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Scoping It Out

The rifle scope is an essential piece of equipment for firearm deer hunters.
 
A rifle scope has become standard equipment for deer hunters. And no wonder, shooting with metal sights is difficult. Lining up the crosshairs of a scope far easier, and with the magnification that scopes afford, you get a better view of the target. In brief, a scope multiplies your chances of success in the field.
 
When it comes to choosing a scope, big doesn’t mean better. In rolling or wooded terrain, most whitetails are taken at a range of 100 yards or less. For that range, Adam Goess, Nikon SRO product manager, recommends a scope with 3X to 9X magnification and an objective lens of 40 mm. In scope-speak, that would be described as a 3-9×40 scope. On flatland where the prey might be more than 100 yards distant, a more powerful scope would be called for. But too many hunters choose scopes with excessive magnification. Given a close shot, the view through the scope shows just a patch of fur. What’s more, extra magnification means less light. That’s a minus.
 
Nikon offers a feature that’s a significant plus. It’s called BDC or bullet drop compensation, and it compensates for bullet drop at longer ranges. The view through a Nikon scope with BDC shows a crosshair with four circles below. When using a standard cartridge rated at 2800 ft./second or less, you set the zero adjustment knob with the crosshairs centered on a target 100 yards distant. Then, when aiming at prey that’s 200 yards distant, you would center the first circle on the target. If the prey were 300 yards distant, the second circle would be placed on target, and so on. When using a cartridge rated at 3000 ft./second or more, adjust the zero point on a target 200 yards distant.
 
In the field, determine the distance to target before the prey comes into view when the situation allows. For example if you’re sitting above a game trail and can anticipate where the deer is going to come out, you can gauge the distance before the deer emerges. A laser range finder can help you do that. The device, which is available at Dunham’s and is also used by golfers, sends a light signal to the target. The light bounces back and the device calculates the distance. It’s yet another way modern technology has improved the hunt.
 
Dunham’s carries a range of Nikon Prostaff and Buckmasters scopes, as well as laser rangefinders, and our sales consultants can help you choose one that’s right for you. Every Nikon scope you buy at Dunham’s comes with a no-fault policy. That means, it’s covered by a lifetime warrantee whether a failure is caused by a manufacturing defect or your negligence. That’s reassuring.
 
-Deer Abby
 
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Shorter, Lighter, Faster

Today’s Highly Advanced Crossbows are Ideal Hunting Weapons.
 
According to some sources, crossbows date back 6,000-7,000 years. First appearing in China, they revolutionized warfare. Here’s why: To accurately fire an arrow with a bow required significant expertise. In fact, archers were cultivated and trained from a very young age and were considered an upper class. The crossbow, on the other hand, could be wielded by those with little training and it inflicted significant damage. So much so that it was banned by Catholic popes during the Middle Ages and was even outlawed by the Magna Carta.
 
As can be expected, crossbows have evolved significantly since their introduction. Today’s crossbows are shorter, lighter, narrower and faster than their counterparts of only a few years ago.
 
“Crossbows have evolved a lot in the past five years and have become highly efficient,” said Excalibur’s Rob Dykeman. He cites new materials, including aircraft aluminum, better designs and higher levels of engineering for the efficacy of today’s crossbows.
If you are thinking of adding these weapons to your hunting arsenal, we recommend the following.
 
Excalibur
 
An exciting new entry from Excalibur is the Grizzly Matrix. It’s very affordable while including many of the features found on more expensive Excalibur crossbows. Excalibur’s Grizzly Matrix delivers 18-inch bolts at 305 feet-per-second (fps) and has a 200-lb. draw weight. It weighs only 5.5 lbs. and features Mossy Oak Break-up Country camouflage and Excalibur’s super-strong composite frame.
 
“Our new Matrix Grizzly crossbow enables sportsmen the ability to have the famous Excalibur reliability, accuracy and service at a very affordable price,” Dykeman added. “You can adjust your string in less than 20 minutes and de-cock your crossbow without having to fire an arrow.”
 
Included with the Matrix Grizzly crossbow are a Dead-Zone scope, one-inch scope mount, a four-arrow quiver with bracket, four Diablo arrows, four 150-grain field points and a rope cocking aid.
 
A great option for those looking for a more compact crossbow is Excalibur’s new Micro 335. According to the company, it’s the most compact recurve hunting crossbow in the field, thanks to limbs that are only 25 inches wide and a 10-inch power stroke.
 
