Shop Smarter This Holiday

Keep your shopping list – and your sanity – in check this holiday season!

What comes to mind when you think about holiday shopping? For a lot of people, it’s stress. Between the hit on your pocketbook, the crowded malls and determining what to buy everyone on your list, it’s easy to get stressed out.

No worries. Dunham’s is here to provide a few ideas to make it a little easier on you and your wallet.

Make a List

A real timesaver is to list the names of the people you want to buy gifts for including ideas and places where those gifts might be found. Do your thinking before hitting the stores.

Start Early

Why wait for the holiday season to begin shopping? If you see the perfect gift for someone, why not grab it earlier rather than later? You’ll have the advantage of ample inventory and sales.

Keep Track of Spending

Create a preliminary budget for what you plan to spend on each person. This will help you stay on budget. Keep track of actual expenses too. That way, you will know where your money went when the January bills arrive.

Do Your Research

Maybe you need a new driver or a piece of high-tech equipment like a treadmill. For these gifts and many more, do your research beforehand. Read online reviews. They’ll provide you with insight as to the best brand or model others have experienced. It’ll also help steer you away from those that haven’t performed very well.

Take Advantage of Loyalty Programs

Dunham’s Sports offers customers many ways to save—not just during the holidays, but every day.

One way is with the Dunham’s Rewards Program. It’s a great program for anyone who loves to save as much as they love to shop at Dunham’s. Signing up is quick and easy. Simply visit dunhamssports.com for details. You’ll start with a 20% off, one item coupon. Then you’ll receive information about sales, store events, sweepstakes and more. You’ll even get a 30% off, one item coupon to use during your birthday month!

Another is the Team Discount Program. For coaches or leaders of sports organizations, members get discounts on behalf of their group. It includes a 10% off discount card that can be used anytime on regular priced purchases. It also includes emails with information about products specific to your sport and a 20% off, the entire purchase coupon good for weekends during your season.

Are you a leader at your company or organization? Check out the Dunham’s Company – Corporate Discount Program. It’s free and employees of your company will enjoy the benefits of saving at Dunham’s too. They’ll receive their own 10% off discount card to use throughout the year. You’ll receive emails about products and special coupons that can be forwarded to them. There is also the Group-Organization and the Sportsmen’s Club Discount programs. Both work in the same way as the Corporate Discount Program.

This holiday season, why not give yourself the gift of rewards programs like those offered by Dunham’s? You’ll not only save yourself some money, you’ll be the hero of gift giving.

-Your Friends at Dunham’s

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Stay Concealed

Not getting noticed is key but blinds can offer much more.

Hunting is about more than just finding game in the wild. It’s also about making sure they don’t find you.

You can wear camouflage and try to keep perfectly still. But staying still and quiet can be difficult when hunting in a group or with kids, and camouflage equipment can be costly. You can’t control the weather or the wind carrying your scent, but you can keep yourself hidden by adding a specific tool to your arsenal—a hunting blind.

There are several kinds of blinds available. One variety is the ground blind, which sits on the ground like a tent. Pierce FollansbeeDelong of Barronett says these are great for anyone new to blinds because they’re portable and eliminates the need to buy a lot of camouflage clothing. To help you stay concealed, you’ll only need to wear dark clothing while you’re inside.

“With a ground blind you can also get away with more,” said FollansbeeDelong “This is especially crucial in bow hunting when you’re drawing back the bow. They’re also a great way to introduce kids to the sport because ground blinds allow them to move around without being seen.”

A ground blind is versatile. You can be protected from adverse weather conditions and keep your scent isolated to one area. It can sit anywhere, so you don’t need a tree. And you can get closer to whatever you’re hunting.

“Being eye level with a deer on the ground is a completely different experience than being in a tree stand above one,” said FollansbeeDelong. “The excitement and the connection is truly unmatched.”

A blind can even make it easier to hunt with friends rather than by yourself.

“A lot of people like to hunt together, and filming hunts is becoming more and more popular,” said FollansbeeDelong. “Bigger ground blinds allow you to hunt together and stay concealed.”

