Archive for September, 2008

Beginner’s Corner – Article 1
Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Here in the Beginner’s Corner you’ll be guided by one of our fellow members Tero Haikara (AKA: Fincop)  Tero is a self proclaimed “Newbie” to the field of Archery and bowhunting and he will attempt to document his evolution into the field with book reviews, anecdotes and a few laughs along the way. Take it away Tero!

Who Am I and What am I doing Here?

By Tero Haikara

Hello to you all!

I’m going to write some texts with the Bow hunting beginner’s perspective in mind. They are all going to concentrate on learning something new, be it a review of some good book or some learning experience I’ve had with my bow.. Why should this interest anyone?  Well, you might pick up some small piece of info on something new or you could also just end up with getting a good laugh! I’ll put on the official “newbie” robe, so I have a good excuse for making mistakes..  I would also recommend remembering an old saying: We all learn from our mistakes, the truly wise ones learn  from the mistakes made by others..

So, who am I? And what credentials do I have to review any books, after just putting on the “newbie” robe? I’m a Finnish male, closer to 40 than 30 years. I’ve been shooting various guns for over 30 years, worked as a use-of-force instructor over a decade, contributed to a few books in the professional way of using handguns, written several teaching materials in the subject, I’ve read a ton (really, over 1000 kilos) of teaching material and books and actually own a few yards of bookshelf space just on pistol shooting. I also currently work as a police officer in a little town of about 45,000 people. I’ve also been hunting for years when I was younger, but regrettably stopped hunting for little over a decade..

So I would dare to say that I would be qualified in reviewing books from a “learning perspective”. Why do I put on the “newbie” robe then? This is due to the fact that I’ve just ordered my first ever bow, and I am starting to learn about the subject from books and the hard way (probably the most funny for you guys) by making mistakes that I’m actually going to tell you about!

A few humble words on the interesting subject of what “learning” is, and also a word on how we learn. One definition on “Learning” is to understand new things, and so this definition is quite easy to understand.  How does one achieve this “understanding” then?  It is actually very simple! Just remember one word that we all use frequently when we are about 5-6 years old, but then we stop using it. It is the word “why”! Do NOT stop thinking about (and seeking the true answer to) WHY something works as it does, why someone says the things he/she says, why someone wrote something in a book in that particular way and so on! By keeping this little word in mind when you read a new book, you can gain a lot more from it!  I will be writing some reviews, which are written with an “estimate” as for the “value” of the book from a beginners learning perspective!

I”ll provide you with a short example! I just bought myself a nice book about bows. The price on the book was around 75 dollars (quite expensive by my standard!).  It is written by one of the undoubted authorities in the subject in my country (the man has actually written a few chapters of the official national hunter exam study material!!).  More experienced archers and bowhunters recommend the book in several places.  But.. After reading the book I understood that it did not provide ANY information I was looking for! It is a Good encyclopedia on the history on bows and bow hunting.. But it has nothing on how to tune in your bow, or how to shoot an bow, or how to hunt with a bow.. I seriously thought of sending the book back..

For comparison I’ll tell you about another small booklet I got (Free of charge!!) from my archery club that I’ve joined 2 weeks ago. This 60 paged (size A5) booklet made with a copy machine (free of charge for members of our club) is worth its weight in gold, as to tips and tricks on learning bow shooting and tuning your bow!

People recommended the first book to me purely because the author is an authority in the subject. Not because of the information the book provided on shooting bows. I actually started wondering how many of the people that recommended that book to me (knowing that I just started bows and wanted to learn shooting an bow, not the ancient history of archery) actually had read the book with attention to the content of the book? The second booklet was actually discreetly given to me by our clubs “master instructor” at the end of my second time to the clubs indoor shooting range (yes, I’ve been to the range 2 times with a bow at present time.. total of maybe 30 arrows shot!) .. This old gentleman (I will call him Mr. R because I do not have his consent to write about him) has trained amongst others, his son (my archery proshop owner) who won the Olympic gold medal in archery some years ago.  Mr. R told me in an calm manner that “This booklet was written by one of my friends.  It is worth reading.”  I can second that thought, after reading the booklet and especially after reading my “exclusive” history book on archery (the 75 dollar book)!

So it is not the price, style, pictures, colors, “reputation” or anything else “shallow” I look for in a book I would call good! It is the “learning value” I’m appreciating!  And I’ll be telling you guys my opinion on various books as I read them..

One last small detail.. My bow equipment.. PSE Deerhunter (29″ 65#) and Easton arrows (XX75 Camo 2219) with NAP “Shockwave” broadheads. I know! A lot of people think that this is “not” a serious hunting setup, but I’ll start building it from here.. With a coppers salary I cant afford going for the “high end” stuff just yet.. About 500 grain broadheaded arrows flying silently at 250-260 fps dead on target is my goal at the moment.. I’ll start with foxhunting, for “training” in a few weeks and I’ll be telling you how the setup works.. The next book I have on my nightstand (I’ll tell you about it later!) is Lon E. Lauber’s “Bowhunter’s guide to accurate shooting” from 2005.

Best regards,
Tero “Fincop” Haikara

Creating An Obsession by Dylan Ainsworth
Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Making of an outdoor videographer

By Dylan Ainsworth

I’m not really sure why I hadn’t realized it earlier in life, but I know now that I was born to hunt and film. As a child I loved creating home movies an parodies, I even attended college as a television studies major. My Obsession is for the outdoors, instilled in me by my father. Hunting has always been our element as if it is in our genes.

These two lifelong passions melded one early spring afternoon in the fields of Northern Vermont. I had decided to try my hand at turkey hunting for the first time. Spending the majority of April trying to learn as much of the birds as I could before the May 1st opener, I opted to bring my parents old VHS recorder afield to help me in my quest for knowledge of the woods wise fowl.

Spotting a turkey meandering down a farm road I assumed it was about to cross into the open field so I made a wide circle to get above the bird for a better view. Nearing the field edge my concentration was on the hen. Redirecting my gaze toward the direction I was traveling, I was shocked to see an enormous black being in the field ahead of me.

At first I thought it was a cow that snuck out to pasture early, but upon further investigation I realized I was mere yards away from a massive Black Bear!. Quickly shouldering the ancient Sony I hit the little red button and began filming the grazing Ursus americanus.  Watching the bear through the viewfinder boiled my blood and gave me an incomparable adrenaline rush. I knew at that moment that I was doing what I was born to. As the huge boar lifted its head and stared at me the camcorder shut-down. The old battery was so weak it could no longer run the unit. I backed slowly away from the bear as he stared intently at me, like a flash he whipped around, took three bounds and was in the dense forest not to be seen again. My heart was about pounding out of my chest realizing how quick the brute could have been on top of me had it wanted to. I rushed home to share my excitement and footage with my wife.

