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Mental Focus when Bow Hunting: Bow Sights

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Archery Bow SightWhen you are out bow hunting, I believe that aiming is the most essential part of having a successful hunt. While I do not advocate shooting at distances over 20-30 yards, the shooter should be aware that when you start getting further and further away from your target, even the slightest deviation in your aim will greatly affect the shot. The confidence that comes with the shot can only be built up after repeatedly practicing and perfecting your shot. It is important that when you are building up your shooting technique, you learn to have the have the highest level of concentration that you can handle.

One trick that Archery Bow Sigthshelps to get the greatest amount of focus involves using mental imagery. This process involves you basically burning a hole in the target with your eyes, where you want the arrow to land. If you have tried this technique before then you know how helpful it can be during bow hunting trips. Visualizing the double lung hit on that whitetail deer through on of your bow sights will most certainly help you achieve that shot if you have good shooting for and fundamentals.

Visualizing will help you attain your shot, but it requires a lot of mental effort. Surprisingly, if you reduce the amount of tension that are in your muscles during the shot, then your will be able to have more mental clarity. This makes sense because when you have muscles that are tense, they take some of the needed energy that you will need to focus. If you are extremely tense, then it is more than likely that you will transfer some of that tense energy to the bow. This will cause your shooting arm to move around a bunch a decrease your ability to aim effectively. Having good bow sights, along with a clear and focused mind will help you get your desired tags.

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Turkey Decoy Hunting Tactics

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Turkey DecoyNovember is here, and that means that Thanksgiving is almost here. If you are interested in providing your family with a nice gobbler for your dinner table centerpiece then there are a few things that you must know.

During the spring or the fall when turkeys are very prevalent, you are most likely going to need to use a whole bunch of turkey hunting decoys to ensure that you attract the attention that you are trying to receive. You are going to need to gather up your own flock. Buying up an entire flock of decoys is not too expensive, but the cost will add up when you begin to buy in bulk. If cost is an issue then you and your hunting friends can each buy a few and let each other borrow them during the hunt.

When you are thinking about purchasing a decoy for your turkey hunt, you need to make sure that you are buying it specific to your hunting needs. Using the flock approach for your decoys will not always work, but it is a good safe bet for starters. This type of decoy approach is best suited for people who will be hunting in the open terrain. You should set up the decoys in somewhat of a circle so that the potential centerpiece will want to land right in the middle. If you were using a hunting blind, then I would recommend that you use this setup with a good hunting calls.

If you are hunting in an area that is more frequented than most you should use a different hunting tactic with your decoys. If the turkeys see a large grouping of hens near somewhere that is close to an open road, then you can be sure that they will immediately strut the other way. If you set up with only one or two decoys then you can almost be certain of where your arrow placement will need to hit.

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Arrow Components – Part 3: Fletching Orientation

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Part Three

Now that we have discussed what their purposes are and the differences between plastic vanes and arrow fletching we will turn our attention to fletching orientation. The orientation of your fletching has always been thought of as being correlated to your shooting style. What I mean by this is that people believe that right handed shooters should adopt a setup where the vanes are setup to the right and left-handed shooters should have the vanes towards the left. If you are shooting an older bow, then there may be some truth to this, but most of the new bows will shoot equally as well with either setup of the fletching.

arrow FletchingThe way that your fletching is turned will dictate how the arrow will cut through the air when it is in flight. The more spin that the arrow is able to accomplish, the straighter the arrow will fly. There are different ways that you can accomplish this spin. The helical versions can be oriented either towards the right or towards the left and look like propellers. They are the best at stabilizing the arrows, but tend to lose arrow velocity. Offset fletching versions have little air resistance, but they too lose arrow velocity. Then of course, you have a straight orientation, which gives you the fastest flight but will not be as stable over long distances.

Arrow FletchingYou must consider a few things when you are looking at the turn of your vanes or fletching. If you have a very tight arrow rest, then you might be limited to what you can do with the turn of your fletching. In these cases, the straight fletching is probably the best option for you. It has also been noted that orienting your vanes and fletching to the left will cause your tips to become loose. Orienting them to the right will tighten your tips when you hit your target.  Before you set up your fletching, know that each set up has its own pros and cons and it will depend on the preference of the shooter.

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Arrow Components – Part 2: Feathers or Vanes

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Part Two

Arrow Arrow Components

We will follow up our previous discussion on arrow vanes and fletching by discussing the question that every hunter gets at one point or another; should I use plastic vanes or feather fletching? The fletching helps balance the arrow throughout its flight so making the choice of whether to go with the plastic version or the more natural counterpart will make a difference. You can find fletching and vanes in many different materials, as well as different variations of these materials. For the purposes of this discussion, we will just be comparing the plastic and the feather versions.

