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CRKT Introduces Two New Hoists For Big Game Hunters


CRKT breaks new ground in the hunting category with two hoists that lock things high above it.

The company announced that it is extending its offering in the hunting category with the Hoist’N Lok Tree Stand Hoist and Hoist‘N Lok Big Game Hoist designed by professional hunting guide, Russ Kommer. Using a unique, and now patented*, locking system, they’ll provide greater safety and ease of use for hunters everywhere.


The hoists feature a patented lobe mechanism on the pulley that locks the rope into place by simply moving the rope to the side and letting the rope slide up and lock. No looking for something to attach it to. No tying it down with one hand. More importantly, no letting go of your tree stand or game as you try to move it into place.

The Tree Stand version comes with a capacity rating of 100 lbs. (45.3 kg) and a hoist that easily mounts to a tree. Which means hunters can be more efficient and safer with this new hoisting option.


The Big Game version comes with a capacity rating of 500 lbs. (226.8 kg) so it can handle the largest of deer. It’s also equipped with a carabiner and a gambrel for a complete kit for hoisting up your trophy game.

Kommer, a long time professional hunting guide, said the products were born out of a safe and simple solution to a very common hoisting problem. Simply put, “where to tie off”. “Well, now you don’t have to tie off at all, just hoist and lock”.

This patented new hoisting system again proves CRKT is the one company willing to take a chance on an entire new design and drive true innovation in the hunting category.

The Hoist ‘N Lok Tree Stand Hoist manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $59.99.

The Hoist ‘N Lok Big Game Hoist manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $59.99.

*U.S. Patent No. 8,596,615


The Hoist ‘N Lok Big Game Hoist

SKU:                       HOIST 1

Specs:                      1 6061 Aluminum Lobed Pulley Wheel

CNC Machined Knurling on Pulley Wheel for Secure Lockup

3 POM Plastic Pulley Wheels

Powder Coated Steel Housing

Grade 8 Bolt

Pulley Housing:      Length 7.5” (19.0 cm)

  Width 2.2” (5.6 cm)

Depth 1.8” (4.6  cm)

Gambrel:                 Length 25.0” (19.1 cm)

  Height 6.38” (16.3 cm)

Rod Diameter .39” (0.95 cm)

Weight:                    Pulley & Carabiners: 1lb. 8oz (680.4 g)

Gambrel 1.8” (4.6 cm)

Capacity: 500 lbs. (226.8 kg)

Includes:                  2 Carabiners

  40 ft. (12.2 m) of 8mm rope

Hoist ‘N Lok Tree Stand Hoist

SKU:                       HOIST 2

Specs:                      1 6061 Aluminum Lobed Pulley Wheel

CNC Machined Knurling on Pulley Wheel for Secure Lockup

Powder Coated Steel Housing

6.5 ft. (1.9 m) of Heavy Duty Nylon

Ratchet Strap

Pulley Housing:      Length 7.5” (19.1 cm)

  Width 2.2” (5.6 cm)

Depth 1.8” (4.5 cm)

Capacity: 100 lbs. (45.3 kg)

Includes:                  1 Carabiner

  45 ft. (13.7 m) of 6mm rope

Founded in 1994, CRKT® is the industry’s premier brand of knives, tools, and lifestyle accessories, with a reputation for innovative design. For more information, call: (800) 891-3100, email:, on the web:

Cookshack offers deals on smoker ovens, PLUS $120 valued smoked jerky & cold smoke baffle

Cookshack proudly manufactures smoker ovens in the USA. Featuring stainless steel construction, Spin-Glas insulation, and electric temperature controls these smokers are built to last. Cookshack is offering a Sportsman’s Special which begins September 9th and runs through September 26th. With the purchase of the selected models, you will receive a free set of Jerky Rods and Cold Smoke Baffle. That is savings up to $120!

Use Promo Code SPORT14 when the order is placed online at or when you call 800.423.0698 to place an order with a Cookshack professional sales representative.


The four models that are eligible for the special are the Smokette (SM009-2), the Smokette Elite (SM025), the Super Smoker Elite (SM045) and the Amerique (SM066). These smokers oven are built to cook low and slow using wood chunks to make even the toughest cut of meat fall of the bone tender and succulent! Slow cook a brisket from morning to evening and then dinner is as easy as stopping by the deli for baked beans and coleslaw.

The Jerky Rods and the Cold Smoke Baffle are free with the purchase of a smoker and are the perfect accessories for the avid sportsman. Prepare smoked cheese and lox-style salmon using the cold smoke baffle. If you love smoky jerky, you will love the Jerky Rods. Hang meat strips on the rods that fit onto the smoker’s side racks or use them as skewers for kabobs.


