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For the second consecutive year, the HBM Hunt Club held a whitetail hunt at Buffalo Point, which is located on the beautiful shores of historic Lake of the Woods, just across the Manitoba border in Canada. And once again, with just three hunters, the team quickly filled their tags with three nice Canadian whitetail bucks.

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Posted in: HBM Hunt Reports
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As I write this column, I am just a few short weeks away from the close of my 53rd whitetail hunting season. Over half of a century of pursuing this wily creature has taught me countless hard-learned lessons about the challenges involved in being a consistently successful whitetail hunter, as well as teaching me volumes about the complex behavioral patterns that make this unique animal so vexing to hunt.

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Story and Photos by Daniel James Hendricks Over the course of my hunting career, I have been in a lot of trophy rooms, some of them very spectacul...

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Wow, what another great year for the advancement of crossbows! North, south east and, well…. we will keep working on west. Mississippi, Kansas, now Connecticut and it looks like Wisconsin will pass before this article goes to print. All big steps in the right direction!

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Posted in: Columns
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I closed last month with the meeting/hands on crossbow shooting event in Representative Gary Haluska’s district in Pennsylvania, and how that led to a developing friendship with a group from the Pennsylvania House of Representative’s Fish and Wildlife Committee. That friendship holds fast today.

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Milestone: (1) a marker that indicates distance from a given point or (2) a significant event in one's career or history.
 
It occurred to me as I once again gleaned through the pages of our last few issues of HBM, as I've done for over a decade now, that every issue is full of "milestones."  Regardless of age, gender ,or preferred weapon, they're there from cover to cover in photos, lettitorials and member stories.

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Posted in: Columns
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NO CROSSBOWS FOR NEW YORK STATE!
    New York State is no longer a crossbow state!  We can thank Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (D-Suffolk) and the New York Bowhunters organization for that.

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Posted in: Columns
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I never thought much about bear hunting. Michigan has such a limited draw that I figured I would never have an opportunity. In 2012, Northern Wilderness Bear Outfitters (NWBO) in White River, Ont. donated a bear hunt to the Michigan Crossbow Federation fundraiser. That year a dialog started between me and some of our members that have been on bear hunts in that area. I listened to stories and caught the excitement as the hunters told me of their hunts. It didn’t take long before I began dreaming of going on a bear hunt, even though my husband, Dave, was less than enthusiastic about the idea.

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Posted in: Columns
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Milestone: (1) a marker that indicates distance from a given point or (2) a significant event in one's career or history.
    It occurred to me as I once again gleaned through the pages of our last few issues of HBM, as I've done for over a decade now, that every issue is full of "milestones."  Regardless of age, gender or preferred weapon, they're there from cover to cover in photos, lettitorials and member stories.

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Posted in: Columns
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Twelve years have come and gone and much to the chagrin of the shrinking anti-crossbow crowd, we are still here and not going away.  Many years before this magazine was started Daniel and I preached to acceptance and unity among all hunters.  Our mission has always been to support ALL legal forms of hunting with ALL legal weapons. 

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Posted in: Columns
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I just finished a quick check of the ACF database and was delighted to discover that 91 of our charter members are, after a full twelve years, still actively involved in the support of our crossbow Federation.  A Charter Member, by the way, is a person that joined the American Crossbow Federation during the first year of its existence; and the fact that we still have 91 of those original members on the roster, I believe speaks volumes about what we have accomplished and how we have grown since the first issue of the Horizontal Bowhunter Magazine hit the mail boxes back in September of 2001.

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Posted in: Columns
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The early part of the Minnesota archery season had been lean and mean.  Passing on countless does and one and two year old bucks had become a frequent and irritating occurrence.  However, if one truly wants to harvest a respectable buck, he or she must learn to let the lesser deer go by while waiting patiently for an animal of greater stature. 

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Posted in: Columns
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“Faster!  Faster!” cried the Red Queen, but for three decades, Bill Troubridge, founder of Canadian crossbowyer Excalibur, remained steadfastly aloof from the madness of that dance, because experience had shown that excessive arrow speeds implied lower reliability.  And while others were building faster and faster, Excalibur built tougher and ever more dependable.  In any case, the Excalibur was no slouch.  The Exomax had proved itself against the African elephant – a formidable enough quarry – and in tournament the design had also acquitted itself with distinction while, as a testament to its durability, the Excalibur is used by wildlife management teams in some of the hardest conditions on the planet, far from the luxury of technical support.

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Posted in: Columns
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When you are hot, you are hot!
    Will Elliott, a well known outdoor writer with the Buffalo News in Western New York, as well as the well-read New York Outdoor News hit it huge in February when he was named the 2012 recipient of the coveted American Crossbow Federation’s Bill Hilts Sr. Award for outstanding contributions to the sport of hunting.

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Posted in: Columns
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The set up was perfect. Bill Hilts, Sr., was to my left front and downhill – I was looking over his right shoulder and directly down the arrow on the crossbow toward the turkey decoys 15 yards in front of him. Dick Lancaster, my friend in Monroe County, Ohio was further off to the left front calling. Finally, I hoped I was going to get a turkey kill on film for the third and final video I was producing for the crossbow company I worked for at the time.

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Posted in: Columns
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I was so excited about this hunting trip. We would be hunting whitetails in the Ozarks. It was a long drive but a scenic one in October. This was a new experience being among fellow hunters I had yet to meet. We arrived in time to take a ride out to see some of the blinds and get an idea for the lay of the land. We were told the rules and schedule for our week’s stay. We would be hunting the next morning. Ozark Mountain Outfitters is a comfortable and accommodating place to stay. I love that they bring you coffee in the early morning to ease the wake-up and start the day off on a cheery note.

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Posted in: Columns
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With the deer season behind us, the usual question among hunters is, "How was your deer season?" The answers I get range from a dejected, "Just a doe," to a proud, "A 1XX class XX pointer." Some 35 or 40 years ago that same question would have been answered with a disappointed, "I got skunked," to an excited, "I got one," with only an occasional reference to antler size. Now, I ask you, when did the measure of a successful deer season become based upon antler size? By doing so, what effect has that had on deer hunting?

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Twice last winter I experienced something that truly made me proud. The kind of moments where you realize years of hard work were not wasted or forgotten. The kind of proud that warms you clear to the bone.

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When you are hot, you are hot!

    Will Elliott, a well known outdoor writer with the Buffalo News in Western New York, as well as the well-read New York Outdoor News hit it huge in February when he was named the 2012 recipient of the coveted American Crossbow Federation’s Bill Hilts Sr. Award for outstanding contributions to the sport of hunting.

 

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Twice last winter I experienced something that truly made me proud.  The kind of moments where you realize years of hard work were not wasted or forgotten.  The kind of proud that warms you clear to the bone.

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With the deer season behind us, the usual question among hunters is, "How was your deer season?"         The answers I get range from a dejected, "Just a doe," to a proud, "A 1XX class XX pointer."  Some 35 or 40 years ago that same question would have been answered with a disappointed, "I got skunked," to an excited, "I got one,"  with only an occasional reference to antler size.  Now, I ask you, when did the measure of a successful deer season become based upon antler size?  By doing so, what effect has that had on deer hunting?

