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DLC Covert II Assassin Trail Camera.

by Scott Abbott 26. October 2009 05:52
Scott Abbott

This new product brought to market by Covert Scouting Cameras caught my eye right away when I first noticed it at the ATA show this past winter.  "Covert" is the perfect name for such a camera, it's tiny only 5 1/2" high x 3 1/2" wide x 2 1/4" deep.  It literally fits in the palm of your hand.  It's small stature coupled with it's infrared flash makes this camera very hard to detect by game and thieves alike.  Without looking for this camera it would be very easy to unknowingly walk right past it.

I had the privilege of testing this superb unit over the summer.  This trail camera is hands down the best I have used to date.  I got over 8000 pictures on one set of 8 AA batteries!  The cost of running this camera is minuscule.  In time this camera could nearly pay for it's self from it's low cost of operation compared to other cameras I have experience with.  It also comes with a 2 GB SD card so other than adding batteries it is ready to go right out of the package.

The camera is equipped to take either 3 MP or 5 MP photos backed by 24 high intensity LED bulbs packing a 40' flash range.  I will admit to never testing the unit on the 3 MP setting.  I only ran the unit set on 5 MP and it took fantastic photos both day and night.  The LED lights do a nice job on the photos after dark.

Below is a sample of a couple day and night photos. Keep in mind the photo quality suffers quite a bit when I resize and upload them to the blog.  They are much more crisp and vibrant before manipulating them.

These first two photos showcase the cameras fast trigger speed.

 Features of the Covert II Assassin trail camera include:
-24 "high intensity" Infrared LED's with a 40' flash range.
-Adjustable sensitivity for the PIR motion sensor.
-The camera comes with a 2 GB SD memory card.  The unit accepts cards from 8 MB to 2 GB in size.
-Adjustable from 1 second to 60 minute delay.
-Adjustable from 1 second to 60 second video length.
-The case includes a sun / rain shield over the lens and PIR unit.
-Industry standards such as locking tabs and a waterproof seal.
-1 year limited warranty.

These cameras can be viewed at or and you can reach Dave who is very helpful at for all of your Covert camera questions or needs.


Pro-Bow-Cam Camera Arm by Pine Ridge Archery

by John Mueller 22. October 2009 09:05
John Mueller

            The Pro-Bow-Cam Camera Arm from Pine Ridge Archery is great for do it yourself filming where you aren’t going to be moving the camera a lot. Lightweight, simple tree attachment, silent movement and ease of adjustability are all neat features of this camera arm.


            The base of the Pro-Bow Cam separates from the support arm, making it much easier to attach to the tree. You don’t have to worry about the arm and camera swinging around as you try and attach the unit to the tree. Simply pull the pin holding the two together and strap the base to the tree, then slide the two pieces back together and insert the pin back in the hole and you are ready to film.

Two piece design allows easy attachment to any tree.


            The arm itself is made up of three pieces of tubing connected with Teflon washers to insure silent operation. Fully extended there is approximately 26” of movement away from the tree. I like to position mine opposite the hand I hold my bow in and a little above seat height. This allows me to see the viewfinder while sitting or standing and the arm doesn’t interfere with drawing my bow.

 26" of extension away from the tree.


            The sections of tubing are held together with locknuts on bolts. The locknuts allow you to adjust the tension of the arms movement so it doesn’t keep pivoting out of position. The camera mount also has tension adjustment to allow smooth movement of the head. It can be swiveled left and right and tilted up or down. The movement on this head is not the smoothest on the market when trying to follow a deer or other animal. It is more suited for setting up and catching the action in front of the camera. Ideal for filming yourself without another person along.

Swivel and tilt adjustable head.




Here are the videos I captured using the Prow Bow cam:

If you are looking at just getting started in filming your hunts and want to try it out before you sink a ton of money in it, this is the perfect tree arm. Cheap, but very functional, suited perfect for the Handycam style of camera, not the bigger professional models.

GIANT 28 point Buck taken in Illinois by Bow and from the Ground!

by Bow Staff 22. October 2009 02:18
Bow Staff

The Illinois archery season is not even one month old but the stories coming out of this true trophy state are already astonishing. Cold temps have kept the deer on their feet since early October, and with the breeding season just about to begin, who knows what could come out of this state yet!

For Illinois hunter, Nate Webster, it would just take 2 days into the Illinois season before he would bag this 'once in a lifetime' buck. Hunting in Moultrie County, the 32 year old native took this massive 28 point buck while hunting from the ground!


Although unofficially measured at this time, veteran measurer, Tim Walmsley, says that the incredible buck could easily score 230 inches or larger! Continuing that the buck is likely a basic 10 or 11 pointer with roughly 40-50 inches of abnormal points!

                                                                                             Certainly an impressive view!

Bowhunting.Com would like to congratulate hunter, Nate Webster, and his High Country Iron Mace bow on this accomplishment of a lifetime. What a whitetail! Congrats Nate!

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Monster Buck Shot During Camp Riley Special Hunt

by Bow Staff 21. October 2009 21:28
Bow Staff

Congratulations to bowhunter Scott O'Konek on harvesting what could prove to be the new Minnesota state record non-typical whitetail taken with archery equipment.  On October 15th Scott was participating in the much sought-after Camp Ripley 2 day hunt in Northern Minnesota.  As a joint effort between the Minnesota DNR and Department of Military Affairs, Camp Ripley issues a total of 5,000 tags each fall split between 2, two day archery-only hunts.  This sprawling 53,000 acre chunk of whitetail heaven has produced some monster bucks over the years, but nothing quite like Scott's recent trophy.

This Minnesota Monarch reported field dressed at a healthy 192 pounds and has an unofficial green score of 228" non-typical, and nearly 184" as a typical.  We're looking forward to hearing more about this incredible whitetail as details become available, and congratulations again to Scott O'Konek on the buck of a lifetime!

WIN a Bear Hunting Trip with Dead Down Wind.

by Bow Staff 21. October 2009 04:07
Bow Staff

Whether you have ever did, dreamed, or priced out a bear hunt in the big Canadian woods, this latest press release from the good people at Dead Down Wind is about to give anyone the chance of a lifetime. NO purchase is necessary, all you have to do is show up. Read below to find out more on how you could WIN the chance to bear hunt in mid-summer, 2010.

Win a Dream Archery Bear Hunt with Tom Nelson.

Dead Down Wind is giving one lucky hunter the chance to win a trip with Tom!

Pleasant Valley, MO – Dead Down Wind®, an industry leader in scent prevention, announced that one lucky bowhunter will get the opportunity to participate in an archery-only bear hunt with television personality and host of Dead Down Wind American Archer, Tom Nelson.

“This is a great chance for any avid hunter to experience the thrill of hunting Canadian bear with a bow and one of the best Canadian outfitters, Rob Nye” commented Tom.

To register go to the Dead Down Wind website. No purchase is necessary but contestants must be eligible for international Canadian travel. This includes a passport and no felonies (DUI included). The non-negotiable dates for this trip-of-a-lifetime are June 15th through the 22nd, 2010.

This is truly a trip of the lifetime!”. Stated Gary Reed of Dead Down Wind. “Most archers have never had the chance to bear hunt or hunt outside the US. Rob Nye, and Tom have hunted together for years. One of the reasons Tom selected this particular hunt and outfitter is the extremely high success rate with an excellent chance of arrowing a Pope and Young bear. Whoever wins will be in great hands with Tom and Rob.”

The hunt will be hosted by Tom Nelson of American Archer, and Rob Nye from Rob Nye Wilderness Adventures. The first flight will go to Saskatoon and from there Tom and the winner will fly to Stony Rapids, Saskatchewan. Just register on the website and click on the Register To Win graphic with Tom Nelson’s photo.

Good Luck!

Monster Buck Found Dead in Illinois

by Justin Zarr 20. October 2009 19:38
Justin Zarr

A coworker of my dad's found this massive dead buck on a new jobsite in the Chicagoland suburbs while cleaing some brush.  Nobody has any idea what killed the buck, but he sure is one impressive beast!  It's racks like this that definitely keep us fired up for the upcoming rut.  Look at those brow tines, and can you say MASS???