FollansbeeDelong said it is also important to consider window configuration when buying a blind. The window configuration should match up with the style weapon you’ll be using.

There are several Barronett blind options at Dunham’s Sports this season, including the new Blaze Orange Safety Cap. These add safety to your hunt by making sure other hunters can see your blind.

Take your hunting game to another level this fall. Stay hidden with a ground blind from Dunham’s Sports.

-Deer Abby

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The Buck Stops Here

Great Tales About Whitetails.

After a long but satisfying day in the field, three hunters share their personal deer stories around the campfire.

Lucky Shot

Seven years ago, Mike Bay received permission from his son-in-law’s family to hunt their property near Charlevoix, Mich. A blind was already set up about 200 yards from the house, which was convenient – perhaps too convenient – since he fell asleep in it.

“I was awakened by a herd of deer. I searched around and couldn’t find my pistol. The deer heard me desperately looking for the gun and ran away. I finally found the pistol and managed to shoot a deer as the herd ran toward the house,” Bay said.

He searched the area, looking for signs that his shot had been true. He was about to give up when he found the deer about 30 feet from the house.

“I had shot it through the heart with a pistol from 50 yards. That’s impressive. A couple months later I went with a buddy and set up a target 50 yards away to recreate my marksmanship. He hit the target with all six shots with a rifle and I missed with all six. The deer I shot in 2010 was the first and only one I ever harvested. I have done a lot of deer hunting and that was the only time I was successful. I guess that day was my lucky day,” he said.

The Eyes Have It

Albin Campbell has been hunting in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since he can remember. Out of all his hunting excursions, last year’s stands out.

“It was the second day of deer season and I had a group of guys with me. After not seeing anything in the morning, we decided to get out again shortly after noon. I had set up a deer camera near my blind to see what kind of deer was coming through. As I set my gun down to check the camera, I saw the head of a buck about 70 yards. I grabbed my gun as the deer stood up and looked at me. He was beautiful. I’m new to having glasses and realized I didn’t have them on. I put the gun up, squinted my eyes, squeezed the trigger and boom, got him. The way I look at it, it was my first deer kill without wearing proper eyewear.

The Call of the Wild

In 2009, Steve Batory was hunting with his nine-year-old grandson, Carter. It was Carter’s first hunting trip.

“We had hunted all morning when we saw a big doe. Carter said, ‘Take her, Pa.’ I shot her with a bow and decided this was a great opportunity to teach Carter how to track deer. We found it in a briar patch and as we’re dressing her, another deer stood out of the patch, staring at us. Soon, other deer started making noises. Eventually, this big buck came over and soon there were four bucks within 10 yards of us. Suddenly, we heard a loud grunt and a roar. In all the years I had been hunting, I had never heard a deer make a noise like that. The dominant buck was chasing all other bucks away from the doe.I explained to my grandson that he’ll likely never see or experience anything like that ever again,” Batory said.

-Deer Abby

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A New Day for Midwest Hunters

New Limited Firearm Zones change the game for many Midwest deer hunters.

Thanks to action by the Michigan legislature, the state’s Southern Shotgun Deer Zone is now the Limited Firearm Deer Zone, and to say that lower peninsula hunters are extremely pleased is an understatement. Prior to 2014, hunters were restricted to using shotguns and slugs to hunt deer anywhere south of an irregular line that ran from the middle of Muskegon County through upper Kent County and east to approximately Bay City. It was thought that rifles were a safety risk in these heavily populated areas due to the long range of some rifle ammo.

After much debate, the issue was settled by creating new regulations that allow hunting with a rifle as long as the cartridge is .35 caliber or larger and is straight walled. That means rifles chambered for the powerful .450 Bushmaster cartridge can now be used in the lower peninsula. While Michigan led the way on this issue, these cartridges and firearms are also newly legal in other Midwestern states, including Ohio, Indiana and Iowa, for the 2017 firearm season. Various qualifiers apply, check your local regulations.

