Recent Hunting Gear Reviews

Hoyt Carbon Element RKT Compound Bow Review

For 2012 Hoyt continues to update their carbon bow lineup with the Carbon Element and Carbon Matrix. For this review we'll be taking a look at the new Carbon Element RKT and what you should consider if you're thinking about taking the plunge on Hoyt's new premium bow.

Since Hoyt's 2010 introduction of the Carbon Matrix, the idea of using carbon fiber in a riser design has taken the archery world by storm.

Vortex Viper PST Riflescope Review

Vortex optics offers a variety of optics for hunters and we have looked at some of their mid-level offerings in the past with the Diamondback series of riflescopes and binoculars. For this review we'll be stepping it up a bit and will be taking a look at the Viper PST line of rifle scopes, specifically the 4-16x50mm with EBR-1 MOA reticle.

The Viper Precision Shooting Tactical (PST) line of scopes packs a lot of features that you would normally find in a tactical or long range shooting optic into a hunting scope.

Hoyt Vector 32 Compound Bow Review

Over the last few years Hoyt has garnered a lot of attention with their lightweight carbon bows. However Hoyt is still innovating when it comes to aluminum riser based bows as well. For 2012, Hoyt has released a new flagship aluminum riser bow called the Vector. For this review we'll be specifically looking at the Vector 32, which the name implies is a 32" axle-to-axle (ATA) bow.

Bear Archery Outbreak Bow Review

Perhaps one of the most interesting additions to the 2012 Bear Archery lineup of bows is the new Outbreak compound bow. For this review we'll be taking a look at the new Bear Archery Outbreak, which is a highly diversified bow that can fit a variety of different compound bow shooters.

Like the Mission Craze, the Outbreak doesn't fit into the standard categories of adult or youth bow or really any category at all. The Outbreak is adjustable from a 16" to 30" draw length and a draw weight range of 15 lbs all the way up to 70 lbs!

Remington 700 XCR Tactical Long Range Rifle Review

The Remington 700 by any definition is an American classic. Since its introduction there have been a myriad of variations of the 700 action based rifle and today Remington continues to produce a variety of 700's for hunters and rifle marksmen. For this review, we'll be taking a look at the Remington 700 XCR Tactical Long Range rifle in 300 Win Mag.

Bear Archery Anarchy Bow Review

For 2012, Bear Archery has released several new bows that we will be taking a look at over the next few months. For this upcoming year the Carnage, which we reviewed favorably before, is being supplanted by a new flagship bow that Bear has dubbed the Anarchy. The Anarchy shares some features in common with the Carnage but departs in some technology that is new for Bear this year. The riser design is similar to the Carnage although Bear has spent more time rounding out the holes in the riser and contouring it a bit more for 2012. The net result is that the Anarchy comes in about 5% lighter than the Carnage at 3.8 lbs, while maintaining a forgiving 7.25" brace height.

Savage Bear Hunter Rifle Review

Savage Firearms released a new version of its 16/116 model bolt action rifle this year called the Bear Hunter. Since we have favorably reviewed Savage guns in the past we thought we would take a look at this new offering for 2011. A few years ago we reviewed the Savage Weather Warrior with favorable results and the new Bear Hunter appears to be along the same lines as the Weather Warrior series.

Badlands 2200 Backpack Review

A good hunting pack can make the difference between a laborious but comfortable hike or a never-ending march of back agony. With the escalating amount of equipment that has been deemed "necessary" on a hunting expedition it's all the more important to pick a pack that can evenly carry the load especially if you're lucky enough to harvest game.

Cooper Firearms Model 54 Jackson Hunter Review

The firearms market of the 21st century has powerful manufacturers that got their start in the latter part of the 19th century. A lot has changed in firearm designs and manufacturing in this time, but the desire for superb accuracy still reigns as important today as it did in years gone by. Cooper Firearms of Montana, while a relatively young company, understands shooters desire for accuracy and since 1990 has built their company around producing highly accurate and aesthetically pleasing rifles.

Leupold Mark 4 Riflescope Review

Over the last few years the interest in higher power scopes with more durability has increased among hunters. Some hunters look to these scopes to improve visual clarity at longer ranges in order to increase the range at which they can consistently make a kill shot, while others want a more rugged scope that can take a few bumps and scrapes. For decades Leupold has developed their line of tactical Mark 4 scopes that offer both a rugged scope and optical superiority. For this review we'll be taking a look a the Mark 4 lineup of scopes along with a closer look at a Mark 4 LR/T 4.5-14x50mm Illuminated Mil-Dot scope.

