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Beman http://beman.com Carbon Arrows Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:36:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Turkey 101 http://beman.com/turkey-101/ http://beman.com/turkey-101/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 17:34:10 +0000 http://beman.com/?p=1242 TURKEYS……Ok as you all know I always say I hate turkeys but really I don’t. They are fun to hunt [...]]]> TURKEYS……Ok as you all know I always say I hate turkeys but really I don’t. They are fun to hunt and very challenging at times. When setting up your decoys try and bring then close to your blind, and have the jake or gobbler facing you for most of the time the gobblers will come in towards the head and strut in front of him, many times they will peck at him and try and beat him up. This makes them lock into your decoys and not you, but don’t be fooled, their eyes are always looking and have the ability to almost see 360 degrees and will catch movement even looking away from you.

On most of your turkey situations brushing in a blind is not as important as if you were hunting big game, turkeys seem to not care that much about blinds. However try and use the sun in your favor and set up with the sun to your back, creating more shadows in the blind and not flaring you out sitting inside.

Black clothing does help if your blind is totally black inside, don’t forget your hands and face. This is very important for if you don’t cover these you can be busted by those beedy little bug eyes those turkeys have.

Shot placement, now this is tough, remember you are aiming for a very little spot and almost all the time the turkeys are always moving. My favorite is to aim right above the legs in the body, this way if you shot a hair low you take out his legs and he cant run or fly and when we hit it perfect you take out all his vitals.

We use our NAP spitfires and gobbler getters but recently tried the Killzones and with the huge cutting surface of these heads it really ahs made a difference on recovering your birds. Bigger cutting surface heads do help on these little targets.

Turkey hunting is a great way to get the kids involved in hunting, they are vocal and at many times will let you know they are coming, this adds to the excitement and where it is legal we have had RJ have a blast shooting some turkeys with the crossbow. We enjoy hunting turkeys with bow, crossbow and shotgun. Using a blind is the way to go with the kids, it allows them to be able and move a little more and when needed maybe take a nap when the early mornings get to them…..or even the parents too. LOL.

 

- Ralph & Vicki

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Bear Tips 101 http://beman.com/bear-tips-101/ http://beman.com/bear-tips-101/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 17:16:06 +0000 http://beman.com/?p=1239 Need to understand that bears are the hardest thing to judge, they have no head gear so you have to [...]]]> Need to understand that bears are the hardest thing to judge, they have no head gear so you have to look for some other features that will tell you age.
The ears! The lower they sit on the head and further back they are on the head of the bruin giving a wider gap between them will immediately show you age structure.
Sow or Boar? A sow will have bearing hips and smaller front shoulders, they have a tendency to have long narrow muzzles with smaller framed skulls.
Hackles on the upper back towards the head will let you know it is a younger bear, the older boars will have a lower tighter look to them.
Many of your older boars will have a sway to them, many times if you are hunting in very dense cover you will hear them breathing or panting as they approach, bit don’t be fooled we have had some giant bruins sneak in like a cat and make no noise and suddenly appear, this is when your heart beat races and you have to take a deep quiet breath and stay calm pick your spot and send your Beman flying true.
Remember to use your trailcameras at your bait sites for these are tools that will help you be more successful in your adventure. We do not hunt bears without them.
Spring brings the BUGS….years ago we hunted with double headnets, cotton in our ears and duck taped sleeves, and pants around any open area they could crawl in. today we use our ThermaCELL’s all the time and they have made the bug situation no problem to deal with, heck we don’t even use headnets anymore.
Shot placement is critical on any animal and bears are no exception. Always aim thru the bear for the opposite shoulder. Great placement is center of body height and just to the front of center left & right. Yes you have a large area but if you center the bear height & length and hold just in front of center towards the head you will take him home everytime…