The Limited Firearm Zone is the dawn of a new day for Midwest hunters, and Dunham’s is answering the call with excellent firearms and ammo that meet the requirements of the new regulations.

A shotgun firing slugs was never an adequate replacement for a hunting rifle. The shotgun’s recoil discouraged young and less physically able hunters from taking part in the firearm season. What’s more, a shotgun can never match the minute of angle accuracy that a rifle can achieve. For the hunter, that can mean the difference between an empty freezer or one full of meat.

Let’s take a look at some of the .450 Bushmaster products available at Dunham’s.

The Ruger .450 Bushmaster American Rifle

From Sturm, Ruger and Company comes the Ruger .450 Bushmaster American Rifle. This bolt-action centerfire rifle features a single-column, detachable three-round magazine and the Ruger Marksman Adjustable™ trigger. The crisp-release trigger is user adjustable to provide between 3- and 5-pounds resistance. Thus, hunters can tailor the feel of the firearm to their personal preference, allowing for a more predictable, more accurate shot.

The American Rifle’s stock is synthetic and finished in dark earth tones. It’s designed for quick, easy handling, yet its classic look will please the traditionalist hunter. A one-piece three-lug bolt is engineered with a full 70° throw, so it provides ample clearance for the 3x9x40 Weaver scope that comes with the rifle as an exclusive plus when purchased at Dunham’s. The full diameter bolt body and dual cocking cams enable smooth, easy cycling. The visible, accessible and easy to actuate tang safety provides optimum security. A cold hammer-forged barrel enables precise rifling for exceptional longevity and easy cleaning. Ruger’s integral bedding block system positively locates the receiver and free floats the barrel for outstanding accuracy.

Ruger CEO, Christopher J. Killoy said, “When Michigan created the new Limited Firearm Zone, Ruger immediately went to work developing a firearm that would prove ideal for this use. I believe we have achieved that in full.”

The CVA Hunter

The Hunter, a center-fire single-shot rifle from CVA features a 25-inch barrel with a 1:24 twist rate, when chambered for the .450 Bushmaster cartridge. A black synthetic stock combines with the blued-steel barrel to make this a handsome firearm. A reversible hammer spur, easy one-finger breaching and Durasight integral scope rail mount are standard features. The firearm is perfectly balanced in a 100% ambidextrous composite stock, making it very quick to aim and shoot. A CrushZone® recoil pad and the rifle’s 6-pound weight, make it ideal for long days in the field.

Dudley McGarity, CEO of BPI, CVA’s parent company said, “We recognized that Michigan’s Limited Firearm Zone would attract a new breed of hunter, so we wanted to be ready with an affordable firearm. I firmly believe we have met that challenge with the Hunter — an excellent first hunting rifle.”

Ammunition

The cartridge of choice in rifles chambered for .450 Bushmaster comes from Hornady and is available at Dunham’s. This 250 grain FTX bullet boasts a velocity of 2200 fps at the muzzle, 1835 fps at 100 yards and 1255 fps at 300 yards. In combination with energy ratings of 2687 lb.ft. at muzzle, 1868 lb.ft. at 100 yards and 874 lb.ft. at 300 yards, this load has enough energy to harvest deer at an extended range. Traditional shotgun slugs have considerably less energy at 200 yards. Neal Emery, marketing operations manager for Hornady said, “The .450 Bushmaster cartridge increases the range by more than 100 yards for the average shooter as compared to a shotgun slug.”

Dunham’s is well equipped to provide everything you need to hung in the new Limited Firearm Zone, while meeting all your other hunting needs as well. Stop in today and let our knowledgeable consultants help you choose the gear that’s best for you.

-Deer Abby

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The Hunt For Knowledge

How new tools and trades can help in the field.

Once the green from summer turns into the spectrum of oranges, reds and yellows of fall, it means that one of America’s favorite seasons – hunting season – is right around the corner. If hunters have struggled in the past, they shouldn’t worry. What they should do is research what products are available to turn what could feel like time wasted into a thrilling adventure, creating memories that will last forever.

