What I learned as a spectator at an ASA tournament.

Photo courtesy of http://www.asaarchery.com

When I lived in New York I was part of a 3D Archery club. I found this club by searching on www.3dshoots.com – an incredible resource for finding 3D Archery clubs, there are thousands listed. The very easy to use search will help you find a local club to join.

I heard about ASA (Archery Shooters Association) tournaments but didn't look any further into them because I thought they were only for those far more talented than myself. I love archery but don't really see myself as talented enough to compete.

I decided to check out an ASA tournament after seeing Chris Brackett, the host of Fear No Evil on Outdoor Channel, dive into ASA tournaments feet first and learning while competing.

I've been a fan of Brackett's for several years, his trick shots on Arrow Affliction are the main reason I stayed with archery even after wanting to hang up my bow forever. This was before bow manufacturers recognized that there are archers out there with less than 26″ draw lengths that aren't children. My first bow was 2.5 inches shorter than my draw length and without being able to achieve consistent proper form my arrows were literally hit or miss. After seeing Brackett shoot an arrow through a washer barely larger than his arrow I knew that I had to keep trying. After getting a bow that fit me I was getting better and better and when ever I was feeling frustrated I would think about that washer and keep going.

When Brackett was on BowJunky Media's podcast he mentioned that there isn't a lot of spectators at the shoots even though they are allowed. He invited people in the area of the next shoot to come and watch him shoot. Since his next shoot was not far from my house I took him up on it and what I learned opened my eyes to a whole new world of archer.

Chris Brackett shooting at a black bear target.

 

I learned that anyone can join the ASA and shoot in the tournaments. There were people from all walks of life, every shape and size of bow and archer were shooting and having fun catching up with their fellow shooters.

I learned that if you bring your tiny every day umbrella it won't cut it and you may get some friendly teasing until they ask to borrow it.

I learned that everyone seemed to be very friendly and encouraging, it was like a huge family reunion but you could buy archery gear and shoot targets.

I learned that if its hot out you'll want lemonade and they will charge you a ridiculous amount for lemon flavored sugar water but you'll buy it because you're thirsty.

I learned that even some of the best in the world can miscalculate and miss.

I learned that bowhunters can and should compete to keep their skills sharp in the off season.

I learned that it is incredibly peaceful to be in the woods surrounded by archers and singing birds as the sunlight streams through the trees.

There are classes from novice to professional, known and unknown distance, ages 6 and up, and every bow brand out there including crossbows.

It is frustrating to without a bow around so many archers having a good time shooting. However, I still had a great time getting a glimpse into a world I would love to be a part of in the future. It has inspired me to seek out another 3D archery club in the South and get back into the fun shoots with possibly joining the ASA in the future.

I encourage anyone that shoots a bow or crossbow for target shoots or hunting to go to an ASA tournament to check it out. Bring a good pair of binoculars and bug spray.

You won't be disappointed!

From the ASA websiteIf you’ve never experienced the fun and excitement of a national tournament you need to be there. It is a true archery festival with the top archery manufacturers showing the newest and latest products, competition classes for the whole family, and a full schedule of archery opportunities. In addition to the two rounds of competition featuring McKenzie 3-D targets, other activities include McKenzie Speed Bags for warm-up, a 40 target 3-D practice range, Team Shoots with Pros and amateurs, the Known Distance Shoot, Lancaster Long Shot and the opportunity to meet, watch and learn from the greatest archers in the world. ASA offers everyone the chance to experience the fun of these professionally run events with competition ranges that are specifically designed to be spectator friendly, and competition classes that allow everyone from age six-to-over sixty to compete.

Among the amateur classes are the Bow Novice and Women’s Bowhunter classes that are specifically designed for novices and bowhunters to come out and try their hand. They shoot known distance, the maximum distance is 30 yards, and long stabilizers and movable sights and sights with magnification are not permitted. Anyone who has a passion for bowhunting needs to try their hand at an ASA event to help extend their season and hone their archery skills.

Check them out at www.asaarchery.com and don't forget to use the search at www.3dshoots.com to find a local club. Now get out there and shoot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irish Setter Drifter Women’s Trail Boot Review

 

Function and fashion for the wild and work.

 

When Irish Setter announced their new Women's Drifter oxford boot I was very excited to see how they incorporated Irish Setter's legendary blend of technology and experience into a boot durable and light weight enough to meet the needs of today's hunters. I know my Irish Setter LadyHawk and RutMaster 2.0 haven't let me down and have raised my standards on hunting boots and I couldn't wait to test these out.

