One of the great things that I get out of the Twitterverse is seeing all the small guys making noise in the hunting industry. Lots of cool stuff being made and sold by real hunters who share the same passion as I have (see @ultimatedeerhgr for example). But then you have the dark side. You know, the yahoo(s) who wanna sell you something that is just outright dumb. And by dumb I don’t necessarily mean that something doesn’t work…I simply mean dumb. Lemme splain.
Paying hundreds of dollars for an ionizer (not to mention adding another item to the pack and stand routine) is dumb. The studies are out there, they don’t live up to their marketing hype.
Paying for high end camo or scent free camo is dumb. Just buy normal stuff, wash it and hunt the wind.
Paying ANYTHING for a bottle of yahoo-juice that is supposed to program a deer is dumb. cough, cough Whitetale Mountian…sorry for this one…just had to.
Paying to go hunt with the vast majority of outfitters is dumb. Too much pressure, too many other hunters, too many lies…
Ok, Ok. Too much whining again…I know, I know…I digress.
For a really long time the thing about optics time was either you had a couple grand to drop on proper glasses or you didn’t…it was a chicken sh$t or chicken salad type scenario. But today the market for quality glasses has evolved and there are better choices for us all. And for this I am thankful.
For years I have been using a 30 year old pair of Bushnells that were my back ups to my fatty Leicas that were stolen out of my truck. So I know what it’s like to hunt with clear, clear, clear glasses…and what it’s like to hunt with the blur, blur, blur. This year I was introduced to Hawke Optics by Aaron errr…@theRusticman and have been oh so thankful. See…another cool thing about the twitterverse. Anyways, I picked up a pair of 10×43 Sapphire ED binocs right before the Missouri bow opener and couldn’t wait to see how they performed while tree bound. The very first thing that jumps out at you is the crisp view. Plain and simple. Are the 2K Swarovskis clearer?…you bet…as my bro @wstacymillerII (seen below) pointed/pimped out with his. But these Hawkes are close and can boast 1/4 of the cost of the high end glasses.
So instead of spending thousands on dumb stuff, I try to focus on things that are of real value…great ground, nice stands/weapons, quality food and great optics. Seems to be working for me and fellow #DBDS associate Dan Byers…or @danbyers11 as he’s know in Twitterwonderland. Heck this guy even wears his old sweaty lucky hat in the stand and kills deer unlike anyone I know. Yep, he hunts the wind. (stinky hat AND Hawkes seen below)
So I am writing this babel to say thanks to a company that brings quality stuff at a no-brainer price point…Thank you Hawke Optics for all you do and represent. Your people and your product are tops…SALUTE!
Till next time,