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The I.C.E. RAC Kydex Holster: Range and Carry Holsters’ Finest Hour

How much innovation can you fit in I.C.E. Training’s new personal defense holster? Maybe enough to save a life!

By Kevin Reese

I_C_E-Firearms-Training-Logo2As someone licensed to carry a concealed firearm, with a ridiculous number of hours of handgun and shooting training over eight years of Marine Corps service and of course, concealed-carry training under my belt, I thought I was well-equipped for personal defense and survivability; I was wrong. I showed up to personal defense expert, Rob Pincus’ two-day Combat Focus Shooting training with a soft-sided outside the waistband (OWB) holster complete with Velcro strap, my Glock 17 Generation 4 and 1,000 rounds of my personal favorite factory ammunition, Federal’s American Eagle.

Just as quickly as I walked onto the pistol range, Rob Pincus himself escorted me back to the prep table. He didn’t smile or say much at all. He simply un-holstered my handgun and asked me to remove my holster. As I removed my personal holster, he handed me a new I.C.E. Range and Carry (RAC) Kydex Holster and instructed me to put it on, re-holster and join the other students for the morning’s training brief.

ICE-RAC Holster-smWhile I was familiar with molded holsters, including the one I owned for my standard-framed Glock 20 Gen 1, I was not a huge fan. In my experience many had clumsy releases I always fumbled with during drawing exercises. While I’ll acknowledge that showing up with such a poor excuse for a training holster and having it changed out in front of the class was a bit embarrassing (no one has ever accused Rob Pincus of being shy) I later counted it as the most positive equipment change I could recall in all of my handgun training experience.

During my Combat Focus Shooting training, I fired over 850 rounds with an average of four shots per repetition. Crunching numbers revealed I rapidly drew and holstered my Glock 17 Gen 4 at least 200 times without a single glance down to my side. Doing so or fumbling would have resulted in compromising drills and losing sight of my targets, especially during wind-sprint and figure-eight drills.

My first observation of the I.C.E. RAC Kydex Holster is that while it hugged my Glock and kept it passively secure, there was no inhibiting release mechanism. The result was a seamless, lightning-quick draw every time; in fact, my draw was more efficient than ever before! The outer wall is also shorter allowing for quicker clearing out of the holster, although the trigger assembly and magazine release are still protected. Throughout over 200 drawing and holstering repetitions, the holster’s passive grip design significantly improved vertical drawing and forward driving of my gun into a firing position.

rolled lip court ICEI.C.E.’s RAC holster also integrates a higher sweat guard against my body and rolled-back upper edge from front to back, something I’ve never seen on competing models, although I’m sure others will attempt to emulate this innovative feature. The rolled upper edge, combined with raised sweat guard keeps the gun higher and closer to my body while creating a funnel to accept my handgun in a safer, more vertical and efficient manner; I don’t have to fish for the opening like many holsters that may cause an unsafe habit of pointing the barrel towards my hip to avoid a collision with the holster’s top edge. Tins innovative design allowed for seamless, efficient holstering as quickly as I could possibly holster my handgun. From the beginning, I had never holstered more efficiently than with the I.C.E. RAC holster. The fact still holds true today.

The I.C.E. RAC Kydex Holster was easy to install on my belt with the molded belt loops and wide platform and with 80-percent of the gun’s contour to the holster’s exterior face, it was comfortable all day long. Considering the extreme drills and physical movement I encountered throughout Combat Focus Shooting training, I can’t recall a single uncomfortable moment or instance of impeded mobility; at least, not from the holster although I’m sure I wasn’t the only one taking a few Ibuprofin in the evening! But, then again Rob Pincus doesn’t pull any punches. Your joints might hurt but survivability… and Combat Focus Shooting bragging rights are worth it.

I also noted minimal protrusion of my Glock 17 from the bottom of the holster. This open design still protected my handgun in any position while allowing for variations in length. For example, I can carry a Glock 17 and Glock 19 in the same holster.

Since the moment Mr. Pincus asked me to put it on, it’s been the only OWB holster I’ve carried. Simply put, while it’s certainly not the most expensive OWB holster I’ve owned, I’m a huge fan. Of course, after two days with Rob Pincus, I would expect nothing less than near-perfect “awesomeness”. His quest for perfection is about protecting what’s most important – truth be told, it’s not your handgun but this holster might disagree. Yes, it’s that good.

MSRP for the I.C.E. RAC Kydex Holster is $59.99 and, in my opinion, worth every penny.

To learn more about the I.C.E. RAC Kydex Holster and other great personal defense gear, visit the I.C.E. Firearm and Personal Defense Training Store at http://icestore.us/.

Click here to watch a video about the I.C.E. RAC Kydex Holster ( http://youtu.be/KG8tQrO3wLM)

CFS_Logo_GreenTo learn more about Rob Pincus’ life-changing Combat Focus Shooting personal defense courses, visit www.CombatFocusShooting.com.


Cam-O-Bunk Bunk Bed Cot System Rises to the Top of Outdoor Sleeping

By Kevin Reese

Photoscape samplePursuing my passion outdoors as a lover of God’s creation, avid hunter, seasoned outdoor communicator and even, as you’ll see, a speaker, still leads to many primitive camping opportunities. Whether my assignments and adventures (often one in the same) lead to remote hunting trips, fishing excursions or just plain camping, I love it most in the company of others, especially my family. Each year, I also look forward to CrossTImbers’ Family Archery Adventure Camp in near Norman, Oklahoma, where most of us camp primitively and some of us are blessed to teach archery, shooting and hunting seminars to the young campers and their parents. It was in preparation for this camp recently, along with the knowledge that this time I would be sharing tent space with my younger brother, James Reese, and pseudo-brother, Brian Magee, from Fired Up Outdoors TV that I began a search for gear that I thought either might make us more comfortable or at least accommodate the three of us with a substantial amount of camping and instructional gear. My search landed me at Disc-O-Bed.com where I quickly found the Cam-O-Bunk XL. As soon as the web page populated I knew I had found something amazing.

camobunk8One of the most amazing, innovative camping products I’ve come across in all of my outdoor years, Disc-O-Bed’s Cam-O-Bunk XL Bunk Bed Cot System rises above the “cot-petition” if there is any to be had, and “stacks up” comfort better than any camp bedding I’ve ever come across, especially considering eight years of gritty, active duty Marine Corps living!

I received my Disc-O-Bed Cam-O-Bunk Cot System just days before the family adventure camp, not as a result of slow shipping, Dis-O-Bed was incredibly responsive; rather, as a result of ordering at the last moment. I did not have time to unpack or inspect it before leaving, I simply loaded the soft carrying cases with rest of my gear and headed north.

camobunk3Upon arriving at the campground and picking the perfect spot, I pulled the soft cases out, laid them on the ground and opened them up. The contents were packed and protected incredibly well with detailed assembly instructions on top. The frame pieces are comprised of heavy-duty anti-rust, powder coated steel components; honestly, there wasn’t a scratch to be found. I studied the instructions for a few minute and began building. I erected the first cot, then the second, stacked them in the tent and had them tethered less than 10 minutes after I had retrieved them from my truck. I couldn’t have asked for an easier-to-assemble, better fitting system!

camobunk2While the Cam-O-Bunk is quite roomy, boasting mat dimensions of 79-in. x 34.5-in., I was amazed at how compactly it fit into my Browning Camping Black Canyon tent; we had tons of extra room for our gear! The Cam-O-Bunk also features a rolled steel base to protect ground sinking and damage to tent floors and other surfaces.

My first night in the Cam-O-Bunk, after a long evening of bowfishing on a nearby lake, was one of incomparable camp comfort. At 44, camp sleep often comes with a few aches and pain the next morning; however, the way the cot’s 600-denier material held fast yet fit the contour of my body had me feeling as rested as I’ve ever felt. We even took in an afternoon nap – tent windows open, cool breeze blowing through – it was a slice of heaven I don’t often get to experience, or generally cared to, given previous camp-sleep experiences. After the nap, we converted this bunk bed cot system into a comfortable camp couch. Yes, we were the only folks in camp with a couch in our tent! Does it get any cooler than a couch in your tent? No, it doesn’t.

If I sound excited, I am! As a Marine Corps veteran, I immediately realized Cam-O-Bunks value well beyond a simple campsite. Disc-O-Bed has developed a product primitive or temporary medical, humanitarian or military quarters; hunting, fishing and camping outfitters; emergency or human services shelters; youth camps; extra bedding at home when the relatives drop in for the holidays, etc.

Looking high and low for something I didn’t like about Disc-O-Bed’s Cam-O-Bunk XL Bunk Bed Cot System was futile. The only worthwhile mention is weight. The entire system weighs about 60 pounds. While I wouldn’t suggest backpacking everywhere with it, Cam-O-Bunk is compact, easy to carry and even easier to transport.

camobunk4Disc-O-Bed also offers an array of great accessories, including a cabinet, footlocker, mosquito net, polypropylene mat, IV stand, extenders to create more space between bunks, and other innovative accessories. My system included side organizers that attach easily to the sides of each cot and provide more than enough room for my Glock 17, flashlight, smartphone, tablet, beverage, a good book and much more.

The Disc-O-Bed Cam-O-Bunk has taken its rightful place alongside my favorite outdoor gear. I can’t imagine spending another night in camp without it!

For more information about the Cam-O-Bunk XL and Disc-O-Bed’s other innovative products, visit www.discobed.com.


Blackhawk! Sportster™ TraverseTrack™ Bipod!

Finally, a hunter-friendly bipod!

By Kevin Reese

Click here to visit OpticsPlanet.com!The obstinate Texas sun forced me further into the shaded recesses of an outcropping of oak trees along the edge of a field of coastal grass. Stretched before me was some 50 acres of heavily rooted soil with isolated clumps of grass, certainly too few to bail and monetize. The population of feral hogs in the area generating this damage had only been defined by the landowner as “thick”.

Hours later, as the sun’s oppression finally submitted to dropping temperatures and a darkening sky, a sounder of hogs flooded into the field on my left. I steadied behind my Smith & Wesson MP15T Tactical 5.56 AR-15 topped by an Aimpoint H34S Hunter red dot scope as the hogs continued to rush toward an area of the field quite a distance to my right. As they crossed in front of me, I attempted to plant my reticle on any hog offering a shot opportunity. Unfortunately, none of the hogs stopped, even after I noisily attempted to capture their attention long enough to get a shot. They ignored me and continued to traverse from left to right.

In the end, none of the hogs offered an opportunity; worse, when I attempted to track them from left to right, the legs of my bipod bulldozed the soil, prohibiting me from getting the shot opportunity I was after. I moved the bipod into another position on my right and attempted to acquire a target once more but they continued, making an ethical shot impossible.

