Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


White limbs

Messages posted to thread:
Jason H 06-Jan-22
fdp 06-Jan-22
Bowlim 06-Jan-22
selstickbow 06-Jan-22
Bob Rowlands 06-Jan-22
wingbear 07-Jan-22
Papadeerhtr 07-Jan-22
George D. Stout 07-Jan-22
Jon Stewart 07-Jan-22
BowAholic 07-Jan-22
g2knee 07-Jan-22
1/2miledrag 07-Jan-22
TGbow 07-Jan-22
lamb 07-Jan-22
Danielb 07-Jan-22
selstickbow 07-Jan-22
swampbowman 07-Jan-22
bluesman 07-Jan-22
two4hooking 07-Jan-22
SB 07-Jan-22
Danel 07-Jan-22
Jason H 07-Jan-22
Danel 07-Jan-22
mangonboat 08-Jan-22
Big Tasty 08-Jan-22
Brad Lehmann 08-Jan-22
Pdiddly2 09-Jan-22
Pdiddly2 09-Jan-22
Chas 09-Jan-22
Foggy Mountain 09-Jan-22
SB 09-Jan-22
Jason H 09-Jan-22
Danel 09-Jan-22
Jason H 09-Jan-22
Danel 09-Jan-22
Jason H 09-Jan-22
From: Jason H
Date: 06-Jan-22




I just got some some used older Winex limbs and they feel very nice. I’m thinking of hunting with them but they are white with graphics on the back. Do think it’d really matter? Have you ever had a bow limb give you away while hunting? I’m not sure I want to paint them because they are in really nice original shape! Just putting this out to y’all to see what feedback I get.

From: fdp
Date: 06-Jan-22




I've hunted with white limbs and don't personally think it makes any difference.

But if you want to change the color there are a number of alternatives to paint. Limb socks, camo tape, artificial snake skins and so on.

From: Bowlim
Date: 06-Jan-22




You can also paint them with removable paints. There used to be removable BowDull, but since almost all bows come with camo these days, that is no longer available in my area, perhaps anywhere.

However, most craft stores have matt latex craft paint and some of that stuff peels off easily, or you can simply paint over masking tape on the back of the bow. Or you can use markers on masking tape. There are many commercial products, but they are not alwas better.

There was a time when it was believed white glass was faster, and it is also a reasonable choice in the desert, but overall, a white bow, particularly a shinny one is a liability.

Nowadays a lot of hunting takes place from stands, or blinds where concealment is critical. One sees some of the older movies and animals weren't even unaware that the hunters were there, and the hunter would launch arrows from a great distance. So it depends a bit on what kind of hunting you are doing. I saw a video with an Xgun hunter whose gun does 500fps, and he was still talking about shots under 20 yards.

From: selstickbow
Date: 06-Jan-22




smear on turtle wax paste and let it dry flat & leave it. later wipe off & they're pretty again. Not many better limbs.

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 06-Jan-22




Beats me but..white limbs matter. :D

From: wingbear
Date: 07-Jan-22




Limbsations

From: Papadeerhtr
Date: 07-Jan-22




White limbs matter haha that's a goodun

From: George D. Stout
Date: 07-Jan-22




But how would you know it was the white limbs that scared them?

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 07-Jan-22




Look for a pair of the old camo limb socks. Small piece if electrical tape on each end holds them on until you want to take them off at the end of the season.

From: BowAholic
Date: 07-Jan-22




the spandex limb covers work great and I'm thinking that white might not be the best color for whitetail hunting. I've heard it many times... "I saw something white..." I quit carrying white fletched arrows when hunting public land for the same reason.

From: g2knee
Date: 07-Jan-22




You can use those face-paint sticks and just smear the limbs a bit if you're concerned. It's designed to wash off easy.

From: 1/2miledrag
Date: 07-Jan-22




I have been entertaining painting my black hunter limbs white for hunting in snow.

From: TGbow
Date: 07-Jan-22




Im sure people have hunted with white limbs but I wouldnt..I would paint em or some kind of easy removable tape

From: lamb
Date: 07-Jan-22




i think i remember jack howard had white limbs on some of his bows

From: Danielb Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Jan-22




I think like BowAholic.

From: selstickbow
Date: 07-Jan-22




got a friend that used the tool-handle-dip or spray paint - Plasti- Dip might be the name - on his entire bow. PEELS off easy after the season.

