The folks at Apex Gear are definitely thinking outside the box and it shows in their latest offerings. The aptly named “Game Changer” sight has a long list of innovative features. Perhaps the most impressive is the ability to change fiber color without actually changing the pins! Using an ingenious fiber optic removal system, the need to “re-sight” your bow after changing pin colors is a thing of the past. Simply unscrew the “colored” fiber optic you wish to remove, which connects to a “clear” fiber optic at the base of the pin post, and replace it with your new favorite color. Additional features include Tru-Zero pin design which minimizes pin gaps, Tru-Touch soft-feel technical coating, 2nd and 3rd axis leveling, and a tool-less design, just to name a few.
With a new extended bracket and tool-less design, the Accu-Strike Pro is one solid built sight. It’s also lightweight; coming in at a scant 5.8 ounces. Other features include a new light position which allows more effective light distribution to fibers, a reverse bracket for greater vertical adjustability, and a glow-in-the-dark shooters ring. It also carries the Tru-Zero pin design. Colors include Mathews Lost, Black, and Realtree AP and APG.
Dead Center Archery, Pro Bow Balancer - One
just has to take a quick glance at the Pro Bow Balancer to appreciate the pure tuning marvel that is available to them. This system makes balancing your tournament bow simple and easy. You can forget about holding the bow out in front of you to see where to add weights. I was able to play around with the device at the show and was blown away by how
easy it is to hook a bow into the handle and test for balance, allowing you to see where to add or subtract weight. It doesn’t end there, I could tell the system was meant for years of use in an archery pro shop or at home due to the sturdy construction.
There is finally a solution for a proper way to rest your bow at a tournament or while bowhunting in a ground blind. No more laying your expensive bow on its side or scratching the limbs with other bow stands. Bowstix is a fully adjustable bow bi-pod that fits every major bow on the market. It works by screwing into your stabilizer mount on your bow and operates on a spear system that enables unlimited movement for a fully customized fit. You also have the ability to mount a stabilizer on the end of the Bowstix. This design allows you to shoot with the legs on, and when they are not needed, you can unscrew the legs from the mount and then screw the legs together and place in your quiver.
Let’s face it, the crossbow market is growing at a remarkably fast pace. New Archery Products have expanded their trusted Killzone from last year and are now offering the Killzone Crossbow. This head is specially designed for today’s fastest crossbows and compounds and features a stiffer spring clip blade retention system for crossbows shooting up to 400fps. It is offered in both 100 and 125 grain heads with a cut-on-contact tip for greater cutting efficiency upon impact. With the 2” cutting diameter, you can rest easy knowing there will be a massive wound channel to help put down your targeted animal ethically. They can be purchased in packs of 3 with a free practice head.
Accuracy is obviously a key component to making the shot, so a quality sight is equally as important. However, no sight is beneficial if it cannot be seen at crunch time, which is often early morning or just before dark. The AccuPin sight system is touted as “the ultimate low-light bow sight system.” A single pin surrounded by circular tritium-phosphor illumination provides plenty of low-light capability plus easy pin centering on the target. A built-in bubble level adds to increased accuracy. Once the sight is set, the adjustable AccuDial provides precise aiming through a range of 60 positions.
First and foremost, to make the shot, a hunter must have a bow that they feel confident shooting. Make model and manufacturer isn’t necessarily as important as how well you shoot it. In the end that is all that really matters. Several (if not all) bow companies released a new model this year. Most notably were the Mathew’s Creed, Hoyt Spider, Bow Tech Experience, and PSE Dream Season DNA, Bear Motive 6, and the Elite Hunter. In addition, Xpedition Archery introduced three new bows at this year’s ATA Show that seemed to be a big hit. Two of the models, the Xplorer and X-Ring VII, are perfect for hunting and very fast with an IBO rating up to 338 feet per second. The former has an axle to axle length of 30.5 inches and a brace height of 7 inches. The latter is a little longer at 33.5 inches and has a brace height of 7.25 inches. Both models come in either molten black or Realtree AP Xtra finish.
