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    Top Bowhunting Tips for a Successful Hunt


    bowhunting deerBowhunting season is closing in fast and before you know it, you’ll be heading out for trophy animal this season.  Bowhunting is not cheap and it takes a lot of time effort and dedication to be able to pull off a successful hunt.  In order to make your chances of being able to bag your trophy animal this coming season here are a few top bowhunting tips to improve your chances of a successful hunt.

    Know the Area – This tip may seem obvious but it really isn’t enough to know of the general area.  In order to get a chance at a shot this season you need to know where the animals are, how they travel, where they feed and drink etc.  The more you know about the area you will be hunting the better your chances of having a successful hunt.

    Know your Game – Bowhunting is all about accuracy and making sure that you take a shot that will land in the kill zone of the animal that you are hunting.  It is important to study where the kill zone(heart and lungs) is on the animal you will be hunting so that you don’t end up losing the animal or having to track it for hours because has been wounded.

    Don’t Forget your Tools – Nothing and I say again nothing is more upsetting than getting all the way out to your hunting spot and realizing that something has become loose or has broken and you have no tools to be able to fix it.  Remember that out in the bush anything can happen and it is best to be prepared.  Make sure to bring Allen wrenches, pliers, and a pocket knife.

    Spares are a Must – When hunting there is no telling when Murphy will show up to give you a bad day so it is always a good idea to keep a spare sight, rest and string/cable on hand should any of your others break.  That being said if your string does break, get cut or anything else that makes it unsafe to shoot you should also have a portable bow press on hand as well.

    Use yardage markers – Regardless of whether you’re shooting from a treestand or on the ground making use of yardage markers will make it a whole lot easier to guess the yardage of the animal when it comes in to shot range.  These markers can be logs, rocks, grassy patches, corn patches or whatever.  Obviously natural things that are already in the area are best because the animals will already be used to them.

    Give your Bow a Tune up – Before you step foot into the bush you should take some time to tune your bow.  Tuning your bow will ensure that your arrow is flying true and straight out of the bow and that you are getting the max kinetic energy out of your arrow when it hits the animal. In order to properly tune your bow you should make use of paper tuning.  This will give you a graphic representation of how your arrow is flying out of the bow and will help you to make the appropriate adjustments.

    Remember bowhunting is not just about venturing out into the wild with a bow, finding a random spot and sitting there all day until an animal comes along.  It takes a lot more than that to be consistently accurate and to have a truly successful hunt.

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    Nose Jammer – A New Revolution in Scent Control

    Nose Jammer Scent Control

    I came across this very interesting product at the ATA show and have been so impressed with what I have seen and read that I feel as though this is a product that I would like to share with all of my readers.  As most hunters already know, keeping your scent away from the game you’re hunting is a crucial and often hard to accomplish task especially when dealing with skittish game such as deer.

    The problem with most cover scents and other cover products (soaps, clothing etc) is that no matter how much you put on or how good it is, the truth is that to the game your hunting, you stink we have a strange odor about you that spooks them.  Our bodies are constantly creating and giving off this smell.  It’s embedded into our clothes, car seats, hunting equipment and everything else we touch.

    This is where the beauty of Nose Jammer comes in.  This product is not an attractant and not a cover scent it is a revolutionary idea that will certainly lead to less spooked dear and more trophy animal bagged.  The idea of the Nose Jammer product is to take natural scents from trees and vegetation that the animals are used to smelling and dealing with all the time; concentrate them and turn it into a spray that when picked up by the game’s nose will overload its scent receptors with smell essentially crashing their sensor ability thus making it nearly impossible for the game to pick up on your scent.

    On top of making it near impossible for the game you’re hunting to smell you, the Nose Jammer also has the added ability to calm the deer’s reflexes with the use of vanillin.  Vanillin is a wood by-product that is present in many trees including the maple tree as well as shrubs all found in the game’s natural habitat.  Vanillin through many studies has been found to calm the startle reflex in both hunters and game, which ends in a deadly combination for your trophy animal.

