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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?


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


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).


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.


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!!)


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.”


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!


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!


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.


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

or check out the Grand Ledge High School Ledge High school archery team on Facebook!

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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!


  • 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


  • 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.


  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.


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.


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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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?


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!)



  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.


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!


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.


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.


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Tree Stand Safety Tips

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Bow Hunting |

Have you read the latest Tree Stand Safety Tips?

Safety is the NUMBER ONE concern when hunting. Your family wants you to return at the end of the day in one piece–preferable with something to show for your efforts–and I don’t mean a broken bone (or worse. )

There are a lot of guides and tips out there for Tree Stand Safety but here are the highlights. Even if you are a seasoned hunting pro, it doesn’t hurt to review them, and talk to your kids about them!

Related: Bow Hunting Essentials: Things You Should Have

  1. Don’t Hunt in a Hurry. Take your time with hunting and you will be a lot less likely to forget safety precautions.
  2. Read ALL the Instructions. Take the time to read through all the instructions for your tree stand, harness and other equipment. It will be worth it–even if you think you already know how it works.
  3. Pick a good tree. You want a fairly straight tree that is the correct size for your tree stand. Also, check for bugs, animal nests, bee hives, etc.
  4. Always Wear Your Harness. Put it on while you are still on the ground. Wrestling yourself into your harness up in a tree is just stupid.
  5. Practice Self Rescue. Get someone to spot you and practice recovering from a fall by using the rope and harness to grab back onto the ladder or tree.
  6. Inspect Your Tree Stand and Harness. Check it EVERY DAY that you hunt. Look for any tears, rips, bad rust or missing nuts BEFORE you climb.
  7. Tell Someone Your Plans. Just because you have a cell phone doesn’t mean you can rely on it 100%. Tell someone before you go where you will be and how long you plan on staying out.
  8. Use A Haul Line. Don’t carry your gear up the tree with you. First, it’s just a lot of unnecessary work, and second, it’s dangerous. Work smarter, not harder. Also, cover your broadheads when hauling them up and down the tree. Keep your firearms UNLOADED while hauling.
  9. Retreat to a blind when necessary. Many hunters set up their tree stand near their hunting blind so they can climb down in case of bad weather or other situations where they don’t want to be in a tree, but aren’t ready to abandoned the hunt.
  10. Wear slip resistant boots. Be extra careful if the ladder is wet.
  11. Emergency Equipment. Be sure to have items such as a knife, cell phone, flashlight, and/or whistle.

For more information on how to get ready for bow season, check out our previous article on 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Prepare for Bow Season.

What other tips do you suggest for tree stand safety? We’d love to hear them. We all need to help each other be safe out there.

Happy Hunting!

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