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Tethrd tree saddle kit

I have a complete saddle hunting set up for sale. All VERY VERY lightly used. The kit includes:
-Tethrd Predator Xl platform
-Tethrd Phantom
-Back Rest
-11mm tree Tether with ropeman
-SYS Hauler
-SYS Hauler 2.0
-HYS Strap
-Genesis 3d printing 5' bow hanger
-2-3 Tethrd Carabiner's
-set of 4 Hawk Hunting 20" helium sticks.
Asking $910 Shipped, $875 for pick up.

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Velvet shedding & buck dispersement - where they go?

Had 3 different guys bring this up this week. Where do the bucks go when velvet sheds? Why do they leave? Where do they go?

IMO & experience ….. here’s a few things ….

1) the party is over! Boys club & bachelor groups are finished. They are not buddies anymore. They will push eachother off some locations &/or seek other type of cover & food.

2) fall food sources become key & change then. Acorns, greens of all types, natural browse, etc etc.

3) cover requirements change in my strong opinion. It’s like they know it’s time to get to thick stuff “guys are out to kill me soon”. Thermal cover & thick ground becomes HUUUUGGGEEEE!!!! The park-like farms turn into big buck deserts.

4) areas where the does are- they are back there. After avoiding all summer in Many cases. Finding areas they can scrape to mark turf & be close to does.

5) areas without human Intrusion. No people all summer & the farms that all the sudden pick up pressure- BYE!!!! Mature bucks are gone fairly fast in those cases.

You all see bucks vanish off cams In sept? Or pick up all sorts of new ones around then? What else think is going on??

Hunting with a Hinge

A little back story to start. I suffered SEVERLY from target panic. Thought about going up archery my anxiety was bad. 2019 hits and I know I'm going to be chasing the largest deer of my career, so I make the decision to relearn shooting a bow. I broke down my form, I followed John Dudley's school of nock word for word. By the end of the summer I shooting dimes. Now that's the short version but there was a ton of pain and heartache to get there.
So in 2019 I started shooting a resistance activated release (Carter Silverback). And I've shot it ever since with great success but I wanted to be more accurate. So as I purchased a new bow this year I also switched to a hinge style release. I chose the Ultraview Hinge 2.
So far I love it, my groups have never be tighter and all is well. But as I'm learning to master the hinge I can't help but think I'm a bang bang situation will I regret moving this release.
Unfortunately for me going back to a trigger style release of any sort will most likely never be an option, so resistance or hinge releases will have to work.
Any guys out there that are hunting with hinge releases?

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Bow Shootout - which one will come out on top?

I am working on a bow shootout, taking the top 3 bows from my top selling bow lines and testing them against each other at my specs. I am currently working on trying to get them setup exactly the same as far as draw weight, draw length and let-off. My goal is 60#, 30" draw and 85% let-off on all of them.
The bows we are testing are:
- Bowtech SR-350
- Hoyt RX-7 Ultra
- PSE Carbon Levitate

I am making notes on bare bow weight, factory draw length accuracy, let-off settings, and will be testing for speed and noise level as well as some subjective areas such as smoothness of draw, holding on target, feel at the shot, hand shock, etc. Anyone else have any ideas or thoughts on the subject? More data to come

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2022-23 Team Contest Sign Up

I’m starting the sign up a bit earlier this year hoping to allow more people to get signed up. Thank you everyone who has participated in this in the past and thank you to those who are going to participate this year. I’ll get the teams drawn by Oct 1. Let’s have another great year. Last year’s winners don’t need to sign up. I have you down already. If you can keep the number list going it helps a lot when I go to draw the teams since you’ll all have a number that way. Thanks y’all!!


2022-23 Team Contest Rules

For the new guys these will be the rules. Gross score counts towards the teams score(measurements must be provided). 5 member teams. If you’ve done the turkey contest it’s ran just like it. Get more people involved ask your friends or other members to sign up. Teams will randomly generated off of the sign up list.


1. Deer(whitetail/mulie/blacktail/coues)must be taken legally and ethically as laws apply in the state your hunting including tags.

2. Antlered deer only (whitetail, mule, blacktail, coues)including antlered doe, if it's tagged with a buck tag, it's in. One doe per person allowed for 25pts towards teams score this 25pts will only count if that person has not killed an antlered animal. If a teammate kills a doe then another member of that team has not harvested an animal the 25pts can be used towards the member with 0 pts.

3. We will be using the Pope &Young Gross/Green scoring system, no deductions. Velvet bucks scored the same. (See percentages below)

Whitetail (as norm):125/125 = score x 1
Columbia blacktail: 125/90 = score x 1.39
Sitka blacktail: 125/75 = score x 1.67
Mule deer: 125/145 = score x 0.86
Coues: 125/70= score x 1.79

4. Open to all members new and old. Please don't sign up and disappear, you'll be replaced. No more than 5 people per team, drawn randomly....alternate's when necessary starting with first come first serve

5. Signup has begun, Deadline to join is Jan 10th, alternatives will be taken as needed to complete teams after that date. Teams will be start being posted by Sept 15th. All members will have until Jan 10th to check in with their team or they will be replaced.

6. You must have a pictured posted on the contest page to enter a deer. The weapon must be in the picture and the entire deer must be in the picture, no skull pictures, no rack pictures...the buck, the weapon and yourself must be in the picture. (With limited participation and a lot of solo hunters this has became lenient)

A) Within this post, the measurements as required by the P&Y scoring sheets shall be listed. Example as follows.

B) Total 131 2/8

Right ----- Left

MB 18 6/8 ----- 17 4/8
G1 4 ----- 3
G2 6 4/8----- 6
G3 6 4/8 ----- 4 6/8
G4 4 4/8 ----- 1
G5 1 -----

H1 5 6/8----- 6 2/8
H2 4 4/8 ----- 4 4/8
H3 4 4/8----- 5 6/8
H4 3 6/8----- 3 2/8

Inside spread 15 4/8

Abnormal points
1. 4

7. Total number of inches of all team member's animals will decide the winner....see rule

8. The entry must be posted within 10 days of taking it OR notification must be made to the team, team captain, participating moderator or admin that an animal is down.

9. No penned shot deer accepted, deer must be a free range wild animal regardless private or public land. Guided hunts acceptable as long as the animals are free range.

10. All disagreements, controversies and conflicts will be decided on by a majority vote from a panel consisting of Team Capt's and moderators participating within the contest. Those decisions will be final.

11. Contest ends roughly around Jan 15th

12. Rules set forth for a smooth contest, the main rule is to have fun and enjoy your fellow teammates and all the smack talk that goes along with this contest.

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BearCreek wrote on SB3's profile.

I found a post in which you shared a picture of a clover plot, I believe May of 2020, it was from an area you cleared of pines and there was a dog in the picture (Lab I believe.) I was wondering what variety of clover was in that plot, seemed to be very upright and large leafed.
BARON SEAL wrote on IowaBowHunter1983's profile.
Hey! did you build the gravity wagon deer blind? if so could you give me some dimensions of it, please?
blakesburg wrote on Darrin's profile.
If you still have Mossberg for sale I will come get it this weekend. If not before. Thinking of getting my 13 year old a Shotgun instead of having him shoot my muzzleloader

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