Employee Spotlight: Martha

Here at U.S. & Texas LawShield, we care about the communities we serve because we are your neighbors, your friends, and your family members.

MEET MARTHA, PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR HUNTERSHIELD AT U.S. & TEXAS LAWSHIELD.

Previously working as a paralegal and writer, Martha’s love for hunting made her the perfect fit for the U.S. & Texas LawShield family. On an average day, Martha is busy creating content for the HunterShield blog, organizing events, and educating others on the benefits of HunterShield.

With over 15 years of experience as a paralegal, Martha comes with a deep understanding of how the law affects people on a daily basis. She has always loved helping people and working for U.S. & Texas LawShield allows her to carry that mission to further lengths.

She shares, “I couldn’t imagine a more important thing to be doing than being a part of an organization that helps others in the aftermath of exercising their rights. I’m super proud of being a member and even more proud that I get to work for such a purposeful company. I love educating others and I’m looking forward to creating great educational materials for hunters.”

When she’s not on the job, Martha is a passionate hunter and a strong advocate for the protection of our Second Amendment Rights. She loves the educational aspect of hunting and the opportunity to teach newcomers all about the sport.

“GUNOWNERS, NON-GUNOWNERS, VETERANS, L.E.O.S SHOULD JOIN U.S. & TEXAS LAWSHIELD BECAUSE THIS COMPANY CARES ABOUT PEOPLE!”

Because of her day-to-day involvement with recreational hunting and daily conceal carry, Martha finds the protection that she gets as a member of U.S. & Texas LawShield is a very necessary part of her life. As a paralegal, she knows how difficult it is to find a good attorney who is available and willing to assist you in your time of need.

Martha enjoys using different types of guns, but her absolute favorite is a shotgun, because of its many uses. Her first pistol was a Kimber Crimson Carry and her very first rifle was a Sako 7mm Rem. mag. The best advice she can give to a gunowner is to shoot often, get training, and get a U.S. & Texas LawShield membership.

The best self-defense strategy begins with self-awareness! Martha can never stress the importance of self-defense enough to the people around her, as she is a survivor of violent crime. Do not become a victim by being unaware of your surroundings. ALWAYS be on high alert.

Thanks to leaders like Martha, we here at U.S. & Texas LawShield are better equipped to support, educate, and protect responsible gunowners. Find out more about our HunterShield program and how to sign up for your own LawShield membership today.

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Are Peacocks the Next Game Bird of Florida

In Fort Lauderdale, FL., as Local 10 News reports, “Residents of a Fort Lauderdale neighborhood are warning that a woman and man have been hunting peahens and peacocks in the community.”

As you can imagine, the mostly “pro-peacock” neighborhood in Ft. Lauderdale is in an uproar.  Janet Swanson, a local resident stated, “I have no idea what would cross somebody’s mind that they would come out here in their truck to shoot peacocks”.

We don’t know either Ms. Swanson.  Shooting animals from trucks in residential neighborhoods is never a good idea.

However, as an avid hunter, the first thing that popped into my mind was: Peacock? How do they taste and where can I hunt them?

My curiosity was peaked, and I wondered, is it even legal to hunt peacocks in Florida?

After performing a thorough search of the web, I discovered that Blue Peafowl, are not considered wildlife.  They are classified by state law as domestic livestock, the same classification that applies to chickens.  (But, do they taste like chicken?  That’s the real question here.)

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, that means the state has no authority to regulate the birds. Instead, the task of making and enforcing laws about peafowl is up to individual communities. Each community may have its own rules regarding what a resident is permitted to do to remove or eliminate nuisance peafowl from the area. However, peafowl may find some protection under Florida’s state animal cruelty laws.”

Okay avid hunters, don’t book a trip yet, there isn’t a hunting season for peacocks in Florida. However, if they aren’t considered a game animal in Florida, why was someone hunting them?  Oh, the woes of Floridians.

Apparently, not everyone loves peacocks as they can be quite noisy.  Fortunately, there are alternatives to being arrested and going to jail for shooting a peacock down in the street . . .

You can either get permission from the state to poison them or just call your local authorities.  I’m sure these are the phone calls that make cops in Florida love their jobs: “domestic disturbance, peacock involved”.

Either way, seems like such a waste of a potentially great tasting bird and a beautiful mount.

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Is an Air Rifle on Your Christmas List?

