The BlackOut® Epic Compound Bow Package

We’ve been shooting package bow setups for some time, dating back to our days with Cabela’s and now with Bass Pro Shops and the BlackOut® Lineup of compound bows. The BlackOut® Epic Compound Bow Package is the latest addition to the already prestigious lineup of compound bows available at your local Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. The great thing about the BlackOut® Epic Compound Bow Package is that you can choose to use it exactly as it comes, or you can customize it how you want once you purchase it.

When you look at this bow, it’s affordably priced ($599) so that you’re ready for your whitetail hunts or other big game hunts as soon as you walk out of the store with it.

Offering bowhunters proven BlackOut® performance with advanced versatility, the BlackOut® Epic Compound Bow Package delivers deadly power and accuracy for any type of hunting. Outfitted with highly adjustable SYNC Cam technology, this bow allows bowhunters to customize its let-off to 4 different positions (75%, 80%, 85%, or 90%) without sacrificing performance.

Combining this advanced adjustability with a compact design (just 32″ axle-to-axle), the BlackOut® Epic Compound Bow Package still offers hardcore hunters big power for whitetail, big game, and everything in between.

Anchored in high-powered limbs and a rock-solid riser, this specialized cam system accurately fires arrows at game up to 340 fps, giving the speed you need for any big game.

ShockWaves limb dampening device and compact string stop eliminate the vibration and shock to quiet every shot. Slim grip design for a better hand fit and comfort. Draw length range: 26″-30″.

BlackOut Compound bow

The BlackOut® Epic Compound Bow Package comes ready to hunt!

BlackOut® Epic Compound Bow Package Features

Volt 5-Pin sight, 5-arrow quiver, Whisker Biscuit® arrow rest, 6″ stabilizer and sling, TruPeep, D loop.

  • Great power, shootability, and adaptability from a compact hunting bow
  • Great hunting bow for whitetail and other big game
  • SYNC Cam technology – big power with 4 different let-off settings
  • Fires arrows up to 340 fps
  • Pick your preferred let-off without losing performance
  • Easy handling – 32″ axle-to-axle
  • Sleek string suppressor and Shockwaves limb dampening system
  • Factory-installed accessories: 5-Pin sight, 5-arrow quiver, Whisker Biscuit arrow rest, 6″ stabilizer and sling, TruPeep, D loop

The BlackOut® Epic Compound Bow is a bow that Wade will be using in the field this year from Kentucky to Texas! He’ll have it outfitted to fit him specifically (including the Garmin Xero Bow Sight). When you combine all this adjustability with its compact design (32” axle-to-axle) it’s a bow that offers the hardcore hunter what they need to take down that whitetail or big game trophy when it comes to heading to field this fall.

HAWK Introduces Helium Pro Hang-On Treestand

Helium Pro THE ULTIMATE PACKING TREESTAND!

The Helium Pro Hang-on by HAWK® has become trusted by mobile hunters everywhere to provide rock-solid performance and enhanced comfort for the long-haul. Forged out of lightweight aluminum and only weighing 12 lbs, the Helium Pro combines comfort and mobility like no stand before.

Hawk Treestand

Helium Pro Hang-On

Priced affordably, this stand provides a pressure-relieving sit with 3-inches of HAWK® memory foam that forms to the body. Staying quiet has never been easier with an ergonomic platform design that’s welded at all contact points and includes self-lubricating Teflon® Washers between metal-to-metal contact points. For ultimate stability, the Helium Pro comes standard with included Tree-Digger™ teeth to bite and grip bark, and even optional use with the HAWK® Cruzr Bracket to make hanging safe, quick, and easy!

Includes 1-inch cinch strap, backpack straps, as well as an adjustable footrest. All HAWK® stands are tested to TMA standards and include a full-body safety harness.

HAWK® Helium Pro Hang-On Features:

  • SILENT-USE ATTACHMENT HOOKS Prevent Noise When Packing & Installing
  • SOLID Noise-Free Platform Welded at ALL Contact Points
  • TEFLON WASHERS Included at All Contact Points
  • ADJUSTABLE FOOTREST Adjustable footrest for all-day comfort
  • CRUZR BRACKET COMPATIBLE Optional Use for Safe, Fast and Easy Tree Stand Hanging
  • ALUMINUM Weighing in at only 12lbs, mobility and comfort meet
  • PLATFORM SIZE – 24″ W x 30″ D
  • STAND WEIGHT – 12-LB
  • SEAT SIZE – 16″ W x 10″ D
  • CONSTRUCTION –Aluminum

MSRP: $209.99

To learn more about the HAWK® Helium Pro Hang-On and other HAWK® products, visit www.hawkhunting.com.