It wasn’t until almost a full year later that I acquired a video camera capable of filming a decent hunt. In this time I took a course on outdoor videography and also convinced my father to accept turkey hunting as a worthy endeavor. 

Photos by Dawn Ainsworth of Nostalgic Images

The fourth day of spring gobbler season 2006 found us sitting  amongst hardwoods along a old cleared path. My father sat twenty yards in front of me as dawn broke.  Overjoyed hearing a shock gobble response to a rooster’s crow, I quickly spat out a yelp on the mouth call. After two hours of sporadic calling with a response each time, I determined the bird must have been glued in place.  Working a full-time job I had to leave to be on shift at eight o’clock, so I used the opportunity to test a tactic I’d recently read about. I left my position, situating the camera to keep my father and the spot I expected the bird to show in view. I kept the calling up as I headed in the other direction hoping to imitate a hen moving farther away. 

It wasn’t until I was backing out of the drive headed to work that I found out what had transpired.  Upon seeing my dad emerge from the forest with bird in hand I immediately pulled the e-brake and dashed out of the vehicle to view the 11-pound Jake, not a large bird but for a first timer a trophy nonetheless. After the congratulations, I checked the handy cam to find that the kill had actually been caught on film! My first true hunt filmed and I wasn’t behind the viewfinder for the kill shot. 

The following fall I filmed a bear hunt with dogs for one of only two licensed female bear hound hunters in the State. All the footage came out as fine as can be expected with the hi-8 footage. However at the crucial moment a leafy branch was in my view of the bear. I didn’t have time to move it before the hunter took his shot and once again I failed to view the kill through the lens! 

Spring came again and I was determined to get as much footage as possible. Ironically on the fourth day, yet again, my father had his success. With it came my failure. Setup before daylight in a cove of tall pines we seemed to be surrounded by birds. Gobbling coming from every direction, my heart was pounding like never before. A few hens flew down followed by a Jake. I quickly zoomed in on the Jake and recorded him during his morning defecation, he then proceeded to chase off a bearded hen and b-line it for the breeding decoys 15 yards in front of me. So intent on the Jake I intended to kill, a large Tom never caught my attention until it was too late. As the Jake closed the distance I pulled the double barrel 20 gauge slowly to my shoulder. Nearing the decoys I waited for him to break strut and let him have it. The bird flew straight up and landed as if not even phased. As I readied for a back-up shot, BLAM! Came a blast from my father and my target flew off into the pine forest. My ol’ man had his sights on the Tom and had taken the 21.4 lb. Vermont monster in full run after being startled from my shot.

I could not comprehend how I could’ve missed and we scoured high and low for the Jake but never found a trace. Arriving home and reviewing the footage I could see that my entire barrel was covered by a pine bough that had taken all the shot. This is a hard lesson learned but without the footage I would still today be pondering how I missed that shot. To top it off the Tom was not in view of the camera during the shot.

Photos by Dawn Ainsworth of Nostalgic Images

I got my recuperation and my first kill behind the lens four days later . We sat in a marsh soaking wet listening to the gobbles descending from the oaks to our rear. The previous night we witnessed a flock in this very field. As they roosted the hens went to one side and the Tom to another. Setting up our breeding pair between the them was more than enough to wind up the gobbler. Without persuasion from calls the bird made his way to the ground and toward us. We sat nestled in a small shrub as the Tom strutted to my right, headed straight for the decoys. He went behind a similar bush to the one we were concealed in. I could slightly see him through the not yet flourished shrub and saw that while behind it he had broken strut. Reaching the end of his hiding spot he kicked it into high gear and ran all-out toward the decoy. Going into full strut for a split second then leaping and spurring the decoy, I waited till he landed and gave the sex crazed bird both barrels from the coach gun. To my dismay he took off in flight, my heart sank thinking I blew it again, then as the bird sailed toward the 500 yard mark in the open field he began sinking and crash landed, rolling across the lush green grass. Adrenaline took over and I don’t quite remember it but my ol’ man claims I leapt a three foot barbwire fence and sprinted the entire distance to my trophy. At only 16 lbs the bird had an impressive 9 inch beard. Culminating one of my most exciting hunts ever, I captured all the action including the kill on film. 

I have since compiled this old footage on a DVD, upgraded my equipment, and continue to hone my videography skills every chance I get. My Obsession for the outdoors and pursuit for a career as an outdoor videographer has lead me to become a regional prostaffer for Mossy Oak brand camo, one of the greatest accomplishments of my life.

Montana Antelope Adventure by Paul J. Brown
Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

The Warm-Up

I guess this all starts about 3 years ago when my pals in Colorado and I put in for our first run at the draw for rifle antelope tags.  Not just one state mind you but two, Colorado and Wyoming!  In the same 3 year span our luck at drawing the rifle combo big game tags for elk and mule deer in Montana faired no better.  This year we found out we had once again struck out on the Colorado rifle antelope tags and the Montana combo tag.  I just happened to be reading my current Eastman’s Hunting Journal and there in the MRS section was a listing on the draw odds for Montana archery antelope.  I figured what the heck, I’m decent with a bow and if Cameron Hanes can do it why can’t I?  What’s the big deal anyway, sneak up within 30 yards or so of  probably the sharpest eyed, fastest furbearing critters on the planet, come to full draw without him seeing you and then overcome the adrenaline rush long enough to place an arrow in his pump house, piece of cake.  So I called my old bud Jim Allen in Colorado (who just by chance has a dad who lives in Montana) and gave him the rundown on what I read.  He was game so we both hit the internet and put in our last minute applications for the archery tags.  The wait for draw results seemed like an eternity but both of us scored this time. 

Last spring I had torn some cartilage in my shoulder and had to have my bow backed down to around 50 lbs just so I could attempt any archery hunts that fall.  I had rehabbed my shoulder fairly well this year and felt I could handle more draw weight.  This warranted a trip to my local Mathews dealer for tweaking and cranking that sucker up.  Naturally there was no way I was going to walk out the door without buying something and the new arrows with 2” Blazer vanes were just calling my name.  Well what good are arrows without broadheads and I sure had read a lot of good stuff about the Rage expandables.  The in house pro told me to try the practice tips that were made identical to the real ones to see how they flew (plus they were much cheaper than the real ones).  All I can say is that guy is a good salesman, he sold a pack of practice points that he knew I would like plus he knew I would be back for the real thing.  You can bet your sweet bippy that as soon as I got home that day I had to see how the new arrows and tips flew and I was impressed.  The practice broadheads flew exactly the same as my field points but with the poundage increase I had to do a little pin adjustment.  That’s not really a bad thing because now I can shoot one pin out to 30 yards and it leaves 3 more to play with to extend my range for antelope in that open country.

