Bushnell Laser Boresighter, .2
List price: $45.95
Bushnell Laser Boresighter, .2
List price: $45.95
The Fury Armada is based on an original design used by NATO forces in conflicts around Europe. First built in Spain and now from Joy Enterprises this is a true military grade knife. Hard sheath is ambidextrous in military Olive Drab with match Olive Drab Kraton handle and lanyard. Back blade features a Cross Cut Saw.
List price: $21.75
The EZ-ON Basic Harness is comfortable, padded shoulder straps for all day comfort. Fall arrest harness includes tree belt, lineman’s belt and SRD strap. Quick-release buckles on leg straps make adjusting harness fast and easy. One size fits most.
List price: $54.99
I don’t care what Ma Nature has up her sleeve for me on any given huntday, I’m hittin’ the woods no matter what! Even though the season has been very strange and more frustrating than usual, I learned long ago that backstraps don’t come from the cabin. So I get out there relentlessly.
My deer report appears to mirror the reports of pretty much most of the deerhunters across the heartland for 2013; EHD kicked our ass and deer numbers are way down all across the MidWest range. Getting skunked could become a way of life! I hate that!
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Nonetheless, I decided to take advantage of the strong SW wind and oncoming coldfront and row my little boat across my lake for a south ridge morning ambush.
There certainly is something powerfully stimulating about crossing a placid lake in the predawn murk and blindly climbing a big timber ridge in the pitch black.
Before climbing into my tree, I walked 25 yards to a leaning overhang and scraped a clearing in the leaves with my heavy boot, then sprayed a good dose of skanky Doc’s Scrape Invader all over everything and climbed aboard.
Well, for the umpteenth time in my deerhunting life, it wasn’t 15 minutes later, still too dark to video, when my Bushnells revealed a handsome 8-point stud moving in on my doe-in-heat welcome mat! It was that quick, and I hadn’t touched up this mockscrape since last November, but this handsome little butterball buck found it that quick and was going all bucky on it right before our eyes.
He rubbed, pawed, licked, pawed some more and played around for a good 10 minutes then casually sauntered off for parts unknown. How cool is that?
Twenty minutes later a foursome of she-deer skulked in and sure enough, the lead swampdonkey keyed in on the scrape and moved right in on it just like the buck had.
Waiting for THE moment, I finally came to fulldraw on the biggest doe, but due to my failure to exhale for so many moments, my tensed-up body would not allow anything resembling archery to occur and my arrow sailed harmlessly just under the big girl, white brisket hair flying in the wind. Expletive deleted, ad nauseam!
In the middle of my cursing rage, I noticed a big doe yonder in the woods looking back at me, so I gracefully nocked another GoldTip Nuge arrow, settled the 40-yard pin on her shoulder and let fly.
And I drilled her! Hallelujah!
Sitting in the afterglow of that pretty arrow made the morning simply beautiful. Three different bucks came and went, off and on chasing does and running around in the distance when from the thick puckerbrush to our left stepped a handsome 2-year-old 8-point.
For the second time this wonderful morning, my mystical flight of the arrow found its mark and we had us a double buck-doe backstrapper Spirit of the Wild TV show and one over-the-top ultra-happy old guitarplayer. Oh how sweet it is.
Perseverance pays off and eventually the right place and right time planets will align.
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The 40 qt. Icey-Tek is a hunter’s best friend. Not too big, not too small. The perfect size cooler/ice box for camping and hunting.
The Blademedic Knife Sharpener is the first Responder for Field Repairs on all types of Knife Blades. It’s like having an entire Sharpening Kit right in your Pocket-Able to tackle Regular or Serrated Blades, Gut Hooks, Hunting, Fishing, just about any Knife.
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The Universal Gun Cleaning accessory kit includes a three-piece universal aluminum cleaning rod. Nine phosphor bronze brushes to fit .22, .270/7mm, .30, .357/9mm, .40/10mm and.44/.45 calibers, along with 12 gauge, 20 gauge and .410 bore. Five swabs for 12 gaugeand 20 gauge, plus .35/38, .22/ .270,.40/45/calibers. Four slotted ends to fit .410 bore to 20 gauge, 16 and 12 gauge, .30 caliber and .22 caliber. Shotgun and pistol adaptable.
