Yukon Gear Men’s Insulated Pants

Yukon Gear Men's Insulated Pants

Yukon Gear insulated hunting pants in Mossy Oak Infinity camo pattern are waterproof and breathable. They feature 2 side pockets, 1 front pocket and 1 rear pocket. Constructed of 240 gram 100% polyester tricot with 8000/800 WPB PU lamination. Tabs at the bottom for snug fit to ankle.

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Hunter’s Specialties Realtree Xtra Green Leafy Head Net

Hunter's Specialties Realtree Xtra Green Leafy Head Net

The Hunter’s Specialties Flex Form II Leafy Head Net is made of breathable mesh netting for warm weather camouflage. Featuring attached leaf pattern for improved concealment. Adjustable nose bridge and concealed elastic provide comfort and adjustability. Eyehole opening conforms to face, offering unobstructed vision. One size fits most. Now available in Realtree Xtra Green Camo, providing unmatched clarity and 3D leafy realism.

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No, Really … I Was Just Turned Around in the Woods

No, Really … I Was Just Turned Around in the Woods

I don’t recall at what age I heard my father and his pals at hunting camp joking around about “being turned around a little bit” but I laughed at their lighthearted way of saying they were lost.

Last Sunday afternoon I had been doing a quick check of game cameras to put in fresh batteries and swap out the SD cards. It was an unseasonable 85 degrees in Alabama and, honestly, I wasn’t too concerned that I wasn’t deer hunting. I don’t mind waiting for cooler temps.

By Alan Clemons, Managing Editor

After repositioning a Stealth camera over a mock scrape and hanging a PlotWatcher over a trail where I knew some different bucks were using, I met my pals for our afternoon trip. We were looking for an old historical site (found it!) and stayed there a couple of hours before calling it a day.

Then, like a moron, I committed the stupid act of walking away from them because I thought my internal compass was good enough to get me through the woods to my truck. They were on an ATV on the main trail atop a mountain — where I live, 1,600 and 1,800 feet qualify as a mountain, because that’s what we have — and I thought it would be easy to just cut through the woods.

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

Last thing I heard one of them say is, “Where’s Alan? Oh, I see him. He’s taking a shortcut. He’ll meet us at the truck.”

I did, but it was more than an hour after we parted ways. I went wrong in several ways:

1. Getting off the main road without knowing where I was. My “Oh, I’ll be OK” mentality overrode my common sense. That was idiotic. I let my enthusiasm get the best of me.

2. Not having a compass or overnight pack. I’ve preached to my son before about at least taking a fanny pack with some matches, a tarp and a candy bar, if nothing else. I had nothing except a Buck pocketknife. I guess I could have whittled myself to sleep in my sweat-soaked clothes in the chilly nighttime air. Hurray.

3. No sense of direction. I walked a little ways down a bench trail, then dropped downhill and “went east” to the next one, then the next, and then started making my way through the woods. However, “east” was really north because I’d walked too far down the bench trail. I didn’t realize that. Stupid!

Fortunately, things worked out. I popped out into a guy’s property, thankfully he didn’t shoot me for being stupid and I got back to my truck after an additional 2.5-mile walk. I got my exercise in for the day but that wasn’t necessarily the way I wanted to do it. My friends were looking for me because it would be getting dark soon; one stayed at my truck, the other on the ATV back up top. I apologized for being a doofus.

Upside? I learned some new property for hunting and know a little more about the property lines. Not that I wanted to learn them that way, but I guess that’s a silver lining.

Take your backpack or fanny pack with you. Have at least some supplies for an overnight stay including a firestarter, a small tarp or space blanket, some snacks (I like Kind bars, trail mix and deer jerky), and at least one bottle of water. A good flashlight isn’t a bad idea, either. You can take more, of course, but those key things will get you through a night.

Be smart in the woods this season and don’t go toodling off where you don’t need to toodle.


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Under Armour Men’s UA Camo HeatGear® Liner Gloves

Under Armour Men's UA Camo HeatGear® Liner Gloves

Smooth, durable HeatGear® fabric is designed to keep your hands cool & dry. 4-Way stretch fabrication allows greater mobility and maintains shape. Signature Moisture Transport System wicks sweat away from the hand. Anti-odor technology prevents the growth of odor causing microbes. Strategically placed silicone print for grip where you need it. Padded knuckles. 5.0 oz. Polyester/Elastane. Imported.

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Primos Stretch-Fit Gloves (Realtree APG HD)

Primos Stretch-Fit Gloves (Realtree APG HD)

Our light-weight stretch-fit gloves are cool and breathable with a 5-Inch extended cuff. They are great for spring turkey season or early bow season. One size fits most.

