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Preseason Giveaway!


Archery Deer season opener is just 16 days away here in Georgia. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited.

As summer has passed, I’ve been practicing and preparing hard for this day. Last year, I realized some holes in my gear system, and I’ve spent months trying to fix those gaps.  After lots of planning and re-working, I now have a gear list that I feel is as solid as I can get it for now.

In the process of developing, testing, researching, and selecting my hunting gear this year, I found some great products and some gimmicks. As I did my research, I was able to talk with several manufacturers to understand the features and benefits of what’s available in the hunting industry today. As a result, some products naturally rose to the top, while others were cut from the roster.

If you’re anything like me, you love your gear and wish you had more cash to devote towards upgrades. I understand, trust me! I spend most of my internet-surfing researching new developments, reading reviews, and watching videos about new hunting gear or tactics. I’m a gear junkie. A card carrying, certified, gear junkie. I love trying out a new piece of kit and am always ready to share what works with friends.

Now it’s your turn.

To celebrate the 2013 hunting season finally arriving this year, we’re hosting a PRE-SEASON GIVEAWAY here at RusticMan.com. We’ve worked with some product partners to give away a hunting day pack filled with some of our favorite gear. All together, it’s a package worth over $250!

What’s Up For Grabs:

Tenzing TZ1200 day pack

Item #1 – The Day Pack: Tenzing TZ1200 Lightweight Day Pack 

Finding a good, lightweight, durable day pack is a lot harder than it should be. I was looking for something that would hold a 2 liter water bladder, carry a small gear kit, and provide straps to secure shed outer layers in the heat of the day. Most of the bags I found were either so small I felt like I was carrying a purse, or they were overkill for what I needed.

I wanted something that was fitted enough it would hold my gear tight to by back, light enough to carry all day, big enough to keep my pockets empty while hunting, and small enough to leave me nimble in thick timber. The Tenzing TZ1200 fits the bill perfectly. I can’t wait to put this bag to good use in a couple weeks as season opens!

Our friends from Tenzing have partnered with is to give away one of their TZ1200 packs to our winner, BOOM!

Muzzy Trocar Broadhead

Item #2 – Broadheads: Muzzy Trocar 100gr Fixed Blade Broadheads

I haven’t been this impressed with a broadhead in a long time. I’ve shot Muzzy’s in the past and have always liked them. This year I’m going with the new Trocar from Muzzy as my broadhead of choice when it comes time to make the shot count. We posted a review of the new Trocar here, and it was one of our most popular posts this year. So, I won’t bother re-hashing how much I love it again here. Let me just say, I’m impressed.

Muzzy is located just 30 minutes from my house, so I have a natural leaning towards the hometown brand. It’s also close enough that I went went to pick up the Broadheads that they’ve donated to our giveaway in person. I got an inside look at the manufacturing facility and testing process when I stopped by. While I was there, I saw this:

muzzy trocar steel drum

Those are the holes left by the new Trocar when shot through a steel drum. The life of the broadhead  in this test is affected by the poundage of the bow and weight of the arrow. With an average hunting setup, testers are getting upwards of 50-60 shots through a steel drum before the Trocar shows signs of breaking down – Wow!

The folks at Muzzy have partnered with us to give away two packs of their new Trocar 100gr broadheads to our winner, SWEET!

Havalon Piranta Knife

Item #3 – Knife: Havalon Piranta-EDGE

If you’ve been coming around RusticMan.com for any amount of time, you probably already know I’m a huge fan of Havalon knives. I’ve been using their Piranta-EDGE as my main hunting knife for a couple years now. As part of a 3-knife system that I carry with me in my pack, my Havalon has worked well on everything from squirrels, to turkey, to deer.

With replaceable scalple-sharp blades, a bright orange handle, and extremely lightweight no hunting pack would be complete without a Havalon knife inside. After the shot, when things get real in the woods – I instinctively reach for that bright orange handle. I have converted most of my hunting buddies to using Havalon knives and they all love them as much as I do. I’m sure you’ll feel the same way.

The guys at Havalon have partnered with us to give away a Piranta-EDGE, your new favorite knife, to our winner, KA-CHING!


Bonus: StreamLight Microstream

To round out the giveaway, we’re throwing in some extra ‘swag’ and a few of our favorite items. Stuff like the StreamLight MicroStream. This little torch gets more use than any other single piece of kit I own. The reversible clip lets it be mounted as a head lamp on the bill of your cap, or as a shoulder light on your pack strap. It’s small enough to hide in my fist, but brighter than most flashlights 4 times it’s size. It works off easy to find AAA batteries and has great battery life. I promise, you’re going to love this little gem.

Enter To Win:

At the bottom of this post you’ll find a box where you can enter to win our Preseason Giveaway package. To enter, “like” our sponsors on Facebook, share about the giveaway on Twitter, or leave a comment on this article. There are multiple ways to enter, but each method can only be used once during the giveaway.

NOTE: The deadline to enter is midnight September 9th, and we’ll announce the winner right here on September 10th.  To win, contestants must be at least 18 years of age and  live in the lower 48 states, and have a standard post office shipping address.

