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SHOT Show Update: Cool Bowhunting Gear From Leupold and Wildgame Innovations

by Todd Graf 20. January 2011 05:18
Todd Graf

 I wanted to give a quick update about how things are going out here at SHOT Show in Las Vegas.  If I could use just one word to describe the first day it would be: incredible.  As big as the ATA Show was 2 weeks ago, SHOT Show is even bigger.  In fact, it dwarfs the ATA Show in terms of size and exhibitors.  This is because the SHOT Show appeals to a much larger audience.  The exhibitors at SHOT Show display archery products, guns and ammunition products as well as law enforcement gear and information.  It’s where the hunting, shooting and outdoor industry comes together.  I want to take a quick minute to give a quick rundown at the highlights of my first day.  

This photo shows just how busy the SHOT Show really is! camera man and video editor hard at work filming product reviews for Leupold.  Check out the New Products gallery of our video gallery to watch videos of the ATA Show from 2 weeks, and tune in next week for videos from SHOT Show.

 The first booth I stopped by was the Leupold booth where my friend Vici Peters introduced me to the new Leupold RX-1000i laser rangefinder that is perfect for bowhunters.  I know that a lot of the rangefinders I have used in the past appear blurry or foggy when looking through the viewfinder, but that’s not the case at all with the RX-1000i.  The picture is crystal clear thanks to Leupold’s Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology.  Rather than looking through and LCD with other rangefinders, the OLED display is reflected into the light path of the RX-1000i leaving a crystal clear image.  Thanks to Digitally Enhanced Accuracy it is accurate to within .1 yard which makes it perfect bowhunters and target shooters alike.  It also has an improved response time that lets you know immediately your target’s exact range.

The new RX-1000i laser rangefinder from Leupold is sure to change the people look at rangefinders, literally.  Thanks to OLED technology, the RX-1000i provides a crystal clear image when looking through the lens and is packed with other features geared towards bowhunters.

 Leupold has also developed the RCX Trail Camera System new for 2011.  The RCX is available in two models, the RCX-1 and RCX-2, and take 8 and 10 megapixel pictures respectively.  Its 54 degree lens angle allows for a wide field of view which in turn captures more than other trail cameras on the market.  However, what sets the camera apart from other cameras is the ability to download high resolution photos in the field without making trips to your truck and back checking SD cards.  Once you have downloaded all your photos on the RCS controller and viewer via USB cable, you can take it back to your home to upload the pictures on your computer. 

The new RCX Trail Camera System from Leupold.  Leupold has long been on the cutting edge of technology in optics, and I am sure there trail camera system is top notch as well.

 I was also impressed with Wildgame Innovations new trail camera that features Field Net Wi-Fi technology.  This unique technology, similar to that of a home wireless network, lets users remotely access, receive, edit and delete photos from their trail camera as long as they are within 300 feet of the device without an expensive plan or adding another cell phone line.  The device will automatically send the photos your iPhone or Droid or your laptop (both PC and MAC compatible).

The YN1 trail camera system from Wildgame Innovation utilizes Field Net Technology to wirelessly send trail camera photos to your iPhone, Droid or laptop as long as you are within a 300 ft. radius of the actual unit. 

I also spent some time at the Hot Mocs booth looking at their line of products designed to keep hunters warm.  I spent a lot of time in the tree year hunting late season bucks and unfortunately, I got pretty cold a couple of times.  After looking over some of the Hot Mocs products, I know two things for the 2011 season, I will be wearing their products and I won’t be getting cold.  I also saw that Evolved Harvest and teamed up with Lee and Tiffany Lakosky and developed a unique clover blend called Clover Crush. 

Lee and Tiffany teamed up with Evolved Harvest and developed their own unique seed blend, Clover Crush.

 Last night my cameraman, Brian McAllister and I were able to attend the Sportsman’s Choice Awards.  Fortunately, a couple of close friends were able to take home some hardware.  Our good friends Scott and Angie Denny of Table Mountain Outfitters took home the award for Best Big Game Footage.  If you recall, Justin and I were able to go on antelope hunt at Table Mountain Outfitters this past August and had a great time.  To view the footage of our hunt, click here.  Also, fellow bowhunter and long time friend took home Best New Series for his show Midwest Whitetail.  Congrats to both of you!
 The SHOT Show is a remarkable event to attend and I am excited and honored to be a part of it.  I can’t wait to see what today will bring!

Plant in the Spring and Harvest in the Fall

by John Mueller 3. June 2009 13:55
John Mueller

That’s the plan anyway. This is my first year of serious food plotting in the spring and summer months. I planted a couple of plots last fall and saw just how effective they can be. Now I am trying to model my plots after what Mark and Terry Drury do, trying to position the deer where I want them in hunting circumstances.

The theory is that you can make the deer use your plots in a manner than allows you to position stands in areas where the deer will funnel thru and give you close range shots. This can be achieved by planting taller crops in the middle of the plot and shorter crops around the outside. The deer will like to move along the outside edge of the taller crop closer to the edge of the field and your stand.

Positioning of stands is critical when hunting around food plots. There will likely be many deer in the field at one time in different locations. What I like to do is pick a spot where I don’t think deer will enter the field and hang a stand there with food out in front of me. Then I hunt that stand with the wind blowing from the field into the woods behind me. Hopefully the deer will enter the field from another location and feed my direction and end up in front of me never having gotten downwind of my stand. By setting up opposite of where the deer enter the field, you can let the does walk by and wait for the buck to enter. If he is watching from back in the woods a ways and sees the does feeding unalarmed he just might come out a little earlier.

I feel by having year round food plots planted the deer will be used to feeding on my property and I won’t have to try and draw them away from farm fields once the season starts. If I can keep the bedded and feeding on my property during daylight hours there is a good chance that I will see them during hunting hours and the neighbors will be headed home by the time the deer make it to their property.

Right now I have a mixture of crops planted to give them a real variety that way there will always be something growing that the deer will be looking for. I have clover and a clover chickory mix planted in one section of my field.

Clover looking good.

Clover chickory mix getting tall.

In the middle of the clover I planted some corn, using the taller and shorter plan to push the deer to the outside edge of the field.

Some of the corn.

I also have a few seed mixes planted, Biologic Hot Spot is a mix of Wheat, Peas, and Buckwheat. If you haven’t planted Buckwheat before, you need to give it a try. My deer love it and it grows very fast and it grows very well in just about any soil.

Biologic: Hot Spot mostly Buckwheat.

Antler King: Red Zone is a mix of Peas, Soybeans, Buckwheat and sunflowers.

Antler King: Red Zone has been nipped.

Evolved Harvest: Maximize is a mix of Soybeans, Sorgum, Peas and Sunflowers. This stuff is all growing well in my plots and the deer have certainly found it.

Evolved Harvest: Mazimize, lots of Sunflowers.

Fresh shoots are nipped off everywhere in the field. So if all goes as planned I will be harvesting a few deer from the seeds I planted this spring.

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