“Texan” Air Rifle by Airforce Airguns

 

As the holiday season approaches, many of us recall “A Christmas Story,” the fan-favorite classic movie set in the 1940s about a young boy named Ralphie who tried to convince his parents and Santa that a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle would make the perfect Christmas gift. Of course, the adults kept warning Ralphie “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” Well, air rifles have come a long way since the Red Ryder BB gun Ralphie so desperately wanted.

Most of us remember the Daisy BB gun we used to target practice or to plink cans as a youngster. However, several companies have taken the concept of air-powered firearms to a whole new level, developing powerful big bore rifles suitable for hunting big game. Crossman Arms and Airforce Airguns are some of the companies that have developed air rifles capable of bringing down large game animals.

Can You Hunt with an Air Rifle in Texas?

In Texas, an air gun is considered a non-powder gun. Under federal law, air guns are not considered firearms due to the fact that their projectiles are expelled by the force of air, a non-explosive force, rather than by the energy created by the explosive force of gunpowder.

Only recently did Texas Parks and Wildlife Division (TPWD) permit the use of air guns to hunt squirrels, subject to certain restrictions. The air rifle must be designed to be shot from the shoulder, expelling a projectile, bullet, or pellet of at least .177 caliber (4.5 mm) with a minimum velocity of 600 feet per second.

It is illegal to hunt game birds or game animals with an air gun in the Lone Star State. If, however, the animal is a non-game animal (non-protected), such as a bobcat, coyote, rabbit, or armadillo to name but a few, it can be hunted with an air gun. Hunting exotics and other nongame animals, such as feral hogs, is also permissible using air guns.

However, the restriction on hunting big game animals in Texas may change next year.

Meet the “Texan”

A few years ago when TPWD approved air rifles for hunting squirrels, the possibility of allowing their use for larger game was raised. About the same time as TPWD’s decision, a company introduced a .45 caliber big bore rifle. Airforce Airguns brought out its “Texan” air rifle charged with 3,000 psi of air pressure, capable of firing a 350-grain lead bullet at 500 foot-pounds of energy.

The Texan uses an external air supply to pressurize the rifle. This technology is referred to as a PCP (Pre-Charged Pneumatic) system that releases pressurized air into the barrel to propel the bullet at a velocity up to 1,100 feet per second with 500 foot-pounds of energy, depending on pellet weight. It can be chambered in .45, .308, and .357 calibers.

The Texan proved effective in hunting feral hogs and exotic animals cleanly. In fact, the Texan was used for a demonstration of the lethal power of modern air rifles in bringing down big game for the benefit of TPWD. During the test hunt, spike bucks were harvested cleanly up to 120 yards.

Other manufacturers, began developing their own big bore air rifles. Crossman Arms developed the Bulldog .357 PCP hunting rifle ($850) capable of bringing down wild hogs, whitetail deer and “African plains game,” according to its website.

PCP air guns may cost more than a regular firearm, but the ammunition, typically cast lead, is reasonable and becoming more readily available.

Coming to a Hunt Near You?

Alan Cain, whitetail deer program leader for TPWD with a spike buck he harvested on a research hunt with an Airforce Airguns big bore air rifle. (photo courtesy Eric Henderson with Adventures Afield)

Crossman Arms petitioned TPWD to review existing regulations that limited the use of air guns for hunting with the goal of expanding the permissible game that may be legally hunted using big bore air rifles.

Today’s more powerful, big bore air rifles may find their way into the realm of acceptable firearms for hunting deer. In January of 2018, TWPD will conduct public meetings to review current restrictions on air rifles with the possibility of allowing hunting deer with big bore air rifle in the 2018 deer hunting season.

If that comes to pass, you can be assured that TPWD will impose restrictions on minimum caliber projectiles and muzzle velocity greater than is currently required for hunting squirrels with air rifles.

HunterShield Protection

One of the optional legal protection coverages available with a U.S. and Texas LawShield® legal defense program membership is HunterShield, which provides legal defense for hunters and anglers for criminal and civil violations of hunting laws. This is in addition to the “Legal Defense for Self-Defense” coverage included in the core U.S. and Texas LawShield membership.

Members with HunterShield coverage are provided access 24/7/365 to an attorney-answered emergency hotline experienced in hunting and fishing laws.

For more information or to sign up, call (877)448-6839 or click here.

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Deer Gear: Getting a Leg-Up on Deer Hunting in Pennsylvania

Deer hunting is unsurprisingly the most popular of all hunting pastimes. Whether you want to chase whitetails, blacktails, or muleys, you need gear to get started. Here are a few of our picks for a successful hunt.

