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Bushnell Trophy Cam 119405 [PRODUCT REVIEW]



PROS: 1 year battery life, 5MP pictures, small compact size, reliable, up to 3 pictures per trigger, video up to 60 seconds, optional built in viewer, fast trigger speed

CONS: Night pictures with the 2009 model are not great (24 LEDs on 2009 model vs. 32 LEDs on 2010 model), only takes 2GB memory card (2010 model takes 16 GB card)

MSRP: $199.95

I’ve been using my two Bushnell Trophy Cams for 10 months now. I purchased these cams early in 2010 and by February I had them in the woods helping me with some post-season scouting – as of this post both cameras have taken thousands of pictures are still actively in the field using the original batteries.

I put regular AA batteries in one camera and Lithium AA batteries in the other to test the difference between the two and I’ve come to the conclusion that unless you’re setting your camera up in front of a heavily used game feeder for the entire season you’ll be okay with the standard AA’s.

The trigger speed on this camera is very good and the only time I ever got any blank pictures was on a very windy day with brush moving close to the camera. However, with the amount of pictures this camera can take, 1885 on a 2GB SD Card, it’s not something you have to really worry about.

One little trick I use is to take 2 pictures every time the camera is triggered by an animal walking by. This allows me to get multiple views of the same buck to really see how big he is and judge him from a different angle. I really like this feature and the camera has the ability to take up to 3 pictures per trigger.

Daytime pictures are excellent with one exception – when the sun is shining directly at the camera the pictures get whited out. Nighttime pictures are another story – with only 24 LEDs the 2009 Bushnell Trophy Cam does not get great range at night. For 2010, Bushnell added 8 more LEDs bringing the total up to 32 for added range at night.

The camera attaches to the tree with a buckle strap and uses two latches to shut the camera and protect it from the elements. A hole is provided for a lock, but it’s not going to stop someone from stealing your camera since all they would have to do is unbuckle it from the tree.

For this reason, I purchased steel security boxes for my camera to prevent them from being tampered with. Where I hunt this is a huge concern so it was necessary for me to take this extra measure.

Going through the menus on the camera is a breeze and if you take the time to read the manual you should be able to handle all the options the camera has to offer. One quick check I do each time I put a new SD card in the camera is check to see if there are 0000/1885 pictures taken. If I see something like 0000/0003 then I know I have to format the SD card which is a simple process.

Overall I have been extremely satisfied with my Trophy Cams and enjoy their ease of use. The compact size and long battery life save me room in my pack allowing me to bring more cameras in the field with me during a scouting trip. I also don’t have to worry about bringing batteries with me to change out every few weeks like most people do with other cameras.

I plan on purchasing a 2010 Bushnell Trophy Cam in the near future to add to my arsenal of trail cams and next time you’re in the market for a trail camera I suggest giving the Trophy Cam a look.

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Glider Gloves for Bowhunting Deer [PRODUCT REVIEW]



PROS: touch screen smartphones (tested on iPhone) function with high degree of accuracy, comfortable lightweight material, long cuffs, 10 finger touch screen capability

CONS: fit was slightly off, fingers were a bit short on my pair, not durable enough for use as an active hunting glove, grip material on glove palm creates torque on the bow hand

MSRP: $24.99

Last season I was contacted by Glider Gloves to field test a pair of their Urban Style Touchscreen Gloves. I had previously reviewed a pair of similar gloves by a company called A glove so I welcomed the chance to review these.

Compared to the Agloves, these gloves were higher quality and had a much longer cuff which is something I always look for in a hunting glove. As social media becomes a larger part of hunting and a growing part of I welcomed the chance to be able to easily send updated to my Facebook fans from the tree stand. The Glider Gloves made it easy to text and check email while keeping my hands warm and concealed from the eyes of any nearby whitetail deer.

One thing bowhunters should note is the gloves have a grip on the palm. Some bowhunters, including myself, prefer not to have any grip on their gloves as it helps create torque which lead to less accurate shooting.

These gloves are great at what they were designed to do – be a comfortable touchscreen glove. However, for hunting purposes, you have to remember what these gloves were designed to do. If you plan on wearing these in the field and climbing up to your tree stand day in and day out you’ll rip through these knit gloves in about a month. If you want these gloves to last as a hunting glove you’re better off waiting until you’re settled in the stand before putting them on so there’s less wear and tear on the gloves.

Overall, I’d recommend these gloves if you’re looking for a true touch screen glove. They’re way nicer to use than similar hunting gloves with a silver pad on the pointer finger and thumb. Just remember, they’re not made for hunting, so don’t expect them to last you for several seasons if you’re rough with them.

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Fuse Mossy Oak Rugged iPhone Case [PRODUCT REVIEW]



Last spring I was contacted by Paul at Fuse to try out a new case they had for the iPhone called the Mossy Oak Rugged Orange iPhone 4/4S Shell Case. It combined my two favorite colors – hunter orange and camo – so I gave the case a try.

The case is made up of an inner soft rubber case that acts as a shock absorber and a rigid polycarbonate frame on the out side for added protection.

What I really liked about this case was the fact that it wasn’t covered in a sticky rubber like some of my other iPhone cases so it didn’t pull my pocket out of my pants every time I reached for my phone. Another nice feature is the size of the case, it’s not oversized so you still feel like you have a slim smartphone.

My only complaint about the case was that it didn’t come with a screen protector. It wasn’t hard to find a stick on screen protector online, but it would have been nice if the case included one for 360 degree protection.

This iPhone case travelled with me on scouting missions, spring turkey hunts and fall deer hunts. I really liked the phone case and never had any issues with it coming apart on me, in fact I was really impressed on how well it stayed together. One of my previous cases from another manufacturer used to come apart all the time, but the Fuse case just stayed together.

So how did the case hold up? My phone survived a few drops off of the counter top in my kitchen, it slipped out of my hand and dropped on the floor outside several times and I dropped it in the woods more times than I care to remember, but the case took the brunt of all of the hits and the phone didn’t get a scratch. Had I dropped the phone out of the tree stand it would have been a different story, I think only a fully enclosed phone case would really protect in the event of a 20 foot fall (which I’ve done with a previous case and my phone survived).

Overall this is a quality case for the iPhone. Add a clear antiglare screen protector and you’re set. If you’re looking for a stylish phone case give the Fuse Mossy Oak Rugged iPhone Case a try.

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Bowtech Releases its First Carbon Riser Bow the Carbon Knight



Bowtech Archery has released it’s first carbon riser bow – the Carbon Knight. Following the lead of Hoyt with the Carbon Matrix back in 2010, the new Carbon Knight from Bowtech weighs in at just 3.2 pounds (compared to 3.6 pounds for Hoyt’s Carbon Element G3).

Most manufacturers launch their new bows in the early fall (Bowtech usually launches their new bows at the ATA Show), but this one was “just too good to hold any longer,” says Samuel Coalson, Director of Marketing for Bowtech.

The Carbon Knight is said to have a smooth draw and plenty of speed at 330 feet per second. The Carbon Knight features Bowtech’s binary cam design, the Knight Riser constructed from durable carbon, a 7-inch brace height for forgiveness and a 32-inch axle-to-axle length. Draw lengths range from 26.5″ to 30.5″ and draw weights from 50 to 70 pounds in ten pound increments.

The bow is available in Black Ops and retails for $849 (Hoyt’s carbon bows are in the $1,200 range).

The new Carbon Knight definitely looks like an interesting bow and it’s a bow I’d like to try out and compare to some of the other carbon bows currently on the market. If you get a chance to shoot one leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

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