Huge Fish Arrowed in Season’s First Major Bowfishing Tournament

Huge Fish Arrowed in Season’s First Major Bowfishing Tournament

Huge fish and bigger payouts for 84 teams coming from across the country highlighted the 16th annual Muzzy Classic bowfishing championship on Lake Guntersville in north Alabama. The first major championship event of the bowfishing season attracted teams from as far as Wisconsin and the southwest.

With a 33 percent increase in participants from last year’s tournament and a record-breaking 84 teams, the 16th Annual Muzzy Classic Bowfishing Tournament had some serious competition vying for the top cash payout of $10,000.

This all was despite looming threat of major storms in the forecast on Lake Guntersville in north Alabama. While the storms split to the north and the south, leaving mostly clear skies, cloudy waters along the fishable areas of the Tennessee River proved this tournament to be extremely tough for competitors, yet again.

In the end—with a massive 399.6 pounds of qualifying fish—Georgia’s three-man “Thrills & Kills Outdoors” team of Tommy Woods, Hunter Woods and Scott Baxter took the title and $10,000. They also won the award for the largest grass carp, which weighed 70.9 pounds, to win an Oneida Osprey bow. This whopping fish also took the overall Big Fish Title and an additional $1,850.

“We would like to thank everyone for making this the biggest and best Muzzy Classic ever,” said Mark Land, Muzzy bowfishing promotions and pro staff director. “This event grows each year, and Muzzy is extremely proud to be the event host for the 16th year. We would like to thank everyone who helped to make this year an overwhelming success, from the participants to the sponsors and volunteers to the town of Guntersville. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.”

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Second place and $5,000 went to the “BBB Bowfishing” team of Bob Esper, Bradley Britt and Brett Miller for their 379.5 pounds. “Making Daylight,” the third-place team of Ken Lister, Glenn Ledbetter and David Stockstill, claimed $1,300 for their 357.1 pounds. This three-man Alabama team also took the title for the largest common carp, weighing in at 31.6 pounds, to win a Mathews Drenalin bow.

Continuing the excitement were the wins for Backwater Outdoors, Bryan Hughes, Scott Jennings, and Robby Elliott, who won the Biggest Buffalo category with a fish that tipped the scales at 51.8 pounds. That was good for a Cajun Sucker Punch bow outfit. Rounding out the Big Fish portion of the tournament, team 81, consisting of Ben Turner, Cody Turner and Robbie Robertson won the longest fish with a 49.5 inch gar that earned them a new PSE Tidal Wave bow.

The annual Muzzy Classic Bowfishing Tournament is the world’s most respected bowfishing tournament. Participants fished from 6 p.m. April 25 through 8 a.m. on the 26th in teams of up to four to compete for the $10,000 grand prize and sponsored equipment totaling nearly $50,000 in cash and prizes. The top three teams won cash prizes, while other participants won sponsored product. Every participant left a winner.

Complete information on the 17th Annual Muzzy Classic will be available in March 2016.

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Maximize Your Deer Season Planning With the 2015 Whitetails Wall Calendar!

From Deer & Deer Hunting magazine, the 2015 Whitetails Wall Calendar features the work of deer researchers Wayne Laroche and Charlie Alsheimer, who reveal the 2015 whitetail rut prediction, based on years of lunar cycle research. Utilize this deer moon phase calendar to find out which days the deer will be seeking and chasing, so you can time the rut for the best time to hunt.

The calendar features amazing whitetail deer photography, capturing deer in all the seasons and providing deer activity charts so you can plan your hunt. It’s not only the most useful calendar you’ll own, but quite possibly the ultimate gift for any deer hunter!

With the 2015 DDH Whitetails Wall Calendar you’ll learn:

  • When the seeking, chasing and tending phases of the rut will occur for North & South
  • Predicted dates of Major & Minor deer activity in 2015
  • Daily 2015 Moon-phase data
  • Peak rut activity for the 2015 season
  • When to plan your vacation around the 2015 whitetail rut

Get this amazing resource now and start plotting your hunting season!

