One of the big surprises for me this year was the 13 different Fireless ® Smoke Puff ® Breeze Detectors made by Moccasin Joe Ambush Products. There are several key things that really made these Breeze Detectors exciting to me;
– The breeze detecting product is SO FINE that it more closely resembles Smoke In A Bottle ®, than powder.
– The choice of 4 unscented, 5 natural cover scents and 4 ATTRACTANT scent in your puff really gives you an advantage.
The attractant Fireless Smoke Puff ® scents can be urine from either; Whitetail, Mule Deer, Hot Elk, Blacktail Deer Doe In Heat. Moccasin Joe has the actual estrus urine in the Fire Less Smoke Puff ®.
Just when you think it cant get any better, they even have the liquid “Hot Elk” and “Hot Estrus Doe” version as well.
Moccasin Joe has thought of every conceivable situation, they have a dark powder for bright daylight, and a luminescent version for low light applications.
They key for me wasn’t just all the new potential applications, and how that could affect how you hunt, but up and down wind. But for me it was that the product was just like Smoke In A Bottle ®, shake and squeeze out comes the smoke, which is actually a better description. I took some samples hunting the next day in northern Michigan. The Low Light Smoke ® and Bright Light Smoke ® worked like a charm. I will be getting my order together soon.
You can check out their complete offering list at: www.moccasinjoedist.com
Until next time my friends; Aim Small, Miss Small!
Ask yourself these questions about shooting with your current quiver on your bow:
– Does it affect the balance of your bow?
– Does it sound like a small hive of angry bee’s with each shot?
– Do your arrows loosen or fall out when you shoot?
I think it would be interesting to poll most hunters, and for the reasons identified in the questions above, most will tell you that once they get to their blind or tree stand, the quiver is taken off and hung nearby.
The good news is – you no longer have to separate your quiver from your bow. Instead, your quiver can actually balance your bow, quietly and securely hold your arrows. This year TightSpot quiver has reduced the weight to approximately 10 ounces, with just about every camo pattern to match your bow.
The TightSpot quiver pays attention to all of the points of frustration most bowhunters have experienced:
– Takes only 1 hand to attach or detach your quiver
– Arrows are fanned out to prevent fletches from rattling together
– It has a deep hood to fully cover the latest mechanical broadheads as well as fixed ones
– And you can have your ‘back up’ arrow in the “quick draw” position for the occasional second shot.
The price may stretch your budget a little, but for all of the benefits – it is money very well spent in my book.
Until next time my friends; Aim Small, Miss Small!
As a mater of principal, before I publish my views and opinions on manufacturers products, I send them the draft for a review as a courtesy. Since this is their lively-hood, the last thing I want to do is to misrepresent the capabilities or functionality of what they have created.
So I have 5 HD videos done, and waiting on 2 manufacturers for their feedback before I start posting like a mad man. Thanks again for your patience and understanding. It’s all about doing the right thing.
Until next time my friends; Aim Small, Miss Small.
Thank you so much for your patience. I have three days of interviews, videos, catalogs and product demo’s that I am organizing to provide YOU with the best information possible.
Since blogging is my passion (and not my paycheck), I have to squeeze it in between work, archery leagues, playing with our new puppy Pacco, and keeping up with my Honey-Do’s.
So, hang in there. The bows have gotten even better, accessories more functional, crossbows have made significant technology leaps, and on and on… This will be an ongoing work of love. Stay tuned my friends.
Until next time, Aim Small – Miss Small!
I just returned home from the ATA show in Columbus, Ohio, home of the Ohio State Buckeyes. That was quite a sacrifice for me, since I work in Ann Arbor, Michigan, home of the University of Michigan. To make matters worse, this morning as I was checking out I met and talked briefly with Urban Meyer, new head football coach of Ohio State. Sorry, after bow hunting and archery, football is my next favorite thing.
This year more than ever, there are more new bows that are exceptional products. They are faster, smoother, quieter and appear to have great attention to detail.
I learned some interesting things about arrow tuning from Tim Gillingham at Gold Tip, and some interesting fletching systems from NuFletch.
On top of that there were many new blind configurations, wind checking systems by Moccasin Joe that also have cover scents and even attracting scents mixed in!
Unfortunately – you will have to be patient with me. I have one more hunting trip scheduled. Once that is done, I promise to get busy with the latest product previews from the ATA.
Stay tuned. Until next time my friends; Aim Small, Miss Small.
As I go through the packing ritual in preparation for the trip to the Archery Trade Association annual show, I couldn’t help but be a little excited to see what was new.