This will probably be the first DIY western hunt I’ve ever done that comes complete with a little preseason scouting thrown in.  Our scouting reports came courtesy of Jim’s dad and his friends who live there glassing for good bucks and making note of their patterns.  This will be a big leg up compared to our previous draw hunts that only allowed us a day or so prior to the season to locate animals and figure out how to get to them.  Even with this help it’s still up to us to close the deal and do it with a bow.

 Waiting on Deck

Finally came the day that I drive my better half to Oklahoma City to visit her family there while I hunt.  She was crucial in the part where she drops me off at the OKC airport and hopefully picks me back up.  I even packed myself for the trip without her help (although I did forget to pack any long sleeve britches other than camo).  The plane trip went without a hitch for once and good ole Jim was right there at the Denver airport to pick me up.  I may have forgotten to mention that Jim had to change our departure date from Denver to Montana due to the fact that he forgot his grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary party on Saturday and that he would host a family reunion for the Allen side the following Sunday.  We did find time to hit the local sporting goods store for Jim’s bow tuning and installation of new sights prior to festivity preparation.

Jim and his family had already done most of the setup for the anniversary party so most of what we had left to do was around Jim’s house.  We accomplished most of the cleanup “guy style” by hiding stuff behind other stuff.  I got to meet most of my pals family on his mothers side at the anniversary party and great folks they were.  Everybody made me feel right at home and extremely welcome.  The following day came the reunion where I met a lot more good folks.  Just meeting all these great people and making so many new friends made the 3 day delay more than worth the wait.

Right around daybreak the next morning we meet up with Jim’s mom and dad to fuel up, eat breakfast and begin the 11 hour journey to Dillon, Montana.  The whole trip was spent looking for critters all across Wyoming, the edge of Idaho and into Montana.  After days of preparation we were finally there.  Jim Sr. and mom Linda as well as one of Jim’s buds had hot spots picked out for us.

Unfortunately, Paul did not have a cameraman along on this trip and had to juggle the bow and digital camera simultaneously!

Batter Up

The first day of hunting finally arrives!  We first head for a ranch managed by a friend of Jim’s where he’s been seeing a lot of antelope.  He takes us up a ranch road to a ridge we can glass from and what do you know…we spot a nice buck bedded next to a bluff.  The plan of approach has us driving around behind a big hill so we can put a stalk on.  Well the stalk abruptly ends when we peek over the last hill at him and there is no more cover.  Jim decides he’ll pull back to the truck and drive around to the other side of the bluff to slip in from the other direction.  He then tells me to get in a spot somewhere in the notch we think he’ll come through if the buck spots Jim and maybe he’ll just ease through.  I settle into some tall grass so I can peek over and keep tabs on the buck.  Well Jim cranks the truck up and starts around the bluff but evidently it ain’t this antelope’s first rodeo.  As soon as he hears the truck go around the hill he breaks for the notch.  I’m on one knee, nocked, locked and ready to draw.  I had made up my mind that as soon as I saw horns on the far side of the hill I would draw.  Well the horns appeared much quicker than I expected.  I at least got to full draw before I saw tail hair.  The movement he caught from the corner of his built in periscopes made him stop and I’m thinking “you’re toast”!  I swear the pin was right in the little crease behind his shoulder when I released. He was only about 35 yards but when the arrow arrived he was about 6 feet further forward than he was a nanosecond ago and was doing Mach III.  Strike one!  Jim knew something was amiss when he rounded the far side of the bluff and saw the buck making a vapor trail by the fence ¼ mile away.  By the way carbon arrows and broad heads do not like slamming into rocks.  There I sat totally dejected due to watching a potentially skewered antelope rapidly reach the distant horizon.  Jim reassured me we’d have plenty of chances, after all this was the first morning of a 4 day hunt.  We cruise around spotting lots of antelope but all were bedded or feeding in the wide open with no stalk cover and usually many sets of eyes.  Well Jim’s buddy receives a call from his wife that antelope are everywhere in the alfalfa patch around his house and off we go.  There must have been close to a hundred antelope in that field and 4 were good shooter bucks but the tallest cover we had was ankle high grass.  We put Jim at one of the common exit points and I walked out into the field to get them moving.  The only problem was that when they start moving they MOVE!  Jim then tells me he’s never had this much trouble getting an antelope but then admitted all the other times they had a rifle in his hands. 

With these antelope pretty much spooked we head out for a spot his dad told us about.  This was another private ranch and for you guys that don’t already know Montana has whats called a Block Management program where the ranchers allow hunters onto their property to help reduce overabundant game populations.  Info about this can be found on Montana’s Fish Wildlife and Parks website.  This spot happened to be one of those and we signed in with the rancher while looking out the window at yet another herd bedded in alfalfa.  I was cooking up an approach plan even as I signed the log in sheet.  I sent Jim to the far ranch road and gave him time to get around to set up.  There was a small ditch running through the alfalfa in which I made a long slow tedious crawl knowing once I got close I had some tall grass along a ridge for cover in the last few yards.  Well the plan went well right up to the point where I reached the tall grass and found out 3 of the does had stood up and were feeding.  I was pinned where I was and could see Jims head pop up out of the ditch on the far side of the field occasionally.  Naturally the whole bunch started feeding away from me and into the vast wide open.  Well I figured that if I let them see me they would head for the far fence where Jim was.  I was right they just did it at Mach III again.  After several failed stalk attempts we get a call telling us we had gained permission to go onto a neighboring ranch so again off we go. 

We hit the entrance road and just off the edge is a nice buck feeding that paid no attention to us driving by.  The rest of the herd was clear across the field and just by chance there was a fence with some tall grass for cover in that direction.  Jim drives me up the road to the fence and drops me off to slip down the fence.  All was going exactly as planned!  I was able to crouch and move down the fence unnoticed and kneel in perfect position.  Sure enough the buck steadily fed his way towards the rest of the herd right where I wanted him to.  There was only one problem, there was nothing sticking up to pre-range and once he got into bow range the only movement I could risk would be the draw.  I figure “heck I can judge it” when he stopped right in front of me and broadside.  All he did when I drew was look at me and he didn’t stop looking at me until the arrow sailed about 2 inches over his back.  It still amazes me that using a 40 yard pin on an antelope that’s only 30 yards away can make that much difference. This time Jim thought I had pegged the sucker because he saw my arrow fly true and what he thought was through the animal.  Nope another arrow gone but this one lost in the alfalfa.  At least this herd wasn’t real spooky like the others and we had found a make shift blind next to one of the exit gates into another field.  Strike two.