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Knight and Hale Pack Rack Deer Call (Rattling System)

Knight and Hale Pack Rack Deer Call (Rattling System)

Knight & Hale Rack Mag

he Knight & Hale Pack Rack Magnum Rattling System is just what you need to lure in dominant bucks. This unique rattling system replicates the sounds of dominant bucks or elk fighting. This call is loud enough for use on windy days when other rattling systems simply are not powerful enough to successfully call in a buck.

When Knight & Hale Calls, Wildlife Answers.

The Pack Rack Rattling system features the ultimate realism in sound while providing total control of the fighting sequence to recreate the cadence and intensity of two fighting bucks with stunning realism and sufficient volume to call in deer from a distance.

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Hunters rely on Knight & Hale for the most compelling, natural-sounding game calls on the market. Our standards of performance, reliability, and realism are unparalleled. That’s why hunters consistently take Knight & Hale calls into the field, and that’s why our calls win countless world championships. Knight & Hale is the authority for innovative turkey, waterfowl, deer, predator, small game, and big game calls. Whatever your prey, when Knight & Hale calls, wildlife answers.


Rack Mag Key Features
  • Unique high-density plastic
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The Wired To Hunt Podcast – Episode #53: Extreme Deer Habitat Improvement w/Jim Brauker

Today on the show we’re joined by Dr. Jim Brauker and we’re talking about extreme deer habitat improvements. To listen to the podcast, click the Play button in the orange bar above or click the links below to subscribe to the…

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What? Huh? What Did You Say? Hearing is Believing!

What? Huh? What Did You Say? Hearing is Believing!

When you’re hunting or at the range, using hearing protection is a good idea.

What? Huh? What did you say? Can you please repeat that? Did you say something? Come again? Are you talking to me? Did he say something?

I’m sure witnessing me and my older buddies carrying on a conversation at the local feedmill or around the campfire is genuine comedy to those fortunate enough to enjoy our over-the-top shouting matches. Now, mind, you, these shouting matches have nothing to do with arguing or heated discourse of any kind, but rather our heartfelt attempt to actually have meaningful and effective communications sharing our hunting stories and the many quality things in our lives.

By Ted Nugent

Unfortunately, whether a lifetime shooter, louder than hell guitarslammer or a double Ma Deuce tailgunner over the Mekong Delta, those of us exposed to dangerous decibel levels over extended periods of time and even complete lifetimes are increasingly paying the price of serious hearing loss in our later years.

My high end frequency deafness began as early as my younger days as I approached my 30th birthday. Thank God I was at least smart enough to wear earplugs in my right ear when performing my insanely loud rock-n-roll in my late teens. I played so damn loud it really hurt so I immediately improvised, adapted and overcame by protecting my ear most exposed to my wall of screaming speaker cabinets.

Sadly, for a lifetime of enjoying nonstop shooting of every imaginable firearm, I failed miserably at taking the necessary steps to put on hearing protectors ’til rather late in the game.

When Ted’s out shooting and hunting, Walker’s Game Ear muffs amplify sounds yet protect his ears from unwanted loud noises.

I won’t even bore you all with the difficulties I have with adequately deciphering the spoken word in average social settings. But when it comes to my essential need to hear the soul cleansing sounds of my precious wild and her miraculous earthtones, I knew I had to take whatever drastic measures necessary to get the full, delicious impact of Ma Nature’s subtle callings.

Failing to hear certain subtle sounds when drawing my bow dramatically reduced my stealth capabilities at that magic moment of truth when drawing down on a hard-earned strapper, far too often spooking my target animal with sounds I was totally unaware of.

It wasn’t until I recruited my children to help me identify game spooking squeaks and grinds did I finally overcome this otherwise insurmountable, and quite honestly, self-inflicted rookie shortcoming.

Now whenever tuning my bows for maximum kill-mode, I wear a pair of Walker’s Game Ears protector/amplifiers that allow me to hear everything my dogs can hear, and most importantly, everything those mighty elusive whitetails can hear.

An equally gratifying benefit from my Walker’s Game Ears is the always spellbinding symphony of songbird jamming that occurs on every hunt. Birdsong is one of my favorite things in life.

It’s critical to hear the gentle footfalls of approaching critters, but just as wonderful is the chirping, peeping, singing, whistling, warbling sounds of the always present birdlife that represents an enormous and powerful aspect of my hunting and outdoor lifestyle.

