HuntStand’s Ultimate Deer Hunting Gear Guide

Are you ready to match wits with America's favorite big game animal? Stop here to check out the latest and greatest new hunting gear

by Mark Melotik

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Deer GuideLEAD 600Are you ready to match wits with America’s favorite big game animal? Stop here to check out the latest and greatest new hunting gear—to ensure you go afield this season with the deadliest deer arsenal possible.

Stealth-Hunter-2016The Stealth Hunter Blind Chair by ALPS OutdoorZ. Deer hunters ask a lot of their blind chairs. We’re looking for comfort, sturdiness, and maybe most of all silence. The new Stealth Hunter from ALPS OutdoorZ delivers all of these and more, complete with a full-sized, foldable backrest that’s key to those “all-day” sits. The seat swivels 360 degrees to allow you to adjust on the fly, and does so completely silently. The seat height is adjustable to fit the needs of any sized hunter, and the durable TechMesh material found in the seat is extremely durable. Each leg is independently adjustable to allow for a level seat even on uneven terrain. Four large swivel feat help to stabilize the base of the chair and prevent the legs from sinking, even in wet conditions. The powder coated steel frame is incredibly strong and helps to round out the durable and reliable chair design.


ALPS OutdoorZ Big Bear X. Deer hunters know ALPS from its proven Extreme line of premium hunting packs, and expansion of this innovative line continues, a great example being the new Big Bear X. This lumbar-style pack can be worn using a harness and has an expandable “daypack” built in, effectively making the Big Bear X two packs in one. The day pack expands out of the lumbar pack when you need it, and folds down into the lumbar pack when you don’t. Like the other products in the Extreme line the Big Bear X is constructed using only the strongest materials available. Utilizing 1680D Nylon Ballistics fabric throughout and featuring hypalon built into the lashing points, this pack is unmatched for strength and durability. Lycra shoulder straps and a molded foam waist belt are used to insure the most comfortable fit possible. The Big Bear X features four compartments; two side pockets, one front pocket and the main pocket, so you know you’ll have all the room you need to carry your gear with you. The Big Bear X also features an adjustable and removable bow hook that allows you to hang your bow by your side while you rest.

BallisticChrono 600Caldwell Ballistic Precision G2 Chronograph. How fast is your bow? How much does the speed change when dropping or adding some weight? Can you benefit from using lighter arrows? You won’t know the answers to these and many other important questions if you don’t own a chronograph, and the new Caldwell Ballistic Precision G2 Chronograph is one of the finest. This innovative design literally flips conventional chronograph technology upside-down. By inverting the system, the Ballistic Precision G2 Chronograph is able to more accurately measure velocity from point to point than conventional chronographs, and even works indoors! This collapsible, compact system is quick and easy to deploy, making it the perfect addition to take to the range. The G2 is calibrated to within +/- 0.25 percent of the true velocity, and is Bluetooth enabled to interface with a smartphone app. In addition to its many archery applications, it’s ideal for checking the velocity of firearms, airguns, and paintball gear.

big-buck-gear-guide-600HuntStand App. Download the free HuntStand app to save unlimited deer hunting locations to your interactive ScoutMap. Revisit your saved locations at any time to view pinpoint weather conditions, including hourly ScentCone wind forecasts to plot your stand sits. Use ScoutMarX to store locations of rubs, scrapes, bedding areas, and other key clues that will bring you closer to deer success. Use the Terrain map overlay to efficiently evaluate your daily travel routes and avoid deer-spooking mishaps. Store logs of specific deer observations so you can develop patterns and fill tags. Cache parcels of your hunting areas for offline viewing and GPS navigation. HuntStand helps to put you in the right place at the right time. Available for Android and iOS.

HooymanDeer 600Hooyman Releases MegaBite Handsaws, 40v Lithium Pole Saw. Deer hunters use handsaws so much all of us should have two or three. The all new MegaBite Handsaws are designed to be compact and extremely durable, and are available in two models, the MegaBite and the MegaBite Compact. The sawblades are made of premium high carbon SK5 steel and feature a tapered blade design. The impulse-hardened, 4-edge, tooth design is made to last and provides unmatched cutting performance. The MegaBite Compact has a 6-inch blade and folds down to 6.5 inches; the MegaBite has an 8-inch blade and folds down to 9.5 inches.

PoleSaw2 600Find yourself with a lot of large cutting jobs? The new Hooyman Cordless 40v Lithium Pole Saw is the perfect tool for trimming, clearing brush and creating shooting lanes. Equipped with a 40v Lithium-Ion battery and high torque in-line motor, this 10-pound electric pole saw can tackle both large and small limbs with ease and precision, providing up to 70 minutes of run time, with its included battery and charger. Its lightweight, durable design allows the saw to be safely extended to approximately 16 feet while in use. After the job is complete, simply collapse the system and store in the provided 48-inch carry bag. When collapsed and stored, the Cordless 40v Lithium Pole Saw can be efficiently strapped to an ATV for transporting to your treestand.

BluetoothPketWarmer 600Bluetooth-Enabled ThermaCELL Heated Products. Late-season deer hunters now have some powerful high-tech options to combat frigid conditions. ThermaCELL Heated Products have brought comfort to outdoor enthusiasts for years in the form of ThermaCELL Heated Insoles and ThermaCELL Heat Packs products; the company’s new-for-2016 innovations include ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ProFLEX Heavy Duty and ThermaCELL Heat Packs Bluetooth Pocket Warmers, both of which offer temperature control via Bluetooth smartphone connectivity on both iOS and Android devices, as well as the ability to check the battery life through the free application. Talk about convenient.

ProFLEX-Heavy-Duty600ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ProFLEX Heavy Duty ($200) operate through any major smartphone via Bluetooth, eliminating the need for wires and small remotes. The lightweight cushioned heated insoles are supercharged with a 30-percent higher capacity battery than their predecessor, providing up to 8.5 hours of foot-warming comfort on a single charge. They’re more rugged, and also recharge quickly, acquiring a full charge in less than 2 hours. As their name suggests, these insoles are highly durable, and they have been tested to over 1 million footsteps. They also provide up to 27 degrees of protection beyond a footwear’s insulation rating, meaning wearers can comfortably stay out in the cold longer. A ProFLEX Extended Life Battery Pack ($60) is also available for those trying to extend their time in the outdoors. This new battery pack will power either the standard or Heavy Duty ProFLEX insoles for up to 6.5 hours per charge. The second generation of ThermaCELL Heat Packs/Pocket Warmer ($80) is also Bluetooth-enabled and can be operated with a smartphone while continually remaining in the pocket. For those who want to do double warming duty this fall, the ThermaCELL Heat Packs–Bluetooth Pocket Warmers and ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ProFLEX Heavy Duty function through a simple interface on the same application. Find the nearest ThermaCELL Heated Products retailer by visiting and clicking “Where to Buy.”

HSS-HANG 600Hunter Safety System Hanger Harness. Every avid deer hunter needs one of these. The HSS-Hanger helps you hang stands with ease, and also helps you cut shooting lanes, move trail cameras, and much more. Although you’ll find plenty of uses for this harness during the season, it’s the first and only “off-season” treestand harness you will find. True to its bloodlines, the HSS-Hanger is built tough, constructed from durable fabric, and is packed with handy features that include deep, rigid utility pockets for securely hold steps, straps, HSS-Lifelines and more, preventing multiple trips up the tree. The smart slide pocket design allows the user to freely slide pockets to the front or back while climbing and working, and you’ll also find legendary HSS safety features: a pro-grade rope-style lineman’s climbing belt with two heavy-duty carabiners. Also included are an adjustable tree strap, suspension relief strap, instructional DVD and safe use instructions.

