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Loosen your grip by PSE’s Emily Anderson


By Emily Anderson

http://www.fromthedraw.com/

When first shooting a bow there is a lot to learn … stand this way, find an anchor point or two or three, back tension, don’t punch the trigger, level, breath, etc.  The list goes on and on.

I remember getting so frustrated with my husband when I was first learning because he wanted me to get everything right.  Now don’t get me wrong, he had my best interests in mind which is admirable.  While I appreciate his concern for my accuracy and desire for excellency, it can also be exasperating when you are trying to remember everything and your spouse is whispering in your ear, “You did it wrong, again.”  I know he was just trying to help, but I felt like he was secretly enjoying pointing out my errors.  Ugh.  I wanted to throw an arrow at him, and since I’m confessing, I think I chased him around with one at some point. Don’t worry, a broadhead was not fixed to the tip of my arrow!

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Gals, if you are just learning to shoot, here’s a piece of advice:  Find a non-biased friend or someone from a local pro-shop to help with your shooting technique.  I’ve found that it is much easier to hear constructive criticism from a non-husband source.

With that being said, after years of shooting a bow, I am still working on perfecting my shot.  I know there is always room for improvement.  Sometimes a minor adjustment here or there can bring you to that next level of consistency in your shot.  Since we are now in a hunting off-season where most deer hunting has come to a close, don’t put your bow away! I would encourage you to take a look at your form.  Is there any room for improvement in your shot?  Video yourself and evaluate your form.  Have someone else give you a second opinion.

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I know what I’ll be working on … how I hold my bow, specifically loosening my grip.  I need to make sure I’m holding it correctly with the bow grip in the meat of my palm, letting my fingers relax, and trusting my bow sling.  After a missed shot this last year, I can almost guarantee it was because I was so excited that I gripped my bow which ended up giving just enough torque to throw my shot off.  So, I know I need some work in this area.  I’ve asked a friend at a Pro-Shop to make sure I’m holding my bow correctly. I know it will take practice… I can consistently shoot 20 yard shots all day long, but I quickly learned the hard way that if I haven’t formed the habit of consistently holding my bow correctly, it is way too easy to grip and torque your shot during the heat of the moment when the shot counts. I have a date with an elk in about 9 months from now, and I’m not going to make the same mistake twice!

What about you?  Are you taking strides this winter to improve your shot?  What areas do you need to improve on?

Emily Anderson’s hunting journey began shortly after she got married. She enjoys the passions for the outdoors, hunting and fishing as a team with her husband. She established www.FromTheDraw.com as a way to share her stories as a female hunter. Emily lives in Colorado which allows her to hunt elk each September in the Rocky Mountains. She is now a PSE Staff Blogger and will be posting daily about her experiences and views on archery and hunting.

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!

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


Is there really an off season? By PSE’s Al Quackenbush


By Al Quackenbush

www.SoCalBowhunter.com

Resolutions are tossed around at the start of each year and most last but a few weeks. The off season can seem like it lasts forever, but does it really have to? Does it even exist? For the die hard deer hunter who hunts only deer the off season can feel like an eternity. For guys like me who hunt year round to stay sharp there is no off season. I don’t hunt all the time though. Taking part in other activities not only helps me prepare for whatever hunting I will do in the Fall, but it also helps me out a great deal. Some of my shared tips not only help sharpen your skills, but you might be lucky enough to have one or two lead you to some new hunting land.

As soon as the season is over I review the data I have compiled throughout the season and set a mental note for what areas I want to research through online mapping, zoning and to see if they are private or public land. During the deer season I found areas that were posted and others that I want to explore further. The off season is a perfect time to do that. I begin by scouring the internet, finding out who owns the property and then ask permission to either hunt it or, if I am lucky, seeing if it borders public land in any way.

Take part in events that get you out in nature. What do I mean? Do some shed hunting! Find an area of land and just search for sheds. Volunteer your time in a conservation effort. Take for example the Southern California Bighorn Sheep Survey. I participated in this last year to see what the local sheep habitat looked like and to help count whatever sheep I saw. Not only did I get to meet some new people now turned hunting buddies, but I also was able to hike into an area I normally would not have access to. Come to find out the area has a public access point and there is ample huntable public land. We glassed steep, rocky hillsides for hours and didn’t turn up one single sheep, but we had a great time and knew we’d be back. You can also take in a few hunting seminars. It’s a great way to learn more about the animal you are hunting and a great way to make new friends.

