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Hickory Creek Draw Loc

I've been shooting the Hickory Creek Draw Loc for the last few days. While it's not for everyone, it might be a solution for some of you. It allows you to draw your vertical bow with your foot and both hands like a crossbow. It shoots just like you are used to shooting vertical, without stress to your shoulders or elbow. If anyone has questions, I'd be happy to help.
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Here is a photo of it set up on a Winchester Thunderbolt. The total weight is 5.14 lbs.

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Is it legal in PA?
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Yes. Was given final approval by the BOC at the June meeting.

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Re: Hickory Creek Draw Loc

Mike,

Out of curiosity how much would a complete setup (bow and all) like you have shown cost? Is there any vertical bows that allow a draw-loc or are you pretty much voiding the warranty? The reason I am asking my son has already expressed interest in hunting with a vertical bow when he gets a little bigger and older. This might be a good stepping stone to that.

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That set up would be $489 as it's shown on the picture. All you would need to add would be a quiver. (and you already know we are going to throw the quiver in if you son likes it) I think they pretty much void any warranty, but I would need to check.

That bow would be a good stepping stone. It's a 18-28 inch draw and 18-52 lbs. so it set's up easily for the youth hunter.

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The reason I am asking my son has already expressed interest in hunting with a vertical bow when he gets a little bigger and older. This might be a good stepping stone to that.
You bring up a good point. Data from Ohio, which has had crossbow inclusion for a long time, shows that kids that start out with crossbows transition to vertical bows by their mid teens. In effect, crossbows have been proven to a positive recruiter to vertical archery. One has to wonder if the crossbow was not a option how many of those kids would not be archery hunting at all since they were able to start at a earlier age.

Not only a great tool for recruritment in general but a recruitment tool to vertical equipment. A fact that some wish to ignore.

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I guess I should have waited.I gave both of my bows away to the neighbor kid and his dad.My intent was good though,trying to get 2 more into archery.

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That set up would be $489 as it's shown on the picture. All you would need to add would be a quiver. (and you already know we are going to throw the quiver in if you son likes it) I think they pretty much void any warranty, but I would need to check.

That bow would be a good stepping stone. It's a 18-28 inch draw and 18-52 lbs. so it set's up easily for the youth hunter.
That would be a nice setup for a kid. They could shoot during the offseason with low poundage like a regular bow. When it got close to hunting season you could put the draw-loc on and turn up the poundage. I will have to keep that in mind when he gets a little older.

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Re: Hickory Creek Draw Loc

Do they have any sort of safety device on them to prevent a premature arrow release ?
To me, it seems a little dangerous without one.

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Re: Hickory Creek Draw Loc

It has both a safety and anti-dryfire device. It's a well thought out piece of equipment.

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