HeDog Cam Protector
By: Jace Walters
Q: What made you create the HeDog cam protector? A: I created the cam protector because I felt like I needed it. I was always resting the bow on my boot or having to be real careful with it so I didn't damage one of the most important parts of the bow. The string.
Q: How long did it take you to make a working HeDog? A: I made the first one 20 years ago and made a better one every year after that for 8 years. I struggled for a long time trying to figure out how to make a universal one. I still have not quite figured that out But I make two versions that fit nearly all bows. I did not figure it out for almost 7 years.
Q: How did you know how to make the HeDog cam protector? What was your job that let you know how to make them? A: I have always been pretty handy with tools and God give me a good mind to figure out problems. I am a builder and also an aircraft mechanic.
Q: How did you come up with the design for the HeDog cam protector? A: I have 8 different prototypes that were created before I came up with the one you use today. Q: What materials were the first HeDog cam protector made out of? A: The 1st cam protector was welded pieces of aircraft aluminum that I epoxy to my bow limbsQ: Have you made anything else? A: I have made lots of things, I owned part of some big car washes and always had to make better parts to keep them going.
Q: How do you make the HeDog cam protector now? A: I had a mold made that you put a plastic looking material in and it can make a lot of them very fast. We also only make our cam protector in the USA so we can provide good jobs.
Q: How did you know it wouldn't affect the shooter when he shoots? A: I did not know, I first had to experiment. After experimenting with the first one I realized it did not make much difference where my arrow hit.
Q: How has the HeDog cam protector changed from when you first made it? A: The cam protector can now be taken off if you need to, the cam protector can be installed by anyone and now it is much stronger and lighter because of what it is made out of. Q: Why did you name it HeDog and pick the logo you did? A: HeDog was a Lakota Indian chief. I picked the logo because my favorite animal is the Bison.
Q: Will you make a smaller HeDog to fit smaller bows? I have one on my bow but my dad had to slide it up the limb a lot or it would make my bow tip over when I use my Pine Ridge Archery bow stand. A: I don't think I will make a smaller one right now. Molds are very expensive, Over 60,000 dollars so it might be a while before I can do that. I would sure have to sell a lot of them.
Q: What made you want to make HeDogs for everyone in the world? A: Even today I work HeDog archery so everyone can have a good product that is made well. A lot of people work to make lots of money but I continue to make them available because it makes me feel good to see people enjoy a product I created.