Mossy Oak Camouflage

Yes, you could hunt in jeans and an old shirt; I’ve certainly done so. However, you increase your chance of success when you dress appropriately. A deer’s vision is attuned to predators. While they might not see the array of colors we do, they spot movement instantly. More importantly, they don’t need details to decide something—or someone—is a threat. Blurring your human shape into something less threatening is done with good camouflage.

Mossy Oak Eclipse is the company’s latest pattern and ideal for the darkness of a ground blind. Eclipse is a dark overlay of their popular Break-Up Country pattern and good for those who prefer the darkness of a ground or raised blind.

Mossy Oak is one of the best-known camo pattern companies on the market for good reason. They offer a variety of patterns for every region and season. After all, fall in Pennsylvania doesn’t look like fall in Texas. One of Mossy Oak’s popular patterns for hunting from tree stands is Bottomland, the pattern designed by Toxey Haas three decades ago. Today’s version is enhanced to more closely mimic the dirt and bark of nature and is favored by many hunters. The company’s newest pattern is great for ground blinds: Eclipse. Eclipse is quite dark and overlays the Break-Up Country pattern. Want to stay hidden in a ground blind? Eclipse is the perfect choice.

In addition to camouflage, when it comes to hunting in Pennsylvania, U.S. and Texas LawShield Independent Program Attorney Justin McShane says, “Orange is the new black, but the orange you want in this case is hunter orange, not the orange of a prison jump suit.” While good camouflage goes a long way, safety always comes first. Plus, in Pennsylvania hunter orange is the law.

Looking to bring home the venison? Dress for the occasion.

Remington 700

The Remington 700 CDF SF is one of many Remington 700 options and comes chambered in a number of calibers including .35 Whelen and .30-06. Whatever your caliber of choice, the 700 platform has you covered.

If you’re a rifle-season hunter—and even if you aren’t—you’ve heard of the Remington 700. With more than fifty years in production the bolt-action rifle enjoys well-deserved loyalty from shooters old and new. These are accurate, reliable rifles, and since they’re bolts, there’s the added benefit of not needing to worry about semi-auto restrictions. Model variations are as numerous as available calibers: the Remington 700 comes chambered in everything from .308 Win to 7mm Remington Magnum to .35 Whelen and everything in between (and beyond).

Undecided? Check out the 700 CDL SF here. It even comes in .30-06 Springfield. One shot, one kill.

River’s Edge Treestands

Don’t trust just any tree stand with your life this fall: check out the River’s Edge Tear Tuff XL Lounger tree stand. Armrests are padded and can be raised for added movement; packing the stand in is simple since it folds flat.

Hunting from a tree? Invest in a quality tree stand from a reputable company. Hunting accidents involving homemade, unsecure stands take place every year so do your part to stay safe by paying attention to detail.

 River’s Edge Treestands are designed by guys with backgrounds in hunting, design, engineering, and fabricating. They understand what hunters want and know how to do it safely. A well-made tree stand is a vital piece of equipment and is not the place to cut corners.

 The River’s Edge Tear Tuff XL Lounger is a favorite because it offers more than just a small platform; this tree stand boasts multiple features. From its ergonomically-designed, padded seat—complete with armrests—to its curved footrest, the Tear Tuff XL Lounger makes sitting for hours in a tree significantly more pleasant. It has a cam strap and lever-action attachment for quiet mounting and folds flat for easy transport.

 Prefer a ground blind? Check out their Landmark 6×6 Permanent Blind.

 

Alps Outdoorz Traverse X

Alps Outdoorz’ Traverse X is made for comfort, stability, and performance on day or brief hunts. The Traverse X offers plenty of storage space for food and water and also has room for the meat you’ll be packing out at the end of your successful hunt.

The old backpack you have stashed in a closet won’t get it done—well, assuming you intend to bring home meat. Properly constructed packs provide both comfort and performance. If you want a pack from a company with a solid reputation for those things and more, you want Alps Outdoorz.

 While Alps Outdoorz offers quite a few fantastic packs, it’s their Traverse X that comes to mind for packing meat on a day hunt. The Traverse X is manufactured using 1680 Denier Nylon Ballistic Fabric throughout for superior strength with Hypalon at stress points and spots that might experience strain from lashing. The waist belt has pockets for easy access and anti-sway straps for a secure load as well as space for clip-style holsters. Wing pockets are fleece-lined to protect spotting scopes and a rain cover is included. And when you do score a deer, it has a stowaway meat shelf, so you can pack out the resulting venison.

