Buck Nut Deer Scents Review

Buck Nut Deer Scents Review

Earlier this year the kind folks at Buck Nut Deer Scents sent us a couple of their products to try out and review.  Now that rut is in full swing, we have been trying their products pictured below.  They sent us two products, the Peak Estrous and Peak Rut scents. I tired their products while away on the eastern shore of Maryland. Sadly, rut wasn’t in full swing, but I used up what I had left the past week while at home hunting Loch Raven. I used it the way they describe it on there website, mixing the two on a drag rag. Rut is getting pretty close to full tilt and I had good results. The Pro’s: I really like the design of the bottle, it’s easy to open and close and doesn’t end up dripping all over you which is a plus on cold morning so your gloves don’t smell like deer scent all day.  I used the peak rut on mock scrapes each day down on the shore. The one day I had two spikes walk down wind of my mock scrape both of them went right to the scrape as soon as they got down wind of it.  It was impressive to see a buck walk right to a mock scrape, never had one work that soon. Granted they were young bucks, but most of the time I find mock scrapes work best 2 – 4 days after you make them if you keep refreshing the scents you put in them, this worked the very first evening!  I then used it as a mix here at home on a drag rag and had a  button buck come right into my tree. The Peak estrus I had a scent bottle out each hunt, and since I didn’t see very many deer as a whole on this trip I cannot say it did or did not work.  However, the spikes that came to my mock scrape were licking there lips and I am guessing that was part of the reason they got as close as they did.  I also had the the young doe come right in to the scent bottle when she got down wind and was smelling it. ( I would have taken a picture but a holly tree blocked from seeing anything. While at home I used this too in the mix on a drag rag as well as in a scent wick bottle and after the button buck followed me right to my tree he started walking around the base of my tree next to the bottle of scent grunting.  It was extremely fun to watch and I would say the scent that Buck Not Scents sent me works pretty well. I haven’t had a shooter come in yet because of it, but then again I  also don’t think I have had a shooter close enough to smell scent so this is a non factor in my review. Con’s: I didn’t like that the bottles were glass, they were a bit noisy getting in and out of my scent bag.  The only other thing I could say is that I wished the bottles were slightly larger, maybe something between 2 and 3oz bottles. This would mean having to carry less bottles especially when your on a trip. My final thoughts: I think Buck Nut Deer Scents has a pretty good product.  From my small sample time I had to use their products they work as good...
Black Friday 2014 Outdoor Deals

Black Friday 2014 Outdoor Deals

We just wanted to update everyone on a few good deals going on this Black Friday and many of them run through the weekend.   Below is Under Armour’s main two deals for the weekend. But they have many exciting things on sale for the outdoors enthusiast this holiday weekend. The Sportsman’s Guide: Black Friday Countdown! Lowest Prices of the Year! Quantities Limited Only At Sportman’s Guide Earlybird Black Friday Deals at 365outdoorwear.sportsmansguide.com BassPro: BassPro is running many good Black Friday 6 Hour sales as well as their annual 5 Day sale. Check it out below plus get free shipping on orders $50 and over!...
2014 Summit Climbing Treestand Overview

