• The SH Membership has gone live. Only SH Members have access to post in the classifieds. All members can view the classifieds. Starting in 2020 only SH Members will be admitted to the annual hunting contest. Current members will need to follow these steps to upgrade: 1. Click on your username 2. Click on Account upgrades 3. Choose SH Member and purchase.
  • We've been working hard the past few weeks to come up with some big changes to our vendor policies to meet the changing needs of our community. Please see the new vendor rules here: Vendor Access Area Rules

What tool/item/method/setting have you tried once and never again due to experience?

FrankNess14

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 17, 2020
Messages
230
Location
Richmond Hill , GA
X2! These never seemed worth it to me. It might just be to my overall size and lack of flexibility but they were a one and done for me.

Similar is the EZV sight for me. Only difference is I’ve now owned one three different times. Think I’m going to make it work this time. Shoot it and go right back to my Fast Eddie XL. 0-3 should mean it’s benched forever but I still have a fourth one out in the garage…just in case.
Maybe I’ll be the next EZV victim if you come to your senses and get rid of one!

I’m sure I’m in the minority here, but Ropeman 1…I like Distels and a tender better. Much easier to let out and about the same to tighten. I do like the compact length of the ropeman, but keep going back to the Distel.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

Jtaylor

Well-Known Member
SH Member
Joined
Dec 25, 2018
Messages
1,373
That’s interesting. Most deer I’ve seen shot with these (a few myself) have such a mess of an exit wound they’re doing well to get a 100 yards before flopping over. Those results were from inlines, fwiw. But I know with muzzleloading, results can vary widely.
They must work for some since they're still in business. I've tried all the varieties too since they were accurate out of mine (all in an inline muzzleloader.) A 100 yd. tracking job with a muzzleloader isn't super awesome in my mind. A 300 gr. Hornady or Barnes are my go to and they rarely go more than 25 yds with a well placed shot.
 

Schwonkhead

Active Member
SH Member
Joined
Feb 10, 2021
Messages
157
Location
Illinois
Hawk tree hook. Gifted to me, I had two of these. The "ultra sharp auger tip" is so soft that it mushrooms and while you pour muscle and sweat into it, the only thing getting screwed is you.

Dead Down Wind deodorant. You won't smell like b.o., you'll smell like it...and that leads to an alarming rate of being busted. I started stealing my wife's crystal deodorant, problem solved. Also, DDW detergent. I won't touch another DDW product. Scent Killer gets the job done.

View attachment 50133View attachment 50134
I've stopped using scent control products altogether, just use unscented soap and shampoo. We use unscented laundry detergent, baking soda, and vinegar for rinse aid on all of our laundry, so I just continue the same with my hunting clothes.
 

Marmuzz

Well-Known Member
SH Member
Joined
Feb 22, 2021
Messages
255
Location
Pennsylvania
A 300 gr. Hornady or Barnes are my go to and they rarely go more than 25 yds with a well placed shot.
Yeah that’s been my experience with Powerbelts, but I can’t say that for everyone I know who’s shot them. But I also tend to err towards patient and well placed shots, not everyone does.
 

Marmuzz

Well-Known Member
SH Member
Joined
Feb 22, 2021
Messages
255
Location
Pennsylvania
DIY scent killer spray made from baking soda and household goods. Despite rave reviews from hunters online and following the recipe it only ever resulted in a mess of salt splatter. Never sprayed right out of a plastic nozzle.
 

enkriss

Well-Known Member
SH Member
Joined
Sep 13, 2018
Messages
3,074
Spikes
versastraps
Versalinks
latitude method
latitude method 2
Tethrd menace
Tethrd ESS
 

elk yinzer

Well-Known Member
SH Member
Joined
Oct 23, 2017
Messages
1,704
Location
State College, PA
That first gamechanger saddle, I forget what it was called even but it was a gamechanger all right, as in it was not comfortable at all. It's a good thing I had experience in prior saddles or I likely would have sold the thing and gone back to RCH permanently.

I had a pretty similar experience to the OP with spurs. I played around with them a bit but for what I was incrementally gaining even after climbing the learning curves there was too much WCGW risk to be out in the sticks climbing with knives attached to my ankles.

Kenetrek mountain boots. I got a pair and felt like I was wearing stilts, those things had a legit 3 inch lift on them.
 

Fl Canopy Stalker

Well-Known Member
Vendor Rep
SH Member
Joined
Feb 4, 2021
Messages
1,699
Just curious about other's experiences.

I'll go first and I might be a very small minority, but I will never use spurs again after trying them out. No, I did not have an accident, and yes I was using raw/old/heavy equipment that's been well used for decades. Not those new Gecko Carbon Fiber models. But I just did not feel safe at all. 10ft up a tree once and I knew it was not for me.

I also have reservation about mechanical but since I have not successfully hit a deer with one nor plan to use them, I cant deny they are popular and there must be a reason why they are so.
Do not feel bad man, Spurs are not for everyone. It takes a lot of practice before someone truly feels safe in them.
 

Fl Canopy Stalker

Well-Known Member
Vendor Rep
SH Member
Joined
Feb 4, 2021
Messages
1,699
sit on top kayak. I went on one trip with a friend who insisted that I not bring my boat and ride in one of his. It was like paddling a refrigerator up a waterfall
Man I love sit on tops… it’s those sit inside kayaks that wanna roll on the most in opportune times lol
 

Nutterbuster

Well-Known Member
Vendor Rep
SH Member
Joined
Oct 12, 2017
Messages
7,937
Location
Where the skys are so blue!
Man I love sit on tops… it’s those sit inside kayaks that wanna roll on the most in opportune times lol
I've literally never even felt close to rolling any kayak or canoe by accident. I can tell I've gotten fat and awkward in my 12ft boat this summer, but not close to flipping. I know they're popular, but so are summit climbers.
 

Allegheny Tom

Well-Known Member
SH Member
Joined
Feb 4, 2018
Messages
4,788
Location
Western Pennsylvania
....... I won't touch another DDW product.
I had bad luck with DDW scent killer spray.
It did not kill some common oders to the human nose let alone a deer nose. DDW company said the spray has a shelf life and it was probably old when I bought it. So they sent me new stuff...not sure it worked any better than the "expired" stuff.
 

SNIPERBBB

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 19, 2020
Messages
575
Location
SE Ohio
sit on top kayak. I went on one trip with a friend who insisted that I not bring my boat and ride in one of his. It was like paddling a refrigerator up a waterfall
Can understand that. They aren't the speediest things but we're trading stability and the ability to stand for speed and maneuverability.

Course I put a trolling motor on mine in year two. Gonna take it fishing on lake Michigan again in a few years
 
Top