Call Bridle

“The Call Bridle is just another tool to make your hunt a little smoother!”

Keep your calls closer, warmer, safer, hidden, instantly available – these are benefits of the Call Bridle from Down-N-Dirty Outdoors. This neoprene tool is another great product from Down-N-Dirty that kinda makes you think, “why didn’t someone think of this earlier?”.

The Call Bridle provides four individual call pouches with each attaching your calls to a d-ring using black straps. The bridle feature neoprene neck straps and under-arm straps. This is great for any type of hunting such as laying on a pond dam or in a layout blind where your calls slide to one side.

Check out this video from Down-N-Dirty Outdoors:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY4OiTVO6ok

Keep Your Calls Warm

As the winter season approaches us, so does freezing temperatures that will cause our duck and goose call reeds to freeze.  Depending how the birds are working and if it is slow we tend to trying fixing it by taking the call apart and drying the reeds with our gloves or other pieces of clothing. Which is the best way to lose a reed or wedge.

There are a few inexpensive and effective methods and products for helping to keep your calls warm.  Below we have listed these suggestions for both new and experienced waterfowl hunters to take advantage of, if not already.

callcoozyCall Coozy – The Call Coozy, a lightweight fitted neoprene cover that fits over your duck and goose calls, not only prevents freezing but also protects you call/s.  The neoprene insulating properties work well in freezing conditions.  Once on, it also keeps your calls from falling apart and prevents any shiny bands from deterring the birds.  Price: $3.99 (Wing Supply)

 

rainxRainX – Now this one may seem far-fetched, but actually it has worked.  This is more of a personal suggestion that has worked in the past and I will continue to use it.  I tried this using the RainX 2-IN-1 Foam Glass Cleaner.  RainX being known for their windshield treatment has begun to be a useful tool at the beginning and ending of my season.  Just treat your reed/s and inside of your call/s at least a day before hunting.  This has worked so well, I presented the idea to market this and talked with their R&D dept.  Price: $4.99-$6.99 (Wal-Mart)

hothandsHotHands – By now if you have hunted in the cold you probably are already carrying these in your bag.  Wader Jacket pockets, wader pockets, hand-warmers or even just tucking them at the top of your waders.  These are just some ideas of using a HotHands warmer.  A great products that works great with this method is the Call Bridle.  Price: $1.97 (Wal-Mart)

Take An Extra Moment

Many things can happen while hunting to make it dangerous.  Such as a clogged shotgun barrel, a ricocheted bullet, use of improperly sized shell or bullet or carrying a loaded gun.  So we take precautions to prevent these from happening.  But there is only so much you can do when you or another hunter does not take the same proper safety precautions.

Just a couple days ago, in Foster County, ND a duck hunter was shot in the lower abdomen after a deer hunter shot at a running deer.  These duck hunters were in the mist of putting on their blazing orange clothing when this accident happened.  As of today, there have not been any updates of this investigation but the local Sheriff reported the injury did not appear to be life threating.

In Oct. 2013, a newlywed duck hunter just 23 years old was fatally shot by his friend while duck hunting from a boat.    As a group of ducks passed by, they both stood up at the same time and when one lost his balance, hunting buddy accidently shot and hit him in the head.

There are many of these types of accidents that take place every season.  Some purely accidental, some claim to be accidental but for the most part they could be have prevented with a little more care for other hunters and precautions.  Some states with keep the deer rifle and waterfowl season apart from each other in hopes it prevents more accidents.

What fears some the most is the possibility of states adopting an already-in-place deer regulation for duck hunters.  At least 6 states now require 144 square inches of blazing orange panels to be used during any firearm deer season on public land.  Of course that would be absolutely pointless to apply for duck hunters but then again, anything is possible.  This is just a thought and will probably never happen.

The best advice to give is know when other seasons will be open in your state, make your presence known – perhaps making some noise occasionally, carry your phone on you and have your local Game Warden/Officer’s contact number, let someone know where you’re going AND the time you should be back by, always check your gun and ammo, be sure to know what is beyond your target and NEVER assume anything.

May you all have a great successful season and most important of all, return home safely!

Christian Waterfowl Association

The Christian Waterfowlers Association was formed in September 2009 by Tim Sallee to combine people’s passion for waterfowling with their passion for Christ. To give meaning to our adventurous nature that we are born with and use it for something that stretches beyond the tradition of waterfowling. To work within the waterfowling community to preserve our waterfowl tradition and impact the world for Jesus Christ.