I’m not the only increasingly frustrated hunter using restrictive bipods. As a hog hunter and hog hunting seminar instructor, I hear and read of failed hunts often and routinely meet others hoping for an alternative. Personally, I’ve spent hours searching for a swivel bipod  only to find that “swivel” simply means the vertical pivot that allows a rifle to be held vertically straight or rested on its side at an angle. By in large, I’ve found that “Swivel” DOES NOT mean the ability to swing or track targets moving from left to right – the very functionality we require as hunters using bipods.

As important as functionality, I need a bipod to be durable and dependable; in short, trustable. As a Special Hog Weapons and Tactics (SHWAT) Pro Staff Hunter and Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) member, I am demanding of the equipment I use. The extreme rigors I put gear through means I have to trust those products to survive my pursuits and perform flawlessly afterwards. The good news for me… and you is that OpticsPlanet offers a bipod that meets those demands – the Blackhawk! Sportster™ TraverseTrack™ Bipod.

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The Blackhawk! Sportster™ TraverseTrack™ Bipod is the real deal! Like most sitting and kneeling position bipods, it’s adjustable to fit your sitting or kneeling height from 13.5 to 23 inches. Like many other bipods, it also includes adjustability on a vertical pivot but unlike some, you can lock down the vertical pivot position. While a vertical pivot is where some of best bipods end, it’s just the beginning for the Blackhawk! Sportster™ TraverseTrack™ Bipod I received last week. True to its name, a second swivel axis allows for horizontal rotation. This means I can effortlessly track and lead targets on a horizontal plane. This function would have equated to hogs on the ground instead of another missed opportunity if I had ordered it a few days earlier!

Click here to visit OpticsPlanet.com!More than vertical and horizontal adjustability, I love the Rapid-Adjust Lever Lock feature and easy installation. Even better for long predator and hog hunting excursions, especially in run-and-gun situations, this lightweight 18-ounce bipod is an easy tote. Did I know it was there? Sure. Did it bother me? No. My carry throughout the day was an easy haul.

Other positives I found on this bipod included easy installation and hunt-proven all-metal construction, spring-retractable tubular legs with slip resistant rubber feet, perfect for quick target acquisition on uneven terrain.

The only “con” (term used lightly) I found with the Blackhawk! Sportster™ TraverseTrack™ Bipod was in the tubular legs. I would love to see ribbed lower legs that further assist in ensuring level shooting; however, as a final thought, I can honestly say I have not experienced any negative consequence related to not having the ribs – it’s simply a personal preference. It certainly would never keep me from using this particular bipod.

Click here to visit OpticsPlanet.com!I spent some trigger time with the Blackhawk! Sportster™ TraverseTrack™ Bipod this weekend. Refreshing doesn’t begin to convey my excitement over this bipod. I engaged numerous targets throughout a horizontal plane without adjusting the bipod legs or my own body. I also tracked numerous critters during a sit in the woods; however, shot opportunities eluded me – not as a fault of this truly incredible bipod! The Blackhawk! Sportster™ TraverseTrack™ Bipod has taken its rightful place as my bipod of choice for future pursuits and I look forward to making good on those missed opportunities in the near future.


Crosman’s Benjamin Rogue .357 Air Rifle

Wild, Wooly and Ready for Hogs, Deer and More!

By Kevin Reese

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Is an air rifle enough to stop that next bruiser boar or buck of a lifetime? A quick trip back to the Lewis and Clark expedition would answer that question through proven results; in fact, their single Girandoni air rifle is considered by many to be the REAL gun that won the west. The .46-caliber Girandoni fired up to 40 shots on a single charge and the tube magazine held up to 22 rounds that could be emptied in less than 30 seconds.

Girandoni Air Rifle courtesy of the U.S. Army

August 30, 1803 – “Left Pittsburgh this day at 11 ock with a party of 11 hands 7 of which are soldiers, a pilot and three young men on trial they having proposed to go with me throughout the voyage. Arrived at Bruno’s Island 3 miles below halted a few minutes. Went on shore and being invited on by some of the gentlemen present to try my airgun which I had purchased brought it on shore charged it and fired myself seven times fifty-five yards with pretty good success.”

(Lewis and Clark Journals, Volume 1)

Lewis and Clark’s journals, comprised of 13 volumes and more than a million words, refer to the Girandoni air rifle 39 times. While they also had 22 muzzleloaders it was the Girandoni air rifle they turned to repeatedly to demonstrate superior fire power to Native Americans, a move more than anything to protect the contents of their keel vessel.

While the expedition only had one Girandoni, tribe leaders could and did assume the keel vessel was loaded down with them and the thought of 38 men firing 22 .46-caliber balls accurately in less than 30 seconds was quite intimidating.

The rifle was also used effectively for big game hunting and was the perfect answer for repeatable fire without compromising powder supplies needed for the 22 muzzleloaders. Merriweather Lewis’ use of the Girandoni rifle nearly single handedly assured safe passage and charting of the west for future expansion and certainly proved its worth in hunting.

Check out this informative video about the Girandoni’s Air Rifle’s rich history from NRA-History:

Today, people continue to depend on air rifles and other firearms to provide for their families’ sustenance, including big game. The good news, however, is that unlike the 1,500 pumping repetitions required to hand-fill the Girandoni, today’s charging systems aren’t nearly as arduous.

While smaller caliber air rifles may operate off of factory sealed disposable tanks or age-old hand-pumps, high-powered, big-game-oriented rifles like my personal favorite, Crosman’s Benjamin Rogue .357-caliber Precision Air Rifle, are easily charged up to 3,000-psi with a 3,000- to 3,500-psi scuba-style air tank.

The Benjamin Rogue also does not look anything like Lewis’ Girandoni. While both are considered PCP systems, the Rogue’s patent-pending ePCP™ technologyePCP™ technologyePCP™ technologyePCP™ technology means more versatility and increased power while the patent-pending eVALVE system makes for more efficient use of the air charge via precision, user-selected distribution options. Shooters not only have some great ammunition choices to make, including round-nosed, flat-nosed and Nosler’s eXTREME ballistic tip bullets, they can even use their own cast .357-caliber pellets.

Click here to visit Crosman online!The Rogue’s EPiC™ LED display and selection buttons allow configuration of key ballistic elements including medium-high foot-pounds of energy/velocity options and bullet weights of medium (up to 145 grains) and high (over 145 grains). The rifle even includes manual mode setting. In manual mode, the shooter can calibrate air pressure and valve-release delay to experiment with ballistics and achieve optimum performance from their favorite heart-stopping pellet!

Click here to visit Crosman online!While the Benjamin Rogue can make for a tough carrier over long distances, Crosman’s Center-Point 4-16x44mm riflescope does shave that walk down a tad and a picatinny rail system allows for added accessories to increase fit, form and function according to individual needs.

On the Benjamin Rogue air rifle I worked with, I used the picatinny rail to mount interchangeable sitting and kneeling bipods and a Hawglite Sabre high-intensity red LED tactical lighting system that gets me out to well over 100 yards; however, I try to keep larger animals like coyotes, deer and hogs within 75 yards.

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Nearly all states allow hunting with air guns in some form or another; check your state regulations for game specific applications, especially before chasing larger animals like deer, hogs, bear and other traditionally recognized big game animals normally taken with firearms or archery equipment. Here in Texas, the Benjamin Rogue .357 is tough enough to take down the biggest boars in the woods and often quiet enough to anchor more than one of those pesky, yet tasty eating bruisers! That means deer also are easy prey for the Rogue – pick your poison!

Imagine the buzz circulating your deer or hog hunting camp when you drop the hammer on your next success story with an air rifle! The Benjamin Rogue .357 Air Rifle is more than enough to get the job done for you and is by far my favorite air rifle offering to date. Check out these happy hunters!

Ed Schultz and Chip Hunnicut take a great hog with the Benjamin Rogue .357 Air Rifle - Photo courtesy of Ed Schultz

Chip Hunnicut take a great velvet buck with the Benjamin Rogue .357 Air Rifle - Photo courtesy of Chip Hunnicutt

ALMOST All the Right Stuff – What I wasn’t so excited about…

Part of field testing some amazing products is really isolating opportunities for improvement. While I feel Crosman really has something special in the Benjamin Rogue, again, it’s my current favorite, hands down, there are two areas of improvement worth mentioning.

First, loading the magazine with pellets and subsequently loading that magazine into the rifle’s action took quite a bit of practice. While loading the magazine with pellets I dropped my fair share (In Crosman’s defense the instruction manual warned me to cover the opposite opening with my finger).

Second, while there is a picatinny rail located at the bottom of the handguard more rails on the sides of the handguard would be a great addition. The lower rail could be used for a bipod while side rails could accommodate systems like the Hawglite Goblin or Crimson Trace CMR-201 Rail Master laser; product reviews for another day. With one rail accessories are either stacked or not added. This may be a great opportunity to offer an array of handguards.

Final Thoughts

Part of my fascination with air rifles is simply nostalgia. Time on an air rifle reminds me of time spent shooting with my dad… and even my mother; she’s a heck of a shot, too! With my son, that air rifle legacy continues. His aversion to loud noises, a product of sensory integration, means that shooting air rifles even offers some therapeutic benefits in that he gets to enjoy shooting while avoiding the report of larger firearms, bothersome to him even with hearing protection. At some point, conditioning should resolve his aversion but we choose to eat sensory integration as we would an elephant. Whether shooting a .17-caliber or my wild and wooly Benjamin Rogue .357, Jacob is ready to go.

Hunt hard, hunt often and consider taking the Crosman Benjamin Rogue .357 Air Rifle on your next hunting adventure!

Learn more about Lewis and Clark’s incredible expedition at www.archives.gov/education/lessons/lewis-clark 

Learn more about the Girandoni Air Rifle visit home.NRA.org/history and type Girandoni Air Rifle in the search field.

Visit www.Crosman.com, www.Brownells.com, www.Hawglite.com and www.CrimsonTrace.com to learn more about the Benjamin Rogue .357 and other great shooting and hunting accessories.

 


SPYPOINT’S LIVE 3G: TOP DOG IN TRAIL CAMERA EVOLUTION

Improving scouting and odds of criminal prosecution one photo at a time… 

By Kevin Reese 

Click here to visit SpyPoint.com!Much of my writing over the years has revolved around scouting and preparation as key elements of successful and ethical hunting. While trap, game or trail cameras have been around for over 100 years, the past 15 years have demonstrated the single most aggressive swing in trail camera use for scouting and preparation. And, while trail cameras do significantly improve our ability to scout, plan and hunt, cameras are steadily evolving to include security. Over the past five years I’ve followed the security aspect of trail camera use quite closely and have enjoyed watching advances applied to one model after another. One company I’ve watched carefully over the past several years is SpyPoint.

