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Zeiss Optics Introduces ‘World’s First Premium Crossbow Scope’

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM CARL ZEISS SPORTS OPTICS

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, the world’s leading manufacturer of high performance sports optics, is pleased to announce the world’s first premium crossbow scope, TERRA 3x XB75 with patented ballistic reticle.  The new XB75 2-7×32 offers crossbow enthusiasts the ability to determine aiming points from 20 – 75 yards in 2 ½ yard increments based on the chronographed speed of the bow.

The TERRA XB75 2-7×32 features all the benefits of German engineering and performance that you’ve come to expect from ZEISS, including uncompromising optical performance, all in a lightweight, extremely rugged, compact 1″ design.  The XB75 features MC anti-reflective coatings to produces bright, high-contrast images eliminating the need for an illuminated reticle.  Now you can hunt harder and longer by being able to stay on stand when the last bit of light is being squeezed out of the day.

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“This was a much needed product for the hardcore crossbow crowd.  Finally an optical device that has caught up to the high-tech crossbows out there. Gone are the days of being stuck with subpar optics for the crossbow enthusiast,” stated Mike Jensen, President of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. “ZEISS sets another major milestone by being the first premium optics company to launch a dedicated scope for the crossbow community.  Once again, this demonstrates our commitment not only to shooting sports but also to the sport of archery.”

The patented technology of the XB75’s reticle provides the ability to shoot distances up to 75 yards in 2 ½ half yard increments.  The scope has six separate crosshairs, the main cross section of each crosshair represents whole yardages (20 to 70 yards).  The dot in between each set of crosshairs represents the half yardage marks. The top and bottom of each individual crosshair represents the 2 ½ yard marks.  The top of the reticle wire protruding from the bottom of the reticle is the 75 yard indicator mark.

The scope’s ocular ring has engravings representing speeds from 275 fps – 425 fps and magnification from 2x – 7x. To program, simply mount the scope on the rail of the crossbow using high-quality rings, then set a target at 10 yards using the 20 yard (1st crosshair from the top) and shoot until you hit center, then repeat at 20 yards.  Once the main 20 yard reticle is sighted in, turn the speed indicator on the ocular to the manufacturers advertised speed (this may vary based on bolt length and weight).  Now move the target to 30 yards and sight in using the 30 yard reticle (2nd crosshair from the top).  Once the 30 yard crosshair is sighted in, the scope is now calibrated to your crossbow and all of the other aiming points will be correct. Crossbows with speeds over 425 fps and using a lighter arrow combination may require a main crosswire sight-in point of 30 yards instead of the normal 20 yards. This will require calibrating the scope at 40 yards to compensate for the flat trajectory of the crossbow bolt. The owner’s manual includes more detailed setup instructions.

TERRA XB75 is built to handle the most rugged terrain and challenging conditions, and is backed by the Carl Zeiss U.S. Limited Lifetime Transferable Warranty.

TERRA XB75 features:

  • Extremely low profile 1 inch tube design

  • 2-7x Magnification

  • 1/4-MOA adjustments provide 100% repeatability, click by click

  • Patented ballistic reticle with yardages from 20-75 yards

  • For crossbows speeds 275 fps – 425 fps

  • German Engineered

MSRP:   $444.43

Technical Data:

2-7×32

Magnification

2.3

7

Effective lens diameter

24.4 mm

32 mm

Exit pupil diameter

12.2 mm

4.6 mm

Twilight factor

7

15

Field of view (ft. at 100 yards)

46.5 ft.

13.5 ft.

Objective viewing angle

7.4°

2.5°

Diopter adjustment range

± 2.5 dpt

Eye relief

90 mm / 3.55 mm

Parallax-free

30 yds.

Square adjustment range

62 MOA

Adjustment per click

1/4 MOA

Center tube diameter

25.4  / 1 mm

Eyepiece tube diameter

41 mm

Objective tube diameter

39.5 mm

Coating

ZEISS MC

Nitrogen filling

Yes

Waterproof

400 mbar

Functional temperature range

 -13 / +122 °F

Length

11.5 in

Weight

13.4 oz

Subject to changes in design and scope of delivery as a result of ongoing technical development.