Mossberg 4x4 Bolt Action Rifle Review

O.F. Mossberg and Sons, or simply Mossberg for short, is perhaps best known for their line of shotguns. The Mossberg 500 pump action shotgun, and shotguns derived from the 500, have reliably served hunters and the military since the 1960's. However Mossberg is more than just shotguns and in recent years has moved aggressively into the bolt action centerfire rifle market. For this review we will be taking a look at the 4x4 bolt-action rifle.

Otis Hardcore Hunter Cleaning System Review

It's not hard to round up a group of shooters to blast an afternoon away plinking. However given the same group, it can be expected that there will be few volunteers to spend any time cleaning up the firearms after the shooting and excitement is over. None-the-less, firearm cleaning is a critical part of firearm ownership and while boring, is necessary. The gun cleaning situation is compounded for hunters on the move; who wants to clean a gun after packing it around all day?

Nikon M-223 3-12X42 Riflescope Review
If you talk to an AR shooter, one of the first benefits that they will likely tout is that of all the cool AR-specific accessories that can be attached to the firearm. Some necessary, some novelty, but none more important than a quality scope. Nikon, long known for building quality optics for hunting has embraced the AR market with open arms and designed a riflescope, the M-223, specifically around the most popular AR cartridge, the .223 Rem./5.56mm NATO. With AR rifles being built for short and long range use, Nikon followed suit with a current offering of six different M-223 models to meet the consumers needs.
G5 Quest Primal Bow Review
Previously we looked at G5's Prime Centroid bow with favorable results. G5 is also the maker of the Quest brand of bows which has been gaining attention over the last few years with their lineup of compound bows. For this review we'll be taking a closer look at Quest's top-of-the-line Primal bow.
Push Button Cow Elk Call Review: Hoochie Mama and the Estrus Squeeze Me

If you're venturing into elk country and want to carry only one call, hands down the call to take is a cow call. Regardless of pre-rut, post-rut, rut, or no-rut a cow call is one of the best ways to at least stop a bull in its tracks and on a good day, call one in. If you're new to calling or just want a simple call, a few manufacturers offer push button, non-electronic calls. For this review we'll take a closer look at Wayne Carlton's Estrus Squeeze Me call and the Primos Hoochie Mama series of calls.

LimbSaver Proton Bow Review

The number of new bow manufacturers in the market has grown substantially over the last decade and an archer today has more bow choices than ever before. One of the new manufacturers in the market is LimbSaver, produced by Sims Vibration Laboratory (SVL). LimbSaver has been producing a few bows over the last few years and their new Proton has been getting more interest in the last year. We decided to take a closer look at the Proton and see what LimbSaver is up to.

G5 Prime Centroid Bow Review

At just a little over ten years in the industry, G5 has carved out a respectable corner of the archery market. From broadheads, to sights, to rests, to the Quest line of bows G5 produces a variety of products for today's archery. For 2011 G5 is introducing a premium line of bows under the Prime brand. Currently there are two bows under the Prime line: the Centroid and the Shift. For this review we will be taking a closer look at the Centroid.

Day 6 Outdoors PlotWatcher Review
The hunting market sure has changed. What was once a business dominated by only a few manufacturers offering a relatively small number of products has become just the opposite. Every year, countless new products are developed. Day Six Outdoors is a relatively new company in the trail camera market. I put their PlotWatcher Time-Lapse HD Video Camera to the test to find out if it truly was a different way to scout game and not just another fish in the sea of available trail cameras.
Bear Archery Charge Ready-to-Hunt (RTH) Bow Review
While Bear Archery got its start with traditional bows, today the company has expanded to compound bows offering a variety of modern configurations. For this review we are going to be taking a look at the Bear Charge in what they call a Ready-To-Hunt (RTH) package. The idea behind RTH is that the bow should be as close as possible to having everything you need to hit the field and start practicing. A packaged bow that comes with a variety of accessories used to be unheard of years ago, but over the last 7-10 years has become steadily more popular, especially with those just getting into bow hunting.
Browning X-Bolt Stainless Stalker Review

Browning has been producing bolt action center fire rifles since the introduction of the BBR in 1978. The BBR carried through until 1984 when it was replaced with the A-Bolt. Today the A-Bolt is still in production, but in 2008 Browning introduced its new X-Bolt line of hunting rifles.

The X-Bolt lineup has steadily been growing since its introduction and we decided to take a look at the Stainless Stalker variation in 270WSM. The Stainless Stalker is offered in three different action lengths and a variety of cartridges.