Headin' Out West...

by Dustin DeCroo 20. October 2009 08:27
Dustin DeCroo

The lower 48 states offer an incredible amount of opportunities to us as bowhunters.  Hundreds of thousands of hunters expand their horizons each fall as they venture out West to chase species they can't hunt at home.  It may seem early, but now is the time to start planning your hunts for the Fall of 2010 or 2011.  Hopefully some of you are planning a trip somewhere in the Western US and there are some things to keep in mind during your planning.

What do you want to hunt?
It sounds so simple, but honestly... it's probably the toughest decision for me to make, obviously, it sets the stage for the rest of the planning.  There are so many options... From Antelope in New Mexico to Elk in Idaho or Montana.  Personally, anyone that hasn't been on an Elk hunt during the rut needs to cut loose, it's truly incredible.




Application Deadlines
First of all, it's important to be aware of the application deadlines if you plan to hunt something that requires you to draw a tag.  The earliest due date that I'm personally aware of is a 1/31 deadline for a Wyoming Elk tag.  These dates should be easy to find on the individual states websites, but the Cabela's TAGS system is an excellent source of information.  Another great source of information is called the MRS (Member's Research Supplement) in the subscription edition of Eastman's Hunting Journal magazine.  I highly recommend this magazine for anyone planning a Western hunt.

Make the most of your vacation time 
If you're like me (or any other worker for that matter) you have a limited amount of time to be away from the daily grind.  I would say that the majority of the Western states allow the opportunity to hunt multiple species in one area.  For example, a Pronghorn/Mule Deer or an Elk/Mule Deer hunt are viable options in many places.  If you can swing it, it's often times cheaper to do a combo hunt than to make two separate trips.  At the very least you should be familiar with the leftover tags in the area you are hunting.  Even shooting a doe to supplement your main hunt can be worth the economical tag.  I understand that's not always an option, but it's something to think about at the very least. 

Both the antelope and mule deer doe were killed with leftover tags.


Physical Conditioning
We've all heard of the toll the Rocky Mountains can take on the lungs of a flatlander.  I'll attest to that.  Starting now gives you ample time to make sure your body is ready for the demands of a back country Elk hunt.  The last thing that you want to do is spend thousands of dollars on gear, licenses, transportation and whatever else, only to get there and not be able to breathe for the first 3 days.  There is no substitute for cardiovascular fitness to prepare.


Planning early also gives you the opportunity to start saving money to purchase the gear that you'll need for the trip (or ask Santa Clause) as it may be slightly different than anything you've needed in the whitetail woods.  Packs, boots, lightweight outer layers... I could go on for days.  The good part is that the majority of those necessary items for a great price right here at the store.



Mobile Bowhunting - The Tools For Success

by Justin Zarr 20. October 2009 04:05
Justin Zarr

Over the past several years it seems that the mobile "run and gun" style of bowhunting has become increasingly popular.  You're hearing more and more about it, and what benefits it offers, but not always about the proper tools to get the job done.  Since I adopted this style of hunting about 3 years ago I've gone through some serious trial and error trying to figure out what works, and more importantly what doesn't.  Last year in a 10 day span of time my hunting partner/cameraman Mike Willand and I hung, hunted from, and pulled down 12 different treestand sets.  Already this fall we've hung and hunted from 7 sets in just 3 1/2 days of hunting.

The first, and most important, component to staying mobile is your treestand and climbing system.  After all, you can't be too mobile without something to sit on.  You basically have two options here, a climbing stand or a lightweight stand and set of climbing sticks.  Ladder stands and screw-in steps are out of the question.  Ladders are too heavy and noisey to set up, and screw-in steps take too long.

Personally, I opt for the hang-on treestand and climbing sticks over the climbing stand.  This allows me to get into virtually any tree in any location that I want to hunt - straight, crooked, a lot of branches, or no branches.  Remember, mobile bowhunting is all about versatility and being able to get in quickly and quietly.  My stands of choice are the Lone Wolf Alpha Hang-On and Lone Wolf Assault, combined with the Lone Wolf climbing sticks.  This particular combo was developed specifically to be lightweight, quiet, and easy to set up.  Perfect for the mobile hunter.  Just be sure to either use the included backpack straps or pick up a set of padded straps, as they will make your mobile bowhunting a lot easier!

One great feature of the Lone Wolf climbing sticks is that they were designed to be stackable, and pack right onto their hang-on treestands.  This creates a single package that is very quiet and includes everything you need to get up a tree and hunt quickly.

Treehopper 3-in-1 Lineman's beltOnce you've picked out your tree and you're ready to start climbing, safety is the next important factor.  Having a full-body safety harness is a must.  My harness of choice is the Muddy Outdoors Safeguard Harness.  It is extremely lightweight, virtually tangle-free, and works extremely well.  The 2009 model comes with a lineman's belt, which is great for hanging stands.  I also use a Treehopper 3-in-1 lineman's belt as well, for those days when I'm only hanging stands and not hunting right after.  Remember, safety is always of the utmost importance.  No deer is worth risking injury or death, so please stay safe at all times!

Now that your stand is hung, you'll need to trim lanes.  This is probably my least favorite part of the entire process.  Its the noisiest, takes the longest, often times gets you all sweated up, and leaves your scent all over the place.  However, if you're careful and take your time you can do it fairly quietly and with as minimal impact as possible.  I carry 3 tools with me when hanging a new set that make my job much easier.  The Treehopper Lanemaker ratcheting pruners, the Gerber Sportsman's Wood Saw, and the Hooyman Extendible Tree Saw. 

The Lanemaker pruners are awesome for cutting through thicker branches with ease, and since they are made entirely of metal they won't break on you.  After using lesser-quality pruners for many years I finally upgraded to these Lanemakers last fall, and never looked back.  Get a pair of these, and you can thank me later.

My good friend Mike Willand turned me onto the Gerber Sportsman's Wood Saw last year as well.  This small hand saw is light weight, fits in your pack or your pocket, and the blade is super tough and super sharp.  I've been using mine for the past two seasons and it still cuts through trees and branches with ease.  Plus if you happen to lose it or break it for some reason, they're only $12 and can be replaced without breaking the bank.

The Gerber Sportsman's Wood Saw - lightweight, compact, and great for hunters on the go.

The Hooyman Saw is another extremely useful tool that has really helped with my mobile bowhunting.  The days of taping or tying a hand saw to a branch to be used as a makeshift pole saw are definitey over.  This handy little saw comes in a 5' version that packs down to just under 14", and a new 10' version that packs down to around 24".  The smaller saw fits great in your pack but does have its limits at only 5' long.  The new 10 footer is great for reaching out further, and using the included shoulder strap makes carrying it in and out a breeze.  This is a definite must-have for mobile hunters.

The Hooyman Extendible Tree Saw answered the prayers of many mobile bowhunters.  No longer do you have to carry a full-size pole saw into the woods with you when hanging a new set during the season.

Another item that seems to slip a lot of people's minds is some type of bow sling.  When you're humping all this gear into the woods on your back, and carrying just as much in your hands, being able to sling your bow over your shoulder is a wonderful thing.  I use the Pole Mountain Outdoors Bowshield with gear pockets when I need some extra storage, and the GamePlan Gear Bow Strap when I don't.  Both items are very easy to use and come in handy when you need a free hand.

Last but not least you can't forget the little items that always seem to come in handy.  I keep my pack stocked up with extra straps for my stands and sticks, plenty of small gear hooks, a Realtree EZ Hanger, and of course a couple of bow ropes.  One new product for this fall that's helped me keep my bow ropes organized is the Pine Rige Hook & Hoist System.  I attached a few of these to the seat tubes of my Lone Wolf stands and now I can be sure that I'll always have a rope with me when I need it.

