Archive for the ‘Hunting Gear’ Category

UPDATE – Outback Outdoors Bow Giveaway Winner – REALLY Scores!

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Here is an update from our 1st Quarter Bow Giveaway for 2011 winner Andrew Basabe. He scored this fall with his new Hoyt bow he won on Outback Outdoors 1st Quarter Giveaway… Congrats again Andrew… Here is the story!
When I received my residency in Montana, all I could think about was how exciting the upcoming archery season was going to be. Little did I know, the season was going to consist of an endless stream of unfortunate events. I honestly do not know how I kept my composure and continued to strive toward success. The combination of inconsistent wind currents, wolves, bears, high temperatures, an abundant number of other hunters, and limited time to hunt created a perfect recipe for failure.

I eventually ended up relocating to a different area in attempt to find some unpressured elk. After my son’s football game I was able to put in a good afternoon hunt. Once I arrived to my new “honey hole” Tthe temperature was starting drop and the conditions were shaping up in a hurry. The elk were close so I decided to hang tight and wait for a bugle in order to play the wind and make a move. Within minutes, a deep screaming bugle echoed a few hundred yards away with two other bugles following. I rushed to the edge of a clearing and quickly set up. I then moved about thirty yards toward the action. I blew a few soft cow calls from my temptress in the opposite direction and waited patiently. The bulls were going crazy, the wind was in my favor, and this was my chance! It was no more than thirty seconds before a bull came crashing off the hillside. He quickly let out a scream and scanned the clearing, looking for cows. The bull saw my decoy, started to lick his lips, and quickly closed the distance. I could tell he was a respectable bull and there was no doubt in my mind that I would take him if an opportunity was provided. He was coming in on a string; I drew back and waited for the bull to walk by broadside. “Meeeeww,” the bull hit the brakes and looked in the dark timber behind me. I settled my 30-yard pin in his armpit and watched my arrow punch its way through his vitals. My Hoyt Rampage Xt that I received for OO performed flawlessly. The bull crashed through the timber and quickly stopped. I made several more cow calls, attempting to ease his emotions. The bull slowly walked through the timber and disappeared.


Another long thirty minutes passed before I found myself on the huge and always reassuring blood trail. After 100 yards of tracking, the blood trail was tapering out. It was now down to pin drops and I was starting to second guess my shot. I found a fresh broken limb lying on the ground and beyond that some small, thick pines. I analyzed the small pine needles and found some dried blood that had been brushed off the bull. I looked up and there he was, piled up in the middle of the thick pines. I rushed over to lay my hands upon my trophy. A respectable 6×6 with a small sticker between his fourth and fifth points. I found myself lying on the ground overwhelmed with emotions of joy. I finally got my break! After all of the discouraging events, I never would have thought I was going to make that telephone call seeking help to pack out my elk. I could not have been happier with my first public land harvest in Montana. This had been a long time coming . . .

We had a very late spring this year and a late summer followed! I assume this is the reason for the late rut. In reference to Adam Wells, he is spot on with his “herd shadowing” tactics. Every bedded bull that I pursued situated himself in an area that was cool, heavily timbered, and had swirling winds. Adam’s advice was very helpful. I was fortunate Adam was able to harvest his bull before I did, therefore he was able to provide the useful information. Thank you once again Trevon and the rest of the OO team for the bow as well as the useful tips and tactics on the site.

Keep the wind in your face

Andrew Basabe

DIY, Know Your Equipment, Hoyt CRX32 Setup

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

My new Hoyt CRX 32 hit the front porch a few days ago and another

New Winners Choice strings

 package containing my Winners Choice strings.  Now what?  Do I drive an hour  to Reno and go to one of the archery shops that I have no relationship with or tuck into the garage, with my Bowmaster press that I picked up from Sage Creek Outfitters years ago, and put my Winners Choice strings on myself? 

One of the most important tools an archery hunter can possess is knowledge of how your equipment works.  There are some awesome archery shops out there with a knowledgeable staff that can setup and tune your bow for you.  But what happens when you are in the back country and slice your string with a razor sharp broadhead?  Chances are, there will not be an archery shop anywhere close, leaving you hours if not days absent from the field.

I choose to take on the task myself.  I am not a bow shop nor do I claim to know everything about how a bow works, but if something happens in the field, I will be better off than 90% of the guys out there.  There is no professional bench mounted press in my garage either, I use exactly what I take on my hunts, (usually left in the truck) a cable Bowmaster press.

The Hoyt CRX32 was extremely easy to work on and tune.  I start a string change session by first marking the limb position on the cams.  Then I take pictures of the cams from both sides and one picture of the cable guard.  This comes in very handy when reattaching the string, control cable, and buss cable.  I learned this when changing one of the first strings on my own and running a buss cable the wrong way.  Yep, I couldn’t draw the bow.  A few frustrating and humbling minutes later all was fixed and a lesson learned.

Bowmaster press

The Winners Choice strings I put on this jet black CRX are a speckled blue and white.  Although red and black strings would look sharp matching the red highlights on the bow and on the RipCord rest, I feel that Red, White, and Blue are better and you cant go wrong with those colors.

The factory strings that I removed go in a plastic bag and marked.  This will stay with the bow press as a backup should anything go wrong.

