Wednesday, September 30, 2015

20 MM Vulcan Bullet Bottle Opener Review

Those of you who follow along may remember a review I did a while ago of a .50 caliber bottle opener, which you can read here. I thought it was such an awesome idea and still is one of my favorite things to show off whenever possible. Well recently I was contacted by them recently asking if I would do another review of their new line up of bottle openers. I thought to myself, how could they have improved on a decommissioned round turned into a bottle opener? Well they went bigger. They sent a .20 MM Vulcan cannon round bottle opener!

20 mm Vulcan Bottle Opener

I thought the .50 caliber was impressive, but the .20 mm vulcan cannon round is definitely a head turner. This bottle opener is really big. Then to top off the fact that it is a lot bigger, you can get this one engraved which makes it perfect for giving this as a gift. You can get up to 25 characters on the bottle opener in the .20 mm vulcan cannon round. Here are the different fonts you can chose from on their website:

Here is the description from Lucky Shot as well:

A real, demilitarized recycled, 20MM Vulcan shell casing made into a really big bottle opener. The aluminum projectiles are expertly milled to exacting specifications. If you own a 50 Caliber Bullet Bottle Opener then you'll erally love this cannon round turned bottle opener. Almost 3 times the size of a 50 cal. opener, the 20MM Opener can get any party started and makes a great conversation piece. Also see our 20MM Vulcan Cannon Round Beer Tap handles.

Here is a side by side comparison and as you can tell I had to hold the camera back a little further to get the .20 mm vulcan in the shot. Also, I over used filters back then so don't mind the different colored hands. The cannon round is massive and is bound to turn heads at home, camping, or wherever you decide to take it. It also works great on any size of bottle so don't think that just because it's bigger that your bottle may be too small. This will make quick work of taking the top off whatever you're drinking.

20 mm bullet bottle opener
.20 MM Vulcan Round
Real Bullet Bottle Opener
.50 Caliber Round

 I was impressed with the .50 caliber and thought that it was pretty sweet. When the .20 mm vuclan came in the mail, I couldn't help but just think how awesome this is. I have shown several of my friends and they all have the same impression. Everyone of them just get wide eyed and say, "wow!"

Bullet Bottle Opener .20 mm

Be sure to check out their website and all that they offer. They have some really neat stuff over at Lucky Shot that includes bullet key chains, jewelry, military gifts, graduation gifts, all of which are bullet themed and will not leave you disappointed.

Website:   Lucky Shot

As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion, I received the Real Bullet .20 MM Vulcan Bottle Opener free of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by or associated with Lucky Shot and accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review.  My independent status may change in the future but, as of the date of publication, no relationship other than described above has been pursued or established.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Rocky Broadhead Boots - Gear Review

Broadhead Boot

One way to end a hunt early is to have unhappy feet. If your feet aren't happy, you aren't happy. There is nothing like hiking into the backcountry and getting blisters or getting your feet wet. For me, making sure you have the proper boot for the terrain you are hunting is one of the most important things to do. You will be able to stay out hunting longer and actually enjoy the hunt rather than ending a hunt early.

I recently was in search of a new pair of hunting boots and I have always been a fan of the brand Rocky for boots. My last pair of hunting boots were the Rocky Lynx and they were my favorite pair of boots. So when I started talking to Rocky Brand and they asked if I would review their Broadhead Boots, I was pretty excited to say the least.

First lets start off with what they tell you on the website about these boots:

  • EVA footbed
  • Guaranteed Rocky® Waterproof construction
  • 400 Grams of 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation
  • Rubber EVA Outsole
  • Cement Construction
  • Ripstop Upper
  • Moisture Management Lining
  • 8 Inches in Height
  • Each Boot Weighs 22.75 oz

Here is a little more description from the website about some of the features:

Rocky® Waterproof construction fuses a waterproof inner layer to the shoe upper providing a barrier that keeps water out. The waterproofing lines the entire boot, ensuring complete protection.