From the IR-B in 2008, through the game changing technology built into the Tiny-W cameras, to the 2013 SpyPoint Live 3G, I’ve watched SpyPoint consistently walk the leading edge of trail camera technology. More importantly, they do so with such dedication to the protection and security of their clients there is little need to look elsewhere for multitasking products that not only track your wildlife, but give you a fighting chance to catch thugs in the act! And, as you’ll learn, the Live 3G, SpyPoint’s latest high-tech offering, has an added surprise sure to take accountability to new heights.

Live 3G – Finally, Affordable Cell Service!

While the rest of the trail camera marketplace focuses on cost-prohibitive cellular servicing, ridiculously high resolution that most hunters really don’t care much about and adding sound to video clips, SpyPoint has already been there, done that. Sure the SpyPoint Pro-X is a great at 12MP and the use of high resolution photos resonates with wildlife photographers, we don’t necessarily need that much resolution, or that much storage eaten up, to scout or catch a bad guy.

Today’s SpyPoint cameras focus on offering the best combination of scouting and security currently available. While SpyPoint still offers high resolution cameras for discerning wildlife photographers, the latest SpyPoint homeruns, the Tiny W-2 and Live 3G offer 8MP resolution to capture detail those important details without needlessly filling up your SD card. Want Black LED’s, video sound, wifi, cellular, resolution, simple interface and integrated viewers? SpyPoint has all of them! But, there’s more… and that “more” is going to do more than shock you… it will rock the world of criminals everywhere!

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Hunter’s Best Friend, Punks Worst NIGHTMARE! 

Imagine someone at the top listening to your whims, wishes, moans and groans then actually addressing them! Now imagine a company listening to the wish lists and gripes of people using other manufacturers’ trail cameras? What don’t they like? What can we do to help them? Let’s be honest, what’s on your trail camera wish list? Let me drop a boot by sharing what I would like to see in a trail camera:

  • Decent resolution but not over the top
  • Video with sound, if that turns my rotors
  • Faster trigger times – I mean, down to zero!
  • Multiple detection zones – see trigger time… not a back leg!
  • Affordable cellular service – I’m on a budget
  • Integrated viewing and configuration window, controls
  • Multi-Shot capabilities
  • Reduced, or increased, shot intervals – depending on my mood
  • Most Important – I want to catch the trash who stole my camera
  • I want to drive to his house and get my camera back!

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Now, let me drop the other boot… IT’S HERE!

I recently setup my new SpyPoint Live 3G and found out some great things along the way! The Live 3G can be used as a stand-alone or cellular based trail camera. The cellular service knocked me for a loop; I was a bit scared of the cost factor; I had played with others and paid dearly for it. To my surprise, the cost is incredibly affordable. SpyPoint Live 3G allows you to use your current AT&T account or a pay as you go Truphone account.

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Click here to visit SpyPoint.com!The first step in my Live 3G experience was to create a MySpyPoint.com account. MySpyPoint.com hosts webpages I use to manage my camera settings and manage my images. In MySpyPoint.com, I dictate image intervals, camera modes and other camera settings. Part of settings is the type of image I would like to transmit. Since I elected to keep my data at 100mb per month (no more than $15 monthly), I chose to transmit thumbnails with the option to download full size images with the click of a button. After thumbnail transmission, the thumbnails appear on my content management page. Along with image transmissions, I used MySpyPoint.com configuration settings to receive text and email messages whenever images are transmitted.

The camera comes with a Truphone sim card; however, again, you can elect to use your AT&T sim card. I chose Truphone to minimize my costs. Once the sim card is activated and the camera is registered with MySpyPoint.com, your camera in ready to communicate.

Full-sized images are taken at intervals you select, down to every 10 seconds and resolution is set at 8MP. Five (5) zones of detection mean a blistering fast trigger speed, down to zero seconds. IR technology has improved dramatically over the years. The Live 3G utilizes 48 LED lights to capture images out to at least 50 feet on the darkest of nights. My personal SpyPoint Live 3G is capturing every bit of 50 feet… and a few feet more with exceptional clarity.

Click here to visit SpyPoint.com!The security features are where this camera trumps everything else on the market! Not only do you capture images of perpetrators, those photos are transmitted for download. The camera also sends messages to your cell phone that your camera is being moved. You can even report the camera stolen in MySpyPoint.com. Reporting the Live 3G stolen locks the camera up (until you retrieve it) and provides you with GPS coordinates for your camera every 10 minutes! That’s right, the Live 3G has a tracking device! Imagine the punk’s surprise when you show up at his door, perhaps with the local authorities, and demand your camera back. To help you on your search, you’ve likely already captured images of the perpetrator! Security at its finest – If you want peace of mine, you need SpyPoint Live 3G!

What’s this world coming to, you ask? It’s coming to a place where honest people reclaim the upper hand. Much like video cameras record the good, bad and ugly of daily life, SpyPoint captures the good, bad and ugly of our outdoor lifestyle. Since the late 1800s, trail cameras have been used to answer questions. Today’s cameras, like the SpyPoint Live 3G, answers many more questions than some people bargain for.

So, What’s NOT to Like?

“Not like” is such a strong term. It’s not a dislike inasmuch as it’s a “wish I had”.  After all, the Live 3G is, by far, my favorite of SpyPoint’s entire lineup… and I’ve used a number of different models over the years.  So, here is what I wish I had in the Live 3G. I would love to be able to synchronize on demand. It may already exist; however, if it does then my gripe would be that the instructions, from what I read, did not reveal how I might activate that function. If I could push a button and automatically synchronize that would take my trail cameras desires right over the top!

A second improvement would be to add an outdoor booster to improve cellular signal and transmission. This is NOT a fault of the camera but I would love to see a battery powered external cellular signal booster to reach even further off the beaten path.

Final Thoughts

Even considering the cons that, frankly, I really had to search high and low for, the Live 3G is by far my favorite of not just SpyPoint’s offerings, but all trail camera offerings. As I mentioned earlier, the innovation, details and dedication to quality evident in this model assures me that SpyPoint cares about more than just my scouting, they care about protecting my best interests. Even better, they give me recourse that NO OTHER trail camera to date offers. The SpyPoint Live 3G has been such a mind-blowing joy ride, I can’t imagine what they’ll come up with next!

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For more information about SpyPoint’s incredible line of trail cameras and their latest ultra-cool product, The Xcel HD Action Camera (Watch for that review soon!), visit www.SpyPoint.com.


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The Cold HEARD Truth about WildEar!

Bowhunter’s hearing amplification with shooting sports protection!

By Kevin Reese

As a tinnitus sufferer, compliments of the U.S. Marine Corps, and avid hunter, hearing has been a significant hindrance to my success in the field. While many count on hearing, sight and smell on the hunt, I have lost much of the second most critical sense we carry into the woods.

So, what’s a frustrated hunter to do? I had heard great things about the quality and customer service at WildEar so I picked up the phone and ordered the Master Series Hearing Enhancement System (HES). What a Godsend! Brad Esson sent me an information and fitting instruction kit and I scheduled an appointment with my local audiologist. I left the audiologist’s office with impressions in hand and mailed them back to WildEar. Within two weeks I had a package waiting at my front door.

What’s in the Box?

Upon opening the shipping box I found a beautifully crafted wood box with my name carved into the lid; I was immediately impressed! Opening the box I found every component neatly displayed including my WildEar Hearing Enhancement Devices (HED), a WildEar adjustable lanyard, extra plugs, a cleaning brush, identification card, extra size 13 batteries, instruction manual and an extremely nice leather carrying pouch.

After a quick read through the instructions and becoming familiar with button locations, I was ready to give my new “WildEars” a whirl. After installing the battery in the first device I immediately inserted it in my ear and continued installing the battery in the other device; while I did so, the left device cycled through a series of tones confirming that I had inserted the battery correctly and the unit was now active. After installing the battery in the second unit and firmly inserting it into my ear canal I heard the same tone; both units were active and appeared to be working properly. Once the units were powered on amplification of sounds was immediate and because the HED was created from personal impressions the fit was incredibly comfortable.

Success, One Ear at a Time!

A major benefit to WildEar’s HES is adjustability. This is the first system I’ve had the pleasure of using that incorporates comprehensive adjustability. WildEar HED’s offer four presets and numerous volume levels to optimize hearing FOR EACH EAR! Using the various presets and volume levels I quickly achieved optimum hearing; in fact, after customizing the settings and recording them on a piece of paper (I now keep folded in the leather pouch for reference) the variance in hearing from one ear to the other I had experienced for years became negligible.

From Every Direction or the Right Direction?

Another benefit was the ability to discern noise direction. Experimenting with other devices I noticed difficulty in ascertaining which direction noises were coming from. Using WildEar’s HED’s I had no problem identifying the source direction of various sounds; a critical element to hearing in the woods! In a matter of minutes I had leveled my outdoor playing field with a keen hearing ability I presume rivals that of my prey.

Hearing to Hearing Protection: From A – Z!

My Master Series HED’s were designed for a diverse range of outdoor activities including both firearm shooting and bowhunting. When rifle or pistol hunting, or during a day on the shooting range, I simply insert the vent plugs into the vent holes. The plugs seal the vent holes preventing outside noise from entering the devices. Noise is suppressed when it reaches a potentially dangerous level. My HED’s only suppressed the firearm blast then returned to hearing amplification.

While bowhunting I remove the plugs. The open vent holes allow for natural noise and air to infiltrate, eliminating any semblance of feeling “plugged up”. It’s worth noting that at any time you transition from bowhunting to shooting a firearm you must remember to install the vent plugs!

The Cold HEARD Truth!

I never realized how much I was missing the field. WildEar HED’s gave me a new lease on my bowhunting life. Now I used them for more than outdoor pursuits. Late in the evening you can now find me watching a couple of my favorite television shows… without subtitles!

The quality of workmanship was readily apparent and proven through use. WildEar accounted for every minute detail. The presentation of the product in the customized box seemed to demonstrate just how much WildEar focuses on satisfying customers; I felt like I was important to them. WIldEar has earned my trust, endorsement and recommendation. Well done, WildEar, well done!

The only con I observed is the inability to power off the devices without removing the batteries. A power button on each device would be a great addition; handling batteries while 20 feet up in a treestand can be frustrating. Considering that minor inconvenience, WildEar still earns top honors with me. I expect my WildEar HED’s will be an important part of my outdoor gear for years to come!

Many thanks to WildEar for offering premium, dependable and diverse HED’s at prices most bowhunters who take their hearing seriously can afford!