Taking part in the 2012 California Sheep Survey

Taking part in the 2012 California Sheep Survey

Scout, hike and get in shape! Some of you are probably curious as to why this isn’t my number one recommendation. If there is one thing that I avoid is making resolutions regarding losing weight because it is usually the first resolutions I hear made each year. I am not one of the masses who vows to lose weight each year. While I can always stand to lose a few pounds, my goal isn’t to lose a set amount of body fat. I aim more to get out more and hit the trail and better yet, hit the areas that don’t have trails. Get out there and glass new areas and hike them. Get a feel for the land and be sure to take your camera and GPS. Losing fat and gaining lean muscle is an added bonus!

Hiking into new areas is good exercise and can lead to new hunting spots

Hiking into new areas is good exercise and can lead to new hunting spots

You can make an effort toward conservation of the land by picking up trash. Make the hunting areas that much cleaner and safer by picking up what others have left behind. These past two years I have located some seriously trashed areas due to human negligence and we aim to clean them up. Plan a day or two with a group of friends where you hike in with trash bags and pack out every piece of movable trash you encounter. Be aware that there may be creatures making homes in certain items and you should verify each is empty before picking it up. If you can drive a vehicle into some of the areas, try to load them up with as much garbage that you can to reasonably  haul it out. Sure, I know this is hard work and that it shouldn’t have to be your job, but it does give hunters a good name, and more importantly it beautifies the land, make it safer for the animals and gives you greener pastures to hunt in.

Bad luck if you break the miror but good luck if you pick up the trash in the forest.

Bad luck if you break the miror but good luck if you pick up the trash in the forest.

This is also great time of year to utilize some gear you haven’t used often or a good time to pick up somethings you want to try out. Why wait until the hunting season? If you test them out now and list the pros and cons, you will be better off when hunting season comes around. I like to test out gear in the off season to see what works well or not so well in order to consolidate what is in my pack come September. You can find out what is effective for different hunting situations and remove the gear that is not.

Last, but not least is to research some new animals to hunt. Last year it was to hunt elk for the first time and that turned into one of the most memorable hunts of my entire life. This year, with the help of my friend Bill Howard, I am researching an alligator hunt in Georgia. It’s a hunt I have thought about often, but know nothing about. With his help I am going to be finding a way to bow hunt an alligator sometime in the next couple years, but it is not a hunt that I will take lightly. It’s a hunt that will take careful planning and practice while utilizing some bowfishing skills.

Researching hunts like an alligator hunt is exciting.

Researching hunts like an alligator hunt is exciting.

These are but a few of the things I do while preparing to hunt deer in the Fall. For me, there is no off season. In the Spring there are turkey’s to hunt and in Southern California you can hunt wild pigs year round. What a great opportunity to find new areas to hunt, meet some new friends and to hone my skills as a bow hunter. 2013 has much to offer and I plan to enjoy the off season as much as I possibly 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.

 


Keaton’s BC Bruiser by PSE’s Will Jenkins


By Will Jenkins

http://www.thewilltohunt.com/

PSE got word of a monster mule deer taken in British Columbia with a PSE so I tracked down Keaton and got the story Believe it or not this is only Keaton’s second deer with a bow! His first was a 2×2 and now his second buck is a pending record book mule deer with a green score of about 219″. Keaton killed this magnificent buck with his BowMadness MC in only his second year hunting. Now for the story!

Keaton started the day with the attempted stalk of 6 different 4 points, (east coasters remember this means a 4×4 or eight total points). After a quick lunch break he was back out and spotted a 2 point and decided to go after him and see what else might be traveling with him. After 20 minutes on the stalk the buck led him to an overgrown quad trail that Keaton continued down. After walking the trail and having a close encounter with a few does he spotted the two point at about 50 yards. He continued down the trail and after making it about 100 yards he glanced to his left and there he was, staring directly at Keaton. He drew his bow and back stepped about 10 yards to get a clear shot through the trees. He settled his 60 yard pin, released the arrow and the buck took off passed him. As he passed Keaton noticed blood running down his side and knew it was a lethal hit.

