- Does it matter how fast your bow shoots?No, your bow speed cannot fool our React Technology. As long as your setup shoots faster than 240 fps this sight will be compatible with your set up.
- Does it matter how heavy or how light your arrows are?No, As long as your arrow weight and spine are consistent, your arrow weight cannot fool our React Technology. The reason is that your other pin gaps are based on your first 2 pin gaps. The further an arrow is propelled from your bow the more gravity affects the arrow forcing it toward the earth. Our React Technology takes into account the rate of drop and your arrow weight.
- Can I start the first pin at 30 yards?No in order for the mathematics behind our React Technology to work the first pin must be set at 20 yards (this pin is fixed to the housing). Each pin must be set in the common 10 yard increments...20,30,40,50 and 60 yards.
- I am shooting a good group at 20 and 30 yards but I am a little low at 40 yards?You can still make a micro adjustment at that distance. Use your master adjustment knob to follow the arrow; this will only make your 30 yard group even better.
- The further the distance I shoot the more I am grouping to the right or left?This can be common on all sight and set ups. First you may want to make sure that your bow is paper tuned and that your center-shot is correct. Secondly you may need to micro-adjust your windage to compensate for this. Remember anything on your bow that is the slightest bit out of tune is amplified the further distance you shoot.
- How should I align my peep sight in regards to the pin or sight housing?The proper way to sight in and shoot is to encapsulate your sight housing within your peep sight, so try to imagine your peep sight making a complete circle around the sight housing. This will guarantee proper alignment and accuracy with each shot.
- What type of Biscuit do I need for my setup?In general, a loose fit is good, and a tight fit is bad. A tight fit can result in more noise and possible left-right errors from hand torque. All Biscuit sizes are interchangeable. This means that to switch arrow sizes, it may only be necessary to switch biscuits. It will not be necessary to buy a whole new rest. The following table relates the available Biscuit sizes to the available arrow types and sizes:
Buscuit size Arrow Sizes SMALL (0.300" inner) TROPHY RIDGE, ACC, OUTSERT CARBON, AXIS 17XX or smaller ALUMINUM MEDIUM (0.320" inner) INTERNAL COMPONENT CARBON, 19XX or smaller ALUMINUM LARGE (0.385" inner) 23XX or smaller ALUMINUM FISHING (0.360" inner) UNFLETCHED FISHING ARROWS ONLYGood0.03" Width Gap at TopToo TightArrow Fills Hole
- Will the Whisker Biscuit Arrow Rest® work with fingers?
Yes. The Whisker Biscuit Arrow Rest® works well with fingers. When paper tuning a bow for finger shooting, the shooter must keep in mind that the normal tear shows nock-left for right hand shooters and nock-right for left hand shooters. It is possible to tune a bow with this rest on it to shoot a bullet hole using fingers, but you may notice that the arrow angles to the right of the centerline of the bow, and thus it will shoot to the right (for a right hand shooter).
If it isn't already, you may want to set up your arrows with the cock feather out. This will provide a larger profile of feathers in the vertical plane, which helps stabilize the arrow faster for finger shooters. Just remember to keep the arrow close to the vertical centerline of the bow (just to the left of the string), set the string nock about 1/4 inch high, and you will get good results.
- How do you load a broadhead into the Whisker Biscuit Arrow Rest®?The blades of a broadhead extend radially out from its centerline. The whiskers on the biscuit extend radially toward its center. This means that you can push a broadhead through the Whisker Biscuit Arrow Rest® without any problems. If you are using expanding broadheads, you may want to take extra care as you push them through to ensure that they don't open, or that the o-ring doesn't get bumped. Backloading the arrow nock first is also an option when shooting plastic vanes. The Quick Shot Kit and QS model arrow rests provide an entry slot for easy loading of arrows regardless of fletching or broadhead type.
- How long does the biscuit last?The biscuit should last at least several hunting seasons. If crushed excessively and repeatedly by an arrow, the bristles may take on a permanent set. High temperatures such as from a freshly hot-glued target point can melt the bristles. Too tight a fit around the shaft may cause excessive bristle wear. If any of these conditions occur, then it's time to replace the biscuit.
- Is there a speed loss?As compared to a prong style rest, the speed loss from 3" vanes is negligible. Four inch vanes or feathers with a 1 to 2 degree helical will produce a loss of only 1 to 2 feet per second. Five inch fletching will lose 5 to 7 feet per second, while using 5" fletch with a 6 degree helical will lose 12 to 15 feet per second.
- How do you adjust the biscuit to fit the shaft?The biscuit can be removed from the rest by loosening the two set screws. To increase the hole size, grasp the two ends of the ring on either side of the split and pull them apart while twisting the ends up and down. Only minor adjustments to the hole size are possible. Excessive adjustments may create a weakening in the bristles beneath the arrow where support is needed. If a gap in the bristles is created during adjustment, then the next larger size biscuit is recommended. A large amount of clearance around the arrow shaft does not cause any problems. A loose fit works best.
