Hitting the Targets Hard
It’s the time of year where most archers are hitting the targets hard. Bows ought to be tuned up and ready to roll. At Muley Freak we try to shoot everyday, even if it has to be in the office. This means hundreds of arrows are running through our Prime bows and into our Rinehart 3-d targets. A common thought with archery hunters is that archery equipment take the biggest beating during the hunt. At Muley Freak we think this time of year is just as hard on archery equipment, maybe even more so. Think about it. How often does your bow get shot during the hunts? If your lucky only once at that buck or bull, if you’re not so lucky maybe a few more times or none at all. Compare that to the couple of months leading up to archery season as you try to get everything shooting just perfect. For many of us archers we are putting hundreds of arrows through the bow getting tuned up and sighted in which means there is the potential for wear and tear by volume of use.
You’ve likely spent the last few weeks or months walk back tuning, paper tuning, and moving the sight and rest around, etc…until it’s just right. So have we. A lot of our archer buddies wait until after the hunts to run through a few bow maintenance routines when they put their bows to rest. That’s a great habit to get into but we have learned through experience that there’s some maintenance no-brainers prior to the hunt that will divert disaster in the backcountry. Here’s our top five common sense, easy to forget, but critically important pre-hunt bow maintenance tips.
- Check That String. I know it sounds almost child-like but it often gets forgotten in the moments before the hunt begins. It’s usually the first thing we do when we pick up the bow at the beginning of the year but not always on the brain right before the hunts begin. Remember strings and cables fray and strands break eventually. It’d be a bad day if it happened on the mountain. Keep it waxed and check the serving. If the servings become separated get them fixed. The serving protects the string at pressure points and if separated or worn it isn’t protecting the string effectively. If there is fraying or strands broke get it to your bow shop and have it checked out. A string that breaks while drawing can be a serious safety issue.
- Check and Tighten All Those Bolts. Your bow, cams, sight, rest, quiver, stabilizer, and even your release all have bolts that can come loose through use. If your like us you may forget sometimes to tighten them after making adjustments. It has been surprising to us at Muley Freak how often bolts can shake loose or we forget to tighten them back down.
- Clean and Lubricate Those Moving Parts. Your bow, sight, and rest have several moving parts that can get dirty and possibly seize up. Lubricating also keeps things moving easier and smoother. Nothing better then a smooth moving parts. Also make sure to use lubricant made for archery.
- Look at Your D-loop and Rest Cable. This is a step that became very clear to us recently. While at an archery shoot one of our d-loops became worn enough that while drawing back it sent an arrow into the brush up on a mountain side when it unexpectedly gave out. The cable coming from your rest also can fray and break. Drawing back on that big buck and not having your rest work would be a horrible day.
- Finally, Shoot Shoot Shoot! Once you go through these steps give yourself time to shoot so your confident that everything is still in tune and shooting where you aim.
No-Brainers to Non-Brainers
Now we realize that the pre-season bow maintenance and tuning list could go on forever like a hot summer day in a ground blind. These are just a few tips we have learned over the course of time that are such no-brainers they usually become non-brainers in the pre-season, meaning they are forgotten until after the season is over and it’s time to hang the bow up for a bit. Don’t be that guy whose bow string is in such bad shape your afraid to draw or a bolt falls out of your sight on the mountain. Best of luck to all those MULEY FREAKS in the coming weeks!
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