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PSE’s Jared Bloomgren Spot and Stalking Part II


By Jared Bloomgren

Jared goes over terrain features and counts the various features to be sure where he is at once he starts the stalk.

Jared goes over terrain features and counts the various features to be sure where he is at once he starts the stalk.

In my last blog I covered the spotting portion and now let’s get to the really really fun part; STALKING!

After I have glassed up an animal that I want to stalk I come up with a plan of how to kill that animal. Things to consider:
1. Is the animal in a stalk-able situation?
2. Are the winds and/or thermals right?
3. Is the terrain and/or concealment adequate and passable?
4. Is there enough time in the day to complete the stalk?
5. Do you know the terrain? What is between you and the animal that you have to overcome?
6. The animal’s behavior?
Is the animal in a stalk-able situation?

I look at the animals location and can quickly determine if the stalk is do-able or not by looking at various things.

Are the winds and/or thermals rights?

Knowing the way thermals work in the area you are hunting is very important. Knowing when thermals switch directions and prevailing winds in the area are very important. This will determine which way you go about the stalk. And sometimes you may not be able to do the stalk because the winds are not correct and the terrain doesn’t give you the concealment needed for the wind direction. Wind direction and thermals will always dictate which direction you go at the animal. Sometimes that direction will not allow you a stalk because of the terrain.

Is the terrain/concealment adequate?

Think about an animal bedded on an open ridge with a gentle facing slope versus an animal bedded below a cut bank or cliff. It is obvious which one warrants a better stalk. Pick apart the terrain around the animal and find which route offers you the concealment and terrain features needed to get close enough for a shot. What is the ground like? Is it noisy? Will dry and crunchy twigs, branches, grass or even snow make it difficult? Using something to cover up noise is very important. I like to slip on “Sneaky Pete Feet” over my boots or remove my boots altogether and slip on extra socks. This will greatly cover up the noise you may make. Another thing to consider during this time is if you can approach the animal from above or below. Generally speaking an animal will be facing downhill and it seems that they usually expect danger to come from below. If possible I will always try to complete my stalk by coming from above. You need to determine if the wind direction and thermals will allow this. If not, coming from below is not out of the question either. It usually just takes more work.

Various changes in terrain make a stalk more difficult.

Various changes in terrain make a stalk more difficult.

Is there enough time in the day to complete the stalk?
Stalks can vary greatly on how much time it will take to complete. I have had stalks that took only one hour and on the other end of the spectrum I have had stalks that have taken over 8 hours to complete. There are so many factors that come into play. I have run out of daylight before and was forced to back out of the stalk entirely. Knowing if you have enough time will help you determine if you should pursue or wait until another day. For example, this fall I found a large mule deer buck bedded in an area where I felt I could close the distance before it got dark. I had 2 1/2 hours to kill that buck and I thought I had plenty of time. Unfortunately for me I didn’t study the terrain enough to notice that there were some very large cuts between me and that buck that I couldn’t see. It caused me to run out of daylight and had to back out and wait for another opportunity, another day…….hopefully!

One you get into the cedar trees it can be easy to loose track.

One you get into the cedar trees it can be easy to loose track.

Do you know the terrain? What is between you and the animal that you have to overcome?

That was a problem on that stalk. I didn’t judge the terrain accurately causing me to run out of daylight. It is very important while planning your stalk that you know what kind of terrain is between you and that animal. I often times study a topographic map so I know exactly what is between us. On that hunt I did not have my map and the various cuts and terrain changes were not visible. I know the stalk would have been successful given more time to complete it. If I would have known I simply would not have tried the stalk. Next time……hopefully! Before setting off I also like to pick some terrain features that will help me decide where I am at during the stalk. These will help keep me on track at any given time. When you get under way things will look much different when you are completing the stalk. It is mind blowing how much the look and lay of the land seems to change from what you remember when you were perched high on your vantage point. Having terrain features to reference is very important. Terrain features that are easy to identify and stand out will help you along the way.

Stalking a deer below this distant ridge requires paying particular attention to what the thermals are doing.

Stalking a deer below this distant ridge requires paying particular attention to what the thermals are doing.

The animal’s behavior?

