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Contributors to this thread:
Dale06 17-Dec-20
ohiohunter 17-Dec-20
t-roy 17-Dec-20
paul@thefort 17-Dec-20
Matt 17-Dec-20
Shuteye 17-Dec-20
bighorn 17-Dec-20
Patdel 17-Dec-20
Dale06 17-Dec-20
kakiatkids 17-Dec-20
Matt 17-Dec-20
Kodiak 17-Dec-20
t-roy 17-Dec-20
Bowboy 17-Dec-20
Old School 17-Dec-20
WV Mountaineer 17-Dec-20
WapitiBob 17-Dec-20
t-roy 17-Dec-20
Matt 18-Dec-20
WapitiBob 18-Dec-20
Bou'bound 18-Dec-20
Frank Noska 18-Dec-20
lewis 18-Dec-20
Kodiak 18-Dec-20
x-man 18-Dec-20
Bowfreak 18-Dec-20
bigdog21 18-Dec-20
WV Mountaineer 18-Dec-20
Matt 18-Dec-20
JohnMC 18-Dec-20
WapitiBob 18-Dec-20
WV Mountaineer 18-Dec-20
Matt 18-Dec-20
Mike Ukrainetz 18-Dec-20
Drnaln 18-Dec-20
kota-man 18-Dec-20
Trial153 18-Dec-20
Matt 18-Dec-20
Matt 18-Dec-20
Drnaln 18-Dec-20
David A. 19-Dec-20
WV Mountaineer 19-Dec-20
Ermine 19-Dec-20
t-roy 19-Dec-20
DanaC 19-Dec-20
Kurt 19-Dec-20
David A. 19-Dec-20
DanaC 20-Dec-20
David A. 20-Dec-20
David A. 20-Dec-20
Drnaln 20-Dec-20
Mike Ukrainetz 20-Dec-20
David A. 20-Dec-20
WV Mountaineer 20-Dec-20
Bowfinatic 20-Dec-20
David A. 21-Dec-20
Mike Ukrainetz 21-Dec-20
Matt 21-Dec-20
Mike Ukrainetz 21-Dec-20
David A. 21-Dec-20
David A. 21-Dec-20
David A. 21-Dec-20
Matt 22-Dec-20
Mike Ukrainetz 22-Dec-20
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David A. 22-Dec-20
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From: Dale06
17-Dec-20
I’m going to buy a new single pin sight. I hunt turkeys and WT from ground blinds, WT from tree stand and elk, ground blind and spot stalk. What color of sight pin works best in this variety of hunting? Thanks

From: ohiohunter
17-Dec-20
Men’s eyes have a higher affinity to green/yellow while women’s eyes prefer red. My eyes follow suit

From: t-roy
17-Dec-20
Hands down, fluorescent green for me. Way more visible to me, than fluorescent yellow or red.

From: paul@thefort
17-Dec-20
for me, green

From: Matt
17-Dec-20
Green, all green.

From: Shuteye
17-Dec-20
For many years, green.

From: bighorn
17-Dec-20
fluorescent green

From: Patdel
17-Dec-20
Green.

From: Dale06
17-Dec-20
Thanks guys. Sounds like green is the way yo go.

From: kakiatkids
17-Dec-20
Green works best for me for whatever reason

From: Matt
17-Dec-20
Is this not the Bowsite? Where is the guys coming in telling us all that we are idiots for preferring green? You guys are getting soft. ;-)

From: Kodiak
17-Dec-20
Flo yellow, hands down.

From: t-roy
17-Dec-20
Matt......I think GF is on vacation.

From: Bowboy
17-Dec-20
Green

From: Old School
17-Dec-20
I had always heard fluorescent green was the most visible - always made it my 20 yard pin for that reason. Last color I could see before dark - therefore the closest yardage pin.

17-Dec-20
Green here.

From: WapitiBob
17-Dec-20
I used Blue this year because it doesn't halo. I'll see 3 dots with green or red.

From: t-roy
17-Dec-20
What was your opinion on the blue, WapitiBob?

From: Matt
18-Dec-20
T-Roy, I knew that when I scrolled down through the thread and never lost sight of the color green.

From: WapitiBob
18-Dec-20
T, I liked it but it does need a tad more light than a green.

From: Bou'bound
18-Dec-20
Science will say green which is validated above. Hands down. Next topic

From: Frank Noska
18-Dec-20
Don't use red pins, I have been told by my trusted Bowhunting Optometrist, Genesis.

