The Garmin Xero A1 and A1i Bow Sight: What You Need to Know

Last week Garmin International debuted two groundbreaking auto-ranging digital laser bow sights, the Xero A1 and A1i. What are the differences in the models? Simply put, the A1 and A1i contain the same groundbreaking technology with added features to the A1i. 

WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON?

Both the Xero A1 and the A1i have an all-in-one design. As the first ever bow-mounted digital laser rangefinders and targeting display systems, they automatically measure distance to your target and provide a LED pin for the shot — even on those “in-between” yardages. The built-in rangefinder instantly provides the precise angle-compensated distance to game up to 100 yards away or up to 300 yards on reflective targets, at rest or full draw.

With the press of a button the Garmin Xero’s laser rangefinder will display the range of your target with a pin calibrated to you and your bow.

Both models’ LED pins automatically adjust brightness to conditions and allow you to clearly see your target, unobstructed by physical pins. The pins on the A1 and A1i are customizable for single-pin and multi-pin configurations.

The silent single-button trigger requires minimal movement, at rest or full draw. Mount the button in the most convenient location for your grip so that one finger can silently trigger the laser range finder to give you the distance and exact pin for the shot.

The Garmin Xero A1 and A1i are durable and lightweight (14.7 oz / 418g) and have a water rating of IPX7. In other words, the Xero is good for submission in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Therefore, you don’t have to hesitate taking the Xero out on hunts during wet weather. The Garmin Xero runs on two lithium AAA Batteries (not included) and will last up to one year (or 25,000 ranges) before having to replace the batteries.

A few other features that both the A1 and A1i have: the range distance will be displayed on screen (pictured left); the shot odometer will let you know how many arrows you’ve shot total, or during a practice session (pictured center); and the Xero has pre-loaded, fixed pins as well as customizable pin yardages (pictured right).

ADDITIONAL FEATURES IN THE A1i

The Xero A1i includes dual-color LED pins. The user may select from either red or green-colored pins when setting up their bow.

The Laser Locate Feature on the A1i enables use of a compatible Garmin GPS1 device to know exactly where your target was when the shot or range was taken. The information is then sent to your Garmin-compatible device and navigates you to where your target was hit. No more trying to remember where you think your animal was when you took the shot! See the list of Garmin compatible devices here .

Pair any one of the compatible Garmin devices to your Xero to activate the Laser Locate Feature.

For bow hunters who don’t shoot the same arrows for target and hunting applications, the Garmin Xero A1i allows you to program different arrow profiles. Likely, the arrows you hunt with are heavier than what you use on the range. So, if your bow is calibrated to your target arrows, you can simply create a new arrow profile and recalibrate your bow to your hunting arrows. That information is stored in your A1i so you can easily switch from a target configuration to a hunting setup without having to adjust the sight each time you go out into the field.

Finally, the Garmin A1i Shot Dynamic includes information that can help improve archer performance. Archers can view data such as bow level at release, bow impulse duration, and more.

We hope this article helped break down the differences and similarities in determining which Garmin Xero model is right for you. Please visit Garmin.com/xero for more information. 

Introducing the Garmin Xero Laser Bow Sight

The all new Garmin Xero Bow Sight

Garmin is excited to announce the Xero A1 and A1i, two groundbreaking auto-ranging digital laser bow sights that automatically measure the distance to a target and provide a precise, virtual lighted pin for the shot. The first-of-their-kind Xero bow sights are being announced in conjunction with the 2018 Archery Trade Association (ATA) Trade Show in Indianapolis, and can be seen at the Garmin booth (#4035).

The Xero features a silent, single-button trigger mounted on the bow’s grip lets the archer range targets at rest or at full draw, virtually eliminating distance estimation and hunter movement – two of the biggest challenges in archery hunting. The laser range finder instantly provides the precise angle-compensated distance – up to 100 yards on game or 300 yards on reflective targets. The Xero then projects a precise, virtual LED pin that is only visible to the archer, and without the clutter of multiple physical pins. An ambient light sensor ensures the pin brightness is optimized for various shooting conditions.

“The Xero bow sight is truly a game-changer in the archery world. It helps take the guesswork out of ranging a target,” said Dan Bartel, vice president of worldwide sales. “When that buck of a lifetime walks by, knowing your precise yardage and having the exact pin to shoot is often the difference between making that shot or going home empty-handed.”