Greg Wilson HOL20 no backgroundFamily Tradition Treestands HOL/20 Lock-On Ladder. Team HuntStand has known about Family Tradition reliable and proven hang-on treestands for years, and more good news is the line is expanding. The all new HOL/20 Lock-On Ladder is a perfect complement to the company’s ultra-comfortable HD/HO Lock-On Stand (with roomy 25- by 31-inch platform), and features galvanized tubular steel for added structural integrity and rust resistance, with extra-durable powder coating baked on to provide long-lasting enjoyment. The Lock-On Ladder weighs 29 pounds and features a total of five sections that measure 20 feet; included are five 3,000-pound ratchet straps to secure each section to the tree, and you’ll also find quality Grade 8 bolts and nylon lock nuts.

nullSummit Vine Series Treestands. Blending treestands, especially ladder stands, into the surrounding environment has always been a challenge. Well, until now. Proven innovator Summit Treestands has been busy redefining ladder stands with its new Vine Single ($300) and Double Hunter ($380)—as well as The Vine climbing sticks ($130; 4 sections, 22 pounds) and Back Country hang-on stand ($170, 22 pounds). Featuring a new ladder section with a unique “engineered concealment” curved design, The Vine ladder design breaks up straight lines for maximum concealment from any game you pursue, making these ladder stands as invisible as a hang-on setup. Available in one- and two- hunter configurations, the deluxe stand with a large, weather-resistant mesh seat and backrest comes fully equipped with a Full-Body Fall Arrest Harness system, built-in footrest, padded armrest and padded shooting rail for comfort and precision shooting.Millennium600Millennium Outdoors M60U Ultralite Hang-On Stand. When you can pack full-size comfort into a compact stand, smart deer hunters take notice. Millennium’s M60U Ultralite Hang-On delivers, combining “big stand” comfort with a lightweight, yet super-sturdy design. This 13.5-pound aluminum stand boasts an impressive capacity of up to 300 pounds. Reliable and easy to use, the M60U Ultralite is a great choice for those who like to “go deep” into public hunting areas, yet its comfort will make it attractive to most any stand user. Millennium’s exclusive CamLock Receiver System allows for easy installation and setup, locking the stand into position in seconds. Simply secure the CamLock Receiver to the tree, hoist up the stand and slide the aluminum stabilizing post into the receiver. This exclusive system is truly a breakthrough in treestand hunting versatility, greatly expanding a single stand’s usability across multiple locations.

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Cabela’s Instinct Order Acu50 Crossbow By TenPoint. Crossbow use is increasing by leaps and bounds nationwide, and more and more deer hunters are seeing their flat-shooting advantages. Cabela’s Instinct Order Crossbow By TenPoint tips the scales at a hunter-friendly 6.4 pounds, thanks to its weight-shedding, carbon-injected polymer barrel and boasts speeds of a blistering 350 feet per second. The Functionally Superior Bullpup (FSB) stock is designed for optimal balance and extreme durability, while the compact 13.5-inch XLT bow assembly packs a powerful 185-pound draw weight into a 13.5-inch axle-to-axle width when cocked. The patented ACU-50 cocking aid makes the Cabela’s Zonz Woodland-camo-covered Instinct Order easy to cock for just about anyone. The Cabela’s Instinct Order Acu50 Crossbow Package By TenPoint ($1,100) includes: Crossbow, TenPoint 3x Pro View 2 illuminated scope, patented ACU-50 cocking aid, Instant-detach 3-arrow quiver, and three carbon arrows.

PrimeRize600PRIME by G5—Rize. How good of a bow is the new Rize? Really good. It took home the ScoutLook Editor’s Choice award in the recently completed ScoutLook 2016 Ultimate Compound Bow Field Test, for a variety of reasons that included its almost uncanny, forgiving accuracy. The sleek new Rize is touting the strongest, stiffest riser in the industry; Prime has found the new 82X aluminum alloy design delivers easier tuning as well as less noise and vibration. The 4.3-pound, 33-inch axle-to-axle Rize ($1,049) also delivers solid performance, using the company’s unique and proven Parallel Cam design to propel the bow to 335 fps. More new features of the 6.75-inch-brace-height bow include the Sherpa Attachment Mounting System, which allows quick and easy mounting of a wide variety of accessories that include quivers and action cameras. The Rize is available in black, Optifade Open Country, Optifade Elevated II, and Realtree Xtra.

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Elite Impulse 31. The new Impulse series is being touted as Elite’s most-advanced bow ever, and it also comes Team HuntStand approved; you might recall this bow took home the HuntStand Steal award in the recently completed ScoutLook 2016 Ultimate Compound Bow Field Test, for its solid performance in all of our tests. Also, the super-compact, 31-inch axle-to-axle Impulse 31 (343 fps, 4.2 pounds, 6-inch brace height) might be one of the best ground blind bows ever made. The bow reaches speeds to 343 fps with help from the new Impulse 2-track cam system; also adding to the speedy performance is the new “open geometry” 6061 T6 aluminum riser, designed to distribute load over a greater surface area and improve rigidity. The new Perfect Alignment Limb System limb pocket is designed to deliver exceptionally balanced, forgiving shooting. The Impulse 31 retails for $999 and is available in a wide variety of finishes including new-for-2016 KUIU Vias and KUIU Verde camo patterns.

CabInfluenceBow 600Cabela’s Influence Compound Bow Package. Looking to give bowhunting for deer a try, or get a youngster started in bowhunting without breaking your gear budget? Cabela’s has the answer in its new Influence Compound Bow Package ($499.99) that offers an ideal combination of wide-ranging adjustments, tack-driving accuracy and great price that make it an excellent choice for just about anyone. Thanks to its Synchronized Binary Cam System the Influence provides exceptional accuracy and stays in tune. Rotating modules don’t require a new cam or module to set your draw length and let you adjust draw length between 20 and 30 inches. Extreme Adjustability Limb System also accommodates growth as it lets you adjust the draw weight from 18 all the way to 70 pounds. Perhaps the best part is it does all of these things while maintaining a flat-shooting, lethal IBO speed of 315 fps. Right- and left-hand models available, in both Cabela’s Zonz Woodlands camouflage and Teal. Cabela’s Influence Compound Bow Package includes: R.A.K. Custom 3-Pin Sight, Octane Hostage XL Rest, Octane DeadLock Lite Quiver, rope sling, carbon peep, 5-inch Ultra-Lite Octane Stabilizer, and a BCY string loop.

Black-Origin 600Elite Origin Recurve Bow. Looking for an exciting new challenge? How about your first deer with a traditional bow?  If these sound tempting, it might be time to expand your archery skills and experience the new Elite Origin. This ground-breaking modern traditional bow not only sets new standards for speed, it’s also packed with Elite shootability, take-down convenience and deadly, tunable accuracy. A tunable traditional bow? Yes! The Origin lets you fine-tune accuracy with several exciting features that include its unique limb alignment system and adjustable tiller/limb weight system that is lockable for ultra-consistent performance. You’ll also find a larger (5/8-inch) centershot that offers the option of shooting “off the shelf” or working in concert with an elevated rest and the included Berger Button hole to deliver consistent, custom accuracy to archers of all sizes and shooting styles. The ultra-stable and easily maneuverable 62-inch Elite Origin features a strong, lightweight 6061-T6 machined aluminum riser to minimize flex, and includes sight, quiver, and stabilizer mounts to allow quick and easy customization—allowing use of a wide variety of accessories and the ability to complement most any shooting style. The 19-inch riser works with the bow’s unique multi-layer glass/carbon/foam limbs and premium BCY 8190 string to not only deliver amazing speeds, but also consistent shot-to-shot performance. The 62-inch Elite Origin is available right- or left-hand models, and in draw weights of 35, 40, 45, 50, and 55 pounds. Each bow comes complete with bow case, string, stringer, nock point, silencers, and instructional setup DVD.