- Does the Whisker Biscuit Arrow Rest® make noise when you shoot through it?No. The overall sound of the bow is much greater than any sound made by the arrow passing through the rest. A whisper like sound may be heard during the draw back, mostly when using the wrapped carbon arrows due to the rough surface of the arrow. When using a smooth shaft, the draw sound is negligible. This arrow rest will NOT make a metallic squeak or click because no metal parts are in contact with the arrow.
- Does the Whisker Biscuit Arrow Rest® work with plastic vanes, or only with feathers?The Whisker Biscuit Arrow Rest ® works equally well with vanes or feathers. Speed loss will be the same, but the dynamics are different. Feathers lie down presenting a lower but wider profile to the bristles. Vanes stand up straight but pass through close to the base of the bristles where they are more densely packed together. The result is that both vanes and feathers fly at the same speed and accuracy at hunting distances.
- Is there any wear on the vanes or feathers?Yes. Vanes will show wear after substantial use, some brands more than others. Urethane based vanes seem to be the most durable. After 30 to 50 shots a scalloped wear pattern will appear on the outer 1/8 inch of the die cut edge of feather fletching. This does not affect arrow flight. Nor does it progress beyond the initial wear-in period.
- What happens when the whiskers get wet?During a shot, the whiskers spray water much as the puff type string silencers do when they get wet. The whiskers don't lose strength, swell, or change in any way.
- What happens when it freezes?Nothing. The Whisker Biscuit Arrow Rest ® will work in freezing conditions. However, if it gets wet, the water will freeze making the biscuit as hard as ice. So if the biscuit becomes wet in freezing conditions, break up the ice as it forms much as you would do with your clothing in a freezing rain. Tests indicate even a frosty biscuit performs well if the ice is broken up as it forms.
- How do I set the pins of my sight?
- ASSEMBLE the sight and mount it on your bow.
ADJUSTING TORQUE out of the bow is a serious problem among many archers. There are many things that cause a bow to torque: buck fever, shooting out of a treestand, shooting on a side hill or shooting with a glove.
A number of our sights have a unique feature to allow the archer to identify torque: Trophy Ridge Torque Adjustment Feature. The following instructions detail how to use this feature. Draw the bow back and aim as usual. All the sight pins should be in a straight line. Because each archer holds his/her bow slightly different, there may be a need to adjust for hand torque. If so, simply loosen the top and bottom torque adjustment screws and adjust accordingly. Note the torque adjustment marks for precise tuning. Once adjusted, tighten the screws down firmly. You should never have to use these adjustments again. However, if you have to adjust the sight left or right an extreme amount, this will change your torque adjustment.
- SIGHT PIN ADJUSTMENT has gotten easier since Trophy Ridge developed its line of "No Tools Adjustment" sights. No more allen wrenches are needed! Trophy Ridge has already set your sight pins in their preferred positions. But, because of different trajectories from different bows, there will be some adjustments. We recommend leaving the top pin where it is and sighting it in by adjusting the vertical and horizontal knobs. Now the rest of the pins can be sighted in. Release the appropriate cam-lock by pulling it down. Move the sight pins with appropriate individual micro adjustment (up to move the pin down and vise-versa). Once adjusted, replace the cam-lock back to the locked position.
- SIGHT LEVEL: There is no need to adjust the sight level bubble. You have already adjusted the bow torque out with the torque adjustment feature. This in conjunction with the bubble mounted perpendicular to the sight pins result in an automatic leveling system.
- I keep getting a high tear when I paper tune my bow. How can I fix it?
If your bow is set up with even tiller, and the arrow rest is positioned so the arrow passes by the anchor bolt hole, and you are getting a high tear of 1/4 inch or less, then this is a satisfactory setup with the Whisker Biscuit and will result in good groups. There are however several things to check when you encounter a high paper tear. They are:
Biscuit gripping the arrow too tightly — If the wrong size biscuit is being used for your arrow, or if the biscuit is not adjusted correctly and is fitting too tightly around the arrow shaft, a high paper tear is likely. To correct this problem verify you are using the correct size biscuit for your arrow. Then if necessary, adjust the biscuit by spreading it open at the split until the arrow passes freely through the biscuit. A loose fitting biscuit is optimal.
String Nock Point too Low — The string nock point should be adjusted so that the arrow lays flat across the riser and passes in front of the anchor bolt hole. It is better to have a slightly high nock point (1/8 to 1/4 inch), than a slightly low nock point. A low nock point can produce a high paper tear.Incorrect Spine — 2 cam and 1 cam bows seem to differ as to how they respond to spine. Here is what you will typically see:Two Cam Bow — A high spine weight will cause a high tear. In general you won't see a low tear.Single Cam Bow — A high spine weight will cause a low tear. A low spine weight will cause a high tear.Disclaimer — There are many different cam designs, each with its own personality. If you find that the above observations don't pan out, try the opposite. If you are getting a vertical tear you can't get rid of by adjusting the rest or nocking point, it is a good bet that the arrow spine is the issue.
