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    • Steve Sr.
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      Photos of mine in the works. More on that later.

      Show the gang your hunting setup for 2011!

      Interests in arrow weight, shaft type, FOC if you know it, head choices, draw weight, glove/tab, your choice in quivers….etc, etc, etc.

      Show Em Off, Guys and Gals!!

      God Bless
      Steve Sr.

      Two weeks till season and my first grandbaby! What a start for a fine, fine Fall Season!

    • tom-wisconsin
      Post count: 239

      I have Indian archery bow. It is rated 40# at 28 inches. I believe I pull about 29 inches which would be approximately 42#. I use a glove. I use one finger over nock two under draw. I have an Alpine 5 arrow soft loc quiver which I attached a shoulder stap from a brief case to carry it with. My arrow specs follow.

      GT expeditions hunter 3555
      Spine 0.500
      Straightness 0.600 +/-
      30” cut to cut
      30 7/16 inches BOP (bottom of nock to point)
      7.4 gpi
      222 grains
      9 gr. nock
      6.9 gr. fletching (4” inch feathers, right wing)
      100 gr. brass inserts
      125 gr adapter
      2 five gr. Brass washers (10 gr. total)
      Eclipse Brown Bear 175 gr single right bevel broadhead
      Balance pt 24.5 “
      FOC 30.3%
      647.4 gr. total wt

    • Steve Sr.
      Post count: 344

      Dang…..even I want to see the results of that fine set up on game!

      Maybe I wont post mine LOL.

      Sweet!

      God Bless
      Steve Sr.

    • Crystalshrimp
      Post count: 125

      That’s some heavy artillery there. I cant wait to see aswell.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      (updated)

      Martin/Howatt Savannah 55#
      GT Trad 5575 @ 28.5″ (9.3 gpi)
      100 gr. brass insert
      170 gr. Zwickey Delta 2-blade
      564 gr. total arrow weight
      23.68% FOC
      3Rivers FF Tomahawk string
      Eagle’s Flight ‘Cherokee’ quiver
      Bearpaw Speed Glove

    • Jason Wesbrock
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      TradTech Titan Riser with Winex Limbs pulling 56# @ 32″
      Great Northern quick detach quiver
      Full length Beman ICS Camo Hunter 340s
      Four 4″ feathers
      25-grain Flightmate adapters
      125-grain Ace Standard heads
      Total arrow weight: 500 grains
      FOC: 13%
      Speed: 200 fps +/- 1 fps
      PSE / King finger tab

    • tom-wisconsin
      Post count: 239

      Steve Sr. wrote: Dang…..even I want to see the results of that fine set up on game!

      Maybe I wont post mine LOL.

      Sweet!

      God Bless
      Steve Sr.

      Thanks Steve I will let you know. Have not killed a deer with the recurve as yet. Have high hopes.

    • Steve Sr.
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      That set up is VERY close to exactly my set up two years ago.

      Expect pass throughs. I about lost one arrow looking for it in a soybean field after it went through a doe, from a shot I got sitting on a bucket.

      Shooting a bit more this year, only because that is the weight of the bow that I was looking for. I dont have near the FOC you do, but plenty IMO. Sticking with my woodies here.

      ok, Gotta ask.

      NO ONE has photos? 😆

      More later.
      God Bless
      Steve Sr.

    • Steve Sr.
      Post count: 344

      J.Wesbrock wrote: TradTech Titan Riser with Winex Limbs pulling 56# @ 32″
      Great Northern quick detach quiver
      Full length Beman ICS Camo Hunter 340s
      Four 4″ feathers
      25-grain Flightmate adapters
      125-grain Ace Standard heads
      Total arrow weight: 500 grains
      FOC: 13%
      Speed: 200 fps +/- 1 fps
      PSE / King finger tab

      Dang……..that one is a screamer! and one LONG DRAW……wheew. Id be somewhere behind my head at 32 inches, lol.

      I’ve fallen in love with heavy arrows but will openly admit that a 500 grain arrow properly placed (at about any speed, let alone at yours!) will kill any whitetail that ever walked the earth. (and many other things). Ive done it myself for decades as have literally thousands of others. Weigh some “old” cedars you come accross sometime. (back when no one weighed em!)

      Super longer range set up there, J! Knowing your expertise in set ups……I’d expect passthroughs from your shots……any day.

      Thanks for sharing within this thread. KEEP EM COMING GANG!

