Mini Phantom Digital Call

15 11 2015

extreme dimension wildlife callsHave you ever been deer hunting, and heard the tell tale sound of a coyote in the distance? I have, and usually I have no way of calling that predator in close enough for a shot. Most times, having coyotes in the area means your deer hunt is over. Extreme Dimension Wildlife Calls makes a Mini Phantom Digital Call that is perfect for keeping in my pack, just waiting for those opportunities! The Mini Phantom is the smallest call in its class, and has many features only found in full size calls.

The handheld Mini Phantom Digital Call and the Interchangeable Sound Sticks. The Sound Sticks are about the size of a pack of gum. Photo: Diane Hassinger

The handheld Mini Phantom Digital Call and the Interchangeable Sound Sticks. The Sound Sticks are about the size of a pack of gum.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

The Mini Phantom Digital Call is a hand held call that is not any bigger than a flashlight. Measuring approximately 5 1/2″ long, 2″ wide and 2 1/2′ deep this small call takes up a minimum of space while projecting a very large sound. The call operates on 3 AAA batteries, and the battery life is phenomenal! I inadvertently left the call on from my last hunt in deer season, and 2 months later the call still worked, partly due to the unit being smarter then me, and turning itself off after 2 minutes of inactivity. The on/off volume control dial takes the sound all the way to a 110 db of volume, which is amazing given the size of the unit. The speaker is forward facing, and a accessory Mini Phantom Speaker can be attached for remote calling using the 25′ attachment cord.

The call uses interchangeable sound sticks, that come in many different animal combinations; Bear, Elk, Gobbler, Moose, Moose 2, Predator, Pred 2, Pred 3, Predator Quest 1, Predator Quest 2, Snow Goose, Whitetail, Deer 2, Duck, and Crow. Each stick contains 5 different effective sounds and a mute button. You have the ability to play 2 sounds simultaneously.

This coyote will not disrupt anymore deer hunts. Photo: Diane Hassinger

This coyote will not disrupt anymore deer hunts.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

I hunted for deer last season, while keeping the Mini Phantom in my backpack, just in case the opportunity arose to use it. As luck would have it, I was in a blind with my husband. We had been seeing deer all morning, when they just disappeared from sight. They had been feeding just out of range, so for them to just take off seemed odd. We heard yipping and a short yowl. I quickly pulled the call from my bag and hit the cottontail button. I played it for only a few seconds when a head was spotted in the distance. I hit the mute button, and the coyote made his way across the field. Dale wanted me to take the shot, but he was already with his slug gun. The coyote disappeared into a roll of the field, and we waited. As he cleared the roll in the field, Dale fired once at 124 yards and with a perfect shot dropped the coyote in his tracks. Now the best part! Since the coyote was no longer chasing game out of the field, I was able to take a good 9 point buck later in the same day! I have no doubt that having the Mini Phantom Call with me saved my deer hunt!

The MSRP of the Mini Phantom Digital Call is $44.99 and comes with 1 sound stick. The Interchangeable Sound Sticks are $19.99 each, and they can all be purchased at http://www.phantomcalls.com/Extreme-Dimension-Mini-Phantom-Series. Check the game laws for the state you are hunting in to determine if electronic calls are legal for the various game.

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Arctic Radwear by Radians

15 11 2015

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Everyone is affected by the heat at some point. On a recent trip to the Florida Keys, heat stroke was a real possibility. The new Arctic Radwear by Radians helped keep that possibility at bay.

The Radians Arctic Radwear Cooling Towel, Headshade, and Headband are made with Advanced ARCTIC™ Technology. This technology speeds the evaporation cooling process.  Using is simple: soak the band in water for 2 – 3 minutes and shake. This will provide cooling relief for up to five hours.  The patent pending stretch-fit spandex is designed to allow the band to move with your body. This provides a comfortable fit and allows for optimum blood circulation to help keep you cooler. All of the Arctic Radwear products are to be used during hot or strenuous outdoor activities: construction work, tough workouts, hunting, fishing, biking or hiking. The towel and the cooling pads on the Headband and Headshade are anti-microbial to prevent mold growth and unwanted smells. They are safe to use and reusable. The Headbands and Headshade come in several colors to coordinate with your clothing or activities. The Headband comes in Blue, Blue Paisley, Red Paisley, Camo, and High Visibility Lime. The Headshade comes in Blue, Blue Paisley, Red Paisley, and Camo. The Cooling Towel comes in Blue and High Visibility Lime.

