Archives for October 2014

Wildgame Innovations Crew Makes a Move to Network TV

The Busbice family from Wildgame Innovations have struck a deal with A&E and will premier their new show Country Buck$ on November 19.  In the same vein as Duck Dynasty, the show follows around multimillionaire “rednecks” on the family’s 55,000 acre high fenced ranch in Louisiana.

Most people that hunt are already aware that these guys own Wildgame Innovations and star in the Outdoor Channel show Wildgame Nation.  What people might not be aware of is how they acquired their vast fortune and it wasn’t from selling deer feed and trail cameras.  The patriarch, Bill Busbice Jr. was a founder of a very successful trucking business in Louisiana. Wildgame Innovations wasn’t founded until 2002 after Big Bill got out of the trucking business.  Bill is also politically well connected having served as the chairman of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

The Busbice clan are a polarizing bunch.  People either seem to love them or hate them and they’ve had their share of controversy.  Since purchasing the 55,000 acre tract of land the A&E show revolves around, they’ve erected an 8 foot fence that has at least one small landowner locked out of their own land.  Local resident Michael Atkins even filed a lawsuit against Busbice and his holding company Six C Properties for fencing a 10 acre plot he owns.  Two others filed a lawsuit for false arrest after they were arrested for allegedly trespassing.  There’s also rumblings about the property value being under assessed on purpose to lower the property tax burden and some semi shady dealings about getting government money to repave the road to the property while more deserving road repairs are put on the back burner.  The following links explain things a little more in depth.  LINK  LINK

So what about the show?  It will probably be terrible.  I can’t really say because it’s not been debuted yet, but I’d hazard a guess and say it will be like Duck Dynasty except more redeckery by much less endearing characters.  Here is why this is a problem.  This is mainstream America’s view into the world of hunting and we’re going to be portrayed poorly.  All sportsman aren’t ignorant dipshits but this is most certainly how the A&E cameras will portray us.  By using a successful formula and ramping up the antics, A&E is hoping to cash in again like they did with Duck Dynasty.  Hopefully it will get cancelled before the sport we all know and love is dragged through the mud and we all get painted with the idiot redneck brush.

Peak Rut and Moon Phase

While I generally run for the hills as soon as someone mentions the Quality Deer Management Association, they’re one of the few groups in the hunting industry that at least try and use sound science.  Every year, you hear people posturing about when the rut is coming although it always hits around the same time.  The folks at QDMA did a pretty interesting piece about the rut coinciding with the moon phase that dispels a pretty popular myth.  Check it out here.

Caveat Emptor: Counterfeit Broadheads on Ebay

It’s really no secret that counterfeit goods are everywhere.  High end hand bags, watches, you name it, but broadheads never really stand out as something that is a commonly counterfeited good.  News flash…they are.

The most commonly counterfeited broadhead on Ebay is the Rage 2 blade.  Counterfeit Magnus broadheads have also been showing up as well.  They look the part, but they’re cheap Chinese junk and you’ll end up wasting your money on stuff that is very poor quality.  While there are many sellers selling the counterfeit blades, user bowhunter1809 is a confirmed seller of this crap and if you’re an Ebayer, you should steer clear.  Here are three ways to spot the counterfeit blades and not blow your hard earned cash on counterfeit goods.

1.  Location Location Location.  Look where the seller is located.  If they’re in China, it’s 100% Counterfeit.  Do not buy.

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The location of the item tells you all you need to know.

 

 

2. Price.  Are they selling $120 worth of broadheads for $25?  They’re probably fake.  Anything that looks too good to be true probably is.

$320 worth of heads for $69.99 and located in China...COUNTERFEIT!

$320 worth of heads for $69.99 and located in China…COUNTERFEIT!

3. Pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words.  Unless it is an actual photo taken by the seller of the item up for bid, be suspect.  Also, unless noted, don’t buy something not in the original package.

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Collage photos like this one are red flags. This photo is from a confirmed seller of counterfeit goods.

Here is a picture from a reputable seller.  The items are sitting on a countertop in their original packaging just the way they should be.

Here is a picture from a reputable seller. The items are sitting on a countertop in their original packaging just the way they should be.

So these are three pretty good ways to tell if you’re dealing with counterfeit broadheads.  It’s not rocket science.  Ebay really isn’t what it used to be.  There are so many retailers that use it for an online outlet with cheaper overhead than running their own actual website and it makes it easy for the counterfeiters to blend in with them.  There are deals to still be found, but they’re getting fewer.  Support your local bow shop and get your stuff there, but if you’re going to use Ebay, look for American sellers with good feedback scores who are just trying to get rid of their stuff with a simple no reserve auction.   Caveat Emptor.

Kansas Muzzleloader Rough Edit

After dealing with a hard drive failure and countless other stupid issues, I’ve got a really rough edit done of my Kansas muzzleloader hunt.  The part where the deer walks out of frame is where Rob is trying to get the hammer to come back on my rifle.  I’ve already done this edit once complete with censor bleeps during the gun malfunction, but after losing that and having to start over, I’ve forgone them and just muted the offending sections to save time.  I’m going to work on a longer version with a more of the overall hunt footage but here’s the rough stuff now.  And yes, I know I sound like a goober.

