Sweet new guns and bows. Awesome optics and ammo. Inspiring hunt accessories. Not sure what to buy? Check this can’t-miss list aimed at filling tags and making more fond hunt memories.
– HuntStand SPOTLIGHTS –
Two Easy Steps To A 22 Nosler. Hunters and shooters, are you ready to “supercharge” your AR in two simple steps? Help that special someone on your Holiday List transform their standard AR into a 22 Nosler, and they will experience 14 percent more velocity and 30 percent more energy than a 5.56 NATO at 500 yards. It’s the fastest way to faster…and a gift that keeps on giving. WATCH IT HAPPEN HERE.
Kent Bismuth Is Back & Better Than Ever. Just in time for gifting to your favorite wingshooter, Kent has brought back an old favorite. Kent has engineered a proprietary manufacturing technique that produces Bismuth pellets of superior integrity. Not only does Kent Bismuth boast a higher retained energy and a better ballistic capability, its non-toxic properties make it safe for the environment and is suitable for use in fixed-choke and high-grade shotgun barrels.
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Kent Cartridge was established in 1996 as a small group of sportsmen discussing the future of shotgunning and developed into the innovative international cartridge company they are today. In 1997, Kent purchased the Activ Cartridge factory in Kearneysville, giving them a home base in the heart of wild and wonderful West Virginia. In 1998, they expanded into Europe with the acquisition of the Gamebore Cartridge Company in Hull, England. The Kent-Gamebore Corporation was then formed and now carries on business throughout North America and around the world.
– GUNS & AMMO –
Mossberg Patriot Revere. Classic bolt-action rifle styling can be found in the new Patriot Revere, available in five calibers (.243 Win., .308 Win., .270 Win., .30-06 Sprg. and .300 Win. Mag.) as well as the currently popular 6.5mm Creedmoor. The handsome Patriot Revere features semi-fancy European walnut stocks; rosewood and maple accents; 24-inch barrel lengths; and complementing blued metal finishes. The Patriot series is based on Mossberg’s proven twin-lug, push-feed machined-steel action which is fed from a lightweight polymer, flush box magazine with four (.300 Win. Mag. only) or five-round total capacity. The standard-contour, free-floating barrels are constructed of carbon steel and feature recessed crowns. Every Patriot rifle also features Mossberg’s patented LBA (Lightning Bolt Action) Adjustable Trigger System for clean, crisp trigger break and is user-adjustable from 2 to 7 pounds.Weatherby Adds New Vanguard Rifles. Talk about ringing in the New Year in style. For 2018, Weatherby is offering several noteworthy expansions to its popular and affordable Vanguard line. Three Vanguard models are now available in 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum, along with economical ammo. The new models are the Vanguard Accuguard—highly regarded, like all Vanguards, for guaranteed SUB-MOA accuracy; the Vanguard Synthetic—built for extreme toughness with a Griptonite stock; and the Vanguard Wilderness—known for its lightweight design (just 6.75 pounds in 6.5-300 Wby Mag). All Vanguards in 6.5-300 Wby Mag have 26-inch barrels for maximum velocity. More good news? Weatherby has also introduced 6.5-300 Wby Mag (140-grain soft point bullet) in its economical Select ammunition line. It’s ideal for shooters who want to enjoy a day at the range without a lot of expense.Remington 700 AWR (American Wilderness Rifle). Remington has expanded its legendary model 700 lineup. The 700 AWR (American Wilderness Rifle) is a big-game rifle built for durability and accuracy. From the stainless steel barreled action, to a durable Cerakote coating, to the 5R rifling, and a durable and very rigid stock, it’s one that can weather the elements. Ideal for long jaunts into rough country where you expect to get belted with snow and freezing rain, the Remington 700 AWR should make a perfect rough-country companion. It is available in four of the most popular big-game calibers: .270 Win., .30-06 Sprg., and 7mm and .300 Win. Mag. MSRP: $ 1,150.Savage 10/110 Stealth Evolution. Here’s the way to blend pinpoint precision and torture-tested toughness to beat the most-challenging targets and conditions. The new Stealth Evolution pairs a heavy fluted barrel with a monolithic aluminum chassis finished in rugged bronze Cerakote. The incredibly hard polymer-ceramic coating greatly enhances resistance to abrasion, corrosion and impact. Its factory-blueprinted 10/110 action, matched with Savage’s zero-tolerance headspacing, user-adjustable AccuTrigger and 5R button rifling, produces sub-MOA accuracy at extreme ranges, right out of the box. The rifle is available in six of the hottest calibers in long-range shooting, including the new 6mm Creedmoor. Tri-Star Viper G2 Series Autoloaders. Ready to make the avid turkey hunter on your list turn suddenly speechless? Have them open up a box containing a TriStar Viper Series Semi Automatic Gas Operated Shotgun…known for being reliable, functional and hard working, and ideal companions in the turkey woods. Both wood and synthetic models have 3-inch
Quick Look: TriStar Viper G2 Turkey Gun
chambers to take 2 3/4- or 3-inch shells, and are available in several popular Realtree camo patterns. Chambers are chrome lined, barrels are threaded for the Beretta/Benelli style choke tubes, and every gun comes with three tubes (IC, M, F) standard.