Leupold LTO Tracker

The Leupold LTO Tracker is a compact handheld thermal tracker ideal for both tracking your deer and finding it. And, of course, Leupold offers a full line of high-quality optics for your rifle of choice.

Maybe you’ll get lucky and your deer will drop right where he stood, but it’s far more likely he—or she—will bound off into the woods. Your deer can travel anywhere from a few to 200 yards depending not only on shot placement, but on its constitution and adrenaline. It may not sound like much, but once you’ve given a deer time to stop and pass away, those hundreds of feet in any direction become monumentally large.

Enter the Leupold LTO Tracker. The LTO is a compact, handheld thermal tracker weighing under 10 ounces and measuring 5.6” long. It has a temperature detection range of -40˚ Fahrenheit to 572˚ Fahrenheit, a detection distance of 600 yards, and a 206×156 thermal sensor. Not only does it function as a tracking device, it also makes a great little spotting scope with its 6X digital zoom.

Want to find your deer without a drone and a team of guys? Try the LTO Tracker.

 

 HunterShield Protection

Do you know the hunting regulations in your state? U.S. and Texas LawShield is here to help. Members of U.S. and Texas LawShield’s HunterShield program have access to attorneys for answers about hunting and fishing. Join today and broaden your hunting education as a sportsman while ensuring your hunting and fishing questions are answered by trustworthy sources familiar with the law. Learn more here.

By Kat Ainsworth, Contributor, U.S. and Texas LawShield Blog

 

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Special Report: 5 Things You Need to Know about FWC Officers

Just like kings and queens of old, the state of Florida claims as its own all the deer in the forest and fish in the streams. If you want to hunt, trap, or fish in the state, you have to do so by following the state’s rules—and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers (FWC officers) are there to enforce those rules.

It’s important that all sportsmen know what these men and women can do. Want to know more? Click to download the free Special Report, “5 Things You Need to Know about FWC Officers,” to learn about the vast powers FWC officers wield and how you can avoid getting snared in a legal misunderstanding.

 

HunterShield Protection

Let us share what we know. Learn the law from attorneys well-versed in wildlife laws, and gain access to up-to-date information you need to stay legal in the woods and on the water. Add HunterShield to your U.S. & Texas LawShield Membership today! Click here or on the graphic below to learn more.

 

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The Wait is Over–HunterShield Available in 18 States!

Just in time for hunting season, we’re offering hunters and anglers new coverage in a handful of states. Don’t get caught on the wrong side of the law.

HunterShield is now available in the following states:

  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania
  • Oklahoma
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Ohio
  • New Jersey
  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Kentucky
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Louisiana
  • Wisconsin

Let us share what we know. Learn the law from attorneys well-versed in wildlife laws, and gain access to up-to-date information you need to stay legal in the woods and on the water. Add HunterShield to your U.S. & Texas LawShield Membership today! Click here or on the graphic below to learn more.

 

What is HunterShield?

 

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Deer Gear: Getting a Leg-Up on Deer Hunting in Texas

Deer hunting is unsurprisingly the most popular of all hunting pastimes. Whether you want to chase whitetails, blacktails, or muleys, you need gear to get started. Read about a few items that could make for a successful hunt.

Mossy Oak Camouflage

Yes, you could hunt in jeans and an old shirt; I’ve certainly done so. However, you increase your chance of success when you dress appropriately. A deer’s vision is attuned to predators. While they might not see the array of colors we do, they spot movement instantly. More importantly, they don’t need details to decide something—or someone—is a threat. Blurring your human shape into something less threatening is done with good camouflage.

Mossy Oak Eclipse is the company’s latest pattern and ideal for the darkness of a ground blind. Eclipse is a dark overlay of their popular Break-Up Country pattern and good for those who prefer the darkness of a ground or raised blind.

Mossy Oak is one of the best-known camo pattern companies on the market for good reason. They offer a variety of patterns for every region and season. After all, fall in Wisconsin doesn’t look like fall in Texas. One of Mossy Oak’s popular patterns for hunting from tree stands is Bottomland, the pattern designed by Toxey Haas three decades ago. Today’s version is enhanced to more closely mimic the dirt and bark of nature and is favored by many hunters. The company’s newest pattern is great for ground blinds: Eclipse. Eclipse is quite dark and overlays the Break-Up Country pattern. Want to stay hidden in a ground blind? Eclipse is the perfect choice.

