As a hunter, broadcaster, outdoor guy, blogger, videographer and writer one of the fun things that I do is to attend the annual Shot Show. I did a radio broadcast from last year’s show and covered as many of the thousands of exhibitors as I could who offered potentially useful products for an outdoor-oriented audience that might include hunters, fisherman and others who really love their guns, gear, knives, bows, crossbows and related stuffs.
I look for innovation, and most especially for those products that are not only new, but are also useful. I was attracted to 5.11 Tactical Products by their rechargeable LED flashlight. These were very bright, white lights that I thought would be outstanding for tracking blood trails. I have owned flashlights by the bucketfuls, but these impressed me for their quality, the pure white spectrum of the light and rechargability.
Looking around they also had some good quality liner-locked folding knives that could serve hunters very well as well as packs, clothing and law-enforcement-related gear. I am a very hard sell so far as clothing goes. Much of what I use is patched up and may be decades old. I did appreciate the design, use of rip-stop fabrics and even found a dark green forest color that I thought I could wear when I hunted. I was impressed enough to feature them on my 2011 broadcast on “Hovey’s Outdoor Adventures,” and to form an affiliate relationship with them to help promote what I think is an excellent line of products.
A link to their web page and some of their recent promotional materials appears below.
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Some of their recent promotions follow. These are worth checking out.
Free Shipping on All Orders of Only $75 or More!
Free 5.11 Collectors Knife with any Purchase of $75 or More -Use Code 2011KNIFE at Checkout (limit 1 per order, while supplies last)
American Flag Patch w/Orders of $50 or More with Code FREEFLAG (Limit 1 per order, while supplies last.)
As a writer who has been producing materials for gun publications since the 1970s, I have often needed gun schematics and other details on firearms. This has resulted in my accumulating a library full of books, catalogues and magazines. The new Firearms Guide from Impressum Media, Inc., contains a DVD with an enormous amount of easily accessible information that is largely catalogue-derived, which has some immediate advantages.
This was illustrated when I needed to order a gun part. I have been shooting a 7-part video series on percussion revolvers while developing effective deer and hog hunting loads with black-powder substitute powders and bullets. One of the guns I shot was the somewhat uncommon Ruger Old Army, which had to be detailed stripped and cleaned after each shooting event. On one occasion, the mainspring stop went “sprong” and bounced off somewhere not to be seen to this day. (To see the revolver series you can start with Part 1 at http://youtu.be/PB0SYhonsqM .)
I decided that this would be a practical test of the Firearms Guide, and I requested a review copy from Company President Chris Mijic. It arrived, and, sure enough, a schematic for Ruger’s Old Army was there, even though this model has been discontinued. I was able to obtain the factory part number, order a replacement and get the gun back up and shooting. Schematics are not present for every gun, but over 1,500 are included.
Looking through the DVD, I was impressed with the high quality of the illustrations, the amount of information contained about the firearms and the fact that sporting and military rifles, shotguns and pistols were listed – even my favorite muzzleloading replicas. Those who are shopping for firearms will also be gratified to see that prices are included.
- This is a typical image and description of the guns shown in the DVD. Images may be enlarged on the computer screen to allow the information to be easily read.
Buck’s new line of skeletal knives in the PakLite series, represent the highest evolution of this class of utility knives. They are made of the same high-quality steel as used in some of Buck’s other knives, the handle design is the result of extensive product testing by focus groups, and the blades are hollow ground to provide a very sharp cutting edge.
The points on these knives are obtuse to prevent hide puncture while providing sufficient “prick” to do delicate work around horns and on other parts of the cape. The gut hook has a prominent finger hole for applying real pressure to a thick hide. The edge of the skinner has a slight upwards turn towards the grip to allow easier hide cutting.
Two video clips on the knives appear below. A “Guerrilla Ad” with different content that was filmed at the same time is posted on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drEw1kTr4-c&layer_token=5008701e4adb15ff.
I was able to skin out an average-sized Idaho black bear using the skinner and gut hook without resharpening the blade. These are sophisticated, inexpensive and American-made knives that I am pleased to recommend to Backyard Deer Hunters.
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After having killed deer with both the Barnett Ranger and the more modern RC-150 compound-limbed crossbow, I am satisfied that they will, indeed, do the job on close-range deer. Advantages of this crossbow are its adjustable stock, light weight, reasonable trigger (3-4 pounds) and over-all utility.
The only shortcoming that I have found with the crossbow are that its short (16 1/4-inch) thin-walled aluminum arrows are easily bent and difficult to find in retail outlets. I would suggest trimming some half-moon knocked carbon arrows and trying these with 125 and 100 grain points to see how they perform. More arrow drop will be seen, but this crossbow is best used at ranges of about 25 yards on small to average-sized deer. Even so, the aluminum shafts that come with the crossbow will kill a deer, but are likely to be bent penetrating the animal.
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After two years of using the products I am pleased to recommend Tree Lounge’s, Ground Lounge and Elusive Whitetail climbing stand. The Ground Lounge ($79) is particularly addaptable for turkey hunting and the Elisive Whitetail climber ($279) is a very stable stand that can be used in facing-tree or away-from-tree modes.
Tree Lounge (original $299) stand production has returned to the U.S., and this is among the few that are still made here. They still offer their Tree Lounge stand with accessories. These may be ordered by E-mail from www.treelounge.com.
As all of the named products start at less than $300 they have earned the Backyard Deer Hunting endorsement.
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Lifting elements from the cover design of Backyard Deer Hunting: Converting deer to dinner for pennies per pound and adding an indifferent set of antlers, I composed the approval stamp that will be used with all products.
This stamp will indicate that I have tested the products and judged them to be useable, low-cost items that will get the job done so far as killing, transporting, processing and cooking game are concerned. No spectacular antlers were used, because the thrust of my book and this blog is about putting deer meat on the table, rather than heads on the wall.
This new blog is to provide a place where inexpensive, but workable, products needed to hunt deer and other game can be showcased. Each product that appears has been used by Wm. Hovey Smith, the author of Backyard Deer Hunting: Converting deer to dinner for pennies per pound, and approved by him.
In most cases Smith will appear in a brief video describing the product and explaining how and why the product is of value for hunting, recovering, processing and cooking deer and other game animals.
Manufacturers who think that they have a product that will fit the theme of “inexpensive and useful products for the outdoors” may send samples for testing to Wm. Hovey Smith, 1325 Jordan Mill Pond Rd., Sandersville, GA 31082. Few products will be considered that cost over $300, and then they must be the lowest costs products of their type.