Published by cape buffalo on 10 May 2008
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Published by soularcher on 06 May 2008
By Joe Shuhay
(Soularcher on AT posts)
The first day had come, and I was up at 3:30 AM to eat, shower and dress. Luckily my new spot was only 20 minutes away, and I could get in my stand at least an hour before daylight. As daylight broke, the woods started to come alive with movement and sound. I had spotted many doe and a small buck. At about 10:00 AM a small doe came underneath my stand, and I let the Muzzy do its work, and work it did! It was a very clean kill. But this isn’t where the story ends…
The doe ran about 15 yards and fell. While I waited for the animal to expire, I had noticed a very bad fray through the string serving right underneath my bottom cam! It was obviously dangerous, and it had to be fixed. I was lucky that I wasn’t hurt!
LESSON #1: Always inspect your bowstring and equipment well before the hunt. This will give you time to swap strings and make repairs. It will also save you from injury or a missed opportunity!
Instead of taking my Archery Research AR31 bow to the area expert, I took it to a local guy that ran a shop out of his house, to save money (a lot of money). He was a very nice man, but I should’ve taken the hint when I entered his shop and saw that he specialized in traditional equipment (an art form in itself). I returned that Friday afternoon for the bow, and $16.00 later I had a new string. Sixteen Bucks!
I wanted to hunt the next day because I wouldn’t have another chance until the following weekend, and I knew there were a few nice buck cruising the area. Needless to say, I didn’t get to shoot the bow before the hunt. I know, I know… I heard that little voice inside, but didn’t listen: “What if? You didn’t shoot it, stretch the string, check it out… Is this safe?” Nope, I didn’t listen. I was too worried about getting out the next day.
LESON #2: Always inspect a repair or string installation when you get your bow back, and always shoot the bow and allow for string stretch.
I got out to my stand and opted to hunt the northern part of an oak flat, due to wind conditions, and I expected action. There was still a little doubt in the back of my mind due to not shooting the bow the night before. Any archer knows that reduced confidence in your form or equipment can definitely have a detrimental effect on your mindset for the hunt. At about 9:30 AM, two doe came bursting from the laurel to my left at about 20 yards. They stopped and then looked back. That’s when I knew he was coming! I waited, and saw a flicker, then a very wide eight came out into full view and paused sniffing the doe’s trail. I drew and viewed the magnificent animal broadside at fifteen yards! I pulled the trigger on my Scott release, the arrow flew, and… Nothing… Nothing!!! I watched helplessly as the high-tined buck trotted away pursuing the doe. I climbed down and retrieved my arrow; it went right underneath the buck’s belly by at least a foot!
At noon I went home and shot at my target at 10 yards to troubleshoot the issue. The arrow didn’t even make it to the target! It was buried in the ground at about eight yards in front of me. A closer inspection of my bow revealed that the string was not installed on the bottom cam properly which effected the whole setup.
LESSON #3: Pay the extra cash to get a job done by someone that knows the technology, or get the tools and learn to do it yourself, and you can rest easier in the knowledge that the job was done correctly (also refer to LESSON #2).
I don’t hold the bowsmith responsible, I knew full well that he had his specialty and, to his credit, he tried his best. I hold my own impatience and thriftiness as the reasons that that hunt worked out the way it did. Believe me when I say that I learned a difficult lesson that day. The sign of a good hunter is the humility and willingness to learn and improve.
Published by ToughAntlerTees on 05 May 2008
January 17, 2008
I was working out of town & got a phone call from my wife. My father was in the hospital in intensive care. That was all we knew. It took me 1 1/2 hours to drive home. I rushed to the phone to call the hospital in SLC, Utah. I happen to live in Loon Lake, Wa. The Dr. reported that my dad was on life support & his liver, kidneys, & lungs were not operating on their own. I could not catch a flight until the next day at 1:00 pm.
Memories flooded my mind of my dad & they would not stop & neither would the tears. I prayed fervently that my dad would not have to suffer. I asked God to keep him alive until I got to the hospital, so that I could say goodbye.
January 18, 2008
God answers prayer. I got to see my dad & pray over him. He was staying alive by the machines, but more so by the grace of God.