In addition to camouflage, when it comes to hunting in Texas, Independent Program Attorney Richard Hayes says, “Orange is the new black, but the orange you want in this case is hunter orange, not the orange of a prison jumpsuit.” While good camouflage goes a long way, safety always comes first. Plus, if you’re hunting on public lands in Texas, hunter orange is the law.

Looking to bring home the venison? Dress for the occasion.

 

Remington 700

The Remington 700 CDF SF is one of many Remington 700 options and comes chambered in a number of calibers including .35 Whelen and .30-06. Whatever your caliber of choice, the 700 platform has you covered.

If you’re a rifle-season hunter—and even if you aren’t—you’ve heard of the Remington 700. With more than fifty years in production, the bolt-action rifle enjoys well-deserved loyalty from shooters old and new. These are accurate, reliable rifles, and since they’re bolts, there’s the added benefit of not needing to worry about semi-auto restrictions. Model variations are as numerous as available calibers: the Remington 700 comes chambered in everything from.308 Win to 7mm Remington Magnum to.35 Whelen and everything in between (and beyond).

Undecided? Check out the 700 CDL SF here. It even comes in .30-06 Springfield. One shot, one kill.

 

River’s Edge Treestands

Don’t trust just any tree stand with your life this fall: check out the River’s Edge Tear Tuff XL Lounger tree stand. Armrests are padded and can be raised for added movement; packing the stand in is simple since it folds flat.

Hunting from a tree? Invest in a quality tree stand from a reputable company. Hunting accidents involving homemade, unsecure stands take place every year, so do your part to stay safe by paying attention to detail.

River’s Edge Treestands are designed by guys with backgrounds in hunting, design, engineering, and fabricating. They understand what hunters want and know how to do it safely. A well-made

 

tree stand is a vital piece of equipment and is not the place to cut corners.

The River’s Edge Tear Tuff XL Lounger is a favorite because it offers more than just a small platform; this tree stand boasts multiple features. From its ergonomically-designed, padded seat—complete with armrests—to its curved footrest, the Tear Tuff XL Lounger makes sitting for hours in a tree significantly more pleasant. It has a cam strap and lever-action attachment for quiet mounting and folds flat for easy transport.

Prefer a ground blind? Check out their Landmark 6×6 Permanent Blind.

 

Alps Outdoorz Traverse X

Alps Outdoorz’ Traverse X is made for comfort, stability, and performance on day or brief hunts. The Traverse X offers plenty of storage space for food and water and also has room for the meat you’ll be packing out at the end of your successful hunt.

The old backpack you have stashed in a closet won’t get it done—well, assuming you intend to bring home meat. Properly constructed packs provide both comfort and performance. If you want a pack from a company with a solid reputation for those things and more, you want Alps Outdoorz.

While Alps Outdoorz offers quite a few fantastic packs, it’s their Traverse X that comes to mind for packing meat on a day hunt. The Traverse X is manufactured using 1680 Denier Nylon Ballistic Fabric throughout for superior strength with Hypalon at stress points and spots that might experience strain from lashing. The waist belt has pockets for easy access and anti-sway straps for a secure load, as well as space for clip-style holsters. Wing pockets are fleece-lined to protect spotting scopes, and a rain cover is included. And when you do score a deer, it has a stowaway meat shelf, so you can pack out the resulting venison.

 

Leupold LTO Tracker

The Leupold LTO Tracker is a compact handheld thermal tracker ideal for both tracking your deer and finding it. And, of course, Leupold offers a full line of high-quality optics for your rifle of choice.

Maybe you’ll get lucky, and your deer will drop right where he stood but it’s far more likely he—or she—will bound off into the woods. Your deer can travel anywhere from a few to 200 yards depending not only on shot placement, but on its constitution and adrenaline. It may not sound like much, but once you’ve given a deer time to stop and pass away, those hundreds of feet in any direction become monumentally large.

Enter the Leupold LTO Tracker. The LTO is a compact, handheld thermal tracker weighing under 10 ounces and measuring 5.6” long. It has a temperature detection range of -40˚ Fahrenheit to 572˚ Fahrenheit, a detection distance of 600 yards, and a 206×156 thermal sensor. Not only does it function as a tracking device but it also makes a great little spotting scope with its 6X digital zoom.

Want to find your deer without a drone and a team of guys? Try the LTO Tracker.

