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By Steve Wall

How did you start the company?

I came up with the idea for BoneView during a late season Wisconsin bow hunt in 2014.  It was late December, a fair amount of snow blanketed the ground and a cold wind had been blowing for a number of days.  It was clear the deer were only moving to feed, and the limited food sources on our farm near Strum WI were covered with track.  We have 3 main food sources and I had positioned a trail cam and tree stand over each food source.  As I left my truck, my mind was torn on which stand to hunt.  The prevailing west wind was great for any of the 3 stands.  The information I really wanted was on those trail cameras, but I had no way to access it in the field.  I decided to hunt the furthest of the three stands, so I could collect the SD cards from the other two cameras on my way in or out and then check the cards when I returned home later that evening.  I ended up pulling all three SD cards on my way into the stand.  I then sat for the next 3 hours wondering what was on those cards in my pocket – Had I picked the most active stand? Was the big guy we had seen before gun season still on his feet? Were any bucks moving during daylight hours?  It was then I decided there had to be a way to view SD cards on the smartphone I always carried with me.  After a few months of research and product development I had a working prototype.  I then called on a good friend, Steve, to help me get started on marketing and sales.  Steve was the leader in getting initial sales, refining the product offering and developing marketing material, packaging and web presence for the product.  Together we have brought BoneView to thousands of happy hunters all over the country.

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What do your customers say about your products?

 Our customers are our best sales people.  We get phone calls and emails from people each day thanking us for a convenient, useful and value priced product.  It’s really motivating to hear that we are making a difference in the way people hunt and the gear that they carry with them.  In addition, our customers have done a great job of spreading the word on our products and the vast majority of our sales come from friend and family referrals. Hunters in general like to have the latest new products and gear and they especially like to show it off at deer camp! 

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

 The BoneView device for IPhone and Android are very popular. Our target audience is any hunter with a trail camera and a smartphone – plain and simple.

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What do you enjoy most about what you do?

 Steve and I are both outdoorsmen at heart.  We love being able to work in an industry that we are passionate about and we love connecting with our customers who share the same passion.

What is your favorite hunting or fishing memory?

My favorite hunting memory came from our same family farm in Strum WI that I talked about earlier.  It was the second day of gun season and I was in my tower stand.  My dad was positioned in a tree stand on the opposite side of our farm, maybe 500 yards to the east of me.  There is a large ridge that runs east/west on our farm and we were each hunting opposites ends of that ridge.  At lunch, my plan was to walk the ridge all the way to my dad’s stand and then we would go back to the farmhouse together to get lunch and watch a bit of the Packer game.  I had only walked 50 yards down the ridge when I came across a blood trail in the snow.  It was obvious a deer had been shot either earlier that morning or the day before on a neighboring property and then come onto our farm.  I used my walkie-talkie (this was before cell phones) to tell my dad that I was on a blood trail and to watch for any wounded deer coming his way.  I walked about another hundred yards before hearing my dad’s gun fire.  He radioed me the words “come quick” and the excitement in his voice was overwhelming! I ran the rest of the ridge and arrived at my dads stand.  He was only 15 feet away from his stand and was kneeling next to what is still the largest deer he has ever shot, a perfect 10 point measuring 163″.  We hugged each other and spent some time re-living the hunt.  It was great to see the happiness and excitement in my old man.  The deer had been wounded by a hunter the day before in the front leg and I am glad we had the opportunity to humanely harvest it before the coyotes did.  In addition, we still give my dad a hard time about only being able to shoot big deer if they are on three legs!

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Contact Info:

Website: www.boneview.com
Facebook: Boneview
Amazon: Boneview

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Comments from Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits:

Almost everyone these days has a smartphone in their pocket.  Have you ever headed out to the woods and pulled a card out of one of your cameras, then sat in your stand all afternoon wondering what is on the card?  Well now you can view those pictures on you phone!  I know that their are similar products out there, but I feel that the Bonview is at a really great price point.  At this point, there are not a lot of options for Apple devices so I was very excited to see that there was indeed an Apple version of the Boneview!  I will definately be picking up a Boneview for my Iphone very soon!

 

 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!

By: Steve Wall

Have you ever had one of those years hunting when nothing seems to go your way?  As hunters, we know that there are going to be low and high points to every season.  It can be difficult at times to not let these low points discourage you.  If you can turn these low points into a learning experience and keep an upbeat attitude, you will find yourself to be a better hunter.  In the end, patience and persistence pays off!

The year 2015 has been one of these difficult years for me.  It started in the spring when I was unsuccessful in filling any of my Turkey tags.  Some days the birds were unresponsive and other days they just decided to go the other way.  My 2015 season reached its high point during the summer when I captured multiple bucks on my trail cameras.  These pictures and videos got my blood pumping for the upcoming season.

