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Archer's Den

Welcome to the Archer's Den. Here you will find a gathering of traditional archery stories, tips and techniques, trophy animals taken with traditional bows, and plenty more. Stay a while and learn something. We hope you enjoy and even submit a trophy of your own, or leave a comment on a post.

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3Rivers DAS Bows Dalaa Testimonials

Chuck Ballweg and his new Dalaa recurve bow
Chuck Ballweg and his new Dalaa recurve bow.

“Got home and found my Dalaa at the doorstep. I couldn’t wait to try it out. Assembly was so simple and no tools but I had to install a T-300 rest, DAS plunger, nocking point, SRF Sight, Simms shorty stabilizer and started with brace height at 7¾” since new string.

Didn’t have much time to shoot before dark but shot the first arrow from 10 feet in front of bale and WOW. Absolutely no vibration or shock.

I started shooting with the same Axis 400 arrows that I was using on my Hoyt but they were showing a weak spine. I shot thru paper and confirmed they were definitely weak. I then switched to Axis 340 and they shot perfect thru paper. I fine tuned the nocking point and shot about 20 arrows before it got dark. Within a few arrows I was grouping just as tight as my Hoyt bow but with considerable less vibration.

I decided to check the poundage and was surprised that the Dalaa was 64# at my draw. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining, just surprised because it did not feel any heavier than the 60# Hoyt. I re-measured the brace height on the Dalaa and it had come down a little to 7 5/8″. I measure poundage with an Easton Digital scale so I think it is very close and I use a clicker to make sure my draw is the same every time. I put the Dalaa on my pulley board where I can crank it back and hold it at full draw to measure the draw length. Measuring from the string to the front of the bow my draw on the Dalaa is 30″. On the Hoyt measured the same way it is 29¼”. I am guessing the difference is due to the difference in the risers.

Now I just need to get out and shoot some more. Rain coming in this week so I might be getting wet but won’t matter, I have to shoot this bow. I already see I will have to learn all new gaps on the SRF sight.

My initial reaction; WOW!! I see what all the hype is about.”

Chuck Ballweg, CA

Henry Kulhawick and a group from his new Dalaa recurve bow
Henry Kulhawick and a group from his new Dalaa recurve bow.

“Just got mine Friday. I put a plunger, flipper rest, Doinker stabilizer and a regular single pin sight. And shoot with a release aid. This thing shoots like a Mathews. Smooth and accurate!”

Henry Kulhawick, Ohio

“My new Dalaa just arrived this weekend. In no time at all, I added a shorty plunger, SRF sight and flipper rest. NOW, I was ready shoot some arrows. I will share with you my thoughts on this bow.
Although some folks may prefer a more traditional look, the eye appeal was really high for me. The fit and finish was first rate. I like the camo pattern and the brown riser combination. The pre-silenced string was neat too.

Moreover, this bow really handles extremely well. My LH bow is 58 inches long, 55# @ 28″, but it seems to shoot faster than my other heavier bows. Stable in the hand and just plain fun to shoot. Now, it did take a bit of getting use, in adapting to the SRF site, but I was shooting decent groups quickly and even though I have never been a great GAP or instinctive shooter, I feel that this bow can really enhance my shooting skills going forward.

This bow has ALL the fine attributes that I was looking for…. ATTABOY for David Soza and 3Rivers!”

Barry Buckley, Arkansas

For more information contact:

3Rivers Archery
PO Box 517
Ashley IN 46705

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Testimonials for Alex Gouthro Moose Madness Series on Moose Hunting DVD Collection


M.R. James with Moose

M.R. James, Founder/Editor Emeritus of Bowhunter Magazine

Check out Alex Gouthro’s Moose Madness DVD Collection

Here is a Moose Madness Masterpiece

You gotta give credit to Alex Gouthro. When this guy sets out to create the most comprehensive video guide on moose hunting and calling ever produced, he does it right. Several years in the making, Gouthro’s Moose Madness Series DVD package is an A-to-Z action/information blockbuster that should be required viewing for anyone venturing into moose country.

