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Leupold BX-2 Cascades 10×42 Binocular Review

  By Joel Zielke Maybe it’s because Leupold is a local (to me) company. Maybe it’s because they have a great reputation. Maybe it’s because I have never heard anyone complain about any of their products. Maybe it’s just because I have liked their products when I have had a …

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Sizing Sitka Gear For Women

  By Robin Follette While the number of women hunting is growing quickly, the number of outfitters for women isn’t keeping pace. We sometimes have to “make do” with what we’re offered.  Sitka makes it not only possible but comfortable. How do you as a huntress get comfortable in men’s …

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Vortex Crossfire 8×42 Binocular Review

  By David Link Recently the Vortex Crossfire 8×42 roof prism binoculars received a makeover from the Vortex Optics team. It was previously known as the Vortex Crossfire II 8×42, and although this distinction can be confusing, the new Vortex Crossfire series (devoid of the II) can easily distinguished by …

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Vortex Diamondback 20-60x60mm Product Review

  By CoolGearSK You are looking at the great compact spotting scope from Vortex: the Diamondback 20-60×60. Vortex decided to show some love to Slovak and Czech outdoor enthusiasts and supplied me with this nice compact spotting scope with variable magnification. I am always amazed by the quality of Vortex …

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Saving the Family Vacation… and Waging War Against Mosquitoes!

  By Jason Herbert Since I can remember, my family and I have taken at least one summer vacation into God’s Country- Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We love the UP for several reasons: the wildlife and scenery, new adventures and old favorites, and most of all- time together. Adventuring in the …

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BioLite CampStove Review

  By Jason Herbert Being a self described “Modern Backwoodsman”- I thrive on opportunities to get out and “unplug,” but I still also depend on a limited amount of technology. I also pride myself on being prepared for emergencies, and I like the peace I have in my heart knowing …

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Hunt Protected with ScentBlocker’s Bug Blocker

  By Jason Herbert I’ll never forget the moment I realized I needed to bring bug spray with me while turkey hunting. I was perched along an old fence, overlooking a spring wheat field. The wise old tom had earned his stripes, and wasn’t coming in without a fight. As …

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Bering Optics Urban Patrol 1.0x-2.0x Digital NV Pocket Scope Review

  By Mike Burchett I recently had the ability to see in complete darkness.  No, I didn’t have a bionic procedure done on my eyes, although that would be something to talk about.  My son and I went out one crisp winter night in search of some Coyotes.  No, we …

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Nikon PROSTAFF 5 20-60×82 mm Fieldscope Review

  By Guy Sagi Nikon’s hard-earned reputation for camera gear rugged enough to thrive in hostile environments, yet precise enough to capture some of history’s most iconic images, has an unintended consequence. The company’s sport optics division will probably always operate in the shadow of its counterpart, despite delivering the …

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Product Review: Nikon Monarch Gold LASER1200 Rangefinder

-By Tony Martins– There are dozens of laser rangefinders available, with a vast array of features and a wide range of prices. The Nikon Monarch Gold LASER1200 Rangefinder is a high quality, medium priced model that ranks at the top of the list of dual purpose units for hunting with …