By Jason Reid
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Like walking through a kaleidoscope, the shadows from streaming sunlight cracking through the dense western timber, chopped the tan hide of a young bull walking towards me. He stopped, looking right through me.
Less than 25 yards away stood a 700 pound animal I’d longed to meet once again. Nerves didn’t control my actions, just instincts rapidly calculating each muscle twitch of the elk, while measuring my own grasp on reality. He dropped his head continuing towards the sound of my father who had made one simple cow call 30 seconds before.
As his vision was obstructed by two pine trees, my string found its anchor point, my hand found its spot behind my ear while my finger came to rest on the trigger. Floating my green pin over his heart the bow did its part and drove the arrow through both shoulders of the bull.
In crunch time, one doesn't think about each aspect of their gear and how it works in unison. You simply expect your gear to work flawlessly. Bowhunting offers plenty of surprises. Sometimes they are not always welcome. Discovering flaws and inconsistencies in your gear is what summer shooting is for, not while on the hunt. My 2015 summer was one filled with surprises and frustration. One of my frustrations came from my bowstring. For several years I have purchased custom made strings through my local archery shop. Truthfully, I never thought much of the string and just took it for granted. But with two arrow changes, a sight change, and a bum knee, it was only fitting the string would give me issues as well.
Two weeks before leaving for a long awaited elk hunt, my custom string failed. Subsequently, the string was with the incorrect serving. My archery shop tech decided to order me a string from Vapor Trail.
I was concerned as I didn’t think I had the time to break in a new set of strings and cables. As per my past experiences, long periods of time were needed to adjust my equipment, not ten days.
Conceding to the assurance of my archery tech, a new set of green and black Vapor Trail strings and cables arrived in less than two days. By the third day they were setting. With only seven days until leaving, I was a bit anxious when I drove to the shop to pick up the bow. The website says to “Set it and forget it.” The video featuring Pigman claims you can dial in the bow in less than ten shots. Clearly I was skeptical; however, after my first ten shots I could feel the difference.
Walking to the back range I sent the first arrow down range and immediately noticed the increase in speed and stability of the bow. “Not bad for starters,” I thought. The consistency of the new strings built over the quick 20 arrow round and by the time I left I’d already ripped a few fletchings. It was like my bow was given a second life and I had confidence while heading West.
Ten days after picking up the bow with the new strings, I killed my first bull. After experiencing so much frustration it was a relief to have a reliable string. After my 2015 season, I can write with confidence the Vapor Trail strings are a great value for any bowhunter who simply wants no unwelcome surprises from their gear, just results.
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About Jason Reid:
Jason Reid is a writer and business professional from upstate New York. After deciding to pursue his dream of becoming an outdoor writer, Jason started a blog from his dorm room at Houghton College, growing it and working hard to earn opportunities. While bow hunting big game is his ultimate passion, Jason welcomes all outdoor challenges which force him to push his limits. Jason’s work can be viewed on his website Pushingthewildlimits.com