Gerbing Heated Apparel

Nothing ruins a hunt like being cold. When you can’t feel your feet it can get down right dangerous climbing out of the stand. Uncontrollable shakes create a audible warning for any nearby prey should there be any loose metal parts on your stand.

So much money and effort is spent on staying warm. Frustration mounts when it seems impossible to find something that will work for more than an hour or two. The problem is lack of movement. The cold seeps in and there is no energy spent creating heat for your clothes to retain.

I have bad circulation, my hands and feet seem to always be cold. I have tried some heated insoles and found them lacking, they run out of juice quickly and there is no way to discreetly change batteries. I have tried the thick boots and socks but I am fed up with having to have a ton of gear should I travel or just in case the weather changes.

A few years ago at a small expo I ran across a company that few have heard of, Gerbing. Currently based in North Carolina, Gerbing started out in the 1970s in Olympia, Washington after an engineer kept getting cold riding his motorcycle to work. What he invented has created a way for outdoor enthusiasts to get outside even in the coldest weather. Most of their products were originally geared towards motorcyclists but they have come out with hunting gear as well. Heated vests, sock liners, gloves, seats and even lay down blind pads are just a few of the items that can keep you warm as a hunter and you can keep the gear you already have. Visit gerbing.com for even more items. The additional accessories allow you to customize your gear and extra batteries mean you can easily stay as long as you want, should your battery wear down.

I want to introduce you to the women’s heated vest and sock liners. Although they are sold by Cabela’s with the Cabela’s name they are powered by Gerbing Technology. After seeing the technology and quality of Gerbing first hand I wouldn’t have chosen any other brand.

Click for the vest and for the sock liners.

Lock Down Scents By Boar Down

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The company that brought you the first 3D Hog Decoy  continues to innovate and they have come out with an ingenious scent bottle. I don’t know about you but I have gotten scent on my gloves and hands from spray bottles and regular bottles dripping or not sealing properly. No one likes a doe urine scented backpack either.

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Applicator and scent wick in one!

Boar Down solved this problem with the patent pending Lock Down Scent bottle with applicator tip. You can wipe scent on branches, rocks, your boots or any where you want the animal to stop and smell. After you have applied the scent with the sponge the included string allows you to hand the bottle creating a scent wick. There is enough string to loop even on large branches.

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Enough string to hand on a large branch.

Placing the bottle by your trail camera can bring the animals in or you can place it as an attractant and distance marker for hunting. The contents can freeze so if you are hunting the late season make sure to take the bottle with you when you leave for the day.

The bottle does not leak even when tossed about in your backpack or shoved in your pocket for checking trail cameras.

The Lock Down Scents come in a variety of scents for hog and deer hunting or even hog trapping.

 

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Lock Down Scent’s Variety Photo Courtesy of Boar Down

If you are looking for a great way to attract game and prevent deer pee hands and smelly backpacks Lock Down Scents is the solution for you!

Visit www.boardown.com for more information and to purchase Lock Down Scents MSRP from $9.97 to $24.97

Made in the USA!

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The Silent Retriever

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The Silent Retriever doubles your chance at an instant grab with its duo grapples.

 

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The Silent Retriever instantly grabs onto any item with soft material.

I don’t know about you but I constantly drop things, a terrible habit to have when you are 20 feet up in a tree.

The Silent Retriever is an absolute must have for any hunter that hunts from an elevated stand. Unlike other grapples, it is able to instantly grab on to any soft material and does so without damaging it.

 

 

I was never good at the claw game and I certainly don’t want to be playing it when I am trying to hunt. The Silent Retriever also acts like a normal grapple if you have hard objects you need to pick up. For items with nothing to grab on to,like your phone, the Assist Tabs create a contact point for the Retriever to grab on to.

 

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With the Assist Tabs you can pick up hard objects that couldn’t be picked up by a grapple.

Have a tree branch that’s in your shooting lane but just out of your reach from your stand? A little Indiana Jones action can hook the Retriever around the branch and you can tie it out of the way until you can come back with some pruners.

The Silent Retriever is very simple to use, you just take it out of the safety tube and attach it to the pull rope. Always return the Retriever to the safety tube because it will try to cling to everything.

The Silent Retriever can be purchased separately, as a kit, and is even available with a magnet that can hold 4.5 pounds of metal with its magnet. MSRP from $12.99 – $26.99 depending on style purchased. Available in 4 colors, orange, black, yellow and red.

