Why Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland Shoots PSE Bows
Editor’s Note: Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland, the senior vice president of Mossy Oak and a member of PSE’s Pro Staff, has not only taken turkeys with a bow, but he’s filmed many other hunters taking turkeys with their bows for the Mossy Oak TV shows. Strickland is in charge of Mossy Oak Video Production and TV shows and has trained most of the Mossy Oak cameramen and producers. When you’re considering filming a bowhunt for turkey, Strickland knows all the mistakes that most people make, because he’d made those same mistakes. For 43 years, Strickland has had a camera in his hands almost every time he’s been in the woods.
“I’m often asked why I’ve decided to become a PSE Pro Staffer,’ Ronnie Strickland says. “Most people don’t know that I was a salesman in a sporting goods store, long before I ever picked up a video camera. The first PSE bow I ever got, I think was a Mach 4. I kept noticing that Pete Shepley and PSE always seemed to be ahead of the curve for new innovations in bows. Back in the old days, we would continue to make adjustments to our arrows to try and make them lighter, because the bows just didn’t have the speed that they have today. Then suddenly, PSE came out with an overdraw bow, and we could shoot arrows 23, 24 and 25 inches long. Now, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that the faster the arrow is flying, the better your chances are of hitting the target, even if you’ve misjudged the distance a little bit. But, Pete Shepley figured that out and came out with that series of Mach bows with overdraws, and that’s when my love affair with PSE really started. I felt like Pete Shepley was a hunter first, and an engineer second, and the combination of being both kept Pete and PSE in front of the pack.
“I always felt like my PSE bow was like the first Dodge truck I ever bought. I got way more for my money than I expected to get. The first PSE bows I bought were steady and fast, and they held together well. I always knew I got good value for the dollars I spent for a PSE bow. I normally won’t join anybody’s pro staff or endorse products. But, I’ve been using PSE bows forever, and I know I’ll continue to use them. Blake Shelby, the marketing director for PSE, got his first job out of college working for Mossy Oak. After Blake took his job with PSE, he’d call me, and I’d do some interviews with him. Finally, one day he said, ‘Cuz, you need to be on PSE’s Pro Staff.’ I said, ‘Sign me up; I’ve already got PSE bows and I know a lot about PSE from selling their bows many years ago and from shooting their bows.’ Being a PSE Pro Staffer is a good fit for me. Right now, I’m shooting the Brute X Deer Thug Single Cam Bow, which is new, and I have the bow set on 60 pounds. This bow comes fully loaded and ready to go and will be sold exclusively at Dick’s Sporting Goods. The bow sells for less than $500 and is complete with everything but the arrows. You get a sight, a quiver, a stabilizer, a wrist sling and a Whisker Biscuit arrow rest. I really like the single cam technology of this bow. For me, living in the South, bowhunting is about how close you can get to the deer and get off a shot, not about how far I can shoot accurately. So, I set my bow up to take a deer at 20 yards or less. I really like that smooth, quiet delivery of the arrow that I get from a single cam bow.”
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