Posts tagged “Dream Season

VIDEO: Ensuring your equipment is always spot on by PSE’s Jared Bloomgren

By Jared Bloomgren


When it comes down to making a shot count it is too late to find out that your equipment is not how you last left it. Ensuring that your equipment is always spot on you should take necessary measures to ensure that this is true. This is a tips and tactics video that I recently put together to help and to allow you to make that shot when it really counts!

Click on the link to watch Jared’s video.


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.

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

By Jared Bloomgren


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.

Jason Patterson Says Bowhunters May Only Need a Magic 50 Acres

Jason Deer Hunting

PSE’S Jason Patterson

Editor’s Note: The best thing that we can do as parents is to give our children memories that will last their lifetimes and impart the values and beliefs that we want them to teach to their children. By spending time with our children they learn the importance of family and the need to spend time with their children once they have them. Jason Patterson of Jackson, Tennessee, a member of PSE’s Field Staff, has found that bowhunting with his PSE bow is the thread that connects the generations in his family.

Most bowhunters believe that the more property they have to hunt, the more deer they can harvest, and the greater odds they’ll have for taking trophy bucks. However, PSE Field Staff member Jason Patterson has learned that the number of acres that you have to hunt isn’t nearly as important as the type and the quality of the property you hunt. As hunting leases continue to increase in price, more bowhunters who want to lease private lands are finding smaller properties that they can lease and manage to produce the maximum number of deer. When you have a small hunting lease close to home, you can hunt that lease more effectively, learn the deer’s movement patterns and often take more deer than you can take, if you have large lease further away from your home and work. “I have a place to hunt right outside the city limits of Jackson, Tennessee, where I live,” Patterson explains. “I have had these 50 acres for the last couple of years, and I’ve been trying to manage it by taking as many does as we can. Last year when I got my PSE Evo, I was amazed at how fast it shot. I am an outbound supervisor at Old Dominion Freight Lines. My hunting place is only about 15 minutes from my work, and I don’t have to go into work until 11:00 am. So, one morning before work, I was hunting this small 50 acre plot that had one, 1 acre green field. This 50 acre plot is surrounded by kudzu and sage that’s about head high, creating the perfect place for deer to bed, because there are small wooded lots all around the sage and kudzu. Too, I had planted clover in the green field. I hunt away from the field in the wooded lots when the acorns start dropping. We have a small shooting house on the edge of the field, and that’s where I let Oakley hunt during gun and deer season and shoot does. Last season Oakley took four does with his rifle. Last year I took my first buck with my PSE Evo. I’d taken several does with the Evo already, and there were two does and a buck on the field. My original plan was to take one of the does. Then the buck presented a shot at 42 yards. I’d never taken a deer that far away before with my bow. I’d started practicing in May before deer season arrived in October. I was shooting accurately out to 60 yards and was really surprised at all the new innovations present in the new PSE Evo. When I consistently could put arrows in a pie plate at 60 yards, I felt really confident about my shooting ability inside 60 yards.

Jason Patterson Hunting

Oakley Patterson

So, when the buck presented a broadside shot, I took it and double lunged the deer. The deer only went about 120 yards after taking the arrow. I also felt confident about the shot, because I’d been taking does regularly. We were trying as hard as we could to take as many does as possible off the property, since we realized this little 50 acre plot was a perfect deer magnet. The deer had a place to bed, a green field to feed on during the late fall and winter and numerous acorn trees to feed on during the early season. We realized that the more does we took, the more bucks the land could support. We were attempting to take all the does we legally could harvest.”

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2012 Dream Season EVO Bow Give Away!

Go to Facebook at www.facebook.com/OfficialPSEArchery and CLICK on the enter to win tab! Sweepstakes ends August 31st, 2012. Good luck! Sweepstakes rules apply. See the app page for more details at http://bit.ly/NmqjHf.

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Enter to Win a 2012 PSE Dream Season EVO!

Enter to Win a 2012 PSE Dream Season EVO!

