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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

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.

HME Introduces Always Prepared (AP) Super Lite Series

Hunting Made Easy (HME) has announced several lightweight, purpose-built, hunting knives as part of the new Always Prepared Super Lite Series.

HME Replace-A-Blade – Tired of sharpening your knife? Don’t want to carry a sharpening stick or stone in your pack? The HME Replace-A-Blade knife uses replaceable blades that always guarantee you have a sharp edge. Designed to field dress big game animals in the mountains or the hardwood bottoms, the Replace-A-Blade features five replaceable, surgical #60 blades for precision caping and deboning tasks. The neon green skeletonized stainless-steel handle is easy to find in low light and it comes wrapped in 3 feet of black 550 paracord for a no-slip grip in any climate. A Kydex sheath and holster clip keeps the knife secured while on the trail.

MSRP: $49.99 Model: HME-KN-SKRAB

HME Skeletonized Gut Hook Knife – The new Skeletonized stainless-steel fixed blade is a modified drop-point intended for skinning and quartering jobs. The black oxidized blade also includes a gut hook, and the bright green handle finish makes the knife easy to find in your pack or when placed on the ground. The handle is wrapped in 3 feet of black 550 paracord. A Kydex sheath and holster clip are included.

MSRP: $39.99 Model: HME-KN-SKFBGH

HME Skeletonized Fixed Blade Knife – Hunters looking for a lightweight “one-and-done” knife to cover all essential field dressing needs will find it in the HME Skeletonized Fixed-Blade Knife. This knife has a trailing point blade profiled to handle gutting, skinning, caping, and de-boning tasks with ease. The easy-to-sharpen black oxide steel blade holds its edge while the 3 feet of black 550 paracord wrapped around the handle provides optimal blade control. The Skeletonized Fixed Blade Knife comes with a Kydex sheath and holster clip.

MSRP: $39.99 Model: HME-KN-SKFB

HME Super Lite Series Knife – This ultra-lightweight 6.3-inch replaceable blade knife provides surgical precision cutting abilities in the field. The one-ounce lightweight frame is easy to pack and carry during long hunts. A durable Super Lite green handle with a metal blade mount provides increased stability, cutting control, and strength. The Super Lite Series knife includes five replacement scalpel blades, each individually packaged for safe carry, and a polypropylene sheath.

MSRP: $19.99 Model: HME-KN-PRBBM-GR

To take a closer look at the many innovative solutions for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts from HME, visit www.hmeproducts.com.

About Hunting Made Easy

Based in Irving, TX – HME is the pioneer in hunting accessories, providing a wide range of hunting gear designed to do just that, make hunting easy! Ranging from treestand and ground blind accessories, game processing, scent attractants and scent control, trail camera mounts, ground blinds, and everything in between, HME is a brand that is certain to make your outdoor experience more efficient, but more importantly, enjoyable.

HME is a subsidiary brand under GSM Outdoors. For information regarding GSM and their products please visit www.gsmoutdoors.comTo become a dealer or have a sales representative contact you, please call (877) 269-8490. For more information on GSM brands visit http://www.gsmoutdoors.com.

For nearly 20 years, the GSM Outdoors family has been strongly dedicated to bringing the greatest innovative consumer products to the market through some of the most well-respected brands in the outdoor industry. They have grown to cover a wide variety of outdoor products to meet all your hunting, shooting and outdoor needs. Their extensive brand portfolio includes Stealth Cam scouting cameras, Walker’s hearing protection & enhancement, Muddy blinds & tree stands, Boss Buck American Hunter feeders, New Archery Products (NAP) broadheads & ground blindsWestern Rivers game calls, Hawk &Big Game tree standsDown & Out hunting blindsHME hunting accessories (Coyote Light & Scent Slammer), SME shooting accessories (Bullseye), Crossfire HolstersCyclops light accessories, Birchwood Casey and Viking Solutions. Get the most out of your outdoor experience with GSM Outdoors!

HME Announces 3-Person Ground Blinds

Spacious Design and Veil Camo Option Lead Content Features

Hunting Made Easy has introduced a large, 3-person blind to their pop-up ground blind line. Engineered to deliver the function and features demanded by serious whitetail and turkey hunters, the HME 3-person ground blind provides ample room for multiple hunters or anyone who prefers a spacious blind for accommodating gear and making for a comfortable day afield.

Available in the new Veil Cervidae camo pattern or a photo-realistic hardwood pattern, the HME 3-Person Ground Blind offers a broad 6′ 3″ overall shooting width. Dual-track independent horizontal windows allow hunters to cover a wide shooting range with a bow, rifle, or shotgun. Both the top and bottom halves of the windows can be raised or lowered for a customized shooting portal. There is also a small “peek-hole” window on the backside so you can stealthily check game coming from behind the blind and prepare for the shot. The blind also offers over 5-1/2 feet of center height, providing ample head and bowroom when shooting from a seated position.

75″ X 75″ X 67″ Pop-Up Ground Blind in Cervidae Camo

Featuring a conventional pop-out framework construction, the HME 3-Person Ground Blind is made of a 300 D brushed fabric shell that is water-resistant and built to withstand repeated seasonal use. Sewn-in brush loops along the exterior lets you use local foliage to further break up the outline and blend “deeper” into the natural environment. A blackout interior minimizes ambient light inside the blind to provide hunters with an added layer of concealment.

The HME 3-Person Ground Blind includes additional features today’s hunters appreciate. Built-in loft pockets inside the blind are ideal for securing ozone-generating devices for those who wish to incorporate scent concealment. For noise reduction, silent window sliders allow the viewing screens to be quietly lowered in preparation for the shot.

