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Summer Trophy Shots

by Daniel James Hendricks 24. June 2011 00:56
Daniel James Hendricks

The summer months are a great time slot to hone your photography skills with a bevy of occasions that afford the serious camera buff an opportunity to capture some great trophy shots.  One just needs to have their camera ready and then be observant enough to recognize a good photo op when he or she sees one.

Carrying your camera in your car could provide a photo like this one that will be captured rather than remembered as an occasion that you wished you had your camera.  

 With the advent of digital photography, any concern about cost and wasted shots should be permanently shelved, since they are no longer relevant.  One should never be accused of taking too few photos, however, that is still one of the greatest errors most shooters make.  You have the camera and should have a spare disk so use them!  Shoot everything and shoot often, keeping in mind that the more photos you take, the greater the chances of shooting a real winner.  As with so many other things in life, photography is a numbers game.

Watch for interesting character-study shots like the furrowed brows of this little fellow at a community art festival.  

A serious photographer should have his camera close at hand for that special shot wherever he or she goes.  But if you leave it at home hidden in a drawer and are presented with that classic “once in a lifetime shot”  all you will have is sad memories of what could have been.  Even if your camera is in your vehicle, you can make a mad dash to the car if an opportunity presents itself.  The best remedy, however is to purchase a camera case with a shoulder strap or belt loop and carry it with you at all times.  Definitely make sure that it is close at hand if you plan an outing of any kind, be it a reunion, a trip to the lake or a jaunt to a summer community event, which is almost a mandatory happening in most towns.  Even a road trip can provide countless photo opportunities that will dress up anyone’s photo morgue.

 Candid shots, often using a telephoto lens will allow you to catch people reacting without the pressure of knowing they are "in focus".

Family outings are great for humorous shots as it seems that someone is always clowning around and they provide one with a great opportunity for “people-photo” practice.  Try to capture as many candid shots as possible as shots of people doing what they do naturally always seems to make for better photos.  Even as common place as cameras are, there is something about pointing one at a person that just seems to drain the “natural” vitality from your subject.  Very few people will remain true to their form when being zeroed in by the lens.

Never go to a flea market or fair without your camera to record the colors, the sights and the vast array of poeple you will find there.

While at these social gatherings, don’t forget to look around for other subjects that may catch your eye.  Pets, landscapes, flowers, a grill full of food, and street scenes are just a few of the things that could possibly provide the sharp eye with a rewarding image caught in the right light, the right time or with the right activity taking place there.  And always look beyond the main area of activity.  Sometimes a great frame will present itself just around the corner of a building or as close as fifty yards from where the main center of activity is.  Don’t be afraid to wander away towards something that catches your attention, it may very well provide you with the shot of the day.

 Keep your eyes peeled for subjects that are clowning around.  You never know what clicking your shutter at the right time can capture.

Community events are a natural for a camera.  It seems like each community has its own summertime celebration filled with special events, parades, good food and lots of people activity.  County Fairs, the State Fair, a carnival or sporting event are all excellent opportunities to hone your photographic skills.  Record the meetings with your friends and neighbors at these centers of activity by taking their pictures, which can later be used as a framed hostess gift or included in a personal Christmas card.  There is no one who does not openly or secretly appreciate a copy of their image doing whatever they do.  Again, if you are walking down the street during a community celebration, don’t forget to keep you eyes open for a planter filled with beautiful flowers, a unique angle shot of the geometric layout of a handsome brick wall or an interesting cloud formation that is framing an interesting skyline.

 If you go to see fireworks and you don't bring your camera, you're missing an  opportunity to learn more about your camera and collect some great shots.

Animal shots abound especially in the early morning and late afternoon if one takes a drive in the country.  Most shots can be taken from the car window, others require a stop and stalk procedure.  In the earlier part of the summer, it is easy to find areas where families of Canadian geese are tending their young affording some great shots for the naturalist photographer.  It is also common to see young deer that have yet to be taught the danger of human beings, as well as young animals of a multitude of species.  Spend a couple of hours camped out at a humming bird feeder.  You will be surprised what you will be able to capture.

 Keep you camera handy becuase you never know when you will be presented with an opportunity for a family photo like this one.

Over 90% of all living things are insects and with the macro capabilities of the latest cameras, this is one area that will provide some really great shots and bugs are everywhere.  This is one more area that provides countless photo ops if the photographer has not limited his vision to the big stuff.  Butterflies are some of the most obvious, but there are kinds of colorful, crawly-stuff that will provide interesting snapshots of a world most folks are oblivious to.  I don’t let bugs bug me, I shoot `em with my camera.