On day two Jim found out archery antelope hunting wasn’t as easy as it looked on TV.  It was tough to get them into range, tough to judge range and impossible to hit a prairie dragster that can go from 0 – 60 in less than 2 seconds.  At least day two only cost Jim 2 arrows. (I won’t count Jim’s strikes)

Day three arrives with us scratching our watches and winding our…well you know… in total consternation of how to outsmart these fleet footed furry rascals.  The pop up blind I had shipped up didn’t even come close to matching the brown grass at the edges of the field and the antelope never left through the gap in the fence that we expected them to.  This day closed with me never drawing and both of us wishing it was rifle season.

The fourth and final day we set up my blind out into the alfalfa a little ways from the fence close to one of the exit points and Jim would take the makeshift blind close to another exit.  With the whole herd milling around towards Jim several times I kept expecting to see them bolt and maybe one stumble but they never got close enough for him to shoot.  He decided to let them see him move slightly so they would use the far exit point where I was stationed or at least head in that direction.  It was a great move and the buck was in the lead.  They were only at a slow trot and approaching my blind, 50, 40, 30 yards and I’m drawn.  Somewhere around twenty yards and following the buck in my peep he turns just a little to examine my blind and stops.  The grin grew to epic proportions as my finger gingerly touched the release trigger with the 20 yard pin right on his pump house.  I hear after that slight twang from the Mathews string, then a ripping sound and antelope hooves pounding the earth.  I had failed to notice that even though my sight pins were seeing clearly through the blind opening, my arrow was looking about two inches lower where there was no opening….but there is now.  Since the antelope bounded around the alfalfa field going ner ner ner for the rest of the day totally unscathed I was fully assured that my arrow found points yet still unknown but more than likely somewhere in the neighbor’s field. Strike three.

Yep this was long winded and probably filled with details that only I would understand but I had to put this full misadventure into words.  The drive back to Jim’s, the flight back to momma and then the drive back to Mississippi carried no depressing thoughts. I had a blast with a pal, made some new friends and that’s all that matters.  The antelope retribution plans have already begun!  Cameron Hanes I take my hat off to you.

*fieldtest footnote* Rage expandables cut the air and blind material wonderfully although they do not hold up well when hitting rocks at 290 fps.

Limbsaver DZ-32 Review
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Review of the DZ-32 Compound bow by Limbsaver

Alright, let’s get this out of the way right quick. As one of my good Coaching friends says “Opinions are like (You fill in the Noun here) everybody’s got one”. When you’re considering looking for a new bow some of the best advice out there would be to “Try ‘Em ALL” and then go through the arduous task of deciding which one’s right for you. Our bow reviews are designed to give you some straight facts on the bows we test with some of our “opinions” mixed in (hence the quote above, so take them as you will) We apologize for the length of this review, but we felt we needed to be complete with our findings.

The Sims Vibration Laboratory is very well known for designing high quality archery products so when we were sent the new DZ-32 bow, needless to say we had high expectations. It is important to note that Sims Labs embarked on a vast amount of testing before bringing this bow to the market. It seems clear from their video presentation on www.limbsaver.com that they wanted to put their best foot forward in taking the plunge into the compound bow arena. With such a well regarded reputaion in noise reduction technology, the decision is understandable. Now just to make this clear, this is the first bow that Limsaver and Sims Laboratories have produced for the market and it represents their best attempt to design a bow from the ground up. What does all this preparation and testing mean to the consumer? Well, hopefully a bow that combines Limbsaver’s bag of innovation with a sweet , value packed bow. The video on the limbsaver site is impressive to say the least, but what about some real life, down to earth testing. Enter Heritage Hunters……..

We put this bow through its paces and then some. As with any bow review, we don’t want to rush through the review and present our thoughts after just several shots. You can do that after visiting a dealer (and we encourage you to do so!) but what about some more “extensive” testing. The type of testing that you can’t get from a simple pro-shop visit. Stuff like speed with hunting arrows and how’s it shoot out of a ground blind / Treestand? We like to tell you about our initial impressions, our thoughts throughout the review process and our final thoughts on the bow after the testing period is over. For those of you who want some “Fast Facts” about the DZ-32, check out this video

Deadzone DZ-32 Specifications (As Advertised)
Axle to Axle: 32″
Brace Height: 7.25″
Mass Weight: 4.0 lbs
Draw Length Options: 23″ – 30″
Poundage Options: 40 – 70
* Draw Length and Poundage Options are specific to Module and Limbs.
IBO Speed: 320-330 fps with 30″ draw, 70lb and 350 grain arrow
MAP Pricing: $749

The Bow we tested: 70lbs / 29″ Draw Length / Right Hand
Out of the Box – First Impressions
I don’t know about you, but the first thing I was interested in seeing with this bad boy was the overall “Look” of the bow. I’ll admit it, the thing looked a little wierd in all the pictures and press releases I had seen. After pulling it out of the box, the “wierdness” feeling gave way to “unigue” which turned into down right “Cool as Hell”. I found myself visually comparing the bow to our other bows, our buddies bows and bows in the pro-shop. I’ve got to say that not only does the look of this bow “grow” on you, I almost prefer the overall profile to that of other bows now (almost!). As we will discuss, the unique shape of this bow is responsible for many of its innovative features.

Riser: The fit and finish of this bow is fantastic! There are absolutely zero blemishes and the new soft-touch High-Def Next Generation G1 camouflage is flawless. Overall, the workmanship of this bow is excellent with clean cuts and no visible tooling scuffs on the riser. This may not hold much weight with the average hunter but #1: I want precision and flawlessness in anything I pay $700 plus for and #2: I’ve walked into pro-shops before only to see small blemishes on “Brand-new” bows hanging on the rack. The riser utilizes what limbsaver calls a modified “I Beam” structure and strategically placed cut-outs. These two features not only give the riser strength and stability, they also serve to further reduce noise. The riser is straight (as a result of the limb pocket design) and has no contact with the actual limbs.

Cams: Limbsaver outfitted this bow with their H.E.A.T. (High-Efficiency Active Transfer) Cams. These cams have specific drawlength modules ranging from a 23″ version up to a 30″ inch version. These cams are of the 1.5 Hybrid type which provides an increase in speed as well as elimination of nock travel and are 1/2 inch adjustable. At fulldraw, the cams are nice and vertical with no torque or lean.

