You know, I find it interesting what bowhunters use and why they use it. When hunting with a new group of individuals, along with asking about their bows and broadheads, I like to check out how big of a quiver they carry. I have seen everything from three arrows to twelve. Hmmm. How many times do they think they'll get a shot at a deer in one sitting? Almost always, each arrow has their version of the perfect broadhead.
I on the other hand, am an opportunist. I never hunt one thing, and I like to be prepared. If an animal is in season, and there is a use for it, I will take it.
Let's flashback to a bear hunt I took in the North Carolina mountains several years ago. When bowhunting I always scan the field with the rangefinder once I get settled. I want to know where the animal is without having to guess or provide a chance to be seen with the extra movement of grabbing the rangefinder while the animal is in front of me.
Well the very first evening, about 200 yards away, I saw a bear.She cut the corner of the field and never entered range. Again, I consider myself an opportunistic hunter, so remember that as this story ends.I waited in the stand a while longer, and just before shooting light would disappear, is when I saw my target.It was black and on the small size as it left the cover of the brush and entered the field.It was headed straight toward the tree I was set up in.If it made it to the 50 yard mark, I decided I would take my shot.
Skunked in 2008.
I waited patiently, and as it stepped toward the large golden leaf I had ranged earlier, I drew back the arrow and string.I was confident from 50 yards, but like I said, this one was on the small size.With a release of my breath, then a twitch of my finger on the trigger release, the arrow sailed to its mark.The 100 grain G5 Small Game Head hit true, and after only a few seconds of rolling around, I had my trophy.Not a bear mind you.But a trophy, of sorts. My SGH had just found the vitals of a skunk. I used the proper equipment for the challenge at hand, all because I had in my quiver, six arrows. Three were equipped with G5 Montec 100 grain broadheads, two contained G5 SGHs, and one was tipped with a blunt head judo point.
So when you are in the stand or field for your next hunt, consider saving one or more of those arrows for a surprise encounter with a different type of game animal you may pride yourself in taking.
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Occasionally you come across a product and you cannot help but say “Wow!”I was in the market for a head lamp and had searched several internet sites and businesses for just the right one.I would be using it for bowfishing at night, but I had a bit of urgency in a purchase since I wanted one for an upcoming alligator hunt that was over three years in the making.
Typically for bowfishing, if you are using a boat, you connect several high wattage lights to a generator.The problem with this for alligator hunting is the alligators are much wearier.The noise from the generator, as well as the brightness of the light, tends to spook the large reptiles, and the larger ones are even more skittish.So my goal was to find a head lamp at a reasonable price that was not so bright as to scare away a big’un, but would be bright enough for my eyes to adjust and see the bow and site pins.
I would say scouting for the right gear is about as time consuming as scouting for the right body of water to hunt.I made several stops at the big box stores (Wal-Mart, Target, etc.) but most of the head lamps were in the 50 lumens of output light range or less.This was not nearly enough for what I wanted to use it for.I checked several outdoors outfitter stores that specialize in hiking and kayaking and found a few with up to 100 lumens, but the prices were exceeding $70.Still, I was not satisfied.
Then one day I spotted a head lamp in a local home improvement store.$49 suggested retail (it was on sale for $39), 155 lumens.Uses AAA batteries.The lamp was adjustable for the angle, brightness, and focus.Too good to be true, but the price was in the right ballpark.
The LED Lenser H7 was perfect for what I was looking for.Being able to shift from floodlight to spotlight was magnificent.Being able to turn down the intensity of the beam was astounding.Being able to adjust the angle so as not to overpower my site picture as well as have it aimed to where my eyes naturally look was more than stellar.Can you tell I love this head lamp?Let’s put it this way, I went and bought a second one less than a week later.Why?Well the other guy in the boat needs a light too!
Now for the drawbacks.Maybe I should say drawback, as I could only find one thing I was not impressed with.The cover for the battery does not have that ‘snap into place’ feel to it.That’s it.The only thing I could find as a negative was the battery cover.
So if you are in the market for a head lamp, do not throw your money away on something that is just not going to fill your every need.This light has enough adjustments that it can be used for any situation you would run into.The LED Lenser H7 is definitely a buy! You can visit http://www.ledlenser.com/ for more great lights and to purchase.
On August 29 of 1911, a man came out of the foothills of California.Starving and without any family, he was seeking help from people he had never met and spent his lifetime away from.An Indian from the Yahi tribe, he immediately gained national attention as the last Stone Age human.In his tribal tradition, he could not speak his name, so he was given the name ‘Ishi’, meaning man in his native tongue.
Ishi was brought to the University of California Berkeley where anthropologists studied him.They could not communicate at first, bringing in tribesmen from several known Indian tribes.Finally, a student of dead languages was able to speak a word for pine when pointing at a pine table, and Ishi lit up with excitement.
Dr. Saxton Pope befriended Ishi and learned much of the Indian ways.One thing that gathered Pope’s attention was Ishi’s use of obsidian and Juniper wood to make bows and arrows.Archery was considered a European field sport and was not thought of as a hunting technique.Pope was amazed with Ishi’s accuracy as well as his Stone Age type production of the hunting implements.
Chief Compton grew up with Indians in the Midwest and moved to California in 1900.He was a polished bowhunter before Ishi came out or the woods.Compton soon joined Pope and Ishi, furthering his knowledge on bowhunting.Compton later introduced a well known rifleman named Art Young to Pope, Ishi, and the bow.
Art Young soon became close to Ishi as well.Together they would hunt small animals as well as deer in California.Ishi taught his friends how to use scent control, wind direction, and natural cover to close the distance on animals in order to take them with the bow.Young, along with Pope and Compton made it a mission to prove archery was a viable form of hunting.After each big game animal taken with a bow, there would be challenges of the next animal that could never be taken.Art Young became the front man to prove them wrong.Young made many trips to places such as Alaska, the Arctic, and Africa, taking game ranging from Kodiak and polar bears to lions.
At a seminar where Young was showing a film called ‘Alaskan Adventures’ featuring Young on spot and stalk hunting, a young man from Michigan watched in awe.Six years after meeting Young, Fred Bear took his first deer with a bow.Later Bear would go on to create one of the largest and most influential archery business producing mass production longbows, recurves, and eventually compound bows.
The second weekend of September brings the archery phase of deer season in North Carolina.A sport and hunting technique that was thought of as not being able to take a big game animal, was responsible for over 13,600 deer in North Carolina alone in 2010.It all started with an Indian thought to be savage at first, yet was humble and wise.An Indian who no one ever knew his name, though he created sincere and deep friendships with those he met.An Indian who created a long legacy of followers in his teachings.An Indian who exited the woods in California 100 years ago come August 29, 2011.