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Muddy Hunter Pro Hang On [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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PROS: Super easy to hang, safe and secure, adjustable platform, adjustable seat, triple layer foam seat with waterproof cover, oversize grate is comfortable to stand on, lightweight.

CONS: Does not include backpack straps.

MSRP: $179.95

Hunting mainly the suburbs of New York and Connecticut I’ve used a climber 95% of the time. Over the years though, I would always find that perfect tree with the right amount of cover and could never get my climber up it.

Fixed stands were always nice to hunt out of because you could just walk to your tree, climb up the pegs and sit in the stand. However, theft is a big problem where I hunt and I needed a portable solution.

Muddy has become a big player in the treestand market over the last few years and after using their stands it’s easy to see why. Unlike fixed stands of the past, Muddy has brought to life a whole new world for fixed stands. Forget about having to find a straight tree, uncomfortable seats, and cumbersome straps that are impossible to tighten when you’re 20 feet off the ground – those are problems of the past and Muddy has solved them all.

The Muddy Hunter Pro hang-on stand is a smaller framed stand perfect for carrying deep into the woods or fitting in the tightest spaces. The Muddy Hunter Pro weighs just 10.5 pounds and has a 26″ x 20″ platform. Even a big guy like me can fit his size 12 boots on the platform comfortably.

To ensure a solid and silent connection to the tree, Muddy uses their Boomerang Cleat on the back end of the stand for a rock-solid bite. The stand is super easy to hang with Muddy’s ratchet strap and cinch strap that slide over the buttons on the spine of the stand.

When I’ve reached my desired height in the tree I simply tighten the cinch strap on the bottom button of the stand and position the stand as desired before tightening the ratchet strap. Once I get the ratchet strap tight I raise the platform of the stand and tighten the cinch strap. Then next thing I do is pull down on the stand to make sure it’s secure and then I use Muddy’s Leveling System to make sure the platform is level – it’s that simple!

In addition to Muddy’s platform leveling system, Muddy also give you the ability to level the seat for added comfort. Muddy’s seat is one of the best on the market. I’ve never sat on a seat cushion that was so comfortable. With three inches of triple layered foam featuring both open and closed cell foam it’s easy to see why. To top it off the seat is waterproof so you don’t have to worry about wet spots when you reach your stand after a rainstorm or the snow has melted.

My favorite thing about this stand is that it’s quiet. I’ve been on several lesser quality stands that creek and moan with every breath you take – it’s the last thing you need when bowhunting weary whitetails. Pair this stand with a set of Muddy Climbing Sticks and you have a winning combination.

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Glider Gloves for Bowhunting Deer [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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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 NYBowhunter.com 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]

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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

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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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Muddy Bloodsport Hang On [PRODUCT REVIEW] – NY Bowhunter

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Back in January 2011, I met up with the crew from Muddy Outdoors at the ATA Show in Indianapolis where they unveiled the new Bloodsport hang-on stand and from that day on I wanted one.

I counted down the days until the Bloodsport would ship and probably called Chad from Muddy more times than he’d like to admit! Just a few days after the season had started in Connecticut my Bloodsport stands had arrived. Out of the box, the stand required a minimal amount of assembly which consisted of attaching the tree bracket to the back of the stand and sliding the waterproof foam seat on to the metal frame – that was it.

Last season I hunted from a Muddy Hunter Pro hang-on stand so I was familiar with the set up and quality of the stands. The Bloosport is basically the exact same stand as the Hunter Pro with a different attachment system. Like Muddy’s Climbing Sticks, the Bloodsport utilizes a rope and cam system to securely attach to the tree.

My first time using the Bloodsport was actually on a hunt the very next morning after it arrived. With the Bloodsport on my back I headed to the area I wanted to hunt and hung the Bloodsport while I was 20 feet up in the tree hanging by my lineman’s rope in the dark (I’d strongly recommend you hang the stand during the day prior to using it so you’re familiar with how it works).

