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By Steve Wall

How did you start the company?

I started the company because of all the crooked trees in SW Minnesota. I bought 2 new stands when I started bow hunting at age 36. I had a difficult time hanging them level.  I started to think day and night on how to make a better treestand to hunt comfortably from in crooked trees. Over time I came up with a stand that levels in the crooked trees. This stand was called the Buckfinder.

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What do your customers say about your products?

Our customers are wonderful! We have nothing but great feedback from them.  Our biggest complaint is we don’t have enough of them (Treestands)! A lot of people say, “the seat is more comfortable than I thought it would be!”  “Love the roomy platform on the Big Bruiser!” It’s a wonderful feeling to have happy customers and that’s our goal at Twisted Timber!

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What are your most popular products?

Our most popular product is the Big Bruiser. We have two new products coming that our customers are patiently waiting for. First is the 10 1/4lbs Dominator, with a 30″ wide platform. This all aluminum stand is sure to be a great hit with its roomy size. Our T3, triple axis leveling technology, allows this stand to be hung level in any tree. Allowing you to hunt where you need to!  Second is the Twisted ladder. A new patent pending ladder system that will make going up and down trees less stressful and safer! This ladder system comes in 5 foot sections. These sections connect together on a pivoting ball,  allowing the Ladder to twist and turn conforming to the tree for a rock solid climbing aid!!

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Who is your target audience?

Our target audience is anybody who wants to make their hunting experience the best it can be!  Would love to get our products in the hands of the Outfitting businesses. I believe that the client’s would really appreciate the safety and professionalism that our products offer. With the ease of the climbing up and down and sitting in a LEVEL and sturdy Treestand. With more women and kids hunting, I believe that our products would really make their hunting experience safer and more enjoyable!

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What do you enjoy most about what you do?

What I enjoy most about what we do is making the hunting experience the best it can be for the people heading into the woods!

What is your favorite hunting or fishing memory?

My favorite hunting memory? Many, there are so many different things I’ve seen in the great outdoors that I would never experience if I didn’t hunt!  Get a Twisted Timber Treestand and start your memories!!

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Contact Info:

Website: twistedtimbertreestands.com
Facebook: Twisted Timber Treestands
Twitter: @TwistedTimberT3
Instagram: @twistedtimbertreestands

 

Comments from Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits:

Have you ever found a really good deer trail that you would love to set up on but there were no good trees to hang a stand in?  I know I have.  I hunt mostly public land and would love to be able to hang a stand where no one else would even think it would be possible.  Hunting these types of areas on public land are going to help you be more successful.  I will definitely be looking into picking up a Twisted Timber Treestand (or 2) to help me be more successful in 2016.  The Dominator sounds like a really great stand for packing in and out of the woods on my public land hunts!!

 

 This is a weekly 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?

CamLockBox started out as a hobby that got out of control.  I bought a laser for cutting steel and wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it.  I knew of game cameras and the boxes that were available for locking them up and I knew I could improve greatly on what was available.  I started working out of my garage on the boxes with spare time while working full time at Fox Valley Metal Tech.  After roughly four years, the boxes got so out of control I decided to work on them full time instead.  We now work out of two buildings, stock around 60 different trail cameras, and have security boxes for several hundred camera models (among MANY other items).

How long have you been in business?

We’ve been manufacturing our security boxes for around 10 years, I’m not completely sure since it started out so slow.

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Who is your target audience?

We’re after anyone who loves to hunt or fish!  We’re best known for our cameras and security boxes but we’re also just getting into stocking common fishing accessories.  We also come across a lot of customers calling from government agencies like the DNR and US boarder patrol.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I like building relationships with all types of customers.  We get a lot of repeat customers and I think that’s because we take the time to talk to them and figure out with them what is the best trail camera for them or the best way to secure the cameras they already have.  I also really like to see pictures that customers send to us…we get photos of things they didn’t even know existed!Blade_X_5_MP_Security_Box_1__17712_1409809691_1280_1280

 What are your most popular products?