Check out WildEar’s array of premium hearing enhancement and suppression products at www.WildEar.com.

Hunt hard, hunt often.


SpyPoint’s Tiny-W2 Trail Camera

Gimmick or Game Changer?

By Kevin Reese
www.just-hunt.com

I high-stepped slowly, taking care to keep the briars underfoot while dodging brittle twigs and branches threatening to signal the alarm to certain nearby critters. It was quite a long trek, I remember, especially in complete darkness. It was 4:30 a.m.; the frost-laden cloak of blacks and grays would not succumb to the golden hues of a rising sun for a couple of hours. Wind direction was perfect, hunting over the super-highway 20 yards in front of my ground blind was going to make for an easy hunt.

Another hundred yards through the briars and blood weeds brought me into a familiar clearing. I headed around the side of the clearing and edged back into the opposite tree line where I had carefully tucked my ground blind and brushed it in. As I neared the blind area cut back limbs and bare ground emerged. Only the branches and foliage I had used to conceal my setup remained. Someone had stolen my ground blind!

Why do we feel that electrical charge course through our veins the moment we realize we’ve become the victim of a crime? What causes that empty shutter in the pit of your stomach as you start processing the crime scene? I could feel my heart pounding and hear it in my ears. My stomach turned the feeling there was hollow right down to the pit. When were they here? I made my way over to a nearby tree to grab my trail camera and realized my horrible morning had become a nightmare they had stolen my trail camera as well – no blind, no camera and no photos of the perpetrators. Call them what you will, criminals, thieves, trespassers – they were all of the above!

What I wanted more than anything was to put another camera up but what would that accomplish? Sure, if they returned I would get another photo but likely lose another camera I even considered using a climbing stand but in the end conceded that the ridiculous amount of effort to check the camera would be excessive there was no guarantee the perpetrators would return. It seemed as though I had a dilemma… until I found out about SpyPoint’s Tiny-W camera. The first generation Tiny-W was incredible… and incredibly innovative. My only concern was the inability to hide the remote black box further away from the camera (50-foot transmission range). Well, SpyPoint promised an improvement and boy did they ever deliver!

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Upon capturing an image, SpyPoint’s second generation of this model, the Tiny-W2 immediately transmits a copy to the black box receiver nearly 100 yards away, at least five times further than the original Tiny-W! Imagine yourself in a trespasser, thief or poacher’s shoes. Your photo has just been taken. You break or steal the camera or steal the SD card to eliminate incriminating evidence. Imagine your surprise the following day when 8-megapixel images of your face are plastered all over the community. Now imagine law enforcement officers cuffing you as they advise you of your rights. How on earth did they catch you? With SpyPoint’s Tiny-W2!

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The Tiny-W2 levels the criminal surveillance playing field at home and in the woods while offering game-changing scouting opportunities. Gone are the days of disturbing your setup to check your images place your receiver anywhere within 250 feet of the camera and simply pull images from the receiver.

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Still images are taken at interval options between 10 seconds and one hour in single shot or multi-shot mode multi-shot mode captures six images per triggering. Three sensors create seven zones of detection resulting in blazing fast trigger speed. Did I say blazing fast? How about ZERO SECONDS compared to the industry standard of a 1 – 1.2-second trigger speed! The two side-sensors sense motion and wake the camera up to capture the image. When the subject passes in front of the center sensor, the trigger is instant. Images are captured in daytime color or nighttime infrared black and white and include date, time, moon phase and temperature information. The Tiny-W2 also captures 10 – 90-second video clips, in daytime color and nighttime infrared black and white at 640×480 resolution, perfect for YouTube and other video-feed platforms!

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Detection settings are between 5 to 50 feet and 38 LED lights capture nighttime images out to 50 feet. Both the camera and receiver run on six AA batteries and include 12-volt jacks both units also are solar panel compatible and use standard SD cards. The Tiny-W2 package includes the Tiny-W2 camera, Blackbox receiver, installation straps, USB and video cables, and a user manual.

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Click here to visit spypoint.com!

Click here to visit spypoint.com!

I attempted to compile a list of concerns about this camera but there really wasn’t a list to be had. It’s truly a phenomenal camera. Considering improvements to the camera, I might ask for a viewing screen on the Blackbox even if the receive was a little larger or perhaps the ability to transfer images from the Blackbox receiver to another wireless device such as my cellphone or a tablet. This might allow for recovering images at even great distances. Some of SpyPoint’s HD-12 Trail Camera Black LED’s would also be a great addition to the Tiny-W2 if a third generation camera is in the works!

However, the truth is that whether you’re after a giant whitetail buck, bruiser wild boar or the scum of the earth that just victimized you and your family, the Tiny-W2 is the best, most practical, most cost effective answer MSRP for the Tiny-W2 is $299.

Any way you slice it, the Tiny-W2 is definitely a 5-star game changer! With the Tiny-W2 and other phenomenal offerings, SpyPoint has landed on the leading edge of trail and surveillance camera innovation! I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

Visit www.SpyPoint.com to browse a diverse range of other innovative products including more trail camera models and great lineup of accessories. SpyPoint.com also offers technical support, contact information, a gallery of trail camera images and a comprehensive list of distributors near you.

Kevin may be reached for questions, comments, product and outfitter reviews via email at Kevinr@just-Hunt.com.

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Bradley Custom Calls Bring the Heat to Turkey Calling!

The resounding differences between mass produced and custom built calls are sound, quality and value!

By Kevin Reese

Few things are better than spending a few spring days tucked into the turkey woods with a bow, crossbow or shotgun. The resonating tumbling gobble of wise toms in every direction mean that whether you harvest a turkey or not, you’re in for a good time! Ask any turkey hunter what their fascination with turkey hunting really is, their constant reply is always the same, it’s interactive. Sure, if everything works as it should and you’ve patterned turkey, identified roosts, etc., you may be able to intercept them on the move and setup an ambush; however, those who choose to experience the real thrill of the hunt lure them in with the clucks, cuts, purrs and yelps of a lonely hen. Successfully calling a turkey into your setup for the endgame is not only gratifying, it’s exilerating!

There are some good calls on the market; even several mass produced calls have a decidedly full tone, but there is no substituting a seasoned call maker’s handmade custom calls. Utilizing years of experience, the feedback of veteran turkey hunters and the desire to improve your hunting experience, custom call maker and owner of Bradley Custom Calls, Rick “Hoot” Bradley, offers a line of exceptional custom calls sure to get you to the endgame.

Here are two Bradley Custom Calls I recently spent some time testing:

White Hot Pot Call with Zebrawood Striker

This is a beautifully crafted call. Cut from exotic zebra wood, each White Hot call is beautiful and different in its own right. The call is topped with an exceptional piece of low maintenance slate, both durable and without defects. I dropped the call several times, once on asphalt as I climbed from my truck, without damage to the slate or internal sound board. The sound board itself is made of cherry wood. No matter what call series I ran on the call the sound was full, rich, even warm, without being excessively loud. Since I do not profess to be a grand champion turkey caller, I do make an occasional bad strike and even those were not bad. The call seemed to do most of the work for me. While hollow, higher pitched sounds are often the hallmark of mass produced calls the problem is nonexistent in White Hot. I found shifting from young to raspy and soft purrs to booming yelp runs on this call quite simple. The matching striker only served to further warm up and enrich the sound. White Hot is an exceptionally built, beautifully toned pot call.

 

Tom Boatwright Classic Runnin’ Hot Box Call

The Tom Boatwright signature call, Runnin’ Hot, is Bradley’s newest addition to an already great lineup. The Runnin’ Hot offers a beautiful combination of a purple heart lid and mahogany box. Wood quality, box space and radius cut of the lids underside all contribute to the ease of use and rich tones emanating from the call. The lid’s pivot point is spot-on allowing for greater control whether I employ yelp runs, cutting, clucks or purrs. Like White Hot, even shifting gears between young hen and older raspy yelps was quite simple, something often missing from mass produced calls. The truth is, this call offers great diversity in calling yet all runs sounded rich and warm. The call carried well on loud yelp runs without blowing my ear drums out. Like White Hot again, I hollow runs were nonexistent. Consistently rich, real sounding calls were simple to produce and I was able to produce them consistently. Bradley Custom Calls obviously spent considerable time designing this box call. I was impressed through and through.

The Bradley Custom Calls logo is burned into the wood’s exterior along with a message, John 3:16, that lets you know where Hoot Bradley stands and ensures your hunting buddies know where you stand. That simple message was something I appreciated seeing on these calls.

 

The MSRP on Bradley Custom Calls are $59.95 for pot calls and $49.95 – 69.95 for box calls. A push button call is also available for $19.95 and strikers are $14.95 each in three wood variations; a three-pack is also available for $29.95. To see these calls and others, or to learn more information about Bradley Custom Calls, visit www.BradleyCustomCalls.com.

 

 

 


Bowtech Insanity CPX + Ripcord Code Red Arrow Rest + StarrFlight F.O.B.’s = PERFECTION!

Last year, as a result of many hunter and archer questions and a complete lack of anyone willing to step up, Good friend and master archery technician, Jerry Reeves, and me set out to be the first to document the ability to shoot StarrFlight’s controversial Fletching Only Better, also known as F.O.B.’s or FOB’s. We found success quickly. Using my Bowtech Invasion CPX and a Ripcord Code Rest arrow rest, safe travel for my FOB was easy!

This year, we set out to do it again! Many asked and again we appear to be the first, or only, ones to answer the question definitively. “Can you shoot FOB’s through a 2012 Bowtech Insanity CPX? Not only did we accomplish this task, but like last year, we have the first video to prove it!

And, to throw an exclamation point on this success, it’s important to point out that success was achieved using my personal setup, a short draw length, maxed out draw weight and a shorter brace height than the Bowtech Invasion CPX that we used to test the setup last year. My personal bow is comprised of a 27-inch draw length, 70-pound draw weight and 6-inch brace height, shooting 308 feet per second! The shorter brace height, short draw length, max poundage and the increase of 13 feet per second arrow speed over last year’s test mean that we’ve really pushed the envelope on the performance of my Ripcord Code Red Arrow Rest.



I have to attribute our success to the incredibly fast performance of the Ripcord Code Red arrow rest. The rest fell, leaving plenty of time for the FOB to pass through the shelf. Even better was the complete lack of bounce back from the Ripcord. I slowed the video time down exponentially. Unfortunately, even slowing the clip down from less than one second to over 6 minutes, did not demonstrate FOB flight well enough to use; however, I could clearly see that there was absolutely no bounce back. I was definitely impressed with the rest. I’ve used Ripcord arrow rests for years now and love them, but I have to admit I was shocked when I saw just how well it performed. I have also enjoyed shooting StarrFlight’s FOB’s for years so the opportunity to continue shooting them from a setup I was skeptical about was a relief. For now, the Ripcord and the FOB’s will remain an integral part of my bowhunting adventures!

