Accessorize Your Hunting Trip

Consider the following products to make your hunting more enjoyable.
 
You’ve circled the dates for bow hunting, rifle and muzzle loader seasons. You’ve fine-tuned your equipment, practiced religiously and made sure your garments are up to snuff. To get even more out of your hunting experience, consider the following items from three premier manufacturers. All are available at your local Dunham’s Sports store.
 
Ameristep
 
Hunters spend countless hours in their blinds waiting for their prey. To make this experience more comfortable and more pleasurable, consider furniture from Ameristep.
 
“We offer four models of camo hunting furniture, with a multitude of price points and applications,” said Ryan Kubica, the company’s brand manager.
 
Ameristep’s high-back camo chair features a durable powder-coated steel frame in a dull-black finish, a heavy-duty, weatherproof fabric seat and a 200-pound load capacity. It folds flat for easy transport and storage.
 
Be sure to also check out Ameristep’s tripod swiveling stool. In addition to all of the characteristics of the high-back chair, the tripod features a built-in molded silent swivel, allowing hunters to turn in the chair without being heard by the prey. It also features adjustable legs to adjust the height of the stool.
 
Ideal for bow hunting is the company’s Buck Commander chair. It features a triangular-shaped seat and no armrests for maximum freedom and folds for easy transport.
 
“A favorite in hunting blinds and around campsites or any outdoor gathering is our director chair. It’s co-branded with the Bone Collector show found on the Outdoor Channel, features a large, zippered gear pouch and is rated at 250 pounds,” Kubica said.
 
All chairs described are available in Real Tree-branded camo and require little care. Keep them out of the elements as much as possible, clean and dry them when you put them away for the season.
 
Zippo
 
Zippo, the company synonymous with windproof lighters, offers a wealth of hunting accessories that are carried at select Dunham’s stores.
 
“Our flex neck utility lighter is perfect for lighting grills, lanterns and campfires. It features wind-resistant dual-flame technology, ideal for any outdoor situation,” said Chris Funk, Zippo marketing product manager.
 
It gets dark early during hunting season and a great way to illuminate your surroundings is with Zippo’s Rugged Lantern. Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, its LED light can stay lit for 40 hours on its lowest setting, 15 hours on the medium setting and 10 hours on the highest setting on a single charge.
 
Also intriguing from Zippo is the 4-in-1 Woodsman.
 
“Our 4-in-1 Woodsman is a combination, hatchet, bow saw, mallet and stake puller – a perfect companion for hunters, campers and any outdoor enthusiast. The mallet and stake puller make it easy to put up and take down a blind, while the bow saw can cut a four-inch diameter oak limb,” Funk added.
 
Once you’ve used the 5-inch hatchet to chop wood, you can conveniently carry the wood with the company’s Campfire Carrier. It features a 22-inch by 36-inch nylon sling and a durable handle, making it easy to carry an armload of wood without scratching yourself or getting your clothes dirty.
 
When it’s dinnertime, fire up Zippo’s All Terrain grill. As the name implies, this grill isn’t limited by the terrain.
 
“Our All Terrain grill features rubber-coated all-terrain wheels, so you can take with you wherever you go, including tailgating. It runs on either one-pound or 20-pound propane tanks. Its porcelain-coated grate and twin-burner technology ensure an even, prolonged heat for cooking that will rival BBQ joints,” Funk said.
 
Masterbuilt
 
After a successful hunt, you’ll want to prepare the meat to maximize its flavor. We recommend smokers from Masterbuilt.
 
“We’ve been in business for over 43 years and pride ourselves on our core values. Masterbuilt is the leader in the smoker and turkey fryer category,” explained John McLemore, the company’s president and CEO.
 
Dunham’s carries Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite 30-inch electric smoker. It’s perfect for the beginner or the pro.
 
“You’ll achieve competition-ready results in your own backyard without the hassle of charcoal or propane. Simply plug this smoker in, set the digital controls and it does the work! Masterbuilt makes smoking simple,” McLemore added.
 
This smoker features:
718 square inches of cooking space with 4 chrome-coated smoking racks.
800-watt heating element for even, consistent smoking up to 275° F.
Side wood chip loading system – add chips without opening the smoker door.
Top control panel for easy access to smoker controls cooking times and temperature.
 
“In 2005, we revolutionized the way people smoke food in their backyard. We made it more convenient and easier to use smokers without sacrificing the flavor. You can smoke a full rack of ribs, tenderloins, even vegetables. A smoker adds a different flavor than traditional cooking. It provides a healthier way to eat since there’s no need for all the seasonings. Our smokers allow your family and friends to come together and enjoy what we call ‘Dadgum good food,’” McLemore explained.
 
Dunham’s Sports carries a full line of hunting accessories to make your time at the hunting ground more comfortable and more pleasurable. Be sure to stop by your local store and speak with a knowledgeable sales professional who can guide you to this vast array of products.
 
Happy hunting.
 
-Deer Abby
 
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Hunting For The Perfect Gear

Wth hunting season just around the corner, it’s time to take stock of what gear you’ll need to combat colder temperatures and difficult terrain. From footwear to base layers to fleece, Dunham’s has hunters covered for this year’s season and beyond.
 
