Recent Hunting Gear Reviews

IMR 8208 XBR Powder Review
IMR and Hodgdon have introduced a new powder especially for the 223 and 308, which due to its consistency will produce exceptional accuracy. Chris Hodgdon from the Hodgdon powder company was kind enough to send me a sample for testing and evaluation. The new powder was made available and started shipping in January 2010. The Hodgdon Powder Company owns IMR powders and produces their line. For this review we are going to test the new IMR 8208 XBR powder.
Rhino Labs Evolution XP1 Blind Review
My expectations were simple enough - I needed a blind with plenty of room, plenty of shooting windows, made from a durable fabric, at an affordable price. That wasn't asking too much, was it? In all honesty, I was really looking hard at the Primos Double Bull Dark Horse, but I just couldn't get past the $400+ price tag. That's when, while walking the aisles at the NWTF National Convention, I came across a brand new blind by Rhino Laboratories called the Evolution XP-1. Note: This review includes a video, let us know what you think!
2010 SHOT Show Review
Sensory overload times infinity. That's one way to describe the National Shooting Sports Foundation's (NSSF) annual Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show). I was first immersed in the SHOT show culture 12 years ago. First impressions last a lifetime and I'll never forget mine. The sheer magnitude of the show left me in awe. As a member of the outdoor media, I along with tens of thousands of others migrate to SHOT each year. Here are some of the highlights.
Nikon Monarch Rifle Scope Review
Nikon has been in the optics market for a long time, and is best known for their camera and non-hunting optics business. However over the last decade, Nikon has been progressively making a push into the hunting and sporting optics market. Today, Nikon manufactures a variety of binoculars, spotting scopes, rangefinders, and rifle scopes specifically for the hunting market. Chances are good that you or a hunter you know has tried out one of Nikon's products. For this review we are going to take a look at the Monarch series of rifle scopes.
Savage Accustock Weather Warrior Review
Savage firearms has a history like most iconic American firearms manufacturers. Unique inventions, wide production, service in the world wars, collectible classics (the model 99) and an unwavering service to firearms enthusiasts. However much of the last decade, Savage has been about innovation.
The Woods Rifle
The term "Woods Rifle" will, more than likely, mean different things to different hunters. My definition is a compact and portable rifle, used in thick cover most commonly found in typical whitetail habitat, east of the Mississippi. Of course, it's also a rifle capable, in proper calibers, of also hunting blacktails, mule deer, elk, bear, moose and hogs in any kind of thick cover where they might be found. Perhaps the eastern U.S. has the most identifiable and common scenarios for that type of rifle in much of the whitetail's, wild hog's and black bear's home grounds, however.
Sightron Optics Review: Riflescope & Binocular
I'd seen this company's name in a few places but never having had a chance to look at their products, I arranged the loan of a Sightron SIII 10X42 binocular and a Sightron SII Big Sky 3.5-10X42 riflescope. When they finally arrived, initial impressions were good. Both items looked and felt like well-crafted products and the literature with each, promised Sightron would provide a lifetime guarantee, saying, "We wouldn't expect you to trust our products, if we didn't believe in them ourselves." I wish all companies had a philosophy like that.
Primos Double Bull Dark Horse Ground Blind Review
When Double Bull Archery introduced their T5 blind in 2002, I cringed at the $500 price tag but eventually bit the bullet and shelled out the money to purchase one. Most blinds on the market at the time were noisy, shiny and cheaply made. The T5 seemed to take a different approach and answered the desires of hunters willing to pay for a quality product that would perform well. Since then, I have put my T5 through a variety of punishing hunting situations and weather conditions that would have left most blinds in a heap of shredded material and bent rods but the T5 still looks almost as good as the day I got it and has performed flawlessly.
Muzzleloader Sabot & Bullet Combos That Don't Come Packaged
Finding that just right combination of a specific powder...charge...sabot...bullet... and the primer used for ignition that shoots the absolute best from one of today's hot modern in-line ignition rifles can take a great deal of experimenting. This is especially true for the shooter who is looking to achieve top end velocity with great accuracy and tremendous big game knockdown power.
T/C Triumph Bone Collector Muzzleloader Review
Mike Waddell says Thompson Center's new .50 Cal. Triumph Bone Collector is, "the baddest muzzleloader in the land!" I've gotta say, when I hear claims like this, I have to see for myself what all the fuss is about. So I picked one up and headed to the range. It's no secret, New Hampshire-based Thompson/Center Arms has taken the firearms market by storm in recent years. Born in 1965, T/C has been around for over four decades and, many believe they now make some of the finest firearms in the world today.