January 19, 2008
He passed away while still on the machines 5 hours after I got to say goodbye.
January 21, 2008
Two days later, I was at my dad’s house cleaning it, going through photo’s etc… My wife called me & said my new bow had arrived. This was my very first bow & here I was in Utah taking care of my dad’s affairs. The arrival of the bow was exciting as I had been waiting for it for several months & was something good that I needed to hear.
Feburary 4, 2008
Two weeks later, I was able to make a trip home to visit my wife & son for a week, but had to return to Utah to finish up my dad’s estate. I had a friend of mine get me all set up with my bow & decided that I would take it back to Utah with me on the airplane.
Febuarary 11, 2008
I made a homemade target out of a plastic garbage bag & filled it with some of my dad’s old clothes & rags. I marked the center of the bag with a black solid circle with a marker. I was able to mark off 20 yards in my dad’s backyard & shoot my bow. I was at my dad’s daily cleaning & having a winter yard sales. When the stress would get to be too much, I would take out the bow & shoot about 20 – 40 arrows at the target.
Febuarary 14, 2008
On the 3rd day of shooting I got my very first robinhood! Archer’s have told me that to get a robinhood only after 80-90 shots & being a rookie is awesome! It is my first trophy & proudly hangs on my wall & will always have a special place in my heart….. This one was for you dad.
May 5, 2008
My 9 year old son now has a bow. My wife has a bow on order. We are all new to archery just this year. Archery is a wonderful sport for the whole family & I have one of the greatest memories to start out with. I can look up from my computer & hanging on the wall is my first robinhood.
This one was for you dad…….
Published by djohns13 on 15 Apr 2008
“Excuse me sir, do you deer hunt?”
“Uh hmm, excuse me sir, do you deer hunt?”
The second time around woke me up from reading a deer hunting article in Outdoor Life magazine. I looked up to see a well-built rugged looking young man with a load of outdoor looking straight at me. “Uh yes, well no, I mean I used to and I would like to again” I stuttered.
“Well, if you want to, what’s stopping you?”
“That’s a good question and unfortunately there’s no short answer to it,” I answered.
“Hey, we’re stuck in the Detroit airport on the day before Thanksgiving and we’re not going anywhere soon. Give me the long version.”
And so I began. I grew up in a blue collar hunting household in Indiana where the biggest holiday of the year was opening day of shotgun deer season. I hunted mushrooms, mammals and birds, fished like it was going out of style, trapped furbearers and even harvested wild ginseng. I guess it came natural with my Cherokee indian lineage. I picked up a bow when I was about 12 years old and fell in love with it. For a couple of years, it seemed to have grown roots into my hands as I hardly ever let it go. I even won a state-level championship for my age group and couldn’t ever imagine not having archery be the focal point of my life.
Then I discovered girls. To be more precise, I found the wrong girl. In trying to please her, I strayed far from my outdoor roots. My father wasn’t about to butt into my business but I knew it hurt him that I was nowhere to be found during hunting season. We fished together on Father’s Day each year but that was it for me. It was always in the back of my mind, and I even dreamed about being outdoors, but I could seem to fnd a way to get there. As a result, with each year my discontent grew.
Flash forward a few years and I find myself with a new girl, the absolute right girl for me, with a house and a career and a baby on the way. Everything was going very well, except that I still wasn’t out in the wild. Occasionally we would do some hiking but there was little time for anything else. My discontent had been replaced by happiness with a simmering desire to get reconnected with the woods as soon as possible. Life was good for the most part, then the bottom fell out. My father died of cancer just a few months too early to see his first grandchild be born, and I had my own brush with mortality. As I recovered, my son was born to have problems of his own. He would spend considerable amounts of time in and out of hospitals and treatment centers. There was so much going on and so much grieving to do, that I didn’t have time to miss the woods even though I needed it more than ever.
Flash forward again several years and my life has been rebounded nicely. I am healthy, my son’s health is improving, I now have three kids with a big house and my career is booming. There are only two downsides. First, I am still not in the woods as much as I want and second, I am stuck in the Detroit Airport trying unsuccessfully to get home for Thanksgiving dinner with the family.