    At the show I was able to converse with the creator of this product and found that they had done numerous field tests wit this product and had found that deer had exhibited 3 main responses to Nose Jammer.

    - The first reaction from the deer what that there was no reaction at all.  The deer seemed to ignore the smell simply equating it to a normal habitat smell.

    - The second reaction was that the deer upon coming into range of the scent quickly looked up smelling the air, after a couple minutes they calmly resumed what they had been doing before they smelled the Nose Jammer product.

    - Thirdly the last reaction exhibited by the deer were that the dear raised their head sniffing the air and then started to bolt the other way, only to stop after 30 yds looking back and realizing there was nothing to be scared of and then walking back to their original spot to continue what they had been doing before.

    If you want more information about this revolutionary product that is sure to be apart of most bowhunter’s arsenals learn more about it here – Nose Jammer – Scent Overload.

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    IBowSight – An Iphone App for the Bowhunting Techie

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    The new IBowSight Iphone 4 or Iphone 4S app that was recently released by Firenock is unique and ingenious application that uses both software and hardware to turn your Iphone 4 or 4S into an archery sight for your bow. The IBowSight app is fully customizable and your Iphone can be attached to your bow through Firenocks’ secure 8 point bracketing system which supports a wide range of bow models.

    The IBowSight Iphone App is a fantastic innovative bow sight that comes packed with a lot of features that include but are certainly not limited to:

    Features
    - Adjustable sight ring from 0.3″ radius to a larger 2.1″radius
    - Adjustable pin size allows adjustments from 0.012” to 0.240” in radius
    - A choice of up to 2.6 million pin colors and many different pin shapes
    - Add up to 7 pins to the IBowSight
    - Has digital zoom from 1.0X base on internal optics to 4.0x in increments of 0.01X
    - Built in water level for visual bow leveling

    Along with all of the built-in programmed features of the IBowSight Iphone app, the bracketing system comes with a pre-drilled hole for a screw mount lens system that can be used to enhance the visibility and clarity of the IBowSight application. These lenses are set at this point to include: wide angle, fish eye, telephoto, optical correction lens.

    The IBowSight also allows for up to 20000 different profiles and settings so that no matter where you hunt or which bow or arrows you use you will always be able to pull up the appropriate sight for your current configuration. The IBowSight App system also comes with a usb rain hood that will protect your Iphone should you be hunting in conditions of rain or snow.

    All in all this Iphone app looks to be an incredible innovation in archery technology. It will definitely be interesting to do some field testing on this setup and see how the IBowSight performs. If you would like more information or would like to get this application and try it for yourself you can visit Firenock’s IBowSight Website.

    If you have tried the IBowSight and would like to let other bowhunters know your thoughts, we would love to have you tell us your opinion below.

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    ThermaCell Reviewed – The Results are Shocking

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    ” Eeeeeeee…” As a bowhunter, I am sure you have heard that annoying hum of mosquitoes buzzing by your ears, as they look and feel for that spot on your body where they can grab a quick meal. I know I certainly have. It has been an issue that has plagued me every time I have gone hunting. It seems as though you start out with just a few buzzing around you, but within minutes it’s like a broadcast went out and the entire population of mosquitoes in the area are buzzing around you. Which leaves you itchy and looking like a swollen golf ball. Not to mention, you have what seems like 1 or 2 less pints of blood in your body.

    I had a problem finding a mosquito repellent that not only works well but is safe. Trust me, I have tried it all: Ben’s, OFF, Repel, Cutter, Muskol, Natrapel and many others. Of these products mentioned, some of them didn’t work at all, and others worked moderately well. Many of them contain deet which is toxic and can make you sick. Not to mention, these products tend to have stronger smells. As a bowhunter, you have to be aware of strong unnatural smells that could be caught by the game you are hunting. It was only a year and a half ago that I was introduced to the ThermaCell Mosquito Repellent. This product really changed my hunting experiences for the better, and I would like to take the time to tell you a bit about my experience with it.

