and on the spot pictures -- by Robert Hoague
Whitetail Bowhunts - 2006
of 2006 Whitetail Bowhunts
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Rut Illinois Bowhunt - 2006
Writers Camp at Dream Woods Adventures
2006 Deerhunts HOME PAGE | Wade
Nolan Hunt HOME PAGE
following companies were represented at the Whitetail University Writers
Camp: John Carpenter of Pennington
Seed, Scott Alread of Bear
Archery, Ron Boyce of MDR
Outdoor Group (24 Seven Scents), Scott Harper and Joe McArty
Guy, Jeff DeRegmaucourt board member with Treestand
Manufacturers Assn. (TMA), Marvin Carlson or Gold
Tip, Jay Leitchy of Grim
Reaper Broadheads and The meetings and bowhunt are at Dreamwoods
Adventures. in Southern Illinois.
The organizers of the event were Wade Nolan and Bruce Ryan of Whitetail
Seed - John Carpenter | MDR 24 Seven Scents -
Ron Boyce | Gold Tip - Marvin Carlson | Scott
Alread - Bear Archery | Jay Leichty - Grim Reaper
Tip - Marvin Carlson
Carlson, the owner of Gold
Tip addressed the group. Durability, memory, straightness,
accuracy ar what Gold Tip is dedicated to. Gold Tip now has Vanes. The
new E-Z Pull target points minimizes target damage and is easier to pull
arrow out of foam targets.
All Gold Tip arrows and related
products were Re-engineered in 2006. Gold Tip has unique processes and
New Inserts: re-designed
so broadheads line up accurately and spin perfectly.
New camo finish:
have a patent for their camo process.
Stronger and more consistent
shafts - a new shaft manufacturing process and Gold Tip has patent
pending for it.
are more durable than any existing vanes and bond strongly to carbon shafts.
A New Nock System: a
new nock system the pros claim is the "best out there. Target pro
archers are winning more and more with Gold Tip.
Archery - Scott Alread
Scott Alread began by handing
out the 2007 Catalog for Bear
Archery. Its cover showed off the new Logo for Bear Archery.
Escalade Sports now owns
the company and has re-established Bear Archery Inc.. Bear has purchased
Carolina Archery Products (Whisker Biscuit and Fox Fire bowsights).
Bear Archery is the performance to value leader for all compound and traditional
bows. More value and performance than the price tag is what Bear is about.
The success of the Instinct
bow re-established Bear Archery. The Instinct is a strong parallel limb
bow at $399 retail. A bow that shoots like the more expensive bows but
costs much less.
Dealer's report that consumers
are coming in and requesting Bear bows. And Bear Archery is having a good
year. Now that Bear owns Carolina Archery Products manufacturing for the
Whisper Biscuit and Foxfire is in Gainesville, Florida. Customer Service
is back on track.
Scott showed a new TV
commercial for the TRUTH bow with Will Primos that is new for 2007 bow
addition. You can see it too on the web at thebeartruthbow.com
New design. Parallel limbs,
light weight, 8 points of vibration dampening, Steel bearings, Tapped a
hole for SDS users, special holes in riser allow use of Trophy Ridge
bowquiver and all others. Scott and Bear Archery believe the TRUTH bow,
designed with Will Primos help, will be an immediate success.
Scott Alread takes us
outside to introduce us to the new TRUTH bow.
Scott takes a few shots
with the TRUTH bow. Then several writers shot it.
Fifteen draw positions and
NO bow press necessary. Odyssey II and Pioneer II come with pre assembled
accessories: Foxfire bowsight, Whisker Biscuit, Camo quiver, 3 carbon arrows.
NO BOW PRESS REQUIRED
WHAT makes Bear Archery unique?
OTHER NEW ITEMS
Compression molded process makes
the most reliable limbs in the industry. Strongest, toughest most durable
limbs in the industry.
Bear has the fewest limb problems
of any bow company in archery.
Limbs do not have structural
weakness because of cutting and shaving the limbs. Cutting or shaving exposes
fibers and the limb is weaker and subject to stress. The Bear fibers run
the entire length of the limb.
