For 2013, Browning introduces the A5 shotgun with a 3½” chamber. This marks the first ever recoil-operated 3½” Browning shotgun. Five A5 models will be chambered in the new 3½”, 12 Gauge: A5 in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades, A5 in Realtree Max-4, A5 in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity, A5 Stalker and A5 Hunter.
The recoil-operated Kinematic Drive system allows the A5 to cycle a wide range of loads. The A5 features the Vector-Pro lengthened forcing cone and the new Invector-DS choke tube system to deliver tight, consistent shot patterns. To reduce felt recoil, the A5 comes with an Inflex II recoil pad.
A5 3½” models are available with barrel lengths of 26″, 28″ and 30″. Composite-stock models feature Dura-Touch Armor Coating that gives shooters a better grip in wet hunting conditions. The A5 Hunter features a gloss finish walnut stock.
The new Scout DX 1000 ARC laser rangefinder from Bushnell offers hunters and shooters a host of features that will help them identify and range targets quickly. The Scout DX 1000 provides accurate distance readings from 5 to 1000 yards with +/- ½ yard accuracy.
Featuring the new E.S.P. processor from Bushnell, Scout DX 1000 provides faster and more precise distance readings than ever before, including 1/10th yard display precision within 125 yards. Featuring the patented Angle Range Compensation (ARC) technology, the Scout DX 1000 instantly accounts for terrain angles to provide bow hunters with the “shoots like” distance and rifle hunters with holdover data in inches, centimeters, MOA or MILs. In addition, the rangefinder includes Variable Sight-In Distance (VSITM), providing shooters with holdover data based on a 100, 150, 200 or 300 yard zero.
With three modes of operation–Scan, BullsEye and Brush–the Scout DX 1000 is just as effective in the woods as it is on the open plains. And with a six power magnification optic, hunters and shooters will have no problem identifying and ranging targets at long ranges.
The rangefinder features a slim vertical design that’s protected with a rugged, waterproof housing. The Scout DX 1000 includes a neck strap and carrying case, and is available in both black and the new Realtree Xtra pattern for $299.99 and $319.99, respectively.
I was just an hour north of Orlando and not at any manmade attraction. Instead, I was in the middle of the greatest attraction of all—Mother Nature’s Great Outdoors–for the opening day of Osceola turkey season and looking to finish off my World Slam. Carl Wagner and Dave Erdman of Warthog Safaris graciously found Don Jacobs, a super turkey caller who agreed to hunt with me.
Bright and early, Dave and I met Don at his place where he had meticulously converted an old hog trap into a luxurious turkey blind with just enough space to slide a shotgun barrel through. Don and I took our places in the hog trap, while Dave took up residence in a nearby deer blind to film the hunt.
It was a beautiful early morning and we fully expected to hear turkeys descending from their roosts, but there was nothing. An hour later, we heard a couple of birds fly down somewhere off to our left and then we waited. Don made expert turkey calls, but we heard no answers. At 9 a.m., a hen appeared at the tree line and just skirted the edge of the woods, leaving us to wonder if most of the turkeys had either slept in or gone elsewhere. Just then, a Jake appeared behind us, then another, then a third, then a fourth and they headed our way, passing within a couple of yards of the hog trap. They hung around for more than an hour while we waited for a Tom to follow, but there was no Tom bonanza that morning.
At lunchtime, Don invited us to join him and his friends at the Buck Horn Ranch—an almost 100-year-old hunting club on a stunning piece of property. The club members, too, found that the birds weren’t talking much, and graciously invited us to hunt there for the rest of the weekend. We did so for the remainder of the day and saw a few birds, but nothing was talking and nothing would come to a call. Don, who had grown up hunting the Ranch and knew it like the back of his hand, decided our best chance for success was to return to the Ranch on Sunday, so we built another great blind after lunch, complete with a spot for Dave with his camcorder.
By 10 a.m. Sunday, we knew that the blind wasn’t going to work out, so we moved to “Plan B”–spot and stalk. We sneaked down roads and power lines for hours, trying to get close enough for a shot and, while we did see turkeys, couldn’t get close enough to one we were looking for. By 5:30 p.m., I was bushed, my feet hurt and I was turkeyless, so we decided to head back to the old camp.
Just as we drove into camp, about a quarter-mile away across a huge field, were half a dozen little specks. One was larger and blacker than the rest—a strutting Tom! Dark falls about 8 p.m. that time of year, so we hurriedly conceived a plan—actually Don did.
