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Review - 2010 Pee Dee Deer Classic
   WeHuntSC.com - 2010 Pee Dee Deer Classic Review - Carolina Adventure World Booth Image
  Terri Wilburn of Carolina Adventure World's Booth at the 2010 Classic

We left out early this morning and headed down to the Florence Civic Center for the 2010 Pee Dee Deer Classic.  It didn?t take long for the place to get packed and it was buzzing with people both young and old.  The rain held off just long enough and hunters and vendors from all across the state (and from many other states) were on hand to mix and mingle.  The place was lively all day long and you could feel the energy in the air. 

The floor and the walkway of the second level of the Civic Center was literally covered with vendors selling any and every product related to hunting.  From knives, to guide services, to shirts, to scents, to 4-wheelers, to bows, to tractors, to food plot products, jewelry, and even fudge, you could find it all.  There were even vendors there selling fishing and turkey products too!  As full and busy as that place was it was almost overwhelming.  That is, trying to take in the people, the information, the products, the messages, and the concepts is a lot to absorb at once.  I think it wore me out after a while, but then again maybe I?m just lame.

The event was bigger than I initially anticipated and in comparison to the Sportsmen?s Classic I would say it?s a bit smaller.  Though, this is just due to the fact that the event is solely targeted on deer hunting whereas the Sportsmen?s Classic features many more fishing and turkey hunting vendors and booths.

Vendors were on both the ground floor as well as the second level.  The second floor is also where speakers presented on various subjects throughout the day.  It was apparent that the ?Snake Master? was the biggest draw of the day as every time he spoke about snakes you couldn?t even fit around the corner due to the large audience that gathered to listen to him speak.  Yes ? he did have live snakes in the building and no, I didn?t go by there messing with them?but a lot of people did.

I did miss out on one aspect of the classic though.  (Fail again)  I intended to see the archery competitions, but in between me not knowing the times when they started plus being busy shooting pics/videos, and talking to people I always seemed to find a way to miss them.  However, it was obvious that there was a competition as you could see hunters walking around with their bow cases.  I heard they were pretty good though and that the winners will be announced tomorrow. 

There was another aspect of the show that I found neat.  I?ve been to wrestling matches where the audience members bring their own belts to show off, but I?ve never been to a show where people walked around with their deer heads.  At first I thought people were just showing off, turns out that I was wrong and they were just bringing their deer to be scored.  The event featured on-site scoring of deer racks so if you wanted to know exactly what your buck scored, you simply brought it in and gave it to the guys with the tape.  Cool beans!  I took a pic of the guysthat were scoring the racks that you?ll see in the video below.

Going to these shows I usually see many products that I expect to see, but there are always a few products that stick out to me a little.  I?m sure you may be the same way.  In that regard, this expo was the same.  I picked a few products to talk a little bit about that left an impression on me.  If you?re a ?techy? or have similar interests as me, then you may like them too!

WeHuntSC.com - The McKenzie Duffle Fan Bag
  The McKenzie Duffle Fan Bag
McKenzie Duffle Fan Bag
The McKenzie Duffle Fan Bag is a really neat concept.  After I saw it, I had the ?Why didn?t I think of that? moment.  Essentially it?s a camo duffle bag with a fan in one end and a place to put a cover scent in on the other end.  You turn the fan on and it pulls the scent through the bag scenting your gear with whatever cover scent you put on the other end.  The bag can hook up to your truck?s cigarette lighter or an outlet in your house.  Not only does it scent your clothes, but it also helps remove any moisture in your gear.  There?s no doubt that this product works as whenever one of the bags is opened you can instantly smell dirt, dog fennels, or whatever scent was on the other end.  Great idea created by a fellow hunter and fellow South Carolinian.  I?m not sure, but I think the McKenzie Duffle sells for around $95.

- www.mckscent.com

WeHuntSC.com - Mossy Oak's Video Eyewear Glasses
  Mossy Oak's Video Recorder Eyewear
Mossy Oak ? Video Recorder Eyewear
Another memorable one for anybody who loves to video hunts.  Though, you could really use this product to video anything.  The gist is that it?s a pair of camo glasses that has an HD video camera located right between your eyes.  If you see something coming you simply click a button right by your ear to start recording.  The glasses use a very small sd card to store the video and can store 4GB of footage.  I was skeptical about the quality of the footage given the small camera, but I have to tell you that I was impressed with the footage that came from this thing.  The vendor had videos he had taken on display on a computer in his booth and the quality was really good.  It also performed well in low light.  I had a hard time not buying some of these, but the price is a little steep.  They run for $269 online, so get your billfold ready if you want one of these.