Enter to Win a 2012 PSE Dream Season EVO!

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PSE’s James Nickols’ Second Big Buck

PSE's Field Team Member - James Nickols

PSE’s Field Team Member – James Nickols

Editor’s Note: Forty seven year old James Nickols from Sparta, Missouri, a PSE Field Team member, has been shooting PSE for 5 years.

The next year, I was still hunting with my Dream Season bow. I was hunting the same farm in Bruner, Missouri, where I took my first PSE bow buck. This year, I was hunting later in the winter, and the deer had transitioned from crop lands and white oaks over to feeding on red oaks. I was hunting out of a camouflaged tree stand and got into my stand before daylight. I could hear a deer crunching acorns before the sun came up. I had my bow in my hand. A little after daylight, I was able to see the buck when he came in to 22 yards. I drew my PSE Dream Season bow and loosed the arrow on this nice 8-point buck that ran about 60 yards before piling up. This buck scored about 132 on Pope & Young.

PSE Archery - Compound Bows

PSE Archery – Compound Bows

When I put up a tree stand, I try to get 15 to 22 feet high. I believe that deer have a peripheral vision, so they can see danger. But I don’t believe their peripheral vision extends above 15 to 22 feet. By getting that high, I don’t believe the deer can see me. On this morning, I had no wind at all, and that was why I could hear the deer crunching acorns. I stood and took the shot. When you’ve got deer that close, you’ve got to make sure that your tree stand doesn’t crack or pop when you’re preparing for the shot. I had already trimmed the limbs around the tree stand and put felt on any place that had metal parts that might rub together. Where I couldn’t put felt, I used scentless oil to lubricate the stand to ensure its absolute silence.

I’d been scouting this buck since mid July, until I took him at the 1st of November. Although I do walk the property I’m hunting, early in the season, I use binoculars to stay as far away from the deer as possible. I also use trail cameras to keep up with the deer’s movement patterns. I had about 15 or 20 trail camera pictures of this buck that I’d started seeing in July. However, then I lost him and didn’t get him again on trail cameras until just before the rut started. That buck had moved 3 miles from where I’d originally photographed him on the trail cameras. I’ve learned that many times when you have trail camera pictures of a buck, and he vanishes, he may be a long way from where you’ve first photographed him. This nice buck was feeding on a soybean field in July, next moved to the white oak acorns when they first started dropping and then moved to the red oaks. That’s where I caught up to him. One of the things that impressed me when I started trailing this deer after the shot was that I got a clean pass through and had a blood trail to follow that looked like a painter had taken red paint and painted the trail the buck went down. I like the speed and the knock down power of my Dream Season bow to not only put the buck down efficiently, but to give me a clean pass through, so I have a good blood trail to follow.

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James Nickols’ First PSE Buck

PSE's Field Team Member - James Nickols

PSE’s Field Team Member – James Nickols

Editor’s Note: Forty seven year old James Nickols from Sparta, Missouri, a PSE Field Team member, has been shooting PSE for 5 years. I shot another company’s bows for several years. But when PSE came out with its original Dream Season bow, I fell in love with the technology built into the bow. I also liked the company’s target archery bow, the Moneymaker. I was shooting target archery back then too, so I switched to PSE. I was shooting as a semi pro on the ASA circuit and had several top 10 places in competition archery. I got into 3D archery to help me become a better deer hunter because I was missing deer with my bow and felt shooting 3D archery would help me.

The biggest buck I’ve ever taken, I took with my PSE Dream Season. A storm was coming in to our area. I was hunting in Bruner, Missouri, about 35 miles from Springfield. About an hour before dark, the deer started moving, and I was set up in the woods in a ground blind I’d built using sticks and limbs that I picked up. I was hunting close to a white oak tree on the edge of a field, and the deer were feeding on white oak acorns. This was the only white oak tree in the area, and the only way to get close enough to that tree to make a shot was to build a ground blind.

