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.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Baladeo Explorer - Survival Creek

I've always said that one can never have too many knives. So needless to say when I was contacted by Survival Creek and asked to review the Baladeo Explorer, I of course said yes. As a hunter and outdoorsman I constantly have a knife with me. It's not for protection but mostly as a tool. There are plenty of times when someone need something cut and that's where the "hunting guy" comes in. Like many outdoorsman (and women), a knife is an essential item for your day-to-day routine.

Survival Creek - Baladeo Explorer Knife

The Baladeo Explorer is constructed of 420 stainless steel with titanium coating and is a full tang handle with bamboo. The bamboo handle looks great with the lighter color against the titanium coated steel. The fixed blade is 13 cm (just over 5 inches) and the entire knife weighs in at 276 grams. The end of the handle has a loop which you could definitely attach some paracord to the knife. also there are three holes in the handle which also allows for tying some paracord or wrapping around the handle. Also if in a survival situation and you had paracord you could tie the knife to a stick for a spear or to reach up and cut some limbs.

Baladeo Explorer Fixed Blade Knife - Survival Creek
Baladeo Explorer - Survival Creek

- Extremely light weight
- The blade maintains a very sharp edge and sharpens up very easily
- The blade cuts extremely well
- The bamboo handle is a great touch for durability and light weight

- The handle is nice but it was pretty slippery when either you hand or the handle was wet.
- The sheath could be a little higher quality. This isn't as big of a deal for me as long as the knife is a high quality knife.

These are just personal preferences and just my opinion. The Baladeo Explorer overall is an excellent knife that keeps is edge extremely well. Having a knife that stays sharp and can sharpen extremely easy is very important. I would definitely recommend this knife to anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors or even just someone who enjoys knifes.

Be sure to check out Survival Creek and see all of the awesome survival gear that they offer. They offer knives, survival kits, food, and much more. They are on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

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

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Hunting Film Tour - Idaho Falls

I am a big fan of watching hunting videos on YouTube, Vimeo, and even on DVD. There are some great videos out there that capture the true essence of the hunt. Of course my favorite DVD is the latest ElkTour DVD that I was able to be part of. Recently there has been a big surge in watching hunting films on the big screen and I have been jealous of those that have had that opportunity. Granted, I could have gone to the Full Draw Film tour in Boise but that would have been a four and a half hour drive to see it. Now there is a film tour coming to my area.

Be sure to watch the trailer below!

The Hunting Film Tour is coming to Idaho Falls, Idaho. It is going to be nice to have it come here to Idaho Falls which is only a 30 minute drive away. So all of my local followers pay attention:

The Hunting Film Tour
When: Thursday August 15th
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Colonial Theatre 450 A Street Idaho Falls, ID, 84302
Price: $10 online - Click here for purchasing
Discount Tickets: You can pick up $8 tickets at
The Gun Shop - 2788 N Holmes Ave, Idaho Falls, ID 83401?. (208) 529-4092
Mountain Archery - 2630 S 2000 W, Rexburg, ID 83440. (208) 656-0616

Corporate Sizzle from Hunting Film Tour on Vimeo.

I have been watching the trailer and I must say, I am pretty excited! There are some pretty intense hunts over on the website of the films that will be there. They are hitting a lot of different cities across the U.S. so check out the end of this post to see the tour dates and cities.


That's right, they are giving away some great prizes at every show. As quoted directly on the website:
"We love to give away free swag to our crowds! Everyone who walks past the velvet rope gets swag just for coming out to the show and they all get a chance to win some coveted gear from some of the best companies in the industry."
With great sponsors like Sitka, Yeti Coolers, Vortex Optics, Costa, Hunter Vids, and Kenetrek Boots you know you are going to have a chance to win some great gear!

Go check out the trailers of the hunts that will be featured, there are some great films! Also be sure to connect with these guys to get the latest updates.

Twitter @Film_Tour
Facebook: The Hunting Film Tour
Instagram: Hunting Film Tour
Vimeo: Hunting Film Tour

Here is a list of the upcoming shows for the U.S.

