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ATA Show Bowhunting Review - 80+ 2010 Products

by Todd Graf 15. January 2010 00:37
Todd GrafBelow is a list of new products for 2010 from the ATA Show. Select a link to view more details about a bowhunting product.





Aim Outdoors Alpine Archery Axcel Barronett Blinds Bearpaw Products Bushnell Campbell Copper John Covert Scouting Cameras DeadFall Doinker Drury Outdoors Easton Eberlestock Elite Archery Fatheads Fuse Accessories GamePlan Gear Gold Tip HawgLite IQ Bowsight Keyes Hunting Gear Lakewood Products LimbSaver Millennium Treestands Morrell Mossy Oak Moultrie Mountain Mike's Reproductions New Archery Products Norway Industries Ol'Man Outdoors Plano Predator Quality Archery Designs Recon Outdoors Reconyx Rifle Cam Rinehart Targets Rivers Edge Treestands S.A.B.O Tactical Archery Systems ScentBlocker Smootchie Outdoors Summit Treestands Sure-Loc TightSpot Tru-Fire T.R.U. Ball UWay Outdoors Whammer Jammer Wildgame Innovations
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Game and Trail Cameras - New

by Justin Zarr 13. January 2010 21:52
Justin ZarrMoultrie
Game Spy I-35

The Game Spy I-35 is new for 2010. It’s our most economical camera with Game Management system compatibility. Enjoy all of the benefits of the Game Management web site except the ability to change camera settings remotely.
 
  • 4.0 megapixels
  • Rapid response time
  • 50-ft flash
  • Compatible with Moultrie’s Game Management System
  • Infrared (IR) sensor for immediate game capture
  • Easy-to-read photo strip
  • Temperature, moon phase, time, date and camera ID on every photo
  • Color day pictures
  • Infrared night pictures
  • Video clips during the day (5/15/30 seconds)
  • Infrared night video clips
  • Easy-to-operate LCD menu-driven display
  • Display showing battery life remaining, pictures taken and remaining, and dealy timer
  • IR aim for quick and precise camera setup
  • Upgradeable software
  • Picture delay, set 1-60 minutes
  • Multi-shot pictures (up to 3 shots)
  • 4 seconds between multi-shots
  • Four picture resolutions
  • Two video resolutions
  • 32 MB internal memory
  • SD Memory Card Slot – up to 16 GB
  • Includes weather-resistant casing, USB and TV out cable and mounting strap
  • External power port for optional Moultrie PowerPanel
  • Operates on 6 C-cell batteries (not included)
Game Spy D-55

High-end scouting equipment on a budget. New to the Game Spy family cameras for 2010 is the D-55 series. Available in flash or infrared versions, this new model features 5.0 megapixel images, camouflage housing, and is packed with plenty of features.
  • 5.0 megapixels
  • Rapid response time
  • 50-ft flash
  • Infrared (IR) sensor for immediate game capture
  • Easy-to-read photo strip
  • Temperature, moon phase, time, date and camera ID on every photo
  • Color day and high pictures
  • Video clips during the day (5/15/30 seconds)
  • Color night video clips
  • Easy-to-operate LCD menu-drive display
  • Display showing battery life remaining, pictures taken and remaining, and delay timer
  • IR aim for quick and precise camera setup
  • Upgradeable software
  • Picture delay, set 1-60 minutes
  • Multi-shot pictures (up to 3 shots)
  • 5 seconds between multi-shots
  • Three picture resolutions
  • Two video resolutions
  • 32 MB internal memory
  • SD Memory Card Slot – up to 16GB
  • Includes weather-resistant casing, USB and TV out cable and mounting strap
  • External power port for optional Moultrie PowerPanel
  • Operates on 6 C-cell batteries (not included)
Predator
Informer XP

Careful preparation and attention to detail have lead to this moment. You have fine tuned your equipment and sacrificed everything for the hope that you will receive that one chance when judgment day arrives.

The all-new Informer XP is your secret weapon. This trail camera has unmatched features with unlimited customization, lightning fast trigger speed, one touch setup, usb file transfer, video with sound, and a rock solid case. The Informer XP also incorporates New Dragon IR Technology that reaches out to an incredible 75 ft!

The Informer XP will only leave one thing to question. Are your hands steady enough?

Dragon IR Technology is more efficient than traditional infrared used by our competitors. This means exceptional nighttime images and videos, improved infrared range, and extended battery life. More importantly Dragon IR Technology is a “True” infrared design making it nearly impossible to detect!
  • Hypersonic 1/3 second trigger speed
  • Video with sound VGA 640x480
  • USB file transfer
  • One touch set-up, it’s that simple!
Informer

Quietly climbing into your stand on a cool, crisp autumn morning you hear a soft grunt off in the distance. Luckily, you have silently tracked this behemoth day and night for the past year with your new sidekick, the Informer.

The all-new, Informer is built on one core principle, affordable performance. This sturdy feature packed camera has the same great features as its bigger brother including NEW Dragon IR Technology that reaches out to 50ft!

Dragon IR Technology is more efficient than traditional infrared used by our competitors. This means exceptional nighttime images and videos, improved infrared range, and extended battery life. More importantly Dragon IR Technology is a “True” infrared design making it nearly impossible to detect!

Wrap all those features together into a case that is guaranteed for life and you have just found your new favorite hunting buddy.
  • Hypersonic 1/3 second trigger speed
  • Video with sound VGA 640x480
  • USB file transfer
  • One touch set-up, it’s that simple!
TrailEye IR

Over the years trailcams have rapidly grown in popularity and have become an obsession among hunters. Because of this infatuation we have developed a camera based on the features, quality, and performance you have desired for so long, the TrailEye IR.

The all-new TrailEye IR is testament to a simple, dependable, and affordable camera that balances the most optimal features of picture clarity, trigger speed, battery life, and NEW Dragon IR Technology gthat reaches out to 40ft! Think of it as your scouting insurance policy and never leave camp without it.

Dragon IR Technology is more efficient than traditional infrared used by our competitors. This means exceptional nighttime images and videos, improved infrared range, and extended battery life. More importantly Dragon IR Technology is a “True” infrared design making it nearly impossible to detect!

The TrialEye IR is the best trail camera in its class.
  • Hypersonic 3/4 second trigger speed
  • Video with sound VGA 640x480
  • One touch set-up, it’s that simple!
TrailEye

It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or an experienced hunting veteran you realize importance of an affordable, quality product to help you succeed when in search of that once in a lifetime trophy.

This year, Predator Trailcams introduces the TrailEye. The TrailEye follows in the same footsteps as our other cameras while incorporating NEW Dragon Flash Technology that reaches out to 40ft! It also includes our one touch setup, lightning fast trigger speed, rock solid case design, and unique mounting options.

Dragon IR Technology is more efficient than traditional infrared used by our competitors. This means exceptional nighttime images and videos, improved infrared range, and extended battery life. More importantly Dragon IR Technology is a “True” infrared design making it nearly impossible to detect!

It will definitely have you hanging one on every trail, scrap or salt lick you can find.
  • Hypersonic 3/4 second trigger speed
  • Video with sound VGA 640x480
  • One touch set-up, it’s that simple!
Reconyx
HC600

No-Glow™ High Outputtrade; Covert Infrared Technology eliminates the tell-tale red glow common to other infrared game cameras.
  • 1/5 second
  • Up to 2 frames per second
  • 1080P High Definition/ 3.1 Mega-pixel
  • Color Day / Monochrome Night
  • No-Glowtrade; High Outputtrade; covert IR
  • Up to 50 feet
  • Up to 40,000 images
  • Secure digital (SD or SDHC) up to 32GB
  • 10-15,000 images
  • -20 to +120 degrees Fahrenheit
  • CodeLocktrade; pass-code protection included
  • Time, date, temperature and moon phase
  • NiMH rechargeable or 1.5 volt lithium only
  • 6 or 12 AA
 
HC500

Lo-Glow™ Semi-covert infrared emitters provide a nighttime flash range of 50 feet.
  • 1/5 second
  • Up to 2 frames per second
  • 1080P High Definition/ 3.1 Mega-pixel
  • Color Day / Monochrome Night
  • Lo-Glowtrade; Semi=covert IR
  • Up to 50 feet
  • Up to 40,000 images
  • Secure digital (SD or SDHC) up to 32GB
  • 10-15,000 images
  • -20 to +120 degrees Fahrenheit
  • CodeLocktrade; pass-code protection included
  • Time, date, temperature and moon phase
  • Alkaline, NiMH rechargeable or 1.5 volt lithium
  • 6 or 12 AA
 
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Recap of the First Day at the 2010 ATA Show

by Todd Graf 13. January 2010 19:28
Todd Graf

Well the first day of the Archery trade show was an absolute success. We were able to see many different vendors and all the new products that they have coming out in 2010.

