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.

 

Deer Stands Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

When you start looking at all the different stands we’ve built, from the common simple “let’s just throw five pieces of brush up here and hide by this tree”, to some of the most extravagant blinds we can build with feeders and food plots in the area, all of them have a special meaning and all of them are enjoyable at the end of the day.

“I just, I love that aspect of it. I mean I think it goes back to a little before as a little kid, whether it’s out of cardboard boxes or building brush to hide when you’re playing cowboys and Indians. I sit here today in my fifties and I still like to build forts and deer blinds just as much now as I did then.” – Wade Middleton

Make-Shift Blinds

You can easily create a make-shift blind simply out of the trees around you.

You know some of the most simple blinds a person can put together is to just take a couple of pallets, spray paint them a little bit, to kind of get some of the shine off of them for a future hunt, throw some brush up around them, and you’re going to find success with those. I’ve even seen those go to massive levels, where you put all kinds of brush around them.

Pop Up Blinds

 

Using a Pop Up blind like this one is one of the most versatile ways to hunt.

The reality is, there’s not always the perfect tree, where the deer want to be to be able to do that and that’s where the pop up comes in, it’s the most versatile hunting stand that you’re possibly going to find. Pop ups come in a lot of different shapes, sizes, designs, fabrics, and each one of them plays and offers a great asset to you as the hunter. The Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s lines of pop ups that we use are designed to maximize what we like to do when using a pop up. You’ve got places to put brush on them, loops on them, they’re big enough that three people can sit in there at times. I like the most durable fabric that I possibly can find so that we’re not taking it down at the end of the hunt. That’s not always going to be possible for some people that may be hunting public land, where they have to take it down. But we’re primarily hunting properties that we can leave them up for long periods. You’ve got a multitude of window configurations (which I’m a big fan of) because you can black some of them out or use the mesh on others. They’re such an important part of hunting from their portability, durability, and their ability to conceal you, in a lot of different situations.

Say you’re just going to a location for a quick catch, you’re not coming back there, Some of the many price point models out there, are probably gonna work perfectly for you. Flip that to another scenario where you’re gonna be hunting a property all year long. You’re gonna wanna invest in one that’s going to withstand all the elements, the changes that are going to be coming in, probably gonna get one a little bit bigger. We’ve used little small one-man ones up to some that I think we could have had a family reunion in, windows at all angles, different types of set-ups within them. And that’s the cool thing about pop ups is, you can find one that’s gonna fit for the situation that you’re gonna be hunting in.

If you start doing research, you’re gonna find a wide range of pop ups available to suit your needs out there. Just think about what you’re gonna use it for. Think about how long you’re gonna use it for. Think about carrying it in long distances, and think about being able to tie it down, anchor it down, or pick it up real fast. Pop ups are without a question, one of the easiest, coolest, best, most versatile ways to set up for any type of a hunting situation.

 

 

Box Blinds

Muddy Blinds are designed with the hunter in mind.

Box blinds have really evolved. Some guys go build their own and taking all that into account, but for our investment, we like Muddy Blinds. They are well designed, they have a lot of little features built-in there, a mix of window configurations for a rifle, bow, handgun, or even a crossbow. The design of them is inherently thought out by hunters to be able to give you different options. Whether you’re putting in a big food plot, sticking it up in front of some brush, or you’re going to be cutting senderos, it doesn’t matter. You can put them on the ground, or you can raise them on towers. So, regardless of what you’re looking for, those Muddy blinds, they’re designed straight off the shelf, for lack of a better word, by manufacturers to allow you success.

 

 

“The insulation to me is a good selling feature, it can get cool in the winters, so you’ll be able to keep warm. Also, it’s hard to hear someone from the outside when all the windows and doors are shut. They’ve all got the keeper latch, which holds the window up and real easily accessible as far as flipping three knobs, one-handed operation as far as raising and lowering the window. We’ve just started putting three hinges and two locks on the door, which is great because it’s actually pulling the door tighter together and it keeps more bugs out, and it will be a good thing that will last.” – Larry Scott GSM Outdoors

Ladder Stands

Ladder stands offer an elevated vantage point, allowing you to see further and stay out of the line of sight of your game.

Ladder stands can be used in areas where it may be more beneficial to be above the line of sight of your game or if you need a tall vantage point. When you start looking at ladder stands and hang-on stands, not every tree is gonna be designed for this specific stand that you’re messing with. Once you start putting it up you’ve got to be in a place you think you’re gonna find deer, otherwise, why put it up? Then, safety has to come into play. Make sure you get it anchored down, make sure you’re thinking about all of those things. You hear a lot of people talk about tree stand safety, but they probably don’t practice it enough. You want to make sure it’s anchored down, you want straps around it, a lifeline to get up and down, and you want to be tethered in when you’re up there. You want to know that the tree stand and the ladder are working as one, the tree is in good shape, and you’ve taken every precaution and step you possibly can, to get that ladder in place, secured, so you don’t have to worry about it even when the wind is blowing 20 or 30 mph.

