Mid-October Lull (Bowhunting)

Deer Hunting

(October Lull)

Have you ever wondered, while bowhunting deer in October, what happened to all the deer that you were seeing in early October? After about the first ten days in October the deer that you were seeing have disappeared. Why you ask? There are a few reasons for this, but first I need to tell you that an average deer eats about 8 to 11 pounds of food each day and about 1 ½ to 2 tons of food each year. Most of their food comes from the natural food sources, such as; acorns, leaves, pine needles, wild berries and lichens. This is a key to pinpointing deer movements during the slow times in middle October. 60% of a deer’s diet comes from natural food, which most hunters forget about and never learn how to identify when deer crave these natural foods. In the Northern forests, lichens become a favorite food source in mid to late autumn when the white oak acorns start to fall, which deer prefer over red oak acorns until all the white oak acorns have been eaten. Then the deer move to the red oaks to feast on their acorns.

Probably, most hunters in early October are hunting areas that are hand planted by man and the deer will learn this by hunters leaving tell tale signs like their scent or sightings. Deer will then start feeding nearer their bedding grounds on natural foods. Deer need to feed about every four hours allowing their four stomachs to regurgitate and predigest their food. This time of the year (early to mid-Oct.) is the best time to take a doe. The reason behind this is, does are not as skittish as later on when they are wise to the hunter, and if you are successful in harvesting one at this time you can check or study the contents of the food in their stomach. Studying their contents will explain what types of food they are eating and where you need to be while bowhunting deer at this time of the year.

Bucks are starting to become more competitive at this time also. I have found that calling with a grunt call or a bleater can is very effective while bowhunting now. Also, you may rattle antlers by doing so lightly. The younger bucks are trying to figure out their dominance and how well they rank in that particular part of their home front. This causes the bigger bucks to be curious and to check out who is in their neck of the woods.

Learning what deer eat when deer seem to disappear in mid-Oct. will definitely help your chances of being successful during your bowhunting deer season. Three things to investigate are; where do they bed, what are they feeding on and where are they moving to and from during daylight hours. Your sightings of deer during the lull of mid-Oct. bowhunting deer season will improve when you learn the invisible menu of the Whitetail’s diet. Enhance your chances!

Source by Ted Lake

South Africa Hunting

Hunters are always in conflict with conservatives and environment protectionists. The tussle seems to continue as long as the spirit of hunting expresses in the minds of modern day hunters. Hunting for food is generally accepted as rule of nature, but when it comes to sports or trophy hunting, there arises differences of varied kinds, a strong struggle with seemingly no ending. Hunters can leave these concerns aside and pursue their passion to go wild and chase the animals in the wilderness once they are on for South Africa hunting.

Different companies offer South Africa hunting packages that cover providing information about hunting season, identifying hunting locations, availability of trophy hunting options, and provide for essentials as stay and dine in luxury or semi luxury rooms, weapons, guards, and trekking facilities like jeep, mini bus, elephant, or horse. If the adventurism lets you, you can also try a safari on foot, where you walk into the terrains where elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes and mighty antelopes roam about.

There are many animals including big five – elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and buffalo. Zebra, oryx, kudu, red leopard, steenbok, warthogs, cheetah, baboon, varmint, gemsbok, etc are the animals you can spot in South Africa hunting safari.

Not all animals are spotted in all seasons – your South Africa hunting company should be able to figure out the kinds of animals that may be available at your time of visit. Highest levels of skills and patients are required for a successful homerun.

The hunted animals will mostly end up in the dining tables of local people that at least partly depend on the hunters for their food. This can be an answer to haters of this big game safari.

While moving into the wilderness, the biggest adventure can be moving alone. But it is also easy to get lost in the wilderness. So it is not advisable to go into the hunting area alone. South Africa hunting companies will provide you with necessary guides and hunters to ensure you get a good catch and return safely.

Other options of wilderness and detour to primate conditions include bow hunting, where you experience ‘almost’ the same as what early caveman did while guarding his life, along with his women and children.

