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Archery / Re: Hawaii bowhunting blog
« Last post by Rancid Crabtree on December 30, 2017, 11:08:37 PM »
Checking arrow flex, fletching clearance and rest drop.
Archery / Re: Hawaii bowhunting blog
« Last post by Rancid Crabtree on December 30, 2017, 11:07:09 PM »
Since I'm not yet certain exactly what island and what species I will be hunting and because that species list could include Vancouver bulls (Largest species on the islands) which are essentially huge feral cattle that have gone wild. I'm  building a new set of heavy arrows with the emphasis on maximizing penetration so I'm building a heavy aluminum arrow with a high Front Of Center (FOC) Here are the components I'll be using.

Because I want a lot of weight up front, I want to minimize weight on the back of the arrow and because I have a low brace height on my bow I don't have room for long fletching so my choices are feathers, Blazers or Easton BTV

I plan to use 4 fletch for this build so the weight will add up. Here are the weights.

Feathers are the obvious choice, not only for the least weight but they do a great job of steering arrows. Time to get to work.

To maximize clearance I did not fletch them at 90 degrees.

To maximize spin I used a lot of twist.

Perfect fit for this rest but there is a good chance I will be switching rests to a drop away rest I have been designing and prototyping on for the last year. If I dont have production parts available, I will use 3D printed prototype parts.

The front end of the arrow will be a dual shaft. The 2315 arrow will be footed by gluing 4 1/2" of 2117 aluminum arrow inside the 2315. The insert for the arrow will be in the 2117 and will end flush with the outer shaft. That adds a great deal of strength as Aluminum arrows will break at the back of the insert.

For the broadhead I'll be trying both Wensel Woodsman and Snuffer. They are similar but the Snuffer is a larger diameter head. Both heads are the same weight (125 grains). a 5mm washer between the end of the shaft and the back of the broadhead to spread the load over the end pf the shaft.

The total build weight is 605 grains.

Then it was time to paper tune to position the rest for this large arrow to get good arrow flight.

I shot the completed arrow through my chronograph and the speed is 236 FPS. The energy output from my 64 lbs. draw weight will be 75 Ft/lbs of Kinetic Energy and .6343 slugs of Momentum.

To verify good arrow flight and rest timing and clearance, I recorded a few shots at 15 yards. Here are the results.

Next I will be finishing the rest of the arrows and then testing the two broadheads for flight. More to follow.
Archery / Hawaii bowhunting blog
« Last post by Rancid Crabtree on December 30, 2017, 11:05:43 PM »
In mid February Im taking my wife to Hawaii for a week. Im not really a beach guy so Im going to be doing some bowhunting while there. I'm still uncertain as to exactly which islands I want to hunt and what species aside from pigs (staying on Kauai but may island hop for other species) but Im going to make some new arrows and perhaps a different broadhead for this trip. I'll take the longbow and that setup is already sound and ready but I'll also take my Bowtech RPM 360 (set at 64 lbs) so Im going to make some heavy arrows ( around 10 grain per pound for 600+ gr) arrows. Ive Already ordered some 100 grain brass inserts and other items for the build.

Ive contacted as many guides/outfitters I could find with internet searches as well as contacting some locals with pig problems. We will be staying on the SE coast of Kauai using the Kauai Marriott Lihue as home base. Sadly it looks as though the Axis deer will be in very early velvet development at that time of year so they may be off the table. I'm building heavy arrows with extreme FOC because I hope to hunt Vancouver Bulls (Feral cattle)
Gun Shows / McGregor, IA. Gun Show Mar. 9-10-11, 2018
« Last post by on December 22, 2017, 11:33:04 AM »
  Mar. 9-10-11, 2018,McGregor,  IA. Gun Show, McGregors Landing Event Center, 111 First Street, McGregor, IA. 52157. Adm: $6.00, Fri. 4pm-8pm Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 9am-3pm, Dealers Tables $35.00, Iowa Antique Arms Collectors, For info Call 1-563-873-2387 or 1-563-880-4588 email:
Wisconsin Fishing / Wisconsin Outdoor Statewide fishing report
« Last post by mudbrook on December 22, 2017, 10:26:17 AM »
Wisconsin Outdoor Statewide fishing report

Sawyer County - Most smaller lakes have 4 to 6 inches of good ice, but some of the larger lakes just froze up completely in the last week and have 1 to 4 inches of ice. There is a fair amount of snow on the ice which is leading to slush and inconsistent ice underneath. People should be very careful if they venture out to fish. Anglers finding good ice have found the fishing good. Bluegill were biting well both in shallow green weeds (5-10 feet of water) and off of deeper cribs. Walleye are taking minnows on tip-ups on the outside edges of weed beds in 10 to 20 feet of water. Pike action on tip ups has been slower than average, but that might point to good pike fishing in the near future. Pike never seem to stay inactive for long in the winter and can typically be caught in 5-15 feet of water, particularly where there are weeds. - Max Wolter, fisheries biologist, Hayward

Price County - Ice development is coming along very slowly on area lakes. Some lakes have 4-6 inches of ice while others have less than 1 inch in spots. Last week's cold spell did not put on as much ice as anticipated. This week's snowfall will insulate the ice and slow any development that is taking place. Extreme caution should be used when venturing out onto the ice. Anglers that have been getting out in the Park Falls area are catching fish. Bluegills are biting in 4-7 feet of water on small jigs with spikes. Crappies are being found a little deeper over flats or near cribs. Minnows with slip bobbers are working well for them. Walleye anglers are catching walleyes in 3 to 6 feet of water on small minnows set under tip ups. Every day has been different as far as action. Somedays they are biting well, somedays they have been very picky. It has been dependent on the weather fronts pushing through. - Chad Leanna, fisheries technician, Park Falls