 

See our episode about all the different types of hunting blinds below.

Yamaha XT-Reme Terrain Challenge Returns to Iconic Loretta Lynn Ranch

Yamaha Owners Event Showcasing Proven Off-Road Vehicles Returns for Third Year

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces its third-annual XT-Reme Terrain Challenge (XT-R Challenge) for Yamaha YXZ, Wolverine, and Grizzly owners, friends, and families. The three-day event will be held October 2 through 4 at the famous Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

Designed to deliver fun via formidable off-roading trails and obstacles, the XT-R Challenge brings extreme drivers, riders, and weekend warriors who own a Yamaha together for a weekend of great behind-the-wheel action and excitement. Drivers and spectators experience an enjoyable weekend of camping and entertainment with fellow friends, family, and adventure-seekers alongside Yamaha employees.

“The Yamaha XT-R Challenge is the perfect opportunity for owners to put their Proven Off-Road Side-by-Sides and ATVs to the test in mild-to-wild terrain,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsports group marketing manager. “The event continues to grow each year and we’re ecstatic to have everyone back this October. The XT-R Challenge has become the ultimate showcase for Yamaha durability and reliability, as well as a great way for our customers to REALize their Adventure alongside other off-road enthusiasts.”

The third annual event will feature an off-road course with varying natural terrains and man-made obstacles specifically designed to put participants and their Proven Off-Road Yamaha Wolverine, YXZ1000R, and Grizzly vehicles to the test. Additional activities include demo rides, music, games, activities – including those for children – and more!

Entries in the XT-R Challenge are limited. More announcements, details, and registration information will be released soon on XTRemeTerrainChallenge.com and the Yamaha Outdoors social channels.

Connect with Yamaha on social media via @YamahaOutdoors or search the following hashtags on all platforms:  #Yamaha #XTRChallenge #REALizeYourAdventure #ProvenOffRoad #AssembledInUSA #Yamaha10YearBelt

About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the Powersports industry. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include Motorcycles and Scooters, ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles, Snowmobiles, Outboard Motors, WaveRunner Personal Watercraft, Boats, Outdoor Power Equipment, Power Assist Bicycles, Golf Cars, Power Assist Wheelchair Systems, Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machines, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of distributors and dealers in the United States. YMUS has a corporate office in Cypress, California, two corporate offices in Georgia, facilities in Wisconsin and Alabama, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. Further U.S.-based Yamaha companies include Skeeter Boats (Texas), G3 Boats (Missouri), Bennet Marine (Florida), Yamaha Precision Propeller (Indiana), and Kracor, Inc. (Wisconsin).

SxS Vehicles are recommended for use only by licensed drivers 16 years and older.

ATVs over 90cc are recommended for use only by riders 16 years and older.

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative Awards Over $400,000 in 2019

Applications Now Being Accepted for Funding Public Land Access Projects In 2020

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces it awarded more than $127,000 to eight organizations in the fourth quarter grant cycle of the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) for 2019, bringing the annual grant total to over $400,000. Projects receiving OAI grants often have a strong stewardship component, as well as an inclusive community of users working together to ensure all types of outdoor recreationists can access and enjoy public land sustainably and safely.

To date, the Yamaha OAI has contributed over $4 million in aid to more than 360 projects across the nation. Grant recipient projects support diverse communities including motorized recreation, biking, hunting, fishing, camping, and other outdoor recreationists – all of whom rely on access to public land. Yamaha continues to encourage outdoor recreation groups and land stewardship associations to get involved in land access projects, knowing support from the Yamaha OAI program is available to nonprofit and tax-exempt groups.

“Everyone who enjoys the outdoors can play a role in protecting, improving, and even expanding access to public lands,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsports marketing manager. “The Outdoor Access Initiative has achieved some milestones around helping key stakeholders – those who actually do the work on the ground – secure the funding they require. It’s those making a difference in the field who we should be celebrating while we encourage all to contribute to the sustainability and responsible use of public spaces. Yamaha is proud and primed to continue to support land stewardship efforts in 2020 and beyond to benefit outdoors recreation.”

