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Archery and Life

In Both Archery And Life, The Little Things Matter

It wasn’t much, matter of fact it was barely noticeable. Yet, a small adjustment made all the difference at 40-yards. Although minuscule, it was all that was needed to sink an arrow into the three-inch circle.
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This insignificant tweak to a bow sight has changed more than my arrow flight—it has left me challenged in several areas of my life.

The Little Things

It was on a warm weekend when three boys and their mother came into my office and asked to go shoot bows as a family. Wanting to spend time with them and sight in the Elite Energy 35, I dropped my work, gathered up the targets and headed out to fling some arrows. Towards the end of the day while making changes to my sight pins—it occurred to me.
Moving a sight pin or placing a few more ounces of weight on the back bar were rather small adjustments. But these refinements were all that was needed to make major changes in downrange accuracy.

Archery And Life

Just like in archery, life’s successes are also the culmination of small adjustments made on a daily basis. In time, the little things make all the difference.
As I stood next to my wife and three boys (who would probably remember this day more than they would remember how much money I made last year) it occurred to me just how easy it is to underestimate or not appreciate what seems to be insignificant.

They Matter

Everyday life can get busy and with its busyness it’s easy to focus on the moment. Days can be short and so follows our patience and attention to what matters long term. This leads to passing up the opportunities we have been given that will make a difference in days to come.
Simply taking the time to say, “I love you,” “Good job” or “Thanks for dinner, honey” are rather small in the grand scheme of things. But so are the adjustments we make to our archery equipment. We adjust arrow weight by a few grains, we time our bows by a slight twist in the cable, and tune by extremely small adjustments—it’s the small things that make the difference. So it is in life.
The bible says in Matthew 10:42 “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
If a cup of cold water seems like a small thing to you, just remember, it all depends if you’re the giver or the receiver. Small, insignificant, or irrelevant, are all qualifications that can only be measured by time (or downrange).
Etched into my mind from that moment to this, is an insignificant adjustment I made to a fiber optic pin on that sunny Saturday. It was a small movement that should reflect how I value the small things in life, because one day those minor things will have a great impact.
Make an adjustment in someone’s life today, it may seem small—but it could make all the difference tomorrow.
Remember, archery is a lot like life.

Hunting with kids

Tough Satisfaction Versus Easy Success (Hunting With A 12-Yr-Old Traditional Archer)

For as long as I can remember he’s had a knack for making things. Give him a few moments and with what looks like junk, he’ll make a fine piece of archery equipment. God only knows how many handcrafted bows I’ve tripped over in the last 5 years. In my book, they’re just sticks, to him they’re the beginning of a finely crafted longbow.

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He’s not like my other boys. He would rather shoot traditional archery than have the finest compound on the planet. His dream is to own a Hoyt Dorado.


His heroes are Fred Bear, Fred Eichler and anyone else who hunts with traditional archery equipment. He’s so enamored with Fred Eichler that his arrows have pink feathers and his Bear recurve has Fred’s signature – right above the arrow rest.


His idea of quality time is having dad throw clay pigeons for him to shoot. Actually, I’ve learned to dodge flu-flu arrows and judo points quite well.


At only 12-yrs-old, he’s the talk at local 3D shoots. Whether or not he has the high score – the sponsors and competitors are simply impressed by how well he shoots instinctively – so the lucky little bugger usually wins something.


Hunting whistle-pigs in Emmett, ID. One of many at 20 yards.

When this year’s deer season rolled around, it came as no surprise that my little traditional archer would want to harvest his first deer with a recurve. Try as I might to persuade him otherwise, my rational talks fell on deaf ears. He wanted nothing to do with a gun and knowing personally the deep satisfaction that comes with bowhunting, I relented.


No doubt there would be some that would disagree with my decision. To be truthful, I’ve battled it myself. Proficient as he is, I’m not into taking chances when it comes to proper shot placement. But in all fairness I had to ask myself, “Will I teach him that hunting is simply about easy success, or will I teach him the ultimate goal lies in a deep sense of satisfaction?”



On our very first bowhunt together, four corn-fed does made their way across the backside of our family farm and passed directly to the left of our treestands. Working their way to the 20-yrd mark, we stopped the largest doe with a grunt. This was the limit of his effective shooting range and he waited until the doe was perfectly broadside. After carefully drawing his bow, he released the arrow just as I had watched him do countless times before. With this being his very first encounter with a whitetail, I was impressed that he stuck to the fundamentals. 

I watched as the slightly startled doe lumber off and heard a loud whisper laced with disgust as it said – “I missed.”



As a father, this was a very bittersweet moment. Whether it was a miss or the deer ducked – who knew. What I did know was, he was proficient enough to make the shot. I also knew we could’ve easily filled a tag if he wasn’t set on hunting with traditional archery equipment. This was a chip shot with a gun and a very possible shot if he’d chosen to use a compound bow with sights. But his sights were set on the challenge and for that I was very proud.


As we walked across the field in the darkness, I put my arm around his shoulders and told him how proud I was. I also reminded him that he’d chosen to set the bar for personal satisfaction at a level that the majority of bowhunters will never attempt to achieve.


If the ultimate reward comes by harvesting a deer with a recurve, then I’ll encourage my son to pursue a tough satisfaction – not easy success.





Spot-Hogg Hogg–It Eliminating Bow Sight Shine

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The world of bowhunting is a university in its own right. The lessons and learning curve seem endless. Accepting the fact that there is too much to learn to ever graduate is essential. Sometimes the most trivial will make us more proficient when it comes to the aspects of archery.


For several years now I have been a Spot-Hogg aficionado. The functionality and durability of their bow sights have served my family well. We are such devoted loyalist’s that even the wife and kids have a Spot-Hogg.


Spending a considerable amount time shooting indoor 3D, I noticed that it was difficult to control the brightness of the Spot-Hogg Hogg-it pins when used with a wrap. Under florescent lighting I was fighting significant glare from off the fiber optic pins. This was in not making a positive contribution to my 3D score. In talking to Spot-Hogg they offered this little tip.


Find a silicone wristband of your choice. Wrap the wristband around the Spot-Hogg wrap. Adjust the wristband as needed. You can now control how much light enters the fibers when shooting indoors or out. Spot on! This was exactly what the Hogg called for.