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    Ho, Ho, Ho Y’all: Our Top 5 Gifts of 2017

    The weather outside may be frightful, but our annual Top Presents list is so delightful! This year was rife with tons of amazing hunting gear, which made narrowing our list down both fun and difficult, but narrow it down we did. So, if you’re still searching for that perfect present for the hunter or huntress in your life, check out our top picks below to help make sure your aim is true this holiday season!

    1. The Pro-Tracker, Ultimate Tracking and Recovery System. Our patented, innovative tracking and recovery system is a must this season for any bowhunter. Not only does our system aid you in tracking your animal if your shot goes awry, the trail runs cold, or the weather turns, but it does so without negatively impacting your shot. Our system boasts an aerodynamic design that allows for the weight of the transmitter to be carried through the shaft to ensure your aim stays true, add to that a 12 hour battery life after your shot, a range of up to 2 miles, rechargeable batteries, and a water resistant transmitter in up to 12 inches and you’ve got a system that will help your hunter or huntress have successful hunts for years to come! Pro-Tracker, Ultimate Recovery System, $499.99 and up.

    2. SAS Archery Multi-Wrench Tool. We picked this little guy up at the start of the year and it quickly became a staple in our hunting gear. Not only is this small and compact, but it works amazingly well either at home or in the field for those last minute adjustments. Plus, with a price so low you really can’t go wrong with it as a thoughtful but inexpensive gift, or a great stocking stuffer. Amazon, $6.99.

    3. The On-X Hunt Map. We know, an app on a Christmas list seems really odd, but this is no ordinary app. This recently updated app gives your hunter an amazing amount of information. Not only does it give a great topographical map for their preferred hunting are, it documents up-to-date landowner data to help them make sure they don’t stumble from BLM land onto private land. Plus, you can also purchase a package that includes trophy animal stats from other hunters for each area in all 50 states. onXMaps.com, $29.99-99.99

    4. Rhinehart Rhinoblock Target. There are tons of block targets out there that are great. In fact, we had a few runners up (Like the Morell Double Duty or the Block Targets Block 6×6), but this guy was the winner. This block is a bit pricey, but with how easy arrow removal is in addition to how resilient this target is we declared it the winner. We used the heck out of ours this season, and it still looks barely used. This one is a great investment and we definitely recommend it as a Christmas gift! Amazon, $169.97

    5. Outdoor Edge Game Processor Kit. Every hunter needs a great set of knives in order to field dress their animals, and this one gives you a quality at a great price. Since it comes in a nice, sturdy case, you can toss it in your vehicle or strap it to your pack without worrying about damage. We do recommend hand-washing though, so make sure to keep that in mind when you purchase this kit. Amazon, $55.42.

    That’s our list for this year, we hope you guys like it! We also wanted to take a minute to wish each and every one of you a Happy Holiday Season. May the upcoming year bring you great joy, great laughter, and some great game!

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TRANSMITTERS & CARRIERS

Transmitter

The Pro-Tracker® Transmitter is a rechargeable, lightweight, water resistant transmitter that disengages from the arrow upon impact; allowing for pass-throughs. The transmitter hooks into the animal’s hide and begins sending Radio Frequency (RF) signals every three seconds for the duration of the battery life (10-12 hours). You will need the Pro-Tracker® Receiver to read and track the signal.

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Carrier

The Carrier is what screws into your arrow and holds the transmitter. It is aerodynamically designed to compensate for the weight and shape of the transmitter. Meaning minimal adjustments to your equipment for the same precision. This item comes in a pack of four.

 
 

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RADIO FREQUENCY RECEIVER

ReceiverYAGI Antenna

The Pro-Tracker® Radio Frequency (RF) Receiver is a compact system with an easy to attach antenna. This state of the art receiver can track up to 6 different transmitter signals at the same time. Displaying signal strength, transmitter number, current time, time spent tracking, and current battery life, all on a easy to read LED screen. Available only in the Pro-Tracker© System

VIEW SYSTEM

DUAL CHARGER & CARRYING CASE

Carrying Case

The Pro-Tracker® custom metal carrying case helps you keep track of your Pro-Tracker system and ensures everything stays together. Its lightweight and durable design ensures your equipment is protected while being as easy as possible to carry during your hunting trip and recovering your trophy.