Recent recipients received Yamaha OAI grants for trail maintenance, safety signage, land stewardship programs, and efforts aiding in protecting access to motorized recreation areas. The Q4 2019 beneficiaries include:

  • Crested Butte Avalanche Center – Crested Butte, Colorado
  • Desert Group Search & Rescue Volunteers – Boron, California
  • Patriots All Terrain Club – Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship – Quincy, California
  • Germain ATV Club – St. Germain, Wisconsin
  • Tonto Recreation Alliance – Tempe, Arizona
  • Texas Trails Education and Motorized Management – College Park, Texas
  • Western Trails Conservancy – Henderson, Nevada

The 2020 Yamaha OAI application schedule, submission guidelines, and application forms are available at YamahaOAI.com. View Yamaha’s Proven Off-Road ATV and Side-by-Side lineup by visiting YamahaOutdoors.com. Connect with Yamaha on social media via @YamahaOutdoors or search the following hashtags on all platforms:  #Yamaha #YamahaOAI #REALizeYourAdventure #ProvenOffRoad #AssembledInUSA #Yamaha10YearBelt

 

About the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative

For more than a decade, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has led the Powersports industry in guaranteeing responsible access to our nation’s land for outdoor enthusiasts. Through this program, Yamaha has, directly and indirectly, supported thousands of miles of motorized recreation trails, maintained and rehabilitated riding and hunting areas, improved staging areas, supplied agricultural organizations with essential OHV safety education, built bridges over fish-bearing streams and partnered with local outdoor enthusiast communities across the country to improve access to public lands. Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from nonprofit or tax-exempt organizations including OHV riding clubs and associations, national, state and local public land use agencies, outdoor enthusiast associations and land conservation groups with an interest in protecting, improving, expanding and/or maintaining access for safe, responsible and sustainable public use. A committee then reviews each application and awards grants to deserving projects. Examples of appropriate projects for grants include, but are not limited to:

  • Trail development, restoration, and maintenance
  • Trail signage and map production
  • Staging area construction, renovation, and maintenance
  • Land stewardship, safety and education

Updated guidelines, application form, information and news about the Outdoor Access Initiative are available at YamahaOAI.com. For specific questions about the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, call the dedicated hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email OHVAccess@Yamaha-Motor.com, or write to:

 

About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the Powersports industry. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include Motorcycles and Scooters, ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles, Snowmobiles, WaveRunner Personal Watercraft, Boats, Outboard Motors, Outdoor Power Equipment, Power Assist Bicycles, Golf Cars, Power Assist Wheelchair Systems, Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machines, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of distributors and dealers in the United States. YMUS has a corporate office in California, two corporate offices in Georgia, facilities in Wisconsin and Alabama, and factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. Additional U.S.-based subsidiaries include Yamaha Marine Systems Company (YMSC) with divisions Bennett Marine (Florida) and Kracor Systems (Wisconsin), Skeeter Boats (Texas), with division G3 Boats (Missouri), and Yamaha Precision Propeller (Indiana).

Yamaha Supports SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation

2020 Yamaha Wolverine X4 XT-R Edition Raffle Raises Money for SEAL Families

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, recently provided a new 2020 Yamaha Wolverine X4 XT-R Edition Side-by-Side (SxS) to the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation (NSWFF) for auction at their annual fundraiser near San Diego, California. Built Real World Tough in the U.S. at Yamaha’s Newnan, Georgia, manufacturing facility, the Proven Off-Road XT-R Edition Wolverine X4 donation raised capital toward the organization’s mission of supporting SEAL members’ families. This marks Yamaha’s sixth year of aiding NSWFF, allowing more than $100,000 in funding to be raised for the much-deserved recipients.

 

“Yamaha is proud to continue supporting the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation and its mission of assisting the families of those who defend our freedoms,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha motorsports marketing manager. “We are honored to work with this highly esteemed organization and support their efforts of raising awareness and assistance for the brave and heroic NSWFF families.”

The 2020 Yamaha Wolverine X4 XT-R

The SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation is a San Diego based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2008 that raises awareness and funds for special programs in direct support of the NSWFF families on a local, national, and global scale. Further details on the NSWFF organization and fundraiser can be found at SEALFamilyFoundation.org.

 

In addition to all the durable and reliable attributes coming standard on every Yamaha SxS and ATV, including the industry’s only 10-Year Belt Warranty, the XT-R Editions lead the lineup with beefy radial tires, a heavy-duty WARN® winch, advanced suspension, and stylish paint and graphics package, all at an MSRP of $18,149.

