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

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)
  4. Share the giveaway post on Facebook (once per day). (+1 entry) 
  5. Follow HHA Sports on Instagram (+2 entries)
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  8. Follow HHA Sports on Twitter. If you already follow, leave a comment saying so. (+2 entries)
  9. Follow the SoCal Bowhunter on Twitter. If you already follow, leave a comment saying so. (+2 entries)
  10. Tweet the text inside the quotes below about the giveaway (once per day). (+1 entry)

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     and  are giving away a Virtus Fall Away Arrow Rest on The SoCal Bowhunter blog! http://bit.ly/2wXNOEM'
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!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

ANNOUNCEMENT: August 5 Scouting Trip Details


I am taking a group of new and some experienced hunters out on August 5, 2017 to scout for deer to learn new techniques and how to scout properly. I plan on heading to a spot early (probably 4-5 AM) and start scouting an area in either the Angeles National Forest or the San Bernardino National Forest. I will take suggestions from you guys, too. Otherwise, you will have to live with wherever I take you.

We may scout all day and we may move around a bit. If you can carpool you will be better off. 4-wheel drive is not required. I plan on taking pictures for my partners and to show Bass Pro what a good seminar can lead to. Feel free to email me with any questions before the scouting trip. You can find my email in the contact section. I prefer email because I will send out reminders and requirements to everyone at once.

I am going to limit it to the first ten (10) hunters that get back to me.

If you wish to attend, you must email me with your name, contact #, and let me know if you can scout just the morning or all dayThis way I can plan on what to bring to help you guys out and send you guys a list of what you will need. This is also the only way to find out the location. I will not be posting it on Facebook or my blog.  

Monday, July 24, 2017

Bass Pro Shops Seminar Recap: A Great Saturday!


Last Saturday, I offered up an impromptu Deer Scouting and Optics seminar at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. It was short notice, but I had people asking for one, so I set it up. I am so glad I did! We owe a big thank you to Shannon at BPS for scrambling to make it happen and getting us a room! Thank you, Shannon! I really want to thank the hunters that took the time out of their busy Saturday to take part in the seminar and ask a bunch of questions. We covered everything from maps, tracks, water sources, game trails, game cameras, glassing, and proper optics for the job. In fact, my scouting and optics seminar was slated for an hour, but ended up going 2.5 hours and I had to cut it short due to my  next seminar. It was fantastic!

I want to say thank you to Vortex Optics for helping out with some great giveaway items and with making great optics. The guys wanted to know about my Vortex Optics and checked out my set-up. You guys rock!


Right after giving my scouting seminar, I held a Gearing Up for Long Range Shooting seminar (which had a great turnout of more than 30 people). I discussed some of the most used weapons for competitive shooting, ammunition, optics, and offered some tips and techniques. I briefly covered some hunting tips, but I really wanted to focus on shooting alone. I mentioned that if people wanted a great guide to get going they should read 'Long Range Shooting Handbook: A beginner’s Guide to Precision Rifle Shooting' by Ryan Cleckner. It's a must read for the long range shooter. After the seminar and talking with some long range shooters, I took a walk to the scope case to drool a bit and make a wish list for my rifles. Oh yes, there are some beauties in that case! 

ANNOUNCEMENT: I am taking a group of new and some experienced hunters out on August 5 to scout for deer to learn new techniques and how to scout properly. There will be more details coming, but if you wish to attend, you must email me with your name, contact #, and let me know if you can scout just the morning or all day. I plan on heading to a spot early (probably 4-5 AM) and start scouting an area in either the Angeles National Forest or the San Bernardino National Forest. (I will take suggestions from you guys, too.) We may scout all day and we may move around a bit. If you can carpool you will be better off. 4-wheel drive is not required, but it could prove useful. I plan on taking pictures for my partners and to show Bass Pro what a good seminar can lead to. Feel free to email me with any questions before the scouting trip. You can find my email in the contact section. I prefer email because I will send out reminders and requirements to everyone at once.