The Radian's Arctic Radwear line includes the Cooling Towel, Headband and Headshade. Photo: Radians

The Radian’s Arctic Radwear line includes the Cooling Towel, Headband and Headshade.
Photo: Radians

My husband and I were down working on our boat and our friend’s home. Part of the time, we were replacing concrete block that had been damaged. As Dale proceeded to start laying the block, the sweat was already pouring off of his head. I quickly activated the Headband with water and had Dale start wearing it. It was easily noticeable that Dale no longer had sweat running into his eyes, and when I inquired about how hot he was, he replied “feeling good” with a smile. Later in the same trip, we were fishing out on the ocean, with no shade. I was wearing the Headshade, and at no point was I ever overheated. I also kept the Cooling Towel wet, and everyone was using it to wipe down their faces and even place it around their necks to increase the cooling effect. We were out on the water for four hours, and both the Headshade and Cooling Towel stayed cool to the touch the entire time! I also made use of the Arctic Radwear while we biked and walked the many hiking trails.

The Radian's Arctic Radwear Headshade was a huge aid while fishing in the extreme heat. Photo: Diane Hassinger

The Radian’s Arctic Radwear Headshade was a huge aid while fishing in the extreme heat.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

It seemed the more I used them, the more ways to use them I came up with. I will be taking them with me this summer when we go camping. I usually get uncomfortable from the hot summer weather, and not having any way to cool down our tent makes sleeping difficult. I think the Cooling Towel, either under my head, or on my torso will provide me with enough cooling effect that I can get a good nights sleep.

The MSRP of the Radian’s Arctic Radwear are: Cooling Towel $12.99, Headband $6.99 and the Headshade $12.99. These items can be purchased at most sporting goods shops and on Amazon. For more information on these and other great products go to http://www.radians.com/radsite/index.php/retail/cooling-products. Click the video below for more information on the cooling products offered by Radians.

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Team Realtree 20″ Three Section Backpack

15 11 2015

pathfinderAnyone who knows me, knows I don’t stay in one place too long. I am always on the go whether it is work, hunting, or fishing. I generally travel with my computer and iPad, as well as a few other office type items and of course my personal items. Typically this means I need to take both my briefcase and a backpack when flying as my carry-ons. On my recent trip to ATA in Indianapolis, I was introduced to a bag that will easily take the place of both of my carry-on bags: the 20″ Team Realtree Three Section Backpack by Pathfinder!

The Team Realtree Three Section Backpack in Snow Blue color, packed and ready to go. Photo: Diane Hassinger

The Team Realtree Three Section Backpack in Snow Blue color, packed and ready to go.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

The backpack has three very well thought out sections; however, with all of the compartments and pouches I would count it as much more than three! The padded laptop compartment is located closest to the body, which helps mitigate the weight of the laptop pulling away from your back. They have incorporated an audio pocket that is perfect for an iPod or in my case, my iPhone. There is also a tablet compartment, a key fob as well as water bottle pockets and a complete organizer for all your pens, business cards, cords, and any other accessories needed. The central pocket is very spacious, and even with the two outer compartments filled, I still had ample room for my clothing and toiletries needed for a night or two. The whole bag is supported on your back by the padded shoulder strap system. The exterior of the bag uses Realtree Camo in various color patterns; Snow Blue, Snow Pink, Max-1 Purple, Max-1 Green, Xtra Orange, Xtra Lime, and Xtra Turquoise. There are two exterior buckles that help hold everything you have packed together. The interior is lined with a hunter orange fabric which is perfect for any bag I would be carrying!

