Some sweet new gear, and a fresh new year, mean more outdoor fun is on the way. Not sure what to buy? Check this can’t-miss list aimed at filling tags and making fond hunt memories.
ALPS OutdoorZ Crossfire X. Outdoor gifts with true versatility are always among the most cherished. The Crossfire X pack is the ideal solution for hunters looking for a single pack with multiple uses. It is just as at home in the turkey woods as it is in the deer stand. The 2,325-cubic-inch workhorse has a vented back panel, Lycra shoulder straps and punched molded foam waist belt for maximum airflow and comfort. Not only is the Crossfire comfortable, but it can also handle the abuse of the most demanding hunters. 1680D ballistic nylon and Hypalon at stress points ensure the comfortable carry is accompanied with strong components to get the job done. The defining feature of the Crossfire X is its removable accessory pocket, which can be used in three different positions. It can be buckled to the rear of the pack, attached on the front shoulder straps, or used without the pack with its own strap. So if there is a need to ditch the pack, you can keep essential gear handy. Other notable features include the gun/bow carrying system, hydration pocket and port, and rain cover. Weight is 4 pounds, 5 ounces.
PEET D’odoriz’r Module. Serious hunters everywhere will appreciate seeing this innovative scent-eliminating technology under their tree. Why? Recent testing by an independent U.S. microbiology laboratory confirmed the PEET D’odoriz’r Module (PDM) has scientific power to destroy odor-causing bacteria. It also revealed that it obliterates germs that cause infections. Testing found that the PDM ozone science destroyed several dangerous pathogens, including the one that causes staph infections (MRSA), as well as the nasty organism responsible for athlete’s foot. Ozone is well-known for its uncanny ability to destroy bacteria, germs, mold and mildew; the PDM takes normal oxygen molecules (O2) and gives them an electrical charge that temporarily creates oxidizing ozone (O3) molecules. The O3 attacks odor and infectious molecules; it eliminates them by altering their chemical make-up. The ozone then reverts back to pure oxygen. This non-toxic method to deodorize and sanitize goes beyond footwear; when not fighting bacteria and germs in boots and shoes, the PDM is also effective in other places such as: inside standard plastic storage containers, in small spaces/rooms, in vehicles/boats, and mounted on tube-type footwear dryers.
Delta Waterfowl Gear Zero Gravity Layout Blind. Give the gift of maximum comfort and setup ease to your favorite waterfowler this year. The Zero Gravity Layout Blind requires no assembly, and boasts an array of features that make it durable, comfortable, portable, sturdy, and reliable. Utilizing a “zero-gravity” chair design that keeps you off of the ground while also maintaining a low profile, you’ll never go back to your old layout blind again. The fabric flares out on all sides to help make concealment easier, and allows for storage of bags or other accessories. Backpack straps make transporting the blind a breeze. The floor-less design makes cleanup quick and easy; you’ll also find two side gear pockets, brush loops throughout for added concealment, heavy-duty threaded stakes for frozen terrain, and a padded head rest for maximum comfort. The cockpit has a large (24×56 inches) opening, and features two zippered flag ports. Pack size is 43x 26×8 inches; weight is 23 pounds, 8 ounces.
Old Town Predator PDL. Here’s a unique and welcome addition to most any outdoorsman’s arsenal. Easily the most-advanced pedal-driven personal watercraft on the planet, this “angling assault” vehicle offers unrivaled hands-free boat control and fishability, and also makes for an ideal companion in your favorite waterfowl marsh. Old Town engineers spent over three years building not only the most durable, dependable, fastest, quietest, and easy-to-use pedal-driven mechanism in the industry, but the perfect hull and boat design complement from the ground up. The result is the perfect boat for avid kayak anglers who need forward and reverse dexterity, prefer casting over paddling, yet still want some form of exercise. Similarly, the Predator PDL (length is 13 feet, 2 inches, weight is 117 pounds) offers hunters a great way to access waters where motors are restricted. Users can reach speeds up to 5.5 mph to reach fishing and hunting spots fast and efficiently. A proprietary weedless prop design creates an ideal combination of efficiency, speed, and torque. With 16 inches of draft for navigating skinny waters, and a unique pivot and docking system, users can go from parked to peddling (or vice versa) in seconds. This also means anglers can avoid obstacles almost instantaneously and beach the boat virtually anywhere.