Limbs/Limb Pockets: The advent of parallel limb design is nothing new for the compound bow world. However, the configuration that Limbsaver saw fit to provide the DZ-32 with, is! First, the limbs do not actually touch the aluminum of the riser which serves to significantly reduce vibration, and thereby noise. Second, the rolling fullcrum system not only serves to extend limb life but also (and most impressive to us) allows the user to “let-down” the poundage of the bow WITHOUT A BOWPRESS. The manipulation of the bow without a press is a feature claimed by several other bow companies but I have yet to see it to the extent Limbsaver has created. A bowhunter can literally (with two different sized allen wrenches) take the pressure off the limbs enough to fix any aspect of the string. Just back out the smaller poundage lock srews on the side of the limb pocket and then the main limb bolts and you’re on your way to loosening the tension on the string. I have to admit that we were a bit skeptical about how hard it would be to return the limbs to their original poundage. No problem. The rolling fulcrum system allows for a smooth turn in either direction (increase or decrease in poundage) without feeling like you’re competing in some strange strongman competition. It is truly a “Take-down” capable bow. Finally, the limbs of the bow extend past the riser which not only (in our opinion) provide a greater degree of balance but also aid in further reducing vibration and extending limb life. This extended limb design also allows for a straight riser, further improving forgiveness and accuracy. After many shots on this bow, I consider that statement to be 100% true. We like the size of the “Limbsaver” logo running down the limbs but would like to see it jazzed up a bit to make it jump out at you more.

Silencing Features: This bow is decked out with dampening features. It’s a limbsaver bow, why wouldn’t it be right? The limbsaver patented NAVCOM (Noise and Vibration Control Material) can be found all over the bow. From the limbs, to the string, to the cable rod, to the shelf on the riser (arrow impact strip and fall away rest pad already installed!), this bow comes standard with NAVCOM. As previously mentioned, the design of the bow also aids in it’s noise reduction. From the orientation of the limb pockets and parallel limb design to the cutouts of the riser, a careful examination of this bow shows attention to noise reduction.

So how’s it shoot? Note: This section is designed to answer the previous question in easy to understand fashion, which admittedly in large part is based on our (Dan and Dale’s) interpretations. We personally like reading reviews geared toward the average joe and we wanted to do the same here. We’re hunters, so if you’re curious about Energy Efficiency, Force-Draw Curves, Drawstrokes, and limb flex on the DZ-32, you won’t find that information here. Besides, our Heritage Hunters budget only goes so far! Limbsaver was kind enough to send some goodies along for the ride so we put on a Prism Elite Sight, their Fall-away Arrow Rest and their S-coil stabilizer, and let fly with a few arrows. We were so anxious to start that by the time we were ready to pre-tune, daylight was fading. We put on some Firenocks (see equipment list below) and were able to video some of our first shots out of the bow in the lower light. The Limbsaver accessories are all first rate and we would recommend them to anyone looking to “pimp” their bow. The Elite Prism sight pins are some of the brightest that we’ve tried (due to the light gathering lens) and it also has an adjustable long-range pin for distances beyond 60 yards. Although we liked the Elite Prism sight, it had a few more pins than we were used to, 5 more to be exact, and felt a bit heavy on the bow. Besides, we wanted to shoot the DZ-32 with the same sight that we hunt with (the 1 pin Cosmic Impact) and try out the increased speed factor of this bow with 1 pin out to 40 yards. We’re already fans of the S-coil stabilizer and we like fall-away rests, so we stuck with those accessories during testing.

Balance: This bow sits extremely well balanced in the hand. We suspect the non-reflexed riser caused by the extended limb pockets gives this bow it’s balanced feel, but then again, we’re not bow designers! When watching someone draw this bow, you can see the symmetry on the top and bottom. It only makes sense that this type of symmetry leads to improved balance throughout the shot.

Grip: Dan and I are admittedly fans of smaller style grips so we were pleasantly surprised that this grip, although appearing larger in all the press releases and slightly chunkier than we’re used to, gave us a torque-free brace. The grip is deceptive in that it appears chuncky but fits great in that “V” between the thumb and forefinger. It is made out of laminated Hardwood and just plain looks sweet on this bow. We’re fans of wood grips anyway and we can find no fault with this one. We even consider the grip part of the reason the bow balances so well in the hand.

Draw Cycle / Wall: The draw cycle of the zone is typical of many of the “Fast” bows on the market. Very smooth on the initial pull while letting you know it’s a fast bow on the last few inches of the draw before dropping off into the valley. You don’t get speed without something under the hood (or Cams for that matter). We can’t effectively say how this draw will feel to you, so get on down to your local shop and pull one! The back wall is as solid as we’ve felt and holding it in its anchor position is a breeze. The valley distance is also excellent. We thought of Goldilocks with this one; not too narrow of a valley and not too wide. To us it was “just right”!

Shock Level: This bow is made by one of, if not “The”, leaders in the field of vibration dampening. It was really no surprise to us that the DZ-32 has ZERO hand shock. It was however somewhat of a relief in that a review on a bow of this magnitude would sort of be hard to do, in good concience, if it had “ANY” hand shock at all, Shhhhhhheeeeewwww!

Perceived Noise on the Shot: Let’s be blunt for a moment shall we! I have never owned a bow without eventually puttingcat whiskers on the string instead of string leaches. You know, those dangly looking things? It’s part habit and part OCSD (Obsessive Compulsive String Disorder) on my part. I’ve just always felt that whiskers did a better job of silencing the string on the shot. After this bow relentlessly for over a month, I do not feel the need to do this to the DZ-32 ( a first for me) There is very little percieved string noise (other than the normal “swoosh” sound), nor is there any noise seemingly coming from the limb pockets. The only noise that we could decipher seemed to originate from the shelf where the Fall-away rest slapped the NAVCOM rubber. Eventually we did what any hunter/scientists would do, tried the bow with a rest that did not contact the riser. We used the Whisker Biscuit to see if this eliminated the sound. Bingo! No more slapping sound resulting in a truly silent bow. Of course we liked the Limbsaver Fall-away rest so much that we threw it back on the bow. We tweeked the cord running from the rest to the cable and that seemed to do the trick to lessen this slap, to a level that we could deem “negligible”.

