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My 2011 Bowhunting Rig

by John Mueller 11. July 2011 13:09
John Mueller

 

It’s time to unveil my weapon of choice for the 2011 bow hunting season. I have it all decked out with accessories that will allow me to hunt worry free. I tend to choose accessories that I know will perform well in the woods as opposed to those with the latest and greatest gadgets.

The bow that I will be using in my pursuit of trophy animals this season is the Mathews ez7 in Lost Camo set at 65 lbs with a 30” draw. (Check out my review HERE.) I chose the ez7 because it has one of the smoothest draws available for 2011. I also like the shorter axel to axel length for maneuverability in the stand as well as the ground blind. It doesn’t hurt that Mathews has been a leader in the industry for years when it comes to designing bows either. The bow was the easy part, now for dressing it up with accessories.

My Mathews ez7 perched on my Lone Wolf Climber.

The rest I chose is the NAP Apache micro-tune drop away rest. Rugged, simple and effective is the best way to describe this rest. The all metal housing wraps almost completely around the arrow to contain it in any position except completely upside down, but allows easy arrow loading from the top. The inside of the rest is covered in foam insulation to dampen any noise from the arrow contacting the rest. Tool less windage and elevation adjustments can be made by loosening the lever and turning the knob and then locking everything down with the locking lever again. The Apache rest is a bargain when compared to other rests with the same features.

Holding my arrow is the NAP Apache drop away rest.

The very important choice of a sight went to the Viper Diamondback 5 pin .019 sight in Lost Camo. Viper is one of the leaders in producing fine hunting sights. The sight is complete with 5 super bright fiber optic pins, a level and a light for in the blind use. The 1-3/4” diameter pin housing on the diamondback sight fits perfectly inside the sight window when looking thru my verifier peep sight. The grid lock cut out design was developed to match the cut out design on the Mathews z series of bow risers. With it’s built in harmonic damper, Lost Camo and grid lock design, this sight was made for my bow.

The Viper Diamondback 5 pin Sight.

This sight was designed with the Mathews Z series of bows in mind.

The new NAP Apache stabilizer is actually 2 stabilizers in one. It can be used as either a 5” model or if you install the 3” carbon extension tube it becomes an 8” stabilizer. Noise and vibration are soaked up by the numerous rubber fingers mounted on the 3 bars on the business end of this beast.

NAP Apache versatile 5" or 8" Stabilizer.

My arrows of choice this season are the Gold Tip XT-Hunters in 7595 spine. These arrows have a weight tolerance of +/- 2 grains and a straightness tolerance of +/- .003”.
 
Guiding my arrows will be the Bowhunting.com version of NAP’s  Quickfletch. Once you have used quickfletch, you will never go back to gluing vanes on arrows again. I bet I can fletch a dozen arrows in under 15 minutes. Try that with a fletching jig. All you have to do is boil water, position the quickfletch on the arrows and dip them in the boiling water and you are done.

The Bowhunting.com version of NAP's Quickfletch.

On the business end of my Gold Tips will be the 2 blade 100 grain Bloodrunner.  I really like the idea of big cutting diameter broadheads. And the 2 blade bloodrunner seems as foolproof as any mechanical broadhead on the market today. When open it expands to 2 full inches and it starts out at over an inch before expansion. Plus there are no o-rings or rubber bands to fail.

NAP 2 Blade 100 grain Bloodrunner means business.

Holding my arrows will be the Mathews, 5 arrow, Arrow Web T-Series Quiver. My main criteria for a quiver is, it must be removable. The Arrow Web comes off with a simple twist on and twist off motion. When locked into position the quiver sits very tight to the bow and is securely held in place. The arrows are held very securely by foam in the head of the quiver and rubber fingers about 6” from the head. The one complaint I have about the quiver is when shooting with the quiver off, there is a slight tuning fork vibration in the fingers that hold the quiver. I solved that with a strip of limbsaver material. No more vibrations.

Mathews Arrow Web Quiver.

For my release, I’m trying something new this year. I have switched to a handheld thumb style release. I have just gotten tired of having my release strapped to my wrist, bumping into everything and making it hard to wear gloves. I chose the Trufire 3D Hunter Release. Both the thumb handle and the trigger tension are fully adjustable. I actually believe my accuracy has improved since I made the switch. I’m sure I am more consistent in my anchoring with the thumb style release. I plan on having one attached to my string loop and another in a nearby pocket, just in case I drop the first one when buck fever sets in.

TruFire 3D Hunter Release

So there it is my bowhunting rig for 2011. I’m pretty sure this is what I’ll be taking into the woods this fall, unless I find something that changes my mind between now and opening day. You can check out most of these products in our shopping section by clicking on the red words.

New Bow Review: First Impressions of the Mathews ez7

by John Mueller 21. March 2011 14:11
John Mueller

The new Mathews ez7 is in my opinion my perfect bow. I've never been a speed freak and I am more of a bow hunter than a target shooter. This bow has many features that I look for in a good hunting bow. Very smooth to draw, forgiving brace height (7"), short but not too short (32" axel to axel), fast (up to 321 fps), lightweight (4.25 lbs) with 80% let off.

The new Mathews ez7 in Lost Camo is the perfect hunting bow for me.

As an experienced bow hunter (one with a few years under his belt) I can truely appreciate the ez7's draw cycle. It is one of the smoothest and easiest drawing 65 pounds bows I have pulled back. And with 80% let off, hopefully I can hold at full draw as long as I need to get the perfect broadside shot we all strive for. I will really appreciate this when the weather turns cold and nasty next season and I have on a few extra layers of clothing. I will have no problem getting to full draw when that buck walks within range after the temps have taken a nose dive. But don't let the smooth draw fool you. The ez7 is still a very fast bow. Rated at up to 321 fps. The cronograph at my shop was broken so I don't know the speed of my arrows. But I can tell you it's really spitting them out.

With a brace height of a full 7" the ez7 is a fairly forgiving bow. This allows for slight form imperfections while trying to get into position for the shot in a cramped ground blind or leaning around a tree while on stand. The 32" axel to axel length likewise is long enough to be steady on the shot, but still allow plenty of room for manuevering in the blind or around branches in a tree stand. I'm not a fan of the super short bows and the longer axel to axel bows add too much weight to be hauling up and down the hills on my property. At 4.25 pounds, the ez7 won't add a bunch of weight as I pack my climber and video camera in on my hunts.

All set up with the latest accessories and ready to hunt.

The ez7 was a breeze to get setup too. I don't know if I just got lucky or the guy that set up my bow at Tim-Buck-Tu Outdoors really knew what he was doing, but after installing my rest, sight and peep, there was very little adjusting I needed to do. Before I knew it the bow was paper tuned and sighted in at 20 yards with arrows flying like darts.

The limbs on the ez7 are some of the most parallel in the industry. Parallel limbs mean the limbs move very little during the draw and the shot. The cam does most of the work. By having very little limb movement Mathews has eliminated much of the shock of the shot and this makes for a steadier release of the arrow. To further reduce shock and vibration the ez7 has a dead end string stop installed behind the stabilizer to capture and reduce string occilation.

Some of the most parallel limbs in the industry.

Very little limb movement equals less vibration.

Now I can't wait for turkey season to get here. Just a few more short weeks and I'll be taking my new ez7 into the ground blind with me. I just hope I can get one of those long bearded toms to show up in front of the blind.




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