Americana Outdoors E-Magazine - February 2020
NEW YEAR, NEW FISHING SEASON
RANGER BOATS’ 2020 SALES PROGRAM
GARMIN’S ALL NEW FORCE™ TROLLING MOTOR
T/C ARMS’ 2020 NEW BOLT-ACTION RIFLES
FEB 2020 - 25TH EDITION I n this issue ... Garmin Force™ Trolling Motor Yamaha Outdoors Announces New Accessories for Proven Off- Road Vehicles Ranger Boats’ 2020 Retail Sales Program TenPoint Crossbows’ NEW VAPOR RS470 Bass Pro Shops 2020 U.S. Open Bowfishing Championship ConQuest Scents: ScentFIRE New Colors for SPRO’s RkCrawler How Record Rack Helps the Average Hunter 2020 SHOT Show Product Highlights Thompson/Center’s 2020 Lineup of New Bolt-Action Rifles Iles & Shook Shake Up Rayburn with Massive Sack Stealth Cam Launches Fusion Cellular Camera Schreiner University’s Matthew Dorcz Wins the Texas Lunker Challenge Performance Center Lightweight T/CR22 Rifles 04 07 10 12 17 18 22 24 25 28 35 36 39 42
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STAFF: EDITOR IN CHIEF: Wade Middleton CONTENT LAYOUT: Shelley Giesecke GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Adam Elmhorst CONTENT MANAGER: Haley Rivera
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
As we are halfway through the winter season, it’s not far until spring will be here! And that means that we are starting to ramp up the fishing adventures. It is always a little bittersweet to close out hunting season, simply because we get to spend so much time with our friends at various camps, enjoying so many adventures. However, we’re also ready to also enjoy time on the water with friends too. While we are actually able to fish all year, this season does find us fishing more frequently while gearing up for fishing tournament season. The Americana Outdoors team has already filmed several fishing shows, covered high school and collegiate bass fishing tournaments, redfish tournaments, and more bass fishing tournaments….and that’s just in February! We’ve visited some of our favorite bodies of water, including Sam Rayburn Reservoir (it’s HOT right now!), and I promise you’re going to want to watch all the excitement and get out on the water yourself! This season, we’ve got new and exciting action coming from various bodies of water throughout the nation, new products to show off like the Garmin Force™ trolling motor, and we’re always checking out new fishing lures. With all that keeping us busy, we do still have hunting on our minds – it’s impossible not to as we spent a week in Las Vegas for the 2020 SHOT Show and then headed out on a snowy adventure near the Texas Panhandle in search of blue quail, and currently, we are plotting and planning for the 3rd Annual Yamaha Turkey-Bass Smash later this spring. As always, the team is on the road and in the field capturing it all so that you’ll get to see the final works soon. Until next time, we’ll see you out on the water and in the field! And remember that Spring Turkey season is nearly here!
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TROLLING MOTOR NEW GARMIN FORCE™ INTRODUCING THE
Garmin International, the world’s leading marine electronics manufacturer announced its new Force™ Trolling Motor, bringing superior power and efficiency to the freshwater trolling motor market. More power and efficiency means anglers can cover more area and stay on their spots longer, even in tough conditions—and without spooking the fish. Thanks to its unique brushless motor, Force™ operates with almost undetectable levels of sonar and steering noise both below and above the water. It’s also the first trolling motor to include built-in industry-leading Garmin CHIRP traditional and Ultra High-Definition ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonars.
trolling motor is 30%more powerful than existing freshwater trolling motors on the market today. It can move anglers from one dock or brush pile to the next more quickly, throttle back with ease when they need to fish slow and stand up better to winds and currents. Even with all that power, Force™ is also the most efficient trolling motor available, so anglers can count on it to fish all day. Its high-efficiency brushless motor operates at either 36V or 24V. When running at 24V, Force delivers comparable thrust to competitors’ 36V motors. It’s everything anglers want in a trolling motor and more.
The Force™ trolling motor comes with an integrated transducer optimized for freshwater use with Garmin CHIRP traditional and Ultra High-Definition ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonars so anglers can see more fish and structure clearly. The built-in transducer is user- serviceable, and the cable management system protects the built-in transducer cables as well as additional accessories, including the full range of Panoptix™ and Panoptix LiveScope™ sonars. Wireless integration with a Garmin Chartplotter and built-in autopilot functionality allows anglers with Force™ to get to the fish faster and stay in that same location while they fish. Thanks to its integrated heading sensor and GPS, Force™ offers precise virtual anchor lock to help anglers lock their boat onto their fishing spot quickly and with accuracy. From the Chartplotter, users can create The Garmin Force™ Trolling Motor brings superior power and efficiency to the freshwater trolling motor market.