The Drifter's motto is “because there is no off-season” making these boots a perfect match for hunters who's hunting season is the result of a year round hustle of scouting, food plots and property management. The off season also includes the daily grind of punching the clock to afford the hunting way of life. Drifter's lightweight good looks combine fashion with function with the textured grey full grain leather and teal mesh upper complimented by the grey and teal camo sole.

Photos courtesy of Irish Setter

 

Drifter's aggressive tread is at home driving a tractor, on the rain slick trails of a 3D Archery tournament after a storm, and on the concrete floor where paychecks are earned. The Venturist outsole bites into the mud and terrain yet the open pattern will spit out even the stickiest Georgia clay.

Drifter's footbed is designed to eliminate foot fatigue with the Agilite 3-piece comfort sole system combining a top layer of dense EVA for heel, arch and forefoot stability and support and a middle layer of softer, high rebound EVA offering underfoot comfort.

Drifter's other technologies include:

  • ScentBan – Irish Setter's exclusive scent control process added to footwear materials to kill odor causing bacteria.
  • Armatec – A tough and abrasion resistant covering used in high wear areas to preserve and lengthen the life of the boot
  • CuShin – Four-way stretch nylon with internal waffle mesh designed to minimize pressure from the boot tongue while maintaining premium comfort.
  • Quick-dry lining to wick away moisture.

Invest in your feet with boots that work and hunt as hard as you do! Irish Setter also offers Drifters in men's styles.

Irish Setter Women's Drifter oxford boot is available in sizes 6 to 11 including half sizes.

Style 2838 MSRP $114.99

Available at irishsetterboots.com and select Irish Setter dealers.

Be sure to check out Irish Setter's extensive collection of hunting and work boots with over 60 years of creating leading outdoor footwear technology.

 

 

 

 

 

Accubow Archery Training Device Review

The dry fire is an essential training tool for firearms proficiency and until recently there was no way to truly replicate dry fire practice in archery.

Accubow has created the perfect dry fire archery training tool that not only strengthens your archery muscles, it improves your accuracy with the interactive laser sight. With no arrow or target to worry about you can focus on your form, grip, aim and your release with or without using the included D – Loop attachment.

Accubow Archery Training Device adjusts from 10-70 pounds with no set draw length making it perfect for every archer, beginner or professional, left or right handed, child or adult, compound or traditional archers.

The most common archery injuries are caused by drawing a bow incorrectly or with too high of draw weight. Avoid injury by strengthening your muscles and slowly increasing your draw weight with the instantly adjustable Accubow. The Accubow has no let off so you have to build your muscles in order to use it correctly and consistently. Building those muscles directly translate into being able to draw and hold your bow steady in order to aim true.

Draw weight doesn’t mean anything if you aren’t accurate. Accubow’s laser sight and level buble allow you to focus on form and build the stamina for when that big buck walks out or you are in a show down for first place at a 3D tournament.

The grip on the Accubow was designed around today’s popular bow grips. The Accubow’s vibration dampening system provides unlimited dry fire training anywhere.

The most important part of archery is consistency, with the Accubow you will train to use the correct draw, correct form and have a smooth controlled release and follow through.

The Accubow is for everyone, if you sell bows, teach archery, new or experienced in the sport – this training device is for you!

Thinking about getting into archery or buying a bow for someone? First get an Accubow, work on the fundamentals before flinging arrows and you’ll prevent bad habits from developing.

No matter your experience level with archery the Accubow Archery Training Device is a must have!

Accubow Archery Training Device has a carbon fiber finish and a red resistance band and has an MSRP of $149.99.

However for $10 more you can purchase the Rick Carone Signature Series Accubow and Accubow will donate $50 to Team Carone Foundation, a 501c3 Non Profit Organization benefiting cancer research, scholarships and Gifts of Love to Others Battling Cancer.

For more information visit teamcaronefoundation.org. When you purchase the Rick Carone Signature Series Accubow you will receive a purple custom marked R.C. wrist sling, purple Accubow resistance band and a limited edition Rick Carone autographed portrait.

 

Make sure to check out Accubow.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

 

 

 

 

Featured image courtesy of Accubow

 

BoarMasters Concentrated Conviction Bear Lure

Photo Courtesy of BoarMasters

“Use at your own risk.”