So where do you think you will get that experience of hunting for survival? Do you expect to get such an experience while you are with hundreds of other hunters looking to share a turkey or a deer? Although you can’t move in isolation, you need to choose South Africa hunting itinerary that doesn’t overload the hunting ground with a lot of hunters. It not only takes away the real spirit of South Africa hunting, but also leaves you with a less than satisfactory catch.

Source by John Ritoguz

The Top 3 Ground Blinds For Hunting

For those hunters who prefer to hunt on the ground floor, whether by choice or necessity, having the best ground blind for hunting is a must. There are many different manufacturers out there, with as many different price points to match. But the bottom line is you need a hunting blind that will conceal you and protect you from the elements. In most cases, any decent ground blind will do. However, sometimes you hunt in areas which dictate a certain camo pattern or perhaps your in an area, where mother nature is definitely not a hunters friend.

When selecting a ground blind for your next hunting trip, start by dong some research online. Once you have narrowed your choices, visit your local hunting pro shop or retail outlet. This will give you a chance to put your hands on the blind. Take the time to get in the display, look through the window openings, get a feel for all of the features each ground blind has to offer. Picture the hunting blind in the setting of the area you intend to hunt.

Ask yourself the following questions: Does the camo pattern fit the surroundings you intend to hunt? Is there enough room for you and your hunting party? Are you going to film your hunt? Is there enough room for the camera and cameraman? Is there enough window space to allow for a good view of the animal with the camera? What weapon will you be using? Is this hunting blind versatile enough to be used during multiple hunting seasons? How difficult is the ground blind to set up and take down? How easy is it to transport?

Once you have taken the time to answer these questions, you may find that you will need a top rated hunting blind. To help you make the best decision possible, I have reviewed what I believe are the top three hunting ground blinds available today.

1. Ameristep Crossbones/Crossbow Ground Blind- This Ameristep was designed with the crossbow hunter in mind. It has a bench style system which allows for multiple rest alternatives to help the hunter steady his/her shot. Though crossbows were intended as the primary weapon used in this ground blind, the Ameristep offers functionality for bow and rifle hunters alike. This blind uses Ameristep’s “Spider Hub” technology which aids with stability and ease of set up. The Durashell Plus fabric provides superior weatherproofing while helping to reduce a hunter’s noise from inside the blind.

2. Primos Double Bull Crusher- This is my personal favorite. The Crusher’s 3-ply welded fabric provides outstanding weather resistance while reducing shine and shadowing and almost eliminating a hunter’s profile. This hunting blind has a “Frame Pack” which can convert into a ground chair or shelf.

3. Shooter’s Ridge Sasquatch Blind- The Sasquatch comes in two sizes; a large or medium. Both offer a roof opening, numerous brush ties and removable window sections providing for a complete “black out.” Other features in the Sasquatch include a dog door, arrow friendly pass-through windows and drink holders. This amazing ground blind is available in Realtree HD or Realtree Max 1.

No matter your final selection of a hunting blind, the most important point is that the blind fits your needs when hunting. Choosing the best hunting ground blind will add to your overall experience when you head out into the fields or woods on your next hunt.

Source by Keith Cantelmo

10 Deer Hunting Safety Tips to Ensure a Fun and Safe Hunting Experience

Deer hunting season is upon us this fall in many states and I am so excited that I can hardly wait to put on my ridiculous looking bright orange hunting clothing and accessories so I can hit the outdoors.

My wife teases me about how silly I look in my bright orange hunting gear but if I were to leave the house without it she would be terrified for my safety and would think I have lost my mind for not wearing the correct gear for deer hunting safety.

As I double checked my gear in anticipation of the deer hunting season opening right around the corner it got me to think just how important it is to be safe out there.

Deer hunting is a fun outdoor sport but just like any type of sport you must adhere to certain safety precautions to avoid injury or even death. And not just your safety but that of your fellow hunters.