Mouse over schedule window to scroll through all 2013 shows

Friday, August 2, 2013

Bowfishing Pointers From a Novice Bowfisher

A quick disclaimer, when I say pointers from a novice bowfisher I am talking about myself not my friend in the photos.

Throughout the summer months it can be difficult for hunters. There is the anticipation for the upcoming archery season with the lull of nothing to hunt. This time of year is well spent scouting for a new hunting spot or making sure the old stand will still be a reliable spot. Between scouting and practicing the excitement starts to build and the anticipation of the upcoming season becomes, well, almost unbearable at times. One thing that I have found that is a great summer activity that scratches the hunting itch a little is bowfishing.

Bowfishing Bear Lake - PSE Kingfisher
My Buddy Curt Coates Bowfishing on Bear Lake
 Bowfishing here in Idaho is a blast and there are several lakes and rivers that have an abundance of carp to chase. If you look online about bowfishing, you’ll see a lot of videos that shows people going out on a boat both in the daylight and the evening. While this is one of the most popular ways, I have had just as much luck shooting from the banks of the river or lake. There are a few things to remember when bowfishing.

Bear Lake Bowfishing for Carp - PSE Kingfisher
Melissa Coates Bowfishing on Bear Lake
The hardest thing to remember about bowfishing is the aiming. The majority of people (myself included) who go out bowfishing for the first time, end up missing the fish because they shoot too high. The reason is because of refraction. The fish looks like it is in one spot but because of the light reflecting off the water, the fish is actually lower than what it really is. A good rule of thumb would be to aim at the bottom of the fish, and then aim down about 6 inches or more. It takes some getting used to but just like any type of shooting, practice makes you better. Obviously if the fish are right on the surface of the water you wouldn’t aim low, but if they are down a little deeper you typically want to drop about 6 inches for every foot they are in the water. Just remember to aim lower than you think.

Carp Surfacing - Kevin Jones
Photo Courtesy of Kevin Jones (@IdahoPursuit)
Another important thing to pack is a good set of polarized sunglasses. Wearing a pair of polarized sunglasses helps take the glare off the water and you will be able to see more fish. Especially when fishing from the bank the glare off the water can be pretty extreme. The best time that I have found to bowfish for carp has been early morning or late afternoon and the glare on the water is very intense. I haven’t been out at night yet but I have heard that it is just as good if not better at night.

Bear Lake Carp - Bowfishing
Curt Coates with his Bear Lake Carp
Lastly one thing to remember that you’ll be glad you have if you shoot one of those 30 pound carp is a glove. If you are shooting a bow without a reel and are pulling the line in by hand, you’ll be glad you are fighting the carp with a good leather glove on. I have the PSE Kingfisher set up and I just pull the arrow in by hand and I usually keep one in my back pocket just in case I shoot a big one. The last thing you want to do is shoot a monster carp and grab hold of the string just to get your finger or hand sliced open. These fish can fight like no other.

Bowfishing is a great way to get out and hunt throughout the spring and summer months. Be sure to look up the regulations in your state and get out there and enjoy some summer time bowfishing!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Avoid Getting Lost

Archery Elk Hunting Idaho

It has happened to me more often than not; I’ll be excited for a new area to hunt then get out there to scout around and once I’m done I will start heading back to the truck only to find out I have ventured further than I thought. I have found myself assuming I was on a particular ridge while I really was one over. I am good with directions and I can read a map, but there are times where I am very excited to just get out to the area that I have looked at the map long enough and assumed it would be easy enough to navigate. Well after wandering around and coming out a couple ridges higher than what I thought, I told myself I needed to be more sure of myself rather than assuming.

Using a GPS

I’m sure there are some of you who are like me and have always wondered about using a GPS and then there are others who are saying, “What took you so long to get a GPS?” I have been more or less a creature of habit and have hunted in a lot of the same places where I was very familiar with and didn't have to worry about getting turned around. I have always had luck seeing animals, but I have started branching out to different areas due to hunting pressure. This is where a GPS has helped out tremendously.

Christmas time came around and my mom and dad surprised me with a Garmin etrex 20 for Christmas. I guess they wanted to make sure I wasn't lost when I headed out. I am still getting to know the ins and the outs of the etrex but so far it has been very easy to learn. I love how compact it is and how light it is. A great GPS.

