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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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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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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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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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10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Prepare for Bow Season

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Bow Hunting |

End of summer is a great time to prepare for bow season

When do you prepare for bow season?

Summer is winding down, kids are heading back to school (parents are breathing a sigh of relief), and the hunter can hear the woods calling. Even though bow season is a few weeks away, there are several things you can do now to get ready for it. Ensure a successful hunt this year and keep yourself busy until opening day.

We put together this list with a little help from North American Whitetail.com

#1. Sight In Your Bow Now

Shooting ranges are notoriously busy the 2 weeks before opening day. If you go now you probably won’t have to wait in line and you’ll have more elbow room.

#2. Make Your Own Arrows

We know you can buy arrows. but we are Bitzenburger, maker of the world’s best fletching jig, so naturally we like to encourage hunters of all ages to make their own arrows. There really is something a bit more special about bagging a buck with an arrow you made yourself. Making arrows with your kids is a great project as well!

Check out this cool video on how to use our jig.

#3. Talk to Farmers
Very few people have a better understanding of what’s going on in your hunting area than local farmers. Since they spend much of the summer planting, spraying, and baling hay, farmers usually have a pretty good idea of what the deer are doing.

In addition, most farmers are bombarded by requests to hunt their land in the late summer and early fall. Getting out early and speaking with the local landowners may help you get a foot in the door.

#4. Check in With Land Owners

If you are lucky enough to know a land owner who has given you permission to hunt their property it is nice to drop in and say hi once in awhile. But don’t make is just a social visit. Offer to help around the property and lend a hand. Fix fences, clear paths, etc. The owners might also have some good insight about deer patterns and what they’ve seen throughout the year. It’s always a good idea to be a good neighbor.

#5. Check Your Gear and Stands
Don’t wait until the eve of opening day to check your supplies. Make sure your pack has all the essentials and everything is in top working order. Get new batteries in your flashlight, sharpen your knife and broadheads, pack  extra nocks, etc. Now is a good time to invest in supplies rather than closer to deer season when stores are going to capitalize on the hunter craze anyway.
Gear up and head out to your deer stand or blind location. Check everything out and clean up a bit. Clear off the cobwebs and sweep out the mice nests. You can even shoot a few targets from your stand to help improve field accuracy.
#6. Clear Your Paths
While you are out there, clear the paths to your stand and blind. Cut down branches, move larger ones on the ground. Get rid of prickly things. Be sure to have more than one route to your stand, depending on wind. Nothing ruins a hunting morning like falling flat on your face with a bow in your hand and a pack on your back in the early light of dawn. The deer, and everything else, will hear you coming!
#7. Scout for Deer

If you want to find the bucks, follow the does. Does are often more visible, and their travel patterns remain roughly the same throughout much of the year. If you know where the does are spending their time you’ll be in position to intercept a buck when the rut hits later in the year.

#8. Get in Shape
This is pretty important and often ignored. We have all heard the sad story of a hunter going out on opening day and having a heart attack in the woods. Sadly, this happens. Most deer hunting isn’t particularly demanding, but it’s important to be sure that you are in shape for the upcoming season. Spend some time walking and working out so you can handle the strain of dragging a big buck out of a ravine later in the year.
Be sure that you are physically capable of drawing and holding your bow. A week before the season starts is too late to make up for a lazy summer. Which is a another good reason to get to the range now.
#9. Plant and Maintain Food Plots
Late spring and summer is the time to establish food plots. There’s much work to be done; soil testing, plowing, planting, fertilizing, mowing and spraying should all be completed in advance of the fall hunting season. It’s always a good idea to monitor your food plots for any signs of deer activity. Maintaining your food plot during the summer ensures that your deer will have the nutrients they need to grow big antlers.
#10. Set Up Trail Cameras and Monitor Data

Monitoring deer movement is important, and summer is a great time for setting up cameras to collect as many photos as possible. Doing so will give you a better idea of deer movement patterns in the area. You’ll have an idea of which deer are utilizing your hunting area as part of their home range. You might be able to intercept a buck early in the season but, just as importantly, if you do your homework you’ll figure out the deer’s home range and will be close by when the rut is in full swing in late autumn.

Keep your intel organized so you’re in the right spot come fall. Brad Fitzpatrick, from North American Whitetail, puts all of his photos from the summer in separate folders on his laptop so he can quickly see which deer are frequenting which cameras. He also suggests keeping detailed notes about feeding and movement patterns, and writing down any info you glean from landowners. Having all this info in one spot makes it easier to develop a game plan and will up your odds of success in the fall.

What do you do to prepare for bow season?

We want to know what you do to prepare for bow season. When you do start getting ready–other than in your mind–we know all about “hunting on the brain.”

Let us know!

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Bow Hunting Essentials: Things You Should Have

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Bow Hunting |

Things Every Bow Hunter Should Have

Are you a bow hunter? Do you know and love a bow hunter? Here is a list of things that are essential to bow hunting safety and success. This fall, when you pack your gear, be sure to go over this list.

Bow Hunting Essentials: Gear List

  • Flashlight. Don’t be caught in the dark. Make sure it has fresh batteries before you head out.
  • Quality Hunting Knife. If you don’t carry a knife when you hunt you should probably just turn your hunting license in.
  • First Aid Kit. Essential but often overlooked key item for you pack.
  • Extra Water. Plan for the fact that you might be get lost or be out longer than anticipated–bring more water than you think you will need.
  • Waxed Dental Floss. Weird, I know. But it can be used in an emergency to fix your bowstring serving, make a temporary d-loop and even replace the cord on your drop-away rest.
  • Portable Bow Press. If you dry fire your bow or run a broad head across your string you may have to do some emergency equipment fixing in the field. Be sure you know how to use your bow press before you are in the woods and need it in an emergency.
  • Spare Bow String. It’s best to use the old string as your spare, as it will already be stretched–so when you buy a new one, keep the old one.
  • Extra Nocks. If something is going to get lost or break, it’s probably the nock (nock on wood! Haha! Get it?)
  • Allen Wrenches. There are so many reasons for these handy little buggers. A set of different sizes are really useful and they don’t take up much room.

Thanks to Outdoor Canada and Archery Buff for some of these tips!

Make Your Own Arrows

Making your own arrows is not essential to bow hunting, but it sure does add to the hobby. And since we make an amazing jig we have to tell you about it. You can make your own arrows without our jig, but why would you want to? We make it so much easier! Check them out here.

Tell us what essential items you have in your hunting pack.

Happy Hunting!

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