As we all know ground blind hunting has become a significantly bigger deal in the last few years. Pine Ridge Archery Products has come out with a new ground blind camera mount that is easy to install. This is great for guys who want to do self filming.



Reconyx has hit a home run at the 2010 ATA Show coming out with an all new trail camera that is half the size of the previous models with more features. I’m looking forward to testing this unit out in the field as their products continue to get better and better as the years progress. You can see the comparison below, the newer camera is on the left.



Moultrie’s Power Panel is a great option for guys looking to get extended battery life out of their Moultrie cameras. The Power Panel is built so that when it’s plugged into your trail camera it auto senses that it is there and it will drain the battery out of the panel first before draining the battery out of the unit itself. This also works on the older model, the I-40 and is great for guys looking to get extended battery life out of their units.



I stopped and talked to Eric at the ScentBlocker booth. Brian did a great job filming the new products that are coming out for 2010. Stay tuned to see videos of their new boots.



Leave it to BowTech to come up with some interesting ways to draw additional attention to their booth. They were giving out free tattoos. As I snapped out this photo, I unfortunately forgot the fellow’s name, but he remembered watching the DVD and seeing the monster buck I shot a couple of years ago. Super nice guy and I tell you what, he has a lot more guts than I do to take his shirt off in front of thousands of people at the ATA and get a tattoo.



Marc Baird, one of the Producers of The Crush TV show, decided that he found himself a new bag to use during the ATA Show!

Here I am with Andy Simos, the owner of New Archery Products, standing at their booth. We had a chance to discuss some of their new products coming out for 2010, including the Spitfire Edge, BloodRunner 2-Blade and the Apache to name a few



I Also had a chance to sit down and meet with a new TV show that will be airing in June, “The Legends of the Fall”. This dynamic team is going to make up one heck of a show this fall for all whitetail hunting enthusiasts. We are looking forward to building their all new website this month and we should have it up shortly.

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New Bows For 2010 - Being Updated Daily!!

by Bow Staff 12. January 2010 22:40
Bow StaffThe Perfect Killer by Bear Archery

In a cold tree stand, when the time comes, you want to drawn down on a beast—not draw back a beast.
That’s why Bear Archery developed the ATTACK: to meet a demand for killer speed—without shoulder-separating draw, and without mule-kicking hand shock.

It’s ALL KILLER, NO COMPROMISE. It’s the E-Cam and Max Pre-Load Limbs—lab-tuned components that were tested, and retested, in the woods to deliver a new level of efficiency.

It’s the PERFECT KILLER. Killer speed without compromise. Only from Bear Archery.
 
Maxxis by Hoyt

Some said it would be impossible to top the AlphaMax. But here Hoyt is with the faster, sleeker and mother shooting Maxxis: their premiere hunting compound bow for 2010. Maxxis advances the Hoyt legacy with their all-new, past-parallel, laminated XTS ARC Limb System—engineered to kill vibration and produce an unbelievably smooth shot. Maxxis also features an innovative, patent-pending, In-Line Roller Cable Guard that reduces friction, increases speed and improves efficiency with a lightweight durable, low-profile design. The perfectly balanced, smooth-shooting Maxxis is light, sleek, fast and tough. It also delivers a lengthy list of other purpose-built technologies—including the TEC LITE Riser, XTR Cam & 1/2 Performance system, and popular 180 Grip. The much-anticipated Maxxis is sure to be the top bow of 2010.
 
LimbSaver Proton

The Proton, LimbSaver’s flagship bow for 2010, offers a vast number of innovative new features and technologies. At just 3.8 pounds, the Proton sports a lightweight, streamlined riser profile. The 32.5-inch axle-to-axle length provides torque-free shootability and exceptional forgiveness, but the Proton shoots and feels like a much longer bow.

The Proton also features new limb-forward pocketless technology, new high-performance split limbs and new patent-pending PowerLock Adjustment Technology. This exciting technology allows the user to make precise, 2-pound limb adjustments on both the top and bottom limb sets so that the limbs can be set to the same poundage or tuned separately for optimal performance. LimbSaver EverLast String Leeches and UltraMax LimbSavers with Next Generation NAVCDOM material ensure that the Proton is unbelievably quiet and vibration-free. The Proton is capable of slinging arrows at speeds of 330 feet per second.
 
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Crossbows and Accessories for 2010

by Bow Staff 12. January 2010 21:08
Bow StaffTenPoint Turbo XLT™

Aim to Succeed in 2010. Arm yourself Accordingly.
Introducing the Turbo XLT™ by TenPoint Crossbow Technologies. An “Extreme Limb Technology” variation of TenPoint’s premium performance models.

New for 2010
  • Radically Compact: 13.5-inch from axel-to-axel when cocked.
  • Lightweight and Balanced: only 7lbs. 11oz. and perfectly balanced.
  • Quiet: like its CLS predecessor it produces an uncommonly quiet shot.
  • Affordable: designed and manufactured to deliver high-end performance, at an accessible price.
Vanguard X-Vault Crossbow Case
  • 3 metal key lock latches
  • High impact interior foam
  • Triple tie-down straps
  • O-ring sealed for water, dirt and rust resistance
  • Large padded scope cavity
  • All terrain inline wheels
  • 6 bolt holder
  • Airline approved
 
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NAP's New Product Line for 2010

by Bow Staff 12. January 2010 20:30
Bow StaffWe’re here at the 2010 ATA Show and we’re excited to announce all the new products to the dealers that we have to offer. We’ve got the brand new 2 blade BloodRunner that already at the pre-show at Outek has caused a lot of interest and excitement.

We will be updating the products on the website with the new specifications, photos and more after the ATA Show, but here is a quick preview of NAP’s new product line for 2010:

BloodRunner 2-Blade

Field point accurate, fixed blade strong that’s BLOODRUNNER. The ultimate in combination fixed blade and mechanical technologies. Low profile in flight, massive cuts on impact. Choose from 2 1/16” open diameter 2-blade or 1 ½” open diameter 3-blade models. Both are super-strong, have the sharpest blades in the industry and deliver absolute dependability. Open. Closed. They cut no matter what. Guaranteed!

 
Thunderhead Edge

The Ultimate Thunderhead! THUNDERHEAD EDGE has all of the features that have made Thunderhead the standard in fixed blade broadheads and more! Exclusive straight/serrated blade technology is devastating on hide & flesh and saws through bone like a hot knife through butter. Offset blades produce gaping exit holes and massive blood trails. Prove design and precision manufacturing deliver tack-driving accuracy. Fully assembled ready to shoot.

 
Spitfire Edge

It’s a Spitfire on steroids! The SPITFIRE EDGE has the proven Spitfire features, strength, killing power and accuracy plus more! Exclusive NAP straight/serrated blades are devastating on hide & flesh, and saw through bone like a hot knife through butter. Offset blades produce gaping exit holes and massive blood trails. Proven design and precision manufacturing deliver “out-of-the-box” field point accuracy.

 
Apache

Total containment. Complete fletching clearance. No-tools-required adjustability. Totally Affordable! That’s the new APACHE Drop-Away arrowrest. Apache features precision machined aluminum component construction throughout. Launcher action is quiet and reliable. And this rest is tough. It will stand up to the most grueling hunting conditions while delivering rock-solid performance. Apache. More features. Less money.