Bows go through a million shot
cycle when they are designed and tested.
Bear Archery owns the Single
Cam patent. They aren't spending money for licensing of single cam. This
is a definite savings for Bear.
100% of the bows are produced
in one spot, the Gainesville, Florida plant.
You don't have to pay $700 to
get a bow that performs like $700.
Bear does their own bowstrings.
They are excellent and will be marketed and sold
- Adding take down bows to the line of Traditional bows.
- full vibration dampening bowquiver.
RTS - Ready To Shoot
bows have accessories included. Arrow rest, camo stabilizer with wrist
strap, self aligning peep sight, Six Shooter came bowquiver, Foxfire Hunter
Series bowsight, Camo String Loop, Sims String Leeches and Limb Savers.
Reaper Broadheads - Jay Leichty
owns 17 patents in the broadhead industry. Grim
Reaper Broadheads patents cover the major new ideas in today's
Jay was a pre med college
student at BYU and as a bowhunter/college student got interested in mechanical
broadheads, which he liked but thought needed improvement. Jay wanted a
mechanical broadhead that got great penetration.
The first broadhead was the
Razortip. Named because it had a razor on the tip. Also the tip of the
broadhead was further out in front of the blades than other mechanicals.
Each Grim Reaper blade opens independently from the others. The 3 mini
razors cut and cut a slit for the blades to cut into. It increases penetration
and opens a cut channel in front of the broadhead. The spring system inside
allows the blades to open easier.
First mechanicals needed a sharper
front end. Jay developed the Trocrazor Tip with razors in the Trocar Tip.
He was the first to do this.
He did not like O-rings and
the Grim Reaper does not have O-rings.
the cut on contact version and it has a razor blade in the front of the
Hades is a 3 blade
broadhead that has its back blade edges sharpened also. It further cuts
the wound channel if the arrow is pulled out.
All Grim Reaper Broadeheads
are Made in the USA.
24 Seven Scents - Ron Boyce
MDR is a leading company
in the animal repellent business. Shake Away, a timed released deer and
varmint repellent, is a big seller for them.
In Ron Boyce's presentation
scent products use a porous particle that soaks up scent and releases it
in a time release fashion. It takes 7 days for the 24seven scent
to evaporate. Heavy rain and high wind can speed up dispersal. It is a
timed release product so it keeps fresh scent in the area.
Some deer are aggressive,
some are not, age is a factor, so generalized statements about deer's reaction
to things can not be made. 90% of hunter bad experiences with scent are
due to the hunters careless scent practices. For example;
Deer communicate with scent.
Tarsel gland, preorbital scent, interdigital glands give off scent and
have meaning to other deer. The matriarch dominant Does determine where
she is going to live and where she raise her fawns. The boss doe gets the
best ground. The rest settle for the rest.
Footwear: leather holds scent,
never wear them. Rubber boots are recommended and tuck your pant legs in
When you put out scent be extremely
careful how you handle the scent and walk around to put it out.
Human odor lasts for 24 hours.
The 24seven scent products lasts 7 days.
Licking Branch Communication
is Important To The Deer Herd
Licking branches are throughout
the deer range. They lick and rub their face, near the eyes, on the branch.
During the rut the scrapes show up where there are licking branches. Scrapes
show up year after year. Mock scrapes that are outside of the licking branch
have a low chance of drawing bucks. Does are not friendly to mature bucks
and don't want them around them or their fawns.
Use a scent destroyer. Canine
scent and perspiration are your enemies. In farm country they don't care
about gasoline smell. Wash your clothes in unscent detergent. Carbon base
clothes can help. Spray boots. Use scent destroyer, use a mist bottle.
As you approach your hunting
area be careful not to touch branches, etc.. Your hair holds scent more
than any other part of your body.
24seven Deer Scent Products Include:
For making mock scrapes and
Tarsal gland scent. It does
not have deer urine. Shake it where you want a shot. Or make a line with
it. Can use it all season. Can put it in a scrape or mock scrape. Very
effective when deer are still in doe and buck buddy groups.
