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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Keep Your Eye on the Target

Target practice can result in a successful hunt.
 
Like all sports or hobbies, it takes practice to become proficient and hunting is no different. Chances are, ardent bow hunters have already started tuning in their bows and aligning their sights by the time this issue of Get In The Game arrives at your local Dunham’s Sports store. To sharpen your skills (and keep them sharp year round), Dunham’s Sports offers a variety of targets that can help improve your chances of a successful hunt this year.
 
Portable Targets
 
The most affordable targets and the most convenient ones are portable targets. They can be set up in seconds and weigh next to nothing. One popular option is the new Block Black line from Field Logic. This square, cube-style archery target features a black background with white bull’s-eye graphics for optimal visibility.
 
“The targets on the Block Black line are offset to increase target life and enable hunters to practice on four sides,” said Field Logic’s Mike Weinkauf.
 
Further prolonging the targets’ function is the company’s use of a layered core; it stops the arrow with friction, rather than force. The Block Black line allows hunters to practice with any field tip or broadhead all year long without the fear of wearing down the target.
 
“We’ve put over 20,000 shots in this type of target and it was still good,” Weinkauf added.
 
Dunham’s Sports also carries Field Logic’s Hurricane Bag Targets that are specifically designed for steel points.
 
“Most other bag targets are hand-packed. Ours use compressed materials at 1,000 pounds per square inch (psi) of pressure. That eliminates arrow pass-through. These are bright green targets with orange dots on them for exceptional visibility,” Weinkauf said.
 
Field Logic also offers the Gen Z Block Black line that is specifically designed for kids. It’s intended for bows of 40 pounds of draw or less.
 
Another option for portable targets is the Yellow Jacket line from Morrell Manufacturing. It also features patented technology to make arrow extraction easy, thereby increasing product life. As the name implies, it features a bright yellow background with red and black bull’s-eye graphics.
 
“Our Yellow Jacket targets are great for those who love to hunt or practice. They are durable, affordable and the yellow color makes them really easy to see,” said Butch Thomas, Morrell Manufacturing. “For the money, it’s a hard target to beat.”
 
Thomas also recommends the Yellow Jacket Discharge target. It’s designed for hunters to discharge their bow into the bag and features super easy arrow removal.
 
3D Targets
 
As the season approaches, most hunters will switch their practice to more realistic targets. That’s where 3D targets come into play.
 
“Our GlenDel line is by far the leading 3D archery target. Available in sizes that simulate 200-, 250-, and 300-lb. deer, they feature a removable, four-sided core, allowing you to shoot at all four sides,” Weinkauf said.
 
“You get four times the life that you would with some other targets. The core is also bigger, so it’s going to last a really long time. It will stop any arrow you can shoot at it,” Weinkauf added.
 
As Weinkauf explained, the core on the GlenDel line of products uses PolyFusion technology, which creates a more uniform layered compression. This allows for easier arrow removal and promotes longer target life. This 3D target stops field points, fixed and expandable broadheads.
 
Choosing The Right Target
 
With so many targets to choose from, it may be difficult to decide which is right for you. Here’s what our experts recommend.
 
“The Hurricane Bag is a great choice for the novice hunter. From there, the Block Black and the GlenDel are pretty even step points. Choosing the proper size of the GlenDel depends on where you live. You also get more target life out of the bigger ones versus the smaller ones,” Weinkauf said.
 
He recommends practicing with the Hurricane Bag year-round, starting to shoot the Block Black in July or so, then transitioning to the GlenDel in August or so to get your eyes focused on the target.
 
For more information about hunting targets, please consult with a knowledgeable Dunham’s Sports hunting consultant. Here’s to a successful hunting season!
 
-Deer Abby
 
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Practice Gun Safe Safety

Any responsible gun owner knows the importance of practicing proper safety techniques and precautions. One of the best and most responsible things you can do is purchase a reliable gun safe.
 
A gun safe can protect you and your family and ensure that your firearms do not end up in the wrong hands. That can mean protecting them from theft or even people in your home who should not be handling guns, like children. The National Institutes of Health suggests keeping a gun in a rack or safe to prevent children from gaining access to them.
 
