5 Tips for this Year’s Dear Hunting Season

You’ve spent the offseason getting your eye in at the range but now its deer season and you want to make all that practice count. Here are 5 tips from the Glowshot Targets Team to get you on your way to an excellent Deer season. Safe hunting!


1. Mask your scent
Did you know that deer have 20 times more powerful sense of smell than humans? They will
often smell you before they see you, even if you are upwind. The best way to mask your scent is
to keep your hunting clothes in a sealed container or bag along with leaves, mud and other
natural scents up until you begin your session. Try not to contaminate your clothing on the way
to your hunt.

2. Scout out your location
You don’t need fancy tech to scout out and plan your hunt. With google maps you can scope out
the terrain and tree cover to get a good idea of what you are up against and plan where you may
want to start out.

3. Practice makes perfect.
Practice setting up and taking down your equipment before your day out. You want to minimise
the noise you make and be ready for that perfect shot when the timing is right. You don’t want
to miss that perfect opportunity when it comes up by fumbling with your gear.
Offhand shooting practice with a .22 is a great way to make sure your muscle memory works in
your favour when you get out in the field. It is an easy and inexpensive way to keep your
shooting skills fresh.

4. Stay warm and dry.
Nothing ruins your day and a clear shot like being wet and cold. Your extremities are particularly
sensitive to the cold and any stiffness or shivering in your hands can really effect how you line up
the cross hairs. Keep spare dry clothes with you to change into and layer up if needed. Don’t
forget to mask the scent of your clothing to ensure if doesn’t give you away.

5. Arm yourself appropriately
Make sure your rifle and projectile will humanely dispatch the deer. This generally means .243 or
larger. As deer are relatively thin-skinned animals, most projectiles will do the job well. If you
stay away from varmint projectiles that may expand before they reach anything vital or solid
rounds that won’t expand at all you can’t go too far wrong. So long as they are well constructed
most popular brands will prove lethal.

Importantly you should practice well with your chosen rifle and be able to fire it with reasonable
consistency, whether leaning on a tree/rock or off the shoulder, as sometimes this will be what
is needed to be able to get that deer that breaks cover unexpectedly.
Got any good tips we may have missed? Let us know in the comments.
Happy hunting from the Glowshot Team!

Australian Shooter Magazine GlowShot Write-up

by Daniel O’Dea

reactive targets

In many facets of the shooting sports these days, it would seem in some ways we may be overly restricted, but in others, we are almost spoiled for choice.  One area of growth would be the variation of target designs and systems to add value and enjoyment to the sport.

The history of targets over the ages is quite fascinating, with everything from old European ornate painted target scenes to live pigeon shooting in the 1900 Paris Olympic Games. However, as a young shooter in the 1980s and 1995, it seemed plain old paper targets – be they bullseye- style or animal silhouettes – were about the only option for me. But all that has changed. Gone are the days when I would split Mum’s wooden pegs into two pieces and stick them in the ground upright to act as cannon fodder to my air rifle. Today, most gun shops will have a variety of target designs and systems to suit every need. GlowShot in Victoria offers a range of products from traditional-style paper targets with a twist, to fun reactive target systems. The company recently sent some products for review and there were some enjoyable highlights.

Reactive Splatter Targets

First, let’s cover the paper targets. Most paper targets might be black on white or other contrasting colours. GlowShot’s, however, called Multi Color Reactive Splatter Targets, are black with brightly coloured fluorescent scoring rings. The rings are individually coloured and glow under the black scoring zones, so, when shot, a bright halo appears of the same colour around the hit. This gives a highly visible strike indication that instantly stands out against the background and can be clearly seen at distances that would usually have you reaching for the binoculars. The Splatter Targets come in sizes from 6 to 16″ (152 to 406mm). The targets are made in the United States, which explains the imperial measurements. Targets supplied came in round targets measuring 6, 8 and 10″ in diameter (152, 203 and 254mm), and oval targets measuring 16×10″ (406x254mm) and 11×7″ (279x178mm) wide. All carried a bright fluoro orange centre bullseye measuring 0.75″ (19mm) across. A strike within this centre remains orange. On the round targets, the first inner ring is 1″ (25mm) from centre or 2″ (50mm) across. A strike within this area halos in white. The next ring is 2″ (50mm) from centre for a 4″ (100mm) spread. Depending on the size, this trend continues in either 0.5 or 1″ increments to the outer ring that matches the overall size. Colours vary, but generally, whatever the ring colour is, the area within registers the same colour when hit. The oval targets differ, in that the horizontal increments are at 1″ (25mm), but the vertical increments are at 1.5″ (38mm).