 
NAP QuikFletch

The Pros know! NAP QuikFletch shrinks your groups and extends your kill zone. Choose from Michael Waddell’s “Bone Collector” or Lee & Tiffany’s “The Crush” models. Both feature NAP’s patented QuikSpin kicker/micro-groove technology that spins arrows up to 5 times faster than conventional vanes. Result? Stable, straight driving arrows for tack-driving accuracy and optimum penetration.
 
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New Products for 2010 by ScentBlocker

by Bow Staff 12. January 2010 19:00
Bow StaffSo it is again in 2010 as ScentBlocker introducers perhaps its’ greatest news new technology…ScentBlocker® Cold Fusion™! Working closely with their European partner Freudenberg, they have created their most technologically advanced carbon fabric to date.

In addition to the ScentBlocker® Cold Fusion™ technology, ScentBlocker has introduced a series of other products for 2010. See below for a preview of their new products:

ScentBlocker® Cold Fusion™
  • ScentBlocker® Cold Fusion™ Superior Scent Protection
  • Developed with world leader in carbon technology-Freudenberg U.K.
  • Born from proven carbon adsorption technology trusted by the Medical Industry and by NATO Militaries to protect and preserve human life
  • ScentBlocker® Cold Fusion™ micro powdered activated carbon is fused onto fabric to provide a uniform, total coverage to impede odor breakthrough.
  • Provides superior performance advantage while providing a thinner, lighter, softer, more comfortable and durable profile.
  • SPF 60 – Superior Scent Protection.
 
Dream Season Silent Shell Jacket and Pants
  • New SPF 60 ScentBlocker® Cold Fusion™ technology for improved performance
  • S3® antimicrobial technology to aid in odor control
  • New durable burr resistant three-layer fabric with a quiet softshell outside, carbon bonded in the middle, and a soft, warm fleece on the inside
  • New Boa® Bodylock™ technology in collar and cuffs
  • New Mossy Oak® Break Up™ Infinity/Brown camo pattern
 
Dream Season Early Season Jacket and Pants
  • ScentBlocker® SPF 50 activated carbon with increased carbon loading
  • S3® antimicrobial technology to aid in odor control
  • New Mossy Oak® Break Up™ Infinity/Brown camo pattern
 
S3® 4WD Glacier Vest
  • Thermore® 4WD (4 Weather Dry) insulation to provide warmth and water resistant protection without the bulk
  • S3® antimicrobial technology to ad in odor control
  • DWR (Durable Water Repellency)
  • New Mossy Oak® Break Up™ Infinity/Brown camo pattern
 
Bone Collector™ Mack Daddy™ Jacket
  • New SPF 60 ScentBlocker® Cold Fusion™ technology for improved performance
  • S3® antimicrobial technology to aid in odor control
  • New BOA® Bodylock™
  • Color: Realtree® AP™
 
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Archery Trade Show 2010 - Bowhunter's Paradise

by Todd Graf 12. January 2010 09:17
Todd Graf

I'm not sure why the older I get the years seem to fly by faster and faster. If i'm not thinking about preparing the properties for food plots, or hunting during the season the next thing that excites me the most is the ATA show each year. This show is where you get to see alot of industry friends, all the new bowhunting gear coming out for the upcoming season. Last year I was just to busy to switch out my bow but this year, I have already seen and have heard about some pretty cool items. The ATA does a fine job putting together this trade show and has done so for years, its very organized and attracts just about everyone in the bowhunting industry. The only two compaines that I know will not be here are Scent-lok and Mathews - which I don't know why?

Justin and I arrived here today and was invited to Outtech's Innovations Party - kind of a sneak peak to all of the Outtech's companies that they rep for. They really out did it this year, great appitizers, Bad Boy Buggies gave away a buggy and country music singer Craig Morgan put on one heck of a show.  I'm not a huge country music fan myself, but I had a good time at the party and could tell everyone else was too!

 

Were going to be busy tommorow seeing all of the new products, and we will be sharing what we find out right here on the site!



Bad Boy Buggies giving away a free buggy before the concert.



Angie Denny from Table Mountain Outfitters, Art Helin from New Archery Products, and our own Justin Zarr enjoying the pre-show festivities.  Justin is always good for an interesting photo!



I'm interested to find out what this "Invisible Hunter" is all about....

As far as the ending of my hunting season goes, I was able to harvest a late season doe and a good friend of mine Don Spolum harvested a nice 140 class while hunting during a cold front.  Hunting late season food sources before a cold front is a great way to connect on a late season buck, no doubt.  Congrats to Don on a great trophy, I'm glad I got to share the experience with him.

2010 ATA Show Product Updates

by Justin Zarr 11. January 2010 19:42
Justin Zarr

January always brings two things to the Bowhunting.com office; the end of the archery season here in Illinois, and our annual trip to the ATA Show.  In just a few hours our staff will be hitting the road on our way to Columbus, Ohio to check out the latest productions and innovations in the bowhunting world.  As always, be sure to check out our Blogs here at Bowhunting.com as we update them live from the show with new product photos and information.  Make sure to check out our video gallery next week as we will have EXCLUSIVE video reviews of new products.

If you hear about any new products for this year you want to us to check out, leave your comments below and we'll see what we can do.  Personally, I'm excited to see the new NAP BloodRunner 2 Blade, the improved Armortech HD Pro hunting sights, and to shoot a few bows like the Bowtech Destroyer and the Hoyt Carbon Matrix.  As always, it should be a good time!  Stay tuned for updates.....

Whitetail Buck Takes Ride in Bus.

by Bow Staff 11. January 2010 08:20
Bow Staff

With just a few days left of the 2009 Minnesota deer seasons, it would appear someone might be crying over their laptop tonight. Stop dreaming about the one who got away, because he may not have gotten past the roadway.

On a cold and icy road in late December of 2009, while heading home from a holiday tournament. Members of the Rushford-Peterson High School basketball team got more than they expected when their bus smacked a huge 180-class, 10 point, whitetail!

After the bus hit the huge whitetail, the driver stopped and the several coaches got out, evaluated the damage, and checked on its cause. There was very minimal damage to the bus, and the 280 pound deer lay stone dead, a few feet from the point of impact.

The 10 point buck had a 22-inch spread and was the biggest buck most of the coaches or the boys had ever seen. And for that entire busload of Minnesota basketball players and deer hunters, it seemed like a waste to just leave it by the roadside. So naturally, the buck took a ride home with them. Inside the bus!

Rushford-Peterson High School basketball coach, Tom Vix, was quoted later, "We’re all deer hunters, and to see a deer of that quality, well, it’s a bad way to go. It’s sad that some hunter didn’t have that privilege. And that poor deer made it through bow season, two shotgun seasons, a muzzle-loader season and only had two days left. So that’s kind of tough."

Spoken like a true deer hunter coach! Bowhunting.Com congratulates the Rushford-Peterson high school team on their big buck recovery. We would have done the same. But we might have bent the truth on how we took it.

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Possible World Record Whitetail Sheds found in New York?

by Bow Staff 9. January 2010 21:18
Bow Staff

We know it’s a little early to start talking shed antler hunting. After all, some states still have an open deer season. But for New York state hunter, Corey Wiktor, his season is not ending, it’s just beginning!

Check these MONSTER sheds out! Wiktor just recently picked these 2 bones from the current winter wonderland of western New York. Each side estimated near or at 100 inches!

The pictures don't relate the true size of the shed antlers. A few of our staffers here at Bowhunting.Com have an estimated the score of nearly 225"! This estimated scoring includes an 18" spread credit given by us. Although it is likely to have been greater than that!

If our scoring measurement of 215-225" GROSS and around 210-220" NET are accurate, this buck just may be a new world record typical whitetail! It would surpass Milo Hanson's 1993 score of 213 5/8", from Saskatchewan. If taken with a bow, it may crush the archery world typical record Mel Johnson buck from Illinois in 1965 of 204 4/8".