Traditional insulation - typically felt or polyfill material offers a thermal barrier without the added benefits of premium insulations

The moisture management lining does exactly as it implies; it manages moisture to help prevent your feet from sweating. It's a good feature to have because your feet will stay warm during those long hours of hunting.
Rocky Broadhead Boot
Waterproof Broadhead Boot

My Take


The first thing I noticed about these Broadhead Boots were the weight. I was very surprised at how lightweight they were. I am more of a spot and stalk type of hunter so I put some ground under my feet when I hunt. As I wore them on several outings, I sometimes forgot that I had boots on because they felt like I was wearing just a pair of shoes. They are very lightweight for a rugged hunting boot. For me I like a lighter boot to keep me from fatiguing faster than what I need. So when I saw that these only weighed 22.75 oz per boot I was happy. 

Rocky Broadhead Boot Review


When I laced the boots up for the first time I couldn't believe how comfortable they were. I felt like I didn't have to wait for the boots to be broken in. The boots are very comfortable right out of the box. This is a huge plus. Buying a new pair of boots and waiting for them to break in to see if you truly do like them can be a little nerve-racking, but I didn't feel that way at all with these boots.

Moisture Control

I have been wearing the Broadhead boots here in the Missouri heat and humidity and that definitely has put them to the test. I did get the 400g insulated boot and wearing them in 90+ degree weather and 75-80 percent humidity put the moisture management to the test. My feet did get sweaty while hiking around in the heat, but I must say that I have worn other boots on similar trips and felt like I had to take my boots off and stick them in the river to cool down. The Broadhead boots never felt that way to me at all since I have been wearing them. So my feet did sweat but it was an improvement from other boots.


I tested the waterproof construction of the Broadhead boot several times. We all know that we won't obviously be standing in water all day while we hunt, but I wanted to see how these held up while getting wet. So I took to the river. During the hot summer days, I would go fishing and stand in the water with the boots just to see how long the waterproofing would last. I have had boots before that said they were waterproof and then after getting them wet a few times the waterproof material would fail.

Broadhead Boots in Water

After standing in the water on several occasions, my feet never got wet and continue to stay dry with each trip I take them out on. For waterproof boots I usually tend to stay with GORE-TEX® which Rocky Brands do use in a lot of their boots. The Broadhead boots uses Rocky® Waterproof construction which has done a phenomenal job so far. 


The tread on the Broadhead boots is pretty cool if you ask me. It is very rugged and seemed to maintain traction very well and held up against some pretty rocky and muddy terrain. I did have a little bit of slipping occuring on some rocks after they were freshly wet just one time. I figured it had to do with the rubber being pretty new. It was only in one location so I wasn't concerned about it at all. 

Rocky Boots Broadhead  

The tread has broadhead shapes on the bottom, so if you are hiking around the mountains and you see footprints like the ones below, you'll know that someone has a pair of quality hunting boots. 

The Price

The Broadhead boots retail for $164.99 which is a pretty good bargain. I have been wearing these boots for a while now and I can attest to the fact that they will last a long time. I do know that Rocky does offer a 1 year warranty against any manufacture defect. For a high quality boot that is this light on your feet at that price is a must check out on your search for new boots. 


Overall I would have to say that these boots have been nothing but awesome for me. I really feel like the comfort, lightweight, and quality of these boots have met my expectations. I would definitely put these near the top of your list if you are checking out a new pair of boots. They will not disappoint you. 

Be sure to follow Rocky on Social Media:

Twitter: @RockyGear 
Instagram: @RockyBoot

As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion, I received the Rocky Broadhead Boots free of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by Rocky Gear and accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review.  My independent status may change in the future.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BEX Sunglasses Review

BEX Sunglasses

I was given the opportunity to try out a pair of BEX Sunglasses. Now I know you may ask yourself why I would review sunglasses on a hunting blog and to you I would just have to say one thing; bowfishing. I walk the bank of the river or lake that I'm bowfhishing and seeing the fish sooner is key while bowfishing this way. The best lens to use while bowfishing, or fishing in general, is a polarized lens. This helps eliminate the reflection on the water allowing you to see beneath the surface and finding fish quicker.