It can certainly be overwhelming to know where to start when looking for hunting products. There are so many, and there are different variations of each. Where should you begin?

 

Crossbows In Your Crosshairs

The first thing to do is to choose your weapon. If you’re looking for something that presents more of a challenge than a firearm, a bow is the next logical choice. But those can be difficult to use. Combining the ease of use of a firearm with the challenge of a bow, the Crosman line of crossbows is a happy medium for a hunter looking for something new to try out this season.

“One such line of crossbows available at Dunham’s is the CenterPoint, which includes the CenterPoint Sniper 370, the Gladiator Whisper 405, the Tormentor Whisper 380 and the XR175 Recurve Crossbow,” explained Jason Reid of Crosman. “All crossbows come with a rope cocker and three bolts.”

When shopping for crossbows and testing them out, one thing to keep in mind is comfort – how the butt feels against your shoulder. Also, make sure the trigger pull feels right so it doesn’t affect accuracy in the field. Safety-wise, always keep your fingers below the rail, and never strain to load, which can cause injury.

For a hunter looking for elite weapon performance with all the convenient features needed for a successful hunt, the Sniper 370 offers features like a fully adjustable stock and pass-through fore-grip to accommodate any shooting style, ensuring accuracy with every shot. Also included is a 4x32mm scope, three 20-inch carbon blots, a quiver, rope cocker and shoulder sling. It’s ready to rock out of the box!

“Quad limbs fitted with a precision CNC-machined cam system delivers mind-blowing speeds up to 370 FPS,” said Reid. “The Sniper is easily maneuverable thanks to the lightweight and durable CNC-machined rail with shoot-through riser and the narrow 18-inch axle-to-axle width (when cocked; 21 inches when relaxed).”

 

Time to Take a (Tree) Stand

Perspective can be the difference between a missed shot and a “what if” scenario and a kill shot that leads to a memorable moment. By utilizing a tree stand, hunters are able to get up above the ground level and be more effective in the field; they gain a much more comprehensive view and minimize disturbances to natural movement patterns of game.

Like any other piece of hunting equipment, there are tons of features to keep an eye on when it comes to tree stands. Style, weight, material – the list goes on and on. But thanks to Big Game/Muddy tree stands, the decision becomes a little bit easier. First, decide what type of tree stand fits your hunting style and needs. Big Game tree stands and Muddy Outdoors offer a wide variety of choices.

The first type of stand to consider is a ladder stand. According to Tayler Riggen of Big Game/Muddy, these are typically set up in advance.

“Ladder stands are one of the more universal options for gun, bow and crossbow hunters,” said Riggen. “Oftentimes these stands maximize comfort for longer sits but are less easily moved around a property. Ladder stands are great options for locations that you want to hunt a lot. With a full ladder, climbing into the stand is very easy.”

Next up, the hang-on style stand, like the ladder stand, can be set up by the hunter in advance or moved in on particular pattern or movement trend. The difference is that this style utilizes climbing sticks/steps to get up to the necessary elevation to hang the stand. This style is often lightweight and easily moved, offering the hunter some versatility when selecting and changing positions.

A tripod option is available, which is used primarily in gun or crossbow hunting. Tripods often come with a 360-degree swivel seat to ensure a full range of view, depending on where the target presents itself. These are often used in scenarios where trees are not available or a hunter would like a little more flexibility on where to set up and not be confined to where the perfect tree is located.

“Climbing stands would typically be carried in with the hunter during the hunt and with the cable system be used to climb the tree itself with no climbing sticks,” explained Riggen. These are great for pack-in hunts, public areas that do not allow stands to be hung in advance of a hunt, or for moving in on a hot spot.

And always hunt with a safety harness and a safe-line. Any time you leave the ground, you should be securely attached to the tree.

 

Scent Success

A hunter could seem to have everything set up perfectly – the top-of-the-line weapon, tree stand in the perfect spot, camo from head to toe – but none of that matters if that big buck catches a whiff of your scent. In fact, the hunter probably won’t even know that he or she gave themselves up. Covering human scent needs to be a priority.