Browning A5 Wicked Wing Autoloader—Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades. Wicked looks, wicked performance. Now waterfowlers can choose between a pair of Browning autoloaders with custom touches to make them stand out—in a good way. Wicked Wing autoloaders feature a Cerakote Burnt Bronze camo finish on the receiver and Burnt Bronze on the barrel. The oversized bolt release makes it easier to manipulate with gloves. A fully chromed bore adds corrosion resistance and longevity for year after year of shooting performance. The humpback-shaped receiver of the new Browning A5 may bring back fond memories, but make no mistake, this isn’t your Grandpa’s shotgun. With the all new Kinematic Drive System, the A5 is simply the most reliable, fastest cycling, best balanced and softest shooting recoil-operated autoloader on the planet. Winchester SX4 Waterfowl Hunter. If you live to chase waterfowl, you need to see this gun. The new Super X4 has features and functional improvements that will make it your go-to gun in the marsh. The dipped Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades exterior has a look that will attract admirers on the way to the marsh, but it will be invisible to the ducks and geese overhead. Even better, the improved ergonomics of the synthetic stock and forearm, combined with secure gripping surfaces make the SX4 ready for the kind of wet, cold weather that defines waterfowling success.Fox A Grade Shotgun by Savage. For more than a century, Fox shotguns have proven themselves as superb firearms and true works of art. The new Fox A Grade series presented by Savage builds upon that heritage of craftsmanship with shotguns that handle gracefully, point naturally and hit hard–with the same components and style that have made all Fox shotguns the envy of collectors. Each of the four box-lock side-by-sides in the series features a beautifully checkered American black walnut stock, splinter fore-end and a bone and charcoal case color-finished receiver. Available in 12 and 20 gauge, with 26- or 28-inch barrels.Nosler Adds New 6.5 Creedmoor Loads. What a great stocking stuffer. Nosler is now offering two new hunting loads in the tremendously popular 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge. Loaded with 120-grain E-Tip and 120-grain Ballistic Tip bullets, both loads offer the excellent accuracy and terminal performance that the 6.5 Creedmoor is known for. Loaded with 120-grain bullets, these offerings are great choices for youth hunters or those looking for slightly less recoil. Available in Nosler’s Ballistic Tip and E-Tip Ammunition lines, look for the new Nosler ammunition at local retailers or online.
Federal Premium Nosler AccuBond Ammunition. Here’s one more thing to celebrate this holiday season: Federal has brought back its extremely popular Nosler AccuBond rifle loads. The proven bullet design pairs a precision polymer tip with a highly concentric jacket bonded to a lead core. The result is fast expansion, moderate weight retention and deep penetration at long range. Choose from 17 different loads, including 6.5 Creedmoor (140 grain).
– OPTICS –
Leupold LTO-Tracker. This killer, handheld technology is a definite game-changer for hunters everywhere. The LTO-Tracker from Leupold is a compact, lightweight handheld thermal optic. It can use used to see the heat signature of game up to 600 yards away—day or night. With this great gadget, you may never scout or track downed game the same way again.
VIDEO: Leupold LTO-Tracker Is Game-Changing New Optic
Use it to scan the area en route to a stand or blind to avoid spooking game. The LTO-Tracker turns fresh blood trails into a roadmap to fallen game, making recovery easier than ever. It has a 6X digital zoom, a 21-degree field of view, plus six different thermal viewing modes. Durable, waterproof and backed by Leupold’s 5-year electronics warranty.
Burris Signature HD Binocular Line. While most game animals are born with great eyesight, most hunters could use a little help. For 2017, Burris Optics has done its part with the introduction of its new Signature HD line of binoculars. Available in three models —8x42mm, 10x42mm and 12x50mm ($251-$284)—these affordable binoculars offer premium lenses and rugged construction that is built for the outdoors. The Signature HD line offers high-performance HD lenses and BaK prisms that produce sharper images and edge-to-edge clarity. The multi-coated lenses
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create maximum light transmission and reduce glare in harsh conditions. Internally, Signature HD binoculars are nitrogen-filled for waterproof and fogproof performance. The outer surface is rubber armored for protection and provides an easier grip, creating a more comfortable experience when glassing. All models come with a durable carrying case, neoprene neckstrap, lens covers, cleaning cloth and are covered by the Burris Forever Warranty.
TRACT Optics Toric Binoculars. Most all deer hunters love a good gear bargain, especially if quality construction is part of the equation. TRACT is an optics company producing quality binoculars and riflescopes for a reasonable price, using a direct-to-consumer model that cuts out the middleman and gives the consumer a higher-quality product value at a price that is hundreds of dollars less than comparable product sold through retail stores.
VIDEO: An Inside Look AT Tract Optics
The flagship TORIC binocular line includes both 8×42 and 10×42 models, both with Magnesium Alloy body construction for increased strength and durability while maintaining light weight. You’ll also find waterproof/fogproof construction, High Grade ED Glass with fully multicoated lenses and prisms, and Enhanced Ocular Diameter for a wider field of view while minimizing the blackout that occurs with improper eye position. Maybe best of all? All TRACT products are protected by the TRUST Lifetime Warranty.
Nikon LaserForce 1,900-Yard Rangefinder Binocular. This highly anticipated new rangefinder binocular ($1,199.95 MSRP) combines superior optical quality, ergonomic single-hand control, technologically enhanced features and a 100-percent backing with Nikon’s No-Fault Policy. The LaserForce laser is capable of ranging distances from 10 to 1,900 yards with instantaneous readouts on a crisp OLED display. Distances are displayed in 0.1-yard increments to 100 yards, and 1-yard increments over 100 yards. The OLED display offers a 4-step brightness adjustment, making it easily readable under any light conditions and against various objects. The 10×42 binocular component features ED (Extra-low dispersion) Glass; this superior glass corrects chromatic aberration that causes color fringing for high-resolution, contrast-rich images.Bushnell Trophy Xtreme Laser Rangefinder. Few accessories can increase your odds for hunting successs like a quality laser rangefinder, and these days Team HuntStand rarely leaves home without one. Nor should you. The compact size and helpful 4x magnification make binoculars unnecessary, and knowing the exact range of any object in view of your setup can be invaluable. The Trophy Extreme is state of the art, with its most-important feature for the turkey hunter being its Full Spectrum Targeting, which enables this unique rangefinder to instantly, and positively, acquire dark, non-reflective (and hopefully extremely long-bearded) targets. MAP $230.