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I was so excited about this hunting trip. We would be hunting whitetails in the Ozarks. It was a long drive but a scenic one in October. This was a new experience being among fellow hunters I had yet to meet. We arrived in time to take a ride out to see some of the blinds and get an idea for the lay of the land. We were told the rules and schedule for our week’s stay. We would be hunting the next morning. Ozark Mountain Outfitters is a comfortable and accommodating place to stay.  I love that they bring you coffee in the early morning to ease the wake-up and start the day off on a cheery note.

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    This past fall, I passed on deer during the archery season left & right, dawn & dusk, not to mention bucks & does; deer that in previous seasons would have been put down without as much as a second thought.  During the 2012 Minnesota Whitetail seasons, a hunter could take only one deer and having a deer problem in my back yard (and a permit to hunt with my crossbow within the city limits) I decided that if I didn’t get an opportunity to arrow a big buck, I would fill my tag at season’s end in my backyard; thereby eliminating one of the four-legged, birdseed bashers that have, all year long, been eating us out of house and home, while trashing and mangling our bird feeders.
     

 

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Don’t know if you’ve bought yours, but I was like a little kid opening my recently received – and very securely boxed – CHAOS 325 crossbow package. Scope mounted and pre-shot with the target and chronographic speed of the arrows on the target, I’ve never seen that in a crossbow package before. My first impulse was a bit pricey, until I actually looked at the whole package – nothing short changed, everything top quality, dependable and well thought out down to the 6-pack of ACCUSPINE™ carbon arrows. There are cheaper packages on the market, but I’m not sure there’s a more economic package than the CAMX CHAOS 325 crossbow package. There is a lifetime warranty on the CHAOS 325 and a 10 day, no questions asked return policy (you just pay for the shipping back). I’ve known Dave Choma (the designer) for over 20 years and I wouldn’t have expected anything less.

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Posted in: Columns
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As I walked into the kitchen, my beloved wife looked up at my beaming face as I proudly announced, “Man, I really love this turkey hunting, but I’m not very good at it!”

That was at the end of the third day of the MN Spring Turkey Archery season and I had already taken four shots without killing a bird. It wasn’t the crossbow…I was using the Wicked Ridge Raider and this baby hammered the bull's-eye on the range at 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards with every shot it fired from the bench rest. The problem was definitely with the person pulling the trigger.

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Posted in: Member Stories
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2012 Winter Rendezvous at the Rio Bonito Ranch

At the appointed day, four ACF members arrived at the Rio Bonito Ranch in Junction Texas for the annual HBM Winter Rendezvous and all of the adventure that it would bring. It was interesting that all four were seasoned veterans of the hunt and all had been regulars at the Rio for nearly a decade. It was not odd, however, given their history at the ranch that all were excited and as giddy as a new bride to hit the field running in pursuit of the wild creatures that inhabit the Rio.

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Posted in: Columns
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The battle line has been drawn and the ranks are forming. Do you want to be a part of the Cross army? If so, you need to check out the aggressive new line of crossbows and accessories from Cross Archery. The all new Cross DOA and Hero are ready for action. This dealer only line of equipment provides premium high performance features at a value most hunters can appreciate.

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Posted in: Columns
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Not new for 2012 but still at the top of high-end crossbows, the Ghost 400 perfectly blends performance and comfort leaving nothing for want. The Ghost 400 leads the industry with raw power, shooting at lightning speeds of 400+ fps. This crossbow features Barnett's proprietary Carbon Riser Technology and it is by far the lightest and strongest in its class.

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Posted in: Columns
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I have been aware of the fact that I was suffering from a gradual hearing loss for quite a while and my friends constant ribbing about my audio shortcomings have become so common, that I am no longer bothered by their good-natured ridicule. I have considered purchasing hearing aids by am put off by the outlandish prices that the units go for, so I quietly go from day to day in my own little world of diminished sound, quite comfortable and contented in my own quietness.

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Posted in: Columns
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Starting in the Summer 2007 issue, the American Crossbow Federation instituted a new award to be presented on a quarterly basis to an outstanding supp...

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Posted in: Columns
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Daniel - Just wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoyed my Winter 2012 issue of Horizontal Bowhunter! I don't know how you continue to find suc...

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Posted in: Lettitorials
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Since 2003, Kim and Cindy Kafka, owners of the Diamond K Ranch in Havre, MT have generously donated an Elk Hunt on their ranch to be auctioned off at the Annual UFFDA Banquet in an effort to support its mission. The 2011 hunt was purchased by UFFDA Charter Member and longtime friend, John Swanson of Sauk Rapids, MN. John lost his right leg during Desert Shield in 1990. He has been a hunter since the very first UFFDA hunt back in 1995 and has served on the board of directors; he is also the current Range Master at the UFFDA Camp Wilderness Hunt in Park Rapids, MN.

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Posted in: Featured Story
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Sometimes we have to stand up for what’s right even with our hunting partners.

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Posted in: Columns
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There seems to have always been an association with apples and archery. I think of old Robin Hood movies, William Tell, and long distance target shots. Archery companies have adopted that association into their names: Apple Archery, Happy Apple Archery and Arrow and Apple, just to name a few.

Come to think about it, I remember as a kid, taking apples from the tree in the back yard and shoving them into the haybale backstop. I am certain I didn’t hit very many, but they seemed to make a great target at the time!

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I recently stumbled upon a couple of really neat products that I want to share with you.  They are worthy of a second look and serious purchase consideration.

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Posted in: Columns
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“Where’s Gene?” Lee, the lead photographer asked. “He’s got the look!” Little did I know at the time what “the look” would come to mean. With a face that only a mother (or wife of nearly 34 years) could love you’d think a man of my intellect would have been a bit more suspicious when I received a call from The Brunton Outdoor Group asking if I’d consider being a model for their new catalog.

 

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Posted in: Member Stories
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Wow! Pretty much describes my impression of the 2012 Archery Trade Association’s Show at Columbus, Ohio back in January. Seems not all that long ago the crossbow community (which was pretty small back then), at least in my memory, had to sneak into the AMO Show, and keep low key. I guess when Mark Bower, a great friend and a principle of the old Horton Manufacturing Company, and I joked about changing the way American hunts backin 1990, we weren’t far off. And most of that is good.

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Posted in: Columns
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Turkey season is here and it’s time to wear my blind. The ground blind is my friend. I’ve always been good at spending time alone in a small space. I understand bears denning, cats in boxes, and Chihuahuas burrowing into the covers. Not that I don’t like the occasional walk in the sun, but there’s something inherently comforting about being in a ground blind, watching the wildlife when they can’t see you.

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Posted in: Columns
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Most people have a favorite time of day. For some it's sunrise, the promise of a new day.  For others, it's the busy brightness of midday. For others still, it's the serenity of sunset or the cloaking darkness of the night.  For me, it's First Light--that brief, magical time before the dawn when the night embraces the first hint of day, both sharing the heavens.

