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1.) Swamp Fox - 07/09/2014
I thought about putting this in Podunk just so it doesn't die on arrival, but somehow I convinced myself to put it here.

What new gear is of interest to you this year?

I was gonna do a review of some of the new gear reviews LOL (I spent the $24 on various magazines so you don't have to) but I think I'll keep it up my sleeve until we have more than 13 forum participants...
2.) Swamp Fox - 07/09/2014
Okay...Three hours without a post, and I even gave this thread to the second shift because they're a bunch of posting animals....

I think I'll throw up a few items [B]I [/B]found interesting....Can't really say there is much to choose from, but maybe I can get this thread up to 20 posts if I jaw-jack a little between items...LOL

First item...Won't promise there will be more, so don't get all gimme gimme gimme on me...

Fiberoptic heads-up display, holographic dots, no electronics, peepless...


That and this next one from the people who brought you the Hip Bone Bowholder...

Rail adapter for the stabilizer of your choice: this has been needed for a while. They also make a stabilizer with four rails if you want a dedicated stabilizer for add-ons.

3.) Deerminator - 07/09/2014
4.) bluecat - 07/09/2014
I'm liking the sight. Wonder if you can control the size of the dots. If it doesn't involve electronics how bright can it be in low light situations?
I like the fact the peepless doesn't involve looking elsewhere on your sight. Would love to play around with it.
5.) bluecat - 07/09/2014
If this thread bombs Swampy we can always go back to making horse puns. We beat that other thread like a rented mule. We didn't just donkey around.
6.) bluecat - 07/09/2014
There's 24 guests online right now, can the server take that kind of punishment?
7.) Swamp Fox - 07/09/2014
[QUOTE=bluecat;21680]If this thread bombs Swampy we can always go back to making horse puns. We beat that other thread like a rented mule. We didn't just donkey around.[/QUOTE]

I'm sitting on two good puns in case that thread comes back to life somehow, LOL...
8.) Swamp Fox - 07/09/2014

I'll see if today or tomorrow I can look through my broadhead info.
9.) Swamp Fox - 07/09/2014
[QUOTE=bluecat;21679]I'm liking the sight. Wonder if you can control the size of the dots. If it doesn't involve electronics how bright can it be in low light situations?
I like the fact the peepless doesn't involve looking elsewhere on your sight. Would love to play around with it.[/QUOTE]

I doubt size can be controlled, but I bet you could control brightness with a rheostat ring like HHA uses on some of their sights. I don't know that this sight has one or that it would be needed for dimming. I have the same question as you re. low-light conditions.
10.) Swamp Fox - 07/09/2014
Okay D, I picked out two for you. A lot of mechanical broadhead info is designed to make my eyes roll up into the back of my head, so there's only so much I can take. Also, I'm not in the market anytime soon, so I'm not paying really close attention.

However, to me, these two are worth paying some mind to:

G5 Havoc---Looks like something of the cut-on-contact point I liked so much on the old black Tekans may be back in a souped-up, up-armored two-blade with a 2-inch cut. I have seen two pics of this BH with slightly different views of the point, so I'll have to see some in person to decide how hawt I'll actually get over this version for my own use.


Or: Ramcats.

I'll let you read their description because the hype on this sweet killing machine puts me in a sugar coma. I don't have the patience to boil it down to the One Big Thing. There are two versions, one for the newer Deep Six arrow inserts.

11.) Swamp Fox - 07/09/2014
[QUOTE=bluecat;21682]There's 24 guests online right now, can the server take that kind of punishment?[/QUOTE]

We're down to 19 right now. I think the White House calls that reverse progress...
12.) DParker - 07/09/2014
I like the stabilizer quad rail on principle alone. I'd like it a lot more if I could think of something useful (to me) I could mount on it other than a video camera (it looks like the perfect place for a GoPro or the like). A flashlight is no good to me. It's not legal in TX, and I can't hunt public land in the dark anyway.

Maybe I could rig up a bayonet, just for the Deerminator seal of approval.
13.) Swamp Fox - 07/09/2014
Nighttime hog hunting with a Hawg Lite or Sniper Light or the like :tu:...I knew a guy who had fair to middling luck on public land (near Center?) but he may have given it up by now. Or maybe it wasn't public land if there's a nighttime prohibition.

