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Mackenthun: Off-season training pays off in on-court bow | local sports

ByMary M. Ward

Jan 30, 2022

We are heading towards the middle of winter, at least according to the calendar’s definition of dividing time between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.

According to the definition of weather in Minnesota, winter can last until May in some years, but hopefully not in 2022.

Bowhunting aficionados train year round, shoot 3D indoors and jam targets at ranges and clubs while we all wait for warmer days and the ability to shoot outdoors. ‘outside.

Whether you’re shooting all year round or taking a winter break, now’s a good time to take a look at your bow and perform off-season maintenance, either yourself or with the help of a a professional who can tune your bow. Spring turkey hunters, fall deer hunters, and recreational shooters all have good reason to be ready for warmer days and outdoor shooting.

Donnie Fromm owns and operates Oak Ridge Archery in Kasota. Fromm has been in the business for 28 years and Oak Ridge has one of the largest indoor ranges in the country at 60 yards. Its indoor range runs from May 15 to October 30. Oak Ridge has leagues in formation now, open to men’s, women’s, and mixed competition.

Fromm is also an expert technician in servicing archers and working on bows. Oak Ridge is a professional, full-service store with all the equipment and service you could need or need.

I asked Fromm what he recommends archers look for on their compound bows in the offseason and what he’s been working on when new bows hit his workbench.

“First,” Fromm told me, “you want to check the service for wear points, check the most used slots and pressure points, and check the cams and nocking point. Sometimes , we remove the portion and then I can tell you what shape it is in.

“Take a good look at your D loop; everyone puts on a loop now it seems. Be sure to wax your string and apply it with leather. When you put on string wax and do the right way it will work its way into the rope and the rope will last twice as long.Make sure your timing and cam cables are cleaned, this is something you want to have a professional do.Someone Anyone who doesn’t know how to work on arcs won’t know how to do this.

Take the time to look over anything attached to your bow and with set screws – the draw and cable stops should be tight, as should the bolts and limb pockets.

Check your sight box. Make sure nothing has moved and your windage and elevation bolts are tight. Make sure that none of the aiming pins are bent or loose. Listen carefully to your bow after shooting. If something is loose, you will usually hear a little clicking or buzzing sound.

Discover your arrow rest, drop-away, shoot through, containment or piston style, whatever you use. Make sure it works as expected and is not loose.

Check your limbs – if you were hard on your bow while hunting or shooting and you got a nick or crack in the limb, you can blow it all out the next time you shoot, especially if you put it away and forgotten for a while. some months.

Don’t forget your arrows. Fromm also recommends checking your arrows in the offseason. Make sure you don’t have any cracked nocks, a crack in your arrow’s carbon, or a weak spot in general. Arrows will bend and twist, so you’ll want to examine them for any weaknesses and make replacements if necessary.

Take good care of your bow, and it will take good care of you. Keep it away from extreme temperature changes, humidity and humidity, keep it clean, and keep the strings waxed to prolong the life of the bow and string.

Check the chain for fraying or dry rot; a professional like Fromm is in the best position to make an assessment of the condition and whether it’s time to replace it once you’ve done a lot of shooting or have many years on a bowstring.

For those who want to learn more about archery and try it out, who are new to the sport or inexperienced, Oak Ridge Archery is hosting an adult course with registration open through February 20.

The class will teach all the finer points of archery, from standing to form, how to hold the bow, use the trigger the right way, establish anchor points, where you aim and many finer details that must be learned to be a successful archer.

Visit oakridgearchery.net for more information.

Scott Mackenthun has been writing about hunting and fishing since 2005. Email him at [email protected]