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PSE’s Dustin Jones Practice Techniques


Dustin Jones
http://www.highcountrybowhunter.com/

Dustin Jones

PSE’s Dustin Jones Practice

We have all heard the saying “practice makes perfect.” While I believe this to be true, I feel like there is more to practice than just practice itself. Shooting your bow often will help strengthen the muscles that are being used as well as building the muscle memory. Now don’t get me wrong, this is all good practice but here are a few ways to become a better archery hunter.

1. Set Up in Different Scenarios

Dustin Jones

PSE’s Dustin Jones Sister in law

As nice as it would be to always have an animal come in at 20 yards and stand there broadside with nothing between you or them, let’s be honest, it doesn’t always happen. Set Up several different realistic scenarios in which you think you might get a shot. When I am spot and stalk hunting for deer or elk, I need to use the trees, rocks, or sagebrush for cover. I try and recreate some of these situations by setting up my target and actually trying to sneak up on it and draw while trying to stay covered then slowly peek around and place an accurate shot.

2. Shoot How You’ll Hunt

Dustin Jones

PSE’s Dustin Jones brother Travis Archery Shoot

this is one that I strive to focus a lot of my attention. There are different times of the year that you hunt which requires different clothing. This is why I practice often so as the seasons change, I will know how I shoot with certain layers on. Now building the muscle memory and being consistent in your form won’t change, but you may find that one extra layer could be getting hit by the string as you shoot so you need to add a shooting sleeve over that layer. It will feel different when you have a hunting pack on. There have been plenty of times when hiking in with my pack on I get an opportunity at an animal. By practicing with my pack on I have the confidence knowing I can make that shot.

3. Just Breathe

 Dustin Jones

PSE’s Dustin Jones brother Kevin

Controlling your breathing is the most challenging aspects of hunting. I have troubles controlling my breathing no matter if it is a large bull elk or a whitetail doebut getting a handle on this will help you tremendously when the moment of truth comes. So how do you practice controlling your breathing? That is a really good question. What has worked for me is I sometimes do a light jog just to get my heart rate and breathing up then try to get it under control. Granted it’s not exactly the same but feeling your heart beat faster and breathing rate go up then try and shoot has helped me.

4. 3-D Archery

Dustin Jones

PSE’s Dustin Jones 3-D Archery Shoot

I enjoy shooting traditional flat face targets, but some of the best practice is shooting 3-D targets. I am a member of my local archery club and they put on several 3-D archery shoots throughout the year prior to hunting season. This is a great way to practice and see where you should be aiming on certain animals indifferent positions. I would highly suggest getting a 3-D target to practice with and set it up in different scenarios.

These are some things that have helped me become a better archery hunter. So yes practice does make perfect, but it matters how you practice. Don’t do it for the sake of practicing. When you are out there, make it worth your time and have fun. I may look funny sneaking through my yard just to shoot a 3-D target, but it sure is a blast!

Dustin Jones is a passionate outdoorsman who loves to hunt, especially bowhunt. He created his blog, HighCountryBowhunter.com, to share his experiences with others. He is a Field Staff member for DIYbowhunter.com and Adventure Team member for MINOX Hunting Optics.

Dustin was born and raised in Eastern Idaho where he currently resides with his wife and two sons.

Keep your eye out for the #elktour DVD over on huntography.com! Watch PSE’s Emily Anderson and Dustin Jones hunt elk DIY style on our amazing public lands in the Western United States. Huntography also films a deer hunting DVD called #deertour which you will be able to watch PSE’s Will Jenkins hunt whitetails. Huntography…filming America’s hunters, one at a time!

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PSE’S Albert Quackenbush Teaching Our Children


By Albert Quackenbush
www.SoCalBowhunter.com

Albert Quackenbush

PSE’s Albert Quackenbush givng his daughter a lesson in proper hand placement

When my dad taught me how to shoot a bow I felt like I was on top of the world. I was able to take part in something I knew he loved and I got to learn from him. From shooting at straw bales in the backyard to hunting whitetails on the farm, you could almost always find us with a bow in our hands. He was an excellent teacher and to this day is very encouraging when it comes to bow hunting. Now I am in that role of being a father. As parents, my wife and I have the responsibility of guiding our daughter and molding her into the woman she’ll become. We can teach her things together as parents, and we can also share our own individual gifts with her. It goes without saying that what I share most with her, on an individual level, is bow hunting. Just as I won’t hide from anyone who asks me about hunting, I will not hide what I do and love from her. By sharing my side of life she will learn about her dad, but also learn more about herself as she grows.

