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2011 ATA Show Day 2 - More Bowhunting Gear

by Justin Zarr 7. January 2011 06:08
Justin Zarr

Halfway through Day 2 of the 2011 ATA Show and I'm seeing a bunch of cool new bowhunting products that are coming out for this year.


The Bowhunting.com staff working hard updating blogs, videos, and articles from the hotel this morning.

Two companies are now producing treestands with cast aluminum platforms; Gorilla and Leverage (River's Edge).  For many years Lone Wolf held the patent on the cast aluminum platform but with that running out recently we're starting to see some of these new products hit the market.

Both stands are nice, but lack the refinement and adjustability of the Lone WOlf.  The Gorilla stands have no side to side adjustments or platform leveling, which is slightly disappointing.  The Leverage stand is very well made and the platform casting looks amazing.  The platform is only 3/4" thick and the entire stand weighs in at just 14 lbs, but also lacks the side to side adjustments that I'd like to see.  The seat leveling system also leaves some to be desired.  Both stands will retail around $199, but for that price I'd like to see some extra functionality added to them.


The new cast aluminum stand from Leverage.


Cast aluminum treestand from Gorilla.

New from Mountain Mike's reproductions is their turkey mounting kit called the Beard Collector.  This kit is very well made and looks great.  The plaque comes with a fan mount, an option for mounting the spurs, and hanging up to 5 beards.  The beards are mounted via a very simple and effective screw system with shotgun shell covers.  This is a killer new product for you turkey hunters looking for a classier way to display your trophies.

Trophy Taker has come out with a new line of field points that include a small o-ring for a secure fit.  These points screw in nice and tight and won't come loose after every shot.  I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about with how annoying it can be to re-tighten your field points every time you pull them out of the target.  A very simple, yet effective new product.

As usual the stars are out signing autographs at various booths around the show. 

And as promised, here's a better photo of the Tree Spider harness from Robinson Outdoors.  SO far this product has been the talk of the show.  Light, easy, fast, and safe.

I'm grabbing some lunch now and will update with another blog after the show ends tonight.

Mountain Mike's Reproductions: Skull Mounting Made Easy

by Bow Staff 2. December 2010 05:59
Bow Staff

 If you have ever boiled skulls or used beetles to create European mounts, you are aware of the smell and mess.  If you have had someone else mount them for you, you are aware of the expense, delay, and risk that come from being without your trophy antlers.  Mountain Mike’s Reproductions has found a better way.  Using injection molds made from detailed 3D scan of actual skulls, Mountain Mike's proudly offer a line of easy to use, great looking affordable European antler mounting kits and accessories.   

Record Keeper

If you want to keep your antlers intact with the original skull plate, the Bone Collector Record Keeper is the antler kit for you.  This kit features a small space at the back of the skull for you to attach your own antler skull plate, and it includes all hardware, epoxy, putty gap filler, and touch-up paint needed for a great, do-it-yourself European antler mount that will keep your record book qualifications.

Skull Master

Compatible with your own harvested antlers or shed antlers, the Skull Master kit includesall hardware needed to attach a set of antlers to a great looking European deer skull in a timely, no-mess fashion.  This antler kit comes with two different size interchangeable top sections so you can choose which size fits your antlers best.

Shed Spreader

An easy, inexpensive way to diplay shed antlers or replace a broken skull plate.  Hang directly on wall or apply to a wood plaque.  It can also be used with taxidermist's shoulder form.

 

If you are interested in purchasing one of Mountain Mike's quality skull mounting kits, click on the red links above each picture as we sell them right here at bowhunting.com!  Thanks and enjoy!

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