ARSTYK II Sunglasses
Lightweight Performance SunglassesLightweight Sunglasses from BEX

When I opened the box and saw the pair of BEX Sunglasses, I was amazed at how light-weight they were. I tested out the ARSTYK II style of shades which are made of lightweight nylon polymer which allows for outstanding durability and flexibility. BEX has a whole line up of lightweight performance sunglasses made with either nylon or titanium. I know the big hype these days are minimalist and lightweight but with how lightweight these sunglasses are, it feels like they aren't even there.

Missouri Grass Carp Bowfishing
BEX Sunglasses and Hat

I have been wearing these for awhile now and I can say that I have been very pleased with them. I have always had problems with sunglasses sliding down my face as I'm looking into the water with the sweat from the heat of the day. With this pair of sunglasses though I have very minimal slippage and they stay on my face. My wife has even taken them on her runs in the morning because they are so lightweight and they stay on her face.

They have now upgraded a little and the latest model is the ARSTYK III and this is the information from their website about them:
  • Hinge: Reinforced nylon with stainless steel pin.
  • Bridge: Nylon saddle bridge with comfort fit non-slip replaceable nose pads.
  • Frame:  Rimless sunglass featuring performance nylon bridge and temples.
  • Shape:  A mid-size rounded rectangular lens with generous coverage against the elements. Complimentary to a variety of face shapes.
  • Lens:  Available in Live Grey or Vibrant Brown BEX NYPO™ polarized lens with optical clarity. UVA, UVB, UVC and Blue Light protection.

Overall I would say that I was extremely pleased with these glasses. Will they make you a better fisherman or bowfisherman? No, but they are comfortable, lightweight, durable, and they stay on your face. They have some other great looking pairs of sunglasses as well as some great looking apparel. My advice, go check them out if you are wanting a new pair of sunglasses and you won't be disappointed.


Facebook: BEX Sunglasses

Twitter: @Bexsunglasses

Instagram: bexsunglasses

As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion, I received BEX Sunglasses free of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by BEX Sunglasses and accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review.  My independent status may change in the future.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Father's Day Gift Ideas

With Father's Day coming up, I wanted to put together a list of some gift ideas that I feel anyone that loves the outdoors would enjoy getting. So if you are having troubles coming up with some gift ideas for your dad, or you women who are struggling with what to get your husband, here are some great ideas. These would be great for any dad that loves the outdoors


It doesn't matter if you hunt, fish, or just like to hike this is a valuable tool. You have options of either purchasing the chip to go in your GPS device or you can buy the app so you can have it on your phone or tablet. OnXMaps shows you landowner information that is valuable when scouting new areas for your adventures so you can gain access or just avoid a hefty trespassing fine.

Hunting GPS Maps chip for Idaho
Idaho Hunting GPS Maps Chip

The chip will run you around $99 which is a micro SD card that you slide into your Garmin device. As land ownership changes throughout the years, they will send you an email letting you know when your chip has been updated so you can get the updated information on your SD card.

onxmaps appOnXMaps AppLayers of the OnXMaps App

The App costs $29 and you can install it on multiple devices. I have the app on my phone and tablet and it syncs across the devices. I can scout on my phone for new areas, save it, and see the same information on my tablet. I know what you are thinking though, "I don't have service where I hunt, fish, or hike so how can I see the maps?" You can cache the maps so that when you are out of cell phone service, you can still have your maps with all the information right at your fingertips.

Go check it out and they also have some great looking apparel too!


