TRUGLO Open Bridge Binoculars

17 12 2015

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The Open Bridge Binoculars from TRUGLO. Photo: TRUGLO

The Open Bridge Binoculars from TRUGLO.
Photo: TRUGLO

This past year I was in the market for a new pair of binoculars for hunting. While at ATA, I talked at length with TRUGLO about their products, and shortly after I was testing out their Open Bridge Binoculars in real hunting conditions.

According to reports, approximately 90% of binocular owners do not know how to adjust the focus for their eyesight¹. Even the most expensive pair of binoculars will be unclear and unfocused if you do not adjust them properly for you! Since I suffer from an astigmatism,  the first thing I needed to do was adjust the diopter setting. With the Open Bridge Binoculars this is easily accomplished in just 4 steps, and now the binoculars were adjusted for my particular vision issues. Now every time I pick up the binoculars I am able to use just the center focus wheel to find my target clearly.

The specifications for the TRUGLO Open Bridge Binoculars. Chart: TRUGLO

The specifications for the TRUGLO Open Bridge Binoculars.
Chart: TRUGLO

Features of the binoculars include twist up eyecups, lockable diopter, the single adjustment wheel works for both focus and diopter settings, BAK-4 prism design and silver coating on prisms. The textured surface provides a non-slip grip for all conditions and makes grip easier when wearing gloves too. The green matte finish blends with my hunting clothes, and does not reflect to alert wildlife. This all comes with a protective case for packing your optics and a 1 year limited warranty.

A Ladies in Camo Staff hog hunt was the first opportunity to use the binoculars in hunting conditions, and I was not let down! I spent several days sitting in a very tall stand that over looks both food plots and brushy areas, all bordering the creek with my daughter, Leann. It didn’t take long before rustling was heard, and a 260 pound wild boar cautiously entered an opening. Using my TRUGLO

Whether looking for game, or looking to see where your shot placed, TruGlo Binoculars will have you get the job done. Photo: Diane Hassinger

Binoculars, I quickly confirmed for Leann that this was a great shooter boar. As she located the hog with her scope, I was able to keep him in view while he darted in and out of the brush. Soon he presented a good shot position and I told Leann to take her shot when she was comfortable. She did! Nothing like watching your daughter take her first wild hog, while you are viewing the whole process with the clarity of really good binoculars!

In the days to come, I spot and stalked hogs thru some of the wettest and thickest conditions that southern Alabama has to offer. At all times, I was able to acquire my views quickly and effortlessly with the binoculars. Plus as they weigh only a pound and a half, my neck did not tire and ache from carrying them for miles.

Deer hunting in Pennsylvania means long hours glassing, and waiting. My binoculars get a real workout. I hunt a long field that the deer can enter at various locations. I need to trust that I can see clearly at all distances, whether I am scoping out a deer entering at several hundred yards or checking out the headgear on a buck only a mere handful of yards away.

The MSRP of the TRUGLO Open Bridge Binoculars is $303.00 and is available for purchase at https://www.truglo.com/optics-binoculars/tru-brite-open-bridge-binoculars.asp?catid=D11744F3921B4FA896273DAF8DAB5F55.

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¹ http://www.outdoorlife.com/articles/gear/2007/09/adjusting-binoculars

This post originally published at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2015/12/14/truglo-open-bridge-binoculars-diane-hassinger/

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OTIS Elite Breech-to-Muzzle Gun Cleaning System

17 12 2015

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The Otis Elite Breech to Muzzle Cleaning System. Photo: Otis

The Otis Elite Breech to Muzzle Cleaning System.
Photo: Otis

Do you own a lot of different caliber or gauge guns? We do, and to fit all of the various sizes, we have lots of boxes of tools, brushes and rods.

Most of our shooting is either from target practice, or hunting. We own rifles ranging from the small .17 all the way up to a .50 caliber, and shotguns from .410 to 10 gauge, plus a flintlock and muzzle loader, not to mention many handguns. Obviously the cleaning needs differ in this wide range. The Otis Elite Gun Cleaning System covers over 40 firearm calibers and includes 22 bronze bore brushes, 6 Memory-Flex Cables, obstruction removal tools, precision tools for breakdown and fine cleaning, optics cleaning gear, a removable tactical cleaning system. All this comes complete in a black nylon carrying case that zippers closed. The kit measures a compact 15 1/4″ X 8 3/4″ X 4 1/2″.

On any given weekend, we may pull out a half dozen or so different guns to play around with. If we were to have to pull out all the firearm specific cleaning supplies, the cleaning of the firearms would take longer than we were shooting. Using the Otis Elite Gun Cleaning System, one kit does it all. Having everything in one place, and organized, saves lots of time. The bag also makes it convenient when going on a hunt, just pack the bag and go.

