A recent opportunity came up to test the Slumberjack Deadfall 65 pack and Incog jacket in the company’s Disruptive Shadow Technology (DST) camouflage pattern. They were put through a series of hunts in Arizona. The first was a deer hunt in October; the pack held everything needed for 10 days. The Deadfall 65 carried optics and tripods, along with my normal gear. The weight of the pack was just under 5 pounds when empty and 45 pounds when loaded. The gear attached quickly by using the straps and buckles, which allowed for quick setup and takedown of glassing equipment. Both pack and jacket performed very well.
Over the next few months, the Slumberjack gear was put through its paces. The pack was used throughout hunts along with the Incog jacket, which made a perfect all-around jacket that was warm early in the morning while hiking and glassing. Its lightweight construction made it easily carried. When the weather got warmer, it stuffed nicely into a pocket-size pouch.
The Deadfall 65 has three outer pockets and one on the top for smaller items. The large center compartment works great for packing out game or other large items. It is extremely versatile and had plenty of room for all of my gear and whatever else I wanted to throw in the pack. The pack even has an outer flap with buckles to secure and strap on quartered game. This is extremely helpful for large loads or when a hunter has other items in the main compartment that should not come in contact with meat. The aluminum frame is lightweight, quite sturdy and remains balanced and comfortable when moving over rough terrain.
After hunting season was over, the Deadfall 65 and Incog jacket had been rode hard and put up wet. When I first received the gear, I was skeptical and hesitant to think that this pack or jacket could replace my old tried-and-true favorites. However, after putting this pack and apparel through turkey, elk, javalina and three deer hunts, they proved rugged and durable. The pack even has a place to hold a rifle. It has turned into my go-to pack for all of my hunts. As for apparel, the Incog jacket will certainly be used for future hunts, being lightweight and easily packable. The DST camo blended nicely with the western terrain and performed well. slumberjack.com
– Jeremiah Polacek
The Predator and Varmint Hunter’s Guidebook
Patrick Meitin’s latest outdoor book, The Predator and Varmint Hunter’s Guidebook, contains observations, hunting tales and accumulated knowledge from a lifetime of passionate predator hunting and small-varmint shooting.
This book has it all, including where, when and how to find common target species from ground squirrels to wild hogs, expert advice on winning predator-calling setups, discussions on rimfire to centerfire varmint rifles and cartridges, varmint pistols, optics savvy, handloading to save money, filling particular needs, long-range shooting and so much more.
This 271-page, full-color-illustrated book is available through Amazon, Barnes & Nobel and krausebooks.com.
Savage 110 Classic Walnut Stock Rifle
The new Savage 110 Classic rifle combines the timeless look of a walnut stock complete with user adjustability. The new 110 Classic features a quality walnut stock with modern ergonomics similar to those of the new Model 110 design. The stock is fully adjustable for length of pull and comb height to allow peak comfort, consistency and precision shooting. The 110 Classic also features the AccuTrigger and a carbon steel barrel with a threaded muzzle.
The classic walnut stock with modern ergonomics features a push-button mechanism that allows the shooter to adjust length of pull and comb height with the push of a button. The AccuTrigger is user-adjustable, and the new rifle also feature a three-position safety. Furthermore, the barrel come with a threaded (9⁄16-28) muzzle, the receiver is drilled and tapped for scope mounts and swivel studs are standard.
The new 110 Classic rifle is available chambered in nine calibers: .243 Winchester (22-inch barrel), .308 Winchester (22-inch barrel), 6.5 Creedmoor (22-inch barrel), 7mm-08 Remington (22-inch barrel), .270 Winchester (22-inch barrel), .30-06 (22-inch barrel), 7mm Remington Magnum (24-inch barrel) and .300 Winchester Magnum (24-inch barrel) savagearms.com
Deer Season XP New Loads
Winchester Deer Season XP ammunition now includes two additional rifle chamberings: .223 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor. The new Deer Season XP .223 load includes a 64-grain bullet specifically designed for deer hunting (where it is legal for use in deer hunting). The 6.5 Creedmoor features a 125-grain bullet. Key features of Deer Season XP bullets include a larger diameter tip that expands immediately upon impact and a tapered bullet jacket and core allowing improved in-flight performance. winchester.com