2014 Summit Climbing Treestand Overview

Every year we give you an overview of the climbing treestands offered by Summit Stands.  Their lineup has not changed much from last year, but nevertheless we want to make sure we give you the most up-to-date information about this years stands.   Since we own a few of these stands, we can easily stand by the product Summit puts out.  They are safe, well built, easy to use stands that work day in and day out for the most passionate hunters. Below is their climbing stand lineup for 2014. 1. Summit Openshot SD Climbing Treestand The Summit® Openshot SD Climbing Treestand is designed for hunters who prefer mobility and silence. Features Summit’s Dead Metal Sound Deadening Technology, and at only 15 pounds, this ultra-compact design still offers plenty of comfort. Thick padded seat folds up when you want to stand against the tree. Features patented QuickDraw cables and RapidClimb stirrups. Includes a full-body safety harness. Seat: 18″. Inside Climber Frame: 19.75″ x 14″. Platform: 20″ x 24.75″. Weight: 15 lbs. Maximum weight capacity: 300 lbs. MSPR $259.99 2. Summit Razor SD Climbing Treestand Sit down/stand up Summit® Razor SD Climbing Treestand includes EZ climbing bar that folds out of the way when you’re ready to hunt. Features Dead Metal Sound Deadening Technology, adjustable 12″x 18″x 2″ seat with a 12″x 20″x 2″ backrest, padded armrests, and backpack straps. Includes RapidClimb® Stirrups and a full-body safety harness. Inside Climber Frame: 19.75″ x 26.5″. Platform: 20″ x 28.75″. Weight: 21 lbs. Maximum weight capacity: 300 lbs.  MSRP $299.99 3. 180 Max SD The Summit 180 Max SD Climbing Treestand offers a comfortable vantage point in the stand with a bit more room and capacity for bigger hunters and those who prefer some extra space. Designed for flexible positioning, the Summit 180 Max is equipped with an adjustable-height, reversible surround seat that allows you to sit facing the tree or reversed with the seat against the tree. Meanwhile, the premium-quality, precision welded aluminum, extended-top frame offers an advantage for tall hunters, yet keeps the weight down to 23 pounds. The larger, 6-channel aluminum platform offers extra space to move around, with a generous 350-pound maximum weight capacity. 4. Summit Viper SD Climbing Treestand A perfect combination of comfort and light weight—now with Dead Metal Sound Deadening Technology! Critical sections of tubing are foam-filled for significant reductions in game-spooking sounds. Adjustable seat height; ideal for bows or guns. Features SummitLokt construction, RapidClimb stirrups, and QuickDraw cables. Cushioned armrests, padded climbing seat bar, backpack straps. Includes a full-body safety harness. Seat: 12″ x 18″ x 2″. Backrest: 12″ x 20″ x 2″. Inside Climber Frame: 19.75″ x 26.5″. Platform: 20″ x 29″. Weight: 20 lbs. Maximum weight capacity: 300 lbs. MSRP $289.99 5. Summit Titan SD Climbing Treestand Now with Dead Metal Sound Deadening Technology, Summit’s largest climbing stand is even better! Ideal for hunters looking for maximum range of motion, the Titan features a large platform and an extended top section to optimize your legroom. Seat height is adjustable, so gun hunters can use the padded climbing bar as a gunrest. Includes RapidClimb Stirrups and a full-body safety harness. Inside Climber Frame: 21.75″x28.5″. Platform: 20″ x 30.75″. Weight: 25 lbs. Maximum weight capacity: 350 lbs. MSRP $349.99 6. Goliath SD The Summit Goliath SD is a full featured climber for full-framed hunters. Extra room and an ample 350 pound limit makes it the perfect stand for the bigger hunter or for anyone looking for a...
BHM’s Top 5 Bows of 2014

BHM’s Top 5 Bows of 2014

The 2014 hunting season is quickly approaching and we are starting to get geared up for it.  That being said, this  is our yearly top 5 bows for this year.  They are as always in no particular order as we view all five of the below bows as great choices if your in the market for a new bow this season.  We have included our opinion and reasons each bow made our top 5 this year, along with some specs and features of each bow. 1. Bowtech  Archery – Carbon Overdrive Bowtech seems to be doing something right, they make a good product and they are always getting good reviews.  Well like others they have made our top five and this year is the exception.  The Carbon Overdrive is a new offering from Bowtech this year and we like what we see.  The bow offers 50, 60, 70 lb draw weight, is just 3.3 lbs, draw length options from 25″ – 30″.  The bow is 31.5 inches axle to axle , and has an IBO speed of 342 fps.  The bow is small, light weight, fast, has a few options in terms of colors/camo patterns it is available in.  Overall, we really like this style bow and Bowtech makes a great product, with an MSRP of $999 it is also priced just in line with the other bows it is competing with.  We think it’s best features are it’s speed and weight. Overall, it looks a nice addition to their product line and one we suggest looking at if your in the market for a new bow this year. 2. Matthews Archery – Creed XS Matthews is one of the leading bow manufactures and some would argue the best.  Well we sure cannot find a lot to argue that, but everything is a matter of personal preference.   This year Matthews made our top five with their latest offering the Creed XS.  This bow offers a compact design and has their new SimPlex single-cam technology.   The Creed XS is offered in 50,60,70 lb draw weights and draw lengths from 26″ to 30″, the bow is super short at 28″ axle to axle and lightweight at just 3.80 lbs.  This little bow still packs pretty good speed with an IBO speed of 321 fps.  All and all, another great product from Matthews that will last you forever.  With an average selling price of between $899 – $1,049.  This is a great all around bow, with some awesome new features which make it better than last years Creed, and yet it is still priced right around it’s competition.  Another bow that would be on our must look at if your in the market. 3. Bear Archery – Agenda 7 Bear Archery’s offering this year with the Agenda 7 has kept them on our top five list this year.  The Agenda 7 is right in the pack with draw weight options of 50,60,70 lbs and draw length options from 26.5″ to 30″, an axle to axle length of 32″, an IBO speed of 340 fps and weighs in at 4 lbs respectively.  An all around good bow with a slightly lower price tag  that it’s competitors with an MSRP of $899, a great choice for those looking for good bow with many years of proven quality behind. Only downfall we see is it is only offered with 75% let off whereas most all other bows are now 80% let off. 4....
New Maryland DNR App

