With the holidays coming up, we wanted to put a list together for you all that you can easily share with your significant other to ensure that stocking is stuffed with something special for next hunting season. Below are all items that we’ve either used or have on our wish list. Happy Holidays from Quiver!
The custom maps that Hunterra makes are pretty amazing. I’ve always loved this idea, and I think it would make for an awesome, unique gift. By visiting their website you’ll see that they can’t promise a delivery by Christmas, so a great alternative is a gift card. They have several different types of maps to check out from the Field Map, MagnaMap (which is magnetic) and then the PosterMap to hang on the wall.
We were excited to launch the new Quiver Gear this year, and we think these make an awesome gift. Check out our online store to get one today and help rep Quiver to all your hunting buddies. PROMO CODE: 10% off your order when you use the promo code HOLIDAY18.
Boneview has some awesome products that make great stocking stuffers, all under $50. We’ve written two posts reviewing their products: The Mobile SD Card Reader and also their Mobile Ozone Generating Machine. Reminder that friends of Quiver get 10% off their entire purchase at Boneview when you use the promo code QUIVER10.
The holidays can be a time when you ask for something a little nicer for yourself. First Lite has some awesome cold weather gear to help fill-out your whitetail kit. For those colder winter sits, I’d check out the Sanctuary Jacket and Bibs.
New Trail Cameras & SD Cards
Whitetail addicts can never have enough trail cameras and SD cards. They always make a great gift, and there are some solid cameras on the market that won’t break the bank. Check out the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD.
We’ve recommended this knife a few times, but the Havalon Piranta is an amazing tool. Super light and razor sharp, this replaceable blade knife makes processing game incredibly efficient.
Lone Wolf Stand
You always want to have options, and you can’t go wrong with adding a new ladder stand to the lineup for next season. We love The Lone Wolf stands, so check any of those out this holiday season.
A good rangefinder is a must have for any bowhunter. It is a necessary tool out in the field, and maybe it’s time to upgrade your rangefinder this season. We like the Bushnell ARC rangefinders as well as the Vortex Rangefinders.
I feel like a boot dryer is handy device to have around for someone who spends a lot of time outdoors. My feet sweat a lot, and there’s nothing worse than putting your foot back into a wet boot that next morning.
Ozone products have been getting increasingly popular in the whitetail world to mitigate human odor and scent. However, if you have never come across ozone before or are curious to learn more, this article helps explain how ozone works to mitigate scent and some recommended products to check out. In doing some research on this, it really does sound like the miracle wash for managing scent and killing odor. Washing your clothes all the time can be a pain, so it’s no wonder we’ve seen so many ozone producing products hit the market to help eliminate scent for deer hunters.
What is Ozone
Ozone, also known as O3, contains three atoms of oxygen compared to the two atoms we normally breathe in as oxygen. Ozone is often referred to as activated oxygen and can be an extremely powerful sterilizer. The properties we describe below help us understand how effective it can be at killing odors to manage scent when we’re chasing big whitetails.
That additional oxygen atom is the one that does all the damage to odor. When ozone comes in contact with contaminants, this third atom attaches itself to odor molecules and changes the chemical structure of odor and bacteria to neutralize it and remove the odor. This process is called oxidation, and it’s a whitetail hunter’s best friend.
Using Ozone Devices to Kill Odor
A device like Boneview’s Mobile Ozone Machine creates ozone to kill bacteria within your hunting gear. As soon as the ozone is created by the machine, that O3 will start to revert back to oxygen. The right level of ozone to generate is when it’s all being consumed by attaching itself to the contaminants in your gear. As ozone neutralizes the bacteria and odors, the O3 will then transfer back to oxygen through this process. If there’s too much ozone being created, then there will be leftover ozone in the air that will eventually transfer back to oxygen as well.
Ideally, if you have an ozone machine running with your hunting clothes, most of that ozone is attacking odor and being consumed that way, but overtime, less ozone will be consumed because there is less contaminants to attack, which will leave to some residual O3. If you open the bin and smell ozone, then it’s time to turn down or off your device.
Some Ozone Producing Products to Check Out
Boneview's portable ozone machine is a handy little device that you can drop into any of your totes or bags to help neutralize the scent. You can read more about this product in our review, and as a friend of Quiver, you get a 10% off all purchases at Boneview by using QUIVER10.
If you want to go bigger, you can also get full ozone producing gear bags like the Scent Crusher Ozone Gear Bag or their Hard Tote. You can toss all your gear into one of these bags or totes, and then turn on the ozone to start killing the scent.
