Rethinking Arrow & Broadhead Performance: Article 6

Rethinking Arrow & Broadhead Performance: Article 6

Rethinking Arrow and Broadhead Performance

A NEW Series of Bowhunting Articles by the Ashby Bowhunting Foundation


Article 6: Factor 5 – Shaft Diameter to Ferrule Ratio

Would you like to hunt with arrows and broadheads that give you pass-throughs on big game shot after shot? Would you like to have complete confidence in your arrows and broadheads to give you lethal penetration and reliable kills even if you hit bone? Of course, you would! Every serious bowhunter wants that kind of performance from their setup. Join us for Dr. Ed Ashby’s Top 12 Penetration Enhancement Factors. read more…

DSC Foundation: Support Your Passion

DSC Foundation: Support Your Passion

Count your Blessings and Support Your Passion

By Richard T. Cheatham, DSC Foundation Executive Director

As 2021 draws to an end, it is quite natural to count our blessings and take time to reflect–on what we have lived through, what we have done, our successes, and yes, even our failures. We also have a chance to ask ourselves if there is yet more that we can do–and that’s a question I want to ask of you. read more…

Chapter Spotlight: DSC Lubbock Sportsman’s Club

Chapter Spotlight: DSC Lubbock Sportsman’s Club

As the first DSC Chapter, the DSC Lubbock Sportsman’s Club and their president Tim Gafford have been a pillar of the DSC Chapter System since its inception in 2015. In addition to being the chapter president for the last six years, Tim has also served on the DSC Board as the Chapter Liaison for several years and is now joined by DSC Heartland President, Corey Goss.

Tim loves being a part of the DSC Chapter system, which is good considering the substantial amount of time he dedicates to the Lubbock chapter. As Tim describes it, “We have constant communication through Carson at the DSC office, access to any resources we need, and know that we are valued members of the DSC Family.”

Another important part of the DSC Chapter System is that each chapter picks their own unique mission or focus. For Tim and his dedicated group, that focus is camaraderie and impacting their community, with special emphasis given to “children, veterans, law enforcement officers, and game wardens.”

Though their focus is on conservation, the DSC Lubbock Sportsman’s Club’s impact on their community goes far beyond that. Recently, the group purchased a drone for their local game wardens. Those same game wardens were asked to assist in the search for a missing toddler in their community. Using the drone, the wardens were able to find the toddler’s body and give the family closure. “It wasn’t the ending we were all praying for, but at least now the family has answers,” recalled Tim.

To make these big moments a reality in their community, chapters deal with dozens of smaller details and projects along the way.  Tim’s motivation for taking on the challenging task of president is the “camaraderie he gets from working with the board, and the fulfillment of holding successful banquets, events and monthly meetings.” Successful banquets and events would be an understatement. In fact, when you look at the dollars granted out, the DSC Lubbock Sportsman’s Club is one of the largest non-profits in West Texas. In the calendar year 2020—during the height of the pandemic—DSC Lubbock Sportsman’s Club granted out over $102,000! All DSC Chapters keep or direct 95 percent of the funds they raise, into projects of their choosing; meaning, all the chapter’s projects are hand-chosen by the DSC Lubbock Sportsman’s Club board.

By far, the busiest part of any chapter’s year is preparing for their banquet. Having just concluded another record-breaking banquet in late August, Tim is looking forward to spending time with his wife and grandchildren… and hunting. Locally, his favorite hunt is sandhill crane with his friends, but he is most excited for his upcoming Idaho mountain lion hunt. “Hunting puts me in places where I see things no one else gets to see,” he says.

Carson Keys, DSC Chapter Coordinator, said this about Tim and the DSC Lubbock Sportsman’s Club, “Tim and his board are such dedicated, hard-working, and kind people that truly care about their community. DSC, myself, and Lubbock area are proud, and grateful, for their passion and commitment to Conservation, Education, and Hunter’s Advocacy.”

DSC Joins 54 Other Hunt Fish 30×30 Organizations to Submit Formal Recommendations to the Biden Administration

DSC Joins 54 Other Hunt Fish 30×30 Organizations to Submit Formal Recommendations to the Biden Administration

October 13, 2021 (WASHINGTON, D.C) – Earlier today, DSC joined 54 other members of the Hunt Fish 30×30 Coalition to submit a set of formal recommendations for the Biden Administration’s “America the Beautiful” initiative, also referred to as “Thirty by Thirty.” The recommendations highlight several priorities of the sporting-conservation community as they relate to the development of the Administration’s forthcoming American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas which will serve as a measure of conservation and restoration progress to date. read more…

Does Barrel Length Matter?

Does Barrel Length Matter?

Terry Blauwkamp’s Reloading series

Terry Blauwkamp is a seasoned hunter, gun-expert and reloader. He has been to Africa more than 20 times. Terry has been a consistent part of DSC Publications through his reloading column.


Last month we talked about barrels and what rifling twists different calibers come in and why. Now, let’s go a step further and add barrel length to the equation. read more…




















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