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by nchunter
Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Questions for any hunter here in NC
Replies: 13
Views: 2428

Re: Questions for any hunter here in NC

That bobcat is big! I had a big one like that creep up a dry creek bed in the Uwharries on opening day of Blackpowder Season one year. I was sitting above the creek bank under a holly tree with my flintlock smoothbore. He got within 15 yards before catching my scent! Then he just turned around and s...
by nchunter
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Questions for any hunter here in NC
Replies: 13
Views: 2428

Re: Questions for any hunter here in NC

I think deer are smarter than we give them credit for. I've seen some deer behavior that convinced me they actually have some capacity to reason. I think they quickly know when they're being hunted, and go nocturnal. That lasts until the Rut, when Mother Nature pumps them so full of sex hormones tha...
by nchunter
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Questions for any hunter here in NC
Replies: 13
Views: 2428

Re: Questions for any hunter here in NC

I hunt in the Piedmont of NC for the past dozen years. Almost never see any deer until just 3-7 days before Halloween. Even with this great cold front we had the past few days I've seen nothing during daylight hours.
by nchunter
Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: FOC Broadhead with BE Zombie or Diablo?
Replies: 5
Views: 1696

Re: FOC Broadhead with BE Zombie or Diablo?

As you increase the front end weight of an arrow can it be said that spine stiffness must be increased as well? As you increase the front end weight, the spine effectively decreases (flexes more). Not such a big deal with crossbows like it is with traditional bows though. I shoot BE Executioners wi...
by nchunter
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: What arrow weight do you prefer?
Replies: 97
Views: 100857

Re: What arrow weight do you prefer?

I made a pretty radical change last hunting season that may be of interest to some: For the last 15 years my set-up was 100-gr Rocket Hammerhead expandables with a total arrow weight of 425 grains. I've harvested about 35 deer with this set-up, using my 2001-vintage Exocet. Velocity is 273 fps. Last...
by nchunter
Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:31 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: First deer of season tried rage
Replies: 18
Views: 2271

46 lbs of meat from a 110 lb deer sounds right to me. Wild animals are a mostly bone and hide - very skinny compared to domestic animals.
by nchunter
Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:27 am
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Making of a wood stock Stage 4
Replies: 14
Views: 1929

Do yourself a favor and get some Microplane woodworking rasps: http://us.microplane.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=4 You can buy them online or at any Woodcrafters store. They're awesome for carving stocks! Take wood off as rapidly as a traditional wood rasp, but with a much smoother fin...
by nchunter
Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:31 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Y25 Wooden Stock
Replies: 10
Views: 1374

I believe Mark used Actionwood (i.e. resin-impregnated maple or birch) for his stocks. I made my own stock out of a blank of walnut. If you can get someone with a milling machine to inlet for the crossbow rail (my brother-in-law comes in handy sometimes!) carving the rest is fairly straightforward. ...
by nchunter
Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:23 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: broadheads, broadheads, broadheads, broadheads, broadheads,
Replies: 25
Views: 3628

I've used Rocket Aeroheads (2-inch expandable) on numerous deer, and they leave an large blood trail. A couple times the deer have dropped and bled out right on the spot! With the aluminum ferrule they are a one-time use broadhead though. But unless you plan on shooting a dozen deer a year, replacin...
by nchunter
Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:52 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Choice in broadheads
Replies: 38
Views: 4329

I've used the Rocket Hammerheads for 7-8 years, and dropped about a dozen deer with them. I'll echo what others have said: short blood trails (sometimes dropped in their tracks) but fragile blades make them a one-shot disposable broadhead in my experience. But I'd rather lose a broadhead than lose a...
by nchunter
Wed Nov 28, 2007 2:34 pm
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Brass inserts for Thunderbolt shafts?
Replies: 5
Views: 1421

Brass inserts for Thunderbolt shafts?

Anyone know if there is a brand/size of brass inserts that will fit inside the Beman Thunderbolt shafts?
by nchunter
Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:15 am
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: Deer direction --after shot.
Replies: 30
Views: 6188

I've gotten about twenty deer with my Exocet over the years. My experience has been that more often than not they run hard in whatever direction they happen to be facing at the time of the shot. Even if it's uphill or into an open field. Occasionally I'll have one double-back and go the way it came....
by nchunter
Wed Apr 04, 2007 11:45 am
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: GREAT BOOK ON HUNTING DEER
Replies: 6
Views: 1595

Ditto for me. I bought it a year or two ago. The images in that book are very well done and easy to understand. I've seen it at Books-a-Million and Walmart too.
by nchunter
Mon Nov 20, 2006 8:06 am
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: carrying your bow
Replies: 15
Views: 4387

I put a sling on my crossbow this season, after getting tired of carrying the ungainly beast by hand all these years. Should have done this sooner! Buy one of those neoprene foam rubber slings with the non-slip surface (you can get them at Walmart for $10-15). I'll attach a photo of how I did mine. ...
by nchunter
Fri Sep 29, 2006 9:44 am
Forum: Crossbow Hunting
Topic: check your camo with a blacklight
Replies: 2
Views: 1108

check your camo with a blacklight

Anyone ever check your camo with a blacklight? I’ve read articles before about how deer see in the ultra-violet range, and that a lot of clothes and laundry detergents have UV brighteners added to them which deer can see. I never gave it much thought, but the other night while buying lightbulbs at L...