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Maximum “Effective” Shooting Distance by PSE’s Jared Bloomgren


By Jared Bloomgren

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This is another one of those touchy subjects with many. It often turns into “I can shoot farther than you” conversation that turns to arguments at times.  Even worse when you start throwing in the talk about animal distances!

This is what it comes down to and it is as simple as this. Your maximum effective shooting distance is that distance in which you are comfortable and can consistently put  your arrows in a group one after another repeatedly.  For some this is 40 yards and for others it may be 90. Keep in mind this is not shooting at live targets during hunting conditions per say!!

Shooting from various positions is important....

Shooting from various positions is important….

“So what do you need to do to increase your maximum effective range?”  It all comes down to one word…….PRACTICE! And then more practice, practice, and practice! Try not to use an excuse that it is too hot or cold out, it is too windy, it is too wet, it is raining, etc…you get the picture. Sure there has to be limits but by shooting in as many adverse weather conditions as you can will also increase your shooting capability and confidence. Having confidence in your shooting and your equipment is very important and this can only be gained by shooting as often as possible.

When I first started shooting over 25+ years ago I started shooting at 10 yards and over time my range increased to 20, 30, 40, 50, etc…As I became more confident in my equipment and myself I began to stretch that distance to 110, 120, etc…Granted this didn’t happen overnight or over a year or two. I am still brushing up on my shooting today and I feel as if I can never be as good of a archer as I want to be!

A practice that I like to do at times is shoot an arrow at my target and run to that target, grab my arrow and run back immediately picking up my bow and shooting another arrow. Sometimes I do this while shooting up or down a hill as well to mimic the effects of being short of breathe as if I had to get up a hill quick to make a shot. As I get better I start to move the target farther away.

I am to the point today that I usually practice at ranges greater than 80 yards. This makes those 50 yard shots feel like chip shots and those 30 yard shots a slam dunk! So what is my maximum effective shooting range? Right now I would say that it is 120 yards but can stretch that out to 140 yards but I lose a bit of confidence after 120 yards. I can assure you that I will continue to improve on that! Remember, this is while target shooting.

Light levels can change....

Light levels can change….

Another thing that makes this type of shooting possible is by having a flat shooting, fast performing bow. That makes the Omen Pro and Max my favorite bows to date because of their raw performance. The shorter brace height has never been an issue for me either. Having great form makes these longer shots possible and longer shooting will actually improve your form. Why? Because a minor flaw in form at 30 yards may mean a 2” change in point of impact. A minor flaw in form at 100 yards can mean a foot or more! Longer shots force you to improve and keep your form consistent. Longer shots compound minor flaws in form and this makes you become a better shot and archer. Shooting from various positions is also important. Standing (even and uneven ground), sitting in various positions, with various types of clothing, different angles, etc…again, you get the point. Mimic as many various shooting positions and situations you can.

Now to what everyone is wondering. You wouldn’t dare shoot at an animal at 120 yards would you?! Well that all depends…..More than likely not but I will shoot at and kill animals at longer yardages than most archers would even think about shooting.  Again, why? Because of my practice that I have done and the confidence I have in myself and my gear!  120 yards is not a shot I have ever done and do not plan to because I like the challenge of getting in close as I can for a shot!  With that being said the animal’s behavior, body position, and weather conditions do come into play for each shot. An animal that has no idea I am there and is completely relaxed will allow a farther shot than an animal that is alert and nervous. Every condition has its place and many do not have a place for a shot at all. Keep in mind that I will never loosen an arrow on an animal that I know will not make a good clean ethical kill shot! We should all have that same belief in our mind at all times.

Elevated shots are important....

Elevated shots are important….

The greatest archer of all is the one who knows his limitations.

Only you can answer what your maximum shooting range is. It will depend directly on your level of confidence and capability directly related to practice and the shooting you make yourself take part in. Maximum shooting distance on a live animal in a hunting situation takes on many variables that also, only you can decide on.

So what are you waiting for?! Get out there and practice and brush up on your skills! I challenge you to start practicing at longer distances. You will be happy you did! It will increase your maximum shooting range guaranteed!

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.