How is the animal acting? If the animal is calm and close to taking a nap that will greatly increase the odds of you making him take a dirt nap! If the animal is very skittish and nervous he will likely be on the lookout for any kind of danger! All ungulates know that in order to survive they need to be on the lookout at all times. With coyotes, wolves, bears, lions, and humans they are constantly scanning for the unknown danger. I always let an animal calm down before closing the final portion of the stalk, the “Red Zone.”

That is the low down and dirty fun part. To this day I still learn something on each and every stalk. There is one small section left and that is what I like to call the “Red Zone.” The final 100 yards to that animal. On my next blog I will talk about the “Red Zone.”

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.”

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


Spot & Stalk Tactics by PSE’s Jared Bloomgren


By Jared Bloomgren

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PSE’s Jared Bloomgren Cold Morning Glassing

Like stated in an earlier blog my favorite type of hunting tactic is spot and stalk. This type of hunting pits your wits against that of your prey more than any other style of hunting in my opinion. The name of this tactic is self explanatory really. First you spot your prey and then you stalk them. Fitting name for it isn’t it?! This will be split into two blogs. First part will be spotting with the second part being the stalking portions on my next blog.

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PSE’s Jared Bloomgren Scouting Above Treeline

During the spotting process I like to be on a high vantage point to help me glass as much of the terrain as possible. Often times you may be glassing at distant areas over a mile away or more! This calls for quality optics and the better quality optics you have the better off you will be. Your eyes will not fatigue as fast and you may avoid a headache at the end of the day! I like to use the Vortex Optics Razor HD line. My binoculars are 10x42mm while my spotting scope is 20-60x80mm which allows me to see those very distant areas. I will also be selling Vortex Optics at competitive prices on my website at http://www.triggeraddiction.com soon as well.

Glassing animals is not always the easiest to do. Animals that are lying out in the clear wide open are generally pretty easy to find but there are times when they remain hidden fairly well. At first look it may seem that there are no animals in the immediate glassing area but usually that isn’t true. Glassing requires patience and persistence because sometimes you may not see animals right away. You will need to look for something that doesn’t belong with its surroundings. Often times I have spotted a buck or bull by catching a glimpse of an antler because of the glare caused by the sun. Looking for lines that do not blend or match; an antler tip sticking out from the brush, a leg from under a tree, the outline of an animal’s back, etc…When I get frustrated or my eyes get tired I take a quick break; stretch, grab a quick snack or drink and then get back at it. It is amazing how much this can help you re-focus.

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Jared’s optics are vital to success

When glassing big country I like to come up with a system of how to do it. The areas I generally look at first are those areas that are obvious bedding areas. Looking for the areas that offer the cover and the shade are very important as these areas hold a higher probability of deer bedding there. During early season the shade is very important. I like to look at ledged, cliffs, bigger rocks, anything that will offer shade throughout the day. I have seen numerous mule deer simply move around a rock throughout the day to keep in the shade. If I am having trouble located animals I like to set up a grid and move through each area of that grid as not to miss anything along the way. This will ensure that you cover all the terrain and will also yield more found animals than if you were just glassing randomly across the terrain that you can see. By doing a grid search I have found that I am much more successful at finding more animals faster!

After finding an animal of your liking you need to decide if it is in a good situation to carry out a stalk. Things to consider are wind direction and thermals, terrain, the animal’s behavior, your capability, and the time of day. Many stalks require a lot of time but just like an earlier blog of mine; they require patience!

My next blog will focus on the bread and butter of the two! The stalking portion to bring the hunt full circle and things to consider when you are stalking.

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.”

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


PSE’s Jared Bloomgren on How to get youth into Archery/Bowhunting.


By Jared Bloomgren

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PSE’s Jared Bloomgren is Emmalynn’s caddy to the turkey set-up

Getting a youth started in archery and/or bowhunting is something that I take to heart. It is up to us that love this sport today to help keep it going into the future. They are the ones that hold the key to archery and bowhunting’s future. I cherish getting the opportunity to teach youngsters and novices alike more about our sport that I am addicted to!