Nikon Arrow ID 7000 VR Rangefinder. When a big buck is on its way into your set and you need to know the range despite a shaky bout with buck fever, Nikon has you covered. Featuring Nikon’s optical VR (Vibration Reduction) Technology, the ARROW ID 7000 VR is the world’s first laser rangefinder to compensate for the human body’s physical inability to be completely still. Nikon’s Optical VR Technology reduces the effect of external vibrations caused by hand movements while ranging distant objects. For archers, this means the target mark on the rangefinder remains stable, even when the body of the rangefinder is being moved. The optical VR Function begins immediately when the laser rangefinder is on, meaning there is no extra time spent trying to toggle between settings. Holding down the ranging button allows the user to continuously scan for 8 seconds. The ARROW ID 7000 VR has an effective measurement range of 8-1,000 yards and displays measurements in .1-yard increments.
Leupold Vendetta 2 Bow-Mounted Laser Rangefinder. Leupold & Stevens, Inc., revolutionized archery hunting with the introduction of its innovative Vendetta bow-mounted laser rangefinder. Now the updated Leupold Vendetta 2 adds to the innovation with a faster software package, an improved mounting system and the ability to use it on a crossbow. Squeezing the pressure pad switch attached to the bow’s grip, hunters can instantly range a target from full draw, eliminating unnecessary motion and maintaining stealth. Once activated from its sleep mode, the Vendetta 2 provides 45 seconds of auto scan ranging, which eliminates the need to continuously press and hold the activation pad. This means hunters can keep a shooting grip on the bow and reduce their movement. A new one-inch scope mount allows the Vendetta 2 to mount on crossbows, allowing this growing segment of archery hunters to benefit from this instant ranging technology. The Vendetta 2 is currently legal to use for hunters in 34 states and is recreational legal in all states.
Sig Sauer Electro-Optics KILO2400 ABS Rangefinder. The multi-featured 7x25mm KILO2400 ($1,800) sounds like something out of the future. It features an embedded Applied Ballistics calculator, onboard environmental sensors (temperature, pressure, and humidity) and Bluetooth for synchronizing custom load profiles with
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downloadable ballistic app for both iOS and Android smartphones. The windage and elevation adjustments can be set to read in MOA or MRAD. The unit includes a tripod adapter, smartphone jack wind meter, ballistic-nylon military grade bag and carry pouch, lanyard, three spare batteries, and SIG SAUER Tactical pen/stylus. Top to bottom, this advanced rangefinder (it ranges out to two miles), has all the tools and functions to get you up and running for long-range hunting and precision target shooting.
Cabela’s Intensity HD 10×42 Binoculars. High-class doesn’t have to mean premium-priced. As proof, Cabela’s Intensity HD binoculars ($200) are feature rich and value priced. The HD extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass objective lenses enhance image quality allowing you to see more. Special coatings on the roof prisms preserve the image’s natural colors while enhancing resolution for true-to-life views at greater distances. Both sides of all lenses are multicoated and feature anti-reflective lens coatings to further enhance light transmission for brighter image quality and visibility in low light conditions. The lightweight rubber-armored magnesium-alloy chassis are fog proof and built to last with O-ring seals and an IPX7 waterproof rating that withstands submersion for 30 minutes. The extra-wide field of view displays more of what’s in front of you, while the easy-to-hold ergonomic design features a large, textured focus wheel. Long eye relief allows comfortable viewing even with glasses on. Includes padded neck strap and lens covers.Bushnell Trophy Extreme Binocular. Bushnell’s new Trophy Xtreme binoculars provide, dollar for dollar, the most clarity-value available today. An armor coating encases fully multi-coated lenses in a waterproof, fogproof vault of impenetrability. Aggressive, ergonomic design makes for easy handling while the three-step eyecups provide better fit and comfort. Larger objective lenses with higher magnification deliver clarity and brightness and new lens covers are built to stay in place. The binoculars are covered by Bushnell’s new No Questions Asked Lifetime Warranty. Trophy Xtreme is available in 10×50, 12×50 and 8x56mm configurations with MSRPs starting at $180.
FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS 233 Thermal Riflescope. FLIR’s new ThermoSight Pro PTS 233 sets a new standard in thermal image quality and features for tactical and outdoor enthusiasts. Equipped with a 19mm lens and 4X digital zoom, the ThermoSight Pro PTS 233 ($2,199 MSRP) is powered by the FLIR Boson thermal camera core, which delivers smaller, lighter optics with increased image performance and range. Featuring on-chip video processing and an uncompressed video signal fed directly to a high-definition 1280×960 display, the FLIR ThermoSight Pro offers improved object detection and classification in the field and clean thermal imagery in any light—from low contrast daylight to total darkness—or through smoke, haze and light fog. Offering 320×256 thermal resolution, a 12-degree field-of-view, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB-C connectivity, and user-controlled imaging palettes and image enhancement filters, ThermoSight Pro PTS 233 features onboard recording and internal storage of up to two hours of video or 1,000 JPEG images.
– ARCHERY / BOWHUNTING –
Fleetwood Envoy2 Compound Bow. Looking for an ideal holiday gift for all ages? Tired of all the sticker shock that comes standard with today’s premium bows? The Envoy2 is an incredible new state-of-the-art bow designed for both entry level and experienced archers alike—both youths and adults—and it comes at a true family friendly price: $300 for the complete, ready-to-shoot package that includes the bow, sight, rest and stabilizer.