Wildlife Research offers two lines of scent-elimination products: Super Charged Scent Killer and Ultra-Premium Scent Killer Gold.

“Both lines feature a full assortment of clothing sprays, laundry/clothing wash products, soaps and other personal care products,” explained Sam Burgeson of Wildlife Research. “Super Charged Scent Killer clothing sprays attack a wide range of odors – the most important one: human odor. It works when you first apply it and continues to work for days after drying. It has been found to be 99 percent effective at stopping replicated human odor in testing.”

Conversely, Scent Killer Gold is Wildlife’s best scent-elimination formula to date. Using proprietary Hunt Dry technology, hunters can apply it to clothing, let it dry and have all of the features of a top-of-the-line scent-elimination suit.

“Our latest formula with Hunt Dry Technology Plus has been found to be 99 percent effective at stopping replicated human odor in testing at Rutgers University 20 days after drying,” explained Burgeson. “That is some serious performance.”

While the deer’s nose can pick up human scent and give a hunter’s presence away, it can also be used to lure deer into the hunter’s range of sight. Through the use of deer lures and baits, hunters, while covering up their own scent, can use different products to create the illusion of food or other deer nearby.

“In addition to being as scent free as possible, a good attractor scent can really boost your odds as well,” said Burgeson. “Dunham’s carries a variety of hunting scents from Wildlife Research Center. A few of our most popular ones are Golden Estrus, Active-Scrape and Golden Scrape, and Trail’s End 307.”

While the thrill of the kill can sometimes be elusive, the bevy of hunting products available to assist hunters couldn’t be more plentiful than it is today. With so much technological research that goes into these products, there’s never been a better time to branch out and try some of them. Through the use of weaponry like a crossbow, the ability to find new views and perspectives with tree stands and the art of covering up human scent while luring deer with others, there’s never been a better time to pack up the truck and head out into the field this fall.

-Deer Abby

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On The Hunt With Dunham’s

Introducing a wide range of gear to help the challenges of the season.
 
Soon the trees will have turned, the leaves will have fallen, and the deer will be rutting. Big bucks will be up and about, and hunters will take to the field.
 
We look at some things one should consider before heading out in the field. And because it’s timely, we’ll also review the concealed-carry handguns that are available at Dunham’s.
 
A gun safe is a great investment for every hunter. Before you even think about getting ready for the hunt, protect your weapons and family with a secure safe.
 
A safe provides peace of mind. And today’s safes are not only fire and water resistant, they’re also high tech. Biometric locks open with a touch, but are as secure as a combination lock.
 
Dunham’s offers tree stands for every hunting situation. Elevation makes you less visible and masks your scent.
 
Don’t forget the rest of your gear. Dunham’s offers an extensive range of equipment that no hunter should be without.
 
Among these is a fire starter that can help ensure you’ll be able to generate a flame when you need it. It’s a great tool for the hunter. Every hunter needs a knife suitable for field dressing game. Dunham’s offers numerous models. Keeping meat cool until you can get it home is essential. That’s why Dunham’s stocks YETI coolers.
 
Don’t forget your underwear! And outerwear. Dunham’s features Under Armour apparel for the hunt. Camo gear makes you less detectable as do scent-control base pants.
 
Attractants bring game to where you are. Dunham’s stocks attractants from Wildgame Innovations that mimic the smell and taste of things deer find delectable. Stock up and be ready for the hunt.
 
Since hunters understand firearms, concealed carry is a relevant topic. Today’s handguns are not only powerful, they can be concealed in your pocket. With offerings from both Ruger and Smith & Wesson, Dunham’s has a firearm that will meet your needs.
 
-Deer Abby
 
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Stay Warm, Dry and Undetected with Hunting Apparel from Under Armour

Fall is here. You see it in the changing colors. You feel it in the crisper air and you hear it at Friday Night football games. While some outdoor activities, such as golf and baseball, are waning, others, including hunting, are just beginning. To help you stay warm and dry while helping you blend into the environment and masking your scent––thereby increasing your odds for a successful hunt––Dunham’s Sports offers a wide assortment of hunting apparel from all the leading companies, including Under Armour.
 
