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Tree Stand Safety Tips

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Bow Hunting |

Have you read the latest Tree Stand Safety Tips?

Safety is the NUMBER ONE concern when hunting. Your family wants you to return at the end of the day in one piece–preferable with something to show for your efforts–and I don’t mean a broken bone (or worse. )

There are a lot of guides and tips out there for Tree Stand Safety but here are the highlights. Even if you are a seasoned hunting pro, it doesn’t hurt to review them, and talk to your kids about them!

Related: Bow Hunting Essentials: Things You Should Have

  1. Don’t Hunt in a Hurry. Take your time with hunting and you will be a lot less likely to forget safety precautions.
  2. Read ALL the Instructions. Take the time to read through all the instructions for your tree stand, harness and other equipment. It will be worth it–even if you think you already know how it works.
  3. Pick a good tree. You want a fairly straight tree that is the correct size for your tree stand. Also, check for bugs, animal nests, bee hives, etc.
  4. Always Wear Your Harness. Put it on while you are still on the ground. Wrestling yourself into your harness up in a tree is just stupid.
  5. Practice Self Rescue. Get someone to spot you and practice recovering from a fall by using the rope and harness to grab back onto the ladder or tree.
  6. Inspect Your Tree Stand and Harness. Check it EVERY DAY that you hunt. Look for any tears, rips, bad rust or missing nuts BEFORE you climb.
  7. Tell Someone Your Plans. Just because you have a cell phone doesn’t mean you can rely on it 100%. Tell someone before you go where you will be and how long you plan on staying out.
  8. Use A Haul Line. Don’t carry your gear up the tree with you. First, it’s just a lot of unnecessary work, and second, it’s dangerous. Work smarter, not harder. Also, cover your broadheads when hauling them up and down the tree. Keep your firearms UNLOADED while hauling.
  9. Retreat to a blind when necessary. Many hunters set up their tree stand near their hunting blind so they can climb down in case of bad weather or other situations where they don’t want to be in a tree, but aren’t ready to abandoned the hunt.
  10. Wear slip resistant boots. Be extra careful if the ladder is wet.
  11. Emergency Equipment. Be sure to have items such as a knife, cell phone, flashlight, and/or whistle.

For more information on how to get ready for bow season, check out our previous article on 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Prepare for Bow Season.

What other tips do you suggest for tree stand safety? We’d love to hear them. We all need to help each other be safe out there.

Happy Hunting!

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10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Prepare for Bow Season

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Bow Hunting |

End of summer is a great time to prepare for bow season

When do you prepare for bow season?

Summer is winding down, kids are heading back to school (parents are breathing a sigh of relief), and the hunter can hear the woods calling. Even though bow season is a few weeks away, there are several things you can do now to get ready for it. Ensure a successful hunt this year and keep yourself busy until opening day.

We put together this list with a little help from North American Whitetail.com

#1. Sight In Your Bow Now

Shooting ranges are notoriously busy the 2 weeks before opening day. If you go now you probably won’t have to wait in line and you’ll have more elbow room.

#2. Make Your Own Arrows

We know you can buy arrows. but we are Bitzenburger, maker of the world’s best fletching jig, so naturally we like to encourage hunters of all ages to make their own arrows. There really is something a bit more special about bagging a buck with an arrow you made yourself. Making arrows with your kids is a great project as well!

Check out this cool video on how to use our jig.

#3. Talk to Farmers
Very few people have a better understanding of what’s going on in your hunting area than local farmers. Since they spend much of the summer planting, spraying, and baling hay, farmers usually have a pretty good idea of what the deer are doing.

In addition, most farmers are bombarded by requests to hunt their land in the late summer and early fall. Getting out early and speaking with the local landowners may help you get a foot in the door.

#4. Check in With Land Owners

If you are lucky enough to know a land owner who has given you permission to hunt their property it is nice to drop in and say hi once in awhile. But don’t make is just a social visit. Offer to help around the property and lend a hand. Fix fences, clear paths, etc. The owners might also have some good insight about deer patterns and what they’ve seen throughout the year. It’s always a good idea to be a good neighbor.

#5. Check Your Gear and Stands
Don’t wait until the eve of opening day to check your supplies. Make sure your pack has all the essentials and everything is in top working order. Get new batteries in your flashlight, sharpen your knife and broadheads, pack  extra nocks, etc. Now is a good time to invest in supplies rather than closer to deer season when stores are going to capitalize on the hunter craze anyway.
Gear up and head out to your deer stand or blind location. Check everything out and clean up a bit. Clear off the cobwebs and sweep out the mice nests. You can even shoot a few targets from your stand to help improve field accuracy.
#6. Clear Your Paths
While you are out there, clear the paths to your stand and blind. Cut down branches, move larger ones on the ground. Get rid of prickly things. Be sure to have more than one route to your stand, depending on wind. Nothing ruins a hunting morning like falling flat on your face with a bow in your hand and a pack on your back in the early light of dawn. The deer, and everything else, will hear you coming!
#7. Scout for Deer

If you want to find the bucks, follow the does. Does are often more visible, and their travel patterns remain roughly the same throughout much of the year. If you know where the does are spending their time you’ll be in position to intercept a buck when the rut hits later in the year.

