The Kodabow Blog: Notes from the Field

EVERYBODY has problems! (Really?)

Let’s say his name is Harvey. We had a chance to talk crossbows. I make the darn things. As an Outdoor Writer, he hunts and shoots them.Like most Outdoor Writers, there is a passion for the fishing and hunting game so the conversation flowed freely.I asked him how he did last year. (Today, we all […]

March is Gear Prep Time — Nothing else to do!

March is an ideal time to take a realistic assessment of your gear — or take the dog for a walk because there is nothing better to do for a few weeks before Spring Turkey season kicks in. Sam as a young pup! He has worked the 9 day NRA Show for several years now. […]

Looking Forward – No Regrets

When hunting seasons ends and the calendar turns over, I always think about the past Kodabow year and all the events and friends that crossed our path.  Here are a few pictures from the scrapbook of living, hunting, and reflecting on life. We introduce a lot of folks to archery on our Kodabow range facility. […]

A Sad and Woeful Tale High in the Rockies

It was a big Elk high on a ridge.  The first week of archery season in Colorado and the big fella acted as if he owned the place. He did. He was surrounded by 7 cows and periodically bugled as the sun was setting. His antlers reached far back to his rear quarters. He was […]

The Secret Life of Outdoor Writers

Outdoor Writers are, by nature, colorful folks and knowledgeable about all things hunting and fishing.   Outdoor Writers at the Pennsylvania Outdoor WritersAssociation Meeting in Seven Springs, PA this past weekend. These days, they need to be clever as well. Gone forever are the days when every teenager anxiously awaits the monthly arrival of their favorite outdoor magazine. […]

Texas Logic

Sometimes, a person or organization gets lost looking at the trees and never sees the forest. There was a very thoughtful post by a reader on our Kodabow YouTube site that we thought was worth reposting in full. Written by a Kodabow follower in Texas named Braxton S. after reviewing our “Hunting Hippo with a Kodabow” video. […]

Do You Ever Write the Company?

Most folks don’t take the time to write companies except when things go bad.  Real bad. Like an airline losing your hunting gear right before your 10 day Wyoming hunting trip. it is understandable. People are busy. That’s me with a Kodabow and a Spring Gobbler.   Fact is many companies today just don’t care. […]

5 Ways to Wreck a Hunting Trip

Bad News. Big Trouble. Here are a few mistakes and actions that should be avoided at all costs.   The Big Buck  called “Whaletail” that was illegally tagged by a hunter.  All 5 are guaranteed to ruin your day.#1 – Being “less than truthful” with a Wildlife Fish and Game OfficerThese men and women have a […]

The Final Hunt

Life – an arrow flying through the woods. This is a snapshot about two fine men. Bob Walker pioneered hearing protection with the founding of Walker’s Game Ear –a company he eventually sold. You will never find an individual with a more positive outlook.  These men both had a great run but unexpectedly, their arrows found […]

Realville, USA

Welcome to Realville, USA. It is where we live at Kodabow.  When Jim Aken talked to us in early 2014 about heading to Africa to shoot a Hippo and asked if we had a Kodabow up to the task, we replied that while our current lineup would be fine for anything in North America, we […]

Confessions from a Stupid Hunter

The “Great Outdoors” will frequently make the best intentioned hunter look like a fool. When you venture out there, you always have the potential to damage equipment, cease logical thinking, lose valuable gear and sometimes hurt yourself. That is just the way it is. Sometimes “foolishness” can be hazardous to one’s health as shown by this revolver […]

Do the Research and Buy a Crossbow

If only it was that easy. Two years ago, we were attending various trade events and were amazed at the performance of a unique crossbow manufactured by a leading crossbow brand name at the time. That’s Chuck Matasic at the NRA Show with a Kodabow in Desert Digital.  We weren’t so impressed with the bow’s shooting […]

So you want to hunt Bear?

A Kodabow Crossbow is an ideal choice for Spring Bear  hunting. In many places, the preferred method is hunting Black Bear over a bait site and with trail cameras in use, the hunting possibilities are exciting. There can be a good sense of what to expect with an understanding of projected animal movement patterns as the norm. We have […]

Jim Shockey is a Patient Man.

Hal Shockey, Chuck Matasic and Jim Shockey in 2003. Hal died last year – 2013 at 86 years old. Dinner was over but the guides kept talking about the need to make a good shot on these Black Bears. “If your shot is just a little off, be ready because your guide will be ready with […]

Make the shot EVERY TIME!

On weekends, our Kodabow factory range is used for archery instruction. We watch hundreds of shooters process information, develop form and shoot at targets.Whether shooting a traditional bow or a crossbow, here are 2 obstacles every shooter needs to overcome to make the critical shot – every time!Scenario One:  At 15 yards, our friend Mary Jane (name […]