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Geigerrig RIG 500 Hydration Pack Review

May 19, 2017

The Geigerrig Hydration Engine is a patented design consisting of a water bladder, a drinking tube with a nozzle, and a “power bulb” with tube used to pressurize the device. Each Geigerrig water bladder is removable, and it has quick-release valves to attach and remove the drinking and power bulb tubes to the bladder. The ability to remove the bladder is huge. It makes filling the bladder a snap, but just as important, it makes cleaning the bladder easy.

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Nikon Monarch HG 10x42mm Binocular Review

May 17, 2017

Nikon’s new binocular for 2017 is stylish, easy to use and extremely bright and clear. Couple that with a Field Flattener Lens new to the Monarch series and a record breaking field of view, and you have an exceptional binocular at a great price, especially when compared to similar models.

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Sitka Gear Review – New And Classic Styles

May 16, 2017

A personal favorite is the Celsius Shacket (MSRP:$199.00). This “shacket” offers everything you need in a vest with short sleeves and everything you need in a jacket with short sleeves. TheCelsius Shacket takes the concept of body-mapping to the extreme, giving you the insulation only where you need it. A first-of-its-kind construction incorporates a diagonal full-length zipper and built-in front hand muff with short sleeves.

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Improve Your Core Stability

May 10, 2017

When it comes to any physical activity, the importance of a functional central core is crucial to performance and avoidance of injury. You might be reading this article because you are curious on just how to improve your “core.”  Core stability is the game changer as it allows you to maximize force generation and minimize the loading on joints across all types of activities. Unfortunately, there is a huge misconception on what the “core” is and the evaluation of it.

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Just Announced: Leupold LTO-Quest

April 27, 2017

Just in time for the start of the 2017 NRA Show, Leupold has announced the addition of a new thermal device, the Leupold LTO-Quest. This handheld thermal device offers a new way for hunters to track downed game or scout their surroundings. The LTO-Quest has smartphone-like styling, and it fits in the palm of your hand or stows easily in your pocket when not in use.

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Digiscoping - Not For The Faint Of Heart

April 24, 2017

The experts make it look and sound easy when they routinely capture wonderful images through their spotting scopes. My experience—despite using the bright and clear optics of a Vortex Viper HD 20-60x80mm—made it obvious there’s a whole lot more to digiscoping than meets the eye.

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Hiking As An Alternative To Running

April 21, 2017

The worse thing you can do on an early season hike is take a route longer than you’re prepared for. Remember miles look easier to hike on a map then they do in person. Trust me, I’ve taken 8 mile loops at altitude early in the season and been completely wiped by the time I get back to the truck. Don’t make the same mistake.

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Hunting Clothing - Spring Layering

April 18, 2017

However, the emerging spring can create a dilemma for sportsmen and women, and it centers on the weather. Often here in the south, we wake to temperatures around freezing only to have a forty degree warm up within a few hours. Dressing for a thirty-five degree morning is one thing, but then trying not swelter as the sun begins to get higher in the sky can be a challenge. Thankfully, we have some great hunting clothing now that allows for some layering choices that make this a bit easier for the sportsmen and women.

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First Lite Sawtooth Jacket Review

April 17, 2017

One of the big announcements from hunting brand First Lite at SHOT 2017 was the Sawtooth Hybrid Jacket. I had a chance to test this unique new hunting jacket in Colorado early this year, and I was extremely pleased with how the Sawtooth performed. The jacket is based on what First Lite does best, Merino hunting clothing. It is extremely breathable and silent, which makes it perfect for the Western hunting scenarios I’m familiar with, or early season tree stand engagements.

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Trail Cams for Spring Turkeys

April 07, 2017

I run trail cameras almost all year round. I love watching deer grow antlers and waiting for them to shed. I like watching spring turkeys do their thing, and then figuring out how to best hunt them. Most people think that trail cameras are only good for fall deer hunting, but that's not true. They can also tell us a lot about spring turkey behavior.

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When To Use Compression Gear

March 31, 2017

If you find yourself participating in a marathon, you might just see a handful of people wearing compression sleeves, socks, tights, and other various compression gear. These tight-fitting garments are thought to improve blood flow to the muscles by holding them firmly and thus potentially improving that marathon PR. More and more athletes are wearing them during competition, games, or running events. But does it really improve athletic performance?

