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How To Check The Status of Your Pennsylvania Antlerless Deer Tag Application

How To Check The Status of Your Pennsylvania Antlerless Deer Tag Application

If you’re anything like me, patience is a hard thing to come by especially when it pertains to hunting. This rings true every July after Pennsylvania hunting licenses officially go on sale and the lead up to submitting your antlerless deer tag application.

 

Every PA hunter is bound to have their own strategy in order to get that pink Pennsylvania Game Commission antlerless deer tag application envelop to their local county treasurer’s desk first thing Monday morning.

 

My rule of thumb is always trying to send out my antlerless deer application the Friday or Saturday before the Monday that the Antlerless Deer applications go on sale. Whether this level of planning and preparation is warranted or not, I still live by the adage that the early bird gets the worm. Or, in this case, their preferred WMU antlerless deer tag. It has worked for me up to this point so why fix something that isn’t broken?

 

Once I’ve submitted my antlerless deer application, the anticipation of whether or not I got my preferred WMU begins to build. Again, patience is hard to come by as I anxiously await to receive my self-addressed return envelop with my antlerless deer tag.

 

In years past, I’ve waited and watched for my check to clear only to wonder what WMU I was awarded out of the 3 WMUs I listed on my application.

 

However, in more recent years, I’ve learned how you can check the status of your Pennsylvania antlerless deer application. This works whether you’re a PA resident hunter or non-resident hunter.

 

Checking the status of your antlerless deer tag allows you to not only see if you’ve been awarded an antlerless tag, but also which WMU if you’ve been awarded a Pennsylvania antlerless deer tag.

 

In checking the status of your antlerless deer application online, you can help ease your mind in between submitting your PA Antlerless Deer Application and finally receiving your antlerless deer tag in the mail.

 

Below we’ve outlined how you can check the status of your Pennsylvania Game Commission antlerless deer application status online. We’ve also listed how to check the antlerless deer tag availability which includes total allocation, tags sold, and antlerless tags remaining by WMU.

 

 

Step 1: Go to the Pennsylvania Game Commission Website

 

Step 2: Click on Buy a License

 

Step 3: Click on Purchased Online link which will take you to The Outdoor Shop. For future reference, you can always bookmark this page and start directly from The Outdoor Shop.

 

Step 4: Click the top radio button labeled Purchase Fishing and/or Hunting License Permit and or Application / Replace License and or Permit. Click OK on the pop-up screen, scroll down the page, and click the Start Here Button to continue.

 

Step 5: Choose and enter your preferred method of identification, CID # (Hunting License ID Number), Drivers License Number, Social Security Number, or Alternate ID, and click continue.

 

Step 6: Verify if you’re a bona fide resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or a non-resident hunter.

 

Step 7: Scroll down below your information and choose the option for Check on the status of an Antlerless Deer or Elk Application and click continue.

 

Step 8: On the Lottery Application Status Page you’ll see both your Elk Lottery Information (Preference Points and Pending Elk Lottery Information) as well as that season’s Antlerless Deer Application status.

 

Here you’ll see the status of your antlerless deer application. If you’ve been awarded an antlerless deer tag, you’ll also be able to see which WMU you’ve been awarded one.

 

BONUS: If you click return to home on the Lottery Application Status Page, or navigate back to The Outdoor Store main page – you can also check the antlerless deer license availability.

 

This is both useful if you got a late start in submitting your 1st round antlerless deer tag, or if you’re curious how many antlerless deer tags remain for a particular WMU for the 2nd round of resident and non-resident antlerless deer tag applications.

 

For more information on antlerless deer licenses and applications – visit the Pennsylvania Game Commissions website here.

 

To shop our full line of hunting, archery, and outdoor gear and accessories – visit us online at shop.kinseysoutdoors.com/, or in person at 1658 Steel Way Drive, Mount Joy, PA 17552.