Deer hunting after all involves a lot of eager men, women, and children out there armed with high powered rifles and unfortunately not everyone is as safety conscious as they should be.

7 Deer hunting safety tips

  1. Wear the bright orange hunting clothing gear so you can be easily seeing and not confused with a deer. Not only is it safe but it’s also required by law.
  2. Do not pull the trigger unless unless you are sure without doubt, that your target is a deer. Sounds like a no-brainer but you would be amazed that the most hunting accidents are from hunters shooting other hunters by accident.
  3. Let your family and/or friends know when you’re going hunting, where, and what time you’re expected to be back home.
  4. Check the weather forecast.
  5. If at all possible, avoid hunting alone.
  6. Use your own tree stand and make sure it’s installed or built safety before you climb up on it.
  7. Take care of your hunting equipment before and after the hunt.

Hunt Safe – Have Fun

Hunting is a fantastic and fun outdoor activity. Not only is it a great form of getting exercise but it allows you to spend time outdoors with your friends and family and even your dog.

By following the hunting safety tips outline above not only do you ensure your safety but that of your fellow hunters (both the two and four legged hunters).

Please keep those hunting safety tips in mind each time so we can all have a safe and fun hunting experience.

When you pick up your deer hunting license ask for safety brochures or check your states department of natural resources agency website they will have printable safety tips.

Source by Wesley Ames

The Importance of the Class 3 FFL License

There are three primary classes of Federal Firearms Licenses, The Class 3 FFL License being the most prominent and three variants of those. It is important that you apply for the right one for your particular needs. The primary licenses are as follows:

Class 1 – This is for the importers of National Firearms Act guns, explosives, and other destructive devices. This would not be what the average person would need for their small business.

Class 2 – This is for the manufacturers and dealers from the factory standpoint. Companies who make weapons for the masses would need this, not the person who is buying for resale.

Class 3 – This license is for the person who buys and sales weapons including full automatics, silencers, and other destructive devices. This is the class that your local gun shop owner carries. If you acquire a Class 3 license, you do not have to have a storefront to buy and sell, and you save the $200 tax stamp you have to pay for every gun purchase you make.

Owning a gun dealer’s license is fairly inexpensive, and there are no requirements of how much, if any, product you must buy to keep the license active. When you apply for the Class 3 FFL License, you should know how you plan to use it.

If you are planning to open a gun shop, you will need to have procured or leased the space prior to the visit by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives. If you choose to get your license to use from your home, it is simpler, but you will need to have your home ready for the ATF visit, too.

What are the advantages of possessing a Class 3 FFL License? The most important are:

  • The savings from the direct purchase of guns and paraphernalia – You only pay 70% of the cost you would pay if you bought from a gun shop. If you expect to buy guns on an ongoing basis, you should save enough on purchases to cover the licensing fee.
  • Buying gun dealer samples or even making them for a fraction of the cost of the retail product – Building your own saves you a great deal over what you would pay for manufactured guns like automatics and machine guns. If you choose to resell what you make, you have an opportunity to make serious money doing so.
  • You can purchase accessories for weapons – Some people make a good side income from selling silencers and gun stands among other products.

Should I Apply?

Everyone who applies does not necessarily get a Class 3 FFL License, and much of the reason they don’t is because they make critical mistakes in the application. If you attempt to get yours without any guidance, it can be a confusing and daunting task. We recommend you seek the advice of a Class 3 FFL License Guide and get your FFL License easily and effectively.

Source by Brady Harrison

Becoming a Professional Hunter

When I first told my (then) wife I wanted to qualify as a Professional Hunter, she looked at me aghast and yelled, “you want to be a WHAT! Are you mad?” When I attended my PH training course and examination, the sentiment was repeated……. but thankfully, this time, in humour!

We get many e-mails from young men and the occasional young lady asking us how they get a job in the industry. Some erroneously see it as a ‘glamour’ job, some are genuine hunters and some simply need psychiatric help. Sometimes sorting the wheat from the chaff isn’t easy, so I usually tend to give as much advice as I can and then it’s up to them if they choose to pursue the matter.

