Day 1 of the 2010 ATA show went extremely fast as it seems to do every year. It's amazing how quickly an 8 hour day can pass when you're enjoying yourself, checking out new bowhunting products and meeting with friends you only get to see once or twice a year. I didn't have a chance to walk the entire show today but I did manage to scope out a few cool new products.
I started my day off at the New Archery Products booth when I was able to get ahold of the new Apache Stabilizer. There may not be any revolutionary technology here, but this is another solid product that is well built, functional and very reasonably priced. For a projected retail of $39.99 (black version) and $49.99 (Realtree camo) this stabilizer features NAP's proprietary sound dampening material and includes a 3" carbon fiber extension arm. This will allow archers to customize the size of their stabilizer based on their wants and needs.
The Apache Stabilizer in Realtree shown with 3" carbon fiber extension (not attached).
They sure look good on all those Mathews bows!
WHile at the NAP booth I got to visit briefly with the Whitetail Freaks Don & Kandi Kisky, who are always extremely nice, and country music star Craig Morgan. To me this is half the fun of these shows, being able to talk with people you don't get a chance to see very often.
Craig Morgan chatting with the Kisky's and Brady Arview from NAP.
Another product that caught my eye, and a lot of other eyes as well, is the new Tree Spider harness from Robinson Outdoors. This new safety harness is lightweight and easy to adjust, which is what demanding bowhunters want. Judging from the buzz around this product I have a feeling it will be a huge seller in 2011. Check out more at treespidersafety.com.
I'll get a better photo of the Tree Spider harness tomorrow, I promise!
New from Muddy Outdoors for this year is their Bloodsport treestand. This all-black stand is based on the Hunter Pro platform so it's very lightweight and it now features the same rope cam system as Muddy's climbing sticks. Using this stand along with a set of their climbing sticks should be a great combination for mobile hunters who demand their equipment be quiet and light weight.
The Bloodsport, Muddy Outdoors' first stand using their rope cam technology. Super light and ultra quiet.
Tink's is expanding on their deer decoy lineup with the new Mister October decoy. This self-inflatable decoy is very lightweight and when deflated can be fit easily into your pack. No more wrestling with noisey hard-plastic decoys! Combine Mister October and Miss November and you have a very deadly combination.
Mister October and Miss November - inflatable deer decoys from Tink's.
My buddies Mike and Shawn from Heartland Bowhunter, signing autographs at the Muzzy booth today.
Of course I saw a ton of other products and people today, but I'll have to bring you the update on those tomorrow! Be sure to check our Facebook and Twitter pages as I update them throughout the day (and night) with cool photos and info from the show!