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Why PSE’s Marty Henrikson Believes Everyone Should Shoot 3D Archery


PSE’s Marty Henrikson

PSE’s Marty Henrikson

Editor’s Note: Many of the best archers in the nation, never start out trying to become the best target archers in the nation. Many of these archers are bowhunters who decide to shoot target archery in the off season to increase their shooting proficiency. Off season target practice helps them to develop better mental attitudes and confidence to better equip them for taking shots when they’re hunting and animals come within bow range. When you’re shooting with a group of target archers, whether you’re shooting dots or 3D targets, when you step up to the line, all eyes will be on you. Everyone is looking at you, hoping that you won’t shoot as accurately as they have. When you first start shooting, you feel the same pressure that you may feel if a buck steps out in front of you within range. However, the more you shoot target archery in the off season, the less that pressure will affect you.  Whether you’re shooting 3D or dots, you learn to focus and concentrate on hitting a small part of a much larger target. Your target archery practice will come in handy when the deer, the elk, the bear or any other big game animal steps in front of you in a hunting situation. Instead of trying to shoot the entire animal, you can focus and aim at a small spot on that animal and be confident that you will shoot accurately. Too, when you’re hunting, a range finder can help you determine the distance of specific objects from your stand. However, many times an animal will come in from a direction you haven’t ranged, and you won’t know the distance of the animal. So, 3D targets can be helpful in preparing for situations like these to practice shooting at unknown distances. Many outdoorsmen are convinced that to become better bowhunters, they need to consider the possibility of shooting target archery this summer. You’ll not only be a better shooter, but you’ll be able to shoot with more confidence, one of the most critical elements for shooting accurately.

Question: Marty, why have you continued to hunt with PSE bows for 36 years?

The main thing I look for in a bow is how reliable is it. When you’ve got a big game animal in front of you that you really want to take, that’s not the time to have a problem with your bow. I’ve found that PSE bows are always smooth. Too, as I’ve aged, the PSE technology has continued to improve over the years. I’ve been able to turn down the weight of my PSE bows and still shoot with more energy coming out of the bow than previous bows I’ve used.

Question: What poundage of bow have you shot in the past, and how many pounds are you presently pulling?

Years ago I shot a 90 pound bow now. Today, I shoot bows in the 60 and 70 pound range, and these PSE bows are producing more energy with less weight than the bows I once shot.

Question: Marty, how much did shooting tournament archery help you as a bowhunter?

Shooting tournament archery was the most valuable tool I utilized to improve my accuracy. Whenever I leave a 3D archery shoot, I am reminded that I can shoot accurately at any range. I developed a great deal of confidence at shooting all types of targets, including different measures of angles and under any conditions. When range finder technology first came into use in the archery industry, my shooting became more accurate. In the early days, we missed a lot of critters, because the bows were slower, and we hadn’t become proficient in estimating distance. 3D archery has helped to increase this accuracy.

Question: Marty, why would you suggest for a newcomer to the sport of archery to shoot tournament archery during the hunting off season?

I know this greatly will improve his accuracy in the field. Too, tournament archer will increase the newcomer’s confidence and his ability to shoot the bow at any targets and distances, whether he’s shooting dots, 3D archery or taking game.

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PSE’s Marty Henrikson Has Bear’s Teeth and Claws at 15 Yards


PSE’s Marty Henrikson

PSE’s Marty Henrikson

Editor’s Note:  Marty Henrikson of Tucson, Arizona, has been shooting PSE bows for 36 years. Henrikson, an avid bowhunter, competed for many years on the 3D archery circuit and also won the Arizona Cup in the compound division.

Question: Marty, tell us about your close encounter with a big bear.

I was hunting during springtime in Santa Rita. My friend and I both drew bear tags, and we’d been waiting a long time to get a tag for a certain area. These tags were hard to come by, so we were really excited. Eight weekends before the hunt we spent time setting up trail cameras, scouting water holes and glassing, looking for bears. We found a decent population of bears in a certain part of the region we were to hunt. We decided to make this the section of land where we would set up and hunt from there. On the second day of the hunt, my friend had gone to sit around a water hole, and I was stalking. I spotted some bears coming up to a cut. I knew that once the sun started to come up, the bears wouldn’t want to stay out in the open but would prefer to get into thick cover. I decided that I’d try and use a predator call to call one of the bears back to where I was. I sat up on a rock that was somewhat elevated and I started blowing on a jack rabbit in distress call. However, I blew the call to make it sound like a baby bear squalling. I had been blowing on the call for about 20 minutes and was almost ready to give up. Suddenly, I heard something in the bushes, and I looked up to see a big black bear coming toward me.

While the bear was making his way toward my call, he kept trying to get downwind of me. The bear wanted to smell what he was hearing, before he made the decision to come in completely. I decided to keep calling and let the bear continue to come in, knowing that at a particular point he would cross my scent trail, smell me and probably take off. I decided that I had to take the bear before he reached that scent trail. As the bear continued to come closer, the situation felt increasingly intense. I could see that this was a really big bear, and he looked to weigh between 350 and 400 pounds. Finally, the bear came to within 15 yards from where I was and turned broadside. I knew he was only seconds away from smelling me. Fortunately, I was able to get my bow pulled back and hang on to my composure long enough to be able to aim carefully and release the arrow. I hit the bear right in the lungs. Surprisingly, the bear didn’t run, but just turned and walked about 10 steps away. Then he looked back at me, and fell over.  I took that bear with a PSE AR 34.