Getting started in the industry isn’t easy for anyone, but it’s not impossible. After all, if an Englishman like me can do it, then anyone can. Two of the hardest challenges you’ll be faced with is getting your initial training and then getting your first few seasons’ experience, especially with dangerous game. I was lucky in that my first few years experience was in a more relaxed generation and I was the luckiest SOB in the world to meet and become friends with the late Mr Vivian Good. Viv was not only a great PH, he was also a good man who gave unstintingly of his advice, hospitality and friendship. When I first went along to get my official training and sit my first PH exams, I struck lucky yet again by attending the Goss Professional Hunting Academy in Kwa Zulu Natal, run by Ian Goss. Ian is a tough, ‘old school’ taskmaster, but he gives a superb standard of training and strict examination. Even today, when I tell someone I passed with Ian Goss, they’ll often comment something like, ‘hell, you must be good then!’

One of the most valuable things Ian gave to me was his parting advice as I drove off with my very first PH licence tucked in my pocket. He told me, “Steve, don’t for a moment think that I’ve made you into a good Professional Hunter. I haven’t, but I have put you on the road to becoming one, and as you take your first steps down that road, you’ll learn something new every day.” Nearly 20 years later, that statement still rings as true today as it was then. I’m still learning new things about the business on a daily basis and I doubt I’ll ever be able to thank Ian enough for all his help, friendship and support he’s given me over the years.

The South African Professional Hunting academies, although occasionally criticised by some, are a very good way for the novice to start his PH training and get his first licence, but remember, if you’re not a South African resident, you are forbidden to sit the exams, which means that although you’ll have completed the training, there is no possible way you can actually gain the PH licence.

Don’t even consider attending one of these academies unless you have at least a reasonably good knowledge of the basics such as rifles, ballistics and a general knowledge of the common mammals in general and hunting in particular. If you turn up not knowing a kudu from 30.06, you’ll be wasting your money and everyone’s time and you may very well get kicked out on your ass!

It should be noted that at the time of writing this article, South Africa is currently considering revising the Professional Hunter training and examination system, and if this happens, the course will become considerably longer, more expensive and harder to complete. The proposed syllabus currently looks like it’ll comprise of something like 150+ unit standards and each unit standard will equate to a day’s work or study.

Another option if you are unable or reluctant to attend one of the South African PH training academies, or even if you do attend the course. Your next step will be to begin looking for your first seasons work.

If you live in South Africa and want to restrict yourself to that country, then it’s fairly straight forward, all you have to do is join PHASA and put an advert in the magazine and hope that something comes up. If you’re from overseas, then it’s a bit more difficult. My advice would be to get on the internet and start researching for good quality hunting companies that might pique your interest and operate in the countries you’d like to work in. Then you get yourself organised with a good quality, professional CV/resume and start sending it to the companies of your choice and asking for work. Remember that even if you offer to work for nothing but keep and tips, and you may well have to, it still costs the safari company a great deal of money to keep you in camp and train you, so if you and your application needs to be of the highest possible standard. If it’s not, then forget it until you can make yourself more desirable to any potential employers. I’ve never forgotten one bloody idiot that wrote to me many years ago telling me that just because he had a masters degree in medieval history, had been chairman of his university clay pigeon club for a year and lived on a farm in the shires, he was ideally suited for me to employ him as a Professional Hunter. Quite why, I could never fathom – he hadn’t even ever fired a rifle and knew zero about even the basics of Africa or the African hunting industry…….. Needless to say, he didn’t get a job, but he did give me a laugh!

If you’re lucky enough to break into the safari industry, and some do manage to do it, you can expect your first season or two to be spent doing some of the more mundane tasks such as road and camp building and vehicle maintenance. You’d better make sure you make a good job of everything you do. Stuff something up and you just might be out of a job the next day. After all, a safari company simply can’t afford vehicle breakdowns in the middle of the bush for instance. – The good news is that if you get it right, you’ll be taking the first steps down the road to a great career.

