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Published by fasst on 27 Mar 2012

Jesse Broadwater Chat Transcript!!!

First off, thanks to Jesse Broadwater, Greg Poole and Goldtip for making this chat happen! We had a great time and Jesse has a tremendous amount of knowledge to share!

Thanks to JHENS for saving all of the logs to build this transcript and to all other moderators that made it in to lend a hand!

    [B]Jesse Broadwater Featured Chat[/B]

JHENS87 – Jesse, what made you switch from the shoot through system at Lancaster to the arc-tec cable slide system for Vegas?

Jesse Broadwater- ok, I’ll go with the first question I see….. regarding the move from the shoot thru to the arc tec rod…

Jesse Broadwater- I like the idea of reducing torque, no matter what kind of torque… I feel the bow can be a line, and responds better to any tuning adjustments, and also tends to hold better for me…….

Jesse Broadwater- but using a whole shoot thru cable system on a bow such as a Hoyt, requires some other changes sometimes, and other modifications, to make it work right… it can be a lot of work to get it right…. and not everybody wants to do that, or knows what to do….

Jesse Broadwater-  so I found the arc tec rods in France this year at Nimes, and brought it home, and tried it…. it was just so much easier, and cleaner, and also, anybody can use them, with ease… and you get the same effect, as the shoot thru…

Jesse Broadwater- tfdo, where’s your question?

jason t -I would like to know what your scope set-up is for the orange spots at the marked yardage championship in Redding. Whether you prefer a circle, fiberoptic, or dot..? Thanks…

Jesse Broadwater- other question up there on scope set up

Jesse Broadwater- I use a CR scope, and for Redding and field, I use the frosted lens….

Jesse Broadwater- been using the 5 power feather vision lens, with homemade frosting paper…. no clarifier

EASTON94 – there you go Jesse answer that one bud!

Hopperton -I would like to know what v-bar set-up you start with when starting from scratch on a new bow? Is it a lot of weight and then remove till it feels right or little weight and add it on as you go

Hopperton -What determines it?

XXX_Shooter -Hey Jesse…. Just wanted to say hi… Christopher Perkins here bud ttyl…

EASTON94 -bowmadness….give us a mad freakdaddy question!!

Jesse Broadwater. -hi Chris!

jason t  -Thank you

Hamdog -I hold a lot steadier with more weight on my bow but my bow arm really gets tired after about 6 ends I then the sight picture is not so steady. I would assume that this is because I do not have enough holding weight. Is there a general rule of thumb you use to figure out the amount of holding weight vs. bow mass weight?

Jesse Broadwater – here’s my deal with holding weight…. and mass weight… I try to use as much as I can, without it biting me in the butt…. what that means is, I want to have enough energy, and strength, to complete my round, whatever it may be, and not getting tired at the end, and loosing points at end of round….

Jesse Broadwater – here is what I found…. I feel the vantage elite is calmer to aim, when the limbs are parallel to the ground, at full draw….. factory specs has the limbs pretty parallel, but not quite flat at full draw, for my set up anyhow, with my size cams and all….

Jesse Broadwater — ok, holding weight, sorry… lemme look

Jesse Broadwater-  but yea, there is a link between holding weight and mass weight also…. it all has to work together in harmony, for things to be just right….. For what you’re shooting, that’s the kicker. Don’t be afraid to change your stabilizer setup, for diff types of shooting, to get the most efficiency out of you, and your setup, for what you’re shooting

Jesse Broadwater-  and remember, what works in practice, may not, when under pressure, so take away all that you can from a tournament, the next time, and when you go to make a change in practice, remember what it felt like in the tournament scene…. since that’s probably what you are practicing for…

Jesse Broadwater- that’s a general rule of thumb for me. But it fluctuates for me, and that’s why u see me playing with weights a good bit, sometimes all throughout the round….

Bowmaddness- Hi Jesse, I was wondering what is a good 3d arrow you recommend from Gold Tip?

Jesse Broadwater- 3d arrow from gold tip….. I would say the 22 series is a real good all-around arrow, 30x even triple x… really depend on the balance between distance, wind, and how much line catching you think you need…

Jesse Broadwater- I used the 22 series for the k 50 I shot not long ago, and it worked great… I feel I coulda got away with a xxx also though, and grabbed a few extra points, cause they both shoot equally well, if you tune your bow for them, and there wasn’t much wind, it was pretty sheltered ranges..

Jesse Broadwater- ok, what was next question?

edgerat –  Jesse, how do you go about setting up your string/cables as it relates to ATA and BH on a new bow? Your VE+ looks to have a pretty short ATA. Do you determine that by shooting the bow and getting the hold where you want it? How did you come to that determination, trial and error or, did someone put you on that idea in the beginning?

Jesse Broadwater- ok, string specs.. a to a specs…

Jesse Broadwater –  here is what i found…. i feel the vantage elite is calmer to aim, when the limbs are parallel to the ground, at full draw….. factory specs has the limbs pretty parallel, but not quite flat at full draw, for my set up anyhow, with my size cams and all….

edgerat – Thanks Jesse!

r49740  – ha-ha. Sorry For a draw length need in the middle of cam sizes(spirals), like a 29.25"… would you find it more beneficial to go to 29” and make longer string/shorter cables, or go to 29.5 and do the opposite? With that, can you give a quick idea of what each may feel like(meaning better valley feel, harder wall, one aims higher/lower than the other, etc.)? And to round out the previous string question, which of those two gets your limbs to be more parallel to the ground as you like them? Thanks greatly.

Jesse Broadwater- ok, draw length and cam size with spirals….. I always like to go to the shorter cam size and long string it a lil… gives you a lil more valley…

Mike@R100 – PARTNER….. When you are on your last few ends of and spot tournament AND YOU ARE STILL CLEAN what goes through your head?!? Tonight I shot another 60X but gets sloppy towards then end… I’m not nervous until my last arrow…

bigGP – good question

Jesse Broadwater- what do I think on last few ends of a clean round…… well, you know what the answer should be right?? it should be the same thing, that got you to where you are…. the thing is, you need to just not think about the ending, and enjoy the moments that you are in, until the score cards all filled up, and there are no more spaces to be filled, and someone says “that’s it, we are done”…..

Daniel Boone – Jesse have you shot the GT new Fita arrow and will that be your arrow for field this year

Hamdog –  Thank you Jesse.

flatline_shoote – When you are practicing for a Vegas shoot how many arrows do you shoot in practice to make sure you don’t get tired during the tournament. I have been a 3 D shooter and now branching into the spots but I start to lose it on the last 15 or so arrows. Also what do you use as an aiming dot or fiber when shooting Vegas 3 spots

Mike@R100 – THANKS HOMIE, ITS HARD WHEN THEY SAY (THIS IS YOU12TH AND FINAL END) IM LIKE WWWWAAHHHHHHH

Jesse Broadwater- I apologize if I miss someone, just yell at me… I’m trying to go in order…

bonecollector56 – Is there such a thing as too stiff of an arrow for target shooting? Because wouldn’t you want the least movement (flex) in the arrow as possible when the only thing you are shooting is field tips?

Jesse Broadwater- I think the ultra-light, or pro hunters, are an awesome arrow, for a blend of speed, and good dia for outdoor….

Jesse Broadwater-  the thing is, I’ve shot all the different arrows from gold tip now, and it’s pretty much as easy as picking the weight, and diameter you think is best for what you’re going to be shooting, and go from there….

bigGP – Not sure who to ask anymore but I think if Jesse could talk about how important strings and cables are to performance and consistency that would be some good info?

jman_23 – what do you use for setting your 2nd and 3rd axis?

fasst – Folks, please do not post a question unless we call your name

Jesse Broadwater- I use the Hamskea leveler for everything… it works awesome, and is easy to use

NEVADAPRO – That’s OK!! I’ve learned to live with it!!LOL!!

Jesse Broadwater- and it works too…. ha-ha!

NEVADAPRO-  Gotta love the Hamskea!!!

ferretboy – Jesse: a buddy of yours makes a shoot thru system, I was very interested in getting one for the alpha elite, would that or the arc tilt be better, and congrats on your recent win, great shooting

ferretboy – mike has already given me a price and would like me to be the guinea pig on the alpha shoot through

jman_23 – ok, do you put your bow in a vise or set it on a table to check everything?