Congratulations to hunter Corey Wiktor on the finds of a lifetime. There is no doubt you will be after this buck come autumn of 2010. Whatever the score! Stay tuned right here at Bowhunting.Com, there could be a NEW world record out of an unlikely place next season. We’ll keep our fingers crossed Corey!

Carbon Express Introduces NEW PileDriver Arrow.

by Bow Staff 9. January 2010 20:14
Bow StaffNEW HEAVYWEIGHT FROM CARBON EXPRESS®

PILES ‘EM UP.

New PileDriverTM Series Delivers Ultimate Penetration.

FLUSHING, Michigan – Carbon Express®, a leader in arrow technology and innovation, introduces the PileDriverTM and PileDriver™ Hunter. The PileDriver series was designed with one goal in mind – deliver the best penetration of any arrow on the market. The PileDriver series accomplishes this by providing maximum kinetic energy and greater knock down power without sacrificing the superior accuracy hunters have come to expect from Carbon Express.

"We developed the PileDriver at 10.4 grains per inch (350 size) as a solution for hunters seeking that "next level" in power and performance without sacrificing accuracy. The PileDriver Hunter model with Built-in Weight Forward™ technology at 11.3 grains per inch (350 size) makes it a must have for the serious hunter looking for ultimate penetration," stated Stephen Graham, the company’s Director of Marketing.

The PileDriver series features a clear coat finish for greater durability and stealth performance on any arrow rest. It also incorporates the company’s popular BullDog™ nock collar for unrelenting strength and durability necessary when nock end impacts occur. Finally, the PileDriver series incorporates the company’s high performance compact Predator Vanes for added velocity and greater accuracy.

About Carbon Express®

Carbon Express®, an Eastman Outdoors Inc. brand, is the leading manufacturer of high performance carbon hunting and target arrows and arrow components for hunters and target shooters. For more information or customer service visit the Carbon Express website or call 800.241.4833.

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G5 Introduces "The Rock". An all NEW sight for your Bow.

by Bow Staff 6. January 2010 06:33
Bow Staff

ROCK SOLID SIGHT, PERFORMANCE, AND PRICE

Introducing The Rock, a NEW sight by G5

MEMPHIS, Mich., G5® Outdoors, the leading manufacturer in archery equipment and design, introduces its newest sight, the Rock. The 4 Pin sight features an aluminum housing as well as micro vertical and windage adjustments.

"Our engineers have worked very hard to develop a 4 pin sight that has all of the quality archers have come to expect from G5® and it’s a sight that can really take a beating without compromise," stated G5® Outdoors President and Co-Owner, Matt Grace.

The virtually indestructible RockTM features rock solid rack and pinion gearing that provides a simple light weight solution for precise micro adjustments, (4) 100% machined pins, and a stepped mounting bracket which enables it to work with virtually any bow set up. In addition, the ambidextrous Rock offers 2nd axis adjustment is vibration free, and the design makes it easy to add or remove pins to fit your personal needs. The RockTM is available in DurafuseTM Realtree® AP Camo, Lost Camo, or powder coat black. It comes with your choice of .019" pins or .010" pins.

The RockTM has a MSRP of $99.99 for Black and $109.99 for Camo.

About G5® Outdoors

G5® Outdoors L.L.C. is a family owned business established in 2000 and backed by more than 40 years of precision manufacturing experience. G5® strives to provide superior products that are Designed to Hunt™ through precision manufacturing and innovative design. To learn more about G5® Outdoors, visit their website or call (866)456-8836.

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A Mid-Season Break to Finish Strong

by Dustin DeCroo 5. January 2010 10:10
Dustin DeCroo

Bow season is my most awaited time of each year; the winter, spring, and summer months are "passed" by predator calling, waterfowl hunting, 3D archery, fishing and turkey season. My bow season began in early September and encompassed four states in pursuit of both whitetail and mule deer.  After countless hours on stand and thousands of miles of travel, I began to feel the burnout coming on strong.  During my sits I began to get impatient and had trouble staying focused, specifically when deer movement was slow.  In an effort to salvage my mental state on stand for the rest of the season, I decided to take a break from bowhunting and work with my German Wirehaired Pointer pup appropriately named "Hoyt."  We had the opportunity to hunt pheasants, quail, chukars, ducks and geese in Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma... so far it's been a great time.  I've also been able to share the majority of these hunts with my dad which has made them all the more enjoyable.

I'll be back in the whitetail woods soon for the remainder of the season, to try and fill an empty buck tag or two in Oklahoma.

We began our Christmas trip in Kansas for one day of pheasant hunting with some friends

 

I was knocked down the first rooster that stopped for Hoyt to point

 

The waterfowl were plentiful

 

Dad and Hoyt with Wyoming roosters, a few days prior to Hoyt's 6 month birthday

 

Subzero air temps and scenery were both breathtaking

All in all, it was a great opportunity to take a break from the whitetail woods and spend time with family and friends.  Don't be afraid to take a mid-season break from your season to make sure you stay sharp and enjoy each and every outing!

Rinehart RhinoBlock Archery Target - New For 2010

by Bow Staff 4. January 2010 21:11
Bow Staff

Rinehart RhinoBlock Archery TargetThis incredibly versatile new target sports six unique sides to shoot at, ideal for every type of practice. Two sides of the cube display a textured, life-like 3-D deer target zone — one displaying outlined vital areas of a deer, and the other detailing an anatomically correct display of a deer's organs. The other four faces of the target are comprised of Rinehart's signature, highly visible target zones — allowing shooters to continue target practice even in low light conditions. Two of these sides consist of twelve smaller zones for consistent arrow shooting and placement, while the final two sides feature one large target zone for honing, surrounded by four smaller zones.

Unlike any other cube-shaped target on the market, with the Rinehart RhinoBlock, bowhunters no longer have to worry about shooting out their favorite target, as its core is easy to replace with Rinehart's patented locking insert. But don't expect to wear it out anytime soon — it's made of Rinehart's signature solid 'self-healing' foam, which allows it to take repeated shots from field points, broadheads or even expandables without losing its shape or integrity. And, removing arrows is a breeze — even a child can pull arrow after arrow out of this target with ease — without tearing or damaging the target.

Measuring in at 16x16x13, this target is so light and easy to carry, you'll be able to take aim at the club, in the backyard, at camp or wherever you're ready for some on-the-spot practice. And, because Rinehart never wants a little inclement weather to stand between bowhunters and their perfect shot, this rugged, weather-proof target is resistant to sun, moisture and extreme temperatures.

The new RhinoBlock target will retail for $129.99 with the replaceable insert costing $39.99.  And if this target holds up anywhere near as well as our 18-1 targets do, you won't have to worry about replacing the inserts for a LONG time!  Check back to bowhunting.com soon as these targets will be available for purchase very shortly!

White Knuckle Productions NEW DVD Coming Soon; An Interview with Creator Todd Pringnitz.

by Bow Staff 3. January 2010 08:10
Bow Staff

Just a few years ago a young man from Michigan began the greatest journey of his life. He left everything behind to pursue a dream, and it was simple. He wanted to capture real life bowhunting on film, and not just the brief few moments before a deer is taken, but to document the entire process we hunters endure in order to capture those precious moments. With this, White Knuckle Productions (WKP) was born. Owner and creator, Todd Pringnitz, sat down with us for a few words on WKP’s soon to be released 4th edition in a series of videos with these intentions.

BH.Com: What makes your videos so different from others out there?

Todd: Our passion for whitetails never really ends, it always continues into the different seasons throughout the year. Shed antler hunting, spring scouting, summertime glassing for velvet bucks, late summer scouting, and treestand set-ups are as important to us as the time we spend on-stand each fall. We show it all in our videos - the highs, the lows, and the true reality of pursuing and hunting trophy deer.

BH.Com: How was the 2009-10 bow season for you and your dedicated team?

