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Combat Focus Shooting: Resolve to Protect… and Survive

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By Kevin Reese

Glock2It’s no secret, stories of home invasions, car-jackings, armed robberies, murders, assaults and even domestic violence are never-ending and the themes, eerily familiar, as they relate to the victims’ inability to protect themselves in one way or another; often, for gun owners, the shortcoming is a lack of effective defensive training. This New Year’s I challenge you to a resolution. Rather than focusing as much as we do on weight, finances or the next big promotion, try something a bit more selfless and impactful. Resolve to be the protector… and survivor your family may depend upon. For me, this critical commitment was launched by Rob Pincus’ life-changing Combat Focus Shooting program; in fact, consider CFS, as it relates to ending threats and surviving, the gift that keeps on giving.

Kevin IwoJima93The basic premise of Combat Focus Shooting, like many training programs, is survivability. I was familiar with this logic, first, because I want to survive just as much as the next person and second, my extensive Marine Corps handgun training, through countless hours of instruction and range time, also preached the same – we just didn’t train the same. Unlike my military training and qualification with a 1911, and most other training programs, survivability, pursuant to Combat Focus Shooting, hinges on distinctly different cornerstones, chiefly among them, a balance of speed and precision, and beginning with fundamental principles of defensive handgun shooting; the operative word being “defensive”, shooters should certainly possess at least basic handgun experience and study which equipment is deemed most appropriate for defensive shooting – walk on the rocks I stumbled on! Let me explain…

As a professional in the hunting and shooting industry, I knew Rob in advance but had no concept of the premise of the I.C.E. Firearm Training Combat Focus Shooting program. Like most of my Marine Corps buddies who had trained and qualified (I proudly qualified Rifle Expert, 6th Award, and Pistol Sharpshooter) and, indeed, all veterans exposed to concentrated handgun training, I thought I knew precisely how to defend myself and what gear I needed to do it. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

My first CFS experience was to have Pincus condemn my holster before my first drill.

“Put this on.”

ICE RAC7He handed me a new I.C.E. RAC Kydex OWB Holster and I did as he instructed, quickly changing holsters and joining the rest of the class for “balance of speed and precision” drills. This is the overwhelming theme of Combat Focus Shooting and a primary factor in survivability. The rest comes from instinctive, aggressive movements both in firearm manipulation and sustained fire without ever losing sight of the threat. In Pincus’ words, “If you’re looking down you’re not focused on the threat and if you’re not moving, you just might stay that way. Simple as that.”

Like a broken record, “balance of speed and precision” played on through every intense, physically grueling exercise from repeated, advanced versions of our first online drill to exhausting live-fire wind sprints and unnerving high-stress figure-eight drills. After two full days and 1,000 rounds of mentally and physically intense training, we survived. Of course, it’s worth noting the I.C.E. Kydex holster was a complete game-changer – the best I’ve ever used and still on my belt.

By the close of training, I was battered and bruised with rock-tape, expertly applied by CFS Instructor, Alessandro Padovani, running its X-pattern of support down the length of my strong-arm but I never broke… only persevered, learned and earned. I learned that before Combat Focus Shooting when I thought, as a concealed carrier, I knew everything I needed to in order to protect my family, I actually knew very little. I learned that the best way to protect my family is to train to stop a threat and survive to do it again if need be. Sadly, I also learned my beloved Marine Corps does not adequately equip my brothers-and-sisters in arms with training conducive to engaging an active shooter and surviving the experience.

CFS Coin6After training, Rob asked how I felt about Combat Focus Shooting. I chewed on his question for a moment, never truly answering. How does someone sum up a life-changing gift like CFS training in words that do it justice? You don’t. I was elated to have graduated the course, the prized CFS coin in hand, but my emotions were mixed. While elation was present so was humility and sadness. It wasn’t enough to acknowledge I knew much less than I thought, or even that personally, CFS was impactful beyond measure. I struggled with memories of the inadequate combat-focused handgun training I received as a Marine and that I suppose is still a disheartening reality.

At this time of year, when we search high and low for the right resolution to add depth and breadth to our lives, why not consider becoming the protector… and indeed the survivor, in the event of a threat, you are called to be? What better gift to your family is there than survivability? It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

CFS TargetAB-2CFS TargetC-2Side note – Balance of Speed and Precision is a simple concept. When engaging a threat your primary focus should never be precision accuracy, nor should it be to spray bullets in the actor’s general direction. Your best strategy for stopping an aggressor is somewhere in the middle, what Pincus refers to as the balance of speed and precision. Your goal should be to fire as rapidly as possible while maintaining a reasonable degree of accuracy; that is to say, keep your shots contained in an area referred to as the high-center chest.

CFS_Logo_GreenSpecial thanks to Combat Focus Shooting’s expert instructors Rob Pincus, Alessandro Padovani, Ken Crawford and Michael John Lowe, as well as fellow students and range hosts, Ken and Maggie Ortega.

I_C_E-Firearms-Training-Logo2Visit I.C.E. Firearm Training at http://www.icetraining.us or the Combat Focus Shooting website at http://www.combatfocusshooting.com for more training information and scheduled classes. More information about the best OWB holster I’ve ever used, Pincus’ personally designed I.C.E. RAC Kydex Holster can be found here at http://www.nrablog.com/post/2014/08/21/The-ICE-RAC-Kydex-Holster-Range-and-Carry-Holsterse28099-Finest-Hour.aspx and in the following video. The I.C.E. RAC Holster can be purchased at I.C.E. Training (http://icestore.us/Holsters/I-C-E-RAC-Range-and-Carry-Kydex-Holster.html) or Global Outfitters (https://www.globaloutfitters.com/pages/Proshop/ProductDetails.asp?ProductID=499).

More information can also be found in the following video:


Meat Eaters R’ Us

FRESH perspective on the food chain

By Kevin Reese

To All HuntersAs an outdoor writer, photographer, videographer and speaker in the outdoor industry I’ve successfully made work out of hunting; unfortunately, I’ve been so busy writing about hunting recently, that I haven’t had many opportunities to hunt at all. My outdoor work is finally starting to wind down but deer season is all but over and only two whitetails fell victim to my stick and string.

It’s also worth mentioning that I’m so immersed in outdoor communications that I don’t watch very many hunting shows at all – a bricklayer doesn’t want to lay bricks then go home and watch bricklaying on television, even if that his is life’s passion.

That said, I do have a guilty pleasure. I’m addicted to Duck Dynasty. Worse, I created a couple of other addicts; my wife and son can’t get enough. We even blew duck calls at midnight on New Year’s Eve. I must admit I was the only one in the family that actually sounded like a duck; of course, I’m also the only duck hunter in our family so I suppose the gross difference in calling technique wasn’t such an anomaly.

