Take a Hunting Road Trip

If you’re a hunter, you probably have your favorite spots to camp out. Or maybe you are new to the sport and you’re not sure where to start. Either way, it’s always fun to go out and explore new ground. So where are the best places in the country to go for a hunt?

 Midwest

The Midwest has some great spots for hunting deer. Game and Fish magazine names Kansas, Iowa, Ohio, Nebraska and Indiana as the best midwestern states for hunting deer. The article looks at both hunting license regulations and deer populations to determine the best of the best.

Kansas was at the top of the list with its large public land space where hunting is available.

Wide Open Spaces, however, named Kentucky as its best state in the Midwest for deer hunting. That’s thanks to its accommodating regulations, public land and a large, healthy deer population.

 West

Want your pick of several kinds of game? Head out west. Moose, deer, elk and bears are just some of the options.

If you want elk, Wyoming is the place to go according to Brad Fitzpatrick from Outdoor Life magazine.

“The plains in the east-central and northeastern portions of the state are prime antelope hunting areas,” Fitzpatrick wrote.

California is a great spot for waterfowl hunting according to Tripping.com. Both the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Delevan National Wild Refuge will provide the opportunity for ducks, geese, coots and pheasant.

 Northeast

Field and Stream lists several specific places in the northeast United States on its list of 100 great hunting and fishing spots. Included in that list is Region B in Maine where turkey populations are high. If turkey isn’t your cup of tea, bears are in abundance in the Charleston-Beckley Corridor in West Virginia.

Outdoor Life also names Sebago, Maine, as a great fishing town where salmon can be found in the state’s deepest lake, Sebago Lake.

 South

There are several cities in the south that made Outdoor Life’s list of the best hunting and fishing towns. Included in the list Toccoa, Georgia, which is just 15 minutes from the Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area. There you can find deer, turkeys, bears, squirrels, rabbits and hogs. There is also a stocked lake for fishing.

There are a great hunting and fishing spots all over the United States, and probably closer than you think! Do your research to find the best game and license regulations in your state. Grab your gear and your best hunting buddies for a trip this fall!

Barringer, Bernie. “Best Trophy Deer Hunting States in the Midwest,” Game & Fishhttp://www.gameandfishmag.com/deer-zone/mw/best-trophy-deer-hunting-states-in-the-midwest/

Bond, Chris. “10 Best States to Hunt Whitetail Deer,” Wide Open Spaces. https://www.wideopenspaces.com/top-10-places-hunt-whitetail-u-s-pics/

Chan, Pamela. “The Top 7 Places To Go Hunting In The West,” Tripping.comhttps://www.tripping.com/explore/the-top-7-places-to-go-hunting-in-the-west

Fitzpatrick, Brad. “Where to Hunt: Guide to the 8 Best Big-Game Hunts in the West,” Outdoor Lifehttps://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/hunting/2013/08/where-hunt-guide-8-best-big-game-hunts-west

“The 35 Best Hunting and Fishing Towns in the US,” Outdoor Life. https://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/newshound/2012/04/35-best-hunting-and-fishing-towns-us

“The Official 100 Next Best Places to Hunt and Fish in the US,” Field & Streamhttps://www.fieldandstream.com/articles/hunting/2014/05/official-100-next-best-places-hunt-and-fish-us

-Deer Abby

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Getting Started with Archery

Archery is one of the world’s oldest sports. According to the International Olympic Committee, archery can be traced back to the beginnings of civilization. But it is still accessible today. And it can be a great sport to get involved in.

Not only can archery be a fun hobby, it can also be useful when hunting. And if you’ve never tried it before, you don’t need much equipment to get started.

Bob Ransom of Primal Treestands said that what you really need to start is a bow, arrows, a release or finger tab and a target. And there are many kinds of bows on the market. You could choose a recurve bow, which is the type of bow used in the Olympics. Other kinds include compound bows, traditional bows and crossbows.

Joe White of Rinehart Targets said that the kind of bow you go with will determine what other equipment you may need. For instance, if you choose a compound bow, White said a you’ll also need an arrow rest and a bow sight. An arrow rest would also be beneficial when using a recurve bow. And an armguard is a good tool for either bow.

Be sure to choose the right kind of arrow for the bow you’re using. That will help ensure accuracy of your shot. Choose arrows matched for weight and draw length.

As far targets, White said Rinehart’s most popular types are bag or foam targets.

Once you have all your equipment, then what? Get practicing! Lessons are a great way to learn the fundamentals and develop your skill.

“Lessons will start you out with the proper form so you don’t develop any ‘bad’ habits,” White said. “The more successful you are, the longer you’re likely to stay with it and have the experience be more enjoyable.”

If lessons aren’t an option for you, Ransom suggested finding a friend or someone near you with experience to learn from. And a great place for that is an archery club near you. There are many across the country.

“Not all clubs are the same, but I’ve found most of them have a core of great people who love the sport and are more than willing to help newcomers out,” said White.

An archery club can offer you exposure to equipment and resources you may not be able to access otherwise.

You can find clubs and other archery programs near you by visiting teamusa.org. And you can get all the gear you need at your local Dunham’s Sports!

-Deer Abby

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Practice Gun Safety

We all know that gun safety is extremely important. But do we really know what it means to practice gun safety? Perhaps you’re considering a firearm, or you’ve had one (or more) for years. It’s never a bad time to brush up on gun safety to keep yourself and your loved ones safe in your home and in the field.

You should know the ins and outs of your firearm. Be sure you know how to properly fire it, and that you know what ammunition is appropriate. Check to see when it was last cleaned and serviced. Not only will this keep you and those around you out of harm’s way, it will also prolong the life of your gun.

Keeping your gun clean will ensure proper functioning. Your gun should be cleaned regularly to avoid moisture, dirt, grease or oil from building up and causing issues. The gun should also be inspected to be sure all parts are in good working order. You can have it checked out by a professional gunsmith.

One important safety measure we hear time and again is to make sure firearms are kept locked away and unloaded. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, any firearms should be unloaded unless you are actually using them. Don’t store guns loaded. It is your responsibility as the gun owner to keep your firearms from being used improperly.

Your firearm should be kept locked away or otherwise stored in a place that unauthorized users will not be able to access it. There are several options available, according to the National Rifle Association, including devices that directly attach to your gun to prevent it from being fired.

The locking mechanism on your gun should be used, but it isn’t perfect. Don’t count on your safety keeping you or the people around you out of harm’s way. You should always keep the muzzle of your gun pointed away from people and keep your finger off the trigger unless you are firing.

Wearing the right gear can also keep you safe around firearms. Wear eye and ear protection when shooting.

Of course, when firing, you should always know what you are actually firing at. Don’t just check your target. Look all around and beyond your target to be sure nothing in the area poses a danger. Bullets can travel far, even if they are ricocheting off another object.

Finally, if your gun does not fire properly, use caution. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. The NSSF suggests carefully opening the action, unloading the firearm and disposing the cartridge. Of course, care should be taken when performing all these steps.

When used properly and safely, you can enjoy your gun for many years. Always follow safety precautions and you can keep yourself, your family and all those around you safe.

-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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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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