Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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, 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......

Sunday, June 1, 2014

ScoutLook Weather App - Best $1.99 you can spend!

Technology has taken us places we never thought possible. While I can do without a lot of it, there are certain things I've embraced, especially in regards to hunting and strategy.

A few weeks ago I downloaded an app on my iPhone called ScoutLook Weather App. The application cost me $1.99. Note -- I rarely spend money on apps!

I read through the description and a few reviews and thought what the heck, I'll give it a go.

Wow! I am impressed to say the least. The application is incredible. As a deer hunter, wind direction is a major challenge I face any time I step in the woods. I have found myself in the past moving stands based on wind direction, even after I have been in the tree for an hour or so.

With ScoutLook I am able to view wind directions at my current location or specific stand locations I have preset.

It's not just for the deer woods either!

My favorite part is I can view the wind direction by hour. Maybe a set I planned to hunt has a bad wind in the morning, but it changes later in the day. It really takes a lot of the guess work out of my game plan.

I have tested the wind direction in seven different stand locations and each time it has been 100% accurate! I was floored. I've even tested when out and about and it has been spot on.

The best part is I can view the forecasted wind directions for up to 72 hours!

My other favorite features include current, hourly and 7 day weather forecast. These show you sunrise and sunset times along with the moon phase.

With the money you can spend on equipment these days, I think it is safe to say this is an incredible tool for just a couple bucks... who knows, it might be just what you need to make the right call at the right time and get a shot at a buck of a lifetime.

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

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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.

Off to the Archery Talk classifieds I went!! Like I do so often, I found a slightly used TightSpot and pulled the trigger!!

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............

Tuesday, April 1, 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 2013 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 - I can promise one thing. If you have a buck of any size in the area and he sees the decoy, all the attention is now on your decoy.

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 and 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 I have had 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.........

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Deer Steaks You Will Die For!

I enjoy every aspect of hunting whitetail with my bow. I love the preparation, scouting and practice. One aspect of the sport I'm really starting to enjoy is cooking my game! We all work hard for the animals we harvest, so why not enjoy them to the fullest?

With a few too many members of my family turning down the deer steaks at BBQ's, I was determined to change some opinions....and appetites! I can say this recipe has done just that. If you take the time to prep and grill these steaks correctly, your finished product will be to die for.

While I am sure there are many similar recipes, I developed this process and ingredients on my own.

Ingredients Needed:

8-12 Deer Steaks (I cut mine fairly small)
1 Medium Onion
2 Tbsp Montréal Steak Seasoning (per lb. of meat)
2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
1 1/2 Cups Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 Cup Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Cup White Distilled Vinegar
1 Adult Beverage of Choice (not required but highly recommended)

The below steps will add amazing flavor and create tenderness. The methods described have been known to cause PETA members to ask for seconds.....

A few tips before we start. First, always make sure your steaks are completely thawed and free of what I like to call "silver fat." Anyone who has processed a deer or prepared venison knows what I'm talking about. Take your steak out of the freezer two or three days in advance and let them thaw in the fridge. This makes a huge difference!

I also recommend you properly drain the steaks prior to putting them into your marinade dish. Put them in a strainer for 20-30 minutes after they are thawed and let any remaining blood find its way out!

Lastly, invest in a tenderizer. Spending a few extra minutes draining, removing excess scraps and tenderizing your steaks will do wonders for the taste.

Now that the trimming, meat prep and tenderizing are done, we are ready to mix up the marinade. Don't forget to take a few sips of your choice beverage. For you guys reading this, we are about to break out measuring utensils so you might need a little something to take the edge off.

In a small to medium sized bowl mix in your liquid ingredients.  Spend an extra minute to make sure the vinegar and olive oil mix completely! Once you have your liquid mixed and bubbling, add the Montreal Steak seasoning, minced garlic and some onion slices. It is very important to make sure everything is mixed to an even consistency.

Once I have my marinade mixed I like to transfer it to a gallon sized zip lock bag. (I use bags because it allows me to work the marinade into each steak). At this point you are ready to add your steaks to the bag/dish you plan to finish the marinade in. I like to top off the bag with any remaining onions. Let the shaking begin. Work the marinade into each steak and lay the bag flat in the fridge. This will allow you to flip the bag half way through the marinade process and promote an even distribution of flavor.

The next step is up to you. Yes, I am letting go of control and allowing you to decide how long to marinade your choice steaks. All I can say is the longer you let the steaks soak up the potion you just created the better! I generally have my prep work done in the morning and allow 6 to 8 hours for the marinade to take charge.

Just like the marinade, the cook time is up to you and the people you are preparing for.  I have tried to master the art of cooking these steaks for many years. The key to a good deer steak is leaving the lid closed during cook time. I cook my steaks for 4-6 minutes per side depending on thickness.

I hope the marinade and extra steps I have shared allow you to enjoy the fruits of your labor that much more. Be picky! Take your time! Get ready for the best deer steak you have ever had!