During a recent family viewing, Jase Robertson echoed my sentiments, “I don’t like grocery store meat. It scares me.” Disliking purchased meat has less to do with taste and much more to do with the disassociation it creates between us and the brutal reality we call the food chain. A perfect example of this tragic circumstance was sent to me via email years ago. The email was simple, “LOL” with an attached image. Opening the image I found a newspaper clipping that read, “You ought to go to the store and buy the meat that was made there, where no animals were harmed.” Sadly, the same person that submitted that gem also votes.

Newsflash – ALL meat comes from living things; in fact, all food sources come from living things whether directly or indirectly – meat, fruit, veggies, all of it. Wouldn’t you rather take an active role Click here for more information on The Mindful Carnivore!in what you provide for your family? Like my hunting brothers and sisters, I choose to take an active, responsible role in providing sustenance. Where most people live in that disconnect, we are intimately, blood-under-the-fingernails aware of our role and the significance of taking life to sustain life.

With the close of deer season, it seems that your backwoods grocery store is locking its doors, making for a pretty dismal postseason outlook for meat-seating hunter’s throughout our region, and soon, across the nation. The last time I checked I didn’t see coyote or bobcat entrees littering restaurant menus. For many, hunting is over until spring, full freezers or not.  But living in our Lone Star state, especially here in our area, provides infinite opportunities to stock freezers year round.

With an estimated 2 to 3 million feral hogs rooting up the neighborhood, it’s safe to say we are overrun. The bad news is that feral hogs predate bird eggs (including quail, turkey, and others) and other small and young animals, including other hogs. Rooting also causes immense damage to land as hogs root for grubs, roots, shoots and other tasty morsels in the soil. Rooting injures livestock, destroys farm and ranch machinery, and negatively impacts both the landscape and our fragile ecosystem, especially where other wildlife are concerned.

Kevin Reese rootingOver $400 million in damage is caused annually in Texas alone by feral hogs. They are not native but invasive and compete with indigenous Texas wildlife like whitetail deer for more than just food sources, but habitat as a whole – and, they are winning.

So, what does that mean for red blooded, meat eating, conservation minded hunters? It means hunting feral hogs is not only fun, it helps combat a real problem! Even better, that freezer of yours, hungry for packages of organic red meat, can be fed year round. There are no bag limits or time constraints. Hunt day or night, seven days a week if you’ve got the time. Dust off your britches, pick up your rifle or bow and go hunt. With our feral hog population Corsicana freezers have a bright, bright future.

Hunt hard, hunt often.

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Tactical Hunting: Sir, Yes, Sir!

Much to the dismay of piers morgan, diane Feinstein and willie nelson

(names intentionally not capitalized out of respect… or lack thereof)

By Kevin Reese

BR10-smMy pop once told me I might fit into my dress blues if I used bungee cords; the truth hurts. Looking at me it’s hard to believe I spent eight years in the Marines. In all honestly, I’m not that bad off… I’m just not that well off; I could stand a few months of nonstop treadmill work. Beyond reminiscing about my life as a Marine and wishing I still looked the part, I miss many aspects of active duty life – chief among them being camaraderie and my trusty M-16 A2 Service Rifle.

I wasn’t a huge promoter of 62-grain 5.56 Ball NATO ammunition but it seemed to be sufficient. I qualified every year as a rifle expert and later in my second enlistment as a pistol sharpshooter, qualifying with an original Colt 1911 that had been in Marine Corps service for over 75 years and was still a sweet shooter.

Kevin 3d SRIG-editedAssimilating to civilian life, including civilian shooting was a tall order. On the firing line, I had difficulty adjusting to traditional hunting rifles. I began looking at AR-15 rifles to regain that comfort level I had with my M-16 A2. As an avid hunter on an extremely tight budget, I recall how badly I wanted to purchase one of the Colt AR-15’s I drooled over as I passed by them in the PX. It looked exactly like my M-16 but was semi-automatic; it even had the bayonet stud. Perhaps I arrived at my justification before my time but I thought, back in the late 80’s, the AR-15 would make a great hunting rifle. Certainly, when I was honorably discharged in 1996 and searching for that comfort level I had achieved with my M-16 A2, the AR-15 was my only reasonable option.

chriskevinSeveral years ago, good friend and fellow Marine Corps veteran, Chris Reed, History Channel’s Top Shot season 2 winner, talked about his desire to do more tactical-styled hunting. We talked about tactical hunting often and he eventually restored my fervor for AR platform rifles, something I hadn’t experienced in years. I had been too immersed in bowhunting to stop and realize my passion for modern sporting rifles had slowed to a low-crawl. in the end, I can thank Chris for drawing that passion back to the surface once again, this time for the long haul.

Long range Bolt Action by Kevin ReeseWhile I still bowhunt religiously, I have expanded once again to rifle shooting. My CZ-USA Model 3 .300 WSM is back in the game and more importantly, so is my Smith & Wesson (S&W) MP15T Tactical 5.56. For long range shooting, my Alpen Apex 6-24x50mm scope is the only way to go and I’ve dialed my S&W MP15T Tactical in at 600 yards; however, here in Texas most shots are much closer and my routine hog hunting is predominantly at night.

That said, my AimPoint H34S Hunter is the perfect lowlight/night optic for hunting and shooting within 300 yards and now rests atop my AR-15. The Alpen Apex scope, trusted for long distances precision accuracy, reclaimed its 600+ yard throne to reign over my CZ-USA . Both are topped with HHA Optimizer Horizon mounts. The Horizon allows me to calibrate for bullet drop out to 600 yards and is incredibly accurate. Once the Horizon is calibrated I simply dial in the range within 5 yards, up to 600 yards out, and put the crosshairs on target; there is no need for hold-over or mil-dots. I’ve also outfitted my S&W MP15T with a Crimson Trace Rail Master CMR-201 Laser smithwessonmp15t-2and Hawglite Helios H250. The Helios H250 is a rail-mounted lighting system with a remote switch that delivers a blinding red, green or white led light with a remote switch I’ve attached to the handguard. I also ordered a Harris bipod from Brownell’s to round out my tactical hunting rifle and have since set out on a series of new adventures that send memories of days gone by flooding back into my brain-housing-group.

Like many of our Sportsman Elite loyalist, I cut my teeth shooting every can I could as a kid and honed my skills with military training that has carried over well into my hunting success. More importantly, it broadened my perspective on modern sporting rifles like the AR-15 and the diverse ways we can employ them for self-defense as well as recreational shooting and hunting.

smithwessonmp15tI’ve heard arguments on both sides of the fence, from Piers Morgan backers like Willie Nelson who believes semi-automatic AR-15’s should only be used by military and police (I’ve since thrown all my Willie albums in the trash – sorry I just can’t stomach his position on gun ontrol!), to the well-thought-out ideology of our Lone Star State Senator, Ted Cruz, who educated a nearly catatonic diane feinstein on the differences between a semi-automatic rifle that happens to be black and a bolt action rifle… rather the lack of differences between them!