    What is the ThermaCell Mosquito Repellent

    The ThermaCell is a compact revolutionary mosquito repellent lantern that works off of heat generated by a small butane canister. It’s very light weight and can attach to your belt, pants, hunting bag, or whatever you prefer to use. This small yet powerful mosquito repellent will protect a 15×15 square foot area within minutes of being turned on. It blocks over 80% of mosquitoes with no odor, messy creams, or oils.

    My experience with the ThermaCell Mosquito Repellent

    As stated above, I was introduced to the ThermaCell a year and a half ago and have been using it ever since. My first experience with it wasn’t even while hunting, it was during a family BBQ near the end of July. As evening crept in, the mosquitoes started becoming a real nuisance. The sprays and lemon scented sticks came out, but none of them alleviated the mosquitoes’ fierce attacks. I suddenly remembered the ThermaCell I had purchased and went and to dig it out of my hunting equipment to give it a try.
    I put it together, turned it on, and attached it to the folding chair I was sitting in. Within minutes I began to notice less mosquitoes buzzing around me. After about 6 or 7 minutes, the mosquitoes were so scarce that I barely noticed the few that were buzzing around the area. And best of all, there was no strong odors coming from the ThermaCell. I couldn’t believe it, I had never experienced results like this before. I was both impressed and excited about this mosquito repellent. I ended up using the ThermaCell several more times that summer for BBQs, Bonfires, and outside get together’s. Each and every time I used it, it performed like a charm. I had people asking me where they could get one. I couldn’t wait to try it out hunting where I could really put it to the test.

    The ThermaCell’s Performance in the Field

    The beginning of September rolled around, and I headed north for my annual moose hunting trip north of Thunder Bay. The temperatures were moderate, hanging at around 65-70 degrees. Just before entering the bush, we stopped at a local shop for supplies and food. We discovered that because of the abnormal temperatures that area had experienced, there was a triple hatching of mosquitoes and a double hatching of black flies. Normally this would be terrible news. However, I was excited to see how well the ThermaCell would hold up against this barrage of mosquitoes and black flies.

    It was mid afternoon when we headed into the bush, so by the time we got to our camp it was around 5 O’clock at night. We stepped out of the truck and within 10 minutes clouds of mosquitoes and black flies engulfed the area. I quickly tore through my gear and got my ThermaCell. I turned it on and hung it on a nearby tree. It was hell waiting the couple of minutes for it to heat up. Dozens of swollen bumps littered our bodies as we worked furiously setting everything up.

    After about 10 minutes, it was like night and day. The clouds of mosquitoes and black flies had dispersed and were being kept back by what seemed like an invisible shield. And although we were still getting attacked by a few groups of mosquitoes and black flies, in my opinion, the ThermaCell did a fantastic job. Especially for the incredible amount of insects that had hatched that year. During the rest of the hunting trip, the ThermaCell worked its’ magic. And while that year the ThermaCell had a harder time keeping up with the incredible amount of mosquitoes and black flies, it worked phenomenally.

    My Recommendation for the ThermaCell

    I now own 3 ThermaCells and have purchased a few as Christmas gifts for friends and family. I strongly recommend the ThermaCell to anyone who hates being bothered over and over again by pesky mosquitoes and black flies. I know one thing is for sure, I won’t go anywhere outside without it. And I know that once you try it for yourself you’ll feel the same way.

    If you would like to be rid of mosquitos forever with a method that is very safe and effective, I would encourage you to get more information on the ThermaCell Mosquito Repellent.

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    Choosing a Trail Cam – What you Need to Know

    Trail cams are very useful tools that can greatly increase your knowledge about the patterns of the game living in your hunting area.  Trail cams not only capture images during the day but can also capture the events of the game in the area at night as well.  This can serve as a great scouting and research tool to choose the prime hunting spots in that area.  So how do you choose the right trail cam for your needs?  In this article we will give you the basics of a trail cam so that you can have the knowledge about trail cams you will need to purchase the best trail cam for you.