VIDEO: Amazing New Fits-All Compound
This smart new design features a fully adjustable draw length from 19 to 30 inches, and adjustable draw weight from 20 to 70 pounds. This means the Envoy2 will fit most youths and adults, but even better, the wide-ranging adjustability means it will grow right along with your youngster, making it the last bow you’ll ever have to buy. It’s available in Next G1 camo, Muddy Girl camo, and Black, ideal for hiding inside a ground blind.Elite Option 6 & Option 7. It’s always good to have options—and the 32-inch axle-to-axle Option 6 (pictured above) and Option 7, the names of which denote respective brace heights, offer two worthy of a closer look. Another good reason? The Option 6 took home the HuntStand Silver Award in the recent HuntStand 2017 Ultimate Compound Bow Field Test. Both bows retail for $1,399, and feature a 7075 T6 skeletonized riser with dual Riser Cages that provides a 65-percent greater strength-to-weight ratio than previous models. A newly engineered cam is designed to maximize performance and a new LTR (Lateral Tuning Roller) roller guard provides fine tuning. This strong, yet lightweight 4.3-pound package is rated up to 342 fps and is available in draw weights from 50 to 80 pounds, and in half-inch draw increments from 26 to 30 inches for the Option 6, and 27 to 31 inches for the Option 7.Bowtech Reign 6. Looking for the best new premium compound? The Reign 6 took home the coveted HuntStand Editor’s Choice Award in the recent ScoutLook 2017 Ultimate Compound Bow Field Test, and the reasons were many. We found it fast, forgiving, with sweet shock-free shooting, arrow after arrow. The heart of the Reign 6 is Bowtech’s redesigned OverDrive Binary Cams that tune to the shooter. Similar to Bowtech’s proven Powershift technology, the Reign 6 makes use of newer FlipDisc technology that allows you to set the Reign 6 Overdrive Binary cam system to one of two settings that change both the feel and performance of your bow. You can set the cam-mounted FlipDisc2 to the “Comfort,” or “Performance” position, depending on personal preference. Each offers a very different feel and its own level of performance and so in essence, buying a Reign 6 is like owning two separate bows for the price of one.Mathews Halon 32. Hot on the heels of last year’s 30-inch Halon, the Halon 32 ($1,099) offers the same features as its predecessor, in a slightly longer package. Most notable is the efficient No Cam-inspired Crossentric cam system, which uses a partially concentric string payout and AVS Technology for a quieter draw and greater consistency, which translates to increased accuracy. Wider, more torsionally rigid limbs and a dual-bridged riser are specifically designed to support this powerful cam system, and a true-center nocking point ensures straight and level nock travel for even more consistency and accuracy. You can choose between brace heights of 5, 6 or 7 inches, draw lengths from 25-32 inches and draw weights from 40 to 70 pounds, with a maximum speed rating of 350 fps. Prime Centergy. For its new three-bow Centergy Series ($1,200 each), Prime combined a Center Balanced Targeting System (CBTS) with TRK Parallel Cam technology and a Flexis-AR roller to create its most balanced and easy-to-aim bow yet. Built around the new center-balanced 82X aluminum riser, the CBTS incorporates a strategically designed “Swerve” into the heavier lower end of the riser to reduce lateral movement during the draw cycle for less noise and vibration, and greater accuracy. The all new TRK Cam System, the latest enhancement of Prime’s parallel cam technology, provides higher efficiency even in shorter draw lengths—reportedly sacrificing only 4 to 6 feet per second per inch of draw length vs. the standard 10 fps per inch with conventional cams. At 33 inches the Centergy is middle of the road in length, but its 333 fps speed bumps into the upper echelon; mass weight is 4.3 pounds. Also available is the Centergy Air, which weighs in at 4.1 pounds, and the Centergy Hybrid, which measures a slightly longer 35 inches axle to axle, and weighs in at 4.5 pounds. Brace heights vary from 6.5 to 7.5 inches depending on models, which are available from 40 to 80 pounds.PSE Evolve. The principal component of PSE’s new Evolve ($950) is the namesake Evolve Cam System (ECS) and its numerous features, a sweeting-shooting system that powered this fine bow to the HuntStand Steal Award in the ScoutLook 2017 Ultimate Compound Bow Field Test. The rotating cam modules allow for toolless, no-press adjustment of draw length (from 24 1/2 to 30 inches) and letoff from 80 to a whopping 90 percent with a standard module (65 to 75 percent letoff with an optional high-speed module). And, the quad-track cable design with split 3D cable grooves and a centered string tack eliminates cam lean and lateral nock travel for a more stable and accurate shot. The end result is a compact (31-inch), lightweight (4.3 pounds) speedster (346 fps) that’s very comfortable to draw, hold and shoot.Obsession Hemorrhage DE. Obsession has established itself as a legitimate performance bow maker over the last couple years, a reputation that will be further solidified with this year’s Hemorrhage DE ($999). The “DE” denotes a new Dynamic Energy cam, which is designed to provide a very smooth draw and 80-pound letoff while also delivering blistering speeds (up to 340 fps). All that is accomplished with a forgiving 7-inch brace height. That, combined with the 30-inch axle-to-axle length and 4-pound weight make it maneuverable and light, all definitive features of a high-performance hunting bow. And, Obsession’s PerFex system allows for easy, half-inch draw-length adjustments from 27 1/2 to 31 inches.