#8. Get in Shape
This is pretty important and often ignored. We have all heard the sad story of a hunter going out on opening day and having a heart attack in the woods. Sadly, this happens. Most deer hunting isn’t particularly demanding, but it’s important to be sure that you are in shape for the upcoming season. Spend some time walking and working out so you can handle the strain of dragging a big buck out of a ravine later in the year.
Be sure that you are physically capable of drawing and holding your bow. A week before the season starts is too late to make up for a lazy summer. Which is a another good reason to get to the range now.
#9. Plant and Maintain Food Plots
Late spring and summer is the time to establish food plots. There’s much work to be done; soil testing, plowing, planting, fertilizing, mowing and spraying should all be completed in advance of the fall hunting season. It’s always a good idea to monitor your food plots for any signs of deer activity. Maintaining your food plot during the summer ensures that your deer will have the nutrients they need to grow big antlers.
#10. Set Up Trail Cameras and Monitor Data

Monitoring deer movement is important, and summer is a great time for setting up cameras to collect as many photos as possible. Doing so will give you a better idea of deer movement patterns in the area. You’ll have an idea of which deer are utilizing your hunting area as part of their home range. You might be able to intercept a buck early in the season but, just as importantly, if you do your homework you’ll figure out the deer’s home range and will be close by when the rut is in full swing in late autumn.

Keep your intel organized so you’re in the right spot come fall. Brad Fitzpatrick, from North American Whitetail, puts all of his photos from the summer in separate folders on his laptop so he can quickly see which deer are frequenting which cameras. He also suggests keeping detailed notes about feeding and movement patterns, and writing down any info you glean from landowners. Having all this info in one spot makes it easier to develop a game plan and will up your odds of success in the fall.

What do you do to prepare for bow season?

We want to know what you do to prepare for bow season. When you do start getting ready–other than in your mind–we know all about “hunting on the brain.”

Let us know!

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Bow Hunting Essentials: Things You Should Have

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Bow Hunting |

Things Every Bow Hunter Should Have

Are you a bow hunter? Do you know and love a bow hunter? Here is a list of things that are essential to bow hunting safety and success. This fall, when you pack your gear, be sure to go over this list.

Bow Hunting Essentials: Gear List

  • Flashlight. Don’t be caught in the dark. Make sure it has fresh batteries before you head out.
  • Quality Hunting Knife. If you don’t carry a knife when you hunt you should probably just turn your hunting license in.
  • First Aid Kit. Essential but often overlooked key item for you pack.
  • Extra Water. Plan for the fact that you might be get lost or be out longer than anticipated–bring more water than you think you will need.
  • Waxed Dental Floss. Weird, I know. But it can be used in an emergency to fix your bowstring serving, make a temporary d-loop and even replace the cord on your drop-away rest.
  • Portable Bow Press. If you dry fire your bow or run a broad head across your string you may have to do some emergency equipment fixing in the field. Be sure you know how to use your bow press before you are in the woods and need it in an emergency.
  • Spare Bow String. It’s best to use the old string as your spare, as it will already be stretched–so when you buy a new one, keep the old one.
  • Extra Nocks. If something is going to get lost or break, it’s probably the nock (nock on wood! Haha! Get it?)
  • Allen Wrenches. There are so many reasons for these handy little buggers. A set of different sizes are really useful and they don’t take up much room.

Thanks to Outdoor Canada and Archery Buff for some of these tips!

Make Your Own Arrows

Making your own arrows is not essential to bow hunting, but it sure does add to the hobby. And since we make an amazing jig we have to tell you about it. You can make your own arrows without our jig, but why would you want to? We make it so much easier! Check them out here.

Tell us what essential items you have in your hunting pack.

Happy Hunting!

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Make Your Own Wild Game Jerky

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Recipes |

Time to clean out your freezer and use your older venison meat to make room for your fall hunt.

How to make your own jerky

We love this easy-to-do recipe from Leaf on how to make your own venison jerky in a dehydrator. We’d love it if you shared your recipes and family “secrets” with us. We are always looking for a new jerky recipe!!