My pack of choice is a Cabela's fanny pack that I picked up several years ago, which is very similar to the popular Badlands Monster Fanny Pack.  I need a big pack to fit all of my stuff in addition to my saws and whatnot.  That would include my camera, binoculars, rangefinder, hat, facemask, calls, scent wipes, licenses, knife, flashlight(s), and usually some Pop-Tarts and a Gatorade.  In addition, I use a fanny pack because it allows me to still carry a treestand and set of climbing sticks on my back with relative ease unlike a large backpack would.

Yours truly, on my way to hang a brand new set this past Sunday evening.  After hanging the stand, trimming lanes, and getting set up in a new spot I had the opportunity to shoot two does that I elected to pass.  Proving yet again that mobile bowhunting can be very productive if you have the right gear.

All in all, mobile bowhunting definitely has both advantages and disadvantages.  It does require a lot more work, it does require you to carry a lot more gear with you, and can be quite noisey at times.  But it also allows you to move in on hot spots and capitalize on the element of surprise when chasing whitetails.  Having the right gear to get the job done quickly and quietly can quite often mean the difference between success and failure.

Mid October Bowhunting & Mock Scrape Update

by Todd Graf 20. October 2009 01:46
Todd Graf

Well guys, it's October 20th and we all know what that means!  The rut is just around the corner and those few precious weeks we wait for all year are almost upon us.  I hope you're all ready for what lays ahead of us!  Of course if you're looking to stock up on some last-minute gear in time for November remember we have over 14,000 bowhunting products in our online shopping cart so chances are we have what you need.

The past few weeks I've been spending quite a bit of time trying to learn my new properties and find out just how the deer are using the food plots I worked so hard on this summer.  I've seen a lot of deer movement during the daytime, which is very encouraging.   However, the bigger bucks seem to be laying pretty low still.  From what I've seen so far I've been able to readjust a few of my stands in preparation for the rut, which I'm hoping is going to really pay off with a nice buck.

Daytime action on opening day in one of my food plots.  Very encouraging!

It's always nice to see your hard work pay off.

Last weekend I was able to harvest a nice doe on film, but unfortunately I didn't have a cameraman with me or my camera light so I didn't get any of the recovery on tape.  I put a perfect shot on her and my NAP BloodRunner really did a heck of a job.  She went down just out of sight and I was able to recover her without a problem.  If this had been a big buck I definitely would've worked a little harder on the footage, but I figured this would have to do for now.  I'll make sure I'm ready when primetime comes!  Check out the video below for the shot, and some really cool footage of a few bucks and does feeding in my brassica plot.

My mock scrape is really starting to see some action as well.  You may have read my post here on creating the scrape, and it sure didn't take long for the local bucks and does to find it and start using it.  I'm hoping a few of the big boys in the area start hitting it before too much longer so I can show you some of those photos.

Well, it's time to get back at it!  Good luck to everyone, and be sure to check out or online store if you need any last minute supplies!

Great October evening, buck down in Ohio!

by Scott Abbott 18. October 2009 15:06
Scott Abbott

The evening of October 17th did not start off as I had planned. I took my Lone Wolf Assault and climbing sticks in with me in an attempt to really hug a good bedding area that I thought was holding a good buck that I hadn't touched yet.... It turned out that I couldn't find a tree with anything close to natural shooting lanes where I wanted to setup so I backed out looped around out of that spot and went straight South of where I planned to hunt to a preset lockon. I was still right in the area I wanted to hunt, but about 70 yards further from the heart of the bedding area than where I planned to sit.

Once I was setup in my stand it was 37 degrees with a solid NE wind that was blowing into the double digits. Perfect weather for a big buck to show before dark.

Everything was slow to start the evening off except I noticed that the squirrel rut is in the heavy chase phase... Those little guys were running something fierce! The squirrels were fun to watch and they kept me entertained until 6:15 when I noticed a buck coming toward me directly from the North. And a great buck it turned out to be, one that I knew well from summer scouting. I recognized him right away from the palmation on the end of his left main beam.

As he stepped behind some of the abundant foliage 20 or so yards away, I drew back my BowTech Allegiance settled in and waited. 30 seconds later he stepped into a very narrow shooting lane at 6 yards and I let the arrow fly. There was no blood trail to follow as he dropped in his tracks and expired seconds later, the Victory arrow tipped with a Slick Trick GrizzTrick broadhead worked flawlessly once again!

Birthday Doe Down!!

by Dustin DeCroo 15. October 2009 10:04
Dustin DeCroo

October 7th proved to be a pretty good day all the way around.  I had a short day at the office and couldn't think of a better way to start the evening than sitting in a treestand.  I headed to some local public land that receives and extreme amount of pressure but can be productive if you'll use your head. 

A few days prior to this hunt, a wind shift made me change locations.  Rather than reset my stand I took advantage of the foggy air and wet ground to do a little in season scouting.  I stumbled into a gold mine (Oklahoma standards) when I found five Red Oak trees all together.  You have to understand that 99% of our Oak trees are Black Jack Oaks that produce acorns about the size of a pea.  It sounded like it was raining acorns and there were deer tracks everywhere.  The only problem being that there wasn't a decent tree within 75 yards that would allow my climber a place to rest. 

I packed in my stand along with my Lone Wolf Climbing Sticks  when I decided on a tree it was obvious I wasn't going to need many... two to be exact.  We had a forecasted SE wind and I set my stand on the West side of the Red Oaks, expecting the deer to come from the NE.

Exactly as I had planned, two does arrived at 6:40pm and within a matter of seconds an Easton Axis tipped with a Slick Trick Magnum zipped through her lungs.  The shot was just under 25 yards and she crashed 50-60 yards later.  This is probably the most rewarding doe that I've ever killed just due to the fact the property is pressured so hard and that it's kind of nice to know that doing your homework does pay off!

Another deer falls to a Slick Trick, can't argue with this hole!!!

Deer Processing Just Got a Little Easier with HI MOUNTAIN.

by Bow Staff 15. October 2009 08:00
Bow Staff

Do-It-Yourselfer's interested in a safer way to process all that wild game may want to give HI-MOUNTAIN and their new game processing kit a closer peek. At 12 pieces strong and SUPER sharp, this may become your closest friend this fall. Butcher it up, baby!

Riverton, Wyoming (October 13, 2009) - Hi Mountain Seasonings is pleased to announce the availability of the new 12-piece portable Game Processor butchering set manufactured by Outdoor Edge. Designed by culinary expert Brad Lockwood, the set provides you with all the tools you’ll need to accomplish every task in preparing your harvest—be it big game, waterfowl, wild turkey, small game or fish—for your dinner table.

The Game Processor set includes four of the most practical blade designs necessary for properly preparing wild game: the 3-inch Caper knife, the 4 1/4-inch gut-hook Skinner, the 5 1/2-inch Boning/Fillet knife and the 8-inch Butcher knife for carving turkeys, steaks and roasts. Constructed of a high-carbon 420 stainless steel blade and a Kraton handle, each knife boasts full-tang construction for superior strength, while the rubberized texture pattern on the handle enables a secure lock-on grip, even when wet. The knives are lightweight, perfectly balanced and ergonomically designed to reduce fatigue during your cutting chores. 

The Game Processor set also includes Outdoor Edge’s heavy-duty, spring-action Game Shears; a tungsten-carbide V-Sharpener; a 10-inch wood/bone saw; a Steel Stick brisket spreader; a carving fork; a cutting board; a packet of game-cleaning gloves; and a hard-sided carrying case.

This Game Processor is great for camping and outdoor cooking as well, and it carries a lifetime manufacturer’s guarantee against material and workmanship defects.


Located in the heart of Wyoming, Hi Mountain Seasonings was founded in 1991. It is the premier manufacturer of kits for homemade jerky and sausage. Hi Mountain Seasonings has successfully captured distinct, traditional Western flavors in its Jerky Cure & Seasonings, Western Sizzle Designer Series Seasonings, Bacon cures and other products that make up the unique line of gourmet Western seasonings.
The Game Processor 12-piece portable butchering set includes a 3-inch Caper, a 4 1/4-inch Skinner, a 5 1/2-inch Boning/Fillet, an 8-inch Butcher, a tungsten carbide V-Sharpener, Game Shears, a 10-inch wood/bone saw, a carving fork, a Steel Stick, game-cleaning gloves, a cutting board and a handy carry case.

