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High Mountain Success

by Steve Flores 27. December 2011 06:08
Steve Flores

With so many rolling hills, food plots, and big buck sightings, it’s easy for an eastern guy to be a little jealous of his “mid-western” bowhunting brothers. After all, such particulars are seldom enjoyed in my neck of the woods. Still, the goal remains the same…..arrow a whitetail buck; plain and simple. So, in an effort to see that this goal is reached it is important that I keep my edge throughout the season. This includes not only my shooting form, but my body as well. Hunting whitetails in the rugged hills of southern WV is no walk in the park, and typically, one shot is all I get…if I’m lucky. Therefore, when the opportunity does arrive, I want to do everything in my power to close the deal. This begins and ends with “in-season” shooting, along with a steady dose of cardio and weight training.

So often, once the season begins, we find little time for shooting practice. However, it only takes a few arrows to keep shooting form and muscle memory intact. For me, this means sneaking outside the house to sling a few arrows whenever time allows; even if it is only one shot. This, by nature, more closely resembles real-life hunting scenarios; as opposed to haphazardly launching dozens of arrows into my 3-D target.

 

 It only takes a few arrows a day to keep muscle memory intact and shooting form polished. 

The season started out slow, which is typical of big-timber bowhunting, with little deer sightings. With so much territory to roam, it can be extremely difficult to nail down a good buck before the rut begins in November. Therefore, I usually keep a low profile and work the “fringes” of my hunting areas in an effort not to disturb the does before the bucks are actually on their feet cruising.

Early season can be a frustrating time for the big timber bowhunter. Patience is the best medicine for success. 

As November rolled around, I found myself perched in my favorite rut stand; located adjacent to a small doe bedding area, within a natural funnel. As the early morning sun broke through the dark grey clouds, I caught movement down the steep hillside below. Realizing that I was watching a buck cruise for does, I grabbed my grunt tube and let out a few soft “uurrppss” in an effort to get his attention. Watching him walk in the opposite direction I assumed my efforts had failed.

 Big Woods whitetails are like ghosts. If you encounter a good one consider yourself blessed.

Little to my knowledge, the savvy buck was simply using the terrain to his advantage in order to close the distance between us. Within minutes, the love-crazed whitetail was coming straight at me; grunting every step of the way. When he got within range I slowly brought my Mathews ez7 to full draw and waited for him to turn broadside. Just as he turned I settled the pin on my Trijicon sight high on his shoulder and stopped him with a mouth grunt; focusing on the single hair I wanted to split until the bow simply fired. The NAP Thunderhead Razor broadhead zipped through him like a hot knife through butter. In an instant he bolted straight away. However, his journey didn’t last long. Within seconds he was doing the “death sway” as he staggered and fell to the ground. Settling into my Lone Wolf stand I sat down and thanked God for the blessing I had just been given. 

The combination of an NAP Thunderhead Razor broadhead and NAP Quick fletch proved lethal.

The blood trail was nothing short of amazing!

 Nothing sweeter than High Mountain Success!

The following week, I filled my second archery tag on another mountain whitetail. This particular buck was caught cruising through one of my favorite hunting spots. What makes it so special is that it is located in a ridge top saddle, next to a bedding thicket, and is loaded with oak trees that drop acorns like rain. When the rut is on, or any time of year for that matter, it is dynamite spot to arrow a deer. Also, it should be noted that this buck was shot with the same NAP Thunderhead Razor that I took my first buck with. After simply re-sharpening the blades, the broadhead was just as deadly as it was the day it came out of the package. But don’t take my word for it. See the blood trail below and decide for yourself.

 Same NAP Broadhead....Same result!

  The combination of quality gear, a lot of patience, and Blessings from above, made this a great year. Happy Holidays! 

 

Turkey Tune-Up: Preparations for Bowhunting Spring Turkey

by Steve Flores 31. March 2011 16:09
Steve Flores


With opening day of most big-game bow seasons still several turns of the calendar away, it’s nice to know there is something to take the edge off. Thank God for Springtime Turkey hunting!! With a Kansas trip in my sights, I am feverishly preparing for my hunt while at the same time tackling all the other issues that everyday life throws at me. But, don’t dare pity me because life is good. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to participate in another treasured bow season.

