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2005 Fall Black Bear Bowhunt With Fred Lutger
by Robert Hoague

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Equipment - Bear Hunt 2005

Nineteen companies sent Fred Lutger, Don Beckwith, Roy Keefer and myself products to use and test during the bear hunt. We genuinely appreciate their participation. Here is the equipment lineup and comments on them as of the beginning of the hunt.
Taking The Arch Out Of Archery
Fred received the new Old Glory with Binary Cam System. The Duck & I have Patriot single cams and Roy Keefer used a Liberty single cam.
-BOWTECH Archery
It Watches When You Can't
We received 6 EZ-Cam Game Cameras. Two had Event Counters on them. Before the hunters arrived our TrailTimers were already showing us what bears were where.
-TRAIL TIMER Game Monitors
Strength - Precision - Performance
We received MAXIMA Carbon Arrows. The components fit together perfectly and our arrows are ready for the hunt.
Gorilla Treestands & Hunting Gear
We asked for a Big Game Cart and received one. It immediately proved to be handy for moving things from one place to another.
-EASTMAN Outfitters
Easy To Use, Accurate, Affordable
Arizona EZ Fletcher is my fletching jig of choice. The Duck and I fletched our arrows with it. He used the helical model and I used the straight fletch one.
-Arizona E-Z FLETCH
Products That Work
LIMBSAVER sent Ultras, Cable Guard Dampener, Cable Slide and S-Coil Stabilizer. We received them the day I left for the hunt so Fred rigged them all on our bows at camp.
Rugged Enough For The Outdoors
I selected the Bison 6" Gore Tex Boots for us all. It is not insulated, which is right for this time of the year. Mine broke in after one day's wear around home. These boot will get a good test in this rugged, and sometimes wet country.
NAP New Archery Products
#1 In Accuracy & Performance
We divided up the NITRON, CROSSFIRE, Scorpion XP and Spitfire XP Broadheads. We all practiced with them in camp and they grouped with our field points.
The Duck and I installed the Quick Tune 360 and sighted it in.
-New Archery Products (NAP)
Eye-Level Hunting Excitement
MATRIX Ground Blinds for bears? Well, Fred and I both did it last year and we're trying it again in 2005.
Last year we were surprised that the bears were not curious or concerned about the blind. Lets hope it's the same this year.
-Double Bull Hunting Blinds
Brightest Starr In The Trees
We received two Traveling Starr ladderstands and set them up i prime bear areas. They set up easy and fast. They are quiet too.
-NORTH STARR Treestands
The CUBE Carbon & Broadhead Targets served us well for practice in camp. Everyone checked their bows before they hunted.
-AMERICAN Whitetail Targets
We received Fletch Hunter & Fletch Hunter Shorty releases with Velcro and buckle straps. I put the buckle strap on but Fred, Don and Roy used the Velcro one.
-Jim Fletcher Archery
Hearing Enhancement-Protection
We received a Predator Camo Hearing Enhancement Unit for use on the hunt. We are optimistic that it will tell us when stealthy bears are in our area.
-PRO EARS /Ridgeline
Rope Ratchets and Hang Em' High hoists were sent. Fred & Don used the Rope Ratchets to secure the gear in the back ot Fred's pickup as well as his 12 foot trailer. 
Next on the agenda is to see if the Hang Em' HIghs will lift bears.
Best Screw In The Hunting Industry
Screw In Tree Steps are done right with the EZY-Climb tree steps made by Cranford Mfg. They are easy to screw in trees. I've used a lot of different steps and no other step is so easy to put in a tree.
-EZY® CLIMB Treesteps
I picked out a pair of Deerskin Moccasins to be Camp Shoes. When you fly you are limited in what you can pack. These shoes went in my  suitcase flat so they didn't take up any room. They are comfortable too. 
-Sunset Creek DEERSKIN
10 Times Brighter Than Any Other
We received a kit with FireTacks, Reflective Clips, Hot Dots, Gear Markers and FireTape. I've never used them before, and am anxious to see how easy they are to put out and what they look like during the day and at night with a flashlight.
Taylor Maid makes Custom Bowstrings & Cables. They offered to supply us all with their custom bow strings. However we didn't get them our specs in time. I will take them up on their offer when I get back home.
-TAILOR MAID Bowstrings
Scorpyon Technologies
Drop Dead Innovation
We all used the VENOM Peep Sight System. It has a perfectly sculpted peep with a hole that is sized just right for bowhunting. I've used it on other hunts and I like to shoot with it the best of any peep I've ever used.
-VENOM Peep Sight

Fred Lutger, the owner of Freddie Bear Sports in Tinley Park, Illinois, as well as Fred Lutger's Wilderness Hunts is well known and respected in the archery and bowhunting community. His doors opened 28 years ago and his love for archery, bowhunting and helping new bowhunters and archery enthusiasts has made him one of the premier Archery & Bowhunting Pro Shop owners in the country. For information on our bear hunts visit or email us at

Fred Lutger's Wilderness Hunts
Ontario Black Bear, Illinois Trophy Bucks, Eastern Wild Turkey.

Freddie Bear Sports
Full line Archery Pro Shop for over 25 years. Online & phone ordering.

Phone: 708-532-4133
Online Store:
17250 So. Oak Park Ave.
Tinley Park, IL 60477

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