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Top 3 Archery Christmas Gifts For 2022

Christmas is almost here, and you may be looking for that gift for your archer to find under the tree for that next time they head out to the woods or range.   Most Bowhunters have the latest & greatest gear as it gets released throughout the year.  However there are a few items we offer here at Pine Ridge Archery that may be missing from their arsenal of gear to help them be a little more efficient the next time they hit the field.

STRAIGHTER ARROWS FOR HALF THE COST

STRAIGHTER ARROWS FOR HALF THE COST

Over the last year, everything has gone up in price. Food, gas, and even bowhunting gear. Many bowhunters will find themselves trying to cut corners this year in an attempt to stay on budget. For instance, many might decide this is not the year to buy a new bow. Others may decide that this year they are not going to buy new hunting clothing. One thing bowhunters should not skimp on is arrows. Many of us, including myself, have tried to get an extra year or two out of old arrows, but often that results in arrows that are not as accurate or as tough.  The good news is there are a few things bowhunters can do to save a little money on their arrows.

ARE HIGH END ARROW NECESSARY

When bowhunters are shopping for arrows, most will notice that arrows come in .001, .003 and  .006 straightness. The straighter the arrow, the more expensive it is. The .001straightness arrows are considerably more money than .003 or .006 straightness arrows. Most bowhunters will buy the most expensive arrow, thinking that having the absolute straightest arrow is a must. The truth is for many bowhunters, it doesn’t really matter.

GET AN ARROW INSPECTOR

A lot of bowhunters practice at 20-30 yards and their average shot in the field is 30 yards and under. At this distance, almost any inexpensive arrow will perform flawlessly. One way to ensure each arrow in a quiver is worthy of the woods is to use a Pine Ridge Archery Arrow Inspector. An Arrow Inspector is an arrow spin tester. If each arrow is spin tested before it is ever shot, a bowhunter can quickly see if the arrow will fly accurately or if it has a wobble in the shaft. The wobble in an arrow shaft is usually at the ends. If a bowhunter buys a dozen arrows, chances are an arrow or two will have a wobble in it. The cheaper the arrows, the higher chance that a few of the arrows will not fly perfectly.

CUT OFF THE WOBBLY END OF THE ARROW

For those who don’t want to break the bank but want a perfectly straight arrow, consider buying arrow shafts and spin testing them and having an inch or two cut off the wobbly end of the arrow. YouTube celebrity Average Jack Archery recently did a video on how to get the most out of a cheap arrow. In the video, you can see him cut an inch or two off the ends of cheaper arrows. By doing this, the shaft that is left is straighter and flies more accurately. Watch the video by clicking the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUzYCJ_4D_E&t=435s

SAVE $$$ WHEN BUYING ARROWS

How much can the average bowhunter save when buying arrows? About 50%! You read that right. Box store brand arrows are often made by the top end arrow manufacturers. The arrows are decent in quality but not as good as high end arrows. For most hunters, the box store brand arrows will do a good job at the range and in the field.

SPIN TEST EVERY ARROW

Regardless if you purchase high end arrows or a less expensive arrows, all arrows should be spun on a spin tester. Sometimes the ends of the arrow are out of spec and wobbling which means the ends should be cut off, other times an insert is glued in improperly. Sometimes a certain type of broadhead can cause an arrow to not spin so well. Spin testing all your arrows before season is always a good idea and spin testing all new arrow shafts is a must.

Turkey Hunting

BOWHUNTING LONGBEARDS

 Turkey hunting with a bow is fun and challenging but the success rate is often low. The success rate for bowhunting turkeys is typically less than 10% in most states. There are several reasons for this. For starters, turkeys have amazing eyesight so drawing a bow and taking a shot can be extremely difficult. Another thing that makes killing a turkey with a bow difficult is they have extremely small vitals. The vital area on a turkey is the size of a baseball, which doesn’t leave much room for error. Below are a few tips to help you tag your tom this spring if you plan on bowhunting longbeards.

