With the archery hunting season for both antlerless and antlered deer opening Oct. 4, bowhunters are most likely getting their gear ready for the season that runs until Nov. 15, then re-opens Dec. 26 and ends Jan. 10, 2015.
If you’re one of those that wait until the last minute and find your bow or gear have problems that requires some last minute shopping, here are the hot selling items for this season said Rick Weaknecht of Weaknecht Archery in Kutztown.
As for compound bows, Weaknecht says Bowtech’s RPM 360 is pricey but a top seller. If you can’t swing its price, Bowtech’s Fuel is super adjustable and more affordable ($449).
The second most popular is Hoyt’s Carbon Spyder 30 ($1,500). It too is expensive because it uses a carbon riser and weighs a mere 3.6 pounds for its 30-inch length. “But guys are plunking down the big bucks for them as it’s an extremely light, compact bow,” said Weaknecht.
For crossbows, the nod goes to Matthews Mission Dagger model that generates almost 400 fps.
Bowhunters’ top choice for arrows is Carbon Express and they’re tipping them with Rage broadheads.
When it comes to arrow rests, Weaknecht said most of the bows going out of his shop are equipped with Rip Cord, which is a drop-away rest but holds the arrow as good as the biscuit type that typically slows arrow speed somewhat.
Probably the most questionable piece of gear is the Ground Grunt’R grunt call by Flextone (flextonegamecalls.com). If you haven’t seen it, it’s a long tube that extends down the side of the tree you’re in with the trumpet section secured at the base of the tree so your grunts, supposedly, are lower, which takes the deer’s attention away from your location. Presumably, it must take a hard blow to reach that far down.
Probably the most popular hunting item in recent years are trail cameras. Well PlotWatcher’s Pro with Tru-Video model is a bit different from the myriad on the market in that instead of spending hours reviewing scouting images from other cameras, you can quickly view thousands, even millions of images in minutes say the folks from PlotWatcher (www.day6outdors.com).
The unit differs from most time-lapse video cameras in that when it records an image it saves it directly to video format instead of saving it as an individual image file. So upon retrieving the memory card from the camera, the video can be viewed in minutes.
And according to the company, the camera saves images in HD format for your viewing pleasure. And with the provided software, you can fast forward or rewind to times of action. The camera also has the fastest image capture of one second between images and battery life has been rated for up to four months. The unit may be worth a look.
And as a reminder, bowhunters looking for fresh deer urine should stop by Bob’s Taxidermy in Orefield for a bottle of a recent delivery of his Urine-Luck deer scent.
FALL TROUT STOCKINGS
Beginning Oct. 1, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission will begin their fall trout stockings throughout the state.
According to the agency, they will stock 83,300 trout in 91 lakes and stream sections. Of those, the Little Lehigh Creek will be stocked from Bogart’s Bridge to the confluence with the Lehigh River 10-6-14, while over in Northampton County, Minsi Lake gets fish on 10-10-14 and down in Berks County, Tulpehocken Creek gets stocked 10-3-14, Scotts Run Lake, 10-6-14, Kaercher Creek Dam, 12-16-14 and Antietam Reservoir, 11-13-14.
So don’t put your trout gear away just yet as there’s still some good angling available amidst beautiful fall scenery.