Gear – Part 2: The Hunt

9 Jul

First off I want to apologize for being a day late on this blog. My daughter is going through another round of teething and for those of you who are parents I think you can relate. For those of you who can’t relate, just remember to use a condom.

Now then…

The last Gear Blog was about my bow, heads, and arrows. But I forgot to mention a couple key parts of my bow setup… sights and rests.

 

Rests:

Ripcord Arrow Rest

Ripcord Arrow Rest

 

In the very beginning I used a couple fixed rests that I can’t even remember the brand names, they came with the bows that I bought and they worked well enough. I can remember back in the day when I was shooting aluminum arrows on a fixed rest that when I would draw back it would make a loud metal on metal noise… no wonder I didn’t kill many deer with a bow when I was young. Then came the Whisker Biscuit, it was one of the first times (but not the last) I ever fell victim to a celebrity endorsement. I felt like king of the hill when I walked out of my local archery shop with that “thing” installed on my bow. I guess it worked OK. Then when I upgraded to my new bow I up graded to to my first drop away rest, I think it was a Quicktune from NAP. Somewhere around 2010, give or take a year, I met a gentleman at the ATA show and he introduced me to Ripcord. So I bought a Ripcord. I absolutely love this rest, works perfectly in all conditions and most importantly… improved my accuracy. Although I loved this rest I still did a little research this years on some other drop away rests:

Ripcord Archery – www.ripcordarrowrest.com

Quality Archery Designs – http://qadinc.com/ultrarest-categories/

New Archery Products – www.newarchery.com

Trophy Ridge –   www.trophyridge.com/arrow-rests – The Revolution, not the Whisker Biscuit

 

Sights:

Almost my entire archery career I used a multi-pin sight. Then I moved to a single pin from Vital Bow Gear, and for the most part I liked the results. Because I suffer from chronic buck fever, the less I have to fiddle with my gear before the shot the better. That is why this year I will be moving back to a multi-pin system. Here are the top runners so far. If you have any suggestions feel free to give me your opinion.

Trophy Ridge – React – This has some pretty cool auto pin adjusting technology, perfect for a fool like me.

Spot Hogg – Hunter or Tommy Hogg – A little bit expensive, but everyone I have talked with says they are worth every penny.

 

Scent Control:

 

Ozonice Scent Control System

Ozonic Scent Control

 

I’ll keep this part very simple. In 2009 (I think) was the first time I was introduced to the Ozonics sent elimination system. Just like everyone else I thought it was a gimmick. Then I brought it into the woods with me, and it literally changed the way I hunt. I went from the guys who washed his clothes and took a shower between every hunt, to the guy who may wash his clothes every other day and I still take the green soap showers but only if I have been sweating heavily. I still play the wind, but much more aggressive and at closer angles to where I think they are coming from. It doesn’t work every time, but will decrease your scent profile more than any scent elimination clothing will.

As far as Ozonics is concerned there is a ton of information and reviews on the web. I suggest you take them into consideration before writing them off. www.ozonicshunting.com Here are the only other scent control products that I will be using this year:

Hunter’s Specialties – Deodorant, body wash, and laundry soap.

Nose Jammer – Spray on your boots before the walk to your stand, then another quick spritz once you get to the top of your tree, good to go. I guess the ingredients they use jam the deers nose. Jamming their radar.

 

Camouflage:

This could and probably will be a blog all on its own. I made a decision at the beginning of last year that I am going AWOL when it comes to this topic. So where do I start…

If you think that the solution to any of your whitetail or hunting problems is the type of camo you wear, I hate to say it, but your wrong. Take my uncle for example, he wears jeans, flannel coats, smokes in the stand and still kills giants every year.

Over the past season, especially early season, I have started wearing a variety of solid brown colors and I have seen absolutely no difference in deers reaction. If I got busted, it was because I was moving. I don’t care if you have 3D, an open pattern, or some sort of space age digital pattern, if a deer has you pegged, you better draw because your done. This might start an argument within the 137 people who actually follow this blog. So with that said, and in my non-professional personal opinion, it doesn’t matter what camo pattern you wear!