All target sizes come in either heavy card or adhesive versions. The heavy card units are, as suggested, a heavy gauge paper or card and require affixing to a target backing. The adhesive targets are in effect stickers that are peeled off and stuck on the backing, whatever that may be. As a bonus, the adhesive targets come with additional patches that peel off the main surround and can be used either as patches or additional aiming points on the backing. All targets came in plastic-wrapped packets of either 25 or 50, depending on size.

I tried the target in various applications over a period of time. That meant everything from long strings of handgun fire at close range to sighting-in rifles out to 200m.  At closer ranges. the reactive nature of the targets makes spotting your shots much easier than more traditional designs.  With handgun practice and training, this is agreat aid.  Being able to spot your individual hits as they land helps confirm correct sight-picture. The different colored zones also come in handy on rapid-fire strings as you quickly identify
any ‘fliers’.

At ranges of 100m-plus, the coloured halo around each shot also makes it much easier to pick up in your optic or spotting scope. On many ranges. the changing light angles of the sun at different times of the day can make it hard to distinguish hits on targets at long range with all but the best of optics. GlowShot targets overcome this issue. The added vertical height of the oval-shaped targets can also assist in sighting rifles for longer distances, where you might purposely sight the point of impact high to take advantage of a maximum point-blank range.

Target Stand

GlowShot also produces tough stands and is ideal for use with all of their targets. It is made in Australia from 6mm steel to stand up to plenty of punishment. It is impervious to all pistol caliber and rimfire rounds with a minimum range of 25m and centre fire rifles less than 2900fpm at 100m or greater. It comes with a stiff target backer that will survive at least 500 hits, also easy to install, It’s steel leg plants firmly in the toughest of soil.

Flipping Jack Targets

Next out of the bag were the GlowShot .22 Flipping Jack Targets. Made in Australia from tough high carbon steel, these targets are designed like a large caltrop, with a round target head on the end of each
spike. A caltrop is a device of four spikes are fabricated in a fashion so whichever way it hits the ground, one spike points directly up. In early days, they were used on the battlefield to hinder cavalry, while modern tyre spikes used by law enforcement agencies follow the same design. With the GlowShot Flipping Jacks, you simply shoot the top target head and the target flips over,

exposing one of the others. As with shooting any steel targets, safety must always be considered. Firstly, these targets are rated for use with standard-velocity .22 Long Rifle ammunition only. Secondly, a minimum stand-off distance of 25m should be respected for the shooter and anything else that might be averse to a little lead splatter. Naturally, a safe location and backdrop should be selected when setting up, and ear and eye protection is advised when shooting.

Getting the full experience, I set up the GlowShot Target Stand at 25m and dropped a Flipping Jack Target either side. Using a corner post as a rest, I checked the zero of the standard-velocity .22LR ammo in my old Brno Model 2. A correct strike on the Flipping Jack Target is rewarded with both the visual of the target flipping over and an audible report. Repeated hits have the target, in effect, ‘walking’ away from you. To add to the fun, these should be bought in pairs so you can challenge your friends to a race – who can roll their target the furthest in 10 rounds, for instance, or with unlimited rounds within a set time. It’s not only great fun, but can also build and hone real field-shooting skills.

Clay Pigeon Hangers

Another nifty target idea from GlowShot comes in the form of Clay Pigeon Hangers. Once upon a time, I held a AA grade in Trap shooting, and over the years, I’ve shot literally thousands of clay targets, but they were always thrown from a trap and shot with a shotgun. It was not until recently that I discovered clay targets also make cheap, static but reactive targets for both pistol and rifle shooting activities.