PSE Archery - Compound Bows

PSE Archery – Compound Bows

I was wearing Mossy Oak Bottom Land, and that pattern really blended in well with the limbs and branches I’d used for my ground blind. I was wearing Scent Lok base layer and had sprayed down with Dead Down Wind odor eliminator. The deer were coming out into the field and then coming to the acorn tree. I had pictures of this big buck on trail cameras, but the problem I had was that he was coming into the field from three different trails. On this day, a big thunderstorm was about an hour away. I thought the deer might feed up ahead of the storm, and that this 160-class buck hopefully would be with the other deer on the field. Forty-five minutes before dark, the buck came out into the field and started feeding about 100 yards away from my blind. He slowly fed my way. Finally, when he was 35 yards from the blind, he turned broadside, feeding with his head down. But when I drew, a huge gust of wind blew my scent directly to him. He raised his head and looked in my direction, before putting his head down and started to graze. When the deer’s head was down, I released the arrow.

I got a double lung shot and the buck only ran about 40 yards before he piled up. Just as I released the shot, the wind blew, and I lost sight of my arrow. However, I saw the buck kick his back legs in the air like a mule kick. Then he bolted and ran before going down. When I checked my deer for the entry point of the broadhead, even with that gust of wind, I was only about 2 inches off from where I was aiming. That’s one of the advantages you have with a Dream Season bow, because it shoots so hard and so fast, I’ve found the wind has little effect on the shot. This buck scored 162 Pope & Young points and some change. I was shooting the Carbon Express Game Tracker broadhead with a Maxima Hunter shaft.

I never hesitate to carry a chair, build a ground blind and shoot from the sitting position when I can’t find a tree stand site from which I want to shoot. Today, I can shoot out to 100 yards from the seated position. I don’t shoot game at that distance, but I do practice that 100-yard shot. I also can shoot fairly accurately from a tree stand at 100 yards. I’m confident I can take animals at 70 yards with my PSE bow, as long as the conditions are right.

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AXE 6 vs Dream Season EVO – Q & A with PSE’s Bobby Vargas

What is the difference between the Axe 6 & Dream Season EVO? Both use the Axe cam & both IBO @ 345fps. Both are the same ATA…But the EVO is alot more expensive….Which is better? To get more information or opinions of PSE bows, go to http://www.facebook.com/OfficialPSEArchery.

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PSE’s Pro Jared “J-Rod” Bloomgren’s Dream Seasons

Jared Bloomgren

Editor’s Note: Jared Bloomgren of Rapid City, South Dakota, a member of the pro staff for “Ultimate Outdoor Adventures,” a local TV show, loves bowhunting for any type of game in North America. Last season, Bloomgren hunted turkeys with the PSE X-Force Axe 6, the X-Force Omen Pro and the X-Force Dream Season EVO. This season, he’ll be hunting with PSE’s X-Force Omen Pro, the X-Force HF and the X-Force GX.

PSE’s Jared “J-Rod” Bloomgren’s Trophy Turkeys and His White-Tailed Buck

Jared, how did you do last turkey season?

Last year, I took the top four turkeys in Safari Club International (SCI) with my bow. Currently, I hold the first, second, third and fourth places for non-typical Merriam’s turkeys taken with a bow for SCI. I took an antelope in South Dakota that scored 83-1/8 inches up and down. I also took a whitetail last year that scored 175-7/8 inches and a mule deer that scored 180 inches. 

Tell us about the white-tailed deer you took.
I’d noticed this buck for the last couple of years in the Black Hills. I had a really hard time finding this deer and didn’t see him until the rut started the first week of November. Finally, I spotted him one day going to his bed with a bunch of does. I put up a stand on the trail he used to go to the bed and planned to take him the next morning when he came out to feed. The does came out first, and he followed. When the buck was at 50 yards, he saw me. I shot, and my arrow went right over the buck’s back. One week later, I was able to spot and stalk that buck, while he was chasing a doe, and he came past me at 18 yards.