Moving slowly and using your zoom can produce shots like this one when you are ready with your camera and perhaps a monopod.

 There are far too many opportunities to list individually in a short article, but hopefully this short piece has given you some ideas and will serve as a reminder that every day is hunting season when you are carrying your camera.  And remember that there are no limits, no gut piles and the outstanding trophies that you shoot will adorn your walls and the walls of others for years to come. 

Remember to think small and look for the littlest of subjects.  Make learning to use the Marcro feature of your camera a priority.




Categories: Blog | Current News


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.



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:


  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.


  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 Click Here!

2010 Turkey Hunting Contest

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

It's that time once again... Time for the 2nd annual turkey hunting contest.  Follow the link to sign up before March 7th!

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

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.

Carbon Express Introduces NEW Triloc Pro Broadhead.

by Bow Staff 1. February 2010 02:05

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.

Dead Down Wind Introduces Skin Lotion and Conditioner

by Bow Staff 17. January 2010 05:47
Bow Staff

Totally Odorless Skin Lotion and Conditioner

Reduces Bacteria Growth and Odor



Pleasant Valley, MO – Dead Down Wind®, the industry leader in scent prevention introduces Totally Odorless Skin Lotion and Conditioner. This hypoallergenic formula nourishes and protects your skin from the elements with a totally odorless formulation that also combats odor.

"Your skin is the largest organ of the body and healthy skin is less conducive to bacteria growth and odor" stated Dead Down Wind Director of Sales, David Billman. "Dry skin can make it difficult to even sit in a stand, itching and causing discomfort and healthy skin is our first line of defense. Our new Totally Odorless Skin Lotion uses all natural ingredients and has been in development for over 2years. Totally odorless conditioner is great for your skin and another important step toward a zero scent environment."

The Totally Odorless Skin Lotion and Conditioner comes in a convenient 4 oz pack, with leak proof flip up dispensing cap. The odorless ingredients in this hypoallergenic formula sooth the skin for comfort, while nourishing and protecting against the elements. Reduce odor, increase comfort and take care of your body’s largest organ.

About Dead Down Wind®:

Dead Down Wind is a premium supplier of quality scent prevention products and D2W Guide Gear designed to help outdoor enthusiasts become more successful in the field. Dead Down Wind revolutionized the scent elimination industry through the development of a bio-engineered process known as ESPTM (Enzyme Scent Prevention). Through this process a strand of enzymes is created that targets a broad spectrum range of odors, not just human bacteria based odors.

Categories: Current News

Dead Down Wind introduces Hand Sanitizer

by Bow Staff 5. January 2010 07:02
Bow Staff

SANITIZE SCENT FREE-New Scent Free Hand Sanitizer

from DDW perfect for use after harvesting game

and during peak rut/Flu Season.

Pleasant Valley, MO – Dead Down Wind®  an industry leader in scent prevention, introduces Instant Odorless Hand Sanitizer. This 4 oz bottle of hand sanitizer kills 99.9% of common germs and is odorless in less than 5 seconds. It even removes any hand odors in the process like cigarette or gas odors not just bacteria based odors.

"Unfortunately, the peak hunting seasons seem to correspond with the peak of the flu season" stated Dead Down Wind GM, Gary Reed. "Our new Odorless Hand Sanitizer not only eliminates virtually any contact odors, it helps you maintain good hygiene, limits the spread of germ and fits easily into a pocket or fanny pack."

The Odorless Hand Sanitizer removes all odors including gas, carbons, hydrocarbons, pungent odors, even knocking out contact odors like gun cleaning chemicals, smoke odors and food odors. The FDA certified sanitizer cleans, disinfects, and is totally odorless in seconds. It is ideal for clean up after field dressing animals, and helps limit the exposure to diseases that can be transferred to humans from animals like hogs.

The 4oz bottle when used as directed will provide 58-60 applications. Use the scent free hand sanitizer:

-After field dressing an animal

-After cleaning a firearm or contact with gas

-To remove all contact odors before leaving for the field including cigarette odors

-After using the bathroom

-Before eating or drinking anything

-Before and after handling raw foods, fish, poultry, or eggs

-After using a public phone

-After riding public transportation

-In schools and day care centers

-After changing diapers

-When one is sick

-After shaking hands

-After sneezing or coughing

It just makes sense to use the new DDW Odorless Sanitizer to knock out odor and 99.9% of the common germs we come in contact with everyday. The Odorless Hand Sanitizer has an MSRP of $4.99About Dead Down Wind®:

Dead Down Wind is a premium supplier of quality scent prevention products designed to help outdoor enthusiasts become more successful in the field. Dead Down Wind revolutionized the scent elimination industry through the development of a bio-engineered process known as ESPTM (Enzyme Scent Protection). Through this process a strand of enzymes is created that targets a broad spectrum range of odors, not just human bacteria based odors.

