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Deer Hunting

  • January 14, 2014

    New Rifle and Cartridge: 26 Nosler Cartridge and Nosler Patriot Rifle

    By The Editors

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    Meet the new, screaming fast Nosler 26 cartridge and Patriot rifle. It's a flat-shooting, big-game cartridge offered in a 129-grain bullet (3,400 fps muzzle velocity) and a 140-grain bullet (3,300 fps muzzle velocity). The Patriot is a production rifle based on the M48 action and will retail for about $1,600. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 14, 2014

    New Rifle: Cabela’s Exclusive Savage Model 10T Tactical Bolt

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    By Dave Hurteau

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    Given the precision rifles and buckets of ammo involved, long-range rifle shooting is a spendy hobby, as a rule. But this 9.5-pound tactical bolt makes it more affordable than ever, by a long shot. (Get it?) [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 14, 2014

    New Rifle and Scope Combo: Howa Model 1500 Walnut and Zeiss Terra

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    By Dave Hurteau

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    Not every bargain is cheap. These days, it seems like all the big gun makers have a sub-$500 bolt action that is crazy accurate, reliable enough, eminently useful — but screams CHEAP!

    Typically, it’s a rough fit and finish and chinsey plastic stock that are doing all that screaming. But you get none of that here. Instead, you get a handsome walnut stock, pretty darn good fit and finish, and the same barrel and action that comes on a Howa Hogue or Weatherby Vanguard Series 2, both good, accurate guns. You also get a 3-9X42 Zeiss Terra 3X scope, plus rings and a one-piece base. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 13, 2014

    Bonus Report: A Memorial Hunt at the End of the Season

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    By Brandon Ray

    Lisa Armbruster is a hairdresser. She is a beautiful person both inside and out. While she clips my hair, we talk about deep subjects such as divorce, faith in God, and our children. And of course if anyone talks to me long enough, eventually we will talk about hunting.

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  • January 13, 2014

    New Hunting Bow: Obsession Evolution

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    By Dave Hurteau

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    Specs: 32-inch axle-to-axle; 6-inch brace height; 4.1 pounds; 353 IBO

    Of all the bows at the show, this one surprised and impressed me most. This company debuted only a few years ago—yet another up-and-comer spearheaded by the wildly talented Kevin Strother. The 2014 ATA show was Obsession’s coming out party, and the pretty young thing, all dressed up for the occasion, is their flagship bow, the Evolution. I’ll stress again that the show floor is not a place to evaluate bows, but based only on the half a dozen shots I took, I’m not sure I’ve ever shot a bow this fast that was this pleasant to shoot. I can’t wait to shoot it for real. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 13, 2014

    New Hunting Bow: Elite Energy 32

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    By Dave Hurteau

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    Specs: 31.75-inch axle-to-axle; 7-inch brace height; 4.3 pounds; 335 IBO

    What always stands out with Elite bows in general is how pleasant they are to shoot. We absolutely gushed about last year’s Hunter in this regard. But it was slow. Too slow to rank it among the very top bows. The Energy is significantly faster at 335. The company had to update the cams and strengthen the riser to pull it off, but, based on the little bit of shooting one is able to do at ATA, pull it off they have. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 13, 2014

    New Hunting Bow: Bowtech RPM 360

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    By Dave Hurteau

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    Specs: 31-inch axle-to-axle; 6-inch brace height; 4.4 pounds; 360 IBO

    Last year, Bowtech throttled back in the IBO race to produce the smooth-shooting and very accurate (for me, at least) Experience, which won our 2013 Best of the Best Award for bows. So it was time to jump back onto the gas pedal. The RPM 360 is a speed bow with several major new technologies, the most apparent of which is the trapezoidal I-beam riser, designed to handle lots of energy with minimal torque. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 13, 2014

    New Hunting Bow: Bear Archery Agenda 6

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    By Dave Hurteau

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    Specs: 32-inch axle-to-axle; 6-inch brace height; 3.9 pounds; 350 IBO

    Last year Bear surprised us with their first pure speed bow, the 350-IBO Motive 6, which did well in our Best-of-the-Best testing—and I (as just one of four testers) thought it should have done a little better than it did. Well, the Agenda is basically the Motive with a new riser and improved cable guard and string suppressors. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 11, 2014

    Apex Covert: Top-Line Bow Sight at a Reasonable Price

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    By Michael R. Shea

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    Specs:

    1.8” single-pin slider; swappable .010 or .019 pin, 8.5 oz.; First, second and third axis with illuminated levels.

