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By Steve Wall

How did you start the company?

I have had a bow since I was a little kid but in the rural area where we live archery resources were very limited. Years later when I started hunting the bows were heavy with cast risers and steel control cables.  I was working for a machinist and heard about a company who was making archery components for a variety of companies such as Martin, Tenpoint and more.  I applied and started working there within a couple of months. Risers were then starting to be made in CNC machines instead of molds. We were making risers, cams and many other machined archery components. They also had an extrusion line that was producing vanes. I was asked to give the extrusion line a go.

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For the next 8 years I ran the extruded vanes for them, during that time we made vanes of softer materials that had great adhesion properties but lacked stiffness and tore easily.  The company was a bit resistant to change even though a need for a stiffer stronger vanes was there. The urethane I wanted to use required more specialized equipment to process.  Sometime around April of 2002 I left the company.  Wanting to stay in the area with a declining economy ( lack of logging) I teamed up with one of my last employers previous owners and we wrote up a business plan.  Shortly after we started building machinery to produce a stiffer, tougher and more consistent vane. Our process allowed us to process the urethane without any plasticizers or mold release that could affect adhesion.

What do your customers say about your products?

Without a large advertising budget it was hard to convince people of our quality so for the next few years we offered free samples to anyone who requested them. Word of mouth worked well for us.  We are not typical salesmen, the products we wanted to offer were products that we would be proud to have in our quiver.

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With 12 sizes , 5 profiles and 13 colors we now have a product for any style of shooting. All made with the same size and weight consistency as the next.  Our customers expect the vanes to be quiet, durable and extremely accurate while keeping weight to a minimum. The efficiency of our process also allows us to keep our prices comparably low.

What are your most popular products and who is your target audience?

Our most popular vane changes almost every year. In the past 4-5” vanes were very popular.  With the stiffer materials now the most popular sizes typically range from 2-3”.  Everything in archery has become more accurate and streamlined to allow these smaller sizes of vanes to achieve the same or better flight than the longer heavier vanes.

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We have vanes for everyone but we really enjoy feedback from the most critical archers, hardcore bowhunters to top level pros. These archers tend to pick apart every aspect of the vane and if we can meet their needs we know that every other archer will be satisfied.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I like a lot about what we do here, there is a lot of satisfaction building a product you truly believe in but I have to say our favorite thing is product testing. Our very first prototypes killed an elk before they were sent to any customers. The Urethane 3” I shot was quiet enough for a 75 yard shot on an unsuspecting animal and I was able to use the arrow, vanes included-again.

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What is your favorite hunting or fishing memory?

As far as my favorite hunting and fishing memories…Very tough. That is primarily what we do.  Watching the twins shoot their first bear, or land their first salmon would be up there.  Packing a toddler to a downed bull elk and watching their expression as you approached is pretty priceless too.  We are a family run company, all of us are dedicated to archery and the outdoors. This used to be very common throughout the sport, but unfortunately less and less all the time.

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Contact Info:

Website:  Vantec.com
Facebook:  Vanetec Inc.
Twitter:  @VaneTecInc
 

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 2011 Tom

Comments from Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits:

When looking at archery equipment, vanes can sometimes be overlooked as one of the most critical components.  Strong, durable vanes will improve your shooting consistency. If you are interested in some of the best vanes on the market be sure you check out VaneTec!

 

This is a segment to showcase and share a little more information about some great companies!  If you know of a company that would be a great fit for this segment please email me at:  steve@wioutdoorpursuits.com.   I hope you enjoy learning more about these great companies!

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By Steve Wall

How did you start the company?

We started by making a decal for a friend as a joke. My wife then figured out how to simplify a photo so that it could be made into a vinyl decal. I said, We should do a ‘your trophy vinyl decal’ by converting people’s trophy photos.  I reached out to a friend and asked him if he could send me a picture of his trophy from last year. We converted the photo, made a decal and sent it to him. He liked it so much we thought hmm, we may be on to something. From there we made a few more for friends and due to the positive feedback, we decided to form it into a business.

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What do your customers say about your products?

They love how unique of an idea it is. They love the idea of being able to show off their trophy wherever they drive. Plus, they know their decal is one of a kind!

 

What are your most popular products and who is your target audience?

Our most popular product is the Custom Vinyl Decals.  We are targeting the avid hunter!

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What do you enjoy most about what you do?

The reaction people have when they see the finished product is the most enjoyable part for us.  The creative process and being able to see a photo transformed into the finished product is pretty enjoyable too.

What is your favorite hunting or fishing memory?

My favorite memory was taking my friend out deer hunting two years ago, for the first time. He saw a buck , got buck fever and never shot. From then on he has been hooked. 

Steph

 

Contact Info:

Website: www.mytrophyvinyl.com
Facebook: My Trophy Vinyl
 Twitter: @MyTrophyVinyl
Instagram: @mytrophyvinyl
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Comments from Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits:

My Trophy Vinyl is a very cool and unique idea! I love it!  I love the way that my decal turned out of my first bear with my dad in the picture with me!  If you are looking for a unique way to display a picture of your next harvest, please be sure to consider My Trophy Vinyl!