For more information on ZEISS’ award winning products please visit us at www.zeiss.com/us/sports-optics.

Editor’s note: Regulations on the use of crossbows as well as scoped crossbows vary by state in the Northwest. For more, see wdfw.wa.gov, dfw.state.or.us and fishandgame.idaho.gov.

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FishHunter Introduces Pocketsized Directional 3D Fishfinder

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM FISHHUNTER INC.
FishHunter Inc. introduces its latest portable fish finder that fits in your pocket, FishHunter Directional 3D at ICAST 2015, the world’s largest sport fishing trade show. FishHunter Directional 3D, a 5 transducer, dual frequency, Wi-Fi based fish finder that hunts fish up to 160 feet and leverages 3D rendering software to create the most powerful portable fish finder ever.
Making its debut at ICAST 2015, the world’s largest sport fishing trade show, FishHunter Directional 3D is a completely portable fish finder that packs the power of 5 transducers working at a dual frequency into a sonar that fits in your pocket. FishHunter Directional 3D features its exclusive patent pending technology to allow you to see picture quality renderings of bottom contour up to 160 feet below the surface and up to 200ft away.
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“Fishermen and fishing enthusiasts often spend hours trying to find fish and fish habitats and we have spent 2 years developing the NEW FishHunter Directional 3D to show you what your casting or potential fishing area looks like before you start fishing. Ultimately, our goal with FishHunter Directional 3D was to create a break through in the way that fisherman can view the information below the water surface and we were very excited about our ability to combine 3D rendering software and traditional transducer data to create views and features that no one has ever seen before,” says the CEO, Michael Smith. “Of course making sure that that it still fits in your pocket so you can take it anywhere you want to fish was still critical to our design plan.”

FishHunter Directional 3D fish finder provides Anglers with the ultimate versatility, featuring 6 Sonar View Options including the NEW and patent pending Directional Casting, 3D Bottom Contouring and 3D Bottom Mapping:

  • Directional Casting*

When you cast out your FishHunter Directional 3D sonar, this breakthrough feature powers up 5 transducers to provide a 360-degree view of the water beneath your sonar and tells you where the fish are located in relation to the floating sonar. By viewing the left hand side of the screen, you can see the depth and location of any fish present beneath your sonar and know where the best location is to cast your line to catch those fish. Select a specific transducer from the left hand display and see the bottom contour represented by that transducer instantly on the right hand side of the screen.

  • 3D Bottom Contouring*

We combine the output of 3 dual frequency transducers to give you the most realistic bottom view available today.  Leveraging 3D graphics software and the information from the 3 transducers, FishHunter is able to draw and incredibly realistic view of what the bottom structure looks like.  You can even change your angle of view with a swipe of the screen so that you can look down or across the bottom.

  • 3D Bottom Mapping*

Cast FishHunter into the water, enter its distance from you, then reel it back in and you have just created a 3 dimensional map of the bottom contour at your favorite fishing spot. Toggle on/off the grid overlay and know exactly where the drop offs are, their depth and proximity from your location.  Then GPS tag this 3D Bottom Map and save it so you can review it anytime you want.

FishHunter Directional 3D is amazing precise due to its 5 powerful, dual frequency transducers, operating at 381kHz and 475kHz.  The device has the power to reach and analyze to a depth of 160 feet and a 200 foot range, in both fresh and salt water.  FishHunter works in all marine weather conditions including ice fishing and works with more than 7,000 IOS and android smartphones and tablets.

Fisherman and fishing enthusiasts don’t need a cell tower connection to use the FishHunter but rather simply pair their FishHunter with a smartphone or tablet using Wi-Fi (which is 4 times faster then blue tooth) and then cast it in the water. They can then check their smartphone/tablet to see the bottom contour, water depth, temperature, and fish locations.

For more information, visit www.fishhunter.com

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Humpy Weekend Coming Up July 11-12 At Cabela’s Tulalip

If it’s an odd-numbered year, you can bet humpies will hit Puget Sound.

