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Illinois Trophy Bowhunters: “Where Whitetail Dreams Come True”

 

Illinois Trophy Bowhunters: “Where Whitetail Dreams Come True”

 

When it comes to Illinois Trophy Bowhunters, Inc. (ITB), making the perfect whitetail hunt possible for any and all bow hunters is literally their mission, not just a slogan. ITB is one of those companies that has fine-tuned every aspect of the deer hunt in order to maximize the chances of bow hunting success for all their visitors.

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Since ITB is 100% fair chase, a buck cannot be guaranteed, but when looking for elite service and guides who have a long experience in the bow hunting realm, the opportunities to land a trophy whitetail deer are extremely high with ITB. Managed for trophy quality deer (125” P&Y or better), ITB’s archery hunts are a full 6 days of hunting; unlike 4 or 5, which are offered by most other Illinois deer hunting outfitters. This extra day in the field can mean a great deal for the hunter if the weather has not cooperated during the week in the great state of Illinois. Coming together to increase your personal opportunity for success, ITB is a proven combination of trophy managed land, longer hunts, hunting the rut, experienced bow hunting guides, and fewer hunters to deal with.

 

For almost 25 years, Illinois Trophy Bowhunters, Inc. has provided unmatched bow hunting experiences. Founder Steve Phelps, back in 1991, wanted to share his passion for whitetail deer hunting with others, thus sparking the creation of ITB. The original concept was to control approximately 5000 acres in Pike County, Illinois, to judge just how good bow hunting could get if managed the correct way. Guided deer hunts would only be allowed during the rut – just three weeks out of the entire year. This made the land ITB managed more of a refuge for the remaining part of the year, which means more bucks were available when those three weeks of hunting came into play.

 

Detailed plans were made: ITB determined the exact spots where stands should be placed, and the approach to the stands based on various wind conditions. Shooting lanes were then also developed that would not exceed 25 yards in order to minimize wound rates and increase kill percentage. With all the professional work, research, and thought put into the plans, Illinois Trophy Bowhunters, Inc. reaped the rewards from early on and grew to become a highly respected Illinois deer outfitter, with guided deer hunts that are more popular than ever in 2017.

 

Each year, the best buck ITB takes, scores in the 190 – 200 inch range. The ITB hunting camp success rates can be as high as 90% for shot opportunity and 70% for kill rates! The stage is most definitely always set for the opportunity to achieve these numbers on any day during the three weeks bow hunting is practiced.

 

One of the most important achievements – not to mention a true compliment for ITB – is the fact that bow hunters return for 5 to 10 years in a row after their first booking. Rebooking rates have averaged around 70% for the last 10 years because hunters know that the next day they spend in the woods with ITB guides could have them scoring the best buck of their life. Thousands of satisfied deer hunters praise Illinois Trophy Bowhunters, Inc. for the work they do that goes above and beyond the call of most outfitters, which is why they book their guided tours with them – whether it be for family and friends or business events.

 

A guided deer hunt is a dream hunt for many and can be an awesome trip. For many, the hunt in Illinois becomes an annual journey they look forward to and a tradition that might last for several years in a row. However, if the wrong Illinois outfitter is chosen, dream hunts can end up being nightmares. The right choice is made by choosing a company with almost 25 years in the industry that is filled with experienced guides and plans to get the job done right by supplying all avid bow hunters with the unforgettable experience of coming face-to-face with those Midwest monster bucks.

 

In other words…when that excitement builds for the bow hunt, and the dreams grow bigger to bag that unforgettable whitetail, look no further than Illinois Trophy Bowhunters!

 

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Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Launching the Perfect Release

 

Launching the Perfect Release

This simple approach to shooting form will improve accuracy, consistency, and fix problems you may not even know you have!

by Rob Reaser

 

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Let us start this conversation by stating the obvious: there is no single, magic bullet to improving bow-shooting accuracy.

As any experienced bowhunter will tell you, many elements are involved in properly executing a shot. Stance, grip, draw, breathing, hold, aiming, release, and follow-through all contribute to the accuracy or lack thereof for every shot you take. Add to that the equipment variables (sighting system and release type…assuming all else being equal), and it’s easy to see there is a lot that can go wrong between nocking an arrow and releasing it.

Think of the moment of release as the capstone of building a pyramid. Aside from the follow through, everything involved in making the shot builds up to the moment you break the trigger. All of those elements mentioned are the foundation stones of a properly executed release. If one of those stones fails, a chain reaction of failures can ensue and your shot will suffer.

