More and more archers recognize the benefits of a higher tip weight and FOC (front of center).
Through his intensive work in the development of carbon shafts Henry Bodnik has recognized the significant advantages of these aspects. He applies his findings in his courses so that as many archers as possible can benefit from it!
Henry Bodnik shoots an FOC of 16% with his slim line carbon shafts.
Formula FOC: (3:30)*100 – FOC = 10%
On this subject there will also be a chapter in his new book “The Bible of instinctive archery”.
To allow higher tip weights and FOC, Henry expanded the range of Bearpaw Products with Heavy Points.
Now finally, heavier tips have also been made available for the Penthalon Timber Stick and the Gold Tip carbon shafts!
- heavier tips let the arrow fly pinpoint
- heavier tips compensate more errors
- more tip and arrow weight stabilize your bow
- heavier tips change the height of impact in the target up to 40 meters only minimally
(Perhaps we should more often listen to women)
It was our ladies in the sale who we’re always concerned about matching quivers and arm guards in color.
‘That’s so typical of women’ was our first reaction. But aren’t they right after all? We took up this impulse and realized it with some beautiful items. Especially the back quivers were missing the color black anyways, which several customers had already asked for.
As a result, we proudly present a series of quivers and arm guards implementing these important impulses. Now finally, the arm guard as most important item is available.
All our leather products are produced in our company Bearpaw International under the strictest controls. We put the highest possible value in the quality of our leather articles during production.
All Bearpaw leather items are free of heavy metals and toxins. This was approved of by the veterinary inspection office in Freiburg, Germany.
Thank you to our ladies in the sales and the customers who kept pushing us in the right direction.
These are your products!
Henry and Doro Bodnik
I have been accompanying Henry Bodnik at his courses in the instinctive archery for about 1 1/2 years now. For some time, we have observed a phenomenon which I want to write a few lines about today: Many archers tend to lighter draw weights than before! Not only our personal experience but statistics from bow building also prove: there is a trend towards lighter draw weights. Of course, the material has become more efficient; but in addition, the insight seems to slowly arrive in the minds of the archers that one does not need 55 lbs and a lot of penetrating power to shoot a 3D target but tranquility in shooting and repeatable precision. We have tried and tested a few things and today want to drop a few lines about why it can be useful not to overdo it with the draw weight.
With a modern bow-arrow-combination, it is possible to achieve approximately the same ballistics at 50 meters distance with about 25 lbs as with a 50 lbs bow. You don’t believe us? Let us prove it.
First, we need to talk about a decisive factor that allows us to shoot low draw weights – the arrow. With the production of the Penthalon Slim Line carbon shafts it has become possible to shoot 20 # and 25 # bows without missing any accuracy even at long distances. Spine values of 1300 and 1600 have been on the market only for a few years. 3 inch fletches are just the right thing for these draw weights, and the 60 or 70 grs tips make our arrow light and quick. Since we do not need any penetration power at 3D animals, our arrow must also not be particularly heavy. My 29 inch long Penthalon Slim Line 1300s arrows with nock, tip and 3 inch feathers weigh about 197 grs – divided by 24 pounds of my bow’s draw weight, this is 8.2 gpp. Cannot be fast? Oh yes, it can!
I myself shoot a Bearpaw Hawk which we have honed down to a low draw weight specifically for our tests. From its original 30 lbs, we have brought this Hawk down to a whopping 24.07 lbs draw weight when drawn to 29 inches. The thin limbs are the second “secret“ for the arrow to properly absorb power. The lower the mass of the limbs, the more energy is given to the arrow when comparing the same draw weights of bows. I made a comparative picture in order to document the width of the limbs comparing a normal 50 lbs Hawk to our special Hawk. For this purpose, it should be mentioned that the limbs of our standard bow are not exactly broad.
So far this sounds pretty nice, but how quick is the whole thing now? The bow was shot with finger release to a 29 inches draw. I claim that I shoot relatively stably and repeatably; the measured variations of 2 to 3 fps from shot to shot prove me right. My shooting glove was the Bearpaw Black Glove, string was a Bodnik Whisper String with 8 strands and a small brass nock point. My arrows are 29.25 inches long, with a 60 grs. tip, 3 inch parabolic fletches and normal Penthalon nock. All the shots I made were between 191 and 193 fps! – with 24 lbs of draw weight on my fingers!