“The new Micro 335 is ideal for hunting in ground blinds or tight cover. It’s amazingly quiet, smooth to shoot, deadly accurate, and like all Excalibur crossbows it’s built to weather the very toughest hunting conditions for decades of flawless service,” Dykeman added.
 
The Micro 335 weighs a mere 5.2 lbs., delivers 16.5-inch bolts at 335 fps and has a draw weight of 270 lbs. It features Realtree Xtra camo finish.
 
“The Micro 335 features our stylish, yet comfortable, new Feather-Lite skeletonized stock that includes rubber grip inserts for unparalleled control and feel. It comes with an ambidextrous cheek piece and an oversized trigger guard for cold weather hunting,” Dykeman explained.
 
Included in the Micro 335 package is a Dead-Zone scope with one-inch rings, Guardian Anti-Dry-Fire-System, Recoil Energy Dissipation System (R.E.D.S.) suppressors, a four-arrow quiver (with bracket), four Quill arrows with 150-grain field points and a rope cocking aid.
 
To maximize your hunting time, these crossbows require very little maintenance. The company recommends oiling fasteners to prevent rust, occasionally adjusting strings and lubricating the rails.
 
Barnett
 
Also popular with Dunham’s Sports customers is Barnett’s Quad Xtreme crossbow.
 
“For those looking for extreme value and extreme performance, it’s tough to beat our Quad Xtreme crossbow,” explained Barnett’s Bob Zellmer.
 
The Quad Edge Xtreme features a lightweight, composite stock, resulting in an estimated 7.2-lb. mass weight. It has a 125-lb. draw weight and excellent performance at 340 fps. It further features high-definition camo, the CROSSWIRE string and cable system and a premium accessory package that includes a 3×32 scope, three-arrow quiver and three 22-inch headhunter arrows.
 
For those who prefer a reverse Limb crossbow, Zellmer recommends the company’s BC Raptor Reverse.
 
“As the name implies, our BC Raptor Reverse is built on our very popular BC Raptor chassis. All of the features of the highly successful BC Raptor are included in the BC Raptor Reverse, at a lower price,” he added.
 
This reverse crossbow features an adjustable butt plate, CNC-machined aluminum flight track, carbon riser and laminated limbs. It weighs 6.4 lbs. and delivers bolts at 330 fps. The draw weight is 150 lbs.
 
The BC Raptor Reverse comes with a premium, illuminated scope, rope cocking device, cross premium three-arrow quiver and three 20-inch headhunter arrows.
 
“The footprint of the BC Raptor Reverse is small, making it ideal in tight spaces. Also, recoil is minimal, making it extremely smooth to shoot. All in all, this is very nice, well-balanced crossbow.
 
To keep Barnett crossbows in optimal conditions, Zellmer suggests lubricating the strings and cables often.
 
As with nearly every sporting goods category, crossbows have benefited greatly from today’s highly engineered designs and leading-edge materials. Whether you are new to the sport or are considering new equipment, we strongly recommend you speak with a knowledgeable expert at your local Dunham’s Sports store. Arm yourself with the right crossbow for a successful hunting season.
 
Good luck!
 
-Deer Abby
 
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Hunting Tools Can Make All The Difference

No matter what kind of hunting you’re into, there are many tools of the trade. This season at Dunham’s Sports, you can find a variety of tools to make the trip more enjoyable.
 
Outdoor Edge specializes in high quality knives and tools to help you get your game from the field to your freezer with ease. Colin Wayne of Outdoor Edge says it’s important for hunters to always care for tools properly to get the most use out of them. He offers specific advice to care for knives.
 
“Storing the knife wet will certainly cause the blade to rust,” Wayne said. “If you have a folding knife, we suggest adding a drop of light oil to the blade pivot after the knife has been cleaned. If cared for properly, your knives will last you a lifetime.”
 
You can find Outdoor Edge products at Dunham’s this fall, including the Skin N’ Bone set. This four-piece set comes with a gut-hook skinner, a boning/fillet knife, a carbide sharpener, and a black nylon pouch that converts to a belt scabbard.
 
Andrew Gritzbaugh of Gerber Gear said there is no tool more important to a hunter than a quality knife.
 
“Every hunter or sportsman needs a knife on them at all times,” Gritzbaugh said. “This might be obvious to the experienced, but the reality is that many folks go into the field ill-equipped, expecting to only use the knife back at the truck or camp. Your blade will serve you in many tasks beyond cleaning and gutting. You never know, it might just save your life.”
 
