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Jim Shockey- Meeting One of the Industry's Most Genuine Bowhunters

by Cody Altizer 7. January 2011 13:38
Cody Altizer

 Before the ATA Show yesterday, Todd Graf gave me a miniature pep talk about how 15 years ago he was in the exact same position as I was.  He told me of how he was intimidated by all the big name celebrities, but encouraged me to attack the pros when looking for product information with a fearless attitude.  He then told me of how Jim Shockey was one of the few hunting celebrities that took time out of his busy day and give him the time of day and listen to Todd’s sales pitch at an ATA show many years ago.  I had always been a big fan of Jim Shockey, but I then made it a point to meet him for myself.

One of the bowhunting industry's most genuine bowhunters!

As I mentioned in my previous blog, I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Shockey today and even got a couple pictures with him.  He and I carried on a casual conversation for a few minutes and I can honestly say he is one of the most sincere and genuine people I have met in the hunting industry.  I told him of how Todd gave me an opportunity similar to the one he gave Todd 15 years ago.  It was truly a pleasure to meet a down to earth, approachable hunting celebrity and I am thankful I had the opportunity to do so.  If you ever have the chance to meet Jim Shockey, go out of your way to do so, I promise you it will be a pleasure! 

Jim Shockey and I talking about bowhunting and the hunting industry in general.  If you ever get the chance to meet Jim, you will meet one of the most sincere people in the hunting industry.

2011 ATA Show Update- Day 2 Features New Bowhunting Gear

by Cody Altizer 7. January 2011 10:44
Cody Altizer

Day two of the ATA Show was even more exciting than the first as I was able to meet some cool new people, learn about some cool new products and simply chat back and forth by some of the more respected names in the hunting industry.  Here’s a quick rundown of some of the cooler products that caught my eye today. 


A bowhunter's paradise!

The X-1 Climbing Stand from X-Stand Tree Stands.

This climbing stand should grab the attention of many bowhunters.  It's extremely safe and attaches securely to the three when going up and down the tree.  It is unique in climbing stand design in that it is built with flexible arms that flex inwards as the cable clinches firmly to the tree and outwards to open the cable for easy climbing.  Best thing yet, it only weighs 12 pounds.

Have you ever came across a product and thought to yourself, "Wow!  That sure is simply, but man is it effective?  Why didn't I think of that?"  Well, that's the case with the all new Buck Pole from Timber Gear.  The Buck Pole is the perfect product for carrying your trophy out of the woods.  No more painful, nagging dragging through the timber.  I tested it out quickly by resting my arms on the pole and letting all my dead weight just hang down from the Buck Pole.  I weigh 180 pounds and the Timber Gear guys had no problem escorting me around the show room floor.  How do you like my dead deer impression?

The new Blood Sport from Muddy Outdoors is their quietest and most versatile treestand ever.  It features the same rope style securing system used on their popular climbing sticks to secure the stand to the tree.  This is system is extremely quiet and simple and makes hanging the treestand a breeze.

Here I am examining the Mathews Z7 Xtreme equipped with NAP Apache Rest and Stabilizer.  That bow felt great in my hands and with the NAP accessories, it's a sure killer.

I was also able to take some time and pose with a few hunting celebrities, Jim Shockey and Laura Francese.

Crossbow technology has come along way over the last several years, and there is shortage of it on display at the ATA show.  There were several crossbows being showcased from companies such as PSE, Barnett, Exaclibur, Horton among others.  

Day 2 of the ATA was a blast and I am looking forward to getting back on the show room tomorrow!

Archery Trade Show Update- Day 1

by Cody Altizer 6. January 2011 08:30
Cody Altizer

  There were many things I was looking forward to when I decided to move to Northern Illinois and work at the office during the fall.  For one, I was excited to be able to hunt big, Midwestern deer with my bow for an entire season.  Secondly, I was looking forward to filming Todd Graf and Justin Zarr and their hunts throughout the fall.  Lastly, I was looking forward to attending the 2011 ATA Show.  I had heard stories about the most inclusive archery show in the country, but never thought I would be able to attend.  Well, I was able to peruse the 2011 ATA Show snapping photos and feeling like a little kid in a candy store today.  For those of you who aren’t able to attend the show, it’s truly indescribable.  It’s a bowhunters dream!  New products, hunting celebrities, chatting with industry friends and simply enjoying the great sport of bowhunting is what it is all about!

What I first saw when I first walked in to my first ATA Show!

Just a cool sign for Mathews Bowhunting, right?  Not exactly, this banner was advertising Mathews new bowhunting game for the Wii console.  This is a must have for the hard core video game hunter.

Nearly all of the bowhunting industry’s top manufacturers are in attendance showcasing their top products and showing off their top new products for the 2011 hunting season.  It was really cool to be able to just wander around in awe of all the cool new bowhunting gear out there, and I was tempted to just raid the entire show and run away  with all the gear and cool new products!  Okay, not really, but it was a fun thought!

Jim Shockey doing an interview for the Outdoor Channel about the new Black Block archery target.  

I was excited to be able to get a closer look at some of the new products and anxious to see what products would surprise me when I got there.  I first wanted to check out the new Apache Stabilizer from New Archery Products (NAP).   I used the Apache Arrow rest for the 2010 season and loved it, and the Apache stabilizer offers the same deadly silent, stealthy qualities of the Apache rest, just in stabilizer form.  I can say for sure that by bow will have an Apache Stabilizer on in it for the 2011 hunting season.  NAP also released the Apache Micro for 2011 that features the same tool-less adjustments and laser indexed horizontal and vertical markings for extremely fine tuning.  Like the original rest, the Apache Micro is scary quiet and extremely accurate.  It’s just another great product by NAP.  NAP also released their new crossbow broadhead, the FOC, which offers a whopping 3” cutting diameter for all you crossbow users. 