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Mossberg Adds MVP-LR (Long Range) and MVP-LR Tactical Models. Deer and varmint hunters interested in a long-range advantage need to check out the latest additions to Mossberg’s proven MVP line—bolt-action rifles that accept and feed from AR-style magazines. Introduced in 2011, O.F. Mossberg & Sons Inc. revolutionized the world of the Mossberg MVP Series. This groundbreaking series has expanded to include Predator, Patrol, FLEX, Scout and MVP-LC (Light Chassis). Now, four new long range models join the family. Available in 5.56mm NATO (223 Rem) and 7.62mm NATO (308 Win), Mossberg has announced the MVP-LR and MVP-LR Tactical bolt-action rifles. At the core of the MVP platform are patented designs: The 5.56mm NATO models feature a patented Drop Push bolt design for reliably feeding from AR15-style magazines and the 7.62mm versions have a patented Dual Push bolt design and patented Dual Latch system which accepts both M1A/M14 and AR10-style magazines. Both MVP-LR and MVP-LR Tactical rifles come with 10-round magazines, but conveniently accept aftermarket AR-style magazines. This Long Range series features Mossberg’s Lightning Bolt Action (LBA) Trigger System that delivers a crisp, creep-free trigger pull and is user-adjustable from 3 to 7 pounds. Both versions have medium bull, carbon steel barrels threaded for mounting compatible suppressors or muzzle brakes, and come with a protective thread cap. Other standard features include: distinctive, spiral-fluted bolt; oversized tactical-bolt knob; and receiver-mounted Picatinny rail.

nosler-m48-liberty-600Nosler Model 48 Liberty Rifle. For deer hunters who demand uncompromisingly tight tolerances, same-hole groups and hair-splitting long-range performance out of their rifle, check out the Nosler Model 48 Liberty. Nosler guarantees this rifle will produce a three-shot group that’s an inch or less at 100 yards, so long as you use prescribed Nosler ammo. A Nosler M48 bolt action is paired with a match-grade stainless-steel barrel, all riding on a lightweight composite stock. Connect these attributes with an amazingly crisp trigger, and you’ve got yourself a deer gun that big bucks will fear. Learn more at

patriot-kryptek-600Mossberg Patriot Rifles. Would you trust the fate of your deer season on a budget-priced rifle? You can with the Mossberg Patriot. With more than 25 options in various deer-killing calibers, and numerous stock options, look to the Patriot hunting series. You can also opt for a premium scoped Patriot combo package featuring the latest riflescope technology from Vortex Optics: the Dead-Hold BDC (Bullet Drop Compensation) reticle. Choose from four popular calibers in the Patriot/Vortex combo that are suitable for deer: .270 Win., .308 Win., .30-06 SPRG or .300 Win. Mag.  The newly-released Patriot series of bolt-action rifles combines the most requested features of Mossberg’s field-proven centerfire rifles in a re-engineered bolt-action platform. All Patriot rifles feature a handy 22-inch fluted barrel and come standard with a detachable box magazine.

WinExpedition 600Winchester Expedition Big Game Ammunition. Whether peering through your scope at a wide, tall whitetail in a Kansas riverbottom, or preparing for a heart-pounding stalk on a trophy high-country muley, the world’s most-challenging game requires a bullet that can hold together upon impact no matter what the shot distance. Winchester’s new-for-2016 Expedition Big Game ammunition features the company’s proven Accubond CT bullet technology—one of the most-accurate and devastating cartridges used on animals with tough hide and thick bone. Accubond CT bullets feature a polymer tip, bonded alloy lead core and Lubalox coating and deliver controlled expansion and deep penetration with every squeeze of the trigger. Expedition Big Game is available in: .270 Win. (140 gr.); .270 WSM (140 gr.); 7mm Rem. Magnum (140 gr.); 7mm WSM (160 gr.); .30-06 SPRG (180 gr.); 300 Win. Mag. (180 gr.); .300 WSM (180 gr.); .325 WSM (200 gr.); .338 Win. Mag. (225 gr.), and .338 Lapua Mag. (300 gr.). Learn more by visiting

30-nosler-600Nosler Trophy Grade & Trophy Grade Long Range Ammunition. There’s nothing like having absolute confidence in your firearm and ammo when it comes time to make a challenging shot on a massive whitetail or muley. Nosler’s reputation for making high-quality ammunition is recognized among serious hunters and shooters who demand the very best, and as a result, Nosler’s Trophy Grade and Trophy Grade Long Range Ammunition have added the following new offerings for 2016: For the ubiquitous .300 Win. Mag., a lead-free option from Nosler now exists in Trophy Grade ammunition. It’s loaded up front with the 180-grain E-Tip at a muzzle velocity of 2,950 fps, delivering 3,478 ft./lbs. of energy combined with 95-percent weight retention, providing a devastating combo. The Trophy Grade Ammunition lineup wouldn’t be complete without the addition of the new and incredibly powerful .30 Nosler cartridge, loaded with the 180-grain AccuBond. At 3,200 fps and 4,092 ft./lbs. of energy at the muzzle, it provides shocking external and terminal ballistics. To further complement the introduction of the .30 Nosler cartridge, Trophy Grade Long Range Ammunition will also be available with a 210-grain AccuBond Long Range bullet loaded to 3,000 fps so you can really reach out and touch your trophy. Also fresh in the Trophy Grade Long Range Ammunition product line expansion is a new option for the popular 6.5 Creedmoor. For the .270 Weatherby fans, Nosler’s Trophy Grade Long Range Ammunition loaded with the 150-grain AccuBond Long Range bullet breathes new life into this classic by stretching the effective range well past 1,000 yards. For the most current information on Nosler product announcements, visit the Nosler Facebook page.

Leupoldvx-3i 600Leupold VX-3i Riflescopes. Hunt earlier, hunt longer. It was with this game-changing idea in mind that Leupold created the new VX-3i series ($520-$1,249) of riflescopes, and avid deer hunters everywhere stand to benefit. Every aspect of the VX-3i was designed to give you an edge in the first and last light of day, deep shadows, or anytime the light is low. The key to its performance is the Twilight Max Light Management System. First, it optimizes the red and blue frequencies of light at the ends of the visual spectrum—the kind found in the first and last moments of daylight—while simultaneously transmitting a high percentage of mid-spectrum light to maximize contrast and resolution. To protect this precision system from scratches and abrasions, Leupold gave it DiamondCoat 2 lens coatings. The improvements didn’t stop there. Leupold aggressively redesigned the VX-3i power selector, making it easier to grasp and turn, with larger, brighter numbering for quick verification. For absolute confidence in your adjustments, Leupold added a match-grade, dual-spring erector system with 1/4-MOA finger click windage and elevation dials. Lastly, to better resist thermal shock and guarantee waterproof performance, Leupold gave the VX-3i its second-generation Argon-Krypton waterproofing. Available in a range of magnifications from 1.5-5x to the jaw-dropping 8.5-25x, the VX-3i is lights out the best low-light hunting scope you’ll find.
BurrisVeracityRiflescope600Burris Veracity Riflescopes. Award-winning Veracity riflescopes ($720-$1,080) give smart deer hunters plenty of advantages beginning with their highly versatile five times zoom system, delivering a larger field of view at close ranges and better target acquisition at long ranges. Accurate and repeatable reticle adjustments match the measurement system of the reticle, making windage and elevation adjustments fast, easy, and extremely accurate. Multi-Turn Target Knobs found on 4x-20x and 5x-25x models offer up to 15 MOA adjustment per rotation with multi revolutions of adjustment. They also feature Zero Click Stop to quickly revert back to your original yardage setting without counting revolutions. Veracity reticles are state of the art, featuring a Front Focal Plane (FFP) design and the new PTCTM Technology. FFP reticles keep reticle measurements accurate at any power, so you can take full advantage of reticle measurements and trajectory compensation at every magnification. The Ballistic E1 FFP reticle features trajectory compensation out to 600 yards, with cascading wind dots to help you compensate for wind. Veracity riflescopes are equipped with high performance glass and Hi-Lume multi-coated lenses for excellent brightness and clarity.

NikonMONARCH12x56_600 Nikon Monarch 7 30mm Long Range Riflescopes. Whitetails and muleys thrive in some pretty diverse country, and your gear had better match the terrain. Long-range shooters and hunters will be better equipped to reach out farther than ever before, thanks to Nikon’s newly enhanced flagship Monarch 7 riflescope line ($850 to $1,100). These riflescopes feature a 30mm main body tube and larger objective lenses, which provides the user with a bright image and edge-to-edge clarity. The fully multicoated lenses minimize reflection to further maximize the light transmission of the riflescope. A large 56mm diameter objective lens (largest in Nikon riflescopes) is found in the 3-12X56mm SF and 3-12X56mm SF IL Monarch 7 models. The glass-etched Advanced BDC reticle combines Nikon’s highly acclaimed BDC reticle technology with an innovative wind-compensating reticle. Windage marks on both the left and right side of the post are calibrated for a 10-mile-per-hour crosswind when the rifle is zeroed at either 100 yards or 200 yards depending on the type of the cartridge. Even if the crosswind is more or less than 10 mph, shooters now have a reliable benchmark to compensate for distance and windage. Illuminated reticle models include the 4-16X50mm SF IL and 3-12x56mm SF IL. For more on Nikon’s full line of riflescopes, binoculars, fieldscopes, and laser rangefinders, go to