I could have given you how many cubic inches the bag holds, but if you are like me, that would not mean much to you. So, I unpacked my backpack and took a picture of what it held; a 17″ laptop, iPad, Nikon Camera, files, external hard drive, notebook, leather bound hunting journals, wallet, cords, ear phones, eye glasses, sun glasses, Sudoku book, business cards, flash drives, pens, iPhone, water, V8, quart sized bag of toiletries, Inhalers, Epi Pens, prescriptions, Tylenol, hairbrush, three shirts and under garments plus my keys! I could have easily added more to the backpack, but I didn’t need to! This held everything that my briefcase and old backpack did but with style. The most amazing part for me is that my 17″ laptop fit easily in the bag. I have a hard time finding even a briefcase that will hold it. This backpack has already flown carry-on to Las Vegas and Fort Lauderdale, did several road trips, and is showing no sign of wear and tear. I live so much of my life in camp that it is nice to bring it into my lifestyle too!

The unbelievable amount of items that fit into the backpack on my most recent trip. Photo: Diane Hassinger

The unbelievable amount of items that fit into the backpack on my most recent trip.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

The MSRP of the Team Realtree 20″ Backpack is $120.00, and can be purchased at http://www.luggagepros.com/team-realtree-20-backpack.shtml.

The various colors that Pathfinder offers in their Team Realtree 20" Three Section Backpack. Photo: Luggage Pros

The various colors that Pathfinder offers in their Team Realtree 20″ Three Section Backpack.
Photo: Luggage Pros

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ShockEater Shooting Shirts for Youth

15 11 2015

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The Youth ShockEater Shooting Shirts come complete with a ShockEater Recoil Pad. Photo: Gamp Sports

The Youth ShockEater Shooting Shirts come complete with a ShockEater Recoil Pad.
Photo: Gamp Sports

Do you have youth shooters that love to shoot, but hate the recoil? If you do, you will want to check out the ShockEater Shooting Shirts for Youth from Gamp Sports. These customizable shooting shirts are designed with a shooting pad pocket that holds a ShockEater Recoil Pad.

What’s that, You haven’t heard of ShockEater? It’s a fairly new company, which has developed a unique shooting pad that is only 1.4 ounces in weight, and a mere 8mm thick, while maintaining a 6 1/2 X 3 1/2 inch size. They have incorporated a proprietary Nano-Poly™ technology into the pads which reduces felt recoil without changing the length of pull or altering your appearance. These pads provide superior shock absorption, in a form that is lighter and thinner than any foam or gel can provide. The pads conform to you and your gun to provide “proper gun fit and improving pitch and toe angles at the butt-stock”¹ These pads can help with shooting recoil from the newest beginner, all the way to the most seasoned professional.
I played with a ball of ShockEater Nano-Poly technology, and it defied logic. Like the pads, with a sharp impact, like recoil, the molecules stiffen and lock together to form a solid state that maximizes the recoil absorption. After impact, these same molecules relax and return to a soft and conformable state, ready for the next shot, impact or recoil. Playing with this ball of Nano-Poly, it felt a good bit like play doh, but when the ball was struck on the table, it shattered because it was so stiff. I was then able to knead the ball back into a pliable state, over and over again!
Sarah wearing the ShockEater Youth Shooting Shirt. You can barely see the recoil pad under the shirt. Photo: Diane Hassinger

Sarah wearing the ShockEater Youth Shooting Shirt. You can barely see the recoil pad under the shirt.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

The Shooting Shirts are available for either left or right hand shooters, in 36 color options. The sizes range from Youth Medium to Youth XL. If your youth shooter needs a larger size, there are both men’s and women’s sizes available also.All of the shirts are 6 ounce preshrunk, 100% cotton, unless you order the Safety Orange or Safety Green, then they come in the 50/50 cotton/polyester material. The breathable quilted pocket is sewn on the appropriate shoulder for your youth, and each shirt comes with a ShockEater Recoil Pad.

Sarah wore the ShockEater Youth Shooting Shirt on a recent day shooting clay pigeons. She does not like recoil, but even after several rounds of shooting, she was still ready for more! Sarah told me “The shooting shirt is comfortable, and did not hinder my range of movement. The recoil pad absorbed almost all of the recoil and made shooting a lot more enjoyable.” She now has ShockEater Recoil Pads in her Shooting Shirt and Miz Mac Shooting Vest.
You can find the ShockEater Youth Shooting Shirt Combo at http://gampsports.com/product/youth-shockeater-shooting-shirt-w-shooting-pad/, for the MSRP of $57.90. The ShockEater Recoil Pads can be purchased separately at http://gampsports.com/product/shockeater-recoil-pad/ for the MSRP of $34.95. Additional Shooting Shirts can be purchased separately for $24.95 at http://gampsports.com/product/youth-shockeater-shooting-shirts-100-cotton/. More information on ShockEater technology can be found at http://shockeater.com/what-is-shockeater/.
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The Right Now Range

