Carrying bow in hand and arrows in the other, the archer journeys through the open field. An established target lays waiting along a well worn path. The archer doesn't want to miss the moment. She makes an appearance briefly each morning, nods and slips away after illuminating the land with glorious stretched out rays. Each new day is introduced in morning splendor as she swings her lantern of light across the horizon. She is making her way, evidenced by the surrender of darkness, so the archer quickens his step. Dawn is drawing near and the archer will be there to greet her.
They rhythm of the draw, aim, and release is mesmerizing, which somehow pauses the spinning of the world as an arrow slices through the crisp clean air. Fingertips begin to grow numb as Jack Frost makes an appearance, but Dawn's soft golden rays greets the archer with a kiss simultaneously as the string is anchored to lip's edge. The favor is returned as glistening rays dance off the tip of the arrow now slicing through the thin veil of breaking light. The dance continues...
Morning is now chasing Dawn across the prairie, threatening to snatch up her golden rays as the sun inches higher in the sky. The brilliant rays of first light has done it's job and pierced through the archer's heart. Dawn's tranquility has swept by, leaving an archer in an open field, thankful for another day. Through the peep hole of a bow sight, the archer winks and watches as she introduces the day gracefully. She winks back and slips away with a promise to return, to catch the next arrow in flight.
Ready to face the day, the archer gathers arrows and journeys on, with the promise of Dawn coming again.
Day two at the Archery Trade Association (ATA) had us once again busy checking out new product, but we first took some time to shoot a few of the new bows for 2015. ATA has rows and rows of shooting lanes, with all the new bows available to test out. We fell into the little slice of archery heaven, shooting and comparing the various bows. The Hoyt Nitrum was at the top of our list as favorite bow, although I will admit that the shootability of the Elite bows had my attention. Troy enjoyed shooting the Prime Rival, but in the end held true to his Hoyt, which is a good thing because he already has his Nitrum on order! (I think I may be close to follow suit.)
As promised, here are a few more of our top picks for 2015 ...
We walked by the Vapple booth and the apple scent waffling through the air immediately caught our attention. Troy stopped in his tracks and we looked over towards the source of the smell. The owner was in the middle of a conversation, but eyed us, and motioned for us to hang on while he wrapped things up. Somehow picked up on the fact that we were elk hunters, as he stated, "I've been waiting to talk to some elk hunters." I guess the well-used Badlands pack and elk ivory necklaces gave us away.
Vapple product can be used as both an attractant and a cover scent. While attractants / baiting material is not legal in Colorado, cover scents are okay to use. Troy and I will be testing out the cover scent during our next elk hunt. Considering the positive testimonials on their website, I'm also looking forward to trying it out on the whitetails in Kansas next Fall.
Fast Eddie Spot Hogg Sight
I'm in serious need of a new sight this year, which is why I was intrigued by what Spot Hogg had to offer. Their new Fast Eddie is the latest addition to the Hogg Mobb adjustable sight series. This sight is designed specifically with the hunter in mind. It features silent click free adjustments, is lighter, and has a double pin scope / pin housing. Also included: micro-adjustable 2nd and 3rd axis, tools adjustment, and bulletproof pin technology. This sight very well could find a home on my Hoyt Carbon Spyder for 2015.
Prois Galleann Rain Jacket and Pants
Prois has done it again - created a must have item for the series female hunter. Their new Galleann Rain Jacket and Pants are extremely light weight, waterproof / breathable, and the best part (in my opinion) is the fact that it packs down into its own pocket! My current rain gear takes up almost half of my back pack. I'll no longer have to be jealous of my husband's packable rain gear that he whips out whenever the storm unleashes it's furry on the mountain.
Some other great features of this rain gear include: Deep pockets, 20,0000mm/10,000mm WP, Storm hood with 2 directional adjustment, pants full length zipper for easy on and off, and built in "gators" for keeping pants secured to boots.
Color options: Realtree APX, Realtree MAX1 and Olive
From the Draw
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