Forester Lumbar 650 Pack

Professionals know when to use the right tool for the job at the right time. No one walks onto a job site with just a hammer. No mechanic opens the hood with just one size wrench. They know that every situation is different. Those situations can also change 10 times before lunch, and that’s why they go to work armed with a variety of tools so they can succeed in every situation.

The same thing is true for those who live a life outdoors. As outdoorsmen and women, we spend the vast majority of our time either hunting, fishing, or scouting.  Seasons and species that you’re chasing change and you need your equipment to change and adapt accordingly.

That’s why now, during the warmer months of the year, one of your go-to tools should be the Forester Lumbar 650 Pack from Elevation.

If you’ve ever found yourself hanging trail cams, chasing a gobbling tom, or getting to the deer stand in the early season wishing for a lightweight mobile pack – this pack is it. It allows for easy packing of your essentials along with a variety of extras that you’ll need in the field or on the go. The pack is also perfect for those warmer weather pursuits without weighing you down so you can go farther, and more comfortably into the woods.

The pack features heavy-duty and highly adjustable shoulder straps that sit comfortably on your shoulders while a waist belt with breathable foam insulation sits comfortably on your hips. The open back area allows for more airflow and breathability than your traditional pack would. This is a huge benefit while you’re on your hike or while you’re scouting and checking trail cams in the warm offseason.

The pack is armed with an astounding 650 cubic inches of storage with three main pockets on the back. Each pocket contains separate netting inside affording extra organization and storage options. There are three extra pockets on the back for quick stashing items like a water bottle, game calls, or batteries.

Two clinchable straps are also strategically placed on the bottom of the pack for storage of a jacket, decoys, bedroll, or a hunting stool. This all seasons pack is perfect for dove season right into early archery.

There are an additional six extra storage pockets on the waist belt, as well. These storage pockets are smaller and perfect for an extra can of bug spray, snacks, wallet, keys, or game calls. All of the pack’s zippers can be easily opened with their rugged and extra-wide openings so you won’t have to fumble in the dark or if you’re in a hurry.

The straps are adjustable and easily maneuvered either stationary or on the go. This makes it perfect for getting to where you need to go after just hearing that gobbler, checking your trail cameras, or if you need to adjust after putting on a jacket.

This pack is not only durable but it’s also quiet. It also stores easily and is worth way more than what you’d pay for similar products on the market. It shouldn’t come as a surprise if it becomes your go-to pack whether you’re enjoying the outdoors, getting ready for hunting season, or taking a hike with your friends and family.

You can get more information on this and other great archery packs and products by visiting the Elevation website here.

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Pennsylvania Pre Rut Hunting Update and Tips

Pre Rut Hunting Tips and Tactics

What strategy are you employing when hunting late October and early November? The Pre Rut can contain some great opportunities to tag out on your target bucks or on public ground. This time of year lends itself to calling tactics, hunting over food such as white oak acorns, and hunting over scrapes. As the season transitions into early November the chase phase of the rut will begin, and hunting on pinch points and funnels will inevitably bring a shooter or two within bow range.

In this video Grant from the everyday outdoorsman breaks down his pre rut hunting strategy and some recent encounters!

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Utilizing Your Local Archery Pro Shop for Setting Up a Hunting Bow

Setting Up a Hunting Bow with the Experts

Kinsey’s Outdoors in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania offers full bow hunting bow setup services. Whether you are looking to upgrade a specific bow hunting accessory, like a new rest or sight, or are in the market for an entirely new bow hunting setupKinsey’s Outdoors can help. Their technicians are experts at setting up a hunting bow and providing maintenance and tuning services to get you ready for hunting season. Specifically, their bow hunting prop shop offers the following services: 

  • Setting up a hunting bow from start to finish 
  • Cable and string install 
  • Replacing accessories like peep sight, D-loop, or kisser button 
  • New or replacement rests (standard and drop-away) 
  • Performance enhancements such as string silencers, quivers, and stabilizers
  • Draw length adjustments

In addition, they offer a Basic Tune package, which includes string wax and nock checking, as well as a Hunt Tune and Lube package to get you completely ready for bow hunting season. Besides setting up a hunting bow, Kinsey’s Outdoors also provides complete services for all your crossbow needs and a broad selection of archery hunting equipment. 