Categories: Current News

Rinehart RhinoBlock Archery Target - New For 2010

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

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

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

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

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

Carbon Express Welcomes NEW Team Members.

by Bow Staff 22. December 2009 23:58
Bow Staff

Carbon Express® Pro Staff Ready to Engage January 3rd 2010

Flushing, Michigan – Carbon Express®, a leader in arrow technology, innovation and precision announced that their new Carbon Express pro staff members Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, Don and Kandi Kisky, Rick and Julie Krueter and the Legends of the Fall team will officially join the Carbon Express Pro staff effective January 3rd 2010.  

As members of the 2010 Carbon Express Prostaff, all will be shooting the new series of CX arrows and will be on hand at the ATA Show in Columbus to help promote Carbon Express.
About Carbon Express®

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

Categories: Current News

Life At Table Mountain to debut on Pursuit Channel

by Bow Staff 16. December 2009 21:34
Bow Staff

LUVERNE, AL - Dave Watson Productions is proud to sign their new television series, Life at Table Mountain, with Pursuit Channel. The all-new series will air exclusively on Pursuit beginning in January.

Life at Table Mountain tells the story of America's most successful outfitter, Table Mountain Outfitters. Owned and operated by Scott and Angie Denny, Table Mountain Outfitters guide over 200 hunters to big game success each year.


Executive Producer Dave Watson comments, "I'm excited to bring this compelling story to the Pursuit audience because until now, viewers had no idea how much work really goes into guiding a hunter to filling his tag. Life at Table Mountain will not only showcase the hunts but also dive into the behind-the-scenes drama that takes place every day."

"Outfitters play an important role in helping producers capture great footage for their shows. So for Dave to focus on the outfitter for this new series creates a unique and exciting perspective for viewers," said Rusty Faulk, CEO of Pursuit Channel. "Dave Watson Productions is well-known in outdoor programming, and we're thrilled to have him join us on Pursuit with Life at Table Mountain."

Over the last 12 years, Dave Watson Productions has launched seven national television series into success including, Secrets of the Hunt, Bushnell Outdoors with Dave Watson, Cabela's Memories in the Field and Track and Trail Adventures with Wally Dallenbach. Watson has been a staple to outdoor programming for a number of years as both a star and producer.

Dave Watson Productions joins a number of other outdoor television producers that are bringing programming to Pursuit starting January 2010. Mossy Oak recently announced its commitment of resources to branded, destination blocks of programming, anchored by their award-winning, popular programs. Drury Outdoors, The National Wild Turkey Federation, Quality Deer Management Association, Ted Nugent, Alan Warren, Keith Warren, Hank Parker, Roger Raglin and others have since made the move.

For more information about Table Mountain Outfitters you can visit them online at

Categories: Current News

Bad Boy Buggy Qualifies for $5950 Tax Credit

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Destroyer 350 and Destroyer 340 Lead BowTech's 10th Model Year

by Scott Abbott 2. December 2009 04:27
Scott Abbott

Eugene, OR (November 2, 2009)-For their 10th Model Year anniversary, BowTech is pleased to introduce their most advanced bow ever produced. It's called the Destroyer for a reason.
"From concept, this bow was designed to be easy to draw, quiet, accurate and forgiving. As it turns out, the bow happens to be fast," Craig Yehle, Principle Designer explains, "We believe it is important for our flagship offering not be construed as a speed bow, but as a truly exceptional all around offering. We believe we have achieved this."
The Destroyer is offered in two models; Destroyer 350 and Destroyer 340. Both are accurate, shock-free, easy to draw and fast...very fast. While most archers have to trade shootability for speed, the Destroyer delivers both. This balance is accomplished using three new technologies; OverDrive Binary™, HardCore Limbs™ and FLX-Guard™. 

OverDrive Binary™ synchronized dual cam system gives the perfect synchronization of a Binary while allowing split buss attachment to both cams for best-in-class cam stability and tune-ability. Premium alloy composition allows for a strong, lightweight design which diminishes noise and vibration.