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Sig Sauer Whiskey5 & Whiskey3 Hunting Riflescopes. No matter how meticulous your scouting and preparation, deer hunts often boil down to just a single fleeting opportunity, and your optics had better be up to the task. The Whiskey Series is one of several product families found under the new SIG SAUER umbrella of high-performance optics. The series is comprised of the WHISKEY5 and WHISKEY3 riflescopes, both engineered to bring the most-difficult targets into sharp focus. Built to perform in the toughest conditions, the WHISKEY5 ($700-$1,300) super-zoom 5x riflescope features SIG’s proprietary HDX optical system for extreme clarity and low-light performance. HellFire fiber-optic illuminated reticles and FREE SBT (SIG Ballistic Turret) calibrated to the shooter’s unique ballistics and environmental conditions come standard with the WHISKEY5. The scope features 5x optical zoom with illuminated and non-illuminated reticles and is available in second focal plane (SFP) with multiple reticle options. The WHISKEY3 ($190-$300) features low-dispersion glass, rugged chassis, and capped windage and elevation turrets. The industrial design of this scope provides rugged reliability and protection from the most extreme elements. Most models of the WHISKEY3 include one FREE SBT (SIG Ballistic Turret) custom-lasered elevation dial calibrated to the shooter’s unique ballistics and environmental conditions. To see the entire lineup of SIG SAUER Electro-Optics visit

Cab15x56Binos 600Cabela’s Instinct Euro HD 15×56 Binoculars. Deer thrive in some very diverse country, and in open country, one of the biggest challenges is often locating the hottest pockets. Cabela’s Instinct Euro HD 15×56 binoculars ($1,600) deliver performance that matches or surpasses some of the best names in optics for a fraction of the cost, with the kind of power that gives you the option of leaving a heavy, bulky spotting scope behind. Cabela’s upgraded its already outstanding Euro binoculars to create the Euro HD, binoculars that provide performance equal or superior to high-end binoculars costing hundreds of dollars more. Euro HD features a MeoBright 5501 fully multicoated optical system and phase-corrected prisms to deliver amazing 99.9-percent light transmission per lens surface and nearly non-existent color distortion. You’ll enjoy image clarity and true, rich, vivid color reproduction no other binoculars in this price range can surpass. Each pair is completely nitrogen-purged, sealed and guaranteed to provide a lifetime of fogproof, waterproof performance.

NikonBino600Nikon PROSTAFF 3S Binocular. Among a deer’s impressive defense attributes is its lazer-sharp eyes, just one reason it pays to have a high-quality set working for you as well. A great affordable choice is Nikon’s new PROSTAFF 3S binocular, available in both 8×42 and 10×42 models. These new optics offer Nikon’s legendary optical quality, along with a durable waterproof/fogproof exterior design. You’ll also find light-gathering 42mm objective lenses that offer a large field of view, yet the body is noticeably lightweight and compact to assure portability. Other features include prisms with high-reflective silver-alloy mirror coatings and multilayer-coated lenses that provide bright and clear viewing. Also, turn-and-slide rubber eyecups with multi-click adjustments allowing easy eye positioning, even for eyeglass wearers.

Styrka600Styrka S7 Series Binoculars. Need an optical advantage in the backcountry? Styrka is a Minnesota-based optics company with over a century of optical expertise, and it certainly shows in its new flagship S7 Series binocular line. Included are three models (8×42, 10×42 and a very compact 8×30), all backed by the best warranty in the optics industry: the Styrka Pride Warranty. Under Styrka Pride, not only is the optic covered unconditionally, but once a year it can be returned to Styrka for a cleaning and thorough inspection to make sure everything is working as it should. After some extensive field-testing this past fall, ScoutLook Executive Editor Mark Melotik considers the 8×30 model to be a near-ideal bowhunting binocular. He especially liked the sharp, crisp images in the low light of dawn and dusk, and the super-compact, lightweight design that never interfered with bow shooting and was easily stowed in pack or pocket. The S7 line features extra-low dispersion (ED) objective lenses; coupled with Styrka’s proprietary SXL-MAX flat multi-coatings, the optical design delivers razor-sharp, high-contrast images to help you find more game in any terrain. All models are fully waterproof and nitrogen purged for use in any weather condition.

ALPsBino-Harness-X 600ALPS OutdoorZ Bino Harness X. Following the successful launch of its Extreme line of premium hunting packs ALPS OutdoorZ has expanded its Extreme line with another deer-friendly essential: the Bino Harness X. This premium binocular harness is designed with the hardcore hunter in mind starting with its 6.5×5.5×2.25-inch pocket that stays close to your chest, preventing bouncing or shifting as you run, hike and climb into position. The back panel is padded for extra comfort, and the harness is fully adjustable to fit all body sizes. The straps have been specifically designed to fit comfortably underneath your pack straps, allowing you to wear the Bino Harness X comfortably with or without your pack. The tough durable design features the same 1680D Nylon Ballistic material fabric found in all of the ALPs Extreme line products to ensure extra durability in even the harshest environments. The closure mechanism on the main compartment is adjustable to allow for a variety of binocular sizes, and the binocular attachment straps are metal-free to prevent any unnecessary wear on your binoculars’ attachment points. The Bino Harness X features four total lashing points to allow for your favorite “add-on” accessories; a lens cloth is also included. To learn more about the Bino Harness X, and all products in the ALPS OutdoorZ Extreme line, click here.

Space Rain 600 Cabela’s Space Rain Full-Zip Jacket. Tired of getting soaked on stand because your rain gear is just too bulky to drag along? With Cabela’s revolutionary packable Men’s Space Rain Full-Zip Jacket ($90), you’ll never have to leave waterproof protection behind. Made of lightweight polyester-interlock fabric for enhanced mobility and durability, the 100-percent waterproof, breathable 4MOST DRY-PLUS laminate keeps you dry. This garment packs down to the size of a small water bottle, easily fitting in your fanny pack or cargo pocket. You’ll also find a streamlined design that minimizes overall bulk and weight, as well as a draw-cord hem;  4 inches of extended length and Velcro-adjustable cuffs seal out moisture and wind. The three-piece hood surrounds your head in waterproof protection without impairing vision. Choose from Cabela’s O2 Octane (shown above), Cabela’s Zonz Western, Cabela’s Zonz Woodlands, Realtree XTRA, Cabela’s Outfitter Camo.

Hellfire Jacket FG 600Browning Hell’s Canyon Speed Series Camo. Lightweight. Warm. Form-fitting. Browning’s new-for-2016 Hell’s Canyon Speed series represents the latest advances the technical clothing industry has to offer for big game hunters—and it comes Team ScoutLook approved. ScoutLook Executive Editor Mark Melotik used this neat new system on a recent elk hunt roaming the mountains of New Mexico, and was impressed not only with the athletic fit but also how the layers effectively wicked moisture, the system’s extreme durability, and how easily several layers fit together without any hint of bulkiness or binding. For hunters, that’s huge.

Hellfire Jacket AU 600The system’s proprietary camouflage is versatile A-TACS Camo; A-TACS AU (Arid/Urban) camo suits those hunting in a drier, western climate and A-TACS FG (Foliage/Green) camo is ideal for a temperate, forested climate—ideal for most whitetailers. Across the line, Browning’s new HeroFit tailoring trims away excess weight and bulk. The line includes jackets, vests, pants, rainwear, hoodies, base layer tops and bottoms, caps, beanies and gloves. All provide both archery and rifle hunters a complete offering of apparel that provides unmatched durability, mobility and comfort. Some of the most popular and versatile items in the new line are the Hellfire Jacket and Pant; their 3-Layer soft shell construction is comprised of a stretch-woven outer fabric that is 100-percent windproof, breathable and water-resistant and laminated to a soft, stretchy fleece lining. The Hellfire Jacket and Pant are available in A-TACS AU and A-TACS FG camo in sizes S- 3XL.


Cabela’s Jacket 600Cabela’s Instinct Backcountry Packable Super Warm Down Jacket. Veteran whitetailers know that when temps turn bitter, those who are prepared to weather the conditions and remain on stand often come home with full meat coolers. Cabela’s Instinct Backcountry Packable Super Warm Down Jacket ($220) provides hunters with a packable insulation layer for added warmth during long periods of stationary activities, such as glassing or sitting on stand, and this versatile design (pants are also available) can also be used as a supplemental sleeping system. Windproof down insulation provides an exceptional warmth-to-weight ratio, and this handy jacket packs into its own pocket so it will fit easy in your luggage, or in your pack. Exterior fabric is 100-percent woven nylon. Cabela’s O2 Octane camo.

