Category Archives: Gear

Fishing With The Spin-N-Glo To Catch More Fish [Video]

On a recent fishing trip in Wisconsin with Wolf Pack Adventures, I had the opportunity to use the Spin-N-Glo  spinning rig from Yakima Bait.

When other rigs were not producing, the Spin-N-Glo kept getting action.  Thanks to its buoyancy and the ability to make a lot of noise under water, it will catch fish ranging from bluegill in Illinois to giant halibut in Alaska.  Not to mention, giant walleyes in Wisconsin.

Available in hundreds of color combinations and several sizes, this rig can be used as a bait floater to keep your bait off the bottom, for trolling and back-trolling, as well as drift fishing.

Check out this video as Jarod Higgenbotham from Yakima Bait explains the rig.

Will Your Bow be Ready for Deer Season?

Deer season has been over for several months now. Some hunters are OK with waiting for fall to roll back around, but most are ready to get outdoors and enjoy what summer has to offer. Now is the perfect time to start shooting your bow at home, at a 3-D course, or in a league.

Maybe you are looking to purchase a new bow, or just tune the one you already have. It varies among archers how often they bring their bow in for a check-up, but I recommend not waiting more than 2 years. If your gear sees a lot of action, bring it to the shop yearly.

Now is the time to make changes to your bow and accessories if at all possible. Two years ago, my bow limb cracked while I was hunting out of state waiting for my home opener. With only three days before the Illinois bow season opened, I was buying a new bow. Now this was something that was out of my control, but too many hunters make changes too close to the beginning of season that could and should have been done months before.

Don’t make changes, like a new arrow rest or type of broadheads, and expect your arrows to fly true. To avoid frustration and undo stress, make any changes to your gear as early in the year as you can. This will give you plenty of time to work out any flaws in your set-up, and to get your arrows shooting tight groups.

Something as simple as changing the type of release you use can cause negative consequences to your shooting. Knowing this, make any changes to your equipment, what is on your bow, or in your quiver as early as you can.

It is especially important to make changes early if you are buying a new bow, shafts or broadheads. Even though I killed a nice deer eleven days after having to purchase the new bow I mentioned before, I feel lucky to have been able to get my bow ready in time. Under normal circumstances it would have taken me the entire summer to feel comfortable enough to take a new bow to the woods.

One thing hunters do not think about are the muscles used to pull a bow back. These muscles are rarely used for other activities, and take some time to get built up. The best way to do this is to shoot your bow every day. Not only will you become a better shot, but your muscles will have gained the necessary strength back.

I mentioned at the very beginning of this article about getting out and shooting your bow, or joining a league. I can’t think of anything better to get you prepared for the upcoming season. Not only does practice make you a better shot, but the more time you spend shooting, your confidence will skyrocket and you will be a better hunter for it. If you are confident hitting a target at 30-yards, a 15-yard shot at a deer will be simple.

Also, practice helps you judge distance. Rangefinders are nice, and I recommend all hunters having one, but you can’t rely on one at all times. With practice at unknown yardage, judging distance will be easier when the battery is dead on your rangefinder, or you don’t have time to use it.

A change that sometimes skips the mind of hunters is that you might have to adjust your sight pins if you increase or decrease the poundage your are pulling. It might also mean changing the size of the arrow you are shooting if you change you draw weight.

Fall is the best time to be a deer hunter, but hunting is a year-round endeavor, and that includes having your bow ready.

How to Make an Alaskan ULU Knife [Video]

Alaskans have used Ulu knives for generations. The native Alaskan people crafted the first Ulu knife more than 5,000 ago. Inuit women primarily used the knife for skinning and cleaning fish. Throughout history, the Ulu knife played an important role in the survival of the Inuit people.

The Inuit originally made their Ulu blades of polished slate and gave them a bone, ivory, or wood handle. The maker of the knife will often inscribe the handle with their own distinctive designs or markings.

Now you can make your very own with these easy steps offered by Outdoor Life.

1. CUT THE BLADE FROM AN OLD TEMPERED CROSSCUT SAW. LAY OUT THE PATTERN OF YOUR BLADE, TYPICALLY 120 DEGREES (THE WIDTH IS UP TO YOU), AND CONNECT THE TWO SIDES WITH A SEMI-CIRCLE, WHICH WILL BE THE CUTTING SURFACE… [CONTINUED]

Make your Treestand the Envy of Other Hunters

If you’re like me, your treestand is hung in the tree just as it comes out of the box. No fancy gadgets or other fluff added.

But maybe we’re missing out on items that would make our hunt more comfortable. After all, a comfortable hunter can often stay in the woods longer. And we all know that the more time we spend in the woods improves our odds of shooting the buck we’ve been scouting all summer. Field & Stream has came out with eight simple and inexpensive add-ons to our treestand that could make your next hunt more enjoyable.

