We interviewed Alex Tait who is the Field Sales Technician at Eastman Outdoors and Carbon Express. Alex specializes in the technical arrow department and is a jack of all trades for the company.
How did you first get into hunting industry and who influenced you?
A: I was able to get my feet wet while still in college working at Gander Mtn, but my first full time gig was at MJC Archery. I was fortunate to be mentored by owner, Jim Morrow, who has owned these pro shops for 30 years. Starting at the retail level I’ve been able to learn the industry from the ground up, and Jim had a great influence on that.
Tell us about your most memorable hunt?
A: I actually went up to Wisconsin last Spring for my first turkey hunt. I was lucky enough to hunt for a few days on one of my best friend’s property. After a few long sits in a blind with cold, rain, and a lack of birds, we decided to ditch the blind and run around to some different properties of his. After spotting a few birds we ran around to the back end of the field and set up. Got busted by a handful of birds coming up right behind us but after 45 minutes coaxed the two big Toms out into the field. With no blind, by the time I hit full draw they were at full stride running straight away. I let her eat at 40 yards and it ended in high fives. A great hunt shared with an even better friend, and that’s what it’s all about.
What features should I look for when buying an arrow?
A: You’ll need to decide what you’ll be using that arrow for (target, whitetail, large game). Once you make this decision, you’ll be better able to choose the features necessary for your desired hunt or target competition.
What are the differences between standard and small-diameter arrows ?
A: The obvious difference is the outside diameter OD being smaller on the small diameter arrows. The concept is less surface area for wind to catch and cause arrow drift at longer distances with the small diameter arrows. By design, most small diameter arrows come in at heavier grains per inch (GPI) compared to standard diameter arrows to keep penetration high at longer distances. With the cut down in wind drift and boost in kinetic energy from the additional weight, small diameter arrows are a popular choice for Western hunting.
What are the difference in arrow choice for youth / women’s hunting, whitetail hunting, and big game hunting?
A: Youth / women’s hunting: The primary focus for youth and women is to get them the correct spine they need. Often kids and women get hand me down arrows that are too stiff for their specs. Fitting them with the proper spine will allow them to meet the accuracy required for confidence and efficiency.
Whitetail hunting: It is common for whitetail archery hunters to never see over a 30yd shot from their stand. If this is your situation, your arrow choice remains wide open. Depending on if you are looking for speed, penetration, or broadhead accuracy will determine your final arrow choice. Carbon Express offers multiple models designed specifically with these features in mind.
Big game hunting: With big game arrows you’ll want to make sure you have the proper kinetic energy required to punch through and make a lethal shot. A heavy arrow will promote clean pass through. If you will be in a situation where you’ll be shooting 50+ yards I’d recommend looking into a small diameter shaft. Cutting down on wind drift will be vital to maintaining accuracy while out hunting in windy conditions.
What sets CX crossbows apart from the competition?
A: Quality and reliability, built at an affordable price. In the flooded crossbow market, one praise we hear over and over is how superior our customer service and warranty are comparatively. We CARE about YOU, and we vow to make your time in the outdoors the best that it can be.
What are the differences between a $300 crossbow and a $2,000 crossbow?
A: As you go up in price you’ll be seeing an increase in speed, build quality, and accessories.