I’m not sure about you, but where I grew up, I didn’t have a money tree growing in the backyard. And I still don’t have one. Being thrifty was and is always a priority; as the old saying goes “you get what you pay for”. But can you get quality products without having to sell a kidney? And a better question may be “what fits my needs best?”. In some cases, I have seen people with sights on their bows that costs more than the bow. I’ve also seen hunts cut short and tournaments lost because of poorly made products. So I think we should take a quick look at what makes a quality sight “quality”.
Rounding out an impressive year as World Archery’s most decorated archer, Scott Archery and Custom Bow Equipment’s Braden Gellenthien brought home yet another piece of hardware with his gold medal finish in Rome at the second Indoor World Series tournament.
One of the things a person has to consider when buying a new hunting sight is if it is worth it if you are going to get one with the ability to put a lens in or not. There are pros and cons to both options, so it really depends on what you are planning to do when you are hunting.
When completing my 2nd and 3rd axis adjustments on my CBE Vertex, I always use the Hamskea Third Axis Level. It is a very quick and easy tool to use for leveling your sight. First you insert the threaded rod with the nylon nut into the level, making sure you can see the pin head on each end above and below your scope. Attach the level to the side of your vertical sight bar. Also make sure there is no residue that would not allow it to sit flat on the block. The edge next to the bubble vial is the true side.
I don’t know how it works with today’s archers but years ago, when I was trying to find out where I belonged in the archery world, I got into target archery because of my love for bowhunting, and I’ll be the first to admit: target archery has helped me become a better bowhunter. The need for accuracy and the attention to detail has transferred into all of my bowhunting set ups. Choosing the correct hunting sight set up can also make you a better bowhunter by making sure you are prepared for your environment.
Many of the higher end sights and even some of the more economical ones, come with a light to help brighten things up when the lighting isn’t perfect. I think it’s a necessity if your state allows their use. I find myself practicing in the most perfect lighting and weather conditions and sometimes forget that things aren’t always perfect. It never hurts to be prepared for anything, when it comes to hunting situations.
In an impressive conclusion to the Archery Shooters Association season in Cullman, Alabama, Scott Archery and Custom Bow Equipment shooters, Justin Hannah, Garrett Ayersman, Jacob Marlow, Chris Hacker, Jason Dickey and Emily McCarthy earned podium spots and Shooter of the Year titles.
In a hot, humid, and muddy ASA (Archery Shooters Association) weekend, Custom Bow Equipment’s athletes prevailed to the top. Glen Bordwell finished first in the Men's Known Pro, with teammate Justin Hannah in third, while Emily McCarthy finished second in the Women’s Pro class.
“This weekend is a weekend I will never forget, because it was my first ever ASA shootdown which ended up being my first professional win,” Bordwell (shooting a CBE Vertex) said. “I know I couldn't have done it without the confidence in my equipment!”