2014 Nebraska Merriam’s – Rich Peace

As winter gives way to spring, I always grow antsy, waiting for the chance to sit in a ground blind.  The high hopes and anticipation of arrowing a good long beard are nearly enough to keep me awake at night.  This year was no exception, and after a slow start to the Ohio turkey season, I once again found myself travelling out to the Pine Ridge area in Nebraska with the Bueltel Clan on our annual Merriam’s hunt.  In addition to the usual crew, SELFILMED founder Forrest Breedlove also made the journey west in what wouMerriams-Over-Hoytld prove to be a most entertaining and pleasant addition to group.  There were plenty of laughs and stories to be shared on the drive.  Telling tales of old hunts always keeps the mood light and helps pass the time, but once we stepped foot on Nebraska soil, the tone changed…it was time to get down to business, we had Turkeys to kill!

Even before we arrived, we knew that we were going to have some rough weather conditions to deal with.  The Monday of our arrival as well as Tuesday morning were forecasted to be great weather.  Unfortunately, Tuesday evening leading into Wednesday morning we were expecting snow.  In the past, this has typically shut the birds down, so we hoped toMerriams Shoulder View get at least one bird on the ground the first day we hunted. We used Monday, like usual, as a day to gain permission to hunt properties and attempt to locate and/or roost birds.  Fortunately for Calvin and I, we were able to acquire permission on several pieces of property, one of them being the same ranch I had killed my Merriam’s on in 2012.  We knew the property well, and because of that, we elected to make our start there.

The property looked much the same as it has in the past, but one thing we quickly noted was the lack of turkey sign.  No feathers, no droppings, and no tracks in the dirt road that splits the property.  It dampened our mood slightly, but we knew there had to be birds.  There had been too many in the past aMerriams Spot-Hoggnd we assumed, or hoped at least, that the storm that had struck the previous October had not completely wiped out the birds.  We scouted the entire western side of the property, but by the time dusk came, we were at a loss.  We decided it would be best to pack our gear out and come back in the morning and simply wait to hear a gobble.  We were a little discouraged, but not for long.  No sooner than we turned to leave, a single bird sounded off to the South.  We both spun quickly, trying our best to pinpoint the location the gobble had come from.  Without knowing for sure, we dared not move in too close, but we were 90% sure it had come from the Southern end of a long draw we were standing near.  Quickly we made our way to a spot we had called birds into in the past and set up the blind beneath a Pine.  After putting out the decoys, we stowed our remaining gear away into the blind and silently slipped away.  3:30 AM would come sooner than we would like, but it couldn’t come soon enough.

Merriams-Still-4When the alarm woke us the next morning, we were able to stave off the fatigue we felt.  The excitement of knowing we were set up on a bird was enough to drive us out of our blankets and back to the blind.  Thanks to setting up the night before, we had very little gear to carry in and we were able to get set up quickly and quietly.  Not long after we were settled in the birds started hammering.  What we had initially thought to be only one bird turned out to be at least two, and we believed there was a third bird as well.  Slowly the sun climbed higher towards the horizon, and the gobbles slowed, but at last, we could tell the birds were on the ground.

No too much later, Calvin tapped me on the knee and told me he had spotted a bird on the hill in front of us at the Eastern edge of the field we were hunting.  As I pulled up my binos, sure enough, there was a bird strutting right on top of the hill.  He gobbled several times, and after 3 or 4 gobbles, he sounded off once more…except this time I did not see his neck extend.  Sure enough, just a moment later another strutter crested the hilltop and from the side came 3 hens.

Carter-Insatiable-3For the next 40 minutes, the birds strutted back and forth on the hilltop without showing any intention of coming our way.  Impatient and wanting to make something happen, I decided to let out a few yelps.  Another bird behind them hammered in response to my call!  Both of the birds in the field began acting a little strange, and a few moments later the third bird materialized from the South.  None of them were apt to simply running into our decoy spread, but you could definitely see a change in their posture at the arrival of this new, and from the looks of things, more dominant gobbler.  After a few tense moments, the birds all settled down and began to work back the way the last bird had come.  Fearing they were leaving Calvin struck a few purrs on his slate.  That did the trick!  All three birds went mad with gobbling, it was obvious they liked what they heard…so Calvin kept it up.  All three gobblers and both hens began working towards us.  One bird in particular really began quickening his pace.  After crossing a barbed wire fence in the field, he began to sprint our direction.  Going about 20 yards at a time, he kept stopping to strut and gobble.  Closing distance all the way to 40 yards, I readied myself, as I knew I was about to get a shot.  I then noticed the hens, sMerriams-Still-5till at the top of the field, began working southward again.  The dominant bird in the field started to follow them, followed closely by the other bird now at about 100 yards, and of course, the closest bird turned and went with them.  I couldn’t believe it.  We had just called these birds approximately 300 yards, and after coming all that way, he decided he was not taking another step towards our DSD’s without his friends.  Dejected, we watching him and the other birds walk away from our setup to the south.