For a part time job I work as an Archery Expert at a local sporting goods store and I am in a unique position that lets me help others get into the sport of archery and bowhunting. I help all ages alike, novices and veterans with everything that they are looking for insight on. I very much enjoy helping all that I can with everything that is in me. I especially like to help youngsters get acquainted with their newfound love for archery!

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PSE’s Jared Bloomgren teaching youth

I take a very subtle approach with a child just getting into archery. I do not want to overwhelm them and scare them or make them any more nervous than they already are. I like to introduce myself and explain my job to them just before asking them what they know about archery and bow and arrows. I get some pretty interesting responses at times! Other times it is amazing what some kids know about archery. Some children have parents that are into archery and they know quite a little, some kids do not have that type of influence in their life and they are looking for someone to guide and teach them, and some have talked their parents into letting them try it. At any rate I like each situation about the same!

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Youth shooting Targets

Take my children for example. My almost 3-year-old daughter Emmalynn has her first bow that I started her on almost a year ago. I didn’t have to try to get here into archery. She simply wanted to because I was doing it. I bought her a small bow and she likes to shoot it when I am shooting mine. Sure her attention span is very short and may only shoot a couple of arrows at a time but it is great each and every time regardless! I let her decide when and how much she wants to shoot. That way she can determine what she gets out of it. If you push archery and any other sport onto a child you chance the unthinkable of happening…they lose the drive, their want, or any interest in wanting anything to do with it. Don’t chance it! Take a slow approach at it and take your time with them. Allow them to choose how involved they are at first. Trust me, they will want to shoot more as time goes on and as comfort levels grow!

This last spring I was able to take my daughter spring turkey hunting. I remember the first time out and I worried it would be too much for her. I picked her up her favorite meal, a McDonalds Cheeseburger Happy Meal with chocolate milk! This helped break up the long sits as she would enjoy her meal when we got to a point where she was able to eat it. Sometimes it was when I was setting up the blind and decoys or when we were sitting in the blind or even when walking into our set up with her and the blind on my back as ketchup dripped down my neck! All very unforgettable! I wasn’t concerned about killing a gobbler, I was more concerned about teaching her a few things about hunting. I will also never forget the walk on our way out of our first evening hunt. Emmalynn was struggling to keep up with my slow pace as she decided she wanted to walk. No complaints from me as it lessened my load! She picked nearly every dandelion along the way and blew them at me and laughed with excitement each time! Priceless! Suddenly she seemed very concerned as she grabbed my pant leg and I thought, “She has had too much and she is gonna say she wants to go home.” Instead she looked at me with her beautiful big blue eyes and said, “Daddy, can I come back huntin with you again someday?!” I instantly felt week knees and emotions overcome me. “How bout tomorrow Daddy?!” I very unforgettable moment! I felt like I had taken the biggest trophy of a lifetime! I felt very successful in my raising of my child!

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PSE’s Jared Bloomgren Daughter Emmalynn and her Mcdonalds in the blind

I felt extreme success on that day unlike any hunt I have ever been on. I knew right then what my father meant about hunting with his boys. I felt a connection like never before and I was overwhelmed beyond recognition! Emmalynn and I were able to get our first gobbler together a couple of weeks later and that was just icing on our cake!!!

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.”

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


“Ain’t Nothin’ Too Tall” by PSE’s Jared Bloomgren


By Jared Bloomgren

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PSE’s Jared Bloomgren A Great Find

Since my last post was about my favorite place to hunt; the mountains, let’s document a 14 day hunt that took place near and above 10,000 feet. This is a quick day by day account of a backcountry hunt.

Day 1-4: Strictly these days were in order to hike into the area and set up a camp at high elevation above the tree line and to spend 3 days scouting before the archery season was to open. A very dear friend of mine was along to film this hunt with me. We were able to find a huge non-typical mule buck that would make anybody’s jaw drop and plans began to get set in place as to how to close the distance on this monster in the days to come!

Day 5-6: Found numerous shooter bucks in the area while paying particular attention the huge non-typical that would easily score over the 200” mark. There were no stalking situations that presented themselves and the buck was missing for most of this time.

