Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bass Pro Fall Classic - Meet the Local Pros Recap

The Bass Pro Fall Classic is underway and last weekend was the 'Meet the Local Pros' weekend. I was blessed to be able to share about archery, bowhunting, and optics through four seminars over the two days. What a great weekend!

Photo courtesy of Shannon Gauthier

In my 'How to Find a Big Buck Seminar', I was able to pass around the Diamondback 8x42s and the Razor HD 10x42s. I got some great feedback and explained why the Razors are better for California hunting because of the superb glass, wicked smooth focus knob, and the fact that you can glass in really low light with ease. The next thing you know,  guys want to try them out and before long they are buying them. I was trying them out over two days and with that I came to the conclusion that I really want to buy a pair, but not of the 10x42s. The Diamondback 10x42s are great (especially at that price), but those Razor HD 12x50s I tried are by far the best glass I have used. To be honest, they are the only 12x50s I have found I can use because my interpupillary distance is so narrow that most binoculars don't adjust far enough for me to comfortably see through them well. Kudos to Vortex for making that happen. I had no idea that a company made some high focus glass that I could actually utilize well!

The seminar that most attended was fine tuning your archery set-up. I was surprised and delighted at the same time. I had a great time talking with everyone about what is happening with their gear, how to adjust it for better shooting, and I shared many tips and techniques for dialing everything in well. If you think that is a seminar you'd like to attend, let me know and I'll set another one up.

I'll be posting up a review of the Diamondback 10x42s in the next couple weeks, along with the new tripod mount. I will tell you that I love the new tripod mount. We had some good in-store discussion about that, too. Already have a few guys looking to buy their own this week. Sweet!

I am planning on heading to the desert this Saturday to get my three rifles dialed in. All three have new Vortex scopes and are ready for action. Let the fun begin!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Women's Hunting Workshop this Saturday at Bass Pro Shops!

How many of you women would like to get into hunting, but have no idea where to begin? It can be daunting and frustrating to say the least. Bass Pro Shops and Rachel Von Fleck are now giving you a chance to learn...for FREE!

Rachel Von Fleck is an avid Southern California hunter and fisher and will be giving a 'Women's Hunting Workshop' at 3:00 PM (in front of the fish tank) where she will cover many topics from how she got started, what she likes to hunt, and tips for YOU to get started! There will be some great giveaway items, so bring your questions because now is the perfect time to ask!

Follow her adventures on Instagram @VonFleck.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bass Pro Fall Hunting Classic - Free Seminars and Meet the Pros!

Come on out and say hello this Saturday and Sunday at the Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic in Rancho Cucamonga! It's Local Pro Weekend! Let's talk hunting, shooting, archery, and gear. I'll be manning the Vortex Optics table upstairs with some fun giveaways!

There will be some great deals on all hunting gear, optics, as well as some awesome giveaways! I'll be giving seminars on bowhunting (improving your aim), scent control, and optics. Plus I'll go over strategies and tactics to get that big buck! See you there Saturday and Sunday!

Here is my seminar schedule!

Sat. 19th
11am – Archery Insights: Improving Your Aim
2pm – Stealth & Scent Control
4pm – Bag a Big Buck: Tips & Tactics 

Sun. 20th
11am – Hone the Harvest: Archery Fine Tuning

See you out there!

Monday, August 14, 2017

WINNER Announced! GIVEAWAY Time! HHA Sports Virtus Arrow Rest

Hunting season is right around the corner and I am sure some of you like to improve your archery set up. Well now is the time! Who wants to win some new gear?

Last week I posted my review of the Virtus Arrow Rest and I love it. Now it is your chance to win one for yourself. 

There are a few ways you can enter. For each entry, you will have to come back to THIS post and let me know you completed the task.  Leave a SEPARATE comment for EACH task completed. That means on day one you can have ten (10) comments and three more every day after. Sweet! At the end of the giveaway, I will choose a winner via RNG and post it here. If you are chosen as the winner I will verify the entry, so be sure to follow the rules. 

The person who shares shares this giveaway the most will get a little something, too.

Here are the ways you can enter:
  1. Leave me a comment below and tell me what bow you will mount this on. You must leave a valid email address for me to contact you if you win. (i.e. thesocalbowhunter @ yahoo - this keeps the spambots at bay) (+1 entry)
  2. LIKE the HHA Sports FB page and let them know The SoCal Bowhunter sent you. (+2 entries)
  3. LIKE the SoCal Bowhunter FB page and post your FB username in a comment below so I know who to look for. (+2 entries)
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  5. Follow HHA Sports on Instagram (+2 entries)
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  10. Tweet the text inside the quotes below about the giveaway (once per day). (+1 entry)

     and  are giving away a Virtus Fall Away Arrow Rest on The SoCal Bowhunter blog!'
Disclaimer: The giveaway starts August 14, 2017 and goes until midnight on August 20, 2017. Winner will be chosen through Random Number Generator based on legitimate entries. Winner will be contacted by email and announced on this post. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to my email. If there is no response, a new winner will be chosen. If you plan on being out of town, away from email, or can't follow directions, don't come whining to me if you miss out. The SoCal Bowhunter will ship product to giveaway winner. Odds of winning prize is dependent upon the total number of eligible entries received.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Gear Review: HHA Sports Virtus Fall Away Arrow Rest

HHA Sports released the Virtus Fall Away arrow rest for 2017 and coming from a company known for quality archery sights, I figured this rest would rank right up there, too. I was not mistaken! I have been field testing the Virtus for a short time in SoCal with great results.
On average, 22 veterans a day take their lives in America, struggling to cope with the physical and mental scars sustained during their time of service. 

In an effort to raise awareness of this issue and help those in need, 2.2% of the profits from the sales of the Virtus rest will go to the Operation HHAUSA project to actively involve veterans in the sport of archery and hunting.

The Virtus was installed in less than 15 minutes. Now, it's no secret that I love my HHA sights, and the Virtus ranks right up there with yet another great product from them. I would recommend making a slight mark, in pencil, on your bow where you current rest sits. It makes installation that much faster so you can line everything up. Plus, I recommend reading the directions in full. One of the benefits to the Virtus is that you can draw the cord through the cable attachment OR through the rest itself. It allows you to sync everything up and allows the rest to come up perfectly at full draw. 

The rubber on the prong area is excellent for keeping the arrow still when setting an arrow in place. It is quiet, but also keeps the arrow still when loading it up.

The Virtus is extremely quiet when cocking and when firing an arrow. Really quiet! I love that feature of the rest. No spring noises, no slap of it hitting the riser, and no grinding. It functions very well. I shot round after round after round and my groups were tight, the bow was quiet, and the rest quickly became one of my favorite parts of my bow. 

As with any of their product, it carries the 100% Lifetime Warranty from HHA Sports. All HHA products are made in the USA and carry a 100% lifetime guarantee. That should matter to you! Should your Virtus fail, return it to them and they will repair or replace it within 48 hours and return it to you. Pretty sweet, right? 

Retailing from $129.99, the HHA Virtus Fall Away arrow rest is a great buy for a top rate product. I have been a fan of HHA Sports sights for years and they solidified it even more with the addition of the Virtus . Do I recommend it? You bet I do! In fact, I am already removing my other rests to install the Virtus on each of my bows. I think it is that good!