For almost two hours, we caught periodic glances of the same group of birds through the trees to the southwest.  They all appeared to be basking in the sun and looked like they were settling in for the morning.  We did notice however that the strutter closest to us kept looking back our way and gobbling on occasion.   Though we didn’t expect him to come in right that minute, we hoped he would make his way back to us later in the day.

A short while later, a fourth bird gobbled behind us to the north.  Assuming he was alone, as it was nearly 10 AM, I decided to do some excited yelps and see if we could get him started our way.  I was barely able to finish my calls before he answered back.  I decided to let out a few more about 2 minutes later just to make sure he knew exactly where to find us.  Suddenly, in the direction the three strutters had gone earlier, came a gobble…and it was close!  I looked up and quickly noticed the tom standing at the edge of the woods only 80 yards away.  I turned on the camera and got him in focus just in time for him to rip out one last gobble and start out way.

Merriams-Still-1As he approached, he kept going into full strut, spitting and drumming the whole way.  He got to the point he had turned around earlier, but this time, he kept coming.  His head had been a pale w
hite the whole approach, but as he neared the 30 yard mark, like someone splashed him with paint, it became a brilliant red.  We knew this time we were going to get a shot as he made his way inside of my effective range with a bow.  He was planning to come have a talk with my DSD Jake that I had turned into a small Tom, and ask him why he was keeping all the hens to himself.  As he approached my DSD at the 8 yard mark, he pushed up against the decoy and began to smack it with his wings and assert his dominance.  I let him do his thing for a minute, capturing some great footage, but as he turned the decoy and faced away, it was time to let him know who was really boss.  I slowly drew back my Hoyt…took one quick look to make sure he was in frame, settled my pin, and let my Grim Reaper tipped arrow fly.  He took it no better than expected.  The Grim Reaper made a mess of his right wing and took out his vitals.  He jumped in the air, only to spin like a tornado 3 or 4 times Merriams-Still-3and then he lay still in the field still touching my DSD.  I was pumped!  Our plan had worked out perfectly.  But I must admit, despite our careful planning, it seemed a little unreal that not 24 hours after arriving, we had a bird on the ground already.  Unsuccessfully, we spend a little time trying to call in the other two birds, but after a short period, I had to get out and put my hands on my second Merriam’s.  We took a lot of pictures and shared a lot of high fives.  I was on top of the world at that moment and nothing could bring me down.

2 years in a row I had ventured to Nebraska and been successful on harvesting a Merriam’s.  This has definitely become a trip I will enjoy many times over, and with luck, we’ll have a chance to harvest many more of those beautiful Nebraska Merriam’s in the future.  In fact, not a few hours after I shot my bird, another fell victim to the SELFILMED crew.

MerriamsBe sure to check back on the SELFILMED Blog later to see who else had success while we were in camp.

Bird Stats:

  • 20 lbs.
  • 7 1/2″ beard
  • 5/8″ and 3/4″ spurs


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2014 Turkey Season Recap – Brett Bueltel

You know what they say, “all good things must come to an end.”  As spring turns into the beginnings of summer I sit back and reflect on what a great turkey season I had again this year.  Did I kill a record turkey this year?  No.  Was I able to complete a Grand Slam?  No.  I was, however, able to SELFILM and tag a couple of birds with my bow and make lasting memories along the way.

The season started off for me in Ohio with high expectations of having another good season.  Bird numbers seemed to be pretty good considering the terribly long and brutally cold winter we had endured for months on end.  By the time the snow finally started melting away and temps began to rise, I eagerly set out scouting the property I hunt here in Ohio.  In addition to walking the property, I threw up a few trailcams to try to pin down the bird movement in the area.  A couple of weeks went by and I headed back out to check my cameras.  I was delighted in what I saw.  A total of 5 strutters working the bottom field where I have had success in the past.