Ravin R9 Crossbow. Few products generated more buzz this year than the new Ravin crossbows, the R9 and R15. Both use patented HeliCoil Technology to achieve an astonishingly small 6-inch (at full draw) axle-to-axle width, and more. It works by coiling cables away from both the top and bottom of the cams in helical grooves to keep them perfectly balanced. This allows the cams to rotate to a near full 340 degrees
VIDEO: Team ScoutLook Test-Fires Ravin R9 At 100 Yards
while keeping them perfectly level for increased speed and downrange accuracy. It also allows the string and arrow to free-float above the rail, reducing noise and friction while providing a quieter, quicker shot and vastly improved string life. And, it enables the Trac Trigger Firing System to create a perfectly balanced draw, and works in conjunction with the Versa Draw Cocking System for easy cocking and un-cocking with minimal effort. The R9’s 195-pound draw weight and 13-inch power stroke are rated at 390 fps. It comes with six Ravin arrows, nocks and field points; removable cocking handle, quiver and mounting bracket, 100-yard illuminated scope and built-in cocking mechanism, all for $1,549.
CAMX X330. You wouldn’t throw your crossbow against a brick wall, would you? Paul Vaicunis did, repeatedly, just to show how tough his new CAMX X330 ($1,000) is. Part of that toughness is attributable to the single-piece aluminum Monobloc system and all-steel Weaver-style scope rings that prevent the ARC scope from shifting. Tips of the Armor Tuff limbs are enclosed in metal caps, and the wheels are recessed inside the limb tips to prevent excess wear and abrasion. How about safety? Patented Thumbsaver technology prevents fingers from entering the string path but unlike every other such system, this one slides out of the way while cocking to ensure a more even, and accurate, draw. Then, a multiple-point trigger safety and fully-enclosed Pivoting Arrow Retention system make it impossible for the bow to be dry-fired. And if that’s not enough, every bow is factory assembled and tested and guaranteed to shoot 1-inch groups at 20 yards, at 330 fps.
Parker Tornado XXtreme. Along with their Tornado XXtreme ($850), Parker this year introduced a new Xbow Xtreme Technology (XXT) that incorporates four proprietary innovations. 1) Inverted Cam technology reverses cams to maximize power stroke while minimizing overall length, resulting in greater stored energy and higher speeds. 2) Split Limb Array technology arranges limbs in a parallel configuration to reduce width and weight. 3) High Performance (HP) Synergy Cam technology builds force quickly and holds stored energy steady at peak throughout the draw cycle until letoff, providing greater efficiency, better performance and a smoother release off the trigger latch. And 4) Parker’s Cavity-Back Riser technology spreads limbs apart creating an opening in the riser for the foot stirrup, dramatically reducing overall length and weight.TenPoint Carbon Phantom RCX. This super-efficient new crossbow’s power plant consists of a new, relatively lightweight 160-pound reverse cam bow assembly with 10.5-inch RCX limbs and Brownell Rhino string and cables. Yet when paired with a middle-of-the-road 15.5-inch power stroke it’s capable of generating arrow speeds up to 385 fps. All that is mounted on a 19.9-inch (strong, lightweight) wrapped carbon fiber barrel and ultimately a newly
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engineered ACX (Adjustable Comfort Crossbow) stock molded from PolyOne OnForce polypropylene and featuring a one-piece adjustable cheek and butt plate that can be secured in different positions to match length-of-pull. The TenPoint Carbon Phanton RCX Package includes cocking mechanism, scope, six Pro Elite carbon arrows, String Dampening Rods (SDR) and a quiver. $1,719 with ACUdraw 50; $1,819 with ACUdraw.
Barnett Buck Commander Revengeance. Reverse-limb bows offer better balance, less shock and noise and more power with less power stroke, not to mention a considerably narrower configuration. So we were delighted to see an old favorite reborn as the new, improved Buck Commander Revengeance. This 155-pound version offers more speed—400 fps—and energy (129 foot-pounds), as well as a new crisp, smooth “rifle-like” Triggertech trigger and a new brush arrow retainer. The BC Revengeance package ($999) includes side-mount quiver, two 20-inch arrows, rope cocking device and illuminated 4×32 scope.
Fleetwood Carbon Arrows. One of the few drawbacks of premium arrows is their price. New Fleetwood Arrows are bucking that trend, and bowhunters everywhere stand to benefit. These fine carbon arrows come Team HuntStand approved (see them in use on The Chronicles and in our Ultimate Broadhead Field Test) and feature multi-layer rolled construction; they’re built to .006 straightness and a +/- 2 grain weight tolerance per dozen. They even include 100-grain points, fairly amazing when you consider they cost just $60 per dozen (fletched with Blazer vanes for compound users; $70 per dozen fletched with 5-inch feathers suitable for traditional bow setups). The makers of Fleetwood Arrows (arrows shown above feature optional wraps) have been in the archery industry for three generations, and know what archers look for in a quality arrow. If you’re looking for a more cost-effective option when buying quality arrows (and who isn’t?) your search should start here. Fleetwood Carbon arrows are available in spines from 350 to 800, to fit virtually every archer on the planet.
Carbon Express Maxima Red SD. The new Maxima RED SD is a high-performance package from insert to nock, making it the best small-diameter hunting arrow on the market. The small diameter combined with RED Zone technology forms the ultimate hunting arrow, reducing wind drift while increasing penetration and broadhead accuracy. Just how accurate are they? Four times more accurate with broadheads over a standard single-spine arrow, which is ideal for long-distance shooting.
