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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:25 pm 
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I purchased the CAMO PATTERN - RECON ELITE REV609ECCT with spot lens from Kevin Ryer recently.
Here are my experiences so far...
The first time I used it from my elevated box stand at night, I knew I had to tweak some things. I have one 100 yard long by 30' wide lane cleared through a pine forest/farm. The light lit up the window awning, window frame and the trees nearest to me so much that I had trouble concentrating on the feeder 100 yards away. I didn't notice any eye fatigue - it was just that the near objects were so much brighter than the feeder that my attention kept focusing on the brightest objects. ...no hogs that evening...

When I returned home, I fabricated a 12" aluminum tube to keep the light focused. 12" wasn't enough so I fabricated a coroplast sleeve to extend out to around 30". I affixed matte black vinyl to the inside to keep the light focused even more... I also trimmed some of the branches...

This seems to work pretty well. I can't tell if the light is dimmer now at 100 yds but I wish it were a little brighter if only so my black crosshairs show up a little better on black hogs.

Here are some pics. There may be more improvements to be made. Tell me what you think.



My second night hog hunt went something like this...
I got to the stand and turned the light on at 7:30pm. I turned the light off because I was falling asleep around 11pm. It is difficult staying awake all night when you are used to sleeping. I have the light powered by a typical size car battery and, because I don't know how long it will last, I turned it off at 11pm and woke up at 5am to continue the hunt. If y'all know how long this setup will last, please tell me. I woke up every half-hour or so during the night to try to get comfortable and looked out into the bright moonlit night only to see nothing at the feeder...
I woke up at 5am and hunted until 7am. ... no hogs ...
I'd had a choice between three stands and chose the one that had previously had the most frequent hog visits as recorded by my cameras. After checking the cameras from the other stands, I saw that I would have killed hogs at BOTH of the other stands during the hours I was WIDE AWAKE. Then I checked the camera at the feeder I was hunting... There was one of two hogs at the feeder constantly from 12:30am to 3:30am !!! I was just too groggy to turn the light on and see them. Maybe I should have left the light on the whole time instead of turning it off... Well, I'm learning....


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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:50 pm 
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onestory, I have the same problem with lights. I have moved my 3 TB lights 20-30 yards out in front of me so that I'm not blinded by the reflection off the nearest trees, not seeing anything behind them, and defeating the purpose completely.


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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:22 pm 
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Gary Rapp wrote:
onestory, I have the same problem with lights. I have moved my 3 TB lights 20-30 yards out in front of me so that I'm not blinded by the reflection off the nearest trees, not seeing anything behind them, and defeating the purpose completely.



I've thought about doing the same thing but I'm trying not to do anything around my stand before a hunt. I make enough noise and scent already. Also, I don't want my equipment rained on or drenched by fog.

...and, I'd have to find a way to elevate the light, right? or are you placing the light closer to the ground? ....how exactly are you doing it and how is it working for you?

...I've thought of attaching the light to the rack of my ATV along with the car battery and parking the ATV 20-30 yds from my elevated stand...


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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:40 am 
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YES, Texasboars lights are BRIGHT. They're supposed to be. They are not designed to be placed on the window sill of a blind. They are much better outside the blind. I have a friend who has his permanently mounted outside his blind near the roof of the blind. It works great like that as long as there are no tree limbs near or in right in front of the blind. The light will light those up brightly. So, the best way is to first have it outside the blind, and as high as possible. Many of us use tripods for this. I use a tripod because I don't have a permanent blind to hunt from.

In your situation I'd suggest installing your light either on the outside of the blind itself, or on a pole slightly to one side or the other between you and your feeder. Then you would get the full benefit of the light.

I would remove the aluminum tube you've put on the light. They aren't designed for that. You're eliminating a lot of the available light.

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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:42 am 
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I forgot to add, your light is waterproof to IP68 I believe. So, don't worry about rain getting on it. One of mine got dumped into salt water on the Texas City Dike, and worked perfectly after we fished it out of the salt water. Rain won't hurt them at all. You can use a plastic battery box if you're worried about the battery.

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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:10 pm 
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Onestory, congratulations on buying a fantastic light. My thought is to get a tall tri-pod to mount the light on and leave the battery on the ground.


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Paul Burkett wrote:
Onestory, congratulations on buying a fantastic light. My thought is to get a tall tri-pod to mount the light on and leave the battery on the ground.


