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Lamellar Hunting Clothing Review

Lamellar's EcoActive Thermal Shirt & Blitz Pants.

Australian hunting clothing company Lamellar recently sent me some of their Contra-Cam Fade clothing for review. They sent me the Blitz Pant & Jacket and the EcoActive Thermal undershirt.

Clothing Features: Lamellar have set their clothing up in layers. They have the Core, Mantle and Outer Layers. The EcoActive thermal shirt is designed to be worn directly on the skin (hence it being the core layer) to trap in body heat and draw sweat away from the body. The shirt is comfortable and does keep you warm. I did not receive anything from the Mantle layer line but they do offer a button up shirt and a sleeveless vest to go under your jacket. Lamellar’s Outer Layer: The Blitz pants are comfortable and warm. There are five pockets with the two side pockets and the rear being zip up. Two large cargo pockets half way down your thigh have silent magnetic closing system that is one of those features which when you discover it you think: “That’s a bloody good idea” The elastic waist band in addition to the zip and push button for doing up the pants is nice as you can afford to put on a kilo or two and still be able to fit in the pants as well as providing a lot of comfort when bending, kneeling and walking all day. Other features of the pants are inner-thigh ventilation zippers to let some cool air in as well as bottom leg boot zippers and of course there are large belt loops. The Blitz jacket performed very well and has had a lot of thought put into it. The jacket has six pockets (one on your left arm, one on the chest, two on the front and two on the sides),

The Blitz Jacket and Pants

under arm ventilation zippers, a removable hood, high quality wrist straps to stop the sleeves from riding up and the cold getting in and most importantly the zippers are of high quality and will not get caught up on the fabric. All the zippers are like this, I have not got them caught on fabric once during testing.

Camouflage Properties: The Contra-Cam Fade pattern is a great pattern for the bush. It blends in extremely well and has a good amount of orange blaze colouring incorporated into the design. The pattern only uses Australian trees, leaves, branches and plant species and has a depth to it helping to break up your shape even more. I found that the pattern worked exceptionally well in the Southern Tablelands of NSW where I hunted with it. Unfortunately I did not get to hunt any larger game but I managed to successfully stalk up to a well shot rabbit warren which I shot more rabbits there then I usually do and I also got very close to wallaby’s and kangaroos.  To see exactly how good the Contra-Cam Fade pattern is please see the video at the bottom of this article.

Durability and Weather Resistance. The durability of the Lamellar clothing is great, I climbed through barbed wire fences, slid down rocks and generally gave it a good work out. No tears, holes or fading occurred and I am confident that the pants and jackets will last for many hunting seasons. The jacket and pants are very wind resistant, when filming the review for this it was horribly windy and I never felt it on my legs and chest. I also got stuck out in the rain for a short time and did not feel wet at all. I can’t say what it would be like if I got stuck in the rain for an hour or two but I can safely say that the jacket and pants will keep the rain out long enough for you to find some cover if not longer.

In Conclusion Overall the system that Lamellar have created is a winner. It is comfortable, quiet and has all the things you want in hunting clothing and the camo pattern works really well in the country that I hunt in. One thing to remember is it is premium clothing and it does cost a bit more than some of the other  hunting clothing brands out there but I really can see the value in spending that extra bit of money for what you get. Please watch the video below as it shows the Lamellar gear at work. www.lamellar.com.au

Wolf Eyes LED Hunting Torch Review

ImageI had been hearing a lot of hype about Wolf Eye’s Torches. So much so that I approached Wolf Eyes Australia to see if they would send me a review unit. After a couple of phone calls and some issues with a useless postie I had 3 different models to look at;
The Defender 170, the Sniper 260 and the Raider 380.
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Red Fox vs. Coyote Dens

Scouting is a major part of hunting and can be vital to success. In the predator game, one needs to be able to determine the species of predator living in the area. One way to do this is to look at dens. Red fox dens and coyote dens are similar in many ways and worlds apart in others.

There are several methods of determining if you are looking at a fox or coyote den.

1) Opening of the entrance hole. Coyote dens are typically larger in diameter than fox dens. However, this can be deceiving as some foxes utilize dens created by other animals such as badgers. Some coyotes are just smaller in stature and can squeeze into a smaller den.

2) A coyote den will usually be kept clean of food debris and scat. Not so for the fox. Most fox dens are covered in scat, bones, and partially chewed food. This is a relatively good method of determining the occupant of the den.

3) A badger hole may look very similar to a coyote den. Coyotes will occasionally utilize a badger den and do a bit of construction work to make it suitable quarters for the spring. Look for tracks near the den opening in the excavated dirt pile. this should tell you who is living within.

4) Porcupine holes are also similar to coyote dens. Look for quills and tracks in the opening of the den. The presence of quills indicates that a sticker pig resides in the hole.

These tips are not foolproof. Use them with the understanding that each situation can be different. These tips are guidelines and not rules.

Top: Red fox den (notice the scat around the opening); Bottom: Coyote den (Much cleaner than the fox den)

Browning "T-Bolt Sporter 17 HMR" First Impressions

ImageWell for those of you that don’t know, I have been tossing up the idea of purchasing a 17hmr for some time now well actually about 2-3years. As I do a great deal of spotlighting rabbits and foxes off my ATV my dilemma has always been do I take the 222 with the spotlight on top or the 22.  Both Rifles are always in the two scabbards on either side of the bike but running two separate spotlights was a pain and really not practical. When Spotlighting from the four wheelers I have found that the spotlight mounted on top of the scope is the best option. The only problem was which rifle to put it on. As you don’t want to be using the 222 solely for rabbits and the 22 is a bit under gunned for foxes unless they are running in hard to the whistle. So this is where the idea of a 17hmr came into play. I won’t go into the advantages of the Hummer in detail because I think it has been done to death and is really quite self explanatory.
My requirements were pretty simple but not easily attained. I needed a rifle that could handle the type of game mentioned out to say 200yds. It needed to be cheaper than a centrefire to shoot but still as accurate. It needed to be fast to reload and have a magazine capacity as close to 9 shots or more, as spotlighting rabbits can often be fast and furious where I hunt.

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