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Practicing at 60 yards – My effective range.

You should never take a shot in which you are not confident. Period. Lots of animals are injured and lost because the hunter tried to push his or her archery limits and consequently made a bad shot. For every bowhunter, knowing one’s effective range is absolutely vital. Continue Reading…

Archery Trick Shots

March 25, 2016 — Leave a comment

I had to share this video with you all from the guys at Dude Perfect.

If you are a bowhunter (or archer of any kind) then you will appreciate this video.

Bow Review: PRIME Rize

February 16, 2016 — 10 Comments


A few months ago, I made a mistake.

I compared 4 flagship bows for 2016 from 4 of the top bow manufacturers and included the PRIME Ion in that comparison. Well, the Ion was a flagship bow from PRIME… for 2015. The Rize is the new bow that is at the forefront for PRIME in 2016. Since this mistake of mine prevented everyone who read that comparison article from having the most up to date info, I want to take some time and do a full write up on the PRIME Rize. Continue Reading…

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From left to right: Bear BR33, Bowtech Prodigy, Bowtech BT-X, Hoyt Carbon Defiant

A while back, I wrote up a comparison between some of the top bows on the market from some of the top companies. I went to my local archery shop, Hit or Miss Archery in Albuquerque, and shot the bows that they had in stock. In the first comparison, I shot bows from PRIME, Xpedition, Mathews, and Elite. That article was one of the most popular articles of 2015 on this site, however there were quite a few readers who were disappointed that Hoyt, Bowtech, and other brands were not represented.

I decided to go down to a different shop in the area who was a dealer for these other brands (The Archery Shoppe in Albuquerque) so that I could shoot the newest bows offered and give a detailed comparison. During my time there, I was able to get considerable time with the Hoyt DefiantBowtech ProdigyBowtech BT-X, and Bear BR33. Continue Reading…


Field and Stream recently released their top picks of new bows for 2016. There is no doubt going to be more testing and reviews done before their annual compound bow shootout this summer, but based on initial observations and shooting of the bow, Field and Stream has some impressive things to say. Here is what they said: Continue Reading…


Buying a bow is not like buying a pair of shoes. You can’t just decide you like the look and make sure it fits well enough. There are tons of questions you need to ask yourself when considering buying a bow. Below are some of the more important questions to address, but there may be others I haven’t thought of. Take your time and get the right bow for you. If you do, you’ll be happy for years; if you don’t, you’ll have regret every time you shoot it. Continue Reading…

Bow Review: Mathews Halon

December 26, 2015 — 7 Comments


A few weeks back I posted an article comparing some of the top bows that I had shot at my local archery shop, Hit or Miss Archery in Albuquerque, NM. I was in the market for a new bow because my Xpedition Xcentric 7 was stolen back in November. After spending some considerable time with the Mathews Halon, I wanted to do a full write up on my thoughts. Continue Reading…



From left to right: Prime Ion, Elite Impulse 31, Xpedition Xcentric, Mathews Halon


Update: This article includes the Ion from PRIME, though the Rize was the actual flagship bow from PRIME for 2016. There is a full write up review of the PRIME Rize here

There are so many bow companies out there that it is nearly impossible to get a good look at all of them before making a choice as to which bow to purchase. For example, Field and Stream published their bow comparison and included 12 bow companies (with even more than that being left out of the test). To complicate matters even more, there are significantly more new bow manufacturers than ever before who have not been around long enough to have developed much of a reputation. Many seem to be more of a flash in the pot than a long-term powerhouse. When you need to start looking for a bow, the task can be daunting.

I recently found myself needing a new bow after mine was stolen following my Oklahoma deer hunt. I had been shooting an Xpedition Xcentric 7 and I really enjoyed it. I could easily have just bought another one, but I decided to use this as an opportunity to try out other bows to see what I liked and didn’t like. I am not sponsored by anyone so I can shoot whichever bow I please. I decided to head down to my favorite place in New Mexico, Hit or Miss Archery Center, to test out a few of the big name bows they carry. Continue Reading…


“A hunt based only on the trophies taken falls far short of what the ultimate goal should be.” – Fred Bear

Hunting Has A Greater Purpose