Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Top 5 Ways to Not Get Invited Back to Camp-

Because I love “Top 5” lists, and because I’ve seen these mistakes made over and over.

1) Make your hunting partners wait on you in the mornings while you (a) put on makeup, (b) try on different camo outfits, (c) put on any sort of body spray or perfume, or (d) make a cappuccino.

2) Do lots of complaining about it being too hot, too cold, too wet, too windy, too steep, or too far.

3) Give up after the first day.

4) Demand to go back to camp/home/town for potty breaks, coffee refills, lunch or because you left your favorite dipping sauce for your breakfast sausages at home. (True story)

5) Don’t give it your complete 150% effort.

I’m adding this one in separately because who wants to read a “Top 6 reasons….”? 

Leave your hunting partner by his or herself overnight in a canyon 7 miles from camp with a bull elk to take care of, with no food or fire starter, in November with snow on the ground. You will most definitely not be asked back to camp if you do this. (Also a true story)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Diamonds are a girls best friend~

Diamonds are a girls best friend~

Isn’t that what the song says? Well a few weeks ago my wonderful hubby bought me a new diamond for our anniversary. Isn’t he sweet? It’s not the kind of diamond you wear though; it’s the kind that comes with carbon arrows. It’s a new Diamond Razor Edge by Bowtech and it’s my very first bow!

I come from a family of bow hunters; my dad, my brother, my hubby, heck even my mom has a bow, but for some reason I’ve never felt like I needed or wanted to own one. That is until the last 6 months or so. After the highs of last years hunting seasons you could say that I’m just ready to take on a new challenge. As you can imagine, growing up and living with bow hunters, I’m not totally na├»ve to the sport. I’ve shot my moms bow many times (not in the last decade though…) and because I’m a hunter and outdoor enthusiast I have absorbed through osmosis most of the basic information about bows. I can identify and name the major parts like the cams, limbs, strings, sights, rest, quiver – you get the idea, but beyond the basics, I’m a total newbie.

Because I’m a newbie, we didn’t want to go all out and buy the most expensive model on the market but we wanted one that would give us the most bang for our bucks and one that I would be able to grow with as my skill and my strength improves. After visiting some of our local bow shops and trying a few out, we determined that the Diamond Razor Edge would be the best fit for me and our budget.

Going into this I had no idea what to expect, and let me tell you, there is so much more to buying a bow than grabbing one off the rack and purchasing it. I was measured for my draw length, and then an acceptable draw weight. I started off light at 35 pounds just so that my arms and upper torso wouldn’t get fatigued while I was just starting off and practicing as often as possible. I’ve already increased to 50 pounds so that I’ll be legal come hunting season!

The next thing I discovered is that the slightest change in my anchor points and suddenly my arrows are all over the target! Trying to determine what my anchor points are going to be and then doing it the same way over and over has been a challenge.

I’d actually gotten some good patterns and started adjusting my 20 and 30 yard pins (baby steps!) bringing my patterns into the bull’s-eye, when I got the clever idea that a kisser button would help. Who knew that what seemed like a miniscule change would have such drastic results!

Since having the kisser button put on my string, I’m back to square one. And square one = 10 yards. I can get a group on the bullseye at 10 yards but any farther than that and I’m all over the board again. At this point I’m wondering if I should take it off and go back to my “old” anchor points. Not to mention the kisser button has been ripping at my bottom lip and now I have a lovely blood blister. Surely I’m doing something wrong!

Luckily I’m not planning on hunting until the late buck season which is in November, so I’ve got time to figure it out!