Jesse Broadwater- stiff arrow question up there somewhere I saw… I think if you get the arrow coming out of the bow straight, it doesn’t matter if the arrow flexes of not… and use the correct amount of guidance on back, and point weight to tune for the forgiveness factor..

JHENS87 – 1 question at a time please. Gonna make Jesse’s fingers hurt lol

bigGP – He is a delicate flower

ferretboy –   hahaha, a delicate flower, priceless, when he’s not looking at Louisville I’m putting that sticker on his bowcase

jman_23 –   thanks for everything Jesse!!!

Jesse Broadwater – and I basically just hold level on limb pockets, match the elevation bar to it, then a vise is nice to set the second axis, just clamp hamskea onto elevation bar, and match level in scope to it, while bow is pointed parallel to ground….. set that. Then put alignment pin in hamskea, leave attached to elevation bar, draw bow, and line it up on a plumb string, up and down… make adjustments

fasst – We’ve only got Jesse for a few more minutes y’all, PM me if you have a question and I will call your name in order until time runs out

Jesse Broadwater- I’m fine for a bit,, just lemme have um… don’t wanna miss anybody…

T.FDO – Jesse…How should one go about selecting Brand/Weight/and Length when they have no access to different stabilizers to try? Is there a Formula you use to figure your length/weight for you stabilizers? (This would be for Bowhunter class and just hunting in general) Also…Do you prefer vanes or feathers? Which one? And what length guides the arrow best?

Jesse Broadwater- ok, stabilizer, and vanes/feathers….

ferretboy – Jesse: a buddy of yours makes a shoot thru system, I was very interested in getting one for the alpha elite, would that or the arc tilt be better, and congrats on your recent win, great shooting

fasst – nevada, then montigre, then outback then custard then conquest….whew! We will call yall in that order….

Jesse Broadwater – for hunting, as with target, I think it depends on what you’re doing…. and how much u can handle and all…. but I can’t say there is any given formula to go by when selecting one…. I think the best thing to do here is, find a place/dealer/buddy, that can let you try diff configurations on your bow, and get it in the ball park, then just buy some extra weights, to tinker around with, and carry with you, incase u think u need them….

Jesse Broadwater-  but in general, I like to use a 15″ bar out front of my carbon matrix, with about 6-8 oz., and a 12″ back bar, with 10 or so on it…. seems like a lot, but when u get the balance right, it isn’t bad at all, its comfy, and you would be amazed at how much better you will shoot your hunting rig, rather than just a 6″ rubber stabilizer screwed in front, that actually aint doing anything….

Jesse Broadwater – and you will have much more confidence in your shot, and your set up will be a lot more forgiving, when the moment of truth arrives, and that massive 5 point PA buck is in range…. 🙂
ferretboy –  hahahahahaha 5 pt.

bigGP – LMAO nice
T.FDO  – Hahaha…Thanks Jesse!

Jesse Broadwater- just kidding, there are some nice ones here in PA… just never where I hunt!!

fasst – You’re on deck montigre!

montigre – Hi Jesse, and thanks for doing this chat. How do you go about determining the parameters for fine tuning a specific set up (string/cable length, limb deflection, etc) say for field? What is the baseline you work from and steps considered to reach your desired fit? Thanks!

edgerat – good question!

bigGP  – nevada & Mont asked good ones

ferretboy – Jesse is swamped blast big GP with some questions everybody

bigGP – huh? Wrong chat bro! hahahahaha

edgerat –  Greg Poole, how much does your dog eat?

NEVADAPRO – Hi Jesse, what do you feel is the most important part of setting up your bow (for either field or indoor) to allow the best possible hold on the spot? Is it more in the DL and holding weight, or in the stabilizer set-up? Thanks!

Jesse Broadwater- Well, I would say we all have a baseline to go off of, and for me, it’s the minor tweaks here and there that can all add up, and make all the difference….

ferretboy – good question edge

fasst – outback jack, you’re up!

bigGP- 12 cups a day of super good dog food with raw liver and venison burger (1 cup)

edgerat – nice, good call Mr. Poole

outback jack – Jesse have you ever had problems with your bow shoulder wanting to rise on you and if so what was one of the things you did to fix it? Thanks.

bigGP – good question bro!!

outback jack – Thanks one of my major problems

Jesse Broadwater- like drawlength, an 1/8″ shorter, longer…. peep height, sight extension length, scope size/power, aiming reference point in scope, stabilizers, holding weight… all of this….. It all can be optimized, for efficiency, for the round you’re preparing for, it just takes time behind the string, actually practicing what you’re preparing for…. (Wow, did that just make sense)

Jesse Broadwater- practicing what you’re preparing for…. hmmm, yea……

bigGP –  eeeeasy freakshow

montigre –  Thanks!!

Jesse Broadwater- ok, so in field, you got up and down hills, side hills….. terrain…… some wind, some lighting changes… some rain here and there….

edgerat – Greg Poole, have you found a big gain from running a 10 degree down QD on your b-stinger setup?

bigGP – Jesse runs one also. I think he can answer that when its time……….

ferretboy- Hey Greg, what is your opinion on tan slacks and the wearing them at Vegas?

Jesse Broadwater – practice all this stuff, and practice in that weather, to know what your setup does, in those conditions…. unload your quiver on that nasty up or down hill target, and pay attention to what your feeling, and seeing… you see, this sport is all about feel…. so if something doesn’t feel right, you can usually make a change, and the feel will change…. u gotta play to find that comfy spot….

bigGP  – bout time!!! We should have been wearing no denim at Vegas forever….it’s a shooter of the year pro event so the nfaa pro dress code applies. It’s just a start

fasst – GoldCustard, have your question ready for Jesse?

Jesse Broadwater –  ohh no.. not the slacks!!!

ferretboy- hahahahaha, I threw that in to see if you two were paying attention Jesse

Jesse Broadwater- who’s my next one from?

bigGP –  Jesse is in the know zone right now… the freakshow hears and sees all!!! LMAO

bigGP –  about the front shoulder

outback jack – me I think

ferretboy –  hahahahahaha

fasst –  the bow shoulder question, Jesse

fasst-  Jesse have you ever had problems with your bow shoulder wanting to rise on you and if so what was one of the things you did to fix it? Thanks.

ferretboy-  do you know Jesse’s buddy that makes the shoot through system Greg?

bigGP –  who is it?

Jesse Broadwater-  I need to write a book…. I tell my wife that all the time, cause it seems I never get out, all of what I want to get out, when somebody asks a question… cause there are so many variables, and scenarios…. I think if just wrote them all down, and got it all out, I would feel better… lol!! Not saying that may book would be worth two nickels to anybody, but for my own good… just to get the info, from my experiences out, and on paper…

ferretboy –  mike something or other

bigGP  –  I have a shoot thru on my VE+………Jesse made it. LMAO

Jesse Broadwater- you’re talking about mike mathews that makes the shoot thru… hes my friend loclally, and knows his stuff!

Jesse Broadwater-  very technical savvy guy…

bigGP –  wow

bigGP –  LOL

ferretboy –  that is him, he offered to let me guinea pig with the alpha elite but said his machine is down

edgerat-  If Jesse, Gillingham, GRIV, and a few of the others all got together and did something that would be EPIC.

Jesse Broadwater-  ok, 40c and some lint…. Ill do it!!

ferretboy –  just to be fair I was saying that Jesse was seriously undervaluing his book

edgerat –  you push a hard bargain Broadwater but, I will do it.

bigGP  –  shoulder question Jesse

Jesse Broadwater –  shoulder…..

bigGP –  come on ADD boy!

fasst  – lol

ferretboy –  I’m in stitches you guys are a buzz

NEVADAPRO –  I’ll give you $19.99 for the book, but I would like 20 value payments!!!!LOL!!!

bigGP –  Dealing with jesse is like herding cats! Or holding smoke in your hands!

NEVADAPRO  –  Like pushing a boulder with a string?

outback jack –  I got a feeling he is typing up an answer right now:d

edgerat-  Jesse knows, there is no spoon……

ferretboy –  You need to change your moniker to master cat herder Greg

bigGP –  nawwww at least you can find the boulder…..

bigGP –  lmao

NEVADAPRO –  LOL!!!

ferretboy-  and write a book too, the Zen of cat herding

bigGP – Jesse is pissed right now….cuz he is trying an answer to the shoulder question while I bash his face in and he can’t reply!!!!

bigGP – he he hehe he

ferretboy – he’ll give it back full force at nationals GP

outback jack –  Whoa whoa let up on him at least till he answers it lol

JHENS87 –  I’m sure he’s afraid of you ferret lol

bigGP –  probly

ferretboy –  oh, and I drank the koolaid and bought the stingers

bigGP  –  shibby!