Albert Quackenbush

PSE’s Albert Quackenbush Showing his daughter a good example of how to shoot

As my dad taught me the ways of the bow, I have begun teaching my daughter, Riley. It’s not only the archery that I share with her though. When I turn on an outdoor television show about bow hunting, I take note of what’s happening and also what my daughter is doing. Explaining what is happening during the shows is easy. She follows right along, but the hard part is making sure she understands it. When an animal is shot with an arrow, I don’t cover her eyes and I don’t tell her they ‘caught’ the animal as I have heard other parents do. This father is sure to tell his daughter that the animal was shot and killed. It died. Stopping there would make no sense and I explain that the person is going to eat the animal or share it with someone else who will eat it. She may not understand it all now, but as time progresses it will all begin to make sense.

On almost any Saturday (hunting season excluded) the early hours usually have a typical storyline. I wake up and make some coffee. Riley wakes up shortly thereafter and we get a few hours to do what we’d like. Her eyes light up when I ask her if she’d like to head down to our garage to play. The great thing about my relationship with my daughter is that even at 3 1/2 she knows that if we are heading out to the garage she can always shoot her bow. For the past couple months, when we get down there she nearly always ask if she can shoot her bow and arrows. As a bow hunter and father, this makes me a very proud papa! Every time she asks my answer is a resounding YES! The bow she is using is just a little shooter with suction cup tipped arrows and I am trying to instill safety in her, so we always shoot outside the house. She doesn’t seem to mind if we are shooting at a piece of cardboard, she just enjoys it! The first few times she wanted my help, but anyone with kids knows they want to do it themselves very quickly.

Albert Quackenbush

PSE’s Albert Quackenbush Daughter Riley wanting to do it herself, nocks another arrow

The thrill I get when Riley walks around the house and mimics shooting a bow is undeniable. She will pretend to draw her bow and tell me she is shooting an elk. (I guess I have been talking a lot about elk hunting lately.) She even asks me about my trips to the archery range, shooting with my friends and if I had fun doing it. Now THAT will make any bow hunting dad proud. It makes my day when I hear her ask me things like that. She listens intently and hopefully will keep a few tips from dear-old dad tucked away for future use.

I want to encourage all of you bow hunters who are also parents to share the details of hunting with your kids. Don’t shelter them and hide the truth of what happens when we hunt. If you are honest with them, they will appreciate what bow hunting is more than you’ll ever know. The phrase has been repeated over and over, but I feel it speaks the truth – bowhunting is my passion. I am not expecting Riley to have that same passion. The only thing I can expect is for her to choose her passion for herself. Whatever she chooses to be her passion, you can bet that her mother and I will support her in every way we can.

Albert Quackenbush has been bowhunting for more than 28 years. He shares his adventures on his blog, www.SoCalBowhunter.com, and also writes for Bow Adventures e-magazine. He is a Pro Staff member for DIYbowhunter.com, Piranha Custom Bowstrings and Field Logic. He is a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, California Deer Association, and is a Life Member of the North American Hunting Club.

Albert was born and raised in New York State where he learned to hunt everything from squirrels to whitetail deer. He currently resides in Southern California with his wife and daughter and hunts year round.

To learn more about PSE’s top quality bows and bowhunting accessories, click here.


Tournament Shooters are Perfectionists…and so are we!!


2013 PSE Supra Max

2013 PSE Supra Max

Pre-Order Now From Your Local PSE Dealer!Pre-Order from your local dealer now!

We know that tournament shooters are a little on the compulsive side. They’re never quite satisfied and believe that even the best bows can be improved. Fortunately…so do we! That’s why we redesigned one of the most popular tournament bows on the market. Introducing the Supra™ Max. Just like the original Supra™, it features a Planar Flex Riser, B.E.S.T. Raptor™ grip, and Mini EVO™ cams. But this year it has been radically improved and now features the new Centerlock 2™ Limb Pockets, FleX™ Cable Slide and Backstop 2™. The result is one of the finest target bows to ever hit the market!

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The New Phenom™…Absolutely Phenomenal!


2013 PSE Phenom

2013 PSE Phenom

Pre-Order Now From Your Local PSE Dealer! Pre-Order from your local dealer now!

