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10 Innovative Products Introduced at the 2015 ATA Show

January 27, 2015

Hunter Safety System's LIFELINE. Image courtesy Hunter Safety System.

Many companies introduce new products at the Archery Trade Association (ATA) Show each year. Here are my top 10 new and nifty things I discovered while visiting this huge industry show earlier this month, in no particular order. 1. Hunter Safety System LIFELINE Hunter Safety System's new LIFELINE offers some appealing safety features for those of us who spend a lot of time ascending and descending trees every year. The LIFELINE keeps you safe during the most dangerous time in treestand hunting: when you're transferring from the steps to...

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FLIR Releases New Scout II Thermal Monocular

January 22, 2015

An image of the Venetian hotel's canal area captured using a FLIR Scout II.

At SHOT Show 2015 FLIR launched their new Scout II handhelds, a pair of compact thermal imaging cameras built explicitly for civilian use.

The FLIR company pioneered the Forward Looking Infra-Red technology for the military and now designs and builds thermal systems for all kinds of purposes.

If you're not familiar with it, thermal night vision sees heat not light, so hot and cold spots will be highlighted regardless of whether it's daylight, dark, or your "target" is obscured by smoke.

Part of FLIR's expansion outside of the defense market has meant

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Seeing What You Can’t See, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Thermal Vision

December 17, 2014

Here's the FLIR view of the brand new Smith & Wesson M&P Pro Series CORE with compensated barrel.

If you really want to be able to see, sometimes you have to use a lens that you can’t see through. I recently toured one of FLIR’s manufacturing facilities and got quite the lesson on how to see things you can’t really see. While FLIR makes a wide variety of "sensing" gear, not just infrared products, they’re most commonly known for commercial and military products that help folks see things not normally visible to the human eye. By using lenses made from exotic materials like Germanium and Zinc Selenide and adding a touch of...

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A Holiday Wish List for the Huntress

November 20, 2014

The Badlands Kali backpack in the field. Photo courtesy of Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer.

Don’t know what to gift the huntress in your life this holiday season? Have no fear, below is a list of eight huntress-approved gift ideas for the outdoorswoman. Próis Hunting & Field Apparel Archtach Down Jacket - $400 A recent addition to the stellar lineup at Próis (hunting clothing made by women, for women), the Archtach Down Jacket is sure to please the huntress on your Christmas list. The jacket features 100 percent microfiber Ripstop fabric with durable weather resistance, 800 fill gray goose...

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The 10 Best Holiday Gifts You Can Buy for an Outdoorsman

November 20, 2014

The Outdoor Edge game processing kit.

Crisp, cold weather and the beginning of the hunting season signal the start of the holidays. Christmas is our favorite holiday, and Cabela’s is where we search to find those distinctive outdoor gifts for our friends and loved ones. No matter what outdoor pastime you or your family are interested in, they have it at Cabela’s. Here are some great gift ideas that are certain to warm their hearts and make them smile this holiday season. Check back here often for special holiday pricing and more great deals! Cabela’s Commercial Grade Dehydrator $360--520 You can dehydrate venison for...

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Make Your Hunter Happy This Holiday Season with These Gifts

November 14, 2014

'A Grand Entrace' by Dallen Lambson. Image courtesy Dallen Lambson.

You probably have a hunter in the family who seems to have everything. Well, either that or you are the hunter in the family who seems to have everything. Christmas lists can be a challenge but we have some suggestions, at least some of which you haven’t thought of before. Have a look. Nikon Aculon Rangefinder - $169 Rangefinders have always been a little too big to put in a pocket, but Nikon has solved that problem with their new palm-sized rangefinder. They have reduced the size of the unit...

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Inside Bohning Archery: One of the Biggest Names in Bowhunting

October 22, 2014

The Bohning Company has been part of the Lake City, Michigan community since forming in 1946. As it has grown, it has stayed tucked back into the woods and true to its traditions.

To truly be innovative, you look at a need and devise a way to fill that need through a path that hasn't been taken before. In modern archery's infancy, bowhunters and shooters were left to their own devices to construct and maintain their own equipment. Rollin Bohning, a research chemist by trade and a serious bowhunting enthusiast, wasn't happy with the available materials used to bond broadheads to arrow shafts. His solution was to develop a new cement for that exact purpose and in 1946, the Bohning Company was formed. When I sat down...

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7 Upland Essentials for Female Hunters

October 8, 2014

If you're going grousing, pheasant hunting, or pursuing any other upland bird, consider these seven gear essentials. Image by Britney Starr.

If you’re interested in trying your hand at upland hunting, there are a few gear essentials that will make your time afield comfortable and enjoyable. Below are my recommendations for basic women’s upland gear. 1. Blaze orange hat Wearing blaze orange while upland hunting is an important safety aspect that shouldn’t be overlooked. Be sure to check your state’s regulations for specifics on how much blaze orange is required by law. I’m a believer in the “more is better” mind-set when it comes to orange, especially if you’re hunting in thick cover during the early part of the...

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Suppressor-ready Hunting Rifles Becoming the Norm

September 30, 2014

In stark contrast to just under a decade ago, gun manufacturers are offering more and more hunting rifles that readily accept suppressors.

Twenty years ago if you wanted to mount a noise-moderating suppressor on your hunting rifle, it meant a trip to a machine shop and a long explanation. Now, manufacturers from Ruger to Marlin are cranking out standard offerings aimed at sportsmen and target shooters alike that are set up from the factory to accept your favorite screw-on “can” of choice. Problems of yesteryear In the 1930s silencers, and any other device meant to muffle the sound of a firearm were lumped in under the National Firearms Act (NFA) as Title II weapons, along with short-barreled rifles and shotguns, machine...

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Manage Your Hunting Land with the Tip of a Finger with HuntStand

September 25, 2014

The HuntStand Lite app lets you create an interactive overlay of your property using several different tools.

I really enjoy incorporating technological advancements with outdoor pursuits like hunting. I frequently try to "disconnect," but I keep getting pulled back in. One such tech tool that I’ve been enjoying is the new HuntStand Lite app for smartphones and tablets from the folks at TerraStride. What’s in the box? The app uses GPS data, along with sophisticated mapping programs, weather data, and satellite images to create an interactive overlay of your property. I’ve seen programs that let you use those...

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