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      Introducing Women To Crossbows

      Introducing Women To Crossbows

      By Tracy Breen

      In recent years, crossbows have received a lot of flack for providing hunters with an unfair advantage. Some say they are too easy to shoot or that they shoot an arrow to fast. Regardless of what you think, one thing is certain: they are perfect for introducing women to the sport of hunting. Shane Mowery from Bone Maniacs just returned from a whitetail hunt in Kentucky where he and his wife, Jena tagged bucks. Jena shot her buck with a crossbow. “My wife really liked shooting and hunting with a crossbow,” Mowery said. “It was fairly easy to teach her how to shoot and use the crossbow.  Most importantly, she was able to successfully harvest a buck with a crossbow.  It is important that when you introduce someone to hunting they become successful.  If they don’t, they may give up on it. My wife enjoyed hunting with the crossbow.”
      Eliminate the Shakes

      One issue with a crossbow is it can be a bit bulky and hard to keep steady when aiming and shooting. Mowery and his wife were able to fix this problem, thanks to the Final Rest shooting system. “Anytime you introduce someone to a new type of weapon, they are going to be a little unsure of themselves,” Mowery explained. “That often means they will shake a little bit due to nerves. My wife hunted out of a ladder stand which had a shooting rail, but a shooting rail doesn’t always keep a crossbow or gun rock steady. My wife used a Final Rest Shooting System in the ladder stand which made keeping the crossbow steady a lot easier. With the Final Rest Pilar system, my wife can easily keep the crossbow cradled in the shooting rest and keep the crossbow steady for the shot.”

      A Good Rest Can Increase Accuracy

      Shane was amazed at how well his wife shot the crossbow. “I coached her a bit so she could get the hang of the crossbow and pretty quickly she started shooting great groups. In fact, the buck she shot was standing at 50 yards when she shot it,” Mowery explained. “I really think the Final Rest and the fact that anyone can quickly learn how to shoot a crossbow is why she was able to tag a good buck. A crossbow is a great way to introduce women and children to hunting.”


      A Crossbow Is Not A Gun

      When hunting with a crossbow, having a solid rest is extremely important. Another thing that hunters must consider when introducing someone to crossbow hunting is understanding that a crossbow is not a gun. ‘Because a crossbow has a trigger and a scope, some beginners treat a crossbow more like a gun than a bow. The truth is a crossbow has a limited range and the slightest jerk of the trigger can cause someone to miss what they are aiming at,” Mowery explained. “In addition to  a rest having a rangefinder and knowing exactly how far the animal is at when shooting is also a must. It is also important to have a maximum shooting distance when hunting. A crossbow is not a gun it is important to remember that.”
      Crossbows can be fun to shoot, they are extremely deadly and when trained properly, a new hunter can be successful with a crossbow. If you or someone you know wants to give hunting a try, introducing them to hunting with a crossbow is a great option.

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      Details Matter When Introducing a Kid to Deer Hunting

      Details Matter When Introducing a Kid to Deer Hunting

      Sometimes it is the little things that can make a big difference.  This is certainly the case when teaching a new hunter how to be successful in the woods. This fall, my 14-year-old son harvested three deer. Two of them were bucks. Every year leading up to this year when my son  had a deer in range, I would cross my fingers.  Sometimes he dropped a deer in its tracks; often he would miss.  Several things caused the misses.  

      He is young and inexperienced.  Buck fever is a real thing.  Most of the time on a scale between 1 and 10, his buck fever was a 10.  We could shoot in the backyard and he would hit the bullseye all day long.  A week later, he would miss a deer clean at 60 yards.   

      Another reason he struggled was because he lacked confidence in his shooting. Every time he pulled the trigger, he expected to miss what he was shooting at. Over the course of the last couple years, we have worked hard to increase his confidence.  Below are a few things we have done that have helped him fill more tags and may help other youth hunters.

