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Carter Squeeze Me [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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PROS: Easy to use and set up, great aid for breaking bad habits and target panic

CONS: Clasp takes some getting used to, release is much larger than standard release aids causing a shift in anchor point

MSRP: $189.99

They say practice makes perfect, but in archery only perfect practice makes perfect. Shooting your bow can be as simple or as difficult as you make it out to be. In reality there’s not much to it, but break down the shot into different segments and start analyzing each part of the shot and you can turn a simple thing into something that’s not so simple.

I think I’ve always had a slight case of target panic, although I’d never seem to admit it, but it wasn’t until I bought my new bow that I really started to notice it. I would punch the trigger or flinch at the shot if I thought the bow was going to go off and it didn’t. It was actually quite scary and I could only imagine what would happen in the field. I was also rushing my shots and couldn’t seem to slow down enough to just pick a spot.

I started researching back tension releases, but was a little hesitant after reading stories of people punching themselves in the face. I knew I wanted a release without a trigger so there was no way I could pull anything. Initially the Scott Longhorn Hex, a T-handle release with a hinge trigger that’s attached to a wrist strap by a roller so it can fire as you draw seemed like a good place to start. However, I also knew that I wanted to hunt with my TruBall Beast release so I should probably get a more standard looking wrist release so the transition from one to the other would be minimal. This led me to the Carter Squeeze-me release.

What I really like about this release is that it has a trigger on it, but when you depress the trigger it doesn’t fire the release it simply disengages the safety so you can now fire the release with back tension. What’s great about this approach is that it gets you used to putting your finger on a trigger and helps you really concentrate on picking a spot and focusing on that spot. Once you press the trigger all you can do is keep pulling until the release fires.

The first time I pushed the trigger down on this release I instantly started shaking left and right as I was anticipating the bow firing and confirmed just how bad of a case of target panic I had. It took a little bit to get used to firing a release by pulling, but with nothing to do but aim I started to see my groups shrink.

After about an hour of shooting I went back to my hunting release, a TruBall Beast II. The first thing I instantly noticed was how small the TruBall release was compared to the Carter Squeeze-me release. I came to full draw with my TruBall release and wrapped my finger over the trigger and then began pulling through the shot while continuing to aim at the orange dot on my target. When the release went off I was completely surprised – I was off to a great start!

I continued shooting the Carter Squeeze-me for several days and watched as I was able to develop the muscles in my back and learn to how to fire the release the proper way. With my hunting release I only had to make one minor change – I swapped out the 3 ounce trigger spring for the 11 ounce trigger spring to I could focus on really using my back muscles to fire the shot.

Carter hit a home run with the Squeeze-me and it’s a great way to break your bad habits and learn how to shoot properly. By taking away my target panic, I can now be confident when I’m in the field that I can pick a spot on an animal and hit it. All you can do with the Sqeeze-me is aim and when it comes to archery that’s all you should be doing – the shot should take you by surprise.

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Glider Gloves for Bowhunting Deer [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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PROS: touch screen smartphones (tested on iPhone) function with high degree of accuracy, comfortable lightweight material, long cuffs, 10 finger touch screen capability

CONS: fit was slightly off, fingers were a bit short on my pair, not durable enough for use as an active hunting glove, grip material on glove palm creates torque on the bow hand

MSRP: $24.99

Last season I was contacted by Glider Gloves to field test a pair of their Urban Style Touchscreen Gloves. I had previously reviewed a pair of similar gloves by a company called A glove so I welcomed the chance to review these.

Compared to the Agloves, these gloves were higher quality and had a much longer cuff which is something I always look for in a hunting glove. As social media becomes a larger part of hunting and a growing part of NYBowhunter.com I welcomed the chance to be able to easily send updated to my Facebook fans from the tree stand. The Glider Gloves made it easy to text and check email while keeping my hands warm and concealed from the eyes of any nearby whitetail deer.

One thing bowhunters should note is the gloves have a grip on the palm. Some bowhunters, including myself, prefer not to have any grip on their gloves as it helps create torque which lead to less accurate shooting.

These gloves are great at what they were designed to do – be a comfortable touchscreen glove. However, for hunting purposes, you have to remember what these gloves were designed to do. If you plan on wearing these in the field and climbing up to your tree stand day in and day out you’ll rip through these knit gloves in about a month. If you want these gloves to last as a hunting glove you’re better off waiting until you’re settled in the stand before putting them on so there’s less wear and tear on the gloves.

Overall, I’d recommend these gloves if you’re looking for a true touch screen glove. They’re way nicer to use than similar hunting gloves with a silver pad on the pointer finger and thumb. Just remember, they’re not made for hunting, so don’t expect them to last you for several seasons if you’re rough with them.

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Fuse Mossy Oak Rugged iPhone Case [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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Last spring I was contacted by Paul at Fuse to try out a new case they had for the iPhone called the Mossy Oak Rugged Orange iPhone 4/4S Shell Case. It combined my two favorite colors – hunter orange and camo – so I gave the case a try.

The case is made up of an inner soft rubber case that acts as a shock absorber and a rigid polycarbonate frame on the out side for added protection.

What I really liked about this case was the fact that it wasn’t covered in a sticky rubber like some of my other iPhone cases so it didn’t pull my pocket out of my pants every time I reached for my phone. Another nice feature is the size of the case, it’s not oversized so you still feel like you have a slim smartphone.

My only complaint about the case was that it didn’t come with a screen protector. It wasn’t hard to find a stick on screen protector online, but it would have been nice if the case included one for 360 degree protection.

This iPhone case travelled with me on scouting missions, spring turkey hunts and fall deer hunts. I really liked the phone case and never had any issues with it coming apart on me, in fact I was really impressed on how well it stayed together. One of my previous cases from another manufacturer used to come apart all the time, but the Fuse case just stayed together.

So how did the case hold up? My phone survived a few drops off of the counter top in my kitchen, it slipped out of my hand and dropped on the floor outside several times and I dropped it in the woods more times than I care to remember, but the case took the brunt of all of the hits and the phone didn’t get a scratch. Had I dropped the phone out of the tree stand it would have been a different story, I think only a fully enclosed phone case would really protect in the event of a 20 foot fall (which I’ve done with a previous case and my phone survived).

Overall this is a quality case for the iPhone. Add a clear antiglare screen protector and you’re set. If you’re looking for a stylish phone case give the Fuse Mossy Oak Rugged iPhone Case a try.

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Bowtech Releases its First Carbon Riser Bow the Carbon Knight

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Bowtech Archery has released it’s first carbon riser bow – the Carbon Knight. Following the lead of Hoyt with the Carbon Matrix back in 2010, the new Carbon Knight from Bowtech weighs in at just 3.2 pounds (compared to 3.6 pounds for Hoyt’s Carbon Element G3).

Most manufacturers launch their new bows in the early fall (Bowtech usually launches their new bows at the ATA Show), but this one was “just too good to hold any longer,” says Samuel Coalson, Director of Marketing for Bowtech.

The Carbon Knight is said to have a smooth draw and plenty of speed at 330 feet per second. The Carbon Knight features Bowtech’s binary cam design, the Knight Riser constructed from durable carbon, a 7-inch brace height for forgiveness and a 32-inch axle-to-axle length. Draw lengths range from 26.5″ to 30.5″ and draw weights from 50 to 70 pounds in ten pound increments.

The bow is available in Black Ops and retails for $849 (Hoyt’s carbon bows are in the $1,200 range).

The new Carbon Knight definitely looks like an interesting bow and it’s a bow I’d like to try out and compare to some of the other carbon bows currently on the market. If you get a chance to shoot one leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

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