The Bloodsport was super easy to hang and very quiet to set up. I did make some noise while hanging the stand, but nothing like I normally would when using the ratchet strap from the Hunter Pro. The noise mainly came from two metal covers that rotate over the cams to prevent the rope from accidentally being knocked out of the cams while you’re on the stand. Personally, I don’t think these cam covers are necessary after tying a knot with the tag end of the rope to prevent it from coming loose (otherwise they’d probably be on the climbing sticks as well), but they do provide an additional layer of safety and security for the hunter.

In 2011 I took three Bloodsports with me to Kansas for my 10-day DIY bowhunt for whitetails on public land. I think I spend more time scouting and hanging stands and cameras than anything else, but the Bloodsport and Muddy Climbing Sticks made the work easy. I carried a few screw in steps because I like to climb big gnarly trees with multiple trunks so I can stay hidden on stand, but I never needed more than four screw in steps before being able to use my climbing sticks. It took me a little while to adjust to hunting from a treestand in Kansas because the woods were just totally different and I couldn’t climb as high as I normally do in New York. As such, there were several times when I hung a stand, climbed onto it and then realized I had to drop the stand a foot or so. The rope and cam system made these minor adjustments super easy and very quick to accomplish.

I’ve beat these stands up, put them to use in all sorts of trees and they haven’t let me down a single time. I’ve actually sold my climber since purchasing the Bloodsport because this is the ultimate stand for the mobile hunter. No longer do I have to search for a straight tree that’s not too big so I can get 20 feet up with my climber, now I can hunt in any tree I want. The Bloodsport also allows you to tuck yourself into trees with multiple trunks and large branches to help break up your outline so the deer don’t pick you out.

Now that I’ve shared my experiences with the Bloodsport with you, let’s get down to the details. The Bloodsport shares the same 26″ x 20″ platform as the Hunter Pro and weighs in at a mere 10 1/2 pounds. The rope system quickly and quietly gets the stand secured tightly to the tree for a rock-solid and quiet platform for the hunter. Additionally, the ropes double as backpack straps making packing the stand in a breeze.

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Glider Gloves for Bowhunting Deer [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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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 NYBowhunter.com 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]

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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

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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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Margaritaville Kingston Sun Glasses [PRODUCT REVIEW] – NY Bowhunter

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PROS: Polarized lenses, spring hinges, sculpted polymer frame for a comfortable fit, rubber temple pads, integrated leash system, nose cushion pads, zippered sunglass case, and cleaning cloth.

CONS: The downside of having a sculpted frame and the sunglasses sitting closer to your face is they can start to fog up if you’re running or hiking up a steep mountain and working hard.

MSRP: $79.97

A few months back I got an email from Margaritaville Eyewear to try out their new line of polarized sunglasses. Margaritaville Eyewear has eight pairs of sunglasses in its a lineup with frames made of heat sculpted polymer, forged alloy or proprietary composite material.

The sunglasses I chose was the Margaritaville Kingston which is a heat sculpted polymer frame with black polarized lenses. The first time I really got to take these sunglasses out and put them to the test was on some winter hikes through the snow-covered hills of Connecticut.

With the bright sun reflecting off of the snow it was extremely important to have polarized lenses to cut down on the glare and help me find shed antler that would only have a tine or two sticking up through the snow.

I really liked how these sunglasses fit my face because I usually have trouble with sunglasses fitting me properly. This felt like they were made for me and completely protected my eyes. The rubber temple pads kept the sunglasses from sliding forward which was especially important when looking down as you typically do when you’re hiking through the woods. The rubber nose cushions kept the pressure off the bridge of my nose and made wearing these sunglasses for an extended period of time comfortable.

Another nice feature of these sunglasses is the integrated leash system that allows you to hook up a lease to the end of your sunglasses to wear around your neck to prevent losing the sunglasses if they happen to fall off your face. This is a nice feature for winter snow sports and various water activities during the summer months – fishermen will also appreciate this feature.