How did you get that close to the buck?
Here in the Black Hills, we have a lot of Ponderosa pines, scattered trees and open areas. So, I moved through the trees until I spotted him. I kept inching along, only moving when the buck was moving. I figured out the direction he was traveling, got around in front of him and let the buck come to me. When the buck started moving toward me quickly, I went to full draw before he got within bow range. When the buck reached 20 yards away, I grunted with only my mouth. He was chasing a doe but then stopped at 18 yards, giving me a perfect shot. Most of the shots I take average about 40 yards. So, any shot within 40 yards is almost a guarantee. Because I practice out to 100 yards, the 18 yard shot was a chip shot. My closest pin was set for 20 yards. I was able to aim dead on, and the PSE X-Force Omen Pro delivered the arrow right behind the shoulder of the buck. The good news is that the buck scored 175-7/8 inches. The bad news was that I was hunting on public land 2-1/2 miles away from my truck. Thankfully, I had a game cart. I left the deer where he fell, without following up on him after the shot. I returned to my vehicle to get the game cart. When I returned to the spot where I’d arrowed the buck, I trailed him about 150 yards, loaded him on the game cart and rolled him back to my vehicle.

Jared Bloomgren

Jared Bloomgren Crawls to Take a 83-1/8 Inch Antelope with His PSE X-Force HF

Jared, tell us about the monster antelope you took.
I’d chased this antelope for several years. This past year, I saw him the first part of September and tried to decoy him, but it was a little too early for decoying to work. The day I took this antelope, I spotted him at first light, and 6-1/2 hours later, I was stalking through knee high grass trying to take him at 72 yards. This buck was with 12 other bucks that day.

How did you get in close enough to get a shot with 12 other bucks looking for you?
I did a lot of belly crawling and tried to stay under any contours in the land that would hide me, which were very minimal. I used some scattered sage brush to break up my silhouette when I crawled up the small rises out in the field. I crawled about 1 mile. I’m full time in the Army National Guard, and my soldiering skills have taught me how to crawl without being seen. When I was at 72 yards, I had to study the group to pick out the buck I wanted to shoot. There were several bucks in this herd that were very respectable. Once I knew which buck I planned to take, I waited until all the bucks had their heads down feeding. I used a Nikon RifleHunter 550 Laser Rangefinder to get the exact yardage. Then I rose to my knees, came to full draw, put my 70 yard pin on the buck I wanted to take and aimed just a little high. I released the arrow, and the arrow went through both his lungs. The big antelope ran about 85 yards and then piled up. My PSE X-Force HF had done its work. This antelope scored 83-1/8 inches.

Jared Bloomgren

PSE Pro Jared Bloomgren Takes SCI’s Number One Non-Typical Merriam’s Turkey

Jared, can you explain the Safari Club International (SCI) non-typical category for Merriam’s turkeys?
Non-typical means that the turkey has more than one beard. I didn’t know there was a turkey like this in the area where I hunted. I’d set up a turkey decoy along a travel corridor where I’d seen a good number of turkeys. I also had a ground blind set up. Late in the afternoon, I started calling. Three gobblers answered my call, and as I kept calling, I could hear the turkeys continuing to come closer, while strutting and strumming. I used a Primos Power Crystal Friction Call and an Eastman Smart Air ground blind.

The gobblers came in behind my blind, which wasn’t what I expected. Once I looked out of the back of the blind, there were three gobblers only about 10 yards away. When they came around the blind, I picked out the biggest gobbler and took the shot at 12 yards. When I went over and looked at my turkey, I saw he had three beards. The first beard was just a little short of 10 inches long. The second beard was 6-3/4 inches long. The third beard was 4-1/2 inches long, making him the number one archery kill in the Safari Club International’s non-typical Merriam’s turkey archery category.