About HAWK® Hunting

Based in Irving, TX – HAWK® Hunting is a hunter driven and committed to ruggedly-designed outdoor gear. Never satisfied and refusing to settle, our passion is bringing superior design, quality and performance to products that all hunters can enjoy. Like refining a strategy in the woods, it’s all about evolving. HUNT STRONGER. SAFER. SMARTER. HUNT FROM ABOVE®. For more information about HAWK®, please visit www.hawkhunting.com.

Attracting Whitetail While Providing Nutrition

Attracting Whitetail with Record Rack Deer Feed

Attracting Whitetail while also providing nutritional benefits has become very popular in the past few decades and one of the companies at the forefront of assisting hunters and game managers with this is Record Rack. Let’s learn more about how they suggest and assist you in creating management programs and attracting wildlife to your hunting areas.

 

 

Record Rack Golden Nuggets

Features

  • Advanced extrusion technology for superior palatability, superior digestibility and superior water resistance.
  • More protein for growth and antler development.
  • More fat and fiber—and less starch and sugar—to aid digestion and help minimize the risk of digestive upsets in deer.
  • Superior mineral and trace mineral package to support the development of structural tissues and antlers.
  • Higher vitamin levels for enhanced immune system response during periods of stress from the environment and the rut.
  • No waste or stopped-up feeders from corncobs and stalk trash.
  • Durable nugget form for convenient spin feeding.
  • Wild berry scent and flavoring for enhanced consumption and appeal.
  • Aflatoxin is safe for all wildlife, including quail and other gamebirds.

Feeding Directions

Record Rack® Golden Deer Nuggets™ can be fed in many ways for attracting whitetail. Feed in spin cast feeders, troughs, by hand, or on the ground. They are also a great addition to protein pellets as a starter ration to start deer on supplement programs. **If you are feeding in a spin cast feeder, use a 2” opening or wider to ensure proper flow.

Have general questions about feeding wildlife? Make sure to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Guaranteed Analysis

Nutrient Min. Max.
Crude Protein 13.0%
Lysine 0.5%
Crude Fat 12.0%
Crude Fiber
Calcium 2.25% 2.75%
Phosphorus 1.0%
Salt 0.05% 0.25%
Copper 25 ppm
Zinc 100 ppm
Vitamin A 15,000 IU/lb
Vitamin E 20 IU/lb

 

 

Record Rack BAM Big Antler Mineral

BAM helps in attracting whitetail

Features

  • Irresistible Berry Aroma: Deer can smell this from miles away. Lure them in and keep them coming back!
  • Flavor Deer Can’t Resist: The smell draws them in, but the TASTE keeps them coming back for more! BAM includes a proprietary nutrient formulation that delivers a unique and consistent blend of ingredients that ensures maximum palatability and consumption.
  • Improved Antler Production: BAM is heavily fortified with trace minerals at levels found to improve antler production and total herd health.
  • Increased Water Consumption: BAM has higher levels of salt to encourage more water consumption.

Feeding Directions

FEEDING DOESN’T GET ANY EASIER!

Just open up the bag of Record Rack® Big Antler Mineral supplement, pour and BAM! Place mix directly on the ground or in mineral feeders. Place mineral near trails, rubs or watering spots. Or, simply pour mineral on a rock or log close to trails and feeding areas.

CAUTION: This product contains added copper and should not be fed to sheep or related species that have a low tolerance to copper. Consumption of this product by sheep may result in copper toxicity.

CAUTION:  Do not feed wet or moldy product as it may cause illness and even death.  Store Record Rack® Big Antler MineralTM supplements in a cool, dry environment.

WARNING: The Feeding and Baiting of Wild Deer is Prohibited in Some Regions. Consult Local Laws and Regulations Before Using this Product.

Guaranteed Analysis

Nutrient Min. Max.
Calcium 12.5% 13.5%
Phosphorus 3.0%
Salt 56.0% 61.0%
Sodium 22.0% 26.0%
Cobalt 30 ppm
Copper 600 ppm
Cobalt 30 ppm
Iodine 46 ppm
Manganese 2,300 ppm
Selenium 10 ppm
Zinc 2,400 ppm

 

 

Record Rack Deer Block

Record Rack Deer Block

Features

  • 14% protein
  • Easy-to-feed 30.3 lb. block
  • Fortified with vitamins and minerals
  • Irresistible wild berry flavor

Feeding Directions

Feed to deer in their native habitat as a supplement to their natural diet. Consumption will vary according to the natural food supply, the season, and the animal’s needs and condition.