JHENS87 –  I’m trying to shoot bstinger. Really trying

fasst –  Send me one of those stingers Dave

montigre –  I have a whole hive of ’em….

ferretboy –  not a chance trav, hell I put one of the sidebars on my element and its working awesome as a front with 6 ounces on there

Jesse Broadwater-  my bow shoulder always has seemed to be a lil higher than most… I dunno why, it just seems to lock in there… but I have done work on lowering it last year, and it lowered some, and still remained comfy… I think it was causing me some low misses here and there…

fasst –  gee thanks Dave

edgerat –  my turn for a question now? It is hard-hitting….

fasst –  go for it edge, then conquest is up

Jesse Broadwater-  mike mathews helped me with this also… he took some pics, and said I wasn’t standing straight

ferretboy –  greg, find out where Jeremy’s stabilizer is, least you can do for him being such a great moderator tonight

edgerat –  Mr. Broadwater, what is like being out-dressed on the line by Greg Poole?

fasst –  ouch, edge!

bigGP –  he is used to it.

ferretboy –  so your posture was keeping your bow shoulder high?

JHENS87 –  I know where my stab is at ferret, waiting to be put together LOL

ferretboy –  wait…wait… let him finish this question

Jesse Broadwater-  said I was leaning back a lil, needed to get my upper body more centered over my hips, and to do this, I shifted a lil more weight over my lead foot, and it seemed to help higher shoulder

fasst –  nice tip Jesse

ferretboy-  nice, that was some valuable info

outback jack –  k thanks will give me something to look at

conquest –  Do you pull hard into the wall or do you shoot off the front of the cam? Do you fletch right or left helical and why?

bigGP –  I got packing to do folks. I am OUT!!! Thanks everyone and good looking out Jesse! See you tomorrow

Jesse Broadwater –  he told me to kind of pretend I’m shooting a lil bit of a downhill target on the set up, and that made total sense to me, and it worked pretty good.. but that’s kind of a major change, even though it doesn’t sound like much, it changes feel a lot, after you have been doing something the same way for so long, like whooping Greg in foot races, and shooting, for him to actually prevail one time, it just wouldn’t seem right you know.. gotta give it some adaptation time… hahahahahahehehehehe!!!

fasst –  Thanks again Greg!

JHENS87 –  have fun building my stab for me GP

ferretboy –  later Greg, putem in the x

Jesse Broadwater –  sweet dreams Greg!…hahaha

ferretboy –  hahahahaha, he won’t beat you unless he takes out your knee caps

Jesse Broadwater-  ( I sure hope he logged out before reading that)

conquest –  my turn?

Jesse Broadwater-  conquest.. yes….

NEVADAPRO –  I told you Jesse would get you back when he was through typing Greg!!LOL!!!

Jesse Broadwater –  I shoot just against wall

bigGP –  ohhhhh foot race?? I don’t race scrubs!…after I already whooped them!..goodnight now!!!

conquest –  how about fletching

Jesse Broadwater –  unless it real windy, then I pull a lil harder

Jesse Broadwater-  and I fletchings I have been going with left off set… gives you better vane to cable clearance with bigger arrows especially…

montigre –  Ooh, gotta be up in 4 hours…Thanks, again Jesse and best of luck to everyone heading out to L’ville!!

Jesse Broadwater-  ok, I can do about two more.. then got lots to do.. Leaving for AZ Cup at about 3 in morning… I will sleep on plane…..

fasst –  Daniel Boone, go for it big guy!!

GoldCustard –  Hi Jesse, I was wondering if there is a recommended procedure for setting the optimal position (front/back) of arrow contact with the freakshow arrowrest? Thanks
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Daniel Boone –  Jesse have you shot the GT new Fita arrow and will that be your arrow for field this year! Did you enjoy the ASA event in Monroe?

JHENS87 –  good question DB, I’m interested in those new arrows

Jesse Broadwater-  rest question first, than GT…

edgerat –  montigre sure knows how to make an exit.

Jesse Broadwater –  sight bow in…. then draw back, and torque bow, and shoot, if arrow hits the way your stabilizer was pointed when torques, the rest needs to come back…. if it goes opposite, it needs to go forward… really that simple

Jesse Broadwater-  I have not shot or seen new small dia GT fita arrows….

edgerat –  dang, that is a good piece of tuning info!

ferretboy-  that’s the question I had lined up before I got booted. Thanks edge

Daniel Boone – Good info on rest, many always wonder

Jesse Broadwater- I am shooting 500 kinetics now, and they shoot real good…. 120 up front, 2″ aae max vanes on back, and they pound! Weigh about 345….
 
ferretboy – I’m out all, thanks for coming jess, professional as always. Congrats on Vegas and best of luck at Louisville and abroad. Dave Henderson

fasst – Folks, let’s give Jesse, Greg and Goldtip a HUGE thank you! We got off to a rocky start but ended up with some really good questions and answers. Jeremy will have a transcript build to post in the General Forums sometime tomorrow!

Daniel Boone – Thanks Jesse good luck in Arizona

Edgerat- THANKS JESSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bigredhunter00 – lol

JHENS87 – thanks again Jesse

Jesse Broadwater- And I enjoyed Monroe! I wanna do another, I know what to do know, and could do a lot better, it was fun..

Jesse Broadwater- thanks you guys! And you’re all welcome!

JHENS87 – you let us know when you want to do one

Jesse Broadwater – wish we had more time… let’s do it again!

ferretboy – yeah

fasst – sure thing Jesse!

Jesse Broadwater- see you all later!!

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Published by mountainarchery on 14 Mar 2012

St. Jude Children’s Hospital Archery Benefit

Mountain Archery of Gruetli-Laager, TN will the hosting their 3rd Annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Archery Tournament June 23rd and 24th.  All proceeds of this tournament will be donated to this hospital. We raised $2500.00 last year  with over 80 shooters. We want to get the word out to the archery  community  to hopefully raise more money for these kids.  We will have 20 McKenzie Targets situated on a nature trail, pop out novelty, plywood buck novelty, turkey trio novelty,  5 day Kansas Bow Hunt Drawing, bows to raffle, deer target door prize, prizes signed by some of the pros, and refreshments.  Check out our schedule on www.mountainarchery3dshoots.com. If you can not come, please tell a friend. Thanks!!!

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Published by KurtD on 15 Feb 2012

THINK DEER – by Ted Nugent

THINK DEER                                                                                           by Ted Nugent

You can’t really close your eyes and read this, so instead, concentrate as you read and pump images of deer into your brain. Envision all those stunning beasts you have been so blessed to encounter over so many hunting seasons, and burn that beautiful picture deep into your cranium. Imprint it on your psyche, make it an actual element of your being. Now, doesn’t that feel good.

I am typing this little ditty in my Ranch King deer blind on a cold December afternoon, and I have eight whitetails in front of me right now, all within twenty yards. I sit spellbound.

An old matriarch doe is crazy alert, two doe fawns and a very handsome button buck with huge pronounced nubbins could care less as they nibble away. There is a yearling doe, a yearling three point buck, and a fat stud of a three year old eight point beast. They own me.

My heart is racing rather predictably, and I only keep typing because I am trying to convince myself to not shoot the handsome eight pointer.

Steady Uncle Ted. Steady as she goes.

For all the right reasons, I should kill that old doe as part of my Texas Parks and Wildlife Managed Land Deer Permit plan. We figure eight more does gotta go off our ground, and she’s an old gal that would be perfect to take out to better the herd. We shall see.

I really love hunting, ambushing and killing deer, love watching and videoing them, love being a natural part of their world, love grilling and eating them, really love sharing their sacred flesh with the regional Hunters for the Hungry program and the families of the US Military, but what turns me on the most is the intelligent, stewardship system by which we manage deer and all wild game for healthy, thriving populations and properly balanced conditions. By doing so, I can forever enjoy and celebrate all those other ways that I love deer.

