By Pro Staffer Warren Holder of Raised Hunting
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When it comes to my equipment, you won’t find many people more picky than myself. I want the most reliable, durable and proven equipment I can get my hands on. Everything must be perfect especially before I will consider using it to take an animal’s life.
That’s why I shoot the Bear Archery Arena 34, the perfect blend between speed and forgiveness. The Bear Arena also comes in a 30 inch axle to axle model, and both the 30 and 34 offer a solid back wall and a generous brace height of 6.5 inches, while still hitting speeds in the 340’s fps.
With my hunting set up and a roughly 400 to 410 grain arrow, I find my set up shooting right around 290 fps. With that kind of kinetic energy, I am ready for everything from turkey to elk.
The draw length adjustability is an added bonus with the Arena 34 adjusting from 26.5 to 31 inches, while the Arena 30 adjusts from 25 to 30 inches.
When you have the perfect bow, you need the perfect accessories. Trophy Ridge has the sight and quiver our family depends on. I shoot the Trophy Ridge React Pro sight. The new React Pro offers everything a bowhunter could ask for, including 2nd and 3rd axis adjustment, tool-less adjustment (no more need for an allen wrench). Aluminum crafted, micro click windage and elevation adjustment, as well as a glow ring on the housing for low light conditions, and of course REACT technology!
The REACT technology can only be found on Trophy Ridge sights and truly makes sighting in your bow quick and easy. Simply set your 20 yard pin by moving the housing, then move out to 30 or 40 yards and set that pin by moving the master adjustment on the top of the sight. Once 2 pins are set all the others fall into place, the React technology makes it mathematically impossible for your pins to be off once you have set two distances.
The Lite-1 quiver has quickly become our go to quiver. The quick attachment makes it super simple to mount or remove, from your bow “even if you have nails” says Karin, yet the rock solid construction makes it quiet as well.
Someone was really thinking when they built this quiver. It has green L.E.D lights that shine on your quiver from inside the hood, so you can see your arrows and your hands, helping you to see what your doing while handling razor tipped arrows on those cool early mornings before daylight.
The Lite-1 also has another green light that shoots a beam from the top of the hood, so now you don’t need to carry a flashlight, your bow becomes your flashlight. The added rope loop to the top of the quiver is stout enough to hang your bow by the quiver. No more hanging your high end bow by it’s cam, something that all bow manufactures strongly discourage. Pretty ingenious I must say!
When it comes to my rest, I only trust Ripcord. The new Ace makes tuning easy, thanks to micro adjustments, I can move the rest the exact distance needed. The Ace also features a much thinner launcher allowing for better than ever vane clearance.
When I’m in the woods I want my bow to be as quiet and lethal as possible. That’s where Limbsavers come into play, the dampeners and stabilizers reduce vibration as well as noise, making my bow dead silent and deadly accurate.
Remember, bowhunting is more than a hobby for me and my family, and it’s more than just a job for us. For us, it’s who we are, and what we do, it’s tradition and heritage, it’s passion and emotion, and for me it’s my life!
With this full set up you may see me in the woods, but you won’t hear me. The only problem is, if I miss the big one this year, I know I can’t blame my equipment!
But that’s what little brothers are for, somehow I’m sure I can find a way to blame Easton!!!
See ya out there!