The Otis Elite Gun Cleaning System ready to clean our many firearms! Photo: Diane Hassinger

The Otis Elite Gun Cleaning System ready to clean our many firearms!
Photo: Diane Hassinger

During May, Ladies in Camo hosted a hog hunt for our staff. We had various calibers being used; .223, .270, 30.06, .44, and 7mm08. I brought along the Otis Elite and we had all the cleaning tools needed available! Being as we were hunting in high humidity and some rain, nightly I was cleaning my 30.06 up. Several times Leann and I spot and stalked, which involved hiking through muck and crossing creeks. As much as I tried to keep my firearm out of harms way, I failed. I ended up with mud both inside and out, and Otis had everything I needed. My gun would have been unsafe to use with the barrel obstructed, but that wasn’t a problem when you have the right tools!

The MSRP of the OTIS Elite is $149.99 and can be purchased at http://www.otistec.com /pc_product_detail.asp?key=42C53F70C0A941A2B942452A4E83C9CF&utm_source=ClearSender and most sporting goods retailers.

Whether cleaning my scope, or clearing and obstruction out of the barrel, the Otis Elite Gun Cleaning System has everything you need. Photo: Diane Hassinger

Whether cleaning my scope, or clearing an obstruction out of the barrel, the Otis Elite Gun Cleaning System has everything you need.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

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This post originally published at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2015/12/10/otis-elite-breech-to-muzzle-gun-cleaning-system-diane-hassinger/





TRUGLO Dual Color Open Red Dot Crossbow Sight

17 12 2015

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The TruGlo Dual Color Open Red Dot Sight for Crossbows. Photo: TRUGLO

The TRUGLO Dual Color Open Red Dot Sight for Crossbows.
Photo: TRUGLO

For the last six years, I have been a dedicated crossbow hunter for the archery seasons. I had to turn to the crossbow after a battle with breast cancer, which left me unable to pull a compound bow. Since then, I decided I loved archery too much to give up on it so I switched over to crossbows. I have hunted bear, deer, caribou, alligator, zebra, and hogs. I like the calmness and solitude of archery hunting, and I need equipment I can count on.

TRUGLO makes a Dual Color Open Red Dot Sight for Crossbows, that features the trajectory compensation system. This system uses the fps of your crossbow to determine which reticle to use; there are four different reticles ranging from 300 fps to 400 fps. After your initial sighting in and selection of your reticle, the sight then should be tested at the various distances. There are two color choices for the reticle, which should provide greater contrast in any conditions. The 24mm X 34mm window is large enough to provide for “ultra-fast target acquisition”¹ and is parallax free from thirty yards. The sight is easily mounted using the integrated Weaver-style mounting system.

The Triton 30 mm Tri-Color Reticle sight. Photo: TruGlo

The Triton 30 mm Tri-Color Reticle sight.
Photo: TRUGLO

Another option for your crossbow or firearm is the Triton 30 mm. This tricolor reticle sight consisting of red, green, and blue, is designed to work in every situation and provide amble contrast. There is a pressure sensitive switch included, which will allow you to turn your sight on with undetectable movement. This attaches with a simple cord, which would be perfect when hunting turkeys, especially from the ground. The sight comes complete with a flip-up lens cap, and the integrated Weaver-style mounting system, and a detachable sunshade to eliminate glare.

I used the Dual Color Open Red Dot sight throughout archery season for deer. While I did not get a shot opportunity, I was pleased with the accuracy of the sight anytime I rechecked my yardage. I switched to the Triton 30mm at the end of the whitetail archery season in preparation for Spring Turkey. I intend to put the pressure switch to good use out in the field. With the minimal movement needed to turn the sight on, I need not worry about being spotted by a wary tom!

The Triton mounted on my crossbow. I am ready for Spring turkey! Photo: Shannon Brandon-Best

The Triton mounted on my crossbow. I am ready for Spring turkey!
Photo: Shannon Brandon-Best

The MSRP on the Dual Color Open Red Dot Crossbow Sight is $126.00 , and it can be purchased at http://www.truglo.com/crossbows-red-dots/crossbow-dual-color-open-red-dot-sight.asp?catid=1A6643C368D742B4BA4229E6529709DB. The Triton 30mm has a MSRP of $94.00 and can be purchased at http://www.truglo.com/optics-red-dots/triton-30mm-tri-color.asp?catid=52E3D7409570433EBF69FA2CBEB51CA6. Both sights come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

The TruGlo Dual Color Open Red Dot Sight and the Triton 30 mm sight, both mounted on my crossbow for different seasons. Photo: Shannon Brandon-Best

The TruGlo Dual Color Open Red Dot Sight and the Triton 30 mm sight, both mounted on my crossbow for different seasons.
Photo: Shannon Brandon-Best

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Endorsement Disclosure: Per the guidelines of the Federal Trade Commission, the products reviewed in these product reviews is an endorsement and the writer may have been compensated by “in-kind” payment to review the product.