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Mossy Oak Men’s Insulated Bib Overall

Mossy Oak Men's Insulated Bib Overall

Comfortable, durable and cotton-rich garments created to withstand cold climates and rough, outdoor activity

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Primos Hunting Control Freak Scent Eliminator Complete Kit

Primos Hunting Control Freak Scent Eliminator Complete Kit

Primos Control Freak is a Dual Action product controls both bacteria-caused odors such as body odor and no-bacterial odors such as smoke and food odors. Primos Control Freak Complete Coverage works on contact and instantly removes odors and keeps them gone for up to 24 hours.

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Sonic Soundtrack, and Suckerpunched in So Many Ways

Sonic Soundtrack, and Suckerpunched in So Many Ways

Fred Bear and Ted Nugent

There I was, back in the wild again. Felt right at home where I belong. I had that feeling coming over me again, just like it happened so many times before.

By Ted Nugent

The spirit of the woods is like an old good friend. Makes me feel warm and good inside. I knew his name and it was good to see him again, because in the wind he’s still alive.

Oh Fred Bear, walk with me down those trails again. Take me back, back where I belong. Oh Fred Bear it’s good to see you again and I will join you in the big hunt before too long.

It was kind of dark, another misty dusk. And it came from a tangle down below. I tried to remember everything he taught me so well, I had to decide which way to go!

Was I alone or in a hunter’s dream. The moment of truth is here and now! I felt his touch, I felt his guiding hand, and the buck was mine forever more!

Oh Fred Bear, walk with me, down the trails again. Take me back, back where I belong. Ohg Fred Bear, I glad to have you at my side my friend, and I will join you, in the big hunt before too long.

We’re not alone when we’re in the great outdoors. We’ve got his spirit, we’ve got his soul. He will guide my steps, he will guide my arrows home. The restless spirit forever roams.

And it roams with Fred Bear, when we walk down those trails again. He takes me

back, back where I belong. Oh Fred Bear, I’m glad to have you at my side my friend, and I will join you in the big hunt before too long.

Because in the wind, he’s still alive.

Ted Nugent loves bowhunting and gets into the woods almost every day of the season when he can, whether it’s for big bucks like this or ducks and small game.

Wow! It is not just a song, it is a sonic soundtrack to my life, and according to a few million people around the world, the magical mystical song FRED BEAR is just that for a whole bunch of us. And for that, I cannot thank you all enough for giving me such a powerful and personal connection into so many families lives via a piece of music that means more to me than words could possibly explain.

The flood of very personal and highly emotional communications I have received since the very first few days of a few radio stations sneaking the rough demo onto the airwaves way back in 1989 represents the greatest gift a person could possibly be blessed with.

The power of my love and admiration and respect for Fred suckerpunched so many people in so many ways.

The song helped get people off of drugs and alcohol.

The song brought feuding families back together.

The song inspired heroes of the US Military to fight harder with hopes of getting back home to deerhunt.

The song was played during bombing raids in the war on terror.

The song whacked a bunch of animal rights goofballs upside the skull to admit to the reality of God’s tooth, fang and claw creation and become hunters and NRA members!

The song saved marriages.

The song inspired kids to stand up for what they believe in.

Fred Bear got many hunters interested in archery and still is a revered figure.

The song is played everytime Homer Baily approaches the pitcher’s mound.

The song is played every morning at Kirk Gibson’s deercamp.

The song is the wake-up alarm at thousands of deercamps across America.

The song inspired kids to defy the lie of peer pressure and pursue the outdoor lifestyle.

The song has been played at more funerals than I want to admit.

The song has been played at births, graduations, baptisms, bar mitzvahs, homecomings, a few million opening days, and more.

The song has been in the wills of military heroes to be played at their memorial.

This very special song plays in my head everytime I head out before daylight everyday of my hunts.

I hear the song when I get settled into my treestand everytime.

I hear the song as daylight breaks.

The song gets louder when deer appear.

The song gets even louder in my head as a target deer approaches.

It takes everything in my power to hold back the tears as the words resonate deep in my soul.

Then when my mystical flight of the arrow sails into the vitals of the beast, the guitar solo owns the woods and my entire being!

We all have a Fred Bear. Keep him close at your side. And do everything you possibly can to be someone’s Fred Bear.

Because in the wind, he’s still alive. The beast is dead, long live the beast.

I smell tarsal. Celebrate like you mean it! He will guide our arrows home!

Check out this interview with Nugent about Fred Bear and public relations:


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Under Armour Men’s Ridge Reaper® Gloves

Under Armour Men's Ridge Reaper® Gloves

Weather-resistant fabric for protection from Mother Nature’s worst. Gloves provide warmth without bulk and an athletic fit for greater mobility. Tacky ultra-grip palm ensures a surefire, no-slip grip. Sold in pairs. Imported.

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