Spot Hogg Hogg Father Reviewon Sep 4, 2012
Perhaps the one detail that really set this sight apart (for me) from all others, besides its bomb-proof construction, is the method in which you make vertical adjustments to the pin. Most moveable sights incorporate a “teeter totter” mechanism for moving the sight pin up or down. In other words, if you push the rear of the adjustment arm down, the sight pin moves up. Raise the adjustment arm, and the sight pin lowers. Some companies use a wheel to move the sight but the “teeter totter” mechanics are still present. And, while this is a basic method, it does leave a lot of room for unwanted movement; especially amongst lower grade sights. I don’t have to tell you that slop or “play” in a bow sight is not good.
The Hogg Father has arguably the best vertical adjustment system on the market.
The Hogg Father depends on a rack and pinion gear system in order to adjust the sight pin vertically. This virtually eliminates any unwanted movement in the sight. In fact, it is without a doubt the most rock-solid method I have used on a moveable pin sight. In addition, the gear system is tight enough that if I find myself in a quick-shooting situation, I don’t necessarily have to lock the wheel down before making the shot. This sight wheel isn’t going to move on me.
Gang-adjustments can be made to the vertical orientation of the sight thanks to a number of positions located on the back of the vertical adjustment rail. This allows the shooter to maximize adjustability. This is important if you are wanting to sight in at ultra-long ranges.
In the past, this lack of adjustability has prevented me from sighting in at long distances in order to reap the benefits of long-range “practicing” simply because I ran out of room on the sight. I have sighted the Hogg Father out to 90 yards and still have room to spare! Lastly, a sight tape can be placed around the Bull Knob for quick and easy yardage adjustment. Several of the most popular archery programs can generate suitable sight tapes which can speed up the sighting in process.
Anytime you install a new sight tape, or perhaps change arrow weight, etc. fine adjustments must be made to your pointer. Most bow sights require the shooter to loosen a set screw and move the pointer by hand. Then, you are required to hold the pointer while tightening the set screw. This simple task has become quite frustrating for me on more than one occasion. Spot Hogg has eliminated this problem by incorporating a small clamping screw and a drive screw on the pointer. Small adjustments, clockwise or counterclockwise, will lower or raise the pointer.
The Hogg Father is equipped to handle any problems that may occur after extended use. Thanks to Adjustable Hardened Rails, the housing around the yardage wheel can actually be tightened in order to take up any slack that may have developed over the years. That’s cool…no matter what sight you use.
The Hogg Father also comes with No-Tool, Micro Adjust Windage and Elevation, as well as 2nd and 3rd axis capabilities. It is also constructed of tough 6061 Aluminum, which means it can handle your basic backyard hunt, or the toughest bowhunting adventure you can find. It also comes in your choice of 1,3,5, or 7 pins wrapped in Spot Hogg’s exclusive Bullet-Proof, aluminum pin housing. In addition, it will accept a scope instead of a standard fiber optic pin, and also comes without the sight pin altogether; allowing you to install your favorite model instead.
The Bottom Line
Although listing basic features is nice, maybe even mandatory in a review, for the most part readers simply want to know how you really feel about a product. In a nut shell….I love the Hogg Father. It is everything I want in a bowsight. Tough, reliable, accurate, dependable, and more importantly, it is built to last.
While the cost of the sight might be more than some may want to spend, it really is a smart investment when it comes to choosing a moveable pin sight that will meet all of your expectations today….and tomorrow. Honestly, I felt the same way 10 years ago when I bought my first Lone Wolf treestand. It was expensive, no doubt, but it is the same stand I use today. I have no doubts this sight will last a very long time.
Overall, the Hogg Father is a top of the line bow sight that comands the utmost respect.
In a nut shell, the Hogg Father is TIGHT. No rattling, no noise, no nothing. I have been testing it for months without a single issue to report. In fact, I have yet to have a screw work loose, or any other part of the sight fail. When you put in as much time and hard work as “we bowhunters” do, failure in equipment is not an option. All of the mechanics on the Hogg Father operate with precision, and the fiber optic pin is more than adequate in low light conditions. It is also very quick and easy to attain yardages with; which is really what the main purpose of the sight is.
If you’re looking for a bowsight that will last a lifetime, provide the quality and functionality you expect in a top-end piece of equipment, while at the same time offering features that will help you succeed in the field, look no further than the Hogg Father. It really is a work of art…..a cast iron, tough as nails work of art.