ScoutLook’s Ultimate Deer Hunting Gear Guide [2018]

No big game animals inspire more new hunting products than wily widespread whitetails and their western mule deer cousins. Better news? Here's some of the coolest new gear available.

by Mark Melotik

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No big game animals inspire more new hunting products than wily widespread whitetails and their western mule deer cousins. Better news? Here’s some of the coolest new gear available.

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CodeBlueSpray 900Code Blue D/CODE Scent Eliminating Spray. Are you using next-level scent elimination? Recent university studies compared leading scent elimination brands to determine their effectiveness at destroying major strands of human-odor-causing bacteria. D/CODE Scent Eliminating Spray killed 7 of the leading human-odor causing bacteria, while other major brands killed one or two strands. The difference? D/CODE is silver-based and maintains its performance from freezing cold to high heat, and D/CODE lasts all day. The chitosan complex found in D/CODE maintains the product’s ability to bind its medical-grade silver to a surface, be it skin or fabric, allowing destruction of bacteria even 12 hours after applying. CodeBlueDigger900Code Blue Grave Digger Scrape Mate. Natural. Better. Simply shake this soil impregnated with Code Blue buck urine and gland secretions onto a scrape, or mock scrape. Use during early season as a curiosity attractant or during the pre-rut as an infringement scent. Moisture helps activate the time-released scent; there’s no need to revisit scrape every few days to freshen up, as Grave Digger Scrape Mate remains potent for up to 30 days. When the rut starts to heat up, use Grave Digger Doe EstrousMoultrieM50i 900Moultrie M-50i Game Camera. The M-Series is Moultrie’s Management series and is a solid step up for hunters looking for more game cam features and functions. The M-50i ($159.99) features invisible infrared LED technology; its 20-megapixel camera also shoots HD video (1080p). This camera is well suited for game trails, rublines and scrapelines as it has a super-fast .3-second

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trigger speed and an illumni-Night 2 Sensor that takes exceptionally crisp, clear nighttime images. The M-50i has a detection and flash range of 80 feet; it also features time-lapse mode, back-lit controls for simple setup in low light, and has the option for password protection. This fine camera runs on 8 AA batteries for up to 19,000 images and is also Moultrie Mobile compatible, which means it can be used with the company’s cellular field modem to send photos directly to your smartphone or computer.LeupldBX-4 900Leupold BX-4 Pro Guide HD Binocular. Deer hunting is all about maximizing your effectiveness at the edges of darkness, morning or evening. This stand-out new design offers optical excellence with help from the Twilight Max HD Light Management System that combines exceptional light transmission and glare management to provide vivid, bright, high-contrast images in low light. Specialized lens coatings–the same ones used by the award-winning Leupold VX-5HD and VX-6HD riflescopes–allow users to glass longer during the early predawn hours to well past dusk. The redesigned body armor has a texture that’s designed to allow for a sure grip in any conditions. Twist-up eyecups and generous eye relief help make for comfortable extended viewing. Choose from six configurations: 8×32, 10×32, 8×42, 10×42, 10×50 and 12×50. Shadow Gray, Kryptek and Sitka Gear finishes are available. The entire line is backed by the Leupold Full Lifetime Guarantee.TractTORIC 900Tract Optics TORIC 8×42 Schott HT Binocular. Deer everywhere better beware. Tract has introduced the next generation of optical advancements with the addition of an 8×42 binocular to its award-winning TORIC product lineup. This high-performance offering features precision components and coveted SCOTT HT (High Transmission) glass for superior image resolution, giving hunters a world-class 8×42 binocular for clear, efficient and unobstructed views. The TORIC 8×42 SCHOTT HT Binocular ($684) makes use of a flat multicoating that increases light transmission over a wider spectrum of light (from 400-700nm), with the highest increase in transmission values in the green color range. The Simple Locking Diopter system eliminates inadvertent movement in the field and ensures strain-free viewing.LeupldRX-1600i 900Leupold RX-1600i TBR/W Laser Rangefinder. Bowhunters. Gun hunters. Both will want to carry this versatile new rangefinder, which is built to deliver the farthest, most-accurate ranging in its class–out to 1,600 yards. Even better, Leupold’s True Ballistic Range/Wind feature offers greater first-shot success. TBR/W technology allows hunters to account for incline, range to target and ballistics data, as well as develop wind compensation solutions. You’ll also find an impact-resistant polymer armor outside and a lightweight, aluminum housing inside; the 100-percent waterproof design comes fitted with a 6x monocular and a fully multicoated lens system to ensure a bright, crisp image. Choose from Gray/Black, Mossy Oak Break-Up Country (shown) and and Mossy Oak Blaze Orange.BushnellPrimeLaser900Bushnell Prime Laser Rangefinder. Looking for both quality and value? Prime laser rangefinders (starting at $199.99; $249.99 for model shown) are great choices, with easy ranging out to 1,300 yards, and accuracy you can trust. Cool features include ARC MODE (Angle Range Compensation) that accounts for uphill and downhill angles when ranging, providing a true range to target. The EXO BARRIER is a protective coating that bonds to exterior lenses, repelling water, oil, dust and debris for clear viewing in the worst weather. You’ll also find wide objective lenses that allow for the best resolution and contrast in all lighting conditions, and SCAN MODE that allows you to scan across the landscape while viewing a continuously updated LCD display of the distance to the target.