Cookshack customer Tom F provided the following review, “SM025….best investment I ever made! I use it all the time; it was built to last decades and did everything Cookshack says it will do! Worth every penny!”

Cookshack’s believes in a 3-point quality and service pledge of 100% customer satisfaction. Cookshack gives you products that give you value for your money, Cookshack offers serious customer service and offers a 100% satisfaction, 30-day no-risk money back guarantee. Visit


Swarovski Announces 65th Anniversary Pricing On Binocs, Spotting Scopes


Swarovski Optik North America, a subsidiary of the Austrian-based company, announces its 65th anniversary of constantly improving what is good.

Swarovski Optik manufactures optical products of the highest quality for outdoor enthusiasts worldwide, as part of the celebration they will offer loyal customers an “anniversary special” on selected products.


This year marks 65 years since company founder, Wilhelm Swarovski, placed the company’s first binoculars on the market.

To celebrate this milestone there will be special anniversary pricing on all Swarovski Optik binoculars, spotting scopes and the EL Range from August 1 – September 30, 2014, at authorized Swarovski Optik dealers in US and Canada only.

Over the years, Swarovski Optik has established itself as the premier optics producer in the world. All products combine diamond-bright optics, perfect ergonomics and a slim design with unique functionality and ruggedness. Thanks to their innovative technologies and high precision construction, sport optics from Swarovski Optik will last for generations.

Dustin Woods, Director of Sales for Swarovski Optik North America said, “We are extremely excited to bring this great promotion to our dealers and end consumers. Swarovski Optik has now been in the field with men and women who are passionate about the outdoors for 65 years! Showing our appreciation to our customers by offering an unprecedented promotion is a great way to celebrate. Swarovski Optik dealers all over North America are offering very special incentives on many of our most demanded products. There has never been a better time to purchase Swarovski Optik binocular, spotting scope, or range finding binocular.”

Cabela’s Announces Sept. 18 Grand Opening For New Portland-area Store


Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will celebrate the official grand opening of its Tualatin, Ore., store Thursday, Sept. 18 with a unique ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a weekend-long celebration.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by Cabela’s executives and special guests, will begin at 10:45 a.m. and conclude with the grand-opening ribbon being cut by an arrow shot from a bow. Doors will open for business at 11 a.m.



Opening day will kick off a weekend-long celebration highlighted by special appearances, family events, giveaways and more. A complete schedule of events will be available on when finalized.

The 100,000-square-foot store will be Cabela’s second location in Oregon, joining the 58,000-square-foot Springfield location opened in 2011. It will be located at 7555 SW Nyberg Street in a redeveloped retail center near Interstate 5 and the Nyberg Woods shopping center. The new area, being developed by CenterCal Properties, is planned to include approximately 300,000-square-feet of retail space.

The store is being built in Cabela’s next-generation layout, designed to surround customers in an outdoor-like experience with museum-quality wildlife displays and a large mountain replica. In addition to thousands of quality outdoor products, the store will include an indoor archery range and archery tech room, Gun Library, Bargain Cave and Fudge Shop.

Upon opening, the store will become Cabela’s 63rd location across North America. The company currently operates 59 stores across North America and has announced plans to open an additional 19 stores over the next two years.


13th Annual South King County-PSA Derby Just Two Weeks Away

The largest Chinook derby in the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia area is coming up in less than two weeks.

Over $25,000 in cash and merchandise are up for grabs at the 13th Annual South King County-Puget Sound Anglers Derby in south Puget Sound on Aug. 2.

The largest fish will take home at least $3,500; the second largest will win $1,500; and the third largest $1,000.


In addition to over $6,500 in cash, top quality tackle and merchandise will be won by anglers out to at least 50th place. Prizes include Scotty and Cannon electric downriggers, trolling motor, Rivers West kokanee jackets, smokers, guided fishing trips, lots of top-quality rods, reels and  tackle.

If you don’t catch a fish, you can still win.  Derby ticket holders stand a chance of drawing into great prizes at the awards ceremony.

You can purchase tickets online at

(Everyone purchasing a ticket will have their name included in the drawing for a free boat, motor and trailer too.)


Tickets are $35 and youths 14 and under may fish for free for kids prizes.

Weigh stations are at Point Defiance Boathouse, Narrows Marina and Des Moines Marina, with the awards ceremony at Point Defiance.

Green Mountain Pellet Grills, Because Food Tastes Better Cooked Over Wood


We discovered something we loved, REALLY loved. It was grilling with pellets…so much better than either charcoal or gas!

