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Gearing up

8/6/2009

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INDIANAPOLIS — As the Archery Trade Association's annual show winds down Saturday in the Indiana Convention Center, the products take top billing.

Here some more of the top finds:

Warwick Game Manager

If hanging game feeders were easier to use, tripod feeders would probably not even exist. Unfortunately, hanging feeders are difficult to suspend and dangerous to work with.

Enter the Warwick Game manager. It is a hanging feeder that comes complete with its own suspension system, hoist and integrated ladder. It can be installed and operated by one person safely and has several locking points. MSRP: $399.

For more information, call (330) 618-8883 or visit www.mygamemanager.com.

Primos Baby Hoochie

Don't throw away your old Hoochie Mama cow elk call, this one is made to compliment it. The Baby Hoochie is smaller and higher pitched.

Together with the original, the two calls are intended to recreate herd talk. MSRP: $29.99.

For more information, call (800) 523-2395 or visit www.primos.com.

G5 Carbon Steel Montec Broadhead

The most popular broadhead in the world looks the same, but is greatly improved for 2009. Instead of stainless steel, the new Montec is made out of carbon steel.

Carbon steel is 25 percent harder, sharper and easier to sharpen than stainless steel. All those numbers add up to the hands-down best fixed-blade broadhead on the market. MSRP: $ 41.95 per three.

For more information, call (866) 456-8836 or visit www.G5outdoors.com.

Bad Boy Buggies XT

Bad Boy gave the new XT four-wheel independent suspension for a smoother ride — something this fully electric vehicle already had over gas powered UTVs.

They also added four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, giving the hunting vehicle stronger brakes than on any previous model. MSRP: $11,750.

For more information, call (866) 678-6701 or visit www.badboybuggies.com.

Muzzy Phantom MX Broadhead

Muzzy's popular cut-on-contact design was improved for 2009, not that anyone was complaining. The new MX is more compact than previous models and has thicker blades.

The new blades have a one-inch cut and are beefy enough to resharpen after they become dull. MSRP: $29.95 per three.

For more information, call (770) 387-9300 or visit www.badtothebone.com.

Big Game Freestyle Box Blind

This elevated box blind is so comfortable; hunters might not have any reason to go home when the hunt is over.

The fully enclosed unit completely protects the inhabitants from the elements and has enough floor space to accommodate a lounge chair. There are standard horizontal windows for gun hunters, and vertical windows for bowhunters too. MSRP: $799.

For more information, call (800) 268-5077 or visit www.biggametreestands.com.

Scott Rhino XT

This new, single-sear release boasts an extreme forward trigger to maximize draw length. It also has a self-cocking, spring-loaded, stainless steel hook for quick and easy loading.

Its interchangeable spring system provides a full range of trigger-sensitivity adjustments. MSRP: $100.

For more information, call (606) 663-2734 or visit www.ScottArchery.com.

Bushnell Trophy Cam

Small is what's big in trail cameras this year. Bushnell's new Trophy Cam is small in size but big on the features serious trail camera users demand.

Not much taller than a rifle cartridge, the camera takes five MP high-quality full color photos. It uses infrared lighting, has a trigger speed of less than one minute and can run for six months on one set of batteries. MSRP: $249 for model with a color view screen.

For more information, call (800) 221-3550 or visit www.bushnell.com.

Sam's Scent Control

Samantha Virk is on a mission to eliminate stinky hunters. Her reusable pouch can be thrown in the dryer, backpacks, boots or anyplace clothes are stored.

The ingredients remove moisture, odor and oxygen from clothes and other valuables. MSRP: $2.10

For more information, visit www.samanthaswildlife.com.

AMS Fire Eagle

This fully rigged, dedicated bowfishing bow has all the features serious bowfishermen need. The 40-50 pound draw weight and 20 percent let-off are perfect for quick shots.

It also comes with all stainless steel hardware to ensure a long, corrosion-free life. The kit includes the famous AMS Retriever and Wave Rest. MSRP for the kit: $479.

For more information, call (888) 541-7657 or visit www.amsbowfishing.com.

Real Scent Pure Heat

Advertised as the most potent whitetail attractant available, Pure Heat strives to make owning deer pee a personal experience. They only bottle the urine after receiving an order, and only collect it from a single doe.

It is then shipped in a refrigerated, aluminum bottle to the proud owner on the day of his choosing. MSRP: $24.95 for a four-ounce bottle.

For more information, call (660) 665-1515 or visit www.RealScent.com.

Rage 2 Blade

The hottest mechanical broadhead on the market has added a new head with a 1.5-inch cut. Employing its famous Slip Cam technology, the new heads are made for shooters with a smaller frame or shorter draw.

Instant cut tip and blades are still stainless steel, with the body machined from aircraft aluminum. MSRP: $44.99 per three.

For more information, call (715) 395-0020 or visit www.ragebroadheads.com.

Hunting Science Alert Gum-o-flage

Eighty percent of a human's body odor comes from their mouth — something most hunters overlook when combating the nose of their quarry.

The makers of Gum-o-flage combat a stinky mouth with chlorophyll gum. For 2009, they added 10 mg of caffeine to help hunters stay awake when the hunting is slow. MSRP: $4.99 per pack of 20.

For more information, call (888) 627-4868 or visit www.huntingscience.com.