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New Sitka Gear 2017 – Logo Wear And Line Additions

March 29, 2017

We’re back with more Sitka Gear additions new for 2017 including an upgrade to the Kelvin Jacket and Vest series, new Sitka Waterfowl clothing and new Sitka Gear casual and logo wear.

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Bow Hunting Turkeys

March 27, 2017

As the popularity of turkey hunting continues to grow, there is a certain segment of hunters that believe for some strange reason, they should up the ante in the turkey’s favor. These hunters have opted to forgo shotguns in favor of archery tackle.

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Morel Mushroom Hunting - The Ultimate Spring Game

March 23, 2017

If morel mushrooms could run away, I swear I’d never find one. Thankfully they don’t, but still, they are at times one of the most advanced game species I’ve ever faced. Morel mushroom hunting is one of my favorite spring past times, and for good reason. First, they are delicious. They’re also challenging to find, and incredibly rewarding when I do get my hands on them.

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The 41st NWTF Expo 2017 – New Products Part 2

March 22, 2017

With turkey season already under way for some of the southern states and fast approaching for others across the nation, I hope every turkey hunter can find something of interest from the items I found useful and exciting on the NWTF expo floor. Wishing each of you a fantastic season—“Hunt hard, harvest ethically and may your turkey vest be full of feathers.”

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The 41st NWTF Expo 2017 – New Products Part 1

March 21, 2017

There were so many excellent products and quality gear on the expo floor, some new, some old, some improved, but more importantly something that was on the list of the many turkey hunting enthusiasts. I wanted to share some of the gear that I found getting rave reviews and much attention from the attendees that I talked to at the expo.

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New Sitka Gear Products 2017 – Subalpine

March 20, 2017

Sitka Gear takes a comprehensive approach to designing hunting clothing. They select high-performance materials, utilize the best clothing technologies like Gore-Tex, Windstopper, PrimaLoft, and Polygiene, and deploy them in strategic combinations to address various hunting situations. For more on Sitka Gear Technology, check out The Technology Of Sitka Gear.

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The High-Performance Vortex Viper HD 20-60×80 mm (straight)

March 06, 2017

Optics reviews usually come in two versions—so thickly coated in science and math that you get head cramps, or watered down until the only flavor detectable is writer opinion. The Vortex Viper HD 20-60×80 mm deserves something between, though, because it has the kind of features worth understanding and performance that doesn’t need much commentary.

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Gear For The Ballgame

March 03, 2017

The season can hold plenty of surprises for spectators. Cold temperatures and snow can threaten during the beginning and end of the season while sweltering heat and sun exposure can make middle season games uncomfortable. Of course, there is always the potential storm threatening a rain delay.

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Half-Marathon Training Plan

March 02, 2017

With my running journey I had to first learn how to run. I spent a whole summer learning how to run a solid 5 miles without dying and before I knew it, I jumped up to 10 miles because the crazy people in the run club I joined convinced me to. As you were probably thinking, these same people convinced me to run that first half marathon.

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The Bug Out Bucket

February 28, 2017

First and foremost, these food grade buckets with seal-able, rubber gasket lids are just about hurricane proof. They can easily seal in any items so they are air and water tight. Sometimes in fact, I have a hard time getting the lids off! I have my buckets organized in different ways. Some of my buckets are used for food storage while others hold gear.

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What ELSE To Do While You Hunt Morels

February 21, 2017

Instead of tackling mushroom hunting techniques of our own today, we thought we’d turn to a related topic – what else to do while you’re hunting for mushrooms. Here are some interesting ideas for multi-tasking while you’re out in the woods or field.

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The Technology Of Sitka Gear

February 17, 2017

Sitka, one of the premier hunting apparel brands in the industry, uses several high-tech materials to achieve all these goals. Let’s take a closer look at the technology that goes into each and every Sitka jacket, pant and accessory.

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Reasons To Run

February 16, 2017

Today we thought we’d take a step back and look at something basic – the reasons we run. It’s easy to get caught up in gear reviews, workout plans, and running routes, but why do we run in the first place? There are other ways to stay in shape, and more than any other athletic activity, running is the workout people dread the most (well that and maybe “leg days”). Those who don’t run very often but think about upping the frequency will benefit from a list like this as well. Let’s get into the main reasons we run.

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