Click PLAY BUTTON to learn more. “The trollingmotor is one of themost critical pieces of equipment on a freshwater fishing boat, and it can single-handedly be the difference between a good or bad day on the water,” - Dan Bartel, Garmin Worldwide Vice President of Consumer Sales. “ As a new player in the trolling motor market, Garmin is dedicated to delivering amotor that’s as innovative as it is reliable, yet still whisper quiet. Not only is the Force™ trolling motor at the forefront of power and efficiency, its robust, reliable design was built to withstand strenuous use, season after season, and the result is a trolling motor that’s second to none.” Anglers with Garmin Force™ get the best of all three. Thanks to its quiet brushless motor, Force™ operates with nearly imperceptible sonar noise interference. It’s extremely quiet above water, too, without compromise in performance. The Force™
routes to their favorite waypoint and follow tracks while they go. Anglers can set their track, or select a suggested Auto Guidance route, and the Force™ will move them along the course. Force™ includes a convenient wireless foot pedal that provides instant control and responsiveness yet feels and steers like a cable-steered pedal. The pedal resistance is adjustable and features foot- actuated buttons to control speed, heading and anchor lock. It can be operated wirelessly using AA batteries, or with the included power cable for wired power installation. When battery-operated, the wireless foot pedal will remain charged through one year of typical fishing use. What’s more, Force™ can also be controlled from anywhere on the boat via the included wireless remote. The remote gives anglers complete control of the trollingmotorwithprecisevirtual anchor lock, autopilot functionality, and simple point-and-go gesture steering and includes user-programmable keys for remote Chartplotter control—plus it floats! Garmin has a long-standing commitment to build products that offer a compelling design and superior quality, and its Force™ trolling motor is no exception. As the world’s leading marine electronics manufacturer, Garmin has been recognized for four consecutive years as the Manufacturer of the Year by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), an honor given to the most recognized marine electronics company for support of products in the field. Led by decades of marine industry expertise and innovation, Force™ is built to last— it’s rugged and durable, yet easy to deploy and retract and stow with dual- gas shocks. It’s backed by a 3-year warranty and a limited lifetime warranty on the shaft, along with support through an ever-increasing servicing dealer network. Let’s begin the new year and new fishing season off the right way, by checking out Garmin’s all NEW Force™ Trolling Motor. To do so, check out your
local Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s or visit them online by clicking here.
Thanks to the quiet brushless motor, Force™ operates with imperceptible sonar noise interference.
The first trolling motor that includes built-in Garmin CHIRP sonar.
Digital readout tracks your battery power and speed while out on the water.
ANNOUNCES NEW ACCESSORIES FOR PROVEN OFF-ROAD VEHICLES
Yamaha introduced new accessories for its lineup of Proven Off-Road ATV and Side-by- Side (SxS) vehicles, catering to a wide variety of adventures and allowing customers to further tailor and customize their Yamaha for specific environments or driving styles. New Yamaha Genuine Accessories, wheel and tire options, and WARN winches are highlighted, with the complete list of parts, accessories, riding gear, and more.
mount, there is the new Front Grab Bar constructed from 1.5-inch tubing and welded plate steel, providing the same great robustness as the full- width option. Available for both the Wolverine X2 and X4 is a new Rear Brush Guard with mounting locations for LED spotlights or floodlights (sold separately) boastinga ruggedpowder ande-coated steel construction.
Designed, tested, and developed alongside Yamaha’s vehicle engineers, Yamaha Genuine Accessories ensure proper fitment and the same superior durability and reliability experienced with every Proven Off-Road Yamaha. New Yamaha Genuine Accessories for 2020 YXZ and Wolverine models include a Heavy Duty Front Brush Guard that matches seamlessly to the vehicles’ front end and features two anchor points, an integrated winch mount, mounting locations for additional lighting, and e-coating and powder coating for exceptional rust resistance and weather durability. For a more compact YXZ option with a winch Yamaha’s new Heavy Duty From Brush Guard for your Wolverine X2, X4, and YXZ100R/SS Models A new Yamaha center mirror and mounting bracket are available, providing superior optical clarity without distortion, unsurpassed scratch resistance, and a composite polymer injection- molded body construction for strength and durability while minimizing flexing and vibration.
Expanding tire and terrain specifications even further for the pure sport YXZ1000R / Sport Shift (SS), Yamaha also provides SandSlinger and MotoVator EFX tire options. For superior float, balanced grip, and ultimate dune performance, the SandSlinger comes in 28- and 29-inch sizes, with or without KMC Addict 2 beadlock and non- beadlock wheels, in a ribbed front and molded- paddle rear. See all of their wheel options here.
The new Yamaha center mirror providing superior clarity without distortion. For YXZ1000R and Wolverine SxS owners seeking to optimize traction and enhance ground clearance in specialized environments, Yamaha developed four new 28 x 10-inch tire options in collaboration with EFX®. With six-ply-rated bias constructions, the new MotoBoss tire features deep, aggressive lugs delivering excellent performance in mud, and the new MotoMTC has a unique 1.25-inch deep lug for soft terrain. The MotoBoss tire’s 2-inch V-pattern lug design extends down the sidewall for maximum traction in deep mud. Rounding out the 28-inch tire lineup with durable eight-ply-rated radial constructions, the MotoClaw features aggressive 1-inch lugs for intermediate terrain, with the MotoHammer providing exceptional performance in hardpack conditions and terrain. All four 28-inch EFX tires fit 14-inch rims for an increased sidewall feel and are offered in a “square” setup for front and rear interchangeability. Paired with the aforementioned EFX tires, Yamaha now offers a variety of 14 x 7-inch wheels, providing both function and fashion while on the trail. Available MSA® wheels include black and machined aluminum M25 Rockers and KMC™ XD Series® Machete wheels. The Machete wheels additionally have a true beadlock option. All tire/ wheel kits include center caps and lug nuts, which can also be customized with different colored interchangeable rings, caps, and stars.
Paired with EFX tires, Yamaha now offers a variety of 14 x 7-inch wheels.