HuntworthPull 600Huntworth Men’s 1/2 Zip Performance Fleece Pullover. Deer hunters know a good selection of quality mid-layers is essential to a deadly hunt apparel arsenal. This versatile, packable, affordable pullover ($55) features 230-gram, four-way stretch performance fleece that offers exceptional flexibility and durability for active hunting. Chilly morning? The newly designed interior uses ceramic print technology to keep cold out via its “Huntworth” print pattern interior lamination. Use it as outerwear, or as mid-layer under a heavier jacket. The super soft double-sided fleece is deadly silent; the forgiving four-way stretch fleece fabric delivers exceptional freedom of movement. Smart details include Huntworth’s exclusive camo pattern, Oak Tree EVO, and a zippered left arm shoulder pocket that will accommodate a large cell phone, including the iPhone 6 Plus.

EngelCup 600Engel 22-Ounce Tumbler. Early deer hunt mornings call for a good dose of caffeine, and nothing serves it up better than a serious insulated tumbler. While its size may be a bit smaller, when it comes to features, the new Engel 22-ounce Tumbler matches Engel’s popular 30-ounce model in every way. Like its bigger brother, the Engel 22 features a water-tight screw-on top and a leak-proof flip-top lid for the drink opening. Anyone who’s ever carried a cup of hot coffee out to the truck and tried to unlock the door knows how easy it is to splash or spill along the way. With an Engel Tumbler, there are no more spills when you tip the cup, plus it helps keep your drink hotter–or colder–longer. Made of high-grade stainless steel, the Engel 22 has the same lines as the 30. Its narrow base fits in a wide range of cup-holders on boats, cars, trucks, even ATVs and off-road vehicles. It’s also a little easier to handle without sacrificing too much capacity. Double-wall vacuum insulation is designed to keep beverages hot or cold. In fact, hot drinks stay piping hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks can stay cold for up a day or longer.

Worksharp 600The Original Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener. Most deer hunters own an arsenal of knives; this neat unit is the first knife sharpener designed to sharpen every knife you own. Using flexible abrasive belts, the sharpener is able to sharpen not just straight-bladed knives, but also curved knives, tanto blades, fillet knives, serrated knives, gut hooks and virtually any other shape of knife blade. The Knife & Tool Sharpener uses precision angle sharpening guides to ensure that you get the proper angle every time. Two guides are included: a 50-degree guide for hunting and outdoor knives (25 degrees per bevel) and a 40-degree guide for thinner blades and kitchen knives (20 degrees per bevel). Professional knife makers use flexible belts to put a razor sharp edge on their blades, and now you can have the same technology at home to use any time your knives get dull. You may already have other sharpening methods, but never before has a knife sharpener been able to quickly and easily sharpen this broad range of knives to such extremely sharp results. The Original Knife & Tool Sharpener also sharpens other common tools including scissors, axes, hatchets, mower blades, garden shears, shovels, and most any tool with a cutting edge.

Tinks_Boost_600Tink’s Boost73. Looking for a reliable deer attractant that also provides beneficial nutrients? Tink’s Boost73 is the first product of its kind, delivering amazing attraction while providing deer with the minerals needed to support antler and body growth. Formulated in association with the enzyme experts at Dead Down Wind, Tink’s Boost73 supports digestion to get the maximum potential out of your food plots and feeds. Available in six irresistible, super-concentrated flavors for long-range attraction, Boost73 is the only all-natural attractant that combines beneficial minerals that deer need with a digestive enzyme to help deer digest more efficiently. Once ingested, the enzyme in Boost73 will stay in a deer’s digestive tract helping them pull additional nourishment they wouldn’t be able to get on their own. Simply pour Boost73 onto the ground or a stump, refresh every 2-3 weeks and watch your deer get stronger and healthier. Choose from Fall Acorn, Sugar Beet, Sweet Corn, Vanilla, Ripe Persimmon, and Crisp Apple.


LaCrosse Aerohead Sport. If you’re a deer hunter you likely know about LaCrosse. The new AeroHead Sport is designed to completely change what a rubber hunting boot can be, by replacing the rubber shell with one made of extremely durable, lightweight and insulating polyurethane. Designed for optimal fit and flexibility, the waterproof AeroHead Sport is built for ultimate comfort and will keep you light on your feet. Its Brush Tuff material stands up to unforgiving brush and briers while an abrasion resistant shin guard offers extra protection without added bulk. Sandwiched between the insole and outsole of the AeroHead Sport is an oversized shank. A crucial component, the shank is what supports both this rugged boot and you. It covers the entire arch area for added support and protection, making it ideal for climbing into the treestand and walking in rough terrain. Whitetails, you’d best run and hide.

Wolverine Edge 600Wolverine Edge Extreme. Deer hunters, especially those who frequent public lands, know a big part of consistent success can center on being mobile enough to regularly travel deeper into roadless tracts, or otherwise out-maneuver the competition. This lightweight, athletic 8-inch boot features an aggressive Vibram rubber lug outsole for reliable traction even in wet, hilly terrain, and you’ll also find a durable Nubuck/900 Denier Polyester upper and a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane. NXT odor control helps the Edge Extreme ($180) stop odors before they start with organic odor-eating enzymes, and 600 gram 3M Thinsulate Ultra Insulation provides the perfect amount of warmth for cold mornings and active hunts. A compression molded EVA midsole and a removable open-cell polyurethane footbed offer support and cushion in each step.

Irish 600Irish Setter Adds Rutmaster 2.0 Lite. When it comes to deer hunting gear, in almost all cases, lighter is better. The good news? Irish Setter has developed lighter, more flexible RutMaster knee boots. Three new RutMaster 2.0 Lite styles have joined the proven and popular RutMaster family. RutMaster 2.0 hunting boots are waterproof and scent-free, providing excellent traction, superior fit, and easy on/off convenience. The RutMaster 2.0 features lighter weight (3.5mm) neoprene, ScentBan technology, RPM outsole and ExoFlex technology. The patent-pending ExoFlex panel extends from the top of the boot down to the ankle for a snug, comfortable fit. An adjustable side gusset provides additional fit control. The Mud Claw RPM II Sole lightens the boot for all day comfort without sacrificing comfort or durability. An aggressive lug pattern creates superb stability and traction on the toughest terrain and is designed to release mud and dirt. The RutMaster 2.0 also incorporates a convenient heel kick plate, integrated pull-on handle and a removable polyurethane footbed.

ScrapeKit_600Power Scrape All-Season Scrape Kit by Tink’s. This versatile kit offers serious deer hunters serious options. You can make sure you are ready for your season by starting early with the Power Scrape Starter for up to one month prior to the rut, and then switch to the new Power Scrape Finisher, formulated for primary scrapes typically seen closer to the rutting season. It is most effective when used in a Tink’s Scrape Bomb Dripper during the transition period when bucks are still tending scrapes, but now paying attention to does. The Power Scrape Finisher is a special formulation of the original Power Scrape product enhanced with Tink’s #69 Doe-In-Rut estrous and buck secretions. Both the Power Scrape Starter and Finisher are tried and trusted formulas that will not freeze in colder climates where temps consistently drop below freezing.

DDW 600Dead Down Wind Evolve 3D+ 44 oz. Field Spray Combo. Avid deer hunters who get out in the field quite a bit require more scent-eliminating spray than you’ll typically find in most compact bottles. Dead Down Wind is helping with its all new Evolve 3D+ Field Spray in a convenient 44-ounce Field Spray Combo. Hunters who wish to leave unnatural scents behind can now hit the woods with 44 ounces of pure scent-eliminating power. This game changing combination includes a 12-ounce spray bottle and a 32-ounce refill jug. Getting winded by big bucks down wind is a thing of the past, thanks to Broad Spectrum Technology. Evolve 3D+ Field Spray is specially formulated to eliminate a broad spectrum of odors, including human, food, automotive exhaust, smoke, pet, foot and contact odors.

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Wiebe Skinner. Looking for a do-it-all skinning/caping knife that won’t break the bank? Wouldn’t that be refreshing? Look no more. Designed specifically for skinning muskrat and coyotes, the Wiebe Skinner ($10) is well-suited for a wide variety of skinning duties, including whitetails, our favorite big-game animal. Featuring a 4-inch blade and a non-slip lightweight handle, the Skinner fits in the hand perfectly and can withstand even the longest nights in the skinning shed or the skinning of the largest big game animals—including that deep-chested trophy buck you’ve been chasing the past few years.