    Trail Cam Detection Circuits

    The detection circuit of the trail cam is basically the mechanism that detects the movement or heat of the animal.  Trail cams with better quality detection circuits are able to detect and produce more pictures of animals while trail cams with lesser quality detection circuits can miss a lot of  animal heat signatures and movement especially if the movement is faster.  Detection circuits will usually consist of :

    Trigger Time -  The trigger time of a trail cam is the time it takes for the cam to snap a picture of the animal once it has detected it within its detection zone.  Usually but not always a quicker trigger time indicates a higher quality trail cam.  It’s important to note that not everybody will need a fast trigger time for their camera, bowhunters who are looking to place the trail cam at a location where animals congregate for an extended period of time such as a feeding pile wouldn’t needs as quick of a trigger time as a bowhunter who wanted to monitor a game trail where speeds will a factor.

    Detection Zone – Simply put the detection zone of a trail cam is the area in which the trail cam is monitoring with its sensors.  As soon as an object like an animal crosses the detection zone line a picture is taken.  There are 2 main factors that determine the basic detection zone of a camera and those are detection width and detection range.

    Detection Range – The detection range of a trail cam is the maximum distance the camera can detect movement or heat.  The max distance depending on the trail cam’s quality usually ranges from about 30′ to 100′.  If you are looking for a trail cam to survey a larger area such as a bait area or an open clearing then you would need a trail cam with a greater detection range and width.

    Recovery Time -   The recovery time of a trail cam is basically the time that it takes the camera to snap a picture, store that picture to its memory and then re-group and get ready for its next shot.  Recovery time again usually depends on the quality of the trail cam and can range from 30 – 60 seconds inbetween shots all the way to virtually instantaneou (1/2 second) .

    Detection Width -  The detection zone of a trail cam is expressed as a degree and can range from 5 degrees all the way up to 90 degrees.

    Trail Cam Picture Quality

    A lot of bowhunters make the mistake of choosing a trail cam with a high mega-pixel rating thinking that it will produce better quality pictures.  This is not always true, trail cam companies will offer cameras with a great mega-pixel value but a poor quality camera lens which will translate into poor quality pictures regardless of how many mega-pixels it boasts.  The only way to really tell how good the quality of the pictures are is to look at some reviews or ask for demo pictures from that specific trail cam to see how the clear and crisp the pictures are.

    Another detail you have to look for in the picture quality section is whether or not the trail cam uses an incandescent flash or an infrared flash.  An incandescent flash is like a normal light that you would find in your house, this can give colored pictures at night however; can spook game as it displays a sudden bright flash of light in the darkness.  Having a trail cam with an IR(infrared) flash will deliver black and white pictures at night but will most often not spook and scare away the game you’re hunting.

    Finally when dealing with picture quality we also have to look at the flash range which is the distance at which the light can reach to produce a decent recognizable picture of the object being monitored at night.  Some models have a flash range of about 10-15′ which is for use in very close small areas all the way to 80′+ which is used for wider open areas.

    Trail Cam Battery Life

    Battery life can vary greatly with each model of trail cam, this is an important aspect to look at as the wrong decision can end up costing you a small fortune in battery replacment.  It is recommended that you choose a trail cam that has a higher end battery life and that you use rechargeable batteries as this will save you a ton of money in the long run.

    Trail Cam Security Options

    Many times you will be setting up a trail cam in areas where other people will be travelling besides yourself.  Unfortunately there are a lot of dishonest people who like to take other peoples stuff and so we strongly recommend that if you will be placeing your trail cam in a public location to get yourself a trail cam security box which you can use to secure your trail cam in.

    Choosing a trail cam can be a bit overwhelming at first but armed with this information and the resource links below we are confident that you will be able to accurately choose and purchase the trail cam that is right for you.

