You may be coming from screw-in spikes and wanted an easier climb, and you’re considering the Lone Wolf climbing sticks. Or perhaps you have a hang-on stand and need the sticks for it, or simply wanted a better alternative to your current sticks. The Lone Wolf sticks are a solid option. Follow along to see why.
Light weight –
The weight is 2 1/2 pounds per stick, for a 10 pound total for the four stick pack (some hunters use 3 sticks, others 6 sticks). This is light enough to carry to your stand, or from stand to stand if you use more than one stand. Carrying both a stand and the sticks however, may not be that comfortable over long distances, depending on the type of stand you have, steel or aluminum.
Super portable -
The Lone Wolf sticks come in packs of four or three stacked along each other and cinched down with a strap. You can hang them onto a carrying strap (not included, but here’s a good option), and sling them over your shoulder to take them up the tree. On the tree, you sling them back in front of you to remove one by one and mount on the tree trunk.
Easy and quiet to set up and take down –
The sticks are mounted really easily using their tree straps. Put the strap around the tree, connect the loose end on the stick, and cinch in with a couple of pulls. The sticks don’t have to connect with each other at the ends, and will easily follow the contour of a tree thanks to the pivoting V brackets. The ease of setting up and take down makes the Lone Wolf sticks a great choice if you like to move stands around. Once you get the hang of it, you should be able to install four sticks in under ten minutes. The setting up of both sticks and stand can be done in under half hour.
Ridges on steps -
The steps are sturdy and have ridges on them for good foot grip.
The steps are reversible -
The steps can be flipped to left or right, which can be useful in various situations, for instance when you have branches in the way, or you’re trying to reach far to one side and need to have a foothold on that side of the stick.
Low profile on the tree -
The sticks aren’t conspicuous on the tree. Some people however prefer to have them blend in even more, and apply the next tip.
Connect seamlessly with Lone Wolf hang-on stands -
when these climbing sticks are nested together, they can be mounted directly on the Assault treestand or Alpha Hang-On treestand, in the specially designed points built-in for this purpose.
Made in USA -
Purchasing these sticks is a patriotic help to the economy.
Some owners complain that there’s a little bit of rattling when you piggyback the segments. As one user suggested, Lone Wolf could widen the connecting area and add sound-deadening coating on it. Perhaps in a future version. It’s impossible however to completely eliminate sounds from metal sticks. There’ll always be some type of thud when they come together. To go around that, some people prefer to cover the entire stick in tape (see our tip above).
I have only ever hunted with compound bows. I have owned three compound bows in my life starting with a ProLine, then graduating to a Jenningsand just recently my third new bow-a Mathews Reezen 6.5. The technology used in compound bows is amazing, but a few basic principles always hold true for hunting. Compound bows must be accurate, quiet, and reliable. Speed, vibration after the shot, grips, cams, and camouflage are all secondary and are what manufacturers use to sell high end compound bows.
Know that any bow set to legal draw weights for your state will kill a deer given the animal is within the effective range of the bow. I have killed deer with each of these three bows – however, I have created more shot opportunities with my last 2 bows as they have a greater effective range due to speed and technology.
Compound bows are available in a wide range of prices but they are really all built to deliver the arrow down the range – some just do it more efficiently, which makes them easier to shoot and also helps the bow deliver the most energy to the target. This energy means good penetration with broadheads and a better chance that the animal will be taken cleanly. Let’s review a handful of the features you will want to research before buying your first compound bow.
How does it feel?
The feel of a compound bow is measured in a lot of different ways. The vibration and jump of the bow in your hand after the shot can range a great deal from one compound bow to the next. Ideally you will get the best accuracy from a bow that is easy to handle at the shot which means low vibration and no jump. The weight of the bow is critical even though we may only be talking about a few ounces. Holding the bow at full draw for any period of time can make those few ounces feel much heavier.
Rangermade’s deer hunting checklist – what to pack for deer hunting and why
I got a couple of requests over the last months asking me to put together a checklist of items that I’d take with me out in the field when I go deer hunting.
This is more for the younger guys and girls who are getting into deer hunting for the first time. I know when I got into it, my father wasn’t really into deer hunting, he actually wasn’t a hunter at all, he didn’t have any firearms. It was really my uncle who took me hunting for the first time, kinda introduced me, but didn’t explain to me at all what to take along, what’s important, what’s not important, what goes in the bag, what’s dead weight. So I thought for you the younger guys and girls, who are just starting out, maybe have gone out one or two times, and really want to know, ‘hey what do you take along with you?’. So here is my deer hunting checklist for you.
