Archive for May, 2012

Nine days left! The Crew will be setting up next week, mowing, getting bitten by ticks, chased out of the trailer by saber toothed mice, and generally picked on by each other, but we’ll have it done.  June 9th is the date!

We’ll be discussing hunting shots for the August shoot as well – most likely a ‘tree stand’ (ground level, trying to find a shot with a hill so we can aim down sharply), a chair shot with some sort of ‘blind’ in front of it you have to shoot through, and possibly something extra. We’ll see what we can cook up.

– Niko

From North American Whitetail 

by Gordon Whittington – May 25, 2012

I started whitetail hunting when I was the tender age of five. And I began my fishing career a year or so earlier. So to say I’ve been a lifelong addict of both woods and water is hardly exaggerating things.

Depending on the time of year, the degree of my interest in one versus the other varies, same as yours. Sure, I’m “mostly” a whitetail guy, but when the trout are rising well to dry flies or the white bass are schooling under birds, I can be drawn to the water without much hesitation. It’s all part of being an all-around sportsman, I suppose. And it’s part of what keeps things interesting. But it also can cause us to lose track of where we are in our preparations for fall.

With summer rounding into view, we find ourselves pulled in more directions than usual. The time to hunt turkeys, mushrooms and shed antlers has passed, so many will be grabbing their fishing gear and heading for the nearest lake, creek or bay. It might not be summer on the calendar, but with an early stretch of hot weather hitting much of the U.S., a lot of outdoorsmen are about to get their first taste of angling for the year.

But let’s not forget there are still plenty of things to be doing on the hunting side. Granted, it’s a long time until even the earliest whitetail seasons open, but it’s certainly not too early to be getting ready. The most obvious parts of that preparation involve habitat management and off-season shooting.

If your warm-season food plots are up and growing (and nearly all of them are, especially with this early spring), you might want to check to be sure they’re progressing as they should. April showers bring more than just May flowers — they also bring weed problems to a lot of food plots. So ask yourself if you need to consider some weed control measures. And if you didn’t put at least one exclusion cage in each plot before the growing season began, go ahead and do that. Comparing the growth inside and outside a cage is the most reliable way to figure out how much of the forage you’re growing is actually being eaten.

Even if your food plots are doing perfectly well on their own, for sure you’ll want to get going with that off-season shooting. For most of us, that means archery. It might seem a very long time until bow season starts, but it really isn’t. Before you know it, you’ll be climbing into that first tree stand or ground blind of the season . . . and you don’t want to find yourself wishing you’d shot more.

Read more at North American Whitetail magazine

Good luck to everybody heading up to Kentucky for the ASA Pro/Am this weekend.  Anyone who can’t make it or don’t compete in the ASA Pro/Am shoots, Riverbottom Outdoors has a special off-schedule shoot this weekend.

I’ll be at work, but y’all have fun!

– Niko

Article by Mark Hicks. Uploaded on November 13, 2009

Fifteen years ago, Wisconsin bowhunter Todd Meyers got permission to hunt a prime Illinois farm. He was elated—until he realized that he’d gained access only to a vast soybean field, and not to the bordering woods or overgrown CRP field. The farmer didn’t own those properties. Nonetheless, Meyers has taken several Pope and Young bucks there by using two tricks for getting into bow range.

The Bale Blind
His first ploy involves making a ground blind out of hay bales. Each summer, the farmer sets aside four round bales for Meyers, who sets them up at least two weeks before the bow season. “I place the bales in a square so there’s room to sit in the middle and enough space at the corners to shoot between them.”

Meyers also fastens a tent fly over the bales to darken the blind’s interior and keep out any rain. He positions the blind within easy bow range of the fence crossing. One corner (or shooting window) faces the trail that crossing deer follow, and another faces the fence itself, as bucks commonly cruise along the barrier during the rut.

For the rest of Mark’s tips, visit Field & Stream’s Bow Hunting section.

(This post is copied entirely from the Georgia Outdoor News forums post by “Arrow Flinger.”)

Outdoors Without Limits and the Gainesville Archery Club is hosting a 3D shoot and tournament on August 18th. We will be hosting folks with many disabilities from mild to severe. For many, this will be their first taste of archery. We will have crossbows set up for them to learn on and participate in the shoot with. We will also have active Wounded Warriors from Fort Benning and Fort Gordon participate along with folks from the National Wounded Warrior program. I am not sure of the number of folks but I expect 50+ participants. It could even be more.

What I need is volunteers to help with the shoot. We will need to have 1 volunteer with each group of 4 of the more abled body folks and 2-3 with the folks in chairs.
We will also be doing some fun shoots and will need folks to help with those. I am estimating that we will need 20+ volunteers. I would also love to have a doctor or nurse on site due to heat concerns.

We are a non profit organization and do not charge the participants a dime to come to our events. We run on donations and volunteers.

Also if you or any of your sponsors are interested, we are seeking donations for prizes for the tournament. We are a 501C3 so any donations are tax deductable.

The participants are the most grateful group of folks you will ever meet and you will leave an event with a different outlook on life. I can honestly say that most volunteers get way more from the events than the participants. It is a Life Changing Experiance!

