Walk on the Wild Side

Kickstarter campaign launched for new archery app

CorrespondentJuly 2, 2014 

Anyone who loves bowhunting, or archery in general, can tell you the frustrations of sighting in a new bow or having to undertake the task again when putting on a new sight.

At best, it’s tedious work that requires a good many shots to be taken, and even then you must factor in just how inaccurate you may be as muscle fatigue sets in.

The process begins with sighting in that first pin until you’re sure it’s dead-on at 20 yards, then stepping back to various distances beyond that and doing it all over again for each pin to assure that they’ll be “spot-on” each time you release an arrow.

Typically, you’d end up with a descending set of pins representing 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 yards on a five-pin sight, but the distances can be determined by the individual shooter.

Each pin will gap a little more than the one above it, since the further your arrow travels the more it drops and slows as gravity affects it and the energy transferred into it from the bow is expelled.

For someone as picky as I am about every shot I make, I may spend days perfecting my pin gaps so that I am completely confident when a shot opportunity presents itself in the real world of hunting.

Even after spending this much time, it still may not be as perfect as I’d like it to be.

What if the whole process were easier? After all, with today’s technology, there has to be some way to make this task much easier and, ultimately, far more accurate for all of us who love to play with the old stick and string.

Enter the world of my buddy Bob Donahoe.

For several years now, Bob and his staff at Full Flight Technology have been aiding archers via a product they developed called the Velocitip, which allows you to place a data-gathering tip on your arrow that replaces your field point.

Although this description is a bit over-simplified, you take a shot and then plug the tip into the Velocitip handheld unit to download everything you could ever want to know about the flight of your arrow. It gives you valuable information such as arrow speed and kinetic energy at various distances, along with tons of other useful tidbits that you’d never have a way of knowing otherwise.

Still, even with this great piece of equipment, something as simple as sighting in your bow and determining the pin gaps remains a problem to the masses, and this is where you can even play a part in changing the game of archery for everyone.

Full Flight Technology’s latest innovation utilizes the ever popular smartphone app to enable anyone out there with a bow to quickly and easily set their pin gaps accurately by doing nothing more than plugging in the proper information about their archery rig into their iPhone and sighting in a single 20-yard pin.

The UNO app will do all the required math and determine the proper pin gaps.

Once those calculations are complete, you then only have to hold your phone behind your bow’s sight and match your pins to those seen on the screen.

It couldn’t be any easier than that.

Oh, and remember when I mentioned that you can play a part in all of this?

Application development is an extremely expensive process, and Bob has started a Kickstarter campaign to bring this nifty product to market.

By jumping on the Internet, navigating to their Kickstarter page – www.kickstarter.com/projects/velocitip/uno-the-science-of-archery – and making a donation of as little as $1, you can play a pivotal role in bringing the UNO application to life and making the sport of archery more enjoyable for everyone.

The campaign offers a number of incentives to those who donate, and they begin at the $10 level, which includes the application itself and a bumper sticker. The offerings grow from there to include such things as custom Velocitip pendants, the company’s pro-style shooter’s jersey, archery lessons and even the chance to join the Full Flight gang on a turkey hunt.

I’d like to encourage you from a personal standpoint as well. Although Bob Donahoe is the founder and CEO of Full Flight Technology, he is, more importantly, just an all-around good guy.

Please consider joining me to jump onboard with making the UNO app a reality and furthering Bob’s mission to grow the sport we love dearly.

DNR offers courtesy boat inspections

In their continuing efforts to make all of South Carolina’s waterways safe for the public, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources once again will be offering courtesy boat inspections at public landings on Lake Wylie in coming days.

DNR safety and enforcement officers will perform easy, quick and thorough inspections for items such as proper registration and required safety tools. Those found to be out of compliance will not be ticketed but instead be given the opportunity to correct the problem before launching their boat.

Inspections will be offered at the Buster Boyd landing from 9-11 a.m. July 4 and the Allison Creek landing from 9-11 a.m. July 5. They will also be at the Ebenezer Park landing from 10 a.m. to noon July 6.

Brad Harvey is a freelance writer in Clover. Visit his website at www.bradharveyoutdoors.com or follow on Twitter @BHarveyOutdoors.

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