And now standing before me is my hunting/trapping/fishing/outdoor guardian angel and neither of us have a clue how much he will impact my family’s life.
He listens patiently to all the reasons why I am not in the woods and then hits me with the truth bomb. “You need to be outdoors with your kids. They are growing up fast you know.” A profound statement from a guy still too young to legally drink. He proceeds to tell me his story, which is that he is nineteen years old and trying to make a connecting flight to hook up with his dad for a whitetail hunt in Minnesota. He is particularly excited about this because since his mom and dad got divorced the relationship with his dad hasn’t been good. It seems the only time they get along is when they are hunting or fishing together and he misses all of the good times. His words were giving me flashbacks of myself and my dad, as well as thoughts of me and my oldest son and our struggling relationship. He mentioned that being in the woods seemed to provide solutions to problems in the rest of his life, and boy did I ever need to come up with some solutions myself. He had just finished a hunt in Ohio and harvested a really nice buck but this upcoming hunt was really important to him because it was with his dad. Man, how I wished that my dad was still around to go hunting with again.
We talked for a a few more hours about family and all aspects of deer hunting and then he leaned over and said, “Get back into deer hunting. You need it and your kids need it too.” As if on cue, the voice over the intercom announced that his flight was now ready for board and he jumped up to leave knowing he was going to make the hunt he so desparately wanted. I leaned back in my chair not knowing if I was going to make my holiday dinner, but definitely knowing that I was going to get my kids up in a deer stand as soon as possible.
Flash forward one day and I am sitting at home enjoying a great turkey dinner rattling on about this great kid I met in the airport and how I had decided that the kids were getting new bows for Christmas so they could take up the sport that had been so much a part of my life. They did get their bows for Christmas and so did I thanks to a great wife who heard every word of what I had said that day.
Flash forward to present day and all three of my kids have sat in the tree stand with me. My middle son even called in the deer that I harvested with a bow three years ago. My daughter is actively involved in 4-H shooting sports and my oldest son is starting to fall in love with trap shooting. And to top it all off, today on my lunch hour I stuck wooden stakes in the ground marking where my new food plot is going to be planted in a few weeks. About twenty yards from the edge of the plot in a big tree is a buddy stand where me and the kids are going to spend some quality time this fall.
It is hard to imagine things getting much better.
Published by bowgod on 03 Apr 2008
Here is VERY simple time tested method that I use for tuning most of the newer cam systems that Hoyt has introduced over the last few years. This method will also work with the popular cam 1/2 and cam 1/2+ systems as well as other hybrid cams (except binaries) with just the possiblility of a little more work than outlined here.
The fist thing that need to be is you need to determine all the advertised specs for your paticular bow/cam combination. (find all the specs on the hoyt tune charts under the customer service link on Hoyt’s web site) you need to know string and cable lengths as well as draw length, draw weight, axle to axle and brace height measurements. Write all the numbers down on a peice of paper and keep it handy.
Now onto the tuning process.
STEP 1: press the bow and remove the string and cables. You want to measure each cable and twist it down to where it measures 1/8 of an inch shorter than the listed lengths (be sure the string is straight and stretched out for this measurement often times the ends are still bent where the end serving wraps around the cam these need to be straightend). with each cable twisted 1/8 shorter than listed specs put the cables back on the bow and move onto the string.
STEP 2: Basically you want to do the same thing with the string but with the string twist it down to 3/16 of an inch shorter than listed length, then put it back on the bow.