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Posted in: Columns
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Off Their List And On To Mine

Though long overdue, the federal government finally removed the grey wolf from the endangered species list.  That means I can now put the wolf at the top of my list.  It’s time for Mr. Wolf to start fearing man. 

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HHA Intermount Update:
In a previous issue of this magazine I reviewed the HHA Optimizer Speed Dial adjustable sight intermount for crossbow. It was intended primarily for hunting and I like it very much as a dedicated crossbow sighting system which can be calibrated for ranges over which modern crossbows are capable, but still it is , as it should be, specifically a bow sight which gives rapid and repeatable setting, which can be used with a range finder.

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Posted in: Columns
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There is no doubt, it is definitely time for crossbows in New York State.  Thousands of New York State hunters have been struggling for over a quarter-century for equal rights on this most important issue, to legalize this fascinating and challenging hunting tool, in all seasons.

 

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Posted in: Columns
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Friday, November 18, 2011 was the day before the opening of New York’s Southern Zone deer gun season. More importantly, it would be the first opportunity ever for me to hunt in New York State with my Excalibur Exocet crossbow.

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Posted in: Lettitorials
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 The crew for Foremost Outdoor TV caught up with Dan Hendricks in the hallways at the 2011 ATA show.  Dan had a lot to say about crosswbow hunting in Wisconsin.  Check out the interview:

 

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Posted in: Crossbow Hunting
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The management of the American Crossbow Federation assembled a panel of crossbow hunting experts to evaluate the newly contracted bear outfitters for our trek into Manitoba for our annual Spring Fling. Our outfitters were David Bouchard and Wyman Sangster; and our guide was Evan Proctor. After a week of hard and at times, very wet hunting, hearty affirmation was unanimously awarded by the team to our hosts for a job well done.

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Posted in: HBM Hunt Reports
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What is it about the middle of August that turns the radar on for us hunters? It is still summer, the weather is still hot and the days are still long. The leaves are still green, the grass still needs mowed (unless it is crunchy and brown like mine) and the kids are not yet back in school.

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Posted in: Out of the Woods
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February, although the shortest month of the year, can seem like the longest, especially for those who call the northern-most tier of the United States home. In the mid-winter, February’s rationed sunlight, accumulating snowfall and below zero temperatures can turn an outdoorsman’s days into a miserable sentence of hard time if there are no adventures to look forward to in his immediate future. My personal remedy for curing February’s doldrums is making the annual trip to the Rio Bonito Ranch in the Texas Hill Country for the ACF Winter Rendezvous. Six days atop the Edwards Plateau traipsing across its ruggedly handsome landscape while chasing the Rio’s plentiful and varied big game population is all that is necessary to break up the winter and rejuvenate one’s ebbing spirits. It also provides an opportunity to add some delectable cuisine to the family larder.

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Posted in: HBM Hunt Reports
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Heading into the field on the next hunting trip is a jubilation that each of us that pursues wild things is very familiar with. Visions of trophy critters and epic deeds of great cunning and courage dominate our thoughts as we head for our destinations, fired up with all of the anticipation that can only be meted out by the thrill of a hunt in wilderness, wherever that wilderness might be. In recent years, however, one more facet of added excitement for this aging writer has been included in my personal recipe for adventure. With the onset of each new hunt, I have another make and model of crossbow to put through its paces and evaluate in the field. The objective of that task is to become familiar enough with the bow so that I have a thorough understanding of it and will then be able to write a review, answer specific questions about it and share my personal thoughts about that particular bow with our readers when they call to ask my opinion.

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Daniel - Regarding the article, New York Crossbows Mean Big $$$ For Conservation Fund, Summer 2010 edition, the comment was made "I have left a bow cocked for several days while in camp and it caused no harm." Can this be true? I have been an avid crossbow hunter for 10 years and from the beginning was instructed and with everything read that you should not leave a bow cocked for more than 3 to 4 hours.

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Posted in: Lettitorials
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Dear HBM - With only 4-days left in the season, I set up 3 decoys and called at dawn, a half mile west of the roost of a large group of Turkeys. I had scouted and hunted the area previously and noticed that they tended to head west to feed early. The hunt was ideal, in that I spotted the Tom coming to my call and answering while he was still 200 yards away. He took his time and hung up a couple of times, fanning and calling, it was neat...

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Posted in: Lettitorials
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My Little Person – only in physical stature, in all actuality she’s larger in heart and personality than most I know, including myself – didn’t kill a turkey again this season. But that’s not from lack of drive on her part – she just picked the wrong two guides: Chevy and me.

Chevy isn’t that bad anymore and he had a great season (in one of these columns, I’ll identify Chevy but that will be a long one). Me, well let me just say that my turkey flaring device sent seven jakes and two long bears on a run – when they flew down from the roost after gobbling all over my hen tree call – in the direction of our next county. And we haven’t seen them since. I think she sticks with me because I taught her to shoot the crossbow, and she insists on hunting turkey with it and not a firearm. Maybe, too she has faith in me because I did help her become a successful crossbow deer hunter.

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Posted in: Crossbow Hunting
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Daniel - I wanted to go hunt, or at least visit, with a diehard crossbow hunter near where I live. I am in northwest Georgia, about 45 minutes from Atlanta. Do you know anyone who is a well-known crossbow hunter who lives in this area, or someone who has a few crossbow records to their credit?

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Posted in: Lettitorials
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Good morning Daniel – I went up at the cabin for Father’s Day to check my trail cameras. What a great thing, I got a picture of the same cinnamon bear that I got a shot of last week. The really neat thing about it is that it came through at 10:18 and we arrived there at 10:35. I also got a photo of another bear that came through at 3:47 that morning. Seems to be a lot of activity right now and I believe it is the "season" for bears to seek each other out to make little bears. Hopefully a sow with a cub or two will find her way to the Cuddy Back.

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Posted in: Lettitorials
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Well I put in a few days hunting in Wisconsin this weekend.  It paid off to stay in the blind as long as possible.  Yesterday I got in the blind at about 5:30 a.m. and did not come out until 7:50 p.m. or so.  Oh what a long day.  I saw lots of birds, they were gobblin’ till noon on Saturday and I think this bird and his buddy came in yesterday at about 11:00 a.m.  The shot was too long so I let them go.  Today (Sunday) I moved my blind up the hill into the food plot to get the best shot possible at any birds that might come to the plot.  The plot is mostly clover and chicory with some trefoil and other things deer and turkeys like.  Anyway, I was extremely tired and falling in and out of sleep about every half hour.  I would wake up look around and then drift back off to sleep.  At about 11:00 I contemplated calling my brother-in-law and asking him to come and get me but something told me to wait until noon.  I had seen birds pretty late in the morning yesterday.

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Posted in: Lettitorials
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Dear HBM-Attached are a couple of pictures of the black bear I killed out of Red Pine Lodge, near Foleyet, Ontario, last week. Six of the hunters in our group of 7 took 4 boars and 2 sows, 5 with bolt action 30-06s and 1 with a lever action 35 Remington. Another rifle hunter from MI, with his wife filming in a pop-up blind, killed one with his 30-06. Two of three bow hunters from MI, also staying at Red Pine, got the heaviest bears (they hunted close to the Foleyet town dump, while we were out 15 - 25 miles on baits). A summer resident from Indiana also killed one with his muzzleloader. That's 10 for 12!

