How the Lock-a-Draw Draw Keep and Bow Rest Came to Be.
Bow Hunter's Advantage is the business name of Dr. Vernon R.
Sandel's enterprise. I am Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Michigan
Technological University. One of my hobbies for many, many years has
been deer hunting with a bow. I began in college with a long bow and
graduating to a compound bow when they became available. I considered
myself a reasonable shot with a bow, but hardly an expert. I got my
share of deer over the years until creeping old age took its toll on
my strength. I had gradually cranked my bow's draw weight from the
original 65 lbs to down to 47 lbs, the lowest I could go without danger of
collapsing it. In my 60's my accuracy with a bow waned because I could
no longer hold a 5 lb. bow steady at the end of my arm while struggling to hold a
draw. I wounded a deer in the front leg and missed a couple
altogether. I considered giving up bowhunting, but then I got
an idea. Why not build a boom system to take the weight of the bow?
Thus the Compound Bow Rest and Holder was born. With it I was again
bow hunting and harvesting deer and shooting competitively with my younger
friends. In fact, I have not missed or wounded a deer since I began using the
Bow Rest. Each deer was hit well for a merciful kill. I decided
to patent the Compound Bow Rest and
Holder and market it myself.
In my 70's another problem developed. Although I could
draw my 47 lb bow (the lowest draw weight it could be adjusted) well in a target situation, I could not after sitting in a
tree stand for a couple hours in the cold. Arthritis in my shoulders
stiffened me up so that I struggled to draw my bow, and the deer took off
before I could get it drawn. At age 73 I applied for a draw keep
license and built a simple draw keep. It was accurate and I could draw
my bow with ease using my feet and both hands even after tightening the limb
bolts fully (61 lbs draw weight, after more than 20 years of use). Using it along with the Bow Rest, I
harvested two deer each year 2005-8, all with the bow. The commercially available draw keeps (http://www.drawloc.com
http://www.pullinarchery.com/index.htm) were not, in my opinion,
practical for hunting. Besides increasing the weight of a bow by as
much as 40% (mine weighs only 8.3 oz for a 28" draw) the method of cocking
and the awkwardness of holding a drawn bow were not suited to hunting from
an elevated platform. I decided to patent my draw keep and get it
manufactured. I offer it along with the Bow Rest and a quiver as a
complete bowhunting solution. It is primarily targeted for those like
myself whose strength does not allow accurate shooting and smooth drawing of
a compound bow with a draw weight appropriate for hunting.
I welcome comments on this web site and on the product.
I may be contacted by email or by telephone.
|© 2008 Bow Hunter's Advantage / Vernon Sandel
216 Rust Street, Licking, MO 65542