Prep time: 13 to 18 hours

Servings: 1 pound of jerky

Difficulty: Easy

Beginner Making deer jerky at home is a simple way to preserve large amounts of meat, and for making easy protein-rich snacks. You will need a dehydrator with a temperature control feature and a probe-style instant-read thermometer to safely preserve meat. Lean, intact muscle tissue makes great jerky. Use this method to make jerky from your favorite game meats, or from lean cuts of beef.
  • 1 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground pepper
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 3 pounds fresh venison

Combine the Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, pepper, onion, garlic and liquid smoke in a large zip-top bag. Remove the venison from the freezer and slice against the grain into thin strips. Put the strips into the bag with the marinade. Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours or overnight. Put the venison in the freezer for 30 to 45 minutes or until firm, but not frozen solid, before slicing. This will make the meat easier to cut into thin strips. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Lay the marinated meat in a single layer on a rack set over a baking sheet. Roast until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 160 degrees F. Remove the meat from the oven.

Set the dehydrator’s temperature control to 130 to 140 degrees F. Spread the meat in a single layer on the drying racks in the dehydrator. Allow the meat to dry for 5 to 10 hours or until it reaches the consistency you prefer. Homemade jerky is shelf-stable for 1 to 2 months. If you have more jerky than you plan to use in that time frame, you can vacuum-seal individual portions to extend its shelf life, or freeze it for up to 6 months. Get creative with your jerky marinade. This is where the real flavor of your finished product begins. Use these suggestions as a starting point:

  • Sweet and salty: Substitute 1/2 cup pure maple syrup for half of the Worcestershire sauce in this recipe. Your jerky will have rich, sweet maple undertones.
  • Spicy: Add a chipotle chili (or two) in adobo sauce to the marinade.
  • Asian-inspired: Substitute grated ginger for the onion in this recipe, and add 1/4 cup chopped lemongrass to the marinade.
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The Benefits of Youth Archery

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Archery |

Archery is a sport everyone can do

Even at an early age, children can learn the basics of archery and build their skills throughout their lifetime. Sometimes people don’t always think of archery as a sport, but rather a hobby. However, the number of schools introducing archery programs into their curriculum or after school offerings is steadily on the rise. As educators and parents are realizing the benefits of archery it is becoming more and more popular. We couldn’t be happier about that.

Archery is also adaptable for those with disabilities, known as para-archers. Para-archers shoot from a stool or wheelchair. Some even use their teeth or feet to draw their bow.

A Year Round Sport

Another great thing about archery is that it is a year round sport and can be taught indoors and outdoors using several different methods and types of targets.

Outdoor archery includes:

  • target archery (as seen at the Olympic and Paralympic Games)
  • field archery (usually a wooded course)
  • 3D archery (uses foam animal targets)

Typically, indoor archery concentrates on target archery and form.

Youth Archery is a very safe sport

“But wait!” you might say. “Do you really think it is wise to hand a bunch of fourth graders weapons?”

It is an important thing to consider, but also, consider this:

According to the Archery Trade Association, archery is safer than every school-offered ball sport, except bowling and table tennis.

As a non-contact sport you don’t have to worry about the players physically hurting each other. Plus, there are so many safety rules that are taught before a young archer even gets to handle  a bow and arrow. If they don’t comply, they are out. It’s that simple.

The Health Benefits of Youth Archery

There are a surprising number of health benefits to archery, many you may not have even considered. These benefits contribute to improving their skills on the range, in the woods, and in real life.

Focus

Learning to concentrate and block out distractions improves focus. The step by step process it takes to put an arrow in a bulls eye teaches kids to slow down and execute a multi-step task.

Strength

Did you know that drawing 40 arrows at 25 pounds each equals 1,000 pounds of weight? A proper draw strengthens your arms, core, hands, chest and shoulders.

Exercise

We all know the benefits of walking and generally moving. Archery gets kids moving and outdoors to soak up all that great Vitamin D. An archer can walk up to 5 miles during a tournament.

Coordination

Coordination and concentration work together to produce focus. The coordination of a multi step task, executed in the proper succession and done repetitively creates a predicable outcome: hitting your target. After a period of time and practice, muscle memory enters the equation and you have become a sharp shooter!

Confidence

Building a child’s confidence level in a particular area has long lasting effect on self-esteem and success in the future. Teaching a child lifelong skills that he or she can continue using and improving is essential to a happy life. Imagine your child’s face when he or she hits the bulls eye for the first time. Yeah, that!

Managing Stress

Healthy competition teaches children (and adults) to manage stress. How to properly conduct yourself under pressure and exhibiting good sportsmanship are all part of team building. But the act of archery itself can be a stress reliever. The physical exertion works to alleviate stress, but so does the concentration and the successful execution. Just the sound of the arrow leaving your hand and thwacking the target is music to any archer’s ears.

Is there a kid in your life who might enjoy archery?

Grab and a bow and arrow and head out on to the range. We guarantee you will both learn something and come back smiling.

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