Jared Bloomgren

PSE’s Jared Bloomgren’s Monster Mule Deer

Jared, tell us about the big mule deer you took.
I was hunting Wyoming back country and was high up on public land. We were a little over 12 miles in, camping at 10,000 feet. I’d spent the first three days of the hunt scouting and found several spots where big bucks were feeding. The first buck I tried to take was a big non-typical buck and would’ve scored about 220 points on the non-typical Pope & Young scale. However, he gave me the slip when my cameraman made an unexpected move. We went after another buck I’d named Too Tall that we’d spotted while scouting. We moved our camp about 5 miles away to reach another mountain to try to hunt this buck and take him before daylight. We reached our set up before first light and moved up the ridge another 1,500 feet to where that buck had been spotted the previous morning. When we saw him again, he was with two other bucks. Normally, I would come from above a buck to try to take him, because mule deer don’t usually expect a hunter to come from above them. These three bucks moved through a patch of pines on an open faced ridge, and I was able to get to some pines to try to take the shot. I only could get within 50 yards of the buck, but as I was sitting and waiting for a shot opportunity, the bucks decided to turn and head back down the ridge to their bedding area.

When I first ranged the bucks with my range finder, they were 30 yards from me. I decided to take a shot. However, as I prepared to draw the bow, the big buck turned his head and started walking straight toward me, giving me a quartering shot. So, I didn’t want to take that shot. I waited until he turned broadside, before I decided to take the shot. I held my shot until the biggest buck came within 23 yards, and then I released the arrow. When the buck took the arrow, I ranged the spot where he was standing at 23 yards. The buck went running, and I heard him tumble down the mountain. I knew I had made a fatal shot. Once we reached the buck, we field dressed him and then boned out the buck. On the first trip from the mountain, we carried out all the meat, including the head and the cape. After the animal was taken care of, we came back the following day, broke down camp and carried it out. In 2 days, we’d hiked 36 miles, but this fine mule deer buck that scored 186-7/8 inches was definitely worth all my effort. I took that buck with my PSE X-Force GX.

Jared Bloomgren

PSE’s Jared Bloomgren Hunts for Chuckles the Elk

Jared, tell us about the elk you took.
This hunt happened 2 years ago in Wyoming. For a couple of years, my brother had been chasing a big bull in this area with his rifle. I was lucky enough to draw a tag in the same area and thought I’d try my luck at taking this bull. This was another back country high hunt, and the area we hunted had a deep drainage. I hiked in 4-1/2 miles and set up camp. I didn’t know whether the bull had been in this particular drainage that year or not, but I hoped he’d be there. Since this bull never would make a full bugle, we identified him by his bugle. He’d always chuckle at the end of it. Sometimes he’d only chuckle, instead of bugling. We didn’t find Chuckles until the second day of the hunt. Although we never saw him, once we heard him, we tried to move in close enough to take a shot. We moved a couple of times but were unsuccessful. At the same time, we did have another bull only slightly smaller than Chuckles come to within 50 yards of us.

However, that afternoon, on the way out of the area, I stopped by a small open meadow that I’d hunted in the past and took a stand by some small jack pines. I used the Primos Hoochie Mama Cow Elk Call to call a couple of times, and within about 2 minutes, I heard a bull elk’s antlers hitting tree branches as he approached. When he stepped out of the dark timber at 120 yards, I had no idea that this was Chuckles. As I watched him, he started coming across the meadow and stopped at 88 yards. He took in a deep breath, let out a bugle and then started to chuckle. I knew then that this was Chuckles. He kept coming right to the jack pine where I was sitting, and when he was at about 20 yards, he bugled again. For a minute, I thought he would come to that jack pine and start raking his antlers right in front of me. I was behind only a little pine, that was so close to Chuckles that I knew he’d see me if I drew my PSE X-Force HF bow. With the next step he took, I would have to come to full draw. When I did, Chuckles turned sideways and gave me a broadside shot at 18 yards. I made a double lunged shot, and the bull took off running. I started cow calling. The bull stopped at 65 yards, turned, looked back, tried to bugle again and tipped over right there. That bull scored 372-5/8 inches.

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