The high modulus carbon core of the HardCore Limbs™ puts the core to work, storing energy not only near the surfaces, but inside the limb. Distributing stress through the limbs increases overall limb response, efficiency and durability.   

The new FLX-Guard™ cable containment system addresses the tuning affects of extreme cable tension and inflexible cable guards found on today's bows. As the bow is drawn, it flexes inward, isolating the riser from unwanted cable guard torque.
The Destroyer 350 and Destroyer 340 come standard in Realtree Hardwoods HD®. Alternate riser finishes include BlackOps, APG HD, Mossy Oak® Infinity™, OPTIFADE™ Open Country or Forest and Next FLX™. Any alternate finish will have black limbs. All BowTech bows are protected with an InVelvet™ top coat.
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214" Whitetail Bowkill in Illinois

by John Mueller 30. November 2009 08:26
John Mueller

            My taxidermist friend just finished mounting the largest whitetail brought in to his shop so far this season. A 214” gross, 209” net non-typical that looks very typical. This beast is a main frame 10 point with split G-2’s and a small sticker off of one brow tine. The G-2’s are 14” long and the mass measurements contribute a lot of inches to the total score on this buck. What really helps this bucks score is the fact that his typical rack is very symmetrical, there are very few deductions from side to side.


            The monster was killed by a bowhunter to remain nameless in West Central Illinois in early archery season. Congrats on a fine trophy.

Monster Mulie Killed in Montana

by John Mueller 25. November 2009 21:28
John Mueller
Montana 2009
Remi Warren MT Typical Mule deer
September 25, 2009

Remi Warren of Conner MT drew one of the premier deer tags in his home state this year and took this great buck on Sept 12th. With an unofficial green score being roughly 214, the early archery kill will rank very high in the overall state rankings. While this buck appears to have great mass and symmetry, preliminary reports have indicated significant deductions, Whether the current state record is in jeopardy of dropping down a spot will be left up to speculation until the 60 day drying period has passed. Remi has indicated he will have the buck measured for B&C in addition to P&Y when the 60 day requirement is met.

New York State's "4-Beam Buck" could set NEW Bowhunting Record.

by Bow Staff 23. November 2009 07:15
Bow Staff

If you think 200 class whitetail are exclusive to only our country's Midwestern cornfields, this next entry into the world of GIANT bucks might just shock your senses.

Taken in the afternoon of October 26th, 2009, this 4 beam whitetail buck fell to New Englander, Bjorn Holubar. While scouting for a place to hunt, Bjorn came across a thicket filled with several BIG rubs and knew this is where he'd like to try his luck. Just a few hours later and Bjorn walked out with the 20 point buck!

The current New York State archery record non-typical is 205 1/8", taken by Mark Surdi in 1996. Bjorn Holubar's buck is said to easily break the 200" mark. If so, this incredible 4 beam GIANT could pass into the empire state's bowhunting folklore, and the state's record books.

Bowhunting.Com would like to congratulate hunter, Bjorn Holubar on this amazing whitetail buck. We know how you feel Bjorn, we LOVE to hunt those big rubs too! Congrats again.

Possible NEW World Record Buck taken with Bow in Wisconsin!

by Bow Staff 18. November 2009 02:23
Bow Staff

Very few can argue with the results from Wisconsin over the past 2 whitetail seasons. It seems nearly every week another possible GIANT buck is taken by gun or bow in this, the famed, dairy state. Below you will find what could honestly become the world's largest typical buck ever! No joke.

Could it be? A new world record whitetail buck!?


The above 240 pound, 12 point typical, is being called the new world record whitetail, replacing Milo Hanson's 1993 taking. Shot on November 5th, 2009, hunter, Michael Gregoire took this incredible buck while hunting his brothers farm near Sheboygan. The 4 1/2 year old buck is said to gross 217 5/8 by an official Boone and Crockett scorer. It is currently waiting the mandatory 60 day drying period before it's final score is tallied. 

After the 60 day drying period is up, the Boone and Crockett club will randomly select a panel of judges for this buck's official scoring. All Michael can do now is await their verdict.

This whitetail buck needs to net the already famed Hanson trophy of 213 5/8, taken with rifle in the Saskatchewan province. The Wisconsin typical record is 206 1/8 inches.

Keep your eye on Bowhunting.Com. We will officially make the announcement as soon as we catch word on this possible new world record typical. Our congratulations to hunter, Michael Gregoire on this amazing buck.