Utilizing light truck engineering for a smooth, quiet ride with maximum durability, the MotoVator is a steel-belted, true radial tire with superior puncture resistance, featuring a large contact patch with elongated shoulder tread to enhance high-and low- speed cornering with reduced rolling resistance on hard terrain.
Available with or without KMC beadlock and non- beadlock wheels, the MotoVator is available in a 30 x 9.5 14-inch size, with the GYTR Torque Assist Gear kit being required for use in the model year 2016-2018 YXZs. All-new WARN® winches will be offered from Yamaha in the VRX and AXON™ models. Available in 2,500-, 3,500-, and 4,500-pound capacities in steel or synthetic ropes, the VRX delivers uncompromising performance and value with its all-metal construction, extreme IP68-rated waterproof sealing, load-holding brake, upgraded contactor, and robust new clutch based on WARN’s automotive-style 4WD hub-lock design. With thermal protection and load indication, the AXON combines a powerful motor and first-of-its- kind digital contractor Motactor™ unit. The AXON is available in 3,500- and 4,500-pound capacities with a synthetic rope, all-metal construction, IP68- rated waterproof sealing, and increased structural rigidity for extreme environments. All AXON and VRX WARN winches feature vehicle-specific control connections, offer the best warranty in the industry, and are assembled in the USA. To learn more about Yamaha’s new accessories for the Proven Off-Road vehicles click here. For more information and to view the entire Proven Off-Road ATV and SxS lineup and to learn more, click here.
All new WARN winches are available in 2,500-, 3,500-, and 4,500 pound capacities.
RANGER BOATS ANNOUNCES 2020 RETAIL SALES PROGRAM
Ranger Boats is providing additional incentives for potential boat buyers this year with the announcement of its 2020 retail sales promotions. With limited-time-only offers geared for fiberglass, aluminum, saltwater and pontoon customers, qualifying purchases will receive benefits up to $2,350 in combined retail value for eligiblemodels. For freshwater fiberglass boat buyers, the 2020 Gotcha Covered Sales Event runs from January 3 to March 31, 2020, and is designed to benefit the buyers of Ranger’s most popular models. Any new, qualifying Z500 Comanche Series or Fisherman Series model sold during this time will receive a deluxe Ranger boat cover (retail value: $1,050) as well as two (2) custom Mustang inflatable PFDs (retail value: $600) and a $200 credit towards
premium Ranger clothing and accessories available through Rangerwear.com. An additional $500 cash discount is available to buyers of in-stock Z Comanche or Fisherman models purchased from dealer inventory. Meanwhile, buyers of any new, qualifying Z500/ Z100 Series, Angler or Fish-N-Play model sold during the Gotcha Covered promotion will receive a deluxe Ranger boat cover (retail value: $1,050) as well as one (1) custom Mustang inflatable PFD (retail value: $300) and a $100 credit towards premium Ranger clothing and accessories available through Rangerwear.com. An additional $250 cash discount is available to buyers of these models purchasedout of in-stock, dealer inventory.
For saltwater enthusiasts, the 2020 Saltwater Series promotion runs from January 3 to March 31, 2020. Any new, qualifying Bay Ranger sold during this time will receive a $2,000 consumer cash discount, plus a $100 credit towards premium Ranger clothing and accessories available through Rangerwear.com. Ranger aluminum customers will also have exclusive purchase incentives available with the 2020 Aluminum Sales Event. The offer, available from January 3 to March 31, 2020, includes a deluxe boat cover (retail value: $570) and a $100 credit towards premium Ranger clothing with the purchase of any qualifying RT, RB or Deep V Series model. An additional cash rebate ($200 on RT/ RB Series, $250 on Deep V Series) is available to buyers purchasing in-stock models from dealer inventory. Finally, Ranger pontoon buyers will receive a $750 cash discount with the 2020 Pontoon Sales Event, which runs from January 3 to March 31, 2020. The cash discount is available on all Ranger pontoon models, including in-stock units, during this timeframe. All programs are limited to the purchase of new, qualifying Ranger boats powered by Mercury, Evinrude or Yamaha engines that are sold by participating dealers during the promotion’s timeframe and cannot be combined with other offers. While checking out Ranger’s promotion, don’t forget about your safety while out on the water. Be sure to also take a look at Ranger’s Mustang Personal Floatation Devices along with other Range Wear items! For more information on Ranger’s 2020 retail promotions, including a complete list of specific model offerings click here.
Ranger Boats’ Z521L Fiberglass Boat
Ranger Boats’ RVS 1660T Aluminum Boat
Ranger Boats’ REATA 223FC Pontoon Boat
VAPOR RS470 INTRODUCING THE NEW
At the 2020 ATA Show in Indianapolis, IN, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies launched the world’s most technologically advanced crossbow ever produced – the NEW Vapor RS470. Delivering supercharged speeds up to 470 FPS and featuring the NEW revolutionary ACUslide™ cocking and de- cocking system, the industry’s premiere crossbow measures an ultra-narrow 6.5-inches wide and weighs an incredible half-pound less than previous TenPoint flagship models.