Oracle1 900Oracle2 900Burris Oracle Rangefinding Bow Sight. For over a decade, the Burris Eliminator LaserScope has set the standard for ballistic laser scope technology. To continue this legacy Burris has introduced the Oracle laser-rangefinding bowsight ($799), which instantly provides compound bowhunters exact distance to target and an exact aiming point while at full draw. The Oracle was designed for bowhunters who understand the importance of minimal movement and properly ranging targets when mere seconds and feet count. The Oracle eliminates aiming between pins by instantly calculating and displaying the EXACT aiming point for any distance and shot angle. The laser activation button mounts to the riser for quick, convenient access. A quick push of the button activates the built-in IR laser rangefinder. Within seconds, the range to the target is shown along with an illuminated pin for the exact drop and angle-compensated aim point. The illuminated aiming pins are displayed on the vertical LED trajectory bar running through the entire midsection of the sight. The bar also displays a fixed 20-yard pin for a constant reference point when ranging targets. If the ranging is unsuccessful, the sight will display standard dots in 10-yard increments starting with the 20-yard pin. The Oracle converts easily to right- or left-hand use.FTDoubleTripod 900Family Tradition Treestands Double Tripod. Team HuntStand has known for years that Family Tradition Treestands makes some of the strongest and most-comfortable stands on the market. Just one more great example is this ultra-mobile Double Tripod that features galvanized tubular steel for added structural integrity and rust resistance. You’ll also find a textured, baked-on powder coating for season after season of enjoyment. More smart details include 360 Degree swiveling fully welded chairs with arm rests, and quality Nylon Webbed Seats that measure 20 inches wide by 15 inches deep with 23-inch backrests for ultimate comfort. This sweet perch that comes complete with shooting rail measures 12 feet to the foot platform; available accessories include a heavy gauge plastic Roof Dome and Custom-fit Camouflage Skirt.ScentLokReignJckt 900ScentLok Savanna Reign Jacket & Pant. Are you looking for the most advanced lightweight/early season whitetail hunting suit available? ScentLok has it nailed with the new Savanna Reign, which features Carbon Alloy technology for maximum odor adsorption, in a scary-comfortable, bowhunting-silent design that moves with you and won’t

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weigh you down. You’ll also benefit from NeverWet technology that dramatically repels water to keep you dry when early season storms roll in. The Jacket features a nifty built-in facemask/hood design that provides a headcover when you need it and quickly tucks away when you don’t, while the Pant features a cool built-in adjustable belt for a true custom fit.HuntworthHiddn900Huntworth Men’s Bonded Jacket w/Hidd’n Camo. Deadly silent. All-day warmth. This new In-Velvet fleece jacket ($99) will bring a smile to deer hunters everywhere, for its stellar performance and looks. Huntworth’s new and exclusive Hidd’n camo delivers photographic depth and details, and is ready to hide hunters in a wide variety of