But the pellet grill we owned needed some improvements, so we decided to make our own! Then loved it so much we ended up starting our own company!


Green Mountain Pellet Grills is now the top-of-line … the best-of-the-best, but not the highest in price!


A motor turns an auger which feeds pellets into a firebox. There, a hot rod automatically ignites the pellets, and a combustion fan keeps them burning.

A fan inside the hopper maintains positive pressure which prevents burn-back in the auger tube. A sensor mounted inside the grill sends data to the on-board computer ten times every second, and the controller adjusts the air and pellet flow to maintain the temperature you set.



The reason that pellet grills win far more than their fair share of BBQ competitions is that the food simply tastes better when cooked over real wood.

Propane has absolutely no taste, and the process of making briquettes destroys the flavor molecules in the wood they are made from.

Our pellets are made from clean, kiln-dried sawdust, with the flavor molecules totally intact!

And what could be easier than pushing a button – set it and forget it!

Now you can “turn pro” in your own back yard.

For more on Green Mountain Grills, see our website,


CRKT’s Hi Jinx Wins 2014 Knife Of The Year Award


CRKT released the limited edition Ken Onion-designed Hi Jinx knife at the 2014 BLADE Show in Atlanta and won the 2014 Overall Knife of the Year Award. Like some of the finest art prints, only a few are available to the public with 525 being built.


A high-end everyday carry knife for the distinguished gentleman, Ken spared no expense handcrafting it with only the finest materials. A 6AL4V titanium handle looks good to the eye while a modified drop point style blade made with Böhler-Uddeholm Sleipner blade steel looks good in use. The knife also features an easy-opening IKBS™ ball bearing pivot system to make this one of the smoothest flippers on the market. Crafted in Italy, the new Hi Jinx™ isn’t just a blade. It’s a work of art.

The Hi Jinx knife manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $500.00.



SKU:     K280TXP

Blade:    Edge: Plain

Length: 3.320” (84.3 mm)

Steel: Böhler-Uddeholm Sleipner, 58-59 HRC

Thickness: 0.200” (5.0 mm)

Finish: Satin

Closed:  4.780” (121.4 mm)

Open:     8.000” (203.2 mm)

Weight:  6.4 oz. (181.0 g)

Handle:  6AL4V Titanium

Style:      Folding Knife w/Frame Lock

Founded in 1994, CRKT is the industry’s premier brand of knives, tools, and lifestyle accessories, with a reputation for innovative designs. For more information, call: (800) 891-3100, email:, on the web:

New Oven Powered By Tea Candles Revolutionizes Cooking

It’s being called one of the truly unique inventions of our time — an oven that uses no electricity or gas yet cooks anything you can cook in a regular oven.

Heated only by tea candles the HERC oven is the brain child of inventor Kris Johnson. One hundred percent environmentally friendly, HERC is the perfect solution for emergency preparedness and provident living.

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The HERC oven is engineered to harness the thermal energy of tea light candles. The HERC oven uses two methods of thermal energy transfer. This ingenious device is perfect for both indoor and outdoor cooking.

The HERC is powered by 20 tea candles with a fuel cost of only 30 cents per cooking hour. The average burn time is 3.5 hours at 350 degrees. The HERC oven accommodates an 11×15 pan. It’s weather safe and easy to clean. Proudly, the HERC Ovens are 100 percent made in America.

The HERC oven is being hailed as the “ultimate survival luxury baking oven.” Reviewers are raving “When I saw his ovens, I just said, “wow.”

This truly remarkable environmentally sound invention is about to change the alternative cooking market forever.

For more, log onto–herc-xxl-ovens.html.


Dave’s Takes Lead, Tangles Out Of Fishing Weights

On a yearly basis new products arrive on the fishing scene. Rarely does one make a splash like Dave’s Tangle Free.

Lead has long been the standard for weight in terminal gear setups for Salmon & Steelhead. Drift fishermen, float fishermen, side-drifters, back-bouncers all utilize lead in their tackle boxes to accomplish one purpose – to get the bait/lure in front of the fishes face.

It’s really a simple concept – weight is used to target specific depths & water types.

So where does Dave’s Tangle Free fit in to this?


Dave’s Tangle Free is a brand new alternative to lead. It has burst on to the scene with a few claims to fame. Here are three benefits:

1    Lead-Free : This alone sets Dave’s Tangle Free apart as a forward thinking, innovative company. States that have outlawed lead as a fishing weight will need high-quality alternatives to lead. Dave’s Tangle Free fills that need.