CX actually combined two of the latest trends, crossbows and a black-gun tactical look, into one unit with their new Intercept. The primary purpose of the Intercept’s features is customization. Unlike other crossbows, you make it fit you. A 15-inch Picatinny rail running nearly the length of the barrel allows the shooter to find the right position for proper eye relief and field of view regardless of what type, size or style of optic they select. Underneath the barrel there’s an eight-position Picatinny stock rail that allows you to adjust length of pull from 13 - 19 inches for a custom fit on the adjustable, six-position AR-style butt stock, which also has a collapsible feature for storage and transport. Yet another nine-inch Picatinny foregrip rail leaves ample adjustability for the forestock and folding foregrip. And the three rails and other connection points will accommodate most military or commercial spec parts and accessories for virtually unlimited customization.
Previously known Vital Bow Gear, Vital X Archery carries the same innovative designs that bowhunters have come to enjoy and expect from their sights under the aforementioned name. One such bow sight is the Luminous. Carrying multiple fixed pins with one moveable sight pin, this clever design allows archers to have the best of both worlds; a fixed pin for those up close opportunities, and the ability to dial in a second pin to the exact yardage for long-range shots. The best part is, when not in use, the moveable pin can be placed at the bottom of the sight housing, thus providing a much clearer sight picture. In addition, the moveable sight runs on a “Rack and Pinion” system which not only makes it one of the smoothest and fastest moveable sights in the industry, but also doesn’t require the shooter to lock it down like other moveable sights. The 3rd and 4th axis leveling system also increases the sight level of accuracy.
The StarTrax is a single-pin moveable sight that works on the same angular pin concept as the Vision. Unlike ordinary moveable pin sights, the StarTrax incorporates a revolutionary patented design with fiber optic indicator pins and markers on the actual bow sight bracket. Featuring 1 ½ inches of travel, the StarTrax will allow you to reach out and touch any type of game, near or far. Also, with 3 ½ feet of glow in the dark fiber optic, those low light shooting opportunities won’t adversely hinder your ability to fill tags.
The vision is the one sight designed to maximize a hunter’s field-of-view. Because the human mind doesn’t perceive angular formations of thin posts, the shooter can determine their aiming point quickly and easily while looking through the sight housing. This was the idea behind the angled pin post’s, which come from right to left in an “angled” manner; rather than simply straight out like conventional sight pins. When it comes time to aim, the only thing recognizable is the tip of the fiber optic pin, not the pin post. This sight also comes with 3rd and 4th axis leveling capabilities.
The focus at Fuse was to construct an ultra-light yet extremely durable bow sight. The Carbon Interceptor is the result of that focus. Featuring the proven, innovative, and patent pending FUSE dual-rod carbon frame and mounting system, the Interceptor carries lower mass and is highly vibration resistant, while at the same time allowing the ideal peep-to-housing centering characteristics that discerning bowhunters demand. And, low light shooting is no problem thanks to the Interceptors compatibility with the FUSE Sight Lite. Located at the end of the fiber optics (at the rear portion of the sight) more light is transmitted down the fiber optics for improve visibility when it matters most. Models come in 3, 5, or 7 pin arrays available in black, Realtree AP, and Max-1 Camo.
Anyone familiar with single-pin moveable sights can attest to the quality and legendary performance of the HHA Optimizer series of sights. HHA Sports, creators of the award winning Optimizer Lite single pin slider sight, is excited to announce the new Brushfire and Optimizer Lite FX Series Sights for 2012. Available in 3 and 5 pin models, the FX has many of the great features of the Optimizer Lite and Lite Ultra line. Toolless micro windage adjustment, A.R.M.O.R. Sight Pin Technology, and an exclusive mechanical rheostat that brightens and dims all the sight pins are just a few features that set the FX apart from the competition. Available in .019 and .010 fiber sizes, each pin travels vertically in a 3 track system to ensure perfect pin alignment and adjustment every time.
Carrying much of the same features as other sights in the Apex lineup, the Tundra is an ultra-lightweight, compact bow sight built from strong composite materials. It is adjustable to left and right hand shooters, carries a 1.8 inch inner diameter providing a large circular field of view, the innovative pin design improves the sight picture while protecting the pin fibers.
Pushing the envelope of sight design as well as materials used, Archer Extreme unleashes what is possible the lightest sight on the market. The Titanium XT is light as a feather, tough as nails, and packed with ground-breaking features. Starting with the new TBR Titanium Bracket Ridge system, the XT carries a super thin sight bracket (more closely resembling a knife blade), yet remains remarkably strong. Sporting a new HV Fiber Ring Guard, shooters can more easily align the peep sight with the sight housing; especially in low-light conditions. With the addition of A Fiber Harness bracket system, maximum light is allowed to reach each fiber optic pin. The XT is also versatile; offering a right and left reversing bracket, and machined bubble-level holes on the top and bottom of the sight.
