Darton Archery

By Steve Wall

How did you start the company?

Darton Archery is one of the few archery companies today that can say they have been in the archery industry with the same ownership for 65+ years.  A very humble beginning in 1950.  In a simpler time, Darton Archery started making accessories for traditional archery.  Darton continued its growth through its early years making traditional recurve bows.  With the introduction of the compound bow, Darton Archery and Rex Darlington became one of the few companies allowed to produce the new bow; A bow with wheels on each end that would become the blue print for the modern compound bow used today.
 
Fast forward to 2017 and Darton is still a humble family owned company with one motivation: pushing the limits in our engineering to produce the best performing archery equipment.  Darton’s lineup includes compound bows for the youth market, for bow fishing, for women, target bows and our primary obsession, hunting bows! Darton entered the crossbow market with the same passion put into our compound bows. (History from 2015 product catalog)
 

What do your customers say about your products?

Our customers continually tell us we have great quality with the best customer service in the industry!

 

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

 

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DS-3800
 
Our most popular bows are the DS-3800 & for 2017 the Maverick II.
 

 

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Maverick II
 
 
 Our products are geared towards Bow hunters and Target Tournament Shooters equally!

 

 

Contact Info:

Website:  http://www.dartonarchery.com/
Facebook: Darton Archery
Instagram:  @dartonarchery

 

Comments from Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits:

I purchased a new DS-3800 last year after shooting a competitors bow for 10 years.  I am extremely impressed with how quiet, fast and easy to shoot the bow is!  I get new comments from other archers every time I shoot!  I was also able to harvest two deer with my bow this past year.  I am also very excited to be part of the field staff team this year!

 

 

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?

Scentballz was started in December 2014 with our first field test of our polymer infused scent. I had the idea from my  lack of happiness with the liquid scent options on the market at that time.

What do your customers say about your products?

For being such a new company our reviews are still growing and as we grow our customer base is gaining ground. Our customers seem to like the option for a longer lasting and easier to use scent. Hunters are tired of getting scent on them and wasteful sprays.

 

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

 
So for 2016 our top seller was our wild apple scent followed up by our doe with estrus scents. We feel that our customers have found a great attractant power in food based scents.
 
 
We feel that our target group of hunter are just that, HUNTERS. With our products we are geared toward whitetail deer, bears, pigs and even down to raccoons.

 

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

The really cool thing about owning a scent company is I come into contact with a lot of people. What is the fulfilling part of this is hearing people’s success stories. I love to hear how Scentballz is able to help hunters excel in the field.

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What is your favorite hunting or fishing memory?

So I’ve had a ton of successes both while hunting and fishing that really stick out in my mind that mean just alittle more to me. So in hunting it’s a tie between the first 10 pt. I got and my first turkey. Both were very special and to get those animals I couldn’t have been more excited. A huge fishing goal of mine was when I caught my first musky. Such a hard fish to land and they come so far and few between.
 

Contact Info:

Website:  scentballz.com
Facebook: Scentballz 
Instagram:  @scentballz

 

  

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!

Cirrus Outdoors

By Steve Wall

How did you start the company?

Cirrus Outdoors was started much like any other. It started with an idea. My nephew and I used to call each other all the time and start the conversation with “I have an invention.” We would laugh and say, “What is it this time?” I told him that I had an idea that would change a category in the hunting industry and that it was one of the most overlooked categories. The Cirrus™ Wind Indicator was an idea that can truly help a hunter become successful, if the wind is wrong it doesn’t matter what camo you wear or bow you shoot. I thought if we could figure out a way to show the wind direction more effectively than powder, I was going to do that.
 
I worked on the concept and had a good idea of how it should work and what it should do. My partners came through another project we had been working on and they showed interest in helping engineer, patent and build the Cirrus™ Wind Indicator. We started building models with a 3D printer and custom molds.  We then took the working prototypes to ATA 2016 to get the reaction from buyers and hunters as to what the reception would be for a product like this, the response was overwhelming! We immediately went back to the drawing board and started manufacturing.
We had inventory and started selling direct to consumer in August 2016 and have been gaining distribution with dealers and retailers across the Country.

 

 

What do your customers say about your products?

“My cirrus helped me know exactly where the wind was blowing. I was able to connect on this good management buck today here in NJ on opening day of gun.” – Chad Van Orden
 
“I love how well this thing detects even the slightest wind!  #getcirrus” – Kevin Boyer
 
The wind here in Africa can change at any moment which can affect our success in a hurry. Our Cirrus Wind Indicator units are a key to keeping track of the wind changes and thermals from the blinds! Comre Safaris” – Brand Scott
 
You want the best indicator in the business? Look no further cirrus came out with a indicator that doesn’t only check the wind direction but in marginal wind will determine the thermals!! Cirrus Wind Indicator #windindicator #winddirection #thermalsrising” – Jason Brooks

 

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

 

Cirrus™ Wind Indicator Kit and the Earth Cartridge replacement packs.