Carnivore Grinder600Cabela’s Carnivore Grinders. When your successful deer hunt is over, the fun continues. Upgrade your butcher shop with the ability to grind multiple pounds of meat quickly and efficiently. The quiet induction motor of these quality Carnivore grinders ($380 to $820) produces plenty of power to work through large quantities of boneless meat. Removable, freezable Cool-Tek wraps around the grinder’s head to keep meat cold to prevent sticking and binding. Includes 23mm, 29mm and 39mm sausage-stuffing funnels and 13mm snack-stick funnel. One-way-fit stainless steel two-sided cutting knife. Two grinding plates, fine (4.5mm) and coarse (7mm). Includes auger-pull tool for safe and easy auger removal, and a meat stomper. Available in .5-, .75-, 1-, 1.5- and 1.75 horsepower motors.

Booner Buck600Rinehart Booner Buck. Nothing helps a deer hunter prepare for the “moment of truth” like a realistic 3-D target. The new Booner Buck is a beautifully sculpted buck boasting true trophy size—a simulated weight of 200 pounds complete with wide, massive 10-point rack designed to help tame troublesome buck fever. You’ll also find legendary Rinehart self-healing foam construction for maximum durability; the signature series foam insert and replaceable core stops all types of arrows and bolts in their tracks. Easy arrow removal makes tugging and pulling a thing of the past. The Booner buck ($300) stands 58 inches tall, 45 inches long and is 12 inches wide.

barricade target 600Cabela’s Barricade High-Performance Target. Smart bowhunters shoot and practice a lot, right through the hunting season, and need long-lasting, durable targets. If you’re looking for a target that stands up to high-powered crossbow or compound-bow shots and stops bolts and arrows in their tracks, check out the Cabela’s Barricade High-Performance Target ($125; 18x18x14 inches). Constructed using Welded Core Technology, an advancement that dramatically extends target life, this 17-pound target eliminates pass-through shots and makes arrow removal quick and easy. It’s specifically made for field points and broadheads, and rated for crossbows and compound bows that shoot up to 400 fps. To extend the life of your target, the use of field points on the sides is highly recommended.

DriWash Bag600Ozonics DRiWASH Bag. Can you effectively “wash” your hunt clothes without water? Absolutely. Scent management is a never-ending battle, and it becomes most difficult when hunters are on the road and on the move. The Ozonics team recognized this challenge and has answered with the Ozonics DRiWASH Bag ($190). It’s designed for use with the Ozonics HR200 and new HR300 units to employ powerful Ozonics technology to quickly, efficiently and safely deodorize and cleanse hunting clothes and equipment using proven oxidation technology. The DRiWASH’s proprietary airflow system is designed to maximize oxidant distribution by increasing airflow to decrease required cleansing times. An integrated hanging system ensures maximum surface area exposure for items within the bag—another element ensuring total oxidant saturation—which results in a much more efficient and effective scent-elimination process.

HR300 600Ozonics HR300 Ozone Generator. Are you looking for true cutting-edge scent elimination? In 2010 Ozonics established themselves as a leader of scent management for treestand and ground blind hunters with the introduction of the HR200 in-the-field ozone generator; new this year is the flagship HR300 in-the-field ozone generator that delivers 45 percent more ozone output and more user-friendly features. The HR300 ($499) is the result of more than 5 years of intense field research and product development, and it was designed using end-user feedback and the continual desire to provide every hunter with the most-effective scent elimination tools in the industry. In addition to the 45 percent increase in ozone production, you’ll also find a new housing design and re-engineered internal components that contribute to this new, ultra-quiet design. This new ergonomic construction is also easier to handle and has an improved user interface with intuitive controls designed for easy use with gloves in the dark. The new HR300 in-the-field ozone generator also maximizes battery life, allowing up to 5 hours of run time with a standard battery and up to 10 hours of run time with the optional extended life (XL) battery. And the new HR300 is compatible with all existing Ozonics accessories such as the EZ Mount, which allow silent setup and takedown of the unit in the tree.

nullCode Blue Doe Estrous & Screamin’ Heat Estrous. Over the years Code Blue has been synonymous with quality deer scents, and that continues in 2016 with its Doe Estrous and Screamin’ Heat attractant scents, aimed at whitetail hunters looking for a serious edge. With the understanding that a buck identifies a specific doe based on her scent, Code Blue guarantees that each bottle of deer urine is from an individual animal. Every bottle is fresh, certified and marked with the registration number of the individual deer.

nullDoe Estrous is available in a 1 fluid-ounce bottle with an MSRP of $13; Screamin’ Heat is 100 percent pure estrous urine specially enhanced with all-natural whitetail doe secretions, and is available in a 1 fluid-ounce bottle with an MSRP of $18.

nullKnight & Hale Improves Pack Rack. Count Team ScoutLook among those who are happy Knight & Hale Game Calls has improved its legendary Pack Rack ($20) for a stronger and more natural “battling bucks” sound than ever before. The patented design of the Pack Rack generates the authentic fighting sound of two whitetails that dominant, territorial bucks cannot resist. And if you’ve got your sights set on nothing short of that buck-of-a-lifetime, the Rak Mag features a bulkier design to simulate a virtual war between two giant bucks. The key to producing top-notch battling bucks sounds is that the Pack Rack utilizes two distinct plastic materials that, when worked against one another, deliver intense rattling sequences with unmatched realism and extreme volume. Other features include a super-compact, easy-carry design, and the handle pieces lock together for complete silence during transport.

nullMoultrie M-999i Game Camera. Crystal-clear game cam pics can be invaluable to serious whitetailers planning an effective ambush, but those types of images can be hard to obtain. Moultrie has seemingly found the answer. Featuring Moultrie’s best-ever 20-megapixel resolution, the new M-999i ($200) is capable of producing images with clarity never before available from a game camera. With such detail comes an incredible amount of scouting information, including enhanced physical details of specific animals and superior behavioral characteristics deciphering for unlocking the secrets of patterning the wariest mature bucks. Cloaked in Mossy Oak Country camo, the all-new M-999i features iNVISIBLE IR illumination, full 1080p HD video with sound, and a 2-inch color view screen for covert wildlife monitoring with enhanced clarity. This unit runs on 8 AA batteries; battery life is 17,000 images.

TEK-Hybrid-Pro600CBE TEK Hybrid Sights. These bowsights are redefining archer expectations when it comes to both precision and in-the-field performance. Looking to “up” your archery game? This is the sight. Increased durability starts with 6061 T6 aluminum construction and a redesigned 1.625-inch pin housing, which sports many enhanced features that include an easier-to-use multiple windage adjustment. You’ll also find greater pin accessibility for easier adjustments, and an enhanced fiber optic containment system complete with fiber cover to help control pin brightness. Need even brighter pins? An included, enclosed rheostat light lets you match pin brightness to the conditions without spooking game. The CBE Tek Hybrid is available in 1-, 3-, and 5-pin housings, and features a newly updated Smart Mount design with patented multi-position mounting holes that allow you to instantly mount your sight in the optimal position. Precise, to-the-yard adjustments are quick and easy with an ergonomic, oversized 4-point Rapid Drive knob, stainless steel yardage indicator needle, and tension-adjustable Quad-Track system that features smooth delrin tracks to ensure your sight stays tight, quiet, and rattle-free. The top-of-the-line CBE Tek Hybrid Pro is also available in 1-, 3-, and 5-pin housings, and features the additional benefits of Third Axis leveling, and your choice of 4-inch Dovetail or Smart Mount. The Tek Hybrid Pro is also available in your choice of black, green, or brown anodized. As with the Tek Hybrid, no matter which pin configuration you choose, the option to dial your sight pin to specific yardages is conveniently at your fingertips.

