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It's Never Too Late to be Scouting for New Hunting Land

by Marshall Kaiser 25. April 2011 03:18
Marshall Kaiser

Spring is the time of year to get out and scout for new hot spots: look over maps, talk to farmers, landowners, DNR biologists, anyone who can give you information or access into some great hunting land.  We have all been there: driving around checking out fields, watching some nice looking deer grazing on the fresh greens, or longbeards struttin’ on the backside of an old cut cornfield.  Whose land is it?  I wonder if I could hunt it? How much land is available?  Is it public, private, Forest Crop Land (FCL- possible huntable land?) Who owns it and where are the boundaries?  How do you go about getting these questions answered?  Simple: plat books.  They have been around for years and have been getting more and more user-friendly as the time passes.  I have been using plat books for over 20 years, and they have gotten me into some very nice hunting land.  You would be surprised at how many people will allow you to hunt if you just ask. As hunters we need to represent the sport in the best ways possible, by asking permission, offering help on the property or being willing to pay a lease fee, are some great ways to keep up a positive image with landowners.  If you are denied, so be it.  Politely say thanks and move on to the next possibility.

As far as my home state of Wisconsin, our plat books are divided into the 72 counties.  Each county is then divided into separate townships.  As you can see in the picture, a township is a six mile by six mile square piece of land.  The squaring off of the land allows these imaginary lines to be our lines of longitude and latitude to help define a specific location.  Out of the 36 sections in each township, they are divided into one mile by one mile parcels which make up 640 acres in size.  The sections are then quartered into four 160 acre quadrants.  Thus the land can be broken down even further.  The confusion begins in trying to name the location of the section by using the description technique found in the front of every plat book.  I have shown a picture of how this can be done, or you can just follow the directions; starting backwards and working your way from specific description out to the section number tends to be the easiest. 

Here is a picture of how townships are divide into 36 sections each 1 mile by 1 mile.

 

The 1 mile by 1 mile section is now divided into 4 quadrants and broken down even further if needed

A real advantage of the newer plat book is the topographical map it includes as well as the ownership map on the opposite page.  This allows you to look over the land from above to find rivers, funnels, hidden fields, boundary lines etc.

This is a copy of a section that is open to public hunting in Marathon county.


Most Midwestern states have plat books for their counties.  Here is a list of just a few other states that have RMP (Rockford Map Publisher) plat books: Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and of course Wisconsin.  These little books can be a huge help in finding some great hot spots. They also make great gifts. 

WE NEED `EM - SO FEED `EM.

by Daniel James Hendricks 16. January 2011 11:19
Daniel James Hendricks

     As the snow continues to deepen, the rigors of the northern winter become harder for the wild things of our part of the country.  Deer traffic has been reduced to simple trail-traffic for weeks now with the aimless wandering that whitetails are so famous for no longer an option for the snow-bound deer.  December in Minnesota witnessed the greatest snowfall since weather recording began, I am told and sadly it is taking its toll on the creatures of the wild. 

 

     I have been feeding corn throughout the fall, hoping to supplement the animal’s diets and better prepare them for the winter.  The golden grain has been consumed not only by the deer, but squirrels, rabbits and song birds all dine together at the pile consuming as much as they can.  This type of feeding benefits all wild things in spite of the fact that it is frowned upon by some.

 

     This past week, I contacted a member of our church, a farmer, and had him deliver two square bales of rich clover hay to my back yard.  I placed it in the back of our pickup, cutting the strings on the first bale and removing the first two slices of the dark green, leafy forage.  I placed them on either side of the mineral lick that has been a permanent fixture in our backyard for the past two decades.  The hay remained untouched for several days as the deer-traffic, diminished by inclement weather, has been light if any at all.  Then we had nighttime visitors and the first two thick slices of clover-pie disappeared into thin air, or perhaps into thin deer; nevertheless it was gone.

 

     Even though we live within the city limits of Glenwood, the deer traffic through our yard is constant and heavy in volume, year-round.  For the past ten years the winters have been mild and there has been no real need to supplement the diets of our local herd, although I have offered hay at our backyard salad bar, regardless.  The need this winter is critical due to the harshness of the cold temperatures and deep snow.  

 

     The hunter is portrayed as the villain by the Animal Rights Fanatics (ARF), yet when a hard winter like our present one occurs, who is it that comes to the rescue of the hungry wild things?  It certainly isn’t the ARF’s.  They believe in letting nature take its course and allowing starvation to naturally thin the herds.  Instead, it is the villains, the hunters that come to the rescue of the wild things that they believe they have been entrusted to care for and manage.  It is the game harvesters that reaches into their pockets and pay for the forage to save the herd and then go to the trouble to get those foodstuffs to the needy creatures that suffer from the rigors of nature.

 

     How interesting that those who claim to love the animals do nothing to assist when assistance is needed.  And the ones that are demonized for managing the herds by regulated thinning to an acceptable carrying capacity are the first and only ones to answer the call to save the herd.  The rich coffers of the ARF’s are held in reserve to save the hapless animals from the only true friends they have, the hunter. Oh, what cruel irony, with one breath to claim love for the wild things and in the next say, “Let them die.”
 
     For those of you in areas where winter is taking its heaviest toll, I hope that you will do all that you can to relieve some of the stress being experienced by the creatures that are being most victimized by this harsh winter.  It is our responsibility as hunters and every animal we save is a critical building block to the future of our sport.  If we don’t do it, it won’t get done.


 

 

A Few New Products to be on the Lookout For

by John Mueller 8. March 2010 07:30
John Mueller

While walking around the Iowa Deer Classic this past weekend I spotted a few new products that may soon be stocked here on Bowhunting.com. Some of these could be very useful for us bowhunters. There are always new products at every show, some make the grade and last for years, some are never heard from again. The following are are few I think just might make it in the industry.

The Ready Arrow is a simple device that clamps to the side of your stand and holds one spare arrow at the ready. You can position it anywhere on the outside rail of your stand to make it convenient to reach if a second arrow is needed. After all, how many times do you get the opportunity to empty your quiver at a deer?  Be on the lookout for our video gear review of this product which will be posted this week.

Next are a couple of trail camera mounting systems from Prarie Manufacturing LLC. The first one screws into a tree and has a ball swivel, so you can get just the right angle you need for the camera. This could be very useful if you want to mount your camera up high out of reach of potential thieves. It will allow you angle it down at a scrape or mineral lick. Then you simply attach it to your camera and you'e done.  This is an example of a product that is simple, well made, and can be very useful to just about anyone who uses a trail camera.

The second version is designed specifically to be used on T-type fence posts. It has a round piece of aluminum with the center machined to slide over the standard T-Post shape and tightens with a screw. This model also has the ball swivel to allow for easy positioning on the target. I'm pretty sure you will soon see these in BH.com's shopping cart, as I know Todd picked up a couple at the show.

Next is the TriVane Contour Static Rest. This is a new twist to an arrow rest on a proven design. The arrow is held in place by 3 brushes, and at the shot the brushes rotate out of the way leaving zero contact with the arrow and total vane clearance. This allows you to have the best of both worlds; full containment as well as dropaway brushes for total clearance.  There are 3 models to choose from. 

Next we have 2 products from TruCarbon. One is a carbon powder in a shaker bottle that you can rub on your skin or shake in your boots and gloves. Or just sprinkle it on your clothes to absorb odors without having to buy the expensive carbon clothing.

The second is TruCarbon H2O. This product allows you make your own carbon clothing at a fraction of the cost. It is a carbon powder specially formulated to mix with water. You mix the powder in a bucket of water, soak you clothes and hang them to dry. Then place them in a scent proof container until you are ready to hunt.

Silver Scent Products has the new Laundry Ball out on the market. The all new Vanish Laundry Ball contains natural ceramics which emit negative ions weakening the adherence of soil on fabrics so that garments can easily be cleaned. Most importantly to hunters, the Vanish Laundry Ball contains antibacterial properties which eliminate organic and non-organic odors. In addition there are no UV brighteners and the life expectancy is over 1000 washes.

 

Bad River Outdoors has the Tagged Out ranging system on the market. This is simply an attachment to your bowsight housing which allows you to range your target through your bow sight. It consists of steps that you fit the deer's body into. Yardage is determined by which bracket the deer's body fits into.

Finally, for the turkey hunter we have the Strutt'n 360* Decoy Stand. This device is a remote controlled stand you mount your turkey decoy to. With the push of a button, you can add realistic movement to your strutting decoy.  Just be sure to check your local regulations first, as electronic decoys are illegal in some states.

Keep your eyes open for these and many other new products coming to Bowhunting.com's shopping cart in the near future. It will be interesting to see which of these products are around in a few years.

NEW Squealing Hen Turkey Call could be your best bet this Gobbler Season!

by Bow Staff 8. March 2010 06:51
Bow Staff

Gobblers Can’t Resist The New Squealing Hen Turkey Call From Hunter’s Specialties! Read below to check out what could just be the best innovation in turkey calls in decades!

Hunter's Specialties

Cedar Rapids, IA -The new Squealing Hen Call from Hunter’s Specialties reproduces the sound a hen turkey makes during breeding, triggering an internal frenzied response from gobblers to seek and find the source of the sound. This revolutionary call is the first true new innovation in turkey calling in years.