Working as a PH is a great job, but don’t expect it to ever make you rich. If you want to make serious money, go get a job as a lawyer or a banker or something, sure it’s not as much fun as working as a PH, but you’ll probably make enough money to come on safari on a regular basis. If you feel you can forego the money in exchange for the lifestyle of a Professional Hunter, then I’d encourage you to go for it. I did, and I’ve never regretted it. My bank manager and my ex-wife might have done, but I never have……..

Source by S Robinson

Deer Hunting Trail Cameras – Brief History

Over the past 3 decades there has been a lot of people, hunters, outdoor enthusiast, birders and more are wanting to see wildlife in a more natural setting. As well as wildlife management organizations.

With the advance in the technology of digital photography in the last 10 – 15 years that ‘want’ has become a reality with the advent of deer hunting trail cameras or trail cams for short.

Even as the technology has made deer cameras more accessible and inexpensive, these were not the first trail cams used.

Trail cameras actually started back in the late 1800s, if you can imagine that. Wildlife photographers would set up bulky box cameras on trip wires to catch wildlife in action in a natural setting. Of course these cameras were huge and did not take as many photos as today’s deer hunting trail cameras do but they would get some great pictures for the time and could publish them in wildlife magazines as they do today.

By the 1950s wildlife photographers were using 35mm cameras that could take many more photos, as many as 36 shots could be taken from those ‘modern day’ trail cams.

As the technology of deer hunting trail cameras rose in the ’80s and ’90s motion detection was being added to the still limited but useful 35mm cameras. Downfalls of the motion detection was there were lots of moving leaf pictures taken. So still not as perfect a system by today’s standards.

Although deer hunting trail cameras have been around for quite a while in one form or another, the use of these trail cams is still in use today and getting better every year.

There are many different types of trail cams on the market today. Choosing the right type, size, color, and features can make all the difference. Learn all you can about the different types and features before you purchase your deer hunting camera.

Source by Raymond B Edge

Famous Taxidermists

Martha Maxwell (1831-1881)

Martha Maxwell was one of the first women known to both collect and preserve her own skins. She was born in Pennsylvania but moved to the Colorado Territory in 1860s, during the first wave of the Pike’e Peak Gold Rush, where she became an accomplished hunter. Inspired by the work of a local taxidermist, she began skinning animals for artistic endeavors. Interestingly, Maxwell was a vegetarian throughout her life.

A self-educated naturalist and artist, Maxwell’s work helped found modern taxidermy and changed the look of natural history museums forever. In 1868 she opened a museum in Boulder, and she also showed her preserved animals and birds at both the Colorado Agricultural Society Fair in Denver and at the American Centennial Exhibition of 1876 in Philadelphia.

The Maxwell Owl (Otus asio maxwelliae) is named after Martha Maxwell. She was the first woman to have a subspecies named after her.

The Van Ingen brothers

Van Ingen & Van Ingen was an Indian company specializing in taxidermy. During its heyday, it was run by the three brothers Botha, De Wet and Joubert Van Ingen who were trained by their father Eugene Van Ingen, founder of the taxidermy firm. The Van Ingens lived and worked in Mysore, Karnatak in the southern part of India and became famous for their head mounts, full mounts, flat animal rugs and rug mounts with attached heads. In 2004, author Pat Morris interviewed the 92 year old Joubert for the book “Van Ingen & Van Ingen – Artists in Taxidermy”. Joubert is the last remaining survivor of the three brothers.

The Van Ingen brothers famously preserved shikhar hunting trophies in lifelike poses for the maharajas of India. Their work was considered incomparable to any other taxidermist in the world. The family worked chiefly with tigers, leopards and bears and their book “The Preservation of Shikar Trophies, Artists in Taxidermy, Mysore” is considered an important source for information on the abundance of wild leopards and tigers once found in the wild.

