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    Default Feathers verses Vanes for hunting

    I just dont get it. Why some perfer feathers over vanes.

    Tournament archers have proven that vanes fly accurate. Blazers stabilize broadheads well as four and five inch vanes.

    Vanes hold better practicing.

    Dont fold if wet.

    Its one thing I will never understand
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    Really, people use feathers? Why? I could see if you were a traditional bow guy who wanted to go all the way but otherwise?

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    Default Recurves no doubt

    Quote Originally Posted by scottnorthwest View Post
    Really, people use feathers? Why? I could see if you were a traditional bow guy who wanted to go all the way but otherwise?

    They do look pretty cool!
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    True. Always wanted to make my own bow, arrows, points, etc. Made the whole mess flyfishing, minus the reel, pretty fun to catch a nice brown on a home made rig.

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    I've shot both vanes and feathers with my traditional bow (home made selfbow). On one side, feather's are giving. On the other, they can be noisy should you brush against something. When wet, they don't fly as well as when dry. Basically for traditional hunting, they seem to fit in (look good).
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    They're light, they're more forgiving of contact, they have more drag because of the texture (that may be a positive or a negative depending on the application). But yes they don't like rain, and are louder.
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    No big reason for using feathers other than personal preference and I just like the way they look when they get bloody
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    Default Both harvest deer

    Quote Originally Posted by 48down View Post
    No big reason for using feathers other than personal preference and I just like the way they look when they get bloody
    Thats a fact no one can deny
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    How many seasons have you spent hunting with feathers DB ?

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    As for the noise of feathers you can go to the Gateway site and hear the difference between the Blazer and the Rayzr. The waterproofing that Gateway sells works, I shot in a two day tournment and it rained both days and I had no problem with my Rayzrs lying down. Oh here is a pick shown the success of the Rayzr at 312fps.
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    Nice bull.
    I've been using a set of maximas with 2.5" feathers in 4 fletch pattern for a couple of years with my best, most accurate bow. Could be it's co-incidence, but that set-up has worked great for me with every broadhead I've screwed on the front. I don't typically hunt in the rain, but I do have vanes on a few if I think they could get wet. But if weather is not an issue I'll load the feathered ones into the quiver.
    Are they better? I doubt it, but I like what I've experienced with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bowmender View Post
    How many seasons have you spent hunting with feathers DB ?
    Know ol Daniel, probably a lot , if you would've asked me I would've said ....................................52
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    Default This is why!

    There are several reasons why I use feathers rather than plastic vanes. Go to Trueflight Feather's web site and find out a wealth of info on feathers vs. vanes. You might just convert!

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    Default Convert

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
    There are several reasons why I use feathers rather than plastic vanes. Go to Trueflight Feather's web site and find out a wealth of info on feathers vs. vanes. You might just convert!
    I assure you if feather flew better than vanes. You wouldnt see tournament shooters shooting them. I have shot them for indoors and there a pain in the butt! I have in my early days shot them and they were a pain in the butt in the field as well. I couldnt get my broadheds to group any better than they do with Blazers.
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    Default Hard to teach an old dog new tricks

    Quote Originally Posted by harleyryder View Post
    Know ol Daniel, probably a lot , if you would've asked me I would've said ....................................52
    Gotta use what works for you. You might not even have the newest bow on the market!

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    Default Looks good

    Quote Originally Posted by 48down View Post
    No big reason for using feathers other than personal preference and I just like the way they look when they get bloody
    Heck blood looks just as good on my vanes. Then I can wipe it off easier.
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    I use feathers on my indoor arrows..................Habit I guess.

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    I am converting on two fronts. I just purchased a dozen carbon arrows with blazers, first carbon and first vane. I am not yet a target archer, but a long time bow shooter and hunter and I have used only wood or aluminum and feathers all my life. But.......I like these new arrows

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    Feathers were a pain in the butt for me back in the day. I love plastic
    I never miss, my arrows always hit something
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    I use feathers for indoor but plastic for outdoor. I tried Rayzrs last year for the R-100 and they were fine but when I switched to Blazers my groups improved.

    I'm still working on that bow setup and such for the 82nd though but I'm pretty much going to stick with Blazers for everything but indoor spots.

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