Video 24 Shooting form and fundamentals

In this video I show my shooting style and give my thoughts on all shooting styles and methods.  Also a great training aid on how to always pick a spot and example of why it’s so important.

Episode 51 Outfitting Your Hunting Vehicle

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This epsiode is all about setting up your hunting rig. What you should have in it, why you should have these items in there and suggestions to make your rig more hunt ready.

Knife Patina How To Do

A knife patina is a process of controlled oxidation and chemical produced weathering. The main purpose of a forced patina is to protect the metal from rusting by doing a controlled oxidation via chemicals. This oxidation layer or “Patina” layer protects the knife from rust.   There are many ways to force a patina on metal. My favorite for knives is to use vinegar. All you have to do is soak a paper towel in vinegar and then wrap it around the bare metal knife and let it sit for an hour or 2. The patina will last for about a couple months of normal use then you can apply it again. The beauty of it is the patina doesn’t last forever but is very easy to do and redo. The protection provided by the patina is very good and rust never forms.

When to do a patina? Anytime you want to! For me I like Carbon knives. most carbon knives come coated with powder coating or other protective coating. It does not take long with normal use for this coating to get beat up, wore off, and looking like crap. Once this happens I strip the knife with zip strip or other chemical paint stripper. then I do a patina on the bare metal knife. Another great thing about a vinegar patina is if you don’t like it or what to change it all you have to do is scrub it off with some light steel wool and you are ready to do it again. Or just do it right over top of the old one.

As I said, I prefer to use vinegar for a patina. I like the way vinegar doesnt etch to deep and is easy to replace. Any acidic food can make a patina. Mustard, Ketchup, Lemon, steak juices, etc. All of them will work. But of the ones I have experimented with vinegar is my favorite. Mustard is also good but etches deep fast.

My favorite way to do a patina is to add a little design to it. I take a piece of string and soak it in vinegar. Then wrap the string around the knife in a pattern i want. Then cover the string wrapped knife with a paper towel soaked in vinegar and let it sit for 2-3 hours.

If you don’t want the lines just wrap the knife if a paper towel soaked in vinegar and it will have a nice textured look.

If you want just pure, dark grey patina you can heat up a vinegar bath and put the knife in it. just put a pot on the stove, add enough vinegar to cover the knife and then slowly heat it up and let it get a hot bath for a while until the color is to your liking.

Here are a couple of pictures of different patina and stripped options I have done all to the same knife over the course of the last 4 years I have carried the knife. This knife is on me every single day everywhere I go. It gets used every single day. It has been thru hell and back and will make the trip several more times. Did I mention I love carbon knives, especially my Izula?

Here is how i first half stripped it by putting a piece of tape around the handle where i didn’t want the zip strip to remove paint. Then I put a vinegar patina on the blade with string and wrapped in vinegar soaked paper towel. The bigger knife in the picture is my Esee #4 and its patina is just vinegar soaked paper towel, no string.

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This is the same Izula as above but all paint stripped off and them sanded and polished on my bench grinder/polish wheel. This look is nice but it was too slippery to hold onto comfortably.

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This is the same Izula after a full patina with vinegar soaked string wrap and then wrapped in paper towel soaked in vinegar. This is how I have been carrying the knife for the last few months. I like this way the best. I actually think when I need to replace this Izula (if ever) I will immediately strip it completely and do this same patina on it. I like it that much!

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A patina not only adds protection to a knife if adds a little unique style to it. Its durable, semi long-lasting, and easy to redo. I have been putting a patina on knives for many years and thought I would share this simple process.

Video 23 How To Remove Cap Wraps From Carbon Arrows

This video shows a quick easy way to remove Cap Wraps from carbon arrows. This method can be used on wood and alum. arrows as well.

Episode 50 Favorite Items Session 1

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This is a new series I will run on every now and then. It’s kind of like a gear review but with a bunch of items in each episode that have proven themselves to me over a long period of time. Things that have become my personal favorites and why.

Awesome E.F.O.C Idea

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So I’m looking for a way to get a certain arrow set up. I want 700 grains total weight with a 30% extreme f.o.c set up. I need to keep my 140 grain  broad heads as i have over 100 of them. I also like being able to use judos that are the same weight as my.

Here is what I have come up with. 2 brass 100 grain inserts. I grind down the end on one so that it would fit completely into the shaft. I used a finish nail and cut it to the length  i needed. Put the finish nail into one insert then slide the other insert on to the opposite end of the nail so that the ends of both inserts face each other. Then I put one punch in one end and the other punch in the opposite end and hit with a hammer to bend the nail locking the 2 inserts together.  Simple, quick, and effective.

This gives me a total insert weight of 185 grains.

My arrows im testing are my goldtip 3555 and some 5575 and so beman 340 ics. all arrows are cut to 27 inches. my longbow is a 63# at 26″ longbow and I pull about 25.5 inches. So far my bare shaft testing has me leaning really heavy on the goldtip 3555 flying the best. The 340s are way too stiff. the 5575 are just a hair to stiff. Still need to fine tune the testing. I want to stay with a 27″ arrow as I have a ton of them in a bunch of sizes. (don’t want to cut to tune).

So my 3555 set up (if i go that route) makes a 695 grain arrow with 30% E.F.O.C set up as follows 27″ GT 3555 shaft, 100 grain brass insert, extra 100 grain insert, 100 grain steel adapter, 140 grain head, and the knock.

Added bonus is the extra insert will work like a poor mans internal footer and help strengthen the shaft as the total insert length is about 3 inches with both inserts together.

I’m pretty excited to do more testing with this set up.

Episode 49 Bow Fishing Boat Accessories

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This podcast covers all the accessories needed and wanted on a bow fishing boat. I talk about decks, lights, pumps, generators, and all kinds of other items to have on your boat.

Video 22 Bow Fishing Boat Overview

This podcast shows off my bow fishing boat! I highlight some of the different ways to set a boat up, how to add lights, as well as cover the accessories you might want.

Episode 48 Types of Bow Fishing Boats

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This episode covers all the different types of bow fishing boats. I explain the advantages and disadvantages to each type. Talk about the different sizes based on what and where you fish. It’s basically a total break down of all the different boat styles and their pros and cons.

Next week’s episode will be all about bow fishing boat accessories, lighting, decks, etc.