BIG Bucks Fall to the Bow at Camp Ripley Hunt in Minnesota!

by Bow Staff 16. November 2009 09:54
Bow Staff

The nations largest organized hunt at Camp Ripley, Minnesota is truly a spectacle to read, even better, we imagine, to witness first hand. The legendary archery hunt, which takes place for just a few days at Camp Ripley Military Training Center, has become one of our favorite places to dream of. And why not, it is perhaps one of the best places to hunt trophy whitetail in the country. In 2009, the Camp Ripley hunt continued it's trophy taking ways with these awesome whitetail bucks over just 4 days of hunting!


Cory Williams of Pierz, Minnesota, took the above 265-pound buck, which was the largest deer killed during both weekend hunts. Of which, there was said to have been more than 10 bucks taken, over the two seasons, to exceed 200 pounds!

Not much is known about this above Camp Ripley giant, except that it boasts some 17 scorable points!

And of course we cannot talk about Camp Ripley without the above whitetail mentioned. This Magnum buck could become Minnesota's new non-typical archery record as it's said to topple 228" of bone! The hunter, Scott Okonek, shot the buck during Camp Ripley's first season which ran October 15-16th, 2009. The 5 1/2 year old buck was said to tip the scales at 192 pounds, field dressed!

It's no wonder that there are more than 5,000 applications accepted for this annual hunt, as Camp Ripley boasts more than 53,000 acres of prime whitetail habitat! The whitetail bucks taken there every year are just incredible. For more information on this hunt contact the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The staff and readers of Bowhunting.Com would like to congratulate everyone of the above bowhunters for their incredible whitetail bucks taken from this little slice of north woods heaven in 2009. We look forward to next year's Camp Ripley hunt!'s - 200 Point Club

by Dustin DeCroo 6. November 2009 01:05
Dustin DeCroo

The 2009 bowhunting season is entering that time of year every hunters awaits, the rut. has created a 200 point club for those members that do what it takes to put down a slammer buck and or a doe.  In the contest a doe is worth 50 points and a buck is worth it's score in inches.  The members that reach the 200 point mark, and enter their kills in the "200 Point Club Entry" thread, will receive a gift from  Not to mention bragging rights and something prestigious to add to your signature!

How it works:

Each hunter may enter either a buck and doe or just a buck that meets or exceeds 200 points.  The deer must be killed with a bow during the 2009 season, photo proof is required.  The top scorer will have his/her package sweetened as well.

Congratulations to a few members that have already accomplished this feat... shown below!


"Wiaxle" - 200 Points

"ILL BUCK" - 200 Points

"Bloodcrick" - 203 Points

"Buckeye" - 210 Points

Ohio's Real 320" Buck could become the Largest Non-Typical ever Taken by Bowhunter!

by Bow Staff 3. November 2009 09:45
Bow Staff

When you think about it, I mean really think about it. It almost seems completely absurd that over the past 40 years of deer hunting some of the greatest whitetail bucks of all-time came not from today's "golden age", but rather from yesterday's first few seasons. You know.. before the compound was even a drawing and shotguns rarely fired over 40 yards.

The Jordan buck, which once stood at the top of the pile of giant typical bucks for nearly 80 years. Mel Johnson's incredible bow typical from Illinois taken in 1965. And of course the 1962 record non-typical Del Austin bow trophy, which is nearly unthinkable considering how few and far between deer encounters must have been way back when in Nebraska Mr. Austin. Not to mention the scarcity of food plots in the early to late 60's.

Could one of these bow records be at an end? Finally?

On October 19th, 2009, an Ohio hunter took this spectacular non-typical which is said to boast nearly 320" of bone on his head! While the staff here at Bowhunting.Com slightly disagrees with these early estimates, we have no doubt he topples the 280" mark. The hunter, who's name has yet to be identified, reportedly even has the match set from this buck after last years shed season, those antlers go 260"!


The hunting community as a whole is not yet sure on the weapon that was used, however early speculation is that the giant was taken with a crossbow.

Little more information is known at this time on this whitetails chances of becoming the new world record non-typical whitetail buck taken with a bow. The staff at Bowhunting.Com is dedicated to bringing this story to the surface and will hopefully be updating this story as it further develops. If you have any information on this possible record buck please don't hesitate to send it our way. You can email us at

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!

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!


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.