-Ralph

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AZ 360 Bull Elk Down http://beman.com/az-360-bull-elk-down/ http://beman.com/az-360-bull-elk-down/#comments Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:10:49 +0000 http://beman.com/?p=696 After 10 years of trying, in 2012 I drew a coveted Arizona archery elk tag. Despite 40 years of serious [...]]]> After 10 years of trying, in 2012 I drew a coveted Arizona archery elk tag. Despite 40 years of serious DIY western hunting I immediately I phoned my friend Gary “Goose” Howell
of Flagstaff, Arizona (www.howellwildlifeoutfitters.com; 928-606-3021) and booked his services. Goose has over 20 years of experience in the outfitting business in this region. In fact, he is so good he has been selected by many well-healed hunters who have purchased governor’s tags in Arizona and elsewhere to be their personal guide. Goose has been at it for a long time and knows his stuff. I knew I would not have time to learn the unit and that Goose and his team would have it dialed in. Best money I ever spent.
I made two scouting trips with Goose and guide Jon Vance, and we came up with a game plan. We made camp 3 nights before opening day and hit the ground running. For 4 months prior to that I had been shooting my bow 5 mornings a week before work. My setup is a 28-inch Hoyt Carbon Matrix bow, 28 ½-inch Beman ICS 340 shafts tipped with 125-grain Thunderheads fletched with NAP QuikFletch for a total arrow weight of 425 grains; raw arrow speed is right at 270 fps and it shoots like a dream. Plus I upped my regular fitness regimen, which was a good thing, since Jon’s GPS told us that in 4 days we had hiked something like 47 miles over bad ground in search of a dream bull.
The evening before the season opened Jon and I were scouting when we spotted two big bulls wallowing on an open lakeshore. One Jon — who has guided numerous hunters to giant AZ bulls over the years — figured was a 350-class stud. We called him The Wallow Bull. We spent the next several days in the middle of the elk, and in fact I was within shooting range of 3 bulls Jon and I both thought would push 350. Problem was, we were hunting in the thick cedars and even though we were close, there were not shots. On the end of day 3, after we had put in 16 miles of hard hiking, we ended up near the first evening’s wallow. About a half mile further down the lake I spotted a giant 6×6 bull with cows. I took off running, circling into the trees in hopes of getting close enough. By the time I got there it was too late, but another giant bull bugled hard and began running cows after leaving the tree cover from a spot behind a small peninsula that blocked his entry from my view. I watched him for 30 minutes but the closest the cover would allow me to get was 120 yards, so not wanting to bugger them I backed off. Jon’s video is impressive.
The next day I told Jon I wanted to build a blind near where those bulls and cows had come out and take my chances. By 3:00 p.m. I was nestled in with some snacks, water, and a good paperback to help pass the time while Jon went to check trail cameras and do some scouting. By 5:00 p.m. the plan was for him to be back where he had videoed the action from the evening before, since sitting this tiny blind was a one-man game. At 6:00 p.m. the first cows came, silent as ghosts, 45 yards upwind of my blind. As I took a rangefinder reading In sensed, rather than heard, something staring at me. To my horror, a huge cow was standing not 30 yards from my little semi-open blind staring my way! Oh, no …
But she began sauntering towards the other elk. Then, right where the cow had exited the thick cedars, a bugle almost took my hat off! Then I saw his antler tips just over the tops of the cedars as he made his way toward the cow. When he stepped clear I was already at full draw. Two steps and he was broadside, 27 yards, and I cow chirped. He stopped and swung his head my way, but by then the arrow had been launched. In a blur the fletching disappeared right behind the shoulder. He raced through the cows, across the water, and onto the other shoreline, but he only made it about 100 yards before piling up.
Are you kidding me?? Later, back at camp we plugged the video into the little TV Goose has in his trailer. That’s when Hunter Weems, a cool 18-year old who wants to be a guide and will end up a really good one, said, “That’s The Wallow Bull!” Neither Jon nor I had noticed the 2 little extra points on the end of the left beam when we had videoed him the evening before the opener, but there they were. We had shot the bull we had hoped to find, something that made it even more special. The bull gross-scores 360 Pope & Young points.
It is a dream come true for me.