Overall I was extremely impressed with my Margaritaville Kingston sunglasses. The fit and finish were top-notch and the hardshell zipper case and included cleaning cloth make it easy to protect the sunglasses. If you’re looking for a new pair of shades for your next fishing trip, hanging out on the beach or snowboarding down the mountains, give the sunglasses over at Margaritaville a try.

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Glider Gloves for Bowhunting Deer [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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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 NYBowhunter.com 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]

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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

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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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This week we have a guest post from Mike Cramer with a review of the Martin Threshold Adventure Series Bow.

Retailing for just a hair under $200, the Martin Threshold Adventure Series Bow is an affordable way to get into the woods. It is available from several retailers in a complete package with Wildman components, making it one of the best deals on the market.

The Threshold is a single-cam bow with a 35” length axle to axle, and a draw length adjustable from 28 to 31 inches. Its brace height is 7.5” and it weighs 4.2 pounds. The package deal includes a Wildman Spring Away rest, a Fiber Optic Striker site, a six arrow twist and lock quiver, and two carbon arrows.

Supposedly, you can take the bow out of the box, put it together and be shooting right away. Of course, it’s not quite as simple as that. With my bow, the arrow rest attached just fine with the enclosed Alan screws, using the provided Alan wrench. The quiver went in fine too, as did the cable guard bar. But when it came time to mount the site I was stumped. I couldn’t’ get it to work. Not knowing what to do, I took the bow to my bow mechanic at D.F. Brothers Sporting Goods here in Brooklyn, and he said they had shipped the wrong hardware. I was relieved that it wasn’t my incompetence. Knowing what a hassle an exchange was likely to be, I had him install a new TruGlo site, along with D loop and a peep sight.

The ads tout the box as a carrying case, but it’s just cardboard and would disintegrate after a few days in the field, so I bought a new plastic case for it. The arrows were way too short for my long arms, so I didn’t even bother with them.

Once those little problems were passed over the bow was fantastic. It’s easy to carry, limber, and shoots like a dream. It has a 70-pound draw weight with a 70% let off. At full draw the bow the string just locks in and stays there. I could hold all day if I wanted to. On release, it flings arrows downrange at 305 fps. They fly flat and fast and land right on target every time. 

Make no mistake, this is not simply an entry-level bow. This is a bow anyone would be happy to take into the woods and one that will bring home a lot of deer.

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Glider Gloves for Bowhunting Deer [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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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 NYBowhunter.com 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]

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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

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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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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 NYBowhunter.com 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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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 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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BOW SPECIFICATIONS

FPS (ATA) 323

Axle-to-Axle 32″

Mass Weight 4 lbs.

Wheel Fuel Cam

Brace Height 7″

Limbs XTS Pro ARC

Draw Lengths 24.5-30″

Draw Weight 40-80#

PROS: Quiet, maneuverable in tight quarters, smooth drawing, silent shelf, roller guard, string stopper, offset stabilizer.

CONS: None. For the price point of this bow, it’s easily the best in its class.

MSRP$649

FEATURES

This year Hoyt introduced the Rampage series of bows, entering a new price point and blowing away the competition. After shooting the Rampage XT, I actually think Hoyt might have outdone themselves on this one. Think of the Rampage XT as a CRX with a cast-magnesium riser – it’s that good. Shoot the two bows side-by-side, as I did, and you’ll agree.

At 32″ axle-to-axle you’ll find this bow right at home in a pop-up blind or tucked 20 feet up in a gnarly oak tree. The Rampage XT is easy to maneuver and a pleasure to shoot.

Thanks in part to a newly designed cast-magnesium riser, Hoyt was able to offer this bow at a price-point that it previously missed. Just because the price was trimmed, doesn’t mean the features were. The Rampage XT has all the features of Hoyt’s top of the line bow – the CRX. It’s the perfect bow for anyone who wants the features of a top of the line bow without the price-tag.