Garmin etrex 20 GPS

The Garmin etrex is perfect for the budget and it gets the job done. I thought that it would only come in use for when I was venturing into a spot that I had never been. I started playing around with it and I have to say, I take it everywhere with me basically. It comes in handy for more than just a hunting situation in the back country. 

As many of us hunters know, hunting a new area can be challenging and in most cases what we are looking for once we find that perfect spot is whether or not public land. I hunt strictly public land so I am always looking for those hot spots that are public yet far enough off the beaten trail to distance myself from other hunters. Sometimes this can be a daunting task and when you do find that spot you want to make sure that you don’t cross that boundary onto the private land. 

Hunting GPS Maps

One key tool that I have found that has helped me is Hunting GPS Maps. This micro SD card fits right into my Garmin GPS and gives me PLAT map information on the land in Idaho. They are state specific cards and they give you information that is vital for public land hunters. It shows you land ownership, land boundaries for public or private land, and even shows you land owner names. One of the quickest ways to ruin a hunt is finding out you are trespassing and get hit with a hefty fine.

Hunting GPS Maps Garmin etrex 20

A GPS is one of the most important pieces of equipment that I pack with me every time I hit the woods. I highly recommend using a GPS especially if you are hunting new areas to avoid getting lost. The GPS along with Hunting GPS Maps will help you as you navigate your way around new areas and will take the guess work out of whether or not you are on public or private land. 

Hunting GPS Maps Idaho

As you can see, the Hunting GPS Maps shows you the different parcels of land and their ownership. You will be able to clearly see if you are on public or private land. This also comes in very useful when you are trying to gain access to hunt private land by giving you the land owners name. No more guessing, you will be able to know the persons name and then you can go and ask them for permission.

Monday, July 1, 2013

MINOX Optics for Bowhunting

Minox Optics in Idaho

Out here in the west, my style of hunting is mainly spot and stalk, and just like any style of hunting, it requires a lot of scouting in order to pattern the animal to ensure that you will be hunting in the right area. Once you think you are in the right area, you still have to find the animals before you can put a stalk on them. Probably the most important pieces of equipment that you will find with me every time are my binoculars. A good quality pair of optics will go a long way here out in the west as well as any hunting situation, which is why I use Minox.

Minox Optics Scouting Idaho

The best way to spot and stalk is to spend a good amount of time spotting the hillsides and drainages. Finding where the animal is and watch what it is doing helps you to set up a game plan to put the sneak on. One thing to do is get to a high vantage point where you can sit and glass a large area. Spend the time scanning over the area taking your time and looking for different shapes, ears, antlers, or any part of what could be a deer, elk, bear, or moose. You can see in the picture above a nice bull moose that we were able to sit and glass to get a good look at him.

Shiras Moose through Minox Optics

I always pack my binoculars with me on every hunt, but when I am headed out on an elk hunt I make sure to pack my spotting scope as well. Being able to set up a spotting scope and just glass mountain sides gives me the advantage on locating the elk to construct a game plan. I use the Minox MD50 W when I go elk hunting.  It is lightweight enough that I can throw it in my pack and not take up room while providing high magnification to allow me to get a good look at the animals I am chasing. When you are hunting spot and stalk elk, you definitely don’t want to be packing a lot of weight in your pack as you go up and down deep canyons while you are putting on the sneak. The size and weight of the MD 50 W is just right to take along with a nice lightweight tripod to set it up on.

Minox Spotting Scope MD50W

Once you spot the elk and you are putting the sneak on, you pack up your spotting scope and rely on your binoculars moving forward. A durable and lightweight set of binoculars is vital when spot and stalk hunting. Like I had mentioned, trekking up and down steep canyons is difficult as it is and having a heavy pair of binoculars will just be slowing you down. The BL 10x 44 binoculars from Minox provides just what you need. They are lightweight and quick to focus on the object which is what you want as you are putting the stalk on a herd of elk.

Minox Binoculars BL 10x44

As you are moving in closer to the elk, you need to stop and take a break every once in a while in order to make sure you are headed in the right direction and the elk haven’t decided to move in another direction. You always need to check on your progress as you move in to get a shot. You don’t want to just pick a spot and head that direction without stopping to check if the elk is still there. So always make sure that you can stay hidden but be able to check on the elk every now and then.