Avian-X AXP & AXF Canada Goose Shells. Looking for a great ‘retro’ gift that also screams high-tech? While younger generation waterfowl hunters may have never hunted over goose shells, veterans used them for decades until more-advanced full-body decoys arrived on the market. Those ‘old-timey’ goose shells may have had their day in the sun (and the snow), but their time has come once again. New Avian-X AXP and AXF Canada Goose Shells are carved by world champion carver, Rick Johannsen, to perfectly imitate calm, happy geese and provide hunters with an effective and affordable means of adding mass and realism to their goose spreads. Slightly oversized, Avian-X’s AXP and AXF Canada Goose Shells have deeply-textured bodies composed of Avian-X’s advanced rubberized molding material finished with highly-detailed non-chip paint schemes. AXP Canada Goose Shells are painted, while AXF Shells kick it up a notch with full flocking, placing them firmly in the ultimate goose decoy category. Sold in Six-Packs, these shells have fully positionable heads, which are removable for easy, space-saving stacking during storage and transportation. Each Six-Pack contains one Rester, one Alert, two Stretch Neck Feeders and two Short Neck Feeders.
HuntStand App. It turns out some of the best gifts don’t even cost one thin dime. Make the most of holiday gatherings with family and friends by having everyone in your clan download the FREE HuntStand app. All can save unlimited hunting locations to their interactive ScoutMap, and can revisit saved locations at any time to view pinpoint weather conditions, including hourly ScentCone wind forecasts to plot productive stand sits. Use ScoutMarX to store locations of rubs, scrapes, bedding areas, and other key clues that will bring you closer to hunting success. Use the Terrain map overlay to efficiently evaluate your daily travel routes and avoid game-spooking mishaps. Store logs of specific game animal 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.
Yeti Hopper Flip Soft Cooler
Few sights elicit holiday smiles like a newly unwrapped Yeti. This premium cooler and drinkware brand has expanded its family of durable and portable soft coolers with the Hopper Flip ($280)—a 100-percent leakproof, tough-as-nails soft cooler that’s truly built for adventure. The Hopper Flip retains ice for days and can withstand serious abuse in the field, on the water, or at the campsite. Its compact, cubed design makes for easy hauling while the wide-mouth opening provides greater visibility and access to your food and drinks. The Hopper Flip’s over-engineered construction includes the leakproof HydroLok Zipper, the puncture-resistant DryHide Shell, and up to 1 inch of superior ColdCell Insulation. The heavy-duty EVA foam bottom and RF-welded seams provide waterproof construction and unmatched durability, while the double-stitched handles and included removable shoulder strap offer comfortable, reliable carry options.
Watson AirLock Black Bag. Savvy outdoorsmen know that proper storage of gear is critical to performance and longevity. Gear bag specialist Watson Airlock has developed this all-new, water- and odor-resistant storage system that is exclusively available at Dick’s Sporting Goods and Field & Stream stores. The Black Bag ($50) is specifically designed to store your scent-free clothing during travel and time away from the woods. Featuring Watson’s proven quality, the Black Bag is the “bare bones” solution to scent control, yet offers proven Back2Back fabric coatings, a seam-sealed lining, and roll-top closure to keep clothes dry, scent-free and protected. The 2.1-pound bag measures 25.5×8.5×21.5 inches, and includes front and rear slash pockets, printed webbings, and a comfort grip handle.