    With the new Covert single-pin slider, Apex packed every single feature you’d want in a high-end hunting bow sight, and priced it under $150. At 8.5 oz. it’s among the lightest sliders out there. Only the Archer Xtreme Driver, so far as I know, is lighter, but that was achieved with a good bit of plastic on the housing. The Convert is solid aluminum construction throughout. Only the pin itself is plastic, much like Black Gold sights, but with the Apex you can swap in and out a .010 or .019 pin. The pin itself is clear and slides backward and forward on a small track, letting the user select a green, red or amber pin color. It’s a neat feature and may be helpful for colorblind guys needing an off-the-shelf option. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 11, 2014

    New Hunting Bow: Prime Alloy

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    By Dave Hurteau

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    Specs: 33.25-inch axle-to-axle; 6.75-inch brace height; 4.2 pounds; 335 IBO

    Here’s what I said last year about Prime’s 2013 flagship, the Impact: “This would be one hell of a bow if it wasn’t such a club.” Well, the Alloy, which shoots very much like the Impact but is a little shorter and significantly lighter, is not a club. As so therefore, it is a hell of bow. Of course, the other companies have stepped up their game, too. But this is a major improvement in my opinion. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 11, 2014

    New Hunting Bow: Hoyt Faktor Turbo

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    By Dave Hurteau

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    Specs: 33-inch axle-to-axle; 6-inch brace height; 4.0 pounds; 340 IBO

    Last year’s aluminum Spyder Turbo took third place overall in our Best of the Best testing, and it was the top-ranking speed bow. (You may think that a 340-IBO bow doesn’t quite deserve the “speed bow” tag, but that rating was conservative; it lit up the chronograph.) This year’s version, the Faktor Turbo, has the same (probably conservative) IBO rating and yet a new cam designed for a smoother draw. Is it smoother? As I say in the vid, that’s pretty much impossible to evaluate at the show. Basically, it feels a lot like last year’s Spyder Turbo, which we really liked, except it’s 1 inch shorter and .4 pounds lighter. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 10, 2014

    Rut is on in Northern Alabama, Florida Panhandle

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    By Eric Bruce

    Overall activity status: “The rut is in full swing in northern Alabama. I am hearing of bucks chasing does across much of north Alabama,” reports Shane Dempsey. “I have seen some incredible rut activity the last two weeks, from bucks chasing does to a 120-inch 8-pointer breaking a sapling in half. Also, I have had several good friends kill 130-class 8-pointers. I expect more big bucks to fall in the next two weeks.”
     
    Northern Florida, southern and eastern Louisiana, and most of Mississippi are also seeing good overall activity due to the rut.
     
    Fighting: None reported, though any time you have bucks competing for estrous does and aggressive rub-making, there is bound to be some fighting going on and this is when it may occur in rut states. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 10, 2014

    Rut Is Winding Down, But Not Out

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    By Brandon Ray

    While the rut is gone in the rest of the region, in the pear and thorns of the south Texas brush country, some bucks are still acting goofy. Robert Sanders, manager of the Temple Ranch had this to share on the current status of the rut. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 10, 2014

    New Hunting Bow: Strother Vital

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    By Dave Hurteau

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    Specs: 32-inch axle-to-axle; 7-inch brace height; 4 pounds; 335 IBO

    Like most of Strother’s recent offerings, the Vital strikes me as a heck of good all-around hunting bow. This year’s flagship has a new limb pocket designed to add strength and integrity and a new cam system. But from what I could tell, it shoots much like last year’s flagship, which a good thing. This is also a sharp-looking bow. The riser is simple and classy with a nice fit and finish. [ Read Full Post ]

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