Water is essential when you are outdoors. Hydration bladders help keep you hydrated and keep you going. What I like about Geigerrig Bladders is that they are pressurized so you don't have to suck the water out of the tube. The bladder fits just like any other bladder in your pack, but with one extra tube to pressurize the bladder. Also, the bladder is extremely easy to clean. You can turn it inside out, put it in the dishwasher, and flip it right side out again. This is ingenious. They also sell an in-line water filter so that you can fill up the bladder in the field if you run out. They are tough as nails too. When you visit their website, be sure to watch their torture tests of their bladders, you won't be disappointed.

The 2 Litre bladder runs online at $48 and the 3 Litre comes in at $49. Overall with the durability of these bladders and the fact that you don't have to suck from a small tube after huffing and puffing up the mountain is the key. You can see in the picture that I used the bladder to fill my little pot to boil water for lunch. Also the picture of just the bladder has the in-line water filter on as well. These are very easy to use and very valuable. Now your dad won't suck!

Full Curl Brand

An awesome new outdoor lifestyle company called Full Curl Brand is dishing out some great looking clothing. Now they aren't just men's clothing either so you ladies that are buying for your husband or dad, you can pick you up something as well. I kept a close eye on these guys and I am impressed with their design and quality of gear. 

These shirts and hats are awesome! They have a great design that captures the love of the outdoors. They are a new company and are coming out with some great designs so definitely keep these guys on your radar for some great apparel.


This is another great apparel company, especially if dad loves to fish is Rep Your Water. This is a great way to sport some great gear that represents your state that you live in or are from. I have the Native Cutthroat hat and it is one of my favorite hats to wear. They also have some awesome looking shirts. Again this is another great idea for someone who loves to fish!

Rep Your Water Brand Shirt
Native Cutthroat Hat from Rep Your Water

Idaho fishing Hat RepYourWater
RepYourWater Fish Hat

Plus, the company helps by donating to different organizations that support fishing conservation like Colorado Trout Unlimited, Wyoming Trout Unlimited, Wild Steelhead Coalition, The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, and the Alaska, Utah, and Montana Chapters of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. That's the coolest part, you get awesome gear and your helping with conservation!

Bex Sunglasses

Everyone loves a good pair of sunglasses. That's where Bex sets the new standard! Bex sunglasses are amazing. They have a style for just about anyone. The pair I have (the ARSTYK II) are extremely lightweight and polarized which is great for fishing and bowfishing.

Bex ARSTYK II SunglassesARSTYK II from BEX

Be sure you go check them out. They have a style of sunglasses for anyone and they have some sweet hats, shirts, and jackets. These are some great everyday sunglasses that are extremely lightweight and very durable. They cut the glare of the water and you don't even notice they are there. They fit snug on your head and don't fall off! They also have apparel which is just as awesome!  

The GunBox

I recently reviewed The GunBox on my blog and I must say, this is a must for every home. I think this is an all around great product and great safe that you can store your firearms or any valuable items you can fit in it. It is a great product that safely stores your firearms or valuables that can only be opened by programming a fingerprint or RFID bracelet or ring.

The GunBox Safe

Be sure to go and check out my review of The GunBox, and right now for Father's Day they are running a special. You can take 10% off your entire order plus you get free shipping! Check out their Facebook Page for the code to get the free shipping and 10% off your entire order!

MINOX Hunting Optics

What man doesn't like new optics. Whether it is a rifle scope or binoculars, MINOX has you covered. These are some amazing pieces of work and some quality glass. The clarity and durability of these optics are among the top. They have a great warranty and are extremely durable.

MINOX BinocularsMINOX Spotting Scope

These are some of the best optics I have looked through. These are German made and are just flat out amazing. Again feel free to read my thoughts on the MINOX hunting optics and be sure to check them out. They also make trail cameras that are small and compact yet are capable of some outstanding images and videos.