One of the lessons learned the hard way is, technology isn’t always the answer, and new isn’t always better. But being trained for years by marketing specialists – I am indeed a consumer.
So what are the “new” things I will be exploring? Arrow technology is always pushing the envelope, bow manufacturers continue to make significant improvements and the crossbow bug has really bitten hunters here in my home state of Michigan.
Crossbows? Yes, I must admit that being a competition ARCHER, this was a difficult sell on me. But think about it for just a moment and put your personal prejudices aside. Some of the key benefits;
1) Provides an earlier entry point for kids into hunting with an arrow.
2) Is easier for a shooter to quickly be proficient with the weapon versus a bow.
3) Enables those of us who are starting to feel a little stiff on cold mornings with a viable weapon besides mass quantities of Aspirin.
So, what is the next new thing that has you excited. Let me know – maybe we can do a blog on just that!
Until next time my friends – Aim Small, Miss Small.
This is my favorite time of year, when all of the various archery manufacturers bring out the new and improved, latest and greatest, can’t miss, gotta have it, what are you waiting for whiz-bang gizmo that will make every possible difference come hunting season.
I will be meeting with the designers, talking with the manufacturers and doing my best to arm you with solid information. With what we learn from the interview, documentation and some HD videos, you will be better prepared when it comes time to decide what to spend your hard earned dollars on.
Stay tuned – this will be useful information.
Until next time my friends, Aim Small – Miss Small.
During and after the tournament I had time for some to talk with Liz and find out some of the secrets to her success. Let me be perfectly clear – Liz did not just win the open class in her age group, she set a new national record! I mean to tell you, Liz knocked it out of the park to use a baseball analogy. If Liz would have been competing with the same age group of men, she would have tied for the Gold there too!
Liz started shooting in 1977, and has had many victories along the way. Her most memorable was winning the NFAA World Championship in a shoot out with (now Pro) Sally Robie at Watkins Glen.
So what sets Liz apart? How does she shoot so consistently? When I asked Liz to boil down her keys to success she said,”I block out everything – I am totally focused”. How did Liz develop that zen like focus? She said her coach helped her. That is where the other half of this picture comes into view, Liz’s husband Chuck Galusha. At this point I need to point out that Chuck also won the Gold Medal in his division as well. Chuck is a great guy and willing shared that what has helped him progress. Chuck said that his big 3 keys are; form, consistency and his shot sequence.
What was really nice about both Liz and Chuck Galusha is that they are pleasant, down to earth people. They are willing to share what they know, and they are great ambassadors for the sport of archery. Glenis and I are pleased to have renewed our acquantances and friendship with Liz and Chuck. If you run into the Galusha’s at a tournament, you might want to watch and learn. Go up and say Hello, they are great shots and even better people.
Until next time my friends – Aim Small, Miss Small!
By our consuming nature, we have some preconceived notions about what “quality” may be, but how does that pertain to our practice? Some of what you believe may very well be accurate, but in most instances, consumer quality does not translate well in to what is “quality” as it pertains to developing a great shot.
First – all of your fundamentals must be automatic. All aspects of your shot sequence must be so developed that it is subconscious. Your stance, grip, target acquisition, draw, anchor, aim, release and follow through must be done without conscious effort. How do you get to that point? First let me suggest that you read my blog, under the category of “Archery Tips”. Start at the bottom at the oldest post and work your way to the most current. I have distilled down for you there the best tips from some of the best and brightest in archery today.
Break your shot sequence down into individual steps – and practice them until each of them is smooth, correct every time and automatic. When you have that working – it is time to go to the range.
If you have taken the time and followed my suggestions above, then here is where it gets good.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
What I am about to say sounds simple, but it is difficult to execute. Staying perfectly balanced, focus on your target, breathe slowly and deeply (I do it three times to re-oxygenate my muscles) and initiate your shot sequence. FOCUS. Focus on the center of the target. Be PATIENT. Your shot sequence is in motion, the shot will occur. Focus, keep a quiet mind. Within 6-10 seconds on average – your arrow will be on it’s way to the center of the bullseye.
When a great shooter is practicing, once they toe the line they are quiet, and singularly focused on the task at hand. Each arrow is given maximum concentration and focus. From a distance, they make it look easy. In reality, they are TOTALLY committed to each shot.
If you do these things – regularly, and practice in this fashion, I promise you will get better. Let me know how it is working for you. Feel free to leave me questions, I am here to help you succeed.
Until next time my friends; Aim Small, Miss Small!