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ATA Show Day 1 Updates

by Justin Zarr 10. January 2012 12:03
Justin Zarr

Well, the first day of the 2012 ATA show is well under way and as always there's a TON of new products to check out. Here's a few of the the highlights from the show so far, starting with last night's party hosted by Outtech. There was free food, drinks and a live music performance by Josh Kelley. You know, the guy who's married to Katherine Heigl. Yeah, him. I'll let the photos tell the story for today's events so far. Hope you all enjoy it! There's plenty more to come after this.

 
Last night's Outtech Innovations show was a blast.  Not only was their food, beverages and entertainment, but we got to check out some of the great new products from companies like NAP, TruGlo, Flextone and ScentBlocker a day early.


Josh Kelley put on a great show for the crowd.


The morning crowd waiting to rush the show floor and start doing business.


My first stop of the day was to see Pat Hudak with Robinson Outdoor Products.  Pat was kind enough to show me the new Tree Spider Micro Harnress, which weighs just 1.7 pounds!  This great new addition to the Tree Spider line is sure to please a lot of bowhunters.  I know I'll be wearing one this fall.


The boys at Pine Ridge Archery have come out with a great new line of stablizers called the "Nitro Stabilizers". They are available in several camo patterns as well as the black tactical seen here. Their solid core design and shock fins kill vibration and noise, while allowing you to customize the look of your bow.


One of the very simple, yet very cool, new products for 2012.  The 3D Peep sight allows you to shoot distances well over 100 yards with the same sight you use to shoot 20 and 30 yards.  Thanks to an innovative design that utilizes two peep holes and a 2nd string loop to change your anchor point this nifty device makes it possible to extend your accuracy far beyond normal equipment.


Of course one of the most talked about new products is the Bowtech Insanity bow.  This new bow has a 6 inch brace height, measures 32 inches axle to axle, and produces speeds up to a whopping 355 fps.  On the down side, the bow is a bit heavy at 4.3 lbs.


The heart of the Insanity is the Binary cam system.


The new Deep Six line of broadheads from NAP is also getting a lot of attention.  The Big Nasty seems to be a "Big Hit".  If you want to learn more about the Deep Six broadheads click here.


Also new from NAP is the Killzone.  A 2 inch, 2 blade expandable broadhead that won't open in flight thanks to the unique spring-clip design.  No more O-rings!  The Killzone is available with a cut-on-contact razor tip, or a bone crunching Trophy Tip.  Click here to learn more about the new Killzone.


Another trail camera has hit the market - this time from the folks at Big Game treestands.  The Eyecon features a 5.0 megapixel camera and infrared "InvisiFlash".  More info coming on all of the new trail cameras for this year very shortly.


The EZ-Aim II trail camera mount is a very useful for positioning your trail camera anywhere you want it, regardless of how straight the tree is, or isn't.


New for 2012 the EZ Aim has been revised to accomodate cameras with tripod mounting screws in the back, rather than on the bottom.  A helpful improvement that will allow the EZ Aim to be used with just about any trail camera make or model.


G5 also has a 2 inch expandable broadhead for this year called the "Havoc".  It too features a blade retention system without any o-rings.


G5 also has a new line of quivers called the Head-loc.  At just $49 retail this quiver is a great value.  It features a vibration absorbing Exo-Flex hood and an extra mounting bracket for your tree.


The Gorilla girls were proudly showing off the new safety harnesses from Gorilla.


Speaking of safety harnesses, Lone Wolf has released the Alpha-Tech harness.  It features easy adjustments, a neoprene back and shoulders and neoprene-covered buckles for the ultimate in stealth.


The team over at Plano has developed a new line of high-end packs under the "Tenzing" name.  These packs feature kevlar-reinforced stress areas to ensure they can withstand any abuse you may be able to throw at them.  There are 10 packs available in the line all the way from small fanny backs to large full-frame packs.


