FISH & GAME GEAR

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May 25, 2016
INDUSTRY INSIDER
May 25, 2016

Easily Mount Your Trophies Euro-Style

SkullHooker has revolutionized the way hunters can display their European skull-mount trophies with its affordable, stylish and easy do-it-yourself bracket system. No matter what your trophy may be the Skullhooker’s patented Little Hooker and Big Hooker mounting solutions have you covered.

SkullHooker European
skull mount.

The Little Hooker skull hanger is designed specifically for small to mid-sized skulls including, all deer species, hogs, aoudad, alligator, black bear, cats, antelope and exotic medium-size game such as gazelle, impala and others. The Big Hooker holds large to extra-large sized skulls including, elk, bison, moose, caribou, grizzly/brown/polar bears, domestic steer and other exotic larger game such as kudu, giraffe, wildebeest, oryx, stag and Cape buffalo. Either one can be assembled in a matter of minutes with no permanent alterations to your skull. Simply attach the wall plaque to a wall stud with the supplied screws, insert the mounting arm studs into the wall-plaque’s pivot rings, attach the prong to the mounting arm in any one of 12 adjustment angles, lower the skull onto the center prong—the Big Hooker comes with a second prong for extra-large skulls—through the spinal opening, and you’re finished. Adjustments and changes to the angle can be made at any time.

Each SkullHooker mount is constructed of heavy-gauge steel, rustically powder coated in either Robust Brown or Graphite Black for a simple yet stylish display of your trophy. The Little Hooker and Big Hooker are available at retailers nationwide or conveniently online at www.skullhooker.com for suggested retail prices of $34.99 and $59.99, respectively.

Winchester Releases 572 

Winchester Smokeless Propellants, the powder For Loading Professionals is excited to announce the release of Winchester 572, a new Ball Powder available immediately in one-pound (1lb), four-pound (4lb) and eight-pound (8lb) containers at quality reloading powder dealers. This new propellant is strategically designed and manufactured to perform multiple powder functions: 

Winchester
572 propellant.

• Allows duplication of the famous Winchester 28-gauge AA target load

• Perfect for the original Winchester 3¼ dram equivalent, 1330 fps, 1¼ oz, 12-gauge upland game load

• Provides top-quality 1200 fps target loads in both 28- and 20-gauge, with all popular reloading components

• Showing off its versatility, can be used in shotshell field loads from 12-gauge to 28-gauge and handgun applications such as 380 Auto, 9MM Luger, 38 Special and 45 ACP. 

To obtain complete load data for this versatile and useful propellant vist the Hodgdon Reloading Data Center online at HodgdonReloading.com. 

Wheel Well Guards

All-weather guards protect wheel wells from dirt, salt, rocks, rust and decay.

Husky Liners Wheel Well Guards cover, protect and boost the appearance of your truck’s wheel wells.  Made from a durable, impact resistant all-weather material, the Wheel Well Guards protect from rust and decay caused by rocks, dirt, salt, and debris. Stopping the rage of the road in its tracks.Best of all, they are ridiculously easy to clean. Just spray them down and they’ll be good as new. Who’d of thought a wheel well could look so sexy? This product features tough and durable impact resistant thermoplastic and is easy to install. The Wheel Well Guard also comes with a No Hassle Lifetime Guarantee and is designed and manufatured in the U.S.A.

Visit HuskyLiners.com for more details.

MINOX Spotting Scope has Angled Eyepiece

For the dedicated nature observer and birder a high quality spotting scope is an essential tool. To meet that need, MINOX has extended its range of spotting scopes with the MD 88 W APO model, which has an angled eyepiece.

Minox MD88 APO spotting scope with angled eyepiece.

The MD 88 W APO provides core MINOX features: compactness, quality and precision. Equipped with a steplessly adjustable eyepiece with 20 to 60 times magnification it offers maximum flexibility.

Fitted with a very high quality and extremely powerful optical system that features high-resolution, apochromatically corrected special glass and multicoating of the lens surface, the MD 88 W APO provides an exceptionally brilliant image, rich in contrast with natural color rendition. The high quality APO technology delivers a color-fringe-free image with a resolution that brings out the smallest detail, even into twilight. 

Another feature is the integrated eyepiece that permits the observation of far-off objects in an amazing magnification, and details are experienced in high resolution and image quality.

The dual focus system allows an exceptional ease of use. With the gross focus adjustment ring, the user can first focus quickly on the object in view and then use the fine focus ring in a second step for fine tuning.

With a rotating tripod mount, the MINOX spotting scope can be conveniently turned on its longitudinal axis and fixed with ease – also making the new MD 88 W APO a perfect and essential tool for target shooting. Other equipment features include a practical lens hood that can be pulled out quickly and easily to provide protection against undesired glare from sunlight, and it all comes with an ever-ready case.

When developing the new MD 88 W APO, wishes of digiscoping enthusiasts were also taken into account. This resulted in integration of a bayonet on the eyepiece for a camera adapter, so this scope can be connected to any commercially available digital camera.

The MINOX MD 88 W APO is extremely robust, shock-resistant and watertight up to a depth of 16’5”. Suggested retail price for the new spotting scope is $1,799.

For more information visit Minox.com.

   

KastKing Charts New Course with Rover Series

KastKing, an ICAST award-winning division of Eposeidon, Inc. www.eposeidon.com located on Long Island, New York, has introduced a new round conventional baitcasting reel for the professional fishing charter market – the KastKing Rover B Charter Captain Special.