 

USE A DECOY

For starters, using a decoy is a must. The more realistic the decoy, the better. Don’t use a cheap decoy that isn’t realistic. A realistic decoy can bring a tom in close and the closer the bird is, the easier the shot will be to make. I prefer taking shots that are 15 yards and closer when bowhunting turkeys. When using decoys, I find that a strutting decoy is best. A strutting tom decoy will typically make a real tom extremely angry, which will draw the bird in close because the real tom will want to fight the decoy. The best time to draw a bow and take a shot is when the tom is fighting the decoy and distracted.

 

USE A MECHANICAL BROADHEAD

When bowhunting gobblers, it is best to use a large cutting diameter mechanical broadhead. The bigger the better. Grim Reaper Broadheads, Rage Broadheads and many other companies make great heads that are designed for big game hunting but work well for turkey hunting. A broadhead that has a 2-inch cutting diameter or larger will give a bowhunter a little room for error if the shot isn’t perfect. A large cutting diameter broadhead when placed in the vitals of a turkey will take out the entire chest cavity, resulting in a very short blood trail. 

 

SHOT PLACEMENT

When bowhunting turkeys, I suggest aiming slightly above the drumsticks. This takes out the legs of the gobbler and the back half of the chest cavity. This one-two punch often results in a gobbler falling over dead in his tracks. Head shots, broadside wing shot, and facing away shots are popular with diehard bowhunters but the drumstick shot is extremely affective. 

 

USE A KWIK STAND

Regardless if you bowhunt turkeys from a blind or hunt by hiding on the edge of brush, one simple tool that can make a big difference in getting a shot off is the Pine Ridge Archery Kwik Stand. The Kwik Stand a simple pair of legs with jaws that attaches to the bottom limb of your bow and allows the bowhunter to rest the bow in the vertical position. When sitting in a blind or out in the open, having a bow upright and ready for the shot makes taking a shot a lot easier than if the bow is siting down on the ground. With a Kwik Stand, the bow is raised and shot in a matter of seconds which makes taking quick shots easy.

 

Bowhunting turkeys can be fun and rewarding and by utilizing the tips above bowhunters can drastically increase their odds of success.

Faster, quieter, and more accurate arrows with Nitro Vanes

The science backs it up: Nitro vanes are the best vane on the market for speed, durability, silence, and accuracy.
Check out our latest video highlighting what sets Nitro Vanes apart from the rest of the field.

Back In The Saddle

I remember the first time I heard about saddle hunting. My boyfriend was so excited, telling me all about it; the pros, the cons, and what he thought about it. They’re affordable, require minimal set up, and are remarkably light. Hunting from a saddle allows you to move 360° around a tree and therefor makes more shots available than a typical tree stand. Naturally, we decided we had to add these to our hunting setup.

I also remember the first time we used our saddles for hunting. Let me tell you, there was a lot to learn. We had watched lots of videos on peoples first impressions, their first time setting up and climbing with them and even more experienced saddle hunters’ how-to videos. There was still a bit of a learning curve. We learned many things that first day. The first issue I was starting on a tree that wasn’t quite straight. From the ground it looked straight, but once I was 20 feet up in the air hanging form a tether, I realized there was certainly a lean to the tree. I managed to set myself up so I was facing into the lean, so I had the tree to keep me form swinging around or losing my footing.

The next time we went out, I chose a tree that was way too big. It was the only one around with good shooting lanes, so I decided to stick with it. Trying to get the straps for the steps around a big tree was so time consuming and difficult, but eventually I got up there and enjoyed my hunt.

I remember one time I wanted to get higher in the tree, so I placed my climbing sticks as far apart as I could possibly reach. I figured I was tall enough to manage. As difficult as getting up the tree was, getting down was almost impossible. I ended up hanging myself from the tree and was unable to get to the ground. Thankfully I was with my boyfriend who was able to pick me up, loosen the climbing sticks and get me to the ground. Another time I chose a tree with too many branches and lost my grip as I tried to maneuver around the large branches. I came uncomfortably close to falling and was shaking the rest of the hunt.

