Darton Archery

By Steve Wall

How did you start the company?

Darton Archery is one of the few archery companies today that can say they have been in the archery industry with the same ownership for 65+ years.  A very humble beginning in 1950.  In a simpler time, Darton Archery started making accessories for traditional archery.  Darton continued its growth through its early years making traditional recurve bows.  With the introduction of the compound bow, Darton Archery and Rex Darlington became one of the few companies allowed to produce the new bow; A bow with wheels on each end that would become the blue print for the modern compound bow used today.
 
Fast forward to 2017 and Darton is still a humble family owned company with one motivation: pushing the limits in our engineering to produce the best performing archery equipment.  Darton’s lineup includes compound bows for the youth market, for bow fishing, for women, target bows and our primary obsession, hunting bows! Darton entered the crossbow market with the same passion put into our compound bows. (History from 2015 product catalog)
 

What do your customers say about your products?

Our customers continually tell us we have great quality with the best customer service in the industry!

 

What are your most popular products and who is your target audience?

 

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Our most popular bows are the DS-3800 & for 2017 the Maverick II.
 

 

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Maverick II
 
 
 Our products are geared towards Bow hunters and Target Tournament Shooters equally!

 

 

Contact Info:

Website:  http://www.dartonarchery.com/
Facebook: Darton Archery
Instagram:  @dartonarchery

 

Comments from Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits:

I purchased a new DS-3800 last year after shooting a competitors bow for 10 years.  I am extremely impressed with how quiet, fast and easy to shoot the bow is!  I get new comments from other archers every time I shoot!  I was also able to harvest two deer with my bow this past year.  I am also very excited to be part of the field staff team this year!

 

 

This is a segment to showcase and share a little more information about some great companies!  If you know of a company that would be a great fit for this segment please email me at:  steve@wioutdoorpursuits.com.    I hope you enjoy learning more about these great companies!

Hips Archery Targets

By Steve Wall

How did you start the company?

Hips Archery Targets was started in 1968 by Stanley Hips.  Stanley was a bowhunter, and like many archers, he needed a way to practice more often.  It was later purchased by Darrin Brown, who at the time, was owner of Longhorn Archery Systems, a manufacturer of 3D archery targets.

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What do your customers say about your products?

 Our customers agree that Hips Archery Targets are built to last.  They love the durability and lightweight design.

What are your most popular products?

Our most popular products are the X2 Series Muley and Herd Bull targets for their exceptional value and stopping power.

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Who is your target audience?

We build targets for all types of archers.  The bowhunting segment is the largest audience, but we are seeing tremendous growth from recreational and target archers.

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What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I would say that I like being able to produce a product that helps others enjoy their love for the sport of archery.  Talking with fellow archers and bowhunters throughout the year is a big part of what we do and it never gets old.

What is your favorite hunting or fishing memory?

My favorite memory from the field would have to be the first time my dad and I went bowhunting together, now almost 20 years ago.  It was our first opportunity to take a trophy White Tail Deer and the memories will last a lifetime.  Since then we have been on many adventures and look forward to many more.

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Hips 4×4 range target!

Contact Info:

Website: www.hipstargets.com
Facebook: Hips Archery Targets
Twitter: @Hips_Targets

 

Comments from Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits:

If you shoot your bow on a regular basis you definitely understand the importance of having a good target.  You want a target that is going to: stop your arrows, stand up to the punishment of multiple shots and provide you with the most value for your money.  Well, I believe that the Hips Archery Targets will do all of that and more.  These targets look to be very well constructed and stand up to intense punishment, even from broadheads, as you can see in the video.  I might be in the market for a new target this offseason and I don’t think I have to look much farther than at one of these great targets from Hips Archery Targets. 

 This is a weekly segment to showcase and share a little more information about some great companies!  If you know of a company that would be a great fit for this segment please email me at: steve@wioutdoorpursuits.com.  I hope you enjoy learning more about these great companies!

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By Steve Wall

How did you start the company and how long have you been in business?

 Photography, video and hunting has always been my passion.  As far as how the company started it really started as a personal project it just grew from there.  Tactacam has been in business for two years now. However I’ve been working on it for the last five years.

What are your most popular products?

The most popular product is definitely the Tactacam with Bow mount. Although the release of the new gun mount is picking up steam.

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Who is your target audience?

People interested in self filming.  As more people become interested in sharing their experience with their family and friends our market will just continue to grow.

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 What do you enjoy most about what you do?

 The most enjoyable thing is seeing peoples videos!

What is your favorite hunting or fishing memory?

My favorite memory isn’t really one to experience.  To me it’s about family and friends!! From taking my grandma and grandpa hunting (by the way they’re in their 90s.), to siting in a ground blind with my dad it’s all good!  Or meeting up with everyone after a long day of hunting and just hearing stories.  I guess it’s safe to say all of it!!!

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UPDATE: NEW VERISIONS NOW AVAILABLE!

 

Contact Info:

Website: tactacam.com
Facebook: Tactacam
Twitter: @tactacam

 

Comments from Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits:

 After capturing the kill shot of my 2014 public land archery buck on my trail camera video, the excitement of capturing more hunts on video intrigued me!  I set out to start doing some research on action cameras and came across Tactacam.  I am not at the point where I want to haul all kinds of camera equipment into the woods.  I wanted a camera that would be easy to use and not get in the way.  The Tactacam is just that and definitely is a camera made for hunters by hunters!  The stabilizer mount is absolutely great, no need to add any other pieces to the bow that might possibly get in your way!  The technology used in the Tactacam camera TrueVision lens truly makes it the best first-person camera on the market!  After talking with Ben and the crew at the Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo in Madison this spring, I picked up the bow mount Tactacam.  I look forward to hopefully sharing some great archery hunts with you this fall, but also plan on capturing some kayak and fly fishing videos to share with you as well!  Share your hunt!

 

 

 This is a weekly segment to showcase and share a little more information about some great companies!  If you know of a company that would be a great fit for this segment please email me at: steve@wioutdoorpursuits.com.  I hope you enjoy learning more about these great companies!