Siberian Cryo-Sleeve. Outdoorsmen know the gift of a cold or hot beverage holds some serious weight. Cooler specialist Siberian is now offering the Cryo-Sleeve ($25), a handy and functional sleeve designed to enclose your favorite bottled or canned beverage and keep it cold—from the first sip to the last. With its double-walled vacuum-insulated design that holds 12- or 16-ounce cans, the Cryo-Sleeve is a must-have item for outdoorsman who spend hours during the summer months on the water or in the field with a cold drink in their hand. Like all the products available from Siberian Coolers, the Cryo-Sleeve was designed for extreme use, with its scratch-resistant 18/8 stainless-steel construction and Lifetime Warranty. Keeping your beverage identified is easy with the Cryo-Sleeve, as it comes with a black, red and white non-breakable gasket that can be easily swapped. The rubber non-slip bottom will keep your beverage from tipping over when in the boat or sitting on the back of your tailgate and the Cryo-Sleeve will fit in most cup holders for easy fingertip access.
Engel 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.
Yeti Rambler Lowball. Let the good times roll! This 10-0unce, stainless steel wonder ($20) is the ideal drinking companion at the deer lease or around the campfire. Whether it replaces your morning coffee cup or serves as your nightly whiskey glass, the Lowball’s double-wall vacuum insulation will keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold far longer than standard drinkware. And unlike your favorite bourbon glass, this Lowball will never shatter or leave a ring on your coffee table, thanks to its 18/8 stainless steel construction and No Sweat Design.
Canyon Coolers Copper Finish Tumblers. Drinkware aimed at sportsmen is one of the hottest gift items of the year, and Canyon’s new copper metal finish tumblers allow you to keep drinks at the temperature you want. The revolutionary design was created by the company that virtually invented the ability to keep things seriously cold for days–and even weeks–when out in the wild. These vacuum tumblers will keep your beverage super hot or cold, whatever your need. The stunning new metal copper finish is embossed with the Canyon Coolers logo and the state of Arizona’s copper star, which has long-represented the copper mining industry on its flag. Featuring ultra-rugged but lightweight 18/8 food-grade stainless steel, the Canyon Coolers Tumblers are engineered with a unique double-walled design, and are available two sizes: 20-ounce and 30-ounce. Both feature a completely closeable lid sealed with silicone for keeping heat and cold in.
Bluetooth-Enabled ThermaCELL Heated Products. Late-season deer and other extreme-weather 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, and now all outdoorsmen can experience a serious upgrade.
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.
Elite Impulse 31. The Impulse series is being touted as Elite’s most-advanced bow ever, and it also comes Team ScoutLook approved; you might recall this bow took home the ScoutLook Steal award in the recent 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.
Prime Centergy Bows
With questions looming, Prime has answered. After the 2016 Prime Rize took home the coveted Editor’s Choice award following a stellar performance in the ScoutLook 2016 Ultimate Compound Bow Field Test, Prime was faced with the tough task of following up a truly incredible bow. Well, Prime innovators have met that challenge with three great-looking new-for-2017 bows that build on the brand’s steady momentum. The all-new Prime Centergy Series utilizes the industry-changing Center Balanced Targeting System. The newly center-balanced 82X aluminum riser, in combination with TRK Parallel Cam technology and Flexis-AR roller guard, makes the Prime Centergy the most-balanced and easy-to-aim bow ever created. The Center Balanced Targeting System is built around the new 82X aluminum riser, which sports an integrated feature called the “Swerve,” which is a strategically designed curve in the riser that helps eliminate lateral movement during the draw cycle. Less movement means less noise and vibration with more consistency—equaling greatly increased accuracy. In addition, the all new TRK Cam System continues Prime’s parallel limb technology legacy and keeps each bow performing at its highest efficiency, regardless of draw length. Prime shooters can switch between limb stops or cable stops. The Centergy series includes the Prime Centergy ($1,200; 33 inches axle to axle, 6.5-inch brace height, 333 fps IBO speed, 4.3 pounds), the Centergy Air ($1,200; 33 inches axle to axle, 6.5-inch brace, 333 fps IBO speed, 4.05 pounds), and the Centergy Hybrid ($1,200; 35 inches axle to axle, 6-inch brace, 338 fps IBO, 4.5 pounds).