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After taking a moment to compose himself after some major buck fever he started to look for his arrow and the blood trail. Unfortunately he couldn’t’ find either as the hit ended up being slightly high to due to estimating the yardage a little further than it was, easy to do when a monster sneaks up on you! With no arrow and no blood trail he decided to look for sign of a dead deer. He noticed some crows circling not far away. As he arrived where the crows had been circling he again encountered the 2 point and two does. As they walked off he noticed a magpie fly up from the ground and there he was!

After 60 or more failed stalks this season, Keaton was rewarded with the opportunity at a true trophy animal and a buck of a lifetime. He was able to seal the deal using his PSE bow and not only get the trophy but create great memories of an amazing hunt and sharing the recovery with his friend Chris. Congratulations Keaton on an amazing animal!

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.

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!

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


Patience by PSE’s Jared Bloomgren


By Jared Bloomgren

It doesn’t matter what you hunt, where you hunt, or how you hunt; there is one thing that you need on every hunt you partake in, in any location at any given time of the year. The one constant that is needed on any hunt is patience. With patience, you are able to stalk or wait on that animal of your choosing without pushing the envelope too far and educating them. Patience will yield you more animals than any other factor that comes into play. I will touch on various types of hunting situations and my three favorite ways to harvest an animal as well as provide an example of how I used patience to turn the situation into a positive outcome.

The Omen Pro getting it done!

The Omen Pro getting it done!

Spot and Stalk:

More animals are missed during spotting than one would think. When you find a good vantage point and you are glassing the terrain and you think that there is nothing there to look at; slow down and go over it again. More often than not I have missed bedded bucks on the first look. I have to remind myself to be patient and go over the terrain again and look for any little thing that might show signs of life. Look for something that doesn’t fit the terrain, look for shadows and look for shady areas that could provide that buck or bull with the shade needed to stay comfortable. I have found that after initially glassing an area, I may find a few animals but by slowing down and taking more time, I often find numerous animals that most often are over looked. One situation in particular comes to mind. I had been glassing for what seemed like an eternity, my eyes were tired, my legs were numb and my butt was sore. I was sure the buck that I was searching didn’t stop in this basin. He had to have moved on. I took a break, ate a snack, drank some water and enjoyed the view from my perch. I took in a few deep breathes, stretched and went back to glassing. I felt revived as I pressed the spotting scope to my eye. A few minutes passed and suddenly I noticed something out of the ordinary; my buck bedded in a location that I had already glassed numerous times! He had been bedded there all along! A simple break was all I needed to regain my concentration and get my patience back in check.

When it comes to stalking an animal, patience isn’t an option; it is a virtue. Stalking pits your skills against that of your prey on their terms. They are very familiar with the terrain in which they live. You must be too. Being patient will make it easier for you to complete that stalk. Impatience will cause you to step on the twig or brush up against that branch that you should have seen. I have found myself numerous times rushing a stalk and have to remind myself to slow down and be patient. By doing this I begin to notice more things that could ruin that stalk. Numerous stalks pop into my head when thinking about this topic. One such stalk I found myself bewildered and lost. I couldn’t figure out where I was in relation to the terrain. I looked back towards my vantage point where I was and realized that everything looked much different now. From over two miles away things sure look different when you get to that location! I pressed on not sure of exactly where I was. Just then I bumped a buck that I didn’t know was there. He jumped up and blew out of the basin taking the big boy with him. I had become impatient and ruined that stalk. I didn’t take the time to do terrain recognition like I should have. I rushed myself. If I would have been patient the outcome may have likely been much different.

Ever since watching that monster cross over the ridge something inside me changed. From then on, I remind myself more constantly to remain calm and keep patient. That was many years ago and patience has rewarded me many more animals since that time. When I know I am rushing things or becoming impatient I will take a knee or sit down, grab some water and say a quick prayer, recheck my position to ensure that I am on track and go about my stalk.

Tactics combined took down this old buck!

Tactics combined took down this old buck!

While sitting in the treestand or in a ground blind, I have seen many people lose concentration and an animal will come along only to bust them because they weren’t paying attention. Yes, I am that guy! Patience comes into play again. It can be hard but keeping an open mind that an animal could come walking along at any time can keep a person going. Knowing that you are so close to either success or defeat and thinking about it can help remind you to stay alert at what is going on around you in any situation. Sitting in an antelope blind can be exhausting to say the least. I am reminded of sitting in a blind at a waterhole in 100+ degree heat or perched in a treestand during the rut all day long in freezing temperatures. In either situation you are almost guaranteed to see an animal! 12 hours in on my 14 hour sit, I finally had a shooter antelope buck come in to quench his thirst and 4 hours in on my 6.5 hour sit I had a mature whitetail sneaking along the trail in search of a hot doe. Both animals are now on my wall! Why? Because I was patient!

