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Compound Bow Parts & Lingo: 17-Item Complete Guide! ( 2018 )

From crossbows to longbows to recurves, it seems that some form of archery has been around since the dawn of time. Thankfully, the advancement of technology has brought us the much simpler, much easier to use compound bow.

Compound bows allow the user to shoot with the strength of a recurve, while also allowing rest at full draw for a longer period of time. Anyone interested in buying one for the first time should understand the basic parts and terminology. This guide will walk you through the lingo of a modern compound bow.

Riser and Grip

The riser is the main part of the bow. This is the part that devices such as the bow sight, arrow rest, quiver and limbs are mounted to. It is the part that has the most character and distinct design, including color choices and different styles of handles. These handles are better known as grips.

Sights

The sights are attached to the riser itself, just above your grip. They are how you line up your aim.

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Carolina Rig 101: How to Setup, Tie & Catch More Fish

Soft plastic baits are some of the most effective lures for catching bass and other gamefish, and they’re among the most popular baits used by anglers. But to maximize the value of a soft plastic lure, you must rig it in the most suitable manner for the conditions.

There are a number of different ways to do so, but we’re going to talk about rigging your lures Carolina-style today. Anglers have been using Carolina rigs for decades, and they remain one of the most effective ways to present a plastic bait.

We’ll talk about what a Carolina rig is, what you’ll need to fish with one, how to tie on one the end of your line, and the best times and places for using them. We’ll even explain a few helpful tips and tricks that should help you become a Carolina-rig-fishing master.

Understanding the Carolina Rig: What Is It and How Does It Work?

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9 Pro Tips & Tricks To Master Fishing in the Rain

Anglers enjoy a pretty neat luxury, which few other outdoor enthusiasts can: Rainy weather won’t necessarily ruin your day. In fact, rain can often improve your chances of catching fish, in a number of different ways.

The next time you notice dark clouds rolling in, grab your fishing gear and head out to your favorite fishing spot ( and take your kids with you ). If you employ the nine tips and tricks explained below, you’ll likely have a great day on the water and become an instant advocate for fishing in the rain.

1. Invest in high-quality raingear.

Keep yourself dry and warm, and you’ll enjoy a much better time on the water (and because state-of-mind is an important factor in angling success, it’ll also help you catch more fish). This essentially means investing in some good raingear that’ll protect you from the water in even the heaviest of rains.

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20-Step Guide on How To Shoot A Compound Bow ( First Shot Set-Up to Common Mistakes )

Walking out of the store carrying your new compound bow is an exciting feeling. It is the beginning of a fun, yet very technical adventure. Whether you bought your bow for recreational shooting or hunting, many people strive to hit the bullseye every time. That takes consistency.

The more you shoot, the more you realize how many variables need to be fine-tuned in order to achieve consistent results. In this article, we will discuss in detail how to become a great archer. Stay tuned!

Before Shooting: After the Purchase

We recommend buying your bow from a pro shop. However, if you purchase a bow from your buddy, you should then take it to a pro shop. They will set everything up for you professionally, so you don’t have to worry about calibrating something incorrectly.

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Beginner’s Guide 101: What Are the Best Times of Day to Go Fishing?

Deciding on the best time to load up your fishing gear and hit the water is a big decision for many anglers. You don’t want to spend hours trying to get a bite when the fish are not actively feeding; you want to go when you’re most likely to catch fish.

There are a variety of factors that will influence the behavior of your target fish, and there aren’t many hard-and-fast rules regarding the best times of day to try your luck. However, we’ll talk about these factors and try to help you figure out the best time of day to catch a limit.

The Breakdown of 4 Time Periods For Fishing
We’ll start by examining the four basic windows of time in each day and explaining what types of fish or techniques are likely to work in each.

Early Morning

Water temperatures are at their lowest in the early morning, right before dawn. This can make this an excellent time to fish in the late spring, summer or early fall when the daytime temperatures soar.

