Wednesday, October 30, 2013

More odd than ends: Personal Horton crossbow woes and iritating state waterfowl regs

Call it odds and ends if you like but trying to keep this blog fresh while also tending to my bride of 41 years' post-op surgical demands hasn't left a wheel-barrel full of free time.

That being said, we'll go over some territory all ready covered but with a few fresh-ups.

Nothing appearing in this blog over the past several years has sparked more attention and more comments than the demise of Horton Crossbows and its patent remnants gobbled up by competitor TenPoint.

On a personal note regarding this matter I own a couple of crossbows made by the now-defunct Horton company.
One is a many-year-old conventional Hunter model and another is a much-younger Vision; the one with reverse limbs that excels in speeding a bolt to its target with less noise and less vibration in the process.

The Hunter is a model that just keeps going and going while the much-more high-tech and fancy Vision is an accident-prone technical marvel.

Just over one year ago I had to have Great Lakes Outdoors' Madison, Ohio store replace the Vision's bowstring which self-destructed into a fit of many loose threads.

Okay, so all crossbows need a new string every once in a while.

Problem is the replacement Vision string lasted a shade longer than just one year when it similarly unraveled unexpectedly a couple of weeks ago. That occurrence was a bit disconcerting and disheartening to say the least.

In short order I had Great Lakes Outdoors replace that shredded string with a new $18 one.

When I went to launch a few test crossbow arrows late last week to check for zero with this bowstring I was more than a little surprised when it also failed in an identical manner as the first two.

Fortunately I had the foresight to order a backup string when Horton's untimely (though not unexpected) death notice appeared in various outdoors publications.

Word from the outdoors supply store was that Horton was forced to upgrade the original Vision model's cams because their small size whipped around so quickly and sharply that they ate bowstrings for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Of course I just had to have a Vision when the model was introduced, neglecting the first rule of car-buying: Never buy a model when it is launched and before the bugs can be corrected.

Now I am left with the decision as to whether I'll use the Vision as my primary crossbow and the Hunter my back-up or do it the other way around.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

On another previously noted blog item. I've all ready ranted on the incredible nonsense adopted by the Ohio Division of Wildlife as it relates to this year's duck and goose hunting seasons.

Here in the Lake Erie Canada Goose-hunting Zone the season's first segment went out this past Sunday and won't reappear until Nov. 9.

Meanwhile the first segment of the state's North Duck-hunting Zone's season continues through this Sunday, Nov. 3 after which it will go on hiatus until the end of November.

So today when I took my two Labrador retrievers to my waterfowl hunting blind on a very accommodating fair-sized Northeast Ohio farm pond.

Here – and according to the Wildlife Division's bizarre set of waterfowl-hunting regulations - the ducks (which are legal game) were in very short supply while the Canada geese (which are not legal game) were swarming all over the water.

In fact, when the younger of my two black Labrador retrievers sat on the bank of the pond and watched a flock of perhaps 50 geese, the birds actually beginning to swim toward her.

Of course, it's been that kind of week. Done in first by an extinct crossbow maker which had some serious engineering problems and then scuttled by a state agency with equally inept foresight.

There has to be a better way.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

1 comment:

  1. It was a shame that Horton would give up on its tradition.