I just looked up again from my laptop, and now there are ten deer. Another shooter doe and a scrawny spike horn buck arrived, and they are all bulking up on feed in the cold weather. They constantly look around and flinch at every bird, every breeze, and for many unknown reasons. What an amazing creature. I would propose that for millions and millions of us, our lives would be dramatically less enjoyable without deer. I know it has always been a powerful force of joy, inspiration and awe for me and my family.

The two big does just stood up on hind legs and went into that flurry of cartwheeling punches with their front hooves. That is some violent behavior right there, and any one of those cloven hooved blows could kill you outright. I am sure that while we are all conveniently tucked away in our cushy homes throughout the year, whitetail deer are knocking the living bejesus out of each other, including killing each other at a much higher rate that anyone really understands.

The button buck is way out of his league haranguing the old girl, as the rut is up and down for the last couple of months. I am real tempted to kill the puny spike and forkhorn, but at only one and a half years of age, their first set of antlers in no way provides a meaningful indicator of their genetic potential. Have you ever noticed that once we decide to not shoot a particular animal, that they pose perfectly broadside with their leg forward for the longest periods of time?

I just gulped a deep breath of freezing air, for a dynamo buckaroo just arrived on scene to take any deer hunter’s breath away. This majestic stag has ten perfectly defined points on his tall, wide, sweeping rack, and represents the kind of monster buck I would never have dreamed of coming in contact with growing up in the Midwest deer woods.

This incredible beast has no idea that a blood thirsty venison addict is only fifteen yards away in this dark blind, with a bow and arrow and razor sharp broadhead and the tags to go with them.

He noses the does and the other bucks give him lots of room, and with all the commotion, you couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to get to full draw on such a great deer. But I just gaze, video it all and type away, for though this buck’s antlers are very impressive and highly desirable, I can tell by his trim neck, brisket and body that he is only two and a half years old, the very definition of a quality deer management specimen to let walk.

I am so proud of myself. I am learning, and his presence literally increases my excitement just knowing such quality bucks are around. It wasn’t that many years ago that I would have killed him in an instant, but like so many other hunters these days, I know I can get all the venison I need by killing the right deer and letting the right deer grow to their potential.

Shooting light is gone now, all the deer have moved off, so I put away my vidcam, attach my quiver back on my bow and get ready to shut down my laptop, absolutely thrilled beyond words that I am a deer hunter. I head home with my soul filled with allthings deer.

Tomorrow in another day, and tomorrow is another deer. I will now fill my belly with some scrumptious backstraps and keep the spirit of the deer alive in everything I do.

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Published by KurtD on 15 Feb 2012

TEXAS TEN – by Ted Nugent

TEXAS TEN                                                                                 by Ted Nugent

 

I never really stop hunting. It is indeed a cherished, time honored lifestyle for me. A wonderful, totally alive, day by day celebratory outdoor lifestyle of great, deeply appreciated, heartfelt gratification. Self-sufficiency. Rugged individualism. Hands-on conservation. Private land ownership. Property rights. Privacy rights. Experimenting in “self-government”. We the people resource ownership and stewardship. The right to keep and bear arms. Live free of die. Don’t tread on me. Surely the ultimate American Dream the way I see it. Independent. Free. Self evident truth, God given right’s. Pursuit of happiness guaranteed. Perfect. You can’t do this in France.

 

The supremely enjoyable daily routines of checking my trapline, killing varmints, choosing and planting foodplots, running irrigation, positioning new deerstands, constructing groundblinds, upgrading old ones, checking fences and gates, filling waterholes and feeders, trimming shooting lanes, practicing with rifles, handguns, shotguns and bows, arranging and upgrading targets and ranges, training dogs and introducing new people to the joys of shooting, watching and studying wildlife and constantly strategizing ambush zones for my hunting clients, and more, are all chores and enjoyable outdoor activities that I really look forward to each day. Rocking my brains out nearly 100 concerts per year pretty much keeps me busy throughout the summer any way you cut it, so these wonderful activities which I live for in between rockouts do indeed keep me bright eyed and bushy tailed in a constant, energized way. When the actual official hunting season shows up in the fall of the year, my state of mind doesn’t need too much adjusting back to my natural predator mode and spirit. In fact, with the amazing year round hunting opportunities for exotic wildlife in my new adopted homestate of Texas, there are not any “No Hunting” days in my life. How cool is that? Godbless Texas, Godbless America and Godbless the beasts all!

 

Back in my ancestral homegrounds of Michigan, the seasonal changes are palpable. The air tastes different. Dramatic change is tangible. The planets do indeed realign and there is a mystically altered pulse in the wind. Ya gotta love that. Meanwhile, in the great Republic of Texas, one must routinely check the calendar so see if summer will ever end. Texas is hot. Usually hotter. For an old dyed-in-the-wool Michiganiac, it is a bit of a psychological adjustment to deal with all this blazing sunshine and brutal heat. But as a guitarplayer-cum-U.S. Marine, I can improvise, adapt and overcome with the best of them. And I do. There is no Plan B. It is time.

 

So it was, as the blistering fireball in the LoneStar sky grilled my inner being, nonetheless, the calendar read October and my spirit insisted on liftoff. All that dedicated boot time on my hunting grounds had kept me abreast of whitetail activity, and this day I chose a tall ladderstand nestled deep, and hidden within the green embrace of a tall pine tree overlooking a winding, rocky creek course amongst the thorny screen of greenbriar, assorted impenetrable tangles and relentless juniper. A line of huge, towering pecan and live oak trees made up the forest before and behind me, and with the gentle southwest breeze, my confidence ran high. It is always a roll of the hunter’s dice, but we had a full on backstrap mojo going on this day. I could feel it. You never know, but we always hope.

 

After a long wait, the eye-candy parade of beautiful, sleek, healthy does and fawns ghosted from the shadows as the sun dipped lower. Some of the whitetails were red, some brown, others slate grey. A few of the fawns still showed remnant spots, confirming that the breeding does indeed continue well into winter. Momentarily, a small forked horn, a spike and a fat, muscular, slick six joined the group. My elevated ambush hideout gave me a perfect viewing position to watch the group of 20 plus deer carryon undisturbed, and again provided me the greatest joy that is being a hunter. To be on the inside of their natural world has a powerful healing and calming effect on me, and I studied each animal in detail through my Yukon binoculars. Mutual grooming, prancing, kicking, nipping, licking, head butting, sparring, browsing and constantly examining their surroundings with an uncanny alertness entertained me completely. I love every minute of such encounters and it represents a prime allure to the great outdoors lifestyle. The critters never let you down and there is never a dull moment.

 

Early season bucks tend to hang out in bachelor groups, and the slight glint of bone through the scrub materialized into antlers as five stud boys emerged from the tangle down below. The first two were handsome 2-3 year old eight pointers, followed by a 3-4 year old 9, then another young eight. It was the arrival of massive, tall, wide, light colored antlers that got me. With a dandy set of impressive antlers towering over his distinctive, Roman nosed face, one hog of a mature buck strode up the creek embankment and waddled into view. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that Texas whitetails are small, for this old granddaddy of a buck was every bit as fat, muscular and heavy as a Kansas or Michigan brute up North. I could tell by the deep chest and brisket, and the fat belly that I had before me a 7+ year old trophy. Now the slight trembling began.

 

Slowly lifting my binocular, I examined this fine buck carefully and realized that I knew this old boy. I had encountered him in this same grove late last season. His distinctive white legs and exaggerated white facial markings clearly identified him as my old buddy. My bow was already at half mast, Scott release locked onto my bowstring, and my mind made up.

 

The does and fawns and younger bucks backed away as the old boy strode toward the small piles of Wildlife Innovations Buck bran I had put out as an attractant, and now my inner predator ballet was going into the gutpile pirouette hyper two step. I dance divinely.

 

A slight screen of leaves on a young cedar elm separated my arrow from his vitals, so I had no clear shot. It doesn’t take much interference to deflect a speeding arrow, so I held tight. As goes bowhunting, the big boy kept his forward shoulder toward my position for a long while, and life around me ceased to exist. It was just his ribcage and my broadhead that existed, nothing else.