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TechnoHUNT is the Best Way to Elevate Your Bow Hunting Skills

Bow Hunting Practice and Skill Development with TechnoHUNT 

TechnoHUNT is an exciting, interactive digital target-shooting experience designed for all levels of archery hunters offered at Kinsey’s Outdoors. The technology allows you to use your own bow hunting equipment to practice and compete in real-life bow hunting situations. Frankly, no other indoor archery range better prepares you for bow hunting season than TechnoHUNT. 

TechnoHUNT allows you to shoot real arrows with specialized tips at a digital screen enabling you to easily teach and train on safe, ethical archery hunting. It is ideal for bow hunting for beginners and keeps seasoned bow hunting pros sharp all throughout the year. You can simulate different hunting scenarios and shoot against your friends in competitive archery challenges at any time or during any conditions throughout the year. Nothing else provides this level of archery hunting preparation and shooting enjoyment and at a reasonable rate.  

Kinsey’s Outdoors also offers a state of the art archery test range and traditional indoor archery shooting range. Their fully stocked bow hunting pro shop and experienced bow technicians will have you ready for practice fun with TechnoHUNT or the upcoming archery season. 

Bow Season Opener and Early Season Tactics

Bow Season Opener Strategy and Tactics for Early Season Success

yearlong wait finally ends when the bow season opener arrives. Some hunters have prepared thoroughly and scouted wisely up to the first day of archery seasonIf you are not one of those wellprepared hunters, you need a little luck and good tactics to put a buck on the ground during the first few days of archery season. 

Opening day archery hunting is tradition for many, but most bowhunters don’t start really focusing on the season until late October. Why? Because you can avoid trying to figure out how to hunt bucks in the early season and jump right over the October lull. As an alternative to avoiding this time of year, understand where to hunt and build a strategy of success for early season bucks. Deer are less pressured and more predictable around the bow season opener and a mature buck can be had with the right tactics. 

Where to Hunt the Bow Season Opener and the Week After

It may sound obvious but on the first day of archery season and the days after you want to be hunting where you see deer. Whitetails will still, for the most part, be in feeding mode as they come out of their summer patterns. This means agricultural fields and mast areas will be key for early seasobow hunting stand placementAlso, deer will consistently visit water sources. A reliable water source can be a deadly first week of bow season location and even a good spot to hunt all the way up until the rut.

Two Bow Season Opening Day Stand Locations

  1. Acorn producing white oak flat – Deer will consistently feed on white oak acorns when available. Focus in on areas with a good crop of white oak acorn mast. Deer will often casually feed around when there are lots of acorns, which makes it hard to place a stand. Each evening they come out a different trail and leave a different way. Try to pick the most worn trail with the freshest sign for a stand location. Also, remember to take the wind into account and possibly even hang two stands over one white oak flat to be able to hunt different wind conditions.
  2. Water source – Because whitetails are still feeding a lot in the days leading up to and just after the bow season opener, water is critical. They will typically hit a water source after feeding in the morning and again in the afternoon as they move to an evening food source. Understanding deer movement around a water source allows you to place an archery stand in a reliable spot for late mornings and early afternoons.

Bow Season Opener and Early Season Deer Hunting Tactics

A successful archery hunter is always adapting based on current information and the time of the year. There is no exact playbook on how to hunt bucks in early season but these strategies are a place to start for early season success.

Continue to Use Trail Cameras

We all know trail cameras provide important pre-season information, but they are invaluable when it comes to early season bow hunting. They provide data around the timing of when bucks are entering and leaving food and water sources, if bucks are still in bachelor groups, and which food sources are hot and should be hunted. All this information is helpful in understanding deer movement and planning tree stand placement.

