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Buck Fever: How to stay calm when the perfect deer appears!

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Bow Hunting |

Buck Fever is the nervous excitement of an inexperienced hunter at the sight of game.  I would be willing to argue that it is not just inexperienced hunters. Maybe not just in the realm of hunting either.  We have all experienced that moment when nerves seem to just dissolve.

Dealing with this “target panic” is one of the greatest challenges that faces a hunter every fall.  What you do next will determine how you will get to tell the story over the water cooler.

People have come up with many ways to deal with buck fever, and although there is no one right answer, here are some suggestions that have worked for some hunters:

  • Focus on controlling your breathing. Take very slow deep breaths. Breathe in, completely filling your lungs, hold it and then slowly release all the air out. Doing this during the moments leading up to a shot seems to help control your heartbeat and generally calms you down.
  • “Don’t over think! Just take a deep breath and try to pretend like your taking practice in your backyard.”
  • As the deer approaches, picture the deer naked (not naked naked, but where it’s vitals are).  Start focusing on the deer and where you are going to put sights. Whatever you do, don’t look at the antlers again.
  • Keep your mouth closed, and breathe out of the nose.  To help slow your heartbeat. Less intake of air helps to focus more on your shot.
  • When that deer’s head is behind a tree, or when it looks the other direction that’s when you get ready for your shot, i.e. drawback.
  • Do not focus on the antlers. Rather focusing on the shot placement. actually try to pick out an exact hair where you want to hit.
  • Aim small, miss small.  It works, just try to control your breathing.
  • Focus on the tuft of hair, start to sing your favorite song in your head while breathing very slowly and finally before the release, breathe in deep and exhale soft and slow and finally at the very end of the exhale  let it fly.

Hope this helps and practice will make it perfect.  Just to get to this point, with a shooter buck or doe in front of you, you must have done close to everything right. But it is these crucial few seconds at the end of your journey that will decide the ending of your great hunting story.

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The End of Hunting Season

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Bow Hunting |

Now that deer hunting season is pretty much over lets see how many of you can relate to this:  A normal day out in the country where there are peaceful open fields, a few animal tracks in the snow, and not another person to be seen for acres.

Such a contrast to the Opening Day of Hunting Season when the two tracks look like a Los Angeles traffic jam at rush hour. Ok, maybe not THAT bad, but chances are you will encounter another hunter out there.

Everyone has to be first to scout out their favorite spot for the big kill!!

The First Day of Hunting Season

They have taken off all the days from work, well in advance.  Warned the family that they would not see them for quite some time.  Spent their whole wad on the latest hunting equipment… After all this is a one time a year thing!!

Every piece of camo clothing is out of the closet and the layered look is very much IN.  Any hunter worth his weight in arrows would have packed up enough supplies for at least 6 months when the season in Michigan is only a few weeks long.

Speaking of arrows……during  Bow and Arrow season, you can find anything and everything with an arrow stuck in it!!

Watch out all you furry friends –they are coming for us!! Especially us with the big antlers!!

A Hunter’s Tale

A great white hunter from the Upper Peninsula related a story that he swore to be true:

He and a friend were out hunting in their normal “lucky spot”.  Yep, you guessed it – he spotted a big ole buck, took perfect aim and shot it!!  Yeah a trophy for sure!!!   Well now he and his friend cut down a small tree and tied this lovely specimen front and back hoofs to their pole.  After carrying this big guy out of the heavy brush for what seemed like forever, they were heading  to the jeep to load it on for display to all the other hunters.  They, to this day, claim that the deer had two extra arrows in him that they did not put there.  Now I don’t know about you but these  guys now feel that some of these hunters should find their own “lucky spot!”

Hope you had a great hunting season and  that you are already preparing for next year.   Check out our fletching tools to make your own arrows in your down time.  Here is a video that will get you geeked for next season.

Don’t forget to like our page on Facebook. We will be giving away several jigs over the next few months!

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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.


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!!


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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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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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.


Like our Facebook Page and let us know if you prefer bow hunting or rifle hunting!

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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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