Patience is a must in this situation as generally you are on the move with the animal and keeping at least two steps ahead of them and what they are going to do is essential. Anticipating what the next move will be can be difficult at times because animals can be so unpredictable. Paying attention to the habits of animals is important. If you are able to watch the animal of your choice before going in for the kill always helps but is not always possible. Many times while planning how to ambush an animal, I have had to change my plan numerous times to adjust how I was going to kill that critter. The wind can change, animals can change heading, you may run out of cover, you may be hot, tired, and wore out but maintaining patience is vital to success. I am reminded of this last season, twice. Spot and stalk situations turned into ambush situations. Spot and stalk and ambushing are much the same to me but in an ambush you have an animal that is still on the move. I had spotted three whitetails moving from their feeding area to their bedding area; as I stalked closer I realized that they were moving faster than I initially thought. I quickly decided to slip in front of them. After a couple of failed attempts I was hard after it again. This time it paid off as the three bucks passed by around 40 yards. I opted to take the most mature but not the biggest racked buck. My arrow hit its mark from 44 yards! Patience and staying two steps ahead of these bucks made it possible. Another situation this last season was with a mature muley that I had spotted at first light. At 8 am I was moving along a shallow draw towards 14 deer; one of which was the buck I had hoped to pass an arrow through. I did get impatient and a doe spotted me. I had become impatient and was moving too fast. After a long stare down the doe moved her group off to safer pastures. A half a day later I was inching forward on the same group as I had a couple of more times throughout the day. There was very little cover and patience forced me to remain pressed to the ground and moving very slow. I knew it was the last stalk/ambush of the day. I had run out of cover and the deer were moving my way. I had planned for them to move down this low area headed in the direction they had came from that morning. I had 75 yards to crawl to get to the only cover available to conceal me. Once I was there I prepped the area and moved the weeds/grass that I needed to for a shot. Numerous deer, and that doe, finally picked me out when they were at 30 yards. The buck was still pulling up the rear. I remained calm, range finder pressed to my eye, bow in my hand, and patience at bay. The buck came into the opening at 62 yards, I lowered my range finder and hooked my release and pulled my bow back slowly in one motion without spooking the deer. I watched as my arrow ended my 2011 season perfectly! This same type of patience ended my 2012 season much the same as you read in my last week’s blog Post Rut Whitetail! Both of these hunts were made possible by using spot and stalk and ambush scenarios combined.

Patience made this dream come true

Patience made this dream come true

Still hunting has proved very productive for me in my backcountry elk hunt less than a month ago. Getting in the bedroom (bedding area) of whatever animal you are hunting and almost making time stand still between each step you take can be very rewarding but only if you are again, patient! In order for me to still hunt correctly I need plenty of patience and I need to be spot on with my movements. In doing this I like to take no more than three steps at a time and stop, glass what is in front of me, and move on with a few more steps when I am sure there is not an animal within eyesight. I pay particular attention to each step making sure not to step on tree branches, pine cones, dried leaves, or anything that might cause unnecessary noise. The goal here like many other types of hunting is to see that animal before it sees you. Once you spot an animal you can finish up the hunt by closing the distance by spot and stalk or with an ambush situation.

One of the largest general area bulls of all time

One of the largest general area bulls of all time

Regardless of what type of hunting you are doing; spot and stalk, ambush, still hunting, treestand, blind, etc….the list goes on and on. You can often combine a couple of these types of hunting together to fit the scenario and make you more successful in the field. The sky is the limit and patience is key! Patience has its place in each and every hunt. Increase your patience and I guarantee you will increase your success!

Jared “J-Rod” Bloomgren is a hardcore Do-It-Yourself bowhunter who strives to better himself each year in the outdoor community. As a professional hunter, freelance writer and photographer, he likes to relive his outdoor adventures through written expression and photography making the reader feel as if they were along on the hunt. He attributes much of his success to the vital education he has learned from the various big game animals that he hunts. He is quoted as saying, “In each and every hunt, success or defeat, I learn something from every outing and that I can put in my arsenal of knowledge to use at a later date, a later date that will again put my wits against that of my prey.”