Minox binoculars 10x44 in Idaho

The key point is to take the time to glass and make sure you have some quality glass. It will surprise you how much you are missing if you just take the time to slowly scan a mountain side. It takes a lot of patients to just sit and glass but in the end you will see more animals. Best of luck and enjoy this time of year as you get out and scout for the upcoming season. Be safe and enjoy!

Minox BL 10x44 binoculars

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ribz Front Pack

Recently I had the opportunity to review the Ribz Front Pack and I'm not going to lie, the first time I saw it I instantly thought it was a glorified fanny pack. But once I put it on, it was a different story. It is designed to sit tight and hug your ribs (hence the name Ribz Front Pack) and puts your most accessed gear right there in front of you. I thought that it would be awkward to have the pockets of the pack located on my ribs, but it turned out to be very comfortable.

Here are the specs and warranty for the Ribz:

Fabric: Cordura Brand water resistant ripstop
Capacity: 700+ Cu In
Weight: 12.1 oz.
Waist: 32-44 in
Model: GRN-R
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Regular size fits a 32-44 inch waist, Small fits 26-36 inch waist

Warranty:  RIBZ guarantees all products we manufacture to be free from any defects in material or craftsmanship for a period of one year from the date of purchase. Our warranty is limited to the original purchaser of the product and is not transferable. During the one year warranty period, RIBZ will either repair or replace, at its option, only the defective part of the pack. RIBZ will not repair or replace any pack that has been torn as a result of accidents or misuse.

Alpine Green Ribz Front Pack
Zipper in Front to put on
Ribz Front Pack
Adjustable Shoulder Straps

Ribz Front Pack Alpine Green
Adjustable Waist for a Snug Fit
I reviewed the pack while I went fishing and hiking a couple weeks ago. I never once felt like it was in my way or felt uncomfortable. This is always a plus especially with new packs, they sometimes tend to pinch or rub and can take a while to adjust to get them just right. I was able to quickly adjust the pack to fit me and to eliminate any chance of it rubbing or pinching.

Ribz Front Pack
Nice and Snug with full range of motion
I went fishing with my boys and needing to carry one or the other as well as my fishing gear is always a fun challenge. The thing that I like the most about the Front Pack is the fact that the pockets on the pack are very spacious. I was able to easily load up my essential gear for the trip without feeling weighed down or uncomfortable.

Ribz Front Pack
Fishing Buddies

Ribzwear Front Pack
Fishing Buddies

The only thing that I would change would be that the material on the Green Front Pack is kind of loud. I have heard that the Camo Front Pack is much quieter which is very important while hunting. The green pack is one I would definitely recommend for fishing, hiking, or any recreational activity that doesn't need to be extremely quiet. I do need to clarify though and say that it isn't extremely loud but it is just a little too loud for me for bowhunting.

Green Ribz Front Pack
Master Fisherman
Overall I would say that this pack is a great addition for the outdoorsman (or woman). It helps eleviate the weight off of your back and places it in front. If you add this your regular pack it will actually help balance the weight. Be sure to check them out at and follow the on Twitter @RIBZFRONTPACK and give them a like on the Ribz Facebook Page.

As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion, I received the Alpine Green Ribz Front Pack free of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by or associated with Ribzwear 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. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Alpine Green Ribz Front Pack for free from Ribzwear as coordinated by Deep Creek PR an Outdoor Industry Public Relations Company in consideration for review publication.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

KUIU Yukon Series

The Yukon line uses Dermizax® NX, a new waterproof breathable membrane offering twice the breathability as its closest competitor

Once again KUIU announces another new product, the KUIU Yukon Series. This one sounds just as awesome as the last. I wanted to spread the word about this new product because it sounds like it would be very beneficial and extremely comfortable. Now if you aren't familiar with KUIU, they are not in any department store so you can't just drive to the store and give it a try, but if you are like most of us, we do research online to gather as much information possible about a product before making a purchase.