    Trail Cam Resource Links

    1. Trail Cam Comparisons
    2. Trail Cam Detection Zone Tests
    3. Trail Cam Picture Quality Tests
    4. Trail Cam Flash Range Test
    5. Trail Cam Selection Guide

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    2011 Bowhunter’s Hunting Gadget Wish List

    With Christmas just around the corner it’s about that time to start dropping hints. This past year there have been some great bowhunting products and gadgets come out that have improved the hunting experiences of many bowhunters. We have compiled a list of a few of these products and gadgets to make the Bowhunter’s 2011 Hunting Gadget Wish List. While going through our wishlist if you would like more detailed information on a specific item, simply click on the picture of the item in the list.

    2011 Bowhunter’s Wish List

    1. DMT Diamond Broadhead Sharpener
    With razor sharp broadheads being crucial to bowhunting its no wonder DMT’s Diamond Broadhead Sharpener made it onto this year’s wish list.  This sharpener is an adjustable dual stone sharpener that can be adjusted to handle 2, 3 and 4 blade broadheads. DMT diamond sharpener works to hone even the hardest of steel blades to provide you a broadhead that will have maximum cutting potential.  This would make a great affordable gift this christmas season.
    2. Reconyx Hyperfire HC 600 Trail Camera

    The Reconyx HC 600 Cam has a 3.1 megapixel cam with No-Glow technology that eliminates that IR glow that can spook game. It has a IR flash range of about 50 feet and takes crystal clear 1080P resolution captures at near-video speeds.  With a 1/5-second trigger the HC 600 can take multiple captures of animals travelling at higher speeds.  It also features a SD or SDHC card slot that will fit a memory card up to 32GB in size.  This Cam is powered by 12AA rechargeable batteries and makes for a perfect gift for that bowhunter that wants a higher end trail cam that will capture all of days and nights activities.

    3. Walker’s Digital HD X Game Ear
    Ever wish you could hear game coming before being surprised at one popping out of nowhere?  Walker’s Digital HD X Game Ear helps solve this issue by heightning your hearing by up to 7 times.  With its’ 4 digital sound-processing channels and 8-band equalizer this hearing booster allows for greater audio depth and precision so that you can pinpoint the sound of your game.  The Game Ear also features an auto shutdown for sudden loud noises to avoid damaging your ears.  This would make the perfect gift for all bowhunters.
    4. Bushnell Fusion 1600 ARC Rangefinder Binoculars
    The Bushnell Fusion 1600 mixes the technology of  world class binoculars with the technology of arc laser range finders to bring you a compact 2 in 1 bowhunters dream.  The fusion 1600 delivers bright crystal clarity while also delivering laser accurate range finding ability.  It features a bow and rifle mode depending on your weapon and can accurately calculate ranges from 10 to 1600 yds away.  This 2 in 1 package comes at a price that is lower than a lot of higher end binocular models, and comes in a normal 10 x 42 mm binocular size.  This is a great bowhunting tool that can help you identify game and shoot the proper distance.
    5. Gerbing’s Heated Seat
    The Gerbing Heated Seat takes the edge out of those cold mornings or nights by keeping your backside warm, which every bowhunter can appreciate.  This Gerbing Heated Seat features 4 adjustable heat settings, back supporting foam padding, and a rechargeable battery pack and charger.  The Gerbing Heated Seat is fairly compact measuring 14″ wide x 16″ length and about 3 inches in thickness and comes with an adjustable shoulder strap.  This heated seat can provide you with 2 hours of heating at 135°,  3 hours at 115°, 5 hours at 105° and 10 hours at 85°.  This handy bum warmer is great gift this christmas season that would be greatly appreciated by any bowhunter .
    6. Garmin® Rino 655T GPS Radio
    The New Garmin 655T combines the capabilities of a 12-parallel-channel GPS and the communication power of a 22-channel GMRS/FRL two way radio to deliver a powerful bowhunting tool with a total run time of 12 hours on one charge at a compact weight of only 10 oz.  The Garmin Rino 655T features a 2.6″ touch screen,simplified user interface, and a 5 mega pixel camera with 4.35GB internal memory. This GPS/Radio is also has the added value of a powerful transmitter/receiver reception in thick cover, a weather radio, 3-axis compass, and barometric altimeter.   The Rino 655T with all its features and added gadgtets makes this the perfect bowhunter’s tool.
    7. Tree Stand Buddy
    The Tree Stand Buddy is a unique revolutionary tree stand bracket system that takes the pain out of putting up and taking down your tree stand. The Tree Stand Buddy is designed to work with almost all one or two post hang-on tree stands and provides a quiet solid tree stand attachment platform for your tree stand. The Tree Stand Buddy provides and easy slip on and slip off bracket and a unique hoisting loop to eliminate the need to climb the tree with your stand providing a much safer way to manage your tree stand.  If you hunt more than one location simply purchase some extra brackets and you can easily move your tree stand to your different hunting locations.  The Tree Stand Buddy is an incredible product and we definitely recommend this product for any bowhunter using a tree stand.
    These are just a few choice products for 2011 that we chose to hightlight this year in our wish list if you have some more great wish list items on your list and want to share them with us, tell us about them in the comment section below, I hope everybody has a safe and a Merry Christmas this holiday season.
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    10 Things Every Bowhunter Should Carry When Hunting

