Love It or Hate it: Hunting with 6.5 Creedmoor

You can really start a lot of interesting debates on social media, around the campfire, outdoor forums, wherever it may be about the 6.5 Creedmoor. There’s a very love it or hate it type feeling about this cartridge. But to me, when you pair the 6.5 Creedmoor with the right ammo and the right situation, it’s a deadly combination.

Just like most of the calibers out there, if you use the right bullets in the right conditions, you’re going to find success with it. So those people that don’t like 6.5 Creedmoor a lot of times (I think probably more often than not) they’re using the wrong bullet when it comes to bullet selection.

Do Your Research!


I recommend to a lot of people, that if you’ve got a rifle and want to know what ammo performs the best with your rifle, grab four or five different boxes of ammo (with four or five different bullet weights) from different companies, and go shoot it. At the end of the day, I think what you’ll find is which bullet your rifle performs best with. When you do that and spend the time on the range, it’s going to make you a better shooter and hunter, because you understand and now know what your gun is going to do. I think that pays off a lot.

When you look at the 6.5 Creedmoor, there are a tremendous amount of bullets available that are designed for long-range target shooting out there. There are probably fewer bullets designed for that cartridge when it comes to hunting. But there are some really good bullets out there that I advocate using that we’ve found and used in the field with tremendous success.

Just like any cartridge, any round, anything out there, there are limitations. The 6.5 Creedmoor (shooting the right ammo), I think it’s perfect for a lot of your light, thin-skinned big game animals like African antelope, whitetail deer, etc. It’s going to be right at the lower end of cartridges I would probably pick for elk but I mean, we’ve seen it in action on elk hunts before in which it performed flawlessly and knocked them down. But once again, I think it’s just kind of right there at that threshold.

Which Brand of 6.5 Creedmoor We Chose

6.5 creedmoor ammo box

So when it came time for me to kind of settle on a bullet that I liked we shot a lot of different ones, I read a lot, looked at a lot of different things, and that Hornady 143 grain ELD-X round really seemed to be the one that we got the best results out of it. I mean, we began to get immediate knockdowns, animals dropping right there. It performed in the African forest very well and a lot of our hunts that we were doing over there. I mean, it was one shot, one kill type round. However, when you talk to a lot of professional hunters, they’re going to talk about the 6.5 Creedmoor is maybe not good enough for wildebeest and animals like that. But I have seen it knock down a wildebeest (it took a couple shots) and do its job and wildebeest are notorious for taking multiple rounds in those types of hunting situations. So you just got to study, learn, and make those decisions for yourself personally, for where you’re hunting, and the situation that you’re dealing with. Ultimately you got to put that bullet where it matters, to find the ultimate success.

I think in the end, the 6.5 Creedmoor is an excellent whitetail deer hunting round. I think if you’re making good shots and you’re using the right kind of bullets, you’re really going to be pleased with it. I also think it’s a phenomenal long-range target shooting rifle. I think it’s far better than a .308 Winchester based on the data and based on the things that I’ve seen out there. So when I look at the 6.5 Creedmoor, the haters are gonna hate. But I promise you when you’ve seen it in action on quite a few of our hunts out there it is flat out hammering them (the deer) when we put the bullet where we’re supposed to.

Hunter poses with Whitetail Deer and Rifle

Wade posing with a unique Texas Whitetail and his Thompson/Center Compass II chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor

Cabela’s Instinct TrueTimber’s VSX Camo

TRUETIMBER VSX: THE WORLD’S FOREMOST TECHNICAL CAMO SYSTEM

TrueTimber’s VSX was designed using our micro and macro schematics technology, making this pattern just as effective from the top of the highest mountain terrains to the wide-open prairies and southern woodland thickets. The strategic, non-directional shapes and texturization use lights and darks working together to break up the human outline at close and long distances. The colors are made up of natural grays, browns, and greens found across all outdoor environments and seasons, making this pattern extremely diverse and virtually invisible to any game you’re pursuing. Check out the BRAND NEW Cabela’s Instinct Hunting Clothing featuring the TrueTimber VSX pattern below.

The True Timber pattern VSX design has proven very functional to me in several hunts already.  I’ve been in tree stands in Kentucky, ground blinds in central Texas as well as out in west Texas and what I’ve seen is this pattern blends in easily all over.   I’m very impressed with the color schemes of grays, brown, green and how it diverse it is for any terrain and any game.
I judge my hunting clothing on several key points such as how durable it will be, how functional it is, how quiet it is and finally how comofortable it is.  The Cabela’s Instinct lineup is one I’ve worn for many years basically since it’s inception and I’ve always found it to fit my needs regardless of it being 100 degrees or below 30 degrees when I’m in the field.
Ultimately you want your hunting clothing to perform the way it’s supposed to and the way it’s marketed to you so that at the moment of truth the last thing you’ve got to worry about is being cold, being noisy and being uncomfortable.
– Wade Middleton