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My season hit rock bottom one weekend in late October.  I slipped out of work a little early on a Friday afternoon and headed straight to the woods.  I put on my gear and walked into my hunting location.  I strapped my climbing treestand to the tree and headed up.  I got to the top and all set up and noticed that my Tactacam video camera fell off of my bow on the way into the stand.  I climbed down immediately and slowly retraced my steps back to the truck.  I did not have any success in finding the camera.  I headed out earlier than normal the next morning to walk slowly with my flashlight to try to find the camera on my way into my stand.  Again, no luck.

Losing your hunting gear can definitely put a damper on your hunt, but my bad luck didn’t end there.  That morning about an hour after sun up a small buck made his way down a trail 20 yards in front of me.  I came to full draw watching for the opening where I was going to stop the deer for a shot.  As I readied for the shot, I adjusted my feet and with the little bit of frost on my stand my boots squeaked on the stand.  The deer froze about 2 steps before I wanted him to.  At full draw and not feeling like I could stop him in another 2 steps, I found a small hole to let my arrow fly.  As I released, I noticed a small branch moving between me and the deer.  My arrow hit that small branch and deflected away and I missed the deer cleanly.  After finding my arrow, I decided to look a little more for my lost camera.  Still with no success.

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The following morning I headed back into the same location.  Excited that I was seeing deer, but disappointed and frustrated with the prior events from the weekend, I watched the woods come alive that morning.  I had a small buck come within 50 yards but stayed just out of range and headed off away from my stand location.  Shortly after this buck moved out of the area, a doe was headed my way.  I watched as she fed slowly on a trail about 30 yards away.  At full draw as she came into an opening, I bleated to stop her.  I settled my 30 yard pin just behind her shoulder and released the arrow.  I am not entirely sure what happened next.  She ran a little ways and then walked off slowly away from my location.  I gave a little bit of time and climbed down from the tree.  I went over to the location the doe was standing and found my arrow.  There was no blood on the arrow.  My only guess is that the deer may have “ducked” my arrow.  I followed the direction the doe had went and found no blood.

To think that this all happened in one weekend.  To say that I was frustrated would be an understatement.  I was at one of those points asking myself “why am I doing this?”  This is where my passion for hunting came into play!! I took a step back and thought about the weekends events and what I can learn from them.  To me, this is the most important thing we can do to become better hunters.  Learning from these disappointing and frustrating events will help us to make better decisions the next time an opportunity arises.  In this case, I have made mental notes about shot timing and shot placement.  These notes, along with the all the other mental notes from past hunts, will go through my head the next time a shot opportunity presents itself.  The other lesson here, DON’T GIVE UP!  Patience and persistence will pay off!

What lessons have you learned while hunting that have helped you become a better hunter!?

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By Steve Wall

With another turkey season in the books and temperatures on the rise, it is time to pull out those trail cameras out of the closet and put them on a tree!  Whether you hunt private or public land, it is always nice knowing what deer are roaming through the area you are hunting or thinking about hunting.  In my case, I set up my trail camera a couple weeks ago in an area on public land that I have not hunted before and found while turkey hunting.  If you hunt public land like I do, hopefully I can provide you with a few tips to make your camera investment worthwhile!

 

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  2. Secure your investment- One of the main reasons I wait until after turkey season to put up my trail cameras is to prevent them from being stolen.  I wish we could just trust everyone to leave our property alone, but that is not always the case.  Turkey hunters may be active walking around looking for birds and more likely to stumble across your camera and be tempted to take it.  Also, make sure you lock your trail camera to the tree.  Sure, if a person wants the camera bad enough they will come back with bolt cutters or a saw and take it off, but at least they can’t just take it off the tree.
  3. Explore new areas– Turkey season can be a great time to scout for deer.  Did you find a spot you might want to try hunting this fall?  Take your trail camera back in there and see what might be moving through.   Many times we like to go back to spots that we have hunted before and had success in, however as many of you know having options when you hunt public land is a must!
  4. Use intersections– Especially early in the summer, the main objective of having your camera in the woods is to get as many pictures as possible!  Instead of placing your camera on a single, well used trail, follow that trail until it intersects with another trail and set up your camera there.  This will allow you to catch a deer that may not necessarily be using both trails and will hopefully result in more pictures!
  5. Move around- Like I said before, when you hunt public land it is nice to have options!  Move your camera around to all of your possible stand locations to give yourself a good inventory of the deer activity in your area.  I usually like to leave my camera in a spot for a week to 10 days.  That usually allows enough time to see what is moving through the area.  As you move your camera around you can always come back to a spot that you have a good feeling about. 
  6. Get in and get out– Once you have found a tree to set your camera up on, put it up and get out of there.  If you are checking your camera, decide before you go in if you are going to leave it or move it.  These locations you are putting your camera might be places you will be hunting this fall.  Especially during the late summer, you want to make sure you leave as little scent as possible so you don’t spook the deer out of the area.

Hopefully these tips will help as you set up your camera and hopefully catch some velvet bucks on camera!  It’s a great feeling when you can picture a buck and then harvest him, especially on public land!  I was fortunate to harvest a buck last fall that I pictured in velvet!  Whether you hunt public or private land, be sure to share your trail camera photo’s to the Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits Facebook page and I will be sure to share them!  Good Luck!!

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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!