New to Dunham’s for fall is Gerber’s Vital Fixed Blade. This knife features an easily replaceable blade and bright orange rubber handle for good grip. The knife comes with six replaceable blades.
 
Taylor Brands knives are also available at Dunham’s. Their products include the Old Timer and Uncle Henry lines. Andrew Bledsoe from Taylor said the Old Timer Sharpfinger is a favorite among hunters. They also offer multi-tools, such as the Shrade Tough Tool 21-Function Multi-Tool.
 
The Schrade channel on YouTube (www.youtube.com/schradeknives) features helpful videos on how to care for your hunting tools.
 
“Above all else, customers should enjoy the look and feel of their knife in the hand, and they should look for it from a company that stands behind their product,” said Bledsoe. “Taylor Brands LLC prides itself on its world-class customer service and all of our products come with a limited lifetime warranty.”
 
Whatever type of game you’re after this season, make sure to stop by your local Dunham’s to get everything you need. You might discover a new favorite!
 
-Deer Abby
 
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To The Hunt!

It’s autumn and hunting season is upon us. Let Dunham’s help you prepare.
 
From the green hills of Appalachia to the forests of the upper Midwest, sporting men and women look forward to autumn and the hunt. Nature paints the forest in gold, brown and red, the weather turns cool, and there’s a crispness in the air that says it’s time to get out of the house and into the field. For most, the prey of choice is a big buck and the rewards are the thrill of the hunt and a deep freeze packed with meat.
 
Most meteorologists expect El Nino to keep temperatures relatively mild this autumn and winter through the upper Midwest, the Ohio Valley and Appalachia with moderate snow cover in the northern sections. That should be good news for hunters. An early and frigid winter can make things uncomfortable for outdoor activity and may reduce cover. A light snowfall can help you move quietly and the contrasting background makes it easy to spot deer.
 
While some states in the region saw a decline in deer harvest numbers in recent years, mild weather should contribute to a stronger and larger whitetail population. Most Midwest and eastern states anticipate good herd numbers.
 
So if you’re a hunter, it’s time to make sure you’re ready for the field, and that means more than just cleaning your weapons and picking your vacation days. In this issue we touch on a number of different topics that can help you prepare.
 
Where The Whitetail Live
 
We checked the herd reports for a number of states in the regions Dunham’s serves to determine where you might have the best chance of filling your tag. We discovered there are great places to hunt in every part of the region.
 
The Crossbow Revolution
 
Crossbows are becoming the weapon of choice for bow season hunters. That’s due in part to changes in regulations that have made them available to more hunters. But it’s also a result of improved materials and better engineering. Both of which have made crossbows more accurate and useful.
 
Our bow hunter customers are excited about the new Grizzly Matrix from Excalibur, an affordable bow that offers a lot for your money. Another popular choice is Excalibur’s new Micro 335, a remarkably compact bow.
 
Also drawing a lot of interest is Barnett’s Quad Xtreme crossbow. Again, it offers both value and performance. The same company’s BC Raptor Reverse is another very popular bow. Read the article to learn more about all these great products.
 
You Can See Clearly Now
 
Being able to accurately target prey with a rifle while aiming with metal sights and mentally calculating bullet-drop compensation is an admirable skill. It’s also a very difficult challenge that requires years of practice. Almost all of today’s firearm hunters rely on riflescopes, we take a look at what’s available and tell you how to choose the right scope for your hunt.
 
While higher magnification might seem desirable, our article explains why a high power scope might not be the best choice. We also explain how bullet-drop compensation works and why it’s desirable.
 
Of course we fill you in on some of the best Nikon scopes available at Dunham’s, including Prostaff and Buckmaster models. Our in-store sales consultants can help you choose the one that’s best for your hunt.
 
Tools of the Trade
 
Every hunter needs a quality knife, and we offer some great options. Not only do we point out the best blades, but we provide some tips for taking good care of your hunting tools as well.
 
Among the products we review are some great knives from Outdoor Edge, Gerber and Taylor Brands. You’re going to need one or more of these.
 
Accessorize, Accessorize
 
Hunting should be fun, and having the right equipment can help make it so. That includes a comfortable place to sit, some illumination and — for when the hunt is over — a great way to cook that game. We found there are some great hunting accessories available from some of the best names in the business, like Ameristep, Zippo and Masterbuilt.
 