Cabela’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.
Elite 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 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.
Nosler 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 Nosler.com.
Mossberg 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.
Mossberg 930 & 935 Magnum Pro-Series Waterfowl Autoloaders. Can a serious waterfowler ever have too many guns? We think not, and here are two more ready to make someone’s holiday brighter. Continuing its long-standing tradition of turning out reliable, purpose-built shotguns, Mossberg’s new 930 and 935 Magnum Pro-Series Waterfowl autoloading shotguns are available with one of the most versatile and effective “pure grass” camo patterns ever developed: Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades. And with the Pro-Series special finishes and competition-proved parts, these premium autoloaders are built to increase performance and stand up to the rigors of waterfowl hunting from the first flights of teal in early fall to the frigid conditions of late-season goose hunts. Mossberg’s Pro-Series shotguns feature boron nitride-coated gas pistons, piston rings, magazine tubes, hammers, sears, return spring plungers and return spring tubes for enhanced corrosion resistance and ease-of-cleaning. The fully-camouflaged 12-gauge, 3½-inch 935 Magnum Pro-Series Waterfowl (82042) shotgun has a 28-inch overbored, vent rib barrel. The overbored barrel in this hard-hitting magnum further reduces felt recoil and delivers consistent, dense patterns. The 930 Pro-Series Waterfowl (85141)12-gauge, 3-inch shotgun features a 28-inch vent rib barrel and full camo coverage. MSRP: $797-$931.
Winchester 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 Winchester.com.
Nosler 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. 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. 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.
Leupold 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. 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. 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.
Burris 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. Veracity riflescopes are equipped with high performance glass and Hi-Lume multi-coated lenses for excellent brightness and clarity.
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. 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 NikonSportOptics.com.
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 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. Most models 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 SigOptics.com.
Cabela’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. Each pair is completely nitrogen-purged, sealed and guaranteed to provide a lifetime of fogproof, waterproof performance.
Nikon 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.
Maven B Series Binoculars. New optics never fail to get a sportsman’s heart racing. Maven’s new B Series Binoculars ($500-$1,300+) are elite optics, designed to fit your specific needs, and delivered for a fraction of comparable binoculars’ costs. You’ll find superior low-light performance, tack-sharp edge-to-edge clarity, generous depth of field, and a silky focus mechanism. The B Series stacks up with the most-celebrated and expensive binoculars in the world…bar none. Maven’s modern-sportsman-inspired designs are paired with the best available materials and state of the art technology to create an uncompromising optic. Includes neoprene neckstrap and double-layered microfiber storage bag.
ALPS 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. To learn more about the Bino Harness X, and all products in the ALPS OutdoorZ Extreme line, click here.Hunter Safety System Hanger Harness. Give the gift of safety and everyone wins. 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.
Family Tradition Treestands HOL/20 Lock-On Ladder. Climbing into and out of treestands is when most accidents occur, so it’s wise to give the gift of a proven-safe treestand climbing system. Team HuntStand has known about Family Tradition’s 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.
Viking Solutions Tilt-N-Go. Is this the most-versatile holiday gift you can give? It may well be. With the ability to act as a hitch hauler, game cart and trailer in one handy unit, the improved Tilt-N-Go ($200) is ready to help make everyone’s outdoor pursuits more fun and productive. The Tilt-and-Go game cart sports a large 20-inch by 48.25-inch carrying surface that can be used for transporting loads up to 300 pounds. The oversized 13.5-inch rugged tires ensure that you can bring the Tilt-N-Go into the roughest terrain to retrieve downed game and other items with ease, and a new kickstand offers added stability for loading and unloading when the Tilt-N-Go is stationary. A new Trailer Hitch Adapter option ($40) allows outdoorsmen to pull the Tilt-N-Go behind an ATV or lawn tractor. Installation is simple, with two pins on 2-inch ball hitch. Maybe the most unique feature is that there is no actual lifting of the animal involved. The carrier simply tilts down so the animal can slide up onto the lifting surface. The cart is then tilted back to the horizontal position and ready for extraction. With a simple wheel detachment, this versatile game cart can be mounted to your vehicle’s trailer hitch receiver, saving your back from strain and a huge amount of precious cargo space.