KUIU Yukon Series Rain Gear

The series consists of a waterproof jacket, pant, glove and gaiter that come in their Verde or Vias pattern. Now with rain gear we all are familiar with the warmer weather, or even cooler weather, raining conditions feels like we are trapped. It's difficult to get breathability and waterproof protection to coincide. Recently KUIU announced that they will be using Toray Dermizax®NX breathable membrane and would be the first to do so.

Here is a little snippet about Toray Dermizax®NX:
This membrane has an industry leading 20,000mm/24hr & 40,000g/m2/24h waterproof to breathability rating that sets a new standard. The membrane is wind and waterproof, up to 200% stretch in both directions, twice as breathable as its closest competitor and up four times as breathable as most others waterproof fabrics.
KUIU bonded the Dermizax®NX membrane to an incredibly durable TORAY Primeflex® 100% Polyester face fabric that is quiet, abrasion resistant, 4-way stretch and treated with an industry leading Kudos®DWR by TORAY. A circular knit backer by TORAY is bonded to the inside, resulting in a very advanced 3-layer waterproof breathable fabric capable of maintaining comfort during extreme aerobic activity.

Be sure to check out their blog to find out more about the Yukon Series rain gear and each piece in this series. You can read more about the Yukon Jacket, Gloves, Gaiter, or Pants. KUIU is constantly working on improving their products and have always had the customer in mind while producing their camo. I have a set of rain gear that I use but it is not very quiet but it does keep me dry. I look forward to continue learning more about the latest from KUIU as they are always improving and coming out with new products. Be sure to follow the KUIU blog to find more about their other products as well.

The press releases published on High Country Bowhunter are my thoughts on the products. I receive the press release and give my thoughts of what I think. I do not receive any product nor am I sponsored by or associated with KUIU at the present time and accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange.  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.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

KUIU's Tiburon System For Warmer Hunts

KUIU Tibuoron Warm Weather Camo System
KUIU Tiburon Warm Weather System

Recently, like just last week, KUIU annouced the release of their warm weather hunting system called Tiburon. I had the opportunity to read the latest release and read more about it on the KUIU blog and I must say, I'm excited for this system.

To me this sounds like a great set of camo that would work great for antelope season in August, elk season in September, and even as a layer into the late season. It gets very warm hunting for antelope and elk spot and stalk style in August and September. I'll admit it too, I sweat very easily. So when KUIU introduced a  warm weather hunting system claiming that it allows for maximum breathability, of course it perked my interest.

First off, the system is a Zip-T and Pant which are constructed from a unique Toray fabric advancement called Dot Air. One of the most important things to consider is the fabric of your camo. You want something that is durable, breathable, and quiet. This is where I think KUIU has exceeded expectations with the Tiburon system.

KUIU Tiburon close up

"Dot Air is constructed with micro-openings in the fabric designed to maximize breathability, allowing even the slightest breeze to pass through the fabric, keeping you cool in the warmest temperatures while still protecting you from the elements. The Tiburon system is 100% polyester, treated with Toray’s Kudos DWR for water repellency, quick drying, and most importantly quiet. Designed for versatility, both pieces can be worn next to skin, or over additional base layers in cooler temperatures."

Looking at the close up picture, you can see how is almost like a mesh type fabric only this fabric is a lot more durable than a pair of gym shorts. I would have to say that from the pictures and my reading, the Tiburon system is very versatile, breathable, and durable, KUIU has nailed it for a warm hunting system.

Weather in Idaho shifts so much just like many places. In August we will wake up to chilly temperatures in the morning and be up to 80-90 degree weather in the afternoon. So layering this system up next to my skin on those August antelope hunts would come in very handy. The versatility of using it like a base layer and then shedding the jacket to hunt in just the Tiburon system for the afternoon is very appealing.

“The Tiburon Zip-T and Pant are one of my favorite developments because it solves the problem of the wide temperature changes we face during summer and early fall hunts,” explains Jason Hariston, founder of KUIU. “I have tested the Tiburon on the coastal range in California during the summer in 100 degree heat and layered up underneath in 10 degree hunts in November.  I love the versatility of Tiburon.”