The rut can cause distress in
does and fawns as well as bucks. Alarmed deer put scent on the ground and
that can make other deer nervous.
You add 1/2 ounce of the liquid
scent of your choice.
#1 - Pennington Seed
Pennington Seed - John Carpenter
Pennington Seed began in the mid 1980's
and is a major player in the wildlife food plot world.
John Carpenter talks
food plots and Pennington wildlife products as the group listens.
John Carpenter of Pennington
Seed was impressively knowledgeable about his Pennington's large
product line. They make products for perennials, harvest plots, warm season
annuals and cool season annuals; so hunters can pick out the type of seed(s)
they want to plant.
John stated that the hunters
goal is to create a harvest plot. One that will attract deer and other
wild game for the hunter's harvest. His presentation covered it all. He
introduced Buckmaster Hunting Frenzy ia a key product for Pennington Seed.
It is a mixture of winter peas, reseeding annual clover, plus small grains
(like oats and wheat).
John Carpenter giving
his wildlife food plot planting seminar.
The goal is to attract deer
immediately after it is planted and keep them coming back the entire season.
Some seeds are selected because they last the longest. Some because they
come up first and wild game starts eating them right away. For example,
Winter Peas come up and deer love them and come to them but they don't
Pennington makes a variety
of products. Brassicas are broad leaf plants, i.e.. turnips, greens.
round mixes that have crops all year long.
John Compared clovers.
Many seed companies use
clovers that have leaves on top. Pennington Seed uses clovers that have
leaves in layers and makes runners on the ground. These runners create
new growth. Pennington Seed uses Durana clover. Developing Durana
clover was extensive process for Pennington Seed. It took years. White
clover is a preferred feed Clover is slower to germinate than grasses.
The Perimeters For It Were.
White clover is a preferred
feed Clover is slower to germinate than grasses. Germax treating
makes seeds germinate quickly and easier.
a white clover that will tolerate
tolerate heavy browsing.
Testing in actual conditions.
A faster germinating clover.
Pennington Seed goes to consumers
to begin the research. They create by what the consumers want. They discovered
that Hunters want a food plot that:
The plants develop in stages
and the first crop sets the stage for the next plants. Pennington Seed
uses a clay coating on the seeds. It soaks up ground moisture and improves
and accelerates germination.
come up fast
lasts all year
Heat kills the seed.
Pennington Seed is based
in Georgia and was founded in 1945 by Brooks Pennington. The company makes
seed and seed mixes and products for Lawn and Garden, farm and ranch, wild
game and bird markets. Also Football fields use Pennington Grass which
is a separate division called the Professional Turf Seed Group.
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John's Advice For The Bowhunter Who
Wants A Food Plot
BUY A PRE MIX PRODUCT with
small grains, winter peas, brassica and clover mixed.
MIXES ARE GOOD. You have
several type of seed for different situations, one will grow.
Use annual type harvest
mixes. One season growth. Germinates in 7 to 10 days and will feed deer
in 30 days. Small grains: wheat, oats, grain rye are excellent.
Grain rye is the most cold
tolerant of small grains. It grows at low temperature. Mid winter small
grain production, high in carbohydrates.
BROADCASTING SEEDS CAN
WORK IF DONE RIGHT
Pennington has broadcast
seeds. Mash the seed into the ground. Remove leaf Liter and Grass, Kill
the grass with roundup. Kill the weeds. EXPOSE THE SOIL
After using Roundup wait
10 days. Then Broadcast seed into it.
The more you work the ground
the better. Kill the plant competition. Soil aggravation is important.
You can use a Rake or drive back and forth over the seeds with a 4 wheeler.
Get Soil Equipped To Grow
It is important to use Fertilizer.
Most soils do not have nitrogen.
Make soil test. Go to county
extension office and they will give you a bag and instructions for collecting
your soil sample. Send it per instructions and you will get results quickly.
It is best to try to grow
year round because it helps the soil as well as the game. In Fall use cool
season: small grains and clovers. In Spring plant cow peas, soy beans.
Plants that have Vines produce more forage. Cow peas, black eyed peas and
other runner type plants are good.
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