My Bow Choice by PSE’s Jared Bloomgren


By Jared Bloomgren

I am often asked what makes me decide which bow is best for me. Ever since I began shooting my first PSE nearly 25 years ago I always looked forward to the next year when the new bows were introduced. It was always like Christmas in October when PSE would introduce the new bows and that hasn’t changed one bit today! I always look forward to what PSE will bring out for new bows and technology. This last October was no different! It has came a long ways since I was shooting my PSE Deer Hunter.

I decided to give the DNA a try and I have finally gotten my hands on my own. I have only shot the DNA at 20 yards in an indoor range so I cannot say for sure how I feel about the bow at longer distances. But when I have shot it, it has felt and shot like a dream bow. Smooth draw, vibe free, and very fast. Accuracy and forgiveness will have to be determined after I get it back. I have stripped my DNA down and sent it off to Hydro-Dip in Utah to have it dipped in the new Kryptek Highlander pattern! Once I have it back in my hands and get it put back together you can expect I will be out there shooting this bow out past 100 yards to determine if it will take the place of my Omen.

DNA fresh out of the box!

DNA fresh out of the box!

Okay, I got a bit sidetracked; back to it….what makes me decide which bow is best for me? I am a spot and stalk hunter as you know if you have been following my blogs. I hunt in the west in open country often and having a bow that is fast and forgiving is what I prefer. There are times when a 70 yard shot may present itself and having a flatter, faster shooting bow can make a huge difference. Granted speed doesn’t kill but it does sure help with these circumstances! Having a faster and flatter shooting bow will make judging yardage not as critical. This also increases my maximum effective shooting range. (Watch for a future blog on Maximum Shooting Range)

Ever since the introduction of the X Force HF in 2007 I was very excited! The speed and shoot-ability of this bow was better than ever in the PSE line. Since then the X Force line has continued with new bows over the years and there is an X Force for every style of archer. The speeds are phenomenal and yes, the shoot ability is top notch!

That brings me into the year 2012. I acquired an Omen Pro, black riser with skullworks limbs and accessories. The thing looks saweet! The black and skullworks combination just pops! I was pulling 74# and shooting a 390 grain arrow around 330 feet per second. I was drilling the bulls-eye out to 120 yards and very confident in my shooting and in the bow! I have never shot another bow as good as I am shooting this bow. The thing is a dream for me to shoot!

Omen Pro

Omen Pro

So that leads me back to the DNA. Will the DNA stack up to my Omen Pro? Time and testing will soon tell and I will keep everybody up to speed on my findings. Granted, what bow shoots best for me and what I prefer will not be the case for others. Each person needs to find the bow that compliments them. The Omen Pro has worked great for me and I look forward to trying out other bows as well. I hope to get my hands on an Omen Max too and I assume that will be just like the Omen Pro with a few refinements that I am sure will shoot just as great!

Another all time favorite bow of mine has been my 2012 Revenge. This thing is short and shoots incredibly well. I used it to hunt turkeys last spring and it will likely let the air out of a few more thunder chickens this spring! I would have to put my Revenge right behind my Omen Pro as far as shoot ability and accuracy. The Omen Pro had the edge over the Revenge as the Revenge just doesn’t have the speed and accuracy of the Omen Pro out to farther distances.

2012 Revenge

2012 Revenge

I will do another blog in the future about the DNA and what I think of it. I am pretty confident that it will be what I like in a bow as it is lighter and that would really help in my backcountry hunts. Saving every bit of weight on these hard to do hunts will help out a great deal. As a backcountry hunter I am always looking to shave weight somewhere. But the biggest question remains. Will I be able to shoot the DNA as well as the Omen? Time will tell and I will share my finding with you in the near future! Watch for a one of a kind DNA coming your way!

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.


TV Personality Spook Spann Shoots the PSE Freak and the PSE Omen Pro


Spook

PSE’S Spook Spann

Editor’s Note: Spook Spann, the host of “Spook Nation” on the Pursuit Channel for three seasons, has been producing TV shows for almost a decade.

