Wednesday, December 21, 2016

BowhuntMass Truck Window Decals Still $10

Thank you to everyone who has supported BowhuntMass this year. We sold a record amount of apparel and continue to grow! We are sold out for the year on hoodies but we still have a few truck window decals remaining.

You can order right here!

4"x 6" BHM Clear/White Window Decal

Monday, December 19, 2016

BowhuntMass: Mechanical vs Fixed Broadheads by Buck Wild Outdoors

BowhuntMass is always trying to find what the best broadhead is for all conditions. Obviously, no one wants to make a marginal shot on a deer and no one aims to do that but it happens. Penetration and sharp blades are the difference between a lethal hit and a non-recovered deer.

We have performed our own tests using Rage Broadheads and Muzzy Broadheads with varying results. When we stumbled across this video we thought they were worthy of sharing. The penetration test is not fool proof and probably more than one variable in the test but the results are worth paying attention to. Try to ignore the fact these guys appear to work for Slick Trick and just check out these videos:

The second video is a cool video about how broadheads react when you've hit bone. At BowhuntMass we have seen some of these experiences in the field, sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you don't.

Buy the broadheads below:

Slick Tricks $39.99
Muzzy 3 Blade Broadhead $38.99
Rage Hypodermic Broadhead $44.99

Sunday, December 18, 2016

BowhuntMass: HuntMass Military Green Hoodie now available $39.99 !

The all new BHM HuntMass Military Green Hoodie is in. Only $39.99 this is a medium weight hoodie. The new HuntMass logo is perfect for the die hard Massachusetts hunter in your life!


Saturday, December 17, 2016

BowhuntMass: Lacrosse Alphaburly Pro 800g Product Review

BowhuntMass recently received a pair of Lacrosse Alphaburly 800g insulated boots. Historically, the Field & Stream insulated rubber boot or the Muck rubber boot was the way to go. This time we decided to put the Alphaburly's to the test. This isn't your typical run of the mill test, we took the Alphaburly's out for a simulated partial season test.

We tested these boots during the coldest December 2016 days. Temperatures were below zero with the wind chill factor and we received several inches of snow. The idea is to take the boots everywhere and anywhere you might find yourself during your Massachusetts hunting season. Took the boots up ridges, into swamps, across shallow streams into the Summit Viper, across the ice and into six inches of fresh snow. Here's what we found:

When you put these boots on the first thing you think is quality. We typically love the Field and Stream insulated rubber boots but pound for pound the Alphaburly's blew them out of the water. Boots are form fitting and have an adjustable strap, making them more comfortable than most boots. Typically a rubber boot is loud walking through the woods but the high quality rubber bottom makes it easy to navigate quietly through the woods. The muck boots we tried were comfortable but anyone who has ventured into a swamp realizes the last thing you want is to lose a boot in the mud (actually happened with the Muck boot). The Alphaburly has a high quality adjustable strap that keeps that boot snug to your foot and keeps you from experiencing one of the worst hunting feelings, wet feet!
Here's how the boot performed in the Massachusetts woods:

Mud:         ★★★★★
Snow:        ★★★★★
Ice:            ★★☆☆☆
Leaves:      ★★★★★
Cold:         ★★★☆☆

These boots are not made for the ice that's for sure. We took them out on the ice without creepers and we were all over the place. It was actually difficult to stay on your feet! We recommend getting a pair of creepers for these if you want to venture on the ice.
These boots are warm but not the warmest. We recommend going with the 1600g if you've got an issue with cold feet.
The Alphaburly's are a little more expensive than its competitors. If price is a factor we suggest waiting for a sale (currently on sale at Cabela's  Alphaburly Pro 800g on Sale!) or buying a cheaper competitor but do not expect them to last! The Field & Streams literally wore out after strenuous use (you get what you pay for!).

Muck Boot $$
Field & Stream Swamptracker $$
Cabela's Dura-Trax $$$
Irish Setter Rut Master $$$

We give the Alphaburly's the BHM seal of approval. A great set of boots, quality is as expected for the price. For late fall early winter these boots are perfect, for extreme cold try the Alphaburly 1600g insulated boot.