Todd: I am very thankful for the many opportunities that WKP has had in the field thus-far in our season.  I think I can speak for our entire team, and most-everyone else I’ve talked to; this was a tough year for many.  We were VERY fortunate to take advantage of the opportunities that were presented to us this past season.  I haven’t seen the numbers of bucks that I’ve seen in the past, but I did manage to have many encounters with mature deer at close-range.  From that, I was very fortunate to get a shot at my #1 hit-list buck "Tuner" right off the bat on October 27th.  That took much of the pressure off my season and I was able to better-enjoy my rut knowing I had already killed the buck I was after.

BH.Com: In your videos you sometimes can appear to be a very intense hunter. Are you that way?

Todd: Anyone who hunts hard knows the frustrations that are a big part of the hunt.  When the hunting’s good – so is life.  When the hunting is slow, I’m not a very nice guy to be around!

BH.Com: You should see our staff in November.

Todd: I can only imagine. I know a few of them.

BH.Com: Late season hunting is upon us, we know you still have some more tags left. Are you done or still hard at work on another buck?

Todd: I still have two unfilled tags that I’ll be toting around the field until I hopefully fill one or both of them.  Never killing a late season buck here in Iowa, I’m very anxious to get back in the field.  I have a few big deer that I’d love to see in a couple weeks.  All I can do is my best, so hopefully that is enough!

BH.Com: We hope so too, Todd. Good luck out there, we know it’s cold.

White Knuckle Productions newest video is set to hit the streets before March. As always they are 100% fair-chase, 100% self-guided, and 100% bowhunting. Below you will find just a short tasting of the whitetail (both bucks and does) that were taken throughout the 2009-10 seasons, and will be featured in this, their latest, video. Bowhunting whitetail deer is this devoted team’s life, they go behind the hunt and beyond the kill.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                        Todd Pringnitz and his Iowa buck known simply as "Tuner".

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Clinton Fawcett's Illinois buck.

                                                                                                                                                                                               Bruce Ripka's Michigan buck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Timmy Thacker's Kentucky velvet buck from public land.

                                                                                                                                                    Justin Zarr's Illinois buck.

Bowhunting.Com will be carrying the new WKP video, which is set to hit our shelves this March!

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Bear Eats Hanging Deer!

by Bow Staff 29. December 2009 02:39
Bow Staff

There she hangs! Your triumph! Your victory! The endless hours and of months of preparation, practice, and scouting all coming together with one single release! Your success will reap you of rewards that will help to feed your family throughout the coming winter. Rejoice is in the accomplishment, a man, a bow, and desire!

You settle your nerves after a few tales at camp, and get lost in a mid-autumn slumber. Worries are no more. The monkey is off your back!

 

Unless!

 

 

 

 

 

The above pictures are real. No animals (except the obvious) were hurt in the making of these prints. They were anonymously sent into our offices here at Bowhunting.Com and drooled upon by our staffers. We’re not sure how the tale continues, but we’re tearing into it! If you have, or know of any interesting hunting related photos you would like to share with the outdoor community, please don’t hesitate to send them to info@bowhunting.com. Thank you in advance!

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NAP BloodRunner2: Could it be True?

by Bow Staff 27. December 2009 08:03
Bow Staff

If shooting a Rage broadhead is like "throwing an axe at an animal", this next innovation from our friends at New Archery Products (NAP) is going to leave the bowhunting world speechless.

All we have are these two images of a pointed object set to bust ribcages and break hearts, literally.

 

These are its devastating dimensions as we have come to understand them. Super strong .o39 blades, a 2-1/16" open cut, and at 1-1/8" when head is closed.

You can imagine the rest!

With this years Archery and Trade (ATA) show running the 13th-15th of January, 2010, stay tuned right here, as the Bowhunting.Com staff will be there to bring you this, and more, of the latest and greatest from the industry's top manufacturers. Including video updates.

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Land Owners, Mossy Oak introduces Nativ Nurseries just for YOU!

by Bow Staff 21. December 2009 07:15
Bow Staff

Land owners and managers may be real interested in this next press release from the good people at Mossy Oak. Realizing the need for native plants, they’ve worked hard to capture another niche within the hunting industry. After all, a food plot will only give nutrition to your deer herd for a few years, a planted Oak flat, maybe the next 100! This is Nativ Nurseries, and this is Mossy Oak.

WEST POINT, MS – Hard to find "wildlife" species of trees and plant are now available online through Mossy Oak Nativ Nurseries’ online catalog.

Mossy Oak Nativ Nurseries is dedicated to providing the most naturally beneficial plants to landowners and land managers. Whether its White Oaks or Crabapples for whitetails, American Beautyberry for songbirds, native flowers for butterflies or hummingbirds, landscaping the cabin, or our incredible collection of rare oak hybrids, it’s all about taking care of things for the future and benefiting nature.

Toxey Haas, Founder of Mossy Oak stated, "We’re excited to now offer our extensive inventory of hand selected trees and plants, including hard-to-find wildlife species and rare hybrids, through our plant catalog on the Mossy Oak Nativ Nurseries website. Every air-pruned seedling we offer has an advanced root system that promotes rigorous growth and early mast production, helping provide food sources now and for future generations."

A huge selection and variety of plants are now available online. Oak trees, oak hybrids, specialty oaks, nut trees, fruit trees, fruit shrubs, evergreens, flowering shrubs and other plant species are ready for purchase online starting at $2.49.

We are picky! Our plant species are selected from superior trees that exhibit the traits we desire, hand grown and cared for with special attention to be sure each species is getting the care it deserves. Ask for Mossy Oak Nativ Nurseries plants at your local nursery, visit their all new website, or call 662.494.4326 for more information.

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Energizer Night Strike Compact Light, The Perfect Bow Hunting Light

by John Mueller 20. December 2009 07:41
John Mueller

The Energizer Night Strike Compact Light just may be the perfect bow hunting light. It’s compact, light weight, has multiple lights built in and has a hands free detachable clip. This light is so versatile; I know I can find many uses for it around home or hunting camp. I may need one for both.

 

 

 

            The Night Strike is very small and compact. It fits in the palm of your hand or is barely noticeable on the bill of your cap.

 

 

 It runs off of one AA battery, with the Energizer Lithium the recommended power source. Even though it is small in size it produces a very powerful beam of light. It has 4 different light options built into its small frame. The first is a very bright 40 lumen white LED in the center front which has 3 power options, high, medium and low. You can toggle between the three by pushing the on/off button on the right side of the unit. This light is great for using around camp or map reading.

 

 

 

The second is a red LED on the front left which also has 3 power options. This light is excellent for finding the way to your stand in the morning darkness, since red light is not supposed to spook game. The switch for the red light is on the left side of the light.

 

 

 

 Third is a blue, blood tracking light on the right front operated by a switch on top of the light. Blue light is supposed to make the blood trail stand out from the background.

 

 

 

 Last is a green strobe light on top of the Night Strike. The strobe is operated by pushing the same switch that turns on the blue light in the opposite direction. The strobe light is designed to alert searchers to your location in the event of an emergency.

 

            The versatile swivel clip makes hands free operation of the light simple and quick. The light slides onto the clip from either direction and by swiveling you can clip it onto your cap, pocket, collar or sleeve and light your way, or use it without the clip as you would any other flashlight.

 

            The white and red lights have 3 power settings but once the light is set in one position for 3 seconds one push of the switch shuts it off without having to toggle the switch more than once. When switching from one color to another just push the next colors switch and the first light is powered off, using only one color light at a time and conserving power. Runtime varies by the light used, but the light will last 8 hours on high power of the white LED. Other lights use less power and will run for longer times.

 

            Some of my favorite features of the light are.

  1. The 3 power settings of the red LED. Some mornings are brighter than others and you just don’t need a lot of light, however on those really dark mornings it’s nice to have full power.
  2. The powerful white LED is great around camp or when the power goes out.
  3. The detachable swivel clip allows you shine the light exactly where you need it hands free.
  4. Very light weight and small size.
  5. Battery cap is attached to the light by a cord.
  6. Operates on 1 AA battery.
 

