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Polaris and Honey Brake Lodge

Texas Outdoors Network is headed out to Honey Brake Lodge to test drive the new Polaris Ranger XP 1000!  Scheduled events include hard-core testing of the new Polaris line up, skeet shooting, teal hunting, and hog hunting with dogs!

Polaris is the undisputed leader in All Terrain Vehicles.  We have a long-term 2017 Ranger XP 1000 out on demo and it is fantastic!  Smooth, powerful, and fast.  The new 2018 is even better.

https://texasoutdoorsnetwork.com/2017-polaris-ranger-xp-1000-long-term-test-drive/

Honey Brake Lodge:  “Honey Brake, located on 20,000 acres of the old Louisiana Delta Plantation and nestled on the banks of beautiful Larto Lake and its tributaries, offers the avid outdoorsman a unique array of outdoor recreational opportunities all on one property.  Louisiana’s premier duck and waterfowl hunting lodge has year round outdoor experiences.”

Special thanks to Donna with Polaris for inviting us on this awesome adventure!  Stay tuned for a full report.  2018 Polaris Ranger

FLIR Scout TK Thermal Vision Monocular Review

The FLIR Scout TK is the most affordable thermal monocular in the Scout product line.  Thermal vision has become more affordable in recent years and every outdoorsman should carry one.  Thermal is one area where you get what you pay and the FLIR Scout TK, with an MSRP of $599, is a competitor to the Seek Reveal XR and the Leupold LTO.  It can detect a man-sized target at about 100 yards. Someone needing a long-distance camera must step up to the Scout II or Scout III and pay a premium price.

The FLIR Scout TK is simple to use.  The menu system is logical and easy to operate in total darkness.  A built-in camera allows you to capture images and videos to download to your PC. Continue reading FLIR Scout TK Thermal Vision Monocular Review

Trijicon Electro Optics Thermal Riflescopes

Trijicon purchased IR Defense last year and is aggressively moving into Thermal night vision devices.  The first four products include the IR-Hunter and REAP-IR thermal riflescopes, the IR-Patrol thermal monocular, and the SNIPE-IR thermal clip-on.  One of their target markets is hog hunting.

We know hog hunting!  It is one of our favorite activities.  We were fortunate enough to receive one of the first IR-HUNTER thermal riflescopes to hit the field.  It is impressive to say the least.

Read the full product review and hunting report here on our sister site Tactical Gun Review.  

Trijicon IR-HUNTER
Trijicon IR-HUNTER
Trijicon IR-HUNTER
Trijicon IR-HUNTER

Thermal Scopes Heat Up!

Trijicon’s recent acquisition of IR Defense is an interesting development coming on the heels of FLIR purchasing Armasight last summer.  We have field experience with night vision / thermal products from all of these companies and they are all amazing.  To be able to spot a wild hog 200 yards away in total darkness is very cool.

Trijicon recently launched their new Trijicon Electro Optics website to promote the new line of IR Defense based thermal scopes.  We should have two in for testing in the next couple of weeks.  Can’t wait to take them hog hunting!

What do you think?  Are you planning to add a thermal scope this year? Continue reading Thermal Scopes Heat Up!

Hunting with the LMT LM8MWS 308

Lewis Machine & Tool Company (LMT) is recognized for producing high quality rifles in demand by law enforcement and military.  The British Army and New Zealand Army have selected LMT weapon systems.  The LM8MWS is built around a Monolithic Rail Platform and the Modular Weapon System that allows the operator to easily change barrels and calibers.  My particular rifle is fitted with the standard .308 caliber chrome-lined 16″ barrel 1:10″ twist.  I look forward to adding a 6.5 Creedmoor down the road.  So how well does the LMT .308 perform as a hunting rifle? Continue reading Hunting with the LMT LM8MWS 308

Armasight Zeus Pro Thermal Weapon Sight

Armasight makes some of the best thermal rifle scopes available.  These are high-end units – professional grade.  The Armasight Zeus Pro is simply a superior solution for hog hunting.

I have taken the Armasight Zeus Pro hog hunting at night but did not have the DVR available to record the video.  As you know, deer hunting past twilight is a criminal offense.  The video taken here is intended to demonstrate the capabilities of the thermal scope – we were not deer hunting at night!

Thermal is different from traditional night vision devices in that the subjects really jump out at you.  On one occasion, we had both a Gen 3 NVD and a thermal out one night hog hunting.  We had spread corn down a long road, parked up on a rise, and were waiting on the pigs to arrive.  Scanning down the road with the NVD, I didn’t notice anything moving.  I then picked up the thermal and wow – a doe was standing about 60 yards away!  Because she wasn’t moving I did not notice her with NVD.  However, with the thermal she just popped!

Coker Tactical is our preferred supplier of thermal imaging and they are an authorized Armasight dealer.

www.Armasight.com

Hunting hogs with Thermal imaging

Is there anything more fun that hog hunting at night with suppressed ARs and Thermal imaging?
Not that I can think of!

For this hunt I ran a Wilson Combat 6.8 with 100g Hornady GMX Boar Buster ammo. Silencer is a CRUX Nemesis 30. Thermal scope is a FLIR PS64 and video recording is being handled by a MDVR from Ultimate Night Vision.

Continue reading Hunting hogs with Thermal imaging

6.8 SPC II Custom Build Rifle

There have been countless wildcat cartridges over the years.  One recent trend has been the various efforts to modify the standard AR15 to shoot a heavier, more lethal bullet.  The crazy hype surrounding the 300 Blackout is but one example.  For my money, the 6.8 SPC is the best of the lot for general all-around use. Continue reading 6.8 SPC II Custom Build Rifle