The only physical differences between the Rampage XT and the CRX is riser (cast-magnesium vs. machined aluminum) and a weight difference of 0.05 pounds (I don’t even know if it’s possible for a human to feel a difference of five-hundredths of a pound).

Cast-magnesium risers shoot just as well as machined aluminum risers and may even be a bit better at absorbing vibration of the bow – I didn’t notice any vibration while shooting the Rampage XT. The riser on the Rampage XT is thicker than the CRX’s riser which gives the bow a different feel.

The Rampage XT comes standard with Hoyt’s Pro-Fit 180 grip to give it the same feel as the other bows in it’s line-up. The Pro-Fit 180 grip is made from a thermo plastic elastomer which reduces vibration and provides a warm feel on cold morning hunts. To me, the grip has a soft feel, and while it’s not super thin, it does have a thin enough throat which I like for consistent hand placement and a torqueless shot. With the Pro-Fit system you can switch out the grip on your Hoyt to fit your style which I really like. The Pro-Fit Custom Grips include: black wooden side plates, standard black wooden grip, high wrist wooden grip, and brown, white and pink 180 grips.

There will be many happy Hoyt fans when they see that changes were finally made to the string stopper. This year Hoyt used a softer material for its string stopper and got rid of the groove down the middle. The new string stopper with its flat face and softer material make it quieter than its predecessor and also allows it to better absorb energy from the string.

Hoyt outfitted the Rampage XT with the new Fuel Cam and XTS Pro ARC limbs. This is the perfect combo for the Rampage XT.

One of the noticeable differences on the new Fuel cam is a larger draw stop peg and a brown anodized finish instead of last year’s black finish on the XTR cams.

The Rampage XT accepts 2-piece quivers like it’s machined aluminum counterparts. This is a plus for those who like to hunt with their quiver fixed to their bow.

Another welcomed feature on the Rampage XT is Hoyt’s silent shelf, a molded rubber insert that eliminates any sound from the arrow should it come in contact with the riser shelf. This also prevents any unwanted noise from drop away rests that come in contact with the riser shelf.

To make enhance the feel of the draw on the Rampage XT, Hoyt put it’s roller guard on the bow which reduces friction on the cables.

One feature that will really be appreciated on the Rampage XT is the offset stabilizer mount which helps keep the bow balanced when fully rigged for hunting.

SHOOTING THE RAMPAGE XT

Shooting the Rampage XT is a pleasant surprise. I picked up the Rampage XT expecting it to shoot like a mid-ranged bow – decent, but lacking refinement. I couldn’t have been more wrong and was surprised when I realized the Rampage XT shoots just like a high-end bow.

It’s a beefier bow compared to the other bows in Hoyt’s 2011 line-up, but is still easy to take afield at just four pounds.

The Rampage XT I tested was set at 70 pounds and had a 29″ draw. As you draw the bow back, the weight steadily builds until you reach the valley and drop off to a solid wall. The cam has a harsher draw cycle than I like, but is acceptable, and doesn’t take away from the shootability of this bow.

At full draw, the Pro ARC Limbs are past parallel distributing energy evenly and eliminating hot spots found on solid limbs. Like all Hoyt limbs, these are build in-house at Hoyt’s factory in Salt Lake City, Utah and put through the 1,000 dry fire test. The 5-layer laminated limbs store a massive amount of energy giving your arrow more speed and kinetic energy down range. As an added benefit, the past parallel limbs also cancel vibration leaving the bow dead in your hand. Some of Hoyt’s past limbs were known to splinter on the side of the limb. It does not hinder the performance of the bow, it’s more cosmetic, but Hoyt backs their limb and will replace them if this occurs. The new Pro ARC Limbs have supposedly remedied the problem.

Hoyt hit the ball out of the park with the Rampage XT and it will be a sure winner in 2011. If Hoyt was previously out of your price range, you’ll want to give the new Rampage XT a try. It’s clearly the best in its class.

