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  • July 29, 2011

    Mathews Z7 Xtreme Buck-Scoring Contest, Final Round

    By Scott Bestul

    by Dave Hurteau

    Okay people, this is it. This is your chance to show off your buck-scoring prowess and win a brand new Mathews’ Z7 Xtreme, the company’s flagship bow for 2011 and a prize worth about $900.

    All you have to do is guess the gross B&C score of this final buck, add it to your guesses for the first three (linked below), and post your grand total in the comment section below.
    Remember, fractionals count.

    Whoever’s grand total is closest to that of the four bucks’ actual gross scores (which I will post next week) wins the bow. If there’s a tie, I will post another buck for the finalists to guess at.

  • July 27, 2011

    Countdown to F&S’s Best of the Best Bows #10

    By Scott Bestul

    Well we’re finally at the Top 10 Bows submitted for our annual Bow Test. As I noted in my review of the last bow, we’re looking at some truly fine shooting equipment from here on out. The 10th place bow was easily the fastest bow of the test, and many speed freaks could argue that it’s their favorite. I could see why…But rarely does one quality push a bow to the top of this elite company. Let’s take a look at Bow #10.

    For details of how the test is conducted, see the original post . Every week from now until September, I’ll be posting reviews of the test bows, counting them down from #14 to #1 and revealing the winner here, shortly after the September issue hits mail boxes and newstands.

    This week we’ll continue the countdown with:

    Bow #10: Darton “DS 3800” (dartonarchery.com)

    - Price: $829
    - Weight: 4 lbs. 12 oz.
    - Length: 33-3/4” axle-to-axle
    - Speed: 345 fps (IBO); 297 fps (our test: 28.5-inch draw length, 70lbs draw weight, and shooting a 437gr. Carbon Express Aramid arrow.)

  • July 26, 2011

    Do You Cheat Low with a Bow?

    By Dave Hurteau

  • July 22, 2011

    Countdown to F&S’s Best of the Best Bows #11

    By Scott Bestul

    Here’s the next bow in our continuing countdown of bows submitted for our annual Bow Test. This bow placed 11th out of 14 entries, and it is significant for this reason; from here on out, the point spread that separates one bow from the next gets increasingly smaller. My testers frequently compare rating the top bows in the bow test to judging the Olympics. The slimmest of margins can rank one bow above (or below) another. At any rate, let’s take a look at Bow #11. 

    For details of how the test is conducted, see the original post . Every week from now until September, I’ll be posting reviews of the test bows, counting them down from #14 to #1 and revealing the winner here, shortly after the September issue hits mail boxes and newstands.

    This week we’ll continue the countdown with:

    Bow #11: Mission “Venture” (missionarchery.com)

    - Price: $499
    - Weight: 4 lbs. 8 oz.
    - Length: 30-1/8” axle-to-axle
    - Speed: 323 fps (IBO); 281 fps (our test: 29.25-inch draw length, 70lbs draw weight, and shooting a 437gr. Carbon Express Aramid arrow.)

  • July 21, 2011

    Mathews Z7 Xtreme Buck-Scoring Contest, Round 3

    By Scott Bestul

    Sorry for the delay, folks. Here is the third buck in our contest. Once again, you are playing for a brand new Mathews’ Z7 Xtreme, the company’s flagship bow for 2011 and a prize worth about $900.

    Remember how this works? I will post a total of four bucks photos, one per week, for one month. (Click here if you missed the first, here for the second.) You will guess the gross B&C score of each and keep track of your guesses. Fractionals will count. When I post the final buck, I’ll ask you for your grand total. Whoever is closest wins the bow*. If there is a tie, we will have a tiebreaker buck.

  • July 19, 2011

    Oregon Serial Poachers To Spend Next 4 Deer Seasons in Jail

    By Dave Hurteau

    Every so often, we ask: What is an appropriate punishment for this or that game violation? Well here’s a novel approach, from a story by the Associated Press:

    An Oregon man and his son who pleaded guilty to poaching will spend the next four deer seasons in jail and have been stripped of their hunting privileges for life.

    Investigators said the family hunted illegally for generations and all but wiped out the deer population in part of a wildlife area.

    Under a plea deal, they'll report to prison on Oct. 1—the first day of deer season—for 90-day terms each of the next four years.

  • July 14, 2011

    Countdown to F&S’s Best of the Best Bows #12

    By Scott Bestul

    In case you missed it in the last post, I just got done testing 14 brand-new bows with a group of experienced archers for Field & Stream’s “Best of the Best” awards program. For details of how the test is conducted, see the original post . Every week from now until September, I’ll be posting reviews of the test bows, counting them down from #14 to #1 and revealing the winner here, shortly after the September issue hits mail boxes and newstands.

    This week we’ll continue the countdown with:

    Bow #12: Martin “Onza 3” (martinarchery.com)

    - Price: $599
    - Weight: 4 lbs. 14 oz.
    - Length: 32.25” axle-to-axle
    - Speed: 340 fps (IBO); 266 fps in our test with a 28.5-inch draw length, 70lbs draw weight, and shooting a 437gr. Carbon Express Aramid arrow.)

  • July 13, 2011

    The Good Stuff: Danner Canadian Hunting Boots

    By Dave Hurteau

    I once edited an F&S boot-buyer’s-guide extravaganza, after which the folks at Danner requested that I keep and use the photo-prop Canadian Hunting Boots that I just happened to get in my size. Well, what could I say?

    I have since beaten the hell out of them. They have been all over the country for deer and a variety of other critters--up ragged crags, down snowy slopes, through cedar swamps, cattail sloughs, and mountain creeks. Meanwhile, I have not given them anything like the care they deserve. They are now 15 years old. Yes, 15—and they are still my primary hunting boots, still waterproof, still sporting plenty of tread.

    Now here’s the thing: Back when I was a young editor with very little expendable cash, I remember thinking of my new freebie Danners: These are great, but if I were spending my own money, there’s no way—no way!—I would drop over $300 on a pair of boots.

  • July 8, 2011

    Countdown to F&S’s Best of the Best Bows #13

    By Scott Bestul

    In case you missed it in the last post, I just got done testing 14 brand-new bows with a group of experienced archers for Field & Stream’s “Best of the Best” awards program. For details of how the test is conducted, see the original post. Every week from now until September, I’ll be posting reviews of the test bows, counting them down from #14 to #1 and revealing the winner here, shortly after the September issue hits mail boxes and newstands.

    This week we’ll continue the countdown with:
    Bow #13: Diamond “Deadeye” (diamondarchery.com)

    - Price: $749
    - Weight: 4 lbs. 6 oz.
    - Length: 32” axle-to-axle
    - Speed: 291 fps.

  • July 7, 2011

    Mathews Z7 Xtreme Buck-Scoring Contest, Round 2

    By Dave Hurteau

    Take a look at the second buck below in our scoring contest. Remember, you are playing for a brand-spanking new Mathews’ Z7 Xtreme , the company’s flagship bow for 2011 and a prize worth about $900.

    If you are just joining us, here’s the deal: I will post a total of four bucks photos, one per week, for one month. (Click here if you missed the first one.) You will guess the gross B&C score of each and keep track of your guesses. Fractionals will count. When I post the final buck, I’ll ask you for your grand total. Whoever is closest wins the bow***. If there is a tie, we will have a tiebreaker buck.

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