The additions keep on coming for Lakewood Products. The company has now unveiled its new Elite Series of Bowfile drop-in how cases, featuring an 18 percent reduction in overall weight. That's not all, however, as the newly engineered interior structure and components make the cases tougher and stronger than ever. Still there though is the convenience that you will have out in the woods. Simply open the case and slide your bow inside, without the need to detach your quiver, and you're completely ready to roll when you get to your desired hunting location.
Contact: Lakewood Products. 800-8728458;
The Raptor's Revenge
Rinehart is continuing to expand its long line of successful archery targets in 2013 with the Raptor Series--a line that the company feels will be the smartest, most durable bag target the industry has ever seen. With the Smart Core Technology, the new line will easily stop anything thrown its way--including crossbow bolts. Even the graphics on the target face are tak- en to the next level in conjunction with the Raptor-infused outer lining, which allows the target to outlast both shots and Mother Nature's fury. Shooters can choose from two sizes, both of which are light enough to be transported anywhere you need the target to go. MSRP: Not available
Contact: Rinehart Targets, 608-757-8153; www.rinehart3d.com
The Perfect Defense
The archery industry's favorite insect repellent is back and better than ever with a brand new look. Featuring Realtree's brand new Xtra pattern, you now have assurance that the look of your mosquito, defense system will blend in perfectly with your surroundings. As always, the ThermaCELL unit creates a 15x1 5-foot zone of protection that is up to 98 percent effective against biting insects. The unit measures 7 1/2 long by 1 1/2 inches thick and weighs 6.4 ounces with a full fuel cartridge. MSRP: $29
Contact: ThermaCal, 866-753-3837;
Have a new bow that features an axle-to-axle length of 32 inches or less? Have an older bow that just doesn't fit in your old case correctly? Why not check out the iSeries 3614 Parallel Limb Bow Case from SKB Cases. Each and every 'Series injected-molded waterproof case is constructed with high-strength material for a durable product that will ease your mind while on the road or in the air. The case features three trigger latches, four reinforced padlock locations, cushioned snap-down handles on three sides and recessed, inline, skate-style wheels. Case measures at 35 x 14 1/4 x 4 inches and will hold up to a dozen arrows in the lid of the case.
Contact: SKB Sports Sales, 800-654-5992; www.skbcases.com/sports
For all of you who loved the BackTrack CPS last season, Bushnell is at it again with the release of the HuntTrack system. Featuring Solunar tables, barometric data and predictive animal activity, the new device also has the ability to store up to 20 numeric waypoints with five available icons. That makes marking and locating your A treestands, trail cameras or downed game quick, easy and painless. The HuntTrack also, provides other useful information such as time, temperature, altitude, and latitude/longitude coordinates. Also, you will love the breadcrumbs feature that allows users to record the exact route taken so you can retrace that route at any time.
Contact: Bushnell, 800-423-3537; www.bushnell.com
The new ShotBlocker with ArrowShield technology from Delta McKenzie Targets is an exciting new way to take your shooting practice anywhere. The target features the same patented, welded-core technology customers are used to, but this time with a twist. The new, energy-absorbing outer wrap slows arrows down, making the target more durable and longer, lasting. The high-impact, full-color graphics are the ultimate in realism and add excitement to shooting practice. Targets are available in two models--bowhunter blue and crossbow orange. Both dimensions are 18x18x14 inches.
MSRP: $89.99 (Bowhunter), $109.99 (Crossbow)
Contact: Delta McKenzie Targets, 319-989-9056; www.dmtarqets.com
At Long Range
The Velocitip Ballistic System from Full Flight Technology took the industry by storm last year when it was released. Shooters from all over could now measure their arrow speed, kinetic energy, momentum, drag, retained energy and time of flight, among other things. Now, the same system will be in place with the addition of the 50 Caliber to the 2013 lineup. Designed for crossbow and compound shooters who train for long-distance shooting, the product measures terminal performance for shots that are longer than 100 yards, depending on arrow launch speed. Simply put, you hit the target and you get the results you need via the included PC software.