LIGHTWEIGHT

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Thermal Zones Quarter-Zip Pullover With 4MOST INHIBIT For Men

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Active Pants For Men

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Fanin Soft-Shell Vest For Men

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Glassing Pants For Men

 

MIDWEIGHT

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Hybrid Puffy Jacket For Men

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Barrier Gore-Tex Pants For Men

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Barrier GORE-TEX Jacket For Men

 

HEAVYWEIGHT

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Stand Hunter Parka For Men With SCENTINEL Scent Control Technology And 4MOST DRYPLUS

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Standhunter Softshell Jacket For Men

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Standhunter Softshell Pants For Men

 

BASE LAYERS

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Thermal Zones Quarter-Zip Pullover With 4MOST INHIBIT For Men

TrueTimber VSX Camo

Cabela’s Instinct Thermal Zones Pants With 4MOST INHIBIT For Men

 

 

Shop TrueTimber VSX camo here

 

 

New HIVIZ LiteWave H3 CompSight

Knowledgeable shotgunners will tell you the key to high scores and cleanly taking flying game is seeing the sights clearly, but not looking directly at them. That’s most easily accomplished when the bead really stands out. Because of this, the HIVIZ® CompSight® has been the standard sight for shotgun shooters and hunters at the highest level for years and it just got better!

HIVIZ has taken the same technology that made the CompSight so popular among top shotgunners and has combined tritium elements with its legendary LitePipe technology to create the HIVIZ LiteWave H3® CompSight with 24-hour illumination. Whether you’re hunting ducks a half-hour before sunrise, pursuing pheasants under the mid-day sun, shooting under the lights in a high-pressure competition shoot-off, or defending your home, the HIVIZ LiteWave H3 CompSight will light your way to success!

These all steel constructed sights are rugged, durable, and designed for the roughest use and may be easily picked up by your peripheral vision in any lighting condition so you can get on target faster ensuring you never miss a shot. Available through distributors, dealers, and online.

The HIVIZ LiteWave H3 CompSight comes with a Green LitePipe and fits most vent-ribbed shotguns with a removable front bead. The sight includes five screws in varying thread sizes to fit nearly any shotgun: 3-56/2.5mm x .45mm; 5-40; 6-48; 3mm x .5; 3mm x .6. MSRP: $55.00.

For additional information, or to order your HIVIZ LiteWave H3 CompSight today, visit our website: http://www.hivizsights.com/product/litewave-compsight/ or call 800.589.4315.

About HIVIZ Shooting Systems – HIVIZ Shooting Systems’ vision is to improve the art of shooting. Whether it is in the field, at the range, or for personal defense, our carefully engineered line of sights and recoil pads are designed to help shooters experience the thrill of outstanding marksmanship.

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.

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

 

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?

Locate and Harvest the Dominant Buck in Your Area!

ConQuest Scents 4 N 1 ScrapeMaker Tool

 

The ScrapeMaker is a tool specifically designed to help you communicate with Whitetail Deer. The ScrapeMaker can make authentic licking limbs, realistic mock rubs, and a scrape that looks like a massive buck made it. By using the ScrapeMaker, you will be able to locate and harvest the dominant buck in your area.

  • THE MOST USEFUL SCOUTING TOOL AVAILABLE
  • GET BIG BUCKS TO STOP WHERE YOU WANT
  • GIVE DOES VISUAL STIMULATION TO URINATE IN SCRAPES
  • CONDITION BUCKS TO YOUR PROPERTY
  • WORKS GREAT WITH TRAIL CAMS
  • CREATE NEW SCRAPES OR FRESHEN EXISTING
  • USE FROM PRESEASON UNTIL SEASON’S END

Hunting with the Thompson/Center Compass II Rifle

By Wade Middleton

Today on Cabela’s Deer Gear TV, we debut the new Thompson/Center Compass II Rifle, take an in-depth look at all the features packed into it, and we showcase our experience with it in the field.

 

The Thompson/Center Compass lineup of rifles, you know, I’m going flashback to when they first came out. You were looking at a model that hit the streets with a great price point, with phenomenal features right out of the box. It was designed to provide, one-inch grooves at 100 yards with good ammunition right when you got it. The original Thompson/Center Compass came fixed with Weaver mounts so you can mount your scopes very easily and without spending a ton of time worrying about it. You could easily tell with the three-position safety when it’s all the way back that bolt’s locked and not going to move for carrying and moving to and from your stand. The middle position of the safety is your safety position, and all the way forward that’s your fire. The Thompson/Center Compass also came with a flush mount rotary magazine, that’s easy to load, slaps right in, holds four to five rounds depending on the caliber that you’re dealing with and comes factory-direct with the ability to thread a suppressor on the muzzle.