Handgun Help
 
A lot of the hunters we know are firearm collectors, while others have to keep a handgun available for protection and security. Still others just enjoy target shooting and find it a great way to pass time once hunting season is over. Various kinds of handgun ammo are available at Dunham’s. Our experts tell you what’s best for each application.
 
Well, it’s time to quit talking and get ready for the hunt. Your Dunham’s sales consultants are ready to help you do that. Stop by today and get in the game.
 
-Deer Abby
 
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The Predator as Prey

The wily coyote is America’s number-one predator and the principal query of a new breed of hunters.
 
The deer hunt is a time-honored activity that outdoors-loving men and women hold in esteem. For many it’s an anxiously awaited yearly ritual. The animal is a worthy opponent and a kill can feed a family for weeks.
 
But it isn’t easy. Licensing and equipment are expensive, the season is brief and in most jurisdictions only one animal can be harvested on each license. One and done. What’s more, in many places landowners charge exorbitant fees to hunt deer on their property.
 
But tell them you want to kill coyotes and they’ll welcome you. That’s one reason why predator hunting is growing. To that add minimal or no license fees, generous bag limits and a challenge that tests one’s skills.
 
Al Morris of Foxpro, a manufacturer of electronic calls and decoys, said, “Predator hunting is becoming the poor man’s big game hunting.”
 
Minimal restrictions make predator hunting appealing, so does a cash bounty in some jurisdictions. What’s more furriers will purchase pelts harvested in cold locales. Morris, who along with Abner Druckenmiller and Mike Dillon, co-hosts Foxpro Furtakers on Outdoor Channel, said 18 pelts harvested in Alberta, Canada last year sold for $70 to $90 per pelt, with a large white pelt bringing $130.
 
Successful coyote hunting depends on skillful calling, combined with use of decoys. The Foxpro Wildfire 2 call, for example, weighs only 1.5 pounds with batteries and can store up to 200 animal sounds. ICOtec’s GC300 call has a whopping 300-yard remote control range and a 120 dB speaker to blast long range calls. Use either with a lifelike Lil’ Critter decoy from Lucky Duck or a Foxpro Black Jack decoy and you’ll be hard pressed to find a coyote who can resist.
 
J.D. Piatt, veteran hunter and consultant to ICOtec, said calls are a major tool for the hunter. Both ICOtec and Foxpro libraries include wounded animal sounds, which can attract a hungry coyote, territorial calls that challenge a nearby predator and a variety of sounds that will attract the curious coyote.
 
“Many are live recordings of actual animals,” said Piatt. “In late summer through early winter I’ll work more toward the hunger and curiosity side. I use coyote vocalizations in late winter and spring.”
 
“You can find a sound that will call a coyote on any day of the year,” said Morris.
 
The challenge of figuring out what that sound might be is part of what makes predator hunting fascinating. To that add the marksmanship test and the restorative benefits of a day in the field and you can understand why predator hunting has grown rapidly. Stop by Dunham’s today to get everything you need to join the hunt.
 
-Deer Abby
 
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Bring in the Bucks

Scientifically formulated attractants bring the bucks to your stand.
 
Today’s best hunters have skills that go beyond handling firearms. If you expect to harvest a buck, you have to understand his habits, predict his movements and attract him to your stand. You also have to be sure he doesn’t sense the presence of someone he doesn’t like — that would be you — and does detect something he likes — a doe in estrus or a food source. You have to be part scientist and part naturalist.
 
Among useful tools the thinking hunter uses are attractants. If you don’t have the good fortune of being in a place where bucks happen to find things that make them happy, your best chance of success is to simulate good things and mask bad things.
 
Estrous Scents
 
Estrous (or estrus) scents are meant to suggest the presence of a doe in heat. These scents are usually 100% doe urine collected when the animal is ready to mate. Among products available at Dunham’s is Golden Estrus Xtreme from Wildlife Research Center. Paul Marion of Wildlife Research Center, said the product “was once available only to industry insiders.” Applied to a wick that’s hung from a branch, it’s a potent lure.
 
Dunham’s stocks a number of Code Blue estrous products as well. Greg Roe of PRADCO Outdoor Brands, said their best selling product is Code Blue Estrous Doe Urine, which is effective when used during rut. He applies it with a dragline, a simple device that’s coated with scent and dragged along the ground as he walks to his stand. He then hangs the rope near the stand. He also uses Code Blue Grave Digger – freeze-dried dirt infused with doe estrous. To attract that buck, dig a hole the size of a golf ball and fill it with Grave Digger. A bit of moisture activates it.
 