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PSE’s Will Jenkins is Finding the Time


By Will Jenkins
http://www.thewilltohunt.com/

Will Jenkins

PSE’s Will Jenkins’ Finding Time- Evening Hunt

With the rut kicking in and holidays on the horizon, we are all scrambling to find time to hunt. This is a challenge for all hunters especially those of us that have kids and busy work schedules. Unless you are blessed with a ridiculous amount of paid vacation or you hunt for a living you must put effort into finding time to hunt.

While an all-day sit during the rut is great if you’re able to sneak out of work an hour or two early and stop by one of your hunting spots with just a couple hours before shooting light ends, do it. While activity is up during the day the bucks are still moving at dusk. They’ll start running around checking doe bedding areas. If you don’t have time to pack in a stand or climb a tree bring a stool or find a stump and just sit on the ground. While tree stands have their advantages when you’re in a hurry. They can be loud and slow you down.

Similarly, if you can get into work a little later you can get some good action right at day break. With day light savings time now, it’s a little harder to get in before it gets dark after woks so sneaking in, in the morning might be the ticket.

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PSE’s Will Jenkins Hunting Sunset

For those of you with a spouse and kids, make it a family event. Give your spouse a break and take your kids with you hunting. Even if you don’t make a kill or even see anything you’re still out there introducing your kids to hunting and at the same time hopefully earning some brownie points for giving your spouse a little break.

I killed my first deer a small buck on a quick late morning hunt. It was a Saturday and Dad and I were slow getting up so we didn’t even get into the woods until after 9AM. Within an hour I spotted the buck and about 20 minutes later he was dead. So, I guess the lesson here is, find the time to get out even if it’s only a couple of hours and make it happen! Like so many always say, you can’t kill them from the couch!

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.
 

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!

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


PSE’s Will Jenkins Reviews the PSE X 5-Arrow Quiver


By Will Jenkins
http://www.thewilltohunt.com/

Will Jenkins

PSE’s Will Jenkins Quiver

I seem to get a different quiver every year. I started with an Alpine 5-Arrow quiver, but it was loud. I moved to the G5 Mag-Loc Quiver, while I like the magnet design sometimes it was a little too strong and the hood was too large. Now I’ve got the PSE X 5-Arrow Quiver, and can say that this will be on my bow for years to come.

First off, it’s a two piece design which I absolutely love because of the versatility. Depending on what I’m packing in my quiver is either attached to my bow or the side of my pack. To clip to the bow it easily rotates into place and is held in place rock solid. It has a low profile that makes it attach nicely to the bow and not put too much weight out away from the riser. Once in stand I either take it off my bow and attach it to my pack or hang it from a hook. The quiver has a metal loop in the design at the top that makes it very easy to hang up on the side of the tree, stand or pack.

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PSE’s Will Jenkins X 5-Arrow Quiver

I’ve used fixed blade and mechanical broad heads this season and both fit nicely in to the foam inside the hood. As with any quiver or anytime I knock an arrow with a mechanical broad head I check to make sure they didn’t move or partially open in transport. The design of the bottom of the quiver does a good job of holding the arrows tightly without making loud popping sounds when placing arrows in the quiver or removing them.

PSE's Will Jenkins

PSE’s Will Jenkins Reviews the PSE X 5-Arrow Quiver

Overall, I’m more than satisfied with both the look and performance of this quiver. It easily accommodates multiple arrows sizes as well as both mechanical and fixed broad heads. At retail price of $99 it’s not the cheapest on the market but it’s a solid quiver that will last a long time and look great on your bow.

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.


PSE’s Will Jenkins Basic Bow Maintenance & Care


By  Will Jenkins
http://www.thewilltohunt.com

Will Jenkins

PSE’s Will Jenkins Bow Maintenance

No matter the price of your bow it’s still an investment and it only makes sense to take care of the investment. The better care you take of your bow the longer it will stand up to the abuse of hunting.

Your strings and cables will break down faster than anything on your bow. Keeping them lubricated with string wax is important to their longevity. Some people put wax on every single time they shoot. Maybe I shoot too often but that just causes build up for me. I put wax on my strings ever 2nd or 3rd time I shoot. Make sure you use a decent brand of wax that is soft and after you apply it rub up and down the string with your fingers to warm the wax and incorporate it into the string.