You should have seen everything I went through to rig up a bowlight years ago when I first started doing it for hogs, first in Georgia and then Texas. I finally had Timmer make me a stabilizer that would mate with a shotgun barrel rail and I had about three different types of attachment systems I went through, lol. I knew every small rail and light bracket sold in the U.S. at one point, and only about 1% of them came anywhere close to being useful on a bow.

If that bracket or their stab had been available about 10 years ago, I could add weeks back onto my life, LOL.

Unfortunately, I don't have the hog land in SC that I used to, so that whole set-up hasn't seen any action in quite a while.
14.) Hunter - 07/10/2014
Not new gear, but new to me......... trying a HHA single-pin sight this year
15.) Jon - 07/10/2014
Anyone else notice the sight was completely made from plastic? I'm not a big fan of plastic on my bow but it does look interesting.
16.) Swamp Fox - 07/10/2014
I haven't had the sight in my hand, but from what I've read over the last month or two since I first heard of it, this seems more of a myth than a reality. I have read one or two reviews that say the sight uses some plastic in what seems to be a non-critical area, and a few more than one or two saying the sight is "not plastic", apparently in response to a handful of claims that "operators" broke something during installation. :bang:

I always try to read critically, and I have to say I'm leaning in the direction that the sight is a lot more metal than plastic, LOL, if not all metal. When you can't spell or use any punctuation in a simple review or forum post---when you proclaim something a "waist" of money--it makes me question how much care and smarts you brought to handling the sight to begin with, LOL. Especially when your address is the [COLOR="#FF0000"][B]A[/B][/COLOR]ppalachian [B][COLOR="#FF0000"]T[/COLOR][/B]rail... not that there's anything wrong with that.


There are some helpful reviews with both positives and negatives on Amazon, and I think I saw some at Cabelas as well.
17.) bluecat - 07/10/2014
I reread the advertisement and saw no mention of materials. Generally if a sight uses strong metal (aircraft aluminum etc.) they are proud of it and make note of it. There was nothing said, so your guess is as good as mine.

I also didn't see anything regarding 2nd and 3rd axis adjustment.
18.) Swamp Fox - 07/10/2014
[QUOTE=Hunter;21698]Not new gear, but new to me......... trying a HHA single-pin sight this year[/QUOTE]

A slider or a fixed pin?

I would still love to see a slider with MULTIPLE sliding pins, but as far as I know, we're not there yet. Maybe with Trophy Ridge's React-One sight pioneering (?) the yardage dial mechanics (?), that idea will become obsolete, or more popular. :cf:

Speaking of which, I'm confused about Trophy Ridge's React-One. It looks in pics like a single pin, and it sounds like a single pin in write-ups, but parts of its web page make it sound like a multiple-pin.


[I]The all new React-ONE sight will change the way you look at your current one pin sight. The React sight utilizes our exclusive React Technology making it the most accurate [COLOR="#FF0000"]one pin sight [/COLOR]in existence.
•100% Aluminum Construction
•Sight level with 2nd and 3rd axis adjustability
•Set the 20 and 30 yard indicators, then the 40 thru 100 yard indicators are automatically set
•Ultra bright .019 fiber optic pin
•100% toolless micro adjustment
•Rheostat light
•Multiple mounting holes for more versatility
•Multiple scope mounting holes to accomodate different peep sight heights
•Accurate, Fast, and Quiet movement up and down to set the sight for the shot with the drive shaft knob
•Highly visible range indicators
•Custom sticker kit for fast target acquisition
•Rock solid lock down feature for 1 distance shooting
•Positive stop design at the 20 yard indicator position for fast 20 yard target aquisition in a hunting situation

1. [COLOR="#FF0000"]Sight in your 20 yard pin [/COLOR]using the tool-less micro windage and elevation adjustments.
2. [COLOR="#FF0000"]For the next pin step back to 30 yards [/COLOR]and fi ne tune at that distance before shooting the remaining pins.
3. Once you have 2 pins sighted in accurately the rest of your pins will be automatically set, it’s that easy.