STEP 3: From this point everything is going to be close, take the bow out of the press and start checking all the specs. First tighten both limb bolts all the way down, then check the performance marks on the cam. (in every bow i have worked on excluding the regular cam 1/2 the performance marks are right on by this point, with the cam 1/2 you may need to mess with the control cable just a bit to get the performance marks right) Now that the performance marks are on check your ATA and brace height, in most cases the ATA will be right on and the brace may run just a little on the long side, once you check this move onto draw stop timing. using a draw board or have someone draw the bow for you and watch the cams. The draw stop on the top cam should hit the cable at the same time as the draw stop on the bottom cam. If the bottom is hitting before the top your top cam is under rotated, and vice versa, if the top cam is hitting first. From here more than likely you will need to make some minor adjustments, if the top cam is under rotated you can either add twist to the buss cable or take twist out of the control cable. I always use the control cable for under rotated top cam unless my ATA is coming in on the long side or if the brace height is coming in too short (for me either of these are a rarity) i say this because twisting and untwisting the bess cable will have a greater impact on the ATA and brace height than messing with the control cable. Now if the top cam is over rotated you basicaly do the opposite either take twist out of the buss cable or add twist to the control cable. (for these adjustments i ussually use the buss cable because as previously stated the brace height may be running a little long and untwisting the buss cable will fix that, if the ATA and brace height are already on then i will use the control cable for this as well. Make these adjustments in small increments it don’t take many twist to get it right.
STEP 4: Now that you have that all done you need to check the AMO draw length and make sure it is at spec. To do this draw the bow and have someone mark your arrow right at the center of the rest hole (AMO draw length measurements are measured from the nock groove to the pivot point of the grip wich happens to be right in line with the center of the rest hole so measureing to the rest hole just makes this a little easier.) Now measure from the inside of the nock groove to the mark on your arrow and then add 1.75 inches to that measurement, this will reflect the AMO draw length of the bow. Twist or untwist the string from here to get the AMO draw length set right to where it needs to be. If your measurement is saying it’s too long then add a few twist to the string if it’s too short take a few out (5 twist either way = aprox. 1/4 inch) once you get the AMO draw length set right double check the max weight of the bow and from here you should be done.
If for any reason you get to any step and notice that something is way off from where it is supposed to be start over at step one because more than likely one of the measurements was off. If the problem still isn’t fixed feel free to contact me on WWW.ARCHERYTALK.COM under the username BOWGOD and i will gladly walk you through it the best i can.
I have been personally using this method for years now and in every case this method has gotten me so close to perfect the first time around, just a few small adjustments after you put it all back together after step 2 and the bow is ready to rock. I have tried several tuning methods over the years and this is by far the easiest way to get my bows tuned right into their sweet spot with no headaches.
Good luck and shoot straight.
Published by archeryhistory on 02 Apr 2008
Oh the changes I have seen in the compound bow!-From when I first started designing and shooting them in the early 70’s-until now. During those first years of selling the four wheeled compound, the market was limited, four wheelers were the only design available. At Martin we worked on the Kam Act and the one cam Dynabo around 1974. By 1976 the two wheel models were released and they soon took the market from the four wheel designs. The single cam Dynabo continued to sell into the middle 80’s.
One of the problems facing all bows at that time was string and cable stretch. The stretching was less of a problem for the four wheel bows than it was for the all string Dynabo. All string meant more stretching. Airline cables were used for the bus cables on standard compounds and this meant less string stretch for cabled bows. Around 1990 improved bowstring technology nearly eliminated any problems with string stretch.
Once the two wheel bows were perfected in the late 1970’s the four wheel models started to disappear. By the early 90’s the market was ready for some new ideas. In 1992 Matt McPherson started Mathews and reintroduced the one cam design. McPherson promoted his “Solocam” idea heavily via magazines and paid shooter programs. This highly effective advertising caused the single cam system to take over the market. The demand for one cam bows was driving the majority of bow sales-until recently. Even though the single cam was not as fast as a two cam bow, the promotional claim of “no tuning needed” created great deal of sales.
By 1998 Hoyt reintroduced and promoted 1 ½ or hybrid cam system designed by Darton. We now have several manufacturers making a move towards hybrid dual cam designs. Dual cam bows are faster and because of improved string material the tuning problems are minimal. What will the future bring? I can assure you that us bow designers are working on lots of fun new toys. I feel that the hybrid dual cam systems will continue to take over more of the market. Our bow sales definitely show this to be true.-Terry Martin
(Progression of bows from left to right: Jennings4 wheel Arrowstar, Martin 2 wheel Cougar II, Martin single cam Dynabo, Mathews Ultra-light Solocam, Martin`08 hybrid dual cam Firecat.)