It seemed like the next few weeks flew past as I started to prepare for the upcoming season.  Getting my bow tuned up, sighted in, arranging all of my gear, and buying my tags prior to season opener on April 21st.  As I had done in prior years, I took off work for the Monday opener, woke up bright and early and headed out to the property to get ready for the morning hunt.  I sat up just across the bottoms from where I had shot my buck the previous fall, in fact I could see my treestand from the blind.  20140512-Brett-OHJake14After getting the blind set up, DSD decoys positioned, and external GoPro cameras setup, I crawled into the blind and began getting everything setup.  Much to my surprise, I didn’t hear a single gobble that morning.

My next opportunity to hunt came the following weekend.  I sat up in the same spot as I did opening day just knowing the birds had to be working the large bottom field as they had in years past.  This time, at the crack of daylight, I was startled by a gobble breaking the morning silence only 80-100 yards behind my setup.  That got me excited!  Other gobblers fired off along the bottoms on the neighboring property with almost every gobble the nearby bird let out.  Shortly thereafter, a bird appears off to the south of my setup and silently works west to east to the wood-line.  The morning was silent until I saw a strutting Jake in the field edge followed by two other Jakes.  They saw the DSD decoy setup and came right in to investigate.  20140512-Brett-OHJake16I decided to pass on the shot opportunity as it was only the first weekend of season and I wanted to save my tags for a mature Tom.  The strutting Jake made his way to the DSD Leading Hen decoy that I had set up only 6 yards from the blind, and proceeded to try to breed her.  After several attempts, they finally walked off in the opposite direction.  Noon came and again it was the end of a hunting day.  Sunday proved to be a bust as not a single gobble was heard, nor did I see a single bird.

Along came the first weekend in May.  20140512-Brett-OHJake15We would be taking off to go on our annual turkey hunting trip in Nebraska on Sunday, so my time was getting limited here in Ohio.  I set out and again setup on the south end of the large bottoms were I had killed my bird on opening weekend last year.  6:00 AM rolled around as I heard my first gobble of the day.  Again it was 80-100 yards behind my setup.  Like the week before, several birds fired off along the bottoms and I just knew I was in for some action.  Shortly after fly down, I saw the group of three Jakes that I had watched the weekend before.
20140512-Brett-OHJake12I wasn’t too eager to put an arrow in one as I really wanted to hold off for a Gobbler.  They made their way slowly to my setup, but none of them presented a good shot opportunity.  They worked their way off in the opposite direction again, and a short while later I look up to see a line of 6 more Jakes make their way my direction from the north.  After seeing a total of 9 Jakes this morning, I then decided I wasn’t going to be picky anymore.  They made it all the way into the decoy spread as I filmed and waited for them to interact with the decoys.  20140512-Brett-OHJake11After cautiously approaching and leaving the DSD Jake, they worked their way towards the DSD Leading Hen I had set up 15 yards away.  The dominant Jake in the group slowly approached her, and as he turned broadside, I let my arrow tipped with the new Grim Reaper Fatal Steel head fly.  It hit its mark and the bird struggled to make it about 50 yards before expiring.  With that, tag number 1 was finally punched and it was time to take some pictures!  After watching the footage back home, I realized I had successfully captured the kill shot on all 5 of the camera angles I was using.  Should turn out to be a great Hunt Vid next spring, so keep an eye out on the website!

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20140601_SF_NE03The next day we headed out to NW Nebraska to chase the Merriam’s subspecies for the 4th year in a row now.  My Dad, Brother, friends Rich Peace and Forrest Breedlove and I made the 1200 mile drive west to the Pine Ridge area of Nebraska.  I don’t want to spoil it, but a couple of us were able to put a tag on a bird out there, so keep your eye out for the blog article!  20140601_SF_NE02I had my opportunity, but failed to complete my end of the deal and came back empty-handed.  It was a great week spent with some family and a couple great friends, and I can’t wait to go out again next year.

By the time we got back into Ohio after the week-long trip, I had exactly one week left to hunt before season ended.  My first opportunity to hit the woods was on Saturday (May 17th).  It was forecasted to rain later that morning, and with the crop fields planted in corn already about 4″-5″ high, I decided to try to set up off the field edge a little to avoid messing up the corn plants.  It was windy, cold, rainy, and yet the birds were still active.  20140519_SFOhioGobbler2Shortly after fly down, the bird I had heard gobbling almost 500 yards away to my south was making his way my direction.  I peaked out of the back of my blind and could see him standing in the field to my east gobbling and blowing up in full strut before pacing back and forth for what seemed like eternity.  He never broke the 200 yard mark before working off out of sight.  A couple of hours later, a couple more Gobblers, two Jakes and a hen worked from the north to the south about 250 yards away with no interest in coming my direction.  Dejected, I sat trying to stay dry as the rain now began to seep through the seams on the Double Bull Darkhorse blind.

