Tune Up Time
Seems as though this summer is one of the coolest I can ever remember. It’s usually that cooler weather – coupled with the cottonwoods and walnuts beginning to turn color – that brings on the fall hunting “fever”. I never was much for shooting in 90-degree weather and swatting mosquitoes.
Every year, I go through my mental checklist for the upcoming archery season. I start with a thorough inspection of all my equipment, starting with my bow. I check the strings and cables for wear because now is the time to switch them out before the archery shops are busy. Plus, I dislike trying to shoot in a new string and readjusting everything a week before season.
Next, look closely at the servings, D-loops and drop away cords. If all looks okay, then give the string a good coat of wax. I then check to make sure that all the screws are tight and in place. Look at the fiber optics on your sight for breaks or cracks. Fibers become brittle with age and crack without breaking which affects the amount of light they can carry. If you do have a problem with fibers they can be replaced. Lastly I always rap my bow with the palm of my hand to listen for any audible vibrations.
Once I verify that the bow is in good shape, next are the arrows. Check each one for cracks by flexing them away from you between each hand. Then look at the ends for cracks also. Check the fletching and replace as needed.
From there, I go through all my broadheads and sharpen blades. I also spin test each hunting arrow to make sure the tips are true. If they are not, loosen the broadhead and turn the washer a ¼ turn retighten and recheck. If you don’t have washers try tightening the broadhead a little more than the first time. The best way to spin test is when the inserts are glued into shaft before the glue sets. It’s important to shoot your broadheads and make sure they fly with your field points. 9 times out 10, misbehaving broadheads is a result of bow tuning and can be worked out pretty easily. Broadheads magnify any imperfections in tuning. If you have trouble, click here to view the bow-tuning guide from Easton Archery. This is a great resource to help you get ready for the season.
Finally, I look at the remainder of my equipment. I lube my release with dry silicone, I check batteries in flashlights, GPS, rangefinders etc.
Obviously, this is pretty basic stuff, but you’d be amazed by the number of people that just pick up their bow on the first day of the season and go hunt. Personally I like to know that when Mr. Big shows up and I screwed it up, it was all my fault and not my equipment.
Good luck hunting, and if you plan on fall turkey hunting, be sure and pick up some extra calls from our store here at Bully’s Game Calls.
All the best,
Bully’s Game Calls