Good Luck Everyone! 

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  • grew

    Everyone of these pieces of gear could use an update

  • Henry Durand

    I’d love to have that pack, seems a great way to copmfortyable haul my stuff when I am out and about all day long.

    • Aaron Farley

      Tenzing is making some great products, it would serve you well!

  • Drew Dennis

    The knife would be the best part, although I could use it all. I stink at sharpening knives! :-)

  • Tom

    I Always need more stuff. Thanks

  • smccardell

    I would love to win the Tenzing backpack. Already have the Piranta and its awesome!

    • Aaron Farley

      That’s almost as good as winning – then you can make someone’s day at hunting camp with a new Havalon! Good Luck.

  • PDM

    I could sure use a fresh one of… All of the above!

  • TheWilltoHunt

    Heck of a giveaway Aaron! Thanks for the opporunity

  • Michael Kotzum

    Some great items you’ve put together for this giveaway. I’ve always been impressed with Muzzy

  • Ben Adams

    Awesome giveaway, Aaron!

  • David Hallford

    Awesome products and giveaway, Aaron!

  • Philip Peterson

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Great products.

  • Fshrmon

    What a great giveaway, i’m keeping my fingers crossed this rookie could use this bag of goodies for my first bow season.

    • Aaron Farley

      First bow season, YES! Good luck out there man, I’m sure you’ll have a great one. Can’t wait to read more about how things go for you bud.

      • Fshrmon

        Thanks so much Aaron — I’m really looking forward to it too.

  • Rob

    I would love to win this package! Quality products from quality companies!

  • Zach

    i hope i get lucky with this drawing and the hunting season approaching

  • Brent

    No way I’d miss the opportunity to win a gear package like this. I love my muzzy’s and I’ve been looking for a new pack! Get me set up for archery season, Aaron!

    • Aaron Farley

      We’ll do what we can Brent! Good Luck.

  • s5592c

    It all looks like really great gear to me.

  • Chris Dunbar

    I want to win he broadheads! They look like they will make a swift and respectful kill

  • Brandon031

    Really need or wan that bag!!
    Every thing is sweet though

  • grew

    Not having facebook is really coming back to haunt me

    • Aaron Farley

      I made sure to included some other options for non-facebook guys 😉

      • grew

        Not many do….we thank you Aaron

  • Justin Lane

    I’d love to win the pack! I’ve been in need of a new small pack for when i go to check and set up cams.

  • Al Cambronne

    Yeah. I could use that stuff. Please count me in.

  • Ben Stewart

    The bag definitely

  • Aaron

    Very Nice!

  • Drew Dennis

    My son would end up with the pack..I use a camelbak linchpin. He needs a good pack!

  • Trapper50cal

    That field dressing knife is used in Jay Scott’s Gutless Elk Method video…it cuts like butter!

  • Matt Davis

    I’d love to have it all, but those broad heads would be awesome! I just bought my first crossbow and am looking to get my first deer. As a result, I don’t have a lot of gear so this would be great!

  • baratta930

    The Havalon is an amazing knife but I already have one so the Tenzing day pack would be a great prize to win. Could use it for scouting or for hunting at the farm when I don’t need to carry everything with me.

  • Dennis G

    The Havalon is what Im after! The idea of having changeable blades is ingenious. Never have to worry about losing an edge in the field.

  • jon

    I need new broadheads, but the pack to carry my other stuff to the stand would also be sweet. /jon

  • bd

    I carry a small light in my pocket everyday, but the tail switch is fiddly and is unreliable… I would love to take home the streamlight! Running a quality light on AAA is just the ticket for me.

    • Aaron Farley

      I agree, It’s amazing to me how hard it is to find a good small flashlight that runs on AAA.

  • http://www.HighCountryBowhunter.com/ High Country Bowhunter

    I definitely am excited about the Tenzing pack. I don’t have a good day pack and this would be sweet!

    • Aaron Farley

      I’ve been very impressed with the TZ1200 – my new favorite light duty pack for sure!

  • Zach Adams

    Definitely interested in the Havalon. Huge Meateater fan. First read his books then got into the show. So any fan of Steve needs a Havalon

  • Judy Mixon

    I could sure use the pack and the other cool toys. I currently use a bigger pack that can be really bulky most of the time.

    • Aaron Farley

      Using a smaller pack for day hunts has been one of the best things I’ve changed about my hunting gear. I’m sure you’d love it Judy.

  • Joshua DuBois

    I would be most excited by the pack. It would be great for archery hunting. It is lightweight and has just the right amount of space for my gear.

  • Ben Lynd

    i could really use a pack

  • Kevin Kurzweil

    WOW GREAT GIVEAWAY >>>>>——> THANKS FOR THE OPP………………………. YALL ROCK !!!!!!!

  • William Miner

    Sure I could use these items especially the havalon knife

  • tom ross

    I simply like the site!