Every other summer, the pink salmon return in droves, and on July 11-12, Cabela’s Tulalip is hosting Humpy Weekend.

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With nearby Port Gardner and the Snohomish River expected to see 1.6 million of the snappy fish alone, the event is a great way for anglers to get dialed in to how to catch ‘em both in the saltwater and freshwater.

Humpy Weekend runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days at the store on the west side of I-5 between Exits 200 and 202.

 

MIA SHEPPARD, WHO HOLDS THE CURRENT RECORD FOR WOMEN’S LONGEST CAST AT 144 FEET, WILL PRESENT TIPS FOR SPEY CASTING AT THE EIGHTH ANNUAL SPEY NATION SATURDAY, JUNE 27, AT THE PINEVILLE BOAT LAUNCH ON THE SALMON RIVER. SHEPPARD GUIDES STEELHEAD TRIPS ON OREGON RIVERS AND IS ONE OF SEVERAL EXPERTS WHO WILL ATTEND THE JUNE 27 EVENT IN OSWEGO COUNTY.

8th Annual ‘Spey Nation’ Set For June 26-28 On New York’s Salmon River

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM OSWEGO COUNTY TOURISM

Hundreds of spey casting fanatics will celebrate their unique sport with expert instructors and equipment manufacturers on New York’s legendary Salmon River Friday through Sunday, June 26 to 28, for the eighth annual “Spey Nation.”

The informal gathering gives anglers who cast with spey rods the opportunity to discuss techniques, buy equipment, learn from the experts, and share their enjoyment of spey casting as a form of fly fishing.

MIA SHEPPARD, WHO HOLDS THE CURRENT RECORD FOR WOMEN’S LONGEST CAST AT 144 FEET, WILL PRESENT TIPS FOR SPEY CASTING AT THE EIGHTH ANNUAL SPEY NATION SATURDAY, JUNE 27, AT THE PINEVILLE BOAT LAUNCH ON THE SALMON RIVER. SHEPPARD GUIDES STEELHEAD TRIPS ON OREGON RIVERS AND IS ONE OF SEVERAL EXPERTS WHO WILL ATTEND THE JUNE 27 EVENT IN OSWEGO COUNTY.

MIA SHEPPARD, WHO HOLDS THE CURRENT RECORD FOR WOMEN’S LONGEST CAST AT 144 FEET, WILL PRESENT TIPS FOR SPEY CASTING AT THE EIGHTH ANNUAL SPEY NATION SATURDAY, JUNE 27, AT THE PINEVILLE BOAT LAUNCH ON NEW YORK’S SALMON RIVER. SHEPPARD GUIDES STEELHEAD TRIPS ON OREGON RIVERS AND IS ONE OF SEVERAL EXPERTS WHO WILL ATTEND THE JUNE 27 EVENT IN OSWEGO COUNTY. (OSWEGO COUNTY TOURISM)

“Spey Nation is a spey clave that offers the unique opportunity for enthusiasts and manufacturers of two-handed rods to gather in a streamside setting, and it lives through our actions,” said Geoff Schaake, president and publicist for Spey Nation.

“We definitely have a dedicated following,” Schaake added. “We love steelhead rivers, and we want them to be the best they can be. People who belong to Spey Nation talk about concepts like streamside etiquette, conservation, returning Atlantic Salmon to historical watersheds, and angler rotation…and we share our knowledge with everyone who listens on this special day.”

Spey casting is a fly fishing technique that originated in Scotland. Spey rods allow anglers to cast great distances using a double-handed rod and larger reels.

“The Salmon River is an outstanding destination for spey cast anglers thanks to its challenging steelhead fishery and its pristine waters,” said Dave Turner, director of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

The weekend kicks off with an international fly fishing film festival (IF4) at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 26, at the Tailwater Lodge, 52 Altmar St., Altmar. Short and feature-length films produced by professional and amateur filmmakers from all corners of the globe will showcase the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly-fishing.

