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PSE’s Axe for Hunting Elk with Hank Parker, Jr.

Editor’s Note: Hank Parker, Jr., co-hosts the “Hank Parker 3D” TV show on the Versus Channel with his dad Hank Parker, Sr., and his brother Billy “Catfish” Parker. This week, Parker will tell us why he started shooting the PSE Axe bow and his opinion of it.

Question: Hank, what animal did you take after your Kentucky buck at the first of September?

Hank Parker, Jr: The second animal I took this season with my PSE Axe bow was an elk. I was really excited about taking this elk. Last year was my fifth season for hunting elk, and generally when I was hunting elk, everything that could go wrong did go wrong. But this year, I was able to take a nice-sized bull in Colorado with my PSE Axe on a spot-and-stalk hunt. We’d been trying to call a bull out of a really-big herd of elk. On the fourth day of the hunt, we stalked up the side of a hill, and a cow elk came past us with a bull following close behind. I was finally able to take that bull elk with a 15-yard shot. I placed the arrow right behind the elk’s shoulder. When the elk took the arrow, he went about 100 yards. The bull would score in the 270 class. I don’t know exactly how much he weighed, but when we started trying to drag him out of there, I believe he became much bigger than he was when he was alive. We had to get horses into the place where I took the elk to be able to get him out of the woods. I was relieved when I put my hands on the antlers of that big bull. I felt like all my elk hunts in the past were finally worthwhile. There’s no better feeling than finally getting it done on an elk.

Hank Parker, Jr. Axes a Kentucky Buck with His PSE Bow

Question: Hank, tell us about the buck you took in Kentucky this year.

Hank Parker, Jr: I took this deer on the second day of Kentucky’s archery season. As this buck came into range, two does spotted me and became nervous. The buck was quartering to me, and because the does had spooked, I knew that I either would have to shoot or let the buck go. So, I aimed right behind the buck’s shoulder, and my arrow hit exactly where I wanted it to hit. The buck was at 49 yards. I knew I could shoot groups really tight at 50 yards, so I felt really confident that I could make that shot shooting 70 pounds with an extremely-quiet PSE Axe bow. If I didn’t feel certain I could make the shot, I wouldn’t have taken it. The buck ran about 200 yards and dropped. I’ve learned that in bowhunting, each archer needs to learn what his bow will do and what he can do with his bow. Then once you understand your bowhunting strengths and weaknesses, as well as the bow’s, then you’ll know before you pull the bow back whether you can make the shot. If I know I can’t make the shot properly, I won’t draw the bow. I prefer a fast bow like the PSE Axe, because the arrow won’t drop very much from 30 to 50 yards. The greater the speed, the less the arrow will drop, even if you’re off 1 or 2 feet. So, if I miscalculate the deer or use a range finder to determine the distance I am from the deer, and that deer takes one or two steps forward or back, my arrow won’t drop dramatically with that 1- to 2-foot distance.

When I first started shooting bows as a teenager, I used finger tabs and aluminum arrows. If I guessed that the deer was at 22 yards, but he was actually at 25 or 28 yards, I’d miss that deer, if I used my 20-yard pin. But with my PSE Axe bow that shoots more than 300-feet-per second, if I put my 20-yard pin on that same buck, I’ll still be able to get a good shot on that buck and take him. That’s the reason I prefer to shoot fast bows and heavy poundage. If the buck I took had been at 50 yards instead of 49, and I had put my 50-yard pin where I wanted my arrow to hit, I’d be really close to the spot I was trying to shoot. If the buck was at 56 yards, and I used my 50-yard pin, I’d still be able to take him. The PSE Axe bow gives me a lot of room and forgiveness, if I misjudge the distance, or if a deer moves after I’ve ranged him. Also, remember that when you talk about a 70-pound bow, you’re only holding 20 to 30 percent of that weight when you’re at full draw, because of the let-off. So, when it breaks over, although you’re getting 70 pounds of energy, you’re holding far less than you would if you don’t have a bow like this.

