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Christmas Gifts for ARCHERS: Awesome items for Awesome Shooters!

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Archery, Bow Hunting |

If you are lucky enough to have someone interested in Archery on your Christmas list, let me tell you they would be thrilled with ANYTHING related to their sport!!  Let’s look at a few items that could make you the BESTEST gift giver of all!!!

Great Gifts for Archers anytime of the year!

Bitzenburger World Class Fletching Jig

It’s not surprise that we started the list out with our own amazing item. This jig will allow any archer to make his or her own arrows with ease. Trust us, they will be thrilled! Oh, and we will be giving away several of these on our Facebook page, so like our page and check it out for a chance to win!

I Don’t Wear Bows, I shoot them Women’s Classic T-shirts!!  

Available in many color and sizes.  These are for the gal on your list that wants to make sure “they” know that she does not mess around and no one should mess with her!

How about an arrow fletchers LARGE mug?

Everyone loves coffee mugs that describe their passion.  You can take it anywhere and it will surely start up a conversation about the beloved sport of archery!  You can customize these and order in ceramic or stainless steel.

SKELETON ARCHER APRON!!

Now let’s consider that kinda off the wall person on your list. Why not??    I should mention you can also get this Skeleton guy on several other items such as water bottles, playing cards, ornaments (really??) but this apron is the best!!  Three big pockets in the front to hold/hide some more weird stuff!!

THE ARCHERY SHOP -TARGET STAND + COASTER.  

This is a must for the home decorator on your list!  Wow talk about the envy of the neighborhood…whip one of these babies under that glass that someone sets on your new coffee table –NO rings at your house.

French Fry Car Holder

Now this is not so much for that Archery person on your list but it would make you that really cool gift giver we mentioned.  They ship all over the world so do not limit yourself on this one. Honestly, how often has this happened to you that you order french fries and have NO PLACE to set them while driving?

Kids Bow and Arrow Set

Let’s not forget the kids on the list – how could we this time of year while they are all going bonkers??? Here is a quality bow and arrow set so they can go with Mom and Dad to the range. Pretty cool!!

Lancaster Archery Gift Cards

Ok, we have done our best to come up with a few unique and some what “practical” ideas but if you really get stuck or just put if off too long …remember you gotta give the gift some time to arrive… you can always do the GIFT CARD thing – but yours will have a theme since after all, you are the bestest gift giver!!

Merry Christmas to all and we wish for a safe and enjoyable time with those on your list.

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Archery for Kids – GOOD REASONS TO GET KIDS INVOLVED!

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Archery in Schools |

Archery for Kids is a great sport!

I think you can agree that extracurricular activities at school provide a safe environment for adolescent growth while preventing students from starting bad habits like smoking and drinking.

Kids want to be with other kids, but let’s try to make this a positive thing!! Not every child is cut out for running back and forth across the basketball court or soccer field.  Football can be pretty brutal with concerns of head damage etc. not to mention these sports are very seasonal so what do we do the rest of the year?

YEAR ROUND …IN AND OUT

Archery for kids is available in indoor and outdoor settings, and it appeals to many audiences, come rain, snow or sunshine.

SAFETY FIRST!!

According to the Archery Trade Association, archery is safer than every school-offered ball sport, except bowling and table tennis.  (not sure about the DEBATE TEAM – that can get pretty scary).

ANY CHILD CAN DO IT

It’s also adaptable for those with disabilities, known as para-archers. Para-archers shoot from a stool or wheelchair. Some even use their teeth or feet to draw their bow.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Whether students earn cash or college scholarships at tournaments, archery can help meet their long-term goals.  Many organizations are now recognizing Archery as a great sport to offer scholarships to.  (YEAH!!  It’s not all about the money, but it helps!!)

BETTER BEHAVIOR

Do you agree that “Rules outside of the classroom can improve behavior inside the classroom?  Mastering archery requires skill, concentration and perseverance. It’s a sport that’s fun, but also allows participants of any age or skill level to compete against others or challenge themselves individually. The sport has long helped archers gain confidence and physical strength. Once kids realize they can only shoot if they follow the rules, they get it.  Kids with the worst behavioral problems straighten up because they know if they follow the rules, they can shoot. It’s like magic.”