KastKing
Rover

The KastKing Rover B Charter Captain Special series in 40, 50, and 60 sizes comes without a level-wind line guide and are equipped with 6 premium shielded stainless steel ball bearings, carbon fiber drag washers instant-stop anti reverse, 5.3:1 gear ratio, precision machined brass gears, centrifugal brake, hard anodized aluminum alloy spool and side plates, stainless steel components, and line-out alarm clicker.

“We have met with many fishing guides and captains around the country for their input. Our objectives were to help them keep their operating costs down and provide durable tackle, which also translates to savings,” says Tom Gahan, Marketing Director at Eposeidon, Inc. “We originally set the stage with KastKing braided line. It sells for less than half of competing brands and is as good as or better than anything out there. It will be the same for the KastKing Rover.  We are not the first to have a non-levelwind reel. But, we can safely say we’re the first to offer a quality reel of this type at this price point with so many features such as carbon fiber drag. We listened to the professional fishing public, and the KastKing Rover Charter Captain’s Special is the result.”

 The all new KastKing Rover, has several upgrades from the original RXA model with all new and improved features including: carbon fiber drag washers, centrifugal brake,  hardened stainless steel main shaft, non-slip foam grips on dynamic strengthened handles, reinforced side plates, and an ergonomic  thumb release line out bar. Rover is also available with a level-wind line guide in all sizes for those who want that feature. Rover reels are available right or left-handed models and are saltwater approved.

  “I chose the 60 size for fishing off the East End of Long Island where I commonly use  eight-ounces of sinker weight when bottom fishing. The KastKing Rover B 60 should be perfect for inshore work on saltwater species such as fluke, sea bass, and porgies. In addition, this reel should have no problem with school sized stripers, bluefish, and also redfish and large catfish,” says Capt. Tom Mikoleski of Grand Slam Charters in Montauk, NY and author of  Bass Buff- A Striper Fishing Obsession Guide. “The reason for the ‘no level wind’ is twofold. Firstly, it’s something else that can break, and in addition, newbies can very easily get their fingers pinched between the level wind guide and the frame when using a level wind reel. Now this can’t happen. It’s a safety factor for clients.” 

 KastKing Rover will be initially available  through Amazon.com/KastKing  and other online retailers. MSRP ranges from $62.98 to $67.98 for 40, 50, and 60 sizes and will be discounted to sell in the mid-$40 to mid-$50 range based on size.

Effortless Slide Racking

Handi-Racker is one effortless way to rack the slide on most any semi-auto pistol. Yes, most of us can rack a slide with our hands. But for those with arthritis, weak or small hands, or who may be disabled (even missing an appendage), slide operation can be difficult or impossible! Handi-Racker makes these problems disappear.

Handi-Racker makes it easier for people with limited use of their hands to rack the slide on any semi-auto pistol.

Simply place the Handi-Racker atop the slide and place the front of the Handi-Racker against any firm surface and push the pistol forward and the slide is effortlessly functioned.

   The Handi-Racker also makes it effortless to clear a hard-stuck jam, and when disassembling or reassembling, Handi-Racker makes it easy to hold the slide rearward while removing or replacing pins and/or levers. And of course, it makes it easier to lock a slide back on a heavy-spring pistol.

 CNC machined from an extruded block of high-density, tough-as-nails pistol finish-protecting polyethylene, the patented Handi-Racker is designed for many years of hard use. Handi-Racker comes in two sizes that fit 90 percent of the most popular semi-automatics currently manufactured. Pick the one you need at www.handiracker.com. (Note: The popular Beretta 92 series requires a separate model due to its exposed barrel construction.)

Handi-Racker CEO Chris McAnich says, “Look at it this way — you probably have power steering in your car, so think of the Handi-Racker as power steering for pistols; less work, more fun.”

Visit handi-racker.com for additional information.

Sightmark HX Riflescopes

In 2016, Sightmark launched its new Core HX hunting series of riflescopes aimed at providing hunters with an optic designed specifically for the game they pursue. Designed in the heart of Texas, the Sightmark Core HX series of riflescopes are engineered to be a reliable match for the modern hunter.

Sightmark Core HX riflescope.

With distinct reticle options, this line features three new deer hunting scopes and one designed specifically for hog hunters. The four new Sightmark riflescopes include the Core HX 2-7×32 HHR Hog Hunter Riflescope, the Core HX 3-9×40 VHR Venison Hunter Riflescope, the Core HX 4-16x44AO VHR Venison Hunter Riflescope, and the Core HX 6-24x50AO VHR Venison Hunter Riflescope.

Designed specifically for hunting feral hogs, the Core HX 2-7×32 HHR is a reliable optical system that offers a wide field of view for fast shooting on moving targets. There are few tools in a deer hunter’s arsenal more important than a reliable riflescope. Crafted for seasons of accuracy, the Core HX 3-9×40 VHR, 4-16x44AO VHR, and 6-24x50AO VHR provide deer hunters with a range-finding BDC reticle that works with a variety of hunting calibers.

Each scope in the Core HX series is constructed from a single piece of durable aircraft-grade aluminum to withstand the most punishing conditions and are shockproof, fogproof, and waterproof. For more information on the Sightmark Core HX line of riflescopes, visit sightmark.com. 

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