The Squealing Hen call was developed by Hunter’s Specialties Pro Staff member Eddie Salter.

"My family raised turkeys when I was a kid," said Salter. "Watching the behavior of our pen raised birds helped me learn about turkey vocalizations. I often heard the hen make the squealing sound during breeding, so I started experimenting with calling wild birds using the squeal and had a lot of success. Now turkey hunters have an easy to use call that reproduces that same sound."

The call is easy to operate. Simply blow into the call while depressing the lever. This puts pressure on the internal Infinity Latex reed and the authentic high pitched breeding hen sound is produced.

Gobblers are driven to come in and check out the sound, which appeals to both breeding and territorial instincts. The Squealing Hen works great in areas that have seen a lot of hunting pressure, where birds have become extremely wary or conditioned to conventional calls.

The Squealing Hen is field tested and approved by the Hunter’s Specialties Pro Staff team and will make a valuable addition to any turkey hunter’s arsenal of calls this spring.

For more information, log onto the Hunter’s Specialties website, write them at 6000 Huntington Court NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402, or call a Consumer Service Specialist at 319-395-0321.

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Valentine's Day Bowhunting Pig Hunt 2010

by Jessica Edd 8. March 2010 06:15
Jessica Edd

With our flight to Dallas cancelled due to snow and our hunting arrangements fast becoming unarranged, I began wondering if this Valentine's Day hog hunt was actually going to take place. Although things began looking up when we booked a flight into Oklahoma City, Mother Nature was not cooperating as easily as the airlines. Anyone who has ever hunted hogs, know they don't move much when it's cold and this proved to be true on my first hog hunting experience.

Our first early morning hunt took me to a snow-covered oak tree landscape far different from my hunting homeland of the Rocky Mountains. Even without seeing a single hog, experiencing a new area in such a surreal setting satisfied my need to get out of the office and into the woods. After calling it quits for the morning, we tried to catch up on sleep after a night of sighting in our bows through Dustin's living room. While we slumbered, the snow covered forest floor turned into a mud bog that would be an ideal setting for a demolition derby. As we sat in the stands that night, the feed floating in a pool of water and mud, the pigs proved again, to have found forage opportunities elsewhere.

Day 2 consisted of getting up late due to a late night dinner of barbequed dove wrapped in bacon, garnished with jalapeno slices and one too many Sprittles (Sprite, Vodka and Skittles; highly recommended). Instead of sitting the stands, Will and I walked through a creek bottom, hoping to push a hog out to Dustin and Paul. As I dropped farther back from my line up with Will due to losing a wrestling match with a pile of greenbriers, Will spotted a huge boar but was unable to get a shot. Disappointed that I hadn't even seen a hog yet, we headed back to the truck in order to get on the road to the River View Ranch, outside Ada, Oklahoma.

That afternoon we got settled into our new cabin home and soon discovered that the previous tenants had left us some beer which we gladly drank. We met up with the owner, Keith West, who took us to the skinning shed where we could sight in our bows and get acquainted with the ranch before taking us to our stands. On the ride, the sun came out for the first and only time during the whole trip. I was beginning to think the sun had simply retired from shining in Oklahoma altogether and the snow was its hired replacement. As we sat in the stand, I soon realized I wasn't the only one enjoying the break in the weather. A lonely boar decided he better get out for some feed before the snow got back from its vacation and took a drive by the feeder, only to keep on moving. Seeing this hog only fed my excitement to stick my first one.

Shortly thereafter, another lone boar decided he better get some dinner, not realizing he would soon become breakfast in the form of spicy sausage that's great for burritos. As he sucked up corn from the ground, I waited high in the tree for a good broadside shot. It didn't take long for him to give it to me and when I let my arrow fly I was stunned to see it hit the mud behind him; and not because of a pass-through. I realized my string slapped the sleeve of my jacket and in an attempt to regain my composure after the disappointing shot, I knocked another arrow. No sooner did the little boar give me another perfect opportunity, he turned away in search of more corn. I held at full draw until he turned back and this time when the arrow flew, it connected with both of his lungs. The Rage 2-Blade broadhead performed as optimal as it usually does and stuck the hog deep in the opposite shoulder. The boar run uphill about 30 yards before losing the arrow and kicking up leaves, only to lose the good fight and lay still on the forest floor. Dustin videoed the miss, the hit and my excitement, as well as some extra commentary that will likely be edited out with some good tunes.

After a little celebratory dancing in the stand, it was on for Dustin to get his hog. As we waited and the sun went down, three came in from different directions to meet the feeder. With little to no light left and the evening turning fast into night, Dustin made a perfect shot on one of the boars. When his arrow hit the pig we knew the bacon was coming home as we heard the blood running out of both the entry and exit holes. The NAP Blood Runner broadhead passed through the heart and left the hog expired less than 50 yards from the feeder.

 

When the rumble of Keith's truck came to a rolling stop down the trail, Will greeted us with a quote of a lifetime. Seeing my hog, he skipped all congratulatory speeches and simply said, "Well, get it in the truck and let's go." That was it and it was fantastic feeling like one of the guys. I stacked mine on top of Will's who was swarmed in hogs letting him be pickier as to what pork chop he chose. After we got Dustin's squealer in the truck we headed to meet Paul at his stand. Although Paul had made a good shot on one just before dark and the hog left a good blood trail, we were unable to retrieve it. The blood drops got smaller as it fled from the site of impact and eventually quit altogether. This hog appeared to have the latest version of Fix-A-Flat installed and was able to carry on farther than we were able to track him.

Keith's set up at the skinning shed allowed us to easily and conveniently skin our hogs that night and get them ready for processing. After explaining to Keith that I wanted a piglet to make a piggy bank out of he suggested that I make coin purses out of the boar's you know whats. I politely declined his suggestion through my laughter and over the hysterics it caused throughout the shed. 

Day 3 started out with fresh doughnuts hand delivered by Keith on his way to pick us up. I believe it may have been a form of apology for forgetting to put mattresses on the bunk beds. We were unable to decide if the bunks contained only a box spring or possibly a box of rocks, but it was definitely something to chuckle about in the morning as our sore backs and already exhausted bodies revolved against us. No sooner had we loosened up were we back in the stands at the River View Ranch. The clouds were right back on top of us and we didn't wait long for the snow to fall and wind to rage. Will and Paul bailed out of their stands early but Dustin and I stuck it out waiting for a pig to get hungry enough to bare the cold. As we were about to crawl down from the stand, one hog started snorting down the trail in search of food. Maybe it was the weather or the thoughts of being alone on Valentine's Day that made him lose his appetite but he never came in to the feeder and didn't stop running around long enough to present a shot. With our last shred of hope lost and time running out, we reluctantly called it quits and headed back to the ranch where Will proceeded to mock us and take "proof pictures" of our commitment to sit in the snow for a pig.

My hopes and expectations of having an incredible hunt were met whether the snow liked it or not and I had one of my most memorable Valentine's Days to date while three little piggies are headed to market. It looks as though my tradition of spending this corporate holiday with pigs is continuing on in 2010, only to be substituted with a different breed of swine and much better people.

The GlenDel Full Rut offers FREE Fleece Jacket for 2010.

by Bow Staff 4. March 2010 01:44
Bow Staff

SUPERIOR, Wisconsin -The GlenDel Full Rut, the largest 3-D deer archery target on the market, is offering a promotion designed to provide an added incentive to consumers considering a purchase of this award-winning 3-D target that offers a 4-sided, 14×14x14 inch PolyFusion core, with 10 times more shooting surface area than the nearest competition.

Those who purchase a GlenDel Full Rut before December 31, 2010, can receive a complimentary black fleece jacket embroidered with the GlenDel Full Rut logo!

With a retail value of $49.99, this great promotion makes it even easier to choose the largest and best 3-D whitetail target on the market. Redemption of the free GlenDel Full Rut logoed fleece jacket is simple. Consumers just fill out the redemption certificate provided at their retailer, and mail it along with a copy of the sales receipt and the UPC barcode from the package.

A PDF version of the certificate also can be downloaded at the GlenDel website, where you will find complete promotion details and a copy of the official Terms and Conditions. This offer only applies to the purchase of the GlenDel Full Rut and is not valid on any other 3-D targets. A similar promotion is running on BLOCK Fusion F-21 and F-24 targets. For details of this promotion, please visit the fieldlogic website.

About the GlandDel Full Rut target:

The GlenDel Full Rut 3-D buck measures an incredibly life-like full 37 inches high at the shoulders, is the size of a 300 pound live weight deer, and is graced with the antlers of a 150 inch whitetail. A removable head on a Full Rut swivels so you can face it in any desired direction. The body even consists of embedded life-like hair for added realism.

To learn more about anyone of the great Field Logic products please visit their website. Headquartered in Superior, WI, Field Logic is the manufacturer of the award-winning BLOCK and the new BLOCK Fusion too!

StringSnot, The Latest Protection for Your Bow String

by John Mueller 3. March 2010 07:46
John Mueller

            StringSnot is the latest product on the market designed to protect your bow string from wearing and from the elements. It has been scientifically designed to be superior to ordinary bow string waxes.