1. The backpack
I use a rather old backpack that’s been faithful to me over time, it’s more the bug out type bag, really simple, with four spots where you can hold things: one main compartment, one front pocket, a front bottle pocket, and a side mesh pocket. Oh, and the little tuck-in pocket on the front of the front pocket to hold a map or something flat or small items like twist ties etc. That makes five spots to hold things in. Really simple bag, nothing fancy about it. But even the fancier backpacks have very much the same divisions: one or two large compartments, and one or two front pockets. If you want to check out the newest in specialized hunting backpacks, check out Rangermade’s hunting backpack reviews page. Or for a more general type of pack, check out the tactical backpack page.
2. What I put in the front pocket
Usually this is zippered and the zip comes out all the way. I keep here a spare set of gloves of the furry type for cool weather. One thing I found out about them this year (you learn something new about your gear all the time) was, I was trying to flip the tank safety on my truck and found it a bit slippery, so I went more towards the tactical or shooting type of gloves, with a gripping surface. I got a pair of those. Even a pair of mechanics gloves would work.
RangerMade asked me to write about tent camping in the mountains. I have to confess right away that at this time I don’t even own a tent! I used to have one of the best tents on the planet, The North Face VE 25, but I had to sell it in Mendoza, right after an expedition on Aconcagua, since I was penniless and still had a full week ahead of me to spend on Argentinian soil.
On my return home, I got myself the cheapest tent at Walmart for a seashore stay with friends, but I’d only recommend that if you needed a disposable tent.
So it’s not tents I am going to talk about here, instead I’d like to take this article to the next level: I’m going to talk about sleeping in the bivouac!
In order to go on trips of several days in various locations you need a suitable backpack. Modern backpacks (with inner frame)-compared to old-style ones (with external frame)-are ergonomically designed to be comfortable, efficient, and provide good balance for the carrier. These advantages bring added safety to those who go on mountain hikes, whether for a day or longer.
Modern backpacks have an inside frame, with one or more bars made of aluminum. Whether you are a hiker, skier or climber, this kind of reinforcement helps you maintain your balance more easily on rough terrain.
For overnight trips it’s enough to have a 30-40 liter backpack, but for a three-day tour you need a backpack with a capacity of 40-50 liters. Some models can reach 100 liters. Beware, however, that as a rule the larger backpack, the more weight you carry. Consider your real needs carefully. Rucksack size choice is very important.
1. Backpacks with inner framing
Large volume backpacks, used on trips of two or more days, are necessarily backpacks with a rigid back. This means that the back of the rucksack is stiffened with a metal bar, which causes the weight to be transmitted to the hip, the most enduring part of the body.
This is a nice compact solar panel with AA battery pack with attachment to charge AAA, plug in a USB, or 12v. Comes with four AA batteries. I have been charging on this for little over a month I have charged a kindle, a tablet, cell phone, a portable fan and supplied batteries as well as other brands of NiMH. I really like it because it’s small and can go anywhere. For maximum charging it must be angled with the sun, I usually prop it up anyway because I hide the things I am charging behind it to keep them from heating up. It will still charge from other angles but direct facing is the best.
It charges up batteries in a few hours, great for hiking with GPS. Cell phones still don’t reach some areas, so GPS standalone is still important to me. Not having to carry lots of extra batteries is a relief. I backpack multiple days out and every pound counts sometimes. I like the fact that the notes about charging are written on the charger – you can’t get confused as to where your batteries are in the charging stage.
If you ever wanted to own a backpack that’s the same as the ones used by the Marine Corps, then this is it. This is the second generation USMC ILBE, produced by Arc’teryx, and comes with the detachable assault pack.
This pack is one of the best I have ever used and costs much less than others of similar construction. It includes: main rucksack, assault pack, hip belt, hydration system, radio pouch. The exterior Molle webbing is a big plus over comparable framed “civilian” packs which usually cost at least twice than this one costs. And price has dropped lately. These can be bought now in the range of $169-$199.
If you are doing a BOB (Bug out Bag), this is a great choice because of the size and how well the bag is made. The extra ammo pouch is excellent if you have to set up a base camp and need a day bag and do not have to carry all of your stuff.
The quality of the materials and the fit and finish are beyond compare. The main pack is huge and can be used as one open space or sectioned off into two compartments. The assault pack is much smaller and can be used either attached to the main pack or used separately since it also has shoulder straps. The radio pouch can be taken out or used to store some smaller items.
The X-Tour Protector Bivy Tent is one of the best bivy tents or sacks out there, even though it is not cheap. But if you want a bivy tent that sets up in a jiffy right in time for the night, then the Protector is a great solution for camouflaged sleep in the outdoors!
The Protector is the civilian variant, while the Observer is the military version, which also costs significantly more. The differences in the Observer are that, the bottom is also made of Gore -Tex, and the material is anti- IR coated.