Technical Difficulties

I’ve been working on the Kansas muzzleloader video since I’ve gotten home.  I’m having some issues getting it uploaded to Vimeo without sacrificing the quality or audio.  The problem is no longer with Vimeo so I think it’s my Macbook.  I’m in the process of getting the situation rectified so it shouldn’t be long.  Until then here’s a screenshot.
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Mathews Chill X Review

mathews chill xI want to start by saying that there is no such thing as a bad bow nowadays.  The technology gap has effectively been closed and just about every manufacturer makes a solid product.  People are fiercely brand loyal and just about any conversation about bows will quickly will devolve into an uneducated brand bashing.  Everyone is after the same thing.  That being a comfortable bow that they can shoot accurately and confidently.  By confining yourself to a certain brand of bow you rob yourself of offerings by other companies that might suit your style a little better.  The only way to truly get the right bow for you is to remove all preconceived notions and shoot everything out there.  I switched from a Hoyt this year and you’re about ready to find out why I’m glad I did.  That being said, let’s get down to business.

The Chill X is Mathews’ newest bow for 2014.  This dual cam offering is a longer version of the popular Chill R.  Sporting a 35 inch axle to axle length with a 7 inch brace height, the Chill X is a good choice for someone who wants a bow that pulls double duty as a hunting rig and something that can shoot 3d as well.

The biggest thing that sticks out about this bow is the 35 inch ATA length.  I’ve shot short bows for the past several years and really thought nothing of it.  It wasn’t until I shot the Chill X that I realized how much those extra inches make a difference.  It is noticeably more stable than the shorter bows and at long distance that makes the difference between a hit and a miss.  Having a rock solid hold on something increases accuracy as well as confidence.  As far as it being too long to hunt with, as I’ve heard some say, that is complete b.s.  Bows with an ATA of 32 inches and shorter didn’t come around in mass until a few years ago.  Before then, people didn’t have much trouble maneuvering longer bows and they still don’t.  I seriously doubt I will ever go back to a bow with an ATA shorter than 35 inches.

The draw cycle on the Chill X is smooth.  Very smooth.  Again the ATA length comes into play allowing for a smoother draw cycle than what you would get from a shorter bow.  Utilizing Mathews’ proprietary Rock Mod system the back wall is very solid due to a cam stop the previous versions of the McPhearson Monster didn’t have.  Allowing for either 75% or 85% let off, the Rock Mods also allow an easy change in draw length.

The DYAD AVS cam.  The counterweight contributes to the dead in hand feel.  The cam stop that gives the rock solid back wall can be seen about and inch and half below the axle.

The DYAD AVS cam. The counterweight contributes to the dead in hand feel. The cam stop that gives the rock solid back wall can be seen about and inch and half below the axle.

One thing that really set the Chill X apart from other bows I’ve shot recently is there is no shock upon pulling the trigger.  It is about as dead in hand as you can get.  This is partly due to the perimeter counter weight on the cams.  When the limbs fire forward, the counterweights go in the opposite direction and thus deaden the shot.  There is simply no shock when you pull the trigger of the release and it really makes a bow sling unnecessary.

Now comes the one thing I don’t really care for.  The grip.  The Chill X has a very thin, minimal grip.  It is basically like holding the riser where the grip should be.  There is nothing to fill up your hand.  The reasoning behind this is sound, however.  The fatter the grip, the more apt you are to torque the bow.  This is fine, but the thin rubber grip rubbed a blister on the inside of my thumb .  I’m starting to get used to it and I’ll just have to toughen up.

Thin rubber grip on the Chill X

Thin rubber grip on the Chill X

I almost neglected to put anything about speed in this write up.  All bows are fast.  It’s just that simple.  But I did get to shoot this one through a chronograph so it’s worth mentioning.  The bow is rated at up to 336 fps with 75% let off.  It is worth mentioning here how bow manufacturers come up with their speed figures.  They use a 30 inch draw length and shoot the lightest arrow out of the heaviest draw weight available.  Shooting a 380 grain hunting set up I normally use, I was able to get an average of 284 fps with a 29 inch draw length at 70 pounds with 85% let off.  That is plenty fast enough.

So in summary, what is the Chill X boiled down to bare bones?  It is a bow that veers away from the popular trends now seen in the archery industry.  A 35 inch ATA with a 7 inch brace height make it very stable and very forgiving.  The Rock Mod system gives an incredibly solid back wall and the ability to easily change draw lengths.  It has a really dead in hand feel with no jump upon pulling the release trigger.  Most importantly, it is butter smooth and easy to shoot.  That’s really all we’re after and why I’ll be shooting the Chill X for the foreseeable future. They’re available in Lost Camo, Black, and my personal favorite, Desert Tan.  $1099 Retail.  Check out Mathewsinc.com to find a dealer and go shoot one to see for yourself.