3 Great Choices for Your Child's First Firearm
When introducing a kid to hunting, one of the most important elements to ensuring their success and enjoyment is providing them with the proper equipment - specifically the gun that they use. At a minimum, the child should be able to handle the gun safely, shoulder it properly, and of course shoot it without taking off a shoulder or knocking them down! The last thing you want to do is start a kid out with them too much gun or a gun that doesn't fit properly and cause them to become "gun shy." In this article we review the Keystone Arms Crickett .22LR, New England Firearms Single Shot .243 and Mossberg 500 Super Bantam 20 Gauge Shotgun.
ShadowShield Predator Blind Review
I began hunting in the 1980's and camouflage choices basically consisted of military camo or the original Treebark® pattern. Although both helped in certain situations, I spent many hours in the woods thinking about how to hide better. The trees, the forest floor and the brush piles all had their own unique colors. The idea of having to be right next to a tree to blend in was too limiting. Recently I was introduced to The ShadowShield, a line of portable, mirrored blinds. I was excited to find out if it worked as good as it sounded.
Alpen Optics Review: Products Worth Looking Into
Alpen Optics, a company that promises quality, value and performance from their optical products. Today to a value conscious and informed consumer, putting those three words together and having them all be true seems a bit far fetched, but Alpen has done it. Based on all the product awards they have been winning from national outdoor magazines, I'm not alone in my thinking. What you are about to read in this review details my first contact with Alpen products and my initial thoughts about them, and explains why this outdoorsman/outdoor writer with over forty years in the field has replaced "all" of his high priced more advertised optics with Alpen products.
Sierra Bullets Review
Sierra started making bullets in 1947 in a Quonset hut in California. They stayed there until 1990 when they moved to Sedalia Missouri. In the last 60 years their line of bullets has expanded dramatically and continues to do so. They also produce a very helpful manual which a reloader would do well to obtain and read. It has over 1100 pages of information that every reloader needs. There is information for every level of reloaders. Sierra bullets have always bragged on their accuracy and for the most part I can verify that claim.
Cuddeback Capture Digital Scouting Camera Review
The technology of monitoring game trails has progressed rapidly since man first decided he needed to know what time his prey walked down a specific path. The 35 mm versions have all but disappeared with the explosion of the digital age and manufacturers have been scampering to get a piece of the market ever since. Cuddeback has always been a leader in the digital market and their new Capture model trail camera proves that they are continuing to produce quality products.
Garmin Colorado 400t GPS Review
Whether you are locating treestands, hunting the backcountry or finding your way out of an unfamiliar area, the GPS revolution has made life much easier for big game hunters. Each year, GPS manufacturers add a number of features that are quickly adopted by those that spend a great deal of their time in the woods. Garmin has long been a leader in GPS technology and the Colorado 400t leaves little doubt that they are continuing to set the bar very high.
Top 5 New Products for Turkey Hunters
It wasn't too many years back, that outdoor product manufacturers focused most of their attention towards deer hunters. Somewhere along the road, the turkey hunting craze took off and brought a sudden interest by manufacturers. Nowadays, turkey hunters anticipate a vast array of "new" products each spring. Many of these turn out to be improvements on old products, but hidden among the mix are some new, innovative ideas that really make some aspect of a turkey hunter's life easier. This year, the following five products really stood out as forerunners in the world of innovation.
Fieldline Glenwood Canyon Pack Review
Let's face it - today's hunters carry more "stuff." From binoculars to spotting scopes, rangefinders to GPSs, extra clothes, food and drink, and calls for every occasion. In order to keep all this gear organized and still easily accessible, every hunter needs a good backpack. While some of us can get everything we need into just a small daypack, others of us need something with a little more storage room. If you're like me and fit into the latter category, then you may want to give Fieldline's Glenwood Canyon internal frame backpack a look.
Leupold Golden Ring Switch Power Binocular Review
Binoculars are one of those critical tools that have not changed significantly over the last hundred years. Gains have been made in optical clarity and light transmission, but the basic function of the binocular has remained the same over the years. Leupold's switch power design is one of those simple changes that will alter how you think about and use binoculars.
Hunting With Crimson Trace Laser Grips
Although laser grips have been out for some years, I never had an interest in them. My feelings were that they took the place of practice, which is never a good thing. Anyone who is serious about self defense for themselves and their family should practice and have all qualified members of the family, do the same. They are advertised as a sighting system for self defense guns. Admittedly I am old fashioned and any battery operated gadgets on a gun, I look at with a dubious eye.