    As with any other sport or hobby in the world; there are certain things you need to have in order for you to be safe or be successful at that particular sport or hobby.  The same idea/concept applies to bowhunting.  Bowhunting can be a very rewarding and enjoyable sport however there are many factors that could make it dangerous and take the enjoyment right out of it.  The key to making sure your bowhunting trip stays positive is to go prepared for any situation that may occur.  Here are 10 things you should always carry when you go out hunting.

    1. First Aid Kit – While often overlooked bringing a first aid kit with you hunting is essential and can really come in handy if you were to hurt yourself while out in the field, or bush.  As we all know there are a ton of ways to get hurt while hunting whether it be a cut from your broadheads to scrapes and scratches from falls.

    2.  Survival Kit - This item is fairly commonly taken and is again a very important thing every bowhunter should remember to bring with them hunting.  This is especially true if you are not familiar with the area you’ll be in or if you are going to be going through dense brush for the evening hunt.  It really is amazing how everything at night can look the same and you can get turned around and “Lost” even though you’re only a few hundred yards off the road.

    3.  Compass/Maps – I can’t tell you how many times this has saved me and many of the other bowhunters I know from finding our way out of the bush after getting turned around.  These 2 items are absolutely essential and should be brought with you EVERY time you go out hunting.  As a side note the map should be a very detailed map of just the area where you’ll be hunting so that you can see small lakes, and groups of trees or valeys that would otherwise be left out on a bigger map.

    4. Flashlight w/extra Batteries – After finishing the night hunt and going out early in the morning for the morning hunt it can get unbelievably dark especially if you’re away from any large citites or towns.  Having a good flashlight can help you find and see things like the trail, compass, map, landmarks and more.  Just remember that if the flashlight runs on batteries, make sure you bring some extras just in case you end up needing the flashlight longer than expected.

    5. Portable Bow Press – Bringing a portable bow press is important to not only your survival but for ensuring a successful hunt in the event your string breaks.  There are a lot of sharp rocks, tree branches, broadheads and other things that could cause your bowstring to be compromised and your hunt to be over before it even starts.  These are usually very easy to use and can quickly help you to change your bow string and be back in the game in no time.  I would recommend going with the top selling portable bow press -Bowmaster Portable Bow Press

    6. Extra Bow String - This is more or less the “Second Part” to the above item.  Bow strings and cables don’t last forever and can break or snap from things like: dry-rot, sharp objects, previous unknown damage, faulty string etc.  I always recommend bringing  1 or 2 extra sets of strings and cable as they are light weight and can help to save your hunting trip in case something happens to your current strings or cables.

    7.  Allen Wrenches – Have you ever been in your tree stand or hunting spot and you realize your sight or rest has come loose?  If this happens and you don’t have some allen wrenches to tighten your equipment back up this could turn into an ugly situation especially if you just so happen to see that beautiful 10 or 12 point buck walk out in front of you.  Having a set of allen wrenches that fit all of the components on your bow can really help to keep you in the hunt should the unexpected happen to your bow equipment.