I didn't have much of a chance to look at these, but they look sweet.  How can you go wrong with any product that keeps your feet warm when it's cold?  These insoles plus my HotMocs could be the greatest combination ever.

Stay tuned for more updates from tomorrow's show!

Something More Than Scent Control

by Steve Flores 24. January 2011 15:49
Steve Flores

            Despite recent questions regarding the overall effectiveness of carbon impregnated clothing, my confidence in such garments hasn’t faltered one bit. What’s more, I can say with total honesty that my position on the subject has nothing to do with sponsorship or money. On the contrary, my belief stems from many years in the field, witnessing first hand what quality carbon clothing, in conjunction with a "solid scent reduction system", can do to your success rate.

 

            Since it’s inception into the carbon clothing market in 1997, Scent Blocker has been my choice when it comes to flying under what is arguably the greatest radar in the woods….the whitetail’s nose. Immediately after subscribing to a total “scent-reduction system”, I realized just how much my bowhunting experiences could improve. Since those days, the technology behind the Scent Blocker clothing line has grown by leaps and bounds. With attire and products covering just about every situation imaginable, there really is no excuse for getting “busted”.

 

            But, let’s not turn this into another sales pitch for reducing your “man-funk”. The point is that Robinson Outdoors, makers of Scent Blocker/Scent Shield has recently made the decision to step outside of their “area of expertise”, if you will, and introduce a product that has absolutely nothing to do with scent control. Yes, in today’s economy, it is a brave, and to some extent, risky move for the carbon clothing giant. However, President and CEO Scott Shultz is no stranger to making innovative moves. It is that attitude that has allowed his company to develop some of the best products in the business. Without question, their newest creation is sure to make waves in an industry that seems to have peaked in the “innovation” dept. Until now. I’m talking about safety harnesses.

 

Aptly named the “Tree Spider”, this new system is fast, light, and easy to use. And while you’ve most likely heard those terms used before, this time it is for real. With ingenious features that allow the system to be attached to your favorite jacket in the Scent Blocker lineup, lineman’s loops for safely hanging stands, back pack attachment capability, and figure-eight webbing configuration, just to name a few, the new Tree Spider is definitely going to change the face of safety arrest systems. For a closer look at all of the features the Tree Spider has to offer, visit www.treespidersafety.com. Also, look for an in-depth review of this innovative and exciting new system in the very near future.     

The End of a Bowhunting Season; Pope and Young Club and Treestand Safety

by Todd Graf 18. January 2011 04:36
Todd Graf

 One would think that since the hunting season officially ended this past weekend in Illinois that I would be able to catch up on a little rest and enjoy some down time.  Not so fast, my friend!  As many of you know I was in Indianapolis this past weekend for the annual ATA Show and as I write this I am packing my bags and getting ready to head to Las Vegas for Shot Show too.  In between all of all this, I was able to get my 2010 buck officially scored by my good freind Jim Carlson and became an official member of the Pope and Young Club.  Jim turned me on to the Pope and Young Club and inisisted I join, and after hearing Jim tell of all the good things the Pope and Young Club stands for and represents, I immediately joined.

    October 15th was easily the best day I had hunting for the 2010-2011 season as I was able to harvest a mature self-filming.  This is my third mature buck I've been able to harvest while self-filming in the last three years.  For those of you who are on the fence about self-filming and question whether or not it limits your chances, I am here to tell you it can be done!  If you have ever thought about filming I urge you to give it a try.  Bowhunting itself is fun, but when you add a camera into the mix it only adds to the enjoyment.  Plus, you get to relive all of your hunts whenever you want to.  Stay tuned because we are going to have some self-filming tutorials soon!  When I harvested this buck, I guessed the buck to score in the mid 150s.  Well, my intuition proved to be correct as my buck officially scored 154 7/8”.  In case you missed the footage of me harvesting this buck; check out Episode 3 of Bowhunt or Die by clicking here.  

My record book buck from the 2010 season.  He was just an all around gorgeous buck that ended up grossing 154 7/8".