MSRP: $1,200 (complete system with software), $300 (replaceable fieldpoints)
Contact: Full Flight Technology, 617-448-7806; www.velocitip.com
Outshining The Rest
With the Bionic Buck II 3D Target standing in your backyard, you might just get a few looks from anyone passing by. It could be due to the life-sized body and 180-inch, double drop-tine rack! Or it simply could be your neighbors wondering where to get an archery target like the one you have, Morrell Targets has made this target with Reverse Vital Technology--there are raised vitals on one side of the deer and universal scoring rings % on the other. Once your kill zones are shot out, users can simply switch the head and butt to have a fresh set of vitals on the other side. Made of 100 percent flexback self-healing foam for easy arrow removal. Will stop fieldpoints, fixed blades and mechanical broadheads.
Contact: Morrell Manufacturing, 479-632-5929; www.morrelltarqets.com
Do It Yourself
Perfect for your garage or basement comes the Archer Model bow press from X-Press. The Archer is a similar device to the Pro Model, but models--bowhunter blue and crossbow orange. Both dimensions are 18x18x14 inches. MSRP: $89.99 (Bowhunter), $109.99 (Crossbow)
Contact: Delta McKenzie Targets, 319-989-9056; www.dmtarqets.com
A Youthful Feel
Let your kids shoot in style with the all-new BLOCK GenZ Youth Archery Target. Sleek, stylish and lightweight, you can be assured this product was designed with the youth in mind. With two sides that feature an 1 8x1 6x7 1/2-inch target face, the high-contrast black-on-white aiming points offer great visibility for easy aiming. Easy extraction of arrows is the norm with the GenZ because the target was designed with the intention of stopping shots from bows that are of 40 pounds of draw weight or less. It will stop fieldpoints, fixed-blade heads or mechanical broadheads.
Contact: Field Logic, 800-282-4868; www.blocktarget.com
Practice all offseason with the 4-Sided Layered Foam Archery Target from RedHeal, This all-purpose backstop features layer upon layer of high-density foam for superior durability and is designed for four-sided shooting. Black sides are built to take both broadheads and fieldpoints; green sides are restricted to fieldpoints only. A built-in carrying handle makes transport easy. MSRP: $49.99
Contact: Bass Pro Shops, 800-227-7776; www.basspro.com
Charge Up The Field
The water-resistant, USB-optimized Resync from Brunton has a durable, rubberized shell, with a power gauge and auto shut-off while weighing just 10 ounces. It can charge smart phones, GPS units, tablets and is compatible with Brunton Sync Tech-enabled headlamps and task lights. The rechargeable lithium polymer battery can be refreshed via a 5-volt USB or 12-volt DC, also compatible with a USB-based or 12v Brunton solar panel such as the Solaris 4 USB.
Contact: Brunton, 307-857-4700;
Seal It and Freeze It
What's the best part about taking a trophy animal? The delicious meals that are sure to. follow, of course! With that being said, you'll need something that will keep your meat fresh until its time to hit the grill. Look no further than the PRO170 Vacuum Packaging Machine from VacMaster. Its stainless steel body ensures its durability for years to come. The machine features a 15-inch seal bar with two seal wires and digital technology with LED panels. Also on display is a powerful, dual-piston pump and a built-in cooling fan for continuous use. MSRP: $299.99
Contact: VacMaster, 800-821-7849; wvvw.aryvacmaster.com
To The Taxidermist
Thanks to Trophy Totes, you now have a soft-sided cooler designed to transport the head and cape of your animal from the place of harvest to your taxidermist. Featuring flaps that seal around the base of the antlers (to help lock in the cold air), the cooler will protect and preserve your trophy until you can get it out of the field. A unique aspect of the product, however, is that the design will allow it to be used as a regular drink cooler in the offseason. Available in Mossy Oak camouflage.
Contact: Trophy Totes, 409-781-2329; www.trophytotes.com
Lending A Hand
Whether it's your rangefinder, calls or whatever else you always want to keep within reach, the retractable gear tethers from T-REIGN Outdoor Products will your hunt run a bit smoother. A large range of sizes and attachment options are available to meet any requirement you may have. Whether you prefer a carabineer, a stainless steel clip or a hook-and-loop strap, you're sure to find what you need.
