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Snow is Here

Here we are on the Oregon coast and it’s snowing.  It’s not supposed to do that here, but it is. Not much is sticking but enough so you can see it.

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We let out the dogs this morning and they went nuts; they are not used to snow and they love it. They were chasing each other around the yard like maniacs.  The Beagle (Logger) was chasing his buddie (Freddie Bear) one of our Labs and the Lab had to slow down so Logger could catch up.  They were barking their heads off having a great time and rolling in the snow.

dog-for-post-3I love to watch them when they are chasing each other around in the back, we have a couple of acres that you can see in the back.  I can watch them go crazy all around the backyard. The other dogs we have (two more Labs) all get involved and it’s really fun to watch.  Fortunately we live in an area that doesn’t get very cold and snows very seldom and we can get in the car and go for thirty minutes and get into the snow when we want to. dogs-for-post

img_0148My faux son Austin lives in Alaska and it gets down to twenty below some of the time and one of my other sons, Seth, is also up in Alaska where he fishes for a living so we get to hear all about mucho cold weather all of the time, that’s close enough for me.  I used to not mind the cold weather, but unless I am hunting or doing something that keeps me moving or jumping around I just don’t like it much.  Nowadays I get to wear my parka and long-johns to keep warm.


We just got back from the Archery Trade Association Show in Indiana and the weather was about 12 or 13 degrees as an average low temp, with highs up to the low 20’s.  Back in Myrtle Point, while the temps are so low, we moved the cat and dog beds into the house.  It’s a thrill during feeding time with the barking and meowing not to mention us trying to get some chow in our faces, but it’s fun.


img_7539It was fun at the ATA show, we got to show off our new products.  The carbon arrows Rose City Archery is selling really caught a few peoples eyes.  Of all of the new products we’ve introduced I like the footed shafts best, it’s really an opportunity to show off the talent we have working here. Our craftsman’s main objective is to put more weight forward in the arrow, this provides more energy in the shaft for more “killing power”.  It’s amazing to see how much more force is imparted in the arrow when you add that extra weight in the front part of the arrow.  Of course there are other ways to put some extra weight forward but they aren’t 15965606_1403434276356174_5022059601781014381_nnear as efficient as the footed arrow.  Plus they look great and fly super true so if you have some talent with the bow you can have more efficient and better arrow flight; actually footed shafts will make a better archer out of the person behind the bow.

screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-3-55-02-pmWe also have the Lumenoks that we are able to attach to a wood arrow; what this does is the nock end of the arrow lights up when you shoot the arrow so that you can tract the flight of your arrow and see where your point of impact is with the shot you just made.  If you are hunting you are able to see where the point of impact is and where that arrow strikes the animal. You’re able to track the animal by this light, it is something that makes you more efficient in recovering an animal after you have made the shot.  I believe this is a wonderful innovation in the archery world helping with the recovery of an animal.  Especially if you are tracking that animal after dark, battery life is good for forty hours so you have a decent period of time after the shot to recover the animal.

screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-2-20-01-pmRose City Archery is producing what we call “Carbon Footed aka Fusions” where we attach a carbon extension to the wood shaft, this allows the archer to be able to use any of the screw in attachments that are available to carbon arrow shooters.  This includes all of the different broadheads and other points that won’t fit on wood arrows.  Another new product we have re-introduced is RCA tapered shafts.   This allows the archer to use an 11/32 or 23/64 shaft and be able to use a 5/16 nock, which a lot of folks think they have better control of the arrow with the taper and the smaller nock.  New for 2017 is our extra long shafts, archers who have that 32” plus draw length found it difficult to find wood shafts long enough for their draw, we have provided the solution.  We have what you need and we want to make your archery experience better.  We have more new stuff coming soon so keep your eyes on this Blog and the newsletter for updates.

Thanks for listening and good shooting,

Jerry Dishion



Bear Bow Quiver Install

This is a short video showing a way to install a bow quiver on a Bear Archery Kodiak takedown recurve bow. Now, I know that mounting a quiver on a bow is pretty basic, but you will find some helpful tips in the video such as a way to protect your bow’s finish from being scratched or marred by the quiver (after all, your new Bear bow is really an investment, isn’t it?) and what type of screws to use if you have to go out and buy some.  It would have been nice to use thumb screws or winged screws to easily take off or put back the quiver if you prefer a separated quiver when you shoot or hunt, but I couldn’t find any locally. I prefer a well attached bow quiver most of the time so I didn’t mind using the screws I used.

In this particular video, I really revived an old friend…a vintage Bear Archery 4-arrow bow quiver. I failed to narrate this in the video, but I bought the quiver on an online auction site. They are great quivers that can offer many more years of use, but be ready to replace the rubber arrow holders on the quiver as it can be brittle and break due to its age. Replacement rubber can be found for these quivers. Rose City archery also sells the excellent Thunderhorn bow quivers.  They are easier to install (simply slide them on your bow’s limb) well designed, and will provide years of service. [shopify product=].  And if you liked my Bear Kodiak, Rose City Archery can hook you up with one or any of the other models of Bear bows.

After I mounted the quiver, it was solid and should provide years of use. I’m sure this old quiver will be glad to take to the woods again. It looks right at home with my brand new Bear Polar Express arrows, doesn’t it!  Check back later to see how I added some style…dare I say “bling”…to this awesome bow setup! (I am raising three girls, so it’s ok to add bling…right?)

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Rose City Archery Factory Tour Video

We are Rose City Archery the world’s largest wood arrow manufacturer, join us on a factory tour with Jerry Dishion Owner and CEO.   All arrows are handmade from wood found here in Coquille Valley near Myrtle Point Oregon, we use %100 percent of the wood byproduct from the arrow making process. For more information about our other cedar products, arrow building supplies, arrow orders, FAQ’s, etc check out

Branded: Bear Arrow Shafts

Bear shafts

Ever Bear Arrow that leaves the factory is stamped with the classic “Bear” signature. These arrows are our throw back retro arrows to represent the “hayday” or prominence of traditional archery. These beauties stopped being mass produced with the advancement of technology in the archery world. We decided to bring them back to life for the traditional archery enthusiast who loves Bear’s longbow/recurve line up and wants a matching set of “Bear Arrows” to shoot. If you own a Bear bow you’ll be tickled to death with these new, or should we say “old”, retro Bear Arrows. There is three different types of bear arrows, X400, X 300, and the X200.

Rose City Archery Affiliations

Rose City Archery is pleased to announce an affiliation with media contributors Team Mission Alaska, they will be providing guest articles outlining traditional archery and the use of Rose City Archery products.   Team Mission Alaska is part of the next generation hipster hunting movement, inspiring others to get outside and explore your own adventures one harvest at a time.   They are a team of talented individuals who will be contributing stories through real life experiences with powerful images and videos to our new Rose City Arrows blog site.  Here is a brief video with Team Mission Alaska founder Austin Manelick and why he made the Rose City Archery choice.

How to Make an Arrow in One Minute

Here is the sped up version of  our videos series “how to make and arrow”, in this video there is tips and tricks to help you build an arrow from scratch.  Don’t blink there is valuable arrow crafting information in the text that accompanies this videos.  For more information check out Rose City Archery’s longer version of “How to Make an Arrow” with Jerry Dishion, this extended version goes into much more depth of the arrow making process.