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environments. The double-layer construction features an In-Velvet low pile fleece outer bonded to a soft waffle fleece for a combined weight of 350 grams. A durable water repellent finish repels moisture and light snow to keep you dry, and deer hunters will also find appreciate the scent-reducing Microban antimicrobial treatment. Nice touches include a harness access hole, and Tapered arm construction that removes bulk and allows bowhunters an unobstructed draw.Covert-X-Edge900ALPS Outdoorz Covert X. What an ingenious design. Wear this pack as a standard lumbar design on your way in to your stand, then flip it around front for easy access to gear as well as a welcome easy-access hand-warmer. Super durable 1680D Nylon ballistic fabric construction offers unmatched strength. The molded foam waist belt and back panel are incredibly comfortable, while the hidden hand warmer pocket is ideal for those extra chilly days in the field. There’s even a compartment to add your favorite hand-warming product. A clear cell phone pocket is located inside the main compartment, and allows you to use your phone without removing it from this sleeve. Internal organizational compartments help you keep all of your hunting accessories separated.DannerAlsea900Danner Alsea. Named after an Oregon hunting unit that covers diverse territory from mountains to valley and rivers to ocean, the 8-inch Alsea ($180-$190) is built to power through it all. Featuring Gore-Tex waterproof, breathable protection and an optimal Primaloft insulation package, these versatile boots are durable and provide essential protection when it’s needed most. Speed hook lacing, a Danner Plyolite midsole and the ultra-grip traction of the Alsea outsole makes no terrain too intimidating. Available in solid brown and Mossy Oak Break-Up Country (shown).NitroXACUdraw900TenPoint Nitro X. Deer hunters everywhere should know the innovators at TenPoint are calling this the fastest and smallest crossbow ever produced, spanning a mere 7 inches, axle to axle, but boasting a blistering 440 fps and punishing 166 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. Team HuntStand, which has shot this fine design extensively, could not be more impressed. Stand-out features include a newly designed, maximum rotation system for the new RX7 cams,

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and Sling-Shot technology that provides a turbo boost to the reverse-draw bow assembly’s Dual Flex limbs. Unique Vector Quad cable technology utilizes four cables instead of the traditional two to deliver increased strength and stability, and eliminate cam lean. Double-dip fluid imaged in True Timber Viper Western camo, the Nitro X comes as a Standard package ($2,000) with ACUdraw Pro, ACUdraw, or ACUdraw 50 SLED, RangeMaster Pro Scope, 6-pack of EVO-X CenterPunch premium carbon arrows, integrated string stop system and a quiver, or an Elite package ($2,200) with ACUdraw Pro, Evo-X Marksman Scope, TenPoint STAG Hard Crossbow Case, 6-pack of EVO-X CenterPunch premium carbon arrows, integrated string stop system and a quiver.ExcalASSASSIN900Excalibur Assassin. Designed to be the world’s easiest, safest, most rugged and reliable crossbow ever built, the new Assassin backs up those claims with some eye-popping innovation. The new Charger Cranking System is touted as the industry’s safest and first dead-silent internal crank aid, allowing the user to cock and de-cock the Assassin using just 12 pounds of force.