 

With a graceful swing of his long neck and head, he took a step to his right, bringing his bulky chest clear of any obstruction, and the mushy 55# CP Oneida bow flexed back smoothly on its own. I zeroed in dead on the crease behind his left foreleg, and the next thing I knew, big white feathers were dangling out of his armpit as he and all the other deer exploded at once. Angling forward as he had turned, the zebra colored GoldTip shaft had surely sliced through his ribs and into the life pumping heart of the old beast, his sagging hindquarters telling of his imminent demise. Big Jim swung the SpiritWild vidcam from the now departed buck’s vaportrail, onto my now smiling, giddy face for the whole word to share, and I was one happy American bowhunter to say the least.

 

We captured on tape all the glory and joy of this wonderful, perfect hunting connection, then filmed the short, quick bloodtrail and recovery to the heartshot monster. Everytime we collect these wildlife gifts, a Nuge party erupts in the forests and wildgrounds of the world, knowing and celebrating the thrills of being so intimately functional as a beneficial, positive participant in this natural tooth, fang and claw world. Every exacting nuance and detail of the pre-event, anticipation, encounter, shot preparation and intense action is relived and articulated as clearly as possible, so that the viewer of our Spirit of the Wild TV shows and videos better understands the depth of spirit, form and function of the real world that we are living and documenting. Life and death is it. It is perfect. Shame on those who pretend otherwise. Rejoice to be a player.

 

For the Best of Spirit of The Wild DVDs or Ted Nugent Hunt Music CDs, contact tednugent.com or call 800-343-4868. Dealer inquiries welcome.

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Published by admin on 06 Feb 2012

Aspirinbuster Visits the Chicago Outdoor Sportsman Show

Straight Shot
with frank addington, jr.

Frank Sinatra once sang that “Chicago is my kind of town…” Now that I have attended the 2012 Chicago Outdoor Sportsman Show I can also say that after 27 years on stage, Chicago is finally my kind of town too! I’d wanted to work this market for a long time and it never worked out. I’d heard Fred Bear, Ann Clark, Dick Mauch and others talk about the famous Chicago shows but I had never been booked to perform there. I came close in 2011 but it didn’t work out.

It looked like I wouldn’t have a chance to do the show when I heard that there would not be a 2012 Chicago show. However, an east coast based company called MET group stepped up and started to organize a show in three months time! I was booked to perform along with my friend Jeff Watson and his huge bruin, Brody the Bear. There were many other features there of interest to sportsmen including seminars and demos, 3-D archery, and other activities.

My sidekick for the weekend would be one of the show’s employees Jimmy. He’d never thrown for me or even seen the show. I told him what we’d be doing and it was showtime…. he did a super job that first night and I hit the baby aspirin shot second try! I told him he was hired and that I wanted him to throw the rest of the weekend. Saturday morning the audience and Jimmy was amazed when I hit the three baby aspirin/three arrow shot first try! Then we followed that up with three mustard seeds and three arrows–and hit that first try too! Never underestimate the help a good assistant is. There is an art to tossing targets and some people have it and some don’t.

They captured one performance and we have that on video you can see here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEvSZPfbYZ0

I really enjoyed doing this show. Folks asked lots of questions and I remember doing some outdoor radio shows to promote this event. We had good crowds and this show did very well to have been organized in such a short period of time. If you want more information, you can visit the MET Group’s website for this event at :

www.chicagosportsmenshow.com

Special thanks to MET Group, Jimmy, the audiences, show staff and everyone that came to the show. I had a great time and look forward to coming back! The Rosemont Convention Center is a short distance from O’Hare airport which was also handy. Ole’ Blue eyes was right, “Chicago is my kind of town.” Great to be in a town where so many of my archery heroes have performed!

That’s the latest. Coming up: Shows in Indianapolis at the Indiana Deer, Turkey, and Waterfowl Expo and then on to Ohio for the first annual “Eastern Ohio Sportsman Expo.”

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

Shoot Straight,
Frank

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Published by huntermt on 30 Jan 2012

reality hunting

I have been waiting for a reality based hunting show to come out on on of the networks for a long time, I want something I can be involved in and go online and vote for hunts I liked and recommend thing I want to see. I recently stumbled upon Outlanders on the Outdoor channel and although the hunt I watched didn’t appeal to me, the idea behind the newish series is what I wanted. They take everyday hunters and build an eposide around their choice hunt. In the hunters everyday honey hole. Next season you can enter in a drawing to have this be you, they opened up like 10 spots. I love this! I cant wait to see me and my buddies on tv.

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Published by admin on 12 Dec 2011

CHECK CHECK DOUBLE CHECK CHECK AGAIN

CHECK CHECK DOUBLE CHECK CHECK AGAIN

by Ted Nugent

Alright, I better write this while I’m still seething. I am so angry my blood boils, my eyes are bloodshot, I twitch, turning beet red, lips pursed so tight it hurts, fuming, seeing red, snarling, forehead furrowed deeply with a full body scowl to scare the devil himself. Did I mention that I am really, really angry?
The first word in this piece is alright. Well, nothing is all right, I assure you. Anything but.
Being that I fancy myself Mr. Cocked Locked and absolutely ready to ROCK, Captain Detail, Mr. Smarty Pants Know it all master of allthings shoot, hunt, ambush sniper world, it is with great pain, humility and consternation that I am compelled to share with you how Mr. Murphy can sneak into our psyche no matter how dialed in, prepared or attentive we may otherwise dedicate ourselves to be.
Personally, at this point in time, I suck.
Okay, in the real world of meaningful priorities like God, family, health, country and freedom, my painful evening on deerstand last night doesn’t really qualify as all that upsetting. We miss. Get over it. Yet here I am, head hung and forlorn like little Teddy just lost his favorite puppy dog.
Here’s how it unraveled; Throttling onward nonstop with much gusto for my truly inspiring 2011-2012 hunting season, I had a wonderful meeting with my SpiritWild Ranch hunters as the rain poured down on our little chunk of Texas hunting heaven. Everyone was excited to be at our special camp with the barometer and temperature plunging, making for some optimal critter encounter conditions.
Master guide Paul Wilson organized the guys to head out for their killer blinds, and I decided to return to my Ranch King portable tucked into a nice jungle of cedars and tangled blowdowns on the edge of the big hay field.
With rain pelting my snug little coop, I smacked away on my laptop writing more invigorating celebrations of our beloved hunting lifestyle, not really expecting shooter beasts to arrive in the pouring rain.
Next thing I know, a highly desirable, elusive “Alberta” whitetail 10 point is smack dab in front of me eating corn at the Hang Em High feeder before it even went off. YIKES!
I’ve never had a shot at this particular buck that looks like he belongs in the forests of Alberta, Canada, and I was about to implode with excitement at the opportunity before me.
I carefully turned on the SpiritWild vidcam, silently set down my laptop, reached for my bow, then zoomed in on the trophy beast.
He was joined by his girlfriend, then out of nowhere, a spotted axis doe poked her head out of the scrub into my little clearing.
Axis! Axis deer are so incredibly elusive on SpiritWild Ranch that we are lucky to get a quick glimpse at them but few times each year. I knew that if a doe was here, the herd must be close behind.
One by one, the majestic Chital deer emerged, including monster stag after monster stag, right there in front of me, within 20 yards. I captured all their antics as they jockeyed for position until the biggest baddest buck went broadside.
Like a million times before, I picked a spot, gracefully drew back my arrow, and let er rip for a gimme trophy of a lifetime.
And ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the embarrassing NumbNut of The Year Award goes to, (drumroll) Teeeeeddddd Nuuuuuugent!!
My orange Lumenok told no lie as it zinged six inches under the huge stags brisket. At about 18 yards ya all!
I’m here to tell you I was supremely aghast. With my Robin Hood sniper arrow routine going so beautifully all season, how can this possibly be?
As the sickness in my stomach began to subside, I nocked an arrow in the garage, took aim at the Big Green target at 15 yards and sent two arrows touching each other, SIX INCHES LOW!
I cradle and protect my bow with tender loving care each and every day. How the sights could have gotten that far off from one day to the next will forever be a mystery. But since I have written and raved about it so many times over the years, I may want to obey my own rules of bowhunting and take a “feel” shot before each hunt, and I think I shall.
It’s not only an archery thing, but as we all know, each year somebody at many camps somewhere will experience the heartbreak of a bad shot for inexplicable reasons. Inexplicable that is until we admit that we all know things can go wrong, so we really oughtta plan on them and do everything in our power to keep them from happening.
Under most conditions, there will be an opportunity to take that pre-hunt test shot with both bow and or gun so we can be certain everything is tight, sighted in and in order before that long awaited moment of truth on the beast.
Mr. Murphy is a predator, an indiscriminate, soulless, uncaring predator, and as his prey, we best be aware that he is ubiquitous, so check, check and double check, then check again to keep the punk at bay.
I’m on my way to my stand now, and I just took a shot to be sure I am ready. ZI am ready, and vow to always be ready forevermore.

