Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The "Boss Buck" - by Flambeau

Hands down this is my favorite time of year. The leaves are falling, the mornings are crisp and the deer woods are starting to come to life. I am getting excited for some time off work chasing whitetail bucks.

Each year that passes I try and learn something new in regards to outsmarting whitetail deer. Looking back over the past three seasons I can pinpoint one piece of my equipment that I know for a fact has increased my success in the deer woods. The Flambeau Boss Buck Decoy.

The Boss buck is one of the most realistic deer decoys on the market. Combine the looks of the Boss Buck with traditional tactics like grunting or rattling and it's game on.

I can say with full confidence this decoy has increased my encounters with whitetail bucks. With the proper positioning and care it can be the difference maker. I have had both does and bucks have come in to my Boss Buck decoy for a closer look.

The Boss Buck is a 120" 8 point deer. You might find yourself doing a double take the first time you put it together. It's amazingly realistic! I added a tail from a deer I shot previously to the decoy that I know makes deer feel even more comfortable. A slight breeze and the Boss comes to life with a little tail movement.

All parts of the decoy can be stored within the body cavity of the deer. The legs, ears and antlers easily lock into place. This allows for easy transport to and from your stand location. I have a few locations that I fully assemble to decoy where I park and carry in over my shoulder.

One factor I contribute my success to when using the decoy is keeping it clean and scent free. During the off season I do store in my basement. A few weeks prior to the season, I hose the decoy off in the yard and wipe down with scent free wipes. I also keep it outside for a few weeks before I plan to use in the field.

When using the decoy I have found it best to set the decoy up 20-30 yards up wind of my stand. While you can't guarantee where the buck might come from, you can count on him approaching from down wind. In two different situations this worked perfectly and the bucks approached between my stand and the decoy.

The video below is some extended footage of an encounter with an 8pt that I hope to see again this year. He completed a 360 around my stand while making several scrapes.

I can't say enough about the Boss Buck. It has added meat to my freezer and antlers on the wall! Not to mention hours of excitement in the stand.

If you are looking for something to increase your odds I highly recommend the Flameau Boss Buck decoy.

Remember, It's all about the chase - ChaseDeer365

Monday, June 1, 2015

ChaseDeer365 - Tight Spot Quiver

Its seems like more than ever we are bombarded with product advertisements and must have gear adds. I realize that the sport of archery is a business and a way of life for many people. With that said, it sure is frustrating to make a purchase with your hard earned money only for it not to function as advertised.

Hopefully our gear review will be helpful to anyone who is looking to add to or update their gear this season.

 Tight Spot Quiver

I've only used a few different quivers over the years. Most recently the Mathews T5 and the Alpine 5 arrow quiver. Anytime I go for new gear I ask myself one question, "will this help me be a better deer hunter". That might sound a little cheesy to most but I truly believe each piece of equipment I carry into the woods should increase my odds in some way.

I had a few things in mind when I started my search for a new quiver this year. One, I really wanted a quiver that was quiet. My only complaint I had with the Mathews quiver was noise from arrows slapping together after the shot. I also needed something lightweight. Lastly I needed the quiver to work seamlessly with my Hogg Father. I don't care for additional brackets or adapters.

The first thing that stood out to me was how easy it was to take off my bow. I was able to do this quietly and with one hand, huge plus! The hood was solid and the new rubber insert seemed much more durable vs traditional foam.

I also noticed that I could adjust the quiver depending on the diameter of the arrows I'm shooting.

 The Tight Spot also gives 14" of adjustability to move the hood up or down (great for longer arrows).

I mounted the quiver on my sight and away I went to the backyard. After a few shots and a few adjustments I was quickly becoming a fan. The quiver was very quiet. I wasn't getting any vibration or noise from my other arrows.

 Note the bracket can be mounted facing left or right. If you mount to your sight as pictured above it will allow for clearance with your dovetail sight. If mounted the other direction the quiver will mount even closer to the riser. I prefer to sacrifice the minimal spacing and have full functionality of my dovetail sight, specifically for storage. The quiver still mounts closer to the bow than any quiver I have used.

The adjustability and function of this quiver is incredible. It is apparent that countless hours of testing went in to making the quiver fit as close to the limbs and riser as possible. I'm not sure I can say it makes me shoot better, maybe time will tell. I do know I will no longer be afraid of my quiver making noise after the shot. 

Key Takeaways :

The quiver is incredibly quiet and lightweight (10.05oz)
Easy to take on and off
Rubber hood will last longer than me!
No more dull blades or foam replacements
Useful adjustments
Sturdy and durable

Stay tuned for more updates and reviews on must have gear for this deer season!

 It's all about the chase............

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DirtNap Gear Broadheads

One thing that remains consistent with my approach to archery hunting is the desire to improve.

I am always looking for ways to better my chances in a sport that is incredibly challenging.

Oftentimes you read other enthusiasts opinions on which pieces of their gear is most important. Well, we don't have enough time to hash this topic out. All I know is without an effective broadhead your chances of success go from slim to none.

Here are a few of the reasons why I and several of my close hunting partners have chosen to shoot D.R.T DirtNap Gear broadheads.

1.) Accuracy - I am a huge tuning fan. No broadhead should ever take the place of a well-tuned bow. With that said, the DRT heads fly better than any head I have ever shot. I was slapping arrows and busting knocks my first few shots. This continued back to 50 yards. They fly like darts PERIOD.