Archers can customize the Xero for single or multiple pin configurations, or they can manually select a pin of a pre-determined distance. A sunlight-readable display helps the user configure and customize the sight and provides information like target distance and angle. It also provides a shot odometer, so archers can keep tabs on how many times they’ve shot in one practice session or over the lifetime of the bow.

The Xero A1i includes many additional features. Laser Locate™ estimates the arrow’s point of impact and transfers that location to a compatible Garmin device (sold separately) so hunters know where to begin their recovery of game. The A1i also enables the archer to configure multiple arrow profiles, to easily transition between a target or hunting setup without readjusting the sight. Archers can also analyze and improve their performance with shot dynamics – information like arrow speed, roll of the bow, and bow impulse duration. Additionally, the A1i features user selectable red (default) and green LED pins.

The Xero operates up to a year on two AAA lithium batteries and comes in both right and left-handed configurations. Ruggedized and water rated to IPX7, the Xero can withstand the rigors of bowhunting. The Xero A1 has a minimum retail price of $799.99, and the A1i has a minimum retail price of $999.99. Both models are available in the first quarter of 2018.

Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of electronic bow sights for hunting. Always know and obey all hunting regulations before using this device.

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Base-Layer Clothing for Hunting

By Tony J. Peterson

The key to comfort is contained in the first layer of clothing you choose.

Base-Layer Clothing Systems for Hunting

When I think back to my early days as a bowhunter, I cringe for plenty of reasons.

The simple fact I had no idea what I was doing is enough to cause such a reaction. But I also remember the misery. I live in Minnesota, which means I bowhunt cold weather a lot. Back then, I didn’t own a single piece of decent hunting clothing.

I just threw on extra sweatshirts, jackets or whatever and made sure that my last layer had camouflage on it. What that meant was I was often cold and always bulked up.

I can remember shooting at a small eight-pointer in December when I was a teenager and watching as my arrow buried into the dirt three feet in front of his chest. My string had caught on all of my bulky clothes and thrown my shot way, way off. That buck would have been a trophy to end all trophies then, and I didn’t have a chance.

Today, my clothing system is much different and it is always centered on base layers.

Hunters now have lightweight, midweight and heavyweight options made from the best material available and are articulated to fit perfectly. They also employ serious technology like Polygiene to fight odor-causing bacteria.

The materials used in the latest wave of base layers are either wool or polyester. The latter seems like a strange choice, but I’ve gravitated toward it over the years because of the feel, fit and fact that it can also be made to wick away moisture.

I also look for base layers offered in a variety of sizes, particularly Tall. Since base layers are made to fit snugly they tend to creep up when you’re sitting down on stand. A Tall option doesn’t, which is always appreciated.

To reap the most out of base layers, I tend to choose options to match my hunting conditions and use them alone while slipping into my stand. Since they are moisture wicking, I know even if I sweat, I won’t freeze as soon as I get to my tree or my blind. Once there, I open up my pack and throw on a jacket, or maybe a vest and a jacket. On really frigid days, I might put on an extra base layer for added warmth.

All this adds up to a much higher level of comfort, the importance of which can’t be overstated.

If you don’t want to get busted on stand, and you want to wring the most hours out of your day actually hunting, you can’t get cold. If you do, you’ll fidget for a while, and then you’ll bail. That is an outcome that rarely results in a short blood trail and a stiff back from dragging out a buck. So get the proper base layers and make sure it doesn’t happen.


Read more from Cabela’s Deer Nation

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Feeding Deer in the Fall and Winter Is Beneficial for Bucks, Does, and Fawns

Feeding your deer herd during and after rut in the fall and winter sets bucks, does, and fawns up for success the following year.

With less daylight in the fall and winter, the deer may not be seen at the feeders, but they will utilize the nutrition if available.

Feeding Bucks Through Winter

Even though bucks are in hard rack and achieved their antler size for the year, they can lose 10-30% of their body weight due to increased activity and decreased food intake during the rut and subsequent winter. Feeding bucks during the fall and winter allow bucks to regain weight they may have lost during the rut.

Bucks entering the spring in good body condition can utilize the nutrients they consume for antler growth rather than merely regaining the weight the lost the previous season.  Fall and winter feeding does not need to be the high protein diets that allowed the deer to reach their genetic potential for antler growth. A well-balanced diet of 16% protein and added fat and minerals to support reproduction is of greater benefit than just corn during this time of year.