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Published by archerchick on 09 Dec 2011

The 10% Club – By Tim Burres


Bowhunting World Xtreme 2004
The 10% Club – By Tim Burres

Only 10% of the bowhunters consistently bring home the trophies. Here’s what you can do to join this elite club.

If you don’t belong, you won’t find a bouncer to
turn you away at the door of the 10% Club. There’s no
specific meeting place. But, you will know when
you’ve met one of the card carrying members. He will
be the guy with the trophy room full of big deer. To
join the club, you don’t have to be famous and you
d0n’t have be the founder of an oil empire. You don’t
even have to be a particularly winsome fellow-
which makes membership a possibility for everyone.
You pay your membership dues over a period of
years with countless weeks spent in treestands.

Members of the 10% Club may seem like geniuses when you
dissect some of their hunting strategies, but Mensa is
one club very few will ever make it into. They may not
scare Einstein in an IQ contest, but what these members
do have are open minds that permit them to view
every hunting situation as if it were a blank slate.

These 10% Club members enter every hunt without preconceived
notions of what is “supposed to happen” or some idea that
they must do things “the right way.” And they are meticulous
to the 9th degree in everything they do involving deer
hunting. Here’s what you can learn from the Board of Directors
at the 10% Club.

THINKING OUTSIDE
THE BOX

I ran across a perfect example of why some hunters are consistently successful while others are not. This example shows the
power of thinking outside the box and being aggressive when the situation calls for it.

Stan Potts has been a regular fixture around central Illinois’
Clinton Lake Wildlife Management Area for at least two decades.
Some years he has hunted on the limited draw public lands and other
years he has hunted private land in general area. During the early
‘90s a great 6×6 buck lived on the public management area. All the hunters knew about him and everyone wanted to get a crack at him

One day Stan was hunting a stand in a fence line along the edge of a picked cornfield when he saw the buck bedded with a doe in a thin patch of giant foxtail grass in the middle of the field. It was the peak of
the rut and Stan knew the buck was holed up out there with the doe. In fact, Stan even saw the buck breed the doe once during the morning session.

Rather than wait and hope the buck would eventually get up and come past,
Stan decided the best strategy was to take the hunt to the deer. There is never a better time to make your play for a big buck than when you know where he’s at.

They are so tough to even get a look at that when one is right there in front of you it’s important that you do everything possible to get the shot right then. Stan knows that from having hunted big bucks for all his adult life.

After a few quick plans were made Stan climbed down from the tree and
carefully began stalking the buck. Unbeknownst to him, a bowhunter from Oklahoma was watching the show from a stand on the other side of the field.

“Later the guy told me that when he saw me start the stalk he said to himself ‘Oh no, whats this moron doing?”’ said Potts. “The situation was right or I never would have tried the stalk. The wind was blowing hard and it was misting rain. The cornstalks were soaked and the ground
was soft so there was no way the deer would hear me. Also, the wind was perfectly in my favor so I could sneak in on the deer from behind.

If they had stood up at any time they could have seen me even if I was lying down. I moved along one row at a time. I’d rise up on my elbow, make sure they weren’t looking and then roll gently onto my back in the next corn row.

“The suspense was killing me as each row brought me another yard closer. Finally, I counted only 50 rows between the deer and myself but I didn’t have an opening to his chest. There was no way I could wait until they stood up or they’d see me instantly. I had to make the shot while he was still bedded. There was an opening in the grass a short ways to the side so I eased into position. From there I was only 25 yards from the buck.

I turned the bow sideways and drew it as I rose up slowly onto one
knee. He never knew I there. The shot was perfect and when they blew out I could see the nock of the arrow sticking out of his chest. I knew he wasn’t going far. The buck only ran about 50 yards before making a
button hook and going down.

“The excitement had been so intense that I could hard stand it When he went down I was in shock still standing there staring at the buck when the guy from Oklahoma runs right up from behind and yells at me he about scared me out of my skin. Then we celebrated together. He was a great guy and was just as excited as if he’d killed the buck himself. He told me how he had watched the whole stalk from the treeline. After things calmed down he told me that he had been watching the buck for two days. His ear-to-ear grin immediately disappeared when I casually asked him why he hadn’t tried the stalk himself. His eyes fell to the ground and he shook his head and said in a very soft voice ” I don’t know.”

Stan’s buck was a local legend with a massive rack having a gross score well over 170 inches and a net that came in just under 170. He got the buck because he was able to think creatively and adapt to the situation at hand. He didn’t get bogged down in what he was suppose to do, but rather focused on what he knew about mature buck behavior (they are very hard to see more than once) and what might work. Taking advantage of the situation permitted an effective stalk, he did something most bowhunters would be afraid to even try.

The ability to think creatively is one of the traits that set the members of the 10% Club apart from all the other deer hunters. Textbook strategies will sometimes work, but mature bucks are individuals. To tag them consistently you have to treat each one as if he were the only deer
on earth. It is unwise to assume anything about a particular buck beyond the fact that he is sure to be wary.

From bits and pieces of sign and sporadic sightings, you may be able to piece together enough information to learn the buck’s particular personality and within that you may be able to find some type of
behavior that makes him slightly vulnerable.

You won’t find much to work with, because these deer are not very visible and they are the most cautious creatures on earth.
Once you get to know a little bit about the buck you can determine such things as whether or not he’s aggressive (if he is, rattling might work). You might figure out where he most often beds and feeds you
might be able to find an ambush between these points) and whether or not he is an active participant in the rut (if he isn’t your only real hope is catching him at his bed or late in the season at a food source.

If you enter the hunt with a cast-in-stone idea of what mature bucks are
“supposed to do,” you will have a very hard time adapting to what the buck you are hunting actually is doing. The ability to keep an open mind in your approach to hunting specific bucks is one key that
opens the door to the 10% Club.

ATTENTION TO DETAILS

The second trait that club members share is an overpowering belief in the notion that if it can go wrong it will. Therefore, they are detail oriented people that aren’t willing to let even one small aspect of the
hunt that can be controlled slip through their grasp. For this reason they are extremely thorough in everything from shooting practice and equipment maintenance to scouting and stand placement.

Here are some of the details that 10% Club members wake up in the middle of the night fretting about that other deer hunters barely consider.
Entry and exit is the key: I remember a stand one of my buddies offered me while I was hunting with him a few years ago.

Even though we sat on the county road looking at the stand across a picked grain field, it still took him five minutes for him
to explain what I had to do to get to it without being detected. “Go behind that house and around the pig lot, get into the creek, grab the roots under the high bank and climb up, etc.” I knew instantly that
this was going to be a good stand. Anyone who understands the importance of the exit and entry routes this well is bound to
have great stand locations.

I can always tell a good hunter when listening to his explanation of a stand because he is obsessed with the perfect entry and
exit routes. Experienced hunters know that these routes are even more important than the sign the stand overlooks.

Average deer hunters can all tell you where to find buck sign. Members of the 10% Club have mental maps too, but they aren’t marked with buck sign and deer trails; they are marked with all the undetectable entry and exit routes that dissect their hunting areas.

Shooting lanes; Once you start to realize how hard it is get a giant buck within range of your stand you’ll do everything possible to capitalize on these infrequent encounters. In other words, you need to be
able to get a good shot at him. Members of the 1O% Club know all too well the importance of having shooting lanes in every direction. By this, I’m not talking about dropping napalm on the acre of cover surrounding your stand; all you need is a window — some kind of gap — that allows you to get a shot at anything that passes your stand in any direction and at any distance within your maximum range.

Before you relax after climbing into your stand, take the time for this exercise. If you will do it every day you will be rewarded during the moment of truth. Imagine a buck approaching from every possible direction. How will you handle each possibility and where will you shoot?
If you don’t have a good answer it’s time to get the saw out and create an answer.