Spey Nation begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Salmon River boat launch on Sheepshead Road, Pineville. Dozens of manufacturers, instructors and vendors that specialize in fly fishing will display rods and reels and related equipment. Presenters include some of the nation’s best-known anglers, including Mia Sheppard, who holds the current record for women’s longest cast at 144 feet, Travis Johnson, who holds the world record for a 198-foot cast, Jay Peck, Will Teryk, Michael Mauri, Andrew Moy, Lee Davison, and Walt Geryk.

Anglers may book private lessons with instructors on Sunday.

Admission is free. Several drawings will be held for a variety of donated equipment. Proceeds will benefit efforts to stock native Atlantic salmon in local streams through the Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club.

For more information on Spey Nation weekend, visit http://speynation.com/. For Oswego County visitor information and current fishing conditions, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com.

DAN RICE AND HIS 2014 SOUTH KING COUNTY-PSA DERBY-WINNING 20.85-POUND CHINOOK. (SKC-PSA)

Bigger Prize Pool At This Summer’s 14th Annual SKC-PSA Salmon Derby

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SOUTH KING COUNTY CHAPTER OF PUGET SOUND ANGLERS

The largest Salmon Derby in the Seattle Tacoma and Olympia Washington area will once again be held by South King County Puget Sound Anglers on August 1, 2015 at the Point Defiance Marina in Tacoma WA.

“We have increased the prize pool this year so that everyone has an opportunity to win” noted Derby Chairman Terry Wiest.  “The angler with the largest fish will take home at least $3500 sponsored by Larson Power Boats NW, the 2nd largest $1500 sponsored by Cabela’s and the 3rd largest $1000 sponsored by Denali Federal Credit Union.  In addition $500 will be awarded to the Puget Sound Anglers member with the largest fish. To honor our military new this year will be a $500 prize for the largest salmon caught by an active duty military or veteran. Youth 14 and under may fish for free and the youth with the largest fish will take home $300.  In addition there will be a huge raffle so everyone has an opportunity for a prize. The prize pool is over $25000. with top quality prizes guaranteed to at least 50th place.”

DAN RICE AND HIS 2014 SOUTH KING COUNTY-PSA DERBY-WINNING 20.85-POUND CHINOOK. (SKC-PSA)

DAN RICE AND HIS 2014 SOUTH KING COUNTY-PSA DERBY-WINNING 20.85-POUND CHINOOK. (SKC-PSA)

As a part of the NW Salmon Derby series each paid ticket holder will be entered to win a 21 Hewscraft boat fully rigged and valued at $65000.

The derby, which draws anglers from all over the Pacific Northwest, will have weigh stations at Point Defiance Boathouse, Des Moines Marina, and Narrows Marina. The main weigh station and awards ceremony will be held at Point Defiance Boathouse.

“This is our main fund raising event and supports our efforts to improve fisheries resources in the Pacific NW”  said derby Co- Chair Bill Lee. “Proceeds from the derby benefit fisheries conservation and youth conservation education programs.”

Tickets may be purchased at:  Point Defiance Boathouse, Narrows Marina, Sportco, Outdoor Emporium, C-J Marine, Auburn Sports and Marine, Sportsman’s Warehouse, and online at www.pugetsoundanglers.net.

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Bend To Host 50th Annual International Federation Of Fly Fishers’ Fly Fair

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS

The International Federation of Fly Fishers will hold its annual Fly Fishing Fair in Bend Oregon and will be celebrating “All Things Fly Fishing” August 13th thru the 15th 2015.  This event will be the largest gathering of fly fishers from all across the United States and the around the world.  The show is open to the public so everyone will have the opportunity to join in the fun and learning experiences.

The Exhibit hall is open August 13-15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., where vendors will display the latest products they have to offer to the fly fishing enthusiast; see tying and casting demonstrations, take free 15 minute casting lessons, hour long seminars and more. Other opportunities include a Women’s two day University, a 2-Day Fly Fishing Experience, and a Youth Camp.  Workshops will be available from August 11-15. For a full schedule of events and how to sign up, go to www.fedflyfishers.org and click on the Fly Fishing Fair tab.