Of course I do not want everybody to suddenly switch to only 25 lbs draw weight now – but this example clearly shows that with the correct bow-arrow-combination and with a 35-40 lbs bow, one can shoot a complete 3D-parcours comfortably, health-friendly, and fatigue-free. Many of our trainees who train irregularly due to a stressful office job, suddenly have fun shooting with a 30 lbs Redman and Slim Line arrows. Their shooting technique can be executed clean(er) and they don’t have totrain themselves up to a high draw weight. Less sometimes really can be more – although maybe not for everyone. But certainly for one or the other a 30-35 lbs bow may fit much better than a 45 lbs bow. The rethinking is taking place – we experience it every day.
The short and quick shooting longbow thrills archers because of its handyness and exclusive design. Its limbs are layered with beautiful white curly birch. Its handle consists of solid black Mycarta to give the Phantom stability and shooting rest.
Extremely short! Extremely handy! Extremely attractive!
Are you ready for the Phantom?
- Bow Length: 54 inches
- Draw Weight: 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and 55 lbs
- Handle: Black Mycarta
- Limbs: Bamboo with white Curly Birch
- Grip: Locator Grip
- String: Whisper String, Fast Flight, Dynaflight
- Brace Height: 7 3/4 Zoll
- Warranty: 30 years Bodnik Bows warranty
The Phantom is manufactured in custom quality exclusively for you and will take a delivery time of approximately 8 weeks.
Romania is a great country! A country with beautiful landscapes and unique nature. In the heart of Europe, there is a paradise still unknown to many people. The warm openness and friendliness of the people overwhelm us again and again.
This year, Henry Bodnik hosted the Bearpaw Cup Romania for the second time. The tournament was shot according to the points for a Kill Tournament developed by Henry Bodnik and finished with the so called ‘Final Cut’, already famous throughout the world. The Romanian Kill Tournament was organized by Codruta Angelescu in cooperation with Bearpaw Products. Codruta is the official distributor of Bearpaw Products in Romania and together with her partner Doru, she is a true pioneer in instinctive archery.
Here you can find a direct link to their website. www.archeryshop.ro
In the middle of the impressive landscape of the Carpathians, one can find the unique sports complex Cheile Gradistei-Moeciu. It is worth taking a look!
Together with Uwe Tesch, editor of the online magazine “Instinctive Archery”, and Doru the course was built in the mountains of the Carpathians. Uwe Tesch wanted to be on site to collect personal impressions for a report in his magazine.
Here you’ll find the link to the great online magazine for Instinctive archers:
“I can really recommend to take a look at this magazine! Great reports from around the world!” (Henry Bodnik)
Since only the kill hits counted with plus points in this tournament, all targets were set in close distances to create a hunting atmosphere. Body shots were even judged with minus points!
The day of setting up the parcours as well as the first day of the tournament were accompanied by heavy rain showers.
More than 100 archers with traditional material had signed up and Henry Bodnik wanted to set up a special tournament. Thus, the Bearpaw Cup Romania has already become the largest Kill Tournament outside of Germany. While setting up the coruse, Uwe Tesch won unique impressions which he will now be able to pass on to his readers.
On day 1, the tournament participants had to complete a two-arrow-round. Both arrows had to be shot and got into the scoring. Henry Bodnik could again create many tricky shots to give rise to the magic of a hunt in an impenetrable thicket. On the 2nd day, the course was shortened to 20 stations, so that all ratings were completed by noon. Only one arrow was shot per target. Bodyshots counted minus 5 points, while kill hits had a 20-plus point impact.
Here you will find the result lists of each bow class:
After evaluating the class winners, the tournament winners were determined in the ‘Final Cut’. Together with Uwe Tesch, Henry Bodnik built a time course on which the participants of the finals were to fight for the honor of the tournament victory and cash awards. Before the eyes of all tournament participants and spectators 30 archers took up this challenge. Even for the children, a separate final was held.
The excitement was palpable and felt by everyone!
The finalists had to shoot the ‘Final Cut’ course in 50 seconds and shoot 5 3-D-targets, each with one arrow. Only those who had completed all five positions (whether successful or not) were rewarded with 20 extra points. At each position, kill hits were rewarded with 20 points and body shots with 10 points. In the end, however, 5 archers successfully tied with 80 points. In yet another final, they then had to prove their precision. They had to complete three precision shots at a long distance before the eyes of all the spectators. The tension culminated, leaving many an arrow flying past the target with excitement.
