Gail Martin — if you have ever shot a bow, it is likely that Gail Martin had a hand in its design. Perhaps directly, more likely at least an influence, but a hand in your equipment’s design nonetheless. Gail was a man who loved archery with such a passion, that he retained an active role in Martin Archery until very recently. Unfortunately, the archery industry lost an icon on July 21, 2013 when Gail passed at the age of 93.
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The first hunt is a right of passage for some and the fulfillment of a long-awaited dream for others, in many instances it is likely both. It is a part of the hunting community’s heritage and a coveted moment worthy of celebration when introducing a new member of the next generation to hunting. Having a young son rapidly approaching that age, I am certainly eagerly awaiting the day he asks for his opportunity to go afield. To that end, I am sure a beginner’s guide to hunting could be of value to neophyte and veteran hunters mentoring new hunters alike.
If a game animal can see your arrow and identify the color of the fletching or whether or not it has camo, believe me when I tell you the game was over some time ago. That being said, I love camo arrows. Even if the camo is only for the hunter. At times I have matched the camo of the arrows to camo on the bow. Other times, I have used it to distinguish my arrows from other shooters’ arrows using the same target. Whatever the reason, camo matters!
I have the envious position of getting to play with a lot of equipment and calling it work. With bow season rapidly approaching—at least in my mind—I have been crawling through catalogs and samples looking for a new bow sight. One product that caught my eye enough to order for a review was the TRUGLO TSX Pro Series 5-pin.
With the arrival of summer comes the signal to work the kinks out of my equipment. I call it my R&D phase. If a piece of equipment is going to fail, I want it to happen before I cross state lines for a premium elk hunt or when I am staring down a monster whitetail. When choosing a new bow sight, here are a few must-have features to consider for function and reliability.
Archers with any time behind the string have at least heard of the BLOCK target from Field Logic. The company’s history fascinated me years ago when I first wrote about its products. Field Logic started out by using recycled packing material. It was given to them for free at the time—complete shipping containers at a time—just to get rid of it. The archery community is fortunate that the innovative minds at Field Logic put it to great use.
If you already own a crossbow, but do not have a cocking device or crank system, you may have to do a little Internet research. While all crossbows have some type of draw-assist system, not all have a crank that makes it uber-easy. A little homework will ensure a better introduction and shooting experience.
Today’s elite, camo-clad warriors demand lighter, stronger and more reliable archery equipment to handle the extremes of lands untouched by human hands as well as it does the back 40. Constructed from 6016T6 titanium, the Titanium Xtreme is unlike any other sight on the market and it addresses the X-Factors that can cause lesser sights (from other manufacturers) to fail at critical times during the hunt or at the range. Titanium has long been recognized for its superior characteristics of strength, durability and lightweight—making it a top choice of engineers for aircraft, missiles, rocket construction and now archery sights.
Movies such as Hunger Games proved to not only be entertaining, it was a bold reminder we need to start thinking about our daily must-haves for survival such as food and water. Also, what we might have to go through if those items do become scarce.
In the movie, one of main characters favorite pieces of equipment was a bow and arrow. If you are unfamiliar with archery equipment—or tackle as it is sometimes called—here is a quick overview of archery equipment.
Not long after sunrise, a beautiful 10-point emerged from the treeline and began feeding along the narrow strip of the cut. He wandered between 50 and 55 yards from my hide. My heart was beating out of my chest and the adrenaline coursing my veins was off the charts. I was on the ground in a blind and had a firm footing for a shot. The laser rangefinder ensured the range, and I knew I could make the 55-yard shot all day long—so I drew and let one fly.