Bow Season Opening Day Right Around Corner

Bow Season Opening Day

freak nasty buckWell it’s about three weeks until the whitetail bow season opening day here in Kansas and today I went to check one of my trail cameras and put up a stand. I had put out some Big Tine Fortified Deer Blend about a week ago in this honey hole which is one of my favorite bow hunting spots, and couldn’t wait to see what kind of pictures I had gotten. tall tine buckBecause when I first put this camera out as I was riding my four wheeler down the edge of the cornfield coming out I saw a huge buck that I was almost certain was a buck we had named “Tall Tine” and I hadn’t seen him since last October 10th, when he disappeared. I was afraid he had caught EHD and died, but sure as the world when I checked my sd card he was back bigger and better than ever, and I got a ton of pictures of many other bucks as well and one really nice non-typical freak nasty buck with three main beams and about 13 to 15 points.bow season opening day

So now I am really pumped up and ready to get after the big boys and bow season opening day can’t get here soon enough.

How about you have you got your stands up and cameras out? How about food plots? If you planted food plots how are they looking? We have had some decent rain here in the mid-west and it is a lot cooler this year than it was last year at this time. Plus last season was terrible with EHD in Kansas and other states but hopefully the cooler weather and rain will help keep that stuff away this year. I was really worried about there being any big bucks this year because I was afraid EHD had just about wiped them off them out, but it looks like this is going to be a great season, fingers crossed.

I have been practicing with my bow daily, and the Mathews Z7 is shooting so sweet and ready to go! We owe it to the deer to make sure we are able to make good clean shots and practice in all types of conditions so we can be confident when it comes time to take a shot. So lets get out there and practice.

Have a great up-coming deer season everyone.

Archery Equipment

archery equipment Mathews Z7

My archery equipment Mathews Z7.

Now that the season is over you might be in the market for some new archery equipment, perhaps a new bow and choosing the right bow for you can be fun but you want to make sure you make a good decision and don’t rush into buying something you are not going to be happy with later. Today we have a guest post from Jeff Stevens from Huntersguide.org. if you get a chance go over and check out their website which has some great information on deer hunting.   Thanks for the great post Jeff.

Archery Equipment

Recurve Bows and Compound Bows 

Archery, a once-popular method for basic human survival and combat, is now a common sport and method of hunting. The main tool in the sport of archery is a bow that shoots arrows. In early times, bows were made out of pinewood and the arrows were made out of materials such as flint and other rocks. Today, bows are made from aluminum and fiberglass and there are two main types of bows that are used in archery: the recurve bow and the compound bow. These bows can both be used for recreational archery, hunting, and bowfishing. Most often people are not sure which bow is better to use, especially if they are new to the archery scene. There are many accessories that are needed in archery, such as arrows, rests, sights, and strings. However, before you can buy any of those items you must buy the main tool: the bow. Both the recurve bow and the compound bow have advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your experience level, budget, and personal preference, this article will help you decide which bow is right for you.

 

Recurve Bows

Recurve bows can be traced back to ancient Asia and were originally made out of wood. Recurve bows were used throughout history by the Chinese, Mongols, Huns, Greeks, and Turks. Some companies still make wooden recurve bows today although they are more commonly made from fiberglass or carbon. Recurve bows generally come in three different variations: the basic style, the take-down style, and the composite style. The composite style is the oldest style of bow and is no longer used today. Out of the three variations, the take-down sttyle is the most popular since it allows the bow to be disassembled. Recurve bows curve away from you and are designed to shoot arrows at short distances. The curves allow the bow to be more stiffer and shoot arrows with more force. Modern recurve bows are more technologically advanced than those used in the early ages. However, recurve bows do not have as many advanced technological features as compound bows and therefore do not shoot arrows as accurate as a compound bow would. The typical length of a modern recurve bow is between 20 and 25 inches. Recurve bows are often recommended for beginners due to their traditional design the only types of bows that are allowed in the Olympics. The typical price of recurve bow is between $100 and $300, although some can cost up to nearly $1,000. The more expensive recurve bows are (obviously) meant for those who are more experienced archers.

 

Compound Bows

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This is my new Mathews Z7.