VIDEO: CX Maxima Red SD: Deadly Small-Diameter Hunting Arrow
In addition, the heavier weight produces aggressive penetration at all distances from a small-diameter shaft that’s incredibly resistant to wind drift. The new Maxima RED SD is a breakthrough in controlling dynamic spine with a smaller .203-inch inside diameter carbon shaft which has stiffer ends to contain the arrow’s flex to the arrow’s RED ZONE. The RED ZONE is the section of the arrow shaft engineered by Carbon Express to contain dynamic spine, thus producing more consistent accuracy with broadheads, with minimal wind drift, at long distances.Easton Autumn Orange 6MM FMJ. In an interesting union of retro and modern, Easton has incorporated the same Autumn Orange finish that adorned their original XX75 arrows from the 1970s through the 90s, into their new Autumn Orange 6MM FMJ shafts. The aluminum jacket over high-strength carbon core construction of the full metal jacket arrows provides increased velocity and downrange energy. Meanwhile, the trendy 6MM reduced diameter enhances penetration and accuracy. The 6MM retro ($80 per 6) are available in three spine sizes: 470, 390 and 320 with pre-installed 6MM (H) nocks and 6MM RPS 8-32 inserts.
Gold Tip Velocity Valkyrie. In addition to aggressive graphics and lightweight construction the new Velocity Valkyrie comes factory-fletched with four low-profile vanes. Why four? According to Gold Tip Senior Product Manager Jason Harris, “… four vanes give you increased stability, faster stabilization and tighter groupings.” In
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fact, Gold Tip claims group size reductions of 20 to 75 percent with broadheads. Valkyrie arrows ($130 per 12) also boast 0.003-inch straightness and +/- .5 grain weight tolerances and are offered in five spines: 300, 340, 400, 500 and 600. Rage Simply Lethal Arrow Package. You gotta wonder why nobody thought of this before. The new Rage Simply Lethal Arrow package ($65) combines three Gold Tip pre-fletched carbon arrows—pre-cut and fully equipped with nocks, inserts and 2-inch GT vanes installed—with your choice of either the Rage SC 2-Blade 100-gr. or the Rage SC 2-Blade Chisel Tip 100-gr. broadheads and a set of field points. Arrows are pre-cut to 29.5 inches, based on what will fit most archers, are spined for draw weights up to 70 pounds, and feature ±.006-inch straightness and weight tolerance of ±2.0 grains. Meanwhile, the cut-on-contact Rage SC 2-Blade offers a proven 2-blade Slip Cam design with advanced Shock Collar technology to keep blades in place until contact and the Rage SC 2-Blade Chisel Tip incorporates a bone-crushing chisel-tip design and features the Shock Collar retention system.
Victory RIP TKO Hunting Arrow. Give the gift of deadly accuracy. The all-new small-diameter RIP TKO arrow is the latest in Victory’s arsenal of ultimate hunting arrows. The .204 small-diameter shaft is constructed of intermediate modulus, 100-percent carbon fiber utilizing the company’s MaxxKe Technology. MaxxKe is a 3K carbon weave that reduces torque at launch and gives the arrow much faster recovery time in flight. This also increases the spine consistency of each arrow meaning tighter groups and better broadhead flight. The Victory Archery RIP TKO is available in three distinct versions to fit every shooter’s needs and budget. The RIP TKO Elite features an industry-leading straightness tolerance of +/-.001. The new Victory RIP TKO Gamer has a straightness factor of +/- .003, and the RIP TKO Sport has a straightness rating of +/-.006. The Elite, Gamer and Sport shafts are available in 300, 350 (both 8.8 gpi) and 400 (9.0 gpi) spines.HHA Sports Virtus Drop-Away Rest. Bowhunters know HHA Sports for its industry-leading moveable bowsight designs, and now that quality and innovation can be found in its Virtus drop-away arrow rest. A year and a half in the making, the new Virtus is built for die-hard bowhunters; it uses HHA’s Patent-pending LBS+ Braking system, which allows the rest to fall away at just the right moment to keep your arrow flying true and with total fletching clearance, but have zero launcher bounce back after the shot. The Virtus is CNC-machined from stainless steel and aircraft-grade aluminum for extreme long life, even in harsh conditions. It carries a 100 percent lifetime warranty.
Bloodsport High Voltage Mechanical Broadheads. Bloodsport’s all-new High Voltage Mechanical Broadhead (MSRP $39.99/3) offers today’s compound bow and crossbow hunters a pure, three-blade mechanical design that can be trusted to perform consistently and reliably. Utilizing a bone-splitting chisel tip, the slim High Voltage flies with true field-point accuracy and then opens wide during penetration—a full two inches in diameter—to unleash a devastating three-inch cutting path via a trio of deadly one-inch blades.
No Limit Archery Magnetiks Multi-Digit Trigger Release. No Limit Archery’s unbelievably smooth Magnetiks Multi-Digit Trigger Release features ZERO Creep Trigger (ZCT) Technology. Instead of springs and tension screws, new ultra crisp Magnetiks release models employ an adjustable magnet system to control trigger tension. The result is a silky smooth, safe and reliable trigger that eliminates trigger punch and results in increased, repeatable accuracy. Available in anodized aluminum (MSRP $99.99) or composite (MSRP $79.99) construction.
– TREESTANDS & BLINDS –
Family Tradition Treestands. The best there is? Many would describe the well-rounded lineup (Ladder Stands, Tripods, and Lock-Ons) from Family Tradition as just that. The company’s strong research and development has produced stands with an impressive proven record; if you’ve never checked out this line, these made-in-the-USA stands that include the HD/HO Lock-On (shown above) demand a strong look.
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Quality construction starts with premium galvanized tubular steel for added structural integrity and rust resistance, which is then bended and welded into each individual stand to maintain higher quality control. Each stand has an extra-durable powder coating baked on to provide season after season of durability. Through its deft use of better-quality materials, from bolts to hand-woven webbing on all seats, it’s no wonder Family Tradition has garnered a following just as strong as its impressive stands.
