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Tips & Tricks

Turkey Setup Tactics

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Your hunting setup is all about preference but if you want to succeed you need to know which one is inline with your strenghts.

When crossbow hunting for turkeys your setup is going to vary greatly based on personal preference. If you know where a flock of turkeys prefers to spend time and have the ability to setup a blind without them seeing you, then this is a great option. Some people consider turkeys more forgiving than deer in a quick set up scenario as they don’t appear to be as aggravated by a new blind in their territory.

Product Spotlight

Magnus Bullhead

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Engineered to withstand the rigors of the fastest crossbow on the market while attaining optimal accuracy, the Magnus Bullheads has established itself as a favorite among crossbow turkey hunters. It’s unique blade is designed specifically for head or neck kill shots and has been aerodynamically crafted to achieve the best possible flight characteristics in it’s class. Magnus offers a complete turkey hunting crossbow kit (broadhead, bolts, fletching) or the broadheads in the 3 pack variations listed below.

Product Reviews

Excalibur Micro 355

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When you're looking at power to weight ratio Excalibur’s Micro 355 is the KING OF ALL CROSSBOWS

Measuring only 22 wide inches while cocked its ultra compact stature is a the complete opposite past recurve stereotypes. In fact Micro is smaller than most compound crossbows as well, all while packing enough punch to bring down any big game in North America.

The Micro 355 also features an all new Featherlite stock for reduced overall weight in the field for quick and easy maneuverability. It also has power stroke of only 9.5 inches, which makes the Micro is easy to cock. Built off the CRT Matrix platform, the Micro is more durable than ever with its all new Gen II CRT Limb system, which improves limb efficiency resulting in unprecedented repeatability in accurate shooting. Here are the specs:

Tips & Tricks

Crossbow Bolt FOC

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Tuning your crossbow bolts will help you tighten your groupings and will ultimately be a key part of your success.

To optimize your accuracy you need to understand what affects your crossbow bolts flight. The front of center of F.O.C. of your bolt can have a big influence on accuracy especially at longer ranges.

 So what exactly is F.O.C.

F.O.C. describes the percentage of your crossbow bolt’s total weight that which is located in the front half of the bolt. The more weight that is located in the front half of the crossbow bolt, the more forward is the crossbow bolt’s center-of-balance.

The F.O.C. balance position of the crossbow bolt is one of the more important elements affecting the shape of the crossbow bolt’s trajectory curve. Ideal F.O.C is especially critical for target shooters participating in long-range shooting competitions or hunters that are pushing the their crossbows to the maximum shooting range.

While F.O.C is less relevant in some crossbow hunting situations (short-range shots), it can be critical in those long-range situations or if your shooting a crossbow with a low FPS rating. A high F.O.C. will fly with good stability, but will shed its trajectory quicker and nose-dive. While a crossbow bolt with low F.O.C. will hold its trajectory better, but can fly erratically. For hunting situations crossbow bolts with 10-15% F.O.C. for hunting setups and optimal accuracy.

How do I Find my F.O.C.?

Tips & Tricks

Top 10 Treestand Tips

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These Top 10 Treestand Tips will help put you in position to claim trophy success this season.

1. Location Location Location

Nothing is more important than your stand location so think about local game movement, feeding habitats, crop rotations, water access, wind patterns and other natural elements that might make a stand location perfect.

2. Thick Cover

No matter how much camouflage you’re wearing or what the pattern is you still need enough cover around you to break up your silhouette. Situate your treestand in a tree with some additional branches or a fork to help you blend in or one that may have a number of foliage rich trees behind you that will do the same.

Product Spotlight

Crossbow Buyers Guide

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To be sure you don’t get stuck with a crossbow your unhappy with; you will have to give some thought to which one will suite your needs.

Crossbow Buyers Guide

If you’re new to crossbows, choosing the right one can be a tough decision. There are more makes, models, and sizes available than ever before.  While modern crossbows often look and operate similarly there are some key differences you should take into consideration.

This crossbow buyers guide will outline the most important crossbow factors that you need to consider before making a decision.

Product Spotlight

Striker Climate Bibs

Whether Your Hunting or Ice Fishing ICE Safety Is Priority

Crossing frozen waterways during a late season crossbow hunt can be extremely dangerous and life threatening. In the same way a safety harness must be worn climbing a tree a flotation system msut be used on uncharted frozen waterways.

Few hunters have taken this precaution in the past because there haven’t been options that doesn’t stick out or get in our way. Now with the advanced flotation suits designed by Striker you can stay safe on the safe without it affecting your ability to hunt or ice fish.

Specifically their rugged Climate Bibs are an excellent option for those looking to wear something under their camo. The Striker Climate bib comes with flotation assist and a removable liner which allows you to continue using it through different temps and seasons. It offers more hunter friendly features than any comparable flotation suit on the market and is essential equipment if your traveling over ice.

Tips & Tricks

Deer Calls

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Deer calls are an essential tool for any crossbow hunter. Like any other tool knowing when, where and how to use them will be what makes the difference.

All deer communicate and respond to each other in many different ways. Therefore you’ll be able to choose from a number of different types of calls that mimic these deer conversations.  Selecting that right call at the right time could be the difference between luring a trophy buck into range and never coming close.

To help you make the right call we’ve put together a list of some of essential deer calls along with how you can use them and when there most effective.

Product Reviews

Pine Ridge Crossbow Dampeners & Vanes

Pine Ridge Archery engineered products a designed to help crossbow bolt vanes to be easy to apply and is engineered to help arrows fly like a dart, increasing down range accuracy.

Wishbone String and Cable Dampener

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The Wishbone String and Cable Dampener will make a noticeable reduction of noise and vibration on your bows string and cables. This easy to install dampener does not require a bow press so anyone can quickly add a set to their bow and instantly quiet their set up. At 14 grains each, the Wishbone will not slow your bow down, but in fact may increase speed on certain set ups when placed in the correct location. The Wishbone follows other Pine Ridge Archery accessories by being available in 8 colors plus clear! The clear Wishbone adds a nice touch to your custom string by not masking the strings colors but allowing them to show through.

Product Reviews

Rinehart Crossbow Targets

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Rinehart targets are considered by many to be the best archery targets in the world and have long been a go to for crossbow hunters. Now Rinehart has come out with a line targets specifically designed for the crossbow shooter. Built to with stand both field point and broadhead punishment from the fastest crossbows the only thing you’ll have to worry about is picking the right one.

Product ReviewsTechnology

FLIR SCOUT III

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If I only had one word to describe the FLIR Scout III it would be “advantage”. Few new technologies revolutionize how you approach a hunt and significantly impact the odds of success.

No matter how much gear we buy most of it isn’t going to overcome the keen senses of the most prized big game out there. This is no more apparent than at night when our human eyes are rendered nearly useless in comparisson. The FLIR Scout III turns the tables on this disadvantage and put the ball pack in our court.

The Scouts thermal imaging capability allows hunters to spot game through the darkest of nights and make decisions on how to approach their hunt. You can now avoid being busted on the way in to a stand, glass a dark field in the early morning to know if that buck is going to pass by your setup and effortlessly track hard to find fresh blood no matter how little there is. It is a true advantage to have one of these units along for your hunt but let’s look into all the features that make this camera stand out product.