Mathews No Cam HTR Review

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Although it was released in November, I’m just now getting to shoot the Mathews No Cam HTR.  I honestly didn’t know what to expect, other than the No Cam was probably going to be a bit different from anything I had shot before.  It is, and much more. [Read more…]

Red-Headed Stepchild: The Browning A500

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Over the years, Browning has produced some memorable shotguns like the legendary A5 and the unparalleled Superposed over under.  It has also produced some less than memorable offerings like the B2000 and much loathed A500.

Built in the early 80’s, the A500 was introduced as a short recoil auto loader that could cycle both 2 3/4 and 3 inch rounds which was something the A5 could not do without changing friction rings.  From 1987 to 1992, the gun was offered in two separate types: the A500G which was gas operated and the the short recoiling A500R.

I’ve been a proud A500R owner since 2000 when my dad traded some old dog kennels for the showroom condition Browning with a 28 inch Invector choked barrel.  His intention was to put together a turkey gun for me so he sent it to Jim Crumley [Read more…]

GoPro Gun Mount

I’ve messed around with GoPro cameras since the Hero 2 version and for all their shortcomings, they’re a pretty neat camera.  Not essential by any means, but fun, and every now and then you get something good. Using what I had on my work bench, I cobbled together pretty simple mount for my shotgun that gives a little perspective too.  shotgun gopro [Read more…]

Holiday Gift Guide Day 15

MagLite ML300LX

liteNo hunter should be without a a good light.  MagLite has been in the business for 35 years and makes one of the best lights in the business.  Gone are the days of trying to track a deer with a dim bulb.  The ML300LX has a super bright adjustable (both beam width and brightness) LED head that puts out a whopping 625 Lumens with a range of over 400 meters.  Built out of aluminum and made to last.  $84.00 maglite.com

 

Holiday Gift Guide Day 14

Buck PakLite Field Master Knives

buckyToday is the next to last installment of the Holiday Gift Guide.  I figure if you can’t get the job done by tomorrow, I can’t help you.  Today’s item is a damn fine addition for the hunter who butchers their own game.  I know my shameless affinity for the Havalon Piranta is undeniable but it just isn’t suited for everything.  The knives in the PakLite line hold a razors edge and the blade shape makes them ideal for skinning.  $89.00 buckknives.com

 

Holiday Gift Guide Day 13

The Old Man and the Boy by Robert Ruark

old man and the boyAnyone who hunts or fishes needs to read this book.  Written by the legendary professional hunter Robert Ruark, the book loosely chronicles his childhood hunting and fishing experiences with his grandfather and how they shaped his life in the field and outside of it as well.  It is an absolute must read.  $15.07 amazon.com

 

Holiday Gift Guide Day 12

Danner Elk Hunter 8″

Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 7.10.21 AMA good, durable all purpose boot that won’t come apart after one year is pretty hard to find.  Look no farther than the Danner Elk Hunter 8″.  Available in 400 gram insulated, or uninsulated, these things are rugged and extremely durable.  And best of all, they’re American made.  $260 danner.com

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide Day 11

Yeti Rambler 20

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While I’m still not ready to throw down several hundred dollars on a cooler, I will gladly spend thirty bucks on the best hot/cold cup ever produced.  I’ve personally had one of these cups hold ice all day in June.  All.  Damn.  Day.  It’s the last travel cup you will every buy.  $29.99 yeticoolers.com

 

Holiday Gift Guide Day 10

Muck Arctic Pro

muckymuckyEverybody needs a good pair of rubber boots.  The Muck Arctic Pro fits the bill just fine.  They have 8mm neoprene uppers and are fleece lined to keep your barking dogs warm on the coldest of days.  They have a fairly aggressive sole and they’re built to last.  $169.95 muckboots.com

Holiday Gift Guide Day 9

Hooyman Tree Saw

treesawThe Hooyman Tree saw is built in a similar way to an old Gerber saw but it comes with an extender that lets it get up to five feet long.  It is a handy must have piece of gear that packs down to just a shade over 12 inches.  Makes light work of saplings and underbrush and keeps your shooting lanes unobstructed.  $59.99 hooymansaws.com