Hunt hard, hunt often!

 

 


Dennis Dunn Hits the Bulls Eye with Barebow!

A quiet yet no less legendary bowhunter chronicles his incredible quest!

By Kevin Reese 

Looking back over my years as a bowhunter I’ve always had a fascination with heading outdoors with stick and string; in fact, even as a Cub Scout I remember how fun it was to fling arrows into giant bales of hay. As an adult I can honestly say that fervor has never left. I am just as committed to traditional sports as I ever was; actually, since taking on bowhunting in my early 30’s I can say my passion for archery has grown exponentially over simple target shooting. So much so that I found myself teaching bowhunting and archery seminars! I am truly an addict.

 

Beyond hunting, I am also passionate about the history and milestones richly present in our archery and bowhunting heritage. Names like Fred Bear, Glenn St. Charles, Saxton Pope, Ben Pearson, Pete Shepley, Gail Martin, Chuck Adams, Doug Easton, Ted Nugent and young icon, Fred Eichler, fascinate me to no end. Reading their stories, catching footage of their adventures on my television set or visiting with them at one of the increasing number of trade shows or conferences I attend only serves to fuel my desire to be the best I can be in the bowhunting realm; further, to leave a legacy for my sons that allow them to utter my name in outdoor industry circles without reservation. But, while those archers and their stories are nothing short of legendary, Dennis Dunn also quietly roams those ranks and should be considered shoulder to shoulder among them. Read on…

 

I met Dennis Dunn last year at my Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) conference. We spoke shortly after my arrival and I immediately recognized Dennis as one fitting the ranks of those named earlier. The more we talked the more I appreciated Dunn as a fellow bowhunter but I had no idea of the significance of his contribution to our bowhunting tradition until he mentioned a book he wrote. “It chronicles my 40-year quest for North America’s Big Game 29 with a barebow.” My jaw dropped. He noticed my excitement and asked if I would like to preview the book.

 

Dunn’s coffee table book, Barebow! An Archer’s Fair-Chase Taking of North America’s Big-Game 29, is a 504-page, 9-pound masterpiece! Barebow! took top honors in 2010, earning the prestigious, Mossy Oak sponsored Pinnacle Award for Best Book, at the Professional Outdoor Media Association’s (POMA – www.professionaloutdoormedia.org) annual conference.

 

In 2005, Dennis became the first bowhunter in history to complete the North American Super Slam with a barebow; a barebow is a long bow, recurve bow or compound bow void of any devices used for aiming; in short, archers and bowhunters refer to this style as instinct shooting. Since Dunn completed this feat in 2005, two others have now joined him in what is widely regarded as the most difficult challenge currently afforded modern day bowhunters.    

 

Dunn writing is vivid and fluid. He paints his adventures (and misadventures) with words that enveloped me and took me along on his quests. The imagery in text he creates throughout Barebow!’s pages is cinematic and grand in scope while black and white illustrations and full color paintings by world renowned wildlife artists Hayden and Dallen Lambson both fill and separate Dunn’s exploits; the father and son Lambson team contributed depictions of each of North America’s big 29 species, each one leading the reader into another of Dunn’s amazing stories. Barebow! is also filled with a comprehensive collection of Dunn’s personal photos, taken over the course of his 40-year quest. What you won’t find in Barebow! are photographs of Dunn posing with his trophies. One of his primary goals when authoring Barebow! was to create a treasure both hunters and non-hunters could enjoy. Currently, according to Dunn, one-third of his sales are to the non-hunting population. 

 

During his quest , many of Dennis’ trophies, 21 to be exact, landed upon the pages of Pope and Young’s record book while his the final trophy, a Grizzly Bear, taken in 2004 with an 8-yard heart shot, became the world record, measuring a hefty 26 5/16. The bear is currently housed at the Pope & Young Club/St. Charles Museum in Chatfield, Minnesota.

 

If you’re looking for something to sink your reading teeth into, jump on Barebow! It’s not just a book; it’s a treasure, a family heirloom! I feel profoundly lucky to own a copy of Barebow! Moreover, since meeting Dunn, reading his book and corresponding with him, I’m proud to call him a friend. Barebow! truly chronicles a legendary hunter’s hunger for that which no other had ever achieved and does much to promote our shrinking heritage. Reading Barebow! will give you a greater understanding of the hearts and minds of bowhunters past, present and future. Dunn exemplifies all that is good in bowhunting and strikes a bullseye in sharing it!

 

Barebow! is a must-own for bowhunters and a should-own for everyone else!

 

Barebow! An Archer’s Fair-Chase Taking of North America’s Big Game 29 may be found at www.str8arrows.com, www.Amazon.com, www.BarnesandNoble.com and many other places online. The book retails for $95; limited edition with author and artists’ signatures, gilt-edged pages, leather spine, slipcase box, and premium cloth cover is also available for $195.

 

Visit www.LambsonArt.com to learn more about the incredible artwork of father and son team Hayden and Dallen Lambson.  

 

Hunt hard, hunt often.


Dennis Dunn Hits the Bulls Eye with Barebow!

A quiet yet no less legendary bowhunter chronicles his incredible quest!

By Kevin Reese 

Looking back over my years as a bowhunter I’ve always had a fascination with heading outdoors with stick and string; in fact, even as a Cub Scout I remember how fun it was to fling arrows into giant bales of hay. As an adult I can honestly say that fervor has never left. I am just as committed to traditional sports as I ever was; actually, since taking on bowhunting in my early 30’s I can say my passion for archery has grown exponentially over simple target shooting. So much so that I found myself teaching bowhunting and archery seminars! I am truly an addict.

 

Beyond hunting, I am also passionate about the history and milestones richly present in our archery and bowhunting heritage. Names like Fred Bear, Glenn St. Charles, Saxton Pope, Ben Pearson, Pete Shepley, Gail Martin, Chuck Adams, Doug Easton, Ted Nugent and young icon, Fred Eichler, fascinate me to no end. Reading their stories, catching footage of their adventures on my television set or visiting with them at one of the increasing number of trade shows or conferences I attend only serves to fuel my desire to be the best I can be in the bowhunting realm; further, to leave a legacy for my sons that allow them to utter my name in outdoor industry circles without reservation. But, while those archers and their stories are nothing short of legendary, Dennis Dunn also quietly roams those ranks and should be considered shoulder to shoulder among them. Read on…

 

I met Dennis Dunn last year at my Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) conference. We spoke shortly after my arrival and I immediately recognized Dennis as one fitting the ranks of those named earlier. The more we talked the more I appreciated Dunn as a fellow bowhunter but I had no idea of the significance of his contribution to our bowhunting tradition until he mentioned a book he wrote. “It chronicles my 40-year quest for North America’s Big Game 29 with a barebow.” My jaw dropped. He noticed my excitement and asked if I would like to preview the book.

 

Dunn’s coffee table book, Barebow! An Archer’s Fair-Chase Taking of North America’s Big-Game 29, is a 504-page, 9-pound masterpiece! Barebow! took top honors in 2010, earning the prestigious, Mossy Oak sponsored Pinnacle Award for Best Book, at the Professional Outdoor Media Association’s (POMA – www.professionaloutdoormedia.org) annual conference.

 

In 2005, Dennis became the first bowhunter in history to complete the North American Super Slam with a barebow; a barebow is a long bow, recurve bow or compound bow void of any devices used for aiming; in short, archers and bowhunters refer to this style as instinct shooting. Since Dunn completed this feat in 2005, two others have now joined him in what is widely regarded as the most difficult challenge currently afforded modern day bowhunters.    

 

Dunn writing is vivid and fluid. He paints his adventures (and misadventures) with words that enveloped me and took me along on his quests. The imagery in text he creates throughout Barebow!’s pages is cinematic and grand in scope while black and white illustrations and full color paintings by world renowned wildlife artists Hayden and Dallen Lambson both fill and separate Dunn’s exploits; the father and son Lambson team contributed depictions of each of North America’s big 29 species, each one leading the reader into another of Dunn’s amazing stories. Barebow! is also filled with a comprehensive collection of Dunn’s personal photos, taken over the course of his 40-year quest. What you won’t find in Barebow! are photographs of Dunn posing with his trophies. One of his primary goals when authoring Barebow! was to create a treasure both hunters and non-hunters could enjoy. Currently, according to Dunn, one-third of his sales are to the non-hunting population. 

 

During his quest , many of Dennis’ trophies, 21 to be exact, landed upon the pages of Pope and Young’s record book while his the final trophy, a Grizzly Bear, taken in 2004 with an 8-yard heart shot, became the world record, measuring a hefty 26 5/16. The bear is currently housed at the Pope & Young Club/St. Charles Museum in Chatfield, Minnesota.

 

If you’re looking for something to sink your reading teeth into, jump on Barebow! It’s not just a book; it’s a treasure, a family heirloom! I feel profoundly lucky to own a copy of Barebow! Moreover, since meeting Dunn, reading his book and corresponding with him, I’m proud to call him a friend. Barebow! truly chronicles a legendary hunter’s hunger for that which no other had ever achieved and does much to promote our shrinking heritage. Reading Barebow! will give you a greater understanding of the hearts and minds of bowhunters past, present and future. Dunn exemplifies all that is good in bowhunting and strikes a bullseye in sharing it!

 

Barebow! is a must-own for bowhunters and a should-own for everyone else!

 

Barebow! An Archer’s Fair-Chase Taking of North America’s Big Game 29 may be found at www.str8arrows.com, www.Amazon.com, www.BarnesandNoble.com and many other places online. The book retails for $95; limited edition with author and artists’ signatures, gilt-edged pages, leather spine, slipcase box, and premium cloth cover is also available for $195.

 

Visit www.LambsonArt.com to learn more about the incredible artwork of father and son team Hayden and Dallen Lambson.  

 

Hunt hard, hunt often.


SpyPoint’s Pro-X Trail Camera Earns Its Pro Title

By Kevin Reese

Of all of my scouting tools, trail cameras have become one of the most important resources in my every growing “tool box. ” Like many of you, if I’m not in the woods I’m thinking about the woods! More than just thinking about those woods, I’m thinking about what treasures I’ll find on my trail camera. Trusting these cameras to do a lot of my scouting for me on a small tract in Freestone County has resulted in some truly amazing photos; however, none of them prepared me for the latest product to hit my review list, the SpyPoint Pro-X Trail Camera.

