Thursday, October 23, 2014

Looking Out for the Right Hunting Gear

Sure-Shot grunt call sounds great in the woods

The heart of the rut is here, and the buck movement seen by hunters is at an increased rate. Warmer than average temperatures have kept the bugs around, but a light jacket is now essential for making trips to the deer stand. The pinch of daylight savings time will not affect the animals in the natural world, but many sportsmen are about to see more sunrise hunting opportunities. Each fall hunting season is a command performance of the last, and one constant is that this year’s gear will tempt us to try something different.
Sure-Shot Game Calls out of Texas are best known today for their duck calls, with their Yentzen duck call named after one of the early Texas call makers. George Yentzen made duck calls out of black walnut in the 1940’s and passes that tradition on to Cowboy Fernandez by 1960. Their business was the foundation for the Sure Shot calls of today led by Charlie Holder.
Thermacell goes PINK for lady hunters!
During this time of year in the Lowcountry deer woods, an aggressive call can sometimes be met with reaction from a mature buck. The Grunt Deer Call by Sure Shot is east to use and caries a rich, deep tone that will carry sound through past the remaining leaves on the trees. They also offer a rattling bag which can be used effectively during those times when only a short window of time permits a hunting opportunity. Rattling demands that the hunter be ready to shoot, since the bucks will most likely be moving to better see and smell what is making all that rattling noise.

Most outdoor enthusiasts have heard of the Thermacell or ‘bug machines’ that have proven to be effective against biting insects while in the deer stand. New for this year, and just in time for breast cancer awareness month is the Realtree Pink Camo appliance for lady hunters that want to sport the right look. It runs on the same butane cartridge as the original Thermacell which provides an odorless repellant against pesky mosquitoes.

To read this article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view past blog entries about hunting gear click here.

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