Our buddy, Efton Green, made good on his efforts to beat the off-season blues this past weekend when he went out in pursuit of hogs. Efton had just put a new Winner’s Choice bowstring on his Mathews Z7 and did a quick-tune to get it all dialed back in before heading out to stick a pig. And that’s just what happened. He dropped the string on a big pig that let him get just a little too close. The abundance of Georgia hogs will help Efton pass the time as he awaits the arrival of spring turkey season in the coming months.
Archive for February, 2012
It won’t be long until the gobblers of spring play the game once again. I can hardly wait! Our friends at Montana Decoy are offering their decoy “Deal of the Month” on some great looking turkey dekes for the coming months. They’ve got life-like turkey decoys, even a strutter, for under 20 bucks! Jerry and the crew at Montana Decoy continue to bring packability in their products like no one else can. Very cool stuff!
Check ‘em out at http://montanadecoy.com
It’s that time once again! Seminar season! I love this this time of year when I travel around the country, making new friends and catching up with old friends at sportsmen’s expos, church wild game dinners, banquets, etc. Last weekend I was in Libby, MT for a community Kill ‘n Grill and then hung around to preach on Sunday morning at the Libby Assembly of God. I guarantee it was the only church service in America last weekend that featured young boys yelping with their new Primos mouth calls at the gobbling guest preacher! Good stuff!
This weekend I’ll be in Sioux Falls, South Dakota doing game calling seminars and sharing a message for the Christian Sportsmen’s Fellowship Wild Game Feed & Expo. If you’re in the area, please stop in and see us!
At the recent ATA Show in Columbus, OH I had the opportunity to visit with the folks at the Rage Outdoors booth and to check out what could be one of the most lethal broadheads to ever hit the archery industry…The Rage X-Treme. With a 2.3-inch cutting diameter, the sweeping blade angle on the new X-Treme maintains kinetic energy longer and penetrates deeper than any other blade, and produces larger entry and exit wounds for even better blood trails. This new broadhead is uniquely designed with a single-bevel blade that improves bone- and tissue-cutting performance on even the toughest of prey.
For dependable blade containment and deployment at all times, the Rage X-Treme has been designed with the newly patented Shock Collar. This new design will ensure that your blades will remain in place until that ultimate moment of truth.
The new 100-gr. Rage X-Treme broadheads are easily recognizable by their yellow ferrule design, and they were designed for use with bow draw weights in excess of 60 pounds. They will be available at retailers nationwide this spring, and the MSRP for the Rage X-Treme 3-pack will be $49.99.
For more information on the full line of revolutionary SlipCam Rage Broadheads visit http://ragebroadheads.com
The days of spring cleaning are creeping in on us and I find myself slowly but surely working on getting all my gear put back in place after a long hunting season. It’s pretty exciting to think that we’re just a handful of weeks away from chasing spring turkey, hogs, and big black bears. In preparing for the next season, I’ve had to do a little patchwork on one of my Double Bull ground blinds. It took quite a bit of abuse this season while staked out at the apple orchard. High winds and heavy snow did a number on it by the time the season finally wrapped up. I pretty much had to drag it back to the truck! It was quite a cluster. But a little hub work and untangling of the rods, and she’s pretty much good as new.
This blind was one of my favorite hangouts this past season and death seemed to loom over any deer that walked within bow range. It’s also the blind my little boy videoed me killin’ a doe from. It was his first time to capture a kill on camera. Very cool stuff! Memories for a lifetime!
This week’s HeartShots devo “Resync for the Journey” is now live at the HeartShots page.
Check it out! http://realitybowhunting.com/heartshots
Arrow flinger, Branden VanDyken, goes nocturnal with his commitment to practice…
“We are very excited to have Michael as the newest member of our sales and marketing team. He is very forward thinking and willing to tackle any project. With Michael’s help, we are looking for aggressive growth in the next few years.” – Stacey Randall, Bohning V.P. Sales & Marketing
“My mom was a PE teacher at the high school in town and one day brought home a Fred Bear recurve and a few arrows for me. From that day forward I started flinging arrows all over the place; not a tree in the backyard stood a chance! As I got older, archery remained a constant but I found myself spending much of my time with sports such as football and baseball. For me, hunting with my bow in particular, was a way to relax on the weekends and that held true throughout college. I attended Northwood University with plans of pursuing a sports management degree and playing football. I thought that if I could work every day in an area or industry that I naturally had fallen in love with then I wouldn’t necessarily feel like I was working. Football never worked out, but baseball did. It was being a part of baseball that brought me back to hunting and shooting my bow. It was then my thoughts narrowed from working in sports, to working in either baseball or archery. I had the opportunity to do just that as I moved to Wisconsin and worked in summer collegiate baseball. With two seasons under my belt it was time for something else. I stayed in Wisconsin but returned to the archery world, working for a local pro shop. It was then I finally realized the size of the archery industry and the many opportunities it had to offer. I became very interested in all avenues and eventually found myself heading home to work for Bohning. I can’t tell you how excited I was to find out I was going to have the opportunity to work close to home in an industry I love. It couldn’t have been a better fit!” – Michael Collins
Be sure to check out the Bohning product interview with Mike Collins on the recently posted Inside Look at ATA 2012 web show at the Watch Now page. http://realitybowhunting.com/watch-now
Elk callers from 10 states, led by Oregon, Colorado and Nevada, have earned Top 3 honors in the RMEF/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships for 2012.
Competition was held as part of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s annual convention and expo, which ended Feb. 4 in Las Vegas. The championships help raise awareness of elk, habitat and the conservation initiatives of RMEF.
1. Bryan Langley, McMinnville, Ore.
2. Joel Turner, Eatonville, Wash.
3. Corey Jacobsen, Boise, Ida.
1. Brad Cain, Keizer, Ore.
2. Thomas Diesing, Loveland, Colo.
3. Gregory Hubbell Jr., Belmont, Calif.
1. Jesse Diesing, Loveland, Colo.
2. Kristy Titus, Bend, Ore.
3. Amy Morris, Payson, Utah
When you’re in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana, be sure to stop in and check out the new archery shop, Bitterroot Valley Archery, located on Hwy 93, between Lolo and Florence. Jaime and the crew have set up a great looking shop with plenty of gear to keep you shooting. I stopped in the other day with my crazy kids to check out the place. My kids love any archery shop, but especially when there’s a pop-up ground blind in it so they can “hunt” while I look things over.
It’s a great little place! Be sure to stop in and check them out next time you’re rollin’ down the highway.