      Give Squirrel Hunting a Try

      Success increases the odds of more success. To help my son become more successful, we started squirrel hunting at least once a week during small game season. Small game hunting used to be extremely popular.  Now most people focus only on deer hunting.  When we go squirrel hunting, most of the time we come home with at least one squirrel. With every squirrel that went into the game bag, I saw his confidence build. At first we hunted squirrels with a 20 gauge shotgun. After he killed a few squirrels with a shotgun, he started using a .22 rifle with a scope. Shooting at squirrels requires focus and hitting a small target with a .22 rifle can be difficult. The more squirrels he killed with a rifle, the better marksman he became. Aim small miss small is something you often hear people say when talking about shooting. Squirrel hunting requires the hunter to pick a spot on a small target and squeeze the trigger. Squirrel hunting helped my son become a better deer hunter.

      Talk Over Each Shot

      One thing I noticed when we were squirrel hunting is the more he and I talked through the shot before he took it, the odds of success went up. When we squirrel hunt, we can often talk out loud and discuss which tree to lean on when shooting. We discuss where to aim on the squirrel based on where the squirrel is in the tree. Going over all of these things before he shot the gun calmed his nerves and helped him put more squirrels in the crockpot.

      Most adult hunters will discuss shooting situations when they are in a treestand or blind when deer hunting with a youth hunter, but what I often found myself doing is discussing where to aim on opening day and never talking about it again. We would go over a few details of shooting while we were in the blind but once I gave him a few tips, I wouldn’t remind him often enough and he would sometimes forget a few key things when a deer was standing in front of him. Now every time we are deer hunting, I constantly remind him where to aim, trying to make sure the deer isn’t walking fast or running when he shoots. We talk about breathing properly and how he can calm his nerves. We go over shot sequences repeatedly until he knows exactly what to do when the moment of truth arrives. Sometimes I say the same things so many times that I think it is overkill, but kids easily forget things. By constantly going over the shot sequence beforehand, he has filled more deer tags.

      A Steady Rest Is A Must

      Success boils down to the details. One issue my son had when we were deer hunting from a blind was keeping the gun steady when shooting. Buck fever would cause him to shake and then the gun would move around and he would shoot and miss. We solved that problem when we started using the Final Rest Shooting system. This shooting rest can be used in almost any type of deer blind. It quickly attaches to the window on my Redneck Blind, doesn’t take up much space, and gives kids or adults a solid shooting rest. Now the gun is solid and my son shoots with confidence.

      For those who hunt from the ground, the Final Rest can be purchased with a tripod. If you hunt from a ladder stand, they have an attachment for that as well. Most ladder stands have a rail and the Final Rest can be easily attached to the rail. The Final Rest works well for crossbow hunters.

      Being successful when hunting often boils down to the little details.  As we age and become experienced hunters, sometimes the details become second nature. When teaching a kid to hunt, go over all the details with them as often as possible, take them squirrel hunting and make hunting all about having fun. There may be a few bumps in the road but success will come.

      The Ultimate Crossbow Shooting Rest

      The Ultimate Crossbow Shooting Rest

      More gun hunters and bowhunters are turning into crossbow hunters. Crossbows are gaining in popularity because they are deadly accurate and super fast. Those two qualities are what every hunter is looking for in a weapon. The crossbow has one major problem: it can be heavy and cumbersome which makes shooting difficult at times.

      Over the last several years, many companies have come out with shooting rests that are designed to help crossbow hunters stabilize the crossbow during the shot, but the problem with many of these shooting rests is they are  bulky and difficult to transport.


      This year the Final Rest Shooting System hit the market and is possibly the best crossbow shooting rest on the market. For starters, the system is rock solid. It can easily cradle almost  any style of crossbow, making the crossbow extremely stable and very accurate.


      The Final Rest can be configured in a variety of ways, depending on the needs of the hunter. Hunters who are hunting from a homemade deer blind will like the fixed blind kit. With this option, the shooting rest base is attached to the blind and comes with a rest for the crossbow and a movable arm so the rest can be moved around in the window of the blind. A triple arm attachment is also available so the shooting rest and crossbow can be rotated between windows in a blind without having to pick up and move a tripod. Because the Final Rest Shooting System can be attached directly to a blind, a cumbersome tripod isn’t needed. The system takes up almost zero space in a blind.



