June 24, 2018
Traversed the torn up farm lane back to
the farm. No way I make it back even one
day earlier. Farmer has the advantage of
tractors. I do not. My cell camera sent
me some photos last Sunday afternoon
that looked like a squirrel was mauling
the front of the camera or somebody's
palm was over the front of the camera.
Couldn't tell. Too dark and blurry.
About 17 minutes after the first blurry
close encounter I get another photo in
which my camera has been rotated but not
tilted. Dang it! That means I have to
visit the cell camera site. My intent is
not to visit the cell camera site. As I
walked up to the camera yesterday it all
made sense. Whether it was a squirrel or
raccoon, one of them had opened the
latch on the Spartan and the open camera
was rotated about 20 degrees. And it
rained like crazy on that farm all of
last week! Lucky the camera still
worked. Camera has some small padlocks
on it now to keep it closed. Just need
to remember the keys. Checked the rest
of the cameras but limited buck photos
this week. No soybeans on this farm but
have some top notch alfalfa and corn.
The corn had a big growth spurt this
week with all of the rain. My guess is
the bucks are on the beans on another
farm. Summer pasture.
It was calm in the
morning so I loaded up the range
target, the RX 1 Ultra, my 340 Full
Metal Jackets, may range finder and
began the process of setting my 20 and
60 yard marks on the the one-pin slider.
Did some walk back and modified French tuning
first to confirm my rest windage. Got
that set and started launching arrows. I
thought I had figured out what my
fletching configuration was going to be
prior to yesterday. My shooting told me
a different story. I had assumed an AAE
Max Hunter, 3-fletch with right helical
set about 1-3/4" from the nock
groove but my best groupings were with
the AAE Max Hunter 4-fletch, noticeably
better and with limited elevation drop
at 60 yards...if any. Usually my Hoyt's
have liked the AAE Max Stealth vanes but
this bow seem to like the Max Hunter
vanes. I like them too but they are
taller vanes than most thus requiring
that you make sure of the cable
clearance. It's tight on my bow. Have
the rest set in line with the limb bolts
for center shot. I knew
the AAE max Hunters would make more
noise than the Max Stealth vanes and
they do. Definitely do. I'll take the
accuracy over the noise any day due to
the limited distances that I shoot. The
fletching configurations included
3-fletch AAE Max Hunters, 4-fletch AAE
Max Hunters, 4-fletch AAE Pro Max vanes
and 3-flecth AAE Max Stealth vanes.
Dudley has always said that different
bows like different fletching
configurations. They definitely do. What
surprised me was with my relatively low
draw weight of 58 pounds and the heavy
arrow that the drag on the 4-fletch Max
Hunters really didn't exhibit
significant drop at 60 yards. Can You
say MOMENTUM!? I shot a lot of arrows.
My back muscles were spent by about 11
but it was fun. Started picking up some
minor cross-wind of a few miles per
hour. It makes a difference. Went home.
Unloaded my stuff and
immediately paper tested my 4-fletch Max
Hunter. Bullet hole. Yippee! Think I
have a plan. The 4-fletch Max Hunter
should do the best job of steering my
fixed blade broadheads too. I might try
some bare shaft tuning but my trigger
punching anticipation is at an all time high
right now. Need to get that under
control. I still plan to try some
4-fletch AAE Max Stealth (they are much
quieter). I left those arrows at home
yesterday. Stupid me! They are what I
shoot out of the Carbon Defiant 34. Yes!
I am addicted to archery and the dreams
of 170 class Iowa whitetails!
Prior to my pin
setting shooting yesterday, I checked my
Checked one and it was set to OFF (the
new Browning Strike Force). All a
guy can do is laugh. How many of you
have forgot to turn a camera on? That's
why I try not to hurry when checking
cameras. It's easy to forget something.
I can't count all the times I have
swapped cards, closed the latch, left and then
walked back to the camera to make sure
that I turned it on! More than 10 and
less than a hundred but a lot! Forgot
one last time. Darn it!
The new Reconyx
Hyperfire 2 is setup in a better
place now. I didn't give it a fair
chance before. Hopefully capture some decent
photos in the next few weeks. Still
don't like the menu navigation on this
camera. The Hawk
camera timed me out again. Had to
connect in the field. Camera takes good
enough photos but the this whole
connectivity thing is getting somewhat
annoying. It is the smallest camera by
far. Should be able to hide it well. Oh
and one last thing. I deployed lots of
ant killer yesterday. Don't forget to
take some with you.
It was an eventful
Have fun. Be safe. GP
June 17, 2018
Hey everybody! Whew is
it hot. Was in the deer woods well
before any heat arrived yesterday
checking cameras. Struggling a bit
finding a location that is fair to the
cameras. Grass is growing rapidly and
creates a lot of false triggers. Also
struggling to capture consistent buck
photos. Trying to maintain a small
footprint the last couple of years.