 

 

HunterShield Protection

“The final thing you must have is an understanding of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code. Ignorance of the law is no excuse!” says U.S. and Texas LawShield Independent Program Attorney Richard Hayes. U.S. and Texas LawShield is here to help. Members of U.S. and Texas LawShield’s HunterShield program have access to attorneys for answers about hunting and fishing. Join today and broaden your hunting education as a sportsman while ensuring your hunting and fishing questions are answered by trustworthy sources familiar with the law. Learn more here.

By Kat Ainsworth, Contributor, U.S. and Texas LawShield Blog

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Special Report: 4 Things You Need to Know about Conservation Police Officers

Just like kings and queens of old, the state of Virginia claims as its own all the deer in the forest and fish in the streams. If you want to hunt, trap, or fish in the state, you have to do so by following the state’s rules—and conservation police officers are there to enforce those rules.

It’s important that all sportsmen know what these men and women can do. Want to know more? Click to download the free Special Report, “4 Things You Need to Know about Conservation Police Officers,” to learn about the vast powers conservation police officers wield and how you can avoid getting snared in a legal misunderstanding.

 

HunterShield Protection

Let us share what we know. Learn the law from attorneys well-versed in wildlife laws, and gain access to up-to-date information you need to stay legal in the woods and on the water. Add HunterShield to your U.S. & Texas LawShield Membership today! Click here or on the graphic below to learn more.

 

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Deer Gear: Getting a Leg-Up on Deer Hunting in Georgia

Deer hunting is unsurprisingly the most popular of all hunting pastimes. Whether you want to chase whitetails, blacktails, or muleys, you need gear to get started. Here are a few of our picks for a successful hunt.

Mossy Oak Camouflage

Yes, you could hunt in jeans and an old shirt; I’ve certainly done so. However, you increase your chance of success when you dress appropriately. A deer’s vision is attuned to predators. While they might not see the array of colors we do, they spot movement instantly. More importantly, they don’t need details to decide something—or someone—is a threat. Blurring your human shape into something less threatening is done with good camouflage.

Mossy Oak Eclipse is the company’s latest pattern and ideal for the darkness of a ground blind. Eclipse is a dark overlay of their popular Break-Up Country pattern and good for those who prefer the darkness of a ground or raised blind.

Mossy Oak is one of the best-known camo pattern companies on the market for good reason. They offer a variety of patterns for every region and season. After all, fall in Wisconsin doesn’t look like fall in Georgia. One of Mossy Oak’s popular patterns for hunting from tree stands is Bottomland, the pattern designed by Toxey Haas three decades ago. Today’s version is enhanced to more closely mimic the dirt and bark of nature and is favored by many hunters who hunt from stands. In the mood to hunt from a ground blind? Try the company’s newest pattern: Eclipse. Eclipse is dark and overlays the Break-Up Country pattern. Want to stay hidden in a ground blind? Eclipse is the perfect choice.

Looking to bring home the venison? Dress for the occasion but remember to wear your orange! According to Matt Kilgo, U.S. LawShield Independent Program Attorney, Georgia law requires it. “During firearm deer season, all hunters must wear a minimum of 500 square inches of blaze orange above the waist,” said Kilgo. This rule applies to all deer, bear, and hog hunters during firearm deer season and primitive weapons season, as well as anyone who may accompany a hunter.

 

Remington 700

The Remington 700 CDF SF is one of many Remington 700 options and comes chambered in a number of calibers including .35 Whelen and .30-06. Whatever your caliber of choice, the 700 platform has you covered.

If you’re a rifle-season hunter—and even if you aren’t—you’ve heard of the Remington 700. With more than fifty years in production, the bolt-action rifle enjoys well-deserved loyalty from shooters old and new. These are accurate, reliable rifles, and since they’re bolts, there’s the added benefit of not needing to worry about semi-auto restrictions. Model variations are as numerous as available calibers: the Remington 700 comes chambered in everything from .308 Win to 7mm Remington Magnum to .35 Whelen and everything in between (and beyond).

 Undecided? Check out the 700 CDL SF here. It even comes in .30-06 Springfield. One shot, one kill.

 

River’s Edge Treestands

Don’t trust just any tree stand with your life this fall: check out the River’s Edge Tear Tuff XL Lounger tree stand. Armrests are padded and can be raised for added movement; packing the stand in is simple since it folds flat.

Hunting from a tree? Invest in a quality tree stand from a reputable company. Hunting accidents involving homemade, unsecure stands take place every year so do your part to stay safe by paying attention to detail.

 River’s Edge Treestands are designed by guys with backgrounds in hunting, design, engineering, and fabricating. They understand what hunters want and know how to do it safely. A well-made tree stand is a vital piece of equipment and is not the place to cut corners.