LIFE SKILLS

Archers must respect the sport’s rules, as well as each other and range/tournament organizers.

As with so many sports they learn respect for coaches and leadership figures.  Whether solo or as a team, archers interact while honing their goals and determination. Instead of spending hours after school staring  at video screens by themselves, they learn to  interact while honing their skills, goals and determination. You can always get to a higher “level” in archery!

FOCUS AND SELF-DISCIPLINE

Archery is learning a step-by-step method for drawing a bow and shooting an arrow. Even the youngest archers quickly learn that by slowing down and focusing on one step at a time, they are more successful at putting arrows in the middle of the target.

When archers make mistakes, they are taught that the solution is to analyze their steps and focus on improving one thing at a time…LIFE LESSON!

IMPROVED PHYSICAL HEALTH

Regardless of the setting, archery builds core, chest, back and shoulder muscles. Case in point: drawing 40 arrows at 25 pounds each equals 1,000 pounds of weight.

Did you know: Archers walk as much as 5 miles through the course of one tournament? All that walking improves heart health, muscle tone and leg strength.

Drawing a bow strengthens core muscles, which improves archers’ balance and stability. In turn, balance and stability improve posture, hand-eye coordination, and the chances of hitting the target.

A MORE CONFIDENT YOU!!

Whether their  “target” is improving their health,  physique, sociability or focus, archery can help our student  hit the bull’s-eye and be a more confident young adult going forward in and out of the classroom.

There are many private archery association in our area  http://www.naspschools.org/

or check out the Grand Ledge High School Ledge High school archery team on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/search/str/grand+ledge+archery+team/keywords_search

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE A BEAR

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Bow Hunting |

When you are out of doors enjoying the hunt, remember you are sharing this space with many other creatures!!  One of these creatures is the BLACK BEAR!!

You may be curious since we don’t see one every day!

Warning: Bears are wild animals that are dangerous and unpredictable. Do not approach bears or allow them to approach you!

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE A BEAR

  • Remain watchful.
  • Do not approach it
  • If your presence causes the bear to change its behavior (stops feeding, changes its travel direction, watches you, etc.) you are TOO close.
  • Being too close may promote aggressive behavior from the bear such as running toward you, making loud noises, or swatting the ground. The bear is demanding more space. DON’T RUN but slowly back away, watching the bear.
  • Increase the distance between you and the bear

WHAT TO DO IF A BEAR FOLLOWS YOU:

  • Change your direction.
  • If the bear continues to follow you, stand your ground.
  • If the bear gets closer, talk loudly or shout at it.
  • Act aggressively to intimidate the bear.
  • Act together as a group if you have companions. Make yourselves look as large as possible (for example, move to higher ground).
  • Throw non-food objects such as rocks at the bear.
  • Use a deterrent such as a stout stick.
  • Don’t run and don’t turn away from the bear.

If the bear’s behavior indicates that it is after your food:

  • Separate yourself from the food.
  • Slowly back away.

If the bear shows no interest in your food and you are physically attacked, the bear may consider you as prey:

  • Fight back aggressively with any available object!
  • Do not play dead!
  • Don’t leave food for the bear; this encourages further problems.

HERE ARE SOME INTERESTING FACTS ON BEAR BEHAVIOR:

  1. Bears are most active during early morning and late evening hours in spring and summer.
  2. Mating usually takes place in July.
  3. Both female and male bears may have more than one mate during the summer.
  4. Bears choose a denning site with the coming of cold weather. Dens are usually hollow stumps, tree cavities, or wherever there is shelter.
  5. Bears do not truly hibernate, but enter long periods of sleep. They may leave the den for short periods if disturbed or during brief warming trends.
  6. One to four cubs are born during the mother’s winter sleep, usually in late January or early February.
  7. Bears weigh eight ounces at birth.
  8. Females with newly born cubs usually emerge from their winter dens in late March or early April.
  9. Commonly born in pairs, the cubs will remain with the mother for about eighteen months.

