Maximum Effective Range
By Jared Bloomgren, Rokslide Staff
This can be one of those touchy subjects and often turns into one of those "I can shoot farther than you" conversations. Soon follows the arguments and embellishments. It gets even worse when you start throwing in the talk about actual animal distances, and if you're online.
Some "Archers" even bolster facts on social media posting arrow groupings titled "My 100-yard group!" Let's get real! That doesn't help anybody out but their own egos. I even know of one guy who shot all his arrows in a target from a couple yards away and posted pictures about his "80-yard group." Too bad (or not) that the arrow angle gave his lie away!
DIY Bowstring Installation
By Jared Bloomgren, Rokslide Prostaff
The energy that a bow produces is transferred through the strings and cams and lastly to the arrow. Bowstrings and cables take a beating and having them replaced regularly will keep your bow shooting at its maximum potential. In this article, let's talk about installing your own bowstrings. This is a very simple, easy-to-do project but it does require a specific tool in order to do so. This subject can get very deep into the weeds in a hurry but the main point will be a focus on just replacing the strings on any bow and getting the bow back into specifications.
Backcountry Proofing Your Bow
by Shaun Smith, Rokslide Senior Member
As Murphy's law states, if it can go wrong it will go wrong. This holds especially true as a backcountry archery hunter. Anything from the wind swirling and blowing a stalk, to the extremes like having your tent shred apart in a storm. The cards are rarely in your favor, but debilitating as some equipment failures can be, most are very minor setbacks and likely will not end your hunt. However, if your bow goes down while you are miles from the trail head, everything comes to a screeching halt.
Practicing for Success
Every year after hunting season is over, most people will throw their bow in the closet not to be touched again until the following year. Nine months later they are scrambling last minute trying to get everything together for the upcoming season. This is one of the worst habits one can have as a hunter, and one that really needs to be broke in its entirety. You as a hunter have the responsibility to ensure when you drop the string on an animal, you are confident that the shot you made will hit its mark and produce a clean, lethal, and ethical shot. Multiple factors play into a true hunting scenario that will cause missed shots, or even worse wounding the animal. But you can drastically minimize most of those factors by making sure you are putting in the time and effort in the offseason shooting your bow, and properly preparing for the upcoming season.