20140519_SFOhioGobbler5It was again down to the final day of the season, and I had yet to fill my second tag in Ohio.  After speaking with the land owner after the previous days hunt, I found out that the birds were typically working the field near the south wood lot.  Knowing this information, I setup next to an old fallen down building along the field edge that had excellent cover to help break up the outline of my ground blind.  Just like clockwork, the first bird fired off at 6:00AM about 250-300 yards directly in front of my hide.  Gobble after gobble erupted from the tree-line until shortly after 6:15AM when I saw a bird pop out of the tree-line directly to my south.  20140519_SFOhioGobbler27I pulled up my binos and flipped on the camera to realize it was a lone hen.  Hoping a gobbler would be following her, I watched for several minutes until she moved off to the north of me.

The morning was quiet as a dense fog rolled in.  I waited and waited for the sun to peak up over the horizon and help burn off the fog which had now blanketed my entire viewing area.  20140519_SFOhioGobbler28It was almost an hour before I could see the tree-line again, so I gave a few yelps and clucks on my glass call and waited.  It was about 10 minutes before 9 when I looked up from my phone and saw a bird rounding the corner of the south block of woods I was facing.  I flipped on the camera and looked through my binos to realize it was a long beard making his way my direction.  He was determined to come into my decoy spread as he would take about 10 steps, blow up in full strut and immediately deflate and make his way even closer.  20140519_SFOhioGobbler26The 250 yards he had to cover to get to my setup seemed like it took forever as I watched him cross the wide open corn field.  He blew up in full strut one more time only steps away from my DSD Leading Hen when I decided it was time to shoot.  As he turned, I pulled up my Hoyt and drew back waiting for him to turn.  I settled the pin on my Spot Hogg Hunter sight and released…20140519_SFOhioGobbler6the arrow hit its mark again and the bird struggled to make it 5 yards before piling up.  After retrieving my arrow and the bird, I realized this was one of the best birds I had killed with a bow, even with a half-broken spur.

 

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20140519_SFOhioGobbler17So that was my season in a nutshell.  Like most seasons, it was full of both ups and downs, and fortunately for me it was full of more ups as I was able to make the most of my chances here in Ohio and filled both of my tags.  Next year I vow that I will not come back empty-handed in Nebraska!

 

Bird Stats #1:

  • 17 lbs., 10 ounces
  • 5 1/16″ beard
  • 7/16″ nubs for spurs

Bird Stats #2:

  • 22 lbs., 8 ounces
  • 10 1/4″ beard
  • 1 3/16″ and 9/16″ spurs


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Extreme Outdoors P.O.V. Camera Mount

no vinThere is no question as to if adding a second or third camera angle to your set up will increase your ability to tell your story. Being able to capture the most emotional moments gopro mount 2of hunting through multiple angles can engage the audience as if they were there with you.

With point of view cameras such as the GoPro, multiple angles are now much easier to capture. One of my favorite second angle shots is the GoPro mounted on my bow looking back at me. With this angle I am almost always in the frame and it is catching my every move leading up to and after the

View from the GoPro mounted high looking back.

View from the GoPro mounted high looking back.

shot, capturing pure emotion at its finest. The camera can also easily be turned the opposite direction facing the action for another angle and even be used as a primary. Although relying on this for a primary camera set up is not ideal in my opinion, it will still capture the shot.

Achieving these bow angles used to be difficult because of mounting limitations until Extreme Outdoors engineered the GoPro mount specifically designed for a bow.

View from GoPro mounted high looking forward at 15 yards.

View from GoPro mounted high looking forward at 15 yards.

Made from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum, this small lightweight mount makes it simple to get the angle desired. This mount is universal to nearly all bows, as long as there are holes in the riser. To top this product off it is 100% American made.

My personal favorite location for the mount.

My personal favorite location for the mount.

In my experience using this mount I have not felt any significant weight difference, vibrations, or extra noises leading up to and during the shot. This low profile mount is just the ticket for capturing additional angles on your next hunt. This Extreme Outdoors mount retails for $34.95 and can be purchased on their website at www.reengineeringthehunt.com.