“The Vapor is the most accurate crossbow I have ever shot.” said Rick Bednar, TenPoint CEO. “We have always committed ourselves to building the best crossbows on the market and, while de- cocking is not a new concept to the crossbow market, the silent ACUslide is the first safe option to de-cock a crossbow with a crank.” The NEW ACUslide features the company’s groundbreaking Auto-Brake Gear System, which allows for silent cocking and safe and controlled de-cocking of the crossbow. The Auto-Brake Gear System eliminates the potential of losing control which can lead to injury or costly bow damage during the de-cocking process. While de-cocking with the ACUslide, the user can remove their hand from the handle at any point, with no other action required – and the handle will stop in place. The NEW 7 1/2-inch XTEND Adjustable Crank Handle reduces cocking effort to 5-pounds and stores securely into the butt-stock. The Vapor features a patented reverse-draw bow assembly that draws the string through the riser, creating an industry-leading 17-inch power stroke
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The Vapor RS470 features the company’s NEWS1™ trigger. This 2-stage, zero-creep design features an advanced roller-sear system that delivers a consistent crisp, 3.5-pound pull. The trigger is equipped with a DFI™ (Dry-Fire-Inhibitor) and is fitted with a nylon-filament arrow retention brush that improves arrow grip and alignment to reduce noise and vibration. An integrated string stop system is also included to further reduce noise and vibration. The crossbow has a NEW 20-inch MICRO-TRAC™ fluted aluminumbarrel that reduces the flight deck surface by an incredible 50%. Minimal string-to- barrel contact increases accuracy and ensures the longest string life in the industry. The barrel is fastened to the NEW ultra-light, two-piece TECH-X™ stock that features multiple weight-reducing cutouts, as well as a hollowpocket that houses the ACUslide cocking and de-cocking system. The stock provides the shooter with ideal length-of-pull and combines with the EVO-X Marksman™ Precision Scope to yield perfect eye- level alignment. Fully assembled, the crossbow weighs just 8-pounds (w/o accessories), measures only 31-inches (w/o stirrup) in length, and shoots up to a supercharged 470 feet-per-second. Decorated in Veil® Alpine camo or Graphite Gray, the Vapor RS470 ships completely assembled and includes the most extensive Ready-To-Hunt package in the industry. Click here to learn more about the new TenPoint VAPOR RS470.
The increased power stroke generates more speed with less draw weight – creating a smoother, quieter shot. The elongated power stroke also keeps the arrow nock engaged with the string for an additional 4-inches compared to traditional crossbows, before release – this is a critical component in performance, as the longer the nock remains engagedwith the string, themoreaccurate the crossbow will be upon impact. In addition, this center-mounted riser provides superior balance, eliminating the “nose heavy” feel of traditional crossbows and making it easier to hold steady and increase accuracy. The RX7-Cam™ system rotates an industry- leading 404-degrees to produce speeds up to an unprecedented 470 feet-per-second. The crossbow’s revolutionary Vector-Quad™ 4 cable system technology utilizes four cables instead of the traditional two which eliminates cam lean and generates straight nock travel leading to same hole down-range accuracy. Wade Middleton with the new Vapor RS470 Crossbow after a successful hunt.
PASSING ON TRADITIONS By: Haley Rivera
Working in the family business and seeing all the hunts our clients go on finally gave me the hunting bug. I was able to go on my first hunt with my mom and Wade last year in hopes of my first hog. While the experience was wonderful with being out in nature with no cell phones and just surrounded by nature, the hogs had other plans. With the weather conditions being as they were, very little to no wind, the hogs could hear our every move. After hearing the hogs all around us with no hogs coming out, we decided it was time to move to another spot and try again. As we drove to our other location, a group of hogs ran across the road right in front of us. It was a bittersweet feeling for me because I finally saw the hogs I came here to get, but they knew why we were there. After trying two other spots that day, Wade, my mom and I called it a night. With the defeat, I was wanting to go out for a redemption hunt the next chance I had.
As time went by with our busy schedules, my mom, Wade and I were able to come back out to our Deer Camp and get ready for another weekend hunt at the Javeline Ranch. From the previous hunt, I came with my fair share of doubts, but I was hopeful at the same time that I was going to leave with a hog this time. As Saturday morning came we all were out and set up at the 3-way blind by 6:15 am. Once some time had gone by, we were not seeing any hogs yet, and Wade called the 15-minute mark. At this point, my hopes were fading and I was becoming doubtful yet again. However, one hog was hungry because one of them finally decided to come out shortly after Wade had made that call. Now, my hopes are up and I’m doing my best to keep my eyes on him as he moves around. Once, he gets into a good position for me to take my shot, I felt my heart racing and all the feelings coming over me. Finally, I look over
at my mom and Wade to make sure they’re ready, and from 95-yards away the shot was made and he went down. Now, I knew what all our clients felt after a successful hunt. My heart was racing, and I was still in shock after realizing that I had my first successful hunt! After all the celebration we went down from the stand to see how I did. Once, I saw the hog I was in shock with how big he was. Loading him up took all three of us to get into the bed of the Yamaha Viking VI. With it being early in the day, we head back to camp to drop off the hog, get him prepped to take the meat, and have some lunch. Afterward, to my surprise, Wade was going to let me go after a buck! This lead us to go back and set up our own blind with a lot of brush and twigs so that we will be hidden. Now that it’s all set up, we leave for a bit to allow everything to calm down and allow the animals to be comfortable again before we go back for the hunt. Now, when it came time to go back for the actual hunt, there is never a dull moment with my mom and I. Wade had the honors of giving us a team nickname of Team Giggles which will always hold true! When it came closer to 3:30 pm we went back out for another hunt that same day. When we got into our positions it didn’t take long for the deer to come out. We saw quite a few does before we ever saw a buck. Shortly after some time passed by, Wade got my attention and told me there was a buck on our right about to cross the creek. I then had my eyes glued and waited to see what would happen. While we were out there, and as I was waiting for the buck to give me a perfect shot, in the back of my mind I was worried that one of the other deer would see us and blow our cover. Fortunately, they were all fairly calm which helped me a lot.
