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



Xmas is Coming

%22trumpsters%22Today is the day that will live in infamy.  Be thankful we are not speaking German or Japanese. We just had our election and we now have a new group running things in our country, I think they will do great, at least we will have some Bow Hunters in the White House.  The President elects son has wood arrows and a Bear Recurve bow that he says he will hunt with, so it can’t be too bad.

Thanksgiving is gone and I’m still stuffed (just like the Turkey).  Had to get a tame turkey this year, couldn’t get one to co-operate from the woods, but we suffered through it.

We had a couple of our kids come over and bring seven grand kids.  The house is still in one piece, I think, we’ll have to check it all over and see.  It was great; we had all the cats and dogs in to watch us eat and slobber all over the place (the critters), we don’t slobber as much as we used to (normally).  We had turkey and all of the normal stuff.  I get to cook the main dish on the holidays so the chow was pretty good.  My lovely wife makes all of the side dishes; veggies, taters, dressing, cakes and pies and she is a whiz at it.  Everything tastes great and are all done on time.  If I try and do it all it’s a mystery when we eat, so I keep my nose out of that part of cooking.

It’s time for the late seasons in Oregon and unless you have web feet you need to try and hunt east of the Cascade Mountains if you have been fortunate enough to get a tag.

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There a couple of hunts for blacktail deer that are pretty good up in Northern Oregon, it’s pretty good for rattling horns and tree stand hunting and I might get up there, but probably not. This is when we start getting ready for the big Archery Trade Association show in Indianapolis, Indiana and it’s a zoo around here getting everything ready.  We have a bunch of new stuff this year and these new items are going very good.

footed-shaftsThe footed shafts are doing really well, they take a lot of time to put together and cost accordingly, but archers really like them.  Makes me happy because they cost a lot to get all of the equipment together to make them.  The Lumenoks are going really well too.  If you don’t know…. they are a light that is in the nock end of the arrow and when you release the string it turns the light on.  They are finally legal in Oregon and throughout most of the rest of the country which they should have been a long time ago.  They help with shot placement and finding an animal that you’ve hit by having a light that stays on for forty hours.  If you’ve ever looked for a wounded animal after dark you’ll appreciate them.

untitled-design-5 Rose City Archery is producing new lines of carbon arrows, we offer them for the same price as our wood arrows.  You have your choice of any shaft for any of our arrows, carbon or wood you chose.  In Port Orford Cedar we now have extra long shafts (up to 36”).  We also offer tapered shafts that takes the shaft from, 11/32 or 23/64 to either 5/16 or 11/32 at the nock end, this gives you better arrow flight and helps with a poor release.  It also gives some weight forward to the arrow.

The ultimate wood arrow is a footed shaft tapered with a Lumenok made up in whatever Rose City or Bear Archery style of arrow you prefer.  The wood used in the footing is really hard (Purple Heart, etc:) and resists breaking, so if you miss (hardly) and hit something hard the arrow won’t break where a cedar shaft might.  The Ultimate Carbon is an Extreme Elite style arrow with a Lumenok, check online or give us a call for more information.

Well you folks have fun and have a great Xmas and a Happy New Year and I’ll see you next year.


A Day of Reckoning

untitled-design-12It looks like just another day, I get up, have a
cuppa, eat a little breakfast and I’m off to work.  I have a date set in my mind of what day it is.  I’m cheerfully going along with my lovely wife and when we get to work about an hour late, the wife tells me her clock is screwed up and it was reading in Daylight Savings Time.  So I figure we’re both screwed up today, no worries mate.  We walk in and one of the girls tells my wife “Happy Birthday”, Oh crap I’m in for it now I didn’t even say the “Happy Birthday” thing because I was a day off and thought her big day was tomorrow.  Not to mention I hadn’t even gotten a card or ordered some flowers (which I always do).  Now every one’s going Happy Birthday all over the place and I’m feeling about 6” tall.  Naturally some jerk has to ask what did Jerry get you for the big day? Guess what?  Jerry didn’t get her anything because Jerry forgot all about it, which if the truth were known would probably make her happy.  You know how you girls are IMG_0047after you hit 40.  So if I’m not able to get a nice big present like the “Hope Diamond” or something like that it’s best to keep totally quiet.

I’m thinking how do I get out of here so I can at least get some flowers or something.  No candy, can’t have calories, can’t be clothing because I’d never get anything right, I’ve tried.  So flowers
and a card it is, I just have to lie my way out of here for a few minutes and I figure out the perfect ruse, I blurt it out and off I go; yippee I’m free.  I zip down to the flower store andIMG_0054 it’s out of business, great, I guess enough husbands forgot the wife’s birthday and they went under.
At least I know where to get a card and I go there, look and look in the rack and finally find three
out of a thousand cards that are for “Wife’s Birthday”.  Lucky me, one is just sloppy enough that she’ll like it.  I get to the counter and tell the clerk my tale of woe and she tells me there is a new flower store right up the street and I go and they have beautiful flowers roses; her favorite and accompanying other stuff (accoutrements) to go along with the roses, Woo Hoo; I’m saved.  They will deliver too so I don’t have to carry the flowers with me, they will do it for no extra charge.  It don’t get no better. I sign the card and drop it off at the house and zoom back to the office. Not too bad I was only gone for about thirty minutes.

We go home for lunch and she finds the card and Happy, Happy, Happy.  Come back to work and the flowers get delivered so I’m back in good graces.

It just shows you how it goes.  But a little bit of fancy footwork and my wife is a happy camper.