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PSE’s Will Jenkins Strings and Cables

There is also a lot of information out there on how often to change your strings and cables. Some people say you must change them every year while others say it’s not a big deal change them ever 3 or 4. It really all depends on the quality of the strings, how much you shoot and what kind of exposure they get. By exposure I mean do you leave it baking in the sun through a window most of the time or do you take it out in rain several times a year. If you shoot weekly or even daily you’ll need to change them sooner and the same if you bought the cheapest strings you could find. My recommendation is to start with quality strings. Personally I only use local custom string makers that I know and trust. However, there are a ton of reputable brands out there. With the amount I shoot and hunt I won’t let my strings go more than two years. Even if you don’t shoot much I wouldn’t go past two years on a string. Over time they can break down and stretch no matter how much or little you paid for them and can end up out of spec and you won’t even know it. For example I purchased a bow from a friend a few years ago. He warned me that he wasn’t sure but he thought the string was only a year old. The string looked brand new and the bow shot fine so I shot it for a couple months before putting new strings on it. Even though the strings were a decent brand and looked basically brand new they had stretched 3 inches! This was robbing the bow of proper performance. So in summation, don’t let your strings go for more than 2 years and if you are very abusive on your equipment every year is probably a good idea. I’d rather be safe than sorry!

Will Jenkins

PSE’s Will Jenkins String & Cable Maintenance

The axles only need to be lubricated infrequently. This means whenever you have your strings changed make sure your bow technician lubes it up and you’re good to go. If you plan to hunt in the rain wipe it off as soon as you’re done and you can even apply some string wax to hardware that may be prone to rusting prior to going out. The only other consideration is storage. While bows are durable if exposed to intense heat such as being left in the car on a hot summer day the limbs can delaminate and cause permanent damage. I personally keep my bow in the house on a hook in my closet. Lastly, do not dry fire your bow.

Hopefully those few tips will help your bow last for years and years to come!

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.


Enter to win a 2013 PSE X-FORCE DREAM SEASON DNA!


Enter to win a 2013 PSE X-FORCE DREAM SEASON DNA!

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2013 PSE FleX Cable Slide Technology


PSE FleX Cable Slide Technology

2013 PSE Technology – FleX Cable Slide

PSE FleX Cable Slide Technology

  • Uses the same technology and manufacturing process as our PSE X Technology limbs for outstanding durability
  • Reduces lateral load by 30% for decreased torque at full draw
  • Adjustable offset allows cable clearance using different size arrows and fletchings

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2013 PSE Technology – FleX Cable Slide

The 2013 PSE Videos Are Here!


youtube.com/psevideo

youtube.com/psevideo

We just loaded our 2013 PSE videos to our YouTube.com Channel! There are videos on PSE bows, cams and PSE technology. Go and take a look! www.youtube.com/psevideo.

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The 2013 PSE Consumer Catalog is here!


2013 PSE Product Catalog

2013 PSE Product Catalog

Come and take a look at what PSE has brought you in 2013! http://bit.ly/psecatalog.

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The PSE TAC Elite…An Integrated Crossbow


2013 PSE TAC Elite

2013 PSE TAC Elite

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All the revolutionary features and benefits of the PSE TAC Ordnance™ are available in the new PSE TAC Elite™. PLUS, the Elite™ features a fully adjustable stock and a crisp trigger. Completely redesigned for 2013, The new PSE TAC Elite™ takes the original TAC 15i design to a whole new level and has been designed to be more accurate, more efficient and more durable than ever before!

PSE TAC crossbows convert most AR-15s quickly and easily from a gun to a crossbow. By integrating the trigger, stock and grip into the barrel, the PSE TAC Elite™ crossbow has all the features and performance of the PSE TAC Ordnance™ crossbow in a stand-alone crossbow package. The PSE TAC crossbows are truly a revolution in crossbow engineering and design!

The New PSE TAC Series… a Revolution in Crossbow Design.

A marvel of innovation, only PSE could bring you the TAC Series of crossbows. It all starts by incorporating the incredibly strong X- Tech™ limbs into an extremely compact platform. The ultra-high performance twin-cam design is capable of unprecedented performance. The rail-less design and conventional style release provide the ultimate in accuracy and efficiency.

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2013 PSE Rally…the Most Versatile Bow Ever Made!


