The opening day of Sept 1st 2019, was pretty pleasant woke up to temperatures around 64 degrees quite humid but a slight breeze made it feel great with a hoodie on, my friend Bo accompanied me. The morning spots we picked weren’t so great we saw a few but only shot one. The afternoon it really picked up on a new spot that I decided to try, bagged 7 in just over an hour! The next morning, Labor day, I took a break from dove and took my dad fishing since he hadn’t been out of the house in a while, then I went back out, with my daughter Ahri, to that same spot I went opening evening. I let Ahri run the camera…. she could use a little more practice but overall she did alright haha, we bagged 7 more in about an hour they were loving that Mojo decoy. Ahri was pretty damn good at remembering where the birds fell, way better than me anyways.
Overall it was a pretty enjoyable weekend, it was great to get out of the house and back into the woods (or field rather), and a great way to start the fall hunting season.
It started whenever I realized that I had been borrowing my wife’s uncle’s compound bow for 3 years and I wanted to return it to him, also with my shoulder getting progressively worse a lighter poundage bow or perhaps a crossbow would do me some good, so the research started and i came upon this starter set for $120 on sale it came with bolts, the bow, a scope, and some field points. After some research I figured out it had plenty of energy to take white tail deer though I was still kind of concerned it was borderline, though I went ahead and pulled the trigger on Amazon.
When I received the bow I was excited to get it put together and fire it, after a few shots I already had bent all of the aluminum bolts that came with it, and ended up buying some cheap carbon express wolverine 20″ bolts from Walmart and some cheap Allen broad heads and extra field points. To improve the accuracy I modified the scope rail because the scope already had yardage markers, and the play in the mount due to the zeroing system built into it kind of hurt the accuracy a bit, so I pinned the mount in place so it couldn’t move, you can see the process and data HERE.
I think I have the buck I shot last year haunting me, I cannot for the life of me slow down and concentrate on what im doing, 3 weekends in a row shot and missed 3 deer from not taking an extra half a second to make sure im using the correct range marker in my scope that buck fever tho.
Hopefully i can get past this i had it really bad for 3 years with rifle, after i harvested my first deer i haven’t got buck fever with a rifle since. It’s pretty rough knowing that in the last 3 weekends i could have put 3 deer in the freezer but my nerves caused me to lose out.
Two of the three deer ive shot at were at 30 yds and for some reason I used the 20 yd marker for both, shot went right under. Then the one i had at 20 yds…… i used the 30 yd marker. In practice I don’t have any issues ranging and shooting guess i just need more practice. Thanks for reading and watching! More videos coming soon.
Had a bunch of fun and learned a lot of new things this fall. Deer season is right around the corner so stay tuned for the deer hunting videos!
video was shot using my Crosstour CT9500 and Akaso Brave 4.
Last year I bought the Sa Sports Fever Crossbow off amazon for about $120, after receiving it, trying it out.. I was pretty happy with it I was able to hold a decent group at what i thought was max range on the crossbow being a cheap recurve I figured 30 yards tops. most of my shooting was about 20 yards. i did notice that the scope mount was a little wobbly because of the range compensating "feature" that the mount has, you can click a knob between 1-10 and it compensates for the range and bolt drop. The downside is the mount is not solid, its held in place with a spring... not great, which is a reason a lot of the reviewers ive seen say they wouldn't use it for hunting purely ethically they couldn't trust the scope to be on target every shot, though it has plenty of power to bring down small to medium game such as a white tail deer.
That got me thinking, if i were to drill through the pivoting point in the mount in two spots and press a couple roll pins in it that would eliminate any kind of play it has. Not to mention the scope it comes with already has a drop reticle with 10-20-30-40-50 yd marks so the mount is kind of moot anyways.
This article will show my methodology of fixing the mount and have some data as to how the groupings changed (if at all). To start i will shoot a total of 9 shots before and 9 shots after at 30yds or 90ft. they will be in 3 shot groups i will measure the group after each 3 shots and come up with an average total group size from before and after.
Here is a list of tools and supplies needed to do this project.
- 1/8" drill bit and drill.
- 1/8" roll pin.
- small hammer.
- roll pin punch or something to tap on to not damage the pin or bow.
- masking tape if you want to protect your stuff.
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As you can see from the data above "stuff n things happen maybe it worked maybe it didn't the white wizard will know"
video: coming soon
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To help with my hunting streams ive purchased a couple of tripods over the past couple years which are nice except when im moving around a bunch it can get tiresome to keep folding them up and down bending the legs or what ever, i was shopping around for some mounts on amazon but couldn’t really find anything that did what i wanted which was to clamp on and hold the camera out to the side and horizontal, on my rifle something that clamps on top wouldn’t be bad because i have a scope, on this i need line of sight down the barrel so i can aim. The best part is i had most of this stuff just lying around in the shop i only had to buy the hose clamps, so this cost about a buck.
REVISION: I had to add another hose clamp to hold it still, and the socket rail was too thin and flimsy made my phone vibrate all the time, so i replaced it with some 1/8″x1″ steel strap cut and bent to fit. I still need to find a way to more securely hold the phone on it fell out of the clamp about 75% of the time i shot.
- 3/4″ pvc T fitting
metal bar from an old socket rail with the clips removed.
- 1/8″x1″ steel strap (the socket rail was too thin and flimsy)
- 2x 1/4″ x 3/4″ bolts with nuts ny-lock is best for this application
- 1x phone clamp this is what i used very tight spring loaded grip
- 2X .75″ – 1.5″ hose clamp
- 1/4″ drill bit + drill
- die grinder with cutoff wheel
- 7/16 end wrenches
- spray paint [flat colors for camo effect..ish]
- flat head screw driver