Code Blue’s premium estrous product, Platinum Standing Estrous is collected during the approximate three-hour window when the doe is standing for mating. “It’s super power stuff,” said Roe, “and works well when applied with a drag line.”
 
When using a dragline, pull on rubber gloves before removing the line from its package. Your odor will not help attract a buck. Hold the line out to the side at arm’s length while walking, so the scent trail doesn’t intersect your footsteps.
 
Other Scents
 
Also available at Dunham’s are Code Blue Doe Urine and Buck Urine. Doe urine is gathered when the animal is not in estrous and can be a confidence builder for bucks. Used prior to the rut it tells a travelling buck that a doe has come this way and deemed the trail safe. Buck Urine is used prior to the rut and suggests that another buck has invaded the territory. That will prompt buck number one to look for the interloper. When applied with a dragline along the trail to your stand, it can lead the buck to you.
 
Buck Bomb’s Dominant Buck is made from whitetail urine and formulated to be used in pre-rut and rut periods. Doe P and Ambush are made from whitetail urine as well and, according the Buck Bomb web site, can be used year round.
 
Scent Control
 
The surest way to make sure a buck won’t go near your stand is to leave your odor in the area. Mr. buck doesn’t want to make your acquaintance. That’s why products are available to eliminate a range of odors and do it well.
 
Among these is Super Charged Scent Killer from Wildlife Research Center. A blend of odor fighting ingredients, it’s applied to clothing and equipment. It continues to work after it dries, so you don’t have to hunt with wet clothing. Marion said the product “was found to be 99% effective at stopping replicated human odor in testing at Rutgers University.”
 
Goodies
 
Dunham’s stocks a variety of food products from Wild Game Innovations. These are proven attractants made from foods deer love. Packaged in 5-lb. bags, they allow for easy handling. Among these are a range of tasty products, including Chestnut Rage Wild Game, Apple Crush, Sugar Beet Crush, Acorn Rage and more. Other products from the same company, including Sugar Beet Crush Narrow Block, are sold as wrapped blocks.
 
Want to grow goodies near your stand? Throw & Gro Xtreme Radish from Evolved Habitats will produce a food plot that attracts and retains deer. The 5 lb. bag will grow up to 1/4 acre of nutritious food.
 
Screw This
 
How about an attractant device that lures bucks with food they love and keeps them busy working to get to it? Sugar Beet Smash Screw and the Corn Holer, from Buck Bomb come in the form of a screw-shaped container that is packed with goodies. Screwed into a hole in the ground, they serve as a feed block that is protected from the elements and cannot be easily carried away.
 
-Deer Abby
 
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Precision Ammunition

Hunters need to be on top of the constant technological advances and innovations in firearms, scent-masking and baiting, but they shouldn’t overlook the trends and changes in ammunition as well. Changes to all types of hunting equipment come as often as opening day, but what should hunters be looking for with this year’s brand-new types of ammo?
 
According to Jessica Kallam of Remington, there are two main focuses for ammunition companies, aside from the new technology. “Price vs. performance remains the focus,” Kallam said. “Hunters are looking for a bargain now that ammo is starting to show back up on the shelves. Quality and consistency of performance is a theme we hear from hunters. After a long period of high rate production, many want to know that overall quality is still a focus in the American ammunition industrial base.”
 
While Remington is keeping up with its tradition of quality performance ammunition, they’ve made some impressive advances to their already industry-leading products, most notably with their HyperSonic models. “HyperSonic Rifle Bonded™ features the Core-Lokt Ultra Bonded bullet at velocities up to 200 fps faster than standard loads,” Kallam explained. “HyperSonic Steel™: The world’s fastest, hardest hitting steel loads at 1,700 fps. HyperSonic Slug™: New for 2014, the world’s fastest shotgun slug at 2,300 fps utilizes proven Xelerator™ sabot-wad technology. The industry leading AccuTip™ bonded slug features 95 percent weight retention, massive expansion and deep penetration.”
 
Celebrating its 75th year helping hunters land their trophy bucks as the “deadliest mushroom in the woods,” Core-Lokt ammo is extremely popular ammunition that can be found at your local Dunham’s.“The Core-Lokt bullet was the first controlled expansion bullet designed to retain its jacket for maximum weight retention, expansion and penetration for stellar terminal performance on game,” Kallam said.
 