2.) Penetration - These DRT heads like to go through things.... All the way. In testing, the DRT vs the Muzzy 3 Blade and the Rage Hypodermic the DRT won every time. I encourage you to try one for yourself! That's right! This company unlike many others will allow you to purchase one head to try for yourself. You might as well order a pack or two but just for you skeptics it's an option.

* Testing was preformed with 71 lbs, 28' Draw Length, 27 3/4" Arrow, 410 grn Arrow

3.) Warranty - This one is simple. Directly from the DirtNap Gear web site: "If you break, bend or have a problem with the ANY PART of our broadheads, send it to us and we will replace it."

4.) Durability - DRT broadheads aren't cheap and flimsy. I am still using the same broadhead I started with. It has taken down big game, small game and some trees and rocks too.

5.) M.W.S - Say what? The "Modular Weight System" sets this broadhead apart from the rest of the pack. All DRT heads come as 100 grain broadheads. They include the 25 grain module that easy threads between your arrow on the broadhead. This allows for some flexibility with tuning, FOC and spine selection. I plan to use the 100 grains for whitetail this season and 125 grains for elk. Can't wait!

6.) The People - Tom and Robin personally test, mail and package every DRT head shipped. They have put a lot in to creating a great company and an incredible product. They believe in their product and stand behind it 100% ... Anymore, that's hard to find!

I challenge anyone who is looking to improve their success to give DirtNap Gear broadheads a try. They fly true and punish with zero forgiveness.


This broadhead will eliminate long tracking jobs... If you enjoy long frustrating walks and plan to use a DRT head.... take up golf.

Below is the whitetail I took last season. I was sitting in a tree 21 feet off the ground. This deer was only 16 yards from the base of my tree. She was in a drainage that sloped down putting her close to 30 ft below me. The distance was pretty easy but the angle made me think twice. Of course my arrow passed through and she piled up within sight.

If you are setting out for the woods, a tree stand, a ground blind or the hills, I would highly recommend you consider putting some DirtNap Gear broadheads in your quiver. If you try them you will see first hand how true they fly. Good luck to everyone in 2014!

It's all about the chase......

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Mathews Inc Announces No Cam ST Technology

Love them or hate them, Mathews has been one of the leaders in compound hunting bows for many years.  With a spot at the top of the archery world comes criticism and high standards.

It is no secret that Mathews has caught a significant amount of heat for lackluster releases and more of the same when releasing new flagship bows. Many have said "they are done", "they have been caught", or "focus on making guitars full time".....

All opinions aside the announcement made last night at 12am has the archery world buzzing. Early reports are positive from even the critics. Mathews No Cam technology is simple yet revolutionary.

If you are a Mathews fan or not it is fair to say the company needed something big. They needed a huge change, something to make waves. Archers were asking for more speed, longer Axle to Axle and more.

Without shooting the bow the only grade we can give Mathews is based on the level of excitement from social media and forums.  So far, so good.

In all four bows were announced, three specific to target and one geared towards the hunter.

Specs of the HTR 

Brace Height 6 5/8"
Draw Weight 50, 60 & 70 lbs
Bow Weight 4.14
Let-off 65%, 75%, 85%
Draw Lengths 24-30"  Half Sizes 24.5-29.5"
String/Cable String: 59 7/8" Cable: 37 5/8"
Riser Length 28.92"
IBO Rating up to 330 fps
Axle-to-Axle 32"
MSRP $1,099

If you are looking for a new bow I would highly recomend shooting as many different bows as possible!

Find out more about No Cam technology at Mathews Inc

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Five Reasons to Use a Decoy During the "Rut"

Our theme is and always will be focused on improving our skills as hunters in effort to be more successful in the woods.

As the 2014 deer season is in full swing in most parts of the country I hear a lot about strategies and tactics used during the "rut". One strategy that has proven successful for myself and others around me is a decoy.

Some hunters may judge "success" in a different light than I do. Anytime I have a doe or buck of any size or age follow the script I have prepared I consider that a success. Fooling a whitetail is one of the most challenging things a hunter can do. I will never forget the feeling I had after I decoyed my first decent buck that I passed. I came home with a smile on my face and a sense of accomplishment.

If you are like me and judge your success based on encounters, or you judge success based on bone on the wall, here are five reasons to use a decoy during your 2013 whitetail rut hunts.

1.) Locks Bucks Attention - If you have a buck of any size in the area and he sees the decoy, all the attention is now on your decoy. This takes most of the focus off of you and your movements.

2.) Helps Hunt the Wind - If you set your decoy in the proper position it will help push deer to a specific route or trail. Often times hunter will put their decoy 15-20 yards away from their stand. Depending on the wind I will place my decoy upwind of the trail or location I'm predicting deer movement. In same cases I will place the decoy 30 or even 35 yards away from my set. The goal here is getting your buck to circle down wind of the decoy and end up in your lap.

3.) Interests Does - More often than not I have does come in to check things out. I don't know about you but during the rut I see does as bait! With this said it is imperative that you keep your decoy scent free. Store outside or near your stand for a month before use. Make sure to handle your decoy with gloves.

4.) Avoid the Bedroom - Under the right circumstances I will push the envelope and hunt a doe bedding area or a sanctuary. This is very rare. I have found that a decoy 75-100 yards outside of these areas will draw deer in your direction. The more visible the decoy is from a distance the better.

5.) Fun - If all else fails you will have more fun with a decoy. When I use a decoy I see more deer. The deer I do see usually get closer than they would if I was hunting without a decoy.

Good luck to everyone hitting the woods in the upcoming weeks. The whitetail rut is a magical time of year. You never know who will show up. Climb a tree, head for your blind and have a blast.

It's all about the chase.........