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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 NYBowhunter.com 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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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

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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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PROS: Lightweight, Durable (it can get run over by a truck!), Forgiving, Accurate, Quiet, Shock-free, Holds Rock Solid on Target

CONS: Doesn’t have build-in mounts for a two-piece quiver (Hoyt sells an adapter to allow for a two-piece quiver to be used), slow (280 fps) with a heavy hunting arrow (429 gr).

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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 NYBowhunter.com 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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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

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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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BOW SPECIFICATIONS

FPS (ATA) 323

Axle-to-Axle 32″

Mass Weight 3.95 lbs.

Wheel Fuel Cam

Brace Height 7″

Limbs XTS Pro ARC

Draw Lengths 24.5-30″

Draw Weight 40-90#

PROS: Quiet, forgiving, slimmer TEC LITE riser, Fuel Cam, PRO-LOCK pocket system, silent shelf, in-line roller guard, improved stealth shot, perfect balance stabilization system, Dangerous Game option.

CONS: Not much of an upgrade from last year’s Maxis.

MSRP$799

FEATURES

It started with the AlphaMax and was followed by the Maxis – two of Hoyt’s most sought after bows. Topping the Maxis would be difficult at best and considering the task at hand, Hoyt managed to do a pretty good job with the CRX. The 2011 CRX is one inch longer than it’s predecessor, the Maxis 31, and weighs roughly the same at 3.95 pounds.

What instantly grabbed my attention when I held the CRX for the first time was its new and slimmer TEC LITE riser. Hoyt was able to shave off some weight by thinning the riser without loosing the strength that the TEC riser provides.

The new TEC LITE riser now features Hoyt’s perfect balance stabilization system that puts the stabilizer mount to the side of the riser.

This helps offset the weight of the bow sight, rest and other accessories mounted to the riser. I really like what Hoyt did with the riser on the CRX and am excited to see it continue to evolve in the future.

Hoyt continues to outfit its bows with the popular Pro Fit Grip System which allows archers to customize the feel of the bow to their liking. The CRX balances very well in your hand with the Pro Fit 180 grip has a comfortable and soft feel. The grip is thin enough around the throat to minimize any torque on the bow and it’s a grip you’ll appreciate on a cold winder morning.

There will be many happy Hoyt fans when they see the changes that were finally made to the Stealth Shot string stopper. This year Hoyt used a softer material for its string stopper and got rid of the groove down the middle. The new string stopper, with its flat face and softer material, is quieter than its predecessor and absorbs a greater amount of energy from the string.

Cams and limbs have been updated for 2011 and the Hoyt CRX is outfitted with the new Fuel Cam and XTS Pro ARC limbs. Honestly, I was hoping for more with the new Fuel Cam. To me, the new Fuel cam has almost the same draw cycle as the XTR Cam. Some would argue the feel, but this is the impression I get from shooting it.

The Cam & 1/2 system in general is a great system with little, if any, synchronization concerns. This is because Hoyt uses a control cable to slave the two cams together ensuring they move in sync. It’s also draw length adjustable using interchangeable modules. With a 29″ draw length I’ve been able to shoot both the #2 and #3 cams for this bow and the difference between the two is significant. The #3 cam was easier for me to draw and hold at full draw unlike the #2 cam which I found to inch forward if I eased up on the pressure against the wall at full draw. The #2 cam is a faster cam and I did loose a few fps by going to the #3 cam, but I prefer the smoother draw cycle over the speed – it’s a personal preference.

To finish off the new Fuel Cam, Hoyt installed a larger draw stop peg and anodized the cam in brown instead of last year’s black finish that the XTR cam had.

One thing that always bothered my about bow manufacturers was that they never put any kind of silencing material around the riser shelf. Well, Hoyt finally addressed that concern with their new Silent Shelf, a molded rubber insert that eliminates any sound from the arrow coming in contact with the riser shelf. This also prevents any unwanted noise from drop away rests that come in contact with the riser shelf. To me this is a minor upgrade with big returns – you don’t get a second chance when your arrow accidentally hits the riser and sends that buck of a lifetime on its way to the next county.