For those looking for a bargain in addition to their prey, Remington has some special offers that hunters should keep in their crosshairs, such as the Remington Nitro-Steel waterfowl loads. Nearing waterfowl season, this ammunition gives hunters an affordable price without sacrificing Remington quality.
 
Remington will also be offering some rebates on their already affordable products. Hunters should be on the lookout for rebates on all Core-Lokt and premium rifle ammunition, Express buckshot, Slugger™ shotgun slugs, Premier AccuTip™ slugs and Premier Copper Solid™ slugs.
 
With opening day getting closer by the minute, don’t forget to take advantage of some of the fantastic updates in Remington products as well as the rebates to save a few bucks. With the quality, tradition and performance of Remington and the selection and know-how of Dunham’s, make it a hunting season for the record books.
 
-Deer Abby
 
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Hide and See

Successful hunters locate the target before it sees them.
 
Hunting from a tree stand is great for youngsters. But some of us seniors aren’t inclined to rise to those heights. What’s more there are prime hunting areas where the trees are too small or too widespread for stand hunting. That’s why ground blinds are becoming ever more popular. Because much of deer and turkey hunting involves waiting patiently, a ground blind can make the hunt much more pleasant, since most can accommodate a comfortable chair.
 
A blind is a great choice if you’re hunting waterfowl as well. The key is matching the blind to the environment and shooting position. That’s why a deer blind at the edge of a stand of trees and a duck blind located in tall grass have little in common.
 
Constructing a blind used to be tedious, but they’re now available commercially. You’ll find an excellent selection of Ameristep blinds at Dunham’s. Most can be erected in minutes – less than a minute with experience – and they come in a variety of styles and sizes for the lone hunter or a group.
 
The outside of most blinds features a camouflage pattern. For deer hunting, you’ll want something with natural colors that can blend in with dense shrubbery or trees. The best blinds have a black lining that can help make the hunter less obvious even if the windows are open. While you want to wear hunter orange while moving through the woods, you can remove it and wear dark colors in the blind.
 
Jackie Allen and Pat McKenna of Plano Synergy, marketer of Ameristep blinds, say the most popular deer and turkey hunting blind available at Dunham’s is the affordable Doghouse® Blind. Spacious enough for bow hunting and an ideal choice for firearm hunting, it can accommodate an adult and youngster comfortably. It features the effective Realtree Xtra camo pattern, black interior and replaceable mesh curtains. Bow hunters using a fixed blade broadhead can shoot through the mesh.
 
Another great choice at Dunham’s is the square Care Taker Blind. With a 69-inch by 69-inch shooting area and 66-inch height it easily accommodates two adult hunters, yet breaks down into a small package for transport. Dunham’s also carries the Ameristep High-Back Chair and Tripod Stool that can provide comfortable seating at the right height in the blind.
 
In the end, hunting success is largely about seeing the prey before it sees you, and a quality blind greatly improves the odds of that happening.
 
-Deer Abby
 
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Camouflage Your Attire and Scent, For a Successful Hunting Season

The most popular hunting prey throughout the world is the white-tailed deer. Along with speed and agility, white-tailed deer use their sight and sense of smell to avoid predators … and that includes hunters. To increase your chances of a successful hunt this season, you must practice and you must be properly attired. That doesn’t mean suit and tie for men and a cocktail dress for the women. It means clothing that will keep you comfortable in various weather conditions, help you blend into the background and mask your natural odor.
 
Comfortably Blending In
 
With the level of technology incorporated into today’s hunting apparel, hunters can be comfortable throughout the season.
 
“Our Knock Out lightweight jacket and pants are great early to mid-season products. Available for men, they feature four-way material stretch for optimal of movement. This line is available in Realtree camouflage patterns,” said Mike Swan of Robinson Outdoors.
 
When the weather turns colder, Swan suggests his company’s ProTec HD garment series. They are warm, lightweight and windproof and feature the company’s BodyLock technology.
 
“BodyLock incorporates fasteners at entry and exit points – such as the neck, wrists, pant cuffs. It traps air inside the jacket so odor gets filtered through our Trinity Scent Control, which prevents odor,” Swan said.
 
Also ideal for colder weather hunting is UnderArmour’s Coldgear Infrared technology. It’s being introduced in hunting apparel for the first time this year.
 