Be Willing to Be Mobile

The first week after bow season opens is very much a transition period. Whitetails, and especially bucks, are going to be changing their patterns in the next few weeks. Having trail camera data will tell you where deer are and when they are moving as well as when patterns begin to change. In order to hunt transitioning bucks, you need to be able to be mobile, either with a lightweight portable hang on treestand or a climbing treestand so you can change locations based on daily changing patterns.

 

 

Early Season Deer Calling Can Work

Deer calls are probably the last item on your bow hunting pack essentials list, however, they can work in the early days of archery season. When you think about when to use deer calls the rut is the first thing that comes to mind. Using a grunt call early season can work if done correctly. Unlike the rut when you are grunting hot and heavy, in the early season you want to call sparing and at a lower volume. It is to build curiosity and gain attention. Never grunt early with a buck coming in or looking at you.

Another early season deer calling strategy is to use a doe bleat. Does and fawns will be communicating and a curious buck may work towards you if he hears a doe or fawn bleat. Instead of calling blindly, use a doe bleat if a buck is feeding away from you or comes out to a food source out of range. A soft bleat may be enough to trigger him to come in and check out what is going on.

Minimize Early Season Bow Hunting Mistakes

Any time during the bow season you want to minimize mistakes. This is critically important for the bow season opener and the days following. Deer have been unpressured for months, few people have been in the woods, and they are set in their patterns. All of which are bad for an archery hunter who makes mistakes. There are three mistakes hunters commonly make on the first day of archery season and throughout the early season that can be detrimental.

  1. Getting in stand too late – You want to get into your stand as early as you can. The earlier the better because it allows plenty of time to let the woods calm down and any scent carried in to disperse. Also, getting there late could mean bumping a buck heading to food or water that will change his pattern entirely.
  2. No exit strategy – A good exit strategy goes a long way. Deer will be feeding on a food source well after dark early in the year. The last thing you want is to spook a buck or a herd of deer from a field or acorn flat trying to leave your stand. Stay late and have an exit strategy that is away from the food source and any travel lanes deer use to access it.
  3. Casual scent control – Not having a total scent control plan for early season hunting is by far the biggest mistake archery hunters make. Any whiff of human odor in the woods by a mature buck around the bow season opener or days following is a sure way to never see him again. Deploy all the scent-eliminating tools from ozone devices, scent-eliminating sprays and scent killing clothing and soaps, to be as scent free as possible.

 

In summary, the bow season opener for most archery hunters marks the start of a long and exciting season chasing mature bucks. Don’t discount your bow season opening day and the days and few weeks after it as just prep work for later in the archery season. Insteadcapitalize on this time of year by deploying deploy specific strategies and tactics to increase your chances of success at the beginning of bow season.

Bow Season Opener and Early Season Tactics

Bow Season Opener Strategy and Tactics for Early Season Success

yearlong wait finally ends when the bow season opener arrives. Some hunters have prepared thoroughly and scouted wisely up to the first day of archery seasonIf you are not one of those wellprepared hunters, you need a little luck and good tactics to put a buck on the ground during the first few days of archery season. 

Opening day archery hunting is tradition for many, but most bowhunters don’t start really focusing on the season until late October. Why? Because you can avoid trying to figure out how to hunt bucks in the early season and jump right over the October lull. As an alternative to avoiding this time of year, understand where to hunt and build a strategy of success for early season bucks. Deer are less pressured and more predictable around the bow season opener and a mature buck can be had with the right tactics. 

Where to Hunt the Bow Season Opener and the Week After

It may sound obvious but on the first day of archery season and the days after you want to be hunting where you see deer. Whitetails will still, for the most part, be in feeding mode as they come out of their summer patterns. This means agricultural fields and mast areas will be key for early seasobow hunting stand placementAlso, deer will consistently visit water sources. A reliable water source can be a deadly first week of bow season location and even a good spot to hunt all the way up until the rut.