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Posted in: Lettitorials
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Tom’s 196 square mile lease is covered up with antelope and I mean some real dandies.

A respectable number of requests for a good Pronghorn Antelope hunt have crossed my desk and I promised to see what I could uncover. Maryland member, Ron Williams provided me with a lead for an outfitter operating out of Douglas, Wyoming and guaranteed that we would like what he has to offer based on twelve consecutive years of hunting there. I spoke with the owner, Tom White about his company, Tom’s Antelope Adventures and he invited me to come out and see what he had to offer. Ron Williams said that he would come along on the maiden voyage and when I mentioned an Antelope Roundup to ACF member Gene Strie, he said he would come along to help evaluate.

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Posted in: HBM Hunt Reports
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If you are a subscriber to the Horizontal Bowhunter Magazine, and even if you are not, we invite you to join us on one or more of our upcoming hunts. We travel to some unique and terrific locals that are teeming with wild game and natural beauty. Our host outfitters are some of the very best that our industry has to offer and the food and accommodations are always great. Here’s what we currently have scheduled:

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Posted in: Upcoming Hunts
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We are offering a limited edition ACF Long Sleeve, heavyweight (6.1 0z) 100% cotton T-shirt. It comes in handsome Dark Chocolate color with a large, cream-colored ACF logo screen-printed on the chest. We washed one to check for shrinkage and there was none. There are only 44 of these shirts and when they are gone, they are gone. Handsome, comfortable, easy to care for and best of all it lets folks know that you are a proud member and supporter of the American Crossbow Federation.

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Posted in: Featured Story
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With ever more states in the USA encouraging the use of the crossbow for hunting, an enormous market has opened up.Crossbow sales have increased on an unprecedented scale, so much so that crossbowyers can scarcely keep up with demand.Predictably, in a society driven by free market forces, and with material and sourcing cost increasing, the retail price of hunting crossbows has increased apace; for some of us, perhaps prohibitively so.

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Posted in: Crossbow Critique
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Finally Saying What They Really Mean
The anti-hunter segment of our hunting fraternity still uses lies and false rhetoric to bash the crossbow.Two recent incidents, however, proved the anti’s are finally willing to acknowledge their main concern is not the crossbow itself, but the addition of more hunters in the woods.

The first incident was in print.Outdoor writer Curt Wells’ wrote a column in the March 5th, 2010 issue of Outdoor News Magazine asking hunters to reject Minnesota’s attempt to allow archers 55 and older to use crossbows.As is the case with all haters, he used plenty of rhetoric and misleading opinion to demonized the crossbow.For example, in one sentence he admits the ballistic similarities between crossbow and compound but follows that up with “some crossbows are already capable of shooting groups well beyond 100 yards”.

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Todd Graf has been a good, personal friend of mine for a decade and a half; and over the course of those years he has established a reputation within the industry as a serious bowhunter as well as a very competent business man. In recent years, he has entered into the field of hunting DVD production and I am here to report that he maintains his personal level of excellence in this endeavor as well.

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My position as a manufacturer of crossbows has made me extremely sensitive to crossbow safety.This is, for several reasons, largely because with the considerable contact I have with crossbow shooters at the shows I hear lots of horror stories about what went wrong, who got hurt and how it happened.Also, it’s because in today’s litigious society it’s vital that we cross our T’s and dot all the I’s at Excalibur to be absolutely certain that our product is safe and that our customers are fully instructed in the safe use of our crossbows....

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Posted in: Crossbow Hunting
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Well, here we are again. Spring has arrived, at least for most of you. (It is still a topic of debate here in Ohio, as I write this article.) Geese are sitting on nests, leaves are on the trees and the fish are biting, all good signs of warmer weather to come.

After a huge crossbow expansion in 2009, it appears that 2010 is on a similar track.Maryland and Delaware appear to be adding crossbows for everyone during the entire archery season. For the past several years, those 65 and over could use the crossbow during the archery season in Maryland. While these states are not big in hunting numbers, they will apply huge pressure as the crossbow expansion works its way up the east coast. New York and the New England states see the wave headed their way and should jump on board over the next couple of years. There is more and more interest in the northeast every year.

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Posted in: Out of the Woods
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As the crossbow continues its steady march into the hunting seasons of states and provinces of North America, evidence indicates that those who still reject the crossbow as an archery tool are becoming more frenzied in their efforts to halt the expansion of the crossbow hunting season.In spite of their increased efforts, barriers and restrictions that have been in place for decades continue to crumble and fall away as common sense and documented statistics dash the lies and myths that have maligned the crossbow since the dawning of modern archery.

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Posted in: Crossbow Hunting
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Some folks refer to people like me as an outdoorsman and my wife Joyce, although not a hunter herself, an outdoorslady. Melana, our nine year old granddaughter was a chip off the old block. She loved all animals and was infatuated with nature. She was an outdoor little girl.Every chance Joyce and I had to take her along with us to our cabin in Jefferson County, Melana was always anxious to go. At the cabin, Melana was in her glory, hiking, deer watching, 4 - wheeler riding, star gazing, roasting marshmallows over the campfire, and practicing her archery with her recurve bow and my TenPoint crossbow. Her goal was to be an accomplished archer so she could go turkey and deer hunting with my son, Ben, and me this year.

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Posted in: Member Stories
03

Dear Daniel – Can you put something in the magazine that would help me find anyone that lives close to me that would enjoy shooting crossbows and hunting together. I like to have company, but have no one to share the experience with. I live approximately 60 miles southeast of Springfield, MO. If you need more information give me a call at 417-683-5814. Thank you. Looking for a crossbow-friend. Don Nelson - MO

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Posted in: Lettitorials
03

One of the many seeds planted deep within my psyche by my parents as a youngster was an abhorrence for bullies.We all know what they are and have seen them in action as they browbeat their victims; victims whom are usually smaller and weaker and pose no real threat to the attacker.As I aged, my unique personality (some would say obnoxious personality) frequently made me the target of bullies in my everyday life and that personal contact only served to deepen my distain for those who brutally intimidate, just because they can.

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Posted in: HBM Hunt Reports
03

The Axiom is a user-friendly bow that is easy to assemble, comfortable to use and tough as granite, while being very simple to maintain.

With spring bear season right around the corner, Excalibur offered me their 2010 Axiom to field test against the mighty bruins of Manitoba. I deduced that nothing should work better on a Canadian black bear than a Canadian crossbow so eagerly accepted their offer and shortly thereafter received the Axiom package directly from the Excalibur factory in Ontario.