“New for us this year is our Stealth fleece,” said Under Armour’s John Kreiner. “It has a soft, Sherpa-like fabric that generates a great deal of warmth and it’s quiet.”
 
The Stealth fleece features Under Armour’s exclusive Scent Control with antimicrobial silver. Under Armour claims it’s the only company that uses both Scent Control and antimicrobial to trap and suppress the growth of odor.
 
“To help keep you dry, the Stealth fleece also features Under Armour’s Storm Technology. It repels moisture without sacrificing breathability,” Kreiner added.
 
The Stealth fleece is available in jacket, hoodie, bib and pants and in men’s sizes ranging from small to XXL.
 
Dress For the Occasion
 
For optimal comfort in varying temperatures and weather conditions, Kreiner recommends multiple apparel layers.
 
“Start with a good base layer. We have Base™ Extreme and ColdGear Infrared® base layer tops and bottoms. They deliver warmth without weight,” he said.
 
Base Extreme leggings and long-sleeve tops feature a soft, brushed negative grid interior that traps hot air for superior warmth. They also feature strategically placed stretch panels for optimal mobility.
 
ColdGear Infrared offerings, meanwhile, incorporate a soft, thermo-conductive coating on the inside of the garment that absorbs and retains body heat, which is then redistributed evenly, keeping the wearer warmer for a longer period of time. ColdGear Infrared goes beyond trapping body heat. It absorbs the heat the wearer generates and redistributes it, creating a microclimate inside the material.
 
“The analogy we like to use to best explain our ColdGear Infrared technology is a ceramic coffee mug. Compare that coffee mug to a paper or plastic one and most people will agree the coffee stays warmer longer in a ceramic mug because of the heat-transference aspect of ceramic,” Kreiner said. “The thermo-coating we use on our ColdGear Infrared has ceramic particles for the same reason.”
 
ColdGear Infrared hunting leggings feature a dual-layer fabric with an ultra-warm, brushed interior and a slick, fast-drying exterior. I can tell you from experience that the ColdGear Infrared products I purchased to pursue other activities have worked well in keeping me warm. They are lightweight, allowing maximum mobility.
 
Both Base Extreme and ColdGear Infrared feature the Under Armour Scent Control technology and a moisture transport system that wicks moisture away. They’re available in a variety of sizes and Camo Patterns.
 
The garments will need to be reactivated by heat, generally when the garment is washed and dried.
 
Hoodies, Lightweight Pants and Headwear
 
Also new this year is Under Armour’s Storm Icon Camo full-zip hoodie. It’s available in Realtree and Mossy Oak and, as the name implies, features the company’s Storm technology to repel moisture.
 
“Our Storm Icon Camo hoodies are made of Armour® fleece. It’s light, breathable and quiet. It also stretches, ensuring mobility. The hoodies feature a front kangaroo pocket and interior phone pocket,” Kreiner said.
 
For the early part of the season, Kreiner recommends Under Armour’s scent-control base pants. Available in Realtree camo, they also feature the company’s Storm technology, as well as scent control and anti-microbial technologies to help keep you undetected by your prey.
 
Complete your camo with Realtree caps and beanies. The caps feature an unstructured fit that conforms to your head for a lower profile and a built-in HeatGear® sweatband to wick away sweat, keeping you cool and dry. It also features a snap closure in back for customizable fit.
 
The beanie is reversible. It features Realtree camo on one side and hunter’s orange on the other.
 
“The Under Armour Reversible Camo beanie is made of ultra-soft brushed fleece for excellent comfort all day and features our Moisture Transport System to wick sweat away, keeping your cooler,” Kreiner said.
 
The Strategy of Layering
 
Hunting involves a great deal of walking, including to your hunting area or blind. Wearing a lot of products designed to keep you warm can actually cause you to overheat, which is why Kreiner recommends dressing in layers.
 
“You don’t want to get too warm walking in and you don’t want to make noise. Wear as little as possible walking in and add the layers as needed or conditions warrant it. That ensures you stay warm and quiet,” he said.
 
