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Vortex HD Binoculars & Spotting Scope

Vortex ® drops an optics hammer with their all-new Viper HD Binoculars
Viper ® HD Binoculars: If seeing is believing, you’re about to believe. The all new Viper HD binoculars are an optical
masterpiece, giving hunters, shooters and outdoor enthusiasts a premium option without the premium price tag.

The HD optical system delivers stunning resolution, color fidelity and edge-to-edge clarity. Lenses fully-multicoated with
XR™ antireflective coatings provide critical low light performance – turning waning light into game-spotting
opportunity. A super-wide field of view promotes fast subject acquisition and more efficient glassing.
Exterior lenses are protected by ArmorTek® – an ultrahard, scratch-resistant fluorine compound that repels oil, dirt and the
corrosive salts of fingerprints.
The smooth center-focus wheel dials in your image for sharp viewing. Soft and comfortable twist-up eyecups are perfect for
extended glassing and provide customized eye-relief for the viewer.
A short-hinge design and rubber armoring with perfectly-placed thumb detents makes the new Viper HD’s a dream to hold,
protects against impacts and ensures solid purchase – no matter the weather conditions. 100-percent waterproof, fogproof
(purged with Argon gas), dustproof and shockproof construction.
From a physical size and weight perspective, they are one of the lightest, most compact, full-size binos on the market – a
noteworthy attribute when gear consideration can be measured in grams.
Includes GlassPak™ chest harness – keeping your binos at the ready while providing comfortable, protected, strain-free,
all-day carry.
And like all Vortex products, the all-new Viper HD Binoculars are covered by Vortex’s legendary, lifetime, unconditional,
no-fault, transferable, VIP Warranty.
Available:
8X42 (MSRP $639.99)
10X42 (MSRP $649.99)
10X50 (MSRP $729.99)
12X50 (MSRP $739.99)

Viper ® HD Spotting Scopes: A high-end spotter, without the high-end price tag, the new-for-2018 Viper HD

spotting Scope Series stands poised to dominate as a best-in-class-optic. Packed with features and incredible
optical performance, hunters and shooters are sure to appreciate, these spotters bring far off subjects in for a
closer look – and do so with impressive clarity, resolution and color fidelity.
The HD optical system coupled with lenses fully multi-coated with XR coatings, delivers stunning image
quality and low light performance. Exterior lenses are protected by ArmorTek – an ultra-hard, scratch-resistant
fluorine compound that repels oil, dirt and the corrosive salts of fingerprints.
The ultrasmooth, fluid, and sleek helical-style focus, dials in your image for ultrasharp viewing, as well as keeps
the spotter’s profile trim for ultimate packability. A utilitarian feature, the large surface area of the helical focus
is easy to find and operate – even when wearing gloves. The twist up eyecup on the included eyepiece ensures
customized eye-relief for the viewer.
Adjustable collar allows the spotter to rotate for comfortable, versatile, multiangle viewing. Rubber armoring
protects the spotter from impacts and delivers unfaltering in-the-filed durability.100-percent waterproof,
fogproof (purged with argon gas), dustproof and shockproof construction.
And like all Vortex products, the all-new Viper HD Spotting Scopes are covered by Vortex’s legendary,
lifetime, unconditional, no-fault, transferable, VIP Warranty.
Available:
20-60×85 Angled (MSRP $1099.99)
15-45×65 Angled (MSRP $849.99)
20-60×85 Straight (MSRP $1099.99)
15-45×65 Straight (MSRP $849.99)
About Vortex Optics: American, family, and veteran-owned, Wisconsin-based Vortex Optics designs, engineers, produces and
distributes a complete line of premium binoculars, riflescopes, spotting scopes, tripods and related accessories. Dedicated to exceptional quality, value and unrivaled customer service, Vortex backs its products with its unconditional, transferable, lifetime VIP-warranty. Built
on more than 20 years of experience in the optics industry, Vortex is rapidly emerging as a leading brand in the optics market.