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“It’s hard to believe we’re 50 years old” said Philip Greenlee President/CEO. “The International Federation of Fly Fishers was founded in 1965 in Eugene Oregon with our return to Oregon we come back to our roots. The week-long event will provide fly fishers the opportunity to “Experience All Things Fly Fishing” while also enjoy the fellowship of other fly fishers.”

Headquarters for the event will be in the Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center with other venues taking place through the area. The event will bring revenue opportunities to local businesses and boost the area economy.

More details will be provided as they become available.  For more information about the Fair you can visit our web site http://www.fedflyfishers.org or call 406-222-9369.

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Idaho Vizsla Breeders Have New Pups From Great Parents Available

Note: The following blog was submitted by Rich Koepplin of Idaho East Wind Vizsla.

By Rich Koepplin

What began a few years ago as a peace-keeping compromise at home has become a passion that has changed my upland game hunting forever.

I had suggested to my wife we should start looking for a new hunting dog. The reply I got certainly indicated I should start building a dog house, alright.

For myself.

We have kids now, so a new hunting dog has got to be a family dog too. My days of chasing a muddy Lab with a mouthful of duck feathers through the kitchen are over. A new pup would need to fit in with our lifestyle. It’s got to be something the entire family can get behind. It has to be gentle. It can’t be too dirty. Or stink… and so the list went on.

The ensuing exercise to document what we would all like in a new pup generated a list of traits that ran the gamut from Mother Teresa to General MacArthur. It certainly felt like creating a list of what we all needed in a canine companion was my wife’s clever way of making certain a new dog would never become a reality, without ever saying no. In reading the list out loud, it didn’t sound like any dog I’d ever met.

That was only because I hadn’t met Coho yet.

Coho fit the bill perfectly, as many Vizsla owners proclaim only their dog can do. Coho was intelligent, well-mannered, highly affectionate, and a fearless hunter with endless drive. He kept up with our active family and always provided an incentive to get outdoors. He was the perfect dog for each member of the family. And with his short-hair and lack of a “dog odor,” Mom approved too. The field champions in his bloodline told of hunting prowess long before he made his first retrieve.

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We knew right away Coho would need a companion. We also knew our family needed another Vizsla.

Options in the Pacific Northwest for this less-than-common breed are limited. Our search for Coho had taken several years to source locally. We felt compelled to do something different and special with Coho’s companion.

To us, that meant bringing bloodlines to the area that haven’t historically been available in the area. That search ultimately brought us to Kansas City, Mo., and the granddaughter of Lundy’s Red Bull.

As a National Gun Dog Champion and National Field Trial Champion, Bull is an incredible animal with a pedigree to match. We felt his granddaughter was the perfect match for Coho, and was exactly the quality of bloodlines we wanted to bring to the area. Friends jokingly refer to her as the assassin, fearlessly charging bramble after bramble for errant quail only to swing the pendulum completely back to her affectionate side – completely unable to sit, stand, or lay without physically touching you.

Now, so many years after suggesting a pup should be in our future, we welcome Coho and Pooh Bear’s first litter.

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They’ve produced a brilliant assembly of vibrant pups, each with all the potential to be as loving, affectionate and determined in the field as their parents.

Things have certainly come full circle, and in the end, I didn’t get the puppy I was looking for. I got ten.

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Note: For more on these pups, contact the author through Idaho East Wind Vizsla’s Facebook page, or call him directly at (208) 440-1795.

Winchester Issues Recall Of Certain SXP Shotguns

by Dave Workman

Winchester Repeating Arms has announced a recall on a limited number of SXP shotguns chambered for 3 ½-inch 12-gauge magnum shells.

According to the Winchester notice, this shotgun may, “under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge while closing the action.”

“Failure to return any affected shotguns for inspection and/or repair may create a risk of harm, including serious personal injury or death,” Winchester cautioned.

If you own one of the affected shotguns, call the Winchester Consumer Administrative Center immediately. Check your serial number and contact these folks for instructions.