 The River’s Edge Tear Tuff XL Lounger is a favorite because it offers more than just a small platform. This tree stand boasts multiple features from its ergonomically-designed, padded seat—complete with armrests—to its curved footrest. The Tear Tuff XL Lounger makes sitting for hours in a tree significantly more pleasant. It has a cam strap and lever-action attachment for quiet mounting and folds flat for easy transport.

 Prefer a ground blind? Check out their Landmark 6×6 Permanent Blind.

 

Alps Outdoorz Traverse X

Alps Outdoorz’ Traverse X is made for comfort, stability, and performance on day or brief hunts. The Traverse X offers plenty of storage space for food and water and also has room for the meat you’ll be packing out at the end of your successful hunt.

The old backpack you have stashed in a closet won’t get it done—well, assuming you intend to bring home meat. Properly constructed packs provide both comfort and performance. If you want a pack from a company with a solid reputation for those things and more, you want Alps Outdoorz.

 While Alps Outdoorz offers quite a few fantastic packs, it’s their Traverse X that comes to mind for packing meat on a day hunt. The Traverse X is manufactured using 1680 Denier Nylon Ballistic Fabric throughout for superior strength with Hypalon at stress points and spots that might experience strain from lashing. The waist belt has pockets for easy access and anti-sway straps for a secure load as well as space for clip-style holsters. Wing pockets are fleece-lined to protect spotting scopes and a rain cover is included. And when you do score a deer, it has a stowaway meat shelf, so you can pack out the resulting venison.

 

Leupold LTO Tracker

The Leupold LTO Tracker is a compact handheld thermal tracker ideal for both tracking your deer and finding it. And, of course, Leupold offers a full line of high-quality optics for your rifle of choice.

Maybe you’ll get lucky and your deer will drop right where he stood, but it’s far more likely he—or she—will bound off into the woods. Your deer can travel anywhere from a few to 200 yards after contact, depending not only on shot placement, but on its constitution and adrenaline. It may not sound like much, but once you’ve given a deer time to stop and pass away, those hundreds of feet in any direction become monumentally large.

 Enter the Leupold LTO Tracker. The LTO is a compact, handheld thermal tracker weighing under 10 ounces and measuring 5.6” long. It has a temperature detection range of -40˚ Fahrenheit to 572˚ Fahrenheit, a detection distance of 600 yards, and a 206×156 thermal sensor. Not only does it function as a tracking device, it also makes a great little spotting scope with its 6X digital zoom.

 Want to find your deer without a drone and a team of guys? Try the LTO Tracker.

 

 

HunterShield Protection

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Deer Gear: Getting a Leg-Up on Deer Hunting in Oklahoma

Deer hunting is unsurprisingly the most popular of all hunting pastimes. Whether you want to chase whitetails, blacktails, or muleys, you need gear to get started. Read about a few items that could make for a successful hunt.

Mossy Oak Camouflage

Mossy Oak Eclipse is the company’s latest pattern and ideal for the darkness of a ground blind. Eclipse is a dark overlay of their popular Break-Up Country pattern and good for those who prefer the darkness of a ground or raised blind.

Yes, you could hunt in jeans and an old shirt; I’ve certainly done so. However, you increase your chance of success when you dress appropriately. A deer’s vision is attuned to predators. While they might not see the array of colors we do, they spot movement instantly. More importantly, they don’t need details to decide something—or someone—is a threat. Blurring your human shape into something less threatening is done with good camouflage.

 Mossy Oak is one of the best-known camo pattern companies on the market for good reason. They offer a variety of patterns for every region and season – after all, fall in Wisconsin doesn’t look like fall in Oklahoma. One of Mossy Oak’s popular patterns for hunting from tree stands is Bottomland, the pattern designed by Toxey Haas three decades ago. Today’s version is enhanced to more closely mimic the dirt and bark of nature and is favored by many hunters. The company’s newest pattern, Eclipse, is great for ground blinds. Eclipse is quite dark and overlays the Break-Up Country pattern. Want to stay hidden in a ground blind? Eclipse is the perfect choice.

 If you are looking to bring home the venison, dress for the occasion.

 

Remington 700

The Remington 700 CDF SF is one of many Remington 700 options and comes chambered in a number of calibers including .35 Whelen and .30-06. Whatever your caliber of choice, the 700 platform has you covered.