2013 PSE Rally

2013 PSE Rally

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Bowhunters come in all shapes and sizes…the Rally™ fits them all. Engineered for maximum adjustability, our revolutionary Opti Cam offers an incredible 14” of draw length adjustment and has the ability to dramatically decrease the draw weight through an easy cam adjustment. We also gave the Rally™ a limb and pocket design that allows the limb bolts to be adjusted 10 full turns! The result is the most adjustable bow ever offered by PSE. But it’s not just about adjustability, the Rally™ is quick, smooth, accurate and priced to make it one of the best values in archery today!

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New & Improved for 2013 – Chaos AD!


2013 PSE Chaos AD

2013 PSE Chaos AD

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Redesigned for 2013, the new Chaos™ AD features the new, highly adjustable Adapta™ cams and a riser designed to allow for 8 full turns on the limb bolt. The result is a perfect bow for growing archers. But, this is NOT your typical “kids” bow. The Chaos™ AD uses highly preloaded 12” split limbs just like our X-Force™ bows to deliver the ultimate in speed and performance.

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Engineered for Serious, Smaller Framed Archers…2013 PSE Chaos One!


2013 PSE Chaos One

2013 PSE Chaos One

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Not all young hunters are the same. Some have more passion and drive for the sport. They take their hunting very seriously and we developed the Chaos™ One specifically for those hardcore young hunters. The Chaos™ One is not your typical “kids” bow. It uses highly preloaded 12” split limbs and our HP cam to deliver the ultimate in speed and performance. The Chaos™ One offers the best speed and performance in a youth bow today.

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PSE’s Prophecy™…A Vision of Things to Come!


2013 PSE Prophecy

2013 PSE Prophecy

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The dictionary defines a prophecy as “a prediction of something to come”. Well, the Prophecy™ from PSE is here and it’s an incredible bow. It features past parallel limbs, a Planar Flex riser, the new Backstop™2 and the fastest single-cam ever created. The new Prophecy™ is smooth, accurate and at 340 fps, the fastest single-cam ever made. This is exactly what hardcore bowhunters have been looking for!

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A New Generation in Value Returns in 2013!


2013 PSE Stinger 3G

2013 PSE Stinger 3G

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The Stinger™ 3G is a very quick and accurate workhorse of a bow. Our extremely popular Stinger™ 3G features a machined aluminum riser, improved HP cam with posi-lock inner cam for easy draw length adjustment, parallel limbs, and a shooter-friendly 7 ¾” brace height. The result is one of the best bows on the market at a price you won’t believe. Try the PSE Stinger™ 3G! We think you’ll agree!

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Think You Need to Spend Top Dollar to Have a Top Bow? Think Again!


2013 PSE Brute X

2013 PSE Brute X

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This is the bow that has taken the world by storm! The Brute X™ has become one of the best selling bows in the world because it incorporates highly preloaded X-Tech™ split limbs, a machined riser, a pivoting limb pocket system and the Madness Pro™ cam that allow for ½” adjustments with PSE’s posi-lock inner-cam. Add in a StingStop™, multiple sight mounting holes, our incredible Raptor™ grip and all the other features you expect from PSE, and you truly have an impressive bow. Shoot the new Brute™ X. Only PSE can offer a bow this smooth and this fast for under $400.

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There’s Something a Little Sinister About a Bow This Good!


2013 PSE Sinister

2013 PSE Sinister

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Never before has there been a 28 inch axle-to-axle length, 7 ¼ inch brace height, single-cam bow that will shoot 327 fps. The new Sinister™ bow from PSE is very compact making it the perfect bow for hunting from a  tree stand, ground blind or on those long hikes out West. But unlike most short axle-to-axle length bows, the new Sinister™ bow is very forgiving and amazingly fast. It is also easy on the pocket book.

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Ushering in a New Generation of Performance with the 2013 PSE Bow Madness 3G!


2013 PSE Bow Madness 3G

2013 PSE Bow Madness 3G

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At PSE, we are dedicated to engineering the finest hunting bows on the market. This dedication has never been more evident than in the Bow Madness™ 3G. Designed in conjunction with Drury Outdoors, this bow features heavily preloaded past parallel split limbs, Planar Flex riser, Backstop™ 2, and the ultra-efficient Madness Pro™ single cam system for the perfect combination of feel and performance. Shoot the Bow Madness™ 3G for yourself and you’ll be saying, “I shot it with my PSE!”

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Tournament Shooters are Perfectionists…and so are we!!


2013 PSE Supra Max

2013 PSE Supra Max

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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

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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

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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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