This alert applies to the following models:

·         SXP Waterfowl Hunter, 26 or 28-inch barrel
·         SXP Black Shadow, 26 or 28-inch barrel
·         SXP Turkey Hunter, 24-inch barrel
·         SXP long Beard, 24-inch barrel
You may contact Winchester at 1-800-945-5372 or send an e-mail to: SXP@winchesterguns.com
AN AD FOR THE OREGON HUNTERS ASSOCIATION'S  GIG SHOWS FORMER FIELD ADMINISTRATOR TY STUBBLEFIELD IN HIS VARIOUS DUTIES. (OHA)

OHA Looking For New Field Administrator

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON HUNTERS ASSOCIATION

The Oregon Hunters Association is looking for an outstanding individual to fill some big boots soon to be left behind by our current Field Administrator Ty Stubblefield, who has accepted a position as Chapter Coordinator for the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, based in Missoula, Montana.

Are you equally comfortable at the Capitol testifying on important legislation and rubbing shoulders with Bigfoot in a wall tent at the OHA Chapter Workshop? You might be just the outfitter we need in our camp!

AN AD FOR THE OREGON HUNTERS ASSOCIATION'S  GIG SHOWS FORMER FIELD ADMINISTRATOR TY STUBBLEFIELD IN HIS VARIOUS DUTIES. (OHA)

AN AD FOR THE OREGON HUNTERS ASSOCIATION’S GIG SHOWS FORMER FIELD ADMINISTRATOR TY STUBBLEFIELD IN HIS VARIOUS DUTIES. (OHA)

For a job description and application information for this full-time position, please contact the OHA State Office at oha@ccountry.net. Application deadline is May 20, 2015.

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Ultra-Light Bino Harness Reviewed Favorably

THE FOLLOWING REVIEWS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED BY RICK YOUNG OUTDOORS, MAKERS OF THE ULTRA-LIGHT BINO HARNESS

Sports Afield magazine

There are several popular suspension systems on the market today for binoculars and rangefinders, but none like this one. Traditional suspension systems are bulky and restrict motion. Thick nylon straps trap body heat and cause perspiration and chafing … This new harness from Rick Young Outdoors is made of a lightweight cord that is compact and weighs almost nothing …

Chad Dolbeare, http://www.liveoutdoors.com/your-open-season-2/167609-this-years-best-product/

The Ultra-Light Bino Harness is a major league upgrade to commonly known bulky, restricting, thick-strapped binocular harnesses that have become standard issue in the hunting industry. The Ultra-Light sets a new standard with its featherweight design, ease of adjustability, quality parts, and flat-out comfort that your big, black strapped harness can’t even begin to touch.

Although its weight impresses me the most, it’s lightning-fast adjustability is really its shining feature. Unlike those black-strapped goliath harnesses that require removal for adjustment every time a jacket or coat is removed, the Ultra-Light is ‘layer proof.’ If you can scratch the back of your neck, you can adjust this thing in two seconds or less.

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Don Butts, outdoor writer

At first glance, I thought that the harness might be too flimsy to securely hold my Leica rangefinder binoculars. Using it quickly changed my mind. It is made of lightweight, round elastic cords and weighs only one ounce. The cords have more “stretch” than the normal flat straps. This extra flexibility makes it possible to wrap the cords around the bottom (objective end) of your binoculars to hold them firmly against your chest when hunched over or crawling.

The entire harness adjusts with one very simple, quick adjustment instead of the older design with multiple adjustments. There is also no central leather patch, so the harness with its small cords traps virtually no heat from your body. In addition, the smaller cords will not vibrate in the wind like the wider straps.

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 Chris Jackson, product user

Great product. I have been using the Rick Young Ultra-Light Binocular Harness now for a hunting season, and I believe I will be using next season too. I have tried many others, but like the inexpensive simplicity of this set up much better. It holds the camera tight to my chest, yet comes up easy to use.  Thanks for the video; I now have a few new ways to try.

For more information, go to Rickyoungoutdoors.com, and to see how the Ultra Light Bino Harness in action, check out this video.

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