Percieved Speed vs. Actual Speed: *Note: In regards to our speed testing. We try and provide some real numbers (using our own chronograph equipment as well that of some pro-shops) to give our readers some numbers. We do not claim to be experts on speed related issues, nor do we care if you disagree with how we do our testing. We’ve seen the posts on other forums and we’d rather not get into a spitting match about speed. We’re simply trying to provide some idea of how the bows would perform if your average joe picked himself up a chronograph and let fly. I guess we’re trying to save you the effort here. Considering that we normally hunt with arrow speeds in the 260’s (fps), this bow is smokin! Right from the start we could tell that this bow would be close to advertised speeds just by the way it shot at 20, 30 and 40 yards. The percieved flat trajectory out to 30 yards was fantastic and still pretty good at 40. Now I don’t know about you but that’s a recipe for success if you’re a fan of 1 pin hunting sights like we are. Factor in the use of multiple sight pins (like the Limbsaver Elite Sight), and this bow is scarey accurate out to 60 and 70 yards for you western bowhunters. After a few hours of testing , we had the DZ-32 dialed in with 1 pin from 15 – 30 yards with some slight windage at 40 yards. The same cannot be said from our previous hunting bows.
Now on to the hard numbers………
Pro Shop Chronograph - Archery Connection, Middleburgh NY
When we had this bow up to it’s maximum poundage at the pro-shop it registered 72 lbs on the scale. So at 72 lbs, a 29″ draw and a 350 grain arrow, the registered consistant speed after 3 shots was 312 fps That’s all wonderfully fast and all but we don’t hunt with a 350 grain arrow. As mentioned previously, the last few inches of the draw cycle was a tad harsh. We backed out the poundage slightly to 70lbs to see what that did to the draw cycle. Bingo! Much smoother on the draw and we now felt that we could shoot this bow for a long period of time without getting tired. Back to base camp……..
Our Chronograph
We got our hunting arrows out and did some more chrono testing at the Heritage Hunters testing facility (That sounds more professional, doesn’t it?) Our hunting arrows were weighing in at 400 grains and after 3 shots through our own chronograph, we were getting a consistent speed of 287fps (70lb, 29″, 400 grain arrow) To be honest, the only “visible” difference in these two speeds appeared beyond 30 yards. I’m sure if you played around with the set-up, arrow mass and string, you could achieve higher speeds. These numbers were achieved with a served in G5 Meta Peep, 2 string leeches, 4 cable leeches, and a string loop with tied in nocks. All of which cost us in advertised speed. Overall, we acheived consistantly accurate groups at 20 and 30 yards with almost 30 fps faster arrows (than we’re used to) and no noticeable handshock! For us, this bow rocks!

String Quality: The bow comes standard with Winner’s Choice Custom Strings. With the Winner’s Choice brand having a good reputation in the industry as well the fact that there has been no noticable stretching or peep mis-alignment. After thousands of shots, this string is literally a “Winner”!

Maneuverability: Just in case you’re wondering how this bow “maneuvers” in a ground blind and out of a treestand we did some of that testing as well. The 32″ Length of the “DZ-32″ gives the shooter a greater range of up and down movement in the ground blind and treestand. We were able to take this bow on a couple of late May Turkey Hunts in NY to see how it fared in a real hunting situation. (all stories for another time) Compared to my trusty 36″ Xtec, the DZ-32 is cake to maneuver inside the blind.

Shootability: We’re not sure if this is even a word. In fact, the shot consistancy as well as degree of accuracy of today’s bows are only as good as the person it. For what it’s worth, we found this bow to fling an arrow down range with a high degree of consistancy and accuracy for our abilities. Within 2 initial adjustments of the sight, we were busting nocks and producing quarter size groups at 30 yards (and for Dan, that’s usually a tough task!)

Overall Marks on the zone (DZ-32) by Limbsaver

Workmanship: 5 out of 5 – If you like getting a superb fit and finish for your hard earned money, check this bow out.

Balance: 5 out of 5 – We’re not engineers, but we suspect the very reason this bow looks a little different from other bows on the market (extended limb pockets) is the same reason that gives this bow exceptional balance.

Draw Cycle / Wall: 4 out of 5 – We personally have no problem with the draw cycle. As already mentioned however, the last few inches of the draw curve at Maximum poundage may take a little getting used to, but lowering the poundage by one twist on each limb gets her back into the range of smooooooth.

Noise / Handshock: 5 out of 5 – Come on! The bow is made by the leader in vibration dampening technology. Do you think they’re going to put out a bow that has handshock? We realize that sometimes this category is dependent on the person using the bow. To us, and compared to other bows we’ve shot, this bow has Zero handshock with nothing but a “swoosh” sound on the shot.

Speed: 5 out of 5 – Dan and I are not really speed guys. Yeah we’re intriqued by it, and we certainly love the ability to shoot effectively out to 40 yards with one pin but let’s be honest. Most of us bowhunters aren’t going to realize advertised speeds with a hunting set-up. So when it comes to the speed, anything that propels our hunting arrows over 280 fps is going to impress us. This bow does that in a way that doesn’t make the bow jump out of our hands. Cool enough for us!

Overall Value: 4.5 out of 5 – The score of 4.5 in this category has more to do with the price of “All” bows on the market than the DZ-32. We feel that any bow on the market that costs over $700 should also be able to completely process your deer. However, since most “Top of the line” bows run in this price range we can’t really fault Limbsaver here. Overall, we feel the DZ-32 represents a top of the line hunting bow that utilizes all of Limbsaver’s tricks of the trade. As usual, if you’re thinking about getting a new bow, we’ll tell you to shoot as many as possible. However, One look at this bow makes you want to shoot it. One shot makes you want to keep it. Is that convincing enough for you to include this bow on your list?

Accessories used during testing:
5 pin Prism Elite Sightwww.limbsaver.com/pdfs/installation/PRISMELITE.pdf
1 pin Cosmic Impact sightwww.impactarchery.com/cosmic.html
Fall-away Arrow Restwww.limbsaver.com/pdfs/installation/ArrowRest.pdf
Whisker Biscuit Arrow restwww.trophyridge.com/arrow-rests/whisker-biscuit/
S-coil stabilizerwww.simsvibrationlab.com/Products/Archery/S_Coil_Stabilizer.aspx
G5 Meta Peepwww.g5outdoors.com/#sec_metaline
Firenock Lighted Nocks www.firenock.com/index.htm
ProChrono Digital PAL Chronograph
Sling Braid Custom Bow Slingswww.ozarchery.com
Ozcrest Custom Wraps:www.ozarchery.com
Beman ICS 400 Arrows: www.beman.com

Final Thoughts: If this is Limbsavers “First Attempt” at bringing a bow to the bowhunting crowd, I am loving the possibilities for this bow line in the future. Special thanks go out to Limbsaver for allowing us to test this bow and trusting us to follow through. Heritage Hunters is a new entity to the hunting industry but it’s our goal to give our members a down to earth look at each product we review.

What have we missed? Although pretty long, I’m sure we’ve missed some points. Let us know what further info you’d like on the DZ-32 in our forum http://www.theheritagehunters.com/forum/index.php?topic=292.0

or check out the Limbsaver site at www.limbsaver.com

Long Spur Turkey Vest by ALPS Outdoorz
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Review of Long Spur Turkey Vest by ALPS Outdoorz

If you’ve never heard of ALPS Outdoorz, you may want to pull up a chair for this review.  They’ve come up with a turkey vest that I feel is the perfect blend of comfort, durability and functionality.  The specs on this vest are as follows:

Seat Dimensions:
17″ x 35″ x .5″
Weight: 4 lbs. 3 oz.
Fabric: Realtree® AP HD™ Brushed
Price: $59.99

Material: The Vest is made out of Brushed material that is very rugged without being noisy.  We also found the fabric to have some decent waterproof qualities. The camo of this vest is Realtree All Purpose HD and really looks sharp. 

