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Old 05-16-2017, 10:10 PM   #1
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I am going to have some new strings made for the upcoming season. Can i have some opinions on what to decide between yarn puffs, or rubber cat whiskers? This will be for my Sarrel's Teton longbow and will be hunting in northern NM for Mule deer in September. So weather conditions could be unpredictable. Thanks for the help.
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Old 05-16-2017, 10:14 PM   #2
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I really the ones on my Widow. Bow Hush.
http://www.bowhush.com/

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Old 05-16-2017, 11:46 PM   #3
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Get beggars lice and other burrs in your puffs a few times and you will use cat whiskers. Get water sprayed in your eyes when you shoot in wet weather and you'll use cat whiskers. They work great and don't do these things.
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Old 05-17-2017, 05:25 AM   #4
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My favorite is otter fur. Beaver is just as good but otter has those intermittent sprigs of a thicker and longer hair that looks great. I get it from 3 rivers. Both of those get wet but if take your shirt tail and wrap around it wipe back and forth it dries and puffs back quick.
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Old 05-17-2017, 06:45 AM   #5
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Cat whiskers! No burs, no water, and I personally think they are quieter.
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Old 05-17-2017, 07:18 AM   #6
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Beaver balls for me on my longbows. Don't get no quitter than a selfbow with the beaver balls. Arvin
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Old 05-17-2017, 07:46 AM   #7
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I use the yarn puffs that I make myself, but I don't hunt anywhere where I tend to get into a lot of burrs. I think either is fine, and like most stuff in trad archery, it is personal preference that is the final determination of what a guy chooses.

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Old 05-17-2017, 07:48 AM   #8
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Personal preference. I like yarn too. Mostly because of cost.
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Old 05-17-2017, 09:37 AM   #9
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Try them both out before you go and decide for yourself. Installing string silencers is so darn easy. Yarn puffs are so easy to make and install too. It is perfectly fine to have a string maker put the silencers on while they make your string... but it is totally not required that it be done them. I tried a few silencers before I settled on the one I use on my hunting bow.
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:01 AM   #10
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Thank you for all the responses! It has been very helpful.
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:37 AM   #11
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I've shot both and have settled on the cat whiskers. I have four on my most recently purchased string and it really does make the bow whisper quiet.

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Old 05-17-2017, 10:41 AM   #12
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Beaver all the way. If wet you can pluck the string to clear water.
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:47 AM   #13
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If you want to use cat whiskers check out this tutorial:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyGuPxe1BMA

I came across this video and have tied them this way ever since - works great. Basically you are installing two sets of small (1 1/4") bundles instead of one set of long sloppy ones.
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Old 05-17-2017, 11:44 AM   #14
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My favorite is otter fur. Beaver is just as good but otter has those intermittent sprigs of a thicker and longer hair that looks great. I get it from 3 rivers. Both of those get wet but if take your shirt tail and wrap around it wipe back and forth it dries and puffs back quick.
This ^^^ is what I use as well.
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Old 05-17-2017, 11:57 AM   #15
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I have both but have never bought the whiskers. They both work but I just don't buy things that I can make myself. A hank of wool yarn that cost $4.00 will be enough material for dozens of puffs. I make them up six or eight at a time. If they get too frayed or dirty I just slip another one in. I can't say that I have ever hunted with a bow in the rain so that is not a problem for me. Heck, I won't even hunt in the rain with a rifle anymore since I hunt at home.
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Old 05-17-2017, 01:05 PM   #16
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I have had both on my bows for years. I like the looks of the puffs and I do think they are a tad bit quieter but if you ever are out in the rain with wet puffs and shoot you will remember it. Sounds like a big POOF! with water flying everywhere. Both devices have their places but if I only had one bow I would choose cat whiskers. JMHO I did try beaver once but did not like it. Like in just abut everything, personal preferences rule.
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Old 05-17-2017, 01:40 PM   #17
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Buff put me on the Bow Hush. I figure a man with that many animals falling to his Widow recurves can teach me the ways of the Jedi.

Or more likely of the Wood Elves.

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Old 05-17-2017, 02:19 PM   #18
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I have used all of them...beaver balls, mink (bought an old mink jacket for 2 bucks at a thrift shop....stripped it down into 1/2 strips for silencers, used a lot, gave even more of them away...they work well and look incredible), wool (bow hush and wife's knitting bag...lol), and cat whiskers....

Just for the simplicity of them, I use cat whiskers almost all the time now....

They are all traditional....use what you like.....
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Old 05-17-2017, 02:30 PM   #19
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Buff put me on the Bow Hush. I figure a man with that many animals falling to his Widow recurves can teach me the ways of the Jedi.

Or more likely of the Wood Elves.

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Aren't you just talking about the wool wraps at the loop ends? Longbows don't need those as the string doesn't touch the limbs.

And since we are talking about Buff... I pretty much run his setup too on my Window... 4 spiders and 2 of those limbsaver crossbow "jack" shaped silencers. It is a low profile setup and seems to work, so I just settled on that.
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Old 05-17-2017, 02:34 PM   #20
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They have the hush puppies too which are yarn puffs of some exotic type. You can buy them together or separate.

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If you want to use cat whiskers check out this tutorial:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyGuPxe1BMA

I came across this video and have tied them this way ever since - works great. Basically you are installing two sets of small (1 1/4") bundles instead of one set of long sloppy ones.
Thanks for sharing that John.
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Old 05-17-2017, 02:50 PM   #22
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They have the hush puppies too which are yarn puffs of some exotic type. You can buy them together or separate.

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I use regular yarn wool for the wraps... but I do happen to have some of the material "hush" material they sell for the puffs. I happened to get some in a trade a while back. I just haven't tried them yet because I prefer to not use yarn puffs on my hunting bows because I do hunt in the rain, like to stalk critters, and have brush I walk through, etc.
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Old 05-17-2017, 02:59 PM   #23
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It's personal preference imo, cat whiskers have their faults too, if you shoot a lot such as 3-d they start breaking off, and that little strip of rubber stings a bit when it hits your cheek. That and I'm kinda partial to puffballs.
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Old 05-17-2017, 03:49 PM   #24
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It's personal preference imo, cat whiskers have their faults too, if you shoot a lot such as 3-d they start breaking off, and that little strip of rubber stings a bit when it hits your cheek. That and I'm kinda partial to puffballs.
Why/when would your silencer hit your cheek???
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Old 05-17-2017, 04:36 PM   #25
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When the ends of the rubber strands break off, usually at the point the arrow leaves the string and its in the oscillating mode.
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Old 05-17-2017, 05:14 PM   #26
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I have both Yarn and beaver fur. I prefer the beaver and like said above just lightly pluck the string if they get wet. I use the yarn on my recurve since it needs a little more help getting quiet, and I make make them as thick, and short or long as I want. My longbows have the fur.
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:10 PM   #27
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I use regular yarn wool for the wraps... but I do happen to have some of the material "hush" material they sell for the puffs. I happened to get some in a trade a while back. I just haven't tried them yet because I prefer to not use yarn puffs on my hunting bows because I do hunt in the rain, like to stalk critters, and have brush I walk through, etc.
I like how they have the ends glued up. Makes getting them in and keeping them straight easier. I like the shape as well.

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