Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 58

This shooting fundamental is so important, New Archery Products includes a sticker with each package of its Nightmare broadheads that says, “stay calm and pick a spot,” and to that I add, follow through. For the record, I’m not implying that hunters should reinvent their shooting form, but rather, that they should always be conscious of this 3-prong approach to good shooting no matter if they are in the woods or on the range. Another reason for missing a shot when the chips are down is poor arrow flight. The most common cause of poor arrow flight is fletching making contact with the arrow rest or some part of a hunter’s clothing. Fortunately, this problem is easy to cure. Nothing has reduced fletching clearance problems more than modern drop-away arrow rests. There are many high quality drop-away rests on the market, and anyone not using one might want to stop into the local pro shop to discuss their merits with the shop owner. There are a lot of bowhunters who like the idea of using a “full capture” rest for hunting, because their arrow is securely held in place and can’t fall off the rest. With a full capture rest, a hunter can stalk deer on the ground with an arrow in place, ready to shoot. However, a full capture rest may prove to be not as forgiving as a drop-away rest, because the arrow remains in contact with the rest until it passes completely through. While exceptional accuracy can be achieved using a full capture rest, the follow-through must be perfect, because any movement of the bow arm while the arrow is passing through the rest may result in a less accurate shot. Fletching making contact with hunters’ clothing can cause poor flying arrows as well, but this problem is also easily cured. Wearing an armguard, especially with bulky clothing, will eliminate clothing interference and increase accuracy. With the increased use of carbon arrows by bowhunters, fletching contact has become less of an issue, because the current trend 58 is toward using smaller vanes or feathers to fletch arrows. Bohning’s Blazer vanes, NAP’s Twister and QuickSpin, along with VaneTech’s Max vanes are only two inches long, but provide maximum steering and durability with minimum noise. Other manufacturers offer these smaller vanes as well, and they work. Gateway Feathers has even gotten on the “less is more” bandwagon by coming out with their 2-inch RaZer line of premium feather fletch for those who prefer using this fletching material. There is a law of statistics that says if something can happen, given enough time, it will happen. If you’ve never seen what happens to a bow and arrow after a shot, go to youtube.com and type in “slow motion bow shooting.” The videos posted on this website showing slow motion arrow flight and what happens to a bow after the shot is an eye opener. When an arrow is released, the amount of vibration in the string, cable and even the bow riser is astounding. Given that information, it’s no wonder things shake loose. Screws holding the sight, rest or quiver are often the first to be affected by bow vibration. This is why it is important to adequately torque down the screws holding any equipment attached to the bow. Failure to do so will result in something going wrong just when a deer appears and the season’s outcome is on the line. Diligent practice sessions, especially during the season, are important, but shooting takes its toll. Sight settings can work loose, arrow rests can slide in or out and things can rattle. Just before the season begins and throughout the ensuing weeks, be sure to check all the screws holding things in place. It might make a difference when the perfect shooting opportunity comes along. Shooting form and equipment maintenance are an important part of bowhunting, but they’re not the only important part. In my opinion, good woodsmanship plays a significant part in GAME NEWS
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Contents
Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Double Eagle
Life & Times of the Whitetail
What is Public Access?
Fulfilling a Dream
Wild Goose Chase
Hunter Education Celebrates 50
The Old Beech Tree
Handguns for Bushytails
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Trapper’s Tips
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Double Eagle
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - What is Public Access?
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fulfilling a Dream
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Wild Goose Chase
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunter Education Celebrates 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Old Beech Tree
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Handguns for Bushytails
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Trapper’s Tips
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - BB1
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Cover4
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