Badlands Announces Groundbreaking Binocular/Rangefinder Case
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West Jordan, UT – Crowd control was key for Badlands at the 2017 ATA tradeshow as they unveiled the new Bino XR optics case. Utilizing Badlands Zip-No™ Magnetic Closure Technology, the Bino XR provides separate, easy-access compartments for a set of binoculars and a rangefinder. “Oohhs and aahhs” were frequently overheard as Badlands demonstrated the dual-carry capability of the new case.

Features of the Bino XR include:

• Badlands Zip-No™ Magnetic Closure Technology on both upper and lower compartments
• Upper storage fits most 10×42 binoculars and smaller
• Lower storage fits most rangefinder models
• Built-in lens cloth
• Tethers for binoculars and rangefinder
• New zippered side pocket storage
• Built-in (removable) rain cover for ultimate protection
• New slimmer, ventilated 4-way shoulder harness system
Badlands Supply Chain Manager Tim Shoaf said of the new case, “Honestly, this one is kind of pain in the you-know-what for me because demand is already through the roof.” He continued, “We’re working hard to fulfill all the demand and make sure everyone has one of these on their chest this spring.”

The Badlands Bino XR will be available April 2017 for $149.99. Available color options will be Badlands Approach camouflage, Serengeti Brown and Gunmetal Gray.

Now in its 23rd year, Badlands continues to focus on exceptional quality, continuing innovation, unmatched performance and as always the only unconditional lifetime warranty in the industry.


For more information about this event, products in the Badlands line, or general inquiries, please contact Blake VanTussenbrook at 1.800.386.7839 or

TriState Archery Talks About Xpedition Bows
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You may have read one of my first posts about Xpedition archery. I’m continuing to work with Blake and the Team at Xpedition because I believe they’re different, and believe in their product. On top of that, they’re just “good people”. ~DesertRat

Recently James Abbott from TriState Archery in Delaware took some time out to talk to me about his experiences as a dealer working with Xpedition Archery.

1) How long have you had Xpedition bows in the shop? How are they selling?

I have had Xpedition bows in my shop since September. They have been selling great! Mostly Mathews and Hoyts in this area and word has gotten out about this line. Ive had people drive as far as New York all the way to my shop in Delaware for one!

2) What are the qualities of Xpedition bows that make selling them easier?

I let the bow speak for itself. I never try to sell a customer on any product. So far every single person whom has shot one has purchased one.

3) What are your favorite features of Xpedition bows?

I think my favorite feature has been the cam system. The hybrid cams are great, very easy to work on as far as changing draw length without pressing the bow and they tune VERY easy. Another thing i like about the bow is bare bow or loaded they are as quiet as they come and dead in the hand.

4) As a company, what has Xpedition been like to work with?

I can not say enough good things about Xpedition from Blake Davis(National Sales manager) to my sales rep and everyone in between. They have made this journey a great one. By far the best customer and technical support I have ever dealt with. I cant possibly thank the entire Xpedition team enough for how far above and beyond they go for us dealers and the consumers as well.

5) What is your favorite model?

Now now now, honestly I cant say. I personally shoot the Perfexion, Xcursion 6 and Denali. Flip a coin but they all perform like no other bow I’ve ever put in my hand.

6) For folks who haven’t heard of Xpedition, what would you want them to know?

Just because it is not a name like Hoyt or Mathews do yourself a favor and give them a shot. Shoot one and let the bow speak for itself, I promise once you shoot one you will be joining the Xpedition team.

Thanks again to James for spending some time talking about Xpedition.

You can learn more about Xpedition here: About Xpedition

See their bows here: Xpedition 2017 Bows

Interested in getting your hands on one? Find a dealer here: DEALERS

Buy Your Tickets – The Arizona Big Game Super Raffle
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Elk and antelope draw results are mostly out but don’t despair if you didn’t get drawn. This raffle raises a lot of money for projects in Arizona which help wildlife. You can win an amazing tag, and help wildlife too! ~DesertRat


If you are after a truly huge mule deer, elk, antelope, Coues deer, desert bighorn sheep, or buffalo, then Arizona is where you need to be. Arizona offers some of the best trophy opportunities in North America. The only huntable population of Gould’s turkeys in the United States exists in Southern Arizona and can be hunted with this tag. Don’t miss your chance at the hunt of a lifetime!