Slumper Hunting Seats. If you’re looking for “next-level” treestand performance the answer might lie not in your treestand, but in the unique Slumper Hunting Seats line of high-performance treestand seats. Many of the wide-ranging models from Slumper Seats feature serious 4-inch-thick seat cushioning, and you’ll also find plenty of options that deliver welcome cushioning for your back.
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Universal-fitting Slumper Seats are not only money-back guaranteed to fit your favorite stand, they’re available for all types of treestands and fit virtually all makes and models: fixed position hang-ons, climbers, even two-person ladder stands that have become so popular for sharing the hunting experience with eager youngsters.
Summit Treestands Vine Double Ladder Stand with Realtree Camo. This great deer stand breaks up straight lines for maximum engineered concealment. Featuring a patent-pending ladder section with a curved design, the Vine comes in one- and two-hunter configurations. This deluxe stand comes with a large, weather-resistant mesh seat and backrest. It comes fully equipped with two Full-Body Fall Arrest Harness Systems, a built-in footrest, padded armrest and padded shooting rail for comfort and precision. The Vine Double-Hunter mounts securely to any tree with included ratchet straps; this fine model is covered by Summit’s one-year limited warranty.
Millennium M60U Ultralite Hang-On Stand. The M60U Ultralite Hang-On ($230) combines full-size comfort with a lightweight, yet sturdy design. This 13.5-pound aluminum stand boasts an impressive capacity of up to 300 pounds. The patented camLOCK receiver system allows for easy installation and setup. Simply secure the receiver to the tree, then hoist up the Hang-On stand and slide the aluminum stabilizing post into the receiver. An adjustable seat height to 21 inches allows hunters to get the best view and comfort from any hunting location. With a durable powder coat finish, the M60U Ultralite will last through multiple seasons in the toughest conditions. This stand comes standard with a full body harness.
Redneck Blinds Sportsman HD Hay Bale Blind. Talk about an ideal farm-country ambush. The new-and-improved Sportsman HD Hay Bale Blind offers some of the most-effective concealment available for hunters looking to waylay whitetails with food on their mind. Wherever you place this clever design, get ready for some exciting hunting action. MSRP $499.
Ameristep Throwdown Blind. The affordable Throwdown Blind (MSRP $39.99) is the ideal solution to the vexing problem of quickly hiding one or two hunters when available cover is limited or non-existent. This guide-inspired, ultra-compact blind features three panels of die-cut 3D leafy camo fabric supported by an integrated stake system and Ameristep’s patented hub design. Best of all, this fast-action beauty weighs under two pounds and folds up to just 21” long. Available in venerable Mossy Oak Obsession or versatile Realtree Xtra camo patterns, the sturdy new Throwdown Blind has no loose parts and set-up takes seconds rather than minutes.
– APPAREL & FOOTWEAR –
Huntworth Mid-Weight Soft Shell Apparel. Huntworth has added a new, mid-weight soft shell jacket and pant, with matching beanie and gloves to its well-rounded line of functional, affordable hunting clothing and accessories. To make it unique, the new huntwear is covered in the company’s great-looking Disruption camouflage pattern, which is a computer-generated abstract design that blends seamlessly into a wide variety of terrain. The Mid-Weight Soft Shell Jacket ($100) has a full-length zipper with a durable, water-repellent shell made of stretch polyester and bonded to a honeycomb fleece. The fleece is treated with an antimicrobial for scent reduction. It is harness-ready, has a high stand collar with beard guard, tapered arm construction and draw cord. Hunters will appreciate two large zippered side pockets, a zippered upper left chest pocket and two large open interior pockets. The Mid-Weight Soft Shell Pants ($100) are made of the same material as the jacket, and offer five pockets, side leg zippers with storm flaps to accommodate boots, a knife pocket on the right leg, abrasion-resistant reinforced knees and seat, rubberized non-slip grip inner waistband, five belt loops and suspender loops. The Stealth Gloves ($20) offer great dexterity while providing wind and water protection. Rounding out the outfit is a four-way stretch fleece beanie ($13) that will keep you dry and warm from the mid-season on into bitter late-season adventures.Browning Hell’s Canyon Speed Shrike Jacket. This incredibly warm and lightweight PrimaLoft insulated Shrike jacket features a cut and stitching designed for maximum mobility, and also delivers welcome wind and water resistance. The A-TACS camo delivers superior concealment and stealth, but you might be amazed to find this design is warmer than any jacket this thin and light has a right to be. The HeroFit design will maximize your mobility as you scramble over rocks or duck and bend through tangled vegetation, and with A-TACS camo, you’ll blend in like you’ve always been there.
Walls Scentrex Xelerator Fleece Suit. This great-looking, high-performance and ultra-silent hunting suit features polar fleece bonded to next-to-skin grid fleece for staying comfortable, silent and warm in the field. Bowhunters, especially, will appreciate that it is the quietest option in the Walls Pro Series lineup and features Scentrex scent control technology, as well as proven Mossy Oak Country camo for staying hidden when it matters most. The Jacket ($151.99) includes a tree harness flap on the center back, 3-piece detachable hood, and handwarmer pockets. The Pant ($143.99) features handwarmer pockets, dual entry cargo pockets, and articulated knees.