New Maryland DNR App

There’s an app for that??? If you hunt in the public hunting areas in Maryland, then yes, there is an app for that.  Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been busy designing a new app that will run on both Android and Apple formats.  I know many times I have pulled up a map of the reservoir hunting areas at home, and then scouted that same land before hunting.  Now you can have those same maps with you on your phone.  Access to much of DNR’s website will now be at your fingertips. Here is a breakdown of the app’s features at a glance: Location-based maps and directions to State-owned lands and attractions Maryland State Park activities and amenities Fishing and hunting season information Hunting harvest mobile submission option Trophy Case, hunting photo sharing through Facebook, Twitter or by email A location-based sunrise/sunset and tide update Maryland fish and shellfish identifier Hunting, fishing and boating regulation guides Breaking DNR news and alerts   To download: Apple users (i.e. iPhone or iPad) visit the App Store. Android users can use this link. For more information, visit dnr2.maryland.gov/Pages/dnrapp.aspx....
Double Take Archery Nockturnal™ S Lighted Nocks Review

Double Take Archery Nockturnal™ S Lighted Nocks Review...

During the last off-season a friend of mine gave me the 3 pack of Double Take Archery Nockturnal S Lighted Nocks to try out.   I have used them a couple times during target practice and I had been waiting to harvest a deer with one before writing this review.   Now that I have used them for several months, I have to say they make arrow tracking much easier. Overall, I have been pretty impressed with them. They do not seem to change arrow flight and they make finding your arrow a hundred times easier.   They are easy to install and fairly easy to turn off once you have shot them. Pros: Biggest advantages to these is by far the finding your arrow if you miss or if the arrow stays in the animal after the shot. They certainly do a good job of that as even during the daylight hours they are easy to see and easy to find.  The doe I shot at and missed this year I knew based off where the nock went that I had missed and could see my arrow stuck in the mud right in front of here before she even ran.  The deer I just harvested was right before dark and I could clearly see the arrow hit the deer and it was laying just a couple feet behind where it was standing.  Very bright and simple to use and easy to install. Cons: These have two downfalls I guess you could say,  1 is that you have to keep something to turn them off after the shot, I keep a paper clip in my pack so I can turn them off to keep battery life.  The second would of course be added cost.  Most of us already complain about the cost of arrows and broadheads, with the average being between $20 – $30 per arrow each time you take a shot, add these guys on you add another $ 7 – $10 per arrow.  So if you are on a budget these may not be something you want to add. Finally Thoughts: If you are tired of losing arrows because you cannot find them after a shot or want to be able to see where arrow is going in low light when you shot these are a great add on.  If you only use them mostly for hunting and turn them off as soon as you can as I do the battery life seems pretty good and they are super bright.   I have found them to be a great add on and will likely pick up some more so I have at least 6 for my primary hunting arrows this off-season.  I would highly recommend them to anyone if they work with your arrows and you are looking for a lighted...