Intelligent diligence; I recently returned from Alberta where l was hunting with an outfitter who is a new bowhunter. He is a great gun hunter but not a great bowhunter. I was pretty much on my own.
After we discussed bowhunting strategy for a week—and applied some of it in the form of stand sites-Ron made a very insightful comment to me. He said, “Successful bowhunting can be summed up as intelligent diligence.”

Ron had quickly figured out that you have to combine equal parts of
hard hunting with smart hunting. It was clear to me right then that Ron was on the fast track to getting his membership card.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
FOR CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Keen instinct; Some guys will never meet the 10% Club’s minimum requirements for membership for “hunter’s instinct”. Quite frankly, they aren’t interested enough in the behavior patterns of mature bucks to learn everything they possibly can about them. Sure, they want to shoot one, but the animal doesn’t fascinate them to the extent necessary to stimulate their need to know more.

Highly successful buck hunters are more than just students of the latest biological research; they are on the cutting edge of research. They are always coming up with theories to explain some kind of behavior they see and then focus on trying to prove it or disprove it. The final goal, of course, is to find weaknesses they can exploit. I respect everything that
comes out of the mouths of the top biologists, but I put just as much stock in the words of proven buck hunters.

Making the shot: Not only are the members of the 10% Club hard and smart
hunters, they are good at converting opportunities into venison. Even the best hunters may only get a very limited number of close encounters during a season —sometimes none- so they take each one of them very seriously. They condition their minds so that they are prepared to convert on every decent chance that comes along. This is not a skill that
people are born with. It is something that is built through-you guessed it—attention to detail and lots of practice.

When a big buck causes your throat to tighten, the only thing that will pull you through is the many hours of disciplined practice that came before. Great habits during practice translate into great performance when the chips are down. If you are serious about getting into the Club,
realize that your ability to shoot well— without having to think about it- will someday be the only thing that stands between you and a wall full of trophies.

CONCLUSION

Membership in the 10% Club requires that you go beyond the simple preparations and actually do all the things that you know you should do. Most guys that have read magazines about deer hunting know what to do, they just don’t do it. Rising to the next level takes dedication, effort and time. But, if you love deer hunting, the quest will become its own reward.

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Published by archerchick on 09 Dec 2011

Killer Stalking Strategies- Jim Van Norman


BOWHUNTING WORLD Xtreme 2004
Killer Stalking Strategies – By Jim Van Norman

Scouting, Glassing, and Stalking are the crucial tactical triad for taking open-country mulies

When he tired of the hot sun. he would
look for a new spot. and as he was waiting.
Three·do:en minutes later a wide
set of antlers sauntered into view. A
few more steps and the deer would he
broadside at 32 yards. When the big
muley quartered and looked away. I sent
an arrow through his tilage. The
buck’s companion jumped to his feet
and stood in wonder, The fatally
arrowed buck leaned forward turned.
walked toward my position — and lay
down for the last time.

There are many elements to successfully taking mule deer with a how
and arrow. Three of those elements stand out: scouting, glassing, and stalking.

Stalking 101
With excellent stalking skills, your
scouting and glassing efforts go for “naught,”
so I’ll start with the basics of stalking.
Those who have stalked mule deer
know it is exciting. It can he frustrating
and disappointing at times, but gaining
stalking experience is important. Trial
and error is what ultimately cultivates
a stalking expert.

First, choose only stalking opportunities
with the highest chance of success, Rate each
as having an excellent, good, mediocre or poor chance. This is
crucial; many stalks are blown because
their possibilities were mediocre or poor
to start with. Don`t stalk unless you
have a good to excellent chance. trying
to turn a poor opportunity into something it’s not is a mistake, especially, it
it is a buck you can’t live without.
until he beds in a better spot.
Your evaluation needs to be in depth: “Can I get into position for a
responsible shot within my effective range? Can I draw without being seen
when he stands up? What is the terrain and footing likely to be once l get
critically close? Are there other deer presenting obstacles? If I have to wait for
the deer to stand and offer a shot, is the wind dependable?” Consider these
items carefully.

A variable wind ruins more stalks than any other detail. Ask yourself: “Is
the wind steady enough to trust? Can I approach with the wind directly in my
face or, at the very least, with a quartering or crosswind, Considering that
wind, where is my best stalking route,” Remember, terrain affects the wind
considerably. Surface interference —draws, trees, rock outcroppings, etc. —
makes the wind do funny things. Give me a stalk in a stiff wind anytime. You
can count on a stiff wind to stay steady and cover mistakes.

Second, map your stalk mentally. (I can’t emphasize this enough.) Plan
a route between you and the deer that contains three solid, easily recognizable
checkpoints. Avoid using objects that are excessively common and could
be confusing. If you fail to do this, you may well find yourself in the wrong
place as your buck bolts away. It is always surprising how different the
country looks between your glassing view and the view on the ground once
you start sneaking through it. Pick a dead tree, an unusually shaped stump
or snag, distinctively colored or shaped boulders, rock piles, or outcroppings
as checkpoints. Any feature with unique detail will work.

Checkpoint #1 should be something that confirms, after leaving your glassing site, that you have ended up in the right area to begin your stalk. Checkpoint #2 should be about halfway to
Checkpoint #3, a location where you can, without being seen, confirm
Checkpoint #3 and see if the deer is still there. Although the actual location
of the deer deserves a strong mental note, Checkpoint #3 should be where you wait for a shot to develop.
Don’t go in closer than 2O yards; allow a small buffer in case the deer comes
toward you. But don’t be farther than 30 yards; you want to allow some room
before the deer gets out of range if he walks away from your position.

Now, here are three of the most important facets to the stalk’s final
stages. First; when you check the deer’s position at Checkpoint #2, look for
antler tips, ears or another part of the deer. Don’t look at his eyes. If you can
see his eyes, he can see you. Second; “sneaking a peek” en»route to Check~
point #3 blows a lot of stalks. Don’t do it! If you know the deer’s location in
relation to Checkpoint #3, you don’t need to see him! Concentrate on foot
placement and staying out of sight. Don’t get busted two thirds of the way
through your stalk.

Third; Checkpoint #3 is where you let the deer make the fatal mistake.
Once you get there, check for an antler tip, put your bow up in front of you
(bow limb tip or cam on the ground, if you are on your knees) and nock an
arrow. Don’t let your upper bow limb stick up where the deer can see it. Stay
put until the deer gets up to move, no matter how long it takes! The only time
you want to force a deer to get up is if the wind becomes variable and there’s
a chance he’ll catch your scent. Then you have nothing to lose by throwing a
rock, or calling on a predator or deer call. Otherwise, hang tough. The deer
will make “the fatal move.”

Stalking takes practice. So take time while in the field to sneak up on some
does and small bucks for fun. You will learn more with each attempt.
Glass For “Pieces And Parts” Glassing, in my opinion, is a corner»
stone to being a top»notch mule deer hunter and is an HIC within itself. Mule
deer bucks select places to bed that are,
in most cases, well~hidden yet provide a panoramic view. A big buck’s general tendency is to “hole up” in a position where he can see a lot of country and sneak out far ahead of imminent danger.
If not well»hidden, the spot will instead take full advantage of the deer’s superior eyes, nose, ears and protective coloration. In any case, a mature mule deer buck’s bed is carefully chosen, strategically located and unlikely to offer a noise free, scent free or entirely invisible route. To have any chance at
approaching within range, you have to find him first.

When glassing for mule deer, don`t concern yourself with spotting the
whole deer at once. Learn to focus on mule deer “pieces and parts.”»(see 15
images above right) Train your mind to alert your eyes to look again when you
pick up one of these images in your binoculars or spotting scope. Burn these.
images into your mind until it become second nature for you to stop scanning
immediately and concentrate on the image. No matter whether you see them
with the naked eye or with optics, stay and pick it apart.

Since glassing is a major key to success, top notch optics are a must. This
rule is always buy optics one notch above what you can afford. You’ll never
be sorry. It’ll be worth it in the long run.
Scout Early And Be Stealthy, Scouting is another important part of
the success formula. Not only do you have to scout for deer, but the need to
find the right types of country to hunt is pivotal. Some country lends itself
better to stalking than other areas.

There is no sense in scouting a bunch of country if there are only a few places
where a stalk is even possible. Heavy brush, black timber or wide open rolling hills are harder to stalk. A
mule deer`s senses are so acute, successful stalking in heavy vegetation is
tough. sometimes impossible. The same goes for open, rolling hills. A stalk may
work in certain situations here, bur requires extreme patience and a flawless approach.
At best, both are low percentage endeavors.