Realtree Strider 12 Custom Balance Bike. Kids love camo; kids love bikes. This neat little model is designed for kids ages 18 months to 5 years old, to get your favorite youngster started off into the outdoor lifestyle on the right foot. Or is it wheels? If your toddler can walk, Realtree Strider Bikes ($100) will get your toddler cruising over dirt, grass, twigs and trees. The bike is customized with the official Realtree graphics on a black Strider 12 Classic model. An optional extra-long seat post will extend the life of the Realtree Strider to kids 5 years old (or 44 inches in height). The Realtree Strider Bike weighs just 6.5 pounds, has the lowest seat height and an integrated footrest for easy striding, is easy to control and features an adjustable seat and handlebars to accommodate a growing child. Most importantly, the Realtree Strider Bike teaches a child balance and coordination and develops a glittering confidence not seen with tricycles or training-wheel bikes.
Thermacell Hunter’s All Season Pack. Mosquitoes will be flying around your neighborhood before you know it. This handy package deal ($50) may well be the ultimate hunting gift for ground blind and treestand hunters. Included is the Handheld
Mosquito Repeller that comes with a great-looking Realtree Xtra Green finish; also included is the Max Life Mosquito Repeller Refill value pack (butane canisters and repellant mats), and a Tree Hanger feature that allows users to screw the Repeller into the tree. The Repeller creates a 15×15-foot zone of protection from pesky mosquitos and other biting bugs.
Wiebe Knives Arctic Fox
Knife and skinning tool specialist Wiebe Knives knows die-hard sportsmen always appreciate receiving a gift of functional cutlery. The all-new Arctic Fox ($35) is a smartly designed replaceable-blade hunting and skinning knife that completely eliminates the unpleasant task of field-dressing or skinning with a dull knife. This design allows you to remove the dull blade and replace it with a wicked-sharp blade in seconds. Measuring 4.125 inches when closed, the handy folding design allows compact and convenient storage when not in use. When open, the knife measures 7.125 inches, and sports an overall weight of just more than 2 ounces. The all-new steel blue polymer handle with ergonomic finger grooves offers comfort during long cutting jobs, and the handle’s cross-cut texturing promises non-slip use. As with all Wiebe replaceable-blade knives, the Arctic Fox comes with 24 wicked-sharp replacement blades.
Hooyman MegaBite Handsaws. Most 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.
Browning Speed Load Hunting. Here’s a “no-brainer” stocking stuffer any outdoorsman would appreciate. The Browning Speed Load Hunting took the concept of the replaceable blade knife, one of the most versatile knife designs in existence, and refined it to perfection. The Speed Load features a design that will not only make it easier to swap out blades, but it will positively retain the cutting blade in place during use without you having to worry about unintentionally releasing the blade during a cut. This knife also has a high quality G-10 textured handle, just like you would find on other Browning folding knives. The replaceable blades include a drop point, box cutter, guthook, and caper point; will also fit standard utility blades. Includes nylon sheath with pockets for extra blades.
Plano 1812 Hunting Stool. Haul gear and also offer serious comfort in the field? Now that’s a cool holiday gift. Conceived as the ultimate, compact and highly portable dove hunting field box and seat, Plano’s new 1812 Hunting Stool ($60; 18x15x13 inches) is destined to earn devotees from the world of waterfowling as well. Anyone who appreciates the dual functionality of a comfy seat atop a pragmatic and practical carryall will find a new favorite friend in the clever 1812 Hunting Stool. The sturdy and stealthy Magnum 1812 Field/Ammo Box serves as the 1812 Hunting Stool’s adroit core and superstructure. The oversized 1812 Magnum Can is the ideal vessel for keeping shot shells sandwiches and other necessities at-hand throughout the hunt. A latched, quick-access storage compartment is molded right into the can’s lid for immediate access to choke tubes, wrenches and other small items. The 1812 Magnum is finished with a brass bail latch and a heavy-duty molded handle. All fabric surfaces are finished in the versatile Mossy Oak Brush camouflage pattern.
Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec EPS. This fine unit is built for getting into and out of difficult terrain, and it also comes Team ScoutLook approved; Executive Editor Mark Melotik field-tested the new Wolverine R-Spec EPS recently on a Texas deer and hog hunt, and found impressive power and nimble handling both on and off the local trails. The powerful 708cc fuel-injected four-stroke engine, coupled with lower overall CG profile of this machine, allow it to go many places where typical UTVs and their higher center of gravity, tend to struggle. The high-clearance Wide-Arc suspension arms of the Wolverine create a “cavity” beneath the machine that allows it to dodge larger terrain obstacles (such as huge mountain stone and deep ruts). Also helpful are the full skid plates mounted beneath the Wolverine that allow this smartly built unit to literally glide over obstacles that would pose problems for lesser machines. Also nice is the long travel suspension to help absorb the hard hits on the trail, a design that drops out farther than any other comparable model. This allows all four wheels to stay in touch with the terrain for a confidence-inspiring ride; nice to have when the going gets rough. Yamaha’s On-Command 4WD system also keeps the wheels turning in typical wet or muddy conditions, or when climbing rocky or steep terrain. The Wolverine’s 26-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires deliver positive grip and traction in the harshest of conditions; this is the tire of choice for many who need the most-dependable tread available.
Midland X-Talker T75VP3. Looking to stay in touch with family and friends in the field without draining your cell phone battery or dealing with spotty coverage? The compact and handy X-TALKER T75 GMRS two-way radios have up to a 38-mile range and feature 36 Channels and 121 Privacy Codes, as well as Channel Scan, and Midland’s signature Weather Scan technology. With an MSRP of just $90 (per 2), you’ll also find eVOX hands-free operation, and the option of using the two 1000mAh rechargeable battery packs (included) or three AA batteries each (not included).
Adventures In Rugged Places. Maybe one of the greatest gifts you can give an outdoorsman is the chance to dream about adventures to come. The tales of adventure continue in J. Alain Smith’s latest action-packed book, Adventures in Rugged Places ($28). Share in the gut-wrenching thrills as he hunts killer Nile Buffalo in Uganda, leopard from the mountains of Tanzania, and wily prey found only in frost-bit Siberia in the dead of winter. This series of adrenaline-packed stories takes you around the world with J. Alain Smith to some of earth’s most-exotic locales where you can experience not only the hunt, but the humorous side of travel and what it’s like living on the road more than 200 days a year.
Cabela’s Carnivore Grinders. When your successful 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.
Sitka Mountain Jacket. When it comes to hunting apparel Sitka stands tall even among the most-premium of designs. Streamlined to move like the wind while standing strong against it, the Mountain Jacket ($269) is a great example, as it literally defies gravity. Both ultralight and minimal in bulk, it nearly disappears in your pack. Once deployed, the seam-taped Windstopper construction and light nylon shell is ready to thwart mountain winds and keep you hunting in stealthy comfort. The minimalist design features low bulk seams to prevent any chafe points, and two hand pockets and a zippered chest pocket to keep those small necessities accessible and secure. The lightweight nylon face fabric is backed with soft knit, so it can be worn over a base layer or under heavier insulation, and is a perfect complement to Sitka’s Mountain Pant.
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.