Take Care of Yourself
If you suspect that your hearing isn’t quite what it used to be, do indeed invest in the amazing sound enhancing technology that exists in the sporting goods world out here today that will most certainly increase the overall joys of your outdoor experiences.

And of course never forget that none of us should ever touch off a firearm or let anyone with us ever do so before protecting our precious and fragile sense of hearing.

As reasoning human predators, we are sorely shortchanged in the sensual radar department compared to our beloved prey critters. Like optics and rangefinders that help our wimpy people eyeballs, enhancing our hearing will at least bring us a little closer to heading in the right direction of a somewhat level playing field with the beasts of our dreams.

So take it from over-rocked deafboy: Protect those ears and increase your overall sensual stimuli.

Gordy Hubbard was an avid conservationist and outdoorsman.

On a final and difficult note this 87th deeranddeerhunting.com NugeBlog, it is with a broken heart I ask for your prayers for family and friends of a fallen hardcore, worldclass deerhunting BloodBrother, Gordy Hubbard.

Gordy was a lifelong addicted bowhunter and earned a special reputation at Schupbach’s Sporting Goods in Jackson, Michigan, as the Go To guy for allthings archery, deer and deerhunting and just plain old goodwill and positive energy. I could toss Gordy a brand new bow right out of the box and not say a word, come back in an hour and it would shoot dead on, flawlessly, papertuned and accurate as a laser guided missile, no adjustments needed.

I spoke to Gordy just last week and we shared some eternally powerful good old Fred Bear Michigan BloodBrother Mystical Flight of the Arrow campfire good-bye memories. He told me to carryon promoting, celebrating and sharing this greatest of sporting, conservationist lifestyles, and to never back down, never give up, never give in, never surrender.

So Gordy, I gave you my word, as I did to Fred Bear, Bob Munger, Ed Bilerback, Dick Lattimer, Tom Jennings and so many other BloodBrothers, and you can be sure I will indeed carryon.

In the wind, he’s still alive. Godspeed my friend. See you in the big hunt before too long.

Ted Nugent is an award-winning musician and writer, with numerous best-seller books including “Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto,” “God, Guns and Rock ‘n Roll,” and “Kill It and Grill It: A Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish” with his wife, Shemane, among other books. Be sure to check out his website here for more news on his latest music, thoughts and upcoming shows in 2015, and also at World News Daily, Newsmax and Daily Caller for more insights.

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Maximize Your Deer Season Planning With the 2015 Whitetails Wall Calendar!

From Deer & Deer Hunting magazine, the 2015 Whitetails Wall Calendar features the work of deer researchers Wayne Laroche and Charlie Alsheimer, who reveal the 2015 whitetail rut prediction, based on years of lunar cycle research. Utilize this deer moon phase calendar to find out which days the deer will be seeking and chasing, so you can time the rut for the best time to hunt.

The calendar features amazing whitetail deer photography, capturing deer in all the seasons and providing deer activity charts so you can plan your hunt. It’s not only the most useful calendar you’ll own, but quite possibly the ultimate gift for any deer hunter!

With the 2015 DDH Whitetails Wall Calendar you’ll learn:

  • When the seeking, chasing and tending phases of the rut will occur for North & South
  • Predicted dates of Major & Minor deer activity in 2015
  • Daily 2015 Moon-phase data
  • Peak rut activity for the 2015 season
  • When to plan your vacation around the 2015 whitetail rut

Get this amazing resource now and start plotting your hunting season!

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Big Game Booster Stand Platform

Big Game Booster Stand Platform

The Booster’s 9 inch wide enclosed ladder features innovative hand rail for safe, easy ascent to platform; folds down after entry to allow full platform use. Flip up trap door allows easy access while maintain full use of large platform. For use with any Big Game Treestands Box Blind. The platform is 48 inches square. The entrance is 20 inches by 20 inches, with a flip up trap door for easy entry, hand rail included for safety. Climbing steps are 9 inches wide. Platform supports included, eight brackets on platform allow user to secure blind or surround. Their are eight corner brackets included to aid user in building their own plywood surround.