All in all I am very impressed with the Energizer Night Strike Compact Light. I can’t think of one negative thing to say about it. I actually plan on leaving one in my hunting pack and having one at home for use there. It’s that good. It might also be a good idea to have one in each vehicle. These lights should be available soon here at BH.com. But in the meantime you can check them out as well as the rest of Energizers Lights here.

http://www.shop.com/Energizer+Night+Strike?g=1&t=2&p=300256990&k=24

Lacrosse Alpha SST may be YOUR best bet in boots for 2010.

by Bow Staff 18. December 2009 03:01
Bow Staff

With the 2009 deer season nearly in the books, and the Christmas holiday just around the corner, perhaps now is the best time to start investigating what next year’s "best buys" from around the hunting industry will be. Below you will find one such item that we think may be YOUR next choice in footwear for 2010.

Lacrosse Footwear, Inc. introduces the Alpha SST, the latest innovation in a scent-free hunting boot. Released in the fall of 2009, this newest boot in a long line of traditional rubber hunting boots provides better scent control not only on the outside, but now on the inside too. Constructed with a scent-free waterproof exterior, and now features a removable scent-suppressing gator, which helps to eat away odor causing bacteria and lock in any remaining odor.

Nylon lined for comfort and snag-proof durability, the 18-inch Alpha SST (Scent Suppression Technology), will be available in sizes 6-15 and feature Realtree APG HD camo.

Keep an eye on us here at Bowhunting.Com for the latest in the world of bowhunting, and what we believe to be the best NEW products for YOU in 2010.

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Tracking... After a Less Than Stellar Shot

by Dustin DeCroo 15. December 2009 11:00
Dustin DeCroo

The deer you've been waiting for all season steps out of the thicket at a mere twenty yards.  As if he was reading from a script he enters your lane and turns broadside looking the other direction... you settle your pin behind the shoulder and watch your arrow disappear over a foot farther back than you were aiming.  Sound familiar?  Maybe not the scenario, but the result is something that 99% of the bowhunting will or has experienced.  It's what you do after a poor shot that can determine whether or not your deer is recovered.

Understanding the "why" of any given hunting situation, not only makes me better, but is something that I owe to the animal I'm hunting.  Understanding "why" a deer may do something after the shot increases your odds of finding that deer.  For instance deer that are "gut shot" lose body fluid internally and naturally they become thirsty, the natural way to replenish fluids.  In the event that a blood trail is lost on a poorly shot deer, the nearest water source is the first place I'll look.

All the images below represent actual deer that were shot poorly and recovered.  A couple of them I shot, others were buddies that I was part of the tracking expedition.  Notice the similarities between the tracks.  The "J" or "hook" shape is present on nearly every deer, notice the proximity to the nearest water source (water is not marked).  These are things to keep in mind in the event that you find yourself on the trail of a gut shot deer.  I will add that probably the most important factor in the recovery of all these deer, is that they were not pushed (to my knowledge) and the majority of them were found dead in their bed.

The use of tracking aids truly are incredible at helping you see a pattern or a patch when tracking in the dark.


This buck was shot one evening in 2005, left overnight and recovered the next morning.



This doe was shot one evening in 2005, left overnight and recovered the next morning.

 


Justin's buck killed in 2009

 


This buck was shot one evening in 2007, left overnight and recovered the next morning.

 


This buck was shot one morning in 2004, left all day and recovered the same evening.

 


This doe was shot one morning in 2004 and recovered the next morning.

 


This doe was shot one evening in 2003, left overnight and recovered the nex morning.

As simple as these concepts seem, they're overlooked time and time again throughout the archery season.  The best tools we have at our disposal are our past experiences or those of fellow hunters.  It's my hope that what little bit of information this provides can help you in your next tracking journey.

A 3 Year Journey with a Legendary Whitetail Buck Named Freak Daddy

by Bow Staff 14. December 2009 20:51
Bow Staff

This is the final thread on the 3 year journey with a truly legendary and amazing whitetail buck named Freak Daddy. It all started in July of 2007, when my brother Isaac, my brother Luke and I were doing our usual summer ritual of filming velvet bucks. It was evening, and we were rounding a point in one of our bean fields when Luke and Isaac spotted a "good buck" that had a very noticeable kicker coming sideways off the left G-2. I was behind them and didn't get a chance to see the buck.

The rest of the 2007 summer and deer season went by without another spotting of the "G-2 kicker buck". That coming spring, my cousin Matt found a very unique shed on a property in the area:




This was the first "proof" that the "G-2 Kicker Buck" existed.

That spring (2008), one of my good buddies’ family put out a new Stealth trail camera over their mineral lick. This family, who will go by the Freeman's, only owned a few acres that's bordered a large farm that didn't allow hunting, about a 1/4 mile from my property. They soon started getting pictures of a absolute MONSTER buck, that had very unique kickers coming off both G-2's and also a very noticeable deformed left antler that grew back off that skull. We quickly got together and changed the name of that buck to "Freak Daddy", and he instantly became an internet sensation that summer on websites like Huntingnet and Ohiosportsman:












Using those trail camera pictures, we estimated Freak Daddy to have between 18-22 points and a gross score around 180". He visited this mineral lick at an alarmingly regular pace. Every single night they would get 10-15 minutes worth of pictures.

Of course, when bow season rolled around in late September, he went MIA. At this time, only about 10 locals new of this buck, and besides the trail camera pictures on the internet, we kept our mouths shut.

Nobody saw him while hunting for the first month, but that all changed on the evening of October 25th, 2008. That's when I had my first and only encounter with this legendary buck. I was set up over one of my fresh alfalfa fields, hunting for does. I had my camera with me, and I was about to take a doe that I had at 30 yards when I noticed another deer enter the field off to the left. What I saw I will never forget.

Watch video on YouTube









I had him in the field for around 10 minutes. Nothing would get him off the does. Rattling, grunting....nothing. I made a pact that night to never shoot an immature deer again, not after what I had witnessed.

On Wednesday of the 2008 gun season, when my friend Ryan Freeman was walking back on another piece of property to help us drag out a few deer we had shot, he made his next appearance. It was after legal shooting light, and Ryan jumped him out of a small 2 acre harvested bean field, not 200 yards from the road. He made his next appearance on the second to last day of the season in February, and this time he was spotted by Ryan's brother Alex, minus his right antler.

The spring of 2009 found us shed hunting earlier then we usually were. We went out three times and a week and combed our hunting grounds for his antlers.

On Mother’s day 2009, I was rewarded:







Now we had 2 of Freak Daddy’s sheds:



The Antler that I found ended up taping out at 81 1/2 inches.

We had unbelievably high expectations for the summer of 2009. I purchased my 4th trail camera just to get some photos of Freak Daddy. All of our mineral licks were refreshed. Everything seemed to be in place.

The year started out perfectly when I captured my first images of Freak Daddy on May 9th:





After that, nothing.

Not a thing.

For the next 7 months, not a single sighting, picture, video or rumor about Freak Daddy. It’s like he vanished from this earth. We spent hours driving around and filming velvet bucks. We had trail cameras on every piece of property we had permission for. We did everything right, and got nothing. The mineral lick that he visited hundreds of times in the summer of 2008 didn't capture a single image of him. We feared him dead, poached, hit by a car, and moved out...every bad ending you could think of.

In July, Ryan "might" have had a sighting of him near his property while driving home one night. Nobody could tell for sure.

Around November 1st, we heard a rumor of a large drop tined buck that was sighted at 10 AM running out of Ryan’s property across a wheat field. Once again, no "proof".

Then, in the 2nd week of November we got proof. Ryan and cfdjay from the forums were hunting my property and both ended up seeing him. Jay had him at 200 yards and Ryan at 100, both said he was a "freak" and bigger than last year. Ryan said his drop tine was 9+ inches and the spread was over 20".

A week later during youth season, a local young hunter that was hunting down the road shot and missed a buck 3 times that was rumored to be 180". There was a lot of buzz that Freak Daddy was in the area and making daytime mistakes.