Feeding Does Through Winter

After a summer of producing milk for one to three fawns, a doe’s body weight and body condition has decreased. Just like the bucks, regaining the lost weight and condition is critical for reproductive success and for surviving the winter.

A study conducted at Washington State University1 in mule deer showed that digestibility energy intake the month prior to the breeding season impacted pregnancy rate and rate of twining. Additionally, does with greater body fat prior to the breeding season had greater rates of twinning.

Benefits of Winter Feeding for Fawns

Does in good body condition during gestation were found to produce heavier and a greater number of fawns than does in poor body condition.2 Fawns with low birth weights have a greater chance of mortality within the first week of life.3 Additionally, researchers are evaluating the link between the food available to does during gestation and their fawns’ future performance.

Fawns born early and late summer may benefit from fall feeding. The fawns born early in the summer are just being weaned in early fall and depending on forage availability would benefit from supplemental feeding. Likewise, fawns born late in the summer may benefit from supplemental feeding in the fall and winter to achieve an adequate body size to survive the winter.

In both cases, the fawns have watched their does consume the supplemental feed and have started nibbling it as well. Weaning is a period of stress and having an additional source of nutrition, like supplemental feed, supports the fawns’ needs during this period of transition.

The importance of supplemental feeding in the spring and summer to support antler growth is a common practice. Continuing to feed deer in the fall and winter is also important to support the nutrient requirements of all classes of deer to support their body weight and body condition to continue to have a successful program the following year.

Michael Schlegel, Ph.D., PAS, Dipl. ACAS-Nutrition

Sr. Nutritionist, Wildlife & Small Ruminant Technical Solutions

 


1 Tollefson, T.N., L. A. Shipley, W.L. Myers, D.H. Keisler, N. Dasgupta. 2010. Influence of summer and autumn nutrition on body condition and reproduction in lactating mule deer. Journal of Wildlife Management 74(5):974-986.
2Verme, L.J. 1963. Effect of nutrition on growth of white-tailed deer fawns. Trans. N. Am. Wildl. Nat. Res Conf. 28:431-443.
3Carstensen, M., G.D. Delgiudice, B.A. Sampson, and D.W. Kuehn. 2009. Journal of Wilflife Management 73(2):175-183.

When Should You Head To Your Deer Stand?

When should I get to my stand and how early is too early? Two questions every hunter should ask when preparing for any deer hunt. Some fellow hunters provide their take on when they like to head out to the stand.

How early is too early and how late is too late when going to and from stands? WOW, that’s a great question that really can’t be answered with a one part answer due to so many factors. To get the right answer you would have to look at the time of year, deer movement, weather conditions, etc. 

As a rule of thumb for me, I like to get to the stand at least 30 minutes before daylight for an early morning sit. One hour is even better. For an afternoon sit, I like to get there two hours before prime time movement for that time of the year, at a minimum.   However, as I said above there are so many factors in answering this question that I would never say there is an absolute answer to it.”

Wade Middleton, Host of Americana Outdoors®

Well, I’ll start by prefacing my answer that I am not a fan of all-day sits…that considered, in the AM, can’t get in too early (in most cases).  Always good to be settled/quiet for a period of time before the woods officially comes to life for the day.  As far as leaving in the AM, if there is action, stay put.  If nothing is moving, at all or for an extended period of time, and you don’t have pics to show a pattern of late-morning wanderers, get out.  Head back to camp and solidify the plan for the afternoon/evening.

 For the PM, same as the AM…too early is a good default.  No harm in saving the sore backside if you don’t have a comfortable set-up.  Sneaking in just before a forecasted “prime time” is too risky.  I’m lazy but not that lazy!  As far as getting out, dark is the default.  Even with no movement I would vote for staying as long as you can, with a couple of exceptions – you can more easily bail without mucking up the area for future hunts or if Angel is making venison salisbury steak that night.”

Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV and Side-by-Side Marketing Manager & Avid Hunter

I’ve always wanted to get in my stands really early in the morning. I prefer about 30 minutes before it actually starts breaking. That may seem early, but bumping one by being a little late is just not worth it to me. Then when the hunt is over, I gauge when to leave by what is around as it is getting dark. I don’t want other deer to see me getting out of the blind during daylight. Usually when it gets black dark, I’ll sneak out.”