SHOOTING THE CRX

So how does the 2011 Hoyt CRX shoot? Very well.

When you pick up the CRX the first things you will notice are it’s light weight and how it balances in your hand. The feel of Hoyt’s carbon bows continues to impress me and the CRX is should be a pleasure to take in the field and carry all day long.

The bow I was using was set at 70 pounds and had a 29″ draw. As you draw the bow back, the weight steadily builds until you reach the valley and drop off to a solid wall. The cam has a harsher draw cycle than I like, but is acceptable, and doesn’t take away from the shootability of this bow.

At full draw, the Pro ARC Limbs are past parallel distributing energy evenly and eliminating hot spots found on solid limbs. Like all Hoyt limbs, these are build in-house at Hoyt’s factory in Salt Lake City, Utah and put through the 1,000 dry fire test. The 5-layer laminated limbs store a massive amount of energy giving your arrow more speed and kinetic energy down range. As an added benefit, the past parallel limbs also cancel vibration leaving the bow dead in your hand. Some of Hoyt’s past limbs were known to splinter on the side of the limb. It does not hinder the performance of the bow, it’s more cosmetic, but Hoyt backs their limb and will replace them if this occurs. The new Pro ARC Limbs have supposedly remedied the problem.

The CRX is enjoyable to shoot and should be well received from Hoyt fans.

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Glider Gloves for Bowhunting Deer [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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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 NYBowhunter.com 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]

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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

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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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Hoyt Carbon Element [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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Hoyt Raises the Bar with the 2012 Hoyt Carbon Element

BOW SPECIFICATIONS

ATA Speed (fps) 323

Axle to Axle 32″

Mass Weight 3.6 lbs.

Wheel Fuel Cam

Brace Height 7″

Limbs XTS Pro ARC

Draw Lengths 24.5-30″

Draw Weight 40-80#

Let-off 75%

NYB Rating: 4.8 out of 5
PROS:

 Quiet, maneuverable in tight quarters, smooth drawing, silent shelf, improved string stopper, Hoyt Series Pro Grip, Offset Stabilizer, accepts Hoyt’s Pro-Series 2 piece quiver.
CONS: Fuel Cam – no real noticeable improvement over the XTR cam. The #2 cam has a harsher wall than the #3 cam when setting at 29″. Speed – I personally would have liked to see Hoyt push the envelope with the speed of this bow and get it in the 335 fps to 340 fps range. Let-off – a lot of bows have at least 80% let-off and it would be nice to see Hoyt improve in this area.

MSRP$1,199

FEATURES

Each year I get the pleasure of shooting several new bows from the top manufacturers and there’s nothing I enjoy more than shooting the latest bows and seeing how manufacturers have improved on last year’s design.

After purchasing a Carbon Matrix earlier this year, I was excited to see what Hoyt would come up with for their next generation of carbon bows. This year Hoyt released the Carbon Element and the Carbon Matrix Plus which both bring several welcome upgrades and design tweaks.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Carbon Element is it’s shorter riser with an axle-to-axle length of 32″. My very first bow was had an ATA of 32″, but this was in the time before parallel limbs so my riser was extremely small making the bow feel tiny and erratic. With the longer and stiffer riser on the Hoyt Carbon Element, you don’t even realize that you’re shooting a short axle bow – this is a plus for taller archers like myself that would typically shoot a longer axle-to-axle bow.

While similar to the Carbon Matrix at first glance, when you really start to look at the Carbon Element you’ll notice a few more features like the offset stabilizer which helps to balance the accessories on the bow. This is an important piece on the Carbon Element. What’s unique about the carbon bows is their perfect balance bare. As soon as you start to add accessories you now begin to take away from the natural balance of the bow. Having the stabilizer mount set away from the center of the riser helps keep the bow balanced.

