We have loved this journey of partnering with expert callers and bringing you high quality content from them straight to your mobile devices to help you become a better caller and hunter. It is thus with great pleasure that we introduce to you the Goose Tech mobile app!
Goose Tech is the cutting edge of goose calling instruction. Under the guidance of the Goose Guru himself, Nick J, Goose Tech is designed to take you on a goose calling journey. First, Nick J. covers the basics and introductory concepts. Then he graduates you to the root sounds in goose calls with a specially designed alphabet. Next, you learn a wide variety of goose sounds. Next, you apply all of this knowledge with various calling sequences and skill builders. You can also record yourself calling and compare to the real goose sounds on the app. Finally, Nick J has taken his tried and true goose hunting tips and tactics to help you bring it all together.
In sum, Goose Tech will help you become a better goose hunter. It’s that simple! Check out the app today and start your goose calling journey with a proper foundation or continue your journey with an incredible guide.
After a few years of processing my own meat and aging it in small coolers, where temps were difficult to control and my meat age time was in turn limited, I decided to build a cold room. When I heard about a cool device that makes that process easier, and then we were quarantined due to COVID-19, I decided “no time like the present!”
DISCLAIMER: I did my best to build this walk in cooler to last. But I’m not a professional construction contractor, and I recommend you consult a professional experienced in construction before embarking on your own cold room construction project.
Step 1 – Outline the Space
I ended up concluding that a 4’ by 10’ space was sufficient for the amount of meat we’d be hanging each year, wouldn’t be overly difficult to keep cool or require too large of a window mounted A/C unit to pair with the Cool Bot. (Ultimately this turned out to be a good guess. We can hang two full sized elk in this space. It’s snug, but sufficient, and cools quickly.)
Step 2 – Frame the Walls
I framed up the walls, researching ahead of time the size of A/C unit I would need to cool the space when paired with the Cool Bot. (Here’s a helpful article to consider on that subject.) I also checked out standard exterior door sizes and frames that in as well. Pressure treated 2x4s made for the bottom of the walls since they’d sit on concrete (which I anchored into the concrete using Tapcon screws).
After framing I cutout and nailed plywood on to the frame. Here’s a look at the progress to this point.
Step 3 – Install the Door
At this point I installed the door, which as I mentioned earlier was a standard exterior door. I figured it would keep the cold air in better. I also made sure to install it so it would open out rather than in, since space inside the cold room would be at a premium.
Step 4 – Seal
Next up was sealing the edges and filling any holes with silicone.
Step 5 – Insulate
My garage walls and ceiling are sheet-rocked, so I put up a vapor barrier wrap in case of moisture from the cold room. I then used R-Tech Rigid Foam insulation, welding it between the studs on the walls and attaching to the wrapped, Sheetrock walls and ceiling.
This didn’t fill in all the gaps, so I used the spray in insulation to line all the edges and fill the gaps.
Step 6 – Install the Window A/C Unit
The window A/C unit fit pretty snuggly in the framed window, but I used the same spray in insulation to seal the edges. I also had to hire an electrician to convert a plug in the ceiling of the garage so the wiring suited the A/C unit. (Definitely didn’t want to take any risks here and try this myself!)
The Cool Bot device is easily mounted to the wall, and then the sensor in the A/C unit is connected to a sensor on the Cool Bot. Apparently the Cool Bot tricks the sensor in the windows A/C unit to continue to blow cold air even though it’s minimum temperature is reached.
Step 7 – Install Shelving
I put in some clothes hanger bars and some shelving on top of the lower one. I can safely hang four elk quarters on each shelving level.
The version of the Cool Bot we purchased picks up a WiFi signal, and you can track the temperature in the room from your phone, which was well worth the upgrade.
So far, we have hung and aged one elk, one moose, one bear, and three deer since it’s construction, and everything has worked well (some for us, some for friends). On occasion we’ve had to reconnect the Cool Bot to WiFi, and the A/C had to work pretty hard around the clock to cool the room on our bear killed this June. We don’t have the power bill back from that yet, but aside from the bear, we haven’t noticed a significant increase in our power bill running the cold room in the fall and winter.
Having the cold room has allowed us to hunt and kill big game and process meat efficiently. And the aged meat is certainly next level in terms of tenderness and taste. I highly recommend checking out the Cool Bot, and I think you can get some kind of a deal if you follow the links to Cool Bot in this article.
Feel free to reach out with any questions about this project with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited to bring you our 2021 spring turkey hunting giveaway with prizes totaling over $3,000 in value! We have 11 great companies participating, so head on over to our Giveaway page and get entered, then check out these incredible companies and their great products!
Here’s a list of the prize package going to one lucky winner:
One (1) Lifetime Membership to Trips 4 Trade & Grand Slam Outdoors Hat and T-Shirt
Our summer pre-season elk calling webinar series is coming to a conclusion on August 20! Paul is giving a final seminar for the season, and the focus is going to be almost exclusively on live questions from participants (and giving away a brand new Hoyt bow of course)!
Reserve your seat at the webinar here. Each webinar you attend gets you an additional entry to win the Hoyt bow, so definitely get signed up!
We’ll start at 7 PM MT and take questions right out of the gate. No one matches Paul’s enthusiasm for elk calling, and it’s going to be a 90 minute train ride through the elk woods!
Also, if you have missed earlier webinars but would like access to them, send an email to email@example.com and we’ll get you set up!
September is nearly here, and we’re doing as much as we can to help you be ready. So study up on the ElkNut app, get registered for this webinar, and let’s get this elk party started!