 

Every Yamaha SxS and full-size ATV is proudly Assembled in the USA at Yamaha’s advanced manufacturing facility in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution. To view Yamaha’s entire Proven Off-Road ATV and SxS lineup and learn more, visit YamahaOutdoors.com. Connect with Yamaha on social media via @YamahaOutdoors or search the following hashtags on all platforms:  #Yamaha #REALizeYourAdventure #ProvenOffRoad #AssembledInUSA #Yamaha10YearBelt

 

About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the Powersports industry. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include Motorcycles and Scooters, ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles, Snowmobiles, Outboard Motors, WaveRunner Personal Watercraft, Boats, Outdoor Power Equipment, Power Assist Bicycles, Golf Cars, Power Assist Wheelchair Systems, Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machines, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of distributors and dealers in the United States. YMUS has a corporate office in Cypress, California, two corporate offices in Georgia, facilities in Wisconsin and Alabama, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. Further U.S.-based Yamaha companies include Skeeter Boats (Texas), G3 Boats (Missouri), Bennet Marine (Florida), Yamaha Precision Propeller (Indiana), and Kracor, Inc. (Wisconsin).

SxS Vehicles are recommended for use only by licensed drivers 16 years and older.

Passing on the Traditions

By Haley Rivera

Working in the family business and seeing all the hunts our clients go on finally gave me the hunting bug. I was able to go on my first hunt with my mom and Wade last year in hopes of my first hog. While the experience was wonderful with being out in nature with no cell phones and just surrounded by nature, the hogs had other plans. With the weather conditions being as they were, very little to no wind, the hogs could hear our every move.

After hearing the hogs all around us with no hogs coming out, we decided it was time to move to another spot and try again. As we drove to our other location, a group of hogs ran across the road right in front of us. It was a bittersweet feeling for me because I finally saw the hogs I came here to get, but they knew why we were there. After trying two other spots that day, Wade, my mom and I called it a night. With the defeat, I was wanting to go out for a redemption hunt the next chance I had.

As time went by with our busy schedules, my mom, Wade and I were able to come back out to our Deer Camp and get ready for another weekend hunt at the Javeline Ranch. From the previous hunt, I came with my fair share of doubts, but I was hopeful at the same time that I was going to leave with a hog this time. As Saturday morning came we all were out and set up at the 3-way blind by 6:15 am. Once some time had gone by, we were not seeing any hogs yet, and Wade called the 15-minute mark. At this point, my hopes were fading and I was becoming doubtful yet again.

However, one hog was hungry because one of them finally decided to come out shortly after Wade had made that call. Now, my hopes are up and I’m doing my best to keep my eyes on him as he moves around. Once, he got into a good position for me to take my shot, I felt my heart racing and all the feelings coming over me. Finally, I look over at my mom and Wade to make sure they’re ready, and from 95-yards away the shot was made and he went down.

Now, I knew what all our clients felt after a successful hunt. My heart was racing, and I was still in shock after realizing that I had my first successful hunt! After, all the celebration we went down from the stand to see how I did.

Haley (right) and her mom Angel (left) poses with Haley’s hog and the T/C Compass II Rifle.

Once, I saw the hog I was in shock with how big he was. Loading him up took all three of us to get in the bed of the Yamaha. With it being early in the day, we head back to camp to drop off the hog, get him prepped to take the meat, and have some lunch. Afterward, to my surprise, Wade was going to let me go after a buck! This, lead us to go back and set up our blind with a lot of brush and twigs so that we will be hidden.

Now that it’s all set up, we leave for a bit to allow everything to calm down and allow the animals to be comfortable again before we go back for the hunt. Now, when it came time to go back for the actual hunt, there is never a dull moment with my mom and I. Wade had the honors of giving us a team nickname of Team Giggles which will always hold!

Team Giggles is all geared up for a safe ride to their blind!

When it came closer to 3:30 pm we went back out for another hunt that same day. When we got into our positions it didn’t take long for the deer to come out. We saw quite a few does before we ever saw a buck. Shortly after some time passed by, Wade got my attention and told me there was a buck on our right about to cross the creek. I then had my eyes glued and waited to see what would happen.

While we were out there, and as I was waiting for the buck to give me a perfect shot, in the back of my mind I was worried that one of the other deer would see us and blow our cover. Fortunately, they were all fairly calm which helped me a lot.

Shortly after the buck crossed the river, he went broadside for me and I made my shot. Then all the excitement came over me again. It took me a while to realize that I took my very first buck. He was a great 9-pointer that I took and I couldn’t wait to go over to him and see the beautiful guy.

Once we got him loaded up we headed back to camp to begin getting the buck ready for the processing stage and to get cleaned up.

I thought about how amazing a day we had, and how shocked I was to get two animals in one day on my second hunt ever. I look forward to another hunt next hunting season.

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.