Kansas Turkey tags can easily be acquired “on-line” in a matter of minutes.

For shooting in a seated position, nothing compares to the comfort and versatility of the Hunt More 360 chair. It is AWESOME!

Without a doubt, one of my favorite parts of bowhunting is the preparation. I thoroughly enjoy the tinkering of gear; fletching arrows, sighting in bows, selecting clothing, and clearing schedules. For turkeys, the preparation is a little different. To begin with, I conduct a good deal of my shooting from a seated position. This will be similar to the actual shot (Lord willing it occurs), so it only stands to reason that I try to emulate shooting from a seated position inside a ground blind. 

 Nothing beats a fresh set of fletched arrows.

The NAP Gobbler Getter definitely has “the looks that kill”. Performance should be nothing short of excellent.

Next are the broadheads. For this trip, I am taking along NAP’s Gobbler Getter’s. While I can’t comment on their performance (1st time using them) I do like what I see. With an Exclusive Silver Bullet round point designed to crush bone and a large 1 ½ inch cut, I doubt any gobbler will stand a chance if he comes within range of my Mathews EZ7. Of course, as with any broadhead, a few practice shots should be taken before heading afield; even when using mechanicals. The Gobbler Getter proved to be as accurate as my field points of equal weight; requiring no adjustment to my sight pins.

The ScentBlocker S3 shirt, made with real Bamboo, is comfort personified. 

The fit and feel of the No-Recoil jacket is great. Check out the cool “Harmonic Damper” zipper.

Last is clothing options. Since turkey’s can’t smell like a whitetail (that would make them un-killable) my usual scent-free wardrobe is somewhat reduced; leaving more traditional choices in hunting clothes. However, I’m not totally leaving behind my ScentBlocker gear. I will be taking along the S3 long sleeve t-shirt in Lost camo as well as the lightweight, Mathews edition, BOA Hiker boots. In addition, for those cold mornings before the sun comes up, I have chosen the No-Recoil Jacket and Pant from the fine folks at Gamehide. With their patented “Freedom Sleeve” cut, this jacket should provide effortless movement inside a tight groundblind; making it easier to reach full draw.

It's almost time.....

With licenses bought, money saved, and dreams dreamt, I prepare to head out on my first Kansas turkey hunt. I hope the following months find you preparing for your own adventure….one made just for taking the edge off of a long, cold, winter. God bless.

 

NuFletch Archery: Products Engineered For Bowhuntnig Success

by Bow Staff 18. November 2010 10:04
Bow Staff

  At some point, every archer will have to re-fletch their arrow.  Wouldn't it be awesome if there were a product that could meet their demands instantly?  That awesome product has been provided by the fine folks at NuFletch Archery.  Introducing the NuFletch Spectrum line-up and its proven performance in the field and on the range.  Giving archers the ability to replace brand name vanes instantly in the field or in the range. 

How the NuFletch Spectrum system Works


 The NuFletch system attaches to an insert just as your field tip attaches to your favorite arrow.  Once in place you simply slide the vane into the precision machined slots.  Each vane follows the exact path to deliver a perfect 120 degree fletched arrow.  Other brand vanes may be used in the system but may need slight trimming on base to assure best fit.  The vane base is trapped beneath the slot and when the end cap is tightened, the slots closes to securely capture the vanes.  If you damage a vane, no worries, just remove the end, remove the damaged vane and replace with a new one. 

Spectrum Standard

The Spectrum Standard is designed to fit most standard carbon hunting arrow shafts, this includes the 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600 series shafts (.280-.306

Spectrum X

The Spectrum X is designed exclusively for cross bolts.  The unique NuFletch Spectrum X system allows bolts fletched with Norway Industries 2.1" Fusion Vanes to be fired without interference from the rail.  The NuFletch Spectrum X when joined with the Fusion vane from Duravane proved to deliver excellent spped, precision, accuarcy and improved penetration.

Spectrum Light

The Spectrum Light is designed to the slim line of arrows such as the Full Metal Jacket and Epic Series shafts (.265-.275).

 

Interested in the NuFletch Spectrum, click on the red link above and or click here to view them in the bowhunting.com shopping cart!

 

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