      For crossbow hunters who own Redneck Hunting Blind or a similar blind, a Pillar kit is available. A single pillar attaches to the window shelf which holds the shooting rest. This style of shooting rest is extremely stable yet takes up almost no room in the blind so hunters can bring an extra hunter or extra gear with them when they hunt. A triple arm can be purchased with the Pillar system so hunters can maneuver their crossbow between multiple windows without ever pulling their crossbow out of the shooting rest.


      The Pillar system can be used with most ladder stands that have a shooting rail. Resting and shooting a crossbow from a shooting rail can be difficult. With the Pillar System, the crossbow can be sitting in the Final Rest platform and ready to shoot at all times.



      For hunters on the go, the Final Rest Shooting System can be purchased with a tripod. Hunters out west hunting in the mountains or in the hill country of Texas will be pleased to know the Final Rest Shooting System is lightweight and packable. The tripod and the shooting rest can easily fit in a backpack so hunters on the go can quickly pack and unpack the system.


      The final rest shooting system works great for crossbow hunters and gun hunters. The Final Rest can easily accommodate most guns.

      A crossbow can be a tack driving machine, but keeping the crossbow stable can be difficult. The Final Rest Shooting System solves that problem.

      The Final Rest Helped Me Hunt While Dealing With Parkinson's

      The Final Rest Helped Me Hunt While Dealing With Parkinson's

      Helping people continue to do what they love is a huge goal of ours here at Final Rest. We got the below letter from Dale whom we met at the Great American Outdoor show this year. We love hearing stories like this!


      Dear Fourth Arrow,

      My name is Dale Giraudin. I started using your products last year and it has been an absolute game changer for me.
      A little over 5 years ago I got diagnosed with Parkinson’s. However, I am determined to not let this get in the way of how I want to live my life. A very large part of my life Is hunting big game all across America. I love everything about it. I love getting to see our beautiful country and admiring God’s handy work. I love getting to meet new people through the sport I love. I love the hunt and the harvesting of the animals. But most of all, I love the opportunity to spend time with my family in the woods and share memories that will last a lifetime with them. Upon my diagnosis I knew my days of being in the woods were going to come to and end much sooner than I wanted them to. But I decided that I am going to do everything I can possibly do to prolong the amount of good quality time I have left hunting. The following 4 years after my diagnosis had its ups and downs in the woods. I had to switch from a compound bow to a crossbow. I could still pull the bow back and shoot pretty effectively but occasionally the symptoms would get the best of me and I would not shoot with the precision needed to feel ethical hunting with a compound bow. As a result I switched to the cross bow. I had an incident in Ohio where I was staring at 145+ inch buck, and I couldn’t grab my bow get steady and pull the shot off. I started looking for different bow holders that would make my life a little easier and level the playing field some. That is when I came across your Final Rest System.

      I purchased the Final Rest and used it 2 weeks later to help me kill a beautiful 145” Missouri buck with my rifle, and a couple months later I used it on a Barbary Sheep hunt in New Mexico to help me shoot a beautiful Sheep at over 200 yards. There is no question that using your products helped me tremendously in accomplishing this.

      Not only that, but when I meet you and told part of my story to you at the Great American Outdoor show I was absolutely blown away by your response in giving me multiple setups I can set them up in my stands before the season starts to make my set up time much easier and make my hunt more efficient.

      Thank you for your support and for inventing a product that can help me continue to do the things I love to do.

      Dale Giraudin.

      How To Set Up Final Rest Shooting Rests

      How To Set Up Final Rest Shooting Rests

      Check out our latest "how to" videos for our different shooting rest kits. You can use our shooting rest kits many different ways. These videos show you exactly how to set up the Final Rest systems in different hunting situations.


      This video shows how you can set up the Final Rest Pillar Kit with a ladder stand.



      Looking for a good shooting rest for a box blind? This video shows exactly how to set up the Final Rest in your blind.




      Our fixed blind kits are very simple and affordable options for using a shooting rest in a wooden box blind. This video shows how to set up the Final Rest Fixed kit.




      The Drop Down Adapter is a great accessory to have for the Final Rest Pillar Kit. If you ever get in a scenario where the shelf you are mounting the Pillar to is too high, using the Drop Down Adapter fixes that problem.