HME 3-Person Ground Blind Specifications

MSRP: $169.99

  • 75-in shooting width
  • 67-inch center height
  • 300D brushed fabric shell
  • Water resistant
  • Two full-width windows
  • Blackout interior
  • Brush loops
  • Silent window sliders
  • Ozone-generator loft pockets
  • Veil Cervidae camo or hardwood camo finishes

For a demonstration of the HME 3-Person Ground Blind’s features, watch the video here. To take a closer look at the many innovative solutions for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts from HME, click here.

About Hunting Made Easy

Based in Irving, TX – HME is the pioneer in hunting accessories, providing a wide range of hunting gear designed to do just that, make hunting easy! Ranging from treestand and ground blind accessories, game processing, scent attractants and scent control, trail camera mounts, ground blinds, and everything in between, HME is a brand that is certain to make your outdoor experience more efficient, but more importantly, enjoyable.

HME is a subsidiary brand under GSM Outdoors. For information regarding GSM and their products please visit www.gsmoutdoors.com. To become a dealer or have a sales representative contact you, please call (877) 269-8490. For more information on GSM brands click here.


For nearly 20 years, the GSM Outdoors family has been strongly dedicated to bringing the greatest innovative consumer products to market through some of the most well-respected brands in the outdoor industry. They have grown to cover a wide variety of outdoor products to meet all your hunting, shooting and outdoor needs. Their extensive brand portfolio includes
Stealth Cam scouting cameras, Walker’s hearing protection & enhancement, Muddy blinds & tree stands, Boss Buck &
American Hunter feeders, New Archery Products (NAP) broadheads & ground blindsWestern Rivers game calls, Hawk &
Big Game tree standsDown & Out hunting blindsHME hunting accessories (Coyote Light & Scent Slammer), SME shooting accessories (Bullseye), Crossfire HolstersCyclops light accessories, Birchwood Caseyand Viking Solutions. Get the most out of your outdoor experience with GSM Outdoors!

Hawk Xtendible Bow Arm

#1 SELLING PRO-GRADE TREE ARM

Finally, a screw-in tree hanger you won’t mind carrying in your pack. Keep your bow and other gear exactly where you want it while hunting with the Hawk™ Xtendible™ Bow Arm. Durable, aircraft-grade aluminum arm extends from a compact 8-3/4″ out to 16-1/2″, working with the 180Á rotating hook to help hunters put their gear right where they want it. Lightweight 8 oz. design carries easily in your pack or pocket. Hardened steel AugerTip™ threads screw into the hardest trees easily. Patent pending Treecam™ Lock bites into the tree for a secure anchor. Oversized, molded soft-grip hook protects the finish of gear set into it, while the arm’s anti-spin TreeCam™ lever eliminates unwanted spinning or movement of the bow arm. Supports up to 15 lbs.

  • Convenient, easy-to-use, screw-in bow hanger/gear hanger
  • Rugged, aircraft-grade aluminum construction
  • Extendable design – 8-3/4″-16-1/2″
  • Oversized, molded soft-grip hook – rotates 180Á
  • Lightweight – 8 oz.
  • Ultra-sharp AugerTip threads
  • Treecam™ Lock – bites into tree
  • Supports up to 15 lbs.

 

GSM Outdoors Acquires New Archery Products (NAP)

GSM Outdoors recently announced the addition of New Archery Products (NAP)

to the GSM family of brands.

GSM Outdoors encompasses well-known brands in the hunting and outdoor markets such as Stealth Cam, Walker’s, Hunting Made Easy (HME), Cyclops, American Hunter, Western Rivers, and Shooting Made Easy (SME).

The company was founded in 2000 with the mission of bringing product innovation to a variety of categories in the outdoor market — primarily shooting and hunting. With a dedication to developing leading-edge technologies, applying rigorous quality control, and standing on a “customer first” approach to after-sale support, GSM Outdoors has earned its reputation for delivering top-quality products to the outdoor industry and supporting its customers from the shelf to the field.

 

“We saw an opportunity to complement our diverse brand portfolio and continue innovation of quality hunting products within the category,” said GSM CEO Edward Castro. “NAP’s rich history certainly compliments our beliefs and values at GSM, and we are extremely excited to see what the future holds for NAP.”

Founded in 1971, New Archery Products (NAP) has established a rich history as a cornerstone manufacturer in the archery and bowhunting segments, producing such high-profile and widely respected products as the original Flipper Rest and Razorbak broadheads. Today, the NAP product line covers the gamut of archery and bowhunting accessories, from the Thunderhead and Spitfire line of fixed and mechanical broadheads to fletching, precision arrow rests, quivers, stabilizers and the new Mantis series of ground blinds (below).

NAP Mantis Ground Blinds

“Iconic brands like NAP are what keep hunters in the field and passing on our hunting heritage,” said VP of Sales & Marketing Ben Smith. “I’m confident we’ll continue to leave our footprint on the archery category for many years to come.”

With such a wide range of products in their arsenal, GSM receives attention from men and women of all backgrounds who seek high-quality equipment to meet their outdoor adventure needs.

About GSM Outdoors

Based in Grand Prairie, TX – GSM provides a wide range of outdoor related products from brands such as Stealth Cam scouting cameras, Walker’s hearing protection and enhancement, Western Rivers game calls, Cyclops portable lighting and power, American Hunter feeders, HME hunting accessories, SME shooting accessories, and New Archery Products (NAP). GSM goes to great lengths to ensure their products deliver the latest features and the rugged durability that hunters demand.

For information regarding GSM and their products, visit www.gsmoutdoors.com. To become a dealer or have a sales representative contact you, call (877) 269-8490.