The NAP Apache Arrow Rest and Apache Stabilizer side by side.  Together they make a silent, but deadly, combination!

NAP's new Freakin' Outrageous Cut (FOC) Crossbow broadhead.  With an industry leading 3" cutting diameter, this broadhead promises bigger blood trails and quicker recoveries.

I also made sure to stop by the Tink’s booth to see what they had going on new for 2011 and was pleasantly surprised by a new decoy they’ve assembled.  If you are familiar with the inflatable decoy Miss November from Tink’s, then you’ll be excited to meet her boyfriend, Mr. October.  Mr. October is a simple lifelike, inflatable decoy with removable antlers that make it easy to set up in the field and deadly once it’s assembled.  Mr. October is going to upset a lot of rutting bucks during the 2011 hunting season, that’s for sure.


Above: The all new Mr. October inflatable decoy from Tink's.  As successful as Miss November was to bowhunters across the country, Mr. October will add yet another component when hunting those rutting bucks in late October.  Below:  A Tink's representative talks in detail about the lifelike properties of Mr. October while camera man and video editor films in high definition!  An exclusive video of this product will be uploaded soon!

I just thought this painting was awesome.  Talk about a truly talented artist!

Moultrie also had several cameras on display including their new M-100 Mini and M-80 Mini cameras, as well as their new Plot Stalker.  All three cameras offer beautiful picture taking features and all retail less than $180.  There will be an exclusive video review of these products tonight, so don’t forget to check them out! 

Dan Yohan of Moultrie Cameras discussing Moultrie's new trail camera, the Plot Stalker.  The Plot Stalker relies on time lapse photography to allow you to view 12 hours of activity in just 10 minutes so you can know exactly when and where deer are entering and exiting your food plot so you can best know how to hunt them.

The 2011 ATA Show is in full force as we speak and I am anxious to get back in there tomorrow and see what else I can stumble upon.  It’s been a ton of fun so far and it’s exciting to know we it’s not even half way over!  Don’t forget, our staff is updating live from the ATA Show via Facebook, Twitter and right here on the homepage of, so stay tuned for the latest keep fresh in your browser and phone to make sure to receive all the latest news and product information.  Also, keep an eye out tonight for exclusive first look videos at many of the new products being released today as well!

2011 ATA Show Begins!

by Cody Altizer 5. January 2011 16:39
Cody Altizer

The 2011 ATA Show in Indianapolis, Indiana officially kicked off this afternoon with the Outtech Innovations Party.  The ATA Show is one of the biggest and most inclusive hunting shows of the year and it really couldn’t come at a better time, as several of the hunters and manufacturers I ran into were still in full fledge hunting mode.  It was cool to be able to chat with many of the hunter’s and here about the failures and success of their 2010 season.  The Outttech Innovations Party was well attended and well organized and I can’t wait to get a closer look at some of the cool new products tomorrow when the actual ATA show begins.


Scent Blocker was one of the companies in attendance for the Outtech Innovations Party.  For 2011 Scent Blocker is is proud to show case their new safety harness, the Tree Spider.  

Wildgame Innovations was also in attendance exhibiting some of their new nutritional attractants and supplements.

  Many of the hunting industry’s biggest hunting celebrities and manufacturers were in attendance to socialize and enjoy a little country music from Rhett Atkins.  While Rhett was certainly a worthy performer and put on a quite a performance, Michael Waddell’s son, Mason, actually stole the show as he covered a couple rock n’ roll songs by Guns N’ Roses (my favorite band) and AC/DC.  This little kid can sing!  Many manufacturers had small booths set up and were advertising some of the products they will be showcasing this year.  Kind of a sneak peak at what’s to be released tomorrow when the actual show begins and you can bet I will be with there with camera in hand to take photos and upload new information almost as quickly as I find it.  

The star of the show, Mason Waddell with his dad, Michael to his right and Rhett Atkins to his left.  Mason rocked the crowd by singing some classic rock and roll songs!

If you are looking for constant updates and new product information from the 2011 ATA show, keep fresh in your web browser tomorrow because you don’t want to miss a thing! Your Resource for Live Updates from 2011 ATA Show

by Todd Graf 4. January 2011 02:09
Todd Graf

 Since January coincides with the end of deer season here Illinois, you would think that I would be pretty depressed right now.  Well, that’s not at all the case, because with the 2011 ATA Show begins this week!  Tomorrow our staff will be heading to Indianapolis, Indiana to cover the show live from the show. will be reporting live from the show with live blog updates and exclusive videos of all the cool new bowhunting gadgets and gizmos.  Check regularly to keep up to date with all the new information being released!  This year the ATA will be showcasing 500 exhibitors spaciously spread out on a 300,000 square foot show room with 300 media representatives on sight.  The 2011 ATA Show is the place to get a sneak peak of all the cool new products for 2011.  I myself can’t wait to hit up the shooting lanes and test out the new bows for 2011, especially the new Z series by Mathews! 

There will be several seminars being conducted this week including some by John Campbell and Jeremy Leu of the Campbell Outdoor Challenge.  John and Jeremy are the hosts of the Campbell Outdoor Challenge and are the industry experts in the sport of filming hunts.  I can’t wait to learn a thing or two!  If the name Jeremy Leu sounds familiar, that’s because he was featured on Episode 4 of Bowhunt or Die this season.  Jeremy harvested a beautiful 150+” buck on film.  Be sure to check out the footage if you haven’t already.

If you aren’t able to make it the 2011 ATA Show, will be your resource for all the latest updates and information the entire week so make sure you check back with us often; it's going to be fun!

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