Other authors in this special Bowhunt America Summer Buyer’s Guide have thoroughly investigated such important product categories as expandable broadheads, practice targets, stabilizers, scouting cameras and short fletching. But there are numerous other items that can make you more successful in the field. The right gear can make the difference between bringing home the bacon (or venison or elk or turkey...) and eating tag soup. It can make you more confident and make your time afield more comfortable. It can make you a better bowhunter. 54 | BOWHUNT AMERICA Take a few minutes to review these must-have items. Then visit your favorite dealer to learn more and try them out. Looking for a new quiver this year? Check out Elite Archery’s new quiver line. Elite quivers are available in both one- and two-piece models. The Elite One-Piece Quiver features a five-arrow capacity, an extremely lightweight design and a removable foam insert. Elite partnered with Treelimb Products on the Tension Lock Mounting System, and the OnePiece Quiver mounts on your bow’s riser and not on your sight. Available in Realtree AP, Realtree Max-1 or black, the Elite Quiver works with both fixed-blade or expandable broadheads. For more information, see your dealer or log onto elitearchery.com. In a nutshell, the Mathews Z7 is excitement, performance and innovation. With a new-look Grid Lock riser, improved SlimFit Inline Grip, innovative Reverse Assist Roller Guard, SphereLock Pivoting Limb Cup System, String Grubs, Dead End String Stop, String Suppressors, new Monkey Tails Silencers, Harmonic Damping System, Harmonic Stabilizer, parallel-limb design, Z7 Solocam System and more, the new Z7 is quite possibly the finest hunting bow that Mathews has ever produced. For more information, see your dealer or log onto mathewsinc.com. Inspired by US military technology for rapid target- and aiming-point acquisition, the Tactical Archery Systems SABO (Superimposed Ambient Ballistic Optic) delivers superimposed aiming dots generated by natural light gathered through fiber optics. There are no electronics whatsoever in this sight, making it legal everywhere. The dots are projected into a concave lens with a special coating. This magnifies the fiber intensity and generates the superimposed holographic dot images into the archer’s heads-up sight picture. Regardless of the angle that the dots are viewed from, they will always show the arrow alignment with the impact point, eliminating the need for a peep sight. Just aim and shoot. For more information, see your dealer or log onto tacticalarcherysystems.com. If you prefer a fixed-blade broadhead to an expandable, you can’t go wrong with the Carbon Express Tri-Loc Pro. This three-blade broadhead features a three-point locking system for guaranteed blade retention. The Tri-Loc Pro has a cutting diameter of 1.125 inches and weighs 100 grains. For more information, see your dealer or log onto carbonexpressarrows.com. The S4Gear Sidewinder Retractable Tether is the perfect way to keep your rangefinder, GPS unit, cell phone, water bottle or bear spray readily available. The Sidewinder attaches to your belt, your pack’s shoulder straps, traditional binocular straps or, by using the included Velcro strap, to your arm or leg, ensuring that critical gear is right where you need it. A thermal plastic over-molded cover absorbs noise from contact with other objects while the Teflon skid plates make this tether system super quiet. The 36-inch cable features high-tensile strength and a wide range of motion. For more information, see your dealer or log onto s4gear.com. Among the hottest new index-finger releases for 2010 is the amazing Hot Shot Infinity. The Infinity uses a new cutting-edge Lever-Link trigger mechanism that is crisper and has less trigger creep than ever before. Its Cat’s Eye hook design ensures a speedy hookup in the heat of battle. The Hot Shot Infinity is available with either magnetic closure, Carbon Express Tri-Loc Pro standard buckle or a Velcro strap. For more information, see your dealer or log onto hotshotmanufacturing.com. Copper John has introduced the third generation of the tried-and-true Dead Nuts sight lineup, and typical of that third-generation redesign is the new Copper John Dead Nuts Mark I sight. It features precision CNCmachined components, zero-gap pins with extra-tough fiber optics, laserengraved adjustment marks, bright orange pin guard highlight, third-axis adjustable bubble level and optional micro-adjustability. The