BHbipod5My pop also once told me “You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything” – well, he told me many things and I tried to remember the important ones. This is an issue I do take a stand on. I choose to roll my eyes and the irresponsible of ramblings of people like Morgan, Nelson and feinstein (I never dreamed that I would group Willie with California’s waste of a senate seat – Willie’s always been wasted anyway) while I stand with my brothers-and-sisters-in-arms who undoubtedly would love to venture into the hunting woods with an AR-platform rifle that, while offering only a single-shot firing option, does cater to those creature comforts we identify with through service to our beloved country. It’s also worth mentioning that a while back, California senator, Leland Yee, a staunch supporter of gun control even arguing for outright gun bans was arrested and indicted on serious gun-trafficking charges. What’s wrong with that picture?

Read more about Senator Yee here:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/26/california-state-senator-arrested-in-fbi-sweep/

So, what’s my message to my fellow Navarro County hunters and shooting enthusiasts on AR-15’s and other modern sporting rifles in the woods? Take ‘em if you got ‘em! I choose to unify our front rather than divide our ranks with ignorant rhetoric and feinstein fascism. I suppose my position came with the commitment to uphold our Second Amendment, along with every other word in the Constitution, unlike some other folks. Of course, I also happen to believe an AR-15 is perfect for more than personal defense, it’s also great for hog and predator hunting!

comeandtakeitThat “Come and take it” perspective was born from military training and the knowledge that “we the people” rule the roost. Equally as important, it came from my proactive approach to real freedom. Whether you choose to shoot a bow, bolt action rifle, AR-15, 1911, revolver, muzzleloader or even Crosman’s ridiculously cool Benjamin Rogue .357-Caliber Air Rifle, get out there and do it! While you’re out there, thank every past and present warrior in our nation’s illustrious history for preserving your right to do so!

Hunt hard, hunt often and hunt with a modern sporting rifle like the AR-15, or better yet, with an ol’ Remington 700 BDL .300 resurrected with a McRees Prescision BR10 Chassis if that’s what turns your rotors! Whatever you choose, just get out there, enjoy God’s creation and eat well.

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A standard Remington bolt action rifle fitted with a HUNT READY McRees Precision BR10 Chassis (www.McReesPrecision.net)

 

 


Avoid Duck Decoy Tangles with Decoy Buddy

Click here to visit Decoy Buddy online!Any duck hunter who has been at this great pursuit for any length of time has experienced the exasperation of dealing with hopelessly tangled decoys.

Duck hunting is hard work, no doubt about it. Just getting to a duck hole is often a rigorous adventure, whether it’s a dark-of-night boat ride or a long trudge in waders pulling mud through chest-deep water. Then it’s time to set the decoy spread. All that time spent in the garage the night before the hunt, carefully wrapping decoy lines, securing anchors and bagging the dekes… a waste of time. With shooting light approaching and the sound of wings overhead, you’re still trying to untangle decoys.

Click here to visit Decoy Buddy online!Decoy Buddy, by Game Smart, is a weighted 8-ounce reel that hooks onto your
floating decoy. Simply pull out the amount of line needed for the depth of water you
are hunting, and toss out the decoy. No wasted time unwinding decoy lines, and best of all, no tangled mess of decoy lines to deal with in the dark.

Decoy Buddy also makes picking up decoys easy. Simply reel in the slack with the
built-in knobs, or use a removable handle that floats just in case it is dropped in the
water.

The Decoy Buddy was created by duck hunters and has evolved after years of trial
and development. It offers a balance of dependability to last many hunting seasons
and convenience that will spoil serious waterfowl hunters used to hard work in the
swamps and marshes.

The Decoy Buddy includes two holes for attaching accessories, and the anchor has teeth for a better hold on the bottom in windy conditions and currents.

The Decoy Buddy is available in 12- and 36-packs, or you can try a 3-pack for just
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Visit www.decoybuddy.com for more information and to place an order, or ask for
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Deer Hunting: Late Season is a Game Changer

By Kevin Reese

Christmas Credit Where It’s Due… Before we talk late season hunting, Kelly, Jacob and I would like to wish you and your families the merriest of Christmases this year. Our prayer through this holiday season is simply that you know, understand and embrace the Reason for the season. Make a simple birthday song your newest Christmas tradition. Santa is one cool cat but not nearly as awesome as the Lion and the Lamb. Give credit where it’s due this Christmas and commit random acts of kindness.

That said, let’s talk hunting…

Mike Kormos, Editor at the Corsicana Daily Sun, in Corsicana, TX, takes a nice 8-pt. buck!

Corsicana, Texas resident, Mike Kormos and a nice 8-Pt.

Late season deer hunting, fraught with the challenges of downright cold temps and bucks that have decided the nightlife is better for their health. Too often, it seems, deer lockdown after the rut, while does still dot the landscape on occasion, bucks have wised-up and don’t care nearly as much about the does as they did weeks earlier. Food sources change, too. Acorns are on the ground, others sources have dried up or gone… the changing season seems to change EVERTHING we know about deer hunting from the early season through the rut.

I often remind people that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. Consistently hunting an area, or hunting it the same way is never a good idea; after all, if food sources, activity, temperatures and down-and-dirty deer behavior (rut) have all changed, why wouldn’t you change the way and places you hunt?

It’s easy for us to get stuck in a routine; it’s a path of least resistance – we don’t have to change anything – same Bat channel, same Bat time. Unfortunately the fault in our logic often is that as much as we think we have deer patterned, by mid-season they have likely patterned us; they know the paths we take to our stands or blinds and know where those setups are located. You might get the surprise of your life if you change the setup. More than once, simple changes have been the difference between seeing nothing… AGAIN, and killing the buck of a lifetime.

Consider trading in your regular spot for something less expected. Don’t be afraid to scout and find prospective areas during a quiet, scent controlled mid-day browse but stay away from known bedding areas and keep your bow or rifle with you – you just never know – stranger things have happened. Consider predominant winds when you find signs of deer activity like scat, scrapes, hoof prints, rubs, etc. Set up your blind or stand on the downwind side of observed activity. After setting up a stand or blind in a new location stay out of the area for several days, if possible, before returning to hunt.

Consider what it is exactly you are hunting over and whether interest in those food and water sources change as temperatures drop, acorns fall and the season progresses. How does the change from fall to winter alter activity and food sources? Are they rutting? Is that trail if front of your setup still used? Is water close by? Is it still their first or only choice? Use changes in weather and activity as the measuring stick you use to grade the effectiveness of your current position. Is it time to change your game? When deer have disappeared, your only option is to find out where they went.