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Carrier

This dual-charging station allows you to charge up to two transmitters at a time. It includes both a USB and outlet adapter. The outlet adapter allows you to charge your transmitters at home while the USB adapters allow you to charge your transmiters in your truck for extended hunting trips.

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STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY

The patented Pro-Tracker® Recovery System will help you locate your kill with durable, state of the art technology. The compact system can track 6 different transmitters while using the same RF receiver with an easy to read LED screen. Best of all, our transmitters don’t require the purchase of batteries and can be recharged both at home and out in the field.

 

UNRIVALED PERFORMANCE

The Pro-Tracker® System has been field tested by top experts in the archery industry. With the Pro-Tracker® Archery System you’ll see virtually no difference in the trajectory of your arrow because of the aerodynamic carrier. Tests have shown the Pro-Tracker® Recovery System will give you many hours of use and the precision to recovery your trophy.

 

ETHICS

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As a bow hunter, we appreciate the skill required to take an animal. We enjoy the smell of fresh air and the morning chill that seeps into your bones as you sit quietly and wait for an animal to wander into view. We understand the importance of a steady hand and careful aim; there is no feeling better than letting that arrow fly and hitting your mark. As bow hunters, we also understand the frustration when your perfectly aimed shot seems to go awry (i.e. hitting a branch or an unexpected object). If you miss, you go find your arrow and try again. If you wound your animal you can spend hours or days tracking the blood trail, hoping the weather holds until you find your kill. The sad fact though, is that while many times you will find your quarry, there are just as many times that an animal is unrecovered.
Looking back, you will find studies related to deer loss rates in bow hunting dating back to 1989. When the studies first began, the amount of animals wounded and lost is astounding, but as bow hunting equipment has improved, the number of animal losses has decreased substantially. Unfortunately, even with these decreases, the ratio of unrecovered animals is still causing concern within the bow hunting community and general public. We wanted to look deeper into deer loss rates, and focused on information obtained in two of the better known studies done by Stephen S. Ditchkoff et al and M. Andy Pedersen at al. One study found that of 104 bow hunters, there was an 18% wounding rate. Within a normal hunting season these hunters hit a total of 908 white tail deer, recovering only 746 (Pedersen et al 2008). In another study, it was determined that there was a 50% wounding rate and of that number 14% weren’t recovered. Of these deer 4% died annually from these wounds, while the rest survived (Ditchkoff et al. 1998).

pro-tracker bow huntIn the reports, we found that while many of the deer either die (Ditchkoff) or are recovered within 24 hours (Pedersen), that some can survive 5-7 days with wounds before they perish. When looking at these numbers and percentages for any individual state, the number of animals that are not recovered seems miniscule. However once you look at the entire population of bow hunters within the United States alone, the amount becomes much more significant (Ditchkoff). This more significant number of unrecovered animals has been causing animal rights and anti-hunting activists to state that bow hunting is both cruel and inhumane. It is because of this that the Pro-Tracker was invented. Our goal is to eliminate the possibility of losing even one animal while maintaining the integrity of the hunt. Pro-Tracker has been in use since 2010 and thus far we have a 100% accuracy rate in animal recovery. The Pro-Tracker system, while not ideal for every hunter, is thus far supporting the goal of striving to ensure bow hunting is appreciated for the skill it requires and given the support it deserves, rather than seen in a negative light. With technology and advancement in the archery industry, we can help in recovering the animals wounded and work to improve the loss rate. We all have a responsibility to the natural resources we are given; no one is perfect every time. Accidents do happen, and we need to be prepared for those occasions.

Literature Cited:
1. Ditchkoff, Stephen S., Edgar R. Welch Jr., Robert L. Lochmiller, Ronald E. Masters, William R. Starry, William C. Dinkines. 1998. Wounding of White-tailed Deer with Traditional Archery Equipment. Proc. Annu. Conf. Southeast. Assoc. Fish and Wildl. Agencies 52:244-248. Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ronald_Masters/publication/237609363_Wounding_Rates_of_Whitetailed_Deer_

with_Traditional_Archery_Equipment/links/54c63cdf0cf256ed5a9d4dfe.pdf
2. Pedersen, Andy M., Seth Berry, Jeffrey C. Bossart. 2008. Wounding Rates of White –tailed Deer with Modern Archery Equipment. Proc. Annu. Conf. Southeast. Assoc. Fish and Wildl. Agencies 62:31–34
Website: http://www.marylandqdma.com/files/Download/Pedersen-31-34.pdf