Day 7: A failed attempt to get in front of the huge non-typical quickly made my mind up to wait for him to come back out of the dark timber in the evening. We were perched in a small saddle with cover awaiting the bucks to head back over the top and into the basin to feed and drink for the night. My camera man failed to pay attention as the huge non-typical and numerous other bucks closed the distance. I had to watch as the huge buck disappeared out of my life forever. They keyed in on him messing with his camera rather than preparing for laying down some amazing footage! Aaaahhhhhh…..

Day 8: Trying hard to not kick my buddy off the mountain for messing up a deer of a lifetime opportunity for me all while watching another buck that I had become to know well as he fed on the same ridge almost every morning. Found numerous other bucks but nothing of his caliber.

Day 9: Watched again as the same buck fed on a very distant ridge. I decided to name this buck “Too Tall” as the ridge he was on was too far away and very tall as well as him having a very tall rack with huge backs. It seemed like I would never make the attempt to go after this buck even as predictable as he was because of the terrain and the effort needed to make it happen!

Day 10: A failed stalk on a different buck had me walking nearly vertical to reach the top of the mountain where I set off from. Here is where the burning lungs and aching legs really came into play! I tried not to think about the buck on the distant ridge but my mind kept coming back to him and if I wanted to go after him or not.

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PSE’s Jared Bloomgren Bivy Camp Out

Day 11: Watched again as the buck I nicknamed “Too Tall” fed on the same ridge in the morning and evening but his location was a good half a day hike away or better in bear country. Attempted a stalk on a nice buck but was unable to complete the stalk because of misjudged terrain.

Day 12: After finally coming to terms with myself that the huge non typical was not going to show himself before I had to leave the mountain I decided to make the long move to try and kill that big typical buck I nicknamed “Too Tall.” All while still trying not to kick my buddy off the mountain for what happened on day 7! We set out on a long journey that would have us camped out below where we had seen the buck numerous times.

Day 13: After a restless night sleeping on a steep slope in a bivy set-up with a potential grizzly close by that was encountered in the dark the previous night; I was awakened from frost falling off of my sleeping bag onto my neck. A short hike in the darkness had me overlooking the ridge that was very distant the previous 12 days. The buck was nowhere in sight. After pressing on farther we finally located the buck higher on the open ridge now with two other bucks. I was able to complete that stalk on camera with boots off, above 10,000 feet, and put an arrow through both lungs of “Too Tall” at 23 yards! That is what dreams are made of!! Finding a bloody arrow after making a great shot is like finding gold! The rest of the day was spent deboning, caping and packing the buck off the mountain and back to the truck; all while barely surviving the worst lightning and thunderstorm ever! The hail never seemed to stop either! Never had lightening that close before! I could feel the electricity in my hair! Getting back to the truck late, soaked and chilled to the bone, blistered feet, hungry and tired but replaying the shot in my head made it all fade away……

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PSE’s Jared Bloomgren “Too Tall”

Day 14: Awoke at the trail head with the thought of having to go back in to break down camp wasn’t very excitable. My body was abused and sore but I pushed that to the side…….I wondered if everything would just stay there for next year’s hunt?! Figured that wouldn’t be a good idea and set back in after getting the meat on ice. Once reaching camp we spent the rest of the day recouping and eating plenty to help lessen the weight on our backs for the final trip out for the year. Not so sure that was a good idea later on!

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PSE’s Jared Bloomgren Packing Out To Tall

Day 15: Packed camp off the mountain and headed for home with many memories to cherish and a buck that scored over 180”! Although my buddy and I are still very close to this day….I have not let him forget the buck of a lifetime that should have been on my wall! ;)

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.”

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


PSE’s Jared Bloomgren Favorite Places to Hunt


By Jared Bloomgren

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PSE’s Jared Bloomgren Above 10,000 Ft.

I have been “blessed” to hunt numerous places over the years that range quite a bit in terrain. The arid dryness of the desert overseas, to the flat or rolling hills and open terrain of the prairie, to the dry, rugged badlands, to the rough, rugged, high elevation and unforgiving terrain of the mountains. I think three of the four are perfect, especially the farther I get away from the road hunters and trail systems. The hunting will just get better for me the farther I press on but often times harder as well but will always make it more rewarding in the end.

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PSE’s Jared Bloomgren Ridge 11,000 Ft.

