The new 2017 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 is the most powerful Side-by-Side available today. The 999cc twin-cylinder ProStar engine delivers 80 horsepower and 61 lb-ft of torque. Texas Outdoors Network has one of the first Ranger XP 1000 vehicles to hit the dirt. Ours is the Hunter Edition (of course!).
The Seek Thermal RevealXR FastFrame is a compact, lightweight thermal imaging solution that first caught my attention at SHOT Show Range Day. I had to wait awhile before the XR version hit the market and the RevealXR FastFrame is their most advanced product. With a MSRP of only $469 how would it stack up against the competition? Continue reading Seek Thermal RevealXR→
We have run many of the popular deer corn feeders and, hands down, we prefer All Seasons Feeders built in San Antonio. Not only do they make an outstanding product but their customer service is top-notch. Their 300lb broadcast feeder is the gold standard by which other feeders are measured. Continue reading All Seasons Feeders Review→
If you spend anytime in the dark off road, hunting, wheeling, fishing or whatever then you know how important it is to have quality lighting. I have a 2000 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) that I use daily. From commuting on the interstate to hunting in South Texas this is my do all vehicle and I have learned that being able to see in the dark is critical. My TJ came equipped with factory fog lights and for a time they worked very well. Several years ago, I had an unfortunate encounter at 60mph with a little 8 point buck which rendered my fog lights broken. Since that time, I realized that lighting was very important, but it was not until I started really using the Jeep that I found the need for lighting to be critical. I sourced some very cheap China made LED fog lights and mounted them in the fog position, and for the price they work well enough. However, they are flood lights not a spot and do not throw the light very far. For this, I contacted the experts at Rugged Ridge and picked up some A-Pillar mounts and lights. Continue reading Best Lights for a Jeep come from Rugged Ridge→
In the days leading up to SHOT Show 2016 I was making preparations like other attendees. I had been given fair warning that the 4 day event was hard on your feet, knees and ankles as the area to cover is quite large. I decided to purchase some new comfortable walking shoes and went to my local shoe store. I had decided on a decent looking pair of Sketchers that were constructed in a way that made me think they would last longer than just the 4 days of SHOT.
Holy smokes! As a first time attendee of SHOT I will tell you it is massive. It is literally overwhelming with the number of vendors. 2016 is going to be a very exciting year for us here at TON. We have plenty of activities planned and some of the best people in the industry are going to be going with us.
I had been in the market for a new truck for quite some time but it wasn’t until I attended the 2015 Houston Auto Show and sat in the new Ford F150 that the choice became clear. I recently purchased a new Ford F150 Lariat SuperCrew Cab FX4 and couldn’t be happier with my decision. My requirements included four wheel drive, seating for five adults, towing packing, leather seats, and all of the luxury options. Performance and comfort at highway cruising speeds was another important consideration as our hunting lease is a three hour drive down I-10 towards San Antonio. Quite frankly, this ruled out some pretenders but the F150 can effortlessly roll with traffic at posted speeds and then some.
The Lariat is a great package that can include luxury and performance while saving some coin compared to the King Ranch, Platinum, or Limited models. I selected a vehicle with Equipment Package 502A which includes heated/cooled leather seats, remote start, blind spot warning, remote tailgate release, LED spotlights in the mirrors, full power, LED headlights, and much more.
FX4 Off-road package is a cut above the standard 4X4 offering. FX4 gets you underbody skid plates, Hill Descent Control, electronic locking rear differential, and upgraded shock absorbers. Worth it.
Of course, this is the all-new aluminum body model that everyone is talking about. The one negative I have found is that the hood “flexes” some at, ahem, speed. The first time I really opened her up on the highway I actually pulled over thinking that I had not totally latched down the hood.
I decided upon the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine. It took a mind-shift to not automatically order the 5.0L V8 and I simply could not go with the 2.7L EcoBoost V6. I don’t expect gasoline prices to stay low forever and I keep my trucks a long time. Who knows where gas prices will be three or four years from now? The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 packs 365 horsepower and 420 pounds of torque muscle. It actually has more torque than the V8. The twin turbos come on strong and deliver plenty of passing power on the highway. Handling is very good for a truck – almost “crisp” compared to many of my previous trucks (and I have owned BMW, Porsche, and Jaguar vehicles).
Personally, I think the Magnetic Metallic color is awesome.
As luck would have it, the rains came nonstop the first several weeks after I bought my new ride. This is no garage queen. I now have about 2,000 miles on her and she has been in the dirt probably four or five trips out. Our small family ranch is pretty civilized but it is still a dirt road to the house and can get dicey when it rains for awhile. Our hunting lease is downright tough and most of it cannot be driven in a two wheel drive vehicle. First weekend out it rained hard, the roads were slippery, muddy, and not to be taken lightly. The F150 FX4 handled the chore while I tooled around with my heated seats and listening to Sirius radio! Wow. Loved it. The digital instrument panel includes a Power Distribution graph that illustrates the power shifting between axles. Cool.
My first upgrades were a Bakflip G2 bed cover, WeatherTech floor mats, and hood bug deflector. The Backflip G2 worked even better than expected and despite the downpour for three straight days there were only a few small puddles (drops really) of water in the bed and some of that surely came from opening up the tailgate to get at my gear.
The Ford F150 is not inexpensive unless you opt for the base models like the XL. With most F150s on the lot listing for between $45,000 – $55,000 it is a big decision for most of us. Texans work hard and play hard. There is a reason the F150 is the best selling vehicle.
Taiga Coolers is a veteran owned company. These high-quality coolers are manufactured and assembled right here in Texas. The coolers are injection molded of nearly indestructible poly-propylene that is FDA compliant for food contact and include anti-microbial additives. Taiga graciously sent us two of their awesome 27 Quart coolers in Woodland Camo for review.
New MINOX DTC 400 SLIM Wildlife Camera
Sets New Standards for Concealment
The new MINOX DTC 400 SLIM Wildlife Camera lives up to its name, being so flat it sets new standards for increased concealment and inconspicuous monitoring.
The SLIM’s extremely flat body is only about one inch thick and is slightly curved so it fits every tree trunk neatly and snugly. Combined with its camouflage housing, the result is the unobtrusive presence you want and need in an effective trail camera.