FACTS AND FIGURES OF BEARS

Speed: bears can run faster than 30 mpH

Weight: Average 110-300 lbs. Large males can reach 400 lb

Height: A little smaller, from 2.5-3 ft at the shoulder. Around 5 ft standing.

BE SAFE AND HAVE FUN!!

As with all trips, be sure to research where you are going and what wildlife is in the area. Preparation and knowledge are the keys to ensuring a safe trip. Keep an eye out for BEAR warnings and always talk to a ranger if you have questions or concerns.

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HOW TO WATERPROOF YOUR FAVORITE JACKET AND BOOTS – EASY AND “CHEAP”

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Tutorials and Reviews |

Waterproof your older jacket and boots to get more life out of them.

When you are out for the big hunt or just enjoying the day out of doors, it is always nicer to have dry clean JACKETS and BOOTS.  When you were a kid did you ever get a SOAKER?

 Yuck!

The only thing worse than water squishing between your toes are those socks that sink down into your boots!!  Pretty soon the heel is where your toes are supposed to be!!  Those gotta go!!

Over time your jackets and boots might need a RE-D0. (not your fault – Rain and Snow happens!)

HOW TO WATERPROOF YOUR JACKET

 

  1. Begin by checking for any rips or other damage to the outer shell. Most outdoor retailers sell iron-on patches for Gore-Tex and other waterproof/breathable layers.
  2.  Most waterproof/breathable clothing is coated with a polymer at the factory. Washing the garment reactivates some of the WATERPROOFING. (Follow the instructions on the tag. Typically, you should wash the garments on the gentle cycle with a mild powder detergent or a product specifically designed for washing outerwear. Don’t use liquid detergents or those that have fabric softeners, as these can leave residues that might harm waterproofing.
  3. Some fabrics can also be renewed with an IRON!! It might feel strange to iron your rain gear, but an iron set on LOW STEAM can help to renew the waterproofing polymer that might have started breaking down.
  4.  Retreat the fabric, spray-on or wash-in. If the jacket has a wicking liner that can’t be removed, a spray is the best option. An easy place to do this is in the shower. NO YOU DON’T HAVE TO GET IN THE SHOWER JUST THE JACKET!
  5. Spray evenly and don’t neglect the high-impact areas like elbows and underarms. Let it dry before applying a second and even a third coat. After it dries, toss it in a dryer on LOW HEAT to help melt the treatment’s polymer into the fabric.
  6. If the garment doesn’t have a fleece liner or other material sewn in, you can use a wash-in treatment.

HOW TO WATERPROOF YOUR BOOTS

Here’s how: At your local hardware store pick up a standard wax toilet ring. Approximate cost: $3. Yep – let me repeat – A STANDARD WAX TOILET RING!!!

To apply:

  1. Simply wipe the boots clean
  2. Set the BOOTS and the wax in a warm place (Don’t get them hot, just nice and warm to the TOUCH)
  3. Using your fingers or a small cloth, rub the wax into the leather. If you don’t want to waterproof your fingers, wear gloves.
  4. Avoid getting wax on the plastic/rubber parts of the boot.
  5. When the boots are nicely coated with wax, set them back in the warm spot for an hour or more
  6. Using a soft cloth, buff the excess wax away.

When you are done your boots will appear much younger, the leather will be supple, and will be more waterproof than a duck.

The effect will last for weeks of hard use, and when the boots start to look scuffed and thirsty just repeat the process. Use the wax on hunting boots, work boots, and even cowboy boots.  GIDDY UP!!!

We at Bitzenburger Outdoor and Sporting Goods Company want you to have the best and most comfortable outdoors experience possible.  We hope these tips were helpful – happy and safe hunting!!

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Do You Prefer a Bow or a Rifle for Deer Hunting?

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Bow Hunting |

What kind of deer hunting to you prefer?

 75% of bow hunters also hunt with rifles when deer hunting.

