If you’re like me, you think about whitetail hunting every day of the year, even during summer when there’s really nothing to do but monitor food plots. Recently I learned about a product that I think will really help me this fall in the deer woods, so I’m sharing it here with you.
First a bit of background: For years I’ve used reflective tacks to mark my “o’dark-thirty” entry trails to treestands and ground blinds, and while the tacks work OK, they’re difficult to get into a hardwood tree, over time they sometimes fall to the ground (leaving me frustrated as to which trail to take!), and they’re a bit cumbersome to place in a tree’s bark, especially while wearing gloves. I know this from experience, as I’d estimate that right now I have 200-300 reflective tacks placed in the forests of Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. (Some of my entry routes to treestands are a mile long and require lots of tacks.) I don’t use trail marking tape because I don’t want other hunters to find my hotspots (call me selfish), and I’d feel like I’m littering if I tied tape to branches and then left it there to hang.
A few days ago I came across a press release for Buck Bomb Pathfinder paint and then visited the company’s website, but I still had a few questions, so I contacted them for answers.
“Think of the reflector on a bicycle when illuminated by a car’s headlight,” said Buck Bomb’s Mike Homan. “That’s pretty much the color you see when you hit Pathfinder paint with a flashlight, and you can’t see it during the day. The reflective marks on trees generally fade away after 5-6 months, which is great when you consider that it’ll get you through a whole deer season and then be a non-issue if you want to change stand locations for next season. The paint doesn’t wash off in heavy rain, but it can dull it quicker than its normal life expectancy.”
Mike went on to explain how people are learning even more uses for Pathfinder. “The beauty of this product is just how many applications it has outside of pursuing whitetails,” he said. “Things we never thought of such as marking fishing spots, duck blinds, atv trails, night obstacle courses, etc. The options are really limited only by someone’s imagination.”
If Pathfinder (can and water bottle shown above for size reference) works as advertised, it’ll play a major roll in my whitetail game plan this fall. If you have any predictions, or thoughts on this product in general, join the discussion on the North American Hunter forum.