Camera locations not always the most
desirable but easy access.
So far I have two
cameras that seem like very nice
cameras, the Browning Recon Force and
the Moultrie M50. Both capture good
videos and pictures. The Hawk Ghost
could be a nice little camera. Stealthy.
But you have to remember your login info
to bluetooth connect with your camera in
the field. IMHO, that's a king size pain
in the behind. They need to change that.
I assume it's done for security but
still a king size pain in the behind.
Don't like it at all. Don't mind the app
just don't like the login requirement.
I do believe my bows
are close to tuned. Need to set some
pins next. Communicated with the guys at
ABB this week. My Carbon Defiant 34 was
just a little bit far out of specs for
me after the new sting set install.
Started over. Then I really created a
mess. I took a deep breath, pulled the
buss cable off the bow, twisted as per
Tim's recommendation, put it back on and
within 30 minutes I was close. My A-A is
still a bit long but have accepted the
fact I can't quite get there. My draw
length and max weight are good but my
A-A just will not cooperate and my buss
cable is twisted up quite a bit now. I
love that bow. Favorite bow of all time.
Might need to acquire another one
Spent a good amount of
time working on my daughter's and wife's
bows yesterday. Center shot and and
arrow level. Also installed a Whisker Biscuit
on my wife's bow with both windage and
elevation micro adjustment capability.
Now just hope when they shoot the tuning
is close. Not quite sure how to time
these bows as they don't have cable stop
pegs. Need to do more research. Trimmed
about an inch off my daughter's 500 FMJs.
They were too long. Setting up the WB on
those Hoyt Ignites moves the rest pretty
close to the riser so need to be
cautious with vane clearance. It was
tight with the high profile Blazer
vanes. Installed some Bohning Heat vanes
and AAE Pro Max (4 fletch) on sets of 4
arrows. Need her to shoot to see what
works the best. I'm hoping they all
Finished my bow vise
bench last week. Now need a bow
starting some glassing. Should be some
decent bucks around but no gaggers that
I'm aware of. Maybe I'll get lucky and
stumble into a B & C in the quiet
part of farm country. Maybe I will setup
in a grassy draw in the middle of the
planted forest we call cornfields. And
maybe I'll get a 25 yard shot at the
buck of a lifetime....you just never
know. Wink! Wink!
And don't forget to
and their new Rewards Program. Yes!
Have fun. Be safe. GP
June 10, 2018
Hey everybody! Second
week of June already. A little over 3.5
months and we will be back at it. I Have
some arrows to build and sights to set.
Cameras have produced
some pictures of bucks with potential
but nothing out of the ordinary. Much
like last year. Deployed a new Reconyx
and new Hawk
camera last week. The Hawk is very
compact and runs by an app on your
phone. Only wrinkles I've had so far is
the Hawk website logged me out and I
forgot my login info. Could not connect
in the field. And the 30 foot of
distance for the bluetooth is more like
15. Pictures are decent. Still hard for
my fat fingers to deal with micro SD
cards in the field. Small! The Reconyx
is typical for a Reconyx. I'm trying to
decide if the menu system is like the
older models. Not sure. Haven't used it
enough. I'm mainly focused on pictures
and video. My setup isn't the best with
this camera. Will most likely move it.
Need to give it a fair shake.
Went to the farm to
check cameras yesterday. Saw a half
dozen vultures sitting on six fence
posts in a row. Mother Nature doing her
thing. Must have been something dead.
New fawn maybe? It's that time. Captured
pictures of a little tyke that must have
only been a day or two old. Little! The
one camera that seems to have separated
itself from the others so far is the new
Recon Force. Great video and
pictures. Keeper! You need to buy one. I
do like the Moultrie
Purchased some new
custom arrow wraps. Anxious to get them
on my arrows. Once they are on, I can
finish the sight setup and fine tuning
of the bow. Then the RX-1 is ready.
A word to all of you
archery addicts like me. If you need new
strings and cables. Get on it. I had a
less than desirable experience the last
two months in timeliness from a past
manufacturer. I tried two new
manufacturers because of this
un-timeliness and am very pleased with
the quality of the strings and the
timeliness. I received strings in less
than a week. I tried America's Best
Bowstrings and 60X Bowstrings. Very
happy. The ABB Platinum series is a top
notch set of strings and cables.
