Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Product Review - Buck Nut Deer Scents

Attractants and cover scents come in a wide variety.Walking down the deer attractant isle at any store will start to make your head spin with all the different kinds of attractants and cover scents available. I have used several in the past and I will continue to use them in the future. Every deer hunter knows that the best advantage that you can have during the season is to fool a deer's sense of smell. I was given the opportunity from Buck Nut Deer Scents to review their product The Peak Estrous and The Peak Rut.

Buck Nut Deer Attractant Estrous
Buck Nut Deer Attractant Peak Rut











The first thing that I noticed when I received the package is the cool bottles they come in. They look like a little shot of alcohol but once you open it you'll quickly discover it's not worth drinking. The bottles definitely are unique and make for a great conversation starter too.

The biggest advantage that I have seen is that they use urine from a single doe or buck to make the attractant. A lot of the larger companies gather the urine from a variety of deer and it is blended together. I like what they do because instead of "just having scent out", you are creating a constant "challenger" for the deer in your area. They will smell and recognize that there is either a challenger or a hot doe nearby.


deer attractant peak rut peak estrous
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 I have had some opportunities to hunt some great property here in Missouri, but hunting the public land here has been a big learning curve. It can be very challenging to say the least. Constantly battling with other hunters to find a spot for deer. It's not impossible but it is a challenge in and of itself. I did find a spot that I was able to put some of this out and I don't think it was a coincidence that I ended up seeing a doe pass through with a buck hot on her tail. They were both following the scent trail that I put up. The unfortunate thing was that I rushed my shot and missed on the buck.


Peak Rut Buck Nut Deer Scent
Opening where I missed the Buck

Overall I would have to say that by putting this out on a constant basis during the rut is a definite advantage. Be sure to check them out at www.BuckNutDeerScents.com and check out their attractants and their cover scents. A great company to work with and excellent products!

Disclaimer:
As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion, I received the Peak Rut and Peak Estrous free of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by or associated with Buck Nut Deer Scents 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.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Xshot Pro Pole for GoPro and All Cameras - Product Review

Xshot Pro Pole from Xshot


GoPro Pole from Xshot
The Xshot Pro GoPro Pole 

Xshot GoPro
The Contents of the Xshot GoPro Pole


















One of the best things about hunting and the outdoors is being able to share the moments with everyone. The most popular way to do that is through capturing these moments on your camera. Well the action cameras that are available today are small and take amazing videos and pictures. But how do you capture that perfect shot? I recently had the opportunity to review the GoPro pole from Xshot and it didn't disappoint. The Xshot Pro Pole for GoPro and All Cameras allows you to use more options than just a GoPro.

The first thing I was asked from my wife when it showed up at my door, "Did you really order a selfie stick?" Personally I'm not a big "selfie" taker but I did use the pole on various occasions while I was hunting. I have to say that it is very compact, easy to use, and very light.

Most of the time I am usually out hunting or fishing by myself which usually means some sort of self-filming. This makes it difficult sometimes to take a picture of the animal or fish that I was lucky enough to shoot or catch. On most occasions though I am usually taking scenery pictures (usually my luck). For the purpose of my blog and my readers, I do need to take some shots of me either sitting a stand or fishing the bank. That's where the GoPro pole from Xshot comes into play and works wonders.

Xshot GoPro Pole while hunting
I took this while hunting using the Xshot GoPro Pole
So you're probably wondering by now what could be so cool about an extending camera arm fro your GoPro. Well here are some specs from the Xshot website to fill you in:

  • Heavy-duty 360° metal ball head with 2 interchangeable mounts
  • Fits GoPro, Contour and Sony Action Cam POV cameras
  • Premium mounting made from aircraft-grade aluminum
  • Secure wrist strap and new sports grip
  • Very compact and light: closes to 7 inches (extends up to 32")
  • Great for camera stabilization while moving
  • A perfect tool for snowboarders, paragliders, surfers, hikers...Hunters, Anglers, etc.

So as you can see, it is very compact and very versatile. As an avid hunter, I like to hike into my area with as little as possible and as light as possible. The GoPro pole is light-weight enough you won't even know it is there, weighs in at about 7oz. It also has a very nice rubber handle that makes it easy to hold onto. I took out in the rain and snow without it slipping out of my hands. This is huge especially for anglers who use it on the water and want to take some underwater shots.

Here are some pictures of setting it up with a GoPro and changing the mount:

Attaching the GoPro

GoPro Hero 3 Xshot PolePro GoPro Pole from XshotHero 3 with GoPro Pole from Xshot

The series of pictures above are self explanatory but attaching the GoPro is very simple and easy.

Removing GoPro Mount


Xshot GoPro Mount changeXshot Pro GoPro Mount RemovedXshot Pro GoPro Mount Removal

In the first picture you can see a screw in the middle, use the allen wrench to unscrew it (hold onto this screw and keep it with the GoPro Mount), and then you'll notice in the last picture the two holes on both sides of where the screw was. This is important to align with the universal tripod mount as you can see below.

Attaching the Tripod Mount


Tripod Attachment for Xshot Pro PoleXshot GoPro Pole Tripod MountPro Pole from Xshot Tripod Mount

As mentioned you can see the two nubs on either side of the screw (this screw is attached to the mount already) and you start by placing the allen wrench in the top of the mount to begin tightening the screw. Then as you are tightening it down you need to make sure those two nubs on the mount line up with the two holes on the pole. This secures the mount so it doesn't slip around. Overall it is very quick and easy to switch between the two.

PROS:
  1. Compact and Lightweight - This makes it easy to take with you anywhere without weighing you down. Lightweight for any outdoors person is a big selling point. 
  2. 360 Degree Ball Head - This allows you to quickly adjust the angle to get the best shot. Whether its getting the best angle on that selfie or capturing the release of the trophy rainbow trout you just fought. 
  3. Non-Slip Rubber Grip - This has been a life-saver. When using the Xshot on the river or out in the field, it's been easy to hold onto with the different weather conditions I've been in.
  4. Interchangeable Mounts - Not everyone uses a GoPro and some use multiple different styles of cameras. This makes it easy to quickly change between the two. On a positive note as well, if you use the GoPro tripod mount attachment from GoPro then all you need to keep on the pole would be the tripod mount. 
  5. It Stays in Place - The pole actually stays where you want it to and the camera won't start tilting with the 360 degree ball head. You put it in position, tighten the thumb screw and it stays. 
CONS: (Not Many)
  1. Color - I know, this is me just being picky, but for what I use it for while hunting, having a bright orange thumb screw and a chromed out silver pole sticking out there, it makes it harder to not spook the game. They have other products that have a black pole which I think would be perfect for this model as well.

Overall I have to say that this is a fun addition to the GoPro. If you use a camera to film yourself hunt or fish, I would highly recommend checking these out. They are comparable with any camera and can make your filming adventure a lot easier. 

Be sure to check them out at www.Xshot.com
On Twitter: @XShot
On Facebook: XShot Facebook Page
On Instagram: @XShot


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Xshot Pro Pole for GoPro and All Cameras for free from Xshot as coordinated by Outdoor PR in consideration for review publication.


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




Disclaimer:
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


Lightweight 

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

Comfortable

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.

Waterproof 

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. 

Tread 

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. 

Conclusion

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
Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/RockyGear

Disclaimer:
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.

Website: www.BEXSunglasses.com

Facebook: BEX Sunglasses

Twitter: @Bexsunglasses

Instagram: bexsunglasses



Disclaimer:
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.