I like PSE bows because the company’s committed to building the best-performing bows that can be built in the archery industry. I also like the speed of their bows and the dependability and reliability that’s built into them. Right now I’m shooting two PSE bows, the Omen Pro and the Freak. I like the Freak, because it has a long draw length and is a longer bow (38-inches axle to axle). I’ve been practicing with it and feel I’m shooting the Freak really well, and it feels comfortable to me.

The Freak is different since it’s a longer bow than many of today’s hunting bows, and has a longer draw length than many other bows on the market. It can adjust out to 33 inches, which is an especially beneficial feature to people like me, who have extremely long draw lengths. My draw length right now is 31-1/2 inches, and most other bows stop at about 30 inches. With a longer draw length, I also have a longer power stroke and can generate more velocity from that longer draw length. I’ve found that the longer bows like the Freak are more forgiving than shorter bows, and I think they’re somewhat easier to shoot. Although I haven’t used a chronograph on the arrow speed of the Freak, I’m pretty sure I’m shooting around 300-feet per second. The trend for most of the archery industry has been to make shorter, more compact bows, so the Freak really goes against what today’s trends are in hunting bows. Because of these differences, I think PSE had to come up with a name that was really different for this bow, and that might be the reason for the name – the Freak.

Spann

PSE’S Spook Spann

I’ve been shooting the Freak for about 2 months now, and I’ve built up a lot of confidence in it. But when I’m getting ready to go on a hunt, I don’t want to just have confidence in my bow’s ability to perform. I also want to know that I can physically do whatever’s required to have not only a successful hunt but also an enjoyable hunt. I’ll be hunting out West next week for mule deer, so I’ve not only been practicing 50 and 100-yard shots but also working out. This hunt will be a spot-and-stalk shoot. So, I need to get my body in shape not only for the type of terrain we may have to travel across to get to a nice mule deer but also for any type of climbing we may have to do over steep terrain. I play basketball, workout with weights and do other exercises to help me get in shape. Then I’m prepared if I have to make a really long stalk. I’m often asked how far ahead of time I start preparing for a hunt. I answer by saying; “I try to stay in shape all year long.” I workout, play basketball and run year round. I also shoot my PSE bows all year long, but I shoot an awful lot the month before a hunt. My preparation for a hunt never ceases.

To learn more about Spook Spann, visit his website at www.spookspann.com, or email him at spookspann@yahoo.com.

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Eric Grippa Wins the 2012 IBO World Championship with his PSE Omen Pro!


Eric Grippa – 2012 IBO World Championship Winner MBR Class

My name is Eric Grippa, and I am a PSE Pro-Staffer from a little town just east of Cincinnati OH.  I have been competing in the IBO for the past 16 years, and this year at the World Championships in Seven Spring PA, it all finally came together for me.

The bow I shoot 3-D with is the Omen Pro.  I shoot it for one reason, sheer speed.  The Omen Pro is hands down the fastest bow I have ever shot.  I shoot a 29” draw at 58 lbs of draw weight.  With that set up, my Omen Pro sends my 300 grain arrow down range at 349 fps.  Needless to say, that makes yardage estimation much easier to call.  The class I shoot in is Male Bowhunter Release, which means I shoot fixed pins.  At almost 350 fps, I no longer have to hold a pin high or low on the target.  I judge the target for the top, middle, or bottom pin, hold the pin of my choice on the 11 ring, and let her rip.  That tactic enabled me to take first place this year at the IBO Worlds.  My Omen Pro and I made it to the finals with a comfortable lead.  I maintained my lead through the finals and came off the mountain as a World Champ.

Eric Grippa with his PSE Omen Pro

Eric Grippa with his PSE Omen Pro

I hear a lot of people comment on how they think the Omen Pro has to be very critical or hard to shoot.  In my 2 years of experience with the Omen Pro, I simply don’t find that to be the case.  As long as I maintain good form and follow through, which should be done with any bow, it shoots very well.   And I now have the belt buckle to prove it.

Thanks PSE for making such a fast, great shooting bow.

