Outdoors

With the opening day of archery season about three weeks away, hunters are putting the finishing touches on their equipment and fine tuning setups.

It never ceases to amaze me just how fast opening day comes around. Maybe it’s my age, but no matter the reason, we owe it to the game we pursue to make sure we can make a good, clean shot.

From making sure the batteries in your rangefinder are fresh, to setting stands, to working on getting your clothes scent free, the list can be endless. That is why I developed a list – yes, I’m a list guy. Whether it’s a ”honey-do” list that Miss Cindy makes for me or a going-away list or my opening day lists, I will write down and fine tune my list all the time.

One of the things on my list this past summer was making a few changes to my Ross bow.

Setting up a bow is a passion for me, Maybe it’s because I love hunting with a stick and string, but changing up and messing with my bow is fun for me. Knowing that I have set up my own bow and then to go out and kill something with it is an added bonus.

Picking out all the proper accessories can be a bit overwhelming and expensive, but I prefer to use the KISS method of setting up bows.

One thing I wanted to do this summer was add a new rest and I picked out a new Whisker Biscuit. I have shot a drop-away rest for a few years and find them easy to work with and to tune. Having never had the opportunity to shoot the Whisker Biscuit, I figured that it would be a good thing to mess around with it over the summer. So far I am happy with the results and look forward to putting it through its paces this season.

I have shot TruGlow sights on every bow I have ever owned and find them easiest to use and work with. So for my money I stay with what has worked for me for decades. There are a bunch of great bow sights on the market, but again I like a basic TruGlow pin sight.

Finishing off my basic setup is a kisser button. Over the years I have used just about every string rear bow sight on the market, but I always go back to the tried-and-true kisser button.

Now that everything is on the bow, it’s time to fine tune the setup. Before we get into the nuts and bolts, I need to mention that it’s best to lock all bolts that attach to your bow. While the newer bows are fast, they do have some vibration. This of course can be fixed with a couple vibration reducers on either of the bow’s limbs or on the string.

Make sure your sight and rest are attached properly and not going to move. This will make the job sighting in your bow much easier and consistent.

After I got everything in place and made my adjustment, I set out to paper tune the bow. While some folks will skip this step, it’s not a wise move. There is much written and shown about paper tuning and it is fairly easy to do, but if you’re not confident there are several great archery shops in the area that will help you.

Once you have gotten your bow paper tuned, it’s time to spend some time with your bow and start shooting. One of the mistakes I see folks make every year is they stop shooting their bow after the season starts. This is a huge error. Continue practicing with your bow throughout the season. When the buck of a lifetime steps in front of you and you draw your bow it all will be second nature and you will have the confidence to make a good clean shot.