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Posted in: Crossbow Hunting
12

A good strong knife may cut a stray arrow out of a tree, trim the thread on the serving in the field, skin or gralloch (opening the stomach cavity using ones fingers to prevent puncture to the intestines) the quarry. Folding knives have their own advantage. Their use is more discreet, sparing on the machismo. Worn in a secure belt-pouch, they are generally perceived as much safer than their rigid cousins when use aboard floating craft, in vehicles on rough terrain or on horseback. However, they can also have mechanisms which can fail, blades which close on fingers, and may be too slow to deploy when needed urgently. In such circumstance, it pays to get the best.

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The 2010 ATA show (the seventeenth consecutive for me) was another grand ol’ family reunion.This annual pilgrimage presents a much anticipated opportunity for Ike and me to get together with good friends that have become an important part of our lives over the years, as well as meeting many new folks that will be playing a primary role in the years to come.  But the most exciting part of the expedition is seeing all of the new products that are being introduced in 2010 by the proud manufacturers of the archery industry.And 2010 definitely will be the best ever for the exploding numbers of North American crossbow hunters.

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Crossbow trivia question for all ACF members and crossbow enthusiasts:

Your crossbow shoots a 2219-XX75 arrow tipped with a 125 gr. Spitfire broad head at approximately 310 fps. You're sighted-in for a 20 yd. zero. You have a steady wind from left to right at 30 mph with gusts exceeding 50 mph. Your target is at 25 yds. o you hold:
     a) 6 inches left of target
     b) 12 inches left of target
     c) 18 inches left of target
     d) other

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Posted in: Member Stories
20

For three years running and for reasons you could care less about, I once again find myself suffering from a severe case of winter blues. It is not terminal however, and by the time you read this spring will be making me feel much better.

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DEC wildlife managers report that the department plans to have Cornell University’s Human Dimension Research Unit conduct another survey of Empire State hunters, concerning the management of whitetail deer. Primary goal of the survey is to assess hunter preferences for potential strategies that may provide crossbow hunting opportunity, alter buck harvest management and modify deer hunting season structures, say officials.

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Posted in: NYCHA
20

A whole lot of energy is expended in the consideration of which of the hundreds of broadhead choices has the best flight consistency, shortest blood trail, or toughest construction, but in my experience very little thought goes into the delivery package that puts that broadhead where it needs to go.  By “delivery package” I mean the arrow itself.

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Posted in: Crossbow Hunting
20

I think it is a sign of old age remembering stuff. I’m not sure because I have trouble remembering stuff. But I remember my 1990 Chevy pickup truck well.

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18

How many of us have true friends? People that you know, no matter what the case, will always be there for you. It is a matter of trust only this type of friendship can provide. In my case, it is two brothers, Scott and Gary Kolstad and their better halves, Candie and Becky.  Every year the six of us go on our annual anniversary weekend, since we all celebrate our annual wedding dates in October.  That was the case in March of 1999. Of course, we all had a great weekend of food and drink and companionship only close friends can enjoy. Little did we know that Scott and Candie would receive disturbing news upon returning to their Door County home.  In November of 1996, Scott and Candie were blessed with their first child, a beautiful little girl they named Amber. To be able to share in the excitement of such an event is beyond words. Her long dark hair and beautiful features, along with a personality that matched, made this little girl a joy to be around. Little did we know life’s challenges would rest solely on little Amber and her family.

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Posted in: Member Stories
12

There is a certain pride in a job well done in any sport, and so I would like to express my pride and appreciation to the Crossbow Archers who came to the First ACF State Crossbow Championship ever held in the United States. Sanctioned by the American Crossbow Federation, Fort Polk Louisiana was the starting point for future events, with the world class Shooting Complex being able to host any shooting sport event you can imagine.

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Posted in: Member Stories
29

In late September of 2008, my good friend, John Dale from Natchez, invited me to participate in the first private lands alligator hunt ever held in Mississippi. Although I had only one night to hunt, I eagerly accepted the invitation. The Dale camp on Brierfield would be our hunt headquarters. The club caretaker, Scott Skipper, would be operating the boat; I would be manning the crossbow; John would be in charge of the video camera.

The weather turned foggy and cool - not the best situation for hunting alligators at night. The big lizards simply would not cooperate! Every time we got within range, the gators would silently slip beneath the surface and disappear. I did manage to get one arrow into a big alligator, but he managed to pull off after a brief fight in the thick brush and aquatic vegetation. I had to leave the next day, but Scott was able to fill all the club tags during daylight hours with his rifle over the next few days while the big ones were sunning along the shore.

Fast forward to Friday, September 18, 2009, this would be my second attempt at getting an alligator on Davis Island with a crossbow. This year I would be shooting my new Horton Vision 175. I arrived early in the afternoon, and Scott and I prepared our equipment for the hunt. Boat batteries had to be charged, arrows and buoys checked, and the boat launched before dark.

 

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Posted in: Member Stories
25

My curiosity about TenPoint’s new Defender CLS immediately went off the scale the moment I laid eyes on it at the 2009 SHOT Show. My first thoughts were: this looks a lot like my TenPoint Phantom CLS, minus the camo pattern on the riser and barrel. When I read the specs on this new crossbow, I knew I had to have one. My test sample arrived at home base not to long after I had finished unpacking my bags after returning home from the SHOT Show. I eagerly opened the box, and began to assemble the crossbow. It was still early enough in the day to take it out for a test run. I quickly laid down a layer of string wax and rail lube, grabbed my chronograph and headed outside to the test range.

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Greetings Dan! - Hope this note finds you and Karen doing well. Our elk season began September 1st  and is now over. I called in a spike for Judy on the 4th and as luck would have it, her arrow clipped a small branch and she shot under him. 4 days later I called him back up and Tim Martell, a friend of ours managed a 20 yard shot from his Hoyt. Then on September 16th Tim called in a cow for me. I'd been practicing shooting with either hand and it paid off!

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Posted in: Member Stories
26

Every year, smack dab in the middle of October, a half a dozen ACF members gather for the Fall Rendezvous in Houston, Missouri, the home of Ozark Mountain Outfitters.  Jim and Darlene Wilson and son Eric play host to our group in some of the most beautiful deer and turkey country that America has to offer.  The hunt allows the taking of a whitetail buck and doe as well as a wild turkey.  The hunt this year was a three day hunt, but in 2010 it will be expanded to five full days of exciting hunting with toasty-warm hospitality, lots of great home-cooked food and plenty of wildlife being seen by all who are sent out to guard Jim’s lush food plots.

This year I was joined by ACF members, Jackie Seale of Alabama, Harold Webster of Mississippi, Bob Jacobs of Minnesota and Randy Archer of North Dakota for four days of what turned out to be wet and colder than normal weather...

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Posted in: HBM Hunt Reports
25

I watched as the animal meandered through the dense brush, disappearing occasionally only to reappear closer than it was before.  Suddenly I thought that I saw sun glinting off an antler.  I raised my crossbow to my shoulder, located the deer in the scope and was delighted to discover that the fat doe I had been watching was a “Poke `em Young” buck.  It was show time!  Immediately the context of the moment changed.  The first surge of adrenaline immediately swept over my system causing tremors to ripple through my body as an increase in blood pressure made my eyes feel like they were being squeezed in a vice.  Oh how I love the very instant the decision is made to shoot!  It is the point in time that all hunters work towards and live for, the moment of truth and ultimate test.  And as the buck continued to close the gap that separated us, I prepared for my final exam.