Concentrated bear attractant so powerful it comes with a warning! 100% undiluted scent for the dedicated bear hunters and guides who don't want to waste money buying bottle after bottle of watered down scent. One bottle of concentrated bear lure makes 10 to 20 gallons of bear luring aroma. You read that right, gallons!

Mix your bear lure with any liquid, just 1-2oz mixed with 5 gallons of liquid and you are set to spray, drizzle or pour an irresistible scent so powerful it will draw the bears in from miles around!

So powerful in fact that “BoarMasters accepts no responsibility for accidents and injuries. Use at your own risk.” Take precautions to keep the lure off your clothing and person. This is NOT a cover scent it is a dinner bell!

You can also use the full concentrate with a scent wick, drag or burn.

Concentrated Conviction comes in Carmel, Beaver Castor, Anise, Blueberry, Melon and Bacon.

Sold in 4oz or larger volumes upon request.

Save money and Get Ready For Results with BoarMasters Concentrated Conviction Bear Lure.

Use with BoarMasters Bear-Lydia Legal Bear Attractants and Top Predator Pastes for you best season ever!

 

 

 

 

Featured photo courtesy of BoarMasters.

 

BoarMasters Top Predator Paste Review

Amy's bear was addicted to Sweet Surrender before season started!

BoarMasters Top Predator Paste is a concentrated sticky bait that draws predators in with its irresistible smell and keeps them around with its addictive taste.

At Pleasant River Guide Service we use the Sweet Surrender flavor, the bears go crazy for it! The first time I smelled Sweet Surrender it was an powerful and familiar smell that made my mouth water. Think of the best jelly donut filling you've ever had, multiply it by 100 in sweetness and thickness.

Basically, Sweet Surrender is the queso of bear baits, no one can resist queso. No matter how full you are, if quest is in front of you, you'll eat it.

Sweet Surrender is also waterproof, a little will go a long way and will stay until that predator find and devours it. The 16oz container lasts a long time even with multiple bait sites.

Made with only pure ingredients, Sweet Surrender is not a glorified mineral lick – no salt or roughage in this premium gooey goodness. However, it's not made for human consumption no matter how tempting it is, and it is so incredibly tempting.

One place we put Sweet Surrender is right on the barrel, in 2015 Amy's bear would plop on her belly and lap up all the paste she could find. During the hunt, Amy said her bear came straight in for the paste allowing Amy to shoot her biggest bear to date!

Amy's bear was addicted to Sweet Surrender before season started!

Amy successfully took her bear with her bow on opening day of season 2015

 

Amy's pumpkin headed sow was old and when the taxidermist was skinning her, he discovered she had a tooth from another bear lodged in her jaw in a healed wound. Bears are insanely tough, but they are no match for Sweet Surrender!


Amy's bear

 

So if you are looking for a bait that will stick around and bring in bears and furbearers to your bait or trap, look no further than BoarMasters Top Predator Paste in Sweet Surrender!

 

 

 

Trophystickers Custom Decals Review

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“Your trophy, your decal”

With Trophystickers you can take an exact replica of your trophy anywhere! All you have to do is send Trophystickers a head-on centered image of your trophy and it will be transformed into a completely unique decal. Each decal is created with dedication to detail by hunters for hunters who want something other than a store bought generic deer.

Every trophy deserves to be remembered even if it's not a wall hanger. Trophystickers decals aren't just for your vehicle windows. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination and creativity.

Make your own wall hanger with a see through frame. This Trophysticker decal is made from my husband's moose. The bases are as big as coke cans, a 5×5 bull measuring 57.5 inches! That moose was good eating for a very, very long time. There is only so many places a rack like that will fit, but the Trophystickers decal fits anywhere!

Photo I sent Trophystickers

Decal I received, I love it!

 

 

 

Decorate in a style completely your own! A trip to the craft store to get a vase, led string lights, camo paper and some decorative tape makes this Trophysticker decal into a one of a kind hunt souvenir to match any room!

Completely one of a kind trophy decor!

Trophystickers make great gifts to surprise the hunter in your life or your outfitting clients. Do you have a perfect trail camera pictures of a buck on your hit list? Get a Trophystickers decal to remind yourself to hunt hard until you outsmart him or commemorate his antler growth through the years next to your shoulder mount when you finally bring him home. The possibilities are endless with these truly one of a kind decals.

No matter where you stick your decal it will look incredible and unique, no one else has your trophy!

Visit trophystickers.com today to get started!

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Show off the fatal arrow.

 

Get your Trophystickers decal today!