Generating up to 360 fps, this compact recurve-limb design also features a new two-stage trigger system that mirrors the performance and feel of today’s best match-grade rifle triggers. And the fully adjustable Tru-Fit Stock features fast tool-less length-of-pull adjustment from 12 to 15 inches, along with an adjustable cheekpiece, so everyone can achieve a perfect fit in no time. The Assassin Package ($1,699.99) includes scope, quiver with four arrows, field points, suppressors, strap, and compact hard case.CXMaxRedBadSD 900CXMaxRedBadSD 900CXMaxRedBadSD 900Carbon Express Maxima RED Badlands SD Carbon Arrows. What happens when you take an arrow that’s been a breakthrough in controlling Dynamic Spine using a smaller diameter (.203” ID) shaft, and cloak it in Badlands Approach camouflage? You get a new, high-tech carbon arrow shaft design that blends into environments everywhere and has stiffer ends to contain the arrow’s flex to what CX calls the “RED ZONE”. The RED ZONE is the section of the arrow shaft engineered to contain Dynamic Spine and make a broadhead shoot more consistently. The smaller diameter Maxima RED Badlands SD delivers improved penetration and reduces wind-drift which enables more accurate shots at longer distances.MR450wBow900Thermacell MR450 Armored Portable Mosquito Repeller. Few things can make a warm-weather deer hunt miserable like a cloud of pesky flying draculas. The MR450 ($35) effectively repels mosquitoes by creating a 15-foot zone of protection. This small rugged device can be taken virtually anywhere to repel pesky mosquitoes, using some unique features that include hunter-friendly rubber armoring, a new grill design, and a ZoneCheck feature that provides a visual indication when the zone of protection is created. Each MR450 package also includes a belt clip, a CR2032 battery, and 12 hours of refills: 3 repellent mats and 1 fuel cartridge. M48NoslerHandgun900Nosler Single-Shot Model 48 Nosler Custom Handgun. Want to be the envy of deer camp? Show up with one of these. This modern bolt-action pistol is ideal for hunters seeking the utmost in function, design and performance from a pistol platform. Designed from the ground up by the engineers at Nosler with input from some of the most successful handgun hunters alive today, the NCH utilizes Nosler’s rugged M48 short action, sharing all of the same features that have made their Model 48 series of rifles a continued success. Featuring an overall weight of 5.9 pounds, the M48 NCH is precision CNC machined from a single billet of 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminum. The one-piece design of the aluminum mid-grip stock provides a completely rigid platform for the bedded action and free-floated barrel. The 416R stainless steel, heavy-contour Shilen barrel comes in a standard length of 15 inches, with shorter or longer lengths of 12 to 18 inches available. Additionally, the barrel has been threaded at the muzzle for brake and/or suppressor options. Options and customizations include choice of barrel lengths, Cerakote colors, optional muzzle brake, fluted or non-fluted barrel, as well as caliber. The NCH is available in a variety of short action calibers well-suited to varminting, silhouette shooting, and hunting big game with initial offerings in 22 Nosler, 24 Nosler, 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08 Remington and 308 Winchester.NoslerET6-5CREED 900Nosler E-Tip (Lead-Free) Ammunition. The local whitetails won’t stand a chance with new Nosler E-Tip Ammunition that’s loaded up front with the high-performance, lead-free, E-Tip hunting bullet. The E-Tip bullet combines uniform expansion with 95-percent-plus weight retention for superior penetration, and is available in more than 20 different cartridges for excellent terminal performance on deer, hogs, and all types of big game.BrowningBXS 900Browning BXS Solid Expansion Lead Free Centerfire. Lead-free ammunition is required in some states, and hunters are seeing benefits from a solid expansion bullet. BXS Solid Expansion lead-free centerfire rifle cartridges ($32 to $35, add $5 for magnum) feature a copper bullet with a polymer tip for consistent performance and penetration. Initial offerings include .30-06 Springfield, .270 Win., .308 Win., .300 Win. Mag., 6.5 Creedmoor, .300 WSM, and 7mm Rem. Mag.WinchesterDeerAmmo 900Winchester Deer Season XP Copper Impact. Whether you’re chasing deer or other big game, this ammo delivers. The first thing you’ll notice on the Deer Season XP Copper Impact ($28 to $30) is the large polymer tip. Bigger tip, bigger impact is the clear message with this new lead-free bullet from Winchester. The huge energy transfer means even deeper penetration than standard, proven Deer Season.Hornady6.5PRC-SHOT 900Hornady 6.5 PRC. Good news for deer hunters: The 6.5 PRC is bigger than the popular 6.5 Creedmoor and Hornady is producing it to fit in short or medium actions. This ammo features moderate powder charges for consistent accuracy with low recoil. The 6.5 is made to perform at the range and for hunting, featuring a flat trajectory and high velocities that will reach beyond 1,000 yards. It’s available in either Hornady Precision Hunter 143-gr. ELD-X or Hornady Match 147-gr. ELD Match (both shown above).OutdoorEdgeDeer900Outdoor Edge Razor-Pro Saw Combo. Success favors the prepared deer hunter, and this happens to be the ultimate double-blade knife/saw combo set ($95.95) for all types of big game. With a patented replacement razor-blade knife on one side, plus a signature gutting blade on the other, the Razor-Pro is the sharpest, strongest, replacement razor knife available, and the blades change safely and easily at the push of a button. Both blades open and close independently with one hand and lock securely. Rubberized blaze-orange TPR handles ensure a safe, non-slip grip, even when wet. Also included is a 4.4-inch aluminum handle folding saw with triple-ground tooth pattern for penetrating