Hunt funnels, pinch points, water sources, trails and areas with heavy acorn concentration or other desirable food sources; ask any hunter sitting over a feeder what happens when the acorns fall. In short, those changes must define where and how you hunt. Hunting over active sign as the season progresses makes infinitely more sense than sticking to the same old setup because you saw a buck working a scrape in early October. The lesson here is, “The only constant is change.”

A lack of success spanning the season can be more than frustrating; it can be downright mentally and physically draining. Human nature, if not kept in check, is to see your cup half empty. Pessimism is a hunter, too. It invades your thoughts and manipulates your decisions. Remember how many times Thomas Edison learned how NOT to make a light bulb? You may remember my pop’s best advice; I’ve made mention of it many times, “If you ask a thousand girls to dance, one of ’em’s gonna’ say, ‘Yes.’” There is nothing truer in our pursuit of wild game although there are times you must change the way you ask the question or approach the “girl”. Often, your biggest hurdle is yourself. Be a warrior against pessimism and a champion of tenacity. Attitude is everything; it either keeps you indoors or pushes you in the woods for another day of celebrating our outdoor heritage no matter the odds or the outcome. “You can’t win if you don’t play!” I’ll see you in the woods.

Hunt hard, hunt often.

TIPS FOR A GREAT HUNTING PHOTO: Be in natural settings, not in the back of a truck or a garage floor. Clean up as much blood as you can. RESPECT THE ANIMAL. Keep rifle barrels pointed away from people. Take the photo from a lower position… your deer will grow! Consider if you would frame the photo and place it on your mantle. If you would, great! If not, take the time to get it right.

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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.


Boone and Crockett Introduces New President

MISSOULA, Mont. (Dec. 22, 2014) – A hunter, angler and businessman, Morrie Stevens Sr. of Saginaw, Mich., has been elected president of America’s first conservation organization, the Boone and Crockett Club.

For over 127 years, Club members have helped shape the scientific, educational, political, economic,social, technological and environmental forces affecting natural resource conservation.

Click here to visit Boone and Crockett online!As the Clubs 31st president, Stevens follows the tenure of Bill Demmer of Lansing, Mich., Stevens is chairman and CEO of Stevens Worldwide Van Lines headquartered in Saginaw. He is also involved in other nonprofit boards and is a member of Trout Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Quality Deer Management, National Wild Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ruffed Grouse Society and the NRA.

“As a lifelong hunter-conservationist, Morrie has served the Club tirelessly in multiple capacities,” said outgoing president Demmer. “Morrie was instrumental in guiding the development of our conservation education programs and will be a powerful force continuing the Club’s legacy in wildlife conservation at the local, regional and national level.”

Before being elected president, Stevens served in various Club officer positions, most recently as executive vice president of conservation, which directs the Club’s endowed university professorship and research fellowship programs across the country. Being a graduate of Michigan State University, Stevens worked with other Club members in establishing the MSU Boone and Crockett endowed chair of wildlife conservation, which now will become the Michigan State University Boone and Crockett Quantitative Wildlife Center.

Stevens said, “Preserving our American hunting heritage is something very personal to me. I grew up on a farm in rural Michigan on the Tittabawassee River, where at an early age I enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping in the ’50s. What I learned being outdoors has served me well. Today we simply have too many obstacles for our kids to be outdoors, and something very special will be lost if we can’t remove these barriers. Of greatest concern is who will be our future conservationists? Our wildlife and the habitats that support them will need all the advocates they can get. Personal experiences in the outdoors are therefore foundational to future wildlife conservation efforts.”

He added, “Equally important is the focus of scientific management to supersede the more recent trends of judicial management. This begins with educating the next generation of conservation leaders. We also need to continually promote the shared use of public lands and promote good stewardship of private lands. There will need to be an increased level of collaboration of like-minded groups and innovative policies to address these challenges.”

Stevens concluded, “I can assure you the Boone and Crockett Club will do its part. We will maintain the Club’s historic legacy of thought leadership in promoting good government policy as it relates to wild game and its habitat, and sportsmen’s access to these resources. We will continue to seek and distribute new knowledge to guide critical decisions. We will also continue to educate the public and help them understand the historic role and contributions of the hunting and angling community in promoting and funding conservation of our wildlife and public lands for everyone’s enjoyment.”

In addition to the B&C university program at Michigan State, similar programs are established at the University of Montana, Texas A&M and research fellowships at Texas A&M Kingsville, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and Oregon State University.

About the Boone and Crockett Club  

North America’s first hunting and conservation organization, the Boone and Crockett Club was founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887. Its mission is to provide the leadership, stewardship and education needed to promote the conservation and management of wildlife, especially big game and its habitat, to preserve and encourage hunting and to maintain the highest ethical standards of fair chase and sportsmanship. Join us at www.boone-crockett.org.


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.


The Bass Pros Features Top Anglers and Best Bass Fishing Tips on TV

For Immediate Release – Dec. 18, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — If you want to fish like a rock star, there’s no better place to learn bass fishing tips than The Bass Pros, which airs on Outdoor Channel Sundays at 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m., and Thursdays at noon Eastern time. Viewers can learn from the world’s leading anglers including Kevin VanDam, Edwin Evers, Rick Clunn, Tim Horton, Ott Defoe, Stacey King, and Brian Snowden.

For eight straight years, bass fishermen have found The Bass Pros to be one of the best shows on TV.  Now, season nine promises to deliver again. When it comes to bass fishing on television, this is the best place to learn how to catch more fish and make your time on the water more productive and fun.

Every episode of The Bass Pros features four to five top anglers who share their secrets for catching more big bass. The show features insightful segments such as In-Depth, which drills into the details to improve your fishing, and Fishin’-in-Five, a rapid-fire segment with the latest tips and current trends. Plus, Bass 101 provides solid advice for novice anglers and those who know their way around a rod and reel.

Tune into The Bass Pros and make sure you record it, too. This show is packed with so many fishing tips, you’ll want to rewind it and watch it again and again. Check out The Bass Pros video clip to get a taste of the fishing advice you can expect to see: http://vimeo.com/bassprovideo/the-bass-pros-trailer

About Bass Pro Shops®
Bass Pro Shops®, which specializes in outdoor fun, operates 90 retail stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada that are visited by more than 120 million people every year. Bass Pro Shops stores, many of which feature restaurants, offer hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor gear while their catalogs and website serve shoppers throughout the world. The company’s Tracker Marine Group® (http://www.trackermarine.com), a leading brand of fishing boats for more than 36 years, manufactures and sells a variety of boats for fishing and cruising. Family fun is on tap at Bass Pro Shops resort Big Cedar Lodge® (http://www.bigcedar.com), voted number six by Travel + Leisure Magazine as World’s Best Hotels for Families. For more information, visit www.basspro.com.  To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO.  Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bassproshops.

