Review of Raven Wear Muff

20 04 2012

Posted on April 1, 2012 at Ladies in Camo.

I attended the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show in Harrisburg, PA, and there was one item that really jumped out to me; The Convert-A-Muff made by Raven Wear. At first glance the muff is like so many other hand warming muffs on the market, but when you look closer there is a major difference. This muff unrolls to create a seat warmer, a back warmer or a lap warmer. There is a zippered compartment perfect for hand warmers or other small gear. The entire unit straps around your waist (or the tree) and while walking you can roll your coat into the Convert-A-Muff for ease of carrying.

The simple design makes it useful in so many ways. I tried it out on a recent hog hunt. The muff does everything they advertise and so much more. I wrapped it around the tree stand bar so my gun would rest quietly.

I moved the rolled unit to my back to use as a lumbar support, the combination of fabrics used really holds the heat in. The only downside was the Velcro fasteners make a lot of noise, but only when unrolling it. I could easily see me finding new ways to use this product every time I use it. Soon I am flying to Saskatchewan, and I can see the Convert-A-Muff becoming my neck pillow on the flight.

If you hunt in cold weather, you will enjoy the benefits this Convert-A-Muff has to offer. At $80 this muff is an affordable way to stay warm while enjoying your hunts.

Contact Information:

Raven Wear of Canada Inc.
Box 411
Caroline, Alberta, Canada
T0M 0M0

Review of Savage Arms Lady Hunter Rifle

20 04 2012

This post originally was published in Ladies in Camo Product Reviews.

Lady Hunter

At the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA, I had the opportunity to get my hands on the new Lady Hunter Model 11/111 rifle made by Savage Arms, which was released for sale this year. I was definitely intrigued by my handling of this gun. It took nearly 2 months for this gun to arrive at our local gun shop, and for me to be able to shoot one.

When you pull the rifle to your shoulder, everything just fits. This rifle was not just cut down; they actually took the time to design features that provided a better fit for ladies. We (as women) generally have longer necks then men, so they raised the comb to position for greater comfort when shouldering the rifle. They also shortened the stock and shortened the length of pull, and then thinned out the palm to better fit a woman’s hand. Easily noticed is how light the rifle is, weighing around 6 ½ pounds. They also were able to lighten the weight of the fore end, this helps with staying steady when aiming at your target. There are many calibers available; 22-250 Rem, .223 Rem, .243 Win, .270 Win, 30-06 Spfld, .308 win, 6.5 Creedmoor and 7mm-o8 Rem.

I started with the 30-06 Springfield, using Remington Core-Lokt managed recoil shells. I had breast cancer 2 ½ years ago, so recoil is still a problem. I equipped the rifle with a Leupold VX-3L scope, and was sighted in in 3 shots. After sighting in, I was able to hold a 3 round group in a 1” circle at 100 yards. I also sighted in a second Lady Hunter using 150 grain Remington Core-Lokt shells; again I was able to group in a 1” circle at 100 yards. This gun was simply a pleasure to shoot, and I never felt beat up by the recoil.

Recently I took the Lady Hunter on 2 separate wild hog hunts in Florida and Alabama. Both times I was rewarded with single shot kills, and easy tracking. The Florida hog only went about 30 yards, while the Alabama hog dropped in her tracks. It is important to me to make ethical shots and have confidence in my gun, and through practice, I am confident in my shot placement. The recoil was easily tolerated, and the rifle is a pleasure to use and carry. I have had other “ladies” rifles that still feel like they were designed for a man but with shorter stocks, or painted pink, but not this one. There’s no “pink” in this gun. To put it bluntly, “I love this rifle!” I am already looking into adding a couple of other calibers to my arsenal.

If you are looking for a new rifle, or men, if you are buying one for the lady in your life, you’ll want to checkout Savage Arms new Lady Hunter. At a MSRP of $819 this is an affordable way to get set up with a comfortable rifle, one that will feel custom made for you right off the rack. Order one at your local Gun Shop, and get put on the waiting list for this rifle, it is worth the wait!