Mark I has everything a bowhunter needs in a sight without breaking the bank. For more information, see your dealer or log onto copperjohn.com. The 2010 Maxxis 31, Hoyt’s premier hunting compound, is really something special. It’s smooth drawing, power packed and accuracy oriented from end to end. Few bows shoot as well as the new Hoyt Maxxis 31. The XTS Arc Limb System was designed to eliminate vibration, and the In-Line Roller Cable Guard increases speed and improves efficiency. The Maxxis also features Hoyt’s Tec Lite riser, XTR Cam & ½ Performance System and the comfortable Iso Grip. For more information, see your dealer or log onto hoyt.com. Your bow won’t perform its best without a quality bowstring, and an exceptional bowstring is the BCY DynaFLIGHT 10. DynaFLIGHT 10 string is composed entirely of SK 78 Dyneema. This means it has the lowest creep of all Dyneema bowstrings. High strength, durability and abrasion resistance make this new string a S4Gear Sidewinder Retractable Tether Elite One-Piece Quiver Mathews Z7 Tactical Archery Systems SABO Hot Shot Infinity Summer Buyer’s Guide 2010 | 55 Copper John Dead Nuts Mark I Hoyt Maxxis 31 BCY DynaFLIGHT 10 Woodsman Elite 56 | BOWHUNT AMERICA worthy addition to any bow setup. DynaFLIGHT 10 string comes in a wide range of colors. For more information, see your dealer or log onto bcyfibers.com. If you demand a higher level of durability in your broadhead, look no further than the Woodsman Elite broadhead from 3Rivers Archery. The Woodsman Elite is machined from a solid piece of tool-grade steel. Its Pyramid tip provides bone-smashing strength, and the Teflon-coated blades provide deep-seated penetration into flesh and bone. The blades are heattreated to 50 on a Rockwell hardness scale and can be re-sharpened in the field with ease. This strong and deadly broadhead has a 1-inch cutting diameter and is backed up by a lifetime guarantee. For more information, see your dealer or log onto woodsman.com. The innovative new Pine Ridge Ground Blind Camera Mount lets you easily record your hunts from inside your ground blind. Less cumbersome and lighter than a tripod, the space-saving Ground Blind Camera Mount weighs just 2.25 pounds and lets you film from any window. Filming your hunt allows you to capture every thrilling moment, and after the shot you’ll be able to rewind to see exactly where your arrow hit. If you hunt from a ground blind or elevated bow blind, the Ground Blind Camera Mount is a must. For more information, see your dealer or log onto pineridgearchery.com. If you’d like to eke extra speed out of your current bow, take a look at the Moon Archery Speed Grip. The 1-inch Speed Grip increases your draw length, adding speed while you keep your natural draw length. Because the Speed Grip also decreases torque, you’ll see your accuracy improve as well. Speed Grip models are available for PSE, Mathews and Parker bow Pine Ridge Ground Blind Camera Mount Moon Archery Speed Grip AMS Junior Hawk Winner’s Choice Weather Tamer String Care Kit Compound Bow Peep Eliminator Allied Archery A.M.G. AirForce GT20 Smart Shafts models. For more information, see your dealer or log onto moonarcheryproducts.com. Bowfishing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and keep your shooting skills sharp between seasons. Get the whole family involved with the AMS line of bowfishing bows. The new-for-2010 AMS Junior Hawk is perfect for youth of all ages as the draw length can be set anywhere from 15 to 30 inches. Draw weight is easily adjustable from 10 to 20 pounds, and zero letoff makes snap shooting easy. The Junior Hawk sports an attractive Mothwing Camo, fiber-reinforced composite limbs and a molded grip ideal for small hands. For more information, see your dealer or log onto amsbowfishing.com. Proper maintenance is critical to ensuring long bowstring life, and one of the best ways to maintain your bowstring is to use the Winner’s Choice Weather Tamer String Care Kit. Featuring Winner’s Choice revolutionary Weatherlock Technology, this kit fully waterproofs your bowstring and protects it from even the harshest elements. The Weather Tamer string treatment lubricates your string and guards against wear. Cleaning cloths are included to make for easy application. For more information, see your dealer or log onto winnerschoicestrings.com. Frustrated with your peep sight? Try the Compound Bow Rifle Alignment Sight Peep Eliminator, which works like a rear rifle sight. Because you don’t need a peep sight or even an