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.........

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!