Taking it to the Woods
Above we talked about the application of ozone to your gear by eliminating scent in your clothes, but there are also applications out in the woods. I’ve heard and listened to hunters swear by their Ozonics product. Taking the same principles above, the Ozonics machine is up in the tree stand or in a blind with you and produces ozone while you’re hunting to eliminate scent. We can do everything ahead of time right by taking a shower, washing our gear, but we’re still going to produce some scents out in the woods that will alert a mature whitetail of our presence. An Ozonics machine with you in the stand has the potential to neutralize your scent, never letting a deer know you’re there. Although a bit pricey, I’ve heard hunters swear by them.
After doing some research, ozone really does seem like the miracle wash for whitetail hunters. Smell is a deer’s first line of defense, and a dedicated deer hunter is always looking for ways to mitigate scent. The way ozone attacks odor seems too good to be true, but we’d love to hear from you on whether ozone has worked for you on your hunts. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
As whitetail hunters, we’re constantly having to manage scent. Whether that’s prepping before going out, washing clothes in scent free detergent or spraying ourselves in cover scents. Wind and scent is king out there, and we do everything we can to manage it. In recent years, a wave of ozone producing products have hit the market and have really taken off.
I wanted to share an awesome, handy little device that the guys at Boneview have come out with - The Mobile Ozone Machine. This mobile device is perfect for tossing into your gear in a bin or bag before hitting the woods.
The ozone technology in this device helps removes all odors from your hunting clothes and gear - without having to deal with the sprays and cover scents. It produces the right amount of ozone to kill any odor causing particles like sweat, bacteria, human odors and oils. This small package is designed to fit right into any of your gear totes or bags that runs on a battery that lasts between 3 - 6 hours. The battery is also rechargeable using a standard micro-USB charger, which is also included.
For $29.99, this great little device packs a punch and helps to make managing scent much easier. Friends of Quiver get 10% off all orders when you use promo code QUIVER10. Check out the Mobile Ozone Machine today.
This is the summer you told yourself at the end of last season that you’d get out and do the things you didn’t do last season. Well? How’s it going so far?
Fall will be here before we know it. It some states, we’re a month out from the start of the season, so it’s literally around the corner. Maybe you’re ahead of the game already and working off that summer prep list, or maybe you’re not where you wanted to be by this time, but that’s okay. There’s still some time left. Here’s a few tips and ideas to help you get ready for the upcoming season.
At this point in the summer, it’s most important to prioritize what you want to try and accomplish with your hunting areas. There’s limited time left, but there’s still some time, so it’s all about taking advantage of it. First and foremost, it’s important to think about your goals for the season. What are you trying to accomplish this year or what did you learn from last year that you want to improve upon?
At the end of last year were you saying you wish you had another piece of property to hunt. Or maybe it was your stand locations and better optimizing your current setup by improving current stands and putting stands in new places. Or was it food plot related? There’s still time to get some late season plots in, so that could be another area to focus in on.
Running trail cameras
At a bare minimum, you should be out running some trail cameras to get an understanding of who’s back in town. Getting this type of information now before the season starts will help equip you with the knowledge needed to make smarter decisions during the season. Even if it’s one trail camera, one is better than none, and the knowledge you gain from that trail camera will be invaluable. If you’re looking for a new trail camera, we love the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD. Give those a look.
Getting more hunting land
This is the thing I tell myself at the end of each season that I want to improve upon, and I’m sure I’m not alone. When some of your core pieces aren’t producing or having the activity you’d hoped for, you wish you would have other options. Knocking on doors and getting to know folks can lead to amazing new hunting opportunities.
This here is the long play. A farmer is not going to just invite you in, roll out the red carpet and give you full access to his land. You’re playing the long game here, building a relationship. First by introducing yourself, understanding if others already are hunting it, maybe you start with activities that have a lower barrier to entry like shed hunting or turkey hunting. Both activities are a great way to build the relationship and trust before you ask to really make a commitment to deer hunt the property.
On the MeatEater Podcast, they recently shared a letter that listener sent in as a model for how to ask for permission. It’s a great example of going the extra mile with a landowner to get access to hunt their land. You can find a copy of the letter on the listener’s site. It’s a great starting point on how to frame the conversation with landowners in your area where you’re trying to get access.
Growing food plots
Planting food plots can be a great summer improvement project, but again, it’s not something you can just dive into. It takes some up front thinking and strategizing about where and what you want to plant. It is getting later in the summer at this point, but you still do have time to turn some dirt and get some seeds in the ground.
A couple of things to consider when planning out your food plots.