Guaranteed Analysis

Nutrient Min. Max.
Crude Protein 14.0%
Crude Fat 3.0%
Crude Fiber 6.0%
Calcium 2.5% 3.0%
Phosphorus 1.0%
Salt 2.5% 3.0%
Sodium 1.0 ppm 1.3%
Vitamin A 30,000 IU/lb
Vitamin E 30 IU/lb

 

 

Click here to learn more about all the nutritional products Record Rack has to offer. If you want to learn about other ways on attracting whitetail while hunting, click here.

Is the Garmin XERO Legal in Your State?

Most Frequently Asked Questions About the Garmin Xero

Ever since the Garmin Xero bow sight came into the hunting world a lot of people had the same question, “Is this sight legal for me to hunt with?” To help figure out what states you can and cannot hunt in with the Garmin Xero, here are some frequently asked questions and answers regarding the legal use of the Xero A1 and A1i bow sight.

Hunter using the Garmin Xero

Does the Garmin Xero Bow Sight project visible light on the target during use?

No, the Xero Bow Sight projects only infrared (non-visible to the human eye) light onto the target as part of its laser range finding function.

Can the Garmin Xero Bow Sight ever be used to project visible light towards a target?

No.

point of view from garmin xero

You would see a non-magnified view with an LED pin when aiming with the Garmin Xero.

Does the Garmin Xero Bow Sight use illuminated pins?

Yes. The Xero Bow Sight uses light emitting diodes to present the pin for the shot onto a piece of angled glass. Light from this diode is then reflected back towards the eye of the archer.

Does the Garmin Xero Bow Sight provide a magnified view of the target?

No.

Is the Garmin Xero Bow Sight similar to a scope?

No. Scopes provide magnification. The Xero Bow Sight does not. The glass used in the sight is for the reflection of pins to the eye only. There is no magnification provided.

hunter with the garmin xero

No visible light is illuminated from the sight to the target.

Does the Xero Bow Sight enhance vision to the target in dim or night conditions?

No, the Xero Bow Sight cannot illuminate the target. Only the aiming pins are illuminated. The infrared light used by the Xero is only used to range the target. It does not illuminate the target.

Is the Garmin Xero Bow Sight a “Laser Sight” or “Red Dot Sight”?

Those terms are typically used for sights that emit a human eye visible beam of red light to the target. The Xero Bows Sight’s laser range finding functionality only emits invisible, infrared light. The pins, which are visible to the hunter, are only projected towards the hunter’s eye.

Is the Garmin Xero Bow Sight legal for a certain state?

The Xero A1 & A1i bow sights are legal to use in the majority of the United States. It is the responsibility of the hunter to know the specific bowhunting regulations for their state and hunting region. Garmin does not publish the bowhunting regulations for each state as they vary and can change from year to year. We hope this article has answered your questions in regards to the legality of the Garmin Xero Bow Sight. ALWAYS review your desired state’s bowhunting regulations to confirm if the Xero A1 or A1i are legal to use.

 

Happy Hunting!

garmin logo

 

Garmin Handhelds Help Get You to Your Stand

When it comes to actually getting to your stand in the dark, there’s not a hunter in the world that hasn’t gotten a bit turned around when heading off in the morning to a new stand. That’s where something like a Garmin handheld GPS, can show you the way.

GPSMAP® 66i – GPS Handheld and Satellite Communicator

“It’s very simple to be able to use a Garmin handheld GPS like this, here’s my stand and here’s where I’m going. I’d like to say I’m perfect, and I’ve been to a lot of places,  but I have the fog, the darkness, everything looks different. You think about doing something like this and knowing exactly where to park. Then I can mark where my stand is as well.  Aim it and navigate right to it, same situation. It’s just easy to make that mistake of walking. And that’s why I use handheld GPS on the way in and out of a hunting spot.” – Wade Middleton

 

Tips to Further Conceal Yourself in a Box Blind

By Wade Middleton

 

Shooting Made Easy Window Gun Rest

There are a few things that I like to do when I’m in a box blind. I like to have a small shooting rest with me. Sometimes, I’ll even go bigger, but I just carry it in my backpack and put it in the different windows that I think I’m going to shoot out of.  Now, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to be shooting out one of these other windows, but this is my primary window.  So, I keep it set up right here. It’s quiet to set the gun on. It gives me a good rest for those long distance shots.