REACT TECHNOLOGY accurately predicts what each pin gap will be based on the distance between your 20 yard pin and any other yardage.

Pin Movement

Turning the master adjustment knob just a turn barely moves the 30 yard pin, while the 60 yard pin moves substantially more. This shows the movement of each pin at the designated yardage based on just a turn of the knob.


So sight in at 20 yards, zero at 30--whatever that means; that's the way press releases state it-- and the single pin is magically calibrated out to 100 with the turn of a knob. At close to $200, I would hope so.

Does anyone know what the difference between this and using something like HHA's pre-calibrated tapes is? Initially I assumed there was a difference, but I haven't bothered to look up the set-up instructions or inspect one. My initial reaction was that the magic was in the dial mechanics and not in selecting the proper tape, but I could be wrong.

It looks clunky as all get-out, but I like the idea...Whether it's revolutionary or not, someone will have to tell me.
19.) Swamp Fox - 07/10/2014
[QUOTE=bluecat;21704] I also didn't see anything regarding 2nd and 3rd axis adjustment.[/QUOTE]

In my pea brain, I wonder if this is necessary since the dots shoot to point of aim no matter your eye alignment...apparently. I think that would mean sight alignment to the riser is not hyper-critical? I'll get a headache if I try to think any deeper on your point. Someone more three-dimensionally inclined than I am can chime in, perhaps.

Advertising and marketing material is so poorly-written these days I've given up trying to read into it. While I agree that it USED to be a good assumption that a company would highlight its strong points, I've found that is not a safe assumption anymore. Sometimes something else they want to hype about the particular product crowds out simple ho-hum info we might be looking for, I think.

The exception, of course, would be product descriptions by Firenock. :wink You pretty much get the NASA dissertation on how the watch works, there.
20.) bluecat - 07/10/2014
I wondered about that too Swampy, whether 2nd and 3rd axis adjustment is necessary. At the very least, you let people know that your system makes the adjustment unnecessary. You're right, not well written.

Let's go have a beer, shoot some pool and talk about it...
21.) Swamp Fox - 07/10/2014
LOL...Everything's under control...We know what's going on, even though we like to claim we're caught by surprise...We just like you to have a choice of what to believe...


But in happier news, there's also the fact that apparently you push these "pins" and/or alignment wire all over the place to sight in and adjust for torque, so I suppose that has something to do with the need or no need for axis alignment of the bracket, as well.
22.) Ventilator - 07/10/2014
Well, I vote for the Ramcat at least. Its a badass broadhead.
23.) Deerminator - 07/11/2014
Thanks swampy. I have some rage heads and one failed to open when shot into a 3d deer target. It never even rolled the rubber band back.
24.) Hunter - 07/11/2014
Watched the Youtube video of the tactical archery sight. If everything they say is true, it looks great. Would love to try one. Hey Swampy, will you buy one for me so I can review it for you?

ps. at the end of the video, was that Swampy coming up out of the water Rambo-style to shoot that hog?
25.) Ventilator - 07/11/2014
[QUOTE=Hunter;21720]Watched the Youtube video of the tactical archery sight. If everything they say is true, it looks great. Would love to try one. Hey Swampy, will you buy one for me so I can review it for you?

ps. at the end of the video, was that Swampy coming up out of the water Rambo-style to shoot that hog?[/QUOTE]

If he only had one arrow an no extras in the quiver, it was him.
26.) Swamp Fox - 07/11/2014
27.) Swamp Fox - 07/11/2014
All you need is one arrow sometimes, LOL...

Still, it's nice to have some extras with you.

28.) Deerminator - 07/11/2014
ya can never have enough ammo
29.) crookedeye - 07/12/2014
I ordered some ulmer edge steel broadhead.. looking a little closer to my beloved tekan head
30.) NEBigAl - 07/13/2014
Not new this year...but what do you guys think of the Perry's No peep?

Had an anchor sight and loved it, but got rid of it because the thing weighed a lot!
31.) Swamp Fox - 07/13/2014
[QUOTE=NEBigAl;21793]...Had an anchor sight and loved it, but got rid of it because the thing weighed a lot![/QUOTE]


The PNP looks simple enough...Also functions as a backweight, LOL.