Wicked Wildlife Outdoors

Wicked Wildlife Outdoors was launched on Facebook only 11 months ago.  Now reaching over 38,000 Likes, they have become extremely popular.  Photos, Pro Staff, videos, great sponsors and amazing giveaways have assited in their popularity.  Job well done WWO!

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WickedWildlifeOutdoors

Read their “About” below:

We are an organization that thrives on hunting and the outdoors, but also we want to be involved with so much more. Whether it be encouraging and promoting hunting education and experience for the next generation hunters or helping an elderly hunter that can no longer hunt alone and needs a hunting companion. We want to build and sustain long-term relationships with quality sportsmen from across the nation. WE GOT GAME… DO YOU?

Current Facebook Cover Photo

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Camera Line Up

We researched have listed the most popular POV (Point-of-View) cameras.  Providing product details to help you make a decision when searching for that right camera.

Note: These cameras are not listed in any particular order.

GoPro HERO3

Hero3GoPro helps people capture and share their lives’ most meaningful experiences with others—to celebrate them together. Like how a day on the mountain with friends is more meaningful than one spent alone, the sharing of our collective experiences makes our lives more fun. via www.GoPro.com  Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmZ_o1Eec20

 

Warranty: 1 year limited

Digital Still Resolution:  Up to 5.0MP 

High Definition:  Yes (1080p)

Audio Recording:  Yes

Time Lapse Recording:  Yes, interval snapshot recording

Remote Control:  Yes (Optional)

Type of Lens:  Fisheye

Type of Mount:  Base Plate with Pivot Arms (Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuFLCCGeU-gCompatible only with select GoPro quick-release cameras.

Flash Memory: MicroSD Card – not included

Connectivity: USB-HDMI

Rechargeable Battery:  Yes

External Mic Ready: Yes (3.5mm Mic Sold Separately) 

Color:  White with Clear Housing

Shoot and Share:  No

Waterproof:  Yes

What’s Included – GoPro

  • GoPro HERO3 HD Camcorder
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • USB Charging Cable
  • QR Buckle, 1 curved Adhesive Mount, 1 Flat adhesive Mount, Assorted Mounts and Mounting Hardware
  • Owner’s Manual

$199.99 via http://gopro.com/cameras/hd-hero3-white-edition

 

 

Tactacam

TactacamA good camera has to have a good lens and a good image sensor.  Well, the new Tactacam has both.  Using the best lenses with a 12 megapixel sensor to record your hunt.  Fisheye lenses push everything away making them not ideal for hunting.  Tactacam uses a 60 degree lens this is very close to the view that we see with the human eye. via www.tactacam.com  Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W20cBNDSUU

 

Warranty: 6 Months, No Questions Asked

Digital Still Resolution:  12MP 

High Definition:  Yes (1080p)

Audio Recording:  Yes

Time Lapse Recording:  No

Remote Control:  No

Type of Lens:  60 Degree Lens

Type of Mount:  Tripod Mount – Compatible with most tripods and attachments with a 1/4″ diameter threading.

Flash Memory: MicroSD Card – not included

Connectivity: USB-HDMI

Rechargeable Battery:  Yes – via USB Charging

External Mic Ready: Yes (2.5mm Mic Sold Separately) 

Color:  Realtree Xtra, Realtree APS, Lost Camo, Lost Camo AT, Flat Black and Tactical Mixed

Shoot and Share:  Yes (Facebook and YouTube Ready)

Waterproof:  Yes

What’s Included – Tactacam

  • Tactacam Camcorder
  • Bow Stabilizer Mount
  • Gun Mount
  • AUX/Universal Mount
  • Data/USB Charging Cord with Wall Charger Adapter
  • Lens Cleaning Cloth
  • External Mic Closure (External Mic Not Included)
  • User Manual

$229.99 via http://shop.tactacam.com/

 

XCEL HD Hunting Edition

XCELCapture full HD 1080p footage of your hunt with this compact action camera. Perfect for mounting to your bow, scope or forehead allowing you to replay, enjoy and share every moment of your hunt with wide angle video. via www.spypoint.com  Video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUEGbwF2PrE

 

 

Warranty: 1 Year Full Warranty

Digital Still Resolution:  5MP

High Definition:  Yes (1080p or 720) 

Audio Recording:  Yes

Time Lapse Recording:  Yes

Remote Control:  Yes (Included)