 

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Dave Smith Decoys: Jake

 

As winter fades and temperature begin to climb, cabin fever hits an all time high waiting for that first morning back in the woods chasing long beards. And my number one key to success for the past few years has come from my DSD Jake.2014.04.08DSDJake1

If you are looking for that one special item to give you an edge up on a ol’tom this spring, I would recommend looking into the DSD Jake decoy.

DSD’s attention to detail is what sets this decoy apart from anything else on the market. 2014.0408DSDVertJakeThe paint scheme from the head to the body and realistic feather sculpting brings this decoy to life.

This decoy alone has increased my chances twenty fold with bringing those wise toms into bow range. DSD Jake is portrayed to resemble an adolescent jake postured for breeding, which in turns sparks jealously and territorial toms to rush in and show their dominance.

Once I became an avid bowhunter and set out to take make my first bow bird, I knew that my decoy setup was needing to change to help get the birds in closer.  So after a little research on the web looking for the best success stories for taking birds with a bow, DSD Decoys were the recurring key to success. So, I turned to DSD and asked for their assistance in helping achieve my goals of taking my first bow bird.  524325_339928179462855_1454684601_nThey instantly suggested that if I was just going to get one decoy…make it the JAKE! So, that is exactly what I did. Well…not exactly I went ahead and bought the breeding pair (Jake & Submissive Hen).

My normal setup for the majority of spring turkey season, is to place the Posturing Jake directly to the side of a submissive hen and out in an open ag field so it can be seen from many directions and from a distance. 2014.04.08DSDpairIn the past I had used other decoys from lone feeding hens, up right hens and strutting toms with many of the same results, having to shot toms at longer ranges with my shotgun. Not to say these other decoys did not work, but at times a lot of the birds were spooked or uneasy about closing the distance to extremely close range.

If you have never seen the DSD Jake in person, find out where your closest retailer is and go check this bad boy out…or just go ahead and order yours today www.davesmithdecoys.com , because you will not regret it.

 

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2014 DSD Decoy Giveaway!

Stop by our Facebook page and check out the latest promotion.  We are giving away a new DSD Strutter decoy and a DSD Leading Hen decoy to 1 lucky winner on Facebook!

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2014 NWTF Convention Highlights

The National Wild Turkey Federation, commonly referred to as the NWTF, is an organization that needs no introduction.   Founded in 1973, they have been one of the single greatest factors in the constant battle to preserve our nation’s hunting rights, NWTF_Hazel_Creekwildlife, and the natural habitat required for our wildlife to thrive.  It is through the help of the many sponsors and members of the NWTF that the organization’s dreams are able to become reality.  And each year, the NWTF hosts it’s annual Convention and Sports show where the tens of thousands of like-minded outdoorsman and women can come together for a weekend of fun and education, all the while helping to support on of the greatest conservation groups this country has ever seen.

So for those of you who already know about the annual NWTF Convention, it is certain that this article will have you wishing for hunting seasons to come and go so we can all get back to Nashville in February, but for those of you who don’t, let me tell you what the NWTF_AtriumNWTF is all about.  To sum up the convention in one word, FUN!  There really is no better way to put it.  In recent years, the NWTF has held it’s convention at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Gaylord itself is an experience on person should miss out on.  However, when you add the fun of the NWTF into the mix, the few short days in February every year that bring us all together simply don’t seem to be enough.

This years 38th annual NWTF Convention was one of the most successful yet.  The convention boasted attendance at a staggering number of 48,530.  Also drawing a record NWTF_Huntmorenumber of exhibitors at 420, it is easy to see that this annual convention is no small deal.  Featuring a massive exhibition hall that showcases many of the newest products available to turkey hunters, celebrity autograph meet and greets, national turkey calling competitions, it is hard to pick a favorite activity when enjoying the show.

The exhibition hall itself is the top draw for visitors.  Inside, a person can get lost in the constant sounds of game calls, especially the thunderous gobbles let loose by the many makers of modern gobble calls.  The sounds leave many hunters longing for the time NWTF_Huntbetween hunting seasons to pass quickly.  Perhaps that is by design, it certainly makes it hard to pass by your favorite decoy manufacturer or call maker without pulling out the pocket-book and spending a few dollars.  I myself am usually guilty of lingering around the Dave Smith Decoys booth, always caving to the self-induced peer pressure of buying the newest decoys available.  But calls and decoys aren’t the only goods to be purchased at the NWTF Convention.  NWTF_DSD_BuckChances are, if there is a new product you’ve been dying to put your hands on, it can be found while walking the many aisles at the show.