Biscuit too far to right or left — Occasionally a vertical tear can be corrected by moving the biscuit to the right or left a slight amount. If you notice that your vertical tear leans to the side, try a slight horizontal adjustment.
- How Should I orient my Arrow Fletching?The Cock Vane should always be in the up position.
- My fletching wrinkles or tears, is there anything I can do to fix it?
We have tested many different vanes from many different manufacturers and found that some hold up better than others. Here is what we have learned:
White vanes are the softest regardless of the manufacturer or material. This is because it takes a lot of dye to produce the white color and the dye weakens the vane. You will also notice that white vanes get discolored faster than other vanes.
Rubber based vanes are the easiest to glue to an arrow shaft, but are the weakest material to make vanes from. Most arrow manufacturers use rubber vanes because they are so easy to glue on and allow the mass production of arrows. You can tell a rubber vane by its usually textured surface and elastic nature. Rubber vanes have some memory, but when stretched past their elastic limit, they will wrinkle. Rubber vanes also wrinkle in flight due to the acceleration of the shot. You can expect about 150 shots before seeing damage to the vanes.
Urethane based vanes are the toughest vanes and hold up the best over the long term. They are however more difficult to glue to the arrow shaft. The base of the vanes must be cleaned well with a solvent, or simply dish soap. A good flexible glue like Flex-Fletch glue works the best. Urethane based vanes don't oscillate during the shot, and are the most quiet as they fly through the air. You can expect thousands of shots without damage to the vanes.
The best method we've found to affix the vanes to the shaft is as follows: First rub the shaft with a fine abrasive sandpaper or scotch bright. Use a flexible glue on the base of the vanes like the Bohning glue. Then dab a hard glue like super glue or goat-tough glue on the front and back of the vane. Let the arrow sit over night. You can then shoot it thousands of times before having to worry about the fletching again.
We have found the following manufacturers to produce the best fletching and adhesives:DuravanesP.O. Box 516Myrtle Point, OR 97458800-778-4755
The Predator vane will work the best. It has good adhesion qualities and is durable and long lasting. They also offer a superior adhesive.Bohning Company, Ltd.7361 N. Seven Mile Rd.Lake City, MI 49651231-229-4247 Blazer Vanes will last indefinitely and bond easily to the arrow shaft using their flexible Bond-Tite cement. These vanes are available from most dealers, or from Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops.Flex-Fletch Products1840 Chandler Ave.St. Paul, MN 55113651-426-4882 Flex-Fletch makes excellent vanes that will last indefinitely. They also produce Flex-Fletch glue, which is a superior glue.Arizona Archery Enterprises2781 Valley View Dr.Prescott Valley, AZ 86314928-772-9887 The AAE Speed Flyte vanes are tough. They are available through Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops.
- I get left-right grouping. What causes this?
This is primarily caused by hand torque. There are two things to check:
Tight hand grip — If you are gripping the riser during the shot, this will cause left-right groupings.
Tight Biscuit fit to the arrow — A loose fit between the arrow and the biscuit is desired. With the arrow mounted on the bow, you should be able to see daylight over the top of the arrow. If the arrow completely fills the hole, then you will need to adjust the biscuit open by removing it from the bracket and spreading it open a little bit. Then reinstall the biscuit into the bracket and try again.
- My arrows make noise during the draw, how can I quiet them down?
There are many types of arrows on the market. Some are more quiet than others. Here is what we know about making an arrow draw quietly through the rest:
- Carbon arrows with a smooth finish are the quietest. Trophy Ridge arrows, with their Silent Slide™ Shaft Coating, are the quietest arrows through the Whisker Biscuit. Other carbon arrows will be noisy at first, but after shooting them many times, they become less noisy. You will find that even the noisiest arrows will become very quiet after several hundred shots.
- Shafts can be smoothed slightly by rubbing with very fine steel wool.
- Large diameter aluminum arrows (24XX-25XX) are very noisy. They are very sensitive to dust and abrasion.
- Camouflaged aluminum arrows are noisier than solid color arrows.
- If the biscuit fits tightly around the arrow, the noise will be substantially increased. A loose fit that allows light to be seen over the arrow when it is mounted on the bow will give the quietest and most forgiving setup. You can spread the biscuit open slightly to increase the opening.
- Applying silicon to the arrow shaft sometimes reduces the noise.
- Keep the biscuit clean. Wipe the arrows prior to use. Avoid contaminating the biscuit with waxes, dirt, dust, target material, etc. Avoid using dry powder type waterproofing as it is abrasive and will increase arrow drawing noise.
- Check that the biscuit is square to the arrow. Sometimes a noisy setup can be cured by pushing the top of the biscuit towards the bow string a little with your thumb. Paper tuning the bow will help optimize the rest position and can decrease draw noise.
- Make sure the arrow is not pressing down on the rest with excessive force. If you are using nock sets above and below the arrow, they may be too close at full draw. This can cause more pressure on the bristles and increase draw noise.
If you are hunting on a cool damp morning, it is sometimes helpful to wipe the arrow and cable rod so it is free from condensation when you arrive at your stand.