Peeling Back the Base Layers
 
Under Armour, known for their products for success on the field, have developed a line designed for hunters in the field. Their new Barrier line, which is designed to be effective in not only the warmer mid-season temperatures but late-season as well, utilizes various features to keep all hunters comfortable.
 
UA Storm repels water without sacrificing breathability. ColdGear Infared absorbs and retains body heat in a soft, thermo-conductive inner coating.
Under Armour products like Armour Fleece and Extreme Base Layer have strategically placed panels for maximum mobility, exclusive UA Scent Control technology that keeps hunters undetected and an interior that traps heat and provides superior warmth.
 
Under Armour’s Bill Healy, director of outdoor sales, sums these technologically advanced garments up nicely: “Armour Fleece is our original performance replacement for old-school sweatshirts: unbelievably light but somehow keeps you really warm.”
 
With so many options and technological advances, Under Armour Fleece and Base Layer products will keep hunters warm and dry this season.
 
Stand On Your Own Two Feet
 
If you’re looking for some new footwear this season, look no further than Muck. Muck offers several boot models fit for even the most diehard hunters. At Dunham’s, you’ll find the Brushland, Wetland and Chore models.
 
“Every pair of Muck boots is 100 percent waterproof, and our CR-Foam Neoprene bootie will keep you warm, dry and comfortable, whether you are working on the farm, out in the field, or on a hunt,” explains Rodney Robeson, regional sales representative for Muck Boot Company.
 
In addition, Muck boots offer some features that can keep hunters’ feet dry in warmer temperatures, too. Robeson says, “We at Muck have introduced our XpressCool lining, which keeps your feet cool and sweat-free during the warm seasons. We have also added ETC lining material to our footbeds to help reduce heat buildup and friction, providing a more enjoyable fit.”
 
Caring for these products is almost as easy as putting them on.
 
“Muck is a durable brand of boots with simple care instructions,” says Robeson. “The boots clean easily with a simple spray of water or a combination of scrubbing softly with soap-and-water mix. The upper rubber can also be conditioned with Armor All, wax polish or liquid detergent.”
 
Scent-free Success
 
As any hunter can attest, in addition to staying warm, staying scent-free is crucial in a successful hunt. Scent-Factor Scent Inhibitor Technology, found in Habit products at Dunham’s, was designed to stop the growth of odor-causing bacteria.
 
“Scent-Factor Scent Inhibitor Technology is directly built into our products during the manufacturing process, so there is no need to apply any aftermarket compounds that mimic wildlife odors,” explains Lee Mahan of Habit.
 
Camouflaged fabric with a soft, quiet outer shell minimizes sight and sound that could be picked up by prey.
 
Mahan adds, “In addition to disguise, the Scent-Factor Jacket is also designed for performance. Hunters stay comfortable in the field longer when wearing our waterproof, windproof and breathable Scent-Factor Jacket.”
 
From lightweight garments to lifestyle garments all the way up to a technical hunting jacket, you’ll be all set with Habit.
 
There are a flock of factors that go into a successful hunt. The terrain, the game and the conditions all need to be considered. With brands like Under Armour offering fleece and base layers for function and comfort, Habit for staying scent-free and Muck boots keeping feet warm and dry, the advantage swings in the favor of the hunter.
 
Swing by your nearest Dunham’s to ensure that you’re locked, loaded and ready for this hunting season.
 
-Deer Abby
 
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Target Practice of Self-Defense?

Choose the right handgun ammunition for greater success.
 
It takes repeated practice to get good at anything, including proficiency with handguns. Experts spend countless hours on the firing range fine-tuning their technique and their weapons so they are prepared, should they need to draw their weapon in self-defense. They also are acutely aware that there are significant differences between the ammunition used in these diversely different situations.
 
“For target ammo, you want something economical because you will be using so much of it,” said Remington’s Chris Faust.
 
He recommends the company’s Union Metallic Cartridge (UMC) line, available in 50-round boxes. Depending on the caliber, 100- and 250-round boxes are also available for even greater cost savings.
 
“Most target shooting pistol ammunition is classified as full metal jacket. That means the bullets consist of a soft core––often lead––encased in a shell of harder metal, such as gilding metal, which is 95 percent copper. Target ammo uses less-expensive powder and it’s designed to penetrate the target; 80 percent of all ammo sold is target ammo,” Faust explained.
 
Distinctly different is self-defense ammo. In these potentially lethal situations, people are looking to buy quality ammo.
 
“People don’t usually pull guns until their life is in peril. You want something that is extremely reliable and will not inadvertently hit another target,” Faust said.
 
Self-defense ammo typically is a hollow point or jacketed hollow point bullet. The tip is open and contains an open hollow cavity. This cavity is designed to expand when entering a soft target. Expansion is desired as it slows the bullet upon penetration, preventing collateral damage behind the target.
 