      Love seeing (hint hint) setups that are working for others. Praise the Lord we are not all clones……this would be one BORING thread! Mine is coming. Fear not…..and wordy. (and will HAVE PHOTOS!:lol: )

      God Bless
      Steve Sr.

    • Jason Wesbrock
      Member
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      Steve Sr. wrote:
      I’ve fallen in love with heavy arrows but will openly admit that a 500 grain arrow properly placed (at about any speed, let alone at yours!) will kill any whitetail that ever walked the earth. (and many other things). I’ve done it myself for decades as have literally thousands of others. Weigh some “old” cedars you come across sometime. (back when no one weighed em!)

      Super longer range set up there, J! Knowing your expertise in set ups……I’d expect passthroughs from your shots……any day.

      God Bless
      Steve Sr.

      It’s really beyond overkill for whitetails. If my paternal grandfather was still alive he’d probably smack me on the head and ask, “Why the heck are you shooting so much poundage?”. Year after year he shot through whitetails with mid-400-grain arrows with three-blade heads out of a bow pulling 42# @ 26″.

      My only answer would be that I also like to hunt things bigger than whitetails and want to stay with one setup for everything. If I can get passthroughs on elk and moose (done both), I’m not the least bit concerned about putting an arrow in the dirt on the other side of a whitetail deer.

    • Troy Breeding
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      Looks like I’ll be the first to post pics.
      Bow is a recurve of my design. 62″ 55#@29″, I stippled the grip to help prevent slipping when I sweat or while wearing cotton gloves
      Arrows are Victory VMaxx HV 300 with brass inserts and 3″ of 2117 aluminium footing.
      Broadhead is 190 grizzly with 125gr steel adpt.
      Total arrow weight is 680gr, UEFOC 32.46%
      Fletching will be switched from the 3″ parabolic to 2-1/2″ A&A
      I use a Cavalier Tab
      Quiver is a Selway softkot 5 arrow

    • tom-wisconsin
      Post count: 239

      Here is a pic of my bow.

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    • paleoman
      Member
      Post count: 918

      Here you go. Jim Reynolds’ Hunter model longbow. 45#. Carbon Express Heritage 150’s. 125 gr Magnus broadhead. I missed a big Mi. buck last year with a less than the best set up (still only a few years into this) – waah! This year I hope to poke him in the ribs with this:)

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    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      I got a Super Shrew 50# @ 28″ last year but I don’t like the arrows I have made up for it. Too light. Turned out to be 450 gr total weight. I’ll wait and make up something better than those for hunting.
      So in the mean time I’m shooting my Volcano 45# @ 28″ Hickory shafts with 110 gr Zwickeys, 500 gr total weight.
      Should be OK inside 20 yards. Schrade 152 and Schrade 171UH

    • lee
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      Hi everyone, new to site!
      Great Plains “Long-curve” bamboo limbs
      53# @ 28″
      60″amo
      Selway rawhide slide on 5 arrow quiver
      Bearpaw glove

      GT traditional 5575 28.5″ 5″ shield cut feathers
      125gr MAGNUS 2 blades (Best Broadheads for the $ EVER!)

      This will be my first season using traditional equiptment, have been practicing for almost 2 years off and on but the last few months i’ve really gotten into it. Gonna be hunting east Texas on state land. People always talk about how Texas has no public land, when in fact there is over 1 million acres open to the public. If your gun hunting you might as well forget it tough, WAY WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE! But there’s lots of archery only areas that have good numbers and quality Deer and TONS of hogs, with very low numbers of bowhunters. Just thought id end the public land/Texas myth… Happy Hunting!

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    • Dan Sweeney
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      Got a couple setups, one still being tweaked.
      1) Bear Kodiak Hunter, 45# with GT 5575, 31″ long with 2″ 2219 aluminium footing and 125 gn Eclipse and 75 grain adapters.

      2) Rawhide backed ERC D bow I just finished. 53 @ 28 with full length tapered Sitka Spruce shafts and 145 gn Eclipse heads. This is still getting tweaked a bit, to include work on a set of rivercane shafts for it. I really like it. I believe that is might, due to the higher draw weight and light physical weight of the cedar, shoot a bit harder than my recurve does.

      Finished arrow weights between both setups are similar. The carbon shafts have much higher FOC, though the woodies aren’t bad by any means. Both will work just fine on Arkansas deer and squirrell as long as I put them in the right spot.

