I wish you all a very happy New Year filled with joy, good health, and success. 2013 was an amazing and busy year for me. I worked, traveled and hunted a lot. Although I didn’t have a successful hunting year, I am so grateful for the opportunities I received and the memories I made from each trip. One of my resolutions for the New Year is to continue to push my boundaries, improve, and keep my positive cheerful attitude. I’m a strong believer that hard work does pay off, but I will admit there are times I get frustrated from the miles and mountains I’ve hiked public land hunting (not to mention all the gas dollars), but I have to remind myself… stay focused and be thankful for the journey. Find happiness even in the simple things in life. After all, at least I’m burning calories! 🙂
I purchased several new items in 2013 for shooting, archery, and hunting. Below are my personal top picks that I wanted to share with you.
The Remington Versa Max Sportsman shotgun, built on the same platform as the Remington Versa Max, is extremely comfortable, shoots very smooth, and costs $200-300 less (all you give up is the extra choke set and some rubber over-molding on the stock). In the past I’ve shot shotguns which left my shoulder sore. With this gun, I have yet to feel any pain. The Supercell recoil pad is a shoulder saver making shooting clays even more enjoyable.
The Ruger 10/22 Takedown is fun and inexpensive. It breaks down into one small pack, it’s lightweight, and it comes in multi-cam. If you have kids, this is a great rifle to have them hunt small game.
I installed Trijicon HD Night Sights on my Sig Sauer P226 which is my main home defense handgun. The Tritium-phosphor lamp lights up brightly in low-light or no-light environments for fast and accurate target acquisition.
During Shot Show, I picked up some Manta Rail Guards and I love the way the grip feels. It’s very similar to silicone material and it can endure high temperatures. It comes in black, fde, and od green.
Depending on the season, hunting in the California mountains can range from 15-110 degrees. From hiking in the snow trying to climb steep mountains looking like I was on the NordicTrack, to blistering heat boiling water in my pack, if there is one thing I have learned is dressing properly. I don’t mind the heat too much because I can wear light layers, but the cold is one thing I cannot stand if I am not moving around. Hunting still in a tree stand or blind early in the morning I am miserable. I hate the cold. For females our core body temperature is approximately 10 degrees or so colder than a male. I have purchased a lot of different hunting clothes, and one thing I will never go without hunting in the stand/blind is a PrimaLoft jacket. I purchased a Russell Outdoors APXG2 L4 Primaloft Lightning Jacket for $40 because the brand was discontinued. I had no idea I ran into such a gem of an item. Although for me it is a little on the heavier side as far as weight is concerned for hiking, it has kept my upper body snug and warm while waiting in the stand/blind for deer to pass by.
I’d love to hear what products our readers enjoyed. Please feel free to share and happy shooting!