I’ll be the first to admit guilt of having not always shot with proper form. I got into archery as a seven year-old shooting in the backyard with a 15-lb. fiberglass bow, and it went from there. My informal entry into the sport meant that I did not learn correct form and, as a result, many bad habits followed me through the years. I did not realize I had one of those habits until I picked my traditional bow back up a few years ago.

Shooting the stick-and-string gave me fits. My arrows were correctly spined and flying straight, and my aiming and other shot essentials were spot-on, but all too often, and for no apparent reason, my arrows seemed to go wherever they wanted.

Something was wrong, and it was time to swallow my pride and go back to the basics. That is when I discovered that little thing called back tension.

I did not really discover back tension—more like I rediscovered it. I had known that using the back muscles (primarily the major and minor rhomboids) was the correct way to draw and hold a bow, but thanks to years of shooting with an improper form, I never developed the technique or even thought about it. I just drew my bow and let fly. Once I picked up the recurve, however, I knew that way of shooting wasn’t going to “fly” anymore.

So, I made a conscious effort to do things right—and I can tell you from first-hand experience that until you try to do it right, you may not realize that you have been doing it wrong all along. I sure did not.

 

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Drawing and holding with back tension centers on the major and minor rhomboid muscles that connect the scapulas to the spinal column. Use these muscle for improved stability, form, and shot consistency.

 

How do you draw and hold anchor with your back muscles? It sounds like a simple thing, but you do need to think about it. Many sources describe how to do this, but what you are attempting to do is contract the short and powerful rhomboid muscles that connect the scapula (shoulder blade) to your spinal column.

The way I learned to do it was to think of my drawing arm as an inanimate hook—meaning I do not use any of my upper or lower arm muscles in the course of drawing and holding the bow at anchor. If you can think of your arm this way, you will necessarily draw and hold your bow with only your back muscles. Try this a few times and once you feel it, you will understand.

I immediately realized the benefits of true back tension when shooting my traditional bow. My stability at anchor seemed to improve ten-fold, creep (the tendency for the bowstring to move forward while at anchor) seriously diminished, and those erratic shots disappeared.

I took this lesson learned from shooting my recurve and applied it to my compound bow. Now, if you have shot both traditional and compound, you may think there is a large separation between the two in terms of isolating the draw and hold forms with back tension, but there is not. You use the same muscles the same way. It is just that the massive let-off afforded by the compound reduces the “felt tension” when compared to holding with a traditional bow. In fact, the let-off of a compound bow makes it even easier (at least for me) to isolate the back muscles because the resistance is so much less than with a traditional bow.

Back to the pyramid example we started with. Your foundation blocks are solid (stance, grip, and now draw and hold) thanks to the proper application of back muscle tension. At draw, all tension is in your back and not your arm, which is as it should be. Your draw arm is a “dead hook” and your aim and body is stable. Now it is all about the release.

When I say “release,” I mean both the act of releasing the string and the mechanism by which you release it. If you are correctly applying back tension, this is where an index finger trigger release like the Speed Shot™ XS BOA® truly shines.

 

The TRUGLO Speed Shot™ XS BOA® index finger trigger release is ideal for maximizing proper back tension form, especially when custom-adjusted. The Speed Shot™ XS BOA® allows you to adjust not only the wrist strap for optimal comfort and position, the trigger assembly can be adjusted for length of pull, and you can adjust the trigger pull weight to fit your shooting style.
The TRUGLO Speed Shot™ XS BOA® index finger trigger release is ideal for maximizing proper back tension form, especially when custom-adjusted. The Speed Shot™ XS BOA® allows you to adjust not only the wrist strap for optimal comfort and position, the trigger assembly can be adjusted for length of pull, and you can adjust the trigger pull weight to fit your shooting style.

 

The BOA® mechanism allows you to snug the wrist strap just right—neither too tight nor too loose. Because of this perfect and adjustable fit, the Speed Shot™ XS BOA® minimizes muscle tension in the wrist and forearm. This further isolates your back tension and facilitates proper follow-through upon release.

 

The key advantage of the combined application of back tension and a quality trigger release like the Speed Shot™ XS BOA® is you now have the ingredients for the “surprise release.”

 

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Notice how the Speed Shot™ XS BOA®, when properly adjusted to the shooter, requires only the index finger to execute the shot. This makes it easy to execute a surprise release, and facilitates proper follow-through upon release.

 

Whether you are shooting a firearm or a bow, the surprise release is always the goal. Anticipating the moment of release can introduce errors in shooting form and concentration, and it can lead to more serious issues such as target panic—something to avoid at all costs. With the Speed Shot™ XS BOA® and good back tension, you are better able to aim and depress the release trigger without introducing muscle movement that can disrupt either. By limiting muscle activity to the back and the index finger only, a steady trigger pull will deliver a surprise release and a proper follow-through of your release hand.