    8. Water – As everybody knows your body can only go a few days without water before you dehydrate and things get really bad for you.  Chances are you will have a hard time finding some drinkable water in the bush where you’ll be hunting especially these days.  I strongly recommend bringing a supply of water with you on your hunts so that in the event that you get lost or have to spend a few days in the bush you will have enough water to keep yourself hydrated and healthy.

    9.  Quality Hunting Knife – This isn’t usually an issue as most bowhunters do carry one or multiple hunting knives on them at any given time when hunting, however; I thought it was worth a mention just for good measure.  A hunting knife can be very useful and not only in case you have the pleasure of filling your tag and having to field dress your trophy but in the event that you get lost your knife can be used to create a spear, kill food, cut vines for rope and start fires.

    10.  Soft Bow Case – This is more of an item that will help with keeping you out of trouble with your local wildlife enforcement officers.  In most areas once the night hunt is over you must encase your bow so that you can no longer shoot it.  Depending on your local hunting laws usually this case has to completely cover the entire bow.  If you forget this and you get caught with your bow uncovered depending on the laws and officer you could be looking at a nice fine and possibly equipment confiscation.

    This is just a list of the top items that every bowhunter should be carrying while bowhunting, I would recommend taking the time before each and every hunt to ensure that you have everything packed that you will need in case you fill your tag or the unexpected happens.

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    Tree Stand Buddy Overview – The Safer Easier Way to Put up a Tree Stand

    Tree Stand Buddy Tree stand Bracket System
    Tree Stand Buddy is a very unique and useful tree stand bracket system that has been designed to work with your tree stands to provide an easier safer way to move, put up, take down and manage your treestand.  The Tree Stand Buddy comes with a bracket which fits onto your single or double post tree stand and a receiver which you can fasten to the tree with regular ratchet straps.
    The TBS receiver comes with a metal loop that you can use to hoist your stand up into the tree or lower it down from the tree.  This of course saves you from the dangers and time it takes to carry your stand up or down with you. Once in the tree you simply slide the bracket located on the back of your stand into the receiver piece that has been fastened to the tree and it provides a noise free tight fit that keeps your stand from moving and making noise.
    A few of the benefits of using the Tree Stand Buddy include:
    - Easier, faster and safer mounting or unmounting of your tree stand
    - Easy take down of your tree stand to prevent theft.
    - Allows your stand to be set up the same time every time.
    - Buy separate receivers for easy relocation of your stand to your different hunting spots
    - Strong sturdy and tight fit to keep your stand in place and quiet.
    Tree Stand Buddy Commercial
    You can find more information about this treestand bracket system that will save you time and effort here: Tree Stand Buddy Information
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    10 Bow Hunting Tips for a Successful Hunt Part2

    7. Keep your Shot Distance Reasonable
    I see this time and time again and I can’t re-iterate it enough.  It does not matter one bit whether you are shooting a compound bow or a crossbow, they are not guns you cannot shoot animals at 100 yds and expect it to go well.  I would strongly recommend not shooting anything over 60 yds as this is getting just too far and by that time the kinetic energy needed to kill the animal starts dropping considerably.  The key to being a good bowhunter is to make clean kills to ensure a quick painless death as well as the maximum chances of recovering the animal.

    8.Know the Vitals of your Intended Target
    Knowing where the vitals are on the animal that you are hunting is crucial to ensure that you make a quick, clean kill.  It is strongly suggested that you do a search online or gather the location of the vitals before you go hunting for that specific animal.  This information can be found online, or in books.

    9.Check Bow and Equipment for Damage
    Imagine this, you’re sitting in your stand waiting for your trophy animal and all of a sudden you hear something, you slowly get up and turn to see a HUGE Buck walking your way.  You slowly turn and draw your bow waiting for that buck to cross your shot path.  The Buck comes into the prime position you aim and all of a sudden your sight slides off, or your string snaps or your release lets loose before you’re ready.  Sure enough the Buck gets spooked and off it goes.