tough bone and wood. The Combo comes complete with six 3.5-inch Japanese 420J2 stainless replacement blades and a Mossy Oak camo sheath with pockets to hold the knife, saw and spare blades. Replacement packs of 6 blades sold separately.WorkSharp900Work Sharp Pocket Knife Sharpener. When the deer processing gets tough, your blades need to be tougher. And sharper. The Pocket Knife Sharpener ($14.95) makes it simple to put a precise edge on most of your hunting and butchering knives. Sharpening with this tool is a quick and easy process; the diamond sharpening plate and ceramic honing rod use built-in angle guides to create a sharp edge anytime, anywhere. Stick this ultra-compact design in your hunting pack or keep it in the glove compartment of your truck so it’s always there when you need it to make meat. MoraknivKansbol 900Morakniv Kansbol. The versatile, affordable Kansbol ($40/$60 w/Multi-Mount sheath) is an update to the popular Morakniv 2000, designed to the ultimate all-around knife. The 2.5mm thick semi-matte Swedish stainless steel blade is profile shaped for added precision, making it ideal for skinning, and the spine is ground for use with a fire starter. The optional Multi-Mount sheath  allows the knife to be safely mounted virtually anywhere, then detached in seconds.koa-rec-pack900Knives Of Alaska REC Pack. Designed by Alaska Master Guide Charles Allen, this sharp trio ($179) is an ideal grab-and-go set that will cover all your basic cutting needs in hog camp. The Bobcat hatchet is lightweight, razor sharp and perfect for making kindling or going to work on the cutting board. The Cub Bear knife is handy for everything from field dressing a big boar to preparing camp dinner. The Wood Saw is unbelievably sharp and fast cutting, plus its full tang eliminates blade wobble when cutting (great for building natural blinds).engel-soft-side-900Engel HD-30 Soft-Sided Cooler. It pays to keep your cool in deer camp. Whether it’s keeping beverages on ice, or fresh cuts of free-range venison, this new soft-sided, easy-carrying cooler from Engel  will treat you well. Welded seams, abrasion-resistant shell, and a variety of carrying straps: The HD-30 is serious cool at a serious value.LethalFieldSpray900Lethal Field Spray. When looking to get up close and personal to animals possessing some of the best noses on the planet, it pays to have the freshest scent eliminator on the market working for you. A separate Boost Activator charges Lethal Field Spray ($13/23- ounce base/1-ounce activator) with human odor-eliminating bonding agents. A permanent binding effect takes place. Because you activate this product yourself, you know that you are getting the freshest product possible. Lethal works for all game and predators, when applied to clothes, gear and equipment.NocturnalStrobe900Nockturnal Fit Lighted Nocks Expand. Lighted nocks are a bowhunter’s dream. Nockturnal introduced the Fit, a universal lighted nock designed to fit X-diameter and larger arrows. This year, they’ve expanded the Fit line with even more color and multi-color strobe choices, including: Blue, Orange and White, as well as Red/Blue and Green/Blue strobes ($35.28/3-Pack). Weighing about 25 grains, each Fit is waterproof and shockproof, features an ultra-strong, impact resistant, clear polycarbonate nock construction encapsulating the super-bright single LED or paired strobing LEDs, which are triggered by a patented string-activated, piston-driven contact switch.18WolverineX4 900Yamaha Wolverine X4 Side-by-Side. Deer country can be tough; this machine is tougher. The all-new Wolverine X4 (starting at $15,999) delivers superior handling, especially on tight, technical trails, combined with legendary Real World Tough Yamaha durability and reliability. Smooth, quiet power comes from an all-new 847-cc twin cylinder engine while a compact, nimble chassis cradles the most versatile cab in its class with industry-exclusive stow-away full-size rear seats for expanded cargo capacity on demand. Advanced self-leveling rear shocks provide a plush ride, as well as help maintain optimized ground clearance based on the terrain and cargo. Built for all weather situations, the Wolverine X4 is also the only four-seat SxS to feature a true full hard cab option available direct from the manufacturer.TextronHavoc 900Textron Off Road Havoc Side-by-Side. Who says off-road deer hunting rigs can’t be fun? Built with precision engineering, the Havoc delivers both power and performance with its 100HP EFI engine and a class-leading suspension system with 2.5-inch King Piggyback Reservoir Shocks, 12.8-inch front and 12.9-inch rear suspension travel and 13 inches of ground clearance. Coupled with a class-leading 2,000-pound towing capacity and 600-pound dump bed, the Havoc has the muscle to handle the toughest jobs. The Havoc X (starting at $17,299) is the first model in the Havoc line and offers Textron Off Road’s industry-first extended cab for additional storage space; it comes standard with a brush guard and 4,000-pound Warn Winch. Havoc X rolls with 28×10-14 ITP Ultracross tires on 14-inch cast aluminum wheels, and on-demand all-wheel-drive.TrophyTree 900Skull Hooker Trophy Tree. When the year’s hunts are over, this sleek and sturdy floor display allows for complete customization of your hard-won trophies. The Trophy Tree ($199.99) will take advantage of unused areas within an office or living room; it’s designed for a variety of small- to medium-sized heads from around the world and is ideal for deer heads. Simply align heads vertically or stagger them from top to bottom. Complete your tree with one species, or display a variety. The Trophy Tree’s pole stands nearly 6 feet high (five poles included) and each of its sections allows for 360 degree viewing angles with varied heights. Constructed of strong powder-coated steel. The Trophy tree is sold with 5 arm/prong attachments.



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