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  • August 30, 2011

    Buck Scoring Contest Winner Confirmed!

    By Scott Bestul

    by Scott Bestul

    Well folks, if you’ve been following Dave Hurteau’s latest buck-scoring contest, you’ll know it was hotly contested. That contest tested your scoring ability on bucks shot last fall by Mathew pro-staffers and offered the reward of a Mathews 2011 flagship bow, the Z7 Extreme. Amazingly, after four tough-to-judge bucks, we had a three-way tie between AlpoHunts11, 1RutNBuc, and Jrm0023, three men whose eyes were so keen they were off by a mere 2/8” on four great whitetails!

    The tie-breaker buck was this beautiful whitetail, shot by Mathews pro-staffer Mike Davis last fall.

    Dave asked that all tie-breaker scores be submitted by last Thursday (August 25) and, in a bit of a shocker, only one contestant—AlpoHunts11—made the deadline. So now it’s final: AlpoHunts11 is the winner of a new Mathews Z7 Extreme! Congrats to you Alpo, and we’ll be contacting you for information so we can get you your new bow!

  • August 30, 2011

    Deer Hunting Tip: How To Speed Scout for Whitetail

    By Editors

    When scouting during the rut speed is an essential element of success. Use your vehicle or an ATV to stay on top of rubs, scrapes, tracks and fresh signs.

  • August 26, 2011

    Scent Lok Notches Victory in Appellate Court

    By Scott Bestul

    Proving that it can certainly be re-activated in legal matters, ALS Enterprises—maker of Scent Lok clothing—is celebrating a decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals last week. That decision overturned a summary judgement ruling issued last year that found Scent Lok guilty of false advertising when it claimed its clothing “eliminated” human odor. We covered this issue in this space last year and in my “Whitetails” column titled “Something Stinks at Scent Lok” in the magazine.

    The judge presiding over the appeal ruled that ALS’s use of the terms “odor eliminating” and “reactivation” was not literally false. According to a press release issued by ALS, the judge ruled that “the district court had erred in ‘basing its determination of literal falsity on the most absolute of competing dictionary definitions of the word eliminate.’” Interestingly, the appellate court also gave substantial weight to the fact that ALS “introduced evidence of substantial customer satisfaction with ALS’s Scent Lok ™ products.” The court also ordered the dismissal of all claims for injunctive relief, stating “Plaintiffs failed to prove both the requisite irreparable injury and their core allegations that Defendants’ use of the terms ‘odor eliminating and reactivation’ were literally false.’”

  • August 23, 2011

    Countdown to F&S’s Best of the Best Bow #7

    By Scott Bestul

    If you subscribe to our magazine and have received the September issue, you already know which bow won our annual bow test. This space, of course, is devoted to the rest of the Class of 2011… And this week our countdown continues with the 7th place bow, the McPherson MR7.

    For details of how the test is conducted, see the original post.

    This week we’ll continue the countdown with:

    Bow #7: McPherson MR7

  • August 22, 2011

    Rattle Right

    By Editors

  • August 22, 2011

    The Rope a Dope or Clothes Line Scrape

    By Editors

  • August 19, 2011

    Finally, An Announcement in the Buck Scoring Contest

    By Dave Hurteau

    We finally have an official total gross score for all four bucks, I am relieved to tell you. I have already apologized profusely for keeping you waiting this long, so I won’t bother with any more of that. But eventually, for one of you at least, the wait will prove more than worth it when this new Mathews’ Z7 Xtreme shows up at your doorstep.

    Now to the bucks. They are an interesting group in that three of the four just so happen to have perfectly even gross scores, and two have scores that are smaller—to my eye anyway—than their pictures suggests. One in particular (can you guess?) looks at least 10 inches bigger than it actually is and no one could be blamed for guessing 20 inches too high. So, without further preamble, the gross B&C scores are as follows:

     

  • August 17, 2011

    Recovering From Food Plot Failures

    By Scott Bestul

    Despite our best attempts, not every food plot will look like the one pictured above. Rain doesn’t fall, weeds take over, seeds don’t germinate, and sometimes even the whitetails are a problem; two of our most anticipated plots this year were completely wiped out by deer by the end of July. Such disasters leave us with two options; give up, or try to remedy the situation with another attempt.

    Shortly after writing this, I’m heading out to help a neighbor with the second option. This past weekend we tilled under our two failed plots and dragged them with a 6-foot drag pulled behind an ATV. Today we’ll re-plant them and hope that enough rain falls to salvage the plots.

  • August 12, 2011

    Buck Scoring Contest Closed, Hope to Announce Winner Next Week

    By Dave Hurteau

    I know. I know. It’s been way too long. If you are among the majority of folks waiting patiently for the announcement of the winner of this contest, I’m afraid I have to ask you to wait just a little longer. Sorry for the trouble. If you are among the few waiting impatiently, I understand your frustration, but what can I tell you? I don’t like excuses either, but some things cannot be helped, despite every effort.

  • August 12, 2011

    Countdown to F&S's Best of the Best Bows the "Other" #9

    By Scott Bestul

    In my continuing coverage of our annual bow test, last week I covered the bow that tied for 9th place, the PSE Bow Madness. This post is devoted to the “other” 9th place bow, the Quest REV. These bows tied not because they are identical, or even similar, but simply because their overall scores matched.

    For details of how the test is conducted, see the original post. Every week from now until September, I’ll be posting reviews of the test bows, counting them down from #14 to #1 and revealing the winner here, shortly after the September issue hits mail boxes and newsstands.

    This week we’ll continue the countdown with:

    Bow #9 (version 2.0): Quest Rev 

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