THRIFTY HUNTER THURSDAY: Countdown to Indiana!

Lord willing, we are leaving for Indiana in two days!  Not only do I get to do a 14-hour road trip, I get to see my baby sister AND hunt AND enjoy cooler temperatures!  Does it get any better than that?  Let’s see if I have everything I need:

  • Black’s Creek bow case with the pink deer plushie my daughter made for me:  check!

  • Pink camo practice quiver my husband made for me with practice arrows: check!

  • Pink camo backpack with all my necessities, including OFF Clip-On, binoculars, deer grunt, wet wipes, knife, gloves, cap, scarf, face paint, harness, and other things I cannot do without while on the hunt:  check!
Hubby and I were outside practicing earlier today.  He was grouping his arrows on the target like a pro!
I climbed up in the 17-foot stand for the first time–yes, in my harness–and didn’t do as well as I do on the ground.  I finally figured it out, though.  Form is everything.

And it’s a lot different in the stand than it is on the ground.  I’m not very consistent, but I did get pretty tired after a few draws. We’ll see what happens!

By the way, here are more photos of the plushie and the quiver.  If you are interested in purchasing one, message me!

Natalie did such a great job on this!  So cute!
Stay tuned. . .



Today my husband persuaded me to go with him to our local archery pro shop.  I agreed if he would allow me to stop at an estate sale on the way home. (We did, but that is another post. . .) Even though I enjoy bowhunting, I quickly run out of things to look at in the male dominated shop.  In all fairness, they are trying to get more things designed especially for women.  The guys at On Target Archery in Canton are a great group of guys and they even have women helping in the shop.

As we entered the shop Jimmy urged me to look at compound bow cases. We are planning a bowhunting trip to my sister’s property in Indiana in a few weeks and I need a good case to keep from damaging my bow in the car.  We’ve been doing some Ebay searching but the cases are either out of our price range or they are gone before we can bid or buy.  One feature we were looking for was a case with inner foam liners on both sides.

Lo and behold, I found the perfect case at the back of the store for my little Mission Craze bow.  It isn’t a hard plastic case, but it has enough structure to keep its shape and protect it from whatever gets stacked against it in the cargo area of my SUV.  It features a strong double toggle zipper and a brown canvas-style fabric covering, and the price was right at $42.99.  The only thing I would change about it is the color.  I asked the shopkeeper if he had one in pink.  He laughed goodnaturedly, saying that he had actually tried to get some cases in pink!  Another reason I need to start my own line of women’s hunting supplies.

Does anyone know how to get started in something like that?  I can see it now:  Femme Fatale Hunter Shop & Outfitting.  

In my dreams. . .




THRIFTY HUNTER THURSDAY: "Please release me, let me go. . ."

Elvis’s words were never more appropriate than when you release your arrow with your bow.  I can hear my pretty pink zebra arrow singing these words as I close in on my target. . .I know, I am dating myself severely.  My mother was/is a HUGE Elvis fan, so I know lots of his song lyrics.  She often played his records while cleaning house, so I grew up listening to them.  Not only Elvis, but Buddy Holly, the Platters. . .

Okay, back to today’s topic. . .

It is difficult in these parts to find lady archery supplies in any abundance.  Along a whole wall of compound bows in our local sporting goods stores, there might be one pink one and even that one is usually for children.  To find a pink release or pink arrows or a pink quiver is a rare find indeed.  In all fairness, these stores are beginning to wake up and provide more than one choice for us lady archers.  Believe it or not, my local Walmart has one of the best selections of any store I have seen.

You can imagine my excitement when I discovered the Tru-Fire pink bow release at a local archery pro shop.  However, after a few uses, I realized that it wouldn’t work for me because the actual release part was too floppy and wouldn’t stay in my hand at a critical point in my draw.  In frustration I resorted to using one of my husband’s old releases.  Every time we visited an archery department I would look at their releases to see if maybe someone had designed a better one, in pink camo, of course.

I found it this summer at our local archery shop, On Target Archery in Canton, Texas.  Manufactured by Tru-Fire, my new release is the Edge Buckle Foldback Pink.  It is pink camo, adjusts with a cute buckle, and has a rigid post which actually folds out of the way when needed.  It was also much cheaper than the price shown on the website.  I love it! 

After all, who wants a mismatched bow and release?  A girl’s gotta be fashionable, even in the deer stand!



Thrifty Hunter Thursday: Zebra Arrows!

Nothing speaks to a reluctant female archer like a pink camouflage compound bow.  I began shooting a bow a couple of years ago but wasn’t really serious about it until my husband bought me my Mathews Mission Craze bow.  (See earlier post for a photo of me with my new bow.)  But what really sealed the deal were pink zebra print arrows!  If you’re gonna shoot to kill, do it with style! 
If you have been watching “Spirit of the Wild,” musician Ted Nugent’s hunting show, you know that he had zebra-striped pink arrows specially made for his wife.  And now anyone can have them!  Beautiful but deadly with a broadhead tip. . .more on that later. . .archery season will be here before we know it!