Late in 2011, my wife gave birth to our twin daughters, and every single person I know made a point to tell me that my life was going to change. It’s not that I wasn’t aware of this; however, I had no idea to what degree my free time would vanish.
Prior to our girls’ arrival, I never thought twice about devoting a few hours to cutting, squaring, wrapping, and fletching a dozen arrows. I also spent a lot of time building arrows for my friends, simply because I like the process of starting with shafts and raw materials and ending up with 12 matched, ready-to-shoot arrows.
Things have changed, and now when I do get a few free hours, I’d much rather spend them outside scouting deer, shed hunting, or at the very least not watching “Dora The Explorer” for the 73rd time of the day. Because of that, I’ve broken from tradition and now spend a lot of time messing around with easier (quicker) ways to build arrows.
I found a lot of options for time-crunched bowhunters like myself. Better yet, many of these options are also comparable in price to having your arrows professionally prepped, all without the hassle of having to drop them off and wait for them to be finished. Now, that’s fine in the offseason, but it can be a nightmare in the weeks leading up to the opener, or worse, after the season has commenced.
- My first forays into the easy-fletching universe involved products like New Archery Products’ QuikFletch. QuikFletch is an ingenious product that is comprised of a wrap, adhesive, and vanes in one package. Simply align the QuikFletch on your clean arrow shaft, and then dip the nock end into boiling water until the wrap shrinks tightly. Price: $17-$25 per 6 pack