Contact: T-REIGN Outdoor Products, 909-923-7800;
Save Your Hands
We all knon how frustrating it can be to install tree steps. The good news, however, is that it can be made much easier with the Ultimate Tree Step Tool II. Weighing just 12 ounces, the product features a rubber hammer for quietly starting your steps into the tree trunk. Once started, simply slip the tool over your step and continue turning the step until securely fastened. The same method may be used in reverse when ready to take your steps out of the tree at season's end. Say goodbye to the days of bruised hands and tired wrists.
Contact: Tree Step Tool;
Just Like You
We hear it from our readers on a daily basis-- professional hunters on television are not "real" hunters, and it keeps getting worse. The cast behind Whitetail Underdogs agrees, and that's why they have offered up a pair of DVDs to showcase real hunts, real chases and real harvests to none other than the blue-collared "real" hunters. V2 is a white- tail DVD that runs the entire way through the hunting season in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Getrin Aggressive features an instructional turkey-calling video that also includes plenty of intense turkey hunts. Aggressive Game Call founder Shawn Secrest covers every aspect of calling during special segments between hunts.
MSRP: $7.99 each
Contact: Whitetail Underdogs; www.whitetailunderdogs.com
Know Your Master
Want to change the look of your practice target? That's possible thanks to Master Target's durable, long-lasting 18x1 8-inch big- game animal face targets. Attach them to your choice of foam target and it instantly transforms into a lifelike animal target. Made of tough Durashot material, these targets are made to withstand hundreds of shots each. Several different bowhunting designs are available, including deer, bear, elk and turkey, with vitals that are anatomically correct. Images will not fade in the elements.
Use In Any Environment
The Mountainside All-Weather Series from Lone Wolf Knives features a little something for every- body. N680 blade steel and high-density orange Santoprene handles are part of each of the three new knives--the Skinner, Drop Point and Caper 2. A specialized grip texture ensures performance will never drop in any environment. Blade length is 3.55 inches on the Drop Point--the longest in the set--while the Skinner is 2.65 inches and the Caper 2 comes in at 2.35 inches.
MSRP: $80 (Skinner & Drop Point), $75 (Caper 2)
Contact: Lone Wolf Knives, 503-431-6777;
Look This Way
You have the perfect spot on the wall for your new mount, but the head is facing the wrong direction. Its a problem many of us have run into and one that was unfixable--until now. Archery Shooter Systems has the solution with its EZ Poze bracket that attaches right to the back of your mount so you can 'position it exactly how you wish. Simply push the head to the left or right to get the angle you want. Works great with wall pedestal mounts!
MSRP: Not available
Contact: Archery Shooter Systems 866-823-7757;
Lighten Your Load
Hunters and anglers alike with appreciate the new Piranta-Torch from Havalon Knives. You'll have the ability to process more hide and meat faster than you ever thought possible. And consider sharpening a thing of the past, as it comes with a dozen extra blades for you to simply snap on when needed. A new blade design is featured as well, with the #60A blade being 20 percent thicker than the regular #60. That means breaking blades should no longer be an issue, even when working on the toughest of game. Weighs in at just 2.1 ounces.
Contact: Havalon Knives, 800-638-4770;
Don't Become Dull
Sportsmen everywhere know the importance of a good knife, and doing everything they can to keep it sharpened for when its needed is of the utmost importance. Enter the Guided Field Sharpener 2.2.1 from Work Sharp Tools and you won't have to deal with the hassle of having a dull knife again. The tool features diamond plates, ceramic rods and a leather strop so you can perform any knife sharpening, honing or stropping chore with a simple, compact device. Product is small and light enough to fit easily into your pack and should become a mainstay there for when you need it most.
Contact: Darex LLC, 800-597-6170;
Holster Your Phone
Nowadays, we all take our smartphones to the woods with us for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, once we're on stand, there's really no good place to put them. But now there is, thanks to Real Gear's S.M.A.R.T. system holder. The system is designed to fit iPhones and can expand to include a variety of phone cases. Simply insert your phone into the holster, secure it with a snap and attach it to yourself or your gear. Users will have complete access to the face of the phone, including all ports and buttons. This durable holder is also designed to prevent slippage when holding the phone with gloves, and a coiled lanyard allows for up to 30 inches of range. Predator model available in Mossy Oak camo.