Easier to stalk areas include canyons.
draws, cut-banks, washouts, etc. Notice
I said “easier,” not “easy.” Rough, cut up
and sparsely vegetated country presents more opportunities to approach unnoticed, Shade, the number one place to find mule deer bucks, is a limited commodity here. It is found only under cut~banks, washouts, overhangs and under the limited vegetation. That’s a good
thing.
Pick an area to scout that will present the highest percentage stalks.
Do most of your scouting at least a month ahead of the season. A big mistake
many hunters make when coming out West is showing up a few days early
and stirring up their chosen area. About the only thing they accomplish is chasing
a big one out of the country. If you absolutely cannot get to your hunting
area until a few days before the season, go before daylight to the highest hill in the
area where you can scope the country.

Big Mulies melt mysteriously into the landscape. To find them, train yourself to look for bits and pieces, rather than the whole deer. Can you find the two bucks in this photo?

Scout from that vantage point all day, each
day before the season opener. You will do far
less damage to your opening day hunting
than stomping out through the brush. In
fact, I’d be willing to bet you will see more
deer from your hidden vantage point!

When scouting, use all your hunting
tactics as if you were going to take a buck.
That is, when getting into position to glass,
sneak into position, The fewer deer you
spook, the better. If you are new to
bowhunting mule deer, as long as you are
scouting far ahead of the opener, spend
some time down in the deer’s living rooms.

Before you learn how mule deer operate you
will certainly spook quite a few. This is to
be expected, so don’t get discouraged.

As long as you are scouting a least a month before the season, the deer will
settle back into their normal routines. Spend considerable time inspecting the
places from where deer came busting out. Get an idea of what those bedding
sites look like and how they are situated in relation to the terrain. Note what
kind of cover is present and how the deer use the wind. As you leave the area.
glass back at those sites so you have an idea what they look like from a distance.
Although experience is the greatest teacher, mastering these three foundational elements will help provide many enjoyed successes in bowhunting mule deer. Remember your scouting, glassing, and stalking experiences by keeping a journal of facts and observations
for later reference. You’ll be surprised at
the patterns you begin to note and then
use to your advantage.
>>—>

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Published by archerchick on 09 Dec 2011

The Secret of Instinctive Shooting ~by Mike Strandlund


Bowhunting World Xtreme 2004
The Secret of Instinctive Shooting ~ By Mike Strandlund

After 10 years of hunting with compounds,
here I was, learning how to shoot a bow.

The slender longbow felt feather light in my
hand, yet mule stubborn as I strained back the
string. And as I gazed through the void normally occupied
by sight pins, I had not a clue how to guide the
arrow into the vicinity of the target.
“Just look hard at your target and shoot,” the old longbow
shooter had told me.

“But how do I aim?” I`d responded, trying to pry from him
the mysterious secret of successful instinctive shooting.
“Just look hard at your target and shoot.”
I pulled back, looked hard, and shot. The arrow glanced off
the sidewalk 2 feet in front of the target, ricocheted off my garage
door, and smashed into a block wall. “Just as I thought,” I thought.
Undaunted, I moved the target to a place where my archery
education might prove less costly. I kept shooting. After a few
weeks, I found I could hit the target quite consistently. It was
interesting, and I kept shooting. Eventually I found I could hit
the target almost at will, with only the occasional mental-lapse
miss that kept it challenging. This was fascinating. But the most
satisfying part was the productive hunting I enjoyed in the following
years, taking whitetails, mule deer, antelope, bears and
caribou with only a stick bow, some arrows and my instincts.
It’s a wondrous thing, this instinctive bow shooting. I’d like
to share with you what I’ve learned.

The first step is to understand that the term “instinctive
shooting” is a misnomer. We have the capacity to shoot a bow
quite accurately without the aid of devices, but it does not come
from instinct. It is achieved through highly trained hand/eye
coordination and concentration learned from hours of practicing
the mechanics of good form.

Some people can’t believe this method of shooting a bow is
practical, or even feasible. “Instinctive shooting can never be
as precise as shooting with sights, so a bowhunter who shoots
that way is always at a disadvantage,” they say. But they`re wrong.
We’re talking bowhunting, not an archery tournament. A
bowhunter is not required to hit a spot the size of a quarter to
be successful. He needs to hit something the size of a dinner
plate—the vital zone of an animal. Precision beyond that is purely
academic. At normal bowhunting ranges of O to 25 yards, a
well practiced traditional shooter should be able to kill deer just
as consistently as an average archer with all the gadgets. And in
cases where he must shoot very quickly the target is moving, the
shooting position is difficult, the weather is horrendous or shooting light is minimal—all quite common conditions in bowhunting—he should be able to do it better. And of course, he will never
miss due to a loose sight pin, a faulty launcher, a jammed release,
or plugged peep-all of which, by the way, have cost me animals.
Beyond that, there are instinctive shooters who are so accurate
they can pick off rabbits, squirrels, even flying gamebirds consistently
Mastering the aft of instinctive shooting to that degree
requires mental concentration and well»practiced fundamentals of
shooting form. But mostly it takes being connected to that mysterious
energy that allows you to just think about
hitting a target with an arrow, and then making it happen.
It’s that last part that baffles most people. How, exactly, do
you achieve that “instinctive” accuracy?

The way instinctive shooting always seems to be described
is picking a spot, concentrating on it, and releasing. I have never
found that description sufficient to do my shooting any good.
I groped, experimented and struggled with bare bow shooting.

But l think I’ve found, and can describe, the secret. Yes, it
does involve concentrating on a spot, but it is much more than
that. lt is not just looking at a spot, but looking at it in a way
that your eyesight is, in a way, projected into it. In preparing
to shoot, imagine your eyesight as the sun’s rays through a magnifying
glass—that you could burn a hole in the target if your
sight is focused and intense enough.

There is a second part to this equation, which is that you must
project with your entire body. You feel (don’t peek!) how your
arrow is pointed, and put everything into a straight line by drawing
with your back muscles, not your arms. You bum a tiny hole
in the precise spot you want to hit, while being subliminally conscious
of how your muscles are directing the arrow, with it all
connected and working in synch. That is the simple secret.
There are several ways to screw this up. It is quite possible
to look at the spot you want to hit without doing it in a way
that promotes accuracy—without really focusing on it. Again,
you have to project your sight feels confusing and you become
conscious there is little likelihood of making the shot.

Do not even dream of consciously looking at your arrow, bow hand, or the gap between your
arrow tip and the target. To do that is to destroy the process,
and if you do hit the target after peeking at how your arrow
is pointed, it will be largely by accident.
What all this amounts to—and why it works—isn’t really
magic. It’s focus. It just feels like magic.

Of course, no degree of perfection in “aiming” is going to help
unless you have a good release and follow-through. It really
doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do it consistently. We
just use an “on»target” draw, a solid anchor point, back tension,
finger~slip release, and keeping the bow in place during follow
through for the simple and effective reason that all these things
are much easier to do consistently than their alternatives.
Beyond that, the instinctive release and follow~through
should be an extension of “pointing with your muscles.” It
should be almost unconcious, with no last moment movement of either hand
not even a blink.
When you get the technique down, it is truly amazing. In certain cases it is more
accurate for howhunting than mechanical sighting devices. When you’re in the groove, you
just can’t miss. You can feel that acutely and it feels great.

Describing the perfect instinctive bow shot and how to
achieve it is probably the most difficult concept I’ve ever tried to put on paper.
I’d like to go further and describe it as a flow of energy from the eyes to the
target back to the hands, a circuit of something like electricity that, provided your
form is right, will send an arrow as true as a laser beam. I’d like to say it comes
from the heart, or the soul, or maybe our genes that still carry DNA from the
hundreds of generations of our ancestors who depended on bows and arrows every
day to stay alive. Something spiritual wells up through your hands, arms, brain and eyes, and when everything is right, there’s a spark in the mind that knows with ultimate certainty, the instant of your release, that the arrow will slam into the center of whatever it is in your “sights.”

Sometimes you know it before you even draw the bow, which is one of the
highest highs in bowhunting. But people who have yet to discover and understand the beauty of true
instinctive shooting might scoff at all this as some kind of quasi»Zen weirdness.
So I just tell them to look hard at your target and shoot. >>—>

 

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