By Steve Wall

As most hunting seasons are coming to a close and winter archery leagues are beginning, the same question pops into my mind every year.  Do I get a new bow, do I update my existing bow or do I leave everything the way that it is?  Bow manufacturers come out with new and improved bows almost every year making this decision even more difficult.  It is almost in our nature to want the newest and best equipment.  There are many different factors to consider when deciding whether or not to upgrade your equipment.  Hopefully I can help you sort through these factors and decide if it is time for some new gear.

Obviously one of the biggest factors in deciding if you should get new equipment or not is money.  Don’t have money set aside already for new equipment? Don’t worry, you have options.  Hopefully you are thinking about new equipment right after hunting season has ended.  You have plenty of time to start putting some money aside and save up for the purchase.  Or perhaps you can sweet talk your significant other into using part of your tax refund for some new bow hunting equipment.  Another option is selling some of your old equipment.  There are many avenues available these days for selling your old equipment.  Talk to your local dealer and see if they will sell your old bow on consignment.  Craigslist and Ebay are other great places to sell your old equipment as well.  Continue reading “Yearly Debate: New Bow or not?”

TAATata 2015

By Steve Wall

Sorry for the little bit of a delay in getting this post up.  I have been a little under the weather! Hope you enjoy!

Last week the outdoor industry converged on Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana for the Archery Trade Association (ATA) trade show.  This is the mecca of all trade shows for anyone in the archery and outdoor industry.  Companies bring in their new products to show off to buyers and celebrities in the outdoor industry.  One of the unique things about this trade show is that it is closed to the public.  You must be involved in the archery or outdoor industry in order to attend.  The only other way to attend is with a press pass.  With my blog still in its infancy, I was not in a position to attend this year.  I am making it a goal to attend the ATA show in 2016.  Even though I was not able to attend, I did follow the show very closely through various social media sites. Here are a few of the avenues I was able to gather information throughout and after the show. Continue reading “ATA 2015 from the Outside”

By Steve Wall

Many hunters will go their whole life hunting for a trophy buck.  I may have killed the biggest buck of my life (and my first buck) at the age of 16.  I am still optimistic, at the age of 30, that I may have the opportunity to harvest a larger buck.  Times have changed and I am now hunting mostly public land, so you can see where my doubt of killing a larger buck comes in.  Now don’t get me wrong, I was extremely excited when I shot this deer and I still am; However, I may be more proud of my recent accomplishments on public land.  That is for another blog though so stay tuned for that!

This hunt takes us back to the year 2001.  My dad and I were hunting trophy managed land in Southwest Wisconsin.  I was going into my junior year of high school and still searching for my first buck.  While all of my friends were probably out having fun on the river during the summer, I was walking through the woods during many hot summer days.  Continue reading “Buck of a Lifetime: My first buck”

By Steve Wall

As hunting seasons come to a close and temperatures drop into the single digits, the urge to get out ice fishing grows.  All of my gear is right where I left it at the end of last years ice fishing season.  I decided it was about time to go through my gear before my first trip on the ice this year.  There are many different brands of ice fishing gear out there.  Ill share with you some of my gear and what I like about it.

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Continue reading “Getting on the Ice: Ice fishing checklist”