All you have to do is supply the game, which sadly this kit can't help you with.

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Congratulations to our Sweepstake Winners

by Bow Staff 14. October 2009 04:00
Bow Staff

Hunting Sweepstakes Winner
Congratulations to Jesse Starkey from Windham, Ohio! Jesse has won Rinehart RFT Target, Hat, Bowhunting.Com DVD and a White Knuckle Productions DVD.

To enter the Hunting Sweepstakes go to Sign up for your chance to win hunting gear.

Some of the prizes have included:

  • PSE Bow
  • Rinehart 3-D target
  • ScentBlocker Clothing Package
  • NAP Prize Pack
  • CamTrakker Digital Trail Camera
  • Lone Wolf Treestand and Climbing Sticks Photo Contest
Congratulations to Bill Davis for his Browsing Bull.

Congratulations to Joe Breznik for his Nice Buck Walking in Snow.

Bill and Joe have won a DVD, Hat and a sticker.

Click here to participate in the photo contest at and for your chance to win gear.

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Illinois Bowhunting Week 2 - Big Doe Down

by Justin Zarr 13. October 2009 01:17
Justin Zarr

The 2nd weekend of the Illinois bow season was definitely a trying one on both myself and my hunting  partner/cameraman Mike Willand.  Friday night started off on the wrong foot as Mike's truck broke down on his way to my house and delayed our departure by a few hours.  After getting on the road at just after 9 pm we didn't arrive down South at our lease until nearly 2 am.  After a quick 2 hour nap in our buddy Dan's rockstar trailer we showered and headed into our spot.  The wind direction, moon phase, and temperature were perfect and hopes were high.  There was just one problem - the creek crossing into our land was completely flooded!  After a 5 hour drive and a 2 hour nap to find out we couldn't hunt that morning was a total letdown.  What a waste of a good morning!

The "creek" we normally walk across with knee-high rubber boots looked more like a river last Saturday morning.

At least the fall colors are starting to come in pretty nice!

After weighing our options we decided to pack everything back up and drive 3 1/2 hours back North to another spot we have in JoDaviess County, IL.  We had never hunted this particular property, and in fact had only set foot on it a total of 3 times, but we figured it was worth a shot.  So after a couple more hours in the truck we finally arrived, met up with our friends Brian Bychowski and Wayne King from Pine Ridge Archery, and set out for the evening's hunt.

We were set up over a standing bean field that is being destroyed by the deer.  This field is covered up with tracks, rubs, and scrapes.  Not long into our hunt we spotted a few small bucks coming out of the woods headed away from us.  Shortly after that a few does came into the field where they fed for over and hour about 80 yards from our stands.  Eventually they were joined by several other deer who were also feeding on the beans.  At about 6:30 it was like someone flipped a switch and they all started heading our way.

With Mike behind the camera I got ready for a shot at one of the mature does in the group.  As she passed behind a limb I came to full draw, and as she stepped into the open I asked Mike if he was on her.  When he said "No! Wait!" I knew we were in trouble.  She stopped just shy of the camera being able to see her and with me still at full draw she went about her business eating soybeans.  After what seemed like forever Mike was able to extend the camera arm out just enough to get her in the frame and he gave me the go-ahead.  I raised my bow back up and just as the big doe spotted us in the tree I let the arrow fly.

Click on the video above to watch the full hunt!

My NAP Spitfire Maxx tipped arrow zipped right through her and she took off up the hill to the top of the field.  Although my shot was a few inches back I knew she wasn't go to make it far.  After a short pause at the top of the hill the big doe went down in sight.  We waited until dark to get down out of our tree and after helping Brian retrieve his doe we changed out of our hunting clothes and headed out to retrieve her.  She was laying right where we had last seen her go down, and after a grueling 1/2 mile drag across a muddy bean field we got her back to the truck.

My first deer of the 2009 season.  Not a monster buck by any means, but I'll take it.  Jerky, anyone?

My shot placement on this particular hunt was not the best, and I'll readily admit that.  However, the 1 3/4" cutting diameter of that Spitfire Maxx broadhead performed flawlessly and in my opinion helped with the short recovery of this deer.  The increased damage caused by the larger cutting diameter, combined with the industry-leading sharpness of NAP's blades really does make a big difference on those marginal hits.  As it turns out I center-punched the liver and went through the diaphragm which is always a lethal shot, although sometimes recoveries can be a little tough if the deer travels a good distance before going down.  We got lucky this time and she went down within sight, which doesn't happen often on a liver shot deer.

Mike and I with our big Illinois doe.  We know how to grow 'em big!

This weekend I'll be hunting a few of my local spots where some good bucks have recently been spotted, so hopefully I'll be able to get a look at them.  I'll also be able to check a few of my trail cameras that have been out for 3 weeks now, so hopefully I'll have some good pictures to share with everyone.  If time permits, I'll also be trying to get my good buddy Jeremy Enders on his first deer ever with a bow.  I may just put him in the same stand where I took this deer if the weather permits.  Wish us luck!

If you're looking for a mechanical broadhead that flies like a field point, has a large cutting diamater, and super sharp blades check out the NAP Spitfire Maxx.  You can purchase them right here at by clicking this link.

Also, if you like to move your stands around a lot during the season and need a better way to trim shooting lanes on the go check out the Hooyman 10' Rectractible Tree Saw.  In addition to the extra length they have really improved the blade locking system, making the saw much more effective at cutting down those hard to reach branches.  Without a doubt, I wouldn't have been able to hang and hunt this set without my Hooyman Saw.  You can purchase them by clicking this link here.

Our good buddy Brian Bychowski was able to down this big doe just several hundred yards away from us the same evening.  Congrats!

Last but not least, a big Thank You goes out to my cameraman Mike Willand for doing a great job as always, and Brian and Wayne for helping with that horrible drag.  Next time we're bringing a deer cart!

NEW Energizer Flashlight will Aid Bowhunters this Fall.

by Bow Staff 12. October 2009 08:43
Bow Staff

You might recognize the name we're about to mention. A company that has been in business for longer than most companies can dream, and with the products and integrity to back it all up. Energizer, makers of some of the most reliable batteries and battery powered equipment on the planet have now spread their wings into our neck of the woods, literally. A light designed for the outdoorsman as a whole, to aid our tracking, to help us when we hunt, and most importantly, to give piece of mind. Read below and decide for yourself, this may be the best investment in flashlights we've ever seen.

Energizer conducted extensive research with industry experts and consumers to get insight on specific outdoor lighting needs. From superior heat management, optimal balance between brightness and runtime and maximum LED performance, the Energizer® Night Strike™ line of lights delivers features and functions that are “musts” for outdoor activities.