Vortex – The Force of Optics | www.vortexoptics.com

KENAI RIVER FISHING CHARTERS

Kenai River king salmon, also known as Chinook, are the largest of their kind, and have made the Kenai River a world-famous destination to land one of these massive fish! Kings range in size from 25 to over 80 pounds! The Kenai River king salmon run is divided into two runs. The first run of king salmon fishing starts from May through the end of June, here is Alaska. The second run, often containing some of the biggest fish of the season, arrives at the beginning of July. King salmon season closes on July 31st every year. We use boats to target king salmon and employ a wide range of techniques based on decades of Kenai River guiding experience.

RED SALMON FISHING (SOCKEYE)
Kenai River sockeye salmon, also known as reds, flood the river in numbers that range from 500,000 and 1.5 million fish each summer! Sockeye salmon typically weigh 6-10 pounds, and most consider sockeye to be the best eating of all the salmon species. Their rich, bright red flesh is the ultimate reward to landing these vigorous-fighting salmon. Sockeye pulse into the river in two runs, the first typically coming through Alaska in mid-June to mid-July, and second stronger pulse arriving mid-July through early August. At Big Sky, we target sockeye both from boats and from shore. Often, we travel to quiet stream banks where our clients will use conventional rods and reels or fly rods to hone in on sockeye as they swim by.

SILVER SALMON FISHINGS (COHO)
Kenai River silver salmon, also known as coho, are furious and aggressive fighters! Kenai River silvers typically start to arrive in late July, with the thick of the run arriving in mid-August. A lesser-known second run of Kenai River silvers arrives in September and will continue through early fall. Kenai River silvers range in weight from 6-15 pounds and fight with every ounce. Silvers feed voraciously in the ocean and never lose their instinct to attack potential prey, making them an exciting fish to target. We target silver salmon from boats so we can access their favorite hideouts.

RAINBOW TROUT AND DOLLY VARDEN FISHING
The Kenai River is world famous for its large, residential rainbow trout, known for their strong runs and acrobatics. They are caught with regularity in the 25 to 30-inch range. Rainbows are targeted throughout the summer with fly or spinning tackle, from a power boat or drift boat. The Kenai River is also home to a healthy population of Dolly Varden, which are also targeted using the same methods as trout. We strongly promote “catch and release” of Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden.

The crazy story of Stuckie the mummified dog!

So the story goes, back in the 1960s down in Georgia, a hunting dog chased a raccoon up inside a hollow tree. The determined dog wouldn’t give up from chasing the coon farther up, so it eventually got stuck.
Back to 1980 – Here’s the excerpt from The Sportsmen Party Facebook page:
In 1980 a “logger” found the dog after processing the log and donated it to a museum.

The dog is a hunting type dog and around 4 years old. Apparently was in there for around 20 years. Scientists believe his fate was sealed when he chased something up into the tree.

The plinth next to Stuckie in the museum gives an explanation on how the mummification happened –
“A chimney effect occurred in the hollow tree, resulting in an upward draft of air.
This caused the scent of the dead animal to be carried away, which otherwise would have attracted insects and other organisms that feed on dead animals.
The hollow tree also provided relatively dry conditions, and the tannic acid of the oak helped harden the animal’s skin.”

Sources: The Sportsmen Party Facebook

Surrounded by COYOTES while hiking alone

Probably not the scenario to be in for a hiker, but what if you’re on a hike.
And, you get this feeling that something is near you, not by another human but by a pack of howling coyotes.
When we hear coyotes howling its usually from a safe distance.
How would you handle a pack of coyotes howling closer to you?
Most of the time when I’m on a hike, I carry a pistol and depending on the state that allows me to carry my AR-7 or Keltech 2000.
In this video a hiker is unarmed on a hiking trail with coyotes nearby, how would you react?

Here’s the excerpt from Jessica Kirsh Youtube
“This is raw, uncut footage I captured with my GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition on my very first solo sunset hike as an Arizona resident. All of the sudden on my way back down a trail on Lookout Mountain ? in Phoenix, I found myself surrounded by howling coyotes in every direction! ?

Now at this point, I had only lived in the desert for a little over a year. So this was my first experience hearing coyotes howl this intensely, where I wasn’t in the “safety” of my fenced in backyard.