From: swampbowman
Date: 07-Jan-22




I've also used Plasti-Dip .Easy on and off. Deer use their big WHITE tails to signal each other so I doubt its the best color to wave around when one doesn't want to draw attention to themselves.

From: bluesman
Date: 07-Jan-22




Tons of white in mixed forests , imho , it’s the “shine” factor . High gloss black limbs will reflect the sun as will all high gloss bows regardless of color . I was meeting a friend once at a specific time in our hunting spot and I was looking for him at our rendezvous….. a bright light hit me in the face and it was his black limbed bow that reflected the sun in my face .

Lots of ideas to change that , limb socks etc .

From: two4hooking
Date: 07-Jan-22

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doesn't make a difference.

From: SB
Date: 07-Jan-22

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From: Danel
Date: 07-Jan-22




two4hooking, "doesn't make a difference."

Got a laugh out of that. White bow, no Camo, was that buck visually impaired.

Jason H, if you really like the limbs and don't like how they look, I had a set of limbs hydro dipped by a guy named RA Hoffer. He did a great job.

From: Jason H
Date: 07-Jan-22




Thanks for the ideas, Danel care to share a picture? I think that could be a good answer although I hardly think it would really hurt anything. You’d be hard pressed to prove it was the limb that gave you away. It’s movement that alerts them.

From: Danel
Date: 07-Jan-22




Check out Rahoffer.com

Lots of patterns to choose from. Seems like it was about $50

I will try to post a picture tomorrow

I

From: mangonboat
Date: 08-Jan-22

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White, black, red, green, brown, tan...critters dont seem to have an adversion to any particular color or lack thereof, but movement is the enemy and shiny surfaces reflect light which makes it easier to detect movement. I picked up this 1961 Howatt Hunter with white limbs that a previous owner came up with a very nice solution...now its art.

From: Big Tasty
Date: 08-Jan-22




While my hunting partner was heading back to the truck after a morning hunt he passed my stand about 150 to 200 yards away. He thought I'd already headed for the truck. I was wearing First Lite camo. Great gear! The only thing that gave me away to him was a little bit of white that was in my LaCrosse rubber camo boots when I shuffled my feet to shoot my practice arrow before climbing down. I've since bought an all brown pair. I did need new boots because these were several years old and my feet would get a little wet when I crossed a crick.

From: Brad Lehmann
Date: 08-Jan-22




Buy a $5 roll camo duck tape at Walmart and cover the white. I did several sets of limbs with it. It holds up well and cleans up easy when you are ready to pull it off. At the present time I have a set of high end Hoyt limbs taped over and mounted on a Buffalo riser. It is a sharp looking rig and is fine for hunting.

From: Pdiddly2
Date: 09-Jan-22

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lamb...the back of the limbs on Jack's bows were black and the face was white.

From: Pdiddly2
Date: 09-Jan-22

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From: Chas
Date: 09-Jan-22




Blue is the only color I would not use. Deer see blue color spectrum best.

From: Foggy Mountain
Date: 09-Jan-22




I’m not a serious camo guy but white flashing in the woods is obvious and warning/flight type precursors. Just not the best idea imo. Guys post about being successful with white limbs and I’m sure they were but my question was how many deer were alerted or were alerted without the hunter even knowing? Just walking to your stand flashing white as you walk is something id not do. If it was me I’d play the odds and not use white limbs. It’s your hunt though good luck

From: SB
Date: 09-Jan-22




There's lots of white in the woods...look around! Waving any bow around and not sitting still won't work though!

From: Jason H
Date: 09-Jan-22




Thanks fellas, I appreciate all the input. It is true that when trying to hide, it would make sense to blend with your surroundings. But—-I have heard of a gentleman that hunted with a Olympic recurve with all the flashing colors and someone ask him how he does it. He said that by the time they get close enough to see the bow it’s to late :-) I once read of a Bowhunter that had killed over 100 whitetails and never wore camo. The picture of him was of him in a tree stand with blue jeans on and a regular shirt. I still might camo these limbs :-) ??

From: Danel
Date: 09-Jan-22

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Had these limbs dipped by RA Hoffer. He did a great job

From: Jason H
Date: 09-Jan-22




Yes that looks very nice, I wonder if I could get the riser and limbs done to match.

From: Danel
Date: 09-Jan-22




Yes you can. Check out his website, lots of options.

From: Jason H
Date: 09-Jan-22




Thanks Danel, I will do that!





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