Friday, December 21, 2012

#ElkTour 2012 Trailer Released!

If you recall from some of my previous posts, Rudy over at Huntography (who has been going around filming some great people deer hunting) decided to give it a try with a group of elk hunters. I was privileged to be a part of it and Rudy has been doing some serious work putting this together. He traveled to Colorado and filmed Troy (@G2GExtreme) and Emily (@FromtheDraw) husband and wife, then brothers Eric (@DIYbowhunter) and Nate in Colorado, and finished up in Idaho with my brother Kevin (@Kevin26Jones), my dad Mike, and myself.

Well the time is coming. Rudy put together the trailer for #ElkTour 2012 and needless to say I am excited to see the finished project. Here is the trailer.....

The DVD is going to be released in 2013 and Rudy's goal is to submit the DVD to the Full Draw Film Tour. Rudy will also be offering it for free during the limited release, so if you are wanting to be in on the scoop make sure you head over and sign up to know when it is available to get your copy! And if you aren't following this guy you better go follow Rudy @Huntography!

Again I felt very fortunate to be able to be a part of this group. A big thanks to Rudy and all his hard work! looking forward to the entire DVD!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

CRKT Free Range Hunter Giveaway Winner

The moment everyone has been waiting for is here. As much as I hate to see this knife go it's time to announce the winner of the CRKT Free Range Hunter knife. Drumroll please................

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations Steven Gendreau! You are the winner! Send me an email via the contact page with your shipping address and I'll get the knife sent out to you this week.

Thanks to everyone who entered! Hope each and everyone of you have a safe and Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

CRKT Knife Review and Giveaway

Hunting Knife CRKT
CRKT Free Range Hunter
Recently I was given the opportunity to review the Free Range Hunter fixed blade from CRKT and couldn't refuse. I have been trying hard to shoot a deer to give this knife something to cut but as of today I still have my tag in my pocket. I'm hoping this weekend I'll arrow myself a deer and if I do I'll let the Free Range Hunter do some work and give an update on how well it cuts, but from what I can tell it would have no problem with any animal.

The Free Range Hunter series from CRKT is designed by Russ Kommer who has been a commercial hunting guide since 1980. Here is some info about Russ from the CRKT website:
"Russ Kommer started making knives when one of his hunter clients brought a custom knife and dressed an entire moose without sharpening it. He began working with noted Alaskan knifemaker John Shore, who took Russ into his shop and showed him how to grind. He began making his own line of knives in 1997, and his custom catalog shows a range of fixed blade knives, including Bowie and Camp Knives, Fillet Knives, Hunters, Fighters and Boot Knives, all available with a variety of exotic handles and with engraving. He is the designer of the CRKT Bear Claw, Big Eddy, hunting knives including our Pro and Signature Hunters, 30-30, and Surf 'N Turf, plus the Kommer Fulcrum and I.F.B. He says, "I set out to make a quality knife that would perform and be comfortable to handle. I have found knifemaking to be my calling, and would like to thank all the people who have helped me along the way!"
The first thing I noticed about the knife when I took it out of the box was how light weight it was. It weighs in at a mere 3.6 ounces for an overall knife length of 9 inches.  Here are the specs on the knife from the CRKT Website:

Hunting Knife from CRKTDimensions
Overall Length - 9.0625 inches
Weight - 3.6 ounces

Length - 4.25 inches
Thickness - 0.135 inches
Material - 8Cr13MoV
Blade-HRC - 58-59
Finish - Satin
Grind - Hollow
Style - Clip Point
Edge - Plain

Handle - Double Injection

Carry System - Sheath
Weight - 3.3 ounces

The knife is very light weight but you can tell that it is very durable and candle a beating. It feels very comfortable in my hand with the finger grooves and it is very evident that the knife won't slip out of my hand because the grip is constructed of both hard and soft polymers, hence the double injection. It is a hard durable handle but has the grip that you need, I feel like I have complete control of the knife while holding it. I even let my wife hold the knife and asked her how it felt in her hand. She mentioned the finger grooves made it comfortable to hold so even in smaller hands it feels comfortable to hold.

CRKT Free Range Hunter

The knife is very sharp right out of the box. I have of course yet to cut anything so I can't comment on how well it keeps an edge but from what I have read there have been many positive reviews about how well it does keep it's edge. The best thing about this knife is the value. This is a high quality knife that you can pick up from the CRKT website for only $49. Being able to pick up a knife designed by a professional hunting guide that is sharp right out of the box for that price is hard to beat.

CRKT Hunting Knife
CRKT Free Range Hunter
Overall I really like the Free Range Hunter both for the design and the price. The sheath also has paracord weaved around it and the knife securely snaps into the sheath to prevent it from falling out. I think the overall design of the knife and the quality makes it a steal and would definitely recommend this to my hunting buddies looking for a quality blade at a reasonable price. You will be getting a high quality hunting knife for a very reasonable price in my opinion.

As much as I would love to keep this knife for myself, I am going to be giving this knife away to one of you. I am using Rafflecopter so follow the instructions and good luck!

You must click on the +2 or +1 next to the task in the Rafflecopter in order to be entered to win. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, December 10, 2012

Benefits of Hunting From a Tree Stand

Treestand hunting
View from 25 Feet

Hunting can be done in many different ways. You can set up and do a spot and stalk hunt, set up a ground blind, or even set up a tree stand. Whichever way you choose to hunt the key is to stay out of view. There are many instances where one set up would be preferred over the other but I want to focus on a couple of the benefits of sitting in a tree stand.

One of the major benefits of sitting in a tree stand is obviously being above the animal you are hunting. When you are up in a tree you are able to see further which can help you prepare for your shot. As you watch that animal make its way towards you, you can prepare yourself mentally as well as physically. When I see that deer or elk moving in closer, I start to determine where he will come walking by and where my shot will be. Then as quietly as possible I start to position myself while watching the animal so that I am not getting busted. They still look up in the trees so it is important to make very subtle movements as you are preparing for the shot......

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