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Gearing Up for Cape Buffalo, Plains Game http://beman.com/gearing-up-for-cape-buffalo-plains-game/ http://beman.com/gearing-up-for-cape-buffalo-plains-game/#comments Sun, 28 Oct 2012 02:20:23 +0000 http://bemancarbonarrows.com/?p=442 The foundation of a successful and safe dangerous game bow hunt, whether it occurs in North America or abroad and [...]]]> The foundation of a successful and safe dangerous game bow hunt, whether it occurs in North America or abroad and irrespective of the professional you choose to help you, begins with your equipment. My professional hunter, Andrew Renton (http://www.keiriverhuntingsafaris.co.za/; U.S. booking agent Wade Derby of Crosshair Consulting, (925) 679-9232; www.crosshairconsulting.com) — someone with whom I enjoyed a fabulous plains game bow hunt a few years ago — told me the recommended minimum for bowhunting Cape buffalo is an 80 lb. draw weight compound bow shooting an arrow that weighs at least 750 grains, generating a minimum of 80 ft./lbs. of kinetic energy. In my research, both talking with those who have done this and a lot of reading, it was also noted that the K.E. level should be achieved in shooting the heaviest arrow that would tune and fly accurately with the bow. Translation: Momentum is more important than raw arrow speed.

And so, in early February 2012, I made a trip to Salt Lake City to visit the offices and factories of sister companies Hoyt and Easton/Beman. At Easton, Gary Cornum and Shawn Monsen dialed me up with Full Metal Jacket Dangerous Game arrows. I shoot 28 ½-inch arrows, and the 250 size shafts weigh 17.2 grains/inch. By adding a 9 grain X Nock, 75 grain Brass X HIT Break Off insert, and four-inch fletches, total raw arrow weight is a tick over 600 grains. Since buffalo can only be hunted with a single forged, two-bladed head that has its cutting edge beginning at the tip, we called Michelle Eichler at Muzzy, and she sent out some 200-grain Phantom SS two-blade broadheads with super-strong .040-inch resharpenable main blades. To those heads I added a couple of small aluminum collars stolen from some other heads to make them weigh in at about 214 grains. My total arrow weight was 816.2 grains.

Then I went across the street to Hoyt, where Pro Staff Coordinator Kevin Wilkey and Marketing Director Jeremy Eldridge set me up with a new Hoyt Carbon Element RKT with 80 lb. limbs and Fuse UltraRest drop-away arrow rest. We joked about the fact that I could not pull the 32-inch axle-to-axle bow with 6 ¾-inch brace height back at 80 lbs. (75 lbs.? I could do that!) and that I had to work myself into it, which I eventually did. Wilkey, who won the Gold Medal at the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung, Taiwan — an event considered second only to the Olympic Games in terms of sporting level and the premiere event for compound shooters worldwide, which occurs only every four years; you think he knows his stuff? — also tweaked the bow’s draw length and the length of my Fuse Clinch CFT release until everything was just right. I cannot stress how important this kind of personal bow fitting is.

At the end of the day, at 80 lbs. the bow launched those big shafts off at 216 fps, which produces an initial Kinetic Energy (K.E.) of 86.15 ft./lbs. The trajectory is such that when I set my sight pins I set them at 20, 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50 yards, knowing I would never shoot at a buff past 40 yards with the first arrow.

For plains game I took a 28-inch draw length 70 lb. Hoyt Carbon Element shooting Beman 340 ICS Hunter Pro carbon shafts fletched with New Archery Products’ QuikFletch Vanes and tipped with 125 grain Thunderheads. Total arrow weight is about 420 grains, and this bow sends the package out at about 270 fps and generates an initial K.E. value of 68.0 ft./lbs. It’s a great combination for plains game big and small, from large Cape kudu to the diminutive Cape bushbuck, and the set-up shoots flat enough to make it practical to take shots at extended range if need be. It’s also the same set-up I use for hunting anything that walks on the North American Continent.

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