Some of the features of StringSnot are:

*Weatherlock Technology

*100% Odorless

*Reduces string flaring and feathering

*Heat Displacement Technology (HDT)

*Waterproofs compound and crossbow strings and cables

*Prolongs bow string life

*Retractable glide on container

*No clumpy, waxy buildup

*Will not freeze

*Non Flammable

*Increases bowstring speed vs. traditional waxes

*Made in USA

 

 

 

            I had the opportunity to test StringSnot out on my bow. Their slogan is “StringSnot Nothin’ Slicker”. I have to agree, I have not used anything slicker on my bowstrings. StringSnot comes in a retractable container much like chapstick. It is also about the consistency of soft chapstick. It glides on the bow string very smoothly unlike some of the stiffer waxes which clump up or need to be heated to use. It’s very easy to work into the string and cables on your bow. And once applied it leaves a smooth, even  coating of protection on the string and cable.

 

 

            StringSnot really repels the water off of my bow string. What doesn’t roll right off beads up and will not soak in. Being very soft the StringSnot works deep into the individual fibers of the string, not allowing water or dirt to penetrate.

 

            While claiming to increase bow string speed, I did not find this to be the case in my test. I started out with my Bowtech Captains string in an unwaxed, but not badly frayed condition from last hunting season. I shot 6 arrows just to get everything loosened up. I then shot 3 FMJ arrows weighing 460 grains and 3 Gold Tip arrows weighing 405 grains at 60 pounds of draw weight through a chronograph.

The speeds were:

FMJ

  1. 253 fps
  2. 255 fps
  3. 253 fps

Gold Tip

  1. 267 fps
  2. 266 fps
  3. 268 fps

I then lubricated my string and cable with the StringSnot. I shot a few rounds of arrows the let the snot work into the string. After shooting 24 arrows I did the crono test again.

FMJ

  1. 251 fps
  2. 250 fps
  3. 250 fps

Gold Tip

  1. 263 fps
  2. 262 fps
  3. 265 fps

So adding the StringSnot actually slowed my bow down a small amount. Which to me kind of made sense, after all I had added weight to my string and adding weigh will slow down your bow string. If applied to a badly frayed string it may help to increase speed as a frayed string is not very aerodynamic. Not much to worry about in a couple of fps loss.

 

            Over all I was impressed with the StringSnot, it is much easier to work into the bow string than the old stiff waxes. Water repellency is great and this stuff is slick. The company also produces ArrowSnot and RailSnot. The ArrowSnot is an arrow lubricant to ease arrow pulling and the RailSnot is a lubricant for crossbow rails.

You can now order StringSnot from Bowhunting.com Click Here!

HUGE Michigan Buck Found Dead!

by Bow Staff 2. March 2010 08:19
Bow Staff

Michigan seems like the state to be this winter for dead whitetail bucks (not in a good way). Check out the story below on the latest GIANT buck found there. How would you like to have seen this while on stand!?

A Lenawee County (Michigan) woman was walking her dog on Sunday, February 7th, when she came upon this awesome discovery most shed hunters drool over. The cause of death is uncertain, as no gunshot wounds, or broken bones were found by several on-lookers to the scene. However, the dead buck was nearby a road.

An official CBM (Commemorative Bucks of Michigan) scorer has already green gross scored this incredible buck at a hair over 257 inches, with a near 30 inch spread! The mainframe 12 pointer will await an 60-day drying period before it is officially scored for the books.

Rumor has it that the buck may have already been sold to Cabela’s. Although it is unclear at this time if that is true. The staff at Bowhunting.Com is busily trying to verify this information. In the meantime, congrats to the lucky finder of this rare trophy.

Bowhunting.Com is always interested in the stories and/or photos of bowhunters just like you. If you have, or know of any interesting hunting related photos or stories that you would like to share with us, please don’t hesitate to send them to info@bowhunting.com.

 

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2010 Bowhunting.com Turkey Hunting Contest

by Dustin DeCroo 1. March 2010 10:18
Dustin DeCroo

It's that time once again... Time for the 2nd annual bowhunting.com turkey hunting contest.  Follow the link to sign up before March 7th!  http://forums.bowhunting.com/showthread.php?t=12195

Pending Illinois Record Buck visits Illinois Deer Classic. Bowhunting.Com will be there too!

by Bow Staff 24. February 2010 08:54
Bow Staff

The Illinois Deer and Turkey Classic is being held this weekend in Bloomington, Illinois. Amongst its hundreds of booths selling everything from gear to actual hunts, and thousands of visitors, one will be able to gaze upon what we think is the coolest looking buck you may ever see.

Bowhunter, Chris Kiernan, took this giant non-typical buck on the first day of November, 2009, while hunting Kendall County. The buck totes 37 points!

Although the MONSTER buck has been officially scored by a Pope and Young scorer, it will still have to wait until March, 2011, before it can be scored again by an entire panel of scorers. This is not typical for the club to do unless an animal reaches such high score. At 268 1/8 inches, we understand.

Chris’s buck will be on display at the Elite Archery booth as well as the main "Big Buck" exhibit which features many of the largest whitetail taken in Illinois throughout 2009 and previous seasons.

We invite any and all to come see Chris’s mount and take the time to visit us, at the Bowhunting.Com booth. We’ll have shirts and hats for sale as well as some great prizes to give away! The Illinois Deer and Turkey classic runs this weekend only, the 26-28th of February.

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NAP Blood Runner 3-Blade Passes the Hog Test

by Dustin DeCroo 22. February 2010 07:55
Dustin DeCroo

As the population and range of wild (feral) hogs increases across the country, bowhunters are given new opportunities to chase these animals with very liberal hunting regulations.  Hogs present excellent opportunities for spot and stalk hunts as well as hunting them from stands at a food source.  It has been my experience that hogs can be one of the most difficult animals to shoot and recover with a bow for a multitude of reasons.  The layer of fat that encompasses their body has the ability to seal up a broadhead wound in record time, the heavy bone sturcture of their shoulders protect the forward lying vitals and create a challenge for almost any broadhead on the market.  In a hog, the diaphragm which separates the heart/lung cavity from the liver, stomach and intestines sits just a couple of inches behind the shoulder.  This type of anatomy makes it difficult to make a clean heart or lung shot from the broadside position without penetrating the shoulder.  It sounds ridiculous, I know, as we're all taught from a young age to shoot a deer, elk, antelope or any other game behind the shoulder... not into it.

I've killed hogs with Slick Trick, Muzzy, Eastman Mechanicals, Montecs, Crimson Talon, and Magnus heads.  Of those broadheads, none of the mechanicals could ever be used again and several of the fixed heads met their match as well.  The second weekend in February I was able to try the NAP Blood Runner 3-Blade head that I picked up from bowhunting.com.  For a full video review on this head, you can click here.  Briefly, the Blood Runner 3-Blade 100gr. appears to be a fixed blade head with a 1" cutting diameter, upon impact the blades "open" and add another 1/2" of cutting diameter.  There is physically no way that the blades will not expand and if there was, you'd still have a 1" fixed blade head on the tip of your arrow.  As with any NAP product the blades are extremely sharp out of the package.

Valentines Day eve found me sitting in a treestand in South Central Oklahoma awaiting my first shot attempt with a Blood Runner tipped Easton Axis.  As the darkness quickly set in, fellow staff member Jessica Edd and I were in the process of calling it quits when three black hogs materialized in front of us.  I came to full draw and waited for several seconds for a shot opportunity, one sow turned broadside and I strained to make out the green glow of my 20 yard pin.  I centered the almost silhouetted pin on her shoulder and touched the release.  It was dark enough in the trees that I couldn't see my arrow impact the animal, but we could hear the arrow hit and as the animal ran past our tree we could hear the boiler room was flooding.  Seconds later we could hear the pig expire not 50 yards from the point of impact.  We gathered our gear and moved to the spot where my hog was last standing.  The arrow had passed through and there was blood where the animal stood at the shot.  From there, the most incredible blood trail I've ever witnessed led us directly to my pig.  At the time, I didn't have the foresight to use an arrow or anything else in the photo to show how wide the blood trail was but it was never less than 12" wide.



Still photo of the blood trail created by the NAP Blood Runner


Still photo taken down the blood trail.  If you look closely you can see blood spatter all the way across this photo.

We eventually hauled our pigs back to the skinning shack and I was able to do a bit of an autopsy.  The arrow entered directly in the left shoulder joint, passed through the rib cage cutting the top half of the heart and exited through the armpit and leg bone on the opposite side.  I was somewhat shocked to see the amount of bone that was contacted after seeing that my broadhead showed almost zero damage.  The only visible damage is two very small nicks on one of the three blades, small enough that any sharpening stone will do the trick.


Damage through the rib cage, notice how far forward the heart was sitting


Close up


Exit wound through the leg


You can see the "nicks" here is the lower blade


Still operates perfectly!

The NAP Blood Runner has passed one of the most difficult tests in the hunting world, with flying colors.  This is by far one of the best heads I have shot to date and I will have one in my quiver for many hunts to come. 