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Surf Fishing 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Beach Fishing Gear & Casting

Whether you’re jigging for bass at your local pond, trolling for stripers at the local reservoir or battling giant marlin miles from the shore, you can have fun fishing in a number of different ways. After all, most types of fishing are pretty fun, and they represent a great way to spend the day.

But as far as many anglers are concerned, there’s nothing quite like fishing from the beach, while feeling the sand between your toes and listening to the soundtrack provided by the gulls and crashing waves. And because you never know what you may catch, surf fishing is not only healthy and relaxing, but exciting too.

But to surf fish effectively, you’ll need to learn the basics. We’ll try to help you do exactly that below, by explaining the gear you’ll need and the techniques you’ll employ.

Surf Fishing Gear and Tackle: Tools of the Trade

At its core, surf fishing is pretty similar to fishing for catfish, bluegill or carp at your local lake. Accordingly, you can – at least theoretically – use the same type of gear.

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Review: Steiner T1042r Tactical Binoculars

Throughout the time I spent in the Marine Corps, I learned to appreciate what solid optics can do. From rifle scopes to binoculars, you never know exactly what you are going to run into unless you can see it coming. Normal human eyes suck compared to what you can see with a good set of field glasses.

Overview

The Steiner T1042r is unique since binoculars rarely have a reticle.

Reticle

Reticles in rifle scopes are often tasked with a variety of jobs, like range estimation. The Steiner T1042r has a milliradian ranging reticle.

Milliradian, or mil, is a standard measurement used by the military. It’s commonly used by snipers, machine gunners, artillery, and even close air support. You can also use mils to judge the appropriate range of an item by knowing its average size.

Rifles often have a mil dot system. But when at war, you can’t point your gun at anyone and anywhere. It offends people and breaks one of the most important rules of weapon safety: never point your gun at anything you do not intend to destroy.

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What is Eye Relief and How It Works?

If you have browsed or perused any type of optic, you may have noticed one of the specs is called eye relief. Eye relief can be given in inches or millimeters, and is applicable to any kind of optic.

This includes spotting scopes, riflescopes, binoculars, night vision devices, rangefinders and more. In fact, optics like microscopes even have an acceptable eye relief. What exactly is eye relief and why is it important to know?

Let’s look at the technical definition. Eye Relief is the distance from the last surface of an eyepiece within which the user’s eye can obtain the full viewing angle. That’s a mouthful, so let’s break it down into plain English.

Eye relief is the measurement of how far your eyes need to be from the lens to get the full picture. In fact, we think eye relief is one of the most important factors to consider when it comes to choosing an optic.

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Night Vision Versus Thermal Imaging – Full Comparison!

When it comes to choosing an electronic optic, you have a lot of decisions to make. For nighttime use, you will be looking at both night vision devices and thermal optics. These cutting-edge products are in use around the country and around the world.

They serve in the hands of hunters, law enforcement, military forces, and astute home defenders. So which is better? That is a pretty tough question to answer as they both have their uses.

Instead of focusing on which one is better, the real question is which one is better for you.

That is what we hope to help you answer today! Now, let’s learn a thing or two about thermal and night vision optics.

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6 Night Vision Safety Essentials to Follow! + Cleaning/Care Guide

Night vision devices are fascinating. The technology behind them is incredible. Their evolution from systems so large you need a backpack to tote them, to models small enough to mount to a helmet, is beyond impressive.

Today, night vision devices are in heavy use by police and military forces. They have also gained acceptance among the civilian population for hunting, nature watching, and even home defense.

Most people understand how they work, how to use them, and what they are good for. How many people know how to take care of them, though? Night vision, especially Gen 3 and Gen 4 devices, are a big investment that requires proper handling and maintenance.

Without proper care, your night vision tools could easily break down and become very expensive paperweights. Because we like you, we are going to talk night vision care, proper maintenance, and a few things to avoid.

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