Monday, December 5, 2016

30 years later Massachusetts hunter finally gets his buck!

Talk about patience. Dan Dunbar waited 30 years before he got his first buck and man was it a bruiser!

Twenty minutes into his sit during Massachusetts shotgun season 2016 this monster came by and was  dropped by Mr Dunbar!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Perserverance Leads Massachusetts Hunter to Buck of a Lifetime


Jonathan Hopfgarten with his monsterous Massachusetts Buck near Plympton, Ma
For Massachusetts Bowhunter Jonathan Hopfgarten, his pre-season was one to forget. Two weeks prior to opening day Hopfgarten his ladder stand in his 10 year honey hole was cut up into pieces by someone with a Sawzall. He quickly replaced the stand and hopped into it opening day only to be greeted by the man who cut it down. After being confronted and yelled at Hopfgarten decided it was best to find some other woods to hunt rather than worry about this guy.

 Later that day Hopfgarten received news that he no longer had permission to hunt another promising spot due to the owners no longer wanting hunters around. Despite having many bucks on camera at these locations Hopfgarten was forced to hunt another piece of land. Jonathan Hopfgarten continued to put in his hours despite not seeing any action in the woods.

 After weeks of stand hunting a beautiful 8 point buck shows up and a low shot gave the buck a haircut on his brisket and was never recovered. One thing after another and the 2016 Massachusetts season was one to forget.

On November 18th 2016, everything changed for Hopfgarten...

Familiar with the woods and looking for a change Hopfgarten decides to try a new spot with the hopes of changing his luck. No Scents. No Calls. All natural. He positioned his XOP climbing stand on a tree not knowing the woods were about to explode.

Twenty minutes into his sit and he's watching a small basket racked buck at 50 yards strolling around but not presenting a shot. Several minutes later a spike comes in and wanders around the area for about 15 minutes. Hopfgarten draws on the spike hoping to put some meat in the freezer but in typical fashion clean misses the smaller deer. At this point Hopfgartens frustration is at an all-time high. Almost ready to climb down he sticks it out to watch the deer action unfold.

The small buck circled back around presenting himself for another shot. Just as Hopfgarten is about to try his second shot at the small buck he hears more crashing through the woods. The buck approaches Hopfgarten's stand but wouldn't give a clean shot. Ten LONG minutes later, what Hopfgarten believes is a large racked 8 point decides to hang out in the exact same spot where the smaller buck was standing when Hopfgarten missed earlier in the same hunt. At this point, Hopfgarten decides he doesn't like the shot and refuses to take it.

This area is particularly thick and shooting lanes are limited. The big buck takes a circle around Hopfgarten's climber when he finally gives a clean look 25 yards broadside behind a tree. Hopfgarten positioned himself for a shot knowing that if this buck takes two more steps he's back behind more thicket. When Hopfgarten realizes he can thread an arrow through his front shoulder he takes the ethical shot.

The shot was a great one, just behind the shoulder sent the buck barreling through the Massachusetts woods. Turned out to be a double-lung, with a rage broadhead out of a Mathews Halon with Maxima Red Arrows. The buck stopped and then Hopfgarten heard more crashing from the buck. Anxious to see the arrow Hopfgarten climbed down to find a real heavy blood trail. Immediately, Hopfgarten walked back to find his dad and hunting partner to take a walk with him. At this time, Hopfgarten still believes he shot a heavy, palmated 8 pointer. Hopfgarten tells his dad "I shot a really nice 8 or 9 point" and "I don't think he's going to have 'ground shrinkage'".

A short and heavy blood trail lead Jonathan and his father to a massive Massachusetts buck. The rage broadheads did the trick and the buck was found motionless at the end of a "red carpet". Jonathan and his father could not believe their eyes. His father trembled as he tried to get a shot with his camera of this massive buck!

Jonathan Hopfgarten with a 215lb, 197 inch rough score Massachusetts Buck

Sunday, January 3, 2016