From: lewis
18-Dec-20
Green good luck Lewis

From: Kodiak
18-Dec-20
It's interesting, I'm the only one that said yellow, but I'm red-green colorblind. Probably a correlation there.

From: x-man
18-Dec-20
My yellow pin is that last one I see after sundown. My green pin is brightest during the day.

From: Bowfreak
18-Dec-20
If you are still using red you are probably still a younger guy. Eventually you get old and red halos. Green is what I use but blue is probably the best to not halo, however it is not as bright as green and can need some artificial light to brighten it enough for a bowhunter.

From: bigdog21
18-Dec-20
2x xman

18-Dec-20
Where can a guy get blue pins or fiber optics?

From: Matt
18-Dec-20
I tried blue, great for indoors but my observation was that it is not good outdoors unless you use an artificial light.

From: JohnMC
18-Dec-20
GF would be crying about using a pin is an unfair advantage.

From: WapitiBob
18-Dec-20
Lancaster has blue. Opposite of Matt I needed light indoors for the blue, it was fine outside unless I was inside a blind. ymmv

18-Dec-20
Thanks Bob

From: Matt
18-Dec-20
"Lancaster has blue. Opposite of Matt I needed light indoors for the blue, it was fine outside unless I was inside a blind. ymmv"

Early/late/in shade I found blue had very little "glow", but it was fine in good light. Could be the fiber too, my experience was 10 or more years ago.

18-Dec-20
Just to mix things up, I think a one pin sight for any real hunting is a mistake...

From: Drnaln
18-Dec-20
I use green,yellow,green,yellow,green on my Spot Hogg sights. Got rid of the red a few years back when Bowsite eye doctors explained things. I like the green the best but like staggering the colors to keep my mind right.

From: kota-man
18-Dec-20
flo Green

From: Trial153
18-Dec-20
Any color for me as long as its green

From: Matt
18-Dec-20
"I like the green the best but like staggering the colors to keep my mind right."

What works for you works for you, but just throwing it out that I paint the 40 and 60 yard pin bodies on my 7 pin white, so very easy to tell which is which.

From: Matt
18-Dec-20

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From: Drnaln
18-Dec-20
Matt....Thanks

From: David A.
19-Dec-20
"Just to mix things up, I think a one pin sight for any real hunting is a mistake.."

Mike can I show you how to consistently get mulies under 20 yds?. Now that's exciting. Just need one pin...https://youtu.be/V5UXsA8KbEg

19-Dec-20
That’s a great idea Matt

From: Ermine
19-Dec-20
Green

From: t-roy
19-Dec-20
Similar concept to Matt’s setup. My 20 & 30yd pins were green, then the 40 was red, then 50, 60 & 70 were green. Made it easy for me to fairly quickly figure out which pin was which.

From: DanaC
19-Dec-20
I bought an inexpensive 'dot' sight for a rifle, it gives you a choice of red or green dots. Find myself using the green when carrying. I just pick it up better, especially at the lower settings.

From: Kurt
19-Dec-20
5 pin, alternating green and yellow, 20 to 60 on the 10s, with the stem of the 50 painted flo yellow. (Been painting the stalk of the 50 yd pin for at least 35 years).

All 0.019” pins. Slider using the 60 yd green for practice at distances over 60 yds. And I agree with Mike U!

From: David A.
19-Dec-20
Yeah well that's what a lot of guys do, shoot at game 60 yds. and farther- often a lot farther. It's so unnecessary.

From: DanaC
20-Dec-20
Shooting *targets* at 60 yards or even further will really tighten up your 'close game' when hunting. But you knew that.

From: David A.
20-Dec-20
Not a believer in it, sorry. Completely unnecessary and I don't practice beyond 25 yds. Almost all my shots are 15-20 yds. desert mule deer, elk, etc. and I have nearly 100% success. Most whitetails taken by bow are shot at under 25 yds. as well.

From: David A.
20-Dec-20
By the way, you can make one pin do a lot things if you know how...never seen any compound bowhunter use the method I refer to, however...yet rifle guys do it all the time. Guess...

From: Drnaln
20-Dec-20
Shooting out to 25 yards max why would a guy need more then 1 pin?

20-Dec-20
David A, I looked at your YouTube link. I don’t get it? How does it show me how to get deer under 20 yds? It just shows you with a dead deer? I’ve killed a few deer myself and helped a few other guys bowkill deer too.

