Spook Spann Stacks ‘Em Up with His PSE Bow
Editor’s Note: Spook Spann, who hosts “Spook Nation” TV show on the Pursuit Channel, has been a PSE pro for 3 years. Spann’s recreation and avocation is taking critters with PSE bows.
Spook Spann: I was hunting in the Gila National Forest when I met Pete Shepley about 15-18 years ago. He was very nice to me, and I enjoyed spending 5 or 6 hours on a rainy afternoon visiting at his elk camp. I told my hunting companion, “One day, I’ll be shooting a PSE bow as a pro team archer for Pete Shepley.”
I went home, bought a PSE bow and started shooting it. When we started our TV show, “Spook Nation,” I told my producer that I really wanted to shoot PSE bows and have the company as a sponsor. I wanted to shoot their bows for two reasons: I loved the speed of their bows; and I liked Pete, and he’d been nice to me. I had become a Mossy Oak Pro Staffer through Blake Shelby, today the marketing director for PSE who once worked for Mossy Oak. So, when I approached PSE for sponsorship for “Spook Nation,” everything fit together. We’ve had a great relationship. Right now I’m shooting the Omen Pro. This bow has a lot of speed and is really accurate. Because the Omen is so fast, I can shoot fewer pin sights. Too, it’s more forgiving than other bows I’ve shot. If I misjudge the distance by 4 or 5 yards, I can still take the animal, because the bow shoots so fast. I use an adjustable pin sight that goes all the way out to 90 yards.
I took a mule deer at 103 yards with my Omen Pro, a distance that I realize is much further than most archers shoot in the East. I was in Utah on an archery deer spot and stalk hunt on the Deseret Ranch. I saw one buck I really liked and wanted to take. He was a 200+ inch buck. Although I started stalking him early in the morning, the buck winded us and went back up in the canyon. But then I caught up to him and watched him go to his bed. Being as stealthy as possible, I got within 8 yards of that bedded mule deer buck. I was getting ready to take the shot when he stood up. A smaller buck spotted us, spooking the big buck, which then ran off down into a canyon. The big buck really didn’t know what had happened. He just realized that the little buck had been alarmed by something and run off. So, the bigger buck decided he’d better get out of there too. I did get about 100 yards away. I used my range finder to pick out several trees or bushes and got the range that I was from each one of those landmarks. As the buck started to come out of the valley to see what had spooked the little buck, I started drawing my bow. I must have held the bow at full draw for at least 3 minutes. One of my landmarks was at 103 yards, and I thought, “If the buck comes out to that place, I’ll take the shot.” The buck did stop by that landmark and started looking toward me.
One of the reasons I felt comfortable in taking this shot is because I practice shooting at 100 yards. I’ve shot enough at that range, so that I can put the arrow in a deer’s kill zone, if I ever have to take a shot that long. I don’t want to take a shot that I’m not confident I can make. On this day, there was no wind, the deer was standing broadside, and I knew I’d made this shot hundreds of times before in practice. So, I released the arrow. The buck was quartering hard away from me. The arrow entered at the buck’s back hip and angled up into his vitals. The buck went only about 50 yards before he piled up. When we saw the deer go down, we returned to where we’d left our packs and waited for about 30 minutes. Then I stalked up to the deer with an arrow nocked and my release on the string. The buck had gone over a ridge and out of sight. When I walked to the top of the ridge and peeked over, I saw the buck was down for certain. To recover the deer, we had to go off the side of the mountain. We took pictures with the deer where he lay; then we quartered him up and actually had to carry the deer out in backpacks. I’d had three or four other guys helping me get the deer out, and my pack alone weighed about 75 pounds. We had to carry that deer uphill, and I was really glad I’d spent time exercising and playing softball and was in shape. Getting that deer out and back to the truck required a lot of work. However, to take a trophy like that, the work was more than justified.
I had a lot of confidence in my PSE Omen, I knew it was fast, and I knew it shot flat. I think there are three confidence factors that any archer has to possess to consistently take game at any range.
- You must have confidence in your equipment, and I felt like I knew the PSE Omen almost as well as the man who built it.
- You must have confidence from your practice. The shot at this distance wasn’t an iffy shot for me. I knew I could make it, because I had shot 100 yards successfully so many times before.
- You have to believe in your own ability and trust your muscle memory.
But sometimes even if with this confidence, you’ll still miss deer due to the elements and the animals themselves. You can’t control the weather, but you can maximize the impact of everything you can control.
Tomorrow: PSE’s Spook Spann and His 193 Point White Tailed Deer
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