Monday, February 24, 2020

Western Hunting and Conservation Expo

   The Hunt Expo of 2020 was a new and exciting experience for us here at Nimrod Outdoors. We teamed up with one of our partners, SneekTec, and had a booth at the expo. It was a great adventure and one we would love to do again next year.

   If you don’t know about SneekTec you should look them up. Here is a link to their website and social media pages (Facebook and Instagram). We recently did a product review of the Sneekboot from SneekTec here on our blog and if you read it click the link and give it a read. These boot have so many benefits and some of them are not even hunting related.

   We got in on Wednesday and were able to set up the booth and get everything ready for the big show to open on Thursday morning. The Western Hunting and Conservation Expo is one of the biggest hunting shows in the Western United States and draws more the 60K people. There is everything from Guides and Outfitters (from Alaska to Africa) there so you can book hunts. They have opportunities to enter drawings for over 200 tags (Big Game Animals) you can apply for and have as good of odds of drawing one of these tags as the next guy. There are tons of exhibitors from new products on the market to old favorites that are proven. This is one show that everyone that is at all interested in Western Hunting should attend at least once. Incorporated with the Expo there is the NASP – National Archery in the Schools Program archery shoot. Kids from Elementary to High School compete against each other (in their respected levels) to see how shoots the stick and string the best. It is an event that is great to watch and be involves with.

   The show ran from Thursday – Sunday and we had a great time talking to so many people at the booth. We did get out of the booth and visit with some great friends and see some of the other booths and picked up a few items we will be doing product reviews on. Skull Max, Creed Outdoors and Velvet are some we will be reviewing, so be watching for them to come out here on our blog, on our social media pages as well as our YouTube channel.

Our booth we shared with SneekTec seemed to be very busy over the 4 day event. It seemed like at the end of every day I was very tired and almost horse from talking to so many people. It was great to hear their stories and to share our stories with them. In the Booth we have my 2018 Utah Moose and the buck my Grandfather shot in 1934 (and 86 year old mount) that were great conversation pieces. We had all our new Nimrod Gear, 3 new shirt designs and 5 new hat designs for people to purchase along with the Sneekboot from SneekTec.



 The show was an incredible experience and the opportunity to rub shoulders with some great people and chat with some old friends and introduce some new friends to Nimrod Outdoors and what we are all about was priceless. Our message of “getting the youth (and new hunters) into the outdoors” was well received and we hope we, along with each of you, can spread the word about the work we here at Nimrod Outdoors is trying to do. It is an event we will be back to next year. We look forward to seeing all of you there next year and hearing you’re hunting stories and telling ours. We want to give a huge shout-out to those that supported Nimrod Outdoors in purchasing our apparel and for the kind comments we received. Make sure to follow us on our social media pages, subscribe to our YouTube channel and save our website to your favorites. We are currently revamping our site to be more user friendly and give more information about Camp Nimrod where we are getting new youth hunters the opportunity to hunt and experienced hunter the chance to be #huntmentors. If you are interested in being a #huntmentor or if you know a youth (or late onset) hunter that has never hunter before, let us know by filling out the information on our “Camp Nimrod” page of our website.


If you are interested in getting some of our new Nimrod Gear, you can contact us on any of our social media pages or email us at We are going to honor our show pricing on our apparel until we get the new designs up on our website at which time it will go back to its regular pricing.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Rode VideoMic Me Review
By Jeff Barlow (Nimrod Outdoors)

Have you ever tried to record a video with your Cell Phone? Of course you have, we all have. Do you do it on a regular basis? Are you a Vlogger or a Film Maker and use your cell phone?

I know we use our cell phone to record video all the time of our hunts. In the beginning of our YouTube channel, my cell phone was all I had to record with. Some guys out them have highly expensive cameras or video camera but I just had my cell phone.

There were some great benefits for using my phone. Your phone is just so handy. Its small and fits in your pocket, you never go anywhere without it and I had the videos or pics right there at my fingertips and it was easy to post to social media from there. The cameras (video and pics) on phones is improving every day but the worst part was the sound. To get the quality sound you needed for your videos was really hard, unless it was a perfectly calm day they wind could cause major microphone problems.
We did a little research and found the solution. It is called the Rode VideoMic Me. It is a super great little mic to take with you wherever you go to get great sound quality while recording video with your cell phone in an outdoor setting.

The VideoMic Me is a lightweight, compact, high-quality directional microphone that plugs in directly to the phones microphone/headphone 3.5mm socket. Its got a great mounting system that allows it to work with almost any smartphones. You can use it with both the primary camera and front facing (selfie) camera depending on which way the mic is facing.

On the back of the mic there is a 3.5mm headphone jack that allows you to playback your videos without having to remove the microphone to assure quality sound. The VideoMic Me includes a deluxe furry windsock for shooting outdoors or in windy conditions. It is such an easy plug and play mic that requires no batteries or external power to run. I runs off you cell phone battery and uses very little power.
The mic is about 3 inches long and 3/4 inch wide and weighs in at just over an ounce. It fits perfect into a pocket for quick access. It records in a cardioid pattern, which means it records from the front and sides and rejects sound from behind. The frequency range of this little mic is 100Hz – 20kHz and the connection output is TRRS. You can find this mic on Amazon for around $50
We have used this mic many times and the windsock make a world of difference when trying to get good quality sound while outdoors. It can be blowing very hard and you can still get great sound. You can also use the mic in indoor settings when you want to make sure you get good quality sound on your recording.
If you are a Regular Joe and don’t have a lot of extra income to get the high end cameras, you should look into getting the Rode VideoMic Me as an addition to your cell phone recording. Whether you are trying to record a hunt or your kids playing in the championship game, this mic will up your sound quality and you won’t be disappointed.

We will have a YouTube Product Review video on the Rode VideoMic Me on our YouTube Channel which will give you audio samples of recording with the mic.

Check it out this cool microphone at