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Muddy Bloodsport Hang On [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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Back in January 2011, I met up with the crew from Muddy Outdoors at the ATA Show in Indianapolis where they unveiled the new Bloodsport hang-on stand and from that day on I wanted one.

I counted down the days until the Bloodsport would ship and probably called Chad from Muddy more times than he’d like to admit! Just a few days after the season had started in Connecticut my Bloodsport stands had arrived. Out of the box, the stand required a minimal amount of assembly which consisted of attaching the tree bracket to the back of the stand and sliding the waterproof foam seat on to the metal frame – that was it.

Last season I hunted from a Muddy Hunter Pro hang-on stand so I was familiar with the set up and quality of the stands. The Bloosport is basically the exact same stand as the Hunter Pro with a different attachment system. Like Muddy’s Climbing Sticks, the Bloodsport utilizes a rope and cam system to securely attach to the tree.

My first time using the Bloodsport was actually on a hunt the very next morning after it arrived. With the Bloodsport on my back I headed to the area I wanted to hunt and hung the Bloodsport while I was 20 feet up in the tree hanging by my lineman’s rope in the dark (I’d strongly recommend you hang the stand during the day prior to using it so you’re familiar with how it works).

The Bloodsport was super easy to hang and very quiet to set up. I did make some noise while hanging the stand, but nothing like I normally would when using the ratchet strap from the Hunter Pro. The noise mainly came from two metal covers that rotate over the cams to prevent the rope from accidentally being knocked out of the cams while you’re on the stand. Personally, I don’t think these cam covers are necessary after tying a knot with the tag end of the rope to prevent it from coming loose (otherwise they’d probably be on the climbing sticks as well), but they do provide an additional layer of safety and security for the hunter.

In 2011 I took three Bloodsports with me to Kansas for my 10-day DIY bowhunt for whitetails on public land. I think I spend more time scouting and hanging stands and cameras than anything else, but the Bloodsport and Muddy Climbing Sticks made the work easy. I carried a few screw in steps because I like to climb big gnarly trees with multiple trunks so I can stay hidden on stand, but I never needed more than four screw in steps before being able to use my climbing sticks. It took me a little while to adjust to hunting from a treestand in Kansas because the woods were just totally different and I couldn’t climb as high as I normally do in New York. As such, there were several times when I hung a stand, climbed onto it and then realized I had to drop the stand a foot or so. The rope and cam system made these minor adjustments super easy and very quick to accomplish.

I’ve beat these stands up, put them to use in all sorts of trees and they haven’t let me down a single time. I’ve actually sold my climber since purchasing the Bloodsport because this is the ultimate stand for the mobile hunter. No longer do I have to search for a straight tree that’s not too big so I can get 20 feet up with my climber, now I can hunt in any tree I want. The Bloodsport also allows you to tuck yourself into trees with multiple trunks and large branches to help break up your outline so the deer don’t pick you out.

Now that I’ve shared my experiences with the Bloodsport with you, let’s get down to the details. The Bloodsport shares the same 26″ x 20″ platform as the Hunter Pro and weighs in at a mere 10 1/2 pounds. The rope system quickly and quietly gets the stand secured tightly to the tree for a rock-solid and quiet platform for the hunter. Additionally, the ropes double as backpack straps making packing the stand in a breeze.

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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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