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Browning Grants Signature Products Group (SPG) The Browning Pack License

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more Information:
Contact Andrew Howard (573) 898-3422

Signature Products Group (SPG) is proud to announce that starting January 1, 2015 they will be the official pack licensee for Browning. For 2015, SPG will unveil a completely new line of packs holding true to the Browning tradition of “The Best There Is.”

“We are thrilled to be taking on another Browning license. We’re especially excited to provide Browning hunting packs that reach the level of quality and performance that hunters expect. We have incorporated new innovative designs, materials, and features that live up to the Browning brand,” said SPG CEO, Dusty Zundel.

The brand new Browning Pack line will use Hypo-sonic™ and Mountain Crawler™ systems never before seen on the market. These systems focus on allowing the hunter to go farther, longer and faster.

“Our completely new line of Browning packs and bags were designed for hunters, by hunters.  We’re very excited to showcase all the innovations and features, many of which should change the market,” said Sales Manager, Geoff Maki. “We’re confident hunters everywhere will love this line…because your pack shouldn’t limit your hunt!”

The Browning Packs in the new line include a variety of day packs, lumbar packs, dry bags, dry duffels, luggage, a frame pack, map cases and casual backpacks.

Individual pack announcements will be available in 2015.

SPG is the official licensee of products for Browning®, Realtree®, Mossy Oak®, Ducks Unlimited®, Major League Bowhunter, Under Armour®, Dirty Bird™, Bone Collector®, Hard Core™, and Big Rack.

For more information on SPG , please visit www.spgcompany.com.


NEW BENJAMIN MARAUDER NOW AVAILABLE

PCP Air Rifle Built in America

 

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Laura Evans
Crosman Corporation
7629 Routes 5 & 20
Bloomfield, NY 14469
1-800-7AIRGUN

levans@crosman.com

Click here to visit Crosman.com!ROCHESTER, New York, (November 5, 2013) – Crosman Corporation announces availability of the Benjamin® Marauder®, the latest generation of its precharged pneumatic (PCP) air rifles for hunters and shooters, in .177, .22 and .25 calibers and featuring a synthetic stock and increased performance. An upgraded valve delivers a stunning 20% increase in shot count and increases power while delivering consistent velocities from the first trigger pull to the last.  The all-weather synthetic stock includes an adjustable comb for a customizable fit and was designed in concert with an improved trigger position for comfortable carry in the field. The new Marauder adds an integrated Resonance Dampener to the rifle’s popular sound suppression system that includes a full barrel shroud.

“The Benjamin brand is known for feature-rich products and the Marauder is a gun hunters will love to shoot. Enjoy a lot of trigger time with over 30 shots per fill in .177 and .22 calibers and 17 shots with the .25 caliber,” says Crosman Product Manager, Tom Clark. “The Marauder is an airgun for serious hunters that is capable of taking game as large as fox, turkeys and coyotes and quiet enough to take multiples from a single stand,” he said.

The new stock makes the rifle lighter than previous editions, and the comb provides 1.5 inches of adjustability to accommodate most any shooter.  The trigger has been moved rearward, and with a change in the grip angle and the redesigned stock, there is less hand and arm fatigue when carrying the rifle. The bolt is ambidextrous to accommodate left or right-handed shooters and the newly designed breech provides a more stable platform for larger scopes.

“It’s an all new experience that preserves the value advantage that has been the Marauder’s hallmark since its introduction in 2009”, added Clark. “The features and performance of this new Marauder rival those of PCP guns costing thousands more, and when you consider the low cost of airgun ammunition, it’s easy to see why the Marauder has quickly become the airgun for serious hunters and shooters.”

Click here to visit Crosman online!The Marauder has a two-stage, adjustable, match-grade trigger and an innovative multi-round magazine for fast follow-up shots. Depending on the caliber, muzzle velocities range from 900 to 1,100 feet per second (fps).  Foot pounds of energy (fpe) ranges from 21, with .177 caliber, to 32 fpe with .22 caliber and 50 fpe with .25 caliber.

The Benjamin Marauder in .177 and .22 calibers, have an MSRP of $620 and the MSRP of the .25 caliber is $660.  They are available now.

For additional information on the Benjamin Marauder  PCP air rifles, or on any Crosman, Benjamin, CenterPoint product, Crosman Archery, or Game Face Airsoft products, visit the company’s Web sites at www.crosman.com, www.centerpointhunting.com, www.gamefaceairsoft.com, or write to Laura Evans, Marketing Coordinator, Crosman Corporation, 7629 Routes 5 & 20, Bloomfield, NY 14469, email her at levans@crosman.com, or call her at (800) 7 – AIRGUN (724-7486).

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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.

Click here to visit OpticsPlanet.com!

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.


Rhino Permit to be Auctioned at DSC Convention

Media contact: Steve Wagner, Blue Heron Communications, 800-654-3766

Click here to visit the Dallas Safari Club online!DALLAS (Oct. 11, 2013) – —Through an historic collaboration between governments, one hunter will have a chance to hunt a black rhino, help manage and conserve the species, and import a rare trophy to the US in 2014.

The Dallas Safari Club (DSC) has been selected by the Government of the Republic of Namibia to auction a special hunting permit with all proceeds earmarked for rhino conservation in that country.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has promised full cooperation with a qualified buyer.

DSC will sell the permit during its annual convention and expo Jan. 9-12 in Dallas.

An unprecedented sale price is expected.

“This fundraiser is the first of its kind for an endangered species,” said DSC Executive Director Ben Carter, “and it’s going to generate a sum of money large enough to be enormously meaningful in Namibia’s fight to ensure the future of its black rhino populations.”

The Government of the Republic of Namibia approved the permit in accordance with CITES provisions to generate crucial funding for rhino conservation initiatives including anti-poaching efforts—while at the same time managing the black rhino population within Mangetti National Park, where the hunt will take place.

Science has shown that removing certain individual animals can help rhino populations grow.

Black rhinos commonly fight to the death. In fact, the species has the highest combat mortality rates of any mammal. Approximately 50 percent of males and 30 percent of females die from combat-related injuries. Extremely aggressive bulls are known to be population-limiting factors in some areas. Selectively harvesting these animals can lead to population increases and greater survival.

Rampant and indiscriminate poaching is threatening rhino populations across Africa. Rhino horn has high black-market value, especially in Southeast Asia, for ornamental uses and folk remedies, although medical research has disproved actual benefits.

The Conservation Trust Fund for Namibia’s Black Rhino will receive 100 percent of the hunting permit sale price. Both DSC and contracted auctioneer Ed Phillips of Houston offered to forego their customary sales commissions to support the special cause.

Louisiana conservation attorney John J. Jackson, III, helped facilitate the auction item and proceeds will be channeled through his Conservation Force, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, for income tax deduction purposes.

The winning bidder may hire his or her qualified outfitter or guide to lead the hunt, which will be accompanied by Namibian wildlife officials.