Since seeing SpyPoint’s booth at S.H.O.T. Show this past January, I’ve been itching to give this particular camera a thorough beating. I’ve done everything I can to wear this camera out and it keeps on ticking… on six AA batteries! Battery life varies depending on camera settings; however three months of service is achievable with average photo settings.

Not long ago, I found a lonely box sitting on my doorstep. The contents inside included the camera, mounting strap, USB cable and Audio/Visual cable (NTSC/PAL). The camera was smaller and lighter than I am used to; camera specs list the camera’s dimensions as 4.5-inches x 6.8-inches x 2.8-inches.

The SpyPoint Pro-X is the uncontested king of trail cameras when it comes to resolution, boasting 12-megapixel photos! Photos captured on the Pro-X have been exceptional! Colors leap off my monitor and the resolution is high enough I can cut, crop, zoom, etc. without losing a ton of resolution when I want to get a closer look at the photos. Night time photos also are impressive and are captured by 46 infrared LED’s at distances in excess of the 60-foot limit I expected, a welcomed improvement over my previous cameras. All photos are stored on a SD card (sold separately). The Pro-X accommodates SD cards up to 32-megabytes. Other great photo features include a 1+ second trigger time, a solid 70-foot detection distance and wide detection field.

One of the greatest features of this camera, aside from high-resolution photos, is the ability to open the camera case and remove the internal camera box – ergonomics doesn’t get any better than holding the entire unit in your hand without having to remove the camera from its stand, tree or pole!

The internal camera box is indeed the entire camera; infrared lights, the sensor and camera lens are found on one side while the LCD screen and programming controls are found on the opposite side. The 3-inch color viewing screen works double duty to host your programming needs and allow you to preview your photos! Since, as I mentioned above, the internal box is removable, one of my favorite pastimes while I wait 15 feet in the air is to carry the box up into the treestand with me and review the latest photos – my favorite hunting spot averages over 200 photos per week!

Programming couldn’t be simpler using the control buttons and LCD screen; at the main setup screen simply select Camera, Video, View, Test or settings. In settings you are prompted to select photo interval times, current time and date, photo quality, multi-shot (up to six shots) and other settings. Activating the stamp gives you the date, time, temperature, and moon phase – all important tidbits of information useful in patterning your prey. The distance detection sensor is also controllable with settings between 5 to 50 feet! A battery indicator is also hosted in this screen.

In case you missed it, I mentioned the Pro-X DOES film video clips! Even better, unlike a wealth of other trail cameras, the Pro-X includes great audio with those video clips! Videos are filmed in color during the day and infrared at night. All videos are rendered in AVI format, at a resolution of 640×480, a popular resolution for key video sites such as YouTube.

Here are the negatives in a nutshell:

At 12-megapixels, the photos are extremely large. If you have a wildlife super-highway and spend a couple weeks away, expect it to take awhile to download your photos from your SD card. Photos averaged 1.2 megabytes for color and 1.7 megabytes for infrared. With an interval of one minute and an average of over 200 photos per week, if I miss a couple weeks, the math suggests an extremely healthy download! An easy way to combat this issue was to simply adjust my interval time.

The battery life is hit hard on video, especially in infrared. Setting the camera on30-second video clips with 1-minute intervals resulted in drained batteries within just a couple of days – of course I had roughly 70 infrared video clips so blowing through batteries was understandable. I can’t complain about 3 months of battery life on AA batteries! Of course, if you don’t like feeding it batteries, the Pro-X is capable of running off of 6-volt or 12-volt batteries and solar panel charging systems; hookups are already in place on the Pro-X.

Infrared photos are phenomenal with slow moving or still subjects; however, quick movement resulted in blurry photos. Improved trigger time should remedy this and I believe SpyPoint is already knee deep in innovative changes that should also resolve this. Still, I did not have very many blurry photos. Overall the night photos were just fine…great, in fact.

Overall, the camera earned its namesake, it’s a PRO! The Pro-X is the finest premium class trail camera I’ve used to date. Priced between $349 – $449, this camera sets the bar with “you get what you pay for. ” For the quality workmanship and features included with this camera I think the price tag is more than fair. The biggest drawback to this camera is that right now I only have one!

The Pro-X is a homerun in the world of premium trail cameras! Well done SpyPoint!

Visit www.SpyPoint.com, call 1-888-SPYPOINT or email sales@ggtelecom.ca to learn re about the Pro-X Trail Camera and other innovative SpyPoint products.

 

Kevin may be reached for questions, comments, product and outfitter reviews via e-mail at Kevinr@just-Hunt.com.

 

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BruzerGear Backpacks

No Bumps or Bruises from This Pack System!
By Kevin Reese
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Photo: Chris Stack, Owner of BruzerGear with a great Nevada Mountain Goat!

 

As an outdoor writer, photographer and columnist I am afforded opportunities to play with a decent amount of hunting and outdoor equipment. Within the scope of product reviews, although still a lesser percentage, a significant amount of my focus is on new products; I just love tinkerin’! The 2011 SHOT Show boasted an immeasurable amount of awesome products, many of which I’ll be reviewing throughout the year. It’s important to note I obviously have not reviewed all of the products currently landing on my doorstep so they have not been included in this next statement; the best product I’ve reviewed since the onset of the 2010 deer hunting season was not the product of a large scale company or the SHOT Show at all!

So far, that title belongs to BruzerGear Backpack Systems, specifically, the Day Pack with optional Bow Holder. With all the equipment I am currently testing, simultaneously in many cases, it became quite difficult to lug everything through the woods so the package I received from Chris Stack, owner of BruzerGear, couldn’t have arrived at a better time!

Bruzergear - Dominating Backpack InnovationWhat I expected to find was just another low grade hunting pack, the type one might find on the clearance shelf of some dimly lit retail store. What I found inside was anything but that! This pack was much heavier than anything I have used in the past. Let me clarify, I do not mean heavier in terms of more than I would like to carry; to the contrary, I mean heavier in regards to the weight of premium quality materials I was excited to carry!

It’s worth noting, before we get into the “nuts and bolts” of this pack system, that all BruzerGear Packs with the exception of the upcoming Waterfowl Pack are dressed in BruzerGear’s proprietary Graywolf Concealment Camouflage; the new Waterfowl Pack will be available in M2D Camouflage, another incredibly effective pattern. Also, all zipper tabs are covered by rubber non-slip grips allowing for easy zipper manipulation when wearing gloves – someone was really thinking!

Now the nuts and bolts:

The shell of BruzerGear’s Day Pack is constructed of a heavy duty buck suede and saddlecloth mix. Stack explained the reasoning behind his choice of shell materials, “I really felt as though this was the most durable, softest and quietest material available. The durability of the buck suede and saddlecloth, along with the shell’s internal lining and reinforced stitching also create a waterproof system in terms of on-shore weather – no floating or submersion please! This combination really protects your gear and keeps it dry during the roughest of weather conditions, short of extreme acts of God! It also does a great job of repelling those annoying thorns and burs.”

A heavily padded waist strap and backpack shoulder straps with various clips and buckles also adorn this amazing pack system. BruzerGear seems to have thought of everything!

The Day Pack includes two main pockets. The largest main pocket includes a large netted interior pocket for gear and another pocket on the back wall for a hydration bladder. This main pocket is also perfect for carrying your binoculars, rangefinder, camera, field dressing kit and countless other accessories.

Bruzergear - Dominating Backpack InnovationThe second main pocket consists of a wide array of webbed expanding loops and pockets for carrying all manner of hunting equipment. This main pocket even includes a zippered window pocket, perfect for carrying your hunting license. Also, Using the exterior straps makes the daypack a perfect organizing tool for treestand hunting!

Bruzergear - Dominating Backpack Innovation

Like the interior, the exterior is also chock-full of functionality; a deep pocket and bungee system holds a variety of materials while webbed straps with more clips and buckles run down the back shell; this is where I attach my BruzerGear accessories like the much needed Bow Holder.

Bruzergear - Dominating Backpack InnovationThe BruzerGear Bow Holder boasts a deep pocket to house the lower end of your riser and cam. Upper and lower buckled straps are used to secure the lower half of your bow to the system while a buckled strap on the exterior shell of the main pack is used to secure the upper portion of your bow; it’s worth noting that instead of a bow, a rifle could certainly be secured in this system. The Bow Holder has a main pocket capable of holding a substantial amount of hunting products without compromising the ability to carry your bow. The face of the main pocket is covered by a weather proofing flap around the perimeter of the pocket, hiding access to the pocket via the recessed zipper – another great weatherproofing idea! Looped web strapping also runs down the outer shell of the Bow Holder. In the closed position, the Bow Holder creates yet another great pocket for carrying a variety of products such as a lightweight coat or even an extra quiver, you decide.

Stack and the rest of the BruzerGear family really dedicated a significant amount of time and other resources into the development of their pack systems and that hard work shows best in the unmatched quality and innovation of BruzerGear’s pack systems. Without a doubt, my BruzerGear Day Pack is the best pack system I’ve ever carried into the woods!

Feed the Addiction!BruzerGear is a proud sponsor of Break-N-Dawn Outdoor’s Antler Addiction and is nearing completion of its Antler Addiction Pack Series. Antler Addiction airs on the Pursuit Channel and is available on both Dish Network and Direct TV; check your listings for dates and show times.

If you think the pack is great, just wait. BruzerGear is nearly ready to launch sales of the new Waterfowl Pack!

Breaking BruzerGear news! (Now that I’m a huge fan) – BruzerGear’s professional grade camera bag, also in Graywolf Concealment Camouflage, is now available! This camera bag is packed (no pun intended) with innovation and function, true to the mission of BruzerGear. The camera bag, according to Stack, also packs the same level of quality, protection from the elements and customer satisfaction that truly appear to be the

hallmarks of BruzerGear’s business. Stay tuned for a review in the near future sure to satisfy the hunger of hunting’s most demanding photo and video professionals and enthusiasts!

Chris Stack with the Day Pack and a Trophy Nevada Mountain Goat!Check out BruzerGear’s top quality, innovative products at www.BruzerGear.com. BruzerGear’s pack systems and camera bag include a lifetime warranty on workmanship. If you are interested in a new product not released to BruzerGear’s store it may still be available. E-mail Chris Stack at chris.stack@bruzergear.com with questions or inquiries.

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Kevin’s 10-Point Christmas Wish!

Gift ideas for the hunter or huntress in your life!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!  Ho! Ho! Ho!