The hungry hog shows himself.
Celebratory photo with my hog and the new T/C Compass II
A hunt isn’t a hunt without a lot of laughs.
Shortly after the buck crossed the river, he went
broadside for me and I made my shot. Then, all the excitement came over me again. It took me a while to realize that I took my very first buck. He was a great 9-pointer that I took and I couldn’t wait to go over to him and see the beautiful guy. Once, we got him loaded up we headed back to camp to begin getting the buck ready for the processing stage and to get cleaned up. I thought about how amazing of a day we had, and how shocked I was to get two animals in one day on my second hunt ever. I definitely look forward to another hunt next hunting season. Be on the lookout in a future Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin episode to see the whole hunt go down!
The buck that Wade had spotted and that I had my eyes on.
ConQuest Scents’ NEW ScentFIRE
UP YOUR SCENT CONTROL GAME WITH THE ALL-NEW SCENTFIRE! The ScentFIRE heats scent liquid turning it into a vapor which then dispenses periodically into the air. The scent vapor, like the aroma of cooking foods, is much stronger and more likely to reach distant deer, especially when continuously dispersed. HOW IT WORKS 1. FIRE IT UP
Screw scent cartridge into the ScentFIRE chamber where the scent is heated into a vapor. ScentFIRE quickly heats liquid scent turning it into a long-ranging, strong-smelling vapor. The ScentFIRE vaporizer takes pre-filled cartridges of EverCalm, VS-1, or Rutting Buck that each last approximately 50 hours on 3-minute mode. 2. FIRE IT OFF Position ScentFIRE in a strategic position. The Scent Fire can be placed on the ground, screwed into a tree, placed on a small tripod, or mounted on a telescopic pole to increase scent dispersal. It will automatically dispense scent every 90 seconds (adjustable), or use it manually via the remote control (included). ScentFIRE uses three AA batteries (not included) and operates approx. 40 hours on 3-minute mode. 3. FIRE ‘EM UP Long-lasting, strong-smelling scent vapors travel great distances to entice deer. There are 3 dispersal modes: 3 min, 1 min, and standby; it can also be fired off manually.
COLOR REDEFINED SHOP CAPTIVATE™
ENHANCED COLOR CAPTIVATE™ filters out the light where blue merges with green and green merges with red. This allows more light where it’s easier for your eyes to see, resulting in enhanced blues, greens and reds for a true color experience. GREATER CLARITY Blue light with shorter wavelengths and higher frequencies scatter light and create haze. By filtering out this “bad” blue light, CAPTIVATE™ removes the haze and allows distant objects to be seen more clearly. BETTER DEPTH PERCEPTION By eliminating the blue light haze while separating and enhancing colors in the visual spectrum, CAPTIVATE™ lenses will enhance depth perception. INCREASED CONTRAST CAPTIVATE™ technology is offered in a variety of tint options so you can fine-tune your choice of lens based on the specific needs of your environment.
THE BENEFITS OF CAPTIVATE™ LENSES
CAPTIVATE POLARIZED PLATINUM FLASH LENS BASE COLOR: GREEN BENEFITS Reduces harmful blue light Reduces glare across reflective surfaces Provides a balanced color perception Moderate to increased contrast sensitivity and visual activity DESIGNED FOR Bright sun, driving in bright conditions, deep water fishing, general daytime driving
CAPTIVATE POLARIZED BLUE MIRROR LENS BASE COLOR: GRAY BENEFITS Reduces reflection of blue light off the water Equalizes visible light spectrum to help light enter the eye more uniformly Keeps most colors neutral while enhancing greens Reduces glare across reflective surfaces DESIGNED FOR Intense/ Bright sun, deep water fishing, general day driving, general daytime outdoor activities CAPTIVATE POLARIZED BRONZE MIRROR LENS BASE COLOR: COPPER BENEFITS Colors are evenly distributed base on wavelength strength for increased contrast and performance Reduces blue light to allow more saturation of colors in red, yellow, and green areas Defines and intensifies yellow shades by reducing yellow light Reduces glare across reflective surfaces DESIGNED FOR: Bright Sun/Changing Light, cloudy/overcast days, activities with lots of yellow landscapes such as hiking, shallow water fishing with red clay or brackish water, general day driving
CAPTIVATE POLARIZED GREEN MIRROR LENS BASE COLOR: COPPER BENEFITS High-performance on slightly cloudy/overcast days Minimizes blue light that’s reflected from white (lines on the road) and blue objects Greens, oranges, and blues appear more vivid Reduces glare across reflective surfaces Improves depth perception to highlight underwater landscapes DESIGNED FOR Bright Sun/Changing Light, activities with green landscapes such as hiking or golf, moderate deep to shallow fishing, High- performance on roads with white lines, general day driving
SEE MORE LENSES AND LEARN MORE ABOUT CAPTIVATE BY CLICKING HERE.
