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MOUNT HOPE -- Dan Frey had such a bad case of target panic when he went bow hunting, he was thinking about giving up the sport.
That's when his mind started working, and he designed a shooting support system that not only fixed his problem, but could be the answer to improved archery hunting nationwide.
"I came up with the idea pretty quickly," said the Berlin native, who named his product the Compound Superpod. "But learning how to make it wasn't overnight."
Frey tinkered in his shop and eventually came up with a high-strength aluminum product that not only supports the arm of an archer or gun hunter, but also has the ability to be hands free adjustable, the key to its viability in the hunting woods.
"It's the only one in the world you can use with a compound bow," said Frey.
Frey had a booth at the recent Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show in Mount Hope, and standing on a raised tree stand above the crowd, he drew a lot of attention.
"The public was very interested," said Frey, "but it's hard to sell because it's a brand new item.
"They say, 'wow, I wish I could have thought of that.'"
The Compound Superpod stabilizes your bow arm, allows you to hold your draw longer, and allows you to raise and lower your arm and pan to follow your target. A band wraps around your forearm and the shooting stick extends to the ground, where you place your foot in a stirrup to stabilize the superpod. It extends from 26-60-inches, and also has features so it can be used sitting down, for turkey hunting for instance.
"It will extend your range," said Frey, noting both the avid shooter and weekend archer will benefit from the product. No more shaking and no more swaying.
More importantly, it fixed Frey's problem.
"It drastically reduced my shooting anxiety," said Frey.
The Compound Superpod currently comes in just a "dull" black finish, but Frey hopes to have a camo model on the market soon. Currently, he has parts made by five different companies and he assembles the pieces at his home.
He also has a patent on the product.
The product sells for $149. For more information, go to www.freyshuntinginnovations.com
Outdoor Editor Art Holden can be reached at 330-287-1650, or at firstname.lastname@example.org