Gear Up: Plano Rod Tubes, Barnett Vengeance Crossbows, Realtree MAX-5 For Waterfowlers

GON Staff | May 1, 2014

Let Plano Protect Those Expensive Fishing Rods

No, the dog didn’t eat it. The dog did, however, just step on the rod and snap its tip. And in the mere moments following, the canine became an entangled mess of monofilament and fur. You pull over to the roadside only to discover the worst: Your favorite fishing rod’s now broken and its reel stripped completely free of line.

But it didn’t have to be this way, says the indisputable leader in gear protection, Plano.

Plano has always been known for steadfast security of sporting gear—guns, rods and reels, tackle and more; so it’s no surprise they’ve gone and refortified their popular Guide Series™ Rod Tubes—already a topnotch pole protection product.

New for 2014 is the best in two-, three-, even four-piece-and-more rod protection; three fully secured Guide Series rod-tube models to protect your precious rod-and-reel combos. And they’re great for both the long haul to exotic waters as well as just-around-the-corner angling.

All Plano Guide Series Rod Tubes have been upgraded with an even tougher scuff-and-pierce-resistant exterior, each wrapped in PVC-laminated 1680D polyester, which fits snug over a sturdy reinforced polypropylene tube. Plus, there’s generous padding to shelter your reel.

The lineup includes a 64-incher (model 426450) that saves fly rods to 54-inch long case (model 425450) for spinning and baitcasting combos to 7 feet, and a 43-incher (model 424350) ideal for ultra-light rigs. All three sport a heavy-duty lockable zipper for speedy access, removable padded shoulder strap and luggage tag holder, and come in dapper khaki and copper tones. And priced in the mid $50 range, all models offer an economical investment against the dreaded damaged rod.

It’s a fact that more “accidents” happen within 25 miles of home than anywhere, including snipped tips and stripped line. But they don’t have to. Protect your rods and their reels with Guide Series Rod Tubes and you’ll never have another “stuff happens” or “better trip next time” moment.

Barnett Vengeance Crossbow Offers Less Vibration

The first crossbow to combine reverse draw technology with a lightweight CarbonLite Riser, the Barnett Vengeance boasts significantly less vibration and noise than a traditional draw crossbow without sacrificing speed or accuracy.

This reverse draw configuration shifts the center of gravity closer to the shooter’s body by moving the limb pockets closer to the trigger assembly, while the limbs face forward on the bow. This design arrangement drastically reduces the weight at the front of the crossbow, which is essential for a well-balanced shot.

A CarbonLite Riser assembly further reduces the weight by 43 percent, dramatically shifting the balance point to the shoulder without compromising strength or accuracy. The CarbonLite Riser combined with the reverse draw design provides the steadiest and most accurate shot possible.

Available in a carbon-fiber finish or in a high-definition camouflage, the Vengeance is available through retailers as a complete package with crossbow, quick-detach quiver, three 22-inch arrows and an illuminated 3×32 Multi Reticle Scope. Like all other Barnett Crossbows, the Vengeance is proudly made in the USA.

Realtree Releases New Camo Pattern For Waterfowlers

Introducing new Realtree MAX-5™—the hardest working camo for the hardest working hunters.

“New Realtree MAX-5 is the perfect multi-use camo for marshes, mud flats, agricultural fields, flooded timber, grasslands, prairie and other open habitat,” said Realtree Designer and President Bill Jordan. “Never before has a pattern offered so many natural elements and such a wide array of natural tones, shadows and colors.”

Built with waterfowlers in mind, new Realtree MAX-5 is filled with cattails, reeds, cane and grasses to blend into flooded marshes. Plus corn, wheat, oats and sunflowers to hide you in open fields. It has branches, twigs and leaves that work in flooded timber. And with open areas that mimic mud, water, bark and shadows, MAX-5 literally adds another layer of invisibility to camo—no matter where or how you use it.

All of MAX-5 pattern elements are strategically placed to create super-realistic tone, contrast and shadow. Viewed up close, MAX-5 offers incredible detail. At a distance, the pattern obliterates the human outline completely. The result? Maximum effectiveness for your waterfowl success.

Looking For The Ultimate Food Plot? Try Sweet Tea

As hunting season fades away, so does the available forage in our food plots. The bad thing about this is that spring and summer are when deer utilize large amounts of protein for does to produce milk, fawns and yearlings to grow frame and bucks to grow antlers. Additionally, when there is no food, deer stop using the plots. This hinders the effectiveness of our plots from a hunting standpoint.

“Sweet Tea” routinely tests in the mid to high 30s in crude protein; higher than iron clay peas, clover, alfalfa and soybeans. Sweet Tea is also much higher in calcium and phosphorous content. These levels are very important for growing antlers and bone.

Sweet Tea is a special selection of a perennial plant in the Mallow family named Sida that is highly attractive to deer. Of all the Sida acuta and other Sidas we studied, one stood out from all the others and seemed to be irresistible to deer.

Sweet Tea germinates when nighttime temperatures are generally above 60 degrees. In the Southeast this is usually some time in April-May through some time in Sept.-Oct. It starts very slowly and may stay less than an inch tall for a month or more. If planted in spring, it will likely reach browsing size by summer, but it is perfectly acceptable to plant it throughout the growing season. Summer is an ideal time to plant. Sweet Tea is perennial and will come back from the roots every spring and really grows like wild in hot weather when it is already established.

The Beast Is Rugged Yet Quiet As A Cat In The Woods

What makes The Beast different from any other electric hunting cart?

Let’s start with the features. Every Beast has a Jakes lift kit, knobby tires, hi-back seats, a front basket, hi-gloss camo dipped body (offered in several different patterns,) an onboard Delta-Q charger, folding rear seat kit. inset headlights and taillights, a voltage meter, brushguard with winch pad, heavy duty leaf springs and a cargo light.

All of the above features are standard items on The Beast and can be seen at your local dealer. Call 1-866-411-CART for a dealer near you.

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