15 11 2015

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The Right Now Range set up with pop cans and clay pigeons. Photo: Diane Hassinger

The Right Now Range set up with pop cans and clay pigeons.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

My family does a lot of shooting, both for fun and for practice. Usually we are sitting cans, clay pigeons, or even spoiled fruit on a 4X4. All of these make for great targets and fun, but sitting them on a board sometimes results in everything being knocked off with one shot.

The Right Now Range is a target system that is constructed of 100% heavy-duty cardboard. The two sections of the target are put together similar to a cardboard box, with interlocking sections. There are three shelves that are set up for holding clay pigeons, fruit, and hangers for pop cans. The bottom section has nine high quality bullseye targets, with a size perfect for everyone. There are several tabs that allow the target to be staked to the ground and help maintain stability. The entire system is easy to assemble and is reusable. Fully assembled, the unit measures 45″x48″x8″ and breaks down into a 24.5″x24.5″ for storage.

Fully assembled, the unit measures 45"x48"x8", and breaks down into a 24.5"x24.5" for storage. Photo: Range Right Now

Fully assembled, the unit measures 45″x48″x8″, and breaks down into a 24.5″x24.5″ for storage.
Photo: Range Right Now

I set the target system up on a recent family day. We pulled out the .22 and plinked multiple targets. Hanging from their tabs, the pop cans held up great. The clay pigeons took several shots each before the clay would explode from the shot. Apples were fun but obviously messy. After several shots, the target was covered with applesauce! Other targets that would work well are ping-pong balls, oranges, lemons, or even old saucers from a thrift store. I think next time we will place a backstop behind the target system, and we will use our bows and shoot the apples with arrows.

We shot several hundred shells, with no real damage done to the target, other than the applesauce. When we finished, I wiped down the shelves, and put the entire unit in our garage to use another day. This target would be great for birthday parties or other family gatherings. With the multiple size of targets that could be used, there would be practice and fun for all levels of shooting.

Ryan thoroughly enjoyed shooting at the multiple targets that the Right Now Range provided. Photo: Diane Hassinger

Ryan thoroughly enjoyed shooting at the multiple targets that the Right Now Range provided.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

The MSRP of the Right Now Range is $29.99, and can be purchased at http://www.rightnowrange.com/.  Get a few for your next gathering, and let the fun begin!

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Tenacious Tape Tattoos

15 11 2015

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Tenacious Tattoos come in 2 different patterns: Wildlife and Happy Camper. Photo: McNett

Tenacious Tattoos come in two different patterns: Wildlife and Happy Camper.
Photo: McNett

How often has patching your favorite jacket been fun? With Gear Aid’s Tenacious Tape Tattoos, you can achieve a good strong patch and bring some fun to your coat. There are two patterns to choice from: Wildlife and Happy Camper.

The Tattoos are made using Tenacious Tape, which is an ultra-strong repair tape. These fun shaped tattoos can be used to patch clothing, luggage, boots, waders, tents, or other outdoor/indoor equipment. They can patch a tear in your favorite clothes, cover up the stain that you are unsure how it got there, patch your tent, or act as an abrasion patch. They can also be used to personalize anything from your favorite coffee mug to your cell phone case. These tattoos are different from ordinary stickers; they use ultra-aggressive adhesive that won’t peel or lift. The adhesive continues to strengthen over time. The Tenacious Tape Tattoos stay in place in all-weather conditions and environments. They will adhere to almost any surface, and with their clean-adhesive technology, they can be removed when needed, without leaving behind a sticky mess. Once the tattoos are in place, they are machine washable. To prep for using the tattoos, you need to clean the area with isopropyl alcohol.

The Wildlife package includes silhouettes of: wolf, bison, fish, buck, bear, eagle, and several tracks and leaves. The Happy Camper package includes: squirrel, moon and stars, pine tree, campfire, Sasquatch, tent, cloud and rain drops,and several leaves and acorns. Between the two packages, there can be so much creativity!