Specs on the Lady Hunter Model 11/111:
Series: Specialty
Stock material: Wood
Stock finish: Matte
Stock color: Natural
AccuTrigger: Yes
Sights: None
AccuStock: No
Magazine: Detachable box
Barrel material: Carbon Steel
Barrel finish: Matte
Available chamberings: 22-250 Rem, 223 Rem, 243 Win, 270 Win, 30-06 Spfld, 308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7MM-08 Rem

Specs on the 30-06 SPFLD:
Sku: 19660
Handed: Right
Rate of Twist: 10
Weight: 6.5 lbs
Overall Length: 40.75″
Barrel Length: 20″
Ammo Capacity: 4 round(s)
MSRP: $819.00

Contact Information:

Savage Arms 100 Springdale Road Westfield, MA 01085

Also mentioned:

Remington Core-Lokt

Leupold VX-3L:

Booking with an Outfitter

20 04 2012

This post originally appeared in

I recently booked a hunting trip to South Africa, that prompted several of our hunting friends to express desire to travel to hunt, but they do not know where to start. Here is a list of things I do when booking a hunt with an Outfitter.

When you decide to book a hunt, research everything you can! Start with deciding what species you want to go for, and what you would be happy to take home as a trophy. There are outfitters that specialize in every species of animal that is legal to hunt. If you want to shoot a record book buck, go where you have the best chance to do so; don’t go where a record buck has never even been seen. By taking into account whether this outfitter has produced record book quality animals, you can up your chances of bagging the trophy of your dreams. This is one time you do not want to bargain shop. Book the best hunt you can afford. But remember, nothing is a sure thing.

The bigger the hunt, the further in advance you need to start planning.

My South Africa trip is being planned 15 months in advance. This is not to say that you could not pull it together much quicker, but a lot of things would have to fall into place for that to happen. Some outfitters may be booked two or even three years in advance, and the tags for some animals in certain situations are on a draw system, and it may take you years to win your tag.

Set a budget for your trip and try to stick to it. There will always be unforeseen expenses, but do your best to not break the bank.

Next you need to decide where you want this hunt to take place. I like to travel and see new things, so sometimes I pick an outfitter that is in a location I have always wanted to go to. Keep in mind your travel costs, and even the extra time needed to get to your destination. If you are traveling to a foreign country, you will need a passport, possibly a visa, and very likely vaccinations. None of these need to be a deal breaker, just be aware of the time and cost factor of applying for the proper documents or visits needed at the Doctor’s to be up to date with the vaccinations.

Take notice of your limitations when planning. Do you want to be sitting in a blind freezing during a Saskatchewan deer hunt? Or are you’re the type that doesn’t like to sit still at all, maybe a spot and stalk would be the right choice then. If you get winded walking up a flight of stairs, maybe a Colorado Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep hunt isn’t for you. If you take your time, and look at many hunts and outfitters, you will find the right fit for you.

Once you have narrowed down you selections, there are a few questions you should ask or at least consider;

1. Have your outfitter specify what does the cost of the hunt include? Such as lodging, food, guides, transportation, some include the field dressing and caping of your animal, and packing of your meat/hides for the trip home

2. What does the cost of the hunt NOT include? Such as licenses, tips, caping fee, trophy fees, fuel surcharge and possibly a fine for shooting an undersized animal.

3. What type of lodging will be included? Wall tents with no showers, or a lodge with all the amenities of home, and will you be sharing a room with a stranger. Also, will you need to bring a sleeping bag and your own towels?

4. If you have dietary restrictions, can the outfitter accommodate that?

5. What type of transportation to the hunting areas is provided? This could be ATV’s, trucks, horses or even boats.

6. How many hunters are assigned to a guide?

7. How much land does the outfitter have to hunt, and if it is public or private lands?

8. How frequently do they place hunters in a stand? And will you have to option to change stands if you are not seeing anything?

9. If you tag out early, can you purchase an extra tag, go fishing or leave early? I have been on hunts that are for 1 buck, but the state allows 3. You may be able to pay an additional amount to the outfitter to go after that second buck.