Well, the most exciting and heartwarming holiday season is upon us and Christmas is just down the road a piece. Most of us know the Truth that is Christmas yet we also happily partake of the commercial side as well; it’s simply a great time to let people know you care about them through the giving of gifts; don’t try to make it more than that; it just is what it is. I love seeing my wife and sons open presents in as much as it adds to the magic of Christmas and promotes the heart of giving, at least it does to me.  It’s in that spirit that I hope to oblige you with some gift ideas I know your family of hunters will love!

1.  His/Hers Bowtech Compound Bows – Destroyer 350 for Him and a Heartbreaker for Her!

 Nothing says I love you like the new Bowtech 350 Destroyer or Heartbreaker! The 350 Destroyer was not designed for speed; it was designed to be a silent killer, void of buzz, hand-shock or vibration; as a bonus, with an IBO speed of 350 feet per second, it happens to be ridiculously fast, too! In keeping with Bowtech’s zero-defect approach to design and manufacturing quality, the Destroyer 350 is the new standard by which all trailing bow manufacturers should hold themselves. The Heartbreaker features the same level of innovation and premium quality but is specifically geared towards the lady huntress with a knack for the stick and string. Locally, these bows can be found at your one-stop archery shop, Rednek Booda Outdoors in Kerens; call Jerry Reeves for availability at 903-229-7750. You can also purchase archery gear directly from his website. Visit the Bowtech Archery website at www.BowtechArchery.com to learn more about these bows and other great gift ideas!

MSRP Heartbreaker $649    MSRP Destroyer 350 $949

2.  His/Hers Alpen Optics Binoculars – Rainier 10 x 42’s for Him and Pink Series 10 x 42’s for Her!

 Alpen Optics prides itself on providing premium level optics at blue-collared pricing. I’m pretty proud of them for offering that level of integrity which is why they made my Christmas list! Whether they are the Rainier Series, the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) Pink Series or any other Alpen Optics product offerings, you can expect the same uncompromising, award-winning quality and features that make them one of the premier optics companies today. The best reason to look at Alpen Optics for your optics enthusiast is simply because this company is led from the top down by hunters and outdoor enthusiasts who want to offer you the best optics possible at half the price (or more) of their competitors! They made a believer out of me! Alpen offers their Pink series of binoculars for the Huntress in your life that wants to give a little back; Alpen makes a donation to NBCF every time Pink Series binoculars are sold. Alpen has coined the term “Focus on a Cure” as a uniting battle with NBCF in their fight against this terrible disease.  See Alpen Optics’ entire line of products at www.AlpenOptics.com.

MSRP Rainier 10×42’s $1,276   MSRP Pink 393P 10×42’s $230   MSRP range $22 – $1,276

3.  Hawglite Marauder Lighting Systems

 Anyone who knows me knows I’m simply nuts about hog hunting! Few animals match the intelligence of hogs and few experiences match the excitement of hunting those Texas Grizzlies! Best of all, in Texas, we get to chase them when they’re most active, in the depths of night! “Hunt the night” with a Hawglite Marauder System. Marauder boasts between 80 – 110 lumens, depending on LED color, of highly focused light. Hawglite introduced the Marauder as a bowhunting tool but quickly designed other mounting hardware to make the Marauder the premier hunting and tactical lighting system on the market for virtually all firearms, bows and crossbows. The Marauder comes with red, white and green LED heads; these are colored LED’s not lenses – this ensures a full and focused throw of all available lumens. An adjustatble mount, remote switch tail-cap and clickie tail-cap, to convert the Marauder to a tactical flashlight, also are included. The Marauder runs on three AAA batteries. The Marauder is also great for bowfishing and predator hunting! Check out www.Hawglite.com to learn more about the Marauder or other Hawglite products that your hunters will love!

MSRP Marauder Lighting Systems $89.99 – $129.99

4.  TruGlo Archery and Firearm Sights

 While TruGlo’s Tru-Site Super Slam archery sight is the best I’ve ever owned, TruGlo boasts the greatest array of archery sights and pricing I’ve ever seen. TruGlo leads the pack when it comes to quality, fiber optic/pin brightness, ease of use and their focus on low-light hunting! If your hunter already has a TruGlo archery sight, consider upgrading or simply accessorizing. TruGlo has the best rheostat sight-lights on the market today! Whether you would prefer to gift a bowhunting sight or a target-shooting sight, multi-pin, single pin or pendulum sight, TruGlo’s got your solution! TruGlo also leads the pack in Red Dot Scopes and fiber optic sights for shotguns, rifles and handguns.  Your hunters are about to get a glimpse of TruGlo’s performance on Mossy Oak’s Turkey Thugs TV show coming to Pursuit Channel. If the most extreme turkey hunters in the country can trust TruGlo, we can too! Check out all of TruGlo’s product offerings at www.TruGlo.com!

MSRP Archery Sights $35 – $177  MSRP Red Dot Scopes $68 – $364  MSRP Fiber Optic Sights $17 – $60

 

5.  Ameristep Ground Blinds

Ameristep rolls out the welcome mat for unassuming prey with my favorite selections of their ground blinds! Both the Intimidator2 and Dominator2 offer an incredible 360-degree field of view, silence, scent containment, ease of use and functionality that has kept Ameristep users coming back season after season. No matter whether your hunter goes it alone, with you or with a buddy, the roomy, black interior fits the bill for both comfort and concealment. The DS-Technology, carbon-enhanced system helps to eliminate scent, shine and noise and the Dominator2 blind boasts a whopping 82-inches of height; Perfect for the tallest hunter in your family and a great match for longbow hunters!  You can find these blinds just about anywhere groundblinds are sold and online. Visit www.Ameristep.com to learn more about these and other great products including treestands, accessories and more!

MSRP Intimidator2  $299   MSRP Dominator2 $309.99

 

6.  BruzerGear Backpacks and Fanny Packs

BruzerGear backpacks and fanny packs offer the perfect solution for you most extreme hunters! From fanny packs to all-out backpacks with frame systems and hydration bladders, BruzerGear’s got the answer. BruzerGear packs come in both Graywolf Concealment and M2D Camouflage and are compatible with a wealth of backpack accessories, including attachments to make carrying a bow or rifle a snap! Whether your hunter likes to slip out to his favorite hunting spot or trek across the Continental Divide, BruzerGear has his style of pack. Chris Stack and his BruzerGear crew promise nothing less than customer satisfaction and they’ve delivered for me on more than one occasion! BruzerGear stands behind everything they offer with a commitment to keep your hunter coming back for more. Visit www.BruzerGear.com for more information on some great packs!

MSRP Fanny Pack $110   MSRP Backpacks $130 – $150

 

7.  Inverter Broadheads

These innovative new broadheads have stood up to the harshest tests imaginable and passed with flying colors! Watch the series of broadhead tests in the Equipment Review section of www.Just-Hunt.com. Jerry Reeves, owner of Rednek Booda Outdoors puts them through a train wreck of a test by shooting through ¾-inch angled plywood. The results were amazing! There was virtually no damage to the steel-tipped ferrule or even the blades; you could just about use that broadhead again on a real hunt!  Stephen Ward, owner of Inverter Broadheads and Arizona big game guide for Ward’s Outfitters, designed these hybrid broadheads to not only stand up to the roughest of surfaces but to be completely fail-safe as well. Closed, Inverter broadheads boast a respectable (and legal) 7/8-inch fixed cutting diameter but when they open they expand to a bone-smashing, cartilage ripping, vessel exploding 1 ½-inch cutting diameter! Blood trails are incredibly impressive and reminiscent of Rage broadheads without the possibility of failure. My friend, award winning outdoor writer and radio personality Luke Clayton would agree, these broadheads offer incredibly efficient penetration, catastrophic tissue damage and field point accuracy that rivals any big name broadhead company out there. My money is on Inverter Broadheads this winter – just ask my arrows! Watching a couple of quick videos and perusing the trophy gallery at www.inverterbroadheads.com will surely make a believer out of you and the bowhunter in your life!

MSRP 3-pack $29.99

8.  Caldwell Lead Sled

The most recognized name in the shooting equipment industry has released a shooting rest so innovative that I can sight in a rifle with one hand! The FCX is the Cadillac of the Lead Sled line and boasts as much as 95-percent recoil elimination! With the FCX, windage and elevation adjustments can be made with a single movement. While the Lead Sled is the clear leader in bench shooting, the FCX incorporates the proven history of Lead Sled with the most shooting rest improvement to blindside the industry, the Fire Control Mechanism. Fire Control allows you to make micro adjustments to get crosshairs precisely on target with one hand! If there’s a hunter or target shooter in your midst, the Lead Sled may be the answer to their prayers. Check out www.BattenfeldTechnologies.com to see the full line of Caldwell Lead Sleds and other shooting accessories!

MSRP Caldwell Shooting Rests $34.99 – $399.99  MSRP Caldwell Lead Sled FCX $399.99

9.  Spittler’s Custom Turkey Calls

In my opinion, Adam Spittler makes the best pot calls money can buy. His calls are based on various types of top surfaces including slate and glass and his sound board options are versatile as well. His vast array of wood choices, under-the-glass options and strikers is exceptional. Adam turns and builds each call personally and affixes his signature Turkey track brand to the bottom of each call. Beyond the obvious – incredible quality and sound- another great option Adam uses is his under-the-glass option. You don’t have to be satisfied with a generic gray slate or glass option with nothing underneath. How about a picture of your hunter with his biggest turkey or company logo under that glass? Sending Adam the right picture or logo to place under the glass may get you more than a call; it just might get you a family heirloom that will be cherished for generations to come. Visit Adam’s website at www.SpittlersGameCalls.com to see all of his turkey calls. Be sure to E-mail Adam at SpittlersGameCalls@Gmail.com to discuss his inventory of exotic woods, custom work and lead times. In my opinion, Spittler Custom Game Calls rank among the absolute best calls this country has to offer your turkey hunting addicts.

MSRP:  $10 – $40

10. Big Game Drag Gloves

If you’re like me you think a lot of the fun ends when you find the animal you’ve just knocked down. Field dressing and dragging are probably my least favorite activities in the woods but I’ve heard it said and I believe it, “If you’re gonna’ put ‘em down, you’re gonna’ do the work, too!” After attending my Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) Conference last August and spending time with Dean Toth, owner of Big Game Drag Glove, I’ve found out that dirty work doesn’t have to be so bad at all! Dragging deer and hogs out of the thickets can plum wear a hunter out! Dean’s gloves are leather with webbed strapping sewn into the palms. Simply Wrap the strapping around the legs and pull the gloves through, slip them on and your ready. Wrap the webbing through the palm and begin dragging. The gloves and the angle in which the straps are sewn into the palms ensure there is no binding or pinching of the hands or fingers. I literally don’t have to grip the straps at all. I simply relax my grip over the straps and begin pulling, letting my body leverage the drag out to where I can reach the animal with a vehicle; then the gloves are great for lifting! I have since used my gloves for various household chores and outdoor duties involving dragging or lifting. There is no shortage of ways these gloves can be useful at home or in the woods! Your hunter will thank you the first time he has to slip them on!  Notice the gloves on the back end of this large hog I harvested! Take a look at www.BigGameDragGlove.com to see Dean’s offerings. He even has them in pink for the huntress in your life!