Now when you flash forward to the Thompson/Center Compass II Bolt-Action Rifle, you’re basically adding a trigger to an already proven performer at an affordable price that’s going to be in the three to four-pound range of pull, what that gives you is a crisp, easy trigger action that is going to help improve your accuracy even more! You’re not going to feel that long pull that you find in a lot of rifle models out there. I mean, it’s so sweet when you pull the trigger, you’re just going to want to shoot box after box through it.

Wade kneels next to his first harvest (a velvet whitetail) with the Thompson/Center Compass II

We’ve been field-testing the Thompson/Center Compass II for the last few months and when you look at the proven performer that the Thompson/Center Compass already is, at the price point that you can purchase it at, with the variety of calibers that it comes in, it’s a model of rifle that I think anybody that likes to hunt should put one of these into their safe, into their closet, wherever they’re going to store it, and then they’re going to want to get out in the field with, time and time again, because it’s going to perform in the rugged mountains, the flat deserts, cold weather, up in a deer stand, in a pop-up blind, it’s just a proven performer that’s accurate, dependable, rugged, and it’s not going to break the bank.

The Fastest and Narrowest Forward-Draw Crossbow Ever

TenPoint Launches Fastest Forward-Draw Crossbow with
440 Feet-Per-Second and Safe De-Cocking in the
NEW 5.8” Wide Vengent S440

TenPoint Crossbow Technologies launched the NEW Vengent S440 at the 2020 ATA Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.  TenPoint’s fastest and forward-draw crossbow ever, the Vengent S440 delivers lightning speeds up to 440 FPS and features the NEW revolutionary ACUslide cocking and de-cocking system.  The ultra-fast crossbow is also our narrowest ever, measuring an incredible 5.8-inches wide, and weighs a half-pound less than previous TenPoint flagship models.

“We have always committed ourselves to building the best crossbows on the market and, while de-cocking is not a new concept to the crossbow market, the silent ACUslide is the first safe option to de-cock a crossbow with a crank,” said Rick Bednar, TenPoint CEO.

The NEW ACUslide features the company’s groundbreaking Auto-Brake Gear System, which allows for silent cocking and safe and controlled de-cocking of the crossbow.  The Auto-Brake Gear System eliminates the potential of losing control which can lead to injury or costly bow damage during the de-cocking process. While de-cocking with the ACUslide, the user can remove their hand from the handle at any point, with no other action required – and the handle will stop in place.

The NEW 7 ½-inch XTEND Adjustable Crank Handle reduces the cocking effort to 5-pounds and stores securely into the butt-stock.

The ACUslide system is integrated into the company’s NEW TEC-X stock.  The high strength-to-weight ratio of the NEW stock reduces the weight of the Vengent S440, including the cocking mechanism, to 7.7-pounds – a half-pound lighter than previous TenPoint flagship models.

 

Fueled by RX6-Cams™, the forward-draw bow assembly is the difference-maker for TenPoint’s fastest and narrowest forward draw crossbow. The innovative cam system rotates 360-degrees which powers the DUAL FLEX™ limbs to produce speeds up to an incredible 440 feet-per-second. The assembly’s revolutionary Vector-Quad™ cable technology utilizes four cables instead of the traditional two which eliminates cam lean and generates straight-nock travel leading to same-hole downrange accuracy.

A lightweight CNC machined 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum riser featuring the company’s TRI-LOCK™ pocket system ensures perfect alignment between the pocket and limbs for further increased accuracy.

The bow assembly is mounted to a NEW 20-inch -MICRO-TRAC™ fluted aluminum barrel which reduces the flight deck surface by an incredible 50%.  The minimal string-to-barrel contact provides the longest string life in the industry.

The new barrel is fitted with the company’s NEW S1 3.5-pound, two-stage trigger that delivers a crisp, consistent break. The trigger is equipped with a DFI™ (Dry-Fire-Inhibitor) and is fitted with a nylon-filament arrow retention brush that improves arrow grip and alignment to reduce noise and vibration. An integrated string stop system is also included to further reduce noise and vibration.

Fully assembled, the crossbow weighs just 7.7-pounds, measures 35-inches (w/o stirrup) in length and shoots up to a supercharged 440 feet-per-second.

Decorated in Veil® Alpine camo or Graphite Gray, the Vengent S440 ships completely assembled and includes an extensive Ready-To-Hunt package.

The package includes:

  • ACUslide™ cocking and de-cocking system
  • RangeMaster™ Pro Variable Speed Scope
  • TenPoint Blazer™ Soft Crossbow Case
  • 6-pack of EVO-X CenterPunch™ Premium Carbon Crossbow Arrows (.001” straightness)
  • Integrated String Stop System
  • NEW 6-arrow Tech Quiver

Vengent S440 MAP:

  • $2,099.99 – Veil® Alpine Camo
  • $1,999.99 – Graphite Gray

 

TenPoint Crossbow Technologies is 100% American owned, operated, and all of its crossbow models are manufactured in Mogadore, OH.