The Silent Retriever Complete System includes a retriever in a reusable safety tube, 25′  Multi Use Pull Rope,  5 Assist Tabs.

You can purchase The Silent Retriever at thesilentretriever.com or huntingisgood.com

 

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The Silent Retriever Complete System includes a retriever in a reusable safety tube, 25′ Multi Use Pull Rope, 5 Assist Tabs.

Warnings from the manufacturer:

1. Do not reach out excessively when using this product.

2. Do not use this product if you experience dizziness looking down.

3. Do not use this product without wearing a TMA Certified Safety Harness.

4. NEVER use this product to retrieve a loaded firearm or ANY ammunition.

CAUTION: SHARP OBJECT

 

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Alien Nitro by Martin Archery

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Introduced for 2014 the Alien Nitro is truly out of this world!

With an incredibly light 3.5 pounds, axle to axle of 32” and its sleek design makes the Alien a perfect hunting bow for both women and men. Accommodating draw lengths between 25.5” and 30.5”, the Alien’s smooth draw and forgiving 7” brace height combined with the adjustable 80% let off creates a fast 335fps IBO. The parallel limbs are offered in peak draw weights of 50, 60 and 70 pounds.

Martin’s vibration escape system components work together to make the Alien one of the quietest bows in the world. The shock suppressor and the string silencers decrease noise and vibration but Martin doesn’t stop there. Embedded in the riser are 3 of Martin’s exclusive Vibration Escape Modules (V.E.M.) with suspended steel stabilizing weights and the Integrated V.E.M. Arrow Shelf combine good looks and function by absorbing shock and decreasing vibration.

The lean riser is artistically crafted with details that are woven together so subtly that what looks simple from a distance is incredibly intricate close up. The alien themed details include ovals that bring to mind UFOs, alien eyes and even the Alien logo etched into the wood centered in the comfortable and solid grip. Along with the decorative details there is a seemingly small detail that makes a huge difference for a shooter, there are 3 holes for sight installation. The flexibility that this feature allows is a major innovation for optimum sight placement.

The Alien Nitro is available in camo, carbon, red, and white and has an MSRP of $934.99

Martin Archery Bows are Proudly Made in the USA by a company with an over 60 year history and dedication to quality and customer service.

 

For more information visit www.martinarchery.com/2014

 

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Quick Knot by UPPER HAND

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The only thing worse than not seeing any fish while bowfishing is not being able to get back to shooting quick enough when you are surrounded by fish. Losing an arrow, breaking a nock or tip used to mean being out of the game for many valuable minutes while you try to securely tie a new arrow on. Now, with the introduction of the Quick Knot, that time has been reduced to mere seconds.

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Quick Knot by UPPER HAND

The Quick Knot is a simple yet genius connector that is made from spring tempered 320 stainless steel wire that creates a secure connection by taking the place of  a knot, functioning similarly to a fishing tackle swivel but one piece that will not open or break apart.

Easily change arrow in seconds!

Strong and secure connection.

Even the installation of the Quick Knot is so easy you can go from package to ready to fish in less than a minute; all you have to do is tie a knot.

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From package to ready to fish in seconds, all you have to do is tie a knot.

The Quick Knot was developed by two brothers with a passion for the outdoors and a truly innovative spirit.

Not only does the Quick Knot solve the quick arrow change, it has many other benefits as well. If you shoot a pass-through on a fish, you can quickly detach the arrow and pull the string back through instead of trying to thread an arrow nock first back through a flopping fish. Benefits also include storing and transporting your bow or big fish/alligator floats without the arrow attached.

The Quick Knot is truly a game changer when it comes to speed and convenience in the bowfishing arena. No more cutting your line every arrow change or trying to pick apart a knot that has been tightened down by reeling in hundreds of fish.

 

UPPER HAND put together a great instructional video.

 

For more information or to purchase Quick Knot visit http://upper-hand.net/

Quick Knot is also sold at backwateroutdoors.com

 

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Sqwincher Steady Shot saved my life!

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Yes it’s true, an energy shot saved my life, and not just any energy shot – Sqwincher Steady Shot.

I’ll begin my story by telling you a little about Sqwincher first. An American company dedicated to providing American workers and hunters with quality products to keep them alert and hydrated. The offer a large variety of products from premixed drinks to electrolyte chews and even hydrating freeze pops, perfect for a hot day!