Contact Real Gear LLC;
An Even Easier Hang
The Wicked Handsaw from Wicked Tree Gear was a hit in the past calendar year due to helping hunters across the country when hanging their treestands. Now, those same outdoorsmen will love the new Wicked Tree Pack--a product designed to efficiently hold and transport the handsaw while at work. Constructed from tough and durable black canvas, the Pack has a hard, plastic lined sheath so you can leave the saw open for easy, safe access while in the tree. Also, hook it to your belt for added convenience.
MSRP: $29.99 (Saw not included), $59.99 (With saw)
Contact: Wicked Tree Gear, 319-217-0885;
Sharing The Woods
Very affordable and easy to use, Hunt Zone Signs are a fantastic safety tool to have at your disposal. If you hunt on public land where people can come and go as they please, simply place a sign on a tree to inform hikers, bikers or anybody else that you're sharing the woods with that you are hunting in the ground ahead. With holes in all four corners of every sign, users can hang them in seconds by using anything such as a bright-eye, a tack, a bungee or a nylon rope. MSRP: $2.99 each
Contact: Hunt Zone Signs, 609-348-7289;
Don't Miss Your Shot
The only thing worse than not having a trail camera on your mineral block is having the shot come out just a bit high, low or to the side of the animal you're trying to capture. Well, that problem can be a thing of the past thanks to the EZY Midget
T camera mount from Cranford Manufacturing. The company, best known for its tree steps and other accessories, has unveiled its newest product with a universal ball swivel for 360-degree adjustability with tilt. The Midget T, which weighs in at 6.6 ounces and has a 31/4-inch screw, utilizes the same, well-known, EZY Self-Trapping Screw as other Cranford products.
Contact: Cranford Manufacturing, 704-2091817;
Work in Style
Very few people actually enjoy household chores, but a new product category dedicated to the outdoor lifestyle can significantly improve the experience. The Mi-T-M (pronounced Mighty M) Corporation has developed a line of pressure washers, air compressors, generators and portable heaters that are officially licensed products of Mossy Oak Brand Camo. Featuring Mossy Oak's Break-Up Infinity camouflage pattern, the Mi-T-M Outdoor lineup of. rugged equipment will have you tackling tough chores in style!
MSRP: Varies with product
Contact: Mi-T-M Corporation, 800-3676486;
Power of Pink
The popular 18-1 Target from Rinehart Targets was a hit from the second it was released. With a unique construction that allows shooters to take aim on 18 different sides of the target for ultimate practice, the product can stop everything from fieldpoints to fixed blades to mechanical heads to crossbow bolts. But now, the company has transformed from its trademark black and neon green to pink and white just for the growing number of female archers. Still present in the Pink 18-1 is the self-healing foam and complete portability that has made the target an industry favorite.
MSRP: Not available
Contact: Rinehart Targets, 608-757-8153;
A New Design
European mounts keep gaining popularity, and the SkullHooker designs are one of the reasons why. Now, in addition to the original Skullhooker, comes the new-for-2013 HornHooker from the same company. The product features full adjustability to change your up and down perspective for a stylish, upright and natural look to the trophy. A skullcap plate 46 is also available for those who are interested.
MSRP: Not available
Contact: Skull\Hooker, 541-887-8622: www.skuilhooker.com
Change Your Game
GC Archery continues to up its game with the availability of new image roll targets featuring ASA scoring rings to go with the GameChanger Archery Target System. With the same scoring rings used in ASA competition superimposed over high-definition, scrolling images of wild game animals, archery enthusiasts have an alternative to 3-D target practice. Currently available on all of The GameChanger's game animal image rolls, the scoring targets help bowhunters practice for competition while simulating realistic hunting.
MSRP: $149 per roll
Contact: GC Archery, 910-323-5311:
Back in action for 2013 is the Gamer Field Point Target from Big Green Targets. The Gamer measures 20x20x13 inches and weighs approximately 25 pounds. This backstop will handle arrows with fieldpoints traveling up to 350 feet per second. The Gamer is created from 100 percent recycled material and features two unique game faces for longer target life and lots of friendly competition with your family and friends.
Contact: Big Green Targets, 888-390-5548;