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Marc Anthony of Goodfield owns and operates Look Alive Taxidermy and Non Typical Hunter magazine. Anthony grew up in central Illinois and spent eight years as a commercial pilot before giving that up to spend more time with his wife Jan and three children, Victoria, Drake and Elesa. Anthony hunted on and off as a child but started seriously at age 30 and focuses on bowhunting for deer and turkeys. He's arrowed four bucks that meet the Boone and Crockett Club (net) standards and 20 Pope and Young Club qualifiers. Anthony is on the Pro Staff for Muzzy broadheads, Bear Archery, Vital Gear, Natural Predator, Non Typical Hunter and several other companies. He also is a member of the Outdoor writers Association of America, OWAA.


Non-typical Hunter

A Web log by Marc Anthony

Illinois hunting and fishing

Burt Coyote company’s F.A.S.T. tool.

December 04, 2009 at 07:23 PM

In this performance/high tech archery world, it’s only natural to assume today’s archers take their tools of the trade seriously. High dollar bows, high-end broadheads, ultra bright sights and lighted nocks, all aid today’s hunters in achieving optimum performance. Although each component can be made with precision tolerances, not all components are made to accept the multitude of other manufacturer’s aftermarket equipment. When mating different brands of equipment to each other, sometimes you lose some of the optimum design intention. When that happens, it’s the responsibility of the product owner to fine tune his/her equipment to ensure that the marriage of these components will be a blissful one!

Lets take the Lumenok for example. An ingenious idea that has saved many a hunter the loss of game animals, expensive arrows and broadheads, not to mention the fact that its been beneficial with respect in perfecting target practice. As fine as the Lumenok is, it’s really worthless to anyone if it isn’t working as designed. Since the Lumenoks depend on the arrow shaft to complete the electrical circuit and to illuminate the nock, some Lumenoks failed because many “carbon” arrows really were made with a high amount of fiberglass in them preventing the completion of the circuit. Fiberglass, not being a conductor of electricity, makes the Lumenok non-functional. The Burt Coyote company, the makers of the Lumenok, started selling their own arrows from 100% carbon called the Lumen Arrow. It was a way of controlling quality beyond the product. Their Lumen Arrow, turned out to be a success and provided a solution to this conductivity problem. Since the Lumenok has 2 conductors on the base, it’s imperative that they meet the end of the arrow shaft to illuminate. Equally important, the arrow nock ends must be square.

Normal arrow cutting machines aren’t accurate enough to provide a positive square end after the cut. In addition, some arrows that are already fletched can be difficult to square in that configuration, so the Burt Coyote company developed the F.A.S.T. tool. The F.A.S.T. tool quickly and accurately squares the nock ends of the fletched arrows to provide a positive flat conductive base thus nearly eliminating any non-conductive issues! It’s a simple tool to use as I just finished squaring the ends of some brand new Trophy Ridge “Blast” carbon arrows in addition to my existing Lumen Arrows. It was very easy, did exactly what it was supposed to do and it was…!  For more information, please visit the Burt Coyote company at:  To see the video on how the F.A.S.T. operates, click here:

Yet another great accessory for the archer!



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