For more information and to see available products visit www.sqwincher.com

I have driven many miles alone, which requires a lot of caffeine. Having a product that will keep me alert and save bladder space on long trips is very important. Sqwincher Steady Shot is a far superior source of caffeine that won’t have you shaking or crashing. No sugar, carbs or calories. As someone that has driven multiple long trips including 23 hours straight and 36 hours in 48 hours, I’m some what of an expert on what works.

This story is a little difficult to write. Seeing the pictures brings me back to that moment of feeling completely helpless.

It had been a rough week and I was ready to get on the road. I had just quit an organization that I had truly dedicated the last two years of my life to and as a result lost a good friend. It wasn’t easy but it was the right thing to do and this trip to Texas was just what I needed to get started on the next chapter of my life.

The journey to Texas from New York began by picking up a rental car. I had decided to rent a Ford Focus to save some gas on this long trip. While I was at the counter, I was asked if I wanted to upgrade. I joked that I would take a Ford Escape and they happened to have one. I packed up the Escape, drank my Sqwincher Steady Shot and headed out hoping the storm was delayed that was supposed to hit Tug Hill (an area notorious for heavy snowfall).

It was about 3 in the afternoon and the sky turned dark, visibility was 50 yards and getting worse. I had slowed down to about 55, a speed I felt comfortable with, not too fast not to slow. The road was reduced to a single lane because the snow plow simply could not keep up. I was nervous but focused and alert. An orange tractor trailer I had passed previously on clear conditions was in a hurry and just had to pass me, cutting over into the un-plowed lane and went around me to disappear into the snow in front. That made me extremely nervous. If I couldn’t see a bright orange semi how could I see a dark car? I remember passing an exit that I could barely see, I would have exited if I could have seen it in time. The visibility was getting worse when suddenly across the whole freeway was a wall of orange.

There was nowhere to go, I don’t even remember seeing the two cars that were stopped on the right, I have no idea if there were there before I was. I slammed on the brakes and just knew I wasn’t going to be able to stop. Everything was in slow motion and I knew that if I couldn’t stop I would end up, at best, with the hood under the sideways trailer. I remember being able to think quickly in those few seconds. I remember thinking “Crap, it’s a rental car”

Sliding on the icy road I wasn’t slowing down fast enough. At the last second I jerked the wheel to the right, and the Escape gripped the road just enough that I had a controlled slide to the only open spot next to the trailer and gently stopped by bumping the snow bank. I couldn’t believe it, I was ok, and when I remembered, there were more semis and cars behind me and I had no place to go.

The visibility was getting little better and small cars and pickups were able to stop, but I knew the semis were coming. I had backed up to the middle of the road because the crashed semi was leaking fuel and didn’t want to be next to it.

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The hood of the Escape. The tracks next to the trailer are mine. I slid to a stop that close!

 

I was out of the Escape feeling trapped, not knowing if I was more vulnerable in or out of the suv. There was panic in people’s voices, not knowing if the traffic behind was going to be able to stop. Then I saw it, barreling down the side of the road, I yelled “They’re coming!” A red semi was flying at us and at the last second dove into the ditch to avoid the sports car that was sideways on the shoulder.

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Over the roof of the snow covered Escape, the red semi in the ditch barely missed the white truck.

The sheer force that he hit the snow with would have killed anyone in his path, in a vehicle or not. The snow was clearing and everyone was checking on everyone else. The cause of the pile up was the orange semi rear ending a tow truck he couldn’t see and sending it one way and him the other.

It was about an hour wait before anything moved. Ambulances could be heard; slowly they were clearing those that didn’t have any damage. I was at the front of the line so I was the last to be able to turn around and drive past the carnage that was behind me.

A sedan was smashed into the fender of a tanker truck, not sure if it was hazardous material or not. The line of accidents was probably a good half mile. Eventually I was able to get back to the exit I had passed earlier and get in line to go around.

To say I was shook up would be an understatement but I had stopped shaking by the time that I was able to turn around.

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The vehicles stopped behind me

I made it to Ohio before I had to stop and get a hotel room; I was emotionally and mentally exhausted.

After a good night’s rest, I was up and ready to keep driving and you better believe I had my Sqwincher Steady Shot!

Steady Shot comes in Fruit Punch, Orange and Berry. I am so thankful for a product that kept me alert, my guardian angels that were watching over me and the upgrade at the rental car company. I am very blessed and hope everyone drives safe, alert and not distracted.

For more information visit www.sqwincher.com/products/steady-shot/sqwincher-steady-shot/

 

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The tow truck that the orange semi plowed into. Drive safe! Getting somewhere late is better than never getting there at all.

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