 

 This is a segment to showcase and share a little more information about some great companies!  If you know of a company that would be a great fit for this segment please email me at: steve@wioutdoorpursuits.com.  I hope you enjoy learning more about these great companies!

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By: Steve Wall

How did you start your outfitting business?

We started our outfitting business out of pure enjoyment for setting up other hunters on successful outings. By successful I do not mean just killing an animal. We pride ourselves in providing our hunters with the total experience from A to Z.

Where do you guide and for what species?

We guide for black bear in Wisconsin zones A,B,C and D. Our whitetail hunts are in Wisconsin, Michigan and Arkansas. Also, we offer hog hunting as a bonus with our Arkansas hunt package.

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What is the availability / cost of a license?

Class A bear licenses are drawn on a preference point system. Deadline for applying annually is December 10. Whitetail in all 3 states we hunt offer tags purchased over the counter.

What are your success rates and what does the trip all include?

Our success rate on bear had been 100% for 4 years running until this past year. The weather during the opening week was horrible with high winds and rain and kept the wildlife movement to a minimum. In spite of the weather, our hunters did harvest some nice bears. Our whitetail hunts are very successful, with archery season being the most popular.

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What type of gear / clothing do you recommend bringing?

Bear season is usually quite warm so light clothing is recommended. The weather along Lake Superior where we hunt can change fast so we tell our hunters to pack their long underwear and rain gear as well. Early September in the north means mosquitoes, so a bug head net is a must! Most of our hunters book in October thru mid November for whitetail archery hunts. We always tell the guys to watch the weather channel closely leading up to their arrival and be prepared for a mixed bag of weather. Lake Superior is very close to where we hunt and the big lake affects the area weather tremendously.

What do your clients say about you?

Our return rate of hunters that have booked with us the previous year is extremely high and that in itself tells you how we run our operation and how much fun our guys had with us.

What do you enjoy most about outfitting?

I absolutely love the scouting and setting up stands, etc. We are extremely diligent about making sure we put in the maximum amount of time and effort into set up to allow our clients a stress free enjoyable hunt. This makes for some awesome stories at our log cabin bar every evening after the hunt.

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What is your favorite hunting / fishing memory?

Just about every one of my favorite hunting memories does not include me killing an animal. Sitting with my daughter when she killed her first deer is #1. Also, there has been many great memories that involve friends, family, a campfire or the warm wood stove in the cabin after a long cold days hunt and the camaraderie associated with that.

Contact Info:

Website: snowbeltcustomoutfitters.com
Facebook: Snowbelt Custom Outfitters

 

 

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My dad and I have personally hunted with Snowbelt Custom Outfitters and we can’t wait to go back!!

By Steve Wall

Let me introduce you to the world of canning wild game! Are you looking for a new way to process your wild game?  Are you ever in search of a quick easy meal that can be put together in 5 minutes?   While I was growing up, my dad would process his own deer as I am sure many of you do as well.  During this time he introduced me to canned deer meat.  Once the process is finished, canned meat can be a very quick and tasty meal.  I will walk you though the steps to canning wild game and have also put together a video of the process.

 

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  1. directions for Canning wild game

  2. Cut up meat into approximately 1″ cubed size pieces.
  3. Wash jars.
  4. Place new lids into saucepan with water and simmer.
  5. Fill jars with meat, making sure to remove as many air pockets as possible (with spatula or knife).
  6. Add 1/4 of a sliced onion and 1/2 of a beef bouillon cube. (No need to add liquid)Filling jars 
  7. Continue filling jars until you have enough for 1 batch or until meat is gone. (Canner does not need to be at full capacity)
  8. Add 2 quarts of water to pressure canner.
  9. Wipe off jar rims with towel.
  10. Remove lids from water, place on jars and screw on cap.
  11. Place jars in pressure canner. (It is ok if they are touching)
  12. Place lid on pressure canner and turn heat on high.
  13. Watch for steam to come out of center vent tube. ( Allow it to steam for a few minutes)
  14. Place 15 psi pressure control on top of vent tube. Pressure control
  15. Watch for red pressure indicator to go up and pressure control to jiggle vigorously.
  16. Reduce Heat so that pressure control jiggles gently. (Adjust heat as needed throughout process)
  17. Once pressure is controlled, start time for 1 hour.
  18. Turn off heat and watch for red pressure indicator to go down. (Do not try to speed up the process, let it cool down on its own.
  19. Remove lid.  Remove jars from canner and place on towel.
  20. A popping sound will indicate a proper seal.
  21. After cooling, press top of each lid to check that they are all sealed. (If you any of the jars did not seal they are ok to eat, but need to be used right away.)

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A couple of recipe ideas:

  • Heat and mix in your favorite BBQ sauce and have on sandwiches.
  • Head and mix with cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup.  Have over noodles, bread or mashed potatoes.
  • Mix with taco seasoning for shredded wild game tacos.

If you have had canned venison any other ways let me know and I will add them here!

Here is a copy of the instructions (Click on instructions to open in separate window to print or click link below to download.)