Energizer® Night Strike™ Handheld
· Bright high performance LED provides up to a remarkable 130 lumens of light
· Features five lighting modes:
· White: Spot, Flood, Spot/Flood Combo
· Red: High and Low
· White and Red LEDs each have dedicated switches
· Advanced magnesium alloy case delivers a strong, lightweight product along with cutting-edge heat management for high performance LED’s
· Advanced “next-push-off” technology for each mode
· Provides up to a 6 hour runtime on maximum setting using three Energizer®
· Ultimate Lithium AA batteries and has a beam distance of 160 meters
· Water-resistant
· Survives 10’ drop
· Comes with removable belt clip

Energizer® Night Strike™ Swivel
• Bright high performance LED provides up to 100 lumens of light output
• Features 13 lighting modes:
· White (high, medium, low)
· Green (high, medium, low) for map reading and tracking
· Red (high, medium, low) for low-light conditions
· Blue (high, medium, low) for blood tracking
· UV for fishing in dark conditions
· Each lighting mode has a dedicated switch
· The White, Green, Red and Blue can be turned on separately or in any
· Provides up to up to a 5 hour runtime on maximum setting using two Energizer®
  Ultimate Lithium AA batteries
· Features DualDrive™ Technology – operates on two AA batteries or a single AA battery if needed                                                                                       · Batteries are always inserted tips-in for easy loading in the field
· Waterproof
· Advanced dual-polymer casing with soft-side finish for added comfort in the hand
· Survives 10’ drop
· Head swivels 130 degrees and light stands for hands-free use
· Sturdy clip to hang on vest or belt

Energizer® Night Strike™ Compact
· • Bright high performance LED provides up to 40 lumens of light output
· • Features eight lighting modes:
· White (High, Medium, Low)
· Red (High, Medium, Low)
· Blue
· Green
· Green locator LED or “Find Me” feature, which can be turned
  off if desired
· Provides up to a 8 hour runtime on maximum setting using one
  Energizer® Ultimate Lithium AA battery
· Waterproof
· Advanced dual-polymer casing with soft-side finish
· Small, compact design easily fits in a pocket
· Includes mount for hands-free use
· Tethered tail cap
· Survives 10’ drop

(Sorry, No Picture for the NightStrike Compact Available at this Time.)

For more information on these new product lines from the Energizer people, please visit their website. Thank us later.


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Two Weekends Into the IL Bowseason

by John Mueller 12. October 2009 06:55
John Mueller

With 2 weekends of hunts in Illinois under my belt I still have all of my tags in my pocket. It’s not because I haven’t been seeing deer, just not the right deer. Just thought I’d share some experiences and pictures from stand with you.

The look of a natural born killer. It was cold a few early mornings.

Having gotten pictures of some good bucks around my food plots, the first weekend I set up in a stand in a pinch point 30 yards across. There is very little hunting pressure in my area so the deer usually come out into the fields pretty early. That night was no exception. I had 3 little bucks come out at 4:30. They ate some of my corn and then switched off to munching clover and chickory. I had been getting trail cam pics on my Moultrie I40 cameras of a buck with a spike on one side and a fork on the other side all summer long. No matter where I put a camera he would walk in front of it. I now know why. There are 3 of the little buggers that look just alike, I saw all 3 of them that night. The first weekend I promised myself I wouldn’t shoot a doe and mess things up if a buck was coming later. I had numerous opportunities to kill does but passed.

Ready for action.

My view to the plot.

One of the triplets in the persimmon patch.

Another night I sat near some persimmon trees. I think I had a few of every animal in the woods walk past me to go feast on the sweet persimmons. The group of turkeys even strolled through and had a few bites. If you have any persimmon trees that are loaded with fruit, I’d suggest sitting on the downwind side of them some evening hunt or morning for that matter.

One of many visitors to the persimmons.

Week 2 found me perched on the side of a hill loaded with fallen acorns. As darkness gave way to daylight I spotted a rub on some saplings just feet from my tree and deer sign was everywhere. I figured the deer would hit this hillside later in the morning on their way back to their beds. I was wrong. Not a single deer sighting that morning. On the evening hunt mobow did see a nice 10 pointer cross the food plot. He thinks he might score 140ish.

A promising looking hillside.

He was here at one time.

The leaves are changing.

On the final sit of weekend #2 I was sitting on the food plot again and my buddy Don Eime was back off into the woods hoping to intercept them before they made it to the plot. He did exactly that. Only as he was squeezing the trigger the doe got just enough of a wiff of his scent that she bolted. By the time the arrow made it to where the big doe was standing all that was left there was her tail. The only sign of a hit was a few white hairs, no blood or tissue on the arrow at all. The only thing I had come into range that night was a small fawn just as light was fading. Not wanting to shoot a button buck by mistake I let it walk by at 30 yards.

Plenty of sightings and action in two weekends of hunting but no tags punched. The hunting should only continue to get better in the next few weeks. I’m planning on spending many more days in the woods this fall.

Opening Day Doe! Slick Trick Broadhead Success

by Scott Abbott 9. October 2009 04:13
Scott Abbott

I am not known as a "nanny whacker", in fact most years I do not hunt does at all.  I have always reserved doe hunting for after I have filled my buck tag.  This year was a little different as I planned on taking a doe early as long as it was while hunting a low impact setup and would not interfere with future hunts. 

On that rainy evening, I setup on a finger that shot out off a 30 or so acre wood lot that protruded out to a bean field.  I first saw two young bucks walking a tree line a couple hundred yards away. Then I saw two does and a button buck rise up from their beds that were in an area of tall weeds within the field that was not planted.  They browsed my way on the beans after they stood up. I am assuming were working their way toward the oaks within the timber I was hunting.

 I took around a 20 yard shot with my BowTech Allegiance shooting Slick Trick GrizzTrick broadheads.  I successfully recovered her in the bean field a short time later, the broadhead left a devastating wound channel. 

I was very impressed with the GrizzTricks performance, I have used the Slick Trick magnums for years and so far I like these heads better!

If you're in the market for a broadhead that's sharp, flies great, and is super tough I strongly recommend checking out these Slick Trick heads.  You can purchase them right here at by clicking this link.

Opening Weekend in Illinois - Bowhunting Begins!

by Justin Zarr 7. October 2009 19:35
Justin Zarr

After another agonizing 9 month wait the Illinois archery season is finally open!  For our first weekend of the season Mike and I decided to head to West Central Illinois. We figured it was our best shot at capitalizing on an early season buck before they figure our we're after them.  So we made the nearly 5 hour drive from our homes on Friday night and arrived just in time to hang a few stands in the dark and climb up before first light on Saturday morning.

With temperatures in the 40's and not having dressed properly Mike and I were both pretty cold, but we stuck it out for a few hours before finally calling it a morning.  We only saw one deer, a small doe, from stand but it felt good to get out in the woods regardless.  After our hunt we pulled our stands down and decided to reposition them, and also hang another set to hunt for the evening hunt.

The evening was rather uneventful as we didn't see any deer, but the following morning with yours truly behind the camera we had a great hunt.  Despite the full moon and heavy foliage limiting our view we still saw nearly 20 deer this morning, many of which were well within bow range.  Having already filled a doe tag in Wisconsin Mike elected to pass up on these shots, but it was still a great hunt and we got some really good footage.  Check out the video below for a quick recap of our first weekend in the bowhunting woods!

Mike and I will be back down South this weekend to finish getting all of our stands prepped before Novemember, and hopefully I'll get the opportunity to put a doe down on film.  Be sure to check back early next week and see how we do!  Temps are supposed to be even colder this weekend and with a good moon phase I think we've got a legitimate chance at seeing and harvesting some great deer.

Eliminate Odor at the Source with NEW OXY Elim-A-Scent.

by Bow Staff 6. October 2009 09:27
Bow Staff

ZAP! - Scent is Gone!

Buck Country Products Debut's Electronic Scent Elimination Product Line.

OXY Elim-A-ScentTM is an amazing and NEW electronic, natural, solution to Killing Scent Dead in its Tracks!

Scent-control and elimination has come a LONG way over the past 5 years, this new product may just be your best bet yet. Using science to break-down odors at the molecular level, the NEW OXY Elim-A-Scent can help you rid yourself of any bowhunting depression by getting you closer to your favorite game.

West Bend, Wisconsin USA: The new low cost electronic OXY Elim-A-Scent product line destroys scent, odors, mold, mildew, germs and bacteria that attach themselves to camo clothing, hunting gear (even guns), fishing gear, vehicle & boat interiors, and living areas. These compact units naturally and quickly oxidize and eliminate the actual chemicals that cause scent and odors, down to their very molecular level. Without using expensive and polluting cover-up scents or detergents, it is the safest, fastest, easiest and most economical way to de-scent hunting, fishing and just about any other type of gear!

OXY Elim-A-Scent uniquely utilizes electronically produced Ox ions, a proprietary blend of naturally deodorizing activated oxygen, and cleansing negative ions to destroy unwanted scent. This highly effective process of deodorization and cleansing, leaves only natural Oxygen as its lasting byproduct, and just as utilized by nature itself, is completely safe.