anchor point to shoot accurately with the Peep Eliminator, you can shoot from any angle or any position. As long as you can see the appropriate pin in the center of the V-notch and on the target, you’re ready to shoot. The Peep Eliminator works especially well in low-light conditions. For more information, see your dealer or log onto peepeliminator.com. Everyone agrees that for optimal accuracy, the balance point of an arrow should be forward of the arrow’s center. However, most of today’s carbon arrow shafts are parallel tubes whose balance point is in the middle of the shaft. Add vanes and a lightweight broadhead, and the balance point of your arrow has shifted rearward. The A.M.G. AirForce GT20 Smart Shafts from Allied Archery are not parallel tubes, however. The diameter of these carbon arrow shafts tapers along the back two-thirds of the arrow. This naturally moves the balance point of the arrow forward for better arrow flight and improved accuracy. For more information, see your dealer or call (734) 529-5269. Jim Fletcher Insider Jim Fletcher is known for quality releases, and the 2010 Insider is no exception. The Insider is a loop-only release that resests after each shot. The smooth roller system restricts trigger travel, and the forward trigger helps gain back lost draw length. The trigger adjusts from heavy to extremely light, and the hook releases the loop cleanly for a smooth, consistent shot. The Insider is available with a leather buckle strap or a nylon strap with Velcro closure. For more information, see your dealer or log onto fletcherarchery.com. The Tree Stand Buddy, a universal hang-on stand bracket, provides for quick, safe and simplified treestand set-up. By speeding up installation and takedown, the Tree Stand Buddy makes it more convenient to take your stand home with you every night, safeguarding your stand from the weather and from thieves and making it easy for you to Summer Buyer’s Guide 2010 | 57 Tree Stand Buddy Kifaru Doobie TightSpot Quiver properly inspect your stand for safety after each use. The Tree Stand Buddy also eliminates stand wobble so you’ll feel more secure in your stand. Install multiple Tree Stand Buddy brackets for added stand locations. For more information, see your dealer or log onto treestandbuddy.com. Plenty of bowquivers are flimsy, noisy and completely throw the balance of your bow out the window. The TightSpot Quiver is different. 58 | BOWHUNT AMERICA It’s been specifically designed to address every one of those problems. There’s 18 inches between the TightSpot hood and the gripper to dramatically reduce arrow vibration at the shot. The gripper is adjustable to securely hold any size arrow and fanned to eliminate fletching rattle. The TightSpot is also infinitely adjustable up, down, forward, backward and in and out so that you can fine-tune the position of your arrows to perfectly balance your bow for the best shot possible. For more information, see your dealer or log onto tightspotquiver.com. Ultralight, water resistant and very warm, the state-of-the-art Kifaru Doobie is a high-tech emergency blanket that can also serve as a bag liner or a ground cloth. Deceptively thin and just over 2 pounds, the Doobie packs down to about the size of a pair of socks and tucks into any daypack for convenient protection. For warmer hunts, the Doobie lets you ditch your sleeping bag altogether and hunt with just a bivy rig. Climashield insulation with continuous filaments provide superior durability and thermal efficiency. The Doobie features Kifaru’s innovative RhinoSkin to keep you warm and dry no matter what BowTech Destroyer 340 Day One 8-Pocket Pack APA Black Mamba 6.5 weather you encounter. For more information, see your dealer or log onto kifaru.net. The impressive new BowTech Destroyer 340 is feature laden, power packed and shooter friendly. Crucial to the Destroyer are an Overdrive Binary Dual Cam System, HardCore Limbs and an avant-garde FLXGuard cable-containment system. That groundbreaking FLX-Guard addresses the tune-robbing effects of extreme cable tension by flexing inward as the bow is drawn to reduce cable-guard torque to the riser. The BowTech Destroyer is clearly one of the most advanced compound bows ever offered. For more information, please see your dealer or log onto bowtecharchery.com. Known for simply marvelous custom bowhunting clothing, Day One Camouflage also offers a terrific, lightweight, ultra-quiet bowhunting backpack. The Day One 8-Pocket Day Pack is available in a variety of