Plano Bone Collector Sportsman’s Trunks

bone collector trunk

Plano recently announced a new line of storage trunks in collaboration with the Bone Collector hunting series.  Named the Bone Collector Sportsman’s Trunks these new containers are designed to provide ample storage and prevent clothing from becoming contaminated by other scents.

Ammunition Hunting

Winchester Varmint X Ammunition: Coyotes Beware

Winchester Varmint X

With a focus on accuracy, Winchester Ammunition announced the introduction of the new Varmint X cartridge line.  The new ammo will be offered in four different calibers for a total of five loads.  See below for the exact details on each load.

The number of varmint hunters has rapidly increased in the recent past.  According to Winchester, this segment of the market has doubled in the past decade.  Understandably, ammo companies are moving to meet the specific needs of these hunters.


Field & Stream hydroProof ULTRA Review and Field Test

Field Stream hydroproof reviewFall is upon us and the deer are rapidly approaching the peak of the rutting season. The Rocky mountains and the northeastern states have already experienced their first heavy snows of the year, and other areas are experiencing the cold rain that comes as the weather patterns change from the heat of summer to the cold of winter.

If you’re planning on entering the woods to hunt, or are simply going to be out in the elements, you need to make sure that you have the proper gear to keep you warm and dry.  To help keep you comfortable, I wrote this review of the Field & Stream Field & Stream hydroProof Ultra outerwear.

I am truly blessed to live in a part of the country that boasts some of the biggest trophy bucks on the record books, but I also live in an area where the weather can go from 70 degrees one day to below freezing the next! Usually that brings some form of precipitation along with it. Having the right outerwear is crucial to a successful hunt, and is just as important as my selection of rifle and ammunition.

Hunting Rifles

Olympic Arms Gamestalker Chambered in .300 OSSM


Olympic Arms had their new Gamestalker rifle on display at the 2010 SHOT Show.  The Gamestalker is an AR-platform rifle chambered in .243 WSSM, .25 WSSM and the brand new .300 OSSM (scroll down for more information on the cartridge.)

The Gamestalker features a 22″ barrel, free floating aluminum handguard, ACE skeleton stock and an ERGO “Fat Boy” grip.  The upper receiver has a flattop for easy installation of your choice in optics.  The rifle weighs 7.5 pounds and has a camouflage pattern.  It ships with one, seven-round magazine.

The rifle has a retail price of $1359, but expect street price around $1200-1300.  Olympic Arms staff state the rifles are in production now, but supplies will be limited initially due to the amount of time needed to properly apply the camouflage pattern.


Remington RF-05 Hunting Boots

Remington RF05 Hunting Boots Review

Need a pair of hunting boots?  Take a look at this review of the Remington RF-05 hunting boots.  These Remington boots are an all-purpose 8″ leather hunting boot. The RF-05 has a Max-Dri waterproof liner, making these boots a good choice in all weather conditions.

Radians, who manufactures these boots under license, sent me a pair of  these boots for review.  When I first pulled this pair of boots out of the box, I was immediately impressed by the look and style of them. The leather has a rich brown color, and a pleasant feel.

The boots were comfortable to put on, and sized correctly.  I wear a 10 1/2, and these fit exactly right.  With a thicker winter sock, I would suggest looking at a 1/2 size larger boot.

Remington boots

The laces seem a little thinner than other boot laces, but they seemed strong enough for regular use in the field.  The upper part of the boots had speed lace loops, allowing for easy lacing up and removing of the boots.

Wearing the boots in the field, I found them to be comfortable with very little break in needed.  The soles gave very good support.

Additionally, the ankle support was excellent.  I have the awful tendency to ‘roll’ my ankles.  These Remington RF-05 boots fully supported my ankles, and I had no problems while wearing these in the woods.

review of hunting boots with waterproof liner

The waterproof liner worked as advertised.  I found a few puddles to stand in, and the water never got to my feet.  If you have ever been in the field with wet feet, you know how miserable that can quickly become.  I rarely wear any boots into the woods that are not waterproof for that reason.

Overall, I really liked these boots.  They look good and are comfortable to wear.  As a general purpose hunting or field boot, I think they are worth a look. They would certainly go well with the Field & Stream HydroProof gear that Aaron reviewed here. The suggested retail price of the Remington RF-05 is $129.99.

review of the Remington RF05 hunting boots

(Ed. note: This review was written in 2009. Since then, these boots have been discontinued. I’d also like to think that my writing has improved since then.

For what it is worth, I still own these boots. They continue to look and wear great.)