Tomorrow: Why PSE’s Marty Henrikson Believes Everyone Should Shoot 3D Archery

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The Elk Hunt That Took PSE’s Marty Henrikson 10 Years


 

PSE’s Marty Henrikson

PSE’s Marty Henrikson

Editor’s Note:  Marty Henrikson of Tucson, Arizona, has been shooting PSE bows for 36 years. Henrikson, an avid bowhunter, competed for many years on the 3D archery circuit and also won the Arizona Cup in the compound division.

Question: Marty, tell us about the elk that took you 10 years to hunt.

One of the prime units for taking trophy elk in Arizona is Unit 10, and I had made up my mind that I was going to hunt this unit. Since Unit 10 was known for having giant elk, I decided that regardless of how long the hunt took, I was going to hunt the unit. For 10 years, I put in to hunt this unit, and finally on the 10th year, I was drawn. When I finally drew the tag, I was more than excited. I made a point to scout the unit before the hunt. On the second day of the hunt, I was up and moving long before daylight. I went to a spot where I thought I could hear elk bugling, and I bugled before first light. I had elk bugling all around me. I could tell there was a bull in the distance that was moving my way. I was hunting with a friend of mine, who stayed behind me to do the calling. Just at daylight, my friend made three cow calls, and we watched the bull come in until he was about 30 to 40 yards away from us. I drew the bow and was at full draw, when I think the bull spotted me. The bull expected to see the cow that had been calling, and when he didn’t see her but saw me instead, he turned back and went in the direction from which he had come. However, when the bull was at about 60 yards, he turned and looked back, giving me a broadside shot. I took the shot with my PSE Mach 6. After the elk went down, I went over to him, and my buddy went to get the truck. We spent 3 hours skinning, field dressing and butchering the animal. Fortunately, we didn’t have too far to carry the meat once it was quartered, since my friend was able to bring the truck fairly close to where we were. This bull had a 52 inch wide spread and scored 135 inches.

One of the advantages of shooting tournament archery is that you have the opportunity to build a lot of confidence in your ability to shoot accurately from many different distances. In the West where I hunt, most of the archers practice shooting out to 100 yards. Our terrain is so open that most of the time you expect to have to take a shot at more than 30 yards. If you practice at distances from 0 to 100 yards, you can build your confidence to know you can make a 100 yard shot. Then, if an animal shows up inside 100 yards, you will feel confident in your ability to make a good shot, and the arrow will fly true. Because of this 100 yard practice shooting, I felt really confident that I could make a lethal hit on an elk size target at 60 yards. That was a great hunt, and this is the biggest elk I’d ever taken.

Tomorrow: PSE’s Marty Henrikson Has Bear’s Teeth and Claws at 15 Yards

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PSE’s Marty Henrikson Takes a 170 Class Bow Buck


PSE’s Marty Henrikson

PSE’s Marty Henrikson

Editor’s Note:  Marty Henrikson of Tucson, Arizona, has been shooting PSE bows for 36 years. Henrikson, an avid bowhunter, competed for many years on the 3D archery circuit and also won the Arizona Cup in the compound division.

Question: Tell us about another deer you’ve taken with your PSE bow.

In 1973, I took a very memorable mule deer. I glassed him when he was up on a hill, and then he moved down into some flats. I had seen the buck in the morning and went back later in the day to try and hunt him. He had been traveling with a lot of does in the morning, and that made him hard to stalk.  When I went back in the afternoon, I found the buck again, but he only had one doe with him. So, I was certain I could get in close enough to get a shot, and I started stalking the deer. Moving silently, and using the terrain and cover to keep the buck from seeing me, I came to within 30 yards of the deer. When I’m stalking, I like to use my binoculars to see how and where the deer is moving. I only will take a half or one whole step before taking another look at the deer. I’ve learned that by going slow, and constantly reading the deer’s attitude as well as his movement, I can make better decisions on when and where to move, and where the deer is going.

After I had moved about 15 yards, the doe spotted me and started stomping her feet. When the doe saw me, I was on my knees crawling. Although she knew there was something moving in front of her, she wasn’t really sure what I was. She continued to close the distance between us, but was at full alert. The doe walked up to within 35 yards of me, and then started to turn to leave the area. The doe was out in front of the buck and now was staring at me. I went ahead and drew my bow, but the buck still wasn’t sure of what I was. So, he hesitated. Before the buck turned to leave, he gave me just enough time to release my arrow. I took that buck with a PSE Mach 6. When I saw that the big 170 class buck was down, I walked over to him and marked a waypoint on my GPS receiver. I always carry a hand held GPS receiver in my pack. Usually I have to walk to the truck and get my freighter pack and then walk back to the deer to butcher and pack him out. That hand held GPS makes finding your deer much easier when you go back in to bring him out. The type of country I hunt usually doesn’t give its hunters the advantage of being able to get an animal to the nearest road. Most western hunters know that when we take a mule deer or a Coues deer, we will have to do our own field dressing, skinning and packing the animal out in the field. For this reason, I always bring along a frame pack and a GPS. I don’t like to hunt with a frame pack on my back, so I usually leave it in the truck. I’ll mark a waypoint spot where I park the truck on the GPS and then also mark a waypoint where I leave the deer. When I mark these waypoint spots, it makes traveling to and from the truck and my deer quicker and easier. I can get to my pack, go back to the deer, carry out the first load of meat, make a return trip and depending on how big the animal is, get the rest of the deer out as soon as possible

Tomorrow: The Elk Hunt That Took PSE’s Marty Henrikson 10 Years

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