For those of us who also seek to take home a little knowledge to help improve our hunting capabilities, there are many great seminars hosted by the country’s top turkey experts.  Everything from calling techniques to decoy placement recommendations, there is usually something to fit the needs of the most advanced to amateur hunters.  NWTF_Tom_TeasersThere are always a lot of good stories and hard lessons to be shared.  Also, Q&A sessions allow you to get answers to questions that may have gone unanswered to you for years.  Granted, sometimes there is perfect answer to a certain situation, but the advice from someone such as Preston Pittman or Will Primos is hard to ignore.

NWTF_LionOne of the other activities I’ve greatly enjoyed at the convention is the national turkey calling competitions.  It is something else to hear what can be done with a turkey call when the proper time is put in to practice.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who walks out feeling a little down about my calling, but to be fair, many of the competitors could teach a real hen a thing or two about calling.  Regardless, the calling competitions always give me the kick in the butt I need to break out my calls and start practicing for the upcoming season.

NWTF_USAAll in all, the NWTF Convention is a great source of fun.  Not once have I departed from Nashville regretting my decision to attend.  Every year, I find myself going home with more of an appreciation to the many great things the NWTF provides to it’s members, not to mention the wildlife it serves.  Each trip has provided me the chance to meet new people and form new relationships.  If you have not yet had the privilege of enjoying the NWTF Convention, I strongly suggest you look into attending in 2015.  It is great experience, and a great opportunity to give back to a group that has given so much to the country and it’s wildlife.

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DSD (Dave Smith Decoys) Leading Hen – New for 2014!

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 New from Dave Smith Decoys (DSD) for 2014 is the Leading Hen decoy.  The Leading Hen adds to the already successful lineup of ultra-realistic turkey decoys offered by DSD.

DSD-Leading-HenThe Leading Hen is in an upright, walking posture and is meant to fool the gobbler into thinking she is walking in the direction you have her facing.  Wary gobblers will instinctively rush in to try to cut her off as it invokes a sense of urgency unlike stationary or relaxed poses.  When used in conjunction with the DSD Jake or DSD Strutter, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more deadly combination.

DSD-Leading-Hen-2Like all decoys offered by DSD, the Leading Hen is 100% made in the USA out of their exclusive self-healing A.C.E. (Advanced Crosslink Elastomer) material.  A.C.E. material is flexible, has great memory allowing a crushed decoy to pop right back into shape, and allows for superior paint adhesion.  Unlike inflatable decoys, there is no need to worry about a stray shot.   A.C.E. technology will guarantee your decoy will last, and will look like new year after year.

DSDLeadingHen2In addition to the Leading Hen, DSD offers 5 other turkey decoys including the original Upright Hen, a Feeding Hen, a Submissive Hen, a Jake, and a Strutter.  All DSD turkey decoys come with a self-storing motion stake (Submissive Hen does not include a stake) and digital camo carry bag.

The new DSD Leading Hen is a Cabela’s Exclusive and can only be purchased online at Cabelas.com or at your local Cabela’s retail store.  Retail price is $129.99.  Make sure you get yours today!

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Benchmade introduces new HUNT lineup of knives

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Anyone familiar with knives knows that the Benchmade brand is synonymous with a strong, sharp, dependable knife made of premium blade steel.  The newly released HUNT line of knives by Benchmade is no exception.  The Benchmade HUNT line was designed specifically for the hunter requiring the most out of their blades.

HUNT4A good hunting knife will have the three following qualities: Durability, corrosion resistance, and edge retention.  All three qualities play an important role in your hunting knife being able to perform the tasks you use it for.  With those qualities in mind, Benchmade set out to find the perfect blade steel with the hunter in mind, and chose CPM-S30V for the entire Benchmade HUNT line.

HUNT7CPM-S30V is a high carbon, high vanadium stainless steel alloy with a hardness of 58-60 HRC.  The uniform grain structure of CPM-S30V steel creates a stronger blade, thereby making it a more durable knife.  While the longitudinal toughness of CPM-S30V is equivalent to 440C and 154CM, the traverse toughness has been shown to be almost four (4) times higher than both 440C and 154CM steels.  Traverse toughness is a measurement of the resistance the blade has to breaking and/or chipping due to side loading the blade.