Two Bow Season Opening Day Stand Locations

  1. Acorn producing white oak flat – Deer will consistently feed on white oak acorns when available. Focus in on areas with a good crop of white oak acorn mast. Deer will often casually feed around when there are lots of acorns, which makes it hard to place a stand. Each evening they come out a different trail and leave a different way. Try to pick the most worn trail with the freshest sign for a stand location. Also, remember to take the wind into account and possibly even hang two stands over one white oak flat to be able to hunt different wind conditions.
  2. Water source – Because whitetails are still feeding a lot in the days leading up to and just after the bow season opener, water is critical. They will typically hit a water source after feeding in the morning and again in the afternoon as they move to an evening food source. Understanding deer movement around a water source allows you to place an archery stand in a reliable spot for late mornings and early afternoons.

Bow Season Opener and Early Season Deer Hunting Tactics

A successful archery hunter is always adapting based on current information and the time of the year. There is no exact playbook on how to hunt bucks in early season but these strategies are a place to start for early season success.

Continue to Use Trail Cameras

We all know trail cameras provide important pre-season information, but they are invaluable when it comes to early season bow hunting. They provide data around the timing of when bucks are entering and leaving food and water sources, if bucks are still in bachelor groups, and which food sources are hot and should be hunted. All this information is helpful in understanding deer movement and planning tree stand placement.

Be Willing to Be Mobile

The first week after bow season opens is very much a transition period. Whitetails, and especially bucks, are going to be changing their patterns in the next few weeks. Having trail camera data will tell you where deer are and when they are moving as well as when patterns begin to change. In order to hunt transitioning bucks, you need to be able to be mobile, either with a lightweight portable hang on treestand or a climbing treestand so you can change locations based on daily changing patterns.

 

 

Early Season Deer Calling Can Work

Deer calls are probably the last item on your bow hunting pack essentials list, however, they can work in the early days of archery season. When you think about when to use deer calls the rut is the first thing that comes to mind. Using a grunt call early season can work if done correctly. Unlike the rut when you are grunting hot and heavy, in the early season you want to call sparing and at a lower volume. It is to build curiosity and gain attention. Never grunt early with a buck coming in or looking at you.

Another early season deer calling strategy is to use a doe bleat. Does and fawns will be communicating and a curious buck may work towards you if he hears a doe or fawn bleat. Instead of calling blindly, use a doe bleat if a buck is feeding away from you or comes out to a food source out of range. A soft bleat may be enough to trigger him to come in and check out what is going on.

Minimize Early Season Bow Hunting Mistakes

Any time during the bow season you want to minimize mistakes. This is critically important for the bow season opener and the days following. Deer have been unpressured for months, few people have been in the woods, and they are set in their patterns. All of which are bad for an archery hunter who makes mistakes. There are three mistakes hunters commonly make on the first day of archery season and throughout the early season that can be detrimental.

  1. Getting in stand too late – You want to get into your stand as early as you can. The earlier the better because it allows plenty of time to let the woods calm down and any scent carried in to disperse. Also, getting there late could mean bumping a buck heading to food or water that will change his pattern entirely.
  2. No exit strategy – A good exit strategy goes a long way. Deer will be feeding on a food source well after dark early in the year. The last thing you want is to spook a buck or a herd of deer from a field or acorn flat trying to leave your stand. Stay late and have an exit strategy that is away from the food source and any travel lanes deer use to access it.
  3. Casual scent control – Not having a total scent control plan for early season hunting is by far the biggest mistake archery hunters make. Any whiff of human odor in the woods by a mature buck around the bow season opener or days following is a sure way to never see him again. Deploy all the scent-eliminating tools from ozone devices, scent-eliminating sprays and scent killing clothing and soaps, to be as scent free as possible.