In all, there are 4 DVDs and over 6 hours of video footage giving you everything you’ll ever need to know about North America’s largest member of the cervidae family: moose characteristics, subspecies and sizes, habitat, and a complete understanding of the moose rut. But once this general moose info is laid out, the focus shifts to specific calling techniques and tips, hunting setups, decoying, and numerous in-the-field encounters with rutting bulls. As a bonus, there’s a crash course in moose anatomy, shot placement, and field dressing complemented by expert advice on choosing effective firearms and bowhunting gear. A couple of actual calling/shooting sequences cap the action.

Speaking as someone who’s hunted moose with Alex Gouthro and seen this master Ontario caller, guide, and fellow bowhunter in action, I can attest to the fact he’s the real deal. In fact, 97% of the DVD footage was taped by Alex and his hunting buddies outside of federal or provincial parks in actual hunting areas during open seasons. Such realism adds an unmistakable air of authenticity and authority to Moose Madness. I give it an enthusiastic thumbs up!

Interested readers can obtain complete ordering information by going online and visiting at Northwest Video Productions’ home page. To reach Alex directly, send emails to or call (807) 767-0494. His own successful Northern Ontario Bowhunter Services offers quality hunts in prime Canada moose country.

M. R. James

M. R. James, Founder/Editor Emeritus of Bowhunter Magazine, is a living legend in bowhunting circles, and is still living his lifetime of bowhunting experiences. Leading by example, he has made vast contributions to the education of bowhunters through his writings – and through encouraging others to share their experiences in the written form. In fact, he encouraged Alex Gouthro to write his first article back in 1993.


Dana Brackins Bronson with Moose
Moose Hunter, Dana Brackins Bronson, Michigan

Alex, thank you for your years of hard work in the field and the hundreds of hours you must have spent in the editing room on the production of the Gouthro’s Moose Madness Series On Moose Hunting & Calling.

I have been hunting for over 30 years and have many, many times purchased so-called educational-type videos to try to learn all about the species that I am going to be hunting. In all those years I have never seen anything as comprehensive as the four- part DVD set making up the Gouthro’s Moose Madness Series. This is by far the most comprehensive set of educational hunting videos I have ever watched. Watching these videos was almost as good as spending years in the woods personally with you. I felt I was there — learning all the secrets of a professional moose hunting guide and caller.

I hunted moose for five years before taking my first bull. I truly believe that if I had your series of DVD’s before starting on my quest for a moose I would have been successful much, much earlier. I feel that if first-time hunters were to study the Moose Madness Series before going on their first moose hunt it would not only save them money but also allow them to better enjoy the hunt. I know without a doubt that it would increase their chances of success.

This set of DVD’s are not just for beginners; they are a ‘must have’ for both new and experienced moose hunters. I have watched them three times so far and am learning something new each and every time. The lessons learned from these DVD’s would be a bargain at twice the price.

Dana Brackins is a highly successful bowhunter and is presently the Pro Staff – Field Staff Director for Carbon Express Products, Eastman Outdoors, Inc.

Moose Hunter Rick Guyatt

Moose Hunter Rick Guyatt Oakville Ontario

Alex, thank you for taking a moment to speak with me following your seminar on Friday March 17th at the Toronto Sportsman Show. You may recall we discussed the increasing moose mortality related to heat and global warming.

First let me congratulate you on a significant achievement. Even those not particularly interested in hunting will find the live footage of moose in the wild startling and fascinating. Up close and personal is probably the best way to describe this magnificence footage.

Your DVD Series is the most comprehensive I have found in 10 years of research and reading on the subject of moose and moose hunting. I have collected many videos on moose hunting; however, I particularly liked your overall approach to the subject and the manner in which you formatted the content. Your video series covers the subject of moose hunting from start to finish.

The content is presented in a logical sequence and chaptered for quick reference to specific subject areas. This makes the series appropriate for both the novice and the experienced moose hunter.

As to the moose anatomy and shot placement portion of the series, I was particularly pleased with the overlays and red dot marks on live footage of real animals in their natural habitat. This gives the viewer a truer sense of how it feels to locate the aiming spot, but even more importantly it communicates a sense of timing the shot and the short window of time to hit the spot if the animal is moving. Yours is the first presentation I have found which deals at length with the frontal shot.

Thank you again for your significant contribution to the field of moose hunting.

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