    Nothing sucks more than getting all the way out to your hunting spot, setting up all your gear getting ready for your shot and then realizing you have broken, loose or damaged equipment.  Make sure you inspect all of your equipment to make sure it is in perfect working order before heading out.  This will save you a ton of embarrassment and kicking yourself in butt.

    10. Know the Local Laws and Regulations of the Hunting Area
    Aside from missing your trophy because of faulty equipment or a mistake, one of the biggest things that suck is being ignorant to the local hunting laws and having an officer come by and take all of your equipment, animal and fine you out the ying yang for breaking the said laws.  Trust me save yourself a lot of money and trouble familiarize yourself with the local laws and regulations before going out.

    Bowhunting is almost always an enjoyable time and can be very rewarding if you are able to get your hands on that beautiful trophy animal.  If you’re tired of watching and hearing about all these other bownunters snag their animals while you’re left year after year with nothing, follow these tips and you’ll greatly increase your chances of having a successful hunt.

    10 Bow Hunting Tips for a Successful Hunt Part1 

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    10 Bow Hunting Tips for a Successful Hunt Part1

    Every year as fall nears bowhunters anxiously get ready for the hunting season whether it be for big or small game. and without fail there are always those bowhunters who bag their limit year after year and those who don’t get anything at all.  Here are 10 bow hunting tips that will help you to increase your chances of bagging your trophy animal year after year.

    1. Practice
    Simply put you need to regularly practice shooting your bow if you want any chance of being able to bag your trophy animal. The more you practice the more accurate and confident you become in your ability to shoot consistently well.  Shooting a few shots to see if  “you still have it” right before you go out does not work and will definitely come back to bite you when you’ve got your eye and sights on that beautiful animal.

    2.Research your Hunting Area
    Researching the area where you will be hunting is one of the major keys to a successful hunt.  Research can include mapping, scouting, baiting and other techniques that allow you to become familiar with animal travel and feeding patterns for that specific area.  Once you are able to figure out where the animals are and how they travel you will be able to find yourself a great place to set up your tree stand or blind.

    3. Set Yardage Markers
    Once you have that perfect hunting spot you should choose some land marks and measure their distance as marker so that you can more easily tell roughly how far the animal is when you take your shot.  You can choose landmarks or place  markers ( rock, branch, corn cob etc) for 10, 20, 30,40 and 50 yds. This will greatly help when your adrenaline starts pumping and you have to quickly figure out how far to shoot for.

    4. Pack Appropriate Gear
    Bowhunting requires specific gear which includes knife,flashlight, tools, clothing, arrows, safety items and more.  Forgetting some of your gear can really put a damper on your  hunting session or entire hunt.  Make sure that you pack everything you will need in a backpack in the event that you do bag an animal.

    5. Be Sure of your Shot and Target Before Firing
    These are 2 important points that should be exercised by every bowhunter.  Some bowhunters will shoot at anything that resembles a deer in hopes of bagging their trophy animal.  This is very dangerous and can land you in serious trouble if you shoot the wrong type of animal or worse a fellow bowhunter.

    It is also necessary to be aware of your shot before you take it.  Shooting an animal in the spine or anywhere else but the lungs/heart can leave the animal wounded and could mean a lost animal or ruined meat.  Always be aware and sure of your target and where you’re shooting or don’t make the shot at all.

    6. Stay Put after Shooting your Trophy
    This is an absolute *Must* for all bowhunters out there no matter what kind of game you’re hunting.  When you shoot an animal it will undoubtedly start running away with adrenaline kicking in full throttle.  In a sudden surge of excitement and exhilaration, bowhunters will often jump out of the tree stand and quickly start following the animal.

    This of course is never a good idea as you greatly increase your chances of spooking the animal again and having them continue running until you lose them.  After shooting an animal watch carefully the direction the animal runs off to and then wait for about 30 -45 min.  This should allow enough time for the animal to feel less spooked, bleed out and drop to the ground usually only a short distance away from where it was shot.

    10 Bow Hunting Tips for a Successful Hunt Part 2

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