 

In summary, the bow season opener for most archery hunters marks the start of a long and exciting season chasing mature bucks. Don’t discount your bow season opening day and the days and few weeks after it as just prep work for later in the archery season. Insteadcapitalize on this time of year by deploying deploy specific strategies and tactics to increase your chances of success at the beginning of bow season.

Bow Hunting Pack Essentials You Don’t Want to Forget

Bow Hunting Pack List | Essentials for Your Opening Day Bow Hunt

Archery hunters generally break deer season down into five phases. These phases consist of the early season, pre-rut, rut, post-rut, and the late season. Successful bow hunters have to understand how deer transition in and out of these phases and also how to adapt their bow hunting gear throughout the long archery season. Your bow hunting pack essentials will change considerably from early season to late season and every part in between. Picking the things to put in your hunting pack for day one is not as hard as you think.

Setting the Stage for The First Day of Archery Season

The first day of archery season is an all-around tough day to hunt. The weather can range from hot, summer-like conditions all the way to cold fronts that make it feel more like the start of gun season. Deer, similar to the weather, are also in a changing pattern of uncertainty.

For instance, in Pennsylvania the first day of archery season is a time when bucks largely transition from their summer routines into their fall patterns. Up until this point, bucks were largely focused on warm season food sources such as soybeans, alfalfa and native vegetation in hardwood forests. Day in and day out one of your most important pieces of archery equipment, the trail camera, has been documenting bucks regularly visiting these areas. Right around opening day, however, many of these food sources have diminished. Bucks now shift their focus on cool season forages like rye, oats, and other food plot forages. They also seek out thicker cover as activity builds in the woods and fall conditions move in. These factors all play into what is considered bow hunting pack essentials for opening day.

Two Opening Day Bow Hunting Pack Mistakes to Avoid

It can be difficult to put together the right hunting pack essentials for opening day. Archery hunters tend to make one of these mistakes. Either everything goes in the pack or the pack gets loaded with the wrong gear.

The first mistake many hunters make is to bring way too much bow hunting gear. Since last season ended, new gear has come out and months of preparation have been spent for this day. The result is you bring every piece of archery equipment and gear you have. The first day does not require everything. In fact, there is no need for grunt calls, rattling antlers or scents. It will be weeks until even pre-rut action starts so those items provide little value in your bow hunting pack.

Hunters commonly make a second mistake when preparing their pack for the first day of archery season. Key bow hunting gear gets left out. Bringing everything, mistake number one, is one strategy for not forgetting something, but not a very good one. You want to strategically build your opening day pack with the right gear. Strategically decide on the right bow hunting pack essentials and do not bring the wrong ones. For instance, early season will require some sort of bug control. Scent control will also be import. Both should be on your bow hunting pack list for day one.

Must Have Bow Hunting Pack Essentials for Opening Day

The opening day pack should not be a goliath sack filled with everything archery you own. Rather, it is a simple, streamlined bow hunting pack that has all the right archery equipment for the conditions the archery opener presents.

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These bow hunting pack essentials are not unique to only the first day of archery. However, they are important and should be on every archer’s bow hunting checklist for day one.

Safety Gear

Always, always have a quality safety harness if you are archery hunting from a tree stand. A safety harness is a must have piece of archery equipment anytime you are hunting from a tree stand. In addition, a small first aid kit is one of those things to put in your hunting pack each time you head to the field. A small waterproof container with a few bandages, superglue, antibacterial cream, and headache relief is really all you need to be prepared.

Scent Control

It’s the name of the game to get an opportunity at a mature buck especially on opening day. Temperatures will most likely be warm and sweat and stink are likely unavoidable. Full scent control clothing is a must. How this plays into your bow hunting pack essentials is that a great tip is to carry in, your scent control clothing instead of wearing it to the stand. You will maximize effectiveness of the clothing this way. Two other important items are odor eliminating spray and a wind checker. A small spray bottle of odor eliminating spray will go a long way in keeping you concealed. Also a simple wind checker will help you hunt the wind and position yourself move effectively in stand.