NEW BLOODRUNNER 2 Broadhead by NAP!

by Bow Staff 22. February 2010 05:06
Bow Staff

The hottest broadhead to come out in 2009 just gave birth to a brother! Introducing the NEW NAP BloodRunner, the broadhead we think you might want to take a closer look at in 2010.

NAP INTRODUCES THE NEW 2-BLADE BLOODRUNNER

Twice the Cut – No Matter What!

New Archery Products, a leading manufacturer of broadheads, arrowrests, vanes and other archery accessories, has added the 2-blade BLOODRUNNER to their 2010 product line-up.

The BLOODRUNNER is a hybrid design combining the elements from a fixed blade broadhead as well as that of a mechanical head. The super-strong stainless steel razor sharp rear-deploying 2-blade has OVER TWO inches of cutting diameter that produces huge entry and exit holes, massive blood trails and quicker recoveries. The unique ferrule design made of new "Tough as Steel" 7075 aircraft aluminum provides extreme strength and excellent penetration. The BLOODRUNNER 2-blade will not open your quiver, in flight and doesn’t use o-rings or rubber bands. The BLOODRUNNER provides excellent flight characteristics delivering field point accuracy. The blade thickness is 0.039" with sharpness you come to expect from all NAP broadheads. The BLOODRUNNER is available in 100 grains and retails for $39.99. A 2-pak practice heads and 3-pack of replacement blades are also available.

BloodRunner technology gives you the best of both worlds a fixed blade broadhead that expands upon impact and gives a hunter the peace of mind that it will cut no matter what!

2-blade 100 grains

Open Cutting Diameter: 2-1/6"

Closed Cutting Diameter: 1-1/8"

Blade Thickness: .039"

- Super-strong stainless steel razor sharp blades

For more information on all New Archery Products, contact: NAP, 7500 Industrial Drive, Forest Park, IL 60130, by phone at (800) 323.1279, or visit their website.

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Verifier Peep, Like Putting Reading Glasses on Your Bow

by John Mueller 19. February 2010 06:34
John Mueller

The Verifier Lens by Specialty Archery in my Super Ball Peep has definitely improved my shooting in the last couple of years. It was like putting reading glasses on my bow. What were big fuzzy blobs are now crisp and in focus sight pins. For all of you older bowhunters out there with eyes that just aren’t what they used to be with regard to close up vision, you need to try the Verifier Lens out. I guarantee it will help your accuracy.

The Verifier comes in 5 powers just like those reading glasses in your local pharmacy. I use the #8 lens in my peep. Hopefully your shop will have all of them so you can try all of the powers to see which one helps you the most. There is no magnification with the lens it just clears up your sight pins.

The Verifier Lens screws into the Super Ball Peep and come in either 1/8” or ¼” aperture size. When installing the lens, it’s best to put a little bow string wax on the threads before screwing it in the peep. This keeps it from backing out due to the vibration of the bow. The ¼’ is better for hunting, allowing more light to pass through for those low light shots when the big guys like to show up. For those of you who like to center their sight housing in the peep instead of a single pin, you will need a sight with a small outside diameter. The ¼” verifier works well with sights of 1 ¾” diameter and smaller.

The Super Ball Peeps come in many styles and colors, with or without tubing attachments. I’m getting the red one for my Black Ops Destroyer 340. They also come in 2 different angles, 37* for bows 40” and shorter and 45* for bows longer than 40”.

You young guys might not have a use for this product just yet, but when the time comes, just remember it can save you a lot of headaches trying to hold that big blob of a pin on target. All of us more experienced bow hunters need every advantage we can get to stay on target. And the Verifier Lens is a tool not too many people even know about. Everyone I let look through my peep is amazed at the difference it makes.

Hunting; A Woman's Perspective

by Jessica Edd 18. February 2010 22:59
Jessica Edd

The author on a recent elk hunting tripGrowing up in a family who hunts and a community who gives “hunting holidays” at school, it was only natural that I would start hunting. My dad had more of a challenge than most considering he had my mom, my sister, and me to deal with but he figured it out and made successful hunters out of all of us. I attribute most of my success in this sport to him for getting my mom involved early on in their marriage (even though she too was from a hunting family) and allowing them to pass on the tradition together.  As we all well know, the word “hunting” encompasses so much more than simply stalking and killing an animal.

With the world of hunting growing larger every day, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the increase in population may be, in part, due to more females picking up weapons. It seems as though women have always been riding along in the truck with the men of their lives, but it’s only been recently that we began to see the shift of them getting out of the truck and going out on their own. For decades the men who look at hunting as something more than just “time with the guys” (and I applaud them for this) have tried to get the ladies in their lives into the world of hunting. Some of which follow and fall in love, some who end up being assistant butchers at the end of the day and some who make their “Honey Do” list just long enough to prevent hunting all together. I believe the brave huntresses of the world have been out there all along and we have just now tapped the resources of finding them. At any rate, it is something that cannot, will not, and, most importantly, should not be ignored.

After reading the blog “Big Kansas Buck Falls to the Bow” I was thrilled to read on and find it was a female who took the 200+ inch deer. However, the part about it being “not often heard of” disappointed me. Why is this true? Is it because there simply aren’t as many female hunters, or maybe we just don’t hear about their big kills, or maybe females just aren’t as good at hunting. I believe the first statement is true and the second may have some validity but the third is only something that is reasonably assumed with little to no evidence backing it up. Why wouldn’t a woman be every bit as good as “one of the guys?” I will be the first to admit that some females lack in certain physical attributes needed, but most of us give it all we’ve got.

We’re starting to see “Women Only” hunting groups as well as forums and workshops targeted specifically to the outdoorswoman. This is not because we need special training or attention; more so, we want the same companionship that comes along with an all women’s camp that accompanies the All American Men’s Deer Camps.

After several years of being uncomfortable in the field due to wearing oversized men’s clothes, I’m also starting to notice more and more women’s gear companies. The pants, jackets, gloves and boots are made specifically for women and yes, if you can believe it, we are built much different than the skinny hipped men of the world. If you’ve ever wondered why your girlfriend/wife lags behind you, have you ever thought it could be due to the crotch of her pants riding down to her knees and straps of her pack being too wide for her shoulders? We already have steep slopes, rough terrain, high elevation and the cold on our search for that bugling bull so we definitely don’t need to be fighting our gear too. Thankfully companies like, Prois, She Safari, SheHunts, and High Maintenance Camo have come along to save the day (and our cute little hineys too).

Only recently have I begun to hunt in different groups other than my family and I am starting to get a very good picture of how women are viewed in the field. Some guys simply won’t have it where others welcome women openly, but not for any reason regarding hunting (animals, that is). For the most part, however, I have found that most hunting circles enjoy having women in camp and don’t see it as a problem. I have met handfuls of wonderful people from all over the country that I have either hunted with or have hunts planned with and most of them have no biases. Until, that is, the girl in camp gets the biggest buck!

Locked Bucks from Michigan's Ice!

by Bow Staff 17. February 2010 07:34
Bow Staff

Most Michigan state bowhunters would tell you that there are just no more big whitetail bucks left in their great state. We believe Michigan Conservation Officer, Mike Msher, may just have to disagree with this.

Just recently Mike was at a farm in Allegan County, in the southwestern portion of the state. There he was killing some local, crippled geese. As Mike ventured out onto a frozen cattail swamp (presumably to retrive one) he happened across the find of a lifetime. Two Monstrous bucks were locked in battle (possibly from years earlier) and buried in the winter ice and brush.

We don’t have any more information other than this short story and this one photo. It’s of CO Mike Msher, and the well over 300" of locked bone grasped in his hands! Wow, what a find!

Bowhunting.Com is always interested in the stories and/or photos of bowhunters just like you. If you have, or know of any interesting hunting related photos or stories that you would like to share with us, please don’t hesitate to send them to info@bowhunting.com.

Were especially interested in info on the gear you use - what words and what doesn't

Thank you in advance!

Categories: Bowhunting Blogs

NEW IQ Bowsight set to Revolutionize Bowhunting!

by Bow Staff 14. February 2010 02:59
Bow Staff

The Groundbreaking IQ Bowsight Is The Intelligent Sight For Maximum Accuracy

COLUMBUS, Ohio (February 10, 2010) — In any shooting sport, consistency is the key to accuracy. In the archery world, the new revolutionary IQ Bowsight—with its patented Retina Lock system—is about to redefine everything we thought we knew about consistency and accuracy. Used correctly, the IQ Bowsight will extend your effective range by ensuring your hold, form and anchor point are all absolutely consistent from shot to shot, from the range to the field.

The genius of the Retina Lock design is its Tunnel Vision System that places a magnifying lens in front of a colored optic element inside of the bezel. Only when perfectly aligned, the Retina Lock produces a green glow behind a black centering dot, verifying your position, hold and anchor point are consistent every time. It’s fast, intuitive and almost effortless, but the brilliance of the IQ Bowsight is that it performs equally with or without a peep sight.