Having the reference right there at the pin is great...No peeking somewhere else even for a moment....I wonder how many will shoot the reference pin instead of the sight pin in the heat of the moment, though, LOL...

I would make the reference pin amber or even blue to distinguish...Free advice to the manufacturer, and worth every penny. :wink
32.) Deerminator - 07/13/2014

33.) Swamp Fox - 07/14/2014
I'll tell you what...I would have never come up with it. LOL
34.) Swamp Fox - 07/25/2014
Bumping this up for the weekend...Maybe we'll catch some strays nosing around in their spare time.
35.) Deerminator - 07/26/2014

36.) Swamp Fox - 07/26/2014
Good video. I'd say the Whisker Biscuit was an idea that spread, and against the odds. Possibly the best example in archery, followed closely by the droop-away rest (a little less incredibly).

Also, both are brilliant, as opposed to sliced bread. What, so you don't need a knife and you save a couple of minutes feeding your family of six kids and a husband who's been working on the railroad all the live-long day?

I wonder what new gear people would go for if someone would just come up with the idea?

37.) Dan-o - 07/27/2014


Great idea, and it works! Unfortunately, it doesn't work nearly as well as a Jet Boil or MSR Pocket Rocket as a stove. However, you can burn twigs and stuff to charge the phone pretty easily.
38.) Deerminator - 07/28/2014
39.) ARCHERXP - 10/25/2014


i like it!
40.) Swamp Fox - 02/02/2015
As a long-time sliding sight shooter, I don't know what "problems" this really solves, but it sounds good, LOL. Haven't seen one in person, but at least it got my ears perked up.

[I]... Set each Accu-Click at a specific distance (i.e. 20yards, 30 yards, ect) so that the slider will stop where you want it. Simply “pick” your distance, “click” it into place, and “stick” your target! A 45 degree rear-facing sight scale allows easy recognition of where the sight pointer is set, which is teamed with Accu-Clicks that allow the archer to easily set their sight from an arm’s length away! The AccuTouch sight brings new technology to the sight market on a whole with a patent pending, adjustable Red Elevation Tension Lever. This tension lever provides the archer with their own personal choice of how easily the sight slides along the elevation bar. The AccuTouch Sights feature ALL axis leveling capabilities from the first axis adjustment where NO shims are needed to the ever popular, separate 2nd and 3rd axis leveling on the head of the scope attachment! Another feature of the AccuTouch is the Windage Lock Button that, when engaged, does not allow the micro-adjustable windage knob to turn. Simply disengage the Windage Lock to make a windage adjustment. The AccuTouch also features a superior Windage Dovetail Guide System that provides Zero backlash.

I don't even know what they mean by backlash on your windage adjustment, but it all seems super, LOL. More info here:

41.) Swamp Fox - 02/02/2015
Check out the way you can get your bow light up toward the rest and sight...Excellent for shooting out of a window. Also accommodates a tripod (or a laser). [B]Very[/B] cool light-mode memory feature!

I've used some of this company's stuff, and it's quality and well thought-out, in my experience. Better than stuff I was able to jerry-rig, lol.

Click here for short video:


Look here if you are looking for lots of other mounting options:


Watch here if you like Pigman. Skip it if you don't, LOL.

42.) Swamp Fox - 02/02/2015

This might have some potential if the quality is good. I don't know how people shoot with most camera contraptions I've seen hanging off bows.

Equipped with an ultra high-quality lens and 12 megapixel lowlight sensor, the Playback gives you a picture-perfect video, providing a view similar to what you see with the human eye. Unlike a fisheye lens, the Playback uses patented Tactacam™ Technology, which makes a 20-yard shot look and feel like a 20-yard shot.

