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Video Barnett RC-150 Crossbow – Approved

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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.

  Products and/or payment were furnished by the manufacturer.


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February 28, 2010 at 11:31 pm

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Tree Lounge Tree Stands: Recommended

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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

  As all of the named products start at less than $300 they have earned the Backyard Deer Hunting endorsement.

 Products and/or payment was provided by the manufacturer for the placement of this ad.

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February 27, 2010 at 11:32 pm

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Approval Stamp Designed

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New stamp for approved products.

  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.

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February 8, 2010 at 11:00 pm

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Recommended Products for Budget-Minded Hunters

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Wm. Hovey Smith will personally test, review and report on all products that are accepted for this blog.

  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.

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February 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm

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