Eric Grippa
PSE Pro Staff


Team PSE’s Mike Miller takes the Arizona Triple Crown Championship in the Open Masters Division


PSE's Mike Miller

PSE’s Mike Miller

I have been involved with archery for many years, I have competed in several styles and in several age groups. Now that I am in the Masters Division shooting with individuals that have all been past champions, it is critical to have an accurate, versatile and forgiving bow.

I had my eye on PSE a couple of years ago and even though I was very happy with what I was shooting at the time, it was apparent to me that PSE‘s engineers had really met the design needs of today’s competitive archers and hunters. I could not be more satisfied with the equipment that PSE produces. They are fast, accurate, forgiving, quiet, no hand shock, and good looking too.

I own an Omen Pro, Supra ME, and a Bow Madness XL. All are quality products that can be shot with confidence if you are hunting, competing or just having fun at the range.

Mike Miller

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PSE’s Keith Hubbard Got his Bear in Southern Arizona


PSE's Keith Hubbard

PSE’s Keith Hubbard

 

With record high temps this past weekend…my honey hole paid off again. In a 24 hour period, I had 5 bears come in. The first afternoon yielded a large sow and cub. On the second day, I was about to climb into my tree stand when I heard a noise. I looked up the hill and saw this bear coming in, so I detached my safety harness, untied my bow and waited for her to enter the water. As she walked in, I sneaked over to within 15 yards, after spending 1 minute or so in the water she began to turn around so I drew. When she stopped, she was facing me, but a few seconds later she turned enough to give me a quartering shot. The arrow entered the shoulder and exited the opposite rear quarter; she ran about 70 yards and piled up. I can’t get over how fast the Omen Pro is at 70 #’s. It left a serious path of destruction. While I was taking photos and skinning her, I had two other bears walk in on me. What a great day to be on a sky island.

Keith Hubbard, PSE Gorilla Squad


Spook Spann Takes Turkeys with a PSE TAC 15 Crossbow


Spook Spann

Spook Spann

Editor’s Note: Spook Spann, who hosts “Spook Nation” TV show on the Pursuit Channel, has been a PSE pro for 3 years. Spann’s recreation and avocation is taking critters with PSE bows.

Spook Spann: I’ve always been intrigued with crossbows. As my dad’s gotten older, he’s wanted to shoot one, too. So, I thought my dad and I could have fun going turkey hunting with a TAC 15. My dad and I one morning started calling and had two big gobblers strut right into the decoys. I didn’t use a blind; I just sat down next to a big tree and put my back up against the tree. I’d put a bipod on the TAC 15 to give me a steady rest when I got ready to make the shot. The TAC 15 was easy to hold and offered a very stable platform from which to shoot. I started calling, and two big gobblers came strutting in and went right up to the decoys. That TAC 15 was so fast that the bolts blistered the air when I shot it. The gobbler in front of me went down like a rock. Two other gobblers saw him flopping and came in and started pecking at him and kicking him.

Before the hunt, I had practiced with the TAC 15 out to 70 yards, and I was totally amazed at how accurate this crossbow was and how much I enjoyed it. Different people have various ideas about where to aim when you’re shooting at a turkey, but I aimed for the butt of the wing, since that was where the turkey vitals were. I also believed that that shot would take the turkey down really quickly. Once again I was using the Swhacker Broadhead, and I couldn’t believe how quickly the turkey went down and stayed down.

What I was really amazed with about the TAC 15 was that even though it was a crossbow, it was extremely quiet. When I shot the gobbler, I don’t believe the other two turkeys heard a sound. If they did, they would have spooked. But they didn’t, and like I said earlier, they started fighting the gobbler that was flopping. Those turkeys never really knew what had happened. The shot and the bow were so quiet that we had to wait an hour after I’d shot my turkey before we could get up and retrieve him without spooking the other gobblers. I really liked the scope on the TAC 15 because it had MIL Dots in the scope that I could set for different distances. The TAC 15 is really a lot of fun to shoot, and if you haven’t tried one, you may be missing a new era of archery.

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PSE’s Spook Spann and the Gator Getter


Spook Spann

Spook Spann

Editor’s Note: Spook Spann, who hosts “Spook Nation” TV show on the Pursuit Channel, has been a PSE pro for 3 years. Spann’s recreation and avocation is taking critters with PSE bows.