Insect Repellant

At the top of the bow hunting must haves list is a ThermaCell®. It is one of the best insect repellants on the market, which is certainly required during those first few warm days of archery season. A camo facemask and gloves also help with bug control. These two items keep insects off your face and hands, which reduces movement and keeps you focused on hunting.

Of course every pack will need to have certain essentials regardless of the time of year you are archery hunting. For instance, a knife, bow and gear hanger, flashlight, GPS, extra batteries and drinks and snacks should be in everyone’s pack from opening day to the last day.

The Bow Hunting Pack Essentials List

  1. Safety harness and lineman’s rope 
  2. Small first aid kit 
  3. Scent control and breathable clothing 
  4. Odor eliminating spray or device 
  5. Wind checker 
  6. ThermaCell® insect repeller 
  7. Lightweight camo facemask and gloves 
  8. Bow and gear hanger 
  9. Multi-purpose knife 
  10. Tree saw/pruners for limbs and shooting lanes 
  11. Flashlight or headlamp 
  12. GPS or location sent to family members/friends 
  13. Replenishments (drinks and snacks) 
  14. Pull up rope for pack and bow 
  15. Grunt call and/or deer scents

As you continue down your pre-season bow tuning checklist, remember to also think about your bow hunting pack list. The first day of archery is highly anticipated and exciting, but do not let that overwhelm your pack. Focus on the bow hunting pack essentials that matter for opening day and leave the rest at home.

Kinseys Outdoor Review | Bear Moment Bow Review

Bear Moment Bow Review

By: Brandon Rapp, Kinseys Outdoor Field Staff Member

I’m completely new to Bear Archery and when I was researching to get a new bow for this season their name kept coming up in different searches. Having few expectations prior to trying it may have helped sway my opinion but the Bear Moment is the best, most comfortable shooting bow out of the box I have ever owned.

It’s everything I want out of a hunting bow. It’s light, compact, smooth, fast, accurate, and quiet. I think what impressed me the most was the bow’s accuracy out of the box thanks in large part to the Trophy Ridge sight and rest installed for me by Doug at Kinsey’s Outdoors.

I’ve had more expensive bows with lots of bells and whistles and have really enjoyed them.  But for me, this is a great bow for someone who wants the most value for their money all at a price point that really is attainable for hunters looking to hit the woods with confidence this fall.

 Check out the Bear Moment

 

Pre-Season Crossbow and Bow Tuning Checklist

Crossbow and Bow Tuning Checklist

Fall is in the morning air, and deer season is closing in. Gun hunting affords the ability to put off preparation and practice, but not for the bow hunter; preparation is critical for success in the field. It’s not only imperative that you practice early and often, but it’s also necessary to make sure your bow or crossbow is in working order. This article will cover a simple checklist to make sure you are ready to hit the range before opening day! If your local or within a reasonable drive to Kinseys Outdoors, be sure to come in and have our experts check your equipment before deer season arrives!

 

 

Limbs and Riser Condition

Multiple things can happen during bow season that could damage the your bow, or at least send you into the shop for repairs. Anytime you are busting brush, hauling the bow 20 feet in the air, or just sitting it down—damage can occur. The first place to look is the condition of your limbs and riser.

Things to cause concern and head to the shop:

  1. Deep Gouges 
  2. Cracks 
  3. Splinters coming off your limbs 
  4. Cracking or popping when you come to full draw 
  5. Any physical damage that causes you concern

While not all of these are life-threatening concerns for the health of your bow, it’s a good idea to check and make sure everything is in top shape before the season begins. If your limb does happen to break, you are going to be waiting for new limbs or left discouraged with your bow altogether and wanting something new. It’s best to go ahead and get any of the above issues squared away before hunting season arrives.