The activated oxygen ionized air output is the same as the fresh, clean, natural air experienced in the great outdoors! An all natural process, all animals and humans are genetically accustomed to it. With three highly affordable models to choose from, the Oxy Elim-A-Scentline offers an option for every hunter, fisherman and sportsman's needs.

1.The MICRO AGGRESSOR is the World's smallest, most powerful battery operated electronic Scent Eliminator. Perfect for all sports, it is easily placed into enclosed camo clothing & fishing gear storage totes & lockers, duffle bags, tents, vehicles & boats, even deer blinds up to 35 square feet in size!

-(MSRP $29.95,an optional 12 VDC vehicle and 120 VAC power adapter kit is available MSRP $19.95).

2. The120 VACPRO model is ideal for small areas such as closets, vehicle,  boat and storage closets, and rooms up to 50 square feet. An optional accessory pack for the Pro includes a 1 oz. bottle of Earth Scent and Scent Wicks for use with its scent diffusion feature and a 12 VDC vehicle adapter, offering the perfect combination for an incomparable scent control regimen and ensuring scent-free hunting travel everytime.

-(Pro MSRP $39.95, Hunting Accessory Pack MSRP $10.95)

3. The powerful120 VAC270 MAGNUM effectively eliminates odors in homes, cabins, vehicles, trucks, motor homes, boats, campers, cabins, trailers, and large storage areas up to 270 sq feet. It includes both a12 VDC vehicle adapter and 120 VAC power supply


Only an occasional and easy cleaning of the removable emitter may be needed. Best of all, NO filters to buy ever! In addition, all three models feature both High and Low operating settings for complete flexibility and versatility.

The Oxy Elim-A-Scent product line is now being made available to sportsmen nation wide for retail sales in the fall of 2009. Look for them!

Oxy Elim-A-Scent is a product of Buck Country Products; a division of US Imagineering Inc., located in West Bend, WI. USI has received numerous government environmental awards for its environmental recycling technologies in its past. The 35-year-old company recently expanded into the creation of cost-effective green consumer products, including hunting apparel and accessories that benefit all types of sportsman.

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Hunter Safety System's Rope Style Tree Strap

by John Mueller 6. October 2009 06:38
John Mueller

            My HSS Rope Style Tree Strap is one of my favorite purchases this year so far. It’s much easier to use than the old strap that came with the vest and allows me to get the right distance away from the tree.


            The rope attachment system is much easier to use than the strap. You simply throw the loop end of the rope around the tree and slide the prussic knot with the carabineer attached through the loop. Slide the prussic knot to your desired position on the rope and connect the carabineer to the strap on your vest. It is much easier to do in the dark, instead of messing around with the strap and threading it through the roller clamp. This system is much quieter too.



Fast, simple, and quiet attachment to the tree.


Carabineer attaches to your HSS Vest

            My favorite advantage of the rope system is its adjustability. I always had a problem of not being able to get far enough away from the tree to suit my 30” draw length. The strap just wasn’t long enough. Now with the rope attachment all I have to do is slide the prussic knot down the rope and I can move as far away from the tree as I need to. This also helps out when the deer comes in from your off side and you have to spin around and draw over or under your strap. Now just slide the knot down and the rope hangs out of the way.


            The design of the prussic knot allows it slide on the rope when moved by hand, but in case of a fall it grips the rope and will not slide, catching the falling hunter.

The prussic knot is what makes the system so adjustable.


            I don’t see this item in the shopping area, but I’m sure if you contact Justin he can get you one. Check out the rest of HSS products here.

The damage of NAP’s new Blood Runners

by Bryce Kish 6. October 2009 04:13
Bryce Kish

With the best of both worlds screwed on the end of my Carbon express arrows it was time to put these things to the test!

With almost a month in on the Wisconsin archery season and passing on a couple opportunities I was not going to pass on testing my new broadheads any longer. It was a cool evening and a good mature doe presented me a 15 yard quartering away shot so I settled my pin and released. With the mighty mule kick presenting herself I knew I hit my spot.

After watching her crash threw the brush to where I couldn’t see or hear her any more I picked up my binoculars to see if I could find my arrow from atop my stand. With no luck I went down and with my arrow not present a little knot formed in my stomach but I had good blood right away. Dark red blood upon observation I figured I caught the liver but that’s all I could come up with without my arrow.

So giving her time I packed up, went home, changed and gathered a little tracking crew. After 2 hours we were on the blood trail.

With good blood for roughly 40 feet it went to pin drops. After 20 yards of that it was everywhere, blood on trees I mean you could see where it was spraying out of her but still no arrow. Heavier blood upon heavier blood, my confidence was building on my shot. While snapping pictures of the blood trail my Father in law and cousin who were ahead of me on the trail gave me the best words a bowhunter can hear “Here she lays”.

The shot was perfect, my arrow hit and busted her opposite shoulder which prevented a pass through so after a 50yd tracking adventure I could finally see the damage of the new BloodRunners. The blood trail with only one open wound and the arrow still in her was pretty impressive!

Upon field dressing I confirmed I hit the liver, lung and on top the heart one the main arteries was sliced. Now I don’t know if the shot caught the heart or with the arrow in her and her bumping trees would have done the damage there?

The liver was slit wide open and I apologize, the lung and heart picture did not show up clear enough to show damage.

The entry wound was an impressive 2 inch opening on the quartering away angle and the full 1.5 inch on the up and down cut.

Upon cleaning the arrow there was no damage to the broad head itself. After hitting the lower part of the opposite shoulder the tip was in good shape and the blades were all in tact with no nicks in them so overall to me this is a tough and very reliable broadhead!

It is clear to me that the decision I made this year, switching from Rage to the BloodRunner was an absolutely good decision. And more importantly, guys if you want the best of both worlds, it's still not too late to get a set and tune your bow up and be ready to go before the rut hits.

HUGE North Dakota buck taken by Bow!

by Bow Staff 1. October 2009 08:06
Bow Staff

WOW.. What a buck! This recent email was received by the staff at Bowhunting.Com within the past week. Not much is known about the deer or the hunter, Jon Skalicky, except that it was taken near Fargo, North Dakota. Even more astonishing, the magnificent buck was reportedly taken during a stalk and a mere 25 yard shot, with a bow!

Even more interesting about this entire story is that a regular forum member here at Bowhunting.Com posted some velvet trailcam pictures of this buck way back in August of this year. Our forum member has even verified that the distance between this snapshot and the actual taking of the buck was about 1/2 mile. Further evidence of the importance trailcams can play in the success of any hunter!

                                                                                                                                              This trailcamera picture was taken about 1/2 a mile from where Jon would eventually arrow the bruiser buck!


Bowhunting.Com would like to congratulate fellow stick and string bowhunter, Jon Skalicky, on this once in a lifetime trophy whitetail buck. If you have any more information on this buck please do not hesitate to contact us here via email at

Congratulations again to Jon, and we look forward to further bringing you the latest information on BIG-bucks and the hunters who took them. Good luck, we hope to see you in the spotlight soon!


Fall Food Plots & Mock Scrapes

by Todd Graf 30. September 2009 05:25
Todd Graf

Way back in the spring when I was first putting in my food plots you may remember a small soybean plot I put in at the top of a ridge.  It was in one of my early season treestand hanging videos in our video section.  Well throughout the course of the summer the beans were growing great, but the local deer population (a few does in particular) absolutely destroyed this plot and ate it down to almost nothing.  Being one of my first real food plots that I've planted I was amazed at just how much they ate and how much damage they did!  Knowing that this spot wasn't going to produce much for food come fall I decided to broadcast some brassicas into the bean field and see what happend.  I was pleasantly surprised when they came up and are growing quite well.

My broadcasted brassicas are really coming up quite well.  Much better than even I expected.

Additionally, I went back a week or two later and broadcast some winter wheat into the field as well.  Both the wheat and brassicas will generally germinate without too much soil cover so broadcasting is a pretty effective method for planting them.  It really helped me save this nice hunting plot, and produce enough food to still draw some deer in come October and November.