Visit your local Dunham’s Sports store and speak with a knowledgeable consultant who can guide you to the apparel needed to stay comfortable and undetected, increasing your chances for a successful hunt.
 
Good luck and happy hunting.
 
-Deer Abby
 
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Safety First in Stack-On Safes

As a hunter or gun enthusiast expands his or her collection of firearms, the next step is to ensure these valuable pieces stay protected. Through the purchase of a gun safe, enthusiasts can be certain that their firearms are locked up and protected from thieves, children and fire.
 
At Dunham’s, customers will find an array of Stack-On products from portable cases and cabinets to full size gun safes. With so many options, it can be difficult to find the right safe for you and your firearm collection. Some things to consider are gun capacity, security level, lock type, fire-resistance needs, and interior features. Stack-On makes it incredibly easy through their numerous lines to confirm you’re getting the right product for your collection at a price that fits your budget.
 
“Traditional long gun safes, including fire-resistant Elite safes and our top of the line Total Defense safes, add a waterproof feature,” explained Chris Sydor of Stack-On. “Don’t leave the store without accessories for your safe; dehumidifiers, for example are one of the most critical accessories for keeping the contents of your safe dry and rust free.”
 
New technologies in the gun safe industry should also be considered when looking at adding a new gun safe. As with many other products in the hunting and firearm world, gun safes have advanced greatly in recent years, offering customers a top-of-the-line product.
 
“Biometric locks have begun to emerge in the last few years,” said Sydor. “The primary advantage of a biometric lock is that it will only open with your, or any saved, fingerprint. Don’t worry about losing the combination; you always carry it right at the end of your finger. Additionally the biometric lock eliminates the button pushing and fumbling with a dial when opening the safe quickly is important.”
 
Setting the bar higher and higher for quality, Stack-On has been the industry leader four years running as the number one safe brand purchased by hunters in the USA. They also offer a lifetime warranty on all long gun fireproof and waterproof safes, so you know that you’ll never have to worry about your product wearing out or being damaged in a theft attempt – they’re built to last.
 
Stack-On’s product lines, features and warranty that can’t be beat all certify that you’ll be picking up a high quality product. And with the great value and selection at your local Dunham’s, you’ll rest easy knowing you not only got a great value, but all of your firearms are locked up and safe.
 
-Deer Abby
 
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Making Your Luck

Today’s most successful hunters use attractants to bring the deer to their stand…
 
“No luck today,” says a novice returning empty handed from the hunt. Seasoned hunters aren’t likely to say that, because they know deer hunting is a science, and they make their own luck through careful analysis and the application of proven techniques. That means knowing the animal’s habits, predicting its movement and attracting it to a location where a kill can be made. Those first two factors require study of both animal and habitat. For the third — attracting it to a location — help is available in the form of natural attractants, products you’ll find at Dunham’s.
 
Something Good to Eat
 
I know from experience that deer will return to a spot where they can find something to fill the tummy. That’s why they keep coming back to my yard to eat my lilies. And they can locate goodies by sniffing the air and honing in on the scent.
 
That’s why the most effective attractants exaggerate the smell and taste of something deer find delectable. Dunham’s stocks products from Wildgame Innovations that do just that, using real natural ingredients. All are available in powder, liquid, and mineral block form. All have been proven effective.
 
Carrots, Sweet Potatoes and Pumpkin
 
Fall Feast Crush contains real carrot, sweet potato and pumpkin juices, treats no buck can pass up. In the field, it’s simply placed near your stand. Handle all attractants with gloves and avoid touching things in the area. Mr. Buck can recognize your smell just as readily as that of the goodies.
 
Sugar Beets Can’t be Beat
 
Wildgame Innovations’ Sugar Beet Crush contains real crushed sugar beets blended with fresh heat-processed beans to create an ultra-concentrated attractant that deer can’t resist. Try it on your next hunt, but first make room in your freezer for a load of meat.
 