Feathers have been a main choice for fletching since the arrow was invented. If something has withstood the test of time (especially in this industry) then there must be something that makes it so special. The main reason that they have maintained their popularity is because they are so naturally light. When we talk about arrows, the lighter your arrow is the faster that it will fly. If the arrow is on the lighter side, then it will also maintain its trajectory better than a heavier arrow. They do tend to be more on the expensive side and they are not good during inclement weather.

Vanes are the plastic version of the fletching. They are typically heavier than feather fletching and they typically cost less than the previous option. They are a great option for the hunter because they are easy to set up and are very durable.  These plastic vanes will generally withstand the everyday wear and tear better than their feathered counterparts will. This is great because if you happen to brush a tree with the vane their will not be a need to head out and have to replace the vanes. This plastic version will also be the best option if you are looking for an all-weather vane.

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Arrow Components – Part 1: What are Fletching and Vanes?

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Part One

Archery Fletching

We will begin our series on arrow components with a discussion on vanes and fletching. This part of the arrow is most commonly depicted in movies and history books as being made of feathers. In the modern times of the arrow, you can also get a rubber-based version of fletching. These vanes are located on the end of the arrow and they usually come in groups of three. They should be evenly spaced around the circumference of the arrow. The purpose for the fletching is to stabilize the arrow during its flight, which is important if you hope to have any accuracy in the field.

There is not one type of fletching that will be perfect for every shooter and every arrow. You can get the vanes in almost every shape size and color that you could think of getting. 4’’ vanes are the standard size that most shooters use on their arrows. With that being said, you can choose any size vanes that you would like. You should consider a few things before coming to a conclusion on vanes and fletching. In the following parts to this article, we will discuss these arrow components further. Should you get feather or plastic based fletching? In which way should your fletching be positioned for optimal flight? If this arrow component did not matter then you would see bare arrows, and the only attribute that would differentiate them from the rest would be their broadheads (tip of the arrow). The advantage to fletching is that it helps the arrow slice through the air and allow it to have a better overall flight. Since the arrow is straight, your fletching is going to be directly behind the tip of the arrow during flight. If there is some deviation to where the back end of the arrow and the tip of the arrow are not right in accord with one another, the vanes will help to correct this issue.

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Reel in your Dinner with the Right Bowfishing Accessories

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Bow fishing has exploded in popularity in just the last few years because of how easy and fun it is to participate. Many of the dedicated bow hunters out there will use this type ofactivity to keep shooting their bow. It is a fun and easy activity that one could do with a bunch of different people. You can pick up the basics quickly and there is an overall more relaxed feeling when you use your bow on the water as opposed to on land.  You will also be doing you part in the waters by helping to clear out many of the invasive species that are overpopulating lakes and rivers.

bowfishing accessories

The beauty about this sport is that you can [initially] head out to the water and use the setup that you were using on land (with the exception of the reel) to bow hunt in the water. Once you have headed out to the water a few times, I would recommend that you look into bowfishing accessories. You will notice the difference between having an AMS retriever reel setup because the process of bringing the fish back to the boat will become so much easier.

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The reel is single handedly the most important of the bowfishing accessories when it comes to this type of hunting. Having abowfishing reel that it made specifically for this sport can ensure that you will get a smooth shot every time and powerful strength on the line to reel in some of the bigger fish that you will encounter. Many of the various different fishing lines on the market have different tensile strength so make sure that you get line that is on the higher end of the spectrum so that you can have your peace of mind. Getting a quality fiberglass arrow and broadheads that have grapple points will ensure that you have nice fish filets for dinner.

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Youth Bow Tips: Proper Hand Placements

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Growing archers are the ones that need the most direction. We should be teaching them in a fundamentally sound manner that will grow with them as they age. I feel that many times when we show a child the techniques that are involved with the sport; we do not do the best job that we could be doing. We should inform them as much as possible and give them explanations about their bow. We neglect many things, because we just want to get them involved. How many of you can honestly say that you have talked to your child about proper hand placement, and the impact that hand size will have on their ability to shoot throughout their career?

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Instead of teaching them what draw weight it good for them right now, we should be teaching the children the reasoning behind why it is the best for them. The same can be said for many of the other deciding factors for a consistent and comfortable shooting experience. They will know how to determine their hand placement, and how to choose a bow that will fit their needs when they grow out of their youth bow and advance onto something more powerful. The more knowledgeable that our archers can be, the better off our sport will be in the future.Explain to them that it is important that they have proper hand placement because it could cause them unwanted torque on their youth bows and that could mess with their accuracy. You should

have them place their knuckles at a forty-five degree angle towards their handle. If you teach them to place only the thumb on the grip section of the bow they will substantially eliminate torque. If you have them hold their limp hand in front of their face, they will notice the natural way that the index finger sits higher than the thumb (it should be similarly placed when they are shooting). I would say to avoid bows that have arrow shelves that extend because they will distort this form.

