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! 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Interview with Haley Heath

Women of Weatherby Haley Heath

I recently had the chance to chat with Haley Heath who is the host of Yeti's Ultimate Hunt and one of the women on the new Women of Weatherby. Haley has a strong passion for the outdoors and hunting. But the thing she has the most passion for is her family. As I struggle to find time to balance between family and hunting I thought it would be a great experience to hear from Haley who is a mother, a wife, and a face for women in the outdoors.

- What made you decide to pursue a career in the hunting industry?

I actually didn't pursue this career it was just fate! At the time I owned two restaurants and had a toddler but I was entered into a contest on ESPN2 and was chosen out of thousands of applications! Although my way into the industry was a little different, I've been hunting my entire life and I've had the passion of introducing the outdoors to young girls and now women and families to the outdoors. It's always been my passion to get more females in the outdoors, now I have the platform to actually do that! Im truly blessed that it worked the way it did and now I've been able to raise my children in an industry that I love and they are just as passionate about taking their friends and helping others!

- Since doing this professionally, has it stolen some of the joys of the hunt?

I am blessed to do something that is my passion as my career. I am a hunter that happens to have a camera crew document all of my highs and lows in the field and sometimes out of the field! I'm just like any other hunter out there, I have success, I miss, and there are times I don't see an animal the entire week of hunting. At no point have I ever felt that doing this as a profession has taken the joy out of my hunts, instead I'm glad they are there with me, making memories and capturing it to share with a National audience. There have been a few adjustments like waiting until they have footage before I shoot or not enough camera light and I don't get my trophy but that just comes with the territory!

- What do you enjoy most about your hunting career?

Everything!! I truly enjoy taking my kids all over North America hunting with me and I love all the people I get meet. Hearing the success stories and how I've encouraged others to get in the outdoors is what keeps me going! I feel so blessed to have this as my job and although it's not easy by any means, it's my calling!

- What is the biggest challenge being a female in this industry?

Probably the biggest struggle about being a female in the industry is getting people and companies to understand that I don't want pink! I'm so thankful for the companies like Weatherby that take me serious as a hunter and see that I need products that are just as good as those made for men but made to fit a woman! 

- What is your favorite animal to hunt and why?

Elk is my favorite animal to hunt although whitetail will always be right at the top! There is something about a majestic bull elk coming within a few yards of you and bugling that rattles me to the core! However, hunting whitetails every Fall is what I love forward to most because it's hunting Whitetails where I get to sit in the woods with my husband and kids for hours on end year to year!

- Everyone has a bucket list hunt, what is your bucket list hunt? 

I actually just had my two top bucket list hunts this past year! Moose and anything in Hawaii were at the top and they were both amazing hunts!! Now my next bucket list is watching my kids get their dream animals.

- What is your favorite rifle and caliber?

My answer will mostly change a little by the time you ask me this question next year because the Women of Weatherby is building a rifle for women by women that will be unveiled January 2016! Although my answer may have another at the top next year, the Weatherby .270 packs a punch like no other .270 I've ever shot and I've completely falling in love with it! Not only is it the hardest hitting and most accurate rifle I've ever shot but the wood on both the Mark V and Vanguard is incredible and they are rifles that hopefully will be passed down for generations. 

- What is your current archery setup? 

I'm still shooting my Bear Homewrecker. I love all of my Bear bows but this one I have a hard time putting down! And the whole thing is decked out in TRUGLO and Apex accessories. 

- With the industry booming with women interested in hunting, what advice would you give to those who are just starting?

Don't be afraid to ask questions and if you feel more comfortable asking a woman then please feel free to join me and the team of women I'm working with on
This program is dedicated in helping all female hunters and shooters from novice to expert.

- Which hunt are you looking forward to the most in 2015?

I haven't finalized all my hunts for the fall but I'm really looking forward to a turkey hunt I have coming up with Women of Weatherby in OK!

- How do you balance being a wife, mother, and your hunting career?

Being a wife and mama will always be first in my life so with that I schedule as much as possible around them. When the kids were younger I had an agreement with the school and they would just go with us but now that they are older I try not to take them out as much.  During the Fall it gets tricky and I hunt but I try to still make all the school and sports functions too! It's all about priorities. Luckily, with all my job commitments they all understand and work well with me.


Haley Heath family hunt

Thanks to Haley for taking the time to answer these questions and be sure to follow her on her social media like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Haley shares this her passion with her family much like we all do. The best part about getting to interview Haley is realizing how down to earth she is and also how willing she is to be helping others in this industry. Be sure to give her a follow!

Friday, March 20, 2015

The GunBox - Gear Review

The GunBox Review

My brother had the opportunity to review The GunBox a while ago, and as soon as he pulled it out of the package that's all I heard about. He told me how it worked and sent me links to the website as well as videos of the product and all of its features. I couldn't help but be intrigued by the design and the concept of this futuristic looking gun safe. If you are a hunter or just have a firearm in the house, you want it to be safely stored but quickly accessible.

I grew up around guns and I am comfortable having them in the home. It took my wife a little while to get use to having guns in the home. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but trying to see eye to eye on gun safety and storage can be hard. When we lived in Idaho we lived in a small enough town with a low crime rate that we never really worried. We then moved out to Missouri this last year to go to grad school. While we are in a good area out here near St. Louis, this is definitely the biggest city we have lived in. We aren't paranoid but we are more aware of the increase of possible break-ins. 

I have two little boys that are ages 5 and 2. Their protection and safety is my number one concern and there in lies the problem for storing a firearm. Storing a firearm in the house that is easily accessible but safely away from curious little rugrats can be a challenge. That's where The GunBox comes into the equation.