The Apple of Their Eye
 
I sometimes take my granddaughter to a nature center that is packed with deer that are accustomed to seeing people. Of course familiarity only goes so far and the deer will flee when approached. Unless, of course, one is offering apple slices. Seems does and bucks can’t resist the sweet and juicy taste of an apple. That’s why they can’t resist the Wildgame Innovations’ attractant known as Apple Crush. Made from all-natural ripe apples that have been dried, crushed and mixed with proteins and fats. It’s apple power that’s easy to use in the field, and you can purchase it at Dunham’s.
 
Dunham’s carries a wide range of hunting equipment, including numerous types of attractants. Ask your Dunham’s sales consultant to show you all the available products. Then head out on the hunt and make your luck.
 
-Deer Abby
 
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Gear Up For Your Next Hunt

You’ve picked the perfect spot and call up your hunting buddies. But do you have everything you need for your next hunting trip?
 
Even if you have your trusted gun or bow, you might want to consider packing some extra gear to make your trip the best it can be. It’s important that you find the right accessories for your hunting trip so you are prepared but not weighed down by unnecessary equipment.
 
Think Ahead
 
Fire starters are a great tool to have with you in the field. Jeana White of UST Brands suggests the UST BlastMatch, which is a one-handed fire starter that creates large, hot sparks easily and quickly. The BlastMatch provides thousands of sparks, and its large, easy grip means you can use it even if your hands are stiff from cold. The one-handed design means you can use your other hand to block wind or add tinder to your fire. If you’re looking for something more compact, the lightweight UST Sparkie offers hundreds of sparks while taking up less space.
 
You can pair your preferred fire starter with UST WetFire tinder to start a fire even in wet conditions.
 
“We feel that a good fire starter and tinder are critical to any survival situation,” White says. “It will provide light, heat, a signal device, a means of cooking, a way to dry out wet clothes and comfort. Make sure your fire starter is appropriate to your anticipated condition. Consider the features you will need: windproof, waterproof, high-altitude, fuel or no fuel.”
 
Get the Job Done
 
When it comes to field dressing game, the right knife makes all the difference and is an integral part of your hunting toolbox.
 
David Krattiger of Taylor Brands suggests finding a knife that is comfortable in your hand to make working with it easier. You can start your search with one of many knives by Taylor, like the Uncle Henry or Old Timer brand knives.
 
The Uncle Henry Full Tang Detail Skinner Fixed Blade Knife is a small knife with a classic look. This is a new product from Uncle Henry that features Staglon handle slabs and a leather belt sheath. The Uncle Henry Golden Spike Rat Tail Tang Fixed Blade Knife also offers a classic look with a longer blade.
 
The Old Timer Copperhead series of fixed blades and folding knives offers a rubberized grip to make them easy to use with no slip.
 
Maintain Your Game
 
At the end of a successful day in the field, you’ll have to bring your bounty back home. YETI has what you need to get it there with no problems.
 
“YETI continues to raise the bar with extremely durable and efficient products that you can rely on during each of your adventures,” says Ben O’Brien of YETI.
 
The YETI Tundra is a hard-sided cooler that comes in several sizes to fit your needs. O’Brien says this product has superior ice retention to keep your meat fresh until you can get it to your home freezer. If you’re transporting a small amount of game, the Hopper is a great option. This soft-sided cooler comes with ColdCell insulation and a HydroLok zipper, so you can be confident it will keep what you’re carrying fresh. With its lightweight design and convenient shoulder strap, transportation is easy.
 
YETI coolers offer an air-tight seal. The plug at the bottom makes them easy to clean. Pack coolers with YETI Ice to keep everything cold with minimal mess and cleanup.
 
If you’re planning a long trip, the YETI Rambler bottle can keep hot soup or cold beverages at the right temperature all day long. The Triple Haul cap makes it easy to grip and spill-free.
 
No matter what kind of hunting trip you’re planning, you will need tools and accessories. Make sure they are the right ones to get the most out of your day. Find some new gadgets and tools or update your current stockpile at your local Dunham’s Sports.
 
-Deer Abby
 
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