Available now in a new tool-less design, the Edge Micro also incorporates one of the most innovative sound and vibration dampening technologies in archery, the Mathews Harmonic Damper. Strategically placed into the CNC machined sight, this subtle, yet highly effective tool ensures that any left-over vibration will not make its way into your bow sight. With laser-etched adjustment lines, two-inch pin guard with glow ring, adjustable level, staggered mounting holes, and Axion’s adjustable blue-light to brighten your pins, there is no question this sight will please just about any bowhunter.
If you’re looking for versatility in a bow sight, the new Buckhead series may be just what you’re looking for. Leading the pack is the Buckhead 3 Point. With a unique reversible mounting bracket and off-set mounting holes, the Buckhead has a wide range of vertical adjustment. The comes with its own rheostat light that prevents haloing by allowing the shooter to adjust the brightness of the light hitting the fiber optic pins. Available with 3 protected all-metal .019” pins, adjustable 3rd axis bubble level, and a 1.9 “ aperture for quick target acquisition, the Buckhead can be covered in LOST camo, as well as Realtree AP or black. This same sight also comes in a 5-pin model appropriately named the Buckhead 5 point and a tool-less version.
The final sight in the Buckhead series is the Double Tine. The single-pin adjustable sight is sleek in design and carries many of the same features as the 3 point sight. With a built in quiver mount, the Double Tine doesn’t require “creative” thinking just to mount the quiver like some sights do. Available in black only.
Talk about simplicity at its best, the new Atomic is a single-pin, single-yardage sight. With extra, extra long, protected, wrapped fiber, an LED light, and glow-in-the-dark shooters ring, this sight is perfect for those that hunt in close quarters at mostly known distances. The single pin is .019 in diameter and the sight comes in a black finish.
Michael Hunsucker & Shawn Luchtel with Heartland Bowhunter, signing autographs at the Bushnell booth.
So, do you think that hurts?
The finished product, a nice buck tattoo courtesy of Bowtech
Bowtech was once again handing out free tattoos at their booth.
SKB has a bunch of new bow cases out for this year that will fit virtually any bow design or size.
There was a good crowd around the Firenock booth all day as people wanted to get a glimpse of the new iBowsight.
The unique design of the cam system is what separates from Prime line of bows from the rest.
The new bowfishing tip from Clean-Shot archery has a magnet that activates the lazer when you get to full draw, then it turns off after the shot.
A close-up of the new roller guard on the Bowtech Insanity CPX.
A close-up of the cam system on the new Bowtech Insanity CPX.
The all new Bowtech Insanity CPX bow, unveiled at the 2012 ATA show.
A close up of the limb pocked on the new Bowtech Insanity CPX.
A close up of the bottom limb pocked on the new Bowtech Insanity CPX.
The specs on the new Bowtech Insanity CPX.
Todd Graf's good friend and hunting partner Mike, harvested this awesome 220+ inch Illinois whitetail on November 5, 2011 with his Mathews eZ7. Stay tuned to Bowhunting.com over the next several weeks for the full story about Sweetness along with several years worth of trail camera photos, shed antlers and several on-camera encounters during the 2010 season.
Lining up the correct yardage for a clean shot on the Mathews Bowhunting game for your Wii.
Bowhunting.com staff member John Mueller playing the Mathews Bowhunting video game, available for your Nintendo Wii entertainment system.
New from Clean-Shot Archery is the Spot-On Laser Bowfish Assassin and Laser Target/Field Point, which feature the same technology introduced in the company’s Laser and HollowPoint Broadhead in 2011.
The Laser Bowfish Assassin is the industry’s only laser-equipped bowfishing point with an internal laser beam that automatically activates at full draw. The Fish Point comes sighted in from the factory for line-of-sight shooting to 20 yards. Because the laser’s beam bends in water, archers simply aim directly at the fish for perfect shots, without compensating for refraction. The head works for all bowfishing conditions, especially during low light or night when big fish are most active.
The Assassin is made of stainless steel with a Spot-On Hollow Point tip, and quick-release barbs for easy fish removal. Optional large barbs and 1-¼” Gator Blades maximize bleed out. The head is available in 100- or 125-grain weights.