The nearer the animal came, the more it angled directly towards my position.  Straight out in front of me was a 4-wheeler trail that would give me a clear shot out to forty yards, but as the animal angled closer, I knew that it would probably be under twenty when the it cleared the brush.  As luck would have it, the whitetail stepped onto the trail right in front of my twenty-yard marker and then started to turn away from me.  I had been focused on the spot even before the fledgling buck entered the kill zone so when it began to turn, my finger quickly applied pressure to the trigger of my bow.  As the bow’s bark shattered the quiet landscape, the arrow was launched, entered the hapless whitetail at mid-body, just short of the rib cage, exiting behind the scapula on the opposite side of the animal and buried its head deeply into the rich, black soil...

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For just about 16 years I have been “confined “to a wheel chair following an ATV accident.  Being an avid hunter and outdoorsman prior to my accident it has been very difficult for me to “settle” for the very limited access to the outdoors that I loved and still love so much.  Tim Swenson from Action manufacturing is now selling an item that redefines more than just confinement it redefines life for me.

The Action Track Chair by action manufacturing in Marshall Minnesota has come a long way in removing common obstacles from the person wanting heck needing to be outdoors.  Though not capable of going anywhere, it definitely makes most places and terrains accessible to the ambulatorily impaired individual.  From the elderly person that simply has trouble getting around the yard or garden. To the paralyzed folks that want to go to that place they used to go.  Hunting spots, fishing holes, hiking trails, beaches, swamps and just plain adventurous people have gained significant access once again!

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I first saw the Excalibur Exocet crossbow in the 1998 Cabela’s Fall Archery catalog. Thinking back over the bows I have owned,, most were recurves just like the Exocet, from one of those green fiverglass kid’s bows at age ten to the Ben Pearson Javelina 66” target bow I shot in high school archery club to the Bear Black Panther Hunter that I used to hunt everything from squirrels to deer. I just had to have an Exocet, and as easy as a phone call to Cabela’, my new toy was on its way. Having had the crossbow for the better part of a year, I needed to find somewhere and something to hunt. The answer came in the form of an ad in the back of an archery magazine “Where to Hunt” section. Forest of Antlers, located in Minocqua, Wisconsin offers hunts for whitetail deer using the crossbow. I was met at the Rhinelander, WI airport a guide named Bob. He told me the lodge was brand spanking new. The handsome building was handicap-accessible and the ground bathrooms were designed with the disabled hunter in mind. The food was top shelf and never ending. A large sitting room offered TV, books, magazines, a stereo system and a video library. After unpacking and lunch, I headed to the target range...

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Posted in: Member Stories
21

Bad River Outdoors offers bow-type open sights for field or hunting crossbows, with mounts tailored to suit the crossbows made by the principal bowyers. When I was invited to test one I requested a mounting to suit my Excalibur. This is my favorite bow for shooting with the open sights with which it is already fitted, so I am use to how it performs without the now ubiquitous telescope sight.

The Tagged-Out aperture sight is a simple, robust peep, adjustable for windage and elevation and which mounts onto the rail normally used for the telescopic sight option on the Excalibur. Immediately I could see a practical advantage in this in that, were a telescopic sight to receive serious damage in the field, perhaps a far and foreign field, the aperture could be ready to replace it on the scope rail...

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This British made sight from Hawke Optics is the one Jim Kempf selected for his Scorpyd crossbow. It is a conventional multi-reticle sight with a particularly nice image quality and evidently, as you will see, robust build.

To the uninitiated, it might seem that a telescopic sight is just a telescopic sight, but actually the application for which it is intended has critical implications for the design, one size done not fit all. For a crossbow, parallax adjustment has to be within the same parameters as the normal shooting range of the bow, units of adjustment for elevation have to be realistic and the delicate innards have to be protected from vibration and done so specifically with regard to the directions from which impact will arrive – the recoil patters of a crossbow may feel like a medium bore rifle but are actually quite different...

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Starting in the Summer of 2007 the American Crossbow Federation instituted a new award to be presented on a quarterly basis to an outstanding supporter of the grassroots crossbow movement. The ACF Lion Heart Award is presented to a deserving member that has gone the extra mile in helping to promote and preserve the crossbow hunting opportunity during the course of his or her daily life.

Any ACF Member whose dues are current or is a paid Life Member may present the name of a nominee for the ACF Lion Heart Award.  The criterion is simple.  Each candidate should be nominated because of the effort that he or she is putting forth to expand the crossbow hunting opportunity.  We are not looking for the professional writers, TV personalities or other industry figures; we are instead looking for the grassroots crossbow advocate.  You folks know who they are when you see them.  They may be working with legislators or doing public speaking on a local basis.  They may be working to organize crossbow events or found organizations.  They may be posting on web sites and taking the lead in crossbow discussions and debates.  But, whatever they are doing, they are doing it to help create more opportunities to hunt with and shoot the crossbow, worldwide.

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My road to recovery, since my fall, has been a long and painful one. And, I am still not 100%. But throughout my recovery, I have set a series of GOALS to strive for. And yesterday I achieved one of my most difficult.

About a week ago, I climbed back into one of my treestands, to check it out, with the aid of my new full body harness! I have to admit that I was shaking a little. Considering that the last time I was in a treestand, I fell twenty-five feet, changing my life dramatically.

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Posted in: Member Stories
19

Born in 1949 and schooled during the 50’s and 60’s, the year 2010 seemed a million miles away to me during those formative years. But now that it is here, not only does 2010 denote the passing of the first decade of this century, but for me, it marks another important milestone in my life as a hunter. This is my fiftieth year of hunting big game animals in the wild. Tacking on another four years or so for small game hunting is required to complete the report, but it was half a century ago that I shot my very first whitetail deer along the edge of a thick, willowed swamp after a long, cold day of hanging in the limbs of a small poplar tree (without a stand of any kind). I still remember it as if it occurred just yesterday. What a triumph it was for that twelve year old farm boy that was nearly frozen stiff by the time he pulled the trigger of the old Stevens 30-30 dropping his very first whitetail deer...

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The GT Flex crossbow is made by U.S. Crossbowyer TenPoint, but they label it “SixPoint” a logo type reserved for bows marketed within the lower end of their price range. Interesting as that may seem, anyone who reads my reviews will know that I recognize and applaud high quality; what is less well known is that I warn companies to take care over what they send me. If they want a good review it had better be a good product. And there, on my doorstep, I see an inexpensive bow from a company famed as the marketer of the Cadillac of crossbows. Inexpensive is a relative term, but the GT Flex is around a third of the price of some.

The box felt light. In it was a crossbow in two main parts, a recurve prod and a mainframe with stock attached, and some bits and pieces...

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Posted in: Crossbow Critique
11

Miss quick or eat well. It sounds a bit silly, but this is a question that all modern archers must consider when purchasing new equipment. It seems that every new bow on the market hypes its speed capabilities. Though the feet per second that a given bow has the ability of throwing an arrow is fun to know and even to joust about with other archers in the off season.

