Do you know a killer tree that’s unfit for tree stands? How about a hateful hollow that makes dragging dead deer sheer torture? Or do you just want a handy way to video-record your bowhunt, say by aiming your bow at that big buck or bull?
No matter the challenge, you’ll find solutions in the ATA’s Innovation Zone in rooms 207 and 209, located on the second level of the Music City Center. The 2014 Innovation Zone features 85 innovative inventors and start-up companies trying to get their products noticed by the bowhunting industry.
Best of all, you can talk face-to-face with the innovators as they demonstrate their products. Derrick Holman, owner of Antler Arsenal, shows how his tree-stand mounting system bolts onto nearly any hang-on stand, attaches to steeply angled trunks, and then adjusts to keep the platform level front to back.
Or just a few aisles away, talk to former Marine Corps buddies Shaun Bradley and Will James, co-founders of Krooked Oak Treestands. They love explaining how their hang-on stand rotates on its circular mounting bracket to keep the platform level side to side, even on trees or limbs leaning 20 degrees.
Then there’s Bruce Putman, inventor of the Portman Mfg. Trail Cart, a fold-down deer carrier that weighs a mere 22 pounds even with its three inflated tires. Just unfold the device, strap your buck onto its aluminum bed, and push or pull it across any terrain.
Nearby is Riley Arnold and his Tactacam, a miniature camera with a 60-degree field of view that doubles as a stabilizer by screwing into the standard female insert beneath bow handles. When your deer appears, push the camera’s on-button and three seconds later you’re digitally recording every scene you put in front of your bow.
These are just a few of the great products you’ll find in the Innovation Zone today, so get down there before the Show closes.