About Dallas Safari Club (DSC)
Desert bighorns on an unbroken landscape, stalking Cape buffalo in heavy brush, students discovering conservation. DSC works to guarantee a future for all these and much more. An independent organization since 1982, DSC has become an international leader in conserving wildlife and wilderness lands, educating youth and the general public, and promoting and protecting the rights and interests of hunters worldwide. Get involved at www.biggame.org.


Team Smith & Wesson Crowns Three National Champions at IDPA Nationals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Industry Contact: Matt Rice Blue Heron Communications (800) 654-3766 matt@blueheroncomm.com

Team Members Jerry Miculek, Josh Lentz and Randi Rogers Claim Titles at 2013 Match

Click here to visit Smith & Wesson online!SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (October 10, 2013) — Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that Team Smith & Wesson members accounted for three national championships at the recent 2013 International Defensive Pistol (IDPA) Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Teammates Jerry Miculek, Josh Lentz and Randi Rogers each dominated their respective divisions, outpacing the nearest competitors by a combined 197 seconds. Claiming titles in the Enhanced Service Revolver (ESR), Stock Service Revolver (SSR) and High Lady divisions, Team Smith & Wesson members look to continue the momentum at the upcoming BUG Nationals taking place at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center this November.

Competing in the ESR Division, it has become a common sight to see Champion Jerry Miculek outpacing competitors with his trusted Smith & Wesson Model 625 revolver. This year, Miculek once again turned in another stellar performance by winning 12 of the 17 stages of fire. With a final time of 294.66 seconds, Miculek added another IDPA Championship to his lengthy list of accolades. After the match concluded, Miculek went on to compete in the FNH USA 3-Gun Championship, where he exchanged his revolver for an M&P pistol and an M&P rifle to compete in the Open Division. Once again, Miculek ran away with the match, winning by more than 10-percentage points en route to the division title.

A last minute entry into this year’s IDPA Nationals, fellow team member Josh Lentz helped Smith & Wesson deliver a one-two punch in the revolver divisions by winning the SSR National Championship. Lentz, who is ranked as a Distinguished Master in the SSR Division, used a Smith & Wesson Model 686 to win 5 of the 17 stages of fire. A multiple SSR Division champion, Lentz will no doubt be a favorite in the upcoming BUG Nationals hosted by Smith & Wesson.

The third national champion title was awarded to the newest member of Team Smith & Wesson, Randi Rogers. Rogers, who finished fourth in the Stock Service Pistol (SSP) Division and 11th overall, secured the High Lady title with a final time of 262.59 seconds. With her first National Championship secured under the Team Smith & Wesson banner, it will likely only be a matter of months before she helps elevate the team standing with another championship performance.

In other division wins, Brandon Wright took home the Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP) title using an M&P Pro pistol. While not a member of Team Smith & Wesson, Brandon’’s win accounted for three division championship titles using Smith & Wesson firearms.

“On behalf of Smith & Wesson, I would like to congratulate each of our sponsored shooters on another terrific match,” said Paul Pluff, Director of Marketing Communications for Smith & Wesson. “Winning three national championships in such a prestigious event is a tremendous accomplishment. The performances by Jerry, Josh and Randi are a direct result of their constant pursuit of perfection. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments as well as that of Brandon Wright who used a Smith & Wesson M&P pistol to earn his national championship. We remain dedicated to supplying all of our team members as well as other competitors with the high quality, competition-ready firearms that help create champions.”

About Smith & Wesson Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products and training to the consumer, law enforcement, and military markets. The company’s brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P® and Thompson/Center Arms™. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852  or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.


NRA Unveils New TACTICAL BACKPACK!

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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!

Click here to visit SpyPoint.com!

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!

Click here to visit SpyPoint.com!

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.

Click here to visit SpyPoint.com!

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!

Click here to visit SpyPoint.com!

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.


Moon Shine Joins Hillman Racing to Go Pink in October

Two-Race NASCAR Sprint Cup Sponsorship Includes Events at

Kansas Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway

Click here to visit Moon Shine Attitude Attire online!BEAVERTOWN, PA – Hillman Racing announces that Moon Shine, LP, a premium designer of Moon Shine Attitude Attire™, will kick off the first race of a two-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series sponsorship this weekend at Kansas Speedway by turning the No. 40 Chevrolet SS pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its Muddy Girl-branded camouflage pattern.

 From now through October 31, Moon Shine Attitude Attire will donate one dollar from the sale of every Muddy Girl shirt and hoodie sold trackside to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an independent 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health.

“We were proud to have our Wildfire Camo featured on Hillman Racing’s Sprint Cup cars in the past, but are now honored to showcase our Muddy Girl Camo in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” stated Moon Shine LP president Travis Mattern. “We appreciate the opportunity to support a great cause through our continued partnership with Hillman Racing.”

Tony Raines will pilot the No. 40 Moon Shine Attitude Attire Chevrolet in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 with Landon Cassill scheduled to drive the No. 40 the following week in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“It’s not often that you can use the entire race vehicle to bring awareness to such a deserving cause, but Moon Shine Attitude Attire approached us with an opportunity to use their Muddy Girl camouflage pattern as the backdrop for the car,” said Hillman Racing team owner Mike Hillman.  “The NASCAR community always pulls together in October to draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this car will definitely be noticed and connect with the NASCAR fans.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 will be broadcast live on ESPN from Kansas Speedway on Sunday, October 6, with pre-race coverage beginning at 1:00 p.m. EDT. 

About Hillman Racing: 

Additional information is available at: www.HillmanRacing.com, find them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/HillmanRacing and follow the team on Twitter @Hillman_Racing.  For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Kevin Radvany at (704) 658-1505.  

About Moon Shine, LP:

Moon Shine, LP is a cutting edge designer of quality brand name apparel that conveys the attitude and traditional values of every generation. From the hunters and farmers who live off our lands to the soldiers and patriots who protect it, Moon Shine Attitude Attire® honors the essence of the American Legacy. For more information, visit www.shineattire.com or call 1.800.4.MOON.SHINE (800-466-6674).


Midway USA Invests in Conservation Worldwide

Media Contact: Steve Wagner, Blue Heron Communications, 800-654-3766  or steve@blueheroncomm.com 

Click here to visit Midway USA online!DALLAS (Oct. 1, 2013) – —Midway USA is investing in conservation, education and hunter advocacy efforts worldwide through a renewed sponsorship of Dallas Safari Club (DSC).


DSC is quickly growing as a global force for wildlife. The organization now grants more than a million dollars per year for special initiatives ranging from lion conservation, research and anti-poaching efforts in Africa to pronghorn and desert bighorn sheep restoration in Texas.


Engaging and educating youths in traditional outdoor skills, and crusading for lawmaker and policymaker support for sportsmen’s causes, also are DSC priorities.