Regular gun season came around and the deer sightings were down. I went out a handful of times and never even saw a deer. My 14 year old brother Luke was the most determined. He had been in southern Ohio for youth season and had actually passed on a handful of does because he was holding out for a "big buck" this year, although he has only 1 doe kill to his credit. He actually got within 50 yards of a good buck down there but couldn't get off a shot.

Sunday rolled around with the weather being cold and the hunting being terrible. Ryan and I decided to screw the evening hunt, and Isaac and Luke decided to go out. I laid down on the recliner with the Colts-Titans game on and took a nap.

At 2:52 I missed a call from Luke.

At 3:05 I answered a call from Isaac that went like this:

"Luke just shot Freak Daddy"

"No"

"I swear to GOD I’m holding his G-2 right now!"

I made it up to the property in record time. When I got to the corner of the alfalfa field they were congregated in, I found this:

The story goes as follows: Luke and Isaac were walking back on our property to get in their stands. Isaac went right around the lake, and Luke went left. Luke hadn't gone far at all when he heard noise over his left shoulder. He turned slowly to find himself face to face with Freak Daddy at 10 FEET. I later went back and paced it out, it was exactly 10 feet.

Luke quickly brought his shotgun up and took 3 shots as fast as he could. Freak Daddy then took off to Luke's then left across the alfalfa field. What happened next is kind of a blur according to Luke. He called me, then Isaac. He then tried searching for blood and couldn't find any. He then went and made sure that he had in fact shot, and found 3 empty shell casings. Isaac then started searching the alfalfa field, and quickly found him.


What happened next was just plain crazy. Someone had gotten a hold of my dad and he and my mom and I all got there at the same time. Friends and family also showed up in the field over the next twenty minutes as we stood around talking and congratulating. We ended up getting him gutted and into my truck eventually.

We got him checked in at "Fin Feather Fur" in Ashland, Ohio where they have a youth big buck contest. At the fin we drew a crowd of 20 plus people on Sunday night at 5 PM. Pictures were taken, interviews with the DNR were set up, and the initial measurements were taken.

Late Sunday night, we finally got the buck to my cousins processing shed that we butcher all our deer at. Of course there was a crowd there as well. This is where we put the first unofficial tape to him and came up with the amazing total of 205 2/8 gross non-typical. 23 inch inside spread and the left antler scored just above 93".

The story couldn't have ended any better. If it wasn't I who could take this buck, then I’m glad it was my own brother and not some hunter I didn't know. After he was killed, we had hunters contact us saying that they too have been hunting Freak Daddy for a numbers of years. There have also been still photographs taken of the buck from a number of different locations and a host of trail camera pictures taken this summer from a property over a mile away from where Luke killed him. The range a dominant buck like this has is absolutely amazing. We’re talking square MILES. Freak Daddy alone was seen in locations 3 miles apart. The astonishing thing is that it began and ended on the same 40 acre piece of property that my family has owned since the 1930's.

Three years of chasing one buck came to close on December 6th, 2009.

Now it’s time to find a new "Freak Daddy."

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Trespassers Beware! - Great Job Catching Him!

by Todd Graf 14. December 2009 19:18
Todd Graf

This is one happy ending to someone who has been getting his gear stolen. I sure enjoy reading the stories when the bad guy gets caught.

Here is the article from WAFB.com / Channel 9 - Louisiania's News.

Suspected thief claims he was protecting animal:DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - A land owner used a decoy camera to help catch a man suspected of stealing other digital game surveillance cameras from his property in Livingston Parish. After his arrest, the man reportedly told detectives he took it to stop the owner from hunting in the area.

Dustin Archibald, 21, of Denham Springs surrendered to Livingston Parish sheriff's deputies on Thursday. According to investigators, he was photographed around noon the previous day "taking the bait."

When presented with the photograph (See Below), which deputies said clearly shows him with the camera in his hand, Archibald allegedly told them he was not stealing the camera but taking it so the property owner would not hunt the deer in the area. Detectives added the incriminating photo also shows Archibald's dog and a "No Trespassing" sign in the background.

Deputies said the problem began in November when four cameras were stolen from the victim's property near Denham Springs. He decided to set up a decoy and place another surveillance camera in position to snap pictures of any potential thieves. The land owner called the sheriff's office and showed them the photograph of the suspect.

Archibald was identified as the culprit and turned himself in to authorities. He was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on one count of criminal trespassing and one count of theft. His bond was set at $10,500.

Original article can be found at -  http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=11661499

NOTE: One should keep in mind it pays to have your property posted with signs that notify trespassers that property is monitored by digital surveilance.

Click here to see our custom NO-Trespassing sign designed by Bowhunting.Com

The Huntmore 360 Hunting Chair, Perfection is the Goal!

by Todd Graf 14. December 2009 07:55
Todd Graf

Every once in a while a company comes along who intends to become a consumers best friend. Profit to these companies’s is not only measured by its shares on Wall Street, but also by its success stories and satisfied customers. Below you will read about one such company who wants YOU to succeed. They’ve realized their mistake and they want to make amends. This is a company you can trust in the long-run. This is the Huntmore 360 Hunting Chair!

From the good people at the front desk of the Huntmore 360, we bring you this letter.

Folks,

First I'd like to thank everyone for their continuing support of our new hunting chair, the Huntmore 360.  Since its release, we have received countless success stories and pictures here at our main offices from hunters across the country.

When we started out on this project our main goal was to create the world’s finest quality hunting chair, as well as the quietest.  We've done that! However, at times we felt not completely satisfied with some of our production units as compared to our original prototypes. It appeared that some production units did not meet our highest expectations and number priority in the design of this product, its quietness while in the field!

Since the launch of the 360º we've done continual testing and monitoring of our product in the field, under real-world conditions. This type of testing has recently paid off with some minor improvements that yield a quieter product through some easy upgrades. Upgrades so easy to achieve, we believe anyone can do!

Below we have included the instructions needed to help upgrade your Huntmore 360 chair so that it can perform to the quiet perfection it was meant to!

What you’ll need.

-Gorilla Glue

-1 61/4" hole diameter brass washer. 

Basically you add two small brass washers to the hinge U-Shackle assembly and front leg at the U-Shackles. The brass washers go next to the cast aluminum hinges, or front leg U-Shackle assembly. You need to remove the bolts and insert the brass washer between aluminum hinge and the nylon washer and then the U-Shackle. Re-insert the bolt, lube and tighten the bolt snug so that there is no wobble in the hinge assemble.  I don't know why but it prevents a vibration noise when the hinge bolt is set too tight. Do the same for the front leg. I still recommend you oil the U-Shackle assembly with Remington oil with silicon or vegetable oil. Dead Down Wind makes a great scent free oil also!

If you glue the three washer Caps on to the upper legs you get an even quieter 360º.  What this fixes, especially with the two back rest uprights, is it prevents rotation and binding between the aluminum tube and the washer cap. This slight rotation is what sometimes can create the creak when you lean back hard against the backrest.

We added the glued on washer cap upgrade on all chairs shipped after 10/19/09.  You can check yours by looking for a slight white glue line between the washer cap and the aluminum leg.  If your HuntMore 360 does not have this glue line, please continue to read the following directions.

Loosen and remove the bolts on the upper hub legs. Remove a leg and then pull off the Washer Cap. *Warning, Remove and glue only one leg at a time!  Put two small beads of glue around the outside diameter of the aluminum tube, one above the bolt hole and one below.  Dip your finger in water and wipe it on the inside of the washer cap, this should be enough to catalysis the glue.  Rotate the cap as you push it back on to the leg.  Line up the bolt holes of the washer cap and leg. Then re-insert the leg/washer cap back into the upper hub. Install the bolt and tighten so that the leg stays put when flipped right-side up.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, but we want your Huntmore 360º Hunting Chair to perform as we designed it and as you expected!

Thank you for your business with us. We will continue to strive for excellence!

To read more or purchase the Huntmore 360 Hunting Chair, please click on our LINK. You won't regret it!

