By John KIlgore
Phoenix Outdoors Columnist
In the world of hunting and fishing, gadgets come and go. So I was bit skeptical when Lane Bruder, co-founder of the 3DPeepSight, told me the device would allow bowhunters to consistently hit targets at 100 to 150 yards.
Bruder and his partner, Victor Borland of Stillwater, are just a couple of guys who love bowhunting and were constantly searching for ways to improve on their long-distance accuracy without having to make changes to their bows or adding a bunch of additional pins.
When I spoke to Bruder earlier this week, he mentioned that a bow might have pins for 30, 45, 60, 75, and 88 yards. With the new peep sight, those same pins line up at 110, 120, 130, 140 and 150 yards. He then simply hooks his release at a different point on the string and looks through a second peep sight and all else remains the same.
Certainly not all, but many bowhunters/archers get tired of shooting the same old 10-,15-, 20-, and 30-yard distances.
The main objective of the inventors is the competitive fun that can be had trying to group arrows in the center of the target with greater success and at much further distances than you would normally attempt.
Borland is the owner of a tire shop and Bruder has a background in sales and public relations. Both believe that practice equals consistency.
The device is for sale at www.3dpeepsight.com for around $20. Several Oklahoma bowshops carry the peepsight. This month Cabela’s is set to begin stocking it.
Michael Hitt of Mike’s Outdoors in Muskogee told me that he had a dozen of them in stock. His opinion of it?
“I think it would be fun to shoot and would be great for target practice,” he said. “I think it would have been extremely popular in this area about eight to 10 years ago when 3D shoots were more common.
“As far as hunting applications, it would be helpful in Colorado when shooting longer distances at elk or mule deer and perhaps caribou hunting in Canada.”
The 3DPeepSight is not for everyone. I know my limitations when it comes to hunting. While it would be fun to play around with, personally, in a hunting situation, 30 yards is about my max and that’s under ideal conditions.
On the website, there are various instructional videos of how to use the peep sight and, in addition, an article featuring Dr. Roy Durbin, who relates an interesting story of how he set two archery world records.
“The 3D PeepSight is the best piece of equipment I have ever put on my bow,” he is quoted as saying.
Durbin has 120 Safari Club International (SCI) animals.
You might just give it a shot.
John Kilgore’s outdoor column runs Fridays in the Phoenix. You may contact him with news or other information at (918) 348-9431 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.