Clark Wendlandt, Host of Fishing & Hunting Texas™, Cabela’s Pro Staff

As you can see, everyone has their own preference. However, the general consensus for morning hunts, plan on being squared away at least 30 minutes to an hour before daylight. Regarding afternoon hunts, confirm what the deer are doing that time of year. If you have Stealth Cams setup, check the times of when the photos are taken and gauge from there.

We hope this insight will help you get settled in the stand and ready for when that shooter comes in. Happy hunting!

Stealth Cam Scouting Camera Tips

Whether you have a few acres or thousands of acres that you hunt having a general knowledge of what game is on your property can be key to successful game management program as well as possible hunting success.  One of the best ways to keep track of what’s going on at your properties is with scouting cameras.   We’ve used StealthCam since they only had models that took photos on 35MM film.  Most of us remember those days of taking the film to be developed and waiting for week or more.  Now we’ve seen Stealthcam lead the evolution of cameras that we can view right then.   The new models do everything from taking still pictures in bursts, operating at night in infrared, taking HD video with sound, and even cameras with the ability to send the pictures to you no matter where you are in the world.

Hunters use scouting cameras for a wide variety of things on their properties from watching their animals to protecting their properties. Most of us cannot be out at our properties 24/7 but our scouting cameras can be our eyes while we are away. With the help of the scouting cameras hunters are able to monitor numerous things amongst their herd such as antler development, fawn recruitment, and keeping track of other game on your property from turkeys to hogs or even elk, bear and moose for our friends up north.

Once you get the right scouting camera for your needs it is time to head out and place your camera on your property, but there are a few things you need to take a look at before setting the camera up.

  • Placement – most hunters are going to look to have their cameras near game trails, food plots, feeders or watering holes.
  • Making sure you have the camera located next to an area with lots of activity will help you better know what is on your property
  • Ensure you place your camera in an easily accessible location

Today’s scouting cameras have numerous ways to mount the camera to fit your needs. Most all the cameras will come with straps to mount the camera to a tree or pole, but we all know sometimes that just won’t work. Other mounting options include:

  • Zip Ties
  • Bailing Wire
  • T-post or Auger type mounts
  • Screwing the housing directly into a tree, post or the ground.

One tip, after you get your scouting camera all set up is to take a few test pictures and pull the card and have a look at them. Make sure you have a clear picture and are seeing everything you want, lots of times in heavily wooded areas you may have to trim some branches or brush to get that perfect shot.

Once you have your scouting camera mounted and in the correct location it is time to make sure all of your settings are set the way you like them.

  • Set the date and time to ensure you can accurate data on your pictures
  • Choose if you are wanting to take pictures or videos and how often the camera shoots them
  • Select how high of quality do you want the pictures or videos. Remember the higher the quality the faster your SD cards will fill up

Once you get all those things done it is now time to sit back and enjoy looking at the pictures your scouting cameras will take and seeing what is on your property.

For more information on Stealth Cam Scouting Cameras visit: http://www.gsmoutdoors.com/stealth-cam/

Cabela’s Instinct Euro HD™ 10×42 Binoculars

Our relentless pursuit of superior optics led us to Europe, where we partnered with Meopta®, whose level of expertise is trusted by NASA, the U.S. Army and hunters all over the world. The result is Cabela’s Instinct Euro HD Binoculars that deliver performance matching or surpassing the best names in optics. MeoBright™ 5501 fully multicoated optical system and phase-corrected prisms deliver amazing 99.9% light transmission per lens surface and nearly nonexistent color distortion, allowing you to glass animals in the dimmest of light conditions.

Housed in a sleek, ergonomically designed aluminum-alloy body that reduces carry weight and has a rugged layer of textured rubber armor, you can have confidence they’ll stand up to the roughest hunt. Nitrogen purged, sealed and guaranteed to provide a lifetime of fogproof, waterproof performance – because you aren’t heading for the truck when the weather turns nasty. Twist-up eyecups allow easy use for spectacled hunters. Oversized center focus wheel with an integrated, adjustable diopter facilitates easy focusing. Includes lens covers, a padded aircell neck strap and a padded case with a shoulder strap.