SPRO UNVIELS NEW COLORS IN RK CRAWLER LINE
The brainchild of accomplished bass pro and B.A.S.S. Elite Series angler Mike McClelland, the SPRO RK Crawler line has added four new colors. “The RkCrawler 55 is my every day, go-to crankbait when bass are headed back shallow in the fall,” said McClelland. “Wherever you’re at, bass are going to head to the depths during the heat of the summer andaswaterscool, theybegin toheadback shallow. The profile of the RkCrawler 55 allows you to work the 9- to 14-foot depths where bass stage before scooting back into the really skinny water to chase bait. In the past, I had to work those depths with jigs, hardheads, and Carolina-rigs. Now, because of the deep-diving lip on the RkCrawler 55, it gets to depth quickly and maintains a flat dive curve so I can target those fish with a crank.” Add that to the fact that the RkCrawler 55 is one of the most aerodynamic and castable lures in the category and you have a winning combination. “Another feature of the RkCrawler 55 is its ability to bounce and deflect off rocks and structure without getting hung up, which triggers aggressive strikes,” said McClelland. “You need to be making contact with the bottom in order for a crankbait to be effective. It’s amazing how the RkCrawler 55 comes though cover without getting fouled up.” After using the RkCrawler 55, McClelland’s friends and fellow pros were clamoring for a similar bait that they could use in shallower water and a lure
with a smaller profile. Enter the RkCrawler 50 and RkCrawler MD 55. “The RkCrawler 50 has a tighter wobble and a smaller profile,” said McClelland. “It’s basically a down-sized version of the RkCrawler 55 at about 2-3/4 inches. It excels in clear water, on pressured fish and when bass are keying on smaller baits during the spawn or when the bass are targeting shad and bream.” The lure works best in 4 to 8 feet of water.
Electric Red Craw
Burnt Orange Craw
The MD in RkCrawler MD 55 means medium depth. “The RkCrawler MD 55 is meant to be fish in 4 to 8 feet of water, but you can fish it as shallow as 1 or 2 feet and as deep as 10 feet and catch fish,” said McClelland. “It has a similar wobble to the 55, but it runs at a more distinct angle with the tail up because of the angle of the bill.” McClelland said that anglers who target smallmouths in northern waters are going to love the new colors of RkCrawlers. “Smallmouths up north feed on a lot of bluegills and perch. The Clear Gill and Real Perch are going to be killers on smallies there. Of course, there are times when it pays to throw something a little different, too. Smallmouth are definitely sight feeders so one of the new craw colors, like Electric Red Craw or Burnt Orange Craw, might be just what you need for a bass to sit up and take notice in super clear water. The new colors are going to allow you to fish these lures throughout the season regardless of watercolor.” Mike McClelland, SPRO Pro Angler
CHECK OUT ALL OF THE NEW COLORS HERE
HOW RECORD RACK HELPS THE AVERAGE HUNTER
Hunters nowadays are always looking for an edge, whether it’s a piece of equipment or choosing the best area to hunt. Record Rack’s berry flavored feed can give you an edge when it comes to attraction. The level of attraction that Record Rack “Berry Flavored” products are second to none. If you have a limited time to hunt and want to see as many deer as possible, Record Rack’s products can attract deer from a long way off.
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2020 SHOT SHOW PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
Xero® S1 Trapshooting Trainer Work to improve your accuracy with the rugged Xero S1 trapshooting trainer. Designed for trapshooters and upland hunters alike, it’s the first live-fire trainer that provides instant feedback and keeps score for every shot you take. With Xero S1, you can review detailed information, such as shot position and reaction time, immediately after each shot on its 5” color touchscreen display. Learn more here.
Wolverine X2 Side-By-Side w/Accessories
Yamaha Outdoors had their Wolverine X2 on proud display decked out in their top of the line accessories that Yamaha offers. The Wolverine X2 is the tight trail conquering R‑Spec model that boasts proven off‑road performance with superior capability, comfort and confidence. Learn more here.
2020 Bolt-Action Rifle Lineup Thompson/Center Arms announced that it has introduced an extensive centerfire rifle lineup for 2020 to include its new T/C Compass Utility, T/C Compass II, and T/C Venture II bolt-action rifles. The new T/C Compass II, T/C Compass II Compact, and Venture II rifles incorporate T/C’s new Generation II trigger system: a crisp, light trigger pull that delivers legendary T/C accuracy in the field. Each of these new bolt-action rifle lines features Thompson/Center’s 5R rifling, M.O.A. accuracy guarantee, and provides a host of features and value at a variety of price points for today’s hunter and shooter.
Walker’s Raptor and Rechargeable Silencer Ear Buds Walker’s Game Ear had another strong showing at this year’s SHOT Show. Their newest product announcement was with the Raptor Bone Conduction Hearing Enhancer. Their tried and true Silencer Ear Buds are now rechargeable and controllable through the FREE Walker’s App. Learn more about Walker’s newest products here.
Performance Center® T/CR22® Lightweight Rifles
The new Performance Center T/CR22 rifles feature a lightweight carbon fiber barrel and ergonomic stocks in multiple color options. Co-developed by Performance Center
and Thompson/Center Arms™, the Performance Center T/CR22 rimfire rifles operate using the reliable T/CR22 semi-automatic rifle action and 10 round rotary magazine, while maintaining compatibility with most aftermarket 10/22® parts and accessories. Learn more here.