Midway USA, an online retailer selling “Just About Everything for Shooting, Hunting and the Outdoors,” is the official sponsor of DSC’s annual convention and expo Jan. 9-12 
at the Dallas Convention Center. This public-welcome event generates most of the funding for DSC grants.


Sponsorship from Midway USA is an important part of the DSC movement, says DSC Executive Director Ben Carter.


Carter expressed gratitude for the company’’s generous support, adding, “All our sponsors deserve a pat on the back. Their involvement is vital because it helps DSC expand its reach and make a meaningful difference for wildlife and hunting around the world.”


Learn more about Midway USA at
www.midwayusa.com.


About Dallas Safari Club (DSC) Desert bighorns on an unbroken landscape, stalking Cape buffalo in heavy brush, students discovering conservation. DSC works to guarantee a future for all these and much more. An independent organization since 1982, DSC has become an international leader in conserving wildlife and wilderness lands, educating youth and the general public, and promoting and protecting the rights and interests of hunters worldwide. Get involved at
www.biggame.org.


OpticsPlanet.com ~ How to Prep for a Big Game Hunt

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Too Hot to Hunt?

Getting refined by the fire!

By Kevin Reese

Kevin is Overheated and Some Say a Little CrazyEvery summer the same the excuse batters my eardrums. “It’s too hot to hunt!” If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times before. While last summer was indeed a tough nut to crack, scores of hunters, myself included, peeled themselves off of the couch to hit the woods. While sitting in triple digit temperatures is not fun in and of itself, hunting is fun no matter the season; in fact, I’ve killed more feral hogs during our blistering summers than any other time of year; however, the grit to get out there is not enough to garner success. Check out these great tips for not just surviving summer hunting, but bringing home the bacon.

Scent Control and Playing the Wind

Kevin's Summer Collection!

Kevin’s Summer Collection!

The most significant obstacle to successful summer hunting is scent control. Getting close is key no matter when you’re hunting. Wash your clothes in scent eliminating detergent and dry with scent eliminating fabric softening dryer sheets. Carry your clothes in a scent proof bag to your hunting property if possible. Shower with scent eliminating shampoo and soap. Use scent eliminating deodorant and toothpaste to finish the preparation phase. Before heading to your stand or ground blind, make sure you spray yourself (or have your buddy spray you) from top to bottom, front to back. Make sure you spray the bottom of your boots – doing so reduces or eliminates the scent trail you create while walking to your setup. Dead Down Wind offers a great scent eliminating system; however, other products, like ThermaCELL also offer great protection in the form of cover scent while also keeping pesky mosquitoes at bay. Used in conjunction, Dead Down Wind and ThermaCELL can be a downright deadly combination!

Click here to visit DeadDownWind.com!While scent control up front is great, hunting in hot temperatures presents a secondary scent issue. When it’s hot we sweat, no great epiphany there; however, while you perspire you create scent. The secondary problem is that no matter how well you prepare with scent control products, actively making scent while you hunt means other strategies must come into play. When possible I get my scent off the ground by hunting tree stands. More than that, wind direction is critical. Bad wind, bad day, good wind, great day! Proper preparation with scent control products, getting off the ground and hunting downwind of your prey means you can still beat the best noses in the woods.

Keep Your Cool

Keeping cool is tough business during our summer months. Let’s face it; no matter what you do you’re not going to trick your brain into thinking the temperature has dropped. But, freezing a large bottle of water to drink on stand is a great idea. While you hunt, the ice in your bottle continues to melt; the result is ice water that lasts quite a while!

Click here to visit FroggToggs.com!Frog Toggs offers a great product to keep you cool in the woods. Wet their Chilly Pad Cooling Towel in water and place in a sandwich bag. When you begin your hunt, remove the towel from the baggy and lay over the back of your neck or your head. The dampened towel stays cool to the touch for hours – how refreshing! Keep a spray bottle of Dead Down Wind with you. As you also use your towel to wipe away sweat, spray your Chilly Pad Cooling Pad with the scent eliminating spray. Not only does this get rid of your sweaty stench, it acts to continually refresh the cooling property of this ultra-cool Frog Toggs product.

Click here to visit AlpenOptics.com!It doesn’t take long to realize that every move takes physical exertion and that exertion heats your body. I carry good optics, like my Alpen Rainier 10×42’s in the woods whether hot or cold; however, the point is that when it’s hot, I watch more and walk less! When I get to my spot, hunting is much ado about glassing, on-the-fly scent control and cooling down anyway – it would be plain silly to not have your binos! Who would have thought optics played a role in keeping you cooler? It’s true!

Hunting from tree stands in hot temperatures does more than just get your scent off the ground. It keeps you in circulating air rather than the often stagnant hot air encountered in a stuffy ground blind. Nothing feels better on a hot summer day than a little breeze!

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

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Click here to visit EleteWater.com!

Guts, Grit and Glory

Another hot one in the books!Those of us who venture into the woods to become one with our outdoor heritage in temperatures easily topping 100 degrees are a rare breed indeed. While we would certainly prefer cooler temperatures, hot weather is simply a part of life here and is not likely to change in our lifetime. So reality then begs the question, do you have the guts and grit to go after the glory?

Hunt hard, hunt year round.


Focus….With The Boreal

New Addition To The Waterfowl Line Keeps Waterfowler’s Focused On the Sky in The Coldest Conditions.

Click here to visit SitkaGear.com!Bozeman, MT. Sitka Gear, the industry leader in performance hunting gear, is excited to announce a new addition to their waterfowl line for 2013; the Boreal Jacket.

Click here to visit SitkaGear.com!The Boreal incorporates the protection of a GORE-TEX® membrane with the warmth of 650 fill down. The build of this jacket maximizes mobility to keep you free to swing and shoot, but delivers the ultimate in warmth and shelter from the elements. Mix that with a feature set that is classic minimalistic Sitka, but absolutely functional for even the pro’s.

Boreal Jacket Specs:

  • 2 Chest, 2 Shell Pockets
  • Fully Adjustable Rotating Hood
  • Articulated Patterning
  • Water Sealing Cuffs
  • Sizes: M-3XL
  • GORE™ OPTIFADEConcealment      Marsh
  • MSRP:  $599

About Sitka Gear
Sitka Gear is the leading manufacturer of high-performance hunting apparel that utilizes cutting-edge technology to keep hunters warm, dry and comfortable in any condition. For more information about Sitka visit www.sitkagear.com or call 877.SITKA-GR.


Dove Hunting: Get on Target

By Kevin Reese

Madison Huston Dove“Don’t aim. Don’t aim. Don’t aim.” I’m not sure how many times I said it. It was never audible but I repeated it constantly while I showered, while I dressed, while I prepared a thermos of hot coffee and even while I drove over to Gander Mountain to meet a friend on the way to our opening morning dove hunt. Once I picked up good friend Mitch Strobl we headed to Dawson to meet other hunting buddies, Navarro County resident Bradley Fife and Freestone County resident, Clyde Ridge. Throughout the meet-and-greets and drive to our hunting ground my broken record played on, “Don’t aim. Don’t aim. Don’t aim.”

