Q: I've been around archers nearly all my life, and I've seen some who use bowstring wax and some who don't. Should I be using bowstring wax? And if so, when and how often should I apply it to my string?
- John Rhubottom, College Station, TX
A: I can make this answer short and sweet: Yes, use bowstring wax and use it often. That said, you should wax your string and any cables constructed of string material often enough to prevent fraying and wear. Bowhunters who practice several times a week and hit the fields as often as time allows during hunting season definitely fight string wear. You can easily see string wear-and-tear through fraying or "fuzziness" on the string. When your string exhibits tiny strands of stray string, it's time to wax it. Visit your archery pro shop to purchase a high-quality bow wax. Companies such as Bohning and Winner's Choice offer bow wax and string conditioner products to ensure the longevity of your string and its top performance. After applying a coating of string wax, make sure to rub it in, using your fingers or a smooth piece of leather. As you wax the string, inspect it for broken strands or other damage that could cause the entire string to break and make for a really bad day in the woods.
CHOOSING A CROSSBOW
Q: I'm a 57-year-old woman and I've hunted all my life- thanks to the teachings of my mother. After an accident 3 years ago, I can't draw my bow anymore. I have a handicap crossbow permit, but I can't find anyone who will help me choose a crossbow that's appropriate to fit my needs. I'd like a reliable bow without a hefty price tag. Can you give me some suggestions?
-Eddye Faye Lofton/Via e-mail
A: Both Bass Pro Shops (basspro.com; (800) 227-7776) and Cabela's (cabelas.com; (800) 237-4444) offer a full line of crossbows. You can check them out online or call to request a catalog. I suggest you take a close look at the TenPoint Titan TL-7 Package with a built-in cocking device (ACUdraw). The price is roughly $700. This isn't an inexpensive model, but it's a great value. For the package price you'll receive ACUdraw, red dot scope, quiver, three arrows, practice points and an instructional DVD. Believe me, after you watch the DVD and page through the owner's manual, you won't have any trouble learning how to use this crossbow. Good luck hunting.
Q: I'm 15 years old and have been bowhunting for 2 years. A friend told me that I can ruin my bow if it gets rain on it. I was wondering if this was true or if I just don't want the bow to sweat. I own a Cabela's Outfitter Series bow. -Caleb Sawatsky/Via e-mail
A: Well, I lived in and bowhunted all over Alaska for 15 years, in some of the rainiest weather found anywhere in North America, and I never had any trouble whatsoever from the moisture. However, in rainy weather, I do take a few precautions such as waxing my bowstring and cables often, and using a light penetrating oil like WD-40 on the bow's axles, bolts and screws. I also use penetrating oil on metal parts- such as my bow sight and pivoting points on a fall-away rest- to keep them functioning properly and to help prevent rust. Do that and you should have no trouble with moisture tainting your bowhunting equipment. You might also discover that some of the best bowhunting action occurs during a light rain.