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world, the Generation II trigger has been designed to improve in-field accuracy, building confidence to make the shots that count. These new rifle introductions usher in a new era for Thompson/ Center as we offer a firearm of great value at a variety of price points to meet the demands of today’s consumer.” The new T/C Compass Utility, T/C Compass II, T/C Compass II Compact, and T/C Venture II are available in multiple calibers and configurations. T/C Compass Utility – The do-all, no-frills rifle from Thompson/Center™. Built to perform a job! The T/C® COMPASS® UTILITY is designed to provide today’s sport shooters and hunters with an accurate rifle that won’t break the bank. • Chambered in 223 REM/5.56 NATO, 243 WIN, 6.5 Creedmoor, 270 WIN, 308 WIN, and 30-06 SPRG • 5R rifling and M.O.A. accuracy guarantee • Scoped combinations available with bore- sighted T/C® 3-9×40 optic • MSRP starting at $359
Thompson/Center Arms announced that it has introduced an extensive centerfire rifle lineup for 2020 to include its new T/C Compass Utility, T/C Compass II, and T/C Venture II bolt-action rifles. The new T/C Compass II, T/C Compass II Compact, and Venture II rifles incorporate T/C’s new Generation II trigger system: a crisp, light trigger pull that delivers legendary T/C accuracy in the field. For budget-minded shoppers, Thompson/ Center has also introduced the new T/C Compass Utility, an entry-level sporting rifle that won’t break the bank. Each of these new bolt-action rifle lines features Thompson/Center’s 5R rifling and M.O.A. accuracy guarantee and provides a host of features and value at a variety of price points for today’s hunter and shooter. Lane Tobiassen, President of Smith & Wesson, said, “For decades, Thompson/Center has been known for its innovative firearm designs and legendary accuracy. New for 2020, T/C builds upon that legacy with an update and expansion of its bolt action rifle product line. A key feature within the update is the new T/C Generation II trigger system. Taking cues from the long-range shooting
T/C Venture II – Our flagship bolt-action hunting rifle – now with Thompson/Center’s Generation II trigger system. Designed for the toughest conditions, this rifle incorporates a corrosion- resistant Weather Shield® coating to help shrug off the harshest weather that Mother Nature can throw at it. The T/C® VENTURE™ II is ready for any shot, any weather, anywhere. • NEW Thompson/Center Generation II Trigger System provides crisp, light 3-4 pound trigger pull weight • Available in 223 REM/5.56 NATO, 243 WIN, 6.5 Creedmoor, 270 WIN, 308 WIN, 30-06 SPRG, 7mm Rem Mag, 300 Win Mag, and 350 Legend • A threaded muzzle for use with compensators, muzzle brakes, and suppressors • Hogue grip panels provide a sure grip in all weather conditions • Weather Shield exterior metal coating for enhanced corrosion resistance • 5R rifling and M.O.A. accuracy guarantee • MSRP starting at $525 Last, but certainly not least, Thompson/Center is introducing its all-new T/C Compass II. The reliable performance of the original T/C® COMPASS® rifle – now with Thompson/ Center’s Generation II trigger system. T/C® COMPASS® II is a feature-rich rifle that is packed with value. From the range to the fields to the mountains, any pursuit, at any budget. • NEW Thompson/Center Generation II Trigger System provides crisp, light 3-4 pound trigger pull weight • Chambered in 223 REM/5.56 NATO, 243 WIN, 6.5 Creedmoor, 270WIN, 308WIN, 30-06 SPRG, 7mm Rem Mag, and 300 Win Mag • Available in T/C Compass II Compact versions, featuring a 16.5” barrel with an interchangeable, extended butt pad for the length of pull adjustments from 12.5” to 13.375” to fit a broad range of hunters and shooters with different
thicknesses of clothing as the seasons’ change. • A threaded muzzle for use with compensators, muzzle brakes, and suppressors • 5R rifling and M.O.A. accuracy guarantee • Scoped combinations available with boresighted Crimson Trace® 3-9×40 optic • MSRP starting at $405
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TRIJICON EXPANDS VARIABLE POWER OPTICS DIVISION
Trijicon Inc. is proud to introduce six new riflescope categories for the hunting, tactical, competition and long-range communities, as well as new models in its AccuPoint line. “Creating optics designed around the needs of each user has long been a goal of Trijicon,” said Chuck Wahr, Global Vice President, Sales, and Marketing. “We are excited to now expand our riflescope offerings to include an option for every hunter and shooter.” Trijicon’s AccuPoint riflescope is engineered with battery-free, tritium and fiber-optic always-on illumination and features crystal clear lenses for a brilliant sight picture and zero distortion. All-new models include a 3-18×50 and 4-24×50. Available with eight reticles and green, red, or amber illumination, the AccuPoint comes in nine different scopes from 1-4×24 to 5-20×50. With up to 100 MOA or 29 MRAD of adjustment, the AccuPoint riflescope delivers ultra-durable construction with
both-eyes-open shooting at any range.