Smart Scouter NOW Available on More Networks!

by Bow Staff 21. September 2009 01:29
Bow Staff

The ultimate technology in trailcamera monitoring just got even easier to access. Smart Scouter, the original wireless trail camera, now offers service through the following networks:


§ AT&T

Smart Scouter immediately sends trail photos to your cell phone and computer. Imagine a scouting camera capable of sending you photos instantly to your Cell Phone and Computer for immediate remote 24/7 scouting and security! That’s a reality with the SmartScouter system.  Monthly plans start at $14.99 per month.  Visit the Smart Scouter website for more details, or give them a call at 888-70-SCOUT (72688) for more information.

So get hooked up, and in touch with all the action in your woods today!


Categories: Current News

NEW Leaf River Trailcamera set to turn Heads in 2009!

by Bow Staff 15. September 2009 09:06
Bow Staff

Leaf River Trailcamera monitoring, continues its advances in technology with the new iR-7SS. Featuring a more advanced Quick-Shot mode, 7.0 megapixel picture quality, and MUCH more user friendly navigation, this newest camera is sure to make a camera junkie out of you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The iR-7SS by Leaf River is the perfect game camera for capturing critters on the move. Featuring 7.0 megapixel picture quality, the unit can be programmed to pause from 1 to 90 minutes between pictures, and by using the Quick Shot mode, an even quicker 2nd and 3rd picture can be captured before entering the pause time if additional motion is detected, like a buck following a doe down the trail.
The built-In 2.4˝ Viewing Screen allows easier menu navigation and in-field viewing. Delete or protect the images the camera has captured right in the field without the need for an external viewing source, and zoom in up to 4x and pan around the picture for a closer look at the subject or the date and time.
Like all of Leaf River's cameras, the iR-7SS is equipped with a switch with two settings -- one for a faster trigger speed and the other for an extended battery life. Adjust the switch without entering the camera's menus. The fast trigger setting allows the user to set the camera up in an area that animals will pass though at a quicker pace, such as a trail. The Battery Save setting allows the user to set the camera up in a remote location and leave it for months at a time without the use of a solar panel or external power supply.
In addition, the camera features a MPEG -4 video with 640 x 480 resolution at 30 frames per second, sound recording when in video mode and an SD card slot for removable memory.  Internal memory is also available (SD card not included).  The camera will accept up to a 2GB SD card.
· Mossy Oak Treestand® camouflage
· USB cable
· RCA cable
· Steel mounting bracket
· Steel security bar and mounting strap
· Requires 4 D-cell and 3 C-cell batteries (NOT INCLUDED).
· Infrared Digital.

Categories: Current News

Smart Scouter Scouting Cameras offers new service.

by Bow Staff 6. September 2009 04:07
Bow Staff

SmartScouter now offers service with AT&T

If you have been wanting a SmartScouter but were not able to get one because of lack of cellular service in your area, our new SmartScouter with AT&T service may be what you need.  In addition to service with our current service providers, SmartScouter has significantly increased cellular coverage by adding AT&T service.  Buy your SmartScouter trail camera with AT&T service today and start getting your trail camera photos sent directly to your computer or cell phone in real time.  Know what stand to hunt tomorrow based on today's buck movement.

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Categories: Current News

NAP Introduces the Bloodrunner Practice Head

by Todd Graf 3. September 2009 02:43


New Archery Products, a leading manufacturer of broadheads, arrowrests, vanes and other archery accessories, has recently announced its new BloodRunner Practice Head answering the demand of the hunter. Knowing hunters like to preserve their broadheads for the field, NAP engineered the BloodRunner Practice Head to perform with the same accuracy as the BloodRunner Broadheads.

The new BloodRunner Practice Head enables the hunter to use his Practice Head to sight in his bow and continue to practice for the hunting season, saving the broadheads for harvesting the animal. The BloodRunner is a hybrid design taking elements from a fixed blade broadhead as well as that of a mechanical head. The 1” cutting diameter provides excellent flight characteristics delivering field point accuracy. Upon impact, the BloodRunner deploys to an expanded 1.5 inch cutting diameter creating a massive blood trail. The unique ferrule design provides added strength with excellent penetration. The blade thickness is 0.036” with sharpness you come to expect from New Archery Products. The Practice Head imitates the same flight characteristics allowing the hunter to have confidence in his broadhead. The BloodRunner Practice Head comes packaged with two 100 grain Practice Heads for $19.99.

If you have already purchased a 3-pack of NAP BloodRunner Broadheads, email to receive a FREE BloodRunner Practice Head and all we require is that you pay $4.95 for shipping and handling

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