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IT’S CRITICALLY important to continue the tuning process by installing and then shooting the broadheads with which you expect to hunt. The field tips may be flying to the point of aim but the broadhead may not, and this is especially true when using fixed blade broadheads.

be damaged or bent slightly. It’s critically important to continue the tuning process by installing and then shooting the broadheads with which you expect to hunt. The field tips may be flying to the point of aim but the broadhead may not, and this is especially true when using fixed blade broadheads. To get the broadhead to impact the target the same place as the field tip, move the arrow rest one graduation at a time in the direction you want the arrow to go. Be sure to move the rest in very small increments because you don’t want to overcorrect. I’ve found a mechanical broadhead, such as the popular Rage head, flies very close to where my field tip impacts the target and, for me at least with my set up, I’ve found no need to adjust anything. My shots at deer are usually less than 20 yards, but if longer shots are anticipated it might be wise to make any necessary small adjustment. The same holds true for many fixed blade heads, such as the Ram Cat, Tru-Fire T1, Grizztrick 2 or the Carbon Tuner by Innerloc. These short ferrule, fixed blade heads are very accurate and fly close to where my field tips impact, so only a slight adjustment may be necessary to get them to hit where the field tips do at longer ranges. Another important thing to consider and something of which many shooters fail to take into account when tuning arrows is the percentage of the Front of Center (FOC) balance point. This percentage of forward arrow weight is critical when longer range shots are expected. The basic definition of FOC is the percent difference between the physical midpoint of the arrow and the arrow’s balance point compared to

its total length. The concept of FOC is best understood in terms of a paper airplane. To make the plane fly efficiently, weight needs to be added to the tip. With the additional weight, the paper airplane flies farther and straighter than without it. Anyone who’s ever thrown a dart knows darts are heavily weighted toward the front to make them fly true, and this principle applies to arrows as well. To achieve maximum penetration on game and perfect accuracy, arrows need to be weighted toward the front of the shaft. Some manufacturers like Carbon Express boost their arrow FOC by offering a dual spine/weight forward design in their premium hunting shafts. To determine your arrow’s FOC take an arrow with hunting tip installed and measure the length of the arrow from the valley of the nock to the cut off point and then measure and mark the exact center of the arrow. The next step is to find the balance point of the arrow by balancing it on a sharp edge and then marking it. Finally, measure between these two marks and divide by the overall length of the arrow. Move the decimal of the resulting number two spaces to the right and you will have the percentage of your arrow’s FOC. To make this calculation even easier there are several websites available that



Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013
Contents
Bob Mitchell Retires
Whitetail Predation
The Important Things I Learned at Camp
Weather Weenies
The Charade
The 7,658-Mile Deer
Late Season Rabbit
The Empty Seat
License Your Dog — It’s the Law
Redefining Success
A Miss in Time
Mixed Emotions
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Bob Mitchell Retires
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 3
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Whitetail Predation
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Important Things I Learned at Camp
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Weather Weenies
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Charade
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The 7,658-Mile Deer
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Late Season Rabbit
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Empty Seat
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - License Your Dog — It’s the Law
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Redefining Success
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - A Miss in Time
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Mixed Emotions
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - BB1
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - BB2
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Cover4
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