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    • SteveMcD
      Member
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      Surewood Doug Fir Footed Shafts w/ Bubinga. 145 gr Eclipse Boradheads and 140 gr. Magnus Journetman’s.
      Northern Mist Whisper Reverse Handle Longbow
      all Bamboo Limbs pulls 51#@28

    • Sam86
      Post count: 51

      55 # at 28″ Samick Sage recurve
      homemade wool string silencers balls
      a homemade leather quiver
      i am using 2117 aluminum arrows (carbon express) 30″ long
      4″ fletching
      75 grain BH adapters
      145 grain STOS
      total weight is around 610 grains
      220 grain in the head
      it shoots pretty good hope it works good for deer, we just might see tomorrow:shock:

    • codger
      Member
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      Schulz Natural longbow 80# @28″ home made cedar arrows with 125 grain zwicky eskimos.

    • RalphRalph
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      47# Yellowjacket longbow w/wood shafts @ 520 gr. with 125 gr. Ribtek broadheads.
      This guy has me very, very interested in the Texas opener Oct. 1st!

    • lee
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      Hey SteveMc D, I was tinkin about tryin to get one of those Whispers, how does the reverse handle um… handle? ha!

    • milesm12
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      89# @ 30″ Big Jim “Buffalo Bow”
      Grizzlystik Alaskan arrows w/ 75 gr. brass inserts
      125 gr. zwickey black diamond eskimo broadhead
      FOC close to 13%

    • milesm12
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      scratch that…i recalculated my foc and it is right at 15%

    • Steve Sr.
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      Neat stuff guys!
      Miles……..I can hear my joints creaking just thinking about shooting your bow!! 😆

      Just got another “critter gitter” today but one like Ive had so dont blast me too hard for “a new bow just before season”.

      I’ve got to get work out of the way and get stuff around to post my crew. (too fickle to stay with one setup ALL season…..lol)

      God Bless
      Steve Sr.

    • anointedarcher
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      I have two main set ups one for stand sitting and one for stalking and still hunting, this is my heavy duty stand sitting set up. Bear Kodiak Super K, 60in bow – 63lbs – shooting Easton Axsis 400’s tipped with 220 grain Grizzly El Grande’s. These 3 arrows where shot at distance from 20, 30 & 40 yards.

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
      Member
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      Leon Stewart Slammer Special, 62 inch 46#.
      Beman Bowhunter 400
      Grizzly 135 RHSB
      100 grain adapter
      50 grain insert
      560 grain total arrow weight.
      25% FOC
      This is for whitetails.
      I have to say that all your posts about FOC, single bevels and tuning have had quite an influence on my set-up. I hope to see how it works. Thanks, dwc

    • Alexandre Bugnon
      Member
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      56″, 55# Shrew Classic Hunter “carbon”, SBD string, Thunderhorn quiver, homemade 655gr Beman MFX arrows footed with 1″ 2018 pieces, tipped with 50gr brass inserts, 75gr adapters, and tipped with 175gr Abowyer Brown Bear heads. I use a dura-glove from 3 Rivers


      60″ 60# Osage selfbow, Plains quiver ( I only let skin, leather and wood touch my selfbow!! 😀 ), 650-670gr lodgepole arrows crafted by Milton Beens tipped with 145gr Eclipse broadheads

    • J.Alex
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      64″ 48#@30 Blacktail recurve
      31″ 65-70 Cedar with a 125g Magnus 2 blade
      And a little luck

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    • Steve Sr.
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      My mismash of hunters.

      Left to right

      1966 64 inch, 42lb Kodiak
      1952 62 inch, 46lb Bear Cub longbow
      1952 64 inch, 50lb Kodiak static recurve

      State of the art..(I dont have a clue what it is) canvas side quiver that has “brushes” inside to center the arrows and metal “ribs” to hold the shape, full length zipper.

      My crossover “Big Jim” glove, goretex cap, reg cap…..and “old lucky” hat. (See camo type? OLD Lucky, lol)

      Under the hats is my haversack for “necessities” (flashlight, food, rope, knife, drinks, TPaper, book sometimes and yes…..my CAMERA, Doc!)

      Arrows are tonkin cane, standard cedars (the two grey barred and white are 25 years old, bought new from Kelly Peterson) and some sweetland forgewoods, weights 600-710, FOC around 20 percent, give or take.

      and Tuffheads of course with a Goshawk thrown in for nostalgia’s sake..

