First, I would like to thank Andrea Crider for the opportunity to write about my firsthand experience with the Aurora by SiOnyx. Although I am currently employed by SiOnyx, as a female archery deer hunter, I was especially interested in this product when I first started being involved with the company. I personally could relate to the thought of walking to my stand in the dark and hearing every hunter’s favorite sound; the squirrel, but not knowing what it was due to lack of
For anyone who spends time in any discipline or sport they know practice makes perfect. Basketball players continually practice on the court, baseball players spend hours on the field hitting and catching the ball, and for bow shooters its countless hours of letting arrows fly. Use to be the only practice that bow shooters got was finding that 5 minutes between work, running errands, and checking off the to-do list to shoot. And if mother nature decided to show off than that
When I look back on, "my best years," they're the years where I accomplished the most, the years I learned, the years I grew, and the years I felt things that set my heart and soul on fire. At 21 years young, the only things I had really harvested were whitetail, turkeys, and a pronghorn, which is more than some people can say, but the year I turned twenty-two, would prove to be my golden year as a hunter. April Tom - A Single Pellet. My turkey season had not been successful.
I was always pretty athletic, but never liked running distances. I dreaded the mile in gym class- those four laps around the track was boring to me. I would much rather have been on the softball field sprinting 60ft from base to base. When our coach made us run, I couldn’t wait for it to be over. Now, flash forward, years out of high school and away from the competitive softball lifestyle, running distances is my therapy and the dreaded “mile” is no longer a daunting task. Pe
I competed in my first Train to Hunt events in 2014 and since then, the principles of hunting fitness have changed my life. Train to Hunt is a competition that combines fitness and archery. The specific exercises and weights have changed over the past 3 years but the concept remains the same. The competition typically consists of a 3D shoot that is a mix of known and unknown distances as well as hunting scenario type shots like these: Draw and hold your bow between 30 second
According to the Archery Trade Association, nearly 24 million American adults participated in archery in 2016. Of that, 36 percent were female, a number that has been increasing year after year. For beginners, archery can be a bit overwhelming. There are a lot of choices when selecting equipment, getting your bow sighted in can be frustrating and you have to accept that every shot won’t be perfect. But still, archery has so many benefits and once you get set up and start prac
Alpine Innovations makes the BowSlicker Sling & Cam Guards and the BowSlicker System. They are both very similar with just one minor difference. The sling and cam guards are just that: a sling for carrying your bow that includes 2 pieces of silent, weatherproof fabric that covers and protects the cams on your bow. The BowSlicker System includes all of that, plus a string guard as well. I recently tested the BowSlicker System and am excited to share my results! My Results The
A good scent control regimen is one of the most important things a hunter can have in order to be successful in the field. Nothing is going to be 100% effective, but there are certainly things that you can do and products that you can use to decrease your odds of being winded by the game that you are pursuing. This spring the Huntress View team put Charcofresh Scent Eliminating Lotion to the test and had great results so far! How It Works Charcofresh contains Activated Charco
In Kentucky, deer season ends mid-January, along with dove and turkey (everyone’s favorite seasons). Now we have a big question to answer: What in the world are we going to do until fall, when everything comes back in season? I know exactly what I will be doing, and I have a specific goal for this summer. I will be in the gym training specific muscle groups and building my endurance. I want to be able to increase the draw weight on my bow by at least 10lbs, and I want to be a
I recently saw a post on a Kentucky deer hunting Facebook page, where someone asked the following: “Thoughts to ponder…quick humane kills, or shoot and hope it’s wounded enough to find later?” As I read this, I didn’t know what to think. Every shot I take, I hope for a quick, humane kill. I want the animal to drop in its tracks and die quickly so there is no suffering. I responded with the following: “I think (well, hope) that every hunter aims for a quick, humane kill. But u
The fletchings that come standard on some arrows are not always the colors that I want to hunt or shoot with. I like the fletchings to match the colors of my bow and strings, which is usually pink! The Arizona E-Z Fletch makes it very easy for me to customize my arrows with the colored fletchings that I choose.
First and foremost I want to make sure that my arrow fletchings are of high quality and don't just look pretty. Good looks will only get you so far! My fletchings of
Melissa Bachman is an accomplished hunter with a unique ability to share her love for the great outdoors and all things wild with her passionate fans and viewers. Growing up in a region known to sportsman for its unique blend of hunting and fishing opportunities, Melissa immersed herself in a central Minnesota lifestyle filled with options. Deciding which tree stand to hunt before school, or if she’d have better luck on snow geese were just some of the decisions the young wom
When purchasing hunting clothing, instead of buying multiple items that I may only wear a few times I try to get a couple staple items that can be worn all season long and on multiple types of hunts. Early season hunting and spring turkey hunting is usually pretty warm. During that time a light weight, moisture wicking top is my go-to piece. Carrying that same top into late season as a layering piece is a good way to get the most out of your gear. The Prois Ultra Long Sleeve
Try to pattern the deer on your property by using game cameras. Good places to hang a game camera are near known deer trails, food & water sources and mineral stations. If you can catch a buck coming to a food source in the daylight, pay attention to the time of day and his travel corridor so you know where to hang your stand or set up your ground blind. Another thing to keep in mind when choosing a spot for your tree stand is acorns. If it’s a year where there are a lot of a
One of the questions that I am often asked by women who are interested in bow hunting for the first time is, “How do you keep your cool when making the shot?” They often say “I just don’t think I would be able to shoot a deer with a bow”, or “It just seems so hard, I don’t think I would be able to pull it off”. While I love encouraging other women to get involved in hunting, I will be honest when I say that yes, bow hunting is very hard. If it was easy everyone would be doing