If you are interested in helping out, you can PM me with your name and phone number or email me at

For more info on OWL, do a search on this forum for Outdoors Without Limits and you will see what we do along with many testimonials from Woodies Members about what the events have meant to them. You can also check us out at

Tim Rowe

(Outdoors Without Limits Website)

My Setup

  • Bowtech Insanity CPXL
  • CBE Quad Lite 3-D sight
  • CBE Scope
  • Trophy Taker rest
  • B-Stinger Competitor front and back stabilizer
  • Currently using Carbon Express Blue Streak Maxima arrows

I say ‘currently using’ because we were out of the arrows we’d planned to use Gold Tip Ultralight Pro 22’s, but we do have some on order.  We had to turn this bow down about five pounds to stay under the 280 fps ASA limit.  I got it home, and literally didn’t have to adjust yardage on my sight, just a few clicks right.  Other than that, it was dead on out to 20 yards. And I don’t think 20-50 will be much of a gap.

I feel like a kid at Christmas.



Gold Tip’s Morgan, Gillingham finish 1-2 at first leg of IBO National Championship Triple Crown


Orem, UT – Gold Tip Pro Shooters took the first leg of the IBO National Championship Triple Crown by storm, May 18-20, in Bedford, Indiana.  Rising star, Levi Morgan won the event with a score of 422, with Tim Gillingham claiming second place, with a score of 419.   Gary Studt and Chance Beaubouef picked up third and fourth spots with scores of 414 and 413, respectively. Dominating from start to finish, all four Gold Tip shooters maintained their respective first day positions through the completion of the final day of the event.


“The First Leg of the Triple Crown is always a tournament that I want to do well in,” said Levi Morgan. “It gives me a good start on the points race and when the competition is as tough as it is this year, I want as big of a lead as I can get!”


The recent event, hosted by White River Bowhunters, Inc., in Bedford, IN, presented a tough challenge for the entire field. The Pro Division of the IBO sanctioned 3-D event features a total of 30 unmarked targets shot on Saturday and 10 unmarked targets shot on Sunday.  Contestants shoot each target twice per day, scored as 5 (non-vital body), 8, 10, and 11-point rings per target, thus a perfect possible score of 440. Target distances varied in range out to a maximum of approximately 50 yards. No range finding equipment is allowed at the IBO unmarked event, putting additional pressure on shooters to accurately judge distances.


“It was definitely one of the toughest courses we’ve faced all year,” said second place finisher and Gold Tip’s National Shooting Staff Manager, Tim Gillingham. “The hilly terrain made for some extreme elevations on certain targets. You just can’t afford to make mistakes in these situations and that’s why Levi continues to win, he doesn’t make mistakes.”


Morgan and Gillingham were both shooting Gold Tip’s Ultralight X-Cutter Pro, a “fat shaft” style arrow, sporting 7.8 grains per inch and a diameter of .380.”  Studt and Beaubouef were using Gold Tip’s Ultralight Series 22 Pro’s, weighing in at 7.3 grains per inch and featuring a .337” diameter.  In addition, three of the top four shooters were using Bee Stinger Premier Plus front and back stabilizer bars.



About Gold Tip and Bee Stinger: Gold Tip is a premier manufacturer of hunting and target arrows headquartered in Orem, Utah.  Bee Stinger is the manufacturer of a proprietary line of stabilizer systems used in free style archery and bowhunting also headquartered in Orem, Utah.  For more information please contact Greg Poole at (800) 551-0541.


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School of Hard Knocks

Posted: 05/29/2012 in News

From Team Ford Archery’s Facebook profile:

IMDB link: Drive

Drive stars Ryan Gosling – somebody who I vaguely recognized but couldn’t remember.  I love the guy, he has a mellow, almost spectator-like demeanor, as though he’s watching the events with you through parts of the film.  On the other hand, when he does get personally involved in a moment, it’s INTENSE.  “Check your blood pressure” intense.

The basic plot is the story of a mechanic and stunt car driver who moonlights as a getaway driver, but with much more down-to-Earth abilities and skills than the “Transporter” films. (Don’t get me wrong, I dig the “Transporter” films, but they are ‘action-first, reality a distant second’) The main character, left nameless throughout the film in almost a nod to the Clint Eastwood ‘Man with No Name” films, falls in love with his neighbor, played by Carey Mulligan , who is waiting for her husband to get out of prison.  Once he does, the plot kicks off, and despite some prosaic moments, suddenly you are on one of those funky roller coasters, the ones where you can’t really tell if you’re going up, down, left or right until *WHAM* it happens to you.  I had my misgivings around 40 minutes into the film, there were some interesting moments, and the cinematography, characters, and acting were fine, but I couldn’t quite get into the feel of the film.  Two minutes later I was gripping the arms of my chair as the plot started to dig in.

I recommend this film – but don’t go into it expecting a fight every three minutes, or impossible car stunts.  This is a very plausible film, a fact that adds significantly to the impact of the events as you watch them.  Try to watch this film at night, with minimal, if any, distractions.  Take the phone off the hook, turn off the iPhone, and make popcorn in advance.  You’ll thank me.


Of course, you can use Loctite (make sure to use the one that can be REMOVED with hand tools,) or you can use what I like to call a ‘field expedient solution,’ and add a tiny bit of string wax.

Speaking of string wax – here are some tips from TenPoint Crossbows.