When I received The GunBox RFID + Biometric model I immediately noticed the sleek design and the light weight. This was very light but I could tell it was very durable. There are many great features of the product but here are the specifications from the website:

  • 360 Biometric fingerprint scanner (holds multiple fingerprints)
  • RFID scanner
  • Aircraft strength aluminum alloy shell
  • Internal motion/vibration sensor with audible alarm
  • Sleek wristband for quick access
  • 2 USB ports for charging devices or connecting accessories
  • Battery backup with shut off switch
  • Mounting holes to allow for mounting in nearly any orientation
  • Kensington lock port (lock and cable not included)
  • Outside Measurements: 11.6" Wide x 10.0" Tall x 2.7" Deep
  • Inside Measurements: 8.9" Wide x 6.5" Tall x 1.5" Deep

Inside the GunBox gun safe

The biggest thing that makes this product worth every penny in my opinion is the fingerprint scanner. This feature allows me to scan my fingerprint to open the The GunBox, but not just one fingerprint but multiple fingerprints. That way if I am in a hurry I don't have to try and remember what hand I used or which finger. It also allows me to use my wife's fingerprints so that if I am not home and she needs access, she can do the same thing. The GunBox also comes with a bracelet that is programmed to open the safe as well. This makes it easier to open because all you have to do is place the bracelet over the GunBox and it will open. Now I understand that this may be a concern for a lot of people, but the people over at GunBox are experts on safety and already had a plan. You can also program the safe to open with a wave of the bracelet PLUS a fingerprint. That way your kids don't get a hold of the bracelet and open the safe on accident.
GunBox Bracelet

Open the GunBox

That also ensures that if we have a sitter for our children while we are away, they can't access the firearm as well as our children. I set The GunBox out and let my children try over and over to open it but of course it was impossible. This was a big reassurance for my wife to see how we could safely store a firearm in the house where it can be easily accessible without worry.

GunBox with handgun

The GunBox is a perfect size to hold my Smith & Wesson SD 40 with room to spare. The inside is lined with a neoprene type material that helps keep the firearm secure while also protecting it from getting scratched. As you can see in the picture above, it easily fits my firearm with room for the extra magazine. The safe is perfect for anyone trying to figure out how to safely store a firearm in the home without worrying if your kids will have access to it.

The GunBox has a lot of bells and whistles that I could go on and on about. Like I mentioned above, it has an alarm on it so if someone tries to move the safe from it's location the alarm will constantly sound. I thought about turning it on but with where I was storing the safe, I knew my kids would be grabbing it and moving it, so I didn't want the alarm to constantly sound.

The safe has a power cord and also has USB ports so if this is on your desk or somewhere in the open, you can easily charge your phone or other devices with a USB port. Now when the power goes out, the safe has a Lithium Polymer battery that will last 3 days when the switch on the bottom is turned off, and last 8 hours with the switch turned on. On the rare occasion that the safe won't open due to electronic failure or if the power has been out for several days, there is a safety screw on the bottom of the unit that can be removed with the Allen wrench that is provided.

Overall, this is the best safe that I have seen and been able to test. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who owns a handgun that wants to safely store them in an easily accessible area. This is a very versatile safe that gives you so many options on where to sore your handgun. It is very sleek looking with futuristic feel.

Go check out their products and all that they offer. I promise you won't be disappointed. They have a variety of safes that are bound to fit your needs. Visit their website and follow them on Facebook and on Twitter

If you want to know how tough and durable the safe is, check out this video from Vickers Tactical

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

Friday, November 7, 2014

Jerky Dynasty - Review

I recently had the opportunity to review the sample pack of jerky from Jerky Dynasty. Jerky is the perfect snack and some of the best jerky is that from wild game. Jerky Dynasty has plenty of choices to choose from and you will not be disappointed. They have your typical elk and deer jerky but they also have a wide variety of exotic jerky as well. If you haven’t expanded your jerky tasting experience and tried alligator, ostrich, or kangaroo; you have to check these guys out. 

Exotic Jerky from Jerky Dynasty

I was excited to give these different types of jerky a try. The folks at Jerky Dynasty know what they are doing. I had never tried some of these types of jerky and was excited to give them a shot. There wasn’t one that I was disappointed in at all. If I had to choose an favorite, I would have to say that the best one was hickory smoked elk. I am biased to elk jerky because it is my favorite. I had never tried ostrich or kangaroo but they were amazing as well. 

My top three would have to be hickory smoked elk, buffalo, and the kangaroo. You have to check these guys out. Be sure to give them a follow on Twitter @JerkyDynasty and Facebook  and let them know I sent you!
The quality of jerky was fantastic. The jerky itself is not overly dry or tough. This is definitely some very great quality jerky from a very impressive company. These would make great stocking stuffers for the upcoming Christmas season so be sure to go check Jerky Dynasty out and give them a follow on twitter. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Reel Bullet Fishing Lures Review

I have had the opportunity to review some great products from Reel Bullet and they never fail to amaze me. I was given the chance to review their latest product made from real bullets, their Reel Bullet Fishing Lures. That's right, fishing with real bullets. I was stoked to give these a shot and if anything I have to say they look pretty cool.

32 Caliber Bullet Fishing Lure
32 Caliber Detective 
Reel Bullet Fishing Lures
32 Caliber Detective

I have been using these during the fall and even though I haven't caught a fish with these, I have to say that in general I haven't caught fish this fall anyways. I definitely don't blame the lure as I'm sure this is more user luck than anything for my situation. Overall these lures are designed very well and are easy to fish with.

Real Bullet Fishing Lure

Reel Bullet Fishing Lures has a wide variety of calibers, so head over and check out their different selections to pick up your favorite caliber. These are a great asset to any tackle box. They are definitely a company worth following with all the great products they keep coming up with. Go check out their fishing lures at and see what other great bullet products they have to offer.

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