Adjustability: We had several of our hunting buddies (of all shapes and sizes) try this vest on and it fit everyone of them.  The shoulder straps are nice and padded like that of a backpack and there are 9 pull straps (All with release clips) for a wide range of adjustment.  If you count the Detachable seat, there is a total of 14 adjustable straps, all with heavy duty release clips.

Comfort: Overall we found this vest to be very comfortable to wear and the degree of adjustment adds to that comfort.  The seat (which I’ll discuss below) lacked in comfort but I don’t recall many vest seats that mimiced that of my lazy boy. 

Seat: The seat of the vest is a little on the thin side but it did have 2 ridgid thin side frames to keep the seat from folding up on you when you needed to sit quickly.  The back rest also has these side frames to give you extra stability when leaning up against those trees. The pull-straps and release clips get the seat up and out of the way when you don’t need it down.  I found it a little difficult to
“reattach” the seat in the upright position on the fly so I just let it dangle. The two release clips
are on the extreme sides in back of the vest and I found it difficult to reach back there and clip it with one hand. All of this isn’t a big deal really but worth noting.

Pockets (size and position): Here’s were this vest shines in my opinion.  The pocket arrangement is spot-on and I like the fact that many of the pockets are see-through heavy duty mesh.  If you’re like me, I forget which pocket I put things in and having the ability to visually inspect a pocket before I reach in is a bonus.  I also like the fact that all the zippers have knotted black nylon cords on them for easy access and leverage.  One pocket that I was pleasantly surprised with is a long vertical pocket in the back of the vest in between the back rest and the game bag.  I’m not sure the purpose of this pocket but I found it particularly useful to carry my monopod for the video camera.  As mentioned, there are those times when a quick and unforseen set-up is in order and these monopods are the ticket.  If you video your Turkey hunts, this vest aids in your pursuit.  Also included with this vest are 2 (one on each side of the vest) elastic shell holders.  They hold 4 shells apiece and have a cover
flap so the metal shell tops aren’t visible to your quarry.  This makes the shells extremely accessible and you won’t have to go fumbling through the pockets to find them.

Durability: We put this vest through it’s paces.  On several occasions we had to “run and gun” those forest chickens and there was a lot of quick set-ups.  There were absolutely no malfunctions in performance for this vest.  The zippers worked flawlessly as did the straps and release clips.

Design: I would say the overall design of this vest is very good.  There are some things I’d like to see different in regards to the seat (already mentioned) but the rest of the vest is a knock-out!  The pocket arrangement of this vest, as I’ve already mentioned is worth trying this vest out alone!  As with many Turkey vest on the market, the vest also comes with an Blaze Orange Flap that you can flip out once you’ve smoked “Major Tom”.

Here’s our Marks on this Turkey Vest

Function: 4 out of 5
You will love the pockets in this vest!  The sizes and position of these pockets are great.  There’s plenty of them to boot!  The seat is the only thing keeping this vest from scoring a 5 out of 5.

Quality / Durability: 5 out of 5
The vest is rugged, it looks like it’s made extremely well and had no malfunctions while in the field this Spring.

Design: 4 out of 5
Give whoever was in charge of the pocket design on this thing a raise!  Beaf up the seat and this thing is going places.

Price: 5 out of 5
I realize you can find vests for cheaper, but the quality control of this vest will impress you. I really can’t see them making this product for cheaper without sacrificing quality.

For more information on the Long Spur Turkey Vest, visit: http://www.alpsoutdoorz.com/

Eclipse 3D Leafy Suit by Mad Dog Gear
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Review of Eclipse 3D Leafy Suit by Mad Dog Gear

I’m going to start this review with a question.  What qualities would you  want in a camouflage-hunting outfit?  I would venture to guess that among the top qualities, most hunters might answer:
Reasonably Priced

Mad Dog Gear has come up with an all-in-one type suit that fits in line with these qualities, and then some! We tested their Eclipse 3D Leafy Suit during our Spring Turkey Season here in Central New York
and here’s what we found.

The basics:  The Eclipse 3D suit is sold in 3 pieces   (sold separately as pants, jacket and headcover) and comes in 2 color versions (Dog-o-flage Brown and Dog-o-flage Green).  Both color versions have a light brown base color with strips of leafy material (with splotchy greens and browns) sewn vertically down the garment.  The brown version is more brown and the green version, well, it’s more green! The base material is made of polyester mesh fabric that is soft but thicker than most 3D type suits, and in my world, thicker means more rugged when it comes to hunting clothing.  The polyester mesh gives this suit breath ability and is lightweight enough to not slow you down on those
Mornings when the birds won’t cooperate.

The Pants: ($31.99) Have an elastic waist and pass through pockets, giving you the feeling of wearing a lightweight pair of sweatpants into the woods.  Hey, sweatpants are darn comfortable and if these babies make me more invisible to the forest chickens, I’m all for it!  They are generously sized so that you can wear them over your favorite pair of BDU’s as well.

The Jacket: ($39.99) The 1/4 zip jacket has elastic wrist cuffs and 2 zippered side pockets.  The pockets are a great idea because most, if not all, of the 3D garments we’ve tried in the past do not include any actual pockets (and these zip close so you won’t lose any gear if you put something in them) The Jacket is sized generously as well to accommodate as many layers as you choose to go underneath.

The Headcover: ($9.99) I’ve never been a big fan of headnets.  I don’t wear them during bow season and although I wear them during turkey season, I’m pretty particular about the fit and feel of these things. The Eclipse headcover covers your entire head and has a drawstring in the back to cinch the thing snug up around your eye area. We found that wearing a hat underneath makes the headcover fit a little better, but this is the area of the suit that I would change slightly.  I’d prefer an elastic band around the back, with some sort of cinch lock, so you don’t have to mess with tying anything. I do like the leafy material hanging off the headcover because it distorts the shape of the human head.
All 3 parts of this suit (Jacket, Pants and Headcover) are made from the same polyester mesh base material.

First Impressions: When I first put this suit on, my 9 year old daughter asked me if it was going to be my Halloween suit for this year.  I have to say, that there is no place for this suit in your living room (unless of course you want a bush in your living room)  Walk into any wooded or brushy area however and you feel the power of this suit.  Maybe it’s just mental perception but if confidence in your equipment/clothing is something you feel is important, this suit gives it to you!