You can learn more about the raffle here: About the raffle

You can learn more about the groups that the raffle funds support: Sponsoring Organizations

The rules are here: Raffle rules

Tickets range in price from $5 – $25

Antelope – $20
Black Bear – $5
Buffalo – $20
Coues Whitetail – $10
Desert Bighorn – $25
Elk – $25
Javelina – $5
Mt. Lion – $5
Mule Deer – $25
Turkey – $10
Optics – $10
New Mexico Elk Hunt – $20 each or 6 for $100

You can buy tickets online: BUY TICKETS ONLINE

CleanShot Bore Cleaning Device – An Interview With Curt From Huntego
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A big shout out to Curt Whitworth for taking some time to talk to me about Huntego and their products. These innovative products are sure to make a splash in the industry. ~DesertRat

From the Release:

CleanShot Fires Off: First-Ever “Shoot Through” Bore Cleaning Device Unveiled

Huntego Limited’s newest innovation to be the first product ever launched on –
the shooting industry’s crowdfunding platform

(Northville, Michigan) – It’s a double barreled shot of unprecedent ed breakthroughs for the gun industry. Huntego Limited is launching CleanShot, the industry’s first of its kind shoot-through bore cleaning cartridges. CleanShot is fast, efficient, convenient and compared to traditional field cleaning methods, more affordable.

CleanShot is a patented high-velocity bore cleaning device that uses approximately 9,600 psi of outward pressure to power scrub, trap particles and wipe the bore clean. Simply load a CleanShot round in the chamber like any other cartridge, safely fire and your gun is field-cleaned in an instant. Designed to be used in the field or at a range, CleanShot allows shooters to maintain their firearms with minimal cleaning equipment, effort and mess.

The first product in the Huntego Limited line is now available at–cleanshot#/about

Huntego Limited is launching the 12-gauge model now and intends to release 20, 28 and 410 gauges i n the year ahead. They are also actively working on the 9MM handgun and military grade applications such as the 5.56 model.

The 12-gauge CleanShot uses a standard shotgun hull and is manufactured using the same process and standards as ammunition currently manufactured by the OEM brands today.

The product can be used by a wide range of shooting consumers including:
recreational and target shooters, hunters, law enforcement, military, government agencies and more.

CleanShot sells for $2.50 on

Talking with Curt:

1) How on earth did you think of this?

You know – the old story that it just came to me… sorta. Was at the SHOT Show with a client and happen to see something, then another and another. For me 2+2=4 that day – it made perfect sense. I was really into “if I had an idea, I would write it down” on a small pad that I always carried at the time. Drew a few pictures, made some notes – by the flight home I was on page 6 of a business plan. Spent a lot of time looking online, then Patent Office – next thing you know it just took over. I knew that it solves a number of issues, would be easy to use and be cost effective. That was about 5 years ago.

2) What prompted you to develop the concept and go to market?

I am a firm believer in disruptive invention. Something that may be unconventional or “outside the box” to an industry that has done something the same way for hundreds of years – to me is exhilarating and/or addicting. I didn’t live inside that industry’s box – and wasn’t restrained to 4 walls, I just went in and figured it out. Once I got into something that I felt would work, I was completely hooked. So mornings, evenings and weekends were consumed with shotshells, wads, CAD, books and patent research. Its the thrill of the chase. Fast forward to today – we have made investments in large capacity molds for 12 gauge and production is in full scale production for an April 17 delivery.

3) What next for your company? Will this technology work on rifled barrels?

To complete the shotgun market, we have development scheduled for 12, 20, 28 and 410 lines for production. We have 9MM prototype materials in hand and are excited to move into more handgun gauges such as 7MM and 40cal in 2017. We also have .223 CAD concepts moving forward with possible release dates in 2018… and a few more innovative bore cleaning solutions up our sleeves… cant give it all away.

Rifled barrels. We have found the CleanShot® to be a very effective field cleaning device for rifled barrels. We have tested on a number of shotgun brands with consistent results.

4) Does this product eliminate traditional bore cleaning or supplement it?

CleanShot® is a shoot-through field cleaning device. After a day at the range, clays, in the field dogging birds/waterfowl or just plinking targets – simply load a CleanShot and safely fire. The device is designed to scrub, trap particles and wipe the bore clean. Huntego Limited is an absolute advocate of scheduled bench cleaning when you have the time, energy and funds to do so.

5) What has been the most surprising challenge in getting the product to market?

Oh, that’s loaded question. Its been a really long, educational, eye-opening process – on so many fronts – as it should be, we are talking ammunition products.

6) For readers who have never heard of your company, what would you want to tell them?

Watch this space. Huntego Limited has a number of new product innovations to release… changing the game forever. We are extremely excited to enter the industry with a product like CleanShot and the possibilities that lie ahead.

Thanks again to curt for taking the time to talk with me. Can’s wait to see the progress! ~DesertRat

Coming Soon – Xpedition Xception
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Look for a coming product review on a 2017 Xpedition Xception! Can’t wait for mine to get here!

Learn more here: Xception