Gear Up: Livingston Lures Crankbait, HSS NRA Harness, JEBs Chokes

GON Staff | May 3, 2015

Livingston Lure Emits Injured Baitfish Sounds

The revolutionary lure that Randy Howell used to win the 2014 Bassmasters Classic on Lake Guntersville is now available to the public.

These crankbaits contain a proprietary EBS technology that emulates natural baitfish sounds with the ability to generate more strikes even while completely motionless in the water.

Livingston Lures’ engineering philosophy is crossover without compromise; combining the details that count with advanced technology. Engineers and designers work hand-in-hand, committed to the creation of a fishing lure that will elevate the angler experience.

Even a quick glance at the carefully handcrafted surface of the lures reveals the true artistry within each crankbait. You’ll see the advanced sound and vibration technology that create an underwater ruckus—convincing even the most stubborn fish.

The lure that won the Classic can be ordered online for $15.99 at

Hunter Safety System Announces New NRA Vest

For hunters who enjoy both archery and gun seasons, Hunter Safety System (HSS) has announced a new NRA-licensed Patriot safety vest. This stylish, reversible harness features Realtree Xtra on one side and blaze orange on the other to allow hunters to use the same harness throughout the entire hunting season.

“We are truly honored to be working with the NRA on this project,” said Jerry Wydner, HSS president and co-owner. “We believe that through this new partnership, our combined efforts will help to educate a great number of hunters about treestand safety and the importance of being connected to the tree from the minute your feet leave the ground.”

HSS merged all of the best and most popular features from its harness line into the all-season Patriot. Made from Tricot fabric for warmth, comfort and water resistance, this material was also carefully selected for its ability to remain quiet while moving. A front zipper closure, removable binocular straps and four deep, billow pockets with magnetic closures provide storage and access to everything the hunter may need during a long day in the treestand. The camo side also features two strips of MOLLE-style webbing to attach extra gear.

The Patriot vest features the company’s new 1.25-inch upper-body webbing, tether and waist buckle, which provide a lighter weight and more snug fit. Like all HSS products, the Patriot offers extraordinary strength for complete safety and confidence while hunting or installing equipment aloft. Blaze-orange accents highlight the buckles and zipper pulls.

Weighing just 2.5 pounds, the Patriot is the ideal harness for anyone who enjoys hunting more than one season. As expected from HSS, the new Patriot comes standard with a lineman’s climbing strap, primary treestrap and a suspension-relief strap, which doubles as a deer-drag. The Patriot will be available at retailers nationwide this summer.

“A portion of the proceeds from each Patriot purchase will go to help NRA’s critical work in both hunter safety and safeguarding our cherished liberties,” Wydner said. “Be safe in the new Patriot, and know that you’re helping the NRA keep our freedoms safe.”

JEB’S Chokes Breaks Record At NWTF Championships

National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) staff and event shooters watched the 12-gauge Hunter Division record get broken three times at the 21st annual NWTF World Still Target Championships. By the end of competition, Bobby Sears had shot a 54 in qualifying rounds to set the new world record, and Bobby also won the division finals. Sears, who won the 12-gauge Hunter Division in 2011, used Winchester Longbeard XR ammunition and JEB’S Custom Chokes for the record-breaking shot this year.

“The weather conditions were not ideal, and I had not shot the Winchester Longbeard XR shells until a week prior to the event,” said Sears. “However, we knew the possibility to break records existed shooting the Winchester shells. It’s still pretty unreal to now hold the title.”

The Still Target Championships began as a way for hunters and the turkey hunting industry to showcase new technology and define best practices for patterning a shotgun and achieving ethical turkey hunting conditions.

“While titles are given in six divisions, the entire turkey hunting community benefits from the results of the shoot,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “New and experienced hunters can take what was learned and are then more likely to have quick, clean kills.”

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