Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Archery Range Meetups and Keeping Your Cool

New bow hunters are usually quick learners and they simply need guidance and encouragement.  I encourage anyone and everyone to come out and shoot. It brings out the best in us and some friendly competition is good for you!

Just a few weeks ago, I got a message from a young gentleman I met at one of my seminars at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. He wanted to see if I wanted to get together to shoot sometime. I told him, 'Sure!' We met up at the local range to not only practice, but get to know one another a bit. Another time, another seminar attendee brought his dad out to shoot. His dad is just starting out, but he did the right thing and shot many bows before choosing the one that fit him the best. We shot many rounds and had a great time getting to know one another. Plus, his dad nearly out shot us at the end of the day! That is some of the best time you can have. Practice as often as you can and invite your friends! Make it a friendly competition and see who can hit the smallest target at a distance. You may not be the best, but it will make you focus more. Also, bring your own target to the range. Typically, straw bales are not meant to withstand high powered compound bows and the arrows will embed in the rubber backstops. You'll thank me later. 

There can be a downside to shooting around many people and that is dealing with "that bow hunter" at the range. It can ruin a target session if you let it. You know the guy. He's been bow hunting for years, shoots deer at 140 yards with his recurve, and looks at your compound and says it's not set up properly (I kid you not, these were all said to me recently). What do you do? My response was to simply put on a smile and have a conversation. Try not to get defensive, but have some fun with the person. Recently, I had the pleasure of talking with such a gentleman at our local range. The banter was truly comical for a nearly ten minutes, until he reached for my bow and claimed it was set up improperly. Normally, it wouldn't bother me, but I was trying to help a new bow hunter shooting properly. Instead of getting overly upset, I pointed to the four arrows buried in the 4" circle of my Rinehart target 30 yards away. 'It seems to be working just fine for me,' I said. He wasn't amused, but smiled and abruptly left. It truly bothers me when other archers or bow hunters claim to be experts and start telling you what you are doing wrong or how your equipment should be set up. I keep to myself unless asked or I see someone doing something dangerous that can hurt themselves or someone else. I encourage you to do the same.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Introducing the Remington 870 Triggersafe!

Firearm safety is a topic of discussion everywhere I go. Whether it be at a Bass Pro Shops seminar, an NRA fundraiser, or online forum, the people I chat with all bring it up and have stories to go along with their comments. Accidents happen and that is why I continue to promote firearm safety. We all expect the person at the range next to us to be safe with their firearm. I've talked about Triggersafe at the Anteris Alliance Try & Buy and now it's time we talk about them again. They are stepping up their game, in a great way.

The Triggersafe on my AR-15 works great in making sure there isn't an accidental discharge. It protects the trigger from my finger getting in there and it also protects it from a twig, article of clothing, etc. How many of you own a Remington 870? Probably a good many of you! Hunting with an 870 is fun, exciting, and it is a great firearm to enjoy. Allow me to be the first (outside of the Triggersafe IG and FB pages) to introduce the Remington 870 Triggersafe (Patent Pending)! It is being developed in fluorescent orange and will be available sometime in June 2018. MSRP should be right around $9.00 per unit. Triggersafe will be taking discounted pre-orders in a few weeks as they roll out additional announcements. 

Do you guys have any questions for the folks at Triggersafe? Any comments? This is an open invite to hear what you guys have to say.

Great news! Triggersafe has offered a 15% off discount code for the AR15 version to my readers. Simply go to and at checkout put in discount code "SOCALBOWHUNTER" when asked for discount codes.