10. How physical is the hunt? If you are out of shape a spot and stalk hunt on a mountain may not be for you. Can they accommodate disabilities?

11. How do you purchase your license and tags? Most state licenses are now online, but the tags may be limited or on the draw system. Can they help you get the proper tags?

12. How early should you book? The outfitter will know how quickly hunts fill up, but do not feel pressured to book earlier then you are ready. If you miss out on the hunt this year, book for next.

13. How many hunters can they accommodate at a time? This is more important than you would think. If a camp tells you they take only 6 hunters a week, but state they could fit you in with a group of 10, how stressed will their system be? Both the lodging and the guides will be stretched over a greater number than usual. You may be sacrificing a quality hunt to fit in those extra hunters.

14. What types of hunts are offered at what times of year? Bow hunting, rifle hunting, muzzle loader, youth. Are they equipped with the proper stands for each style of hunting?

15. What type of stands do they offer? If you are afraid of heights, then the 20’ high clamp on with climbing sticks will be out of the question.

16. What are the camps bag limits? These often are less in quantity than the state may allow you to take, it is important to clarify this with your outfitter.

17. Is there a minimum size restriction? This could be an 8 point minimum or a 130” class antler restriction. If you are unsure of what a 130” class buck looks like, ask!

18. Ask for references, ask your friends, look for reviews on the internet.

19. Is the outfitter licensed and insured?

20. Lastly, do they have a range where you can sight in your weapon? Especially if you are flying, your gun/bow case is going to take a lot of abuse. Make sure it is sighted in before you take it out hunting.

OK, you have made the deal, now you need to arrange transportation. If you are traveling a great distance from your home, you probably want to contact a travel agent or AAA. They can schedule your flights, rent a car for you, and arrange overnight accommodations for the nights before or after your hunt. You can do all this for yourself, but if you are traveling out of the country a professional will also be able to help you with the laws for the temporary import of a firearm or other weapon into the country, and assist you with any visas you may need. They will also offer trip insurance and travel medical insurance/medical evacuation insurance. All of these, while a good idea, are entirely up to you.

Once I have booked a hunt, I tend to find out everything I can about the area. This helps in the packing, but also gives you an idea of the local weather, culture and attractions. It would be a shame to go to South Africa, in my case, and not experience some of the wonderful natural attractions that the country has to offer.

Start packing! You are going to have a great time!

Gator Hunting with Deep South Outfitters

20 04 2012

This post originally was posted on Tails of The Hunt

We arrived in Florida to temperatures in the low 40’s, not a great time to start a hunt for alligators with Deep South Outdoors. The first night was too cold to even consider going out, but Capt. Billy was able to help fill our time with bow fishing for mullet. This was our first attempt at bowfishing. After so many years of shooting at a target, it was hard for me to shoot below it. My attempt was not impressive, but I did manage to hit a fish-once!! The next time, I will do better, I promise!

The next evening was my chance to hunt. After a short boat ride and instruction on the crossbow and what was to come, Capt. Billy started calling and spot lighting, and immediately we were rewarded with big splashing not far from our location. This alligator was rushing to the boat very aggressively. When the gator was only a few feet from the boat, Capt. Billy told me to shoot. I pulled the trigger and thought I had missed! There was no splashing, just quiet. Then Kenny started yelling “she spined it!”. There laid my alligator right where I had shot it. I finished it off with a bang stick and helped tape the mouth and rear legs. This portion of my hunt from the start of calling to pulling it into the boat was about 3 minutes, a very intense adrenaline packed 3 minutes!

Dale’s hunt happened the next evening, and was as different from mine as you could get. Capt. Billy called and called, moving frequently, but the water and air temperatures were very cool. Finally the calling brought movement in the weeds. Very slowly, cautiously this alligator crept into our sight, stopping often, always quietly.

Finally when the gator was about 8 foot from the boat Dale shot and the splashing and thrashing was on! After the gator calmed down somewhat it was pulled up to the boat and shot with the bang stick. Dale taped the mouth and legs and we were off once again to butcher shop. As well as our hunts went with the weather being against us, I cannot wait to go again when the air and water are more comfortable.