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Striker Bows

Striker Bows' meticulously crafted custom bows are true works of art. Bow owners choose the type of wood and the colors of the inlays, creating individualized designs. All bows in the Takedown series include Action Bamboo Limb Cores. Super cool stuff. Mass-produced bows simply can't hold a candle to the craftsmanship.

Rick Ellis has been building bows since 1995. His shop is located in Minster, Ohio just north of Lake Loramie. Striker's 2013 show circuit includes stops at the Deer and Turkey Expo, Columbus, Ohio on March 15th through 17th, as well as the Eastern Traditional Archery Rendezvous in Coudersport, Pennsylvania in July.
You see full grown guys, sixty-years-old, getting their new bow, their new custom. They're excited, they're like a kid at Christmastime.
- Rick Ellis

The Striker sticker design features an intricate outline shape, carved to perfection by StickerGiant's die cutting lasers. We love to produce outrageous custom stickers that showcase the capabilities of our high-tech production equipment and pay tribute to our awesome customers.

Element Outfitters


It's Elemental, Dear Watson!

Well, it is ... if you crave spending your days in the great outdoors.

The idea for Element Outfitters was born from the need for an all-inclusive white water rafting site. A site where you can find white water rafting products, information, and most importantly all the gear you need for your next outdoor adventure. Since then, Element Outfitters has grown to include all four elements of outdoor adventure, carrying supplies, apparel and footwear for paddle sports, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, travel and outdoor hobbies. Element Outfitters is a family owned business.

Paul and Stacie, a husband and wife team, have spent the last decade running a local outdoor sporting goods store. Two years ago, they expanded and opened a second outdoor sports store and now they are expanding to an online presence.

The sticker is one of the most tastefully colorful designs we've seen roll out of our gigantic magical printer. Wind, Water, Earth, and Fire ... it's all there, with an awesome three-dimensional treatment that really makes it pop.

You're bound to uncover all kinds of gems while browsing their snappy site, like the GSI Outdoors 30oz Java Drip Coffee Filter...this little critter can brew up a hot steaming cup of coffee anywhere you can find some clean hot water ... which brings us to Element's extensive water treatment/purification and camp cooking pages.

Never mind if your idea of whitewater rafting is the water park at Great Adventure. Spend enough time on the site and you might find a strange desire to hit the road, open up a can of beans, pitch a tent ... and go rafting, for real!

10-8 Performance

When was the last time you met an honest-to-goodness gunsmith? Not a gunslinger, not a kid with a Daisy air-pump, not a poser thug with an over-sized weapon he doesn't know how to use, but a real person who actually makes a real gun. From scratch. By hand. Behold, the guy behind 10-8 Performance:
Hilton Yam, owner of 10-8 Performance, is a full time law enforcement officer in Florida with extensive experience working robbery and violent fugitives. He is currently assigned to firearms training and SWAT, duties in which he oversees the expenditure of almost half a million rounds per year. He is a team leader as well as the lead instructor for his team, responsible for providing training in firearms, CQB, rappelling, defensive tactics, and team tactics. Hilton is also responsible for RDT&E of equipment. He carries a 1911 every day on duty, and has spent a great deal of time examining what makes the guns succeed and fail. 10-8 Performance is a family owned and family run small business. All 10-8 sights and components are proudly made in the USA.

Cool work! But we have to ask, what's up with the lady on the bullet? Does she come with? And brrr!, isn't she cold? Quick! Somebody get that gal a blanket!


Guns and Coffee

Guns and Coffee

Guns and Coffee

So apparently this is a thing. I guess I'd know more about it if I had cable, because The Daily Show and Colbert have picked up on this whole brouhaha. It started with an anti-gun version of this parody of the Starbucks logo, from the Brady Center, who are urging Starbucks to reverse its decision to allow patrons to openly carry guns in their stores. But gun people, well, they don't like to be told what to do. And someone, I'm not saying who (because I don't know) replaced the question marks on the original design with stars, and gave the cowboy mermaid a happy face instead of an angry one, changing the whole vibe – from the question of, like, do you really want to mix these two things, to what is basically a celebration of high-priced coffee and the Second Amendment. And thus we have this sticker.

So what do y'all think about this? I print stickers, so I really don't have an opinion.

Gone Fishing in my Tighty Whities

Congrats to J - he was selected as our Fishing and Hunting story winner!

J sent me his fishing story last week, and I couldn't stop laughing as I read it. Stay tuned to the blog for another story or two, and we'll announce the winner tomorrow. Here's J's story:

I usually take a spring fishing vacation at the same lake each year. I hadn't made reservations at any resorts in the area, so I thought I'd take a chance at finding a place on the lake. They were all booked up, so I remembered seeing a sign stating apartment for rent by the week at the gas station - fast food place I'd stopped at on the way. The owner said he usually didn't rent this out by the week, but would until he got a permanent renter.

So he set me up in the apartment, and said if I had any issues I could just come into the gas station as he'd be there all night. Open 24 - 7 and on a busy northern Michigan highway, it was a far cry from the peaceful solitude of the lake I was used to. My fishing buddy hadn't come up yet and was going to show up within a day or two.That morning around 2 AM , I awoke with terrible heart burn and knew I had some antacids in the truck. I sleep in my underwear and half asleep made the bad decision of peeking out the door to see if there was any traffic.

Hell I thought, its almost as quiet as the lake, I can run out quick and grab 'em off the dashboard and be back in bed sleeping without blinking. When I reached the truck I heard the slam of the apartment door, and realized I'd locked the truck doors. Sprinted back to the apartment door to get my keys to find it also locked! It was one of those locks that turns from the inside but is always locked from the outside.

Panic struck, a car was now coming down the highway so I ducked down behind the truck to stay out of view. This gave me time to think of my next move which unfortunately was to go into the gas station and get the owner to let me into the room. So I waited until the coast was clear, and made a dash for the back entrance of the store. You can imagine the look on his face when I came in wearing nothing but a tank top and tighty whities. I was so worked up, I couldn't even think of a clever punch line which I would have normally used and said I got locked out! He quickly handed me a master key for all of the apartments and said he'd get it from me later. He wanted me out of there as much as I wanted to get back into the rental. Red faced I thanked him and with his jaw still dropped, I headed back to the room but not without fumbling with the key as a couple of cars went by.

When my fishing buddy showed up a day after, I made the mistake of telling him of my plight. I've never heard the end of this one to this day as 'ol diarrhea mouth told his girlfriend and all our friends, and is brought up at a lot of interactions. This is just one of the many good stories I have to share of fishing, kayaking etc. By the way, I have no picture to send, and lucky for you and the readers, who would want to see a picture of an old fart in his underwear!"