New to Archery? Start Here

Welcome to my brief archery bow buying guide. Hunting with arrows and bows is among the oldest men’s activities. However, with the scientific advancements and passing of time, these events have been lost and reduced its significance.

The United States is on the list of nations where people like me enjoy the archery game. It is an excellent recreational activity.

Archery is currently limited to only sports-related activities and is known as the enjoyment activity for time pass. Also, I use arrows and bows for hunting predators, yet it is limited to some geographical areas.

You will find several archery bow types available in the industry. Therefore, you must remain careful while getting one for your family members or yourself. Listed below are the 5 things I think you should consider before buying one.

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The Beetle Spin Lure

Ever use a Beetle Spin lure for bream and bass? If not, you are missing out on some good fishing. I have had no other lure in my tackle box that has been as consistent as this little baby.

Sometimes the lures stay in the tackle box, and I have a couple tubes of crickets, coupled with my favorite “bream-buster” (fancy word for fiberglass cane pole) rigged with a cork and split-shot.

I love to watch the cork go under! But there are those trips where I’m fishing an area with some moving water, or perhaps some structure like fallen timber in the water that I want to cast around. The Beetle Spin makes it’s debut in those situations.

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Hunting Clubs

Thinking about joining a hunting club this year? Here’s my thoughts on clubs, and what to look for when seeking a club to join.

I joined my first hunting club last year. This is my first club – however I did do a LOT of looking around, calling the newspaper ads from prospective clubs, and a lot of driving to check out clubs that were soliciting for new members.

Some questions I asked prospective clubs:

What kind of game does the club hold? I wanted a club that has Whitetail Deer, Turkey, and Small Game – so this was one of the first questions asked.

How big is your club? How many acres does the club have, and how much is wooded and timbered (if any) Since there is a lot of paper-company leased land around my neck of the woods, I always asked about timbering operations. It also leads to the next question…

What was harvested last year? Ask the club representative about last years harvest…most clubs keep records about how many bucks and does were taken.

How many members? You ask a lot of hunters “how much is too much” as far as members go. Most folks say one member per 100 acres. So, if you have 24 members on a club, you would hope the club would have 2400 acres, right?

What type of hunting? I belong to a club that runs dogs for deer, as well as has stands for members to hunt from. 90% of the hunting during deer season is with dogs. Not an issue with me, since I enjoy it, but can be a turn-off for folks who want a stand-hunting/still-hunting club exclusively.

Facilities? How about a clubhouse with electricity and water…a cooler to age and store your game…cleaning facilities…other amenities (maybe the club has a pond on it’s land) Is the club secure? All good questions.

There are plenty of other questions to ask…but the most important one is:

How much? You may not have to sell a kidney to join a decent club, but for a club that has a lot of land, less members, and nice facilities you might have to part with some decent scratch. I can’t give you a guide to prices, since there are many variables to determine what is a good price versus a rip-off.

However, I can tell you that an inexpensive club might be full of hunters who could give a damn about you and your hunting. Those guys who you will grow to hate and make you say “Why did I join this @!?#$ club!”. That higher-priced club may be full of those as well. You just have to look around and do a lot of talking…introduce yourself to members as you visit the individual clubs and listen! Do you think you’ll fit in there? What does your gut say about the members that hunt there?

So, if you are thinking about making the leap into a hunting club – good luck! Hopefully it will produce good hunting experiences that will last a lifetime.

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Turkey Season 2017 Wrap-Up

How did you do this season?

Every season has a particular memorable moment…even if the season yielded nothing.

The first season – it was the thrill of hunting turkey for the first time, and hearing a bird respond to my calling. (No birds taken that season)

The second season – it was actually seeing a bird for the first time (a long way away!) and even though I was doing better with my hunting, I did not get that first bird.

The third season – heard some, saw some, but couldn’t seal the deal. Still, something kept the fire alive.

This season – opening day resulted in my first bird. I hunted a lot that first week. Only that one bird was taken. I am satisfied with only one? Yes I am. Even if I only kill one turkey in my lifetime I will be happy to have done it at least once!

How about after that first week? I wanted to hunt more, but I didn’t have the time. Work, family, and other obligations and situations arose. That’s life…but there will always be that first bird. The weight is lifted! What a season!

Along with the first one, I am happy to have had a safe season. No encounters with bobcats nor snakes. No poison ivy, ticks, or chiggers.

How about other birds this season? I saw a number of turkey…in fact, I had a pair of gobblers coming in, but just out of reach of the gun. I think I made a slight move and they bolted.

Also, I had a pair of jakes come in REALLY close. I could have reached out and snatched them. I was wearing my Camo-Vision glasses, and I believe that if I was wearing my normal prescription eyewear that I would have been busted long before they reached me.

Having them that close, and sitting perfectly still, I got to enjoy watching them walk around and observe their behavior.

I am looking forward to next season already. I learned a lot this year, and I’ll be ready for opening day 2018!

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