 

It was still dark when we pulled up to the gate but the shifting cloak of silver hue reminded us that daylight would soon be upon us. Clinks and clanks shattered early morning silence as we pulled Mojo doves, decoys, shotguns and other gear from our trucks and headed into the field to setup, sit down and wait. Still, even as I set decoys on the wire and setup my position in the well of a berm between the edge of a field and a nearby livestock tank I muttered to myself, “Don’t aim. Don’t aim. Don’t aim.”

 

The coffee was good but the subtle coolness brushing across my cheek with the morning breeze was even better. It wasn’t long before I was lost in thought, wondering what sunlight would reveal in this wide open space and in a wide open sky. With the shotgun loaded with the first three shells and placed on safe I waited. The sun rose quickly as if it sensed my excitement for the coming hunt. The hunt was on.

 

Bradley has quite an eye; Mitch does, too! Clyde and I started our morning with instructions from our two hawk-eyes! It wasn’t long before we dusted off our spotting skills. Bradley had two birds down before a single dove dropped in behind me. I swung around, mounted my Browning Maxus 12-gauge and pulled the trigger. A crash landing and shower of drifting feathers immediately followed. Not long after my first kill, another bird flew in behind me. I swung again and plucked him from the sky at 30 yards without hesitation. Two in a row left me quite cocky. Bradley shouting, “Kevin stole that one from you, Clyde!” didn’t help at all. I was a force to reckon with. Three birds dropped in on my right, three shots rang out and three birds flew off to the west. “What happened? They were on top of you, Kev!” I smiled gingerly as I turned to look back and found all three of my so-called friends laughing at my expense. We rested for quite a while; the birds were slow.

 

Late morning produced more opportunities. Some I hit squarely while others I missed by a mile. Clyde only shot when he felt like it but was quite deadly. If he took 15 shots, he must have hit 10 birds. Bradley’s shooting was reminiscent of Vincent Hancock shooting skeet in London – solid gold! If I had to guess, Bradley hit a dozen birds with a half box of shells, quite an amazing feat! Mitch finished the morning with a truckload of stock photos and some great dove hunting footage. Me, I left the field a bit wiser and with a smile on my face. That morning offered four hours of self-discovery. I focused hard on the lessons I spoke about in my previous article and realized that my effectiveness increased dramatically when I did not aim and did not mount my shotgun in preparation for incoming birds. I also noticed that when I did mount the shotgun early, even when I thought I was shooting instinctively, I wasn’t. For me, too much thinking is my undoing when wingshooting.

 

My good friends, Corsicana residents Arron Cottongame and Jason Gamez also did well on another field in Dawson; of course, I’ve hunted with Arron and Jason and both hold their own with a shotgun, largely because of frequent practice and effective shooting techniques; neither mount early, they simply mount, swing and shoot – dead bird. Sound familiar? There is something to it, I assure you! As a side note, I receive several reports from other friends and residents in our neck of the woods that dove hunting has also been exceptional in the Mildred area.

 

Practice Makes Nearly Perfect – After all, it’s dove hunting!

 

There is a lot to be said for sporting clays as a means of preseason preparation; in sporting clays, targets fly at varying speeds angles. Skeet and trap is great practice, too. The message should ring loud and clear, simply shooting a shotgun is not enough. Aerial target shooting is critical and it’s not just for dove hunting; it’s great practice for all types of wingshooting, including ducks!

 

Need a place to shoot? Visit Legacy Outfitters on the second Tuesday of every month at Upland Bird Country, just south of Corsicana. Skeet shooting begins at 5 p.m. and is followed by great food and fellowship! There is no charge to shoot. Simply bring your shotgun, shells and hearing and eye protection. To get to Legacy Outfitters from Corsicana, take Highway 287 south out of Corsicana approximately three miles and turn left on FM 637/Camp Wanica Road then continue for approximately two miles. The Upland Bird Country gate is on the left. Pass through the gate and follow signs to the lodge. See you there!

 

Hunt hard, hunt often.


MOULTRIE’S EASY-LOCK FEEDER – NO TOOLS? NO LADDER? NO PROBLEM!

Moultrie’s Easy-Lock Feeder requires no tools or ladder!

Media Contact: Mike Mattly
Tel: (641) 895-1004
Email: mmattly@ebsco.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Click here to visit MoultrieFeeders.com!Alabaster, Alabama – The world’s most popular game feeder company, Moultrie Products, LLC, has just introduced its new 30 gallon Easy-Lock feeder. Assembled without tools in a matter of minutes, and capable of being assembled, programmed and filled without a ladder, this feeder makes everything simple. The new, Natural Green UV resistant color of the Easy-Lock help it blend with any surrounding and with the simple assembly and installation process, it will quickly find a home almost anywhere.

No longer will assembling a feeder require countless man hours and several tools. It’s simple really: just fasten the tapered hopper with included wing nuts, screw on the cap, twist and lock the feeder kit into place, and secure the legs – all in less than 10 minutes. At an assembled height of 6’, the side mounted control panel allows for easy programming while the hopper can be easily refilled; all without the help of a cumbersome stepladder.

Efficiently designed, the Easy-Lock features a built-in, resource saving, feed level estimator; allowing the user to know exactly how much is left and when to refill. What better way to take game inventory then by placing a camera near the feeder? Now, Moultrie integrated three mounts on top of the Easy-Lock for the installation of optional game cameras. Also sporting square locking legs that are 30% stronger than poles, moving this feeder is now easier and faster than ever.

The simple to access and program control panel allows the Easy-Lock to be completely customized. Keep those animals fat and happy with up to 6 programed feedings a day, each lasting between 1 and 20 seconds. The built in varmint guard along and metal funnel and spin plate will discourage unwanted rascals from hanging around, while the solid metal feeder feet keep the Easy-Lock in place. Allowing for constant monitoring of battery strength, the digital battery level monitor keeps an eye on the 6-volt battery. If more power is desired, the power port allows for the addition of an external power source such as the new Feeder PowerPanel.

Moultrie’s 30-Gallon Easy-Lock retails for $149.99 and is available online at www.moultriefeeders.com or at fine retailers everywhere.Click here to visit MoultrieFeeders.com!

Click here to visit MoultrieFeeders.com!Company Description:
Moultrie is the most recognizable game management brand in the industry. Moultrie develops and manufactures feeders, spreaders, sprayers, scouting cameras, feed supplements and accessories for deer, turkeys, hogs and fish. With over 30 years of experience, Moultrie is an expert in game observation and management. Moultrie is a division of PRADCO Outdoor brands. You can visit Moultrie on the web at www.moultriefeeders.com.