Tournament winner and winner of the Final Cuts Romania Adults
1st place: Istvan Zsolt Racz Berecz
2nd place: Adrian Bostan
3rd place: Nitulescu Bogdan
Tournament winner and winner of the ‘Final Cut’ Romania Children
1 Ilinca Angelescu Danilet
Freedom of choice for the Bodnik Bows
Gabriel Nemes was selected for 1st prize at the final raffle.
In addition to 3-D animals and many other awards, the Bodnik Bows by Bearpaw Products are naturally coveted profits.
Gabriel has now decided and will soon be the proud owner of a Bodnik Bows Redman.
Bearpaw Products, Henry Bodnik and Uwe Tesch thank, above all, the passionate archers from Romania. Without you, this successful tournament would not have been possible.
You are the lifeline of Romanian archery!
We look forward to the Bearpaw Cup 2015 determined to have more than 150 traditional archers.
We love Instinctive Archery!
Here is some interesting news about our Bodnik Bows Slick Stick. This bow is from now on available from 15 lbs upwards measured at 28 Inches draw length. In combination with our Pentalon Slim Line 1600 carbon shafts, this makes for an extremely powerful bow & arrow-combination in the lower draw weight range. Give it a try – it’s worth it!
Henry Bodnik and Uwe Tesch are currently in Romania to arrange the second Bearpaw Cup Romania. In addition, Henry Bodnik will again teach his course in “Instinctive Archery with Henry Bodnik“ there. Many pictures from the tournament and the archery course can be found on the Bearpaw Facebook account. Once Henry and Uwe are back, there will also be an article here on the Bearpaw blog. However, if your want to take a peak, what Henry and Uwe experience in Romania, you should take a look at Facebook. Have fun browsing.
In order to improve the flow of information with our Bearpaw dealers and distributors, we have created a new platform. It is important to timely inform our dealers and distributors about news, deliveries and problems.
To this end, we have created the entry „Dealer News” on our Bearpaw blog in the dealer area.
The entry for our Dealer News can be found on the official Bearpaw blog in the foot area of the left navigation bar.
This area is password protected and only available to dealers and distributors of Bearpaw Products. The password can be obtained from our customer service:
Discussed and longingly expected.
The Mohawk has completely broken up our time frame in development. With regard to our great warranty of 30 years, we had to perform extensive testing before the launch of the takedown Mohawk. This is the only way we can guarantee the extraordinary properties of our Bodnik Bows.
After all, Bearpaw Products and Henry Bodnik personally guarantee a 30 years lifespan for each Bodnik Bow
Warranty conditions for the Bodnik Bows can be found here: Bodnik Bows 30 years Warranty
1. Dry Firing Tests
We have performed dry firing tests for many bows. Time and again we have analyzed the glueing of woods and optimized it with high quality Mycarta. Newly developed Bodnik Bows must be able to compensate a maximum of energy to ensure their great performance. In the first test series, we still found significant shortcomings in detail.
“Some of the handles broke in the empty shot test.” Our Mohawk limbs have performed uniquely in these tests. Not a single pair of limbs was damaged in the dry firing tests. Some limbs have survived more than 200 dry firing tests. After all, we also had to test the handles.
2. Max Draw Test
In a maximum draw test we burden our limbs over charge and pull them out to well over 35 inches. We want to find the comfort zone and test the resilience of the limbs. There is no extension limit for any Bodnik Bow.
“For a bow laminated with fiberglass a draw limit is absolute nonsense,” A bow layered with glass that is made properly cannot be destroyed by drawing it out. It only leaves its comfort zone.
I am glad to announce to all the fans of Bodnik Bows that the development of the Mohawk is completed. The first Mohawks were delivered to major and renowned experts around the world for testing to gather expert opinions.
On 30 July, the Bodnik Bows Mohawk takedown will go online and can be ordered in our online shop.
As part of the Bearpaw dealer meeting earlier this year we gave the participating Bearpaw dealers the exclusive opportunity to pre-order Mohawk bows. Meanwhile, more than 200 Mohawks have already been sold.
Bodnik Bows Germany has exceeded its own targets by far. Presently, 6 bowyers work at our new production site in Ahorn, Germany and handicraft our Bodnik Bows for you every day. We put our foot to the floor so you don’t have to wait too long!