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Nothing Goes to Waste in Nature

by John Mueller 13. December 2009 08:56
John Mueller

            Some of you may remember the doe I shot a few weeks back. Here is a link to the video.   Even though I wasn’t able to use the meat it certainly didn’t go to waste. I did however use one of my doe tags and called her in, I felt it was the right thing to do since it was my arrow that killed her. I set up my Moultrie GameSpy I45 trail camera on the carcass to see what would show up.  Lots of critters took advantage of the doe I killed but wasn't able to find for a couple of days.

 

            Mother natures best know scavenger, the coyote had a few meals of venison.

 

  

            Another well known carrion lover made a few visits to the kill site.

 

 

            Even a house cat couldn’t resist a free meal.

 

 

            Most people probably don’t realize it, but our Nations Symbol the Bald Eagle also is a bit of a scavenger. On more than one occasion I have seen Bald Eagles sitting on deer carcasses in the middle of fields in winter.

You can check out the Moultrie GameSpy I45 in the shopping section of Bowhunting.com  http://www.bowhunting.com/shopping/Products/Game-Spy-I45__12451.aspx

Bad Boy Buggy Qualifies for $5950 Tax Credit

by John Mueller 9. December 2009 08:17
John MuellerBad Boy LSV Equipped Models - Street Legal and Safety Equipped

As a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) the XT LSV, Classic LSV and Stretch LSV meet all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards required for LSVs (49 CFR 571.500). LSVs may be operated in most states on streets with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less!

The regulation of LSVs differ from state and state. You must comply with all registration requirements and rules of the road for your specific state. Prior to operating a LSV on the streets of a particular state you will need to register the LSV with the applicable state department or division as a motor vehicle, and must follow all rules of the road for that state.

AVAILABLE ON THESE MODELS:

  • BAD BOY XT LSV
  • BAD BOY CLASSIC LSV
  • BAD BOY STRETCH LSV
On October 27, 2009, the Department of Treasury notified Bad Boy Enterprises that the Bad Boy XT, Classic and Stretch Models equipped with a LSV (Low Speed Vehicle) package qualified for a $5,590 tax credit in 2009, meeting the requirements of the Qualified Plug-in Electric Vehicle Credit as a Qualified Plug-in Electric Vehicle.

What do you need to do to take advantage of this offer? Simply contact your local dealer and they will assist you in taking advantage of this limited-time tax credit.

(MSRPs for the LSV Bad Boy Models: XT: $12,994.99 Classic: $10,994.99 Stretch: $12,994.98)

LSV TAX CREDIT DISCLAIMER

Bad Boy Enterprises, LLC makes no representation or assertions, implied or otherwise, as to your eligibility for any tax credit. BBE does not offer tax advice of any kind. Consumers should consult a professional accountant pertaining to tax credit questions regarding the purchase of a qualified Bad Boy Buggy LSV.

BIG Kansas Buck Falls to the Bow.

by Bow Staff 8. December 2009 01:57
Bow Staff

It's not often we get the news of a female bowhunter and a 200+ inch whitetail buck. In fact, a few of us here at Bowhunting.Com are wondering what the all-time biggest whitetail buck may have scored from a female bowhunter. We don't know that answer yet, but you bet we're digging through the archives as you read the story below. What a monster buck!

For 2 years both Lacy Shomaker and her husband Mark have been hunting this bruiser buck on their 200 acre lease just outside of Manhattan, Kansas. Over those 2 years they have accumulated many trailcam pictures and sheds of this seemingly disappearing buck.

In December of 2008, Mark was able to squeeze of a round from his rifle at the giant at no greater than 100 yards. It was determined later, he was off the mark, missing the buck completely.

Fast forwarding to November 3, 2009; Lacy gets her first chance. A doe brought the buck directly under her stand! As she maneuvered to get the shot and drew back, a neighbor started up a nearby tractor, sending the buck bounding away.

A few days later on November 9th, while hunting a different stand on the same property, a doe once again brings the big boy to her. This time she would not miss. At 15 yards she comes to full draw with her Parker bow, and lets an arrow fly! A perfect broadside shot yields a complete pass-thru and pummels both lungs. The buck would fall 70 yards later.

The husband and wife duo were ecstatic at what had just happened, and the 2 year quest to take this Kansas typical was over! The Kansas stud is said to gross 216", weighing in at over 200 pounds! And while following the giant bucks blood trail they actually found another one of the bucks sheds from the previous year!

The staff here at Bowhunting.Com would like to congratulate the husband/wife duo and their efforts to take such an impressive animal. Lacy, a HUGE congrats to you! We know just how tough it can be to make that shot when it's in front of us, and you made it count! Congrats!

 

We should also make mention that shortly after wife, Lacy, took the monster 216" buck, her husband Mark downed this wickedly strange non-typical on the same farm. Congrats to Mark on this awesome buck! You did us men-folk proud, but if your wife is like any of ours, we would be in for a long winter with her. Congrats again Mark!

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SCENTite's Whitetail Blind.

by Bow Staff 6. December 2009 08:26
Bow Staff

SCENTite's Whitetail Blind.

A blind can mean the difference between success and failure in the whitetail woods, and that's why SCENTite's Whitetail Blind is the best choice when it comes to bagging bucks. Keeping comfort and usability in mind, SCENTite's engineers designed the Whitetail Blind to help make your hunt more successful and no doubt more comfortable, especially during those northern, frigid rut hunts, which require long hours of patient waiting.

Ideal for elevated or ground-level hunts, the 2- or 4-person Whitetail Blind is a more economical version of SCENTite's Deluxe Blind with many of the same great features. The blind comes available with your choice of either an outside hinged locking door or a trapdoor through the floor. The large hinged Polycarbonate windows flip up and out of your way so that you have plenty of room to set up your shot. The blind is black on the outside and inside.

Additional Features:
· Lightweight and Virtually Maintenance-Free
· Weather and Bug Resistant
· Ground or Elevated
· Tinted Corner Viewing Windows for 360 Degree View
· Carpeted, 3/4" Pressure-Treated Plywood Floor

 

This ain't your daddy's whitetail blind!

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A Late Season Date With an Illinois Giant

by Dan Schafer 3. December 2009 22:20
Dan Schafer

Some of you may recall Johnny and I chasing a buck in IL this fall, who we fittingly name Bill Brasky. He may have won the first three rounds, but we haven't given up yet.  Barring any set backs, or my wife Jill going into labor, we'll be heading back down on December 14th for one last shot.


Here's the story so far.....

We first got pictures of him when Johnny walked into his treestand one morning and heard a deer walking away from him. A minute later, the flash went off on one of the Moultrie trail cams and took this pic....

 

We hunted a few more days after this, with no sightings of him or his buddies, so we decided to head home for a few days as more rain was setting in.

We left in the wee hours of the morning on November 9th and got down there early enough to get an afternoon sit in. We were only sitting about 140 yards apart and had a 135"ish buck, named Hans, inbetween us for about 30 minutes before dark. He never presented us with a shot.

Hans....

 Before jumping in the stand that night, Johnny pulled the card on the camera inbetween us. When we got back to the trailer that night, we popped it in and....

BAM......Bill Brasky staring back at us......
 

  

 We keep scrolling through the pics.....a few more of Mr. Brasky and his buddies. As we get near the end we see a blurry daylight pic taken the day before we went back down.

Upon further inspection.....its definately him. Look in the tree to the right of his rack....Yep, Johnny's stand.



 

The stand was 70 yards from that scrape, but who knows which way this bad boy came from, or went. Had he been there, would he have shot him?  I guess we will never know!

Johnny did see and film this buck later in the week. He had him at 70 yards with a doe at 9:30 am. After waiting all day, the buck never got out of its bed before dark.  That was the last we saw of him.

After talking to the landowner, it sounds like Mr. Brasky is waiting around for us to come back and play a little more chess with him, as no one shot him during the first firearm season. Hopefully he makes it through this weekend and we get another chance to see him again.

To Bill Brasky!!!!




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