I'm still learning the
proper procedure to change the strings
and cables but getting faster. The first
go was a big cluster for me but I got it
done. Getting the strings and cables on
and off was simple but getting the bow
back to spec AND shooting bullet holes
was the challenge. Now it is fairly
simple. I know how the bow responds to
twists and untwists. I have watched a
lot of YouTube and read a lot of AT and
Rokslide info that zeros in on tuning.
Fantastic info. If you get a chance do
an internet search and look for the Nuts
and Bolts of Archery. Great stuff. A
little old but info still applies. I
know more about cam lean than I ever
knew before. Good stuff!
For all you fishermen
and fisherwomen out there, deer season
is close. Yes it's hot but in today's
world with all the distractions it's
hard to be ready on time. You need to
focus. October 1 is 112 days away....if
I did my math right. If not, so be-it, I
will blame it on architects.
Have fun. Be safe. GP
May 28, 2018
I do believe I may
finally get into a rhythm checking cameras.
However, this heat is for the birds.
Wish it would migrate back south.
Captured my first fawn photo on May 19.
Earliest I remember. Don't really know
if it means anything. First time I have
put a camera at the location.
I have a unique set of
cameras deployed so far. The menu
interface is different on all of them.
It takes some getting used to and
definitely an understanding how each manufacturer
works. The Moultrie
M50 is a nice camera. It takes nice
pictures and videos. The Browning
Recon Force, 2018 version, surprised
me by it's very nice photos. Videos have
always been outstanding on this camera
but the photos are above average now.
Disappointed with my my 2018 Strike
Force. Quality I have seen in the past
with this camera isn't there. Videos
were below average and pictures were
average or below. I did have three
Finally have my bows
back. I could go on and on about my bad
experience(s) the last 6 weeks but lets
just say that I'm not sure I'm a fan of
bow manufacturer business models that
require you to use a dealer. Hell, I
know I'm not. I was quite pushy the last
two weeks but my dealers hung in there
and got their assigned (paid) tasks
done. I thank them for that. I wasn't
easy to deal with especially when the
issues were not their issues. They were
That's why I bought a
bow press with an attached draw board.
More DIY stuff. Still lots of stuff to
learn with control cable and buss cable
adjustments but I'm getting there. What
my literature says and how the bow
reacts are two different things it
seems. I do have two bows shooting
bullet holes. And talk about peep rolls.
OMG! If a guy isn't careful a half turn
with the bow string and the peep might
walk all over the place. I bought some
new strings from a new supplier a couple
of weeks ago. So far so good with the
string and customer service. High
quality string. Love the clear serving
on the end loops. Anyway, Tim was
gracious enough to talk with me for a
long time and the whole peep adjustment
discussion led me to believe that peep
adjustments can be difficult at
times.......UNDERSTATEMENT! And that is
one of the main reasons for the bow
press. I hate it when my peep rolls!!!
Minor adjustments can be challenging.
And now yoke tuning.
In the past, I have always tried to make
rest adjustments while paper tuning. It
worked most of the time. It is oh so
nice to be able to make yoke
adjustments. Each adjustment makes a
noticeable difference. Yoke tuning
allows me to work from the power path of
the bow. This is awesome! Just line the
arrow up with the limb bolts and begin
the process. Seems to work well.
Fletching clearance can get tight at
times but I have low profile vanes if clearance
The last few weeks
have been challenging for this
persnickety, full figured Iowa boy but
it appears things are getting better.
Bring on the antler growth and some Boone
and Crockett velvet horns!!!
May 15, 2018
Been awhile. I've been
hammering away shooting my bows, making
arrows and working...and mowing my lawn.
Also been watching tons of YouTube
videos on bow tuning, whitetail hunting,
etc. Thanks to all of those equipment
suppliers that spend the time to make
the videos. Bought a new Pro Press from Specialty
Archery. It is a well built piece of
equipment AND will press any bow I
believe. I am very satisfied with my
purchase. Also purchased the Pro Draw.
It's all-in-one. Nice! Thanks Michael
and all the staff for making my purchase
an easy one.
Cameras were on hold
until the burning season was completed.
Redeployed a little over a week ago. Cameras
deployed include: 2018
Browning Recon Force and Strike Force.
2018 Moultrie A25 and M50. And my
Spartan cell cam. Dam battery meter read
full when deployed now it won't send
pictures. Hopefully it's still there?
Just need to track the GPS if not :)
Ordered some nifty SD card holders from Trailcampro.
Can't have enough of those. The summer Christmas
season is here for us camera junkies.
Been having horrible
luck recently with strings, cables and
servings. Trying a new supplier for one
bow. I am quite confident they will work
well. I think the wise choice is to have
a backup set of strings and cables for
every bow you own otherwise you will
wait a minimum of a week for new or
Hopefully will do
better keeping this up to date. Haven't
been this busy at work and at home in a
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