Broadcasting seed into a spring plot that didn't grow well or has been eaten out can save your hunting come late season.

After reading Justin's blog post about creating some mock scrapes I figured I'd give it a try as well, so I called up my friend Sam Collora at Mrs. Doe Pee for some advice.  Sam sent me some mock scrape scent to try out and I'm anxious to see how it's going to work.  Sam has an interesting method for preparing his mock scrapes which involves putting wax paper down underneath the soil to help hold the scent in and prevent it from leaching out when it rains.  I have to admit, it's a pretty good idea and Sam is an expert when it comes to how whitetails use scent to communicate.

Here are the instructions that Sam sent over.  Try them out if you're interested in creating a mock scrape of your own!

"We recommend you start early to mid August building continuous scrapes, so they will be open and active by September when the bucks rub out of velvet.  This is a very productive time for continuous scrapes.  The buck's hormone levels are peaking, shutting down antler production, telling the buck to shed their velvet.  This testosterone surge is also getting them started int eh sparing mode, figuring out their pecking order and establishing dominance.  This is the same time perdio their bachelor groups start breaking down.  They will soon be making their own scrapes, marking the territory they have claimed as their own.

Start your scrape with finding a location.  Tery to set the scrape in an ara that has a history of scrape activity or is conducive to deer movement.  Set it up where the prevelant autumn winds will be favorable.  Pick a spot with an overhanging limb (licking branch).  Be sure you can set up a treestand or ground blind near or on a travel route to or from the scrape. 

The spot I chose for my scrape didn't have a good overhanging limb, so I used some rope to tie a limb down that would work.  Then I clared my spot and started to dig my hole.

After locating your scrape site, start by clearing a 2 foot area clear of leaves, grass, and other debris.  In the center of teh scrape dig out a bowl shaped area 6 to 8 inches deep and approximately 12 inches across.  GBring along a piece of wax paper large enough to cover the hole.  Crumple the wax paper then straighten in back out and line the inside of the dirt bowl.  Then fill the liner back in with dirt.  This acts as a waterproof liner to hold the scent even if it rains.  Keep in mind this should all be done while wearing rubber boots and gloves if possible.  You want to leave as little human scent behind as you can.

Adding wax paper to your scrape helps keep the scent contained even if it rains.

Finish the scrape off by adding lure directly to the center of the scrape.  Use 1-2 ounces per application.  Repeat every 5-10 days depending on your circumstances.  If you keep your scrape active throughout the entire season, will will continue to draw bucks.  Good luck and good hunting!"

Finish it off with yoru favorite scrape scent and you're ready to go!

I spotted this doe while out creating my scrape.  She must've known it was still September because she didn't seem too worried about me!

Here's a few great scrape making products that you can try out if you're interested in starting your own mock scrapes.

Tinks Power Scrape Starter

Code Blue Scrape Mate

Active Scrape

Wisconsin Bowhunting Season - The First Two Weeks

by Todd Graf 29. September 2009 19:37
Todd Graf

Wow, I can't believe tomorrow is October 1st already!  First the Wisconsin archery season snuck up on me and already it's been nearly three weeks and now Illinois is going to open up.  Where does the time go??

Opening weekend in Wisconsin I headed up to my favorite hunting spot with Justin along to do some filming for me.  Between Justin and his cameraman Mike, myself, and staff member Josh Fletcher we're really working hard at documenting our season on film and putting up new videos every week.  We want to show you the good and the bad of our seasons, and all of the gear we use to help us be successful.  If you haven't already checked out our vidoes, including some great reviews on the bowhunting gear we sell, click here to take a look

That first weekend was hot, temperatures were in the 80's and Justin and I defintely weren't ready for that!  Our first morning was pretty exciting as we had a nice buck sneak up on our position but unfortunately due to the thick cover Justin wasn't able to get any footage of him.  Just being able to see a nice buck on that first sit really sets the tone for the season though. 

During the afternoon on Saturday we checked a bunch of trail cameras that I had set out in some of my best buck spots.  Much to my amazement, we didn't have many bucks to show for our efforts!  We had a lot of does, but not a lot of bucks.  It just goes to show what a big roll food plays in the location of these bucks early season.  With not a lot of food in these spots there just aren't any bucks right now.  But once mid-October hits and these bucks start checking out the resident doe groups they seem to magically appear out of nowhere.

One of the new cameras I'm currently testing out, the new Moultrie Game Spy i45.  So far I've been pretty impressed with the quality of this camera, and am looking forward to trying out the cellular feature that sends photos to a website so I can view them from home.  You can purchase these cameras in our online store by clicking here.

Our first evening hunt was extremely uncomfortable as we were directly in the sun and in full camo after trimming some shooting lanes we were HOT!  But we survived and saw a lot of deer, but once again didn't get any good footage of them due to the thick cover.

After hanging some new stands on Sunday afternoon we got back out that evening and sat over a bean field were all the action was at the previous day.  We certainly weren't disappointed and saw nearly 20 deer this evening, and Justin was able to get some really good footage of a nice 2 1/2 year old buck that came out in front of us.  I did have a shot at one doe that night, and believe me I wanted to put my new NAP Blood Runner to the test, but with the hot temperatures and a 3 hour drive home in front of us I elected to pass.  Although in hindsight I wish I would've taken the shot.  Oh well, that's hunting I guess!

The first of many videos documenting the 2009 season of the staff.

My next trip to Wisconsin was this past weekend and I had some more great encounters.  Without a cameraman I was filming myself and really trying to work out the bugs in my camera setup to make sure things are right for when it's crunch time.  I managed to get some great footage of a few small bucks sparring, and had another opportunity at a doe but with camera light fading I once again elected to pass her up.  I'm confident that when the time is right, and the camera is rolling, I'll be able to harvest a few deer later this fall.

A couple pieces of new gear I'm using for this fall that I've been really happy with is the new ScentBlocker Freak Nasty suit.  Both the jacket and the pants are very well built and have a LOT of pockets to organize all of my gear.  They're light enough to wear when it's warm out, and loose enough to layer under for some of these colder mornings we're having.  All in all, I really like this new suit and think it's pretty close to the perfect bowhunting gear.  Check it out at this link.

Justin walking back to the truck after our 1st morning's hunt.  He is also using the ScentBlocker Freak Nasty suit and really likes it. 

With the Illinois season opening tomorrow you can bet I'll be back in the woods shortly, so stay tuned for some more photos and new videos each week!

Geared up and ready to go, bring on October!

NEW Rocky Tri-Season Apparel.

by Bow Staff 27. September 2009 08:46
Bow Staff

The name Rocky has been synonymous with well-made work and hunting boots for well over 50 years. For 2009, their clothing line-up will also feature the newly available Tri-Season apparel, which could become YOUR next favorite go-to gear.


NELSONVILLE, OH - Tri-Season apparel advances with better scent control and noise-dampening material, making it a great investment for the passionate, multi-season outdoorsman.

The soft, SilentHunter micro-suede fabric allows for complete silence in the woods while wicking moisture away from skin, keeping the hunter warm and dry. Tri-Season apparel also takes its styling cue from some extreme sports, providing versatility and extensive range-of-motion while continuing to remain comfortable and durable in the woods or on the plain.

The Tri-Season line carries Rocky’s ScentIQ Atomic technology, which helps to eliminate odor-causing bacteria, keeping  hunters concealed from even the best noses in the woods. Perhaps more intriguing, this technology requires that no special detergent, sprays, or other care is needed.

“Tri-Season apparel is a great key investment for all outdoorsmen because of its extreme adaptability,” said Sam Coalson, Rocky’s outdoor marketing manager. “This gear can be worn alone or as layers depending on the weather. It doesn’t need any special laundering to protect the ScentIQ™ technology, and it has numerous styling features that were made with the hunter-on-the-move in mind.”

A full line of shirts, jackets, pants, headwear and gloves are available NOW, ranging in retail price from $9.99 to $89.99. Featured in Mossy Oak brand camo.