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Selecting a Takedown Recurve Bow: Go I.L.F.

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When you are in the market for your next takedown recurve bow I want you to take one thing into consideration. You should make sure that you are getting a bow that has ILF limbs. The reasoning for this is that it will keep your doors open if you ever feel the need to change out the limbs for any particular reason. Many companies that do not offer the ILF limbs usually make their own specific replacement limbs. What this means is that you are going to have to purchase any new limbs through them, and if they stop making limbs for that particular model, then you are out of luck.

Do not get left out in the cold and make sure you get a takedown recurve bow that has these ILF limbs. ILF stands for International Limb Fixture (some places refer to it as International Limb Fitting) It was a system of interchangeable limbs and risers that was introduced by Earl Hoyt Jr. This means that you can use a whole slew of different risers with a whole bunch of different limbs. This allows you to change the poundage and length combinations to whatever setting you please.

These fittings were initially made for target archery but have gained a substantial following among bow hunters who own takedown recurve bows. There are many upsides to owning a takedown recurve in general, but having the ILF limbs gives you even more flexibility. It is true that having a takedown allows you to change out the limbs on your bow when you feel it is necessary. Having the ILF fitting doubles, even triples, the options that are at your disposal. This will ensure that you are able to use your bow for many years to come, as opposed to being limited to however long the manufacturer chooses to produce the limbs.

Trail and Game Cameras

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Using a trail camera can save you a lot of wasted, energy, time and money. We live in a different world today. There are so many new technologies then when many of us were kids and our fathers were the ones doing the hunting. They now make apps

 trail cameras

for your cell phone that can mimic calls. You can check out the local forecast and see where the nearest bucks were sighted right from your phone, in your tree stand.

In the older days, you had to inspect the wilderness by checking the rubbings on bark to tell you which way you should head. If you saw all of the telltale signs that a buck was around, then you would know where to head. The addition of hunting and trail cameras has made everything so very different.

They come in various different camouflage colors and you set them up on a tree of your choice where you think there might be activity. They have similar lenses to a

Trail hunting cameradigital camera and a hard exterior to prevent them from breaking. You set them up on your desired tree and then you come back the following day or days and check the memory card that is installed on the trail camera.

It uses a motion detector to decide when it is supposed to take the pictures so that you are  not just taking pictures of the beautiful scenery around your camera. If you choose to buy a higher end models, those will typically have infrared capabilities to allow you to see at nighttime.

We all wish that we could scout and stalk our prey like the old days, but we need to face the very true reality that there is not a lot of free time for most of us. Hunting trail cameras have become a more efficient way to hunt. We can see what is in our surrounding and we can make sure that we do not go somewhere that does not have any potential. With a hunting camera, you will have greater success of nabbing  your desired buck.

Draw Length on your Compound Bow is Essential

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Customers always ask what their draw length should be when they are looking for their new compound bow. The answer to this is difficult because there is no cookie-cutter answer to this question. I would say that the best method that I have learned to get you close to the range that you need to be in is the arm span/2.5 rule. With that being said there are a few reasons as to why one should not get an archery bow that is not optimal for them. Having a draw length that is too long or too short could have negative effects on your ability to shoot accurately.

compound bow draw length

Having a proper draw length on your compound bow is important for many reasons. If your  draw length is too long then you are not going to have good shooting form, and your accuracy will suffer. This holds true because your anchor points will not feel natural to your body. When you have the perfect draw length fa very negative impact on your shot.

or your particular set of abilities, your anchor point will feel natural and your shot will become more fluid. The reference point that you use is one of the most important factors to nail when you are training because it gives you a consistent shot, every time. Having a short draw length can also affect your ability to shoot your compound bow with any accuracy. Many of these issues arise because [again] there is no anchor point or reference point that the shooter can use. There is no physical contact that this shooter can make with the archery bow so they must compensate. The moment that this compensation occurs, hand-torque also appears causing the shots to veer off in every which direction.

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These were just a few examples of specific scenarios that could happen, but there are many more that were not mentioned. If you are getting welts, or there is any point where the bow string is hitting your arm, then you need to address the draw length issue. If you are not comfortable when you are shooting, or you feel that you have to strain yourself to get the shot off, then you need to assess your draw length. The motion should feel natural, time after time.