With $125 worth of easy add-ons and D.I.Y. tweaks, you can turn a favorite ladder stand, like my Millennium L220 ($400; ­millennium​stands.com), into a silent Barca­lounger in the sky—comfortable enough to sit in all day and quiet enough to get the drop on the cagiest bucks. Whether you’re enduring a rainstorm or a freeze, these improvements will help keep you in the hunt for as long as it takes… [continued]

Photo: Field & Stream (above)

25 Pratical Uses for a Bandana

Have you ever wondered how bandanas became a thing?  Have you ever wondered what a bandana is good for besides blowing your nose, your keep sweat out of your eyes?

I imagine just about everyone has a bandana or two in the back of a sock drawer somewhere. But what are they good for? If you’ve ever asked yourself these important questions, you’ve come to the right place.

Sure, they can keep the sweat from running down your face, or you can use them to blow your nose (Ugh!). But it might surprise you to find that there are many uses for this simple piece of cloth.

Outdoor Life‘s Tim MacWelch has put together 25 mostly practical uses for a bandana.

1. Signal – a bright colored bandana can be hung up as a flag over a campsite that might be lost in tight brush or tall grasses, or swing it around on a stick as a signal flag.

2. Bag – tie opposing corners together to make a bag to carry all sorts of loose items…
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Muzzy Offers Complete Arrow and Bolt Packages

For more than 30 years Muzzy has been known for their superior line of broadheads.  Now Muzzy is offering complete arrow and bolt packages ready for the field.

Rage Broadheads did something similar recently with great results.

Muzzy Outdoors, the makers of the world’s number-one selling fixed-blade broadhead, has partnered with Gold Tip to offer ready-to-shoot Muzzy “Bad to the Bone” Arrow package. This new package allows archers to spend more time in the field hunting and less time setting up their bows.

The new “Bad to the Bone” Arrow package combines Gold Tip’s popular pre-fletched and nocked .340 carbon arrows with the bone-crushing Muzzy 3-blade 225 100 grain-broadhead. The arrows are pre-cut to 29.5 inches to fit most archer’s bow setups and have a straightness of  ± .006 inch and weight tolerance of ± 2.0 grain. The hardened-steel Trocar tip on the Muzzy 225, cuts on contact and shatters bone, providing maximum penetration. The aluminum ferrule is precision machined and the blades are precisely oriented for maximum arrow flight stability and to minimize planing.

Designed for draw weights up to 70 lbs., the Muzzy “Bad to the Bone” Arrow package comes with three fletched and nocked arrows, three Muzzy 225 broadheads and three 100-grain field points. The package is available at retailers nationwide and conveniently online atwww.muzzy.comfor a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Founded in 1984, Muzzy is the number-one name in fixed-blade broadheads, and it is a pioneer in the art of bowfishing. A division of FeraDyne Outdoors, Muzzy is headquartered in Superior, Wis. For more information on the full line of Muzzy’s fixed-blade broadheads and state-of-the-art bowfishing equipment, contact Muzzy Outdoors, LLC, 101 Main Street, Superior, WI 54880; call 866-387-9307; or visitwww.muzzy.com.

Don’t worry, Muzzy also has crossbow hunters covered too.

Muzzy Outdoors, the makers of the world’s number-one selling fixed-blade broadhead, has taken the guesswork out of setting up a crossbow for both practice and hunting by combining a super durable bolt, with a universal nock system and a bone-crushing broadhead.

The Muzzy “Bad to the Bone” Bolt package features the Muzzy 225 Crossbow 3-Blade, 100-grain broadhead that is designed with an aircraft-grade aluminum ferrule, stainless steel blades and the legendary bone-busting Trocar tip. The ferrule is designed to perfectly match the diameter of the bolt for increased accuracy and penetration. Each bolt comes pre-fletched and is compatible with either Omni or Half-Moon nocks.

The new Muzzy “Bad to Bone” bolt package comes with three Victory bolts—in either 20- or 22-inch lengths—three Muzzy 225X 100-grain broadheads, three field points, three Omni nocks and three Half-Moon nocks. This ready-to-shoot bolt package is available at retailers nationwide and conveniently online at www.muzzy.com for a suggested retail price of $49.99.

TruGlo Introduces Their Line of New Titanium Broadheads

TruGlo is known for their bowhunting accessories like sights, rest and more. Now they are in the broadhead market.

Pure Instinct Hunting has more information on these state of the art broadheads.

TRUGLO, Inc. introduces the all new TitaniumX family of performance broadheads for 2017.  These mechanical and fixed-blade broadheads are available in for both compound bows and crossbows in several blade configurations.