If you’re a rifle-season hunter—and even if you aren’t—you’ve heard of the Remington 700. With more than fifty years in production, the bolt-action rifle enjoys well-deserved loyalty from shooters old and new. They’re accurate, reliable rifles, and since they’re bolts, there’s the added benefit of not needing to worry about semi-auto restrictions. Model variations are as numerous as available calibers; the Remington 700 comes chambered in everything from .308 Win, to 7mm Remington Magnum, to .35 Whelen, and everything in between (and beyond).

 Undecided? Check out the 700 CDL SF here. It even comes in .30-06 Springfield. One shot, one kill.

 

River’s Edge Treestands

Don’t trust just any tree stand with your life this fall: check out the River’s Edge Tear Tuff XL Lounger tree stand. Armrests are padded and can be raised for added movement; packing the stand in is simple since it folds flat.

Hunting from a tree? Invest in a quality tree stand from a reputable company. Hunting accidents involving homemade, unsecured stands take place every year. Do your part to stay safe by paying attention to detail.

 River’s Edge Treestands are designed by guys with backgrounds in hunting, design, engineering, and fabricating. They understand what hunters want and know how to do it safely. A well-made tree stand is a vital piece of equipment and not the place to cut corners.

 The River’s Edge Tear Tuff XL Lounger is a favorite because it offers more than just a small platform; this tree stand boasts multiple features. From its ergonomically-designed, padded seat—complete with armrests—to its curved footrest, the Tear Tuff XL Lounger makes sitting for hours in a tree significantly more pleasant. It has a cam strap and lever-action attachment for quiet mounting and folds flat for easy transport.

 Prefer a ground blind? Check out their Landmark 6×6 Permanent Blind.

 

Alps Outdoorz Traverse X

Alps Outdoorz’ Traverse X is made for comfort, stability, and performance on day or brief hunts. The Traverse X offers plenty of storage space for food and water and also has room for the meat you’ll be packing out at the end of your successful hunt.

The old backpack you have stashed in a closet won’t get it done—well, assuming you intend to bring home meat. Properly constructed packs provide both comfort and performance. If you want a pack from a company with a solid reputation for those things and more, you want Alps Outdoorz.

 While Alps Outdoorz offers quite a few fantastic packs, it’s their Traverse X that comes to mind for packing meat on a day hunt. The Traverse X is manufactured using 1680 Denier Nylon Ballistic Fabric for superior strength with Hypalon at stress points and spots that might experience strain from lashing. The waist belt has pockets for easy access and anti-sway straps for a secure load as well as space for clip-style holsters. Wing pockets are fleece-lined to protect spotting scopes and a rain cover is included. And when you do score a deer, the pack has a stowaway meat shelf so you can pack out your well-earned venison.

 

 

HunterShield Protection

If you aren’t familiar with the hunting regulations in Oklahoma, U.S. LawShield is here to help. Members of U.S. LawShield’s HunterShield program have access to attorneys for answers to their hunting and fishing questions. Join today and broaden your hunting education as a sportsman. Learn more about HunterShield protection here.

For example, we asked Robert R. Robles, independent program attorney, and avid hunter and fisherman, to make a few suggestions about the upcoming Oklahoma Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Deer Season. He said, for starters, that we might look at the Deer Hunting Season Regulations Fall 2017-Spring 2018, found at page 13 of the Hunting Regulations Handbook and also found online here. Since we didn’t have time to read the hundreds of rules and regulations, he agreed to help us with some important tips.

Here are some important dates, according to Robles:

  • Deer Archery: October 1, 2017 – January 15, 2018.
  • Deer Primitive Arms (Muzzleloading): October 28 – November 5, 2017.
  • Deer Gun: November 18 – December 3, 2017.
  • Deer Holiday Antlerless: December 22-31, 2017.
  • Youth Deer Gun: October 20-22, 2017.

Attorney Robles also said that:

  • Antlerless Deer may only be harvested according to a Zone Map found at page 17 of the 2017-2018 Hunting Regulations. Please review the zone map because it applies to hunts statewide.
  • Legal means of taking deer are limited to the following: Archery, Gun (includes Pistol and Shotgun/Slug) and Muzzleloader. Legal suppressors are okay both on private and public land.

Robles cautioned that a list of illegal devices for taking deer is found on page 13 and includes:

  • Fully automatic firearms, black powder firearms loaded from the breech, laser sights (unless the hunter is certified 100% disabled or legally blind), thermal tracking devices, and all light enhancement devices (including nightscopes) from sunset to sunrise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Kat Ainsworth, Contributor, U.S. and Texas LawShield Blog

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