After a hunting trip people always ask me, “Hey man, what kind of gear did you use?” Here’s what I used in North Texas this past week, and how it all worked for me:
Western Outdoors: Western Outdoors is a superb guide outfit near McLean, TX. Here guide Jeff Oglesby, left and outfitter Steve Rortvedt help me show off my buck.
The Outfitter: Steve Rortvedt of Western Outdoors Hunting Guide Service is someone I have hunted with before and respect highly on many fronts. Steve served in Vietnam as a medic with the 82and Airborne, and he and wife Angie run the outfit near McLean, Texas, just off historic Route 66 in some of the most beautiful hunting country I have seen anyplace. Their leased land features a great mix of winter wheat, alfalfa, and corn interspersed with brushy creek bottoms thick with big cottonwoods. In addition to a huge whitetail population, the ranches hold magnum numbers of Rio Grande gobblers (you can take them on your bow license with an inexpensive stamp) and as big a crop of wild bobwhite quail as I have seen anyplace in the U.S. in recent years. I will be hunting with them again and often.
My Mathews Drenalin is equipped with a Ripcord drop-away rest and loaded with Carbon Express Maxima 350 arrow shafts.
Bow: Mathews Drenalin, 28-inch draw length, 70 lb. draw weight. This thing is smooth to draw, quiet as a church mouse, and uber-accurate.
Arrow Rest: I have been using a Ripcord drop-away for years and love it – especially the fact that I can pre-cock it with the arrow nocked while on stand.
Arrows: Carbon Express Maxima Hunter shafts have served me well for years. I shoot the 350 size cut 28 1/2 inches with staggered 3 1/2 inch vanes.
The Slick Trick 100 is accurate, sharp, and strong, perfect for deer hunting.
Broadhead: The Slick Trick 100 is about as strong, sharp, and accurate a fixed-blade broadhead as I have ever shot. I really like them.
My prototype Sitka Gear garments in the yet-to-be-released Gore Optifade Concealment Big Game Forest pattern has really worked well for me so far this deer season.
Camouflage Clothing: I have been wearing some prototype Sitka Gear garments in the yet-to-be-released Gore Optifade Concealment Big Game Forest pattern. This stuff has been scientifically designed based on ungulate vision to not mimic the terrain, but actually trick a deer’s eyes into seeing nothing. I have worn it about 30 days in the trees so far this year and can attest to its effectiveness.
I cover my Bushnell Legend laser rangefinder with stick-on moleskin, then wrap it with black hockey tape, which helps silence it in case I bang it with my release, grunt call, or on the tree stand.
Binocular: My Bushnell 10×42 Elite binocular is clear and sharp in dim light, and tougher than nails. Laser Rangefinder: I have been using the Bushnell Legend this fall and really like it. It just keeps on working despite how much I beat it up. I cover mine with stick-on moleskin, then wrap it with black hockey tape which helps silence it in case I bang it with my release, grunt call, or on the tree stand.
Safety Harness: The Summit Seat-O-The-Pants full-body harness is comfortable, quiet, and easy to get on and off. I like it a lot.
Grunt Call: Knight & Hale Rack Blaster is easy to use with an inhale/exhale feature, it produces a deep, realistic tone that brought several bucks in for a closer look.
This scent has produced visible, tangible results for me so far this November.
Deer Lure/Scent: Normally I am not much of a scent guy, but the past two weeks I have used Code Blue Scrape Mate and Does Estrous scents with tangible results. Try them with the Code Blue Drop Time scent dispenser, a very cool little gadget that dispenses scent automatically in 20 minutes intervals or at dawn & dusk. It’s pretty slick.
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