The Tiburon Zip-T and Pant comes in the Vias or Verde Camo pattern. The Zip-T weighs in at only 8.5 ounces while the Pants are only 12.5 ounces. A warm weather hunting system providing breathability, durability, and water repelling power at only 21 ounces is pretty outstanding. So what's the price for this system? The top comes in at $99.99 and the pant comes in at $139.99. While the price definitely isn't the cheapest around, the fact that they bypass the retail stores and sell directly to the consumer allows them to keep the price of the high quality clothing lower than if you were to buy it from a retail store.

KUIU Tiburon PantKUIU Tiburon Warm Weather Pant

So be sure to check them out and this is a brand new product so it currently isn't on the site yet, but you can preorder the Tiburon System by contacting KUIU. All around this looks like a great set up and I believe it will be a success for all the warm weather hunters out there looking for high quality camo.

Make sure you subscribe to the KUIU blog for updates on new KUIU products coming out and also make sure you go give KUIU a follow on Twitter at @KUIU and like the KUIU Facebook Page .

ABOUT KUIU: Based in Dixon, California, KUIU was founded in 2011 ­­­­­to provide customers with the world’s most advanced hunting layering system and equipment on the market. KUIU provides remarkable apparel and equipment that is light, packable, and dependable. By eliminating retailers and selling their products exclusively online, KUIU drives the ultimate shopping experience. They provide superior customer service, lower pricing, and the highest product quality. For additional information visit or call 1-855-367-5848 Monday-Friday from 9:00AM-5:00PM PST.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Smart Optix SM Field Guide - Gear Review

Spotting Scope Adapter on MINOX

I recently had the opportunity to test out the SM Field Guide from Smart Optix which is a useful digiscoping adapter. With the hunting world booming on social media, tools like the SM Field Guide help hunters and outdoor enthusiasts share their experiences quickly and easily. Who doesn't want to snap some pictures with their smartphone and share them with their friends or family? This is where a digiscope adapter comes in handy. Here is a little story of the company and the initial product from President and Co-Founder Ross Varner:

“Our initial product was a cardboard and duct tape contraption that allowed my brother to capture and share what he saw with his friends and family. In that moment, Smart Optix was born. Since that time, we’ve focused on developing an innovative solution that would work for everyone, in both function and cost.”

Digiscope Adapter

Weight: 12 oz.
Material: Polycarbonate ABS Blend
Max Eye Piece: 2.25″
Min Eye Piece: 1.0″

They sure have come a long way from cardboard and duct tape. The SM Field Guide digiscope adapter is packed full of benefits. Here are some of the easy adjustments that make this digiscope adapter stand out from the rest.

Adaptable to Any Scope

Spotting Scope Adapter Smart Optix

It easily adapts to any type of spotting scope. So if you ever switch spotting scopes or even if you're on a trip with some friends and they want to give it a try it easily adapts to any spotting scope.

Locking Adjustments

Smart Optix Digiscope AdapterSpotting Scope Adapter Adjustment

The adjustments lock in place as well. Once you make your adjustments to where your phone has the best field of view, you can lock the adjustment in place to ensure the exact same position the next time you pull it out of your pack.

Universal for Any Phone/Cover

This digiscope adapter easily adjust to any phone with or without a cover. It doesn't matter what phone or optics you are using, the adapter adjusts easily to either one. You can see in the picture that my phone is secured and there is plenty of room to the right for adjustments. Again no matter the size of your phone or even if it has the case attached, you can easily adjust the Field Guide to fit. 

iPhone Spotting Scope Adapter
I then put on an Otterbox cover on my phone and again it was easy to adjust and I was able to get my phone attached to start using the spotting scope. The SM Field Guide was quick and easy to use and a breeze to get use to. It made it that much more fun to look through a spotting scope.

Smartphone Spotting Scope Adapter

Spotting Scope Phone Adapter

I would definitely recommend this for anyone who has wanted to get into digiscoping but have been worried about changing phones, using a case, or changing spotting scopes. The price is very reasonable considering the longevity of the product knowing that you will be able to use this with any phone and any scope. 

The price of the Green SM Field Guide like the one seen is $59.99 and they also have them in camo as well. Considering that you'll probably upgrade your phone about every 2 years, you'll be happy that you don't have to spend anymore money to use your spotting scope adapter.