It’s good to think through why you want a food plot, and what are your goals towards improving your land
Take a survey of what type of feed is already in the area, and try and identify anything that’s missing. Your property can help to fill that gap. Here’s a great article from WiredToHunt on choosing what to plant.
Understanding the current condition of your soil is a critical step. This will help determine what types of fertilizers you use and if you need additional elements in the soil like lime. A simple soil test will go a long way and will help you save money down the road.
Lastly, consider how you’re going to access the land. Make sure when you’re thinking of where to put you food plots, that you’re giving yourself an opportunity to access your stand still and not potentially blowing deer out every time you access the land.
When is it too late to plant?
It depends where you are in the country, and the later you wait, the more you’re gambling with mother nature. For instance, in the upper Midwest (WI, MN and MI), ideally you want to get your food plots in the ground before Labor Day Weekend. What you’re working against here is that first frost, and you hopefully can give your food plots enough time before that first real cold snap hits.
Hanging new tree stands
Maybe last year you didn’t like your tree stand setup, or you wish you had more stands. Buying more stands is always a good investment because you’re giving yourself the opportunity to hunt different areas. This is good when maybe the action isn’t where you thought it would be, and it’s also smart to have variety so that you’re not hammering the same spot all season.
Another way to look at it would be if you already have some ladder stands, maybe it makes sense to add some hanging stands to your lineup so that you can try the run and gun approach. Give yourself the opportunity to get mobile out there with a run and gun stand like a Lone Wolf Hand Climbing Tree Stand.
Another great options for tree stands is to cruise craigslist. For gear like this, I love to keep an eye out on craigslist since there always seems to be somebody dumping their gear, and usually you can find some great deals on gear that’s still in solid step.
Improving existing stands
If you like where your stands are, then be sure to take some time this summer to make sure your stands are ready to rock. It’s always good to check stands now to make sure things are in order as you’d expect. First off, is that stand still there? Nothing is worse than walking up on your first sit of the season to not find it hanging in the tree anymore. Also, how good a shape is the stand in? Is it still safe or is there some wear and tear you need to address? And lastly, how good are the shooting lanes? Maybe last year you didn’t have enough options for shooting lanes, so now is a great time to get up in that stand and work on cutting in some more shooting lanes while still giving yourself enough cover.
Creating better cover
Food and cover are what deer are looking for. If you have the food part taken care of, great! Now it’s time to improve some of the woods around you to help hold mature deer. A great way to do this is do some hinge cutting, where you cut younger trees part way so that they bend over but still stay alive. This creates new ground cover for the deer and can help an area hold more deer. Mark from WiredToHunt does a nice job of introducing hinge cutting in this post. This is another great way to improve the surrounding habitat, and a solid afternoon project to hopefully improve your hunting opportunities.
Wrapping It Up
There’s all sorts of projects and things you can be doing in the summer to better your chances for the fall. However, there’s never enough time to do it all because life gets in the way. However, I think it’s important to think about your goals are for the season, and what are a few things you can do with the remaining summer days to improve your hunting areas and chances. Start small. Take what you think will have the largest impact, and prioritize those projects first. Good luck and get after it.
For deer hunters, summer is all about prep. Getting the foodplots planted, hanging stands and getting those trail cameras ready. There are a variety of things you can be doing, but probably one of the most exciting parts of summer is checking those trail cameras to see who’s back in the area.
Today I wanted to share a few of the awesome tools that the guys over at Boneview have created to help you easily check your trail cameras while you’re out in the field. A lot of times you have to wait all the way until you get home to see if you hit paydirt, but with Boneview’s SD Card Reader you can now instantly get a glimpse of what’s on your card by using your phone.
Friends of Quiver get 10% off all orders when you use promo code QUIVER10
With the Boneview Card Reader , your phone transforms into a mobile card reader. Just plug your SD cards into the Bonview reader, and you can instantly see all you trail camera photos on your phone. So easy and fast. No more waiting to see if Mr. Big is in town. It makes checking trail cameras super easy.
This works across Android and iOS devices, and as a friend of Quiver if you use the promo code QUIVER10, you’ll get 10% off all orders. Pretty slick product. It just requires you to have the free app installed on your phone (works for both iOS and Android), and you can start reviewing your cards right out in the field or back at your truck.
Boneview also has this great water resistent and shockproof SD Card Case to manage all your SD cards, which helps keep all those cards organized and in one place. I know I’ve lost cards in the past because it’s too easy to have them floating around the house.
Use promo code QUIVER10, and you’ll get 10% off all orders. Some great products to make you more efficent and organized in the woods.