 I am also proud to announce that I am finally an official member of the Pope and Young Club, and that I entered my buck into the P&Y record books.  I had always wanted to become a part of the Pope and Young Club, but never really had the time to sit down and join. The Pope and Young Club is an organization that every bowhunter should think about joining.  According to the P&Y website, the Pope and Young Club is a non-profit, charitable, membership-based organization whose mission is to ensure bowhunting existence for future generations by promoting and protecting our rich bowhunting heritage and values.   It offers bowhunters around the world a chance to partake in an organization that truly protects our bowhunting rights and ensures a bowhunting future.  I encourage all of to consider joining!

If you are serious about protecting our bowhunting heritage and promising a bowhunting future, I encourage you to join the Pope and Young Club.  I recently did and it's a great organization.


   The Pope and Young Club also supports the National Bowhunter Education Foundation and the two have recently teamed up to unleash an all out attack on tree stand accidents and tree stand safety.  This campaign will be called Project STAND (Stop Treestand Accidents ‘N Deaths).  The goal is to significantly reduce the number of injuries and related deaths associated with tree stand accidents..  Studies show that 50% of tree stand hunters never wear a safety harness.  Studies also show that between 10-30% of all tree stand hunters will experience a fall or near miss during the hunting career.  By 2012, the Pope and Young Club and STAND are hoping to drastically reduce these numbers.  According to the Pope and Young Club, 83% of all P&Y Record Book whitetail entries were taken from a tree stand.  Also, tree stand accidents kill and injure more hunters than firearms.  Those really are sobering statistics and should be an eye opener for everyone.
  Unfortunately, I became a statistic this past fall as I nearly fell from a tree stand while out filming with my cameraman, Cody Altizer.  I was wearing my safety harness while hanging a new stand, and removed it before my descent.  One of the straps on my Lone Wolf climbing stick snapped and I nearly fell.  I was able to grab onto the platform of my stand to prevent a painful landing, but I did injure my right bicep pretty badly.  Thankfully, that was the only injury I had to endure.  I know my wife and little boy, Craig, are thankful too.  I am now taking a serious stand (pun intended) on tree stand safety.  I've been particularly impressed by Scent Blocker's new safety products for 2011, the Tree Spider Safety harness and vest, as well as the Livewire Descent system.  The harness itself is very light, fast and easy to put on and but more importantly safe.  The Speed Vest offers all the same features but in a vest style harness which can be worn into Scent Blocker clothing.  The Livewire Descent System allows for safe, quick, hands free descent from your tree stand.  To learn more about the Tree Spider Safety System from Scent Blocker click here.  I certainly learned my lesson after the fall and immediately ordered the Lifeline System from Muddy Outdoors for all of my treestands.  It is a literal life saver in the deer woods, because you are safe and secure from the moment you start climbing your treestand, to the moment you get down at the end of the hunt.  All you have to do is attach it to the tree when you first hang the stand and you are promised safety henceforth.  I really do encourage all of you to look into the Lifeline System for all of your treestands; the cost certainly outweighs the potential risk. 

The Pope and Young Club and the National Bowhunter Education Foundation have recently joined forces to create an educational campaign called STAND designed to educate bowhunters on treestand safety.  The above image is the logo for this new movement and both parties encourage bowhunters to help promote the cause.


   It is hard to believe that another hunting season has come and gone and quite frankly, I don’t even want to think about bowhunting right now.  I am one burnt out bowhunter.  I worked extremely hard this year and was able to harvest a beautiful 154” buck and two does with my bow, all on film, so I really can’t complain.  Before I know it spring will be here and I will be working tirelessly on my food plots and habitat management program on my property.  Shed hunting season has already begun too.  There truly is no offseason for the serious bowhunter!  If you love bowhunting as much as I do, I urge you to become a member of the Pope and Young Club to protect our bowhunting rights and the future of the sport we all love. However, I most encourage you to hunt smart and hunt safely!




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