket knife if you don’t have a fletching remover and remove the rest of the fletchings on the arrow.  Ensure that the fletching/vanes glue has been scraped off to the best of your ability as well.

    Step 2: If you’re using carbon arrows take your fine grit sand paper and rough up just the end where the fletchings will go.  This will allow the glue to stick better and will also allow for any remaining old glue to be taken off the arrow.  If you’re using aluminum arrows skip this step.

    Step 3: Wet a rag or cloth with some rubbing alcohol and rub all of the residue off the back end of the arrow where your fletchings are going to go.

    Step4: Place your arrow into the fletching jig and grab the fletching clamp and place a fletching /vane into the clamp.

    Step5: Take your cloth and wet it with rubbing alcohol again and wipe the fletching portion which will be glued to the arrow down to ensure all of the factory residue is off the fletching/vane.

    Step 6: Apply your fletching glue to the fletching in the clamp and use the tip of the glue applicator to make sure the glue is evenly spread on the entire fletching.

    Step 7:  Place the Clamp onto the fletching jig and slide it towards the arrow until the fletching has made contact with the arrow shaft.  Press the clamp down to make sure a tight full seal of the fletching and the arrow shaft is achieved.

    Step 8: Wait 5-7 minutes

    Step 9: Release the clamp and turn the rotation knob on the fletching jig to turn the arrow shaft to the next location of where the fletching will go and then repeat the above steps 5 – 8 until all fletchings have been glued on.

    Step 10: Take the arrow out of the jig and inspect each fletching to make sure there are no unglued areas.  As a final step take your glue and just place a small bead right at the tip of the fletching closest to the arrow point.  This will give your fletchings or vanes that extra durability if you pass-through the target or miss the target and hit the ground.

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    Tree Stand Buddy Overview – The Safer Easier Way to Put up a Tree Stand

    Tree Stand Buddy Tree stand Bracket System
    Tree Stand Buddy is a very unique and useful tree stand bracket system that has been designed to work with your tree stands to provide an easier safer way to move, put up, take down and manage your treestand.  The Tree Stand Buddy comes with a bracket which fits onto your single or double post tree stand and a receiver which you can fasten to the tree with regular ratchet straps.
    The TBS receiver comes with a metal loop that you can use to hoist your stand up into the tree or lower it down from the tree.  This of course saves you from the dangers and time it takes to carry your stand up or down with you. Once in the tree you simply slide the bracket located on the back of your stand into the receiver piece that has been fastened to the tree and it provides a noise free tight fit that keeps your stand from moving and making noise.
    A few of the benefits of using the Tree Stand Buddy include:
    - Easier, faster and safer mounting or unmounting of your tree stand
    - Easy take down of your tree stand to prevent theft.
    - Allows your stand to be set up the same time every time.
    - Buy separate receivers for easy relocation of your stand to your different hunting spots
    - Strong sturdy and tight fit to keep your stand in place and quiet.
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    You can find more information about this treestand bracket system that will save you time and effort here: Tree Stand Buddy Information
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    10 Bow Hunting Tips for a Successful Hunt Part2

    7. Keep your Shot Distance Reasonable
    I see this time and time again and I can’t re-iterate it enough.  It does not matter one bit whether you are shooting a compound bow or a crossbow, they are not guns you cannot shoot animals at 100 yds and expect it to go well.  I would strongly recommend not shooting anything over 60 yds as this is getting just too far and by that time the kinetic energy needed to kill the animal starts dropping considerably.  The key to being a good bowhunter is to make clean kills to ensure a quick painless death as well as the maximum chances of recovering the animal.

    8.Know the Vitals of your Intended Target
    Knowing where the vitals are on the animal that you are hunting is crucial to ensure that you make a quick, clean kill.  It is strongly suggested that you do a search online or gather the location of the vitals before you go hunting for that specific animal.  This information can be found online, or in books.

    9.Check Bow and Equipment for Damage
    Imagine this, you’re sitting in your stand waiting for your trophy animal and all of a sudden you hear something, you slowly get up and turn to see a HUGE Buck walking your way.  You slowly turn and draw your bow waiting for that buck to cross your shot path.  The Buck comes into the prime position you aim and all of a sudden your sight slides off, or your string snaps or your release lets loose before you’re ready.  Sure enough the Buck gets spooked and off it goes.

    Nothing sucks more than getting all the way out to your hunting spot, setting up all your gear getting ready for your shot and then realizing you have broken, loose or damaged equipment.  Make sure you inspect all of your equipment to make sure it is in perfect working order before heading out.  This will save you a ton of embarrassment and kicking yourself in butt.

    10. Know the Local Laws and Regulations of the Hunting Area
    Aside from missing your trophy because of faulty equipment or a mistake, one of the biggest things that suck is being ignorant to the local hunting laws and having an officer come by and take all of your equipment, animal and fine you out the ying yang for breaking the said laws.  Trust me save yourself a lot of money and trouble familiarize yourself with the local laws and regulations before going out.

    Bowhunting is almost always an enjoyable time and can be very rewarding if you are able to get your hands on that beautiful trophy animal.  If you’re tired of watching and hearing about all these other bownunters snag their animals while you’re left year after year with nothing, follow these tips and you’ll greatly increase your chances of having a successful hunt.

    10 Bow Hunting Tips for a Successful Hunt Part1 

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