When I do get in a box blind, one of the other things I do is, I kind of set it up, where my gun is leaning up against something.  I might have my range finder out, where I can quickly pop off some distances before that and my backpack and my water and any other supplies,  will be readily available as well.  When you get into these box blinds, it’s a whole different type of hunting that I really, really enjoy.

I also like to use either camo tarps or some of the different products that come with the blinds to blackout certain windows, so you’re not skylighted all the time. I think that’s really important, especially if you’re hunting on a food plot and you know that the action, is gonna be in these front five windows. We’ll then blackout two or three in the back. That allows us to be able to move and bob and weave in there a little bit. And from our standpoint, the camera guy is always moving, ’cause if he’s not moving, he doesn’t get the shot. I don’t even see what happens. So, you want those capabilities and abilities in there. And then, the ability to open and close windows silently and securely is really a key deal at the end of the day.  It’s something that a lot of people don’t think of that I think is really important. You wanna be able to lock those windows up and doors up airtight when you’re gone, so undesirable creatures are not in your blind when you get back there!

 

Yamaha Motorsports Launches “Deliver Your Ride” Program

Program Supports Dealer Deliveries of New ATV, Side-by-Side, Motorcycle, and Snowmobile Products to Customers’ Homes Where Possible

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, launched an all-new “Deliver Your Ride” program supporting Yamaha dealers that are able to complete vehicle purchases remotely and then deliver the product directly to customers. The new program includes ATV, Side-by-Side, motorcycle, and snowmobile products, and is available nationwide wherever dealers can legally and safely participate.

“Yamaha is working hard to support our dealer network and their customers during these difficult times,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsports group marketing manager. “It’s not business-as-usual for anyone, yet we know people may still want to buy and enjoy new Yamaha products where possible and appropriate based on their local laws and regulations.”

The new Deliver Your Ride initiative was announced to Yamaha dealers on April 17, 2020, as a temporary program and Yamaha is working diligently with dealers to assist with the implementation. Interested customers can contact their local Yamaha dealer or visit YamahaMotorsports.com to determine availability in their area. This is a voluntary program and Yamaha is encouraging each dealer to determine the feasibility based on their local laws and capabilities.

For details regarding all Yamaha products, visit YamahaMotorsports.com. Connect with Yamaha on social media via @YamahaMotorUSA or @YamahaOutdoors.

Accessories for Your Tree Stand

When up in the ladder stand, you’re definitely limited on where you can store your gear. With a box blind or pop-up, you have room to spread out, but not in a ladder stand. If you’re lucky, the trees around you have strong enough limbs, that you can hang your bow, binoculars, or whatever else. To combat that, our friends at Hawk Hunting and Hunting Made Easy have a few products that can solve this very problem.

 

Hawk Extendable Tree Arm

Hawk Hunting Xtendible Tree Arm – #1 SELLING PRO-GRADE TREE ARM

Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, the lightweight Xtendable Tree Arm extends from a trim 8.5 inches to 16.5 inches in length. Hawk’s famous Auger Tip threads make installation quick and painless.  The patent-pending anti-spin tree cantilever bites into bark and illuminates unwanted spinning or movement of the arm. Once installed, the arm pivots 180-degrees for precision weapon and gear placement. The oversized silent grip hook silently and securely hangs gear. The extendible tree arm also includes claw hanging hooks, allowing for versatile attachment and quick gear organization.

Tactical Solo Tree Hook

Hawk Hunting Tactical Solo Tree Hook – THE ORIGINAL PREMIUM TREE HOOK

Hawk also has a wide variety of hooks, like the Tactical Solo Tree Hook, and this is no typical tree hook. The Tactical Tree Hook features ultra-sharp AugerTip threads that start fast and allow for easy screwing into the densest of hardwoods.  No more pain in the hand. The 2.75-inch hook weighs just 2.1 ounces and can hold up to 60 pounds. Each hook is molded with a durable quiet finish and includes a thread-protecting cap, with an attached carabiner that makes transporting the hook a snap.

 

Hunting Made Easy Hunter’s Combo Pack

Hunting Made Easy – HUNTER’S COMBO PACK – 7″ SAW

Another handy tool that you can easily carry in your backpack when going into a ladder stand, is the Hunter’s Combo Pack from Hunting Made Easy. It contains a five or seven-inch folding saw and a pair of heavy-duty bypass shears. These products work in tandem to cut off any pesky tree limbs that might be in your way.