Pasquale Murena of Cannon Safe suggests that gun owners take the eventual location of the safe into consideration when shopping for one. If you are putting the safe in the basement, for instance, it can be larger than one you plan to keep in your closet. Many gun owners choose to keep their safe in a closet or attached to a nightstand so that it is safely away from children but nearby if needed. The weight and size will be important considerations if you know where you want to keep the safe.
 
When looking for a gun safe, consider the hinges as well. Safes with exterior hinges can be easier to crack into. The safe you select should have interior hinges and a bolt length of at least four inches.
 
Another important tip Murena offers is to bolt your gun safe to the ground.
 
“You should always bolt your safe to the ground,” he said. “Cannon Safe gives you four predrilled holes for securing your safe to the ground. Safes are harder to get into when they are upright. Laying them on their backs are easier targets.”
 
A quality gun safe can also protect your valuable firearm collection from the elements, such as fire. Cannon Safes are tested with the “True Fire Test,” which involves testing the safe at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit to insure durability. The Cannon Safe warranty offers customers freight, locksmiths and a new safe at no cost should your safe be in a fire, burglary or natural flood.
 
Dunham’s Sports offers a wide range of Cannon Safes from the Safari, Armory and Scout Series. The Armory Series safes feature the EMP lock, which offers a mechanical lock as a backup to the electronic lock. The safes are available in an array of sizes and styles to fit any gun owner’s needs.
 
Hunting season wouldn’t be much fun if your firearms were stolen or damaged. So head to your local Dunham’s Sports to find the Cannon Safe that works best for you!
 
-Deer Abby
 
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To the Hunt! Safety.

With the arrival of fall, hunters have a lot to consider. Firearm safety should be first on the list.
 
Gun safety should be top of mind for every hunter. And statistics indicate it is. According to the National Safety Council, accidents involving firearms in the home have decreased significantly over the last twenty years. Data indicates that we’re being cautious in the field as well, as hunting is now ranked among the safest activities in America. But while we’re doing well, the beginning of hunting season is an excellent time to reinforce good habits and remind ourselves about the common-sense precautions that helped build that excellent safety record.
 
In the home
 
Safety considerations in the home are most critical, because home is where your family will be exposed to danger if firearms aren’t handled properly. As a firearm owner, you’re responsible. You have to know how to take care of guns and how to store them safely. If you’re not willing to assume that responsibility, you shouldn’t purchase a firearm.
 
Do unload outside. Don’t load inside. Before taking a sporting firearm into the home, make sure that it is unloaded. When unloading, point the firearm in a safe direction. Never load the firearm in the home. The best way to protect your family is to make absolutely certain that a loaded sporting firearm is never allowed in the home.
 
Store unloaded firearms out of the reach of children. A gun safe is the best alternative for this. See “Practice Gun Safe Safety” on page 24 for more information on the gun safes you’ll find at Dunham’s. Store ammunition in a different location, such as a locked cabinet or a second safe. When you remove a firearm from storage, check to make sure it is unloaded, even if you’re absolutely certain it’s unloaded.
 
A firearm-locking device can render a weapon unusable. Dunham’s carries both Remington cable locks that prevent a round from being chambered and Remington trigger blocks that make the trigger inoperable. Use a lock any time your weapon is in the home or otherwise not in use. A lock is additional security that comes at a small price.
 
Do it now. You might be tired when you return home from a hunting trip, but you must store your unloaded weapons and ammunition before you do anything else.
 
A contract with your kids. The National Shooting Sports Foundation suggests you have your children sign a firearms responsibility contract. A suggested format can be found on this page. Basically, it helps ensure that if your child does encounter a firearm, he or she won’t touch it.
 
In the Field
 
That first day of the season is thrilling, and enthusiastic hunters can’t wait to get out in the field. But before you grab your gun and go, take a few minutes to reflect on some standard precautions.
 
Don’t shoot yourself in the foot—or in any other body part. Self-inflicted gunshot wounds are common. Make sure the safety is on when you’re walking and keep your finger off the trigger. Keep the gun pointed at the ground or sky. If you tuck the gun under your arm and point it straight ahead, you could shoot your partner in the back. And check the safety over and over again. If you’re new to hunting or have just purchased a firearm, study its operation thoroughly before taking it out in the field.
 