¹  http://www.truglo.com/crossbows-red-dots/crossbow-dual-color-open-red-dot-sight.asp?catid=1A6643C368D742B4BA4229E6529709DB

This post originally published at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2015/12/08/truglo-dual-color-open-red-dot-crossbow-sight-diane-hassinger/





Boyds’ Custom Gunstock

4 12 2015

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The many color choices available on a laminate gunstock. Chart: Boyds

The many color choices available on a laminate gunstock.
Chart: Boyds

While attending the POMA Conference, I noticed some gun stocks that would make any gun personalized/customized very easily. I just had to check these out! With some help from the Boyd’s Gunstock Sales Department, I soon had the correct measurements and model information to order my very own thumb-hole laminate stock in the beautiful Sky blue color.

I ordered the gunstock to fit a Savage model 110 in 30.06 bolt action rifle that we had picked up for my grandson. The rifle was very used, but I love Savage and felt this would make a great starter rifle for Ryan. Blue is one of his favorite colors, and the customized rifle would be a great way to commemorate his hunting start. The gunstock arrived very quickly, and it was as beautiful as I remembered!  The thumb hole stock needed only some slight sanding to be able to fit the rifle. The complete installation only took thirty minutes or so. If you are uncomfortable doing this type of work on your own rifles, a qualified gunsmith would be able to assist you in this installation. Talk with your gunsmith about leaving your gunstock free-floating, or you can have it bedded.

The Boyds Custom Gunstock on a Savage 30-06. Photo: Shannon Brandon-Best

The Boyd’s Custom Gunstock on a Savage 30-06.
Photo: Shannon Brandon-Best

The action of the rifle was still in perfect working order; this used and abused rifle got an immediate face lift with the custom gunstock, and it will be around for many years to come. Maybe someday Ryan will pass this rifle to his own children and include the story of how his Nanna gave it to him. Make your own family hunting heirlooms that the hunters in your family will love it!

Visit the Boyd’s Gunstocks website at https://www.boydsgunstocks.com/custom-options. There are many options to choose from including: woods, finishes, Laser Engraving, custom grips, tips, pads, length of pull, and adjustable comb. I opted for the Featherweight Thumb Hole Stock with the length of pull appropriate for Ryan, the 1/2″ recoil pad with Boyd’s logo, and of course, the Sky Blue Laminate. The MSRP of this particular gunstock is $129.00, but with all of the options available, your custom gunstock could vary in price. Ordering is done on the website at https://www.boydsgunstocks.com/, or you can contact their sales department at: Customers@boydsgunstocks.com or call them at 605-996-5011. When you contact them have your make, model, action, shape, and finish information available.

The Boyds Custom Gunstock with a thumbhole stock is a great option for stability. Photo: Shannon Brandon-Best

The Boyd’s Custom Gunstock with a thumb hole stock is a great option for stability.
Photo: Shannon Brandon-Best

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This post originally published at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2015/12/02/boyds-custom-gunstock-diane-hassinger/





Camp Chef Cast Iron Square Dutch Oven

4 12 2015

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Not your traditional round Dutch Oven anymore! Photo: Camp Chef

Not your traditional round Dutch Oven anymore!
Photo: Camp Chef

I love cooking outdoors, and Camp Chef and cast iron have been a big part of that. Recently, I found that Camp Chef had come out with a 13″ Cast Iron Square Dutch Oven, and I had to have it!

Traditionally, Dutch Ovens have been round; some have legs, and you could cook indoors or out. Cooking with cast iron allows heat to distribute evenly, and it cooks your food perfectly. A well-seasoned cast iron cookware will last for generations and be non-stick. The Square Dutch Oven, obviously has bucked tradition to come up with a completely new design. This 13″ True Seasoned Finish Cast Iron Dutch Oven has a built-in thermometer notch and convenient loop handles on the lid. The lid can even reverse to be used as a grill or used upside down on the Dutch Oven to cook two items at once.  there are no legs on this oven, so you can use it in your home oven.  The Dutch Oven holds eight quarts enabling you to cook for your entire family!

My rolled caribou roast cooked in the Square Dutch Oven. Photo: Diane Hassinger

My rolled caribou roast cooked in the Square Dutch Oven.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

At home we have big family meals. One such meal was our rolled caribou roast, which I cooked in the Square Dutch Oven for twelve people. I placed the seasoned rolled caribou roast with the onion soup mix and water in the Dutch Oven. I cooked this at 350° for about an hour. Then I added potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, onions, and Brussels sprouts; I cooked it for an additional forty-five minutes to an hour. Dinner was delicious!

While camping the Dutch Oven is my go to pot. I love baked apples done over a camp fire, and they are easy to make. I just core the apples, place camp chef Rolled-Caribou-Roast recipethem in the Dutch Oven along with sugar, cinnamon, brown sugar, and about one inch of water. Then I place the oven either in the coals or over a small fire. About forty-five minutes later you have a hot, wonderful dessert to enjoy! Don’t limit yourself to just one pot meals or desserts, you can cook breads, casseroles, and meats.

The True Seasoned Finish enables your Dutch Oven to be seasoned right out of the box. If you continue to care for your cast iron cookware you can easily pass it down to future generations to use and enjoy. The MSRP is $77.50, and considering how long you can expect the Dutch Oven to last, this is a bargain! You can buy this and many other cast iron cookware at http://www.campchef.com/cast-iron-cookware/cast-iron-square-dutch-oven.html. There is also a link to a Cast Iron Recipe Book that can be downloaded to your computer or printed off at http://www.campchef.com/media/manuals/CastIronRecipeBook.pdf, which also has a section on caring for your cast iron cookware.

Find my recipe for the Rolled Caribou Roast at http://ladiesincamo.com/Harvest/2015/05/29/rolled-caribou-roast/.

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This post originally published at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2015/11/24/camp-chef-cast-iron-square-dutch-oven-diane-hassinger/





Yukon Gear Waylay for Women

4 12 2015

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The Yukon 1/4 Zip Baselayer top in Break-Up Country Camo. Photo: Yukon

The Yukon 1/4 Zip Baselayer top in Break-Up Country Camo.
Photo: Yukon

Yukon Gear is a large portion of my hunting clothes. For 2015 they have come out with many new styles for women, including the Waylay Outer layer Pants and the matching Women’s 1/4 Zip Base layer top. Paired together, you have an attractive but functional hunting outfit.

“To waylay is to lie in wait and intercept unexpectedly”¹, and the  Yukon Gear Waylay Outer Layers give you the ability to do that in comfort. The Women’s Waylay Outer Layer Pants are made of a Poly Spandex, Knit blend that is windproof, water resistant and breathable. They are designed to fit a women’s body, and have generous pockets, including for hand warmers, cargo pockets and rear seat pockets. The removable suspenders use carabiners to attach to the pants, they are easy to attach, and if you lose one, you can replace them just about anywhere. The knee height zippers make getting in and out of your boots easy, and can be snapped shut for ventilation. For comfort in the cold weather, they have been fleece lined. Sizes are available from small to 2XL. They come in a Break-Up Country Camo and tan combination, accented with pink.

The Women’s 1/4 Zip Base Layer top is made of moisture wicking brushed polyester, and can be worn as either a base layer or on its own. It is designed to keep you dry and warm, has a welded sleeve pocket, perfect for your cell phone or hunting license. The sleeves sport thumb loops to do double duty keeping your hands warm and protected. The sizes range from small to 2XL and comes in a matching coloration to the Waylay Pants. The Break Up County Camo is paired with tan and is trimmed with pink.

I have been wearing the set for early archery. The cut and material moves well with you, without binding. I have been climbing treestands and busting through brush, with not restriction and no snagging. I also don’t hesitate to wear the 1/4 zip top with my jeans as a casual look, and get compliments when I do! During a recent squirrel hunt, my daughter borrowed my clothes, she is a smaller build then I am, and the pants and top fit her just fine. There is a Waylay jacket that would complete the outfit, that is on my list for next year!

Shannon waiting to waylay her prey in Yukon Gears Waylay Pants and 1/4 Zip Base Layer Top. Photo: Diane Hassinger

Shannon waiting to waylay her prey in Yukon Gears Waylay Pants and 1/4 Zip Base Layer Top.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

See these and all of Yukon Gears apparel at http://www.yukongearhunt.com/catalog/YukonGear_2015_Catalog/index.html. The MSRP of the Waylay Outer Layer Pants is $99.99 and the Women’s 1/4 Zip Baselayer top is $54.99. You can find retailers to purchase these and all the Yukon Gear products at http://www.yukongearhunt.com/retailers.html.

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¹  http://www.yukongearhunt.com/catalog/YukonGear_2015_Catalog/index.html

This post originally published at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2015/11/16/yukon-gear-waylay-for-women-diane-hassinger/