April 8, 2018
Good Grief. Winter
just will not go away. I want to shoot
my new bow outside already! My camera
checks were limited in March.
Frustrating weather! Had a couple of
bucks carry antlers well into March.
Good health I am guessing.
Have a couple of new
Browning cameras to deploy, just
waiting on some maintenance burning by
the land owner to occur. Captured a
bunch of video last month. The new Moultrie
M50 did a good job. Nice camera.
Camera manufacturers continue to make
improvements with their cameras. That's
good for you and me. Case designs seem
to be rock solid but they are plastic.
Fire is not good for plastic. Need to
wait on my deployment.
Still getting used to
my RX-1 Ultra. Draw cycle is probably
the main thing to get used to. Different
than my DFX cams on the last bow. I like
smooth draw cycles. The new bow points
well and the grip is outstanding. Have
shot a lot of arrows at 10 yards in my
basement. Focusing on my grip, sight
level and back tension on the release.
Have shot some arrows through my new
Saunders Archery paper tuner. It seems
to work well.
Almost time to start
mowing the lawn! That's another reason
we love November so much...lawn mowing
is over by then.
March 4, 2018
Sorry. Been away from
the site for a few weeks. Still been
checking cameras. Bucks carried their
horns a little longer than past years.
Some still holding. Have been looking
for antlers some but little to no feed
on my properties. Most deer on
My Redwrx RX-1 Ultra
has been ordered. Damn expensive
anymore. Have been spending a lot of
time tuning on the old bows too. Was
very frustrated a week or so ago then
realized my draw length adjustment mod
was loose. I had adjusted from 30 inches
down to 29.5 inches. I think that is a
better draw length for me especially as
I get older and especially when wearing
a bunch of hunting clothes.
Also cut half-an-inch
of length off my arrows and been
spending some time with different
fletching combinations in my tuning pit
in the basement. Still going to be hard
to beat the AAE Max Stealth vanes. For
some reason they work very well for my
shooting style and setup.
Installed a firmware
update on the Stealth
DS4K. Major improvement. The native
resolution of this camera makes it a
keeper. High quality daytime photos. The
pictures hold their resolution when you
zoom in on the computer. Very nice!.
Thanks to Nick
January 21, 2018
Pulled some camera
cards yesterday. Bucks still carrying
antlers for the most part. My cameras
even captured a couple of sparring
matches with real pushing and twisting
and the antlers stayed connected. Spent
quite a few evenings last week cleaning
up archery equipment. I clean my bows
and arrows like you gun hunters clean
your guns. No different. There was dust,
dirt, mud and weeds in places on my bow
that required removal. Already replaced
the nock points, D-loop, QAD felt pads,
and other items to get ready for 2018.
Pulled a safety line, bow rope and hooks
from one stand yesterday. Going to move
the ladder. Bad setup.
What did I learn in
2017? The main lesson was that deer can
be on your property all summer, vanish
in October and return in January. Crazy.
Wish I understood that better. It plays
havoc with a hit-list. I can also have a
big, big bonus buck show up one day in
November and then never reappear...ever.
Damn. That can really affect the
decision matrix. You can't shoot a buck
if he doesn't spend any time on your
property. Lastly, to have good, late
season hunting, I need a high quality
late season food source...which I have
always known but turkeys can really
impact the quality of a late season food
source (corn or bean stubble) with their
daily visits to the field stubble.
I hunted much less
this year than in years past. Just not
enough time. None of my stands except
one hosted a lot of hunts. It was a
northeast wind ground blind with super
easy access. I don't remember having as
many northeast winds as we did this
year. I left large chunks of my
properties as sanctuaries. But. My
personal opinion is that sanctuaries are
overrated. Deer will go there no matter
what if it provides good security and
relief from the wind. If not? It really
can't be qualified as a sanctuary.
Timing is everything any more. Moon
phases, weather, farming activity, it
all has an impact. I was a little late
this year. Missed the peak of the run-up
when the big bucks were roaming early
and free and not busted all to heck. Par
for the course. Asked a very trusted friend
the other day why he thinks we see
busted up racks in any given year. He believes
it is more a function of quality of
food. Low nutrients result in low
quality bone on the buck's head. I had
never thought of that. We had limited
rain this year. Could be!
My archery setup
executed just like I hoped. The bow was
smooth and quiet, the arrows flew as
desired, the broadhead executed as
advertised and my new release worked as
it should have. I have been shooting the
new Hoyt Redwrx series the last couple
of months at a dealer that has them in
stock. Man do I like that bow. It points
way better than my other Hoyt bows due
to the lower grip position. The
32-inch RX-1 does not pull as smooth as
the Ultra. Did not like the feel at all.
The Hyperforce felt the same to me. Too
aggressive in the beginning of the draw
cycle. The draw cycle of the Redwrx
Ultra I shot did not feel that way to
me. Pointing of that bow is the one
thing that stands out. I can only
imagine how well it will shoot with a
sight and with my preferred release.
Yes, I have started saving my pennies
for a new Redwrx Series RX-1 Ultra. I am
addicted to archery. If you knew how
many ATA show videos I have watched the
last week or so you would think I am
nuts. The guys at bowhunting.com (Bowhunt
or Die) did a great job getting videos
posted for all of us that like to see
the latest and greatest archery gizmos
Have fun. Be safe. GP