Have you ever looked for something and found something else really, really neat instead? That happened to me yesterday. I was heading towards Savage, but saw a product in the adjoining booth that was so incredibly innovative, that I had to stop and learn everything I could about it.
Bowhunting is a popular sport in the United States, however, bowhunting usually takes a fairly serious investment to assemble all the paraphernalia needed for practical hunting. “Wrist Rocket” style slingshots have been around for many years, but almost no-one thinks they’re adequate for more than bird and squirrel-size game at close range. Beeman Precision was displaying a product they call the Pocket Hunter.
The Pocket Hunter looks like a wrist-mounted slingshot, until the careful observer spots the open ring atop the device, and notices the paracord nock. An arrow is placed into that guide, mated to the paracord, and drawn.
Draw weight is 42 lb, and replacement bands are only $5. The Pocket Hunter comes with one arrow, but can take standard arrows, though Beeman will also sell their own arrows separately. The included arrow is a standard one-piece design, but a 3-piece arrow will replace the current arrow later in the year.
Suggested retail on the Pocket Hunter is only $29.95. I know some of you are wondering if this is a gimmick, since nothing is ever easy, cheap, and good. Well, Beeman agreed to send me one for testing, so I will let you know whether this is the practical device it seems, or just a toy. Stay tuned to find out more.