So where is my most favorite place to hunt? That can be a hard choice depending on my mood and what I am hunting but I continually find myself drawn to the rough, rugged, high elevation and unforgiving terrain of the mountains. It makes my lungs burn, my legs ache, my head pound because of loss of oxygen and the added thin air, but most of all it makes me feel like a true do it yourself hunter. There are fewer crowds of hunters in these areas and far more less chances of hearing that four wheeler bombing close to your set-up. But with that being said there are also a heck of a lot more dangers from the unknown elements that could be dealt to you at any given time. The wildlife in this area often times could make you out for lunch if they wanted. Not much you could do about it if they decided to either! Hunting in the mountains many miles from any road or trail system can really make you realize how insignificant you really are on this planet. You really are not at the top of the food chain if you stop and think about it. Other things that are very appealing about the high country or back-country is how close you feel you are to the stars. If you have never been above 12,000 feet on a mountain in total darkness with no wind you wouldn’t realize that you can almost touch some of those stars! And the number of stars there are…..oooooh myyyyyyyyyy GOD! Absolutely beautiful!

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Jared Bloomgren Glassing from my mountain top perch

I like to hunt in places where there is solitude, places that offer such views that are absolutely breathe taking. These areas are often not trekked upon by most hunters because of the strenuous work it takes to get there. Coming home 25 pounds lighter after a 2 week back-country hunt is one heck of a diet as well! Not because I was malnourished, but because I worked my butt off! It is hunts like this that are very rewarding. The harder I work on a hunt, the more rewarding it is! So bring on the mountains every time!

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.”

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


PSE’s Jared Bloomgren Advantages & Disadvantages of fixed or mechanical broadheads


By Jared Bloomgren

Jared Bloomgren Wac'em Triton

PSE’s Jared Bloomgren Wac’em Triton

Each and every year there are new and “improved” broadheads hitting the market that are supposed to be sharper, stronger, and more accurate than previous models. Many archers go through various broadhead brands and types almost like toilet paper in the neighborhood out-house after a chili feed! I am much different and have found a head that flat out gets it done for me and has numerous years now without letting me down. Of course it is a replaceable blade head and I choose to stick with this style of head for various reasons.

Which is better, fixed/replaceable blade or mechanical heads? This is a question that can get as heated as any political campaign out there when brought up at the wrong time at a pro shop or hunting camp. The argument will go on and on for decades to come I am sure. Or until exploding tips are legal to use…..who knows! Keep in mind that the following is merely opinion and facts based on my own trials with various heads in today’s market. This is a topic that will either earn me some fans or will turn some away. At any rate let’s get to it…..

Let’s look at advantages of both: Like stated previously, I prefer a replaceable blade head for many reasons. The advantages include but are not limited to: strength, replaceable blades to maintain a sharp cutting surface, better penetration, and more confidence in the equipment that I use. The advantages of a mechanical head are improved accuracy with field tip flight characteristics, less wind drag, many now have replaceable blades, bigger cutting diameter, and the sharp blades are often not exposed while not in use thus increasing safety.

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PSE’s Jared Bloomgren Wac’em Triton XL

Now disadvantages: Replaceable or fixed blade heads often times will not fly as true as a field tip, the blades can cause the arrow to guide off path from a field tip. Mechanical heads have many more disadvantages. Keep in mind this is from my own trials and experiments! In my opinion a mechanical head will rob you of momentum and kinetic energy in order to get those blades to open. This is actually a fact, not just my opinion. Not a big deal to many considering they are way up in the numbers when it comes to KE and momentum. I also think that mechanical heads perform best when given the perfect scenario such as a perfect quartering shot. Why is that? Because no matter what mechanical head you look at on the market, it will cause an arrow to lose some energy when that arrow strikes a surface at an angle. The arrow does not want to continue in a straight line, it wants to kick to the side to open those blades. This causes a loss of energy. When I am shooting at an animal I want extreme confidence in my broadheads. Some states do not allow mechanical heads for elk. I want to use the same head for all my game!