Question: What did your Kentucky buck score?

Hank Parker, Jr: He was in the 150 class of Boone & Crockett.

Question: What time of year did you take this buck?

Hank Parker, Jr: I took him in September when Kentucky bow season started. Because I took him on the second day of the season, I got my 2010 season started on a good note.

Hank Parker, Jr. Takes a Big Missouri Buck with His PSE Axe Bow

Editor’s Note: Hank Parker, Jr., co-hosts the “Hank Parker 3D” TV show on the Versus Channel with his dad Hank Parker, Sr., and his brother Billy “Catfish” Parker. This week, Parker will tell us why he started shooting the PSE Axe bow and his opinion of it.

Question: Hank, tell us about the Missouri buck you took.

Hank Parker, Jr: We arrived in Missouri when the rut was in full swing. When we reached the place where we would be hunting, we went out late in the afternoon and spotted a number of deer. I saw a mature buck and noticed that the rack on his right side was somewhat deformed, and that he had a wound on his right side. But he was a big mature buck that looked good. I wanted him. I got in my tree stand the next day, saw a doe come by my stand and then spotted that big buck about 9-yards away. When he presented the shot, I took it and got a complete pass-through with my arrow. The buck didn’t go 30 yards before he piled-up.

My PSE Axe bow and Swhacker Broadhead ate-up that buck. I was able to draw my bow, because the buck was intent on trying to breed that doe that was about 30-yards from my tree stand. The buck was so focused on her that he never knew I was there. Because of the angle, I aimed high behind the deer’s shoulder, and the arrow registered a heart shot. I’d previously set-up on this same spot where I took the buck. I was on the side of an old logging road, so I had a good clean shot. When I saw how effective my PSE Axe and Swhacker Broadhead were in putting that buck down quickly, my belief that quality equipment equals effective hunting was once again reinforced.

Hank Parker, Jr. Takes a Texas Buck with his PSE Axe Bow

Editor’s Note: Hank Parker, Jr., co-hosts the “Hank Parker 3D” TV show on the Versus Channel with his dad Hank Parker, Sr., and his brother Billy “Catfish” Parker. This week, Parker will tell us why he started shooting the PSE Axe bow and his opinion of it.

Question: Hank, what’s another deer you took this past deer season in 2010?

Hank Parker, Jr: I took a buck in Texas that was one of the better deer I’d ever taken. I was hunting at the Newell Ranch in Albany, Texas, with my buddy Rattlin’ Randy Rifenburgh, who’s an excellent archer and shoots traditional archery tackle. The hunt started off a little slow. Although I did see a great buck that afternoon, I didn’t have a shot at him. As the hunt continued, I had serious concerns as to whether I would take a buck on this hunt. On the last day, I spotted a nice-sized buck that came straight to us and presented a 25-yard shot. I was in a blind and had put out C’Mere Deer to lure-in the buck. This hunt took place in December on the tail end of the rut, so when this buck came-in, he was looking for a doe.

We’d put-out some C’Mere Deer Shake-N-Take, and the buck stopped and started eating. But the buck wasn’t in a good position for me to get a shot. I had to wait until he moved-around and offered me that 25-yard shot. I shot a little high, but I got a high lung shot. As the arrow started to exit, it went through the shoulder on the other side of the deer. The buck ran only about 100 yards before he went down. This buck was the one buck I officially scored, and he scored 155 and some change on Boone & Crockett. After spending a full deer season with my PSE Axe bow, someone will have to really put a sales pitch on me to get me to switch to another bow. PSE will have some new bows coming out this year, and I can’t wait to see them. But I really like the Axe. It fits me well and has been able to accomplish every task I’ve asked of it and more. PSE offers a variety of bows, because bowhunters are different, and each bowhunter has to determine which bow fits him or her best. For me, I’m 100% sold on the Axe.

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