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I Sure Hope To Be Taking Another Pick Like This One Soon!

As my elk hunt quickly approaches I am in the midst of making the final plans on what I will be taking in with me.  Some of my gear will be tried and true but I’ve got a few new items going with me this time.  Over the last couple hunts I’ve come to understand a little more of what one needs in the backcountry and am continually refining what I trust to keep me safe and comfortable.  Here are a few items that I believe will help improve my odds of being successful by keeping me in the field longer and wasting less time. Continue Reading…

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What is one of the most important things you have to have during your workouts?  It’s gotta be good tunes!!!!!  In all my life I can rarely remember not having music playing while in the weight room or while running.  Of course that has progressed from a boom box and Walkman back in the day to streaming music now.  Along with those improvements came advancements in the ways we listen to music.  I would like to introduce you to my current method of getting my melodies, Decibullz.   Continue Reading…

In todays high tech, extremely competitive hunting gear market it’s often hard to keep up with all the constant improvements being made.  With that being said I covered a few of my favorite boots earlier this year from the ATA show (Danner and Lacrosse) as well as the premium offering from onX.  I wanted to go back and give you all a few updates. Continue Reading…

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If You’ve Never Used a Replaceable Blade Knife then the Wiebe Arctic Fox is a Knife You’ve Gotta Try.

All my life one thing that hunting season meant was sharpening knives.  Yes, there is a ton of other stuff to do in preparation for season but one extremely important tool that I always had on hand was a sharp knife.  I’ve found a couple brands that I’ve stuck too over the years and have used folding and fixed blades both.  I’ve used stones and ceramic sharpeners and even recently got an electrical belt type sharpener.  I have to admit though I had never used one of the replaceable blade knives that have somewhat recently joined the scene.  Fortunately for me I was introduced to Wiebe Knives who happen to have several different replaceable blade cutting tools to choose from.  Specifically I tested out the Arctic Fox and was impressed with my first foray into simply replacing my blade rather than sharpening it.   Continue Reading…

 

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YETI Coolers Lived Up to All the Hype and then Kept Going.

I never realized how much I needed a high performing cooler until I had one.  For most of my life I have gotten by with just about every cheap cooler you can imagine.  None lasted for long and certainly didn’t keep ice for extended periods of time.  I’ve even spent a little more on some there were supposedly better but was still left disappointed.  It all changed when I was introduced to YETI Coolers.  You’ve heard of YETI, but have you ever used one?  I have, then I went and got more.  It wasn’t because there was anything wrong with the Hopper 30 I reviewed, but because it was amazing at keeping things cold and with the active lifestyle I live I could use a few more in my life!  This review will cover my experiences with the Tundra 50 and Flip 12. Continue Reading…

 

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Its Has Been A Busy Yet Very Rewarding Last Three Months

 

While it appears to be a slow time of year for us hunters I would argue that there is way more opportunity than most realize.  Case in point I was excited for a slow down this Spring so I could actually start pumping out some content.  Well, if you follow the page, you’ll agree with me that it did not happen.  So I wanted to take today to let you know that while I haven’t been writing I have indeed been gathering some great content to share with you and have some exciting things forthcoming. Continue Reading…

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How Lucky I Felt to be in this Picture!  Home Sweet Camp!

A lot of us tend to focus on going ultralight and shoot for a minimalist approach to our camping setups.  What if we had a chance to carry all the comforts with us in a portable and easy to set up tent for our next outdoor overnighter?  If you have considered such a situation and you can drive to your camping spot then I’d like to introduce you to a company called Tepui.  Amongst other things (Tepui Gear Bags Review), they make top quality and pretty nifty rooftop (or truck bed top) tents. Continue Reading…

Gear Review: OnXmaps

April 10, 2017 — 1 Comment

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Hunting Fit, it’s all about preparation, right?  You bet!!  But don’t think that preparation is all physical.  There is also the research required to put you in a position to be successful on your hunts.  Besides draw odds and tag applications you need to know the physical location you plan to hunt like the back of your hand.  You must know the public and private boundaries, saddle locations, benches, but you also should know what the area looks like from the air.  That way you’ll know if what appears to be a meadow, really is a meadow.  Enter OnXmaps. Continue Reading…

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The Sitka Fanatic Series Finally Meets the Needs Required by Serious Whitetail Hunters

 

When you think high performance hunting clothing there is a short list of companies that come to mind, Sitka being one of them.  I have experimented with several brands and was presented with the opportunity to give the Fanatic Series a test this fall hunting whitetails here in Illinois.  I have had my eye on their gear for a while and once I found out they had a series targeting stand hunting for deer I couldn’t resist.  I’ve tried it all and can say that up to this point I’ve managed, but haven’t come across an article or set of clothing that really impressed me.  That is until now.  Continue Reading…

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If You Want Convenient, Portrable Power the Enerplex Genertr 1200 May Just Be Your Ticket!

 

Let’s face it, even though most of us seek solitude in our hunting adventures we still like to have some of the modern conveniences of home when possible.  Many of those luxuries run on electric power which is generally hard to come by when operating remotely.  You could always pack a conventional gas powered generator (assuming you’ll be hunting from a camp you can reach via truck) but they’re noisy, smelly, and if you’re like me most of my gas powered implements never want to start anyway.  I was recently introduced to a product from Enerplex that will eliminate those issues in a convenient and easy to use package.  The Generatr 1200 is a rechargeable battery pack on steroids that is easily transported and even easier to use and maintain.  While I labeled this post as a gear review it’s going to be more like a gear introduction.  I say that because I haven’t even touched on all the possibilities the Generatr1200 has to offer therefore I haven’t technically tested it as thoroughly yet as I normally would…but I certainly plan too! Continue Reading…