Compound bows are similar to recurve bows except they are more modern, using a system of pulleys and wires to operate and can give let-off or give no let-off. Since compound bows are more technological they can shoot arrows further than a recurve bow can. The first compound bow came out in 1969 and continues to be the most popular type of bow used today. Unlike the recurve bow, compound bows have many more parts like the cam and limb pockets. Although the limbs of a recurve bow are designed to be stiff, the limbs of a compound bow are even stiffer making it more energy efficient. They are lighter than recurve bows since they are not made from wood but rather from lighter materials. Due to the difference in materials, compound bows are easier to transport and they are more durable, especially in bad weather. However, compound bows will need more maintenance than a recurve bow since they are more advanced. They have room for add-ons and attachment such s sights and rests. Typical compound bow maintenance includes getting it re-stringed since it requires a bow press. The typical price of a compound bow is usually more expensive than the price of a re-curve bow, ranging from between $300 and $700 although there are some that are available for a higher price. It is important to remember that since compound bows are more popular, there are many brand names available and advocates of certain brands may try to sway you into buying a specific bow. Do not rush your decision if you are looking to get a compound bow but be sure to choose one that you can best handle, afford, and take care of.

 

Which One is Right For You?

Deciding on whether to choose a recurve bow or a compound bow is a choice that should be taken seriously, especially since both of these bows cost a lot of money. Recurve bows are most recommended for beginners due to their traditional design, ease of use, cheapness in price, and lower-level of maintenance. They serve as good practice tools for getting into advanced archery. Beginners can use compound bows if they wish but they are much more expensive than recurve bows so it is sometimes better to go with the easier, cheaper option just in case you decide that archery is not something that you can handle or enjoy. More experienced archers may find the accuracy of compound bows more desirable than the accuracy of a recurve bow. They will also have more knowledge of bow maintenance, making it easier for themselves if anything goes wrong with the bow. It is important to analyze the differences between each bow. Do not jump to buy the most attractive, expensive fastest-shooting bow, especially if you are just looking to show it off. Instead, buy the bow that you feel most comfortable starting off with and work your way up.

About the author

Jeff Stevens is a writer and co-creator of the hunting website http://www.huntersguide.org/. He enjoys fishing, hunting, playing the guitar, and writing. He recently helped to write an article about the http://www.huntersguide.org/articles/compound-vs-recurve-bow-for-hunting compound vs recurve bow for hunting.

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Bow Season Finally Arrives

whitetails bucks bow season

Bow season has finally arrived.

Bow Season

After a long hot summer bow season is almost upon us  here in Kansas. This morning bow season starts in Georgia and a lot of my friends are headed to the woods to get after those big bucks. I can’t wait to see some of the pictures of the big boys taken on opening day, I have already seen several huge bucks taken in Kentucky this bow season. Fall is by far my favorite time of the year with college football, deer hunting and cooler weather it just doesn’t get any better than that.

Drought Conditions Tough On Deer

It has been so dry here in the mid-west this summer even though the last couple of weeks we have gotten some much needed rain. For a while the deer seemed to be concentrated near water, which one of the places I have permission to hunt didn’t have water on it and the deer were pretty much staying near a pond a quarter mile away, but with the recent rain and the creeks having water in them now I have been seeing more deer.

Bucks On Trail Camera

I have been getting some nice bucks on trail camera, one buck in particular we named “Tall Tine 8″ he is the biggest buck I have on camera this year so far and he is the first one to be out of velvet, all the other bucks I’ve seen are still in velvet. Most of the pictures I am getting of bucks they are all still in bachelor groups but I bet they will be going their own separate ways a little more in the next few weeks. I haven’t seen any light sparring but expect to see some in the next few weeks.

Hunter Safety Is Top Priority

It is an exciting time of the year and I want to wish all of you the best of luck. But before I go I wanted to remind everyone to be safe out there. It only takes a split second for an accident to happen so always wear those safety harnesses and always identify your target before shooting. Don’t ever shoot into the brush at an unidentified target if you can’t see what it is don’t shoot. I recently bought a few of the Hunter Safety system Life lines and I love them. They are simple to use and keep me connected to the tree from the time I leave the ground until I touch ground, I had my doubts but I really, really like this product it makes you feel safe the whole time you are in the tree.