GiawShot reactive targets

The GlowShot Clay Pigeon Hangers are as simple as they are ingenious. The hangers are strips of pliable metal. with one end that clips onto the rim of your standard clay target. Adjustments can be made for differing thicknesses of the target rim. The other end of the metal strip is bent and formed into whatever shape is required to hang in from the desired backing.

On my test range. I have an old swing set. which holds four steel reactive plates. The addition of a single wire strand across the top of the frame allowed me to hang six bright orange clay targets. utilising a single packet of Clay Pigeon Hangers.

At 110mm across. a standard-dimension clay target can offer quite a challenging offhand target at 100m when presented with your favourite hunting rifle. With safety and common sense observed. the options of where you could hang these portable reactive targets are almost endless. Better still. you can now buy modern clay targets that are environmentally friendly and will decompose. leaving nothing behind when the shooting is all done.

David at Glowshot is continually testing and developing new solutions for shooting targets, firearms and storage, so look out for more great ideas and target options.GlowShot targets are being stocked by an ever-increasing range of gunshops. Ask at yours or visit www.glowshottargets.com.au where you can see instructional videos and buy direct.

GlowShot Calendar 4th week of July

Are you keen to try some new shooting disciplines? and having trouble finding out where and when I could take part in them, Here is the last week of shooting events for the month.

Hunting Podcasts worth checking out

Today I’m recommending what I believe are the top podcasts available today for hunters. this is based on the included quality of content and conversation, production quality, the frequency of episodes, and a few other metrics that amount simply to my opinion. That all said, if you love hunting and you want to fill some spare time with a good listen, these are well worth checking out.

WIRED TO HUNT

MEAT EATER

HUNT TALK RADIO 

Wired to Hunt is great for deer hunting and Meat Eater and Hunt Talk Radio are both great for big game and general hunting.

There are plenty of other podcasts out there, so if you know of any other shows that we should know of, Please let us know on our facebook page!

GlowShot Shot Calendar Whats On?

Its the 4th week of June and here are the shoot days, competitions, and events that are on around Victoria.

MONDAY

MILITARY RIFLE CLUB/MILITARY COLLECTORS CLUB

-CLUB EVENTS Handgun shoots 4th week Monday, from 5 pm at Springvale

-Location Springvale

-Disciplines Combined services

[email protected]  or http://vicmrc.com/

 

THURSDAY

SPORTING SHOOTERS WOMEN’S GROUP

CLUB EVENTS this 4th week Thursday at 7 pm

Location Springvale Range

Disciplines 3-positional, field rifle, practical rifle, sports rifle, air rifle

contact Bill O’Connor (phone) 0408 323 060  or Jen (email) [email protected]

 

SATURDAY

PORTLAND RIFLE CLUB

CLUB EVENT Rimfire bench-rest 4th Saturday monthly at LJ Jones Point Danger

Location Portland Thistle Road: Benchrest

contact Roger Teal  0434 512 265   [email protected]

 

SHEPPARTON SHOTGUN CLUB

CLUB EVENTS Competition Every 4th Saturday, sporting clays – 10.30am

Location Shepparton

Disciplines Sporting clays, 5-stand clays, toner shooting, flush shoots, tin can shoot, skeet shooting

Contact: Geoff Morton 0417 337 494  SSAA Shepparton Branch Facebook

MILDURA BORDER VIGILANTES SINGLE ACTION CLUB

 

CLUB EVENTS Shoot days 4th Saturday of each month at 1 pm.

Location Mildura

Discipline Single action, pistol, rifle, shogun

contact Emily Lai: 0425 881 592   email: [email protected]

 

SUNDAY

MILDURA SPORTING RIFLE CLUB

CLUB EVENTS Shoot days 4th Sunday of the month, 10 am

Location Mildura

Disciplines Benchrest, field rifle, 3-positional, rimfire metallic silhouette, centrefire to 600m

Alan [email protected]

 

LITTLE RIVER RAIDERS SINGLE ACTION SHOOTING CLUB

CLUB EVENTS Shoot days 4th Sunday of each month, 9 am – 3 pm

Location Eagle Park

Disciplines Single action, centrefire, standard match

contact Tracey-Lee Stewart 0468 328 602   [email protected]

LITTLE RIVER SPORTING CLAYS

CLUB EVENTS 75-targets or 100-targets competition 4th Sunday of each month

Location Eagle Park

Disciplines Shotgun, sporting clays

Eddie Magee   [email protected] Little River Sporting Clays Facebook

 

That’s whats on this 4th week of June. Happy Shooting!