Type of Lens:  Fisheye

Type of Mount:  Base Plate with Pivot Arms

Flash Memory: MicroSD Card – not included

Connectivity: USB-HDMI

Rechargeable Battery:  Yes

External Mic Ready: Yes (2.5mm Mic Sold Separately)

Color:  Black Carbon Fiber Look with Camo Housing

Shoot and Share:  Unconfirmed

Waterproof:  Yes

What’s Included – XCEL HD

  • XCEL HD Hunting Edition Camcorder
  • Camo Waterproof Housing
  • Remote Control + Velcro Strap
  • Lithium-ion Battery + Battery Cover
  • HDMI + USB Cables
  • Carrying Case
  • Wrist Strap
  • Lens Cleaning Clothe
  • Slide Adapter
  • Quick Release Stand
  • Head Strap Mount
  • Bow Mount (Suitable for all bow models having an opening for a stabilizer)
  • Scope Mount  (Fits any scope within 0.91” to 1.38” diameter)
  • Lens Protector

$250.00 at select retailers only

Mid-October Migration Reports – DU

Waterfowl are moving south, find your flyway report.
As ducks and geese begin to move south, waterfowlers need to know when and where. Below are the Migration Alerts from this week, covering each flyway and providing valuable, credible information from DU biologists and state agencies.
Original Article Here: http://www.ducks.org/hunting/migration/midoctober-migration-reports?poe=homebanner

WATERFOWL MIGRATION ALERTS!
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Tennessee Holds First Sandhill Crane Hunt

Tennessee hunters will get the chance to put another big bird on the table this holiday season. The Volunteer State became the 16th state — and just the second east of the Mississippi River — to allow a special hunt for sandhill cranes.

SandhillCranesIn August, the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved a sandhill crane hunting season, which runs Nov. 28 to Jan. 1, 2014. Four hundred permits were made available by special drawing on Oct. 12. Hunters who drew a permit are allowed to shoot three cranes.

Hunters must pass a crane identification test before going afield so they can determine the difference between sandhill cranes and the endangered whooping cranes.
The process of establishing a crane season this year in Tennessee began when TFWC solicited support from conservation and hunting organizations after delaying a decision on crane hunting in January 2011. Delta Waterfowl responded with a letter of endorsement.

“The burgeoning eastern crane population is creating new opportunities for hunters throughout the flyway. These birds are sporty and wonderful to eat and will create a new unique hunting opportunity,” wrote John Devney, vice president of U.S. policy for Delta Waterfowl. “This provides a rare chance to create an incremental hunting opportunity as populations have expanded is consistent with the sound tenants of scientific wildlife management.”

TFWC received some opposition to the hunt, specifically from the Tennessee Ornithological Society, which pointed to sandhills as a highly coveted species for bird watchers. Commissioners made concessions by shortening the season length from 60 to 35 days, and dropping the number of permits from 775 to 400.

“I’ve hunted cranes in Mexico, and I do know they’re a wary bird and taste just as good as advertised,” said Tom Rice, a voting member of TFWC. “Thanks to the support of groups like Delta Waterfowl, Tennessee hunters will have the opportunity to have those experiences, too.”

Original Story Here:  http://www.deltawaterfowl.org/news/article/2013/10/13/tennessee-holds-first-sandhill-crane-hunt-

Gear Down Blind from Lucky Duck

Lucky Duck Decoys by Expedite International has released a new lightweight and portable ground blind, the Gear Down Blind.

gear-down-blindThe Lucky Duck “Gear Down” Blind is the most portable layout blind on the market. This blind is extremely lightweight (only 9 lbs.) and folds up to the size of a backpack. 28″ x 18″ x 4″. The built in straps leave your hands free. Water resistant heavy khaki fabric with padded seat and pillow for all day comfort. Blind cover has grass straps for that added concealment option.

 

Refuge Areas To Reopen

Washington — The Fish and Wildlife Service said it is reopening 3 million acres in wildlife refuges to allow hunting of pheasants and waterfowl.

The sites, in 10 states, have been closed since Oct. 1 because of the partial government shutdown.

The agency said Friday that despite limited staffing, allowing public access to Waterfowl Production Areas on wildlife refuges will not cost any money or jeopardize public safety.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple had threatened to sue unless lands in his state were opened.

Dalrymple said pheasant hunting should begin as scheduled this month. He said a government shutdown is not legal justification to close unstaffed public lands.

The decision opens hunting areas in Michigan and nine other states: North and South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Idaho and Maine.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131013/METRO06/310130043#ixzz2i0j6qZUZ