Corrosion resistance of the blade is also a very important factor to consider when looking for your next hunting knife.  The outdoors can be very unforgiving to steels and other knife materials.  The last thing you want to see when pulling your skinning/gutting knife out of its sheath is a rusted or pitted blade.  The CPM-S30V steel used in the HUNT line of knives has been tested to be equal to or better than 440C steel in most corrosive environments and has been shown to exceed the corrosion resistance of D2 steel by over 600% in lab tests.

HUNT3Edge retention.  While it may be the last quality we look at in this article, it certainly is not the least important to us as a hunter.  We rely on a sharp knife to quickly and efficiently field dress, skin, quarter and cape out our game.  A dull knife not only slows down this process, but also requires you to stop and resharpen countless times to finish up the job.  Along with the blade steel, the blade edge angle also plays a part in how well the blade retains its sharp edge.  All HUNT knives are sharpened to a desirable 30-35° angle.  CPM-S30V has been shown to outperform both 440C and 154CM in industry tests for edge retention.

HUNT5While the CPM-S30V blade steel has shown great marks for edge retention, at some point it will need to be resharpened.  If for some reason you are unable to properly resharpen your blade, or you have just simply neglected it, Benchmade offers a LifeSharp service.  Benchmade will resharpen your knife, inspect it for any warrantied repairs, and tune it for only a minimal fee to cover return shipping and handling.

HUNT1Benchmade HUNT offers several configurations of knives to suit the needs of all outdoorsman and hunters, and all are 100% made in the USA. First up are the fixed blade configurations.  All fixed blades offer a modified clip-point blade and your choice of either a G10 or Dymondwood handle.

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Saddle Mountain Skinner (15001-1/15001-2):
blade length - 4.17″
blade thickness - 0.140″
overall length - 8.73″
handle thickness – 0.58″
weight – 5.13 oz. (15001-1) – 4.64 oz. (15001-2)

 

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Saddle Mountain Hunter  (15007-1/15007-2)
blade length - 4.05″
blade thickness - 0.120″
overall length - 8.59″
handle thickness – 0.56″
weight – 4.09 oz. (15016-1) – 3.59 oz. (15016-2)

 

15016-2Hidden Canyon Hunter (15016-1/15016-2)
blade length - 2.67″
blade thickness - 0.140″
overall length - 6.32″
handle thickness – 0.58″
weight – 3.52 oz. (15016-1) – 3.41 oz. (15016-2)

 

Next up are the lock-back style knives.  The lock-back knives offer a drop-point blade with nail nick, stainless steel liners, Dymondwood handle, and the classic lock-back folding mechanism.
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Big Summit Lake (15051-2)
blade length - 3.77″
blade thickness - 0.124″
overall length - 8.34″
folded length – 4.57″
handle thickness – 0.57″
weight – 4.59 oz.

 

15056-2Small Summit Lake (15056-2)
blade length - 2.89″
blade thickness - 0.114″
overall length - 6.89″
folded length – 3.65″
handle thickness – 0.45″
weight – 3.04 oz.

 

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Finally, we come to the AXIS® folders.  The AXIS® folders offer a modified drop-point blade with dual thumb-stud, stainless steel liners, your choice of either G10 or Dymondwood handle, and Benchmade’s patented AXIS® locking mechanism.  The Grizzly Creek also features a folding gut hook that deploys from the rear spine.

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North Fork (15031-1/15031-2)
blade length - 2.97″
blade thickness - 0.114″
overall length - 6.87″
folded length – 3.90″
handle thickness – 0.53″
weight – 3.41 oz. (15031-1) – 3.16 oz. (15031-2)

 

15060-2Grizzly Creek (15060-2)
blade length - 3.50″
blade thickness - 0.124″
overall length - 7.84″
folded length – 4.34″
handle thickness – 0.56″
weight – 4.76 oz.

 

For more information on the all new, 100% made in the USA lineup of Benchmade HUNT knives, and to get more information on Benchmade’s LifeSharp service, stop by their website at hunt.benchmade.com/.

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Crucible Industries, “Crucible CPM S30V,” dsS30Vv1 data sheet, Feb. 2010.
Benchmade Knife Company. 2014 Commercial Professional Catalog. 2014. Print.

 

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Carbon Synergy

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When it comes to hunting and harvesting mature whitetails with a bow and arrow at close yardages, a hunter must be aware of a whitetails number one key to survival, their incredible sense of smell. With this sensory alone, whitetails are able to identify and pinpoint imminent danger. 2014CSTcamCSbottleSo we as hunters must find ways to become as odor free as possible while having any interactions in the whitetail world.