Many believe that a replaceable or fixed blade head will never fly like a field tip. Well I would like to invite you over someday and I will shoot a field tip and any one of my broadheads side by side at yardages out to 120 yards or better to prove my point that it is indeed possible. With a well tuned bow and accessories and the correct spine arrow many (but not all) of this type of heads will fly like field tips. That is why I will always choose a replaceable or fixed blade any day over a mechanical.

To each their own. There are some very reliable mechanical heads on the market. At this time I am not 100% sold on them and will continue to shoot what I have most confidence in. My tried and true replaceable blade heads.

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.”

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


PSE’s Jared Bloomgren- Selecting the right equipment for me


By Jared Bloomgren

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Jared’s Local Pro Shop -PSE Evo

Selecting the right equipment for each individual person can vary greatly on their aspects or beliefs and what they consider to be the best performing products in their opinion. I am not naive and I do know that there are many great companies out there that make some fine products that will do just as good as other brands. I do not deny that at all. But what do I look for in my equipment?

I look for equipment that will flat out get the job done and get it done reliably without hiccups and shortfalls. PSE has been by bow of choice for over 20 years simply because it is what works for me, PSE Archery products have never let me down, and of course I have brand loyalty to the company as well. I feel like part of the family and I like that feeling of being intertwined with a great company. So I have it narrowed down to my choice of archery companies……now what bow is for me? Each year I shoot each and every model from PSE that I can to get a feel for each bow. I live in the west and I like a bow that has speed and good shoot ability. I look for a bow that is accurate and tunes easily. I look for a bow that fits my personality, a bow that will perform better than I can! But when we are on our game; LOOK OUT! With that being said, the Omen Pro has been my favorite bow to date that PSE has come out with. The speed is nice but speed isn’t what kills right? It is the accuracy and the ability for the shooter to shoot the bow with confidence and accuracy! Well…..I shoot the Omen Pro far better than any other PSE that I have owned and it has the speed that I like to boot! A win –win situation for me! This has been proven time and time again at various leagues and shoots. It just flat out gets it done for me!

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PSE’s Jared Bloomgren’s PSE

Other equipment that I use has many of the same characteristics; reliability and dependability. All of the products that I use instill confidence in my set-up. From the laces in my boots all the way to the broadheads that make my arrow a deadly combination and onto the sights that help keep me on mark. I like to use a target that is reliable and stops thousands of arrows a year. I recently acquired a Pro Staff position with Kryptek Gear and I now have hunting clothing that offers everything I look for in hunting garments. Over the years I have determined the best equipment for me and to this day I continue to hone in on the equipment that will make me a better archer and hunter. Trial and error often times comes into play until I find what works perfect for me. It isn’t until then that I help promote these products they best that I can.

Having the right equipment will make anybody more successful in the field. It can take numerous years to find what works best for each person. But in the end, that person needs to find what equipment takes their confidence to a level that will ultimately make them more successful time and time again!

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.”

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


PSE’s Jared “J-Rod” Bloomgren- Priceless


By Jared “J-Rod” Bloomgren

Jared “J-Rod” Bloomgren

PSE’s Jared “J-Rod” Bloomgren & Friend

What makes hunting complete for many? What makes hunting have more of a meaning for many as well? If you haven’t guessed yet it is hunting with family and friends. Although I am a hardcore DIY bowhunter and hunt many areas and times a year alone (basically because others can’t keep up) it is still impossible to put a value on hunting with family and friends. The friendship and love that is shared and forged through time hunting is unlike any other event that you can do in my opinion. It is a very spiritually passionate relationship that is shared with others while in the field chasing your game of choice. It is very powerful as well when you hunt with someone that you have a relationship with that allows you to think alike when it comes to hunting. This can really benefit you and the other hunting with you as thinking alike will ultimately make you more successful.