bowhunter-friendly fabrics, including fleece, saddlecloth, bucksuede and even wool. Each shoulder strap is fleece-covered for silence, and there’s a waterproof liner under the top cover. With 1,800-plus cubic inches of space, this stealthy bowhunting pack will prove useful while in a treestand or scouting around on day hikes. For more information, see your dealer or log onto dayonecamouflage.com. The APA Black Mamba 6.5 is one of the most innovative, featurepacked bows on the market today. The Black Mamba’s 6.5-inch brace height makes this one seriously fast bow. APA’s Bow Carrying System is Predators View Peep Sight Summer Buyer’s Guide 2010 | 59 Elite Judge Archery Innovations Anchor Sight Bow Trainer QAD Ultra-Rest HD Bone Collector 60 | BOWHUNT AMERICA incorporated right into the riser, as is a unique “fang” located near the top of the riser that allows you to hang your bow almost anywhere. There is a nock wrench, broadhead wrench, carbide sharpener and Cam Lock below the bow’s grip as part of the APA Tool Center. The Cam Lock lets you change the Mamba’s strings and cables without a bow press. For more information see your dealer or log onto apaarchery.com. Because the unique shape of the Predators View Peep Sight allows more natural light to reach your eye than other peep sights, you’ll have a visual advantage in low-light conditions. The Predators View provides you with a full picture of your sight window and allows for vertical alignment of your sight pins. The durable Predators View is constructed from 6061 aluminum with a hard-coat finish and will not clog in rain or snow. For more information, see your dealer or log onto predatorsviewpeepsight.com. The 2010 Elite Judge is yet another example of the fast, highperformance bows Elite Archery has become known for. With an aggressive Rev Cam system and a 6-inch brace height, the Judge rips arrows at speeds of up to 347 fps while also featuring a smooth draw. A cushioned string stop and LimbSaver dampeners make for a quiet shot. And Elite is so confident about the fully transferable quality of its bows that it offers a lifetime warranty. For more information, see your dealer or log onto elitearchery.com. Want to get rid of your peep sight and still shoot more accurately than before? Try the Anchor Sight from Archery Innovations. When you look into the Anchor Sight, you’ll see a red circle, a dot and several dashes printed on a glow disc. This display quickly reveals the angle of your bow, allowing you to immediately correct problems with bow Wildgame Innovations Acorn Rage Drop-N-Block PSE X-Force Axe 6 Mathews Focus Grip Extreme H.D. Series torque and shooting form. The Anchor Sight also promotes fast target acquisition and improves your ability to take shots in low-light conditions, extending your hunting time. This innovative device boosts accuracy and confidence, increasing your chances of connecting on that critical shot. For more information, see your dealer or log onto archeryinnovations.com. There are few archers who wouldn’t benefit from additional practice, improved form and greater strength. Those things are now easy to come by with the new Bow Trainer. This unique training tool encourages extra practice by allowing you to train practically anywhere. A detailed online training program helps ensure your success. For more information, see your dealer or log onto bow-trainer.com. The Quality Archery Design Ultra-Rest HD Bone Collector utilizes the velocity of the forward movement, via the timing cord attached to the bow’s downward buss cable, to initiate the launcher to drop.Velocity Drop-Away Technology (VDT) integrated into this rest ensures that the Ultra-Rest remains in the cocked position even during a slow letdown and will only drop if the bow is fired. Lock-Down Technology, a patented cam/brake feature, eliminates arrow rest bounceback for total fletching clearance. For more information, see your dealer or log onto qadinc.com. Falling acorns are music to a whitetail’s ears, and now you can guarantee acorns will be falling exactly when and where you want them to. The revolutionary new Acorn Rage Drop-N-Block from Wildgame Innovations is a time-released hanging block that drops real acorns. Hang the Acorn Rage Drop-N-Block in front of a scouting camera or in a clear shooting lane to make the most of this powerful Summer Buyer’s Guide 2010 | 61 Toxonics Wrangler Quest Primal MidAtlantic Tri-Van Multi-Adjust Pro 62 | BOWHUNT AMERICA deer attractant. For more information, see your