  • Special lens coatings deliver superior light transmission
  • Built to exacting tolerances demanded by elite military units
  • Proven European optics produce outstanding clarity all day
  • Rugged rubber-armor housing withstands backcountry use
  • Waterproof, fogproof design allows you to glass in any weather
  • Oversized center-focus wheel is easy to use, even with gloves

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Cabela’s Instinct Euro Riflescopes

When you’ve done your preseason scouting, trained relentlessly to beat the mountain and set aside the time to chase elusive animals on their turf, you need a scope that delivers a crisp image during the low-light golden hours when game is most active.

 

Cabela’s Instinct Euro Riflescopes are fully multicoated with MeoBright™-5501 ion-assisted lens coatings, resulting in industry-leading 99.8% light transmission per lens surface that’s incredibly brilliant compared to other scopes, especially in low-light conditions. Premium lenses meticulously manufactured to exacting tolerances deliver best-in-class performance. Glass coating exceeds military specifications for severe abrasion resistance because the backcountry can be rough on optics.

 

The precision-tuned ocular lens system is optimized for a wide field of view with 3.75″ eye relief. An all-new erector system delivers smooth, precise magnification adjustments with no change in point of impact. A fast-focus eyepiece offers quick, easy adjustment. ETX etched-glass reticle is rugged enough to withstand the recoil of heavy magnum firearms. The one-piece 1″ tube is CNC-machined from a single solid billet of aircraft-grade aluminum and ELOX-anodized for extreme durability and scratch resistance. Nitrogen-purged and fully sealed for lasting waterproof, fogproof and shockproof reliability.
  • Lens coating optimizes light transmission during low-light hours
  • Premium lenses meticulously manufactured to exacting tolerances
  • Lens coating optimizes light transmission during low-light hours
  • Glass coating exceeds military specifications for abrasion resistance
  • Waterproof, fogproof and shockproof for reliability in all conditions
  • Backcountry-approved aircraft-grade aluminum construction
  • Wide field of view and 3.75″ eye relief built for open spaces

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Cabela’s Instinct Men’s Backcountry Active Lightweight 1/4-Zip Top

Your back country hunts push your physical limits, taking you over grueling terrain and through unpredictable weather. Cabela’s Instinct Men’s Backcountry Active Lightweight 1/4-Zip Top allows you to enjoy full freedom of movement and total thermal regulation as you pursue elusive high-elevation big game. When your hunt heats up, shed outer layers and wear as a lightweight jacket. If the snow is flying and wind is howling, wear as a lightweight layer between your base and outer layers. Polyester/spandex Polartec® Power Stretch® facilitates a full range of motion so you can hike, crawl and climb with ease. Zippered chest pocket ensures essential gear remains safe, secure and protected. Underarms and back yoke incorporate a thinner unbrushed Polartec Power Stretch fabric for enhanced breathability when carrying a pack. Angled center-front 1/4-zip closure prevents zippers from stacking on top of one another when layering. Imported.
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Spin Tech Spreaders Patented Spinner Mechanism

 

Filling feeders has never been easier.

Spin Tech features a patented Spinner Mechanism that not only rotates BUT elevates up and down! When the motor is shut off, the spinner plate automatically is pushed up tight resulting in it being sealed against the hopper, preventing any leakage of feed.

The SPINTECH technology is windproof and also prevents varmints like raccoons & squirrels from opening the plate and eating feed.

One thing we’ve noticed in the field is how strong the motor is, how far the feed is thrown as well as the fact we’ve got little to no waste thanks to the spinner plate going up and down and when not in use it’s secured against the funnel.

When motor is shut off, the spinner plate automatically is pushed up tight AND sealed against the hopper.

 

The SPINTECH technology is windproof and also prevents varmints like racoons & squirrels from opening the plaste and eating feed.

Some of the great features.

  • 12 Volt heavy duty motor
  • Hinged door with latch
  • Bracket to hold “EZ” timer
  • Spin Tech Patented Positive on Demand open/close spinner plate
  • Adjustable feed flow wing nut easily increases or decreases feed rate
  • Powder coated metal
  • 10 amp fuse protection
  • Digital “EZ” timer
  • Feeds up to 8 times a day
  • 1-30 second feed cycles
  • Adjustable motor speeds
  • Variable day selector
  • Test button (10-second delay)
  • Large display
  • Battery life display
  • TWO YEAR WARRANTY