At PSE, we have always believed that money shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the sport of archery. Introducing the Phenom™, a terrific money-saving alternative for serious target shooters. Its design is very forgiving with a 36 inch axle-to-axle length and 7 inch brace height. It features X-Technology, pivoting limb pockets, preloaded split limbs, the new Backstop™ 2, Planar Flex riser, and Raptor™ grip. The result…an incredibly accurate and forgiving target bow that won’t break your budget.

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Don’t Just Win…Dominate with the PSE Dominator™ Max!


2013 PSE Dominator Max

2013 PSE Dominator Max

Pre-Order Now From Your Local PSE Dealer!Pre-Order from your local dealer now!

At PSE, our goal was not only to engineer a better target bow, but to engineer a target bow that would make our shooters better. We did that by creating a bow that is the most accurate, most forgiving bow ever made. The new Dominator™ MAX still has all the features you would expect; super stable shoot through riser, symmetric Raptor™ grip and fourth generation X-Tech split limbs. But, now it features the all new Centerlock 2™ Limb Pockets, FleX™ Cable Slide and the Backstop 2™. The result is what we believe is the most accurate and forgiving bow ever made. Shoot the new Dominator™ MAX and see why more of the world’s best target shooters are turning to PSE!

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Dominate the World With the Dominator 3D Max!


2013 PSE Dominator 3D Max

2013 PSE Dominator 3D Max

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What happens when you combine the revolutionary design and technology of the Dominator™ MAX with a shorter axle-to-axle geometry? You get the hottest 3D bow on the planet! The Dominator™ 3D MAX has all the features of the Dominator™ MAX: super stable shoot through riser, revolutionary Centerlock 2™ Limb Pocket system, Symmetric Raptor™ grip, Backstop 2™, FleX™ Cable Slide, fourth generation X-Tech split limbs and the Mini EVO™ Hybrid cams. The result is a 36 ¼” axle-to-axle target bow that is sure to dominate the 3D trail in 2013!

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A Bow You Have to Shoot to Believe!


2013 PSE Vendetta DC

2013 PSE Vendetta DC

Pre-Order Now From Your Local PSE Dealer!Pre-Order from your local dealer now!

The Vendetta™ has developed a cult like following due to its ultra-smooth draw and amazing speed. Those fans will not be disappointed with the Vendetta™ DC. Designed with a 34” axle-to-axle length and a generous 7 inch brace height, this bow is fast and forgiving. Powered by the Drive™ cam, the Vendetta™ DC allows for 6-½ inches of draw length adjustment with the posi-lock inner-cam system that is exceptionally smooth to draw. But don’t take our word for it, shoot the Vendetta™ DC against our competitors’ bow and we think you’ll be joining the PSE family.

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PSE’s Albert Quackenbush BowHunting,”It’s What I do”


By Albert Quackenbush
SoCalBowhunter.com

Albert Quackenbush

PSE’s Albert Quackenbush’s DIY Hunter

If you ask anyone who knows me what my passion is I can guarantee their answer will be ‘bow hunting’. Quite honestly, they are right on. When it comes down to it my passion is do-it-yourself bow hunting, or DIY. I enjoy a challenge. I love the hard work that goes into a DIY hunt because the payoff is that much greater.

Take for example hunting deer in Southern California. Sure, there is plenty of public forest land to hunt. You just have to make the effort to get there. Then again, there are also many hunters who like to get out and enjoy the same forest lands I do. In order to steer clear of the other hunters I do my homework. My homework for a DIY hunt starts with scouring over maps to find areas of interest. Sure, I can just hop on a forum and get some details where to go, but where is the adventure in that? I like to find hard to reach areas on a map and see what I can find.

Practicing year round is something I now take great pride in. For me, it is a great way to stay on top of my game. It’s also probably the #1 stress reliever I can think of after a hard work week. I am constantly at the range keeping my body in tune and sending arrows down range.

Albert Quackenbush

PSE’s Albert Quackenbush’s Passion

I also like to put the boots to the ground and find my own way. That’s where the scouting comes in. The great thing about SoCal scouting is that there is almost always something to hunt… year round! My trusty PSE Bow Madness always goes with me in case I run across a coyote, a wild hog or a jack rabbit, as they can be hunted year round.