These are some of my ideas. I have plenty more from several other great companies but list list was already getting very long and wordy. But feel free to share your Father's Day gift ideas as well!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tip for Beginning Female Bowhunters - Holibeth Helton

After my interview with Haley Heath, I realized even more how difficult it might be for female bowhunters to get started. I never really thought about it since my wife doesn't hunt, but I asked my friend Holibeth Helton if she wouldn't mind sharing some tips for beginning female bowhunters.  So read on and feel free to chime in on your thoughts or if you have additional tips! You can follow Holibeth on Twitter and on Facebook.

Female Bowhunter Tips

The number of women participating in the sport of hunting is increasing exponentially every year. It’s a decision that, if taken seriously enough, could change your life forever. Entering the industry as a female can be a little intimidating, but nothing you can’t conquer. Maybe you have hunted for years, but now you are considering becoming a bowhunter. Either way, there are a couple of tips I believe can help you seamlessly enter or transition into the bowhunting world.

Get Your Own Equipment

Hoyt ArcheryIf you are serious about bowhunting, there is nothing more important than having a bow that fits YOU! I've known several females that quit before they even start because their boyfriend/husband/etc. let them try their bow. We’re not built like a male, and ours bows should reflect that accordingly. Typically, our draw length is shorter and our draw weight lighter. There’s nothing wrong with this, but starting out on a bow setup for a male will most likely result in a bad experience. You could pull a muscle, tire out within very few shots by drawing too much weight, or slap your arm with the string because of the draw length not fitting. That’s painful, trust me! You don’t have to go out and buy a top of the line bow, but get something that will fit you and your preferences. My suggestion is to start with an adjustable bow—one that the draw weight can range anywhere from 15-70 lbs. You may need to start out drawing a low weight but the more you practice, the faster it will increase and you want a bow that can keep up with you.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Female Archery HoytArchery in general is a skill, not a talent. Very few pick up a bow for the first time and shoot tight groups at 50 yards. You have to work unfailingly in order to improve. It takes dedication and constructive criticism. After you get your bow sighted in, my suggestion would be to start at 10 to 15 yards. Just get comfortable holding the bow and shooting it. Don’t worry about where you hit, that will come naturally once you get your form and anchor points down. Some people start out with a kisser button, or a knot in the string. This provides a solid anchor point so when you draw your bow back you know exactly where to place it in order to shoot consistently. Also, don’t grip the handle tight. Instead, loosen your grip and allow the bow to roll naturally through the shot. Take advantage of your local archery shop. They have the knowledge and expertise to help you one-on-one with your form and shot. Don’t worry about making mistakes, even the professional archers started exactly how you are right now. The old saying “practice makes perfect” holds true. The more you practice and allow constructive criticism from those more experienced, the strides of improvement will come accordingly.

Learn to be a Duck

Hoyt Bowhunter Holibeth HeltonThis is possibly the hardest, yet most important lesson I've learned through my experience as a female bowhunter—you must learn to let negativity and criticism roll off your back. Not to try to scare you from this journey but you will more than likely be judged, critiqued, and harassed along the way. Anytime a female enters into a predominately male sport, there will be “haters”. Some just don’t understand that we are in it for the very same reason they are. We aren't here to “just look pretty”, “take selfies”, and “just go along for the hunt”. We are hunters—gender should play no role in prejudging our dedication and motivation. We are not afraid to pull our own weight. But, luckily, for every one “hater” you will find there are at least twenty others who are supportive. It’s an amazing industry to be a part of. The level of support available and knowledge base to pull from is second to none. So just remember, when those few individuals do critique and judge you it’s simply because they feel threatened. Let it go, like water off a duck’s back.

Being a female bowhunter is a rewarding experience, as hunting is in general. For those just entering the hunting world, be prepared for a journey that will change you forever. There’s nothing more rewarding than entering the woods and coming home to put organic, nutritious food on the table for your family. It’s an experience that simply cannot be put into words. Bonds are created through hunting that will last a lifetime.

Welcome to the bowhunting world and enjoy!