So the question is:  Since you spent all this time and money to get proficient with a bow …do you also get out your trusty rifle for deer hunting?

BOW vs. RIFLE for Deer Hunting

Many bow hunters appreciate the fact that they can get up close and personal with the animals they hunt. The same can’t be said of rifle hunters who tend to shoot their prey from far away.

A rifle hunter can take out a deer from several hundred yards away while a bow hunter has to get within about 40 yards.  Many bow hunters feel a great sense of confidence wielding a weapon it took them so long to become good with.

A RIFLE is much more versatile than a bow as it can kill many different types of game. The fact is that rifle hunting does not take nearly as much practice as bow hunting and it is easy to see why so many opt for a rifle over a bow.

So truthfully, could a RIFLE hunter most likely bag the big one with very little time spent on the practice range?

Things to ponder from the BOW HUNTER’S point of view:

  1. LONGER SEASON:  In many regions, bow season is longer and more plentiful.
  2. MORE SKILL:  A bow strengthens different skills. A bow and arrow is preferable to a gun when the shooter wants some good exercise while satisfying the urge to improve one’s target-directed motor skills.
  3. PEACEFUL:  Nothing is more quiet than a bow.  Camouflaged, crouched down, and blending in with nature, the swift silence of a bow and arrow doesn’t disrupt the creatures around you the way echoing gunfire does. If you miss, you have a chance for another shot.
  4. Even the playing field. Using a bow is more of challenge and gives the animal a better chance.

And now from the RIFLE HUNTER’S point of view:

  1. COST:  Using a rifle is actually cheaper than using a bow. On average,  a hunter will spend around $1,000 for a rifle and accessories A bow could cost twice that when you consider things like scentless clothing, camo, tree stands, etc. to get within range of the deer they plan to hunt.
  2.  PHYSICAL EFFORT:  It is much less work to shoot a gun.  If you burn out early, you won’t have the stamina to wait out a wall-hanger. (AND HOW ABOUT THOSE RIFLE HUNTERS WHO ARE HANGING OUT IN THE BLIND DRINKING THEIR FAVORITE BREW? YOU JUST DON’T SEE BOW HUNTERS DOING THAT!!)
  3.  SKILL:  Shooting a rifle does not take nearly as much skill as a bow.  Many rifle hunters only get their gun out once a year and still do pretty well.  You won’t have that kind of luck with a bow–it takes practice.
  4.  ACCURACY:  A bullet can do an enormous amount of internal damage, even if it misses the mark slightly.  So does that mean I don’t to have to be that good?

Side note: You can drastically cut down on the cost of equipment for bow hunting if you make your own arrows. Just saying!

IT IS A BIG DECISION:  BOW OR RIFLE ??  RIFLE OR BOW??

Depending on which you choose – you may need to pack different items for your trip.

With so much to pack, there’s no guarantee you’ll remember everything, even if you do give yourself plenty of time. Anybody who has ever had to dress a deer with a dull knife can attest to how forgetting one small item like a knife sharpener can be a big setback.

Along with all that packing (which is a fun way to wait out the opening of the season),  don’t forget to get your hunting LICENSE!!

WOW – that would be the worst!!   If you get going early you can even do it ONLINE.

POSITIVE THINKING —  TODAY IS THE DAY!!

For deer, the rut is a marathon, not a sprint. Why should it be any different for you? Unless you tag out in the early phases, you need to brace yourself for the grind.

  •      Eat right
  •      Get your sleep
  •      Keep telling yourself. TODAY IS THE DAY!!

Don’t Forget Your Cell Phone when You Go Deer Hunting

Smartphone apps have become important tools for hunters. Here are some ways they can help:

  •       Maps Peak hunting time
  •       Calendars
  •       Camera for photos and videos,
  •       Games to pass the time
  •       Taking selfies while on stand
  •       Listening to football games
  •       Text messages to hunting buddies.
  •       An external battery pack and/or a solar power source are good items to have. Don’t forget to pack a charging cord.

AS THEY SAY, HAPPY HUNTING AND BE SAFE!!!!

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