This side view shows The Killer Stump ™ loaded with corn and the recommended sprinkling of corn at the base.
Notice the exceptional detail and five of the twelve target bullseyes. (Click each photo to enlarge).
Notice how the bottom of the tree trunk is notched away. This is done to encourage the game animal to feed from the end which turns them broadside for the perfect shot.
This shows the top view of the left tree trunk. If you look at the bottom you can see the built in drain hole. The left trunk holds 2 cups of corn and the right trunk holds 3 ½ cups. We recommend putting the remainder of your states legal limit at the base of The Killer Stump ™ facing you. The deer/bear normally will feed facing the stump giving a quartering away shot, which also allows you to draw your bow undetected.
Some detailed shots.
This side view shows The Killer Stump ™ with built in drain holes in action.
Look very closely at this one. The Killer Stump ™ is designed not just as a fun backyard archery target, but as a “tool” to help you harvest your trophy buck.
It is a:
A. fun backyard target
C. “Practice shot” target during the hunt in the woods
D. If used correctly, it can allow you to draw your bow undetected and have a quartering away shot. Note: watch the video!!!
Notice that the stump is hollow and has foam wood blocks in the recessed slot.
This shows the inner core bag target fluff installed.
The OSB board ready for installation.
Notice the complex fit of the OSB board after it has been installed. The board has been pneumatically stapled to the pre-installed wood blocks.
We shot The Killer Stump ™ (3 times) at 10 yards with a 65# Matthews ® Z7 Extreme at about 10 yards.
Note: The board is recessed so it doesn’t touch the ground. This, along with the built-in foam tabs gives great stabilization and helps keep the bottom dry.
Doris, our professional “arrow pulling machine” marked the arrow with a sharpie ® where it entered the stump.
She then easily pulled the arrow out.
As you can see the arrow penetrated 7 1/8”. Note: our goal when designing this process was to keep the arrow penetration less than 7 1/2” and have Doris be able to easily pull the arrow out when shot at 10 yards.
This shows how the arrow holes healed up. We custom paint each stump so the arrow hole will show the color of the foam.
These photos show live deer feeding from the stump. Notice how the hollow tree trunks face up at approximately 45 degrees and how we notched out the bottom of the trunks. This encourages the deer to feed from the ends which gives the hunter a broadside shot. If you sprinkle a small amount of corn in the middle of the stump, the deer will “generally” face the stump allowing you to draw your bow undetected and have a quartering away shot.
-The Killer Stump ™, when used as a hunting tool can still help you harvest your buck as opposed to not using it at all. Here’s how.
Set The Killer Stump ™ where your two trails intersect, or where you figure you are most likely to get a shot at your trophy. Place it on the far side of the trail about two feet away from you. During the “slow action period” shoot field point arrows into the stump. This accomplishes two things-you’re getting to stretch your stiff muscles and actually practice your form with practice shots. This is especially good for me in the north because it actually helps to warm me up when I am cold. Secondly you are practicing the exact shot where you expect the deer to be so you will know exactly where your arrow will hit.
What if you can’t legally (or choose not to) hunt over bait like me?
Let’s say your perfect shot through the shooting lane to the deer trail is 32 yards. Again place the Killer Stump ™ two feet on the other side of the trail. Next, put some deer attractant, lure, scent etc… at the bottom of each tree trunk. When the deer comes down the trail the object is for him to smell the scent, turn away from you and put his nose in the tree trunk. This will allow you to draw your bow undetected and have a quartering away shot, which you just practiced shooting. Pretty cool eh?