MSRP $19.99

Remember the REAL reason for the season and make the Birthday Song the centerpiece of your CHRISTmas morning magic!

Kevin may be reached for questions, comments, product and outfitter reviews via e-mail at Kevinr@just-Hunt.com.


Hawglite Marauder – Hunt the Night!

JUST-HUNT’s Geared UP! with Kevin Reese

The Marauder Lighting System by Hawglite

Hunt the Night!

Recently, I hunted a great, great place, Stretch-A-String Bowhunting Ranch near Jacksonville, with my friend Kelly Garmon, Owner of Hawglite and Total Outdoors. I began using a first-generation Hawglite in 2005, several years before I met Kelly (summer, 2008) and absolutely fell in love with night hunting.

Since then, Kelly has created a lighting system that all others are green with envy over and have used his new Marauder system as a launching pad of sorts to create their own versions; unfortunately, like Dr Pepper, there is only one original, Dr Thunder just doesn’t quite measure up.

Although mimicked, the original, cutting-edge Marauder Hawglite, is a lighting system like no other. It mounts into the stabilizer hole in your bow’s riser. The mounted tailcap has a joint that allows you to literally “sight-in” your Hawglite on your target; the only lighting system I’m aware of that offers this flexibility.

The Marauder Hawglite Lighting System offers three interchangeable heads:

  • Red LED – 80 lumens of blinding light.
  • White LED – 110 lumens of bright white light – great for blood tracking!
  • Green LED – Somewhere between 80 – 110 lumens – It is brighter than the red LED head.

Hogs and many other critters do not see color and as a result do not see the red or green light. I have hunted from treestands and groundblinds alike and I have yet to spook an animal using the colored lights. Using white to hunt is not a good idea. You will spook game using white light. I walk to and from my stand using the red or green head in order to remain undetected by game in the area.

The colored heads actually use colored LED’s with a clear lens. This allows for all of the light to be thrown without being filtered and losing a significant amount of lumens.

The Marauder comes with two tail caps:

  • Regular tailcap with “clickie” on/off button – For use as a flashlight
  • Hunting Tailcap with mounting bracket and remote pressure switch – Mount the pressure switch on the face of your riser, just below the shelf, with the Velcro tape, included.

I have no problem acquiring a black or any other colored hog in my sights at as much as 40 yards although my average bowhunting shot is 20 yards.

Hunting at night adds another dimension to hunting that is flat-out addicting! If you haven’t tried it, you need to!  Get to www.Hawglite.com, www.Just-Hunt.com or a several big box outdoor-retail stores including Gander Mountain, Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops,  to get your hands on one; they also make a GREAT gift! The Marauder Hawglite – It simply can’t be beat and will change the way you hunt!

 Kelly also offers the Marauder “F” for bowfishing, the Marauder “T” for use strictly as a flashlight with a red or white LED head, a groundblind bracket to raise the Hawglite three-inches for ease of use in groundblinds and even rifle/shotgun mounting kits – Try predator hunting with a shotgun!

If I didn’t believe in Kelly’s Hawglite I wouldn’t be sharing it with you. It’s simply the best lighting system on the market right now. If you haven’t hunted at night there’s a whole other world out there waiting for you. Buying the original Hawglite was one of the best decisions I ever made when it comes to my enjoyment of hunting.

Don’t like that system? There are plenty of other lighting systems out there, everything from solar powered Malibu lights to 12v solar powered 3-watt LED lighting systems on dusk ‘til dawn photo cells.  Do some research and drop me an e-mail.  Let me know what you pick.

If you happen to see a blinding red light out in the hog woods one of these summer nights, don’t call me! I’ll have my phone on silent!

Hunt hard, hunt often, hunt at NIGHT!

Kevin takes another huge sow using the Marauder Hawglite as seen on his bow in this photo!


The Big Game Drag Glove Saves BIG TIME!

GEARED UP!  with Kevin Reese, as published in the Navarro County Times, Vol. 4, Oct. 28, 2010

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In mid-August I was fortunate enough to attend the 5th Annual Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) Conference in beautiful LaPorte, Indiana. While I was there I met and spent some time with Dean Toth, the owner of Big Game Drag Glove. Dean, like me, has more than a mere passion for our outdoor heritage, it is a part of his genetic makeup; I mean, this guy lives and breathes all things outdoors.

  The following day I ran into Dean again. POMA had a small trade show of sorts where corporate partners could show off their latest and greatest innovations. Dean’s table was covered with leather work gloves, standard issue or so I thought. The first thing I noticed was a webbed, looped strap double-stitched into the palm of each glove; moreover, the strap was sewn in at an angle, interesting. Dan explained his new invention to me. The Big Game Drag Glove was so simple looking I found myself smiling at what I thought was some kind of gimmick.

 After Dean finished his pitch, he had me loop the straps over the “ankles” of a “half-wooden” deer, put the gloves on and wrap the straps down the palms of my hands. I admitted it was a pretty easy haul; of course, it was only 20 feet. After the exercise, I also understood why the strap was sewn into the palm at an angle; there was no bunching or pinching of any kind during the pull. At the close of our discussion, Dean sent me away with a pair to try out.

 Fast forward to six weeks later…

Opening day of archery season was fairly uneventful; the deer herd changed their routine on me; read my article entitled, The Three T’s; it was slow all day. Finally, late in the afternoon a sounder of hogs ventured out in front of me; I sent an arrow deep into the largest sow. She sped off into the thickest thicket (keyword “thick”) she could find; I heard her crash pretty quickly but I knew it would be a tough drag – it always is when working through those thick briars, vines, mesquites and everything else that sticks, pricks and stings.

I remembered I had packed Dean’s gloves into my fanny pack the night before. I stuffed them in my cargo-pocket and began tracking blood. She hadn’t gone far, perhaps 40 yards at the most but it was a long 40 yards in that thicket!

I took the gloves out, looped each strap around opposing rear legs and pulled them onto my hands. I folded the straps through the palms as Dean had taught me, folded my hands over the straps and pulled as I began to walk, never stopping; I didn’t even need to close my hands around the strap; I simply curled my palms to keep the straps in the gloves. The leverage from the gloves was incredible!  Usually, my hands begin to fatigue and stiffen up fairly quickly while the sweat pouring over me makes for a slippery hold on the ankles; I’m always losing my grip. NOT WITH THE BIG GAME DRAG GLOVES! Not only did I not lose my grip, experience fatigue or have stiffening fingers, I was extremely comfortable. I was hardly out of breath and, ergonomically speaking, the Big Game Drag Gloves were a godsend! Dragging her out was almost a “pleasant” experience!

I simply cannot believe how much easier those gloves have made life after the shot! They are constructed of genuine leather with tightly woven web strapping double-stitched through the palms. Dean lists them on his site at www.biggamedragglove.com a mere $14.95. Knowing what I know now, I would have paid double for them! This is the right time of the season to get a hold of these. If you’re looking for a simpler means of dragging big game during this season (and future seasons for that matter) go get a pair for yourself; they also would make a great gift! Understanding their value doesn’t stop with the woods, Big Game Drag Gloves can also be used in any number of chores at work or just around the house – imagine the possibilities!

In honor of ladies everywhere and Breast Cancer Awareness, Dean’s gloves also come in PINK! When you order, tell Dean Kevin sent ya’!

Some of the best inventions really do come from simple designs! Thanks Dean, I am indebted; your gloves are simply amazing! Thanks for helping me get this bruiser of a sow out of the thick stuff!

Photo caption:  Kevin shows off his first deer-season feral hog. His Big Game Drag Gloves came in handy and can be seen on the rear of this large sow.


MAX Muzzleloader – Three Things You Gotta Know Before Buying a Bunch of Muzzleloading Gear

 

by Russell Lynch, Owner of M.A.X. Muzzleloader 

 The sport of muzzleloading has been experiencing unbelievable growth over the past few years.  Technology has allowed the manufacturers in this industry to offer the consumer the most reliable and accurate muzzleloaders ever produced to date.  Our ancestors would, without a doubt, be awed.

However, with growth comes options.  In the case of modern, in-line muzzleloaders, the choices are so great, it’s sometimes hard to decide what to buy and try.  So what do you need to know to narrow down your needs?  Here’s three questions to help you narrow it down before you start to blow your dough (doe?).

1.  Wha’chu hunt’n?     You first have to decide what it is you are going to hunt with your muzzleloader.  Most muzzleloaders are purchased to hunt the most popular big game animal in North America:  the whitetail deer.  But there are other options if that is not your preference.  Whether your prey is larger or smaller, you need to know what you need to take that animal.  The neat part about this great United States is, we got critters everywhere, so….

2.  Where ya going’?     So you want a buck?  An elk?  A muley?  Before going too far, you need to check the state or area that you will be hunting in.  This will make a big difference in the gear you use.  Almost all muzzleloading rifles and bullets that the industry advertise are legal in most states at this time, but not all.  There are some states that require an open-breech (where the cap would be exposed to the whether) so that is something to be aware of.  In some areas of the country, only bore-sized bullets are legal.  In others, only patched round-balls are allowed.  Optics are also a no-no in some states, or rules may differ on special limited draw hunts or during specific seasons.  Fact of the matter is, you better know the rules where you are going before you start purchasing your gear to save .  So, now you know where you are headed…

3.  What’s it like there?    Depending on the terrain, your rifle, scope and load selection can be as difficult to pin down as, let’s say the whitetail itself.  In “whitetail world”, you can expect a shot at anywhere from 10 yards (or closer) to 200 yards +.  Habitat can be from so thick you can’t see more than 50 yards (where I live) to areas where you can see ‘em way farther than you can shoot ‘em (where I like to go).  The biggest factors here are picking the correct scope or in some cases, iron-sights may be the proper selection, and choosing proper  loads.  Still, narrowing down the choices can be a challenge. 

Visit M.A.X. Muzzleloader online to learn more!

As you see in this short article, there are some very basic questions to answer before heading out this muzzleloader season.  Think about these things: what will I be hunting, what is legal where I’m going and how far will I be shooting.  Once you’ve answered these important questions, you can start purchasing your equipment – and now the real work of sorting through the choices begins!

Watch for my next post on how to select the high-dollar items: “The Latest & Greatest in Muzzleloading Rifles”.