It may come as no surprise that inconsistent torque on the bow imparted by the forward hand is the absolute enemy of accurate archery practice, as this causes arrows to wander wildly on the horizontal axis despite having a pin centered perfectly on the target. The variation in grip from the mere addition of gloves can mean the difference between a short blood-trail track to your quarry and a long and unproductive search for a wounded animal—or even a complete miss. The Retina Lock prevents torque. When torque is applied to the bow, the green glow won’t be centered in the tunnel vision system. Nor will it be centered if your anchor point changes or you are angling the bow instead of bending at the waist while shooting from an elevated position. This visual feedback is immediate thus allowing for perfect form, muscle memory and accurate arrow placement every time.

Constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum, the IQ Bowsight has unprecedented four-axis adjustability for ideal alignment for any archer. Its StackTight pins nest together, providing closer positioning between pins to accommodate precise aiming points for today’s flat-shooting, high-velocity bows. The fiber optic elements are fully contained in the PinPocket design of the IQ’s aluminum pins. Light Trap technology ensures bright pins in low light conditions to extend your shooting time without the aid of electronics or batteries.

The IQ Bowsight will be available in four- and seven-pin configurations in both left- and right-hand variants. The IQ Bowsight will be arriving on dealers’ shelves by May with suggested retail prices of $199.99 and $219.99 for the four- and seven-pin configurations, respectively.  For more information please visit the IQ Bowsight.

Check Out our video on the IQ sight!

IQ Bowsight Note

At the recent Archery Trade Association show, one highly regarded professional bowhunter was overheard saying, "This sight is going to revolutionize bowhunting. It’s like having an archery instructor standing over your shoulder telling you exactly what you’re doing wrong and when you’ve got it right." We fully expect to see him with the IQ on his bow by fall and his comment comes as high praise for the sight that’s about to rewrite the book on archery accuracy.

 

 

Gorilla Gear Introduces NEW FX2 Blind for 2010.

by Bow Staff 10. February 2010 06:47
Bow StaffGORILLA® TAKES YOU ON THE RUN AND UNDERCOVERTM

Gorilla Gear Introduces the New Ultra-light 2 Hub Undercover FX2 Blind

FLUSHING, Michigan – Gorilla Gear, a premium producer of hunting blinds and accessories announces the introduction of a new ultra-light 2 hub blind – the Undercover FX2. At only 12 lbs, this blind offers superior concealment, portability and quick set-up for virtually every hunting situation.

"We know hunters want to increase the amount of time they hunt and decrease time setting up, with the FX2, a hunter can be settled and in the blind quickly. At only 12 lbs, this blind is perfect for run-n-gun hunting situations," stated Stephen Graham, the company’s Director of Marketing.

This highly portable 2 hub blind sets up quickly and offer a spacious interior perfect for the gun, crossbow, or compound bow hunter. It features a generous 76" x 62" base, 72" height, and a large 37"x 23" primary front shooting window. Featuring a total of five spacious shooting windows, the FX2 is constructed with whisper quiet 300 D fabric and utilizes Gorilla’s Durahub system for 4 times the strength and durability of other competitive hubs blinds.

Mossy Oak Break-up exterior and ShadowBlocker interior provide superior concealment. Portability of this ultra-light 12 lb. blind is made even easier with a backpack style carrying bag.

About Gorilla Gear

Gorilla Gear, an Eastman Outdoors Inc. brand, is a leading manufacturer of quality hunting equipment and accessories designed to deliver a great day in the field. Gorilla Gear products are available throughout North America at leading retailers and hunting specialty stores. For more information about Gorilla Gear contact customer service at (810) 733-6360 or visit their website.

Whitetail Doe shot in the Head. A reminder to Hunters.

by Bow Staff 2. February 2010 07:19
Bow Staff

There is little arguing that whitetail deer are among the most celebrated and hunted animals on the planet. But is it really a wonder as to why they are?

We don’t think so. After all, they cover much of the North American continent, grow unique antler configurations, and taste really good in between a couple hamburger buns that sit next to an eight inch piece of sweet corn. Mmmmmm, the thoughts of summer warm our minds again!

Enough of reminiscing (after all it’s only February), as recently a few trailcam photos have been received by the good staff here at Bowhunting.Com. They’re images of a lone whitetail doe feeding. However, if one was to look closely, they could clearly see the reason why we thought these photos needed to be made public.

We’re not sure of the hunter’s intentions. And we make no conclusions to why the arrow is where it is, embedded in the head of this lone doe. We understand bad shots can and do happen in the real world of hunting. We’ve been there.

We’re posting these photos with the intentions of only good. A reminder of what we do in life (insert Gladiator theme music) and how it can echo an eternity.

As in… this shotis not… and has never been a high percentage shot. Although it can yield the results desired, it undoubtedly can also end disastrous. And because of this, the hunter who took it and/or had messed it up, sits somewhere tonight, with an empty hamburger bun.

Let’s remember that image. Take the high percentage shot! That broadside shot where the lungs are the only target between you and a happy barbecuing experience this June.

Only you can prevent hamburger bun waste!

 

Categories: Bowhunting Blogs

The Heater Body Suit Keeps You on Stand

by John Mueller 1. February 2010 05:07
John Mueller

            I have the perfect solution for those bitter cold late season sits on stand. The Heater Body Suit will keep you warm no matter what the weather brings. I used mine quite a few times last season and I never got cold while I had it on down to -6*.

 

            I purchased my suit after the season ended last year, so it took me a while to give it a thorough testing. I used it this season when the weather got really cold and windy. I wore a base layer of Under Armor with an insulated Scent-Loc Liner over that and a Cabelas Fleece Outfit while walking to my stand. After I was safety strapped to the tree I put on the “booties” that come with the suit, these help keep the inside of the suit clean and also help your boots slide into the legs. Then I put the Heater Body Suit on. The suit resembles a sleeping bag with legs sewn into it, with suspenders to hold it up when you remove it to shoot. Getting cold while wearing the suit was never an issue, I was out in temps as cold as -6* with a steady wind. The windproof liner kept the cold winds out and my body heat kept the temps up inside.

 

 

            I was a little worried about hunting out of my Lone Wolf Sit and Climb while wearing the suit, but I fit down inside the arm rails just fine and didn’t feel cramped. It was fairly easy to get into the suit on the small platform too. But then again I am 6’ 3” and 180#, so I can maneuver around in tight spaces.

 

            Using it in late season with the woods wide open, I always saw the deer coming in plenty of time to get stood up and slide the suit off of my shoulders. Once the suit is off your shoulders it is no problem at all drawing your bow. In fact it’s easier than drawing with the bulky layers you would need to be wearing if it weren’t for the suit. The material is very quiet, making no noise while drawing your bow.

 

            While traveling to and from the stand the suit rolls up to about the size of a sleeping bag and has straps so you carry it like a backpack or over one shoulder.

 

            At first the zipper was a little loud, but I rubbed some wax on it and if you keep outward pressure on it as you move it it’s really pretty quiet.

 

            If you live where the temps really get down there or if you just don’t like the cold.   The Heater Body Suit will definitely keep you on stand longer. It will also make it easier to draw your bow once you slip it off of your shoulders and only have the lighter clothes on underneath. Check out their website at http://heaterbodysuit.com/ . They have a special field test opportunity going on right now on their website with a big discount if you buy one and do the field test.

Carbon Express Introduces NEW Triloc Pro Broadhead.

by Bow Staff 1. February 2010 02:05
Bow StaffLOCK DOWN YOUR PREY WITH CARBON EXPRESS®

New Triloc Pro Broadhead Features Innovative Locking Blades

Flushing, Michigan – Carbon Express, a leader in arrow technology and innovation is adding another broadhead to its growing family with the Triloc Pro. The Triloc Pro features a 3 point locking system that guarantees no blade loss will occur when you take your shot at that trophy buck.

The three blade Triloc Pro features a 1 1/8 inch cutting diameter with .031" thick blades. With a unique 3 point locking system, the Triloc Pro blades lock securely into the ferrule for guaranteed blade retention. Available in 100 gr., the Triloc Pro has a suggested retail of $29.95

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 see more about this or any other Carbon Express product please visit their website or call 800.241.4833.

NEW Gorilla Treestand for 2010 won't break your Bank.

by Bow Staff 28. January 2010 03:54
Bow Staff

A MID-SIZED GORILLA WITH OVERSIZED PERFORMANCE.

Mid-Sized Silverback HX Now Available From Gorilla

FLUSHING, Michigan – Gorilla Inc. announces the introduction of the Silverback HX – a mid-sized, lightweight aluminum stand that incorporates state-of-the-art technology and features for exceptional performance.

"The Silverback HX is provides hunters with the perfect balance between size, weight and portability," stated Stephen Graham, the company’s Director of Marketing. "The single post design, seat leveling system and flip-up XPE dual density foam seat makes this hang-on a must have for serious hunters."

The Silverback HX weighs in at only 12 lbs. and features a 21" X 27" platform.

The stand also features XT-6 nylon washers for silent performance, Easy-Cinch™ dual claw straps for secure fastening and Mossy Oak Treestand camo for superior concealment. The stand is rated for 275 lbs. and has a suggested retail of $139.99

About Gorilla Inc.

