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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.
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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.

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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.

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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

PRES/CEO

 

Western Pronghorn “Antelope” hunting- coming soon!

My friend and fellow traditionalist Adam Morehouse is no stranger to hunting Montana’s variety of big game. After shooting a recurve for several years, he decided to further challenge himself by picking up a longbow a few years back. He capitalized rather quickly by hunting Montana’s early archery antelope season. The end of a grueling spot and stalk on the Montana plains found Adam’s arrow buried deep in the vitals of a monster 73″ antelope buck! The following month found him tagging out on a nice 145″ 5×5 whitetail with his stick and string in hand. The following season found Adam again tagged out on this nice Antelope buck after a mid-afternoon hunt just ten days into the season!

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After stating that he was much smaller than last year’s monster goat, I assured him that any antelope taken with any type of bow, let alone a longbow, is a true accomplishment. Many believe the antelope is the hardest North American game animal to stalk and harvest with a bow.

Here are a few cool facts about the American Pronghorn, or otherwise known to most as simply an Antelope, even though it’s not really an antelope at all: A mature pronghorn buck will weigh 100 to 120 pounds (with exceptional individuals being a few pounds heavier); their lungs are very large for their size, and their hearts are double the size of that of animals of comparable weight; Their front feet are larger than their rear feet because their front feet hit the ground the hardest while running and support most of their weight (mature bucks front hooves may be about 3″ with the rear hooves being about 2 ½”); a nerveless cartilaginous padding on the bottom of the forefeet cushion the strike of the feet at high speeds (a reason why antelope seldom show lameness or tenderfootedness); they have no dewclaws which may be a hindrance to speed on rough or rocky terrain; the ligaments, tendons, and bones of the lower leg fit together so perfectly that it is nearly impossible for the Pronghorn to suffer leg injuries over broken terrain; a Pronghorn usually runs with its mouth wide open which often fools the observer that it is winded- this is not the case however as it is actually pulling in great drafts of air which its nose cannot accommodate…the windpipe is oversized to easily accommodate such air flow to its large lungs…; which are in fact twice as large as that of several animals of double the weight!

Dubbed the “Speed Goat” for good reason, the antelope is the fastest animal in North America. Reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour ranks this nimble and quick, graceful animal only second to the Cheetah in the world. It is believed that one can top 70 mph in short bursts. Groups of Pronghorn Antelope have been clocked traveling together at 50 mph across the plains.

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Known for their extreme awareness of their surroundings, they are often described as nervous, flighty creatures. Their eyesight is phenomenal, but they are a very curious animal which can lead to the demise of an unsuspecting antelope checking out a white flag placed out by an eager hunter. Although this is a small percentage of the way some Pronghorns are harvested, I do have friends that have tagged several this way and have brought in a few myself using a few feet of Charmin (Ultra I think…). Waterholes are the general favorite when it comes to bowhunting these beautiful Kings of the Plains. A hunter can sit patiently in a dugout, homemade blind, pop-up blind, or other hide-out (stock tanks, windmill enclosures….) within effective bow range of a favorite watering hole hoping for the opportunity at one of the wary buggers. If I was to guess, I would say this is how most antelope are taken by bow. Although, the decoy method during their rutting period around the beginning of September, or any week before and after, seems to have become just as popular. Besides the traditional spot and stalk, decoying a Pronghorn within bow range is one of the most challenging, yet exciting, ways to hunt them. I have missed several trying to maneuver a shot and keep an old-school decoy from tipping over because it won’t stick in the hard rock or dried gumbo of Northeast Montana. And oh yea…the Pronghorn have amazing primal reflexes to a hunters incoming arrow. Modern advances in game animal decoy technology have taken crazy great strides in the last decade or so, creating incredibly lightweight, super realistic, and extremely effective decoys that are much lighter, easier to use, and simple to pack with you during your hunt afoot. The folks at Montana Decoy (www.montanadecoy.com) can set you up with decoy that is sure to bring in a speed goat and get you that heart pumping adrenaline rush that comes standard with that experience. I’ll keep you updated on this season’s quest to bow-harvest an American Pronghorn Antelope, one of our continents most unique game animals.

Shoot Straight-  Luke Strommen