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    What fletching colors and why

    I'm convinced that deer are very sensitive to blue, likely as a way to distinguish among all the shades of green in their environment. They browse selectively, and the shades of green vary among plants. Those shades of green result from blends of blue and yellow. When a plant dies, it loses the...
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    My tree saddle helped me derail my bow tonight

    Here's one I didn't see coming, but am sharing so others can avoid my mistake. I had a bear walk into my shooting lane tonight. As I came to full draw, he walked behind a small sapling and sat down, facing away from me. I held at full draw for a while, expecting him to move, but eventually I...
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    Let's talk Flashlights for blood trailing

    Just ordered this headlamp. Less expensive option ($35 to $40) with a little lower lumen output. Gives 600 lumens for about one minute on "turbo" setting, if you use 14500 Li ion rechargeable. Will also use AA, but turbo isnt as bright. Will update the post after I've tried it on a blood...
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    Cheap Stuff that Gets the Job Done

    Gerber is an Oregon, USA, company, but I don't know where their STL knife is made. Rapala is a Finnish company, I think. Again, not sure where their light, wood-handled fillet knives are made.
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    Cheap Stuff that Gets the Job Done

    Gerber STL 2.0 folding knife. $12 - $15. Super slim little drop-point folding knife. 3 inches long closed, 2 inch blade, really good steel that sharpens well and holds an edge. Clever minimalist locking mechanism. I carry mine every day and never notice it in my pocket because its only 1/4...
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    Arrow setup to break heavy bone

    I don't intentionally aim for shoulder blades, but I've hit them. Over the years, my arrows have also encountered leg bones, ribs, and once I hit a skull. I do practice a lot, and can produce fine groups at the range. But stuff happens. A bad release or slight torque on the bow can do it, a bit...
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    Arrow setup to break heavy bone

    I use a NAP Apache with my adult arrows and it works well.
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    DIY 3d printed two-blade broadhead case

    200-grain Cutthroats just fit. Photo of my green version attached. I printed the box as is and they dropped right in. I am thinking that I might add a triangular pocket for each broadhead tip, and print it in nylon (instead of PLA) so it will be less likely to break in my pack. Thanks for...
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    Broadhead test pack

    With good shot placement, nearly any head will probably kill a deer or other game animal. Its worked that way for me several times. But I've also embedded 3-blade broadheads in elk shoulder blades, and deer shoulder/brisket bones in front of the shoulder, without penetrating to the vitals...
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    Quiet dry bags?

    Thanks. There are lots of dry bags out there. I have a couple from Sea to Summit. The rubbery coating is fairly quiet compared to woven nylon or polyester, but I haven't found them in camo patterns. The military surplus laundry bags are good for keeping wet gear from leaking all over the floor...
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    Quiet dry bags?

    My hunting pack for the last several years has been a Kifarhu Longhunter frame that I have modified into a glorified freighter frame that will adapt to easily secure and carry a wide variety of loads. For day hunting, I carry food, extra clothing layers, kill kit, tree saddle setup (when...
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    DIY 3d printed two-blade broadhead case

    This is sweet! I made a couple of similar cases from plastic boxes that some field points came in. I lined them with the molded plastic packaging that my cutthroats came in, and used hot melt glue to hold the whole mess together. They work well but your solution is much more elegant. I'll...
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    ISO: Discounted Saddle Setup / Willing to work off the cost if local.

    Consider making a fleece saddle. Its a comfy, inexpensive option. There are discussions and instructions on this site, and on YouTube. Major costs after that would be your tether rope and a couple of carabiners.
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    Broadhead test pack

    Looks like a great setup. Have you compared penetration of the rounded vs. straight edged blades? I wonder if there would be any difference in a foam target.
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    Broadhead test pack

    GrizzlyStik makes the Alaskan, a one-piece head that looks a lot like the Bone, with its rounded blade, and the Ashby, with straight blades. Might be a good alternative to the Bone if They are currently in stock. Both of the Grizzlystik models look quite capable, although testing has shown the...
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    Broadhead test pack

    My evaluations with the kit were instructive. Thanks for making this happen, @Red Beard. I was surprised to see the similarities among the old-school style heads made from layers of formed sheet metal. The Eclipse, which I'd never heard of, seemed to be a clone of the Magnus heads, which...
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    Broadhead test pack

    Can you post a photo of the full set, with a list of what's what? That will help us when looking them over, and help us make sure that we received the complete set.
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    Bare Shaft Tuning Question

    I always add 22 grains of duct tape to the bare shafts where my vanes normally sit, to match both weight and balance of the bare shafts and fletched arrows. Your feathers (and their glue) probably don't weigh the same as my vanes, so weigh your fletching and add a grain or two for glue. I like...
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    Broadhead test pack

    Ashby lists arrow and broadhead integrity (strength) as the number 1 factor promoting penetration. If the broadhead breaks (as many do when they hit hard bone) its penetration is dramatically compromised. Torture tests on hard stuff (cinder blocks, etc) will quickly separate the well-built heads...
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    MAKIN EM SCARY SHARP

    The debate/discussion about a sharp serrated or micro-serrated edge (like you get with a file) vs. a sharp smooth edge like a razor blade for broadhead effectiveness has been around since at least the 1970s, when I started bowhunting. I after reading quite a bit on the subject and observing my...
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