ScentLok Full Season Velocity Suit. Versatile camo is not only effective camo, it also makes a great gift. ScentLok’s most popular system is also its most versatile: The Full Season Velocity series is light enough for mid-season days, yet the micro-fleece liner adds enough loft for later months when the cold weather kicks in. The brushed shell is deadly silent and DWR treated to shed a light rain or morning dew. The advanced Carbon Alloy technology is better than ever at beating the noses of big bucks, and makes this system unmatched in its versatility, comfort and performance. ScentLok offers the Full Season Velocity series in both Predator Brown Deception camo (shown here) and in its proprietary Vertigo Camo pattern that blends light and dark patterns melting the human silhouette into the natural background. Vertigo is perfect for those late season days, waiting for deer and coyotes. The Full Season Velocity series in Predator Brown Deception is another highly recommended camo pattern to fool game animal eyes. The shadow effect in the pattern gives it unraveled depth, and the detail on the branches enhances the break-up effect to keep you hidden. Complete the suit with ScentLok’s Full Season Ultimate Headcover available in both camo patterns.
ArcticShield Boot Insulators. There’s nothing like the gift of warmth and comfort. If you know someone who is tired of getting cold, these boot insulators might be the answer. They feature ArcticShield Retain heat retention technology that is proven to capture greater than 90 percent of body heat, and maintain 90 percent of heat over a longer period of time. They’re ideal for hunting, football games, tailgating, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and any other cold weather outdoor event. The boot insulators slip right over your shoes or boots, are windproof and water-resistant, and feature a polyester shell and liner. ArcticShield boot insulators are lightweight and packable; they will easily roll up and fit into your pocket or backpack for easy transport. You’ll also find durable YKK locking zippers, speed clips to attach to your pack or bag, and adjustable drawcord at the top of the boot insulator to cinch up around your ankle. Available in Realtree Xtra camouflage, in sizes small through 2X-Large.
Rocky Stratum Apparel. There’s nothing like a stand-out sporting gift, and Rocky’s new Stratum apparel certainly qualifies. Featuring unique performance materials and technologies not found anywhere else on the market, the Stratum collection delivers hunters exactly what they want: confidence in action. New technologies include a dry-release, performance-fleece base layer that wicks moisture away from the body without adding weight, bur-resistant materials in the mid-weight pants designed to allow hunters to remove burs with a simple swipe of their hand, Rocky Grip technology in the lightweight gloves to keep the gloves secure for added dexterity, and Aero-thermo-block gel in the heavy gloves to block heat from escaping and keep hands warm. The collection also features Rocky’s versatile new Venator camo pattern, which Rocky developed through two years of field research and is designed to conceal in a variety of terrains and types of vegetation. The full apparel includes performance base layers, lightweight pants, mid-weight jacket and pants, parka, rain gear, two sets of gloves and a hat. Minimum advertised prices range from $29.99 for the gloves to $149.99 for the cold-weather jacket.
Woolpower Zip Turtleneck LITE. When it comes to high-performance, low-care hunt-worthy base layers, it’s hard to beat merino wool. Boasting an ideal mix of fine merino wool, synthetics, and air, the Woolpower Zip Turtleneck LITE is Woolpower’s latest high-performance design. Sourced with only the finest and most economical wool in South America, the Zip LITE features a unique blend of 80 percent Merino wool and 20 percent Polyamide, which traps your body’s generated heat to regulate and sustain your core temperature. And on top of that, the balanced measure of synthetics creates a durable, yet comfy garment that lasts for years.
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.
Muck Boot Company Woody Blaze Cool. Got an avid turkey hunter on your list? You might want to wrap up a pair of these boots that have the ability to keep hunters comfortable over the wide-ranging spring turkey season. Early on you can see snow, and by the latter stages, temps in the 90s. Even a typical day can start bone-chilling and end with sauna-like conditions. The answer? The new Woody Blaze Cool, an ideal choice for turkey hunts that start out cold and finish in the heat of the afternoon. Muck’s exclusive XpressCool lining displaces moisture while keeping feet cool and comfortable; you’ll also find an aggressive waffle traction outsole for sure footing in the wet, slippery spring woods—even when the terrain is hilly and steep.
Wolverine Edge Extreme. Deer, small game and upland 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 Setter Rutmaster 2.0 Lite. When it comes to deer and turkey 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.