Gorilla Inc. is an award-winning manufacturer of high performance treestands and accessories for hunters who demand comfort, strength and stealth. For more information on the Silverback HX visit the Gorilla, Inc. wbsite.

Categories: Bowhunting Blogs

Maximize Your Bowhunting Success: Location, Location, Location!

by Justin Zarr 27. January 2010 07:17
Justin Zarr

With the passing of each bowhunting season I feel that I learn a little more not only about the game I hunt, but about my shortcomings as a bowhunter.  This has been especially true the past several years over which I feel I've grown quite a bit.  Although I don't have a wall full of Booners to show for it, I have had unquestionably some of the most productive hunts of my life, while at the same time having some of the most unproductive hunts of my life.  Which brings me to the point of this particular blog; maximizing your opportunities and successes for next year.

Like most bowhunters I have a fairly limited amount of time to spend in the woods each fall.  Between my weekends and a few vacation days I average probably 20-25 days in the field, nearly half of which are spent behind a camera as of late.  Needless to say, I need to get the most out of each one of those hunts if I hope to be successful.  There are quite a few variables that go into having a successful hunt and as I have found out the hard way none are more important than location.  You can be as scent free, quiet, and accurate as possible but if the shot never presents itself you've goten all dressed up with essentially no place to go.  The right location can make even a mediocre hunter appear great, and the wrong location can make a great hunter appear mediocre.

When I talk about maximizing your opportunities for success I don't just mean finding more or better hunting grounds.  I mean abandoning stands and entire hunting areas that are not producing the results you are looking for.  That has been one of my biggest hurdles to overcome in the past several years.  Memories and personal attachments to certain spots keep us coming back year after year, but what for?  Can we really afford to be wasting several days a year on spots that have rarely or in some cases never produced?

This past weekend I ventured out to look for shed antlers, pull a few of my cameras that have been out since November, and check on a few stands to make sure they didn't grow legs and walk off.  One of the areas I ventured into is a farm that I've been hunting since 2001.  In the 8 years of hunting this spot I have seen, while hunting, 3 shooter bucks.  Only one of which was within bow range, and unfortunately a bad shot ended with nothing more than a bad memory.  This past season I hunted there for a total of 5 sits and saw only two deer.  I ran a trail camera all summer and fall and got photos of two decent bucks, both well after dark, and both never returned.  So after nearly a decade of punishing myself by hunting an area that clearly is never going to produce the size or quantity of bucks I'm looking for, I've decided to pull my stands and move on. And to be honest, it's difficult to think about NOT hunting this spot.  But if I want to acheive my goals and give myself the best chances of taking a nice buck, I need to move on.


While both of these bucks are very nice, these are the only two photos I was able to capture of them all year.  Both photos were taken well after dark, and neither buck was seen during daylight hours by myself or anyone else hunting this particular farm.  A lot of bowhunters may choose to stick around and hope one of them wanders by during shooting hours, but after 8 years of cat and mouse with the bucks on this farm I'm finally throwing in the towel and moving on.  Am I crazy?

Fortunately for me, I have several other options to explore and promising areas to hunt which helps ease the pain a bit.  However, it wasn't always this way.  I spent 5 seasons bouncing from lease to lease looking for an area that could produce on a consistant basis until I finally found one.  Unfortunately it's 5 hours from home and I can't hunt it as much as I would like!  Which brings me to my next point; changing locations doesn't always mean pulling up stakes and moving halfway across the state.  Sometimes it's as simple as moving a few yards.  Someone once told me that the difference between a good stand and a great stand is 20 yards.  This single statement has stuck with me for years and had a huge effect on my hunting.


Over a 2 week period my trail camera captured 17 buck photos over a community scrape located along a travel corridor.  Of those 17 photos 12 were taken during daylight hours.  Clearly this information tells me that this is an area where these bucks feel safe and are frequenting during legal hunting hours, and is an area I should focus my attention on next year.

How many of bowhunters sit the same stands again and again after seeing that big buck just out of range?  Only a few more steps and you would've had him!  This must be a great stand location!  Then it happens again.  Another buck comes by and he's either just out of range or busts you before you can get the shot off.  So close again!  So you come back to that stand for the rest of the season, and maybe the next, and even the next, all the while hoping that maybe that buck will come just a little closer next time.  But after hundreds of hours on stand and some great stories to tell your hunting buddies your tags are still unfilled. 

Ask any bowhunter who has been consistantly successful at harvesting big whitetails the secret to their succes and they will tell you one of two things, and neither one of them is luck.  Location and hard work are the two ingredients to being successful on a regular basis according to virtually all of whitetail hunting's elite.  That means no longer being happy with just seeing deer, but getting close enough to kill them.  In many cases this means staying mobile and not falling into a state of complacency once the season starts.  Don't just sit in the same old stands because they're already in the tree or because they're the easiest walk from the truck.  If you want to be successful you have to hunt where the deer are at.  Click here to read my blog on mobile bowhunting for more information on my techniques and some of the gear I use to help me maximize my chances.


I shot this buck in 2007 after seeing him feeding on acorns several nights earlier.  After my first encounter I came back with another treestand and moved in 50 yards closer to where I had seen him.  Two nights later he showed up and the rest is history.  If I was simply complacent to see him, and hope that he came to me instead of me going to him, I may have never gotten a shot.

2010 Bowhunting Gear Videos - 63 New Products!

by Justin Zarr 25. January 2010 21:30
Justin Zarr

The Bowhunting.com staff was hard at work at the 2010 ATA show checking out all of the new bowhunting products for 2010.  We saw a ton of great gear, much of which is going to be for sale right here on Bowhunting.com in the coming months.  To give you guys the best look at these new products we have put together 63 new product videos for you to watch!  So grab your drink of choice and make sure you've got a few minutes.  You won't want to miss this!

New from Primos - Trail Cameras, The Crush Blind, & Improved Silver XP Products.  And Jim Shockey too!

Tactical Archery Systems - Delta Rail Stabilzer, The Sabo Sight, Hip Bone Bow Holder

Carbon Express - PileDriver, Mayhem, & Mutiny carbon arrows

R&M Sportsan - Weather Shield convertable umbrella/treestand blind

Lakewood Double Bow Case

White Knuckle Productions - Ground Zero DVD

Antler King Final Feast

Muddy Outdoors - Pro Hunter Hang-On Stands and Ladder Stands

Invisible Hunter scent elimination products

The Breath-Taker activated carbon disposable facemask

Predator Trailcams - Informer XP & TrailEYE IR trail cameras

Limbsaver Proton Bow

Pole Mountain Outdoors Hardcase Bow case - super tough!

Hoyt Carbon Matrix & Hoyt Maxxis bows

Elite Archery Judge Bow - check it out!

Covert 3.5T Crossbow

New PSE Bows & Technologies - Dream Season Bow, Axe Bow, Vendetta Bow, & Skulls Camo

Uway trail cameras - NT50 & NT50B infrared trail cameras

Leupold Bow-Mounted rangefinder - one of the 10 best bowhunting products for 2010!

First Light merino wool base layers - now offered in more camo patterns

Firenock lighted nock

Roscoby Riser Cam - film your own hunts!

Bushnell Trophy Cam trail camera - improved for 2010

Burt Coyote Fastool - square your arrows even after they are fletched

Bowtech Destroyer Bow

NAP Quikfletch with Lee & Tiffany Lakosky!

Shoot Like a Girl - promoting women to get involved with bowhunting and the shooting sports

Predator Camo - new base layer compression gear

Keyes Hunting Gear - high-tech backpacks in custom camo patterns

Hooyman Extendible Tree Saws - don't go bowhunting without them!

Rinehart Rhinoblock target - 6 sides of shooting fun!

Millenium M100 treestand

Field Logic IQ Bowsight with Retina Lock technology

Slick Trick Crossbow Trick broadhead

Lumen-Arrow - the lighted nock is already built in!

New Octane accessories from Diamond Archery

Norway Industries - String Tamer GII & New Hitch Hero!

Rifle Cam Bow and Crossbow Stabilizer Cam

NuFletch Spectum - fletching made easy!

CamoFlex DeadFall Ground Blind - say goodbye to brushing in your ground blind.

Huntmore 360* Hunting Chair - simply the best there is!

NAP Bloodrunner 2 Blade broadhead & Apache arrow rest

NAP Thunderhead Edge & Spitfire Edge broadheads

Pine Ridge Archery Ground Blind Camera Arm & Improved Pro Bow Cam

Scent Blocker New Products!

Hawg Light Marauder Lighting System - great for hog hunting and bowfishing

Reconyx Hyperfire HC500 & HC600 digital trail cameras

Campbell Outdoor Challenge Video Editor

Mrs. Doe Pee Buck Lure - the best stuff you can get!