Oneida County - Anglers have been on the ice for the last couple weeks. Some early reports are that some folks are catching walleyes of decent size. Ice conditions are still variable up here. It's been cold, in the teens, but the amount of steady snow we've had hasn't been the best for making good ice. People are reporting anywhere from 2-8 inches or so depending on lake (smaller lakes tending to have more); however, anybody going out should still exercise caution. - Hadley Boehm, fisheries biologist, Woodruff

Milwaukee County - With the warm winter weather, most of our waterways are currently free of ice. However, we should see cold and snow over Christmas weekend, with more ice cover on our inland lakes and ponds.
Gun Shows / McGregor, IA. Gun Show Mar. 9-10-11, 2018
« Last post by on December 21, 2017, 12:51:03 PM »
  Mar. 9-10-11, 2018,McGregor,  IA. Gun Show, McGregors Landing Event Center, 111 First Street, McGregor, IA. 52157.
 Adm: $6.00, Fri. 4pm-8pm Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 9am-3pm,
Dealers Tables $35.00, Iowa Antique Arms Collectors,
For info Call 1-563-873-2387 or 1-563-880-4588 email:
Wisconsin Sports Shows / 2018 WI Sport Show - Eau Claire
« Last post by mudbrook on October 16, 2017, 12:08:58 PM »
Join us March 16-18 for the 2018 Wisconsin Sport Show!
Presented by the Eau Claire Leader Telegram
Chippewa Valley Expo Center

5150 Menard Drive
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Event Hours

3 PM to 8 PM Friday
9 AM to 6 PM Saturday
9 AM to 4PM Sunday

$7 in advance or $9 at the door. Advanced tickets will be available January 15th, 2018 here on the site.

Special Admission Offers
Freedom Friday!
All active and retired military receive their individual admission for just $5! Friday only from 3 PM to 8 PM.
Senior Sunday!
All individuals 62 years of age and older receive their individual admission for just $5! Sunday only from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Proof of age and military status may be requested.

This year's event will feature exhibitors, demonstrations, presentations and special guests.
Sport Show participating organizations will include:

Fishing! Charters, Equipment, Retail, Demonstrations and Presentations
Canadian and North American Lodges
Hunting Displays, Presentations, and Outfitters
Fishing Seminars presented by Scheels
Boats and Pontoons
ATVs, Motorcycles, RVs and other recreational vehicles
Docks and Lifts
Hunting Dog Demonstrations
Many retail opportunities
Live chainsaw carving demonstrations and sales
Conservation and Wildlife Organizations
Free Parking
Fun for the whole family!

Post your Whitetail Pictures HERE / Carter John Benson First Deer
« Last post by mudbrook on October 11, 2017, 11:22:05 AM »
My Grandson 10 year old Carter harvested his first Deer this last weekend, how proud we are of him. It just doesn't seem possible that he is old enough to take a deer this year, but he did it in grand style. He shot a very nice doe on Sat. evening and an 8 point Buck Sun. Great job Carter!

General Hunting Dog topics / Hunting Dog Killed in Burnett County
« Last post by mudbrook on October 10, 2017, 12:11:22 PM »
Hunting Dog Killed in Burnett County

Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a Bluetick hound on 10/01/17.  The attack occurred in the Town of Blaine, Burnett County.  More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage.

Hunters are reminded to use the caution-area maps on the DNR website (, keyword "wolf depredation") to help reduce conflicts.

Trail Reports and ATV News / Burnett County Forest & Parks
« Last post by mudbrook on September 27, 2017, 11:17:09 AM »
Fall riding season begins tomorrow, Sept. 16

From September 16 - November 30 of each year the Burnett County Forest Woods Trails & County Forest Roads are open for ATV/UTV use.  What this means is that you can ride your registered ATV/UTV on any woods trail, snowmobile trail, and ATV trail that is located on County Forest Lands, as long as it is not bermed, gated, or signed as closed and is at least eight feet wide.  (A good rule of thumb is that if you can drive your truck down the trail, then you take your ATV/UTV down it.)  NO off trail use is allowed and operation on private lands is illegal unless you have permission from the private landowner.

It is VERY important to note that all of these trails are currently multi-use trails.  This means that any street legal, licensed vehicle can use these trails during this time, (cars and trucks for example). It's also important to note that these trails are no longer being maintained during this time of year.  For these reasons we call the State-Funded Summer Use ATV Trail System closed, even though you can still ride the majority of these same trails because they are located on County Forest Lands and township roads that currently allow for the use of ATV/UTVs during this time of year. 

Some township ordinances allow for ATV/UTV use of the town roads and others do NOT allow it.  It is the rider’s responsibility to contact the township in which you plan to ride in and get the current rules pertaining to ATVs/UTVs and the town roads.  Please contact the individual townships for their rules and regulations.

All ATVs and UTVs must display either a Wisconsin registration or an ATV trail pass to ride on our trails.  Only machines meeting the state definition of an ATV/UTV are allowed on these trails.  Please refer to the WI DNR website for these definitions.

Caution: Groomers and trail maintenance vehicles may be on the trails at any time.

It is your responsibility to know where you are and whose property you are on.  Please be careful, be respectful to other trail users, and ride safely.

Contact Information
If you need any maps, or if you need any other information, please contact Burnett County Tourism at 1-800-788-3164 or feel free to email them at

To contact Burnett County Forest & Parks, please visit their website at
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