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Muddy Climbing Sticks [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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PROS: Quick, quiet and easy to set-up, 20″ long, swiveling legs for solid grip to tree, rope and cam lock system, geared dual steps, easy on, easy off, lightweight at 2.5 pounds.

CONS: Limited by the length of rope to which size trees you can attach the sticks to.

MSRP: $149.95 for 4 climbing sticks; $39.95 for a single climbing stick

There is a harsh reality when hunting the suburbs of New York – you have a real possibility of getting anything you leave in the woods stolen. I’ve had fixed stands stolen and game cameras stolen and this is when I’m on private land and the only one with permission to hunt!

Climbers are great and I use one most of the time, but you limit yourself to where you can hunt because not every tree is climber friendly.

If I could only have one treestand to hunt from it would be a Muddy Hunter Hang-on with a set of Muddy Climbing Sticks – this is the ultimate combination for the whitetail hunter. With this combo, I can hunt any tree I see fit which maximizes my chances of getting close to the game and scoring on a trophy whitetail.

What I like about the Muddy Climbing Sticks is that they’re lightweight at 2.5 pounds each and use Muddy’s patented dual geared steps which give you a large, secure footing when ascending and descending from your treestand.The climbing sticks are 20″ long and I use 5 of them to get up over 20 feet above ground which is where I like to hunt most of the time. That being said, during the early season I’ll typically hunt lower when I can use cover from surrounding trees to hide me.

Muddy’s rope and cam lock system make attaching the sticks to the tree quick and easy. They’re also super quiet and you don’t have to worry about any metal on metal contact. There are two legs on the back of the stick by the gears that swivel to adjust to the shape of the tree which ensures a solid grip when you put your weight on the climbing sticks.

To attach the sticks to the tree simply open the top and bottom geared steps, wrap the rope tightly around the tree and lock it into the cam on the climbing stick. Take the end of the excess rope and go behind the rope coming out of the climbing stick forming a loop. Pull the rope through the loop and pull tight to ensure the rope can not come out of the cam and you’re ready to go! When you first step on the climbing stick it will slide down the tree a tiny bit as it locks into place. This is normal and something that happens with all climbing sticks the first time there is the weight on them.

To take down the climbing sticks start from the top and take them down as you descend the tree. If you’re using four sticks and the fourth stick is at the top of the tree you would stand on the third stick and then remove the fourth stick. Simply push up on the stick to loosen the slack on the rope, undo the knot that you tied and pull the rope from the cam. It’s that simple.

Muddy came up with a great way to carry the sticks as well. The legs on each stick have a molded center that locks to the square tube of the stick so you can stack them on top of each other. Then use the supplied strap to securely hold the sticks together as a set and you’re on your way.

I’ll also use this climbing stick if I have a fixed stand I want to leave in the woods, but not have to use all the climbing sticks to get up the tree. In this case, I’ll use three climbing sticks to get me to where my screw-in steps start and then climb up to my stand using the three steps. This allows me to leave a set up in the woods where I hunt without having to worry that someone will be in my stand the next time I go hunt.

When it comes to climbing sticks, Muddy’s are hard to beat. It’s a high-quality product that was built by hunters and will help you get into that perfect spot for a close encounter with a big buck. The last deer I took was because of a quick and quiet set-up using my Muddy Hunter Hang-on and the Muddy Climbing Sticks. For the treestand hunter, this system is hard to beat.

Note: All sticks rated to 300lbs. User and gear must not exceed this weight limit.

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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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