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Thursday, February 24, 2011

How far can I shoot ?

We often get asked the question regarding "how far can I shoot?" A gentleman said that he had been chasing a big buck in the last year and he could get no closer than 60 yards. No closer ....it was always 60 yards. He asked if our bow could help him. He was currently shooting a crossbow where he had accuracy out to 43 yards but after that, he had no confidence in his bow or the shot. Our answer was --- "get closer and make the 40 yard shot.... 20 or 30 yards would be better". Don't buy our bow thinking you can spend money and take longer shots. The nature of a crossbow makes it a shorter range shooting tool. While accuracy of our crossbow can be much further, a good decent, ethical archery shot is 40 yards or less. (ie. be a hunter, not a sniper). Here is why. It was lunchtime in Africa a few years ago and we were taking shots with our vertical bows at 80 yards. My partner was consistently banging a cola can at 80 yards with his judo point much to the amazement of our PH (Professional Hunter) and I was impressed as well. The conversation quickly turned towards making a stalk that afternoon and duplicating the shot we were making in camp on a blesbok or similar sized antelope. We were all excited and a little stupid. The PH was fueling the fire because he had seen many archers but few that could shoot that well consistently. Like most schemes, this venture was destined to go awry. We made the stalk. The arrow was launched. A perfect shot. A lot can happen during the "time of flight" on a long trajectory and in this case, the animal took a half step. We spent the rest of the day and the next morning recovering the poorly hit animal. Lesson learned. Be a hunter. During that expedition, several animals were taken at 30 yards or less and none of the animals traveled further than 40 yards. Pictured is a nice impala taken with archery equipment done the right way. We looked in the video archives here at Kodabow and found the first shots we ever took with a Kodabow at longer distances. In this situation, the distance was 70 yards and wind was blowing right to left at 6-14 mph. The first 2 shots were orientation to the distance (prototype bow, first shots remember) and the final 4 arrows were launched using the proper hold position. Even with a good 3x optic, shooting at 70 yards is not totally an exact science --- and even with variable wind in the mix, we were able to get a decent group that afternoon at the lengthy 70 yard distance. VIDEO CLIP AVAILABLE ON "KODABOW YOUTUBE". That was with shop arrows - nothing special. We do much better today and try to pick days without the wind blowing hard. Accuracy wise, a Kodabow can be an exceptional performer. It doesn't mean that a long shot is advisable. Restrict your shooting to 10, 20 or 30 yards. Go to 40 yards if you have the confidence and have practiced at that range. We say "be a hunter."

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Philadelphia Outdoor Show - 19 February 2011

Shooting with the Philadelphia Soul Cheerleading Squad - and by the way, she made the shot.

Mark demonstrating how to destring a Kodabow.
Brad and Mark always ready to help.

Christina getting ready to take a shot.

Monday, February 14, 2011

9 days - 500 shooters - 1500 arrows

No kidding ...... no issues ..................................................... "Just a crossbow that works"

Inspired by a Business Card

Kodabow shot for 9 days straight at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show that ended yesterday. We sent about 1500 arrows downrange during the 9 day show from a single Koda-Express 185. No issues. None expected.
Met some great folks. We were limited to a 15 yard range distance and quickly realized that to make it all interesting, shooting at a target would become old pretty quick. Apples were too easy, marshmallows too sticky.... but small round Dum Dum lollipops emerged as a fun item to exercise the crossbow. We rarely missed. These pops are about the size of a dime and explode on impact. Whether young or old, experienced or not, most shooters went home with bare lollipop at the first Kodabow Eastern Outdoor Lollipop Shoot. Towards the end of the show, a nice gent comes to visit with a simple request. He said he has been walking around looking at different crossbows and simply wanted to actually see a crossbow shoot two arrows and have them fall next to one another. He indicated that he walked around the Show and just was not able to see that happen. We taped a Kodabow business card on the target and aimed at the small Kodabow logo in the upper left corner of the card. First arrow hits the logo. Second arrow goes in the same hole. We removed the tape and handed him the business card. The gentleman looked at us and said, "I finally found my bow. I'll buy one. Very nice." Whatever it takes! Shooting video from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show will be posted shortly.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show 7 February

Rob showing his shooting style on a rail from his rugged hunting chair. He is on the staff at Able Outdoors and with his Press Pass, stopped by early before the show opened-- these guys at Able Outdoors show that being in a wheelchair can't stop a dedicated hunter. Rob was
one of our first Kodabow customers. He was successful with his Kodabow at 40 yards this past season taking a nice buck. The other photo depicts attendees at the show looking over the Kodabow product line.
We are blessed to have loyal customers who not only visit with us but also work with us in key support roles at the show...... they volunteer to help and expect nothing in return other than the satisfaction that comes with helping our company grow. There is absolutely nothing better than having a company spokesperson be a real customer that shoots a Kodabow crossbow and enjoys sharing his (or her) observations and experiences in the field with others.

Taking Kodabow Video

Kodak makes a small video camera that sells for approximately $150 that is a nice way to take outdoor video. The camera can shoot in high definition (HD)....and has some limits for distance but we find it interesting. Here is a video in "slow motion" taken with the Kodak rep's assistance during the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. (Harrisburg, PA) The key was to avoid hitting the camera with the arrow......We just said 'trust us."