Defense ammunition of this type also typically uses nickel-plated cases and flash-suppressed powders and primers. The nickel ensures more reliable loading in auto-loading pistols. As Faust explained, the flash-suppression in the powder improves the ability to fire in low light conditions, which is when defense situations are most often encountered. It also protects the eyes from temporary flash blindness. Additionally, some loads use primer and waterproofing, which provides environmental robustness and resistance to moisture.
 
For Personal Defense pistol and revolver ammunition Remington offers the Golden Saber (in a 25-round box) and the Ultimate Defense Lines (available in a 20-round box).
 
To be fully prepared should the situation arise, Faust recommends using some personal-defense ammo at the range.
 
“Most personal-defense ammo has more recoil than target ammo. You want to make sure you’re used to that recoil and are not surprised by it,” he said.
 
-Deer Abby
 
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Looking for Mr. Whitetail

A guide to hunting hotspots in the regions Dunhams’s serves.
 
It’s obvious that your chances for a successful deer hunt increase if you hunt where there are a lot of deer. But that’s not as easy as it sounds. A lot of factors affect deer population, and they change from season to season. But historical data is a good guide. So too is scouting. For example, food availability is a good indication that deer will be present. A region that experiences an abundant apple or acorn harvest will likely become a feeding ground. Accessible rivers attract deer, and agricultural land that borders woodland is prime.
 
But to get you headed in the right direction, let’s examine some historical data. Some of the following information is from gameandfishmag.com, a great resource.
 
Midwest Region: Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana
 
The western Upper Peninsula of Michigan is always one of the best regions for deer. Northernmost counties have extreme winters, so populations in those regions can be thin. But Delta, Iron, Keweenaw, Gogebic Baraga and Octonagon Counties should be home to abundant deer and fewer hunters than you’ll see in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
 
In the Lower Peninsula, the counties surrounding Saginaw Bay and south central counties are your best bet for hunting success. Jackson and Washtenaw counties have long been known for big bucks.
 
With ample farmland, Ohio offers great deer hunting. Most of the hotspots are in the east-central part of the state. Licking, Coshocton and Tuscarawas Counties have been very good in past seasons, with Guernsey and Muskingum counties also scoring well. In 2012, Licking County led the way in trophy deer harvested with 219 qualifiers.
 
Down along the Ohio River, Adams County is productive and in the northeast part of the state, Ashtabula County is tops. If you’re talking strictly trophy bucks rather than total harvest, Southwest Ohio is prime, with many record animals coming from that part of the state.
 
Field and Stream magazine has called Wisconsin’s Buffalo County the whitetail deer capital of the world, and with good reason, as the county yields more record bucks per square mile than any other hunting hot spot in the nation. But be prepared to pay an outfitter if you want to hunt here.
 
Because Wisconsin is a great natural habitat for Whitetail deer, there are many opportunities to fill that tag. Waupaca and Shawano Counties are always a good bet. The agricultural landscape is an ideal feeding ground for deer. Marquette, Green Lake and Adams Counties in the Central part of the state have good populations, according to the Wisconsin DNR’s Fall 2014 density map, as does Richland County in the southwest corner.
 
Pike County on the Mississippi River in Illinois is a hunter magnet and has historically led the way in harvest numbers. Fulton County is another great location, as are Adams, Jo Daviess, Randolph Jefferson and Jackson Counties. As is the case in many highly productive areas, access may require working with an outfitter.
 
But hunters can find productive public lands in Illinois. The Shawnee National Forest in southeastern Illinois has yielded some good deer harvests. The forest is a mix of public and private land, so make sure you’re on public land before pulling the trigger. Maps of the area are available at the Shawnee National Forest offices.
 
Steuben County in the northeast corner of Indiana is productive, with a harvest of 9.95 deer per square mile in 2012. Down near the Kentucky border, Crawford County is good hunting, as is Harrison County. A little further east, Jefferson County produces a very good harvest as does nearby Jennings County.
 
Appalachian Region: North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Kentucky
 
In terms of harvest per square mile, the most productive area of North Carolina during the 2013-2014 season was Vance County in the northeast area with Northampton close behind. Neighboring Halifax County was productive as well. In the northwest corner of the state, Alleghany County scored well, particularly in harvest per square mile, as did Mecklenberg in the southwest.
 
Pennsylvania with its large wilderness areas is among the few that haven’t seen deer population declines in recent years. The counties to the north and west of Philadelphia have produced very good harvest numbers, and the northeast corner is seeing an increase in deer population. In the southeast part of the state, Armstrong, Clarion, Butler and Jefferson counties are seeing a rise in both population and harvest numbers.
 
The Allegheny Highlands — that heavily forested wilderness area in north central Pennsylvania that one passes through when driving Interstate 80 — has a lot of public land and a substantial number of deer.
 
Outdoor Life magazine published a ranking of deer hunting states called the Whitetail Scale. It considered the proportion of each state’s harvest that made it into the Boone and Crocket record book. Other considerations included the cost a nonresident outfitted hunt, state regulations and hunter density. When the final results were tallied, Kentucky came out on top. The state averages 20 deer per square mile statewide. That’s good hunting. Most productive was Owen County, with Crittenden County not far behind. Indiana, by the way, placed third, with Illinois ranking sixth and Ohio ninth.
 
-Deer Abby
 
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