From: David A.
20-Dec-20
Hi Mike, no the videos offer proof I'm not blowing hot air, that's all. I assume you looked at more than just that one video. If you want to know more, PM me.

20-Dec-20
I want the STAR method explained. Is that possible?

20-Dec-20
Green for sure for me is the easiest Yellow the hardest

From: David A.
21-Dec-20
WV Mountaineer, the STAR Method is a new way(s) to release the string (recurves/longbows) and new ways of aiming. STAR is an acronym. It's not just one method, but many, so it's a big topic.

I would say is sorta' like the fixed crawl method of shooting recurves/longbows that has grown in popularity in recent years in contrast to instinctive methods, but it is more precise and it's also better for bowhunting, IMO.

You can see some stuff here inc. comments from an Olympic coach, just use the scroll arrow for that video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8v-_FNKBT6p1Fr3kWSTcew

Re: Mule deer, Mike I learned their actual language.

21-Dec-20
No disrespect David A. But what the heck are you talking about? Why all the mysterious references about what you do? Call all animals within 25 yds, have some special STAR shooting method, learned mule deer’s actual language? None of the videos I saw actually say anything? Is there one that does? Add a link. Is there a pay wall? Why a PM? Tell us all!

From: Matt
21-Dec-20
Mike, we are a decade into the same BS. My advice would be don't waste your time because what you got is what you are going to get. Smoke and mirrors.

21-Dec-20
Well, dang it Matt if there is a way to call all mule deer within 25 yds I want to know!?

From: David A.
21-Dec-20
Matt, you have the testimonial of an Olympic coach, what to you want? There's also a slow motion video of me shooting on the link I gave although of course it's just one style.

FYI, Pat L. has shared camp with me, ask him if he thinks I'm a flake. I didn't push my method on him or anyone else in any camp I have been in, but there are quite a few people who know me and some of the methods including some notables on this site...I've given a free seminar and it was open to all, you could have attended. I have freely given my time to many and shared ideas with many from those struggling to some of the most famous. I don't teach in posts.

Mike, I would have been glad to demonstrate vocalizations in a phone call. You are a respected outfitter, you should be more open minded to new ideas. There are many hunting methods that work, but school should never be out for the pro. There is always something new to learn. I really don't know how to demonstrate mule deer lingo in text, sorry.

Merry Xmas to all.

From: David A.
21-Dec-20
Come along on two of my recent hunts...cut and paste the urls.

Deer:

https://tinyurl.com/y9z3g8cu

Elk:

https://tinyurl.com/yy2e4k8k

Let's count our blessings, we are all brothers of the bow.

From: David A.
21-Dec-20
To return to topic, if I was shooting a pin I would paint the tip with a UV excitable paint. They come in different colors and generally look whitish-yellow, but I mean they excite to different colors such as green, yellow, blue and red. You can buy these on amazon.

Get some clear finger nail polish and swirl the paint powder and then apply to the end of your sight pin. Carry a small UV flash light to excite the pin esp. in a ground blind situation. It works fine and avoids electronics on the bow.

Now I realize many compound users have fancy light capturing sights, but they are so ugly I wouldn't be willing to attach them to the one compound I do have. I favor simplicity as a first principle.

From: Matt
22-Dec-20
"I really don't know how to demonstrate mule deer lingo in text, sorry."

If only there was a way to imbed sound into a YouTube video.

22-Dec-20
I’m very open minded, I’ve stolen most of my best ideas from other people. Willing to learn...

22-Dec-20
And I didn’t see a slow motion link of you shooting David...and no audio of deer calling anywhere... I really have learned a ton from other people, Not well known people but ones who are killers. Paul Medel with his elk nut app, complete game changer for hunting elk, etc.

From: David A.
22-Dec-20
https://youtu.be/7M-1UAV__wk

I usually cant my bows, but Olympic Coach Kiraloff took this video of me shooting the bow vertically, no biggie...I only demonstrated one STAR Method for him. There are dozens of variations...he was fascinated with my releases...he said a lot more, but this is enough...

https://youtu.be/WutT9gSl49Y

From: David A.
22-Dec-20
Mike, I am a CUSTOMER of Paul Medel...glad to pay for knowledge, I will not even hesitate and I have boxes of elk calls. Some that most people don't know about that are killers...you have to be proactive at a high level if you want to escape mediocrity. Just my philosophy...by the way I used to be on your mail list. Stay warm and have a great Xmas.

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