 

And that is what we call Launching the Perfect Release.

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Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

“The Art of Deception” Masters of Camouflage

Ah…the ability to hide. Even back in Ancient Greece, Aristotle was known to comment on color-changing abilities and the camouflage that the octopus was able to achieve. (Don’t believe me? It’s all written in his: Historia Animalium). Of course…it’s 2013 now, and the brilliant ability of the octopus to capture its prey by changing its color to exactly match the stones it sat beside, is mostly what you would call ‘out of touch.’

For our present issues, there is one company that is more than ‘in-touch,’ and has proven time and time again that they are the masters of camouflage. For any hunter who wishes to capture that prey without having to stand out as if he or she is wearing Grandma’s hand-woven afghan, it is Predator Camouflage that one and all are turning to in order to not only purchase the best quality products, but also to work with a truly professional and experienced staff who knows their business.

It was back in 1998 that Predator Camo became the ‘Pioneers in Open Pattern Camo.’ This particular pattern is what the Hood Brothers were intent on creating that would allow a hunter to get closer to the game that they truly desired. At the time this was mostly seen as an impossible notion; however, Predator Camo  Archery-hunting-www.predatorcamo.com-it was those twenty-year-old thoughts that led to a product that brought about an almost ‘mystical’ quality to the hunting realm, a quality that one would only think to catch in a sci-fi film. This Predator Camo invention was a pattern they produced that allowed hunters to literally disappear into the surrounding area – no matter what that area looked like.

From the deep woods to a gray day to a winter white scene, Predator Camouflage became the original camouflage creator of the “open” pattern – a pattern that literally ‘breaks apart’ a human silhouette to make them actually become part of the background to the prey’s eyes. With Predator Camo, away went those ‘special secret formulas’ that were found on late-night commercials or sitting on a store-shelf looking far different in a plastic bag than they would when the hunter actually put them on. With this true innovation, Predator Camo has ‘gifted’ everyone from professionals and serious hunters to sportsmen and women a truly elite pattern and…the only one that truly works.

Predator Camo  Archery-hunting-www.predatorcamo.com-white tail-As time has moved forward, Predator Camo has continued with their innovative minds and amazing skills by inventing multiple patterns that are – and will remain – unmatched by any competitor. Add to that the fact that the apparel is affordable, durable, waterproof and rain resistant – and you, the hunter, will find yourself being able to head into the woods far earlier and be allowed to hunt far later into the season than ever before. Why? Because you have the perfect pattern to match the ever-changing scenery – no matter what time of year it may be.

As all professionals and experts will tell you, it is the hunting apparel and gear that increase your opportunity and ability to harvest that buck, bull, ram or tom of a lifetime; which means Predator Camouflage is the only apparel to get the job done.

When it comes to the “Art of Deception,” the Predator Camo line is ready for every type of scene the hunter could possibly come across. From the Brown Deception and the Green Deception, which are earth-toned colors with a unique 3-D look that breaks up your silhouette in order to provide you with stealth and deception in your movements; to Winter White, a very popular pattern that hunters can use to actually disappear into the background of a world suddenly turned black and white by Old Man Winter – offering the hunter a whole new doorway into late season hunting.

Whether a fan of early or late season treestand hunting, Predator Camo also has Fall Gray, which is a pattern completely unparalleled. Taking to the trees for that ‘big shot’ at the once impossible buck you’ve wanted all your hunting career, is now attainable. And the pattern still works in almost any scenario: From poplars to aspens; rock terrain to sagebrush.

And to get a bit deeper into that sci-fi realm, Predator Camo has also created the 3-D Deception patterns that can completely make the hunter disappear as if they were Houdini, himself. Blend into almost any terrain on the ground in early spring, or fall when you’re chasing that ultimate Predator Camo  Archery-hunting-www.predatorcamo.com-white tail-spotting scope-Thanksgiving turkey down in order to serve it on a silver platter to the family.

All of these unmatched and unrivaled patterns are available in a huge line of apparel that is most definitely the hunter’s ‘must-have’ laundry list. Poly Compression Wear; Rain Gear; Early & Late Season Apparel, Hats, Gloves, Suits – everything is available.

On top of that amazing product line also comes a ‘Community’ where the avid sportsmen/women can sign up and share everything from their own pics to stories to videos of that amazing hunt and the truly awesome job that Predator Camo did for them.

For centuries camouflage has been a subject of all the greatest minds we’ve ever known, as they’ve tried to create a way to hide. Just think…if Aristotle had been alive today, he most certainly would’ve continued to be the great leader he was while dressed in Predator Camo!

Be the Leader – Never Follow!

Head to www.predatorcamo.com today!