 

Shed Hunting, Property Planning & The Start of Another Bowhunting Season

by Todd Graf 25. January 2010 10:51
Todd Graf

I was lucky enough to bump into long-term friend Jim Shockey at the ATA show this year. I cant believe it was 15 years ago when I first stepped onto the SHOT Show floor, and was fortunate enough to meet Jim & his wife.  Jim was one of the few people who was willing to give me five minutes of his time while I pitched him on the Internet and how cool it is and that you could have you own website...blah, blah blah.  Honestly, I think Jim thought I was from Mars but he was polite enough to listen to me. When I finally shut up Jim's words were something along the lines of "I'm not really sure what you're talking about, but I want one!" Since that time we have created several different versions of his website through the years and are in the process of a new redesign for 2010 which will be the best yet! For those of you who have not watched Jim on TV or have purchased his videos, he is the REAL DEAL! Jim is as hardcore of a hunter as they get, he is very intelligent, and truly a great guy.

 
We're getting ready to rebuild Jim a new website which will have significantly more interactivity and a lot more video action so stay tuned and we'll make sure that will let you know what is the website is launched.

Two other websites we're very proud to have recently built are Lee & Tiffany Lakosky's website for their hit show The Crush and New Archery Products all-new website.  If you're ever in the need for website development services for your business  - hunting or otherwise - give us a call, we'd love to help you out.  You can learn more about our web development services and view our portfolio online at www.rhinogroup.com


From left to right - Marc Baird, Lee Lakosky, NAP President Andy Simo, Tiffany Lakosky, Todd Graf, and Justin Zarr

We are also excited to be working with a brand new TV show coming for this fall -The Legends of the Fall.  Here is a photo of the cast of the all new show. Mike & Bonnie McFerrin, Eric Hale, Chris Ward, Mark Luster & David Bogard.  We will be starting to build their website very shortly, and I'll make sure to post a link as soon as it's finished.

This past weekend I went out to one of my hunting spots to check a few trail cameras, inspect my food plots, and look for some early shed antlers.  Between my good friend Jim Carlson and I we picked up 3 fresh sheds, including a matched set to a buck that I have been hunting for the past two seasons. I have never seen this buck on hoof, but I sure do have plenty of trail camera photos of him! I'm really glad to see he made it through the season and I'm already looking forward to chasing him again next fall. 

 
My buddy Jim holding the first matched set of the season.

 
Here is a photo of Jim from several weeks ago when he shot this monster buck late in the season hunting over a food plot.


Just after Jim finished his photos, he went to start dragging the deer and off came the one of the antlers. Personally, I think he did it on purpose to make the inside spread larger! "Of course I'm kidding"

 
Here is a photo of the buck I called "Flyer" from this past October.  He doesn't have a lot of tine length, but he's got some great main beams and a lot of mass.

 
Here is another photo of him still alive on 12/22/2009


Here I am posing with Flyer's sheds and another shed that we picked up.  The smaller shed is off a buck I passed earlier in the season.

Looking back on my season I feel like I have really grown a lot over the past year or two when it comes to hunting. I don't feel the need to pull the trigger on every deer that walks by. This is the first year that I can think of where Justin actually shot more deer than I did - I'm kidding Justin. I feel like I have reached another pleateu in hunting where I would rather let them walk and really hunt for a specific deer or just wait longer until the monster steps out. Maybe I am just getting older or my buddy Alex Phillips has really got me convinced not to shoot smaller deer. Whatever's going on I am having the most fun ever - especially when it comes to planting food plots and giving back to wildlife. I highly recommend the giving back part to all hunters, as it is the least that we can do to help preserve the wildlife we all love so much.  Seeing deer pile into a food plot during harsh conditions and eat their hearts out on much need nutrition is really rewarding.


The photo above is a brassica field torn apart by deer looking for food.


My corn is still holding out, but it wont be long and it will be gone.


In just about every row of corn that I walked was pile after pile of deer droppings.


Here's a turnip that is just waiting for a deer to eat it. If you have not tried planting food plots or you are looking for more food plot advice check out www.foodplots.com for some great tips and general information on food plots.

Mossy Oak Introduces NEW Infinity Camo for 2010

by Bow Staff 25. January 2010 03:18
Bow Staff

You want to see camouflage taken to the next level?
Introducing all new Break-Up® Infinity™

WEST POINT, MS – Mossy Oak, the industry leader in camouflage design, is proud to introduce its newest pattern, Break-Up Infinity. Featuring unprecedented depth, unequalled detail and elements with remarkable contrast, Break-Up Infinity truly offers hunters another dimension in camo.

"After three years in the development and perfection of our newest pattern Break-Up Infinity, Mossy Oak has redefined what pure, natural camouflage is," said Larry Moore, Director of Research and Development. "Break-Up Infinity has the greater depth of view and more realistic elements than ever before. Take the soft brown overall coloration and highlights of gray, tan and green, add in crisp shadows and the result is a camo that completely breaks up the human form yet blends in perfectly with any background. 

Our development team spent months in the field photographing and selecting the perfect elements and woods background to create an image that pulls you into the pattern as if you are standing in the middle of the woods and looking into infinity."

"Since 1996, Break-Up has been the industry leader, not just in volumes and market share, but in being the first to market with new design technologies and treatments. In 2002, advances in technology allowed us to make original Break-Up even more deep and lifelike, and we reinvented our most successful pattern." said Toxey Haas, founder and CEO. "Break-Up has been America’s best-selling camo several times over. We always knew that to continue a leadership role, the successor to this pattern would have to be something beyond special. Honestly, this new step in the evolution has wildly exceeded even our own expectations."

Each element in Break-Up Infinity – leaves, limbs, acorns and branches – was selected to create unprecedented realism and contrast to break up a hunter’s silhouette. Then they were placed over multiple layers of actual images from the woods to create a multi-dimensional depth of field unlike any camouflage ever created.

Break-Up Infinity is the first pattern ever that you can actually look into much the same way you look into the woods.

America’s #1 camo pattern just got better.

Look for Break-Up Infinity this fall on products from our valued partners.

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Exclusive Video: New Archery Products New Gear

by Bow Staff 19. January 2010 04:54
Bow Staff

As their name implies, New Archery Products has once again released several new items that bowhunters and archers are sure to love.  New in their broadhead lineup this year is the 2 blade Bloodrunner with a 2 1/16" cutting diameter, along with the Thunderhead and Spitfire Edge models which feature serrated blades for maximum penetration and damage.  Additionally, their new Apache full containment dropaway arrow rest is rugged, and features a toolless adjustment system for only $60.  Check out these exclusive first looks as seen only here at Bowhunting.com

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Exclusive Video: New ScentBlocker Apparel and Footwear

by Bow Staff 19. January 2010 04:40
Bow Staff

Without question, ScentBlocker has really stepped up their game over the past several years when it comes to hunting apparel and footwear.  2010 should be another great year for them as they introduce a variety of new products including a new Dream Season suit, several new garments in the Bone Collector line, as well as some really cool new footwear.  Once again, ScentBlocker proves why they are an industry leader when it comes to odor eliminating clothing for bowhunters.  Check out a few of these exclusive first looks, only seen here on Bowhunting.com!

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Exclusive Video: New Reconyx Hyperfire Trail Cameras

by Justin Zarr 19. January 2010 04:31
Justin Zarr

As I covered in a previous blog here, Reconyx has two new trail cameras out for this year.  The Hyperfire HC500 and HC600.  Here Brad Bjerke shows us the new cameras and tell us a little bit about their features.  The new smaller size and lower price point of these cameras is sure to make them a hit with trail camera enthusiasts when they are released later this spring.  Check back often to find out availability on these new cameras. 

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10 Best Bowhunting Products for 2010

by Justin Zarr 18. January 2010 19:54
Justin Zarr

After our annual trip to the ATA show to meet with customers and check out all of the new bowhunting gear for this year, I have put together my Top 10 list of products that I'm most excited about heading into the next bowhunting season.  Some of them may not be the most innovative or high-tech products on the market, but they're ones that I think a lot of bowhunters could benefit from owning - or stuff that I just think is cool.  So here they are, in no particular order!

NAP Quikfletch


Even Don and Kandi Kisky love the NAP Quikfletch!  Which means you should love them too!

Okay, the Quikfletch isn't new for 2010 but I still think it's one of the best products on the market.  Anyone who frequents our forum knows my newfound fondness for this product after I started using them last summer.  The Quikfletch is a special heavy-duty shrink tubing with NAP vanes pre-adhered to it.  You simply slide the Quikfletch over your arrow shaft, then dip it into boiling water for 10 seconds and you're done.  The material shrinks up and a special adhesive on the inside of the tube secures the Quikfletch to your arrow so it doesn't slide or move.  And that's it!  No more jigs, glues, wraps, or time spent fletching when you could be doing something else.  The Quikfletch come in a variety of colors including special Bone Collector and The Crush with Lee & Tiffany editions.  Of course when we get our special Bowhunting.com edition in stock, that one will be my favorite.  And it should be yours too!

Camoflex DeadFall Ground Blind


The new DeadFall ground blind from CamoFlex.  Brushin in your blind just became a thing of the past!

