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Dan Schmidt’s Top Picks from Day 2 at SHOT Show

Another interesting day is coming to a close at the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas.

Not to belabor the point, but this really is one of the most exciting years for innovation that we’ve seen in years. Technology inroads have allowed manufacturers to produce cutting-edge products that most hunters will find ultra-useful. Best of all, the price points for many of these products will easily make these products affordable to the masses. Here is a glimpse at the Top 5 products that caught my eye today.

ThermaCELL heated insoles promise to say goodbye to cold feet in the deer woods.

1. ThermaCELL heated insoles. This is one of the coolest products I’ve seen in years, and I can’t wait to try it out in the woods on a deer stand. The older I get, the colder I get while spending long days on stand. And, although my Heater Body Suit, Under Armour clothing and high-tech Lorpen socks work wonders on most hunts, I still find my feet getting cold faster these past few years. I’ve tried everything from stuffing air-activated hand-warmers into my boots (clumsy), to wearing larger boots for more air circulation (clumsy, part two).

These new insoles from ThermaCELL are wireless, rechargeable, durable and – best of all – remote-controlled! That’s right, use a remote control (the same size as a car “clicker”) to turn on the insoles and toggle back and forth between low and high temperatures. They are lightweight and do not have to be removed from the boots. For more information on this innovative product, including a link on where eyou can buy it, visit www.thermacell.com.

The Eliminator hooks into your washing machine and eliminates the need for laundry detergent and hot water.

2. The Eliminator scent-elimination system. pureWash® might be the biggest revolution in home laundry systems since the advent of indoor plumbing. pureWash® is an environmentally-friendly laundry appliance that produces sparkling clean, dazzling fresh laundry without any detergents, bleach, or fabric sofetner using only cold water and your existing washing machine.  Water treated by pureWash® kills bacteria and viruses and lifts away dirt and grime without depositing chemicals in waste water or leaving residual detergent in fabric.

Now available to the hunting market, The Eliminator by pureWash is the new generation in scent elimination. This eco-friendly laundry appliance attaches to your exising washing machine and unleashes the power of nature’s cleaning agents. It leaves laundry clean and scent free without the use of bleach, fabric softener and detergents. Water treated by the Eliminator kills odor causing bacteria and viruses and lifts away dirt and grime without depositing chemicals into the environment or leaving residual detergent in the fabric.

The Eliminator works by injecting oxidation gases and electric energy into cold water. By using the strength of oxygen to supercharge the water, it has been converted into one of the most efficient cleaning and scent eliminating agents available. For more information on the pureWash system, visit www.ppiinfo.com.

The Ambush IR is the smallest, most advanced Cuddeback camera to date.

3. The all-new Ambush IR trail camera from Cuddeback. This tiny Cuddeback camera is packed with high-tech features. Mark Cuddeback first showed this camera to Brad Rucks and I during our visit with him last week. If you are a trail camera fanatic, you will want to see it up close, too. Four cool features include:

•1/4-second trigger speed — you’ll see more deer (fewer blank images)

•5-second camera delay (all the way up to three minutes)

•10-second video clip capability

•Operates on one set of eight AA batteries for up to six months.

The Cuddeback Ambush correctly exposes each photo regardless of the animal’s distance from the camera, and “Smart Color” technology allows for premium quality images. For more information on this new camera, visit www.cuddeback.com


With more than 99 percent weight retention, the Federal Trophy Copper is sure to be a hit with whitetail hunters.

4. Federal Ammunition’s Trophy Copper Bullets. I’ve killed piles of deer with Federal loads, and have come to trust their bonded bullets. The recent switch, almost industry wide, however, has been toward environ-friendly loads. The new Trophy® Copper is an all-copper, polymer tipped bullet (and slug) definitely fits that category. Available in a variety of popular big game calibers, Trophy Copper is said to be extremely accurate and provides devastating downrange performance, achieving up to 99% weight retention-even after the deepest and most aggressive penetration. I can’t wait to try it out on the scapula of a whitetail this fall. For load specs and more, visit www.federalpremium.com.

Bowhunters who are sick of losing deer should consider the GameVector retrieval system.

5. This is a leftover from the Archery Trade Show, but it is so cool that I can’t leave it out of today’s report. Also new for this year is the GameVector 500 — a revolutionary new product designed to aid the bow-hunter in locating mortally wounded game when traditional tracking techniques fail. It consists of a miniature transmitter housed in a small ultra light, aerodynamic, totally balanced module, which is easily attached to the arrow. Upon Impact the transmitter module is released from the arrow and the unit starts to transmit.  The hunter, using the compact receiver/antenna can find and recover the downed game. I’ve dabbled with similar products many years ago from now defunct companies. However, I will say this, from first glance, the GameVector 500 seems to be the real deal. I was so impressed with the design that I plan on field-testing this product this fall. For more information on the GameVector, visit www.game-vector.com.