I will be the first to admit that I cannot hunt with just anybody. They need to have the same passion and love for hunting that I do. When I hunt I am a very patient person and every move of mine is thought out and not hasty. This has allowed me to be very successful with my stick and string over the years. I also admit that I have much better success when hunting alone; with that being said, I will never pass up the opportunity to hunt with family and friends that I trust and I am comfortable with. The bond that is built and strengthened in these experiences cannot be broke and it cannot be forgotten. Here is one such instance:

Jared “J-Rod” Bloomgren

PSE’s Jared “J-Rod” Bloomgren

This last spring turkey season I look my 2 year old daughter Emmalynn hunting with me. I knew the chances of taking a gobbler with her noisy antics in the blind could be difficult. But I was ok with that. After all, I just wanted this experience to be something that would teach her a little bit about hunting. I wanted it to be a learning experience that can be built on year after year. The first few evenings in the blind she was loving the experience and she was very excited. I taught her how to use a slate call and she was making all kinds of racket and even pulled a long beard into range! Couldn’t believe it! When the tom gobbled, the look on her face was priceless! I didn’t even know he was coming in….what were the chances!? Her idea of spinning around in the blind singing “Ring Around the Rosie” didn’t allow that bird to stick around long enough for a shot. But I wasn’t bothered at all…..it was a learning experience for her and a very good one too. We watched other wildlife move past the blind such as deer and various birds. She had never gotten the chance to see wildlife in this setting and I could tell that her gears were turning as she watched them. She was hooked like I was many many years ago when I was hunting with my late father. On our last evening hunt we were able to call in 8 different turkeys and she was able to watch me make a good shot at 30 yards on a big gobbler. I didn’t expect to harvest a turkey with her along this last season, but when I was able to it forged and built our relationship and our love for hunting that much more! I look forward to future adventures with my daughter and younger son and anybody else who I am lucky enough to share this amazing sport with. So get out there with a loved one and have the experience of your life!

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 Jared Bloomgren The Spot and Stalk


By Jared “J-Rod” Bloomgren

Jared “J-Rod” Bloomgren

PSE’s Jared Bloomgren Spotting

My passion when it comes to hunting is the obvious spending time afield learning all that I can about my prey. I am very proud of being a “Do It Yourself” bowhunter and have taken many trophies off of public land many miles away from habitation, trails and/or road networks. My preferred method of hunting is that of SPOT & STALK. When mastered, this type of hunting is the most rewarding in itself! But in my eyes spotting & stalking can never be fully mastered; I learn something after every stalk I do. I learn more and better ways to get the job done with a successful ending. Maybe this is why I have become so successful at this technique?

 
PSE's “J-Rod”

PSE’s Jared “J-Rod” Bloomgren Stalking

Spot and stalking is the most challenging way to hunt any wild animal. It is a form of hunting that pits your knowledge directly against that of your prey on their terms. You are now in their living room and they will pick  you apart if you give them a chance. They know what is supposed to be there, you know that you must stay hidden, patient, and focused to complete what you are there to do. My senses sharpen and time seems to slow down while in this situation. You both have the exact opposite view on the situation, your job is to complete the stalk with a successful shot, theirs is to remain alive for another day. One of my most favorite quotes is from M.R. James, the founder of Bowhunter Magazine – “Getting close to game undetected and maintaining self control while delievering a well placed shot are the true keys to bowhunting 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.”

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


PSE’s Jared Bloomgren – Share Bowhunting with your Family and Friends


By Jared “J-Rod” Bloomgren

Jared Bloomgren and Family

Jared Bloomgren and Family


I share bowhunting with my family and friends in many different ways. To this day I still bowhunt with my older brothers every chance I get. My biggest bull elk to date was shared with one of my brothers and another memory that will never be forgotten. My other brother and I go on bowhunting trips together when we can. He has four children who also love the thrill they get while hunting. My best friend and I venture out on backcountry trips often looking for the elusive trophy bucks and bulls we all seek. Every one of these adventures with friends and family is cherished beyond recognition and brings us closer.

Jared Bloomgren and Wife

Jared Bloomgren and Wife


Most importantly, I share my hunting with my wife and children. My wife is a very good shot and I have enjoyed watching her shoot numerous deer and it makes me flood with emotions of happiness every time she goes out with me. This last spring turkey season my 2 year old daughter went hunting with me for the first time and each time we went out it was purely magical and amazing. I know my son will do the same. The feeling of being a father is unlike anything else in this world. I now know what my Dad meant when he would say these things. Thank you Dad!

Jared Bloomgren and Friend

Jared Bloomgren and Friend


Bowhunting is such a part of me, being able to share it with my family and friends make it even better than can be explained or imagined!

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.”

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


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