What’s hot and what’s coming up in upcoming issue of Wisconsin Outdoor News

The 2017 Archery Trade Association (ATA) Show in Indianapolis wrapped up recently and I walked the entire 230,000 square feet of that whole show. During that stroll I at least glimpsed at the displays of more than 650 exhibitors.  It’s THE archery event of the year where vendors push their goods to buyers from all over the country.  It’s not open to the public: just vendors, buyers, media-folk like me, and other groups within the archery industry.

I like looking at all the gear even though I don’t completely fit in.  I don’t own fancy jeans, I don’t have a tat or leather accessories like wristbands or necklaces, and my truck isn’t all jacked up.

Hugs?  No, I’m not handing them out to every vendor.

Still, it’s a cool place to be.

One thing that quickly came to mind as I navigated the floor – crossbows were everywhere.  Nearly every bow company has one.  Whether the companies created new crossbows this year for self-preservation or they felt that they had a better one, I don’t know.  But they were everywhere.

Ravin Crossbows, of Superior, was one independent company that caught my eye.  They claim that they can achieve a 3-inch group at 100 yards with their crossbow.  Sounds to me like someone is trying to convert gun hunters into crossbow hunters to me. It’s an awesome looking piece of equipment that measures just 6 inches from axle-to-axle and offers a new HeliCoil technology.  HeliCoil coils the cables away from the top and bottom of the cams in helical grooves, which keeps the cams perfectly balanced for increased speed and downrange accuracy.

If batman had a crossbow, it would probably be a Ravin.

Another new product was the E-Z-V sight.  There are no pins, but a series of lines that the hunter aligns with the vitals of a target.  The E-Z-V Sight is built on a V-shaped reticle so you wait at full draw, frame the ribcage and let the arrow go. There are 14 sizes of inserts, one matched to the speed of your bow so after a quick sight-in, the “widths” of the big game animal’s ribcage are matched to each distance.   It’s not for the competition archery shooter, but is accurate enough for putting it in the heart every time.

The products above represent just two of dozens more that will be profiled in the March 24 issue of Wisconsin Outdoor News in more depth.  Check it out and you’ll see not just cool stuff from the ATA show, but also the SHOT show, too, before they even find their way to shelves at a pro shop near you.

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