- Video Recorder Eyewear

WeHuntSC.com - E-Z Kut Pruning Sheers
  E-Z Kut Pruning Sheers
E-Z Kut Pruning Sheers
I was really surprised at, yes, the ease of use of the E-Z Kut.  I know it sounds cliché to say, but this product really is easy to use.  You don?t have to have a strong grip at all to make this thing cut through limbs, twigs, or branches.  The gentlemen selling this product was very nice and simply let the product do the talking.  So I tried it out and I just squeezed and the clippers kind of clicked and as they clicked it seemed like it got easier and in a matter of seconds I was all the way through the limb.  The E-Z Kut was relatively quiet, very smooth, and made a clean cut.  If the wood was too big for your hands to grip you could just spin it in circles and as you spun it, it was cutting doing work until it got into a position that you could grip it.  After gripping, a few more clicks and it was done.  Seems to me like it would be something neat to carry in your hunting pouch and (after you got up the stand) you could simply, quietly, and quickly cut through anything that was in your way.  Maybe a good stocking stuffer and sells for $29.95 online.

- www.EZKutPrunners.com

  WeHuntSC.com - Tag-Out's Chameleon Blind
  Tag-Out's Chameleon Blind

Tag-Out Hunting Products ? Chameleon Blind
Tag-Out?s Chameleon Blind is also a neat concept, especially for bow-hunters.  It?s kind of a like a combination of a ground blind and a tree stand.  The Chameleon Blind would definitely keep you dry in on a rainy day, but most importantly it conceals your movement.  The Blind has vertical slits in the fabric to allow you to shoot out of any directions.  The Tag-Out representative also told me that the blind has some weight at the bottom of the blind fabric in order to keep it from moving a lot with the wind.  If you?re a bow-hunter looking to conceal your movement, this one might be worth it.  Price point is $129

- Tag-Out Chameleon Blind



WeHuntSC.com - Havoc Scent Sticks
  Havoc's Scent Sticks
Havoc Scent Sticks
Havoc Scent Sticks is a simple and neat concept.  These scent sticks help you do two things, one of which has nothing to do with scent. The scent sticks are small, bright pipes that you place in the ground at different ranges.  Since knowing your ranges can be critical you can set these up to assist you in gauging the range of your target.  The pipes are tapered at one end to make for easy entry into the ground and they are hollow at the top.  Once you get them into the ground you place a large cotton swab in the opening.  Though, before you put it in you?re supposed to soak it in scent.  The goal is simply get the deer to pause momentarily to smell the scent while you take aim. Price Point: $12.  Good concept, cheap, easy to see.

- Havoc Scent Sticks


WeHuntSC.com - The High Maintenance Camo Booth
  The ladies behind
High Maintenance Camo
And for the women?High Maintenance Camo
Representing a growing market share, female hunters no longer have to make due fitting into guy?s hunting gear.  High Maintenance Camo has solved the diva dilemma and is making quality camo gear for ladies.  They make camo to wear hunting, but they also cross over and make trendy, fashionable camo that women can wear out and about.  This company is a family based company out of Florida and is run by some nice ladies.  Guys, if you?re trying to sway your lady into getting into hunting, this may be the route to take?buy her some trendy camo!  Ladies, if you?re tired of trying to fit your curves into men?s clothing?look no further.

- http://www.highmaintenancecamo.net


WeHuntSC.com - Scott Ledford of Ledford Outdoors
  Scott Ledford of Ledford Outdoors
Scott Ledford ? Ledford Outdoors
Along with products, there are always some people who stick out to me?whether for the right or wrong reasons!  Today we met Scott Ledford from Ledford Outdoors (who stuck out for the right reasons).   Scott is very connected in the hunting industry and guides clients on all kinds of hunts up and down the east coast.  Scott is into video and has been trained by, and shot videos, for the pros...as in Waddell and the crew.  Scott is also a PlotMaster authorized dealer so he?s into all kind of stuff. 

Though, Scott?s connections and video work wasn?t what stuck out to me. There are a lot of connected and talented people out there, but rather his outwardly evident passion and genuineness was what impressed me.  Scott seemed very passionate about hunting, quality game management, and mostly about getting youth involved with all things outdoors.  Scott is also very upbeat about getting kids into hunting and so I expect to see him involved with a lot of big things in the future?especially in the youth realm. 

- http://www.ledfordoutdoors.com

I?ve created the below video to give you an idea of what the environment at the event was like in case you were unable to attend.

Anticipating the upcoming hunting season, it was good to be in an energized environment full of people who all share the same passion for hunting.  For me it was similar to being in a pep-rally before the big game.  I?m fired up and ready to go ?now I just have to convince the wife to share the same vision!



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