HHA KingPin 600HHA Sports Optimizer Lite King Pin. When you’ve put in the necessary practice, there’s nothing better than having a bowsight that you can quickly dial-in to the exact yardage when finally in range of your dream buck. No sight lets you do that faster or easier than the Optimizer Lite King Pin ($350). A full 20 years in the making, the King Pin marks the third generation of archery’s best-selling movable single pin sight. The most notable difference is its wheel-forward design, making it compatible with virtually any quiver, and extending it further in front of the riser than HHA’s proven Optimizer Lite and Lite Ultra sights. With 2.1 inches of vertical travel combined with the industry’s most-accurate yardage tape system, the King Pin’s silky smooth all-brass rack-and-pinion can be dialed from 20 to 100 yards in 1-yard increments. A “Blind 20” feature allows the shooter to return the sight to their 20-yard mark while keeping an eye on the target and illuminated sight tapes, courtesy of an add-on Blue Burst light, are sure to be a hit with ground blind hunters. With the choice of a 1 3/8-, 1 5/8-, or 2-inch sight aperture, and available in both .010 of .019 fiber diameters, the King Pin boasts an exclusive mechanical rheostat that infinitely dims and brightens the pin intensity. For more about this sight and other HHA products, click here.

BlackGoldAscentVerdict-3 Pin 600Black Gold Ascent Verdict Movable Bowsight. Movable-pin sights are among the hottest bowhunting trends, and the new Ascent Verdict from Black Gold is one of the best around; it’s designed to deliver target sight accuracy, super-smooth adjustability and legendary Black Gold durability to bowhunters everywhere. It’s available in three models: 3-pin, 5-pin or 1-pin scope, offering more range and adjustability than traditional movable hunting sights. Like all Black Gold bowsights, the Ascent Verdict features some of the brightest pins on the market thanks to SkyCoil Technology. The 3- and 5-pin models are outfitted with one-piece, machined micro-grooved pins, while the single-pin model has Black Gold’s brightest single pin ever. All three models feature High-Performance PhotoChromatic Technology that automatically dulls pins in bright light to prevent pin halo. Put an end to finicky and frustrating level adjustment with the Verdict’s new Level Head sight ring (patent pending), which features an easy-to-adjust and ultra-secure build-in level. A splined vertical drive gear system with 80-percent more gear surface interface means much smoother and quieter operation when you turn the “Dial-of-Death” wheel, and it also eliminates gear burnout. Exclusive first axis adjustment keeps the sights dialed in at long ranges. Learn more at

Cabela'sRest 600Cabela’s Advantage Drop-Away Arrow Rest. Not happy with your current rest? It’s time to upgrade. Eliminate the risk of arrows slipping off your rest as you draw or contort at extreme angles, with Cabela’s Advantage Drop-Away ($70) that provides total arrow containment. Ultralight all-metal frame construction offers long-lasting durability; the stainless steel launcher arm won’t bounce back and will remain silent when you shoot. The large containment area allows for maximum vane clearance, and sealed bushings increase the downward speed at arrow launch, ensuring vanes clear the rest arm. Technical rubber dampeners silence arrow loading to prevent spooking game, and installation is quick and easy, eliminating the use of a bow press. Mount on right- or left-handed bows, then use the laser-engraved reference marks for the perfect windage and elevation adjustment.

peetd-600PEET Footwear Dryers/Deodorizers. Smart deer hunters do all they can to prevent body odor from sabotaging a close-range encounter, and now footwear-drying specialist PEET is offering several smart, affordable solutions. For years, PEET footwear dryers have been keeping outdoorsmen and women more comfortable in the field, and now, with two all-new products, this innovator is also targeting odor-targeting bacteria—using strictly controlled ozone (O³) molecules that penetrate odor and pollution molecules, destroying them by altering their chemical make-up. So odor isn’t covered up—it’s destroyed (read more here). The PEET Ultra Dryer & Deodorizer ($50) is designed with the roving hunter in mind; the twin dryers/deodorizers easily fit into any pair of hunting boots after a full day’s hunt. In addition to drying wetness and sweat, its O³ science destroys odor molecules so you and your boots are ready to go the next morning. The PEET D’ODORIZ’R Module ($70) is PEET’s most-powerful odor-eliminating product. It’s also the most versatile. It can be operated in three distinct ways to overpower odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew. The Module may be inserted into boots or waders, attached to several PEET Dryer models, and can also be used as a “stand-alone” unit for deodorizing small room areas.

Thermacell Max Life Refills. Never leave home without your Thermacell, or you’re bound to get bit. Whether you’re hunting deer early or face an unexpected warm spell later in the season, you never know when mosquitoes might be on the prowl. Thermacell Max Life Repellers create a virtually odorless 15×15-foot zone of protection that’s up to 98-percent effective against mosquitoes and other biting insects. All devices operate on a single butane cartridge, which heats a repellent mat releasing allethrin, a synthetic copy of natural repellent.

NikonRangefinder600Nikon Arrow ID 3000 Laser Rangefinder. Smart deer hunters use laser rangefinders so much all of us should have two of them. The new Nikon ARROW ID 3000 laser rangefinder delivers proven TRU-TARGET Technology and ID (Incline/Decline) Technology. The high-quality 4x monocular system features multilayer coatings for bright, clear images while offering invaluable field-of-view to easily locate and range targets quickly. That means less time searching for targets and more time preparing for the shot.  The ARROW ID 3000 provides 20.3mm of eye relief for a pleasurable viewing experience for any archer, including eyeglass wearers, allowing them to quickly range distances from 6 to 550 yards. You’ll also find a hunter-friendly rainproof housing and wide temperature tolerance. Nikon’s proven ID (Incline/Decline) Technology instantly calculates the horizontal distance to the target. Archers also have the option to simply switch modes to the traditional “linear” distance reading when required. TRU-TARGET Technology offers users the ability to select between First Target Priority (1st) mode and Distant Target Priority (Dst) mode.  First Target Priority mode displays the distance of the closest subject– useful when measuring the distance to a subject in front of an overlapping background.  Distant Target Priority mode displays the range of the farthest target among a group of targets measured, useful in wooded areas.

SigKilo2000_7x25 600Sig Sauer KILO2000 Laser Rangefinder. When a trophy buck makes a sudden appearance, knowing the range is one of the biggest keys to your hunt’s success. SIG SAUER has done its part to help deer hunters everywhere with the new KILO2000 Rangefinder ($500). Updating at 4x per second in “HyperScan” mode, the KILO2000 rangefinder with patented LightWave DSP technology delivers amazingly fast yardage readings; couple that with the ability to range reflective targets at 3,400 yards, trees at 1,500 yards, and deer at 1,200 yards, and you have a very potent hunting partner. The built-in inclinometer of the KILO2000 calculates AMR (Angle Modified Range) for angled shots to ensure accuracy; SIG’s proprietary Lumatic OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) Display, automatically adjusts display intensity to match ambient light conditions, bright in bright conditions and dim in twilight to protect the shooter’s eye. As opposed to other products, the KILO’s simplified user interface clearly displays system status, but while ranging, only provides the necessary range data. At a very compact size of 7x25mm and 7.5 ounces (with battery), the capabilities of the KILO2000 have created a rangefinder fit for any situation a shooter might encounter. This unit is covered by the SIG SAUER Infinite Lifetime Guarantee. To see the entire lineup of SIG SAUER Electro-Optics visit

HaloZIR10X RangeFinder 600Halo ZIR10X Laser Rangefinder. High-tech deer hunting gear doesn’t often come at a killer bargain, but a good example is this fine laser rangefinder, a compact and accurate 1,000-yard model with features well beyond its $230 price tag. Delivering accuracy to +/- one yard, the Halo ZIR10X automatically detects and compensates for elevation changes with AITM (Angle Intelligence) Technology, which results in the display of a true ballistic distance. The ZIR10X ranges targets in two modes. Standard mode provides a precise distance reading with a single push of the button, while the convenient Scan mode enables users to quickly range multiple targets without having to reactivate the laser in between. You’ll also find 6x magnification an updated, easy-to-read, color LCD readout with dusk/dawn display mode that stands out against dark backgrounds, and clearly displays the reticle, battery status, mode setting, numerical display and unit of measure, which is selectable by yards or meters. The comfortable and ergonomically correct Soft Touch grip extends over the unit’s objective lens to minimize glare while increasing surface area for more reliable handling. A nylon strap and protective case are included. For more information visit

Adobe Photoshop PDFRedneck Silent Stalker Soft-Side Blind & Portable Blind Stand. Hard-shell blinds are great, but when the goal is ultimate portability, quick relocation and overall versatility, soft-side blinds are hard to beat. Designed along similar lines as its wildly popular 360 Series fiberglass blinds, Redneck has introduced its 6X6 “Silent Stalker” 360 Soft-Side Blind. With its spacious 6-foot by 6-foot interior, there’s plenty of room for up to three adults or two adults and two children to hunt comfortably—with a bow, gun or crossbow. The Silent Stalker sports a heavy-duty double-stitched 600 denier flame-retardant camouflage cover, and the double-zipper design allows the windows (four 10- by 46-inch vertical windows and three 14- by 30-inch horizontal windows) to be opened to any configuration for maximum visibility, while maintaining concealment. The Silent Stalker has an open floor and can be used on the ground or mounted to Redneck’s new 6-foot heavy-duty portable blind stand that’s built with the same attention to detail as the heavy-duty stands designed to hold Redneck’s fiberglass blinds. the Portable Blind Stand features a ladder with non-slip steps and a platform that provides room for safe exit and entry of the blind. Included is a ground auger, cable and turnbuckle for anchoring.