There’s always one branch. And no it doesn’t matter what you’re doing. I’ve always packed something like this. It’s just, it’s mandatory.  And I also use the clippers a lot in turkey season, deer season. The fact that I like is that it gives me a lot better lane, without losing a lot of cover. It just lives in my backpack all the time. – Wade Middleton

Engel Coolers’ NEW High Viz Orange vs Yellow Safety Dryboxes

YOU CAN’T MISS THEM!

 

Introducing Engel Coolers newest Drybox/Coolers in eye-catching High Viz Yellow and High Viz Orange, now in stock and ready to ship. Perfect on any boat or paddle board, their safety yellow color also makes them great for use as a drybox for ammo or as ditch-box for safety gear or electronics. And of course, like all Engel Coolers’ Drybox/Coolers, they also make a really cool looking lunch box.

ENGEL COOLER/DRYBOX – NEW HIGH VISIBILITY YELLOW

The ultimate leak-proof cooler. Ideal for hunters and kayak fishermen. Load it onto the back of your 4-wheeler or truck and head out for a great adventure outdoors. Keeps food and drinks cold. It doubles as a dry box – keeping out moisture and/or dust from your valuable electronics, emergency kits, and cameras.

  • Includes 1 hanging accessory tray
  • Quality Injection Molded (PP Copolymer)
  • Insulated with High-Grade molded Polystyrene Foam
  • Airtight EVA Gasket Seal Recessed Ergonomic
  • Carry Handles (ABS) & Integrated Shoulder Strap (PP)
  • Self-Stopping Hinge (ABS)
  • All Fittings Secured with Stainless Steel Screws
  • Stain and Odor Resistant
  • Non-Absorbent Surface Easy to Clean
  • Compact and Lightweight
  • 5 Year Warranty

ENGEL COOLER/DRYBOX – NEW HIGH VISIBILITY ORANGE

So the only question that remains is…WHO YOU GOT?

Tips on Attracting Deer

by Wade Middleton

Whitetail hunters are always looking for ways to attract deer into their area. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few ways you can entice deer and we’ll start off with scent control and attractants.

Cover Scents

When we start talkin’ about scent control, and attractants, basically, those are two topics that really get people interested and they gravitate towards ’em. What’s real, what not? And how do they work? And why do they work? In my opinion, both of those play a huge role in certain situations in your hunting scenarios. Me, personally, you know, clothing is gonna be the first thing. Trying to use a good quality hunting garment that can keep some of that scent in would be a way to do it but using different types of devices, using different types of products out there are gonna be key.

For me, the Scent Stick, that’s what I like to deploy. A lot of different cover scents. The EverCalm is one of my favorites from ConQuest Scents. You can get it in liquid form, you can get it in a wax form, you can put it inside the Scent Stick, can be able to deploy is next to you all the way around. And so it’s basically, whatever direction the wind’s gonna go, it’s gonna put that out there for you. Another great aspect of the ConQuest Scents EverCalm product is it comes in a solid as well that you can put on your clothes, you can put it on your boots, especially put it around the edges of your boots when you’re walking in to help eliminate leaving a scent trail. So if you don’t have a creek like we’ve got right here to sneak down, that’s a great way to concentrate on your cover scent aspects.

Deer Attractants

I like to also use attractants a lot of times. I don’t necessarily use attractants as much durin’ the early season. My main focus durin’ the early season is trying to cover a lot of scents. I don’t think that the doe in heat type products and any of the buck testosterone type things are gonna work in those September, October places where I’m typically hunting. The bucks are still together, they’re still gettin’ along, the rut hadn’t even begun to begin yet so it’s cover scents. Now, when I know they start gettin’ into that pre-rut and rut situation, that’s when I want to apply the attractants and how you apply the attractants, well, once again, some of the same methods I talked about, a scent stick, usin’ some of the different solids that you can rub on ya or a ScentFIRE product. The ScentFIRE device by ConQuest Scents has recently been released to allow hunters a variety of options to be able to, basically, remotely deploy scent-type devices out into the environment that they’re hunting in.

From an attractant standpoint, VS-1, what a great way to be able to deploy that type of a scent into the environment when the deer are rutting. You constantly can put doe in heat out there basically so any time a buck comes by or is in the area, you’ve got fresh scent goin’ out so it’s a very easy was to be able to deploy scent in a lotta different situations. We’ve been putting it into use for about a year now and the results speak for themselves as far as deer saying comfortably and calm in that area. So, scent control to me comes in a lotta different situations as well as the attractants.

 

Creating Mock Scrapes

The ScrapeMaker can make authentic licking limbs, realistic mock rubs, and a scrape that looks like a massive buck made it. By using the Scrape Maker, you will be able to locate and harvest the dominant buck in your area.