Precision broadheads for hunters, by hunters. TITANIUM X™ broadheads are spin tested and sharpness tested to ensure ultimate performance and quick kills.  A CNC-machined titanium ferrule provides the unwavering strength and consistency needed to fly like a field point and punch through bone.  The TRU•CUT™ titanium tip slices hide and flesh immediately upon impact and the tough stainless steel blades cut a devastating wound channel for maximum blood loss and easier tracking. [Continued]

25 Ways to Use Duct Tape in A Survival Situation

They say that duct tape can fix anything.

Well that might not be completely true, but it does have some practical uses.

Do you know that you can make a hat out of duct tape? Or patch a hole in a canoe? Make an arm sling? Leave a note? All of these things could save your life.

With that being said, maybe you’d better not leave home without a roll of duct tape.

Outdoor Life‘s Tim MacWelch has 25 survival uses for duct tape.

Survival arrow fletching. Tear off a few 5-inch pieces, and a long edge of one piece to the arrow shaft, fold the tape lengthwise, and stick the other long edge of that piece to the arrow. Repeat this process one or two more times; trim the vanes to shape with your knife; and you will have a serviceable arrow fletching… [continued]

Rage Offers Complete Arrow Packages

Rage is k own to bowhunters for their broadheads, and  is one of the more popular broadhead brands among hunters.But, now they have dipped their hands into offering arrow packages ready for the field that includes broadheads.  This is something new for Rage lovers.

The packages are available for both traditional bows, and crossbows.

This time saving package is now available nationwide according to a press release issued  by Hunter Outdoor Communications.

Rage, the number-one-selling mechanical broadhead on the market, now offers two complete arrow packages so archers can spend less time building arrows and more time shooting them. The new Rage Simply Lethal Arrow package combines a popular Gold Tip pre-fletched carbon arrows with the archer’s choice of either the Rage SC 2-Blade 100-gr. or the Rage SC 2-Blade Chisel Tip 100-gr. broadheads and a set of field points for practice. Extremely tough and very dependable, these arrows come out of the box pre-cut and fully equipped with nocks, inserts, and 2-inch GT vanes installed.

Designed for draw weights up to 70 lbs., the arrows in the Rage Simply Lethal package are pre-cut to 29.5 inches to fit most archer’s setups. They have a straightness ±.006-inch and weight tolerance of ±2.0 grain. The deadly cut-on-contact Rage SC 2-Blade is a proven 2-blade Slip Camdesign with advanced Shock Collar technology that keeps the blades in place until the moment of contact. This delivers full kinetic energy to provide extremely large wounds and better blood trails. The Rage SC 2-Blade Chisel Tip incorporates a bone-crushing chisel-tip design and features the Shock Collar retention system for dependably devastating entry and exit wounds.
Both Rage Simply Lethal packages come with three fletched arrows, three broadheads and three field points. The Rage Simply Lethal arrow packages are now available at retailers nationwide with a suggested retail price of $59.99. They are easily distinguished apart by the red packaging of the Rage SC 2-Blade and the yellow packaging of the standard 100-grain Rage SC 2-Blade. Spend your time shooting instead of getting your equipment prepared to shoot.
Rage Broadheads is the world’s number-one manufacturer of expandable broadheads. It also manufactures quivers and accessories. A FeraDyne Outdoors brand, Rage is headquartered at 101 Main Street, Superior, WI 54880; call 866-387-9307; or visit www.ragebroadheads.com.
Another press release discussed the crossbow bolt package.
Photo supplied by Hunter Outdoor Communications

To address the ever-growing crossbow market, Rage has announced the immediate availability of new ready-to-shoot Rage bolts with the introduction of the Simply Lethal crossbow bolt package. Rage does all the work in finding the perfect combination of carbon-fiber bolts, CrossbowX broadheads, vanes, field points and inserts, so hunters can spend more time shooting and less time getting ready to shoot.

The Rage Simply Lethal bolts are pre-cut in two sizes: 20 and 22 inches to fit most crossbow setups. The Rage Simply Lethal crossbow bolt package comes with three factory-fletched carbon bolts, three 100-grain CrossbowX mechanical broadheads and three 100-grain field points for practice. The package includes both Omni-style and half-moon nocks that are designed to fit most crossbow manufacturer recommendations. The popular Rage 100-grain CrossbowX broadhead flies like a field point and expands to a 2-inch-plus cutting diameter, and the Shock Collar provides proper retention of the tough, razor sharp .035-inch stainless steel blades until moment of impact.
The new Rage Simply Lethal Crossbow Bolt packages are available at retailers nationwide for $59.99, and the distinctive white packaging is marked with the bolt size at the bottom of the front panel. Spend less time setting up your crossbow this season and more time shooting it.

Rage Broadheads is the world’s number-one manufacturer of expandable broadheads. It also manufactures quivers and accessories. A FeraDyne Outdoors brand, Rage is headquartered at 101 Main Street, Superior, WI 54880; call 866-387-9307; or visit www.ragebroadheads.com.