So head over and see check out what they have to offer on their website
Also be sure to go follow them on Twitter @SmartOptix and head over and give them a like on the Smart Optix Facebook Page.

As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion, I received the SM Field Guide  free of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by or associated with Smart Optix 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.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Upcoming 3-D Archery Shoot

Archery 3D Target Shooting
My Sister-in-Law Sarah at the Shoot Last Year

I am part of the Upper Snake River Bowmen Club and they have a couple shoots in the near future. By near future I mean this weekend for starters. If you are in the area or want to make the trip, both of these shoots are great ones for you to take part in.

Annual Beaver Dick Shoot

Saturday April 20, 2013

Membership Drive
New Members Shoot Free

2 Ranges of 3-D Animal Targets
Registration Begins 8 AM
Last Flight at 3 PM

Chicks and Cubs Shoot with Parents
Or Special Kids Range

Costs: Buy a Membership and Shoot for Free
     Members $10           Non Members $15
 Youth $8                      Youth $12 
Family $25                     Family $35

Youth 12-17 years old
Membership Fees: Family $45 Single $30


Workday for set up Friday April 19 Noon to Completion

Here is a Map to the Park.
Just take Rexburg Exit 333 and head West on Highway 33

View Larger Map

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Benefits of Shooting 3-D Archery

PSE Dream Season EVO

As you can probably tell, I am getting a little anxious to get out and start hunting again. I am in the down season where predator hunting is the only season open right now and I’m looking forward to the summer/fall to cure this itch that I have. While this time of year is a point where not very much is open to hunt, I am taking advantage of practicing and participating in the many upcoming 3-D archery shoots. There are some big ones around here that are worth going to like The Bogus Challenge over in Boise Idaho or Bowcast at the Bird down in Utah where you get to scale the mountain to shoot realistic situations.

There is so much you can learn and grow from as a bowhunter by shooting 3-D targets. I’m not saying that shooting a block target is bad or that you should only shoot 3-D targets. When you get the chance to shoot at a life-sized deer, elk, turkey, or any animal you are pursuing, you gain that experience that you otherwise can't from just a block target. I wanted to share some of the benefits that I have gained.

Shot Placement

Archery 3D Shoot Idaho

Sure the vitals on a deer are all in the same place, just as every elk has their vitals in the same place. But what happens when you get an animal just slightly quartering towards you or away from you? What about if they are bedded down? There are so many different possible situations that you could encounter while hunting that you couldn't possibly prepare for everyone, but you can prepare for a lot of them by shooting at life-size targets. Being able to set up a quartering shot, long distance shot, or even a kneeling shot will help prepare you for those situations better. You can also quickly walk up and analyze the shot placement, make any adjustments and try again. 

Realistic Situations

Upper Snake River Bowmen 3D archery shoot
You can see different situations and scenarios in this picture

You spot your animal and you notice that there will be just this one little opening for a possible shot, should you take it or let it pass? Setting up a realistic situation is very easy to do and great practice. Set up your target with some brush in the way so you have to adjust a little, or even set it up at odd distances instead of at the regular 20,30, or 40 yards. sometimes those shots that are 36 or 43 are just enough to get you to over-think your shot. The two shoots I mentioned in the beginning are great examples of this as they are set up on a mountain and you scale the mountain to take your shot on different animals in different situations. 

Pure Enjoyment

3D Archery kids
Teaching my boy while he's young
When I shoot either at the 3-D range or at a local shoot, I am usually with friends or family when I go. Being able to have great company and friendly competition always adds to the level of enjoyment. Let's be honest, it is much more fun to shoot at something that resembles the animal you will be pursuing rather than a cube. Having friends or family share in the archery experience is priceless. My wife actually owns a bow but has made it very clear she does not want to shoot a live animal, but she loves getting out and shooting 3-D targets.

Fynch and his Bear

Smiles all around!

These are just some of the many benefits of shooting 3-D. Look up your local archery club or local archery shop and see what kind of shoots are happening in your area. There are plenty of opportunities to get out and experience shooting 3-D. Here is a video of the last shoot a couple weekends ago. It was a blast and there are plenty more on the horizon.