List price: $29.95
When hunters think of vicious buck fights they envision encounters that occur in the late pre-rut or when the rut goes hot-to-trot. Though some of the most incredible fights occur during this time, fighting doesn’t end when the rut ends. Some of the most impressive fights I’ve witnessed in my career took place when the rut was over.
I photographed the fight that illustrates this week’s blog post around Dec. 1. Though it lasted less than two minutes, I thought one or both of the bucks would come out of it with life-threatening injuries. The fight ended when the buck on the right had had enough, broke the fight off, and ran for cover with the other buck in hot pursuit. Fortunately, neither buck appeared to be seriously injured.
Many knock-down, drag-out fights occur in late November and early December because bucks simply cannot turn off their aggression. Their testosterone level is still high and they are driven to hold rank as the most dominant buck in their home range. Because antlers become harder and more brittle with each passing day as autumn wears on, it is common for tines and beams to break when late-season fights take place. So, remember that aggressive calling and rattling can still be a successful tactic on testosterone-fueled mature bucks at the tail end of the rut.
The Rut Hunters by Tom Miranda is a complete guide to Whitetail SLAM, the Ultimate Deer Hunting Challenge that provides for any hunter to register any and all of the eight subgroups of whitetails in North America. Containing how-to instruction from top hunters like Don Kiskey, Eddie Claypool, Melissa Bachman, Tony Peterson, and Stan Potts, this resource gives an informed inside look at obtaining and registering your buck with Whitetail SLAM. Get expert instruction on whitetail species and habitats, planning your hunt, hunt swaps, and more, as well as a look at other hunters’ big game accomplishments. With the Ultimate Deer Hunting Challenge and this from-the-source guide for participating, you can now pursue and be recognized for obtaining multiple subspecies of white-tailed deer.
High-viscosity oil refined to perfection for use in firearms, fishing reels, and other precision mechanisms. Does not harden, gum, or become rancid. 2-1/4 oz.
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At 5.5″ in length, each knife is easily concealable under a sleeve or pant leg. The pointed ends on the knives can help you increase the speeds of your throws. You’re certain to be pleased with the results! Includes nylon sheath.
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TenPoint Crossbows has a solution to one of the aggravating things about unloading a cocked crossbow: the need to carry a spare bolt to shoot when you’re finished hunting.
It’s not a major issue, of course. You can add an extra bolt to your quiver and then fire it into the ground, retrieve it and be done. But some hunters shoot carbon bolts or don’t want to take up a spot in the quiver with a throwaway.
If you’re hunting in an area with a lot of rocks, too, even a throwaway may smack a rock and not be usable again. I did this earlier this season with an old aluminum bolt, hit a rock under what I thought was dirt and was left with half of a mangled bolt.
TenPoint has some nifty “CUB” bolts for hunters to use and you don’t have to worry a lick about ‘em once you shoot. CUB stands for Crossbow Unloading Bolt. They come six to a package.
The bolts come in two pieces that snap together, so you can put a couple in your hunting pack or BDU pocket without taking up much space. They weigh enough to mimic a regular bolt, so there’s no worry about a problem firing your crossbow. The CUB also has just two vanes, so you can put it on the crossbow rail against the bow string and be ready to fire. They’re biodegradable, too.
They’re not to be fired at people or animals, though. Don’t mistake “biodegradable” with flimsy or non-dangerous. These could severely injure or kill someone. Be smart, as with any hunting weapon, and only discharge into the ground or other safe target. Check ‘em out here.
Deer season may be in full swing, but you’ll be thinking about off-season practice and next season before too long. That’s why you need a great target. The Field Logic GlenDel Full Rut deer with vitals provides great durability and long-lasting use, with super features:
* A four-sided vital area surrounded by a self-healing surface
* Vital shooting area includes markings for horizontal, vertical, treestand and quartering shots so you’ll be on target from any direction
* The H-Back Compression Lever lifts, allowing allowing you to rotate, reposition or replace the target core
* Handles practice points and fixed or expandable broadheads, including crossbow bolts
* Includes rebar rods for easy setupA replacement “vitals” also is available so you can get years of use from the target. Even better, it’s on sale! Get yours here now!