Posts Tagged ‘equipment’

Choosing a Recurve Bow

Most beginner archers the first bow they purchase is a recurve bow. A recurve bow is the modern evolution of the traditional longbow. A recurve bow is simple to use, easy to put together, and can support most of the same accessories as a compound bow.

A recurve bow has just three main parts: the riser, the upper and lower limbs, and the bow string. The riser is the middle of the bow and is the handle. The riser is where the limbs attach. The sights, arrow rest, and stabilizer attach to the riser as well. Risers are made from wood, aluminum, carbon fiber and other space age materials.

choosing a recurve bow

A recurve bow can be easily taken down for storage and transport. Here are all the accessories an archer would normally carry.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

How to Refletch Arrows

Sooner or later every archer will have a fletch come unglued from an arrow. Rather than throw the arrow away, with a few simple tools you can simply glue on a new fletch, feather or vane. The skill of fletching an arrow allows an archer to customize their arrows with particular colours but it is also a valuable skill to know should a fletch come off at a tournament far from your local pro shop or while hunting deep in the woods.

Arrow refletching supplies and tools

Arrow refletching supplies and tools

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Compound versus Recurve Bows

Archers today mainly use two types of bows: recurve and compound bows. Each type of bows has its advantages depending on what purpose you intend to use your bow for.

Recurve bows are closest to the traditional long bow that most people picture. Recurve bows can easy be taken apart for transport, are ultra simple to work on in the field and are very adaptable as the archer grows in size or skill. The limbs on a recurve bow are curved toward the back of the bow. This recurving allows for the same draw weight that can be found in a longer bow, but in a shorter over all length.

comparing compound and recurve bow

Bows are typically around 68” long and are the traditional bow that most people are familiar with.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Types of Tents

Nothing beats sleeping under the stars, except possibly sleeping in a tent under the stars. A tent will keep the bugs away, the rain or snow off of you and give some shade from the hot sun. There are more different types of tents available now than ever before. Tents are available for every season and condition; which type to get depends on your chosen activity.

Tents are separated into different size categories, the backpacking tent, family tent, or excursion tent. Each size category can then be separated again to three season, four season, and mountaineering or excursion quality.

different types of tents for camping

Three season tents are for spring, summer, and fall use in nice weather only. The fly will usually only provide mild protection from light rain by not fully covering the tent, and the taller size is prone to catching the wind making them less stable.

Three season tents are made from lightweight materials that are breathable and designed for camping in the spring, summer, or fall. Most tents are used during this time period when the nighttime temperatures are not very cold, the wind isn’t bitterly chilled and the chances of rain or snow are minimal.

Three season tents are available in sizes that sleep one person and up and they can be small enough to fit in a backpack or large enough to fill the trunk of your car and can include built in screened porches and separate bedrooms. These tents are for the weekender who only camps in nice weather a couple times a year. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Kinds of Bow Sights

There are many accessories you can add to your bow to help you shoot better. The first one to get is a sight. Bow sights on a recurve or compound bow will increase accuracy dramatically. Sights on a bow are a relatively new phenomenon. Thousands of years ago, longbows did not have sights and archers had to rely on experience and instinct to aim accurately. This is still possible today with a little practice, and is a good method for beginners to learn, but since sights do make the difference let’s take a look at how modern bow sights work.

a pin bow sight

Sights on a compound bow used for hunting typically have between 3 and 7 pins.  The first (top) pin is set for 10 yards, the second for 20 yards, the third for 30 yards and so forth.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Parts of a Compound Bow

parts of a compound bow

Diagram of the parts of a compound bow (click to enlarge)

The compound bow has revolutionized the sport of archery. The shorter length combined with high speeds make this style of bow more accurate and easier to shoot than ever before.

Unlike a nice and simple traditional longbow there are many different parts on a compound bow to make it shoot with the deadly accuracy it is know for, but which one is causing the arrow to miss its mark as you set it up? Let’s take a look at the different parts of a compound bow and what they do so as to better understand what’s going on. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Treestands for Deer Hunting

deer hunting treestands

Treestand blinds can be set up in areas with little cover or no trees

Deer hunting is all about being sneaky, and when it comes to being sneaky there is no better way than to use a treestand. Treestands are the best way to get on top of your hunting situation. Treestands give hunters a better view of animals as they approach and take advantage of a deer’s one big weakness-deer don’t look up. Treestands come in many different shapes and sizes and undoubtedly there is a model out there for you.

Treestands work on the principle that deer approach a feeding area by looking at the big picture. They survey the entire area for signs of predators; sniff the air for the scent of predators, then listen for the sounds of predators. If everything is clear then they will walk in and start feeding. However, since deer have very few natural enemies to attack them from above, they generally don’t look up much beyond ground level. This is where the treestand comes in. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Paper Tuning Your Bow

When it comes to bowhunting getting perfect arrow flight is one of the most important pre-season check ups you can perform on your gear to get ready for this fall’s hunt. Paper tuning is easy and can be done in your garage or basement. Paper tuning your bow will show you how your arrows fly and what needs to be done to correct it if they don’t.

If your bow is not properly set up, with the sights and arrow rest in alignment the arrows simply will not go where you want them to. When shooting broadheads the added width of the broadhead will catch in the wind as it travels towards the target. This causes the arrow to veer off side and miss it’s mark. Even when everything on the bow looks like it is properly set up just a small variation in alignment can make the difference between hitting your mark or the tree beside it. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson