HME Better Crossbow Hanger and Maxx Hoisting Rope

7 04 2014

hme logo goodI typically hunt archery with my crossbow, due to surgeries. The bulkiness of the crossbows cause me to end up holding it the entire time I am in a tree stand. HME Products has designed a Better Crossbow Hanger that can hold my crossbow and so much more, allowing me more freedom in my stand!

The Better Crossbow Hanger by HME

The Better Crossbow Hanger comes complete with 3 mounting screws, so you can install the screws in 3 various stand locations, and simply move the hanger with you. No more wasting precious time fighting to get the screws installed into the tree the morning of your hunt! The design of the screws, provides an easy handle to screw them into the tree, and easy out also. Due to the higher weights of crossbows, they have flared out the mounting bracket to make it more stable, and beefed up the bolt in the folding arm to 3/8″. The universal hanger is powder coated, and the crossbow hanging fork at the end of the hanger, rotates a full 360 degrees to keep your crossbow at the perfect angle for ease of handling. The whole unit extends to 22 inches, and rated to hold 10 pounds. They have added a backpack accessory hanger, with a carabiner, that located closest to the tree for stability, and 2 small hooks perfect for binoculars, range finders or cameras.

Another great HME product designed to do double duty and make your life easier, is the Maxx Hoisting Rope. OK, so how can a rope make your life easier? This 25′ long pull up rope has a 360 degree reflective sleeve, which can truly be seen from every direction. Using this rope eliminates the need for bright eyes on you tree, but still makes it easy to see your way to the stand on those dark early morning hunts. The Maxx Hoisting Rope comes complete with a coated carabiner for easy and safe hook up of all of your hunting equipment.

Stock Photo: HME Photo: Diane Hassinger

I tied the rope off about 2 foot off of the ground, so that I could see the highly reflective sleeve from my trail. Going in on my last morning of deer hunting, I was able to locate the stand from a far distance, and adjust my path accordingly. I tied off my crossbow using the carabiner and quickly got my equipment set up on the Crossbow Hanger.

With everything I do, I like to nest. Even hunting, I like to be surrounded by my stuff, but where I can access it easily. I like my

Everything has a place on the HME Better Crossbow Hanger. Photo: Diane Hassinger

backpack to be set up the same every time, and I like to have my electronics, calls and rattles all within easy reach. Using this crossbow hanger, I now have a place for everything and everything is in its place! Ok, so maybe I am a bit OCD about this. But it is much easier for me to locate all my equipment if I know right where to look for it. I was able to position the hanger so that there is minimal movement involved picking my equipment up, this minimizes what the deer or bear see when I am hunting.

Packing up proved to be simple too. I didn’t have to fight my equipment while I tried to shove everything back into my pack. It truly was like having an extra set of hands. Once I lowered my crossbow, using the Maxx Hoisting Rope,  I undid the thumbscrew that holds the hanger to the tree and stowed it in my bag also, with the way the hanger folds up, everything fit into the pack with no problems. I opted to leave the mounting screw in the tree for my next visit, and I could also leave the Crossbow Hanger, if I was planning on hunting the same stand soon. I love products that simplify my life rather than complicate it!

To see these and more great items that HME has to offer, go to http://www.hmeproducts.com/home. The MSRP of this Crossbow Hanger unit is $27.99, while the Maxx Hoisting rope is $3.99. Both are available for purchase at many of the sporting goods shops; for a complete listing visit http://www.hmeproducts.com/home. At these prices, I may put one of each in each of my tree stands!

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This product review originally published for Ladies in Camo at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2014/04/01/hme-better-crossbow-hanger-and-maxx-hoisting-rope-diane-hassinger/





HSS Hunter Warning Sign

7 04 2014

hss logoHunter Safety Systems has come up with a great way to let other hunters know you are in the area, a Hunter Warning Sign! They have designed an easy to pack and even easier to pop up blaze orange hss warning signtriangle that attaches to any tree branch or fence. The edges have reflective tape sewn on, and there is also an area provided for the hunter’s name and contact information to be inked in, this could be especially important in the case of an emergency. This is a fantastic idea to use when hunting with children. I would include “Youth” in the name area, so that other hunters will be warned in advance of a young hunter being nearby, so they can use extreme caution when approaching, or avoid the area all together. Many of the states also have a hunting regulation that requires 100 square inches of blaze orange to be posted within a short distance of anyone hunting in a blind or out of a tree in camo. This sign fulfills that requirement, and rolls up into a very small bundle, easily transported in your backpack.

The last weekend of deer season I took my granddaughter out, trying to get her one last chance at a deer. Several times earlier this year we had other hunters bust through our area while we were hunting together. That is discouraging at best, and could have been dangerous at worst. This time we decided to put out the HSS Hunter Warning Sign.

Our hunt could have been ruined by someone not knowing we were nearby. Photo: Diane Hassinger

The triangle is very light weight, and when twisted down, it makes about a 4″ circle. We hung the sign on a small branch near the trail we were taking to the stand. I wouldn’t have known anyone else was in the area, that is until we came out and you could see someone’s tracks in the snow. I could tell by the snow, they walked up to the sign, shifted around a bit then turned before leaving. We will never know if they would have continued in and ruined our hunt. But I for one was glad they took the time to check out the sign, and go the other way.

With a MSRP of just $9.95 for a 2 pack, this is an extremely reasonable way to keep you and your child safe in the stand! You can purchase these at http://www.huntersafetysystem.com/warning-signs/ and at many sporting good’s and retail stores.

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This product review originally published on Ladies in Camo at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2014/04/03/hss-hunter-warning-sign-diane-hassinger/





Mineral Mizer Bags for your Wildlife

19 02 2014

mineral mizer logoMineral Mizer Bag makes a unique delivery system for keeping essential minerals available at all time for deer, bear, hogs and many other animals. These bags come pre-filled with 6 pounds of the granulated mineral blends, blended specifically for different parts of the country or animals targeted. The bags are extremely simple to use.

The moisture activated mineral filtration bag can be hung using the attached lanyard from any tree near the area you want to target. Wet down the bag with water to activate and let it hang; the humidity in the air and rainfall keeps the minerals flowing. One bag can last up to a year depending on your climate.  Refills for the bags are available at a very economical price. These are very different from mineral blocks you place on the ground in that they last a long time, plus when the deer are trying to lick directly from the bag you can get great photos via a trail camera.

Wild Buck Persimmon Mineral Blend

Wild Buck Persimmon Mineral Blend

Mineral Mizer Bags come in Wild Buck Persimmon Mineral Blend, Acorn Mineral Blend, Apple Mineral Blend, and Bad Boarz Mineral Blend. These are scientifically formulated to provide key nutrients to bucks during antler development. The minerals also help lactating does and their fawns. I used the Persimmon in Georgia for bear, hogs and deer. You would have thought I rang a dinner bell, within hours they wild game was utilizing the bag. In Pennsylvania, I have been using the Acorn Blend for deer, although I think they would like the Persimmon and Apple also, even though we do not have persimmons here.

In Georgia, I had bear and hogs almost from the first moment I hung the bags. The area that collected the dripping minerals stayed plowed up by their rooting. The big boars seemed to really like these areas; utilizing the area often. The only thing that could make this product better is if they could make nocturnal animals feed during the day. I let a lot of does and young deer walk, since I wasn’t targeting them, but the big boys came in after legal shooting light–sometimes by only minutes.

You can see the Mineral Mizer bag hanging in the tree on the right. Photo: Diane Hassinger

You can see the Mineral Mizer bag hanging in the tree on the right.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

The Pennsylvania deer reacted similarly. I had hundreds of pictures from the first night I hung the bags. Rabbits were also drawn in by the minerals, and I  realized we have many more rabbits then I had previously thought. These minerals will work for most of the wildlife. I had numerous whitetails crowding in to get their taste of the blends. Sometimes a lot of pushing and shoving took place. The area I hung these bags in is an area I try to keep as a safe haven for does and young deer; I don’t hunt this area.

Soon it will be time to get some new Mineral Mizer Bags hung and I am eying up many new locations! These bags can be purchased at https://mineralmizer.com/products-list with the MSRP of the prefilled Mineral Mizer Bags of $20.99 and the refill package of 6 pounds of blends for a MSRP of $12.99. When you weigh the cost against the life of the product, this is a very economical way to use minerals to draw in the animals.

Download the Mineral Mizer brochure at https://mineralmizer.com/my_downloads/3612_mm_brochure_updated_web.pdf

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This post originally published on Ladies in Camo at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2014/01/15/mineral-mizer-bags-for-your-wildlife-diane-hassinger-2/





Grapple your Gear with Gear Grappler

19 02 2014

gear grappler logoDo you get frustrated when you drop items out of your tree stand? I know I do. I admit to being clumsy.

Gear Grappler by Simpson Outdoors

Gear Grappler by Simpson Outdoors

If you tend to drop items from your stand then this item is for you. The Gear Grappler by Simpson Outdoors is a multi-function hunting and tree stand accessory.

You will not believe what they have managed to fit into this small compact unit, that weighs only 7 ounces. Let’s start with the 30 foot 550 paracord rope. Paracord is used for many things out in the woods including; pull up rope for your gun/bow/pack, clothesline, tie stuff to your pack, tie up a tarp for emergency shelter, use to make a splint or a sling, use as a tourniquet or a multitude of other things.

Couple it with the 4 1/2″ long, 1 1/2″ wide, nylon Gear Grappler and you can pull up dropped items with ease. The Grappler has 3 stainless steel grappling hooks that rotate individually into multiple positions, including folding flat for easy storage. There are also three rare earth magnets embedded into the sides of the unit, rated to lift 3.3 pounds, and a larger rare earth magnet on the bottom of the unit that can lift 5.5 pounds. No more having to climb down to retrieve your dropped arrows, knives, saws and calls. Use the grappling hooks to snare your dropped gloves, hats, quivers or even just leave your backpack on the ground for retrieval later. Do you have one limb that is in your way, and you just can’t reach it? Throw the Grappler over it to pull it out of the line of view. Tie the paracord around your tree to have an instant access hanger for your bow or pack.

There is still more! Inside the Gear Grappler is waterproof storage that contains strike anywhere matches and cotton balls. Use this to start a fire or toss a small bit of the cotton to determine wind direction. You could also remove the matches that are included and use as a dry storage for something of your own choosing.

My backpack was easy to latch onto to, and lifted just as easily! Photo: Diane Hassinger

My backpack was easy to latch onto to, and lifted just as easily!
Photo: Diane Hassinger

When I crawled up into my tree stand, I attached my gun to the rope and pulled it up after I was settled. I had deliberately left my backpack on the ground to see how hard it would be to snag and lift it. It took me only a moment to catch the strap and have my pack lifting off the ground. Of course I dropped my glove a couple of times, and a knife, on purpose just to play. It almost felt like a fishing game. Okay, time to get serious. I tied the cord around the tree and opened up one of the hooks to hang my back pack. I need to get back to hunting, that is the only way I can try using it as a deer drag too.

You can get more information and purchase your own Gear Grappler at http://www.geargrappler.com/purchase-the-gear-grappler.html. With a MSRP of $29.99 this multi-tool can be in everyone’s hunting pack and with some thought, you could find even more uses. Did I tell you, this product is “Proudly Made in the USA.”

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This post originally published on Ladies in Camo at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2014/02/13/grapple-your-gear-with-gear-grapplerdiane-hassinger/





Archer’s Hard Surface Practice Hanger

19 02 2014

hme-products-logohme archers har surface practice hangerMaking good ethical shots when hunting is very important to everyone in my family. Therefore, we practice shooting year round. During the winter it is difficult enough to go outside to shoot our bows, without having to fight the snow when we lay them down. HME Products has a great solution for that problem. They make the Archer’s Hard Surface Practice Hanger.

Assembly of the Practice Hanger takes only minutes and requires only a tool to tighten a 16 nuts and bolts; I used a ratchet driver with a 11 mm socket for this. The entire hanger is durably powder coated in an olive color and made to last. With a hanger on each side, you can easily hang 2 bows and hold 12 arrows.

The arrows are held in rings, that are easily adjusted for height, using a thumb screw; in the photos for this review I simply pushed the rings out-of-the-way since I did not use them. The bow hanger itself is adjustable to accommodate everything from the older, longer bows to today’s more compact compound bows.

I put this together in my house, the assembly was not difficult, but as with any project, read the entire directions before you start. Long before it ever made it outside, it was holding bows. As I moved it outside into the snow, I was slightly worried about it not being stable on the frozen ground. Happily, I can say there was no problem.

The Practice Hanger remained stable, even in 3 inches of snow, with 2 different size bows.Photo: Diane Hassinger

The Practice Hanger remained stable, even in 3 inches of snow, with 2 different size bows.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

With the raised leg design, the hanger was very stable on the uneven surface. Normally, when we shoot, the bows are laid flat on the ground. Obviously this is not a good choice. Many times I have had to remove leaves or twigs from the cams, or clean my sight from the dust and dirt. This Practice Hanger made our shooting more enjoyable, the bows were ready to go when we were. With two of us shooting, the hanger was holding one or two bows at all times, it remained stable even when the weight was all on one side. I even was able to hang my range finder on this stand, keeping it close at hand but completely out-of-the-way.

I tried this hanger out with my crossbow too. Anyone who has ever shot a crossbow, knows they weigh considerably more than a compound bow. Even with my crossbow on one side, and my compound on the other, the Practice Hanger stayed stable. That fact alone makes this hanger so much more versatile.

My crossbow fits perfectly on this hanger also! Photo: Diane Hassinger

My crossbow fits perfectly on this hanger also!
Photo: Diane Hassinger

When done shooting, the Practice Hanger once again took up residence in my home, holding a couple of our bows till we are ready to shoot again. I loved the ability to go from indoor to outdoor, and back again, without any modifications. Now I just need enough of these hangers to hold all of our bows!

The MSRP of this unit is $34.99 and is available for purchase at many of the larger, well-known sporting goods shops and at Amazon.com.

 

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This post originally published on Ladies in Camo at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2014/02/05/archers-hard-surface-practice-hangerdiane-hassinger/





Lifeline by Hunter Safety Systems

19 02 2014

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Do you know someone who has suffered a fall from a tree stand? Unfortunately, I do. His fall was not the fault of not wearing a harness, but rather from the transition from the lock on to the climbing sticks. Had he still been attached to the tree he would not have suffered such extreme injuries. Hunter Safety Systems Lifeline could have prevented his fall. Statistics show that the most dangerous period for falls from a tree stand is when the hunter is climbing in or out of the stand.

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The HSS Lifeline
Photo: Hunter Safety System

The Lifeline is a heavy duty rope that ties off to the tree above the stand and extends to where it is tied off near the base of the tree. All Lifelines accommodate tree stands up to 30 feet high. The Prussic knot enables the user to be attached to the Lifeline by the harness tether strap and the supplied climbing carabiner.

The user slides the knot up the tree as they climb the ladder keeping them safe from a fall. No more worries when you move from the ladder to the stand, or while you attach your tree strap. The Lifeline can be left attached to the tree for the entire hunting season, but should be check every 2 weeks for signs of deterioration or damage by rodents.

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The Lifeline installed above my tree stand
Photo: Diane Hassinger

I used the Lifeline in conjunction with my Hunter Safety System Lady Pro Series Safety Harness the entire archery season. It took only a couple of minutes to install; really about the same amount of time it takes to install a tree strap. Every time I used the Lifeline, I felt confident and safe.

At one point during archery season, I experienced an incident that made me truly feel that I had taken my safety for granted while hunting in Illinois. I had forgotten the Lifeline, not a big deal, since I still had my tree strap with me. As I climbed up that first morning, it was noticeable that I was not as comfortable as when I was attached to the Lifeline.

The rest of the day, I forgot about the line; that is until I went to climb down! My upper body strength is impaired due to surgeries for breast cancer, and I do have an issue pulling myself up and letting myself down out of a tree. Again, I was noticeably uncomfortable stepping off of the stand onto the climbing sticks. I will be doing my best NOT to forget my Lifeline ever again!

The HSS Lifeline does several important things: keeps you safe from falls, simplifies your set up in the stand each day, and gives you peace at mind that you may not even realize until it is not there!

HSS Lifelines can be purchased directly from HSS at http://www.huntersafetysystem.com/lifeline/, or can be found at many of the larger sporting goods shops across the country. For the MSRP of only $39.95, put one in each of your stands.  After all, what is your life or quality of life worth? Stay Safe!

For more on the HSS Lady Pro Series Safety Harness, please visit http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2012/11/28/diane-reviews-hunter-safety-system-lady-pro-series-harness/

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This was originally published on Ladies in Camo at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2013/12/27/lifeline-by-hunter-safety-systems-diane-hassinger/





Go Pink with Victory Archery’s Pink Carbon Arrows

14 12 2013

Everyone has a little pink in them. Either yourself, or someone you love, has most likely dealt with Breast Cancer at some point in their life. Victory Archery has made it easy to shoot a quality arrow or crossbow bolt in pink, while contributing a portion of the proceeds from the sale of all Victory Pink arrows directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, through the Pink Arrow Project. pap_bannerThe Pink Arrow Project is founded by Mary Hale, and is dedicated to Archer’s helping Archers in the battle against cancer.

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2012 Spring Black Bear taken with the Pink X-Bolt from Victory Archery
Photo: Diane Hassinger

The VForce and VAP Pink Carbon Arrows are made with the highest quality carbon composite fibers, available in pink and sporting an unique pink graphics of the Pink Arrow Project, and are all 100% hand fletched with Bohning Archery’s white double-lock Blazer nocks and vanes in hot pink and white. They are available in VAP 350, VAP 400, VAP 450,VAP 500 and VAP 600. The VForce is available in 350, 400, 500 and 600.

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The Pink X-Bolt is is the perfect bolt for crossbow users of both sexes. It is made with 100% highest quality carbon fibers available and coupled with brass insert that gives the XBolt Pink an amazing front of center measurement for fantastic dpenetration and accuracy.  Halfmoon and Flat Nocks are available. The Pink X-Bolt also come with a great pink graphic featuring the Pink Arrow Project, and Duravane Vanes.

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2013 Spring Black Bear taken with the Victory Archery Pink X-Bolt
Photo: Diane Hassinger

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2013 200 pound doe taken with the Pink X-Bolts for the Pink Arrow Project
Photo: Diane Hassinger

For the last 4 years, I have always had a Pink Arrow Project arrow or bolt in my quiver. As a survivor of breast cancer it is a subtle reminder that I am lucky to be able to be here, and even more lucky to be able to continue to hunt. Some of my greatest trophies have been taken using these quality arrows and bolts. I like to have confidence in my equipment, and Victory Archery keeps me confident that my arrows will not let me down.

Since the breast cancer, I use mainly my crossbow to hunt with. I have used the Pink X-Bolt bolts for everything from turkey hunting to bear hunting, and everything in between. The past 2 years I have taken large black bears using my crossbow and the Pink X-Bolts. Both bears were shot in close range, and traveled less then 20 yards before collapsing to the ground. The X-Bolts passed right through the huge chest cavities and lodged in the ground on the other side. Neither bolt showed any type of breakdown of the carbon fibers. In fact the same bolt was used on both bears. Amazingly I used the same bolt one more time this Fall during deer season. I shot my biggest doe yet, at 200 pounds. She was shot at 15 yards, with a pass through, and again I was able to locate my bolt in the undergrowth, partly due to the pink coloration, which makes it easy to find. I am confident I can use this bolt next year on my hunting excursions.

If you are looking for a good quality carbon arrow or bolt, Victory Archery has the right one for you, whether you are hunting or target shooting. The prices make it affordable to put “Pink” into everyone’s quiver; The VAP/VForce pink shafts fletched per dozen are $129.99, VAP/VForce pink shafts fletched 6 pack are $69.99, VAP/VForce pink shafts per dozen are $119.99 and pink Xbolts fletched 6 pack are $44.99.

Victory Archery makes it easy to find a local dealer; http://www.victoryarchery.com/carbon-arrow/dealers/.  The arrows and bolts are also available at Bass Pro Shops, Dick’s Sporting Goods, HerCamoShop and many other archery retailers.

For more information on the Pink X-Bolts and Pink VAPs go to http://www.victoryarchery.com

For more information on the Pink Arrow Project go to http://www.pinkarrowproject.com

Photo Credits: Stock Photos from Victory Archery and Pink Arrow Project

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