NEW COLUMN - ASK UNCLE TED! By Ted Nugent
Nov 3, 2006 - 10:08:00 AM
GOT A QUESTION FOR UNCLE TED, bowhuntings Rock N Roll Superstar Ted Nugent? Well get em down, lock and load and shoot them off via email to: ASK UNCLE TED
Ted with son Rocco - learning from Dad
Q1 - Hey Nuge, John Markos from SW PA here, hunting whitetails only. My total arrow weight with broadhead is 350 gr and I'm shooting it at 274 fps. On Easton's kinetic energy chart I'm at 58 fp of kinetic energy, which is 3/4 up the big game section on their chart, so why is everyone saying I'm shooting too light of an arrow? Before I changed, I was shooting a 400 gr arrow at only 260 fps kinetic energy was 60 fp. so I lost 2 fp of kinetic energy but gained 14 fps, which makes my 30yd. shot easier to judge because my arrows not dropping as much. Your opinion is much appreciated, thanks, John Markos
Nugent - Your kinetic energy transfer conclusions are correct John. As long as you're using a strong, razorsharp broadhead and you are dedicated to deadly accuracy and making the right shot, your bowhunting rig is a full on backstrapper for sure. My GoldTip carbons with my 100 grain Stinger heads weigh in at 450 grains total and from my lightweight 50# bows, the Nugent family freezer is always loaded with precious protein. Good huntin to ya, carryon, BloodBrothers, Ted
Q2 - Ted, I just joined tribeNuge so i don't have my membership number yet but hope you can answer a question for me. I bought a NugeBow and it is currently set up with a WhiskerBiscuit arrow rest and Carolina Archery 3 pin sight. I am thinking about switching to instinctive shooting. Do I need to switch to a different arrow rest for this. Bodoodle went out of business and I am having a hard time locating any of their rests. I was interested in the Game Dropper. Which Golden Key Futura do you use? I like to keep things as simple as possible as few moving parts and cables etc. as possible. Thanks for any help and for the post card you sent me when I was in Iraq that was great of you. This is my first bow and I love it. Thanks, Justin
Nugent - Welcome to the Nugent Family All American BloodBrother Spirit campfire my friend. We do all we possibly can to fight the culture war here at home while you courageous warriors kick ass on evil around the world. Godbless you all!
Surely the Whisker Biscuit rest and Carolina sights are AOK, however, for instinctive archery, you will want to expose the arrow line and open sight picture before you as much as possible. The Biscuit will obscure your view a bit and the great Bodoodle is hard to come by these days, so I would highly recommend the Martin Archery spring rests that are modeled after S.G. Christians Bodoodle. I have also had great success with the Golden Key Futura Hunter Supreme launcher rest as well. Either way, be sure to start your instinctive bare bow practice up close to the target. I'd recommend 5-10 yards at the most till you discover you natural hand-eye relationship with the sight picture over the bow. I'd also highly recommend you cant your bow on an angle slightly like Fred Bear, Ben Pearson and Howard Hill did. It opens up our view of the target better and works great. Remember, instinctive point shooting is all about our hands, eyes, mind and fingers memorizing the mystical flight of the arrow ballet. It must become 2nd nature like a well tuned fastball procedure. Teach the mind, body, heart and soul to function as one. Goodluck, Godbless, Godspeed and good hunting my friend. Ted
Q3 - Ted, My blood brother, I am curious about how you set your bow up, in particular your use of rubber noks. I notice that you install four above the arrow, four below, then the string loop and a few below that. What is the reason for this many noks on your string? I also noticed that you install several towards the wheel and cam on the bow. Any reason for this? Thanks, Mick S.
Nugent - I am the weirdo bowboy aren't I Mick? Wild, huh? Since I was a little boy, I've been mesmerized by the mystical flight of the arrow, and from my exciting baptizm by archery at about the age of three forward, I have strived to become one with each arrow. From my beginnings with longbows in the 1950's, my best arrows have always been shot from that original instinctive style I learned from those early bows with no arrow rests. Throughout the '50's, 60's and '70's, I followed in the footsteps of the ArrowMasters, Fred Bear, Howard Hill and Ben Pearson. Like those hero archers, I rested my arrow on the knuckle of my left hand, bringing the arrow directly over my hand, a natural extension of my pointing finger. Where my arrows pointed is where my arrows went. Begrudgingly changing over to the compound contraption in 1978, I continued to shoot without sights, and I would grind the arrow shelf down as much as possible so the arrow would still leave from the perspective of my pointing finger. As compound bow designs continued to morph over the years, I discovered that by lifting the arrow nock on the bowstring, closer to my eyeball, I was able to fine tune my natural point shooting style. The use of numerous small, rubber eliminator buttons as nocking points above and below the arrow, brings the nock nearly to eye level, a variation of the "Apache" three finger under the arrow drawing and anchoring style. This elevated arrow nocking setup optimizes my ability to quickly look at the spot I wish to hit and release expeditiously. A great plus in the deerwoods. The dozen or so eliminator buttons at the end of the bowstring bumping the cam and wheel have a vibration dampening effect which also increases arrowspeed a smidgeon. Strange but true. And it works! I don't buy chicken! Good hunting, BloodBrothers, Ted
Q4 - Hello Mr. Nugent, My name is Alexander Knott, and I am eleven years old. I know that I am too young to use a gun of any sort for hunting, but would very much like to go. I want to get a bow. I have been shooting at targets with my friends, and cousins who have bows and I am interested in a Whitetail Jr. 30 or 40 pound bow. Is this a good choice for me, and if not what would be your recommendation? I am a big fan of yours, and am going to ask my dad to get me into your Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids.This is my dads email address, but he will get me any messages that you send. Thank You, Alexander Knott
Nugent - Cool, Alexander. Thanx for the nice letter. First off, at the age of eleven, you are certainly old enough to hunt with a firearm. We take dozens of kids as young as six and seven hunting for big and small game each season with rifles, shotguns and blackpowder. My own kids were killing deer and wild boar with their .223 rifles at the age of seven. Though some state's have ridiculous regulations stopping young kids from enjoying the outdoors, we are fighting hard to fix this silliness. The Whitetail Jr bow at 30 pounds draw weight would be great. I prefer the Genesis bow for new shooters since it has a progressive draw weight that really works great. Everybody loves them. Be sure to try one as soon as you can. And be certain my young friend, a well placed razrosharp two blade broadhead from such a bow will kill deer and hogs perfecto. Don't let anyone tell you differently. The name of the game is practice, practice, practice till you're ready. Put your heart and soul into it Alexander, and celebrate that wonderful American Spirit of the Wild. Remember, ya can't do this in France!! Goodluck, BloodBrothers, Ted
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