The company was active from the turn of the last century to 1998.

Louis Dufresne (1752-1832)

Louis Dufresne was one of the naturalists traveling on the ship Astrolabe on its remarkable journey. The ship sailed first to Madeira, Tenerife, Trinidad and the coast of Brazil. It then rounded Cape Horn and landed at Concepción and the Sandwich Islands. The journey continued along the northern coast of the Americas all the way up to Alaska. After visiting Monterey, the expedition crossed the Pacific and landed in Macao, China. Eventually, the ship returned to France with an abundance of knowledge.

In 1793, Dufresne started working as taxidermist and curator at Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris. In the early 1800s, he popularized the use of arsenic soap for preserving birds – a technique which had made it possible for the museum to build the world’s largest collection of birds.

Dufresne also maintained a private collection. By 1818, he had compiled roughly 1 600 bird specimens, 800 eggs from around the world and 12 000 insects. The collection also included a lot of shells, fossils, corals and amphibians. Today, the this collection is a part of the Royal Scottish Museum, after being purchased by the University of Edinburgh in 1819.

Source by William Berg

The Evolution of Man – The History of Hunting

Perhaps one of the eldest activities on the face of the planet is hunting. The history of hunting, as a result, is also one of the most diverse. Hunting for food has always been something that human kind has had to do, dating back to the beginning of any civilizations known to man.

As a result of this, there have been thousands of weapons and devices used to hunt. The history of hunting is far more complicated than any other history in the world, as it stretches so far into the past. In order to understand this history, you need to break down and study each era where hunting has been a major part of life. While there are exact time lines of when certain guns or weapons were produced, understanding the importance of hunting should be done on a far broader scale. There is much more to the history of hunting than when the gun was created.

The First Era, Pre-Civilization

In this time frame, from before great cities to the first starts of basic civilization, the human race survived on their skills of scavenging and hunting. In cultures similar to those of the first era and pre-civilization, women had the roll of caring for the home and preparing the food brought in by the men. Some portions of modern day Africa have conditions similar to this, where they do not have a great deal of money, and a similar style of hierarchy. The men all learned how to hunt, and they held these hunts daily to feed themselves. Unlike today, all hunting was for survival, and none of it for sport. All of the materials from the killed animals was used, from the bones to the pelt. Hunting was also a method of determining who was the bravest warrior. The bravest would hunt the ferocious creatures that lived nearby their homes. These kills were a vital part of the early hierarchies.

A wide variety of different weapons were used during this era, from slings to spears crafted of wood and stone. For large prey, the hunters would work together in packs, similar to how a wolf hunts to bring down their quarry. The only trophies kept were antlers and teeth. Occasionally the skulls would be kept as decoration or as symbols of the clan or family group. This oldest form of hunting was the basis in which the present was formed.

The Second Era, Growth of Civilization

As people gathered together and civilization really began, the role of men as hunters changed as well. Cities, by their very nature, require a variety of people with a lot of skills. There needed to be craftsmen and weavers, animal handlers and other trades so that everyone could have access to everything they needed. Instead of the split between men and women, hunting became the task of those most suited for hunting. These were usually always men, as it was looked down upon for women to participate in this line of work.

This was also the turning point where hunting becoming a sport. Civilizations, such as the Babylonians, the Egyptians, and the Romans all had their hunters and craftsmen. The Romans, took hunting as a sport to a whole new level, capturing prey alive for sale or gladiatorial competitions. Only certain individuals were hunters, allowing the select men to feed those in their community.

The Third Era, The Middle Ages

Perhaps one of the most interesting times in the history of hunting, is the middle ages. This is the period in time where hunting for food was a vital part of life for many, though restricted. Rules on hunting, such as no hunting in the King’s Forest, was the first real restrictions on hunting present in the world. Only the rich prospered, and the surf classes hunted whatever they could, when they could for survival. Hunting, from boar to deer to fox hunting, became primary sports for the nobility of the time frame. This started the trend of organized hunts for sport.