Our most popular products are definitely our security/bear boxes.  All of them are designed by us and 100% made here in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  We also sell a ton of Master Lock products (python cables and padlocks) and our top selling cameras are made by Moultrie.

What is your favorite hunting or fishing memory?

 I don’t have one specific hunting or fishing memory but I can say I’m proud of the number of quality deer I’ve harvested over the years.

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Contact Info:

Website: www.camlockbox.com
Facebook: CAMLOCKbox

 

Comments from Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits:

Having a camera batted around and chewed on a few times by a bear last fall, A CAMLOCKbox would have been very helpful!  Along with protecting your camera from unwanted animals, it also provides a great way of locking your camera to the tree.  Not all cameras are set up the best for locking them to a tree.  Hunting public land here in Wisconsin, the need to lock my camera is evident!  The CAMLOCKbox provides a great way to do that!  I will definitely be looking at picking up a box myself to be able to better lock and mount my trail camera this year!  I encourage you to do the same!

 

 This is a weekly 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

What size antlers does a whitetail deer need to be considered a trophy?  This is a topic that is highly debatable and can even become a controversy in some cases.  I have had the opportunity to hunt private land that is managed for large whitetail bucks, but I have also hunted highly pressured public land.  I have killed what I would consider trophy bucks on both properties.  I am a supporter of the philosophy of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA).  Which is:

 ” a practice that unites landowners, hunters, and managers in a common goal of producing biologically and socially balanced deer herds within existing environmental, social, and legal constraints. This approach typically involves the protection of most or all yearling bucks combined with an appropriate harvest of female deer to maintain a healthy population in balance with existing habitat conditions and hunter desires. This level of deer management involves the production of quality deer (bucks, does, and fawns), quality habitat, quality hunting experiences, and, most importantly, quality hunters. “

If the QDMA philosophy could be carried out by everyone, I believe we would all be more satisfied as hunters.  However, as we all know this just is not going to happen.  There are to many varying opinions by hunters and landowners as to how many, and what size deer should be shot every year.  With lands that are managed for “Trophy Bucks”, there are usually antler size restrictions set forth by a land manager or a group of people that manage the land collectively.  There are also landowners who feel more deer is better and will not shoot any does.  On the other hand, there are some hunters who will shoot absolutely any deer that they see.  Continue reading “What is a trophy?”

By Steve Wall

Growing up in Southwest Wisconsin, not much thought was given to hunting black bears.  Granted there are a few bears roaming around in that part of the state, but where would we hunt?  How would we bait?  After moving to Green Bay in 2005 and meeting more people who had actually hunted black bears in Wisconsin, I told my dad we should start applying for tags.  Considering the logistics of where to hunt and how we would bait, we both said this would be a one-time hunt for us.

After checking the draw results from 2013 on the Wisconsin DNR website, I told my dad I thought we both would have enough preference points to draw a tag in Bear Management Unit A.  Now I had to start working on finding us a place to hunt.  From my conversations with other bear hunters, I knew how difficult, costly and time-consuming it would be to bait multiple sites for my dad and me.  I started doing some research on the computer and came across Snowbelt Custom Outfitters in Iron Belt, Wisconsin.  logoAfter checking out their website and Facebook page, I contacted John to check rates and see if they had any openings.  A few email exchanges later, our deposits were sent in and our hunt was booked.  Lets just say that the rates were very reasonable!  I also learned that they are affiliated with Outfitters 4 Patriots, a non-profit organization that gives wounded or injured veterans and disabled children, hunting and fishing opportunities.  I was happy to hear that part of our payment would go to help this great organization. Outfitter 4 Patriots

John and his partner Jim took care of all the baiting and setting up stands.  As if we needed any more reason to be excited, they sent us trail camera pictures of some big bears coming into the baits! Continue reading “Father and Son: Our first Black Bears”