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.........

Monday, September 1, 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, 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.


**WARNING**

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, August 20, 2014

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

Friday, August 1, 2014

ChaseDeer365 - Primos Neoprene Bow Sling

No matter if you are heading to a tree stand in Wisconsin to hunt whitetail deer, or the Rocky Mountains in Colorado to hunt elk, a bow sling is a must. I will admit that wasn't always my feeling. In fact this will be the first year I will be using one personally.

I have mentioned previously my goal is to improve my hunting experience year after year. As I reviewed each hunt from the 2013 season a few things stood out.

One area that I had trouble with in 2013 was getting to my stand with all my gear, especially when hunting solo. I am a big advocate for entering smart into the deer woods. On one occasion I carried, Lone Wolf sticks, a stand, a Boss Buck decoy and my bow. Looking back now, that was just stupid. I made a lot of noise and worked up a pretty good sweat.

With that in mind I set out for a good quality bow sling with a few specifics in mind. I wanted something that would protect my bow, and would be easy and quiet to remove quickly.
I already have my day pack, so storage wasn't something I needed.

After looking at a few slings I cam across a new version of the Primos sling. I guess I am a sucker because the bold words "NEOPRENE BOW SLING" caught my eye initially.
The packaging claimed to offer significant protection and appeared to be simple.


2013 Primos Neoprene Bow Sling



The sling was a breeze to put on for the first time. I shoot a 30" ATA bow and it slipped on easy and fit really snug.  I was concerned that the sling might be a little loose since it had the ability to adjust out for bows up to 38" ATA. Not the case!





There are clips on both ends to secure the bow around the cam as well as two snap clips to secure your string and cable. The shoulder strap was also easy to adjust to my liking. 

The buckles near the cams are covered with neoprene which makes them really quiet, no loud clicks!



My 2014 whitetail season wont begin until October 1st, so I can't say this is truly field tested. I can say that I have already enjoyed using it at the range.  I also like the fact that I can leave the sling on my bow  when I put it in my case.  

For $30 this sling will provide protection for my cam, string and cable.  That in it self is worth it to me. I am more excited to use this in the deer woods. I know this will help me enter the woods and get to my stand location quietly and still allow me to glass if needed or carry other gear. 

Key Takaways:
Easy to take on and off
Neoprene is durable and quiet
Protection for cams and string
Walk into the woods handsfree