Spook Spann: I was invited to go to Florida to go on my first alligator hunt. So naturally, I took my PSE Omen Pro. We were hunting the alligators on public land from airboats. On the second night, we found the alligator I wanted to take. What was really neat was that I actually got out on the bank and stalked this alligator, getting to within 15 yards of the gator before drawing my Omen Pro and aiming behind his leg. The arrow I shot him with had a string attached to it with a float. I had a good shot on the gator, and after I made the shot, I climbed back into the airboat. We eased out to the float that was attached to the string, which was attached to the arrow that I’d placed in the gator.

The gator tried to get to deep water, and we could keep up with his movements by watching where the float went. We started pulling on the rope, and I learned that if you didn’t pull hard on an alligator but just applied steady pressure, they’d come up to the top of the water. Once we got the gator up after the first arrow, I took a second shot. I aimed this shot in the center of the gator’s neck, and when the broadhead went in, it must have cut his spinal cord, because the gator became immobile. An alligator has a little soft spot right at the back of its head, and if you can get that shot, you’ll have an instant kill. But because I wasn’t at the angle to be able to get that shot, I aimed at the center of the gator’s back right behind its head.

The gator went down for the second time. I nocked another arrow, and this time the only shot I had was once again right behind his front leg. However, that third shot was enough to put this big gator down. He measured 10 feet long and weighed about 400 pounds. As with any other hunt, the fun’s over after the critter’s down, and then the work begins. We skinned the alligator, and I gave the meat to some friends of mine. We ate the alligator, and I had an alligator rug made from the hide, head and legs. This gator is one of my finer trophies, and once again my PSE Omen Pro did what it was designed to do put the arrow where I wanted it to go each time I took a shot.

Tomorrow: Spook Spann Takes Turkeys with a PSE TAC 15 Crossbow

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PSE’s Spook Spann’s 162 Point Pope & Young 8 Point Kentucky Buck


Spook Spann

Spook Spann

Editor’s Note: Spook Spann, who hosts “Spook Nation” TV show on the Pursuit Channel, has been a PSE pro for 3 years. Spann’s recreation and avocation is taking critters with PSE bows.

Spook Spann: I took this buck on a late season hunt in January in Kentucky. A big cold front had come through in late December and early January. We were hunting these deer in the afternoon from tree stands on the trail from their bedding area to an alfalfa field. There was also a soybean field nearby. The deer were coming out of a cedar thicket, walking down a ridge through some sage, coming down off the point of the ridge, going to the alfalfa field and eating soybeans.

We had put up our ladder stands on cedar trees and had placed a ladder stand on an oak tree right next to two cedar trees. The cedar trees provided plenty of cover for us. In the late season when all the leaves were off the trees, we knew a buck easily could see you, if you didn’t have much cover to conceal your stand. Those cedar trees were bushy and could break up your silhouette as well as anything. I really like to hunt in or around cedar trees in the late winter. The wind was moderate, and I thought it might blow our scent to the deer, so I put out two of my Wildfire products to help cover our scent and pulled up the wicks so that the scent could flow freely, about 45 minutes into the hunt.

When we saw the buck that I took 45 minutes later, he had his nose in the air. I think he knew that there was something that wasn’t quite right, but he wasn’t alarmed. The buck circled downwind of our stand and then came out right in front of me. He had stopped right in the edge of the woods before going into the alfalfa field to feed. He presented me with a quartering away shot at 26 yards. I aimed my Omen Pro right behind the last rib, so the trajectory of the arrow would be moving forward right into his vitals. The buck went only 200 yards before we found him. I was shooting a Swhacker Broadhead and pushing the broadhead with a Gold Tip arrow. This buck was a huge 8 point. I’d seen this buck two times when I was hunting earlier in the week. I knew he was in the area and had a good feeling about having a chance to take him, since we realized that the alfalfa field and the soybean field were deer magnets. This was the first time we’d hunted this particular stand. I believe in the first strike theory of, “The first time you hunt out of a stand is your best chance to take a trophy buck there.”

Tomorrow: PSE’s Spook Spann and the Gator Getter

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