We are really missing Larry this week. It’s been two years since he passed, but he hasn’t been forgotten. Here is a tip he wrote several years ago. Our hearts go out to Belinda, Blake, Diana, Jake and Becky.
Man has spent his entire existence trying to improve on everything he comes into contact with, including archery and bowhunting. Now don’t take this meddling as all negative. The bows we shoot today have benefited from advancements in fiberglass and carbon. Our arrows come in composites, aluminum and wood. The wood shaft of today may not look much different than those of yesteryear, but manufacturing techniques have vastly improved the quality and quantity.
However, one item that we have not been able to improve is the feathered fletch. The fletching of today comes mainly from turkeys, though some use goose. Nothing man-made has the resilience, beauty, and quietness of the feather. In order to maintain your feathers in their original shape so they stabilize your broadheads as quickly as possible after release, you must not allow them to become matted or damaged. If that happens when traveling, after a severe wetting or by neglect, all you have to do is quickly steam them back into position, allow them to dry, and “Presto!” they are as good as new. If badly bloodstained, wash the feathers as soon as possible in cold water, allow them to dry, and then steam them back into position. Remember, the feather is one of nature’s most perfectly designed products.