I have used the Tenacious Tape Tattoos on several different applications. I adorned my grandson’s cell phone case with a wolf to add his own personalization. My granddaughter’s back pack was also personalized with a buck’s head, and I patched a slight tear in my new rain coat with a bear. I have only had the raincoat for a couple of months, so I was glad to be able to patch and personalize at the same time. I also put bear tracks on my cell phone; hopefully, now I will not mistakenly pick up another cell phone that looks like mine! I have always used McNett products to patch my waders, but this year they will be getting a fresh new look with the fun designs that are offered. I also envision my grandson’s jeans sporting several of the shapes, to cover the wear and tear on his pants. I am going to have fun converting some worn items into useful products once again!

From phone cases, to backpacks to raingear, Tenacious Tape Tattoos can fix rips, tears and holes, or just add a bit of fun and personalization. Photo: Diane Hassinger

From phone cases, to backpacks and rain gear, Tenacious Tape Tattoos can fix rips, tears and holes, or just add a bit of fun and personalization.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

The MSRP of the Tattoos are $9.95 and can be purchased at https://www.mcnett.com/gearaid/tenacious-tattoos#10820, and at mainly sporting good retailers across the country. Gear Aid has a fun, short quiz to determine which Tenacious Tape Tattoo Are You. Take this quiz at https://www.qzzr.com/quiz/which-tenacious-tape-tattoo-are-you/fi9xdWl6emVzLzM1OTgz.

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Crackshot Snake Chapz for Youth

15 11 2015

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Snake Chapz now fit many youth sizes. Photo: Diane Hassinger

For anyone who hunts in venomous snake territory, a good pair of snake chaps or snake boots is a must. For younger kids who accompany you, Crackshot has a pair of Snake Chapz sized perfectly to protect your youngster. Since 2014, Crackshot has been making Youth Snake Chapz for ages four to sixteen; they are the original, ultra-lightweight snake chap with “full range” height adjustment. Cool, Comfortable Leg Armor!

A wide variety of sizes is available for youth. Photo: Crackshot Corp.

A wide variety of sizes is available for youth.
Photo: Crackshot Corp.

The Snake Chapz are made from 900 Denier Nylon and 18 oz. vinyl laminated polyester, which protects your youth from venomous snake bites, briars, and many other hazards they may encounter. The zipper is a number ten on the inside of each chap; this provides easy on and easy off for your child. The chapz design offer 100% full protection from the foot all the way to the waist, with comfortable knee movement. Being as children are so much closer to the ground, that extra height of protection is important. Snake bites cannot puncture the lining of the chaps.They are penetration tested to ASTM-1342-05 specifications. There are four sizes for youth: Youth 4-5-6 with a 17″ inseam and a thigh circumference of 13′, Youth 7-8-9 with a 19.5″ inseam and a thigh circumference of 15″, Youth 10-11-12 with a 22″ inseam and a thigh circumference of 16″ and the largest youth size they offer is the Youth 13-14-15 with a 24.5″ inseam and a thigh circumference of 17″. Order using the inseam and thigh circumference for best fit. These Snake Chapz are offered in both khaki tan and camo, to best fit your needs.

Snake Chapz protect your youth! Photo: Diane Hassinger

Snake Chapz protect your youth!
Photo: Diane Hassinger

When I am hunting, either my twelve-year-old granddaughter or my ten-year-old grandson will be only a few steps behind me. I am always alert to any possibility of them getting hurt or bit. Snakes can be one of those threats that you generally do not see until they are striking at you. Since it is hard to avoid hunting areas frequented by snakes, the only solution is to be prepared! My grandson, Ryan, wore the Youth Snake Chapz on a recent spring hunt. Not only did I feel confident that he was protected from snake bites, he was also able to push through the briars and thorns without being stuck and ripped by their sharp points. I can’t wait for our fall hunts; these chaps will also protect against burrs.There is nothing worse than coming in from your hunt, and finding that your outerwear is full of burrs, and generally they need to be removed one at a time. That shouldn’t be an issue this fall!

For more information go to http://crackshotcorp.com/. The MSRP of the Youth Snake Chapz is $75.95, and you can find a retailer at http://crackshotcorp.com/dealers.html.  Being protected is better than having to get medical attention, especially for your youth! Best of all-these are 100% made in the USA!

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