With the Winners Choice string in place I could now draw the bow and check timing.  The CRX was easy to tune and tuning procedures explained simply in the owners manual.  I added a few twists of the Buss Cable and now the Control cable stop and the Buss cable stop hit contact points simultaneously.  I was also pleased to see the marks I made on the cams were in the same place as when I received the bow from the factory

Ripcord rest setup

With the timing of the bow set, I installed a Ripcord rest and attached the release rope to the Yoked Buss cable.  Perfect position, and the rest fell with the letdown of the draw.  No bow is complete without a Spothog Sight.  I  picked this one up many years ago from Sagecreek Outfitters.  This is the fourth bow it’s been on and I believe that is a testament to its dependability and durability.

TightSpot Quiver

The final touch was a Tight Spot quiver to house Gold Tip arrows.  The design of this quiver makes it adjustable to anyone’s preference.  The Tight Spot can be moved up or down with a couple set screws but the seller for me is its adjustment in tight or out away from the bow and or be removed completely with the use of a dovetail clamp. 

Full Setup

Time to paper tune and sight in this killing machine.  In a few weeks I’ll follow up with a performance report on the CRX32 and the other equipment on the bow.

In the end, I performed the string replacement and tuning with a portable Bowmaster press.  It is a comforting feeling knowing that if anything happens in the field that needs fixing, I wont have to rely on finding a shop.  Know your equipment and your confidence in the field will increase.

Bowhunting Gear – Ripcord Arrow Rest’s Code Red

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Bowhunting gear, just like anything else in the modern-day-world we live in, changes dramatically from year to year. This year I have found a couple of products that stand out which I will blog about in the near future, one being Ripcord arrow rests new Code Red drop away rest.

They changed a few things that make this a huge improvement over an already good rest. You will initially notice the color changes but they also incorporated a “mole skin” like material in the rest itself which quiets the rest when drawing an arrow (most archers  just put mole skin on their original one for the same effect). The most important change is the brake that is incorporated into the design that engages upon release so that their will be NO snap back and fletching contact. I have one on both of my Hoyt bows and have been VERY pleased.

Bowhunting Gear – New Hoyt Bow – Maxxis 31

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Bowhunting Gear is always fun to talk about, review, and more importantly use!

This year Team OO (Outback Outdoors) is shooting the new Hoyt Maxxis 31.  This 3.9 lb beauty is a little speed demon with a bit of a kick. I had the pleasure of getting mine a little early and last November I took a whitetail and turkey in Kansas with the new bow. It is definitely a great new offering and after a little “getting to know me” time I have grown to like this bow more and more.

The problem I have is I still LOVE my Alpha Max 32! Oh well, I guess that is a good problem to have, both the Alpha Max and Maxxis 31 are shooting identical speeds coming in at 291 fps at 28″ draw and around 70 lb draw weight. With 3D season just around the corner and turkey season not far off, the difficult decision will be which one to shoot….. I guess I’ll just shoot them both.

Rivers West Promo Clip

Saturday, January 30th, 2010


Rivers West Promotional clip.

Just like most of you we at Outback Outdoors have gone through the trial and error with our equipment and have been fortunate enough to partner up with some of the Manufacturers that made it through are hardcore in-the-field-tests. Rivers West gear is one company that came through the testing with flying colors. Here is a clip that I videoed on my Eastern CO mule deer hunt. The stuff ROCKS!!

The Art of Layering

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

In cold weather layering is essential, and in this video clip I explain my method of layering in Kansas on a whitetail hunt that had some really cold and windy conditions. While everyone is a little different, I think you will like relate with this if you have ever been in a treestand shivering and unsure if you can even draw your bow back when the moment of truth (or a bomber buck) comes in.

This “tongue in cheek” clip also gives you a glimpse of the goofiness and fun Team OO has in camp and on every hunting trip!

Bowhunting Gear Giveaway – Win a new Hoyt Bow

Monday, January 18th, 2010

The Bowhunting Gear Giveaway from Outback Outdoors for the 1st quarter of 2010 is a new Hoyt Bow.

Our Sponsors make some of the best bowhunting gear, rifle hunting gear and everything outdoors, so we are proud to be able to share some of that equipment with the fans and viewers of Outback Outdoors! The entry is simple, just send an email to with your:

* name
* address
* telephone number
* a brief paragraph on what you like about Outback Outdoors.

Winners will be drawn quarterly from our pool of emails. It’s that simple! Watch bowhunting videos and win free gear!

Archery Trade Show showcases some of the newest and hottest gear for 2010

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

The Archery Trade Show in Columbus, OH is over but the images of all the cool and innovative new products is not! As team Outback Outdoors flies west, excited to start working on their 2010 season, one new product that really stands out in my mind is the HECS Energy Cloak Fabric Researched and developed by innovative archery industry leader Mike Slinkard.

Mike, owner of Winner’s Choice Custom Bowstrings (the only bowstrings that team OO shoot) and Motion Targets, explained how all living bodies produce and emit electromagnetic energy (EM). Mike went on to explain that it is this EM that animals use to identify danger and catch the first hint of a predators movement. This can be easily seen in a mature whitetail buck who, upon reaching a close proximity to a downwind hunter, start to display “nervous” behavior even though the hunter has not moved and cannot be smelled. Hunters have always used the term “6th Sense” to describe this unexplainable phenomenon.

Mike also explained that the HECS Energy Cloak Fabric, by using conductive carbon fibers that are woven in a specific grid pattern to block EM energy, can block up to 90% of the Electromagnetic Energy emitted by the human body. This awesome innovative product is one of the most significant discoveries about keeping the human body concealed from game since the advent of camouflage. Even more interesting was the bowhunting videos playing in his booth that showed the technology in use and how well it worked in real bowhunting situations.