dealer or log onto wildgameinnovations.com. The PSE X-Force was one the fastest and most effective hunting bows ever produced. For 2010, PSE improves on that high-performance design with the PSE X-Force Axe 6. The Axe 6 delivers all that arrow speed with convenient adjustability. The Axe Inner Cam System offers a full 6 inches of draw-length adjustability in half-inch increments without modules and without the use of a bow press. Massively pre-loaded limbs, slim low-torque grip,Vibracheck Backstop, America’s Best Bowstrings and multiple sight-mounting holes all make the X-Force Axe 6 a bow to reckon with. For more information, see your Octane Backbone Strings dealer or log onto pse-archery.com. Sometimes the smallest parts of your bow setup can make the most substantial improvements in accuracy. The new Mathews Focus Grip is one such part. By utilizing pressure-concentrating technology, the new Focus Grip provides for more forgiving hand placement. A typical flat-top grip forces pressure to the outside edge, but the Focus Grip has a colorful Focus Ridge that keeps the hand centered and minimizes torque. Choose your Focus Grip with one of eight colored Focus Ridges. For more information, see your delaer or log onto mathewsinc.com. Extreme Archery has been licensed by Mathews to manufacture a new H.D. series of bow sights for 2010. That means many of the models in Extreme’s high-quality sight lineup will be offered with the optimal vibration-damping qualities of Mathews Harmonic Dampers. Extreme H.D. sights will have a Harmonic Damper integrated right into the housing and be available a number of finishes including Mathews Lost Camo. Models are also available with either a fixed-plate or an 8-inch dovetail mount and with either tool-less or tool-less micro-drive adjustments for the windage and elevation. For more information, see your dealer or log onto extremearchery.com. The Quest Primal has it all— great looks and incredible performance. The Primal features a patent-pending I-Glide Cable Guard System, an adjustable String Suppression System, innovative Speed Studs for enhanced bowstring acceleration and peep-alignment adjustment, Bowjax Limb Silencers, a forged and machined-aluminum riser, a two-piece laminated-wood grip and a Twin Track SYNC Modular Cam System with adjustable draw stop. The bow’s GFade fusion of camo limbs, limb pockets and the top and bottom of the riser with a black riser center section is simply stunning. For more information, see your dealer or log onto questbowhunting.com. The MidAtlantic Tri-Van Multi-Adjust Pro arrow rest features three small contact points, resembling tiny toothbrushes, that hold your arrow securely throughout the draw cycle. At the shot, the support arms retract into the rest for perfect friction-free flight. The Tri-Van’s Vanishing Arm Technology allows for faster arrow speeds and complete fletching clearance. For more information, please see your dealer or log onto midatlanticarchery.com. The new Toxonics Wrangler features ultra-durable half-moon-shaped Metal-optic pins that protect the fiber optics from hard knocks in the field. The Wrangler has polymer fibers that will resist cracking and stretch up to 30 percent before breaking, making it virtually snag-proof. A single piece of solid steel comprises the housing, and the sight comes with multiple lighting options. A Wrangler model with a Harmonic Damper is also offered. The Wrangler is available at a very reasonable price. For more information, see your dealer or log onto toxonics.com. New from Octane are Backbone Strings. These handmade strings are constructed with 22 strands of a proprietary blend of BCY 452 GX featuring Gore Performance Fibers for a smooth shot. A special twisting method consistently puts the same amount of twist along the entire length of the string, preventing strand separation, enhancing tensile strength and helping to eliminate peep rotation. Backbone Strings are pre-stretched to eliminate creep, and each string is precisely wound and digitally verified to within .010 in length. Backbone Strings come with a two-year warranty. For more information, see your dealer or log onto fuelthehunt.com. Want to increase your bowhunting success rate and make your time in the field more enjoyable? This must-have gear can help. D zbI Copyright © 2010 Zebra Publishing Inc. Reproduced & posted with permission of Zebra Publishing Inc., publishers of Inside Archery and Bowhunt America magazines. 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