I submit to you that the real question is “how accurate” is this new bow I’m considering...

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Posted in: Member Stories
11

I can remember like yesterday the first time I came to the end of a standing cornfield as a driver and witnessed what seemed like hundreds of pheasants take flight. Some today would trade sighting a dozen whitetail does for that experience. And obviously I remember the fall of my 11th year when I graduated to toter, and was presented with an Iver Johnson 16 Ga., single shot shotgun. But the learning process went on from there. We could hunt until 5 p.m. each day, and I was allowed to hunt alone with my beagle, so I’d jump off the school bus about 3 p.m., run in the house to change, grab the shotgun and my five shotgun shells, and dash across the street into the standing corn. If, when I needed more shells, I hadn’t added a combination of rabbits and pheasants adding up to three to the family table, I got a lecture. “Boy”—I’m sure if he were alive today at 65, I’d still be called Boy – “Those shells cost good money. Stop wasting them.”

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11

It was the eve of the 2009 firearms season and as was their nature the hunters in our family deer camp were bantering around the campfire.  Their normally jovial mood was slightly tempered, however, and I knew why.  The lack of deer sign had subdued their usually high expectations. 

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11

2009 has been a very “interesting” year for all crossbow manufacturers. “Interesting” in the Chinese sense, as in “may you live in interesting times” that is. Sure, it’s great to see the new opportunities opening and welcome all those new potential crossbow hunters into the fold, and yes, it’s great to see our sales figures soar in these uncertain economic times. That said, it’s been a madhouse here at Excalibur with new building expansion, new machinery, and lots of new crossbows to build, ship, and service. Personally, I was more than ready for the sales season to trail off and I have really welcomed the peace and relaxation that deer hunting near my home has brought to me recently.

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Posted in: Crossbow Hunting
11

The New York Bowhunters and New York Muzzleloaders Association are jointly floating a proposal which would radically change the N.Y. State hunting season structure. Everyone will benefit, except for vast majority of hunters who hunt the regular firearms hunting season.

The NYB is seeking an October 1 opener in the Southern Zone for the bowhunters, and they also want to run the bow outing late into the year. The plan will essentially “gut” the regular firearms season and move the majority of the hunting days into December.

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Posted in: NYCHA
05

Africa for many of us is still an unfulfilled dream that simmers in our mind overpowering our nostrils with the heavy aroma of mystery and adventure. It is my fondest hope to travel there someday before my stay on this magnificent earth is ended by that final punching of life’s daily time clock. I do not feel compelled to harvest a kaleidoscope of the unique and exotic animals that call that strange land home, but instead would rather capture their magnificence on camera. My chance may never come to visit the Dark Continent, but in the meantime, I sate my thirst for Africa through other people’s adventurers that have been captured by the movie camera and then chronicled on DVD.

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Posted in: News
05

As the crossbow and crossbow hunting becomes more commonplace, we are seeing a surge of quality hunting videos appearing on the market featuring our favorite tool for procuring excellent table fare. Crossbow Compulsion, which is produced by Team Backwoods and stars Bill & Kath Troubridge from Excalibur Crossbows along with some of their many friends, is an excellent addition to your crossbow-hunting DVD collection. There are eighteen hunts with a ton of different species from all across the North American Continent. All of the hunts are entertaining and well filmed, documenting some great encounters with handsome animals, in beautiful places and along with some terribly excited hunters as well. We all participate in this sport for that one magic moment when the hunter is in the right place at the right time and suddenly it is “show time”. This production captures that “show time” moment over and over again allowing the viewer to share the adventure of our on-screen hunters. A dark room and a big screen television put you right there in the middle of it all. You can almost smell the action as you pulse speeds up and you feel your muscles tense in excitement.

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Posted in: News
05

There is a new kid in town as far as crossbow scopes go and this young feller is really getting around. As a matter of fact, if you shoot a Parker, TenPoint or a Scorpyd, you have probably already been using one. The new crossbow scopes from Hawke feature a high performance optical system, designed to increase your success in the field. The wide angle image is bright and crisp, and the long eye relief eye bell design allows the scope to quickly ’come up’ to the eye. The entire range of scopes feature: Ballistic reticles compatible with the Hawke BRC software, fully multi coated optics, fast focus eye pieces and 1/2 M.O.A finger adjustable and resettable turrets. Be sure to always hit the target with Hawke's Ballistic Reticle Calculator (BRC). Simply put the crossbow power information into the BRC and it calculates the exact trajectory of your arrow. The aim points of the SR and MAP reticles are then calculated equating to precision in the field. It's simple to use and extremely accurate. Geoffrey Toye, our European Correspondent with do a in-depth review of this scope in the Winter 2010 Issue of HBM and I will comment on it from the hunter’s prespective. In the mean time they have a great website at http://hawkeoptics.com

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Posted in: Press Releases
05

New for 2009 Parker Crossbows offers value and performance in the New “Spartan” Crossbow.

As many hunters get introduced to the joy of hunting with a crossbow, a lot of new enthusiasts want enough crossbow to get the job done with out having to skip a meal or two to pay for it. The designers at Parker Crossbows have introduced the New for 2009 Spartan crossbow. It isn’t Spartan in its features or performance in any way; rather it’s ready for battle in the woods like the “Spartans” of historic lore.

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Posted in: Press Releases
05

New for 2009 RED HOT™ Introduces the HOT SHOT crossbow accessory Kit.

All crossbow enthusiasts are seeking more performance, more consistency and better accuracy from their equipment. This is especially true as the modern hunting crossbow continues to evolve and improve. The designers at Parker Crossbows have introduced the first complete accessory kit that will virtually turn the average crossbow into a sniper’s dream and a big buck’s nightmare.

The RED HOT™ brand of High Velocity Crossbow accessories have all been compiled into one ultimate performance kit called the “HOT SHOT” kit. Appropriately named, the Hot Shot kit is all about performance and accuracy shooting at extended distances and from High performance crossbows.

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Posted in: Press Releases
05

Suffield, OH. TenPoint Crossbow Technologies®, a leader in the production of technologically advanced, high-performance crossbows known for balance and precision shooting, introduces the NEW and very affordable Titan HLX, a faster, enhanced performance version of its longstanding TenPoint Series workhorse.

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Posted in: Press Releases
05

Bad River Outdoors is the first company that I am aware of to jump on the bandwagon, bringing crossbow hunters fine fixed, fiber optic peep-sights for their crossbows. These sights, appropriately names “Tagged Out”, are not only extremely tough, durable and serviceable, but they also have a built-in “Quick Range” rangefinder making it the most unique and practical crossbow sight on the market. The sight is designed for crossbows with speeds of 320 to 360 feet/second.

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Posted in: Press Releases
05

This past year has been a banner year for the expansion of the crossbow hunting seasons. The first state to add the crossbow to their bowhunting season was North Carolina. For some unexplainable reason, the southern states have marched at the very front of the movement to include crossbows into the archery seasons. Wyoming has always (since the very first day of its archery season) considered the crossbow to be just another piece of archery equipment. The South answered back in 1973 when the second state to include the crossbow in its archery season was Arkansas. In 1976, Ohio was the next state to jump on the “bandwagon of common sense” making the crossbow just one more choice for its bowhunters.