We finally get the hang of it, and I remember the day perfectly. We found a new location near an old favorite hunting spot; in a tree line overlooking a big field. The trees were small and there were tons to chose from so we could both have different shooting angles and a great view. When we walked into this spot, everything clicked. We each picked our tree and the climb went smoothly. No branches, no slipping, no forgetting to tie our bow to its cable having to climb back down to get our bow. We got up to our trees and set up our gear and I remember looking out over the field thinking “this is it”. We had a great spot, with shooting lanes in every direction. A group of 8 deer ran right under us that day. We didn’t get a shot off, as they wouldn’t stop running and playing. But it just reinstated that this was the perfect setup for us.

You don’t need crazy equipment to be successful in your hunt. But if you are thinking about investing in something, I’d suggest looking into something that allows versatility, comfort, quietness and confidence. For me, the saddle has been a game changer.

 

About the Author:
Kyla Bielert is a pharmaceutical chemist living  in Eastern CT with my boyfriend and their dog and cat. She's been shooting for two years, and last season was her first time hunting. In her own words, "I picked up a bow for the first time in summer 2018, and immediately fell in love."

Checking Your Arrows at a Component Level

It seems like arrows have almost a polar rating.  Yes or no.  Good or bad.  True or false.  While this is true in some cases, we can also take the time to check the arrow at a component level.  How?  Simple really.

The Arrow Inspector from Pine Ridge is a truly simple tool, buts its INCREDIBLY effective.  In the past I have used this spinning gadget to simply check my arrows, or at the most check my broadheads.  But as of late, I have used this tool to check the arrow, the square of the nock, insert straightness, and even how evenly my fletching job was done.

Interested?  Check out this video that outlines how this tool can be used to ensure that your arrow is as close to perfect as possible holistically and at a component level.

Social Distancing Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Outdoor Distancing

The Wildlife Resource Agency confirmed my hopes: “Turkey Season to Start As Scheduled; Lakes and Rivers to Remain Open.”  It was the best headline I think I had ever read.

PRACTICE TIPS FOR BOWHUNTING TURKEYS - by Tracy Breen

Turkey season is right around the corner. If you are planning on turkey hunting with a bow this spring, now is the time to start preparing. Bowhunting turkeys can be extremely challenging and often the most successful bowhunters are the ones who pay attention to the little details. Below are a few details that all bowhunters must think about long before opening day of turkey season if they want to be successful.

Arrow Reverse Engineering

I’m a numbers guy when it comes to archery.  As soon as I get a bow setup, I then start pairing that bow with an ideal arrow, but I typically make that selection opposite of what many archers do.  I call it Arrow Reverse Engineering, or A.R.E. for short. 

Perfect Arrows = Better Downrange Accuracy

pine ridge archery arrow inspectorDid you know that taking your arrows for a spin can be the difference between driving tacks and missing the mark? When one of your arrows doesn’t hit the mark, it is sometimes hard to tell if you made a mistake or if the arrow has a flaw. An inexpensive arrow spinner can increase your downrange accuracy.

  1. If your arrow has a dent, isn’t straight, or has some other imperfection that can’t be seen by looking at the arrow, the Arrow Inspector from Pine Ridge Archery will reveal if something is wrong. If the arrow spins perfectly on the Arrow Inspector, the arrow is ready for your quiver. If the arrow wobbles when you take it for a spin, chances are something is wrong.
  2. Often the imperfection isn’t in the arrow; it is in the insert. If an insert isn’t glued in properly or has any imperfections, it will likely cause the arrow to wobble on the spinner. When an arrow wobbles on a spinner, archers often assume the arrow is bad when it could be something else. Often the culprit is the insert. Making sure the tip of your arrow is square before gluing in the insert will help ensure the insert is seated properly. Using too much glue on the insert can often cause the insert to not be seated perfectly, resulting in poor arrow flight. Attention is often given to gluing vanes on a shaft. Gluing in the insert requires just as much attention.
  3. In some cases, a broadhead isn’t built to spec or the weight isn’t what it is advertised. It can be hard seeing all these imperfections unless an arrow is spin tested. It is not uncommon to find a few arrows that don’t fly true in every dozen arrows purchased. Making sure the arrow that doesn’t fly true isn’t in a quiver when a tournament is on the line or a buck is standing at 40 yards is necessary. An arrow spinner is the easiest way to make sure every arrow in a quiver is flying like a dart. 
Archery is all about the little details. Having an arrow spinner and using it is an insurance policy