For more information on this HOT new line of versatile hunting camo, or to see more from this manufacturer, please visit their website.

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Last Minute Bowhunting Preparations - 3 Days Left!

by Justin Zarr 27. September 2009 08:32
Justin Zarr

Every year it seems like I'm always rushing at the last minute to make my final preparations before the season starts.  The past two weeks I've spent a considerable amount of time after work trimming some of my sets out, hanging a few new sets, making a few more mock scrapes, and setting out some trail cameras.  Unfortunately I don't have any big buck pictures to show for it, but the only ones I'm concerned about are the ones where I'm sitting behind the buck anyways.

With all the stands hung and trimmed that I'm going to have before the season starts I'm really focused on making sure my bow and arrow setup is performing flawlessly.  I'm shooting the new NAP BloodRunner broadhead this fall and I've been shooting them exclusively for the past several weeks now.  These heads are built incredibly well, the blades are scary sharp, and I'm itching to find something to shoot with one of them!

The NAP BloodRunner - now in black!  I can't wait to shoot something with one of these!  If you'd like to buy some for yourself, you can click this link here.

Fortunately for me, my new house has a backyard that's plenty big enough for flinging a few arrows after work which has been really nice.  I told my wife before we bought a new place that all I wanted was a backyard to shoot my bow in, and a basement that I can turn into a man cave.  After all, what more does a guy really need in life?  Besides a few hundred acres of course....

The view from my deck.  Too bad it's not a real deer!

My targets of choice are the Rinehart 18-1 and the Rinehart Broadhead buck.  I've been singing the praises of the 18-1 for years now.  This target is small, economical, has 18 sides to shoot at, and after 3 years of abuse you can barely tell.  That includes shooting both broadheads and target points into it.

My first two shots with the NAP BloodRunner after screwing them on.  Not too bad if I do say so myself.

The Broadhead Buck is made from the same self-healing foam as the 18-1 and holds up just as well.  The cool thing about this target is that one side features outlines of the deer's anatomy (shoulder blade, heart, lungs, liver, etc.) and the other side literally shows the anatomy.  This is great for bowhunters who want to make sure that the deer's anatomy is engrained in their minds for when the moment of truth arrives.  I usually shoot at the outlined side myself, but do turn it around from time to time.  This target is made specifically for backyard archers like myself, and does the job wonderfully.

The backside of the Rinehart Broadhead Buck 3-D target.  If you'd like to purchase one of these targets for yourself, we have them here at  Check them out at this link here.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with the way I'm shooting right now and my current stand setups close to home.  Mike and I are planning a trip to one of our leases for opening weekend, hoping to capitalize on a nice buck before they realize we're after them.  Now I just have to finish getting the rest of my gear ready!  Clothes to wash, stands and sticks to pack, gotta find my grunt call, binos, gear hooks, safety harness, boots, etc etc.  Ahh!!

North Dakota 203" Buck

by Bow Staff 24. September 2009 02:23
Bow Staff

Check out this buck taken on Monday near Mayville, North Dakota. This kid is only 18 years old. If you have any more information about this buck, send it our way!

After a long vacation, "Forks" returns

by Dustin DeCroo 22. September 2009 04:25
Dustin DeCroo

The summer of 2008 left much to be desired in terms of mature deer on trail cameras.  There were several decent deer that posed for our Moultrie cameras, only one of those deer was harvested.  One deer that I really hoped had made it through the season was a buck we named "Forks" a main frame 8pt that had the beginnings of split G2's on both sides.  There were no confirmed sightings of this buck from August 2008 until July 2009.  He had grown substantially and is now deemed a member of Dubbya's 2009 Hit List.

A hard drive crash last November claimed the majority of my photos, but I was able to find one picture of "Forks" from 2008.  In this photo you can just barely see the G2's splitting (he is the deer on the left).

"Forks" showed up again in the middle of the 2009 growing season, sporting some decent growth from the year before.

After another disappearing act that lasted over a month, "Forks" shows himself in from on my Stealthcam I-540.  Apparently he was doing some growing in his absence... (On the right in the first photo).

On the left...

Hopefully I'll see this buck up close and personal in a couple of weeks when the 2009 Oklahoma archery season opens on October 1st!

Wisconsin Whitetail Down! Possible New Record Buck with 30 Points falls to Wayne Schumacher and His Bow.

by Bow Staff 22. September 2009 04:16
Bow Staff

Just one week into the big buck state of Wisconsin's archery season and there is once again talk of a possible new state record!

On the evening of September 20th, 2009, while most of the bowhunters across the country were still dreaming of the season that laid before them, Fon Du Loc resident, Wayne Schumacher was living his. At around dusk that eve, Wayne arrowed this huge non-typical buck, said to boast 30 scorable points!

Wayne was in a treestand over-looking partially wooded and flat terrain, when the buck stepped into view. The buck was shot, quartering away, at a mere 15 yards, only to expire around 70 or so. He had no time to get nervous, as he stated, "it was over in less than 30 seconds".

Wayne's hunting partner and brother was the first to find the animal. After a long drag and a struggling effort, the two were able to get the "once in a lifetime" buck into the tailgate of their truck. The buck was registered this past Monday, after Wayne put in 1/2 days worth of work.

The incredible buck carried an inside spread of 20 1/2", and field-dressed a whopping 225 pounds! Early estimates of the bucks age put him at about 4 1/2 to 5 years of age.

Bowhunting.Com wishes a HUGE congratulations to bowhunter, Wayne Schumacher, on this incredible whitetail trophy. The buck will have to wait the mandatory 60-day drying period before it can be officially measured, but either way, what a buck!

The staff here will update this story as we receive more information and it's final score and tally. Congrats again to hunter Wayne Schumacher.


Opening Day Bowhunting Whitetails, Recharging of the Batteries

by Josh Fletcher 21. September 2009 04:58
Josh Fletcher

With a slight southeast wind blowing at our face, and the gentle humming of Wisconsin’s unofficial state bird, the mosquito, in my ear and temperatures in the eighties could only mean one thing…the opening day of the Wisconsin archery season was upon us. Chad and I were set up in our stands hours before sunset. Sitting patiently, listing to the music of falling acorns and safely in our trees with the help of the Hunters Safety System, it was just a matter of waiting till closer to dark before the woods would come alive with deer.

Through extensive scouting in the off-season we knew that we were going to have a great acorn crop this year on this particular property. Acorns to deer are like Chocolate to a kid. With the right wind to hunt our “acorn” stand, I knew that it was a no questions asked sit. It was just a matter of time until the deer came out to feed.

Approximately 45 minutes before dark we had our first deer movement of the 2009 season. Two fawns came running up the trail and stopped rite under our stands. Soon the woods came alive. We could hear deer moving through the thick leafy foliage, and one by one they came filtering past our stands, making a four-hour sit feel like a half hour. Though we didn’t see any bucks the first night, it was far beyond a successful night, it was a cleansing of the mind, stress reduction, and recharging of the batteries.

The next morning didn’t disappoint us either. Sunday morning brought us cooler temperatures in the 60’s. We keyed in on deer feeding on acorns and moving back to bed down in the buckthorn thickets shortly after daylight. With a large amount of acorns falling we knew the deer would be feeding on the fresh crop well before daylight. We didn’t want to bump the deer, so we had a pre-hung set of stands knocking on the deer’s bedroom door.

Shortly I spotted a doe and two fawns crossing the logging road that we were sitting on. Less than an hour latter I heard the tell tale sound of a twig breaking (I’m still amazed to this day how one breaking of a twig can get the heart pounding). Soon several does and a small buck came into view. At fifteen yards away I opted to pass on harvesting any of the deer and just became a mere observer of nature’s story.

With the opening weekend under our belts it was definitely a successful one. You don’t have to draw your bow or see a buck for it to be a successful day in the woods, just merely sitting back and watching natures story book unfold a true story for me was more than enough for me to walk out of the woods with a grin stretching from ear to ear.

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