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RUKO 3-1/4-Inch Blade Skinning Knife with Delrin Deer Horn Handle and Leather Sheath

RUKO 3-1/4-Inch Blade Skinning Knife with Delrin Deer Horn Handle and Leather Sheath

RUKO RUK0081 Delrin Deer Horn Handle Skinning Knife. The RUK0081 features a Razor Sharp 440A Stainless Steel 3-1/4″ Clip-Point Blade, Full Tang Design; Delrin Deer Horn Handle with Stainless Steel Pins for a sure Grip; Supplied with Genuine Leather Sheath with Button Snap Closure; Blade: 3-1/4″, Overall Length: 7″, Weight: 4.50 oz; Lifetime Warranty

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5 Ways Hunting and Ammo Support Conservation and the Public

5 Ways Hunting and Ammo Support Conservation and the Public

Excise taxes from sales of some hunting, fishing and boating items helps propel economic growth and stability in states along with assisting the public through state wildlife agency programs. (Photo: Bushnell)

Ask any hunter if he or she believes the hunting industry contributes greatly to the economy of their state and chances are good you’d get an affirmative answer.

But do you know just how important hunting and ammo sales are to state wildlife agencies? That’s just the tip of the iceberg, too, because agencies — and the public — benefit from them as well as from anglers, target shooters, boaters and others.

Check out this info from the National Shooting Sports Foundation and very cool graphic that explains how important hunting is to the economy.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced April 28 the distribution of $1.1 billion dollars to state game and fish agencies—money that was generated by hunters, target shooters, anglers and boaters through excise taxes on purchases of firearms, ammunition, archery and fishing equipment, electric boat motors and taxes on the purchase of motorboat fuel.

Recently, NSSF developed this infographic to illustrate how those funds collected by manufacturers of firearms and ammunition are directed to conserve wildlife and habitat, as well as to support hunter education and the development of public shooting ranges.

The USFWS’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program has provided more than $15 billion for conservation and outdoor recreation opportunities— money that benefits all Americans, not just hunters, target shooters and anglers.

This method of conservation funding, begun in America in 1937, has been adopted by many countries around the world. It’s a system that all sportsmen and women participate in and can be proud of.

 

 

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Maximize Your Deer Season Planning With the 2015 Whitetails Wall Calendar!

From Deer & Deer Hunting magazine, the 2015 Whitetails Wall Calendar features the work of deer researchers Wayne Laroche and Charlie Alsheimer, who reveal the 2015 whitetail rut prediction, based on years of lunar cycle research. Utilize this deer moon phase calendar to find out which days the deer will be seeking and chasing, so you can time the rut for the best time to hunt.

The calendar features amazing whitetail deer photography, capturing deer in all the seasons and providing deer activity charts so you can plan your hunt. It’s not only the most useful calendar you’ll own, but quite possibly the ultimate gift for any deer hunter!

With the 2015 DDH Whitetails Wall Calendar you’ll learn:

  • When the seeking, chasing and tending phases of the rut will occur for North & South
  • Predicted dates of Major & Minor deer activity in 2015
  • Daily 2015 Moon-phase data
  • Peak rut activity for the 2015 season
  • When to plan your vacation around the 2015 whitetail rut

Get this amazing resource now and start plotting your hunting season!

** WATCH THE NEW EXCLUSIVE ONLINE SHOW FROM DEER & DEER HUNTING **

 

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Big Game Treestands Accessory Shelf

Big Game Treestands Accessory Shelf

This Rock Solid steel accessory shelf will keep all of your gear in one convenient location. The accessory includes a 5″ x 8″ shelf, drink holder ring and an accessory hook. Weight rating of 20 lbs.

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Two Minute Read: Time To Get Your Minerals Out

By Mark Kenyon If you’re looking for a whitetail related project to sink your teeth into this weekend, I’ve got you covered. It’s time to get your minerals out. Yup, believe it or not, with the calendar flipping to May shortly,…

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Primos Shawty – Hands Free Buck and Doe Call with 5-in-1 Grunt and Bleat Call

Primos Shawty - Hands Free Buck and Doe Call with 5-in-1 Grunt and Bleat Call

The Lil’ Shawty Hands Free Buck & Doe is an adjustable reed call. Time and time again you will need a call that will allow you to call while keeping your hands on your gun or bow. The Lil’ Shawty Hands-Free Buck & Doe is the perfect choice for those close encounters.

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