Colonists to the New World required as much hunting skills as possible, during this period of time, although they progressed quickly from relying on scavenging and hunting to creating farms and plantations. Popular weapons for use in hunting during this time period was forms of archery, slings and throwing spears. The gun was also used, although it had not quite yet reached full levels of popularity.

The Fourth Era, The Industrial Period

On the heels of the Middle Ages was the Industrial period. This era stretched from beyond the 1700s until just after the start of the 1900s. The evolution of machines brought about great changes in hunting. Large farms became very popular, where livestock was raised instead of the practice of hunting wild animals, downgrading hunting to only become a past time. Guns, ranging from muskets to rifles, were being to be used extensively. Archery was downgraded to sport use only, though it was very popular for tests of skill.

Present Day

Through these stages of the history of hunting, humans have perfected this activity, with a wide range of weapons. Archers, for example, have many types of bows to choose from. Arrows are just as plentiful as bows, from metal to wood, with many different types of tips. Guns have evolved the same way, with many types of bullets and guns for different types of hunting. Special guns and equipment designed for moose hunting, for example, wouldn’t be the same as deer hunting supplies.

Competitive hunting, such as fox hunting, is still greatly enjoyed by many people who prefer a little more action to their hunting. In the modern world, safety and skill are the requirements for hunting, and it is open for anyone who is willing to learn proper weapon handling and obtain all of the documents necessary to hunt. Regulations on guns and hunting have been developed to prevent species from going extinct. While hunting is still very popular, the modern day has a lot more restrictions that in any other era in the history of hunting.

Each of these eras of the history of hunting have done a lot for the sport and trade, giving it a rich heritage that shouldn’t be forgotten.

Source by Rebecca Blain

Parker Bushwacker Crossbow Vs Wicked Ridge Warrior Crossbow

Parker Bushwhacker crossbows is manufactured by Parker – one of the largest manufacturers of compound bows. It is intended to give hunting enthusiasts value for their money by combining style and safety in its design. Considered to be at entry level, the Bushwhacker is ultra light in weight with a vented forearm as well as a safety finger flange and pistol grip for easy use. Other features include a G2 trigger, aggressive stock styling with auto engage and ambidextrous safety. An additional significant feature of the Parker Bushwhacker is its anti dry fire device. Not all manufacturers include this device in its products. Dry firing or firing without bows or arrows can cause damage to the limb so it is important to integrate an anti dry fire mechanism.

On the other hand, the Wicked Ridge Warrior is a product of Tenpoint. It provides precise performance without costing you too much money. Its CNC machine riser guarantees superior strength and quality. Tenpoint is known for its patent technologies that are incorporated in every product it manufactures. These technologies include the Ridge dot to allow hunters to shoot with precision as well as Acra-Angle technology that ensures accuracy in cocking while preventing any injury from occurring. The PowerTouch trigger gives a quiet, smooth and consistent trigger pull. Furthermore, it also integrates an anti dry firing mechanism to avoid dry firing. This is really important since it can prevent from the string to wear out as quickly and as well to prevent any incidents from occurring.

Both types of crossbows enjoy immense popularity and positive reviews from consumers. Reviews claim that the Parker Bushwhacker is very lightweight, compact and easy to handle or move around. It provides accurate shooting with no excessive noise compared to other brands. With its low price, consumers get a quality product and still have extra money to buy other items for hunting. Aside from its features, consumers also commend the lifetime warranty offered by Parker as compared to the limited warranty by other manufacturers.

With Tenpoint’s reputation, consumers are assured of getting a quality product. It shoots with exact precision and great penetration. It is also easy to draw and use. This is also lightweight that even children can use it. So if you want to get extra savings, you can choose either the Parker Bushwhacker or Tenpoint’s Wicked Ridge Warrior. They are good entry-level crossbows, and good quality products that come in affordable prices.

Source by Tim X Zheng