Cams

You pull your bow out to shoot, and day after day, your shots are inconsistent. You try moving the sights, playing with the rest, but nothing seems to bring consistency to your groupings. If there is one place on your bow that can conceal damage and cause you shooting issues, it’s the cams. There are a few areas of concern here that we’ll briefly touch on and that you should be aware of:

Cam Lean: This is precisely what it sounds like and sometimes can be spotted by visually inspecting your cam by holding it out in front of you and looking to make sure the cams are not leaning” one direction or another. If they are, that means the load of the string will not be evenly distributed and it will be impossible for you to shoot accurately or consistent.  Sometimes this can be hard to spot, but if you suspect this to be an issue, it’s time to get to the shop.

Timing: A close cousin to cam lean, is timing. This problem is hard to spot on your own if you don’t have a draw board, but you can have someone help or bring out a video camera. To inspect this aspect of the bow, you watch to make sure both cams are coming to a stop at the same time upon your draw. If there is a difference, you have issues that need correction.

Nicks on the cam: This is the easiest to spot, but the most dangerous. If you happen to notice a sharp edge on your cam, made from damage, there is the chance you could cut your string and eventually your string is cut and leaving you with a bad day!

While cam issues are rare, they do happen and if in doubt—go check it out!

Strings

If there is one mistake hunters make with the archery equipment, it’s not correctly maintaining or understanding when there might be issues/changes with the string. The first thing we should consider when purchasing a new bow is that not all strings are created equal. Strings, over time, will stretch and when this stretch occurs, shot placement will change. Some strings may not stretch until hundreds of shots have been placed, but one this is for sure: it will stretch.

Before shooting your bow, it’s also imperative to check the string for any spots that might be cut or where fraying is occurring. If your string is broken (even one strand) — you must change it immediately. Fraying is different, and also understand there is a difference between the serving and the string. Your serving is more likely to fray before the string, and if it does you can re-serve the string.

Maintaining your string is simple: use wax, and use it often. You are not going to over-wax” the string or cause any damage by applying too much. The best schedule is to wax your bow after every hunt or practice session, or if it gets wet. Wax will be your bows number one ally, so don’t hold back using it, but just a small amount will do the trick.

 

Bow and Crossbow Accessories

One area not to neglect is the accessories on your bow. This is the easiest of all checks, but a lot of us are guilty of not taking the time to make sure everything is in working order. The first, and most straightforward of checks is to feel or listen for any loose parts; then simply take a hex key and make sure all accessories are tight. The main components of concern are your sight and rest. If either of these is off, then you will be making adjustments on the range. If either happens to be loose and you need to make changes, a good starting point is to line up your arrow, and sight pins with the string of your bow. You can do this by holding your bow out in front of you and making sure everything is inline. After that, start taking shots and micro adjustments.

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Hunting Arrows and Bolts

One typical error hunters make, is not shooting a consistent arrow or bolt. Many times, you’ll see hunters shooting different weights, lengths and even brands of arrows through their archery equipment. This is a recipe for inconsistency on the range, or in the field. It’s a great idea to purchase a dozen or more of the same arrows from a certified pro; they will help you make sure that your weights, lengths and even broad-heads are the correct dimensions before the season begins. When those arrows are lost, re-load with something similar for a long lasting fun on the range.

Another area to check with your arrows before the season begins is the health of the spine. After every shot, or before the first shot of your practicing session; give you arrow a slight flex. You are checking to make sure there are no cracks to the spline, if there are, you’ll hear a pop and crack. Those arrows should be discarded immediately for your safety and others around you. An arrow through your bow hand is a quick way to end deer season before it begins.

  

Final Checks

While many failure points could occur with your archery equipment, it’s unlikely anything drastic will happen with proper maintenance, inspection, and care. Your bow is your ultimate tool in the field, and one where problems could ruin your season. Treat it better than your car and almost as good as family—you will not regret it! Good luck this season and shoot straight.


Remember, local bow shops and experts like the staff at Kinseys Outdoors can make quick work of this checklist and spot potential issues that you might have looked over. They can also offer the latest and greatest bow hunting accessories to upgrade your bow or crossbow.

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