    • Aaron Farley

      Thanks Tom! Glad you found us

  • ronnie

    they will come in handy in the woods

  • Randy Tompkins

    Awesome prizes.

  • jason gumbiner

    looks awesome!!

  • Mike Dwyer

    Count me in! Looks awesome!

  • crystal s

    the Tenzing but really everything.

  • Terry Culverwell

    i’m in. never win anything ever but why not try.

  • Denise

    I want to win for my boyfriend

  • Cameron

    Just found out about this website through wired to hunt….now keeping up with articles etc. Enter me in the contest!

    • Aaron Farley

      Hey Cameron, glad to have you here! Good luck.

  • Rick

    Day pack, good for hunting, prospecting and rockhounding. All my outdoor activities

  • Steve L

    I love gear and recently lost my headlamp. I’ve heard stream lights are awesome. Please accept my entry.

  • Jeff B

    have followed WTH for a long time,love it! Will add this site to favs

    • Aaron Farley

      Thanks Jeff, glad to have you here!

  • Jay-Jay Werny

    Looks like a good set of toys! Those Muzzy Broadheads look like the best thing there, haven’t seen any like that here yet.

  • AndrewMullis

    Thanks for the opportunity! I’m especially stoked about the Tenzog pack.

    • AndrewMullis

      Stupid AutoCorrect

      • Aaron Farley

        I am a frequent autocorrect victim myself 😉 no worries Andrew, Good Luck!

  • Dave

    Great give away…I would be most pumped to use the Muzzy broad heads . The can test proved there worth !

  • Steve

    Looking forward to winning that pack and the havalon knife!

  • Eric

    Love to win any of it good luck too all who enter

  • Greg Roddy

    This is an awesome set of prizes you guys have assebled and actually two of the items I have been looking at purchasing anyway so I’m gonna keep my fingers crossed.

    • Aaron Farley

      Thanks Greg, We’re big fans too 😉 Good Luck!

  • Gregory Bodish

    great contest thank you for doing it,I cant afford most of the items ,The Tenzig pack would be awesome

  • Don Elliott

    the pack would be my favorite

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  • Joshua DuBois

    Great giveaway! I would love to win the pack. Any item would be great to win, but the pack is my favorite!

  • Nate M

    Look at all those readers come out of the woodwork! Love the blog and would love to win some cool gear even more.

    • Aaron Farley

      I agree, it’s great to see all the participation! Glad to have you here Nate, good luck!

  • Greg Conder

    Great giveaway! Would be a great start to my first year of hunting!

  • Andrew Carolan

    Some great prizes there but I gotta say, I would love to win the pack. I’ve been looking for a decent light pack with enough room for my gear

  • Zach

    I hope I win, the havalon knife is by far the best knife on the market for hunting and fishing tasks. Muzzy makes some awesome broadheads and the trocar should leave nothing to chance.

  • Greg G.

    Really impressed with Tenzing’s packs, and I’d love to try that Havalon.

  • kendall gritton

    Just got the tz2200 this year and I love it.

  • SarahP

    I would love to win any of the items! I don’t own any of them and any one of them would be great to try!

  • Mike

    Great giveaway!!

  • Marc

    Id like to win any or all of these prizes. The pack would be my first pick

  • kantill

    Great give away and I hope I win.

  • dave

    Hope to win all these great products.

  • Marci Hansen

    Would love to win the pack or broadheads!

  • Dustin Daniels

    this would be a awesome win

  • Mark Dearborn

    Great stuff. Most excited about the pack, but the broadheads aren’t far behind.

  • Larry Webb

    Good deal.

  • MarkWmDwyer

    The Tenzing TZ1200 Lightweight Day Pack. The others are a plus.

  • Shane Doney

    Nice setup for giveaway!

  • Kenneth Weikle

    The Tenzing Lightweight Day pack, can’t carry the gear without a pack.

  • doug slack

    needing a good quality day pack to keep everything in while out for the day in the woods

  • adam

    Looking for a new pack

  • Aznealz

    Really like to try out the Tenzing pack.

  • Dustin Daniels

    Hope I win!!!!!

  • Colin

    Great stuff, Muzzy’s results are very impressive

    • Aaron Farley

      I agree! Season opens here in 4 days and I hope to be seeing some of those results first hand.

  • Frank

    Goox luck to all.

  • Nick Demarais

    I could really use a new backpack!

  • Jason

    Great Broadheads with excellent results!

  • Brad

    Everything I need and could use to start the season right here. Great package. Thanks

  • Eric Bailey

    hope I win! Looks awesome, Thanks Aaron!

  • Jeremy Nedved

    Awesome giveaway.. Thanks Aaron

  • Aaron Farley

    Thanks so much for all the entries and comments folks! The winner is Greg R, Congratulations Greg! Hope you enjoy the prize pack from our great partners!

  • bigdog

    congrats Greg

  • Brian Bellerson

    Congrats Man!

  • Stephen Kirby

    Congratulations Greg!!

  • Mark Dearborn

    WTG Greg, and thanks to RusticMan for the giveaway. Hope you both have a great season!