I am as passionate about my family as I am bow hunting. Even still, my wife will attest that no matter what I am doing I can relate it to bow hunting and that I probably mention it far too often for her taste. I’ll be the first to admit that it is a challenge to be a good husband, father, work a full-time job and hunt as often as I get to. If I am not out bow hunting I most assuredly thinking about it or sharing information with someone through a hunting story or seminar. I am a bow hunter and it’s what I do.

Albert Quackenbush has been bowhunting for more than 28 years. He shares his adventures on his blog, SoCalBowhunter.com, and also writes for Bow Adventures e-magazine. He is a Pro Staff member for DIYbowhunter.com, Piranha Custom Bowstrings and Field Logic. He is a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, California Deer Association, and is a Life Member of the North American Hunting Club.

Albert was born and raised in New York State where he learned to hunt everything from squirrels to whitetail deer. He currently resides in Southern California with his wife and daughter and hunts year round.

To learn more about PSE’s top quality bows and bowhunting accessories, click here.


2013 PSE Custom Colors are here!


DESIGN YOUR OWN CUSTOM BOW!

2013 PSE Custom Bow Colors

2013 PSE Custom Bow Colors

Monday, October 1st, we are launching our 2013 PSE Product line! Pre-order from your local PSE Dealer! Here are our custom colors for the year! Lots of surprises to come! :)

Jon Shepley and the engineers at PSE spend a great deal of time designing our bow line each year. They do everything possible to offer a wide selection of bow options that will satisfy the needs of most archers. But, there are customers who need or want something a little different. What if you want a special color that we don’t offer in our catalog? That’s why we created the PSE Special Service Custom Shop. Through our Custom Shop you can let your imagination run wild. Using the multitude of existing components, the Custom Shop can possibly make a one of a kind bow,  just for you.

Important Note:  Not all desired configurations will be possible and always remember our catalog offerings are designed by our engineers for optimal performance.

Are you looking for that special color for your compound bows? We now have many colors to choose from.  Colors will vary from run to run and are available only for Compound bows.

To learn more about PSE’s top quality bows and bowhunting accessories, click here.


PSE’s Will Jenkins- Make the Shot


By Will Jenkins
 TheWilltoHunt.com 

Will Jenkins

PSE’s Will Jenkins Tree Stand Practice

With the season fast approaching many folks are focusing on broadhead tuning and putting lots of holes in foam. While this is all good and necessary one thing I find myself and many others lacking as we get close to season is practicing how you’ll be hunting. This means putting arrows through foam while you are in situations similar to how you will be hunting.

Most people hunt from tree stands and of course this is extremely different from standing on flat ground and making an easy shot. Not only that you’re wearing different clothes and a safety harness but you’re also standing on an 18″ x 24″ platform 20 feet up a tree. I’d suggest when setting or checking stands bring your bow and a small target and put a few arrows in the target through each of your shooting lanes. Making sure you have adequate room to move and draw is just as important as practicing from that height and angle. It’s critical to make sure you’re comfortable to draw and bend at the waist to make the shot. I usually go in with a friend and we take turns pulling arrows and sending them backup a quiver hooked to a pull rope and moving the target. This not only makes you better prepared to make the shot it’s a great boost to your confidence. When that big buck walks out into your shooting lane and you know you’ve made that shot before it feels good!

Will Jenkins

PSE’s Will Jenkins Bow Hunting Practice

Lately it seems more people are hunting from ground blinds. Practicing sitting down is key but it’s also key to practice sitting down and out of your blind. If you’ve ever tried shooting out of a blind understanding you clearance is huge. If you aren’t careful while your sight might be aimed just out the window your arrow could be pointed right at the wall of the blind. The good news with this is its way easier to practice. You can throw up your blind and a stool most anywhere you’d normally shoot to get used to shooting out of it.

With the season drawing nearer, in weeks or days be sure you’ve had some practical bow hunting practice and you’re confident you can make the shot when it counts!

Will Jenkins is creator of TheWilltoHunt.com and Harnesses For Hunters. He’s an avid outdoorsman who enjoys sharing his experiences through his blog. He also writes for Bow Adventures e-Magazine and is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association.

Will lives in Central Virginia with his wife and two kids. He hunts in Virginia and Maryland but has dreams of heading west to hunt Elk and Mule Deer.

 

To learn more about PSE’s top quality bows and bowhunting accessories, click here.


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