SSAA SHOT EXPO COMPETITION

The SSAA SHOT Expo is coming soon and GlowShot will be showcasing our whole range of targets to enthusiasts and looking forward to meeting those participating and wishing to participate in the sport.

GlowShot is excited to be apart of  The SSAA SHOT Expo 2018   the nation’s biggest organisation for sporting shooters and the biggest gun expo each year in Australia with hundreds of brands on display, demonstrations, activities and over 15,000 attendees. Be sure to keep an eye out for us!

To celebrate, GlowShot will be holding a competition. First Prize is a Long Range Pack.  This includes a 25 Pack of 12″ Heavy Card Targets, a 25 Pack of 16″ x 10 ” Large Oval Heavy Card Targets and a 25 Pack of 10″ Heavy Card Targets. Runner’s up prize is a 25 Pack of 8″ Heavy Card Targets.

Entering is easy!  CLICK HERE and Like our page to be entered to win.

WINNERS will be drawn on June 25th.  To claim your prize you MUST be living in Australia and must be 13 years and older.

Visitors to the event have the opportunity to see GlowShot’s full range of products as well as 160 other great exhibits, and events and exhibits such as

  • Working Gun Dog Demonstrations
  • Live talks on equipment, gear and techniques.
  • Indoor Archery Range for adults & kids of all ages
  • Indoor Shooting Ranges for adults and kids 12 years+
  • ATN Night Vision Tunnel to test out the latest in night vision & thermal optics
  • and heaps of activities for the kids

we at GlowShot promote safety and training, conservation of lands, ethical hunting, responsible shooting and shooter protection, also showcasing to the general public with the view of improving public awareness, professionalism and safety.

Come and see us at the show, we are near the cafe. Say hi to David, Nitya, Geoff or Pete, we love to meet our customers in person!

 

Glowshot releases new App

Calculate grouping, and get accurate sight adjustment information on the fly with the new GlowShot App.

GlowShot Targets’ new App will scan your targets to calculate groupings, get your MoA, for easy windage and elevation adjustments.

To celebrate the release of the app available on Google Play, GlowShot Targets is has a special offer on the 50 Pack of 8” Heavy Card Targets, now just $31.95 a 20% saving! But this offer is only available for the next 7 days!

Now with the GlowShot App and GlowShot targets, shooters will be able to scan the shot target, get real-time MOA calculations for easy scope adjustment and share with friends for bragging rights. Here is a quick demo of how it works and some useful tips.

 

1.Place the Glowshot 8” target on a white background, ( i found if a white background is hard to find try using printer paper to lay the target on) and be careful of glare, also I found 1 meter to be the perfect distance to take the photo.

Open the Glowshot app to take a photo of the shot target. Make sure to adjust calibre and range from options below. Testing this app was a blast, it’s amazing to be able to get real-time shot analytics.

 

 

 

2. Centre the Target. Use the Blue arrows to align the target with the screen crosshair. Once centred, press okay and then enter the number of rounds shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.Results are provided in Millimeters, Inches, and MOA that can be selected by touching the display button. Each shot can be analysed by swiping left and right at the bottom.

 

 

 

 

I got in contact with David from Glowshot Targets and so far this app is available with Android phones and works with their 8” Heavy Card Targets, but David assured me they will be adding the rest of the target range over time.

(Visit the GooglePlay store to download the Glowshot Targets app– )

Get 20% off a 50 Pack of 8” Heavy Card Targets so you can test out this great new app! On sale for the next 7 days.

available from both Glowshot targets store and our newly launched Facebook store! to visit click here