2    Tangle-resistant : The swivel system in place on these weights allows for “wiggle-room” and movement when caught up. Also, the rubberized outer layer (the core is steel) does not “grab” rocks like lead would. These two factors make for a weight that pulls out of snags more often than lead. We at Fishing Addicts Northwest have seen the benefit of this. Many times when a weight seemed a lost cause snagged-up, they pulled out without breaking the line or losing the weight. This is ultimately a money saver in the end and a relief to the fisherman.

3    Easy-to-Use : Besides the obvious benefits of being tangle resistant, the weights themselves come attached with a top “swivel” piece that is easily attachable to a snap-swivel or tie-able to any line. These weights have totally replaced my previous bobber weights as I prefer a three-way swivel with attachable weight when fishing a sliding float. Also, for those that would attach a “slinky” to a snap swivel, the Dave’s Tangle Free weight works great in place of that.

The feel of these weights on the bottom is different than “slinky’s” or traditional lead. This may be slightly off-putting at first for drift-fishermen but they will find quickly that the weights are super effective as well as stealthy. Back-bouncers have found huge benefit in the “tangle-resistant” qualities of these weights. The method of back-bouncing is prone to placing lead in precarious positions. With the rubberized outer core and versatile swivel, it’s simple: you will lose less weights.

Does this mean you’ll never lose a Dave’s Tangle Free weight? No, logs & certain other obstacles can still claim a weight or two, but every single person that I’ve spoken with has retained more Dave’s Tangle Free weights than any other lead option hands down. They simply come back easier. I’ve even started making my lead-line heavier so that I can apply more pressure to it and many times the weights have pulled out of difficult positions.

With that in mind we have seen a move in recent years to eliminate lead in many states. Certainly this comes as no surprise due to the “state of California” perspective on it and the simple fact that we’re filling our river-bottoms with lead. This alone may be one of the largest reasons for why Dave’s Tangle Free is a great option for your tackle-box. The Smallmouth bass guys in the Columbia river are already picking up on them too, not to mention numerous other fishing applications in our area.

Dave’s Tangle Free brings a fresh perspective to the weight world. No doubt the benefits of these weights will continue to be seen & shared in years to come.


Ed Fast, a highly respected Portland-area Salmon & Steelhead guide had this to say about Dave’s weights:

“The slickest and trickiest weights you can buy! Dave gave me some back-bouncing weights to try and my clients and I loved them! I ordered a bunch more in all of the sizes I use and we only lost a few during my fall Chinook season. I also like them for my bobber rods.”

Ed mentioned to me how much lead he used to lose back-bouncing lead in upriver, bouldery situations, with the new lead he’s had considerably less lost weights and consequently; saved money on weight!

“When it’s available, I always try to use and promote local, quality, made in the U.S.A products. Dave’s weights meet all three of those criteria.

The fact that there is a functional, lead-free weight for some fishing situations is another thing I like about them.

And hey, they look really cool, too and let’s face it, that’s pretty important.”

For more, visit the website,

Not sure which weights to get? Check out the products page. The “Handi-Pack” retails at only $19.95 and features the perfect assortment of weights and sizes. We love these weights and we know you’ll find them to be an essential part of your tackle-box!


Bi-Mart is now stocking Dave’s Tangle Free! Keep an eye out in the Fishing Department.

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Stay Addicted! -Lucas

Editor’s note: This product review first appeared on the Fishing Addicts Northwest website under the the title Introducing Daves Tangle Free! and is used with permission of the author, Lucas Holmgren

Hometown Heroes Days At Northwest Cabela’s – Discounts For Vets, First Responders

Hometown Heroes will be celebrated at Cabela’s today and through this weekend.

The Nebraska-based chain now with seven locations in the Northwest is honoring all veterans, active duty military and reserves, law enforcement, firefighters, search and rescue, EMS personnel — heck, even the Ski Patrol at their Springfield store! — with employee-discount pricing May 15-18.

Additionally, the Springfield Cabela’s will hold a benefit barbecue Saturday, May 17, from noon to 2 p.m. to help raise funds for the Vietnam Veterans of America-Chapter 595 Mid Valley and to help support their summer fishing outings for veterans.

There will also be family activities, including a BB gun range, yard games and more, and free family portraits for vets and their families

The region’s other Cabela’s are located in Tulalip, Lacey and Union Gap, Wash., Post Falls and Boise, Idaho, and Kalispell, Mont. Plans are in the works to open additional stores in Tualatin, Ore., Nanaimo, BC., and Missoula, Mont.