All hunters need to know the wind! Golfers, K9 and Sporting dog trainers benefit from understanding wind and thermals that carry scent, HVAC techs use Cirrus to detect air flow in buildings.

 

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I enjoy the customers the most. I love hearing from people who use Cirrus and it makes a difference in the way they hunt now. I have had some say they feel like they left their arrows at home if they do not have it, it becomes a tool they rely on all the time. I also love the customers we do not have yet, I like explaining how this works much better than powder, dirt, milkweed, etc…

 

 

What is your favorite hunting or fishing memory?

I have some incredible memories growing up hunting and fishing with my Dad and brother. I would say the most memorable hunting experience was watching my Dad shoot a deer in a three-piece suit. Long story but it happened. lol
My most memorable fishing experience was catching my first Blue Marlin with my wife and daughter. It was a dream come true and would not have wanted to experience it without them.

 

Contact Info:

Website:   cirrusoutdoors.com
Facebook: Cirrus wind indicator
Twitter:  @Cirrus_outdoors 
Instagram:  @cirrusoutdoors

If you have any questions about the Cirrus Wind Indicator please feel free to email Cirrus Outdoors President Jim Angott at jim@cirrusoutdoors.com

Comments from Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits:

Want to give yourself the best opportunity to harvest the animal you are after?  One of the most important factors that needs to be consider is wind direction!  No matter how well your scent control measures are, there is still the opportunity to pick up odors that are foreign to the animal that you are pursuing.  Once I came across the Cirrus Wind Indicator from Cirrus Outdoors, I knew that I needed to share this product with you guys!  The cloud like vapor from the Cirrus Wind Indicator makes determining the wind direction and thermals easier than ever!  

 

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!

     Hey everyone.  I first need to start off by apologizing for the lack of content lately.  This is unacceptable and not fair to you as followers of my blog.  A lot has been going on which has led me to sit down and write this post.  I have been thinking a lot lately about the best way to create a balance between work, family and all of my outdoor passions. All of these things are important to me and here is what is going on in these areas of my life and how I plan to create this balance to benefit you my followers!

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Work

     A little over a year ago I had to move on from my attempt at working in the outdoor industry full-time.  Working the night shift was becoming increasingly difficult on me and my family.  I was able to obtain a position with a local utility company in their billing department.  This past summer, about nine months into my new job, I was offered a promotion to billing manager.  I absolutely love my new position and it has given me a sense of accomplishment in my professional life.  Now, there is one part of my job that has been difficult to deal with. The vacation policy leaves something to be desired, especially for the outdoorsman.  I have to use half of my vacation in January, February, March (our slow time) and can not use any during October, November, December (our busy time). Yep! Ouch! Now if I didn’t love my job so much this could definitely be a deal breaker but I am learning to adjust and deal with it.

 

Family

     Above all else, my family is the most important thing in the world to me!  The kids are growing fast and my wife and I celebrated 8 wonderful years of marriage.  With my current vacation issues, my wife has been extremely supportive and understanding.  Allowing me to hunt as much as possible on the weekends during hunting season.  I was fortunate to be able to harvest two deer this year with my new Darton bow (we’ll save the details for another post!) and limited time in the woods.  I am even more excited with the fact that I was able to get my son in the woods with me on a couple hunts as well! When I first started the blog I was spending way too much time getting things going and I was neglecting the time I needed to spend with my family.  After realizing this, I think I went to the other extreme and have neglected creating meaningful content for you! Hence, my reason for sitting down and creating this post!

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The great outdoors

     This past year has really been a great year for me in the outdoors!   I have been able to harvest a few nice animals and provide food for my family as well as gain new experiences.  This past Spring I completed the Wisconsin Trapper Education course.  This was a great experience and I look forward to sharing my journey into the world of trapping with you!  To help share that journey and my outdoor adventures with you, I have purchased a small video camera and hope to put together some short clips of my experiences along with the writing! A few new Company Spotlights are in the pipeline and will be coming soon! I would also like to start posting a regular video segment but I need your help!  What do you guys want to see? Reviews, product demos, hunting/fishing tips? Let me know in the comments below or send me an email at steve@wioutdoorpursuits.com

     Again, I apologize for the lack of content recently but I assure you that I am back and have a plan in place to keep the balance between work, family and the great outdoors in check!  Stay tuned for an exciting 2017!

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