The Huron variable power riflescope is built exclusively for the North American deer hunter and features high-quality glass, proven precision, and the same military-grade construction shooters have come to expect from Trijicon. Available with three uncluttered reticles that deliver fast and accurate shots, the Huron riflescope is available in 1-4×24, 2.5-10×40, 3-9×40, and 3-12×40 variants with either a 30mm or 1-inch main tube. Offering up to 100 MOA of adjustment, Huron riflescopes utilize low-capped, easy-to-use adjusters with 1/4 MOA clicks for consistent, snag-free elevation and windage adjustments that keep their zero. Trijicon’s Ascent riflescope is ideal for elevating shooter skills among tactical applications and includes a 1-4×24 and 3-12×40 offering with a BDC Target Holds MOA-based reticle. Tested to military
standards and featuring low-capped adjusters with 1/4 MOA clicks, the Ascent delivers fully multi-coated broadband anti-reflective glass for excellent light transmission and brilliant edge-to- edge clarity. Built on a 30mm tube and weighing less than 17.8 oz., the Ascent riflescope is a lightweight addition to any tactical platform and comes with a matte finish and tactical knurling for responsive adjustments. Featuring user-selectable green or red LED illumination, the Credo tactical riflescope delivers any-light aiming and superior target acquisition from a ruggedly durable platform. A result of technology that’s been honed over decades of deployment, the Credo line is available with nine different illuminated reticles with MOA, MRAD or BDC configurations. Nine different scopes range from 1-4×24 to 4-16×50 and are available in first or second focal plane reticles. For hunters, the Credo HX comes in seven variable power scope options and six illuminated reticles. Both Credo and Credo HX lines are built with a repositionable magnification lever and provide an incredibly clear sight picture from dawn to dusk. The Tenmile riflescope is engineered for long- range enthusiasts and comes with seven different illuminatedreticles inMRADorMOAconfigurations. Available in six variable power scopes from3-18×44 to 6-24×50, the Tenmile allows for up to 100 MOA or 29 MRAD of adjustment from crisp and precise adjusters. Hunters will appreciate the Tenmile HX, which features four green or red illumined reticles, four variable power choices, and outstanding glass with rugged construction. Backed by The Science of Brilliant® testing methodology that Trijicon takes to every product, all riflescope models are Alaska-to-Africa Tested to ensure performance from -20°F to 140°F, giving hunters supreme confidence in any climate. Each model is Solid Zero Tested and subjected to 5,000
Trijicon’s NEW Accupoint riflescope. All-new models include 3-18x50 and 4-24x50.
The Ascent riflescope includes a 1-4x24 and 3-12x40 offering with a BDC Target Holds MOA-based reticle.
The all-new Tenmile riflescope is available in six variable power scopes from 3-18x44 to 6-24x50.
rounds of heavy cartridge testing to ensure no reticle shift, while Drop Testing guarantees that every bump and bruise won’t result in a warranty claim. All models are Shock & Vibration Tested to take on recoil and the abuse of the field without failure. Finally, all models are Immersion Tested and dry-nitrogen filled to eliminate internal fogging even in the harshest environments. For more information on Trijicon’s complete array of Brilliant Aiming Solutions for the hunting, shooting, military and law enforcement markets, click here.
TEAM LAUER/CRADDOCK WINS IFA REDFISH TOUR EVENT AT TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA
Mike Lauer and Jessie Craddock, both of Port Charlotte, Florida, weighed a two-fish limit that totaled 14.73 pounds to win the first regular- season event for the Florida East Division of the IFA Redfish Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s on February 8, at Titusville, Florida. The team won a fully rigged Ranger RB190 boat prize package. A cold front and low water blasted the Titusville area and made a tough day for IFA Redfish Tour anglers. “It was cold and windy, but we prepared for it,” said Lauer. “We had a strong game plan and stuck to it.” The team dead-sticked Berkley Gulp shrimp and crabs off a school of redfish found in the north lagoon. On an otherwise slow day of fishing for most teams, Lauer and Craddock’s game plan worked with the duo pulling in two of the three 7-plus pound fish weighed during competition. The anglers’ 7.63-pounder was the heaviest of the day, winning the $500 Berkley Big Redfish award, along with $250 in credit to the Berkley website. In total, the team took home $27,750 in winnings.
Second-place finishers Jeremy King, of Fleming Island, Florida, and Jimmy Frangos, of Green Cove Springs, weighed a total of 11.95 pounds. The low water also affected the anglers, who made a quick change of plans. “The water was too low to fish where we were going to fish, so we went to our second plan,” King said. Running only two miles south of the takeoff ramp, the team sight-fished culverts and deep mangrove pockets with soft plastics. Despite being greenhorns to the IFA Redfish Tour, the duo felt like they accomplished their goal and took home $3,301 for their efforts. “We are happy with how it turned out,” said King. “We’ve only fished four tournaments so it’s nice to place second.” To continue this article click here. The next stop for the IFA Redfish Tour is set for Steinhatchee, Florida, on March 7. Teams that compete in at least two regular-season events will be qualified for the 2020 IFA Redfish Tour Championship.
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ILES & SHOOK SHAKE UP RAYBURN WITH MASSIVE SACK
Brookeland, Texas (Feb. 24, 2020) — Stats lovers know that drama dwells in the details; often in the slimmest of margins. Well, for Danny Isles and Brian Shook, an astounding 5-bass limit of 49.31 pounds not only won the Texas Team Trail presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, at Lake Sam Rayburn, it outpaced their nearest competitors by nearly 18 1/2 pounds. Notably, that winning margin was more than the 12th-place team’s total weight. So, what does it take to sack up five bass weighing just south of 50 pounds? Weather, Iles said — cold weather. Initially, the Lufkin, Texas angler admits, he and his partner were unsure of what the day would bring.
“Honestly, the cold front we had the middle of the week is the only reason we caught those fish,” Iles said. “It seems like they had really moved up shallow pretty good, but we had a pretty severe cold front that knocked the water temperatures down and pushed the fish out of the little pockets that they had been in.” “Last weekend we fished offshore in practice and didn’t catch anything but three or four little ones. We talked about it earlier this week and thought ‘It’s been colder, maybe the fish will back up a little bit.’ When we left (at take off), we said ‘It’s 50/50 whether we’re even going to catch one or not.”
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