Bowfishing Lights

In teaching about bowfishing, I am often asked if you need a bow-mounted light for a bowfishing set up. The answer to that is fairly easy. If you are fishing with minimal lighting, such as in a small boat or on the bank at night, a bow-mounted light helps you see further distances and areas you might normally night be able to fish. Even in a boat like the one owned by Marty McIntyre, owner and chief guide of GARQUEST Bowfishing adventures, which is outfitted with many different bright LED and High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights, a bow-mounted light can be handy for fishing areas outside of the reach of the lights on the boat. You many not see the benfit in using a bow light for fishing from a larger boat with plenty of lights but it is sure handy to have one in case you need it.

There are a couple of considerations you want to make when you are looking for a bow light. For one, interchangeable LEDs are nice so you can switch the color of the light. Most bowfishers will tell you that they prefer a white light for bowfishing adventures. The nice thing about a light like the VRL-X light from is that you can change out colored LED’s in seconds. For instance, if you want to go hog hunting, where the preferred color for your bow light is red, you can change it. If you want to do some late night predator hunting, where many hunters prefer a green light, you can choose that too. The light package also comes with a normal end cap switch as well as a pressure switch attachment so you can easily turn your light on when you go to shoot.

Another consideration to make is to select a light that has both distance and width. In my opinion, the VRL-X executes both of these features well. With a 250 lumen LED, you have plenty of power to penetrate the water without having a glare or reflection off of the water from the light. Any light you use will have some glare from the water but lights that have a wide beam, not an intense, narrow beam, are better for bowfishing since most of your shots are relatively short in bowfishing. Another neat feature of this light is that you can use it as a regular scanning light for all of your night time excursions as well as for hunting or bowfishing. You can mount it to just about any kind of gun or bow with a couple of mounting accessories.

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T.R.U. Ball Releases and Axcel Sights/Big Buck Spotted!

My latest project has been adding a new sight to my bow and shooting with a new release. I cannot say enough about T.R.U. Ball releases. They are among the best I have ever shot. I use a “Stinger” model which is a dual caliper release and I love it.

On the sights, I was hesitant at first to go with the .10 pins versus the larger .19 pins. But my rule is to aim small so I elected to go with the smaller pins. I am glad I did. I installed this new sight and shot the bow last night and am getting better accuracy than I ever though possible with this new sight! Check out both of these companies at and These are awesome companies with great products!

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In other news, guess what I saw the other day when I was setting up my stand in my urban hunting set up? A big deer that made my heart race!

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Thankfully, its almost that time of year again! Thanks for reading, listening, and watching!

Another Texas Fish & Game Magazine Article!

This months edition of Texas Fish & Game magazine features the second of three articles I wrote for them this year. This one was titled: “So…You Gonna Eat That?” We talk about little regarded but quite tasty fish and variety meats that make good table-fare if prepared right. Being published in this magazine has been a dream of mine and realizing that dream has been wonderful.



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Day at the Range

I love shooting at the range. For some people it’s practice. For me it is more like a therapy. I swapped out the JMeck scope mount on my Mosin Nagants. The 1933 Hex receiever Mosin was a good shooter but I could never group as tight as I knew was possible out of the other gun, a 1943 round receiver Mosin. The swap took about 45 minutes one afternoon but everything was tight as can be. I love the JMeck mount. You can see these at: JMeck Scope Mounts. They are low profile and easy to install. I even did an install video on YouTube to show how to install one. Here are some pictures of my beautiful 91/30 with the Jmeck mount and Leupold scope installed. I refinished the stock myself many years ago when I was just getting into purchasing and hunting with these old military guns:

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Accuracy with this new mount compared to the old 4x scope on the scout mount set-up? 1-2″ a 100 yards. That is what I consider practical accuracy for hunting purposes. This is especially true when you can ring  that kind of accuracy from a gun that was made during one of the worst parts of World War II! Here are my last two shots after one slight adjustment:

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I was shooting at 100 yards. The photo makes the target look bigger that it actually appeared. That is a pretty small 10-ring! Awesomeness! Expect to see this gun in action in my next GUN TALES hunting videos.


I also took out the Olympic Arms AR-15. I just installed a “laser” and sighted it in, just for fun. What a great shooter. Olympic Arms rifles have changed my mind about accuracy from an AR-15 platform. I can shoot just about any brand of ammunition and end up with groups in the 10-ring at 100 yards all day long. What a fine gun.

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Notice my new Scopecoat from the fine people at Devtron as well as my Hyskore Rapid Fire shooting sytem and the paracord sling, handmade by a US military veteran, by Recoil Rifle slings. Add all of these products together and you have a fine list of firearm accessories. If you haven’t been to your local shooting range lately, its time to go! Celebrate the 2nd Ammendment proudly. We have some wonderful freedoms in this country!

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