CX600Carbon Express Maxima BLU RZ Hunting Arrow. If you’ve been bowhunting for whitetails or mule deer for a while, you likely know that not all carbon hunting arrows are created equally. Far from it, actually. The new Maxima BLU RZ ($90/6-pack) from Carbon Express a lightweight, high-performance bowhunting arrow that combines the same world class, lightweight speed and accuracy of the company’s proven Maxima Blue Streak arrow, with the breakthrough broadhead accuracy of the CX Maxima RED. The result is a new, lightweight hunting arrow that shoots broadheads so well that it is a revolution in bowhunting performance. The BLU RZ is made with Carbon Express’ proprietary Diamond Weave carbon material, and features the newest Carbon Express hunting arrow technology: The RED ZONE.  This technology made possible by a new, hi–tech carbon shaft design with stiffer ends that isolate the arrow’s flex in the middle of the shaft and controls dynamic spine–how the arrow flexes in flight, resulting in the management of dynamic spine. The Maxima BLU RZ comes in three spines: 150, 250 and 350, to fit virtually any setup.

Viking600Viking Solutions Rack Jack Magnum. When it comes down to it none of us deer hunters is getting any younger. Few companies know this like Viking Solutions, an industry leader in post-hunt trophy care accessories, and a great example is the new (back-saving) Rack Jack Magnum ($229). This portable, hand-winch-powered lifting device easily hoists heavy game for processing and transport—as a heavyweight counterpart to the company’s original, proven Rack Jack. Designed to lift heavier loads than the original Rack Jack, the Magnum is built to solve the same common problem: Getting a heavy load from the ground into the bed of a truck—while you’re alone. The Rack Jack Magnum connection mount fits into a standard 2-inch hitch receiver and has two outboard legs to support loading of up to 650 pounds. The heavy-duty, hand-crank winch is mounted to an offset boom, which is specially designed to facilitate loading straight into the bed of a truck.

Arcane 600Ameristep Arcane Ground Blind. Quality ground blinds have revolutionized deer and other big-game hunting yet some hunters still struggle with their confined spaces. Ameristep may have the answer. The all-new Arcane Blind’s dramatically increased visibility and improved airflow open up effective ground blind hunting to many hunters who would never have otherwise tried it. And the improved airflow afforded by the Arcane Blind opens other, more universal hunting applications and benefits. Anyone who has endured a hot day during spring turkey season or early deer season while sitting in a conventional ground blind knows just how stifling it can get inside those closed walls. The Ameristep Arcane Blind (17 pounds, $200) breathes like no other blind, letting hunters stay in the game longer. And with its roomy 59x 59-inch footprint and 75-inch shooting width, the new Arcane Blind is like a tranquil screened-in porch. Included are proven Realtree Xtra camo, carrying case, stakes, and tie-down rope.

booklet-5.5inx8.5in-h-frontOrion Coolers Adds Orion 85. Headed to deer camp with several buddies? Meeting up with the family clan? Orion Coolers has introduced its largest-sized cooler, the Orion 85 ($549), which allows for storage of multiple quartered deer, and can hold over a week’s worth of food storage to ensure everyone eats well. This Made-in-The-USA cooler gives you cold storage serving the longest, most-aggressive adventures or shorter group outings.  To meet most every hunting or outdoor need, Orion Coolers are also available in 25-, 45- and 65-quart capacities. All feature multi-color, camo plastic blend exteriors that make every single Orion cooler unique. You’ll also find YakAttack gear tracks that allow for adding accessories without drilling (holders for phones, cups, cameras and more with RAM accessory integration), as well as four aluminum tie-down points at each corner that double as bottle openers, and two additional tie-down points on either side for secure transport. The low-profile, camming latches are hinging for ease of use and snag-free performance when loading and the strong, motorcycle-style carry handles with reinforced climbing ropes provide long-lasting comfort and sure grip in tough conditions.

Terra 5 600Wildgame Innovations Terra 5 Game Camera. Avid game cam users know that while having a bunch of innovative high-tech features can be nice, it’s often simplicity and ease of use that are most valuable in field. That’s the story of the new Wildgame Innovations Terra 5 IR Camera. Don’t be fooled by the terms “economical” or “basic;” the new Terra 5 IR performs beyond its highly affordable $60 price, offering capabilities in line with more-expensive models, including a lightning fast, one-second trigger speed and a 21 pc. high-intensity LED infrared flash. With a generous flash range up to 50 feet, the Wildgame Innovations Terra 5 IR is ideal for monitoring scrapes, mineral sites or other localized spots where long-range images are neither desired nor required. This unit offers both still image and 30-second video capability, and runs on 8 AA batteries.

AlphaPlot 600Evolved Harvest Alpha Plot. Tired of having to replant all your food plots each year to achieve maximum yield and effectiveness? The new AlphaPlot contains a premium blend of perennial and annual forage cultivars that produce abundant and high-quality nutrition over multiple seasons. This long-lived, high-protein blend is formulated to thrive nationwide while attracting a wide variety of wildlife, especially deer and turkeys. Highly palatable, this smart blend contains up to 30 percent crude protein to ensure that deer hit AlphaPlot ($25/3.5-pound bag/1/3-acre coverage) hard and often.

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SKB iSeries Ultimate Single/Double Bow Case. Lots of serious deer hunters chase their passion over several states, and for them, absolute protection of gear and weapons while on the road is not merely an option; their hunts depend on it. This is just one reason more and more hunters depend on SKB, a great example being the new iSeries 4719 Ultimate Single/Double Bow Case that easily converts from a single bow case with a removable accessory tray, to a double bow case in seconds. The case offers a bunk-bed style foam divider with a removable, adjustable accessory tray on the lower level to hold all of your arrows, a long target stabilizer (up to 36 inches), quiver, optics and other accessory items. By removing the accessory tray, the case will accommodate two bows, one up to 46 inches, the  other up to 44 inches axle to axle. Weight is under 33 pounds empty; the case is covered by SKB’s unsurpassed Lifetime Warranty and you’ll also have $1,500 Content Coverage if your gear is damaged by an airline.

PlanoBow Case 600Plano Field Locker Compound Bow Case. Back in 2015 Plano introduced its Field Locker Mil-Spec Case Series, considered by many to be the finest firearms cases ever engineered; for 2016, this extreme level of performance and protection is now available to bowhunters and competitive archers in the form of the all-new Plano Field Locker Compound Bow Case ($260), one of the finest and most-durable hard-molded bow case ever produced. The quality componentry and vital features of this new 23-pound case (Exterior: 46.38x18x 7.25 inches) begin with Plano’s inimitable molding process, which yields a reinforced shell that’s up to any task assigned; from long and rugged travel by truck, boat, ATV or airline, to extreme exposure to rain, ice, mud and muck. Like its brothers in the Mil-Spec Field Locker line, the new Field Locker Compound Bow Case is watertight and dustproof. Secure sealing with premium Dry-Loc gaskets coupled with exacting measurements ensure your bow, arrows and accessories will not be affected by hostile environments.

FG-00424_Trophy Tape600Wildgame Innovations Trophy Tape. Deer hunters measure their success in different ways; for some it’s making a lethal shot at a known range. For some others, it’s measured by antler size. However you measure success, Wildgame Innovations’ new Trophy Tape can help. This high-utility, low-cost product takes the guesswork out of scoring your next buck. Each pack of Trophy Tape ($8) includes three rolls of adhesive scoring tape marked from zero to 200 inches. When applied directly to the antlers in all scoring locations, Trophy Tape makes scoring any rack simple and fun. It’s a quick way to get to that indisputable bragging number, and is a great educational tool for anyone interested in the deer-scoring process. Detailed whitetail scoring instructions are provided on the back of each pack of Trail Tape.



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