The guys over at Lone Wolf Stands/Camoflex know what they're doing when it comes to making products for serious bowhunters.  This new DeadFall ground blind is no exception.  This innovative blind utilizes Camoflex's patented technology and has "branches" already attached.  What this means for bowhunters is no more "brushing in" your blind when you move it to a new spot.  Simply pop the blind up, spread the branches out, and hunt.  Anything that saves time and makes my hunting job easier is a good product in my book!  This blind also has a patent-pending elliptical shaped entry door for easy entrance/exit, and magnetic closures on all of the windows.  At last, no more velcro!  Well, that's not entirely true.  The blind uses velcro to hold in the shoot-thru replaceable netting, but that's to be expected.  Being able to open and close the windows silently is a great idea, and a much needed improvement over the velcro used in many of today's ground blinds.  The DeadFall also comes with a backpack style carrying bag as well. This blind is expected to retail for around $300, which makes it one of the more affordable blinds on the market.

NuFletch Spectrum


The NuFletch spectrum is available in a variety of colors and will fit virtually any carbon arrow shaft.

Much the same as the NAP Quikfletch, the NuFletch Spectrum greatly simplifies the arrow fletching process.  This innovative product is a machined aluminum ferrule with three slots that currently fit the Bohning Blazer vane (more versions are in the works to fit other vane types).  The back of the NuFletch screws off, allowing you to slide your vanes into the grooves and then reattach the back end along with the nock.  Tightening the screw places pressure down on the vane base, thus holding it securely in place.  A standard insert must be afixed inside the back end of your arrow, which allows the NuFletch to screw in just as a field point or broadhead would.  If you rip or damage a vane in any way, simply unscrew the back, remove the damaged vane, and replace with a new one.  Quick, easy, and painless.  The one downside of the NuFletch is that it does add roughly 50 grains to the overall weight of your arrow.  But if you can work around that, this is a pretty cool product.

Leupold Bow-Mounted Rangefinder


The next time you miss, you won't be able to blame it on not knowing the yardage!

For years people have been trying to come up with a bow-mounted rangefinder that works, doesn't weigh a ton, and is easy to use.  I think Leupold has finally done it.  At a mere 10 ounces including mounting hardware this new rangefinder mounts securely to your bow and provides a quick and accurate yardage readout while you are at full draw.  A small triggering mechanism must be run down your bow's riser to your handle, and when activated the large red LED display will give you an immediate yardage readout.  The rest is up to you! 

Norway Industries String Tamer 2


More adjustability, more dampening power, and more adjustability.  How can you go wrong?

String suppressing devices hit the market a few years ago and in no time have become standard equipment on many of today's high-end bows.  However, for those of us with older bows or ones without a factory-equipped supressing device we must still turn to the aftermarket for these little gems.  The new and improved String Tamer from Norway Industries may just be your best bet.  This new version of their popular product is lighter, more adjustable, and has more dampening power that before.  Available in both a front and rear mount application the String Tamer is a no brainer for anyone without a string suppressing device on their bow.

ScentBlocker ColdFusion


Kyle Wills from ScentBlocker talking to us about the new Silent Shell garments.  Stay tuned for our full video review of this new product.

New for 2010 ScentBlocker is debuting a new technology called ColdFusion, which actually bonds the activated carbon to the fabric of their garments, making it more effective at stopping human odor from ruining your hunt.  If you don't believe in activated carbon scent control products, skip this one and check out the next product!  If you do, then you'll want to check out ScentBlocker's three new premier products for 2010.  They are the Dream Season Silent Shell, new Dream Season Pro, and Bone Collector Mack Daddy.  My personal favorite after checking them all out is the Dream Season Silent Shell.  These garments are made from a soft shell material so they are extremely quiet, burr resistant, and treated with a DWR (durable water repellency) finish.  With plenty of pockets and Mossy Oak's new Break-Up Infinity pattern this is one nice suit.  Stay tuned to my blog in the next few days as I'll be giving you the low down on all of the new ScentBlocker products for this year.

NAP Bloodrunner 2 Blade broadhead


The new 2 blade Bloodrunner from NAP.  1 1/8" diameter in flight, a whopping 2 1/16" diamater on impact.

Broadhead technology has sure changed since I started bowhunting 18 years ago (wow, I'm getting old!).  The past few years have seen an explosion of new technology, much of it centered around massive expandable broadheads like the popular Rage lineup.  However, with that new technology and all of it's benefits always came some drawbacks as well.  In the case of the Rage heads, many people reported blades opening prematurely in flight, coming open in quivers, etc.  To solve those issues while still providing maximum accuracy and cutting diameter NAP released their Bloodrunner broadhead last year as a 3 blade version.  With the widespread popularity of that broadhead they have now rolled into 2010 with a 2 1/16" cutting diameter 2 blade version.  The spring-loaded broadhead is only 1 1/8" wide while closed in flight, and opens up to a massive 2 1/16" diameter upon impact, creating massive entry and exit wounds without worrying about premature blade deployment.

Predator Informer XP Trail Camera


The new Informer XP trail camera from Predator.  It makes me sing the song "Informer" in my head every time I look at it.  Is that good or bad?

Predator burst into the trail camera market a few years ago with their innovative lineup of touchsreen cameras.  Taking their technology to a whole new level for this year they are introducing several new cameras including the Informer XP.  The most notable difference with this new camera is the new Dragon IR techology, which uses less LED emmitters while providing a brighter and longer flash range (75 feet!) all while using less battery power.  This new camera is a 3.2 MP cam by day and 1.3 MP cam by night, and also affords you the ability to take video clips as well.  All Predator trail cams for 2010 also use SD cards, versus the CF cards in previous versions.  New for 2010 all Predator trail cameras come with a standard mounting strap instead of the bolt-on mounting bracket on the previous models. (They must have watched my video review of the Xtinction and taken my advice!)

Plano Guide Series Cases


Waterproof and air tight - but is it Justin-proof?  Only time will tell!

Without fail I pick up new bowhunting gear each and every season and I'm always looking for new ways to store it.  Like most guys during the bowhunting season I'm usually in a hurry and can be less than gentle with my equipment from time to time, which means I need storage that can stand up to my abuse.  The new Guide Series polycarbonate cases from Plano may just be what the doctor ordered.  These cases are available in a variety of sizes and are made from a super tough polycarbonate material, which means I won't break them into a bunch of pieces tossing them in an out of my truck all season.  They are waterproof and airtight, meaning whatever I put inside of them should stay safe and sound.  One great use I already though of is storage of scents (deer pee doesn't smell too great when it gets on your clothes), and of course electronics that can be damaged by water (as in my old Canon XHA1 that met it's maker in McKee Creek last fall).

Muck Superlite Boots

I will be honest, I really don't know much about these boots.  The folks at Muck were always super busy when I stopped in, and the catalog I picked up has no information on these.  However, I can tell you I did pick them up and check them out and WOW are they light!  I thought my Alpha Burly's were light, but they feel like lead bricks compared to these boots.  If they are anywhere near as comfortable as their currentl line of hunting boots I have a feeling they're going to be a bit hit with bowhunters.  I know these boots do have a patent-pending "air tunnel" built into them, which I believe helps your feet breathe which of course prevents sweating and cold feet when on stand.  As soon as I get more info, I will be sure to post it up.

Of course there's a LOT of other new products for this year I'll be covering in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back.  And if there's any cool new products you've seen that we don't talk about feel free to send us an email and we'll check them out!  Email justin@bowhunting.com with the goods!

As an honorable mention - check out the cool "Skulls" camo available on select Alpine bows.  I would feel like a bowhunting pirate if I shot this bow.

NEW Titanium Rage Broadhead for 2010.

by Bow Staff 17. January 2010 06:02
Bow Staff

SUPERIOR, Wisconsin -The Rage has introduced its ultimate Titanium Rage 2-blade broadhead that combines a space-age metal with the SlipCam rear-deploying-blade design that has revolutionized bowhunting.

With the strength of steel at a fraction of its weight and with twice the strength of aluminum, titanium is the primary metal used in the aerospace industry due to its superb weight-to-density ratio and relatively ductile nature.

Considering the structure and bone density of big-game animals, titanium is the ultimate choice for hide-cutting, bone-splitting devastation.

The top-of-the-line Titanium Rage 100-grain 2-blade’s durability is second to none, and it is designed and tested to withstand numerous hits on bone and soft tissue. Already considered by an overwhelming number of professional bowhunters to be the most devastatingly accurate broadhead design in the world, the Rage raises the bar with the incorporation of titanium construction with the new head. For the bowhunter, this means titanium tough and smaller diameter equals better penetration.

The revolutionary SlipCam rear-blade-deployment system used in the Titanium Rage broadhead offers fully deployed blades immediately upon impact, with no loss of kinetic energy. This results in huge entry holes, gaping wound channels and unprecedented blood trails, and now with the incorporation of titanium construction, the new Titanium Rage has unsurpassed durability and strength for shot-after-shot success.

The Titanium Rage is recognizable by its natural, lustrous metallic color, and it will be sold in packs of three broadheads with a free practice head for $84.99.

The Rage is also available in 100-grain in either a 2-Blade design, with either the new 1.5-inch or the giant 2-inch cutting diameter, or a 3-Blade design, with a 1.5-inch cutting diameter. The new 125-grain 2-blade is also available. For an in-depth look at the Rage and the revolutionary, patented designs, check out the interactive website www.ragebroadheads.com.

Rage Broadheads is headquartered at 101 Main Street, Superior, WI 54880. Please visit their website for more information.

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