My Hunting Bow Setup for the 2017-18 Season

My Hunting Bow Setup for the 2017-18 SeasonOver the years I have had a different setup for bow hunting every year. But this year I think I have found the best set up that I have ever had. My accuracy and comfort shooting my Mathews Halon 32 and the equipment that I use have never been better. I have never been very comfortable shooting past 50 yards which makes even sighting in a single pin sight difficult. But this year I have been able to stretch it out to 70 working towards 100.

I have tried different archery equipment through trial and error over the years like many have. You never know how well something will work until you try it out. But now I am 100% confident in the equipment that I am using and come this fall I will be filling some tags.

Spot Hogg Hogg Father Sight
Spot Hogg Hogg Father Sight

The Hogg Father is the best sight that I have ever used. It is tough as nails and takes whatever I can throw at it. With me wearing glasses I needed a sight that was further from my bow because shorter sights caused double vision. This sight has a dovetail so I am able to get it where I want it. The micro adjust windage and elevation make it really precise when sighting in. It's nice to have a sight where everything in tool-less, outside of the second and third axis. So you can make adjustments out in the field if needed without any tools.

Trophy Taker Smackdown Pro Rest
Trophy Taker Smackdown Pro Rest

I love the Smackdown Pro. I have been shooting it for a few years now and have no complaints. It is full containment and super easy to keep in time. If the cord does stretch all you have to do is loosen the locking screw, pull on the cord, and tighten the locking screw and you are ready to start shooting again. It's a fall away rest so there is no need to worry about fletching contact. I was using a QAD before this which is a great rest too but after going to a limb driven rest I will never use anything else again.

Option Archery Carbon Quivalizer
Option Archery Carbon Quivalizer

I was using a regular stabilizer and a side bar on my bow and it was pretty heavy. I spot and stalk when hunting so I keep my quiver on my bow in the field so adding over another pound for that and my arrows was a nightmare. I had been interested in the Quivalizer ever sense it came out a couple years ago and finally decided to give it a try. Wished I would have done it sooner. This is the longest stabilizer I have ever run and it makes a huge difference in long range accuracy and consistency. Plus it holds my arrows. So I have cut some weight on my bow and am ready for bow season to start.

Easton Full Metal Jacket
Easton Full Metal Jacket

The FMJ's are the toughest arrows I have ever used. For years I have been going back and forth between these and Easton Axis but shoot the FMJ's the majority of the time. I just like the weight and how durable they are. I feel that a heavier arrow does better in the wind, and these are heavy. I have mine cut at 29 inches and have a total arrow weight of 480 grains. They are also the easiest arrow I have ever shot to get out of a foam target. I'm using the Rinehart 18-1 target right now and these pull out like they are in butter. The Axis on the other hand are a little tougher to get out.

Qad Exodus
Qad Exodus

I have had the best performance out of the QAD Exodus broadheads. They are small enough that they fly all over the place but with a big enough cutting diameter that they will do some damage. I can get these to fly right with my broadheads out to 50 yards without any additional tuning of my bow. That means more time practicing and less time messing with your setup.

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