I was excited to see Hoyt’s Pro Fit 180 grip on this year’s carbon bows. The grip has a soft feel, and while it’s not super thin, it does have a thin enough throat which I like for consistent hand placement and a torqueless shot. With the Pro Fit grip system you can switch out the grip to fit your style. The grip on my Carbon Matrix that I purchased last year was glued on and I had to heat my grip to remove it to put side plates onto the bow. When I removed the grip some of the finish also came off the bow and to install the side plates I had to glue them to the riser. It wasn’t an easy process and I really would have liked to simply unscrew one grip and bolt on another. I’m glad to see that Hoyt fixed this issue and now allows archers to customize this bow to their liking.

One thing that I heard a lot about with these carbon bows, but never really paid much attention to, was how a carbon riser is warmer to the touch than an aluminum riser when hunting on cold days. It wasn’t until I actually spent a few days hunting with my Carbon Matrix in the high teens and low twenties that I really got to appreciate this bit of info. If you find yourself hunting late into the season like me, then you will appreciate the  Carbon Element’s riser.

There will be many happy Hoyt fans when they see that changes were finally made to the string stopper. This year Hoyt used a softer material for its string stopper and got rid of the groove down the middle. The new string stopper with its flat face and softer material make it quieter than its predecessor and also allows it to better absorb energy from the string.

Cams and limbs have been updated for 2011 and the Hoyt Carbon Element is outfitted with the new Fuel Cam and XTS Pro ARC limbs. I must admit that I wasn’t impressed with the new Fuel Cam. To me, the new Fuel cam has almost the same draw cycle as the XTR Cam. Some would argue the feel, but this is the impression I get from shooting it.

Another one of the noticeable differences on the cam is a larger draw stop peg and a brown anodized finish instead of last year’s black finish.

One of my issues with last year’s Carbon Matrix was that it would not accept a 2-piece quiver without purchasing additional hardware for the bow. This year Hoyt has modified the Carbon Element to accept Hoyt’s Pro Series 2-piece quiver without the need for additional hardware. This is a plus for those who like to hunt with their quiver fixed to their bow.

Another welcomed upgrade was the addition of Hoyt’s silent shelf, a molded rubber insert that eliminates any sound from the arrow coming in contact with the riser shelf. This also prevents any unwanted noise from drop away rests that come in contact with the riser shelf.

SHOOTING THE CARBON ELEMENT

By this point I’m sure you’re ready to hear about how this bow shoots! When you pick up the Carbon Element the first things you will notice are it’s light weight and how it balances in your hand. The feel of Hoyt’s carbon bows continues to impress me and the Carbon Element is should be a pleasure to take in the field and carry all day long.

The bow I was using was set at 70 pounds and had a 29″ draw. As you draw the bow back, the weight steadily builds until you reach the valley and drop off to a solid wall. The cam has a harsher draw cycle than I like, but is acceptable, and doesn’t take away from the shootability of this bow.

At full draw, the Pro ARC Limbs are past parallel distributing energy evenly and eliminating hot spots found on solid limbs. Like all Hoyt limbs, these are build in-house at Hoyt’s factory in Salt Lake City, Utah and put through the 1,000 dry fire test. The 5-layer laminated limbs store a massive amount of energy giving your arrow more speed and kinetic energy down range. As an added benefit, the past parallel limbs also cancel vibration leaving the bow dead in your hand. Some of Hoyt’s past limbs were known to splinter on the side of the limb. It does not hinder the performance of the bow, it’s more cosmetic, but Hoyt backs their limb and will replace them if this occurs. The new Pro ARC Limbs have supposedly remedied the problem.

The Carbon Element is enjoyable to shoot and should be well received from Hoyt fans. With the new upgrades from the Carbon Matrix to the carbon bows this year, I’m already excited to see what comes out of the engineering team at Hoyt for next year.

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Glider Gloves for Bowhunting Deer [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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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 NYBowhunter.com 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]

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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

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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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