His plan was brilliant, audacious and impossible, all at the same time. We backed away and drove around to the opposite side of the field just out of sight. We were about a quarter-mile away from the flock and definitely out of sight of the birds with the wind in our favor and out of hearing range as well. From the truck, we traversed an open area about 150 yards wide to get to the next wood line. Standing side-by-side, offering up only one profile, we boldly inched our way ever so slowly, stopping and standing absolutely motionless every time they’d raise their heads.
Once we made the tree line, we quickly and quietly circled deep into the palmettos to a spot Don reckoned they’d head to roost. From there, we approached to within a dozen yards of the tree line and crawled toward the edge where I waited and Don belly crawled to the very edge. He whispered they were 70 yards out and 70 yards down from where we were and asked me if I could shoot from my belly. I nodded yes.
Dusk was already upon us; the turkeys—a Tom and five hens–were fast approaching. I belly crawled to the edge of the field underneath a large palmetto frond whose spiny edges actually touched the ground, screening me from the turkeys. As luck would have it, there was a small fallen tree lying on the ground just in front of me not five yards away, so I had to roll partially on my side to get enough height to be able to shoot. In the meantime, Don crawled another 15 yards into the field, holding a decoy between him and the flock.
The turkeys were heading straight into the woods and not toward us, and they were definitely not at a shootable distance. Don started moving the decoy back and forth in what was obviously a turkey enticing motion, then took his brown felt cowboy hat off and shook it at the tail end of the decoy, causing the turkeys stop their forward path to look at what is going on.
Don had his box call in his pocket and, with his movement, it struck a note. One of the hens responded, and they all started moving toward the decoy. The Tom must have been PO’d with his hens moving toward the decoy and actually gobbled for the first time! The whole flock was headed our way and I still couldn’t see a thing except for the mosquitos that were eating me alive. Don whispered, “Ready?”
Still unable to see the turkeys, I took the barrel of the shotgun and pushed the frond in front of me down ever so slightly so I could get a good view. The birds were right there (22 yards as it turns out)! At my slight motion, the gobbler thrust his head up and looked directly at me as if to say, “What the…?” The hens ducked, I shot, and the old gobbler started flopping on the ground. And then, quiet…well, quiet except for Don laughing his head off and both of us excitedly congratulating each other.– John McLaurin
Remington Arms Company announces the launch of 1816, a curated collection of field-inspired apparel and accessories for the modern sporting generation. Featuring exquisitely crafted materials and an unparalleled attention to detail, the 1816 line is inspired by the nearly 200 years of Remington hand-forged tradition as highlighted in the brand’s tagline, First in the Field.
Drawing from its Remington roots, the 1816 brand embraces the sportsman’s passion for the outdoors with refined sensibility. “The 1816 brand celebrates the Remington lifestyle with clothing and accessories designed for the field and beyond,” said Ross Saldarini, senior vice president for accessories and lifestyle. “We’ve combined the very best of Remington’s rich heritage with the modern tastes of today’s sporting generation. It’s a unique blend of history and quality that stands alone in today’s marketplace.”
The 1816 brand debuts with a preview collection available on www.remington1816.com. The full line of apparel and accessories will launch in September of this year. The collection will exclusively be sold online and via direct-to-consumer catalog.
“For generations, Remington has represented a sporting legacy passed down from father to son to grandson. Now we’re building on that rich history with the 1816 apparel brand,” said Saldarini. “The 1816 line is built around signature pieces that, like so many classic Remington products, will endure the test of time and be a part of family traditions for generations to come.”
A centerpiece within the 1816 preview collection is the 1816 Ilion Jacket named after the birthplace of Remington, Ilion, N.Y. Crafted of pure British Millerain waxed cotton canvas, its hued patina features a unique texture that provides resistance to the elements. Made in the USA takes on a rugged, modern look in the 1816 Denim Shirt. With micro-suede and chambray trims, it’s made right at home in El Paso, Texas.
Sportsmen will appreciate the 1816 Sporting Clays Vest with its attention to detail from the brushed mesh lining and microsuede-quilted shooting patch to the double front pockets, leather pull and custom rivets. Not to be outshone is the 1816 Quarter Zip Outfitter Sweater with three weather-resistant layers to protect against the cold, wind and rain. Plus, this beautifully designed wool sweater is just as comfortable going out to dinner as it is in the field.