      Camo dohickey in the top right of the photo is my 5 foot collapsible umbrella…..go ahead, laugh. 😀 I can stay out and NOT get wet OR use it for a partial blind, shade when none is available…etc.

      and NOT working Saturday, opening day.

      God Bless
      Steve Sr.

    • Bounty Hunter
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      Here is what I’ll be heading to the woods with Saturday Morning and I just can’t wait.

    • Two rivers
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      I am shooting a 55# Fedora extreme

      28.5″ CE haratage arrow 220gr of brass up front with a 125gr 2 blade buzzcut. Arrow is 679gr. 22% FOC

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    • David Petersen
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      Duncan — That’s a unique and interesting-looking knife handle, appearing rectangular rather than oval in cross-section. Make it yourself? Let’s see a pic of the entire knife if you don’t mind. Looks like my kind of hunting knife, with a handle at least as large as the blade for a good solid grip to provide max torque.

      I hope I’m not snatching the thread, as the topic is fall hunting set-up, and knives are a part of that. 🙂

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
      Member
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      Well, I included two of my favorite knives in my setup pic so I think questions about them are as relevant as questions about bows. Not trying to hi-jack the thread, to answer Dave’s question, the knife is a Schrade Uncle Henry 171UH. They never were as popular as some of the lighter weight Schrade knives but I like it with its own honing stone it is somewhat utilitarian but is a nice looking knife with some heft to it. Sadly, the new ones available are made in China now but USA made models can be found on e-bay and some knife forums. I found mine in a vintage jewelry shop in Virginia.



      The gut hook was added by the previous owner which diminishes the collectability of the knife but I wanted it to use so I don’t mind it.

      Duncan

    • George Tsoukalas
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      The osage selfbow is 50# at 27 inches. I made it Jan 2011. It’s been interesting watching it change color these past months. I’d say the color is perfect for hunting. It shoots very well. There is no shelf. The arrow rest is my hand. The handle is narrowed but tillered to bend slightly. The blunt tipped arrow on the left is made from a hazlenut shoot. It is my squirrel arrow. The blunt is actually a shell casing with a small piece of metal epoxied in a groove cut with a hack saw. The wild rose hunting arrow is tipped with a trade point I made from metal left by my Dad…Lord rest him. The point is put on with pine pitch and tied on with sinew coated with hide glue. One of the feathers is hand ground from a wild turkey feather while the hens are cut from store bought feathers. The feathers are cut in my style. The fletching was put on with a jig using hide glue but reinforced with sinew set in hide glue. The self nocked arrow is waterproofed with deer fat from a deer I killed a few years ago. Note the plains quiver which has a couple of pouches storing first aid kit, snacks and a flashlight. There are 2 hand planed white pine arrows in my quiver. One is tipped with a blunt and the other is tipped with a Zwicky. I made the neck knife a few years ago from the same metal as the trade point. It’s handy. Jawge

    • Steve Sr.
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      As always, George, you make me feel like such a newbie!!

      To have the drive, the knowledge, and perseverance to successfully make, hunt and take game with such “part of me” equipment would make the smallest buck in the woods……a
      “Booner” IMHO.

      I’ve cast aside many of the “advantages” once used yet I stand in embarrassed awe 😳 at those, like yourself, who have climbed the Mt Everest of bowhunting by “starting from scratch”.

      I tip my old worn hunting cap to you, and undoubtfully, will again.

      I am POSITIVE many of us here will want to hear much more from you and quite often, if you can pull yourself away from the woods this fall!!

      Give thanks that I don’t live down the road a piece!! 😀

      God Bless,
      Steve Sr.

    • George Tsoukalas
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      It has taken me years, Steve, and I am still learning. Thanks for the kind words. Jawge

    • turtlebunting
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      i use a martin savannah longbow! 52@27! timlight coustom wood arrows 575 grains, and zwickey eskimo 125 head! not sure what the foc is.. i dont get that serious about it (havent took the time to learn it)! like shooting and hunting with it:P

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    • lee
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      Got this off ebay for a steal, just arrived today and this hot hunk of wood puts ’em in the 10-ring!

      Diamondback Rat’ler T/D longbow
      66″ 48# @ 28″

      My traveling bow issues have been solved! Now just need a solid case. Any suggestions?

      I hope the picture posted…

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