Ok, ok, ok If I had to choose a camo pattern it would be Predator. Why? Because when I look up into the leafless trees of November, it looks the most like Predator. That’s about it.

I would also like you to check out a company called Arborwear they make some badass clothing perfect for the lifestyle we all live. This is the clothing I will be wearing on stand for a majority of the season. I recommend the maple pants and the maple double-thick hooded sweatshirt. Might get you laid ;).

 

Tree Stands:

 

Lone Wolf Treestands

Lone Wolf Treestands

 

When I was younger and had no clue what I was doing, so mobility was not that important to me. I had a hand full of ladder stands that worked just fine. I still remember I purchased them from a farm store for $55 each (They were not quiet). As time passed and I began to realize that if you want to get within shooting distance of a mature buck, you have got to be willing to move; and move often. Aside from a couple older Muddy hang-on stands, I use strictly Lone Wolf Portable Tree Stands. I love to run-n-gun, and with an Assault and 4 climbing sticks I can go just about anywhere and set up really fast. There are others on the market that are similar for a little less but for the most part I am very loyal to this brand.

Muddy Outdoors

Lone Wolf Portable Treestands

 

I would love to know what products you are using and what products you think I should give a try. I enjoy hearing the positives and negative of all products on the market. Remember to stop by our Facebook page, give us a LIKE and tell your friends.

As always… Thanks for reading!

Dan

10 Responses to “Gear – Part 2: The Hunt”

  1. LS July 9, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    I agree camo doesn’t matter it’s all about when and how fast you move.

    In fact a vintage wool flannel coat off ebay for cheap is probably as good if not better then any current day stuff.

    My Ripcord has been a tank, I’ve been using it for 6 years with no problems.

  2. Mark V July 10, 2014 at 4:19 am #

    Go the React Sight for sure Dan. I put one on my Motive 6 and within 20mins was hitting targets out to 60 yards. I have never been confident nor capable of hitting a target regularly at 60 yards but the React has changed this.

    I also shoot a Revolution Rest and it has performed flawlessly. It’s my first drop away rest after moving from a whisker biscuit (which I keep as a spare on hunting trips) and I love the fact it’s a full containment rest. I tend to nock an arrow and lock the rest into the shooting position (pretty sure the Ripcord does it too). This is ideal when spot ‘n’ stalk hunting and one less thing to worry about when grabbing your bow while sitting in the stand.

    Thanks again for a great read.

    • Dan Johnson July 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

      I think that did it Mark, I’m getting a React Sight for sure. Thanks!

  3. Ryan Eyberg July 12, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    Nice summary of some great gear. I’m a huge fan of the QAD HD Ultrarest. I’m not the most graceful person while on my way to the stand and have put that mother through the paces. Still works as good as the day I bought it!

    • Dan Johnson July 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

      Thanks for reading. See you soon… real soon!

  4. Mark July 18, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Great article dan. I just picked up a pack of 4 muddy sticks to use with our run and gun/cameraman lone wolf stand. In my opinion the ropes on the muddy sticks are quieter then the metal buckles the Lone wolfs have. The lone wolf tree stand is by far superior to any stand on the market though. Throw a bunch of hockey tape on anything metal and you have a silent and deadly combination!

    • Dan Johnson July 21, 2014 at 11:59 am #

      I just wish the muddy sticks were a little longer. Thanks for reading!

  5. Johnny Utah July 30, 2014 at 1:41 am #

    Great blog, I agree on 97% of your gear. Go spot Hogg. Didn’t have much luck with the react due to all the plastic (bends easy). Now, drop your bow out if a tree, and you got a spot Hogg on…. Back in business.

  6. Harry Garrett November 11, 2016 at 10:55 am #

    Great blog Dan!
    I can totally comprehend when you mentioned the Whisker Biscuit. It was also my first arrow rest. Still miss it sometimes considering the value brought along.
    Keep up the good works out there!

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