and on the spot pictures -- by Robert Hoague
Annual Bowhunting.net Bowhunt - 2006
Billy Don at Wild Horse Prairie Ranch in Burnet, Texas
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When I arrived at this hunt
I had 3 surviving arrows to my name. I had ordered a dozen Maxima carbon
shafts (made by Carbon Express) but received them the morning I left for
Three days into the hunt
I drove 35 miles to KC Outdoors, the closest archery shop in the area,
and purchased yellow 4-inch Gateway Feathers and the yellow wraps. And
I got my arrow shafts cut. Then I got together all the arrow making stuff.
I really like crested arrows
and the arrow wraps have the crested look without all the paint, dip tubes
and time . The ones I used this time were Easy-Eye yellow wraps. To get
started I pealed a wrap off the sheet.
Next I placed the wraps
flat on the table, lined it up with the nock end of the Maxima shaft and
rolled the wrap around the arrow. I did 6 arrows.
Phase two of this arrow
making process is done with the very handy Arizona E-Z Fletch for carbon
shafts. The E-Z Fletch comes in helical or straight fletch. I like my fletching
straight. And I always carry 2 fletching rigs with me.
The E-Z Fletch has 3 arms
and one cut feather goes in the slot in each arm. Any length, shape and
size feather or vane can be used. Like I said above I chose yellow
4-inch Gateway Feathers to match the yellow wraps. I like yellow because
I can see it when it impacts.
After the feathers are inserted
it's time to put glue on the exposed end of the feather. The next step
is to close the 3 arms around the shaft. Then a cap slides over the end
to hold the arms firmly. Then I set it on the table and begin another arrow.
That's why I have two AZ
E-Z Fletch rigs in my bow case. When a shaft gets capped up the arrow on
the table has dried and is done.
Lastly, slide the the cap
off the AZ E-Z Fletch and open up its arms.
That's it. And believe me
it took way less time to actually fletch these 6 arrows than it did to
fix the pictures up to show you how it's done. Making arrows with the AZ
E-Z Fletch is fast, simple and produces consistent, attractive fletching.
Ok, so some of you are wondering
why I did all 3 three feathers the same yellow color. Heck, that's how
I like it. But you can fletch your arrows any way you like.
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