Effectiveness: I’ve always believed that the effectiveness of any camouflage pattern or garment depends on the person wearing it.  In other words, if the person wearing the camo has an understanding of how backing and shadows can work toward their advantage, the camo will be that much more effective.  Furthermore, the effectiveness of camouflage clothing reaches its peak when the person is NOT moving. The combination of good woodmanship and effective camouflage can be deadly, as we found out with these suits! (4 Adult Gobblers and counting for Team FieldTrips and staff with these suits)

We not only hunted in these suits (both as the hunter and cameraman), we also did some playing around with photography and video to find out what these suits looked like from the standpoint of our quarry.  We utilized various types of topography with this suit and found that although the color greens and browns in these suits did not match the flora exactly, the natural shadows that fell on and around the suit more than compensated for this.  We found that the brown suit matched very well up against the bark of a tree while the green suit was ideal for blending into most any clump of brush. 

Photos above taken at 10 Yards

Above Photo taken at 30 Yards

We found that the suit becomes even more effective/invisible when there is any amount of brush/limbs/leaves in front of the suit as in these photos.

Above Photo Taken At 5 Yards

Video Evidence: The following video shows the Eclipse 3D Suit blending in equally well with Deciduous and Coniferous environments.  Throw in some shadows and these suits make you close to invisible!

 Turkey Season vs. Deer Season
We will definitely be trying this suit out on Whitetails come Fall.  If you take into account that Deer have a different level of color vision than Turkeys, I think this suit can do very well in the Deer woods.  I am anxious to see how effective these suits will be 20 feet up in the air among a variety of backings.  I am also interested about how I am going to like the leafy jacket / bowstring interaction.  We will be testing to see if the leaves hanging off the arm area will have any effect on the bowstring release.  We’ll post our findings to this subject in our forum.  (Forum link)

Ruggedness: After a season of running and gunning Turkeys, the only fault we can find with the ruggedness of this suit is that you tend to shed “leaves” on occasion. Whether it is finding some leafy material in your driveway when you get back from the hunt or shedding a stray leaf when removing your turkey vest, the leaves may pull free from the suit.  None of this makes much of a difference however because the suit appears as “Leafy” to me today as it did when I put it on for the first time.  The frequency of lost leaves decreases the more you wear the suit.  We referred to this as its “Break in period” If this causes you concern, you may want to wear the suit a few times before actually hunting in it. 

Noise Level: We didn’t notice that this suit produced any more noise than our previous camouflage hunting garments.  The polyester mesh is very soft and quiet and the 3D Leafy material is spaced far enough apart on the garment that they do not rub against each other.  You can tell that a lot of thought went into this design.

Our Marks on this Suit:

Design: 4 out of 5
We were really impressed with the lightweight design and open brown base color of this suit. In our opinion, there is the perfect blend of leaves and openness in this suit. If there were anything we would change slightly, it would be on the headcover.  I would prefer to see an elastic strap rather than tie straps.  This would give the headcover the ability to be pulled over one’s head quickly in the event of a quick set-up!  I also like the fact that you can purchase this suit in pieces rather than as a set. 

Quality/Ruggedness:  4 out of 5
Other than the fact that you’ll surely lose a few “leaves” after wearing this suit a few times, we had no other problems with the material or stitching.  The base of the suit is definitely more rugged than many of its 3D competitors.

Function/Effectiveness: 5 out of 5
Not only do you feel more invisible in this suit, the photographic and video evidence above is hard to argue with.

Price: 5 out of 5
For what complete camo outfits are going for nowadays, this suit is a winner in the price department!

For more information on this suit, visit: http://www.maddoggear.com/dyn_prod.php?p=STRH170&k=76819

Treelimb Quiver by Treelimb Products
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Review of TreeLimb Quiver by Treelimb Products

I’m big on bow quivers that look good, work good, and don’t cost more than my arrows!  I believe I’ve found such a quiver in the Treelimb Quiver by Treelimb Products.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say, and I find that this quiver looks great filled with arrows attached to any bow.  I’m partial to the 5 arrow version because when I finally get to drape my bow over my quarry, more arrows just plain looks cool! The Treelimb quiver is thin, which I personally prefer over a fat, bulbous quiver.  The camo finish is spot on and comes in a variety of patterns to match most of the bows on the market.  Ok, now that we’ve got “looks” out of the way……

Let’s move on to function and features:

Mounting to the bow: The Treelimb Quiver comes with a plastic mount that attaches to your existing sight.  You attach the mount to your sight and then attach another plastic mount (with adjustment levers) to that mount. Not only are these mounts solid (not like others I’ve tightened down only to hear a “Cracking” sound) but I like the ease of removing the quiver and just leaving a small, thin mount behind.  I often take my quiver off after the season and I don’t like some bulky mounting device left over, hanging off my sight when I shoot video league or 3D. 

The 2nd mounting bracket has 2 levers.  One is for locking/removal of the quiver and the other is for the angle adjustment.  The angle adjustment not only gives you the ability to keep the quiver/arrows within the bow’s profile, it allows for movement of the quiver should it “bump” something as the bow is lowered down from the tree.

Why the name “Treelimb”?:
The most unique feature of this quiver is one that caught my eye immediately.  I, like many bowhunters that I know, take my quiver off my bow as soon as I get in the tree.  I like to hang my quiver on a nearby branch or hook in the event that I need to “reload” during the hunt, and I don’t like the extra weight of a quiver full of arrows sitting in the tree for hours.   The Treelimb quiver has a “hanger” attachment built right into the quiver that accomplishes this task.  Before this, I had to somehow figure out a way to hang my quiver. The only adjustment I would make on this aspect of the quiver would be to make the “hanger” hole a little bigger so it fits on various sized branches.  The quiver comes with a hook to screw in the tree but if you’re like me, I don’t always remember to take it out of the tree or put it back in my pack!!

Gripping the Arrows:
The Treelimb quiver has rubber grippers that make it easy to remove your arrow with one hand by pushing on the protruding piece of rubber with your thumb andpulling on the arrow with your fingers. I’m assuming that these rubber grippers are also one of the reasons that this quiver is so quiet.
In addition to the rubber grippers, the base has foam holes for your broadheads that are perfect for mechanicals and adequate for fixed heads.  I say “adequate” because most quiver foam that I’ve had experience with get “cut-up” with repeated insertion/removal of fixed heads.  This quiver would be no different in that respect.

Price: Let’s just say that for $39.95, this 5 arrow quiver is going to be hard to beat.

Here’s our marks on this product:

Design: 4 out of 5
Unique patent pending design is a must for bowhunters that “hang” their quiver while
in the tree.  The only adjustmet would be to make the hanger hole slightly bigger.

Product Quality:  5 out of 5
It’s rugged, great camo with attention to detail and the plastic, foam and rubber used
is top notch

Function: 5 out of 5
The ruggedness, variation of adjustment and ability to hang without a fuss makes this quiver a winner.

Price: 5 out of 5
Less than a dozen arrows.  Hey, the same can’t be said for some quivers out there!

For more on information on this quiver visit:   www.treelimbproducts.com

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