That's how Kevin deploys his lights. I do mine the same. Not only are they great for hunting, but I also use mine at camp, and for fishing. They work great for anything you might need bright lights for. I also have some on my house for outside lighting, and they work awesome.

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 Post Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:41 am 
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onestory wrote:
I purchased the CAMO PATTERN - RECON ELITE REV609ECCT with spot lens from Kevin Ryer recently.
Here are my experiences so far...
The first time I used it from my elevated box stand at night, I knew I had to tweak some things. I have one 100 yard long by 30' wide lane cleared through a pine forest/farm. The light lit up the window awning, window frame and the trees nearest to me so much that I had trouble concentrating on the feeder 100 yards away. I didn't notice any eye fatigue - it was just that the near objects were so much brighter than the feeder that my attention kept focusing on the brightest objects. ,,,,,,,,,,,,, Well, I'm learning....


I would recommend a CCTV Mount (mounts for security cameras) and place the light outside the stand. Preferably above the window perhaps the roof of the blind if possible. Just get it outside the stand with a CCTV Mount (find them on Amazon no problem).

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 Post Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:59 am 
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onestory wrote:
I purchased the CAMO PATTERN - RECON ELITE REV609ECCT with spot lens from Kevin Ryer recently.
Here are my experiences so far...
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I'd had a choice between three stands and chose the one that had previously had the most frequent hog visits as recorded by my cameras. After checking the cameras from the other stands, I saw that I would have killed hogs at BOTH of the other stands during the hours I was WIDE AWAKE. Then I checked the camera at the feeder I was hunting... There was one of two hogs at the feeder constantly from 12:30am to 3:30am !!! I was just too groggy to turn the light on and see them. Maybe I should have left the light on the whole time instead of turning it off... Well, I'm learning....


This is a constant problem, too many feeders throwing corn. :idea: That gives hogs the opportunity to avoid the one you're going to hunt, which is exactly what happened.

This can actually become a complicated answer, to simplify it, choose the feeder that gets the best action:
This could be boil down to one of many choices.
> If all feeders are getting hit every night choose the feeder the hogs go to first.
OR
> To me the most important = choose the feeder that you would least likely disturb the hogs getting to it.
> choose the feeder that get the best or most action.
Then turn the others OFF. Even if its just for the days you're hunting. Then turn them back on again after the hunt if that's necessary due to other club members.
Don't give them a choice - or provide multiple bait piles.

I can't get into the complicated part of it, but it has to do with No Entry - No Hunting in select areas in order to keep hogs in a comfort zone to sustain high pressure hunting.
Example, my baited area right now, we can go out to bait our ambush zones and see 3 - 20 hogs out in the pasture at any given time during the day (the middle of the day - all day long). We can easily get to within 200 yards of them. BUT, that's their comfort zone (NO ENTRY for us hunters). As such, the hogs remain on our property and come to the 2nd bait station where we shoot them at night. We continually shoot hogs at a single bait station this way.
AGAIN, this can get complicated and that's a simple explanation of a specific strategy. It requires much thought and a lot of effort to execute.

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 Post Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:09 am 
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onestory wrote:
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I was just too groggy to turn the light on and see them. Maybe I should have left the light on the whole time instead of turning it off... Well, I'm learning....

Yes, absolutely. You should leave the lights ON.
I sleep during my hunts :thumbup: :lol: All the time.
Wake up and take a look go back to sleep :crazy: Usually 2 of us hunting so 1 person can keep watch.
If you can't do that you might consider getting a Dekota Alert to wake you when animals show up.

HOW LONG WILL THE LIGHT RUN

V609 Elite is a 25 watt light. It uses 25 watts per hour.
Marine RV battery (100 Amp Hour Rserve).
Here's how you get the run time.

12 volt battery - use the factor of 10 to multiply against the AMp Hours.
10X100=1,000 battery watt hours,,,, then divide light to battery 1000 divided 25 = 40 hours
You should get about 40 hours of run time on a good battery with a V609.
V618 at 60 watts will cut that down to about 18 hours.
So, either one of those lights should run all night on a Marine RV Deep Cycle battery.

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 Post Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:18 am 
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Here's a photo from just a few days ago I took with my phone while on a bait run.

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2018-03-08 14.23.51.jpg


You can see the date and time stamp 03-08-2018 @ 2:23 in the afternoon.
It is with my phone,, so it aint the best. There was 6 mature sow 3 boar and untold number of little footballs.
OH, BTW
HOW WE BAIT
WITH A TIRE FEEDER


Here's the web page
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