Do you look like a deer? If you’re not wearing hunter orange, another hunter might very well mistake you for game. If you want to live to hunt another day, you have to make yourself visible while on the move. According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, in states where hunter orange is mandatory there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of vision-related shooting incidents. In many states, firearm hunters are required to wear an orange hat, cap, vest, jacket or rain gear. Camouflage outer garments are legal if 50% or more of the surface is hunter orange.
 
That firearm is loaded. Or at least you should treat it as though it is. Never assume that a firearm is unloaded, even if you know it’s unloaded or think you know it’s unloaded. Many hunters and innocent bystanders have been shot with “unloaded” guns.
 
Look beyond the target. If deer are moving toward you it could well be that other hunters are driving them in that direction. Before you pull the trigger be certain that no one is behind the prey, lest they become the prey. If someone is driving the deer, let’s hope they’re wearing hunter orange.
 
A dirty barrel is deadly. If you fall in the field and the barrel of your firearm strikes the ground, you have to make sure that it is clear. A fouled barrel can cause the firearm to explode in your hands. But before checking the barrel, make sure the firearm is unloaded and, if possible, that the safety is on.
 
It’s hunting season, and that’s cause for both joy and reflection. A little thought can go a long way toward keeping our loved ones and us safe in the home and in the field. There is no subject more important to the hunting community than firearm safety. Don’t ever forget that.
 
-Deer Abby
 
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Boost Your Metabolism!

[Written by Peter Nielsen].
 
Our bodies are amazingly efficient! They process the food we eat, and delivers important nutrients to all the body’s cells. It takes energy just to stay alive and perform basic functions like breathing, keeping your heart beating and maintaining your body’s tissues. How it does that is in a great part defined by your metabolism, a complex network of hormones and enzymes that converts food into fuel. Your metabolic rate defines how efficiently your body can create and use that fuel … how quickly we gain weight and how easily we can lose it!

Metabolism is influenced by age, slows about 5% per decade after age 40, men usually burn more calories at rest than women, and the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate tends to be. Heredity also can be a factor.

We can’t control our age, gender, or heredity, but we can boost our metabolism!

• Drink Water. Your body needs water to process calories. Even slight dehydration can slow down your metabolism. A recent study found that adults who drank eight or more glasses of water a day burned more calories than those who drank four. Drink a glass of water or other unsweetened beverage before every meal and snack to help stay hydrated.

• Increase Your Muscle Mass. Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue does and is a key factor in weight loss. A pound of muscle burns aproximately 6 calories a day, compared to the 2 calories it takes to sustain a pound of fat! Strength training is the best way to boost your metabolism and turn that fat into calorie-burning muscles!

• Give Your Workout a Boost. Physical activity is a huge factor in how many calories you burn each day, so challenge yourself! Aerobic exercise revs up your metabolism for hours after a workout and higher-intensity workouts give you bigger, longer rate increases in your resting metabolic rate than lower-intensity workouts.

• Refresh Yourself With Green Tea. Many studies have found that green tea has thermogenic properties that promote fat oxidation. A 2009 study from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy found that green tea improves the use of oxygen by muscles and the antioxidant function within muscles while increasing the rate of fat burning.

• Snack Healthy and Often. Small, healthy snacks every 3 to 4 hours during the day helps your metabolism rate hold steady throughout the day. The key word here is healthy … have an apple, or a hand full of walnuts and skip the salt and sugar!

• Go Hot! Hot peppers get their heat from capsaicin. It is found in jalapenos, habaneros, cayenne, and most other chili peppers. Studies have shown that a spicy meal can give a temporary rise in metabolism of about eight percent! Along with its slimming effects, capsaicin has been shown to work as a blood thinner, helping in the prevention of blood clots.

• Don’t Forget the Protein. You burn more calories digesting protein than fat or carbs. In fact, protein has a known thermic effect, meaning that 25 to 30 out of every 100 calories from protein get burned in the digestion process! Be sure to include lean, protein-rich food such as lean beef, turkey, fish, chicken, tofu, nuts, beans, or eggs to your daily regimen.

Finally, skip the crash diets, you may drop some pounds, but at a cost. You can lose muscle, which in turn slows your metabolism and burns fewer calories making it easier to gain weight than when you started!
 
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