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One cold Winter’s afternoon a few years ago, I was over at Bow-Plus, the pro-shop that imports crossbows to Britain for my reviews, talking over a coffee with owner Dave Horder about crossbow that might be interesting to review, and he told me about the reverse-draw concept bow mad by Jim Kempf, whom he had met at one of the international shows. Essentially, the reverse-draw concept involved mounting the prod of what was a compound crossbow with the string on the target side of the riser, implying that the string was, as it were, pushed towards the riser instead of pulled away from it as one does when drawing a conventional bow. Dave reported that, on the prototype, the standard of engineering was high, the design radical and the performance seemed good. He also advised that Jim Kempf was a very pleasant man and I should get in touch with him.

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Posted in: Crossbow Critique
04

If you are a subscriber to the Horizontal Bowhunter Magazine, and even if you are not, we invite you to join us on one or more of our upcoming hunts. We travel to some unique and terrific locals that are teeming with wild game and natural beauty. Our host outfitters are some of the very best that our industry has to offer and the food and accommodations are always great.

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Posted in: Upcoming Hunts
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The old hunter quietly sat in his makeshift ground blind; his trusty old recurve laid gingerly across his lap.  As he watched over the trail crossing the creek bed as it led from the big woods to the adjacent farmers’ field he hoped tonight would be his lucky night because the first of three long firearms seasons started tomorrow.  He could be off the ground if earlier this fall he had not procrastinated and fixed the wooden platform in the tree behind him.  Instead, he had planned to buy a metal ladder stand before the two-week bow season had begun.  Unfortunately the firearm hunters had snatched up the few stands the stores in his area carried.  The longer his vigil went, the more his thoughts wandered.

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It’s been less than one year since the Game Commission legalized crossbows here in Pennsylvania. Since that time the Pennsylvania Crossbow Federation has been rallying and leading an unstoppable movement throughout the commonwealth. For the first time crossbow hunters in Pennsylvania have a united voice to represent them at the state capitol. Since its inception the Pennsylvania Crossbow Federation has sent delegates to every Board of Commissioners meeting to testify on behalf of the grass roots crossbow hunters in the state.

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    I’ve killed a fair amount of pheasants and quail in my day, having grown up in Kansas. The memories of those hunts are forever burned into my mind. The birds are really the small part of what I remember. I lost a good hunting buddy recently, and he is a big part of all those memories. He is also a factor in what I now do for a living and who I am.

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Posted in: Out of the Woods
27

Oh Man, what a good article and very thought provoking to say the least!  My compliments to Mr. Boeh for his interesting take on the subject.  I have never been real far to the left in the pew, tending to lean more to the right.  Now, I'm kind of in the middle and its getting a little crowded, but there's plenty of room. Stay well, Doug Gray – CO

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Posted in: Lettitorials
26

 Once again, the State legislature chose to shelve the crossbow bills for another year.  This time, however, it was primarily because of the upheaval in the State senate. The resulting rule and procedure changes that have evolved from that struggle for control, should actually improve the chances of our crossbow bills, by making the process more transparent and extending greater influence to the individual senators.

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Posted in: NYCHA
26

Daniel - My name is Aaron Ott and I stumbled across your name and email address while searching for information on the Scorpyd crossbow.  I am wondering if you have any further information regarding the Scorpyd crossbow.  I am very interested in this crossbow, but it is so new that I cannot find much information about it.

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Posted in: Lettitorials
25

In the still morning, just as the first shafts of sunlight began to filter through the heavy canopy of the thick forest, I sensed a sneeze coming on.  I tried to fight it, and then muffle it, but still the release of the building pressure shattered the silence around my treestand.  The explosive sound that was created was a cross between a sharp snort and a burst of the raspberries.

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Posted in: Member Stories
25

Dear HBM – It is Don Lindh, touching base with you again.  I read this article supporting crossbows in the NRA’s American Hunter Magazine.  I was glad the NRA printed it and was pleased with their supportive response.  The guy that sent in the letter is so far off base I thought you might like to see the NRA’s response.

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Posted in: Lettitorials
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 Hi Daniel - It occurs to me that the ACF has reached a crossroads, which in fact was the motivation for my recent editorial.  The message I was trying to convey may have gotten lost in my attempt to be diplomatic.  Which way are we going to go, I wonder.  Is the focus on money or mission?  Crossbow manufacturers are motivated by profit, as any commercial entity should be.

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Posted in: Lettitorials
24

Back when we were still communicating with wet blankets over a wood fire at the tops of hills, I had a journalism professor that said, writers block is akin to a surgeon having cutting block. If you are trained to write, you simply write. Hell, that makes this column, when I have no idea of what I’m about to write about, a piece of cake, or maybe I’ll just do surgery on myself.

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 Greetings Daniel – It’s been a while since my last e-mail, but I just returned from my first ever black bear hunt in Canada and what a blast it was!  I started working on this trip after meeting Jeff and Annette Smith of Kutawagan Outfitters at the Richmond, Virginia hunting show last August.

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Posted in: Lettitorials
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 The “dark ages” of crossbow hunting, starting in the latter half of the nineteenth century, lasted around a hundred years.  The final straw that ended their limited use for small game hunting in Europe was the advent of cheap rimfire rifles. 

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Posted in: Crossbow Hunting
09

About 10 years ago, Paul injured his left arm during S.W.A.T. training classes. Paul could pull his vertical bow back, but doing so resulted in a weeks of pain. He continued to hunt with a vertical bow in NJ, but because of his inability to practice, his shots were limited to 20-yards or less and his confidence lagged. He applied for a New Jersey Handicap permit, but was denied, so turned to PA for a crossbow permit under their more liberal requirements for a handicap. He still wanted to hunt in New Jersey with a crossbow, however.

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Posted in: News
11

Dear HBM - Second night of bow season here in Wisconsin, I got two shots off with my TenPoint crossbow. Six bucks and two does came out into the hayfield anywhere from ten to thirty yards away.

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Posted in: Lettitorials
11

Dear HBM - Thank you so much for including my picture in the Winter 2007 edition. You've made this crossbow hunter very happy.

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Posted in: Lettitorials
11

As hunters who pay hunting license fees and game managers whose programs come from those licenses, we are blessed by the ability of the whitetail deer to adjust to the continued encroachment on its habitat by man and still multiply. If it I were not for the far sighted sportsmen who preceded us and insisted upon scientific management practices, most modern deer hunting today would be very costly and conducted on preserves, behind high-fences.

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Posted in: News
11

Since the inception of the American Crossbow Federation’s Individual Membership program in 2001, one question regarding ACF benefits has overshadowed all of the rest combined – “When are we going to have a crossbow record book?” We are pleased to announce that work has finally begun to establish the ACF BIG GAME REGISTER, which will document and record the harvest of big game animals with the crossbow.

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