No matter if we are early season scouting, hanging stand sets,  checking trail cameras, but especially while hunting. This is exactly what can be done with the help of Carbon 2014CStcam2Synergy product line up of Laundry Detergent, Body Wash and Powder that is second to no one.

Let’s take a quick look into Carbon Synergy Product lineup with a few quick facts about each one, then how I have incorporated each one into my goal of maximum scent control possible while in the woods.

 

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CS Laundry Detergent: is a enzymatic granular laundry soap that not only cleans soiled clothes, but is extremely effective in removing odors and washes out scent free.

CS Body Wash: is a full body wash that cleans and leaves you odor free to begin your preparation for that next hunt.

CS Powder: combines Activate Carbon and Pure Silver, to form and new and innovative 2014CSHandsprinklescent controlling powder that fights odor causing bacteria. By combing these two elements in a small bottled powder form, there are endless possibilities of how it can be utilized at home or in the field. The powder can be mixed with water to develop a dip solution for all hunting clothes and packs or mixed into a small gallon garden sprayer to be used as an easy field spray. Dry powder can be used to dust cameras, stands, boots or even face black. Be creative!!

 

For years I have been a die hard, close encounter, in your lap type of Bow Hunter.  And over those years I have seen a lot of mature whitetails, but nothing has compared to the shift of having those encounters from  30-40yrds in the past to the 5-15yrds these days. These encounters have been achieved with a strict CS Regiment that I have implemented into my pursuit of maximum scent control.

As summer begins to fade into fall each year I start my preparation for the season.2014CSlaundwide Just a few weeks before opening day, I pull out all my early season Sitka Gear and HECS suits  along with socks, gloves and boxers and get them into the wash with CS Laundry Detergent (Laundered every two weeks throughout season).

Once out of the laundry they are hung up to air dry, then once dry they are dipped into a 5 gallon bucket that has my CS Powder/H2O mixture, rung out and hung out to air dry once more. After completely dry they are placed into my GamePlan Gear BaseCamp for storage.

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Then the night before opening day all pre washed/dipped clothes are removed from the tote 2014CStbagand placed into a drum liner trash bag and sprinkled with CS Powder and shook up and placed back into tote (Trash Bag/Powder Step will be repeated once every week during season or even in the field).

Final step in my scent control regiment is to shower before every hunt with CS Body wash.  I can seriously say that with this CS regiment, my number of close encounters have been off the charts and my numbers of being detected by smell (Blown At) have decreased to less than a handful over the past two years.

2014CSDetergGo out and try some for yourself and you will not be disappointed. Because Carbon Synergy success comes from their commitment to great customer service and making a great MADE IN THE USA  product that is inexpensive and allows you to be creative in scent control.

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HECS new products at the 2014 ATA show

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IMG_0740This year, HECS has added to their STEALTHSCREEN suit with a few new products. Capitalizing on the success of the suit, they have added a hat, gloves, and durable 6 pocket pants to their 2014 line up.

IMG_0729First up are the new HECS gloves.  This is a lightweight, tight fitting glove made from HECS material and can be used by itself or as a a liner when it’s colder. This black glove will work great in the turkey blind this spring to help conceal any movement, and the non-stick palm will help eliminate hand torque on your bow handle.  TScreen Shot 2014-01-07 at 12.26.27 AMhis glove is a necessity when hunting any big game.  HECS Owner, Mike Slinkard, explained to us that turkeys can actually see the electromagnetic fields that radiate from your body.  With these new gloves it will block that field, leaving you completely concealed from a big strutter coming your way. These will be a great addition to the HECS system.

Screen Shot 2014-01-11 at 10.00.56 AMHECS then added a hat to complete their STEALTHSCREEN technology suit. The hat is made from the same cool lightweight material used in the original HECS suit and is also very comfortable.

Screen Shot 2014-01-11 at 9.52.37 AMThe third new addition HECS has made in 2014 is a lightweight 6 pocket pant. These pants are made from a cotton based material but also incorporate the original HECS material. This 6 pocket pant has two front hand pockets, two rear pockets, and two cargo IMG_0746style pockets to hold your gear for quick and easy access. These pants will be officially released and available for purchase July 1 of this year.

For more information on the HECS STEALTHSCREEN system visit www.hecsllc.com to purchase your set today.

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