Playback HD Stabilizer Camera
◾Durable, machined aluminum camera housing
◾Stealth Band Technology for vibration-killing noise reduction
◾12mp sensor records in true full HD 1080p-30fps and 720-60fps
◾1-touch power-on auto record with vibration indication
◾60-degree FOV makes the target look closer than other action cameras that use 120-degree FOV
◾Ultra-sharp lens optimized for bows, crossbows and guns (no fisheye)
◾Low-light recording like no other camera of its kind
◾Waterproof tested up to 30 meters (audio not available when using waterproof cap)
◾Shock resistant; 50 cal tested and approved
◾Rechargeable lithium battery provides over 2 hours of record time (extra batteries available)
◾Charging USB 2.0 and 110- to 120-volt AC outlet
◾USB 2.0 connection to Mac and PC
◾Storage: micro Sd card up to 64gb (not included)

43.) Swamp Fox - 02/02/2015
Scrape Starter:

Allegedly will last up to two month and is semi-weatherproof, 100% waterproof. I don't know how you get dirt infused with scent to be waterproof, but that's what they say. Reminds me of the scrape dirt HS used to sell, if it's like that.

Or I wonder if it's something like "scrape beads" which seem to be common "water pearls" infused with scent, except costing a lot more money 'cause, you know, hunting. :re:


Anyway, whatever Undertaker is, here's the link: Look under Masking Scents for some reason, then click on Undertaker:

44.) DropzOfWild - 02/04/2015
Swampy... I like the windpros for a scrape maker.. I used last yr and seen more bucks than the previous two years combined no joke! I know what works on my side of the street may not on the other but I had really good luck with it last yr.. Shot my 140" 8 pointer off of one of the scrapes I made
45.) Swamp Fox - 02/04/2015
I'll have to look into that. I remember you and I talked about mock scrapes a few years ago. Check out Luv2bowhunt's mock scrape thread on here if you haven't seen it. :tu:
46.) Swamp Fox - 02/04/2015
47.) Swamp Fox - 02/04/2015
Here's Luv2's Mock Scrape Project thread....Outstanding Information and Entertainment ...It's a floor wax AND a dessert topping.



48.) DropzOfWild - 02/05/2015
Lol that's pretty awesome stuff!
I did try mock scrape business a while back but this stuff I'll stick with.. I actually called David Healy from there and 50 questioned him fo death to get the most "bang for the buck" so to speak... As I said what works on this side of the fence may not on the other so all these products are simply trial and error to me....
I started making mocks about two to three weeks before I would normally start to see normal activity(late Augearly Sept). Used just the dominant buck first ..my 8 I shot on the first of Oct before I could get the doe estrus in that particular scrape. I started using the estrus puff when I noticed trailing / mild chasing..... The scrapes (4) I made, blew up to 3 times the size and stayed active longer than any one I knew of.. but I also noticed that a deer made scrape I decided to hit with some powder (estrus) in the beginning rut lost activity. I have been cameraless the last 2 seasons so I can't support my proof of powder with pics(hence the purchase of 2 new Brownings) this is a great topic that can go endlessly due to so many factors.. once I get my laptop I'll be able to post pics of locations of everything to understand how my thought process is with hunted area.
Luv2's pic of the "human dripper" is funny because I have in fact tried that and does work at times...
49.) Swamp Fox - 02/05/2015

I'll probably pick your brain on this when it gets closer to the time. A few years back, I began starting mock scrapes even earlier than I used to (mid-August and sometimes even earlier) and with several of them going, found it a bit too much work/intrusion for the reward if I had to rely on drippers at all locations. A several-weeks mock scrape effort is a lot different from a several-months campaign, LOL. That's why I started looking into lower-maintenance tricks.

50.) DropzOfWild - 02/05/2015
I'm game! It's all intrusive .. has to be to get product out there..I guess that's why I mostly pick spots with open areas and minimal vegetation with rubber boots, but then again when that's the only kind of area you have for private hunting spot picking is made easy! Here's my 8 off that "desert topping/floor polish" windpro
51.) Swamp Fox - 02/05/2015
Awesome buck, especially to fool with a scrape you worked yourself. And early, too! :tu:

I agree scrape maintenance is a lot easier and less likely to disturb deer if you can locate in areas that are easy to zip in and out of. I may need to try harder to accomplish that with a higher percentage of my sets. I'm sure I could on some hunting ground; in other places it would be difficult.