Watch me try to be as stealth as possible getting back to my car parked at the trail head! ?”

Sources: Jessica Kirsh Youtube

Zombait, is this the Future of Bait?

Is this invention the problem-solver of dead baitfish?
Called the Zombait, it just may become the next big-selling bait enhancer.

CNBC posted a very interesting invention on Facebook that has caught our eye. When this bait enhancer is placed in a dead baitfish, it makes the fish come alive like a zombie. Its battery-powered movements make the dead fish wiggle and move like a real live fish.

Will the Zombait be the next big hit in the fishing world? We’ll certainly find out when it hits the retail market.

Sources: CNBC, Eric Nestor

Girl catches Big Snake with DIY Snake Trap

Now, this is something you don’t see every day. Many a man would scream sooner than do what this young lady did.
DIY stuff is big these days. There are more articles, how to’s, and DIY ideas than you can shake a stick at. But what about the DIY snake trap that catches huge snakes? Well, we’ll just leave that to this young lady.

If you don’t like snakes, you sure won’t like this video. Calm, cool, and collected, this gal looks like a seasoned veteran in the snake trapping game.

Pretty smart little contraption if you ask me.
By simply using an electric fan guard, she has come up with a trap that seems to be very effective. And like I said early, it is pretty clear she is a veteran at this and it isn’t her first rodeo.

Sources: Colton Bailey

Why you never wear a Wedding Ring in a Deer Stand

Sitting in a 10-20 foot deer stand has some dangers, but don’t let this be one.
Many people are married, and many of those people hunt. Word to the wise… buy a QALO ring, or just leave your wedding ring at home when in the stand.

Just ask this fellow about his experience. Or you can just look at these pictures and take our word for it. Not exactly sure of the details or the hunter’s name, but it is a confirmed tree stand accident, and good grief, it looks painful.

While slipping from a step, he went down, but his ring had other ideas and kept him from doing so. This is the end result, and it is hard to swallow.

So, fellas… I think it would be a pretty easy sell to convince your wife you might need some kind of rubber wedding ring for those deer hunting days.

If you’re not willing to purchase one, simply leave your ring in the truck. If you ladies worry about him not having a ring on in the woods to show he’s taken, there might be bigger issues than this.

Not sure if it is possible, but if you aren’t sold based on these pictures, call this dude. I am sure he can persuade you with his experiences.

Oh, and if you need any more proof that it happens, here are photos from another incident as well…


Ouch… need I say more?!

Sources: Hunting and Fishing Memes, Colton Bailey

Gutted Fish, urr Zombie Fish

What happens when you put a gutted, dead fish back in the water?

Apparently it swims on its own! Maybe, its like the chicken running around after the head has been chopped off. This video footage of a fish that has been completely gutted and had the meat filleted from its sides and is then dropped back into the water.

It is crazy what happens next.

While this seems completely crazy, there must be a reasonable explanation. Either the fish was not actually dead, and was just quickly gutted while still alive, or like many animals, its body can continue to move in familiar ways after it is killed.

Obviously as an outdoorsman, I am hoping that it is the second of these two explanations. I personally would never want to promote making an animal suffer. If you are going to harvest an animal it should be done in the quickest and cleanest way possible to ensure that the animal does not have to suffer.

If this is a case of the neurons continuing to fire after the fish dies (think chicken with its head cut off), then it is actually really neat that it was able to be captured on film. This would mean that the fish is already completely dead and feels nothing.

Sources: Jimmy Huynh Youtube, Chris Buckner

12 Yr old Takes down 2 Deer with 1 Shot

A 12-year-old making an incredible archery shot on a deer is quite a feat in itself.
Now how about that same shot but arrowing two deer with a single shot?

This incredible shot was caught on camera as proof.

When Dan Cooley was on his first bow hunt at the age of 12 he made a remarkable shot that brought down two deer with only one arrow.

Amazing shot Dan, and we hope you enjoy a long life with many hunts ahead. You are well on your way to being a master hunter.

All you veteran hunters raise your hand if you’ve had a double kill. That’s what I thought…

Sources: Eric Nestor