“This highly advanced ceramic technology goes inside the fabric. It actually absorbs the wearer’s body heat and retains it to hold warmth longer. Coldgear Infrared is available from baselayer to outer apparel,” said Kevin Perry, UnderArmour.
 
To keep the wearer scent-free, UnderArmour products feature Zeolite technology with antimicrobial silver. According to Perry, UnderArmour is the only company that uses both Zeolite and antimicrobial silver. Products are available in Realtree and Mossy Oak camouflage patterns.
 
“Our Trinity Scent Control is different from traditional scent control, which has been carbon. The problem with carbon is that it has to be applied to paneled fabrics for maximum effectiveness. Instead, Trinity Scent Control allows us to create products that are lightweight, breathable. Our technology also does not wash out, since it’s bonded to the fabric,” Swan added.
 
Just for Women
 
Ladies, Dunham’s Sports also has you covered during your hunting forays with a multitude of brands and styles, including two new offerings from Habit.
 
“Our women’s Techshell jacket and pants are fitted bow hunting-style garments that offers Habit’s Scent Factor technology. They feature a fleece liner for additional warmth. Actually, the Techshell jacket looks so good that I wouldn’t be surprised if women wore it when not hunting, as well,” said Habit’s Lee Mahan.
 
Also new for 2014 are Habit’s Scent-Factor jacket and pants. They’re also waterproof, windproof, scent proof and available in a variety of colors, including RealTree and Mossy Oak.
 
Keeping Your Toes Toasty
 
Don’t overlook the importance of keeping your feet warm while hunting. After all, our extremities are susceptible to frostbite, so keeping your feet warm is extremely important in an outdoor sport. Dunham’s Sports offers hunting footwear from a number of leading companies.
 
New at Dunham’s this year is one of Muck Boots top sellers, The Woody Max boot. It features a 5-mm neoprene-fleece liner with an added 2-mm of thermal foam under the foot.
 
“The Woody Max boot is specifically designed to keep hunters toasty warm. Whether they’re on a tree stand or in a blind, these boots deliver proven protection in frigid temperatures,” said Rodney Robeson of Muck Boots.
 
Also available from Muck Boots is the Wetland line of premium boots. They’re designed to keep your feet warm at temperatures as low as 20 degrees below zero and feature a breathable air mesh lining.
 
“Our Wetland boots are available for men and women and are a favorite of those who hunt waterfowl and anyone who shovels snow or works outdoors,” Robeson added.
 
Another great option is the Rocky SilentHunter insulated rubber boot. Because of their price point, they’re ideal for newer hunters.
 
“The SilentHunter boots feature 600 grams of PrimaLoft insulation for optimal warmth and comfort, leaving you to focus on your prey, rather than on your feet,” said Jordan Gottke of Rocky Boots.
 
Even more warmth is delivered by the company’s Rocky Core neoprene rubber boot. They feature 1,000 grams of Thinsulate Ultra insulation and are waterproof.
 
“The aggressive rubber outsole on the Rocky Core neoprene boot provides traction that helps you grip the terrain and is comfortable to walk on,” Gottke added.
 
Also delivering 1,000 grams of Thinsulate Ultra insulation are the Cabrine 1000 from Itasca.
 
“These boots are warm, waterproof and include a comfort cushion insole. They feature a Realtree Xtra camo upper and a camo EVA midsole,” explained Marty Lynch, Itasca.
 
For those who are likely to trudge through water, Lynch recommends Itasca’s Swampwalker 1000. In addition to the aforementioned 1,000 grams of Thinsulate Ultra insulation, the Swampwalker 1000 feature a comfort cushion insole and a top side cinch strap. They’re made of scent-free rubber for added stealth.
 
Wear, Don’t Wash
 
All of the clothing mentioned in this article features some proprietary scent-blocking technology, allowing you to hunt without being noticed by the deer. As a general rule, it’s not necessary – or recommended – to wash your gear unless it is soiled.
 
“To regenerate our Trinity Scent Control technology, we recommend putting the hunting gear in a household dryer and using a high heat setting, Robinson Outdoors’ Swan said.
 
The process is different for UnderArmour apparel.
 
“Thanks to our Zeolite technology, there’s no need to place the items in the dryer to reactivate the scent control since it’s good for the life of the garment. Simply wash and wear them,” Perry said.
 
Outfitted with the proper apparel, there’s no reason you can’t have a successful hunt this year. Good luck!
 
-Deer Abby
 
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