I really like experimenting with new gear like this prototype decoy — particularly when it will get outcomes like this buck!

The mule deer spike got here proper as much as the decoy and stared at it. I used to be so temped to take him with my recurve, largely as a result of he was proper in my wheelhouse — 10 to fifteen yards away and fixated on my decoy. The one purpose I hesitated was as a result of I used to be in a big blind with two cameras operating so I may doc the muley’s response to the decoy.

In full disclosure, I used to be additionally holding off as a result of the bigger mule deer buck within the group was wanting laborious on the decoy as nicely, and I hoped for a shot at him. It was peak of the rut, and I used to be experimenting with a brand new prototype decoy — and presumably risking ruining my hunt that morning to see if this decoy would work. I used to be nervous, as a result of I had tried one other prototype decoy from the identical firm that didn’t work in any respect a number of years earlier. In actual fact, it spooked some deer, and so it didn’t go to market consequently.

Testing new merchandise is one in every of my favourite issues to do. I get pleasure from making an attempt to determine if the product is one thing I would actually use, or if it’s one thing I wouldn’t purchase if my life relied on it.

For instance, in current months I’ve had the chance to check a brand new prototype mule deer decoy from Montana Decoy, a brand new clothing store tent from Cabela’s, in addition to the ultimate manufacturing mannequin of the Bear recurve riser I labored on.


I’m trustworthy in my assessments of latest merchandise or check variations, however through the years I’ve made some folks offended and had them argue with my suggestions. When frustration or an argument is the response, I often remind them in a well mannered method that they requested for my opinion, and I didn’t ask for theirs!

I’m definitely not proper on a regular basis, and my opinion is simply that — an opinion. Reality be instructed, I’m in all probability improper extra typically than I’m proper, and a major instance of that was the primary time I noticed bottled water in a retailer.

I used to be tempted to shoot this muley spike, due largely to his being so near my blind, however I elected to carry off.

On the time, I assumed that bottled water was the dumbest thought I’d ever heard of. In actual fact, I’d have wager the farm that making an attempt to promote bottled water was a defective marketing strategy, as a result of why would folks pay for what they might get without spending a dime? I used to be method off on that one!

Fortuitously for us, there are a number of superb merchandise on the market that assist us hunt extra effectively, shoot extra precisely, get higher efficiency, keep hotter, disguise extra successfully, and so forth. There was a slew of fantastic folks within the archery business who’ve give you revolutionary concepts which have added to our experiences within the subject…and I’m not often one in every of them.

I by no means stop to be amazed and impressed by those that have invented new merchandise or improved upon present ones, and I typically discover myself scratching my head and saying to myself, “Why didn’t I consider that?” I get pleasure from flipping by means of outdated problems with Bowhunter and looking out on the adverts to see the merchandise that had been launched years in the past. Some are nonetheless related; others have passed by the wayside.

Should you don’t know a lot concerning the historical past of archery or the women and men who’ve helped form it, then have some enjoyable and lookup a few of these folks. Belief me once I say they’ve all left their mark on the archery and bowhunting world through the superb issues they created.

Admittedly, I’m offering you with an embarrassingly small variety of names. There are numerous others who must be listed right here however aren’t, however those that are had been the primary ones to pop into my feeble-at-times thoughts.

For instance, when folks say bows, I consider males like Doug Easton, Earl Hoyt, Fred Bear, Tom Jennings, Ben Pearson, Mike Palmer, Fred Asbell, Ken Beck, Howard Hill, and John Schultz, to call only a few. Simply consider how nice it’s to have a broadhead you don’t need to make your self, because of folks like John Musacchia, Bruce Barrie, Andy Simo, John Zwickey, Ben Pearson, Fred Bear (yup, these final two are each listed above as nicely), and Richard Malesky, to call only a few.

Consider the camouflage most of us put on, because of folks like Jim Crumley, Invoice Jordan, and Toxey Haas. I even consider the calls we use, courtesy of individuals like Larry D. Jones, Ben Lee, Preston Pittman, and numerous others.

Don’t get me began on treestands. All of us use them, however I’d wager cash that few hunters know the names Ben Southard, James Baker, or Bob and John Louk. That’s a disgrace, on this man’s opinion…

When I’m searching, I consider a few of these folks, in addition to those that aren’t listed right here however must be, as a result of they had been sensible sufficient, creative sufficient, or had a dream to make issues higher for all of us. Sure, additionally they did it for revenue, however who doesn’t need to make a dwelling engaged on one thing they’re captivated with?

Right here the buck I finally killed is approaching a bunch of does as they keep fixated on my decoy.

Now, to complete the story I began firstly of this text… The bigger buck I’d been watching began shifting in nearer to my decoy. My coronary heart charge did what it often does, and my respiration ceased its rhythmic routine to get replaced by what most of you all have skilled, which I can solely describe as the other of rhythmic and calm.

I drew again, and luckily muscle reminiscence took over and I watched as my arrow flashed out of my bow and took the buck by means of each lungs. He dropped a number of seconds later.

It’s instances like this that make me pause and take a second to thank all of those that have come earlier than us. These true pioneers who invented, and in some circumstances proceed to invent, every kind of fantastic issues for the game I really like that’s actually greater than a sport. It’s a life-style.

For these of you sufficient to truly watch this hunt, you will discover it on MOTV’s digital sequence, “Simply Shot,” or you possibly can test it out later this yr on Sportsman Channel.

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