Sitka Fanatic Vest. The company’s quietest windproof top, Sitka built the new Fanatic Vest to warm your core when deer spook at the mere rumor of noise. It’s insulated with Primaloft, sealed with Gore Windstopper Technology, and silenced with high loft, wet-printed fleece. Wear it with the Sitka Celsius Series to keep your decibels down well into the late season.Sitka Gear Core Lightweight Hoody. With long sleeves and a form-fitting hood, the Core Lightweight Hoody wicks away moisture and keeps you concealed when you’re closing in. Featuring a deep, center chest zipper for superior ventilation and a built in face mask for those quick set ups, this piece is perfect layering for stalking, treestands or ground blinds. The CORE Lightweight Series (shown in Optifade Elevated II) is the foundation of your high-exertion system. Its polyester bi-component construction is highly breathable and actively moves moisture away from the skin. Carhartt Buckfield Jacket & Pant. Carhartt is synonymous with durability and value, and its Buckfield Jacket and Pant will keep you in the woods no matter what Mother Nature has in store. The 9.7-ounce, 100-percent polyester jacket and pant, with a Realtree pattern, are equipped with a durable water repellent to
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keep you dry. The Jacket ($140) features a detachable hood, a map pocket with a magnetic closure near the chest, as well as ventilated underarms, and a safety harness exit on the back. The Pant ($109) features a partial elastic waistband with hook-and-loop adjusters, and also includes ankle-to-knee zippers with storm flaps, articulated knees, magnetic pocket closures and triple-stitched main seams.
Hard Core Finisher Series Huntwear. When the weather gets ugly it’s time for waterfowlers to reach for “tough as nails” gear. This fine series features heavy insulation for warmth in the serious, ice-breaking cold, and the combination of wind and waterproof fabrics are designed to deliver all-day comfort in extreme conditions. The Finisher Quad Jacket (shown above) is waterproof and windproof, and features a brushed twill outer and warm Berber fleece inner, with a 150-gram insulated body, and 100-gram insulated hood and sleeves. The Quad’s NeverWet coating dramatically repels water and snow; a total of eight pockets (2 chest, 2 hand warmer, 2 flap top, & 2 zip) allow easy access to vital gear, and Velcro cuff closure with inner neoprene cuff ˺ Duotone color blocking helps add extra weather and water protection. Choose from four camo patterns: Realtree Original, Realtree Max-5, Mossy Oak Bottomlands, and Mossy Oak Blades.
Slumberjack DST Camo Huntwear. Looking to disappear in the deer woods? It might be time to check out the new line of DST (Disruptive Shadow Technology) camouflage from Slumberjack. The new line consists of four core pieces; a rain jacket and pants and a DriDown and synthetic jacket. Fully-featured and equipped with Perception DST camouflage, each piece is made with “quiet touch” fabrics and DWR finishes to keep hunters undetectable and dry in the field. Built to be packable, SJK’s apparel line fits easily into day or overnight packs. For hunts where the forecast calls for rain, snow, or both, SJK offers the Windage jacket (MSRP $179.95) and pants (MSRP $149.95). A 3-layer waterproof/breathable laminate sheds rain and melting snow while allowing internal moisture to escape. Articulation in the elbows, knees and crotch provide outstanding mobility while the relaxed, athletic cut is designed for comfort and layering in colder weather.
Hunter Safety System Harnesses With ElimiShield Technology. Hunter Safety System, an industry leader in treestand safety, continues to set the industry standard in treestand harness technology with the addition of ElimiShield Scent Control Technology. Hunter Safety System is now offering four of its most popular safety harnesses with the most revolutionary approach to controlling human odor at the source before it forms: ElimiShield Technology. By pretreating the Hybrid, Elite, Crossbow and Contour harnesses with ElimiShield during the manufacturing process, a bond is formed that has more than a 99-percent proven effective rate of controlling odor even after 50 commercial washes.
Filson Mesh Game Bag. For serious upland hunters, lighter is most always better. This water-repellent, abrasion-resistant oil Shelter Cloth vest is outfitted with a rear game bag, oversized shell pockets and a mesh back for comfort on early-season hunts, and lighter weight any time. The front buckle closure is designed to eliminate gunstock scratching, and the handy front pockets are sized to carry a box of shells. You’ll also find one-handed snap pocket closures and a rear mesh panel that improves breathability. Side pockets are sized to carry water bottles. Made in USA with imported materials.
ScentLok Socks. ScentLok Socks represent the easiest, healthiest and most environmentally friendly weapon available in the age-old battle against foot odor and all it stands for. The recognized leaders in high-quality odor-adsorbing clothing for hunters, athletes and outdoors enthusiasts, ScentLok now offers a selection of high-performance odor-defying socks for everyday use. This technical footwear goes well beyond holding scent molecules at bay, and actually helps to prevent the macrobacteria that causes stinky feet in the first place. MSRP starting at $12.99 per pair.
LaCrosse Gore Optifade Rubber Hunting Boots. LaCrosse has partnered with Sitka Gear to introduce the first rubber hunting boots in Gore Optifade Elevated II (see image above) and Waterfowl Marsh patterns. Both patterns are available in the LaCrosse Alphaburly Pro model—the brand’s classic, premium hunting boot. Built with natural, hand-laid rubber over insulating neoprene, the Alphaburly Pro combines durable comfort and scent-free protection. An embossed neoprene liner increases air circulation to better regulate foot temperature in cold or heat, making the boot ideal for a variety of seasons and end uses. Featuring a cushioning EVA midsole and unique outsole pattern, designed to shed mud and debris, the Alphaburly Pro is built for long-wear comfort. The Alphaburly Pro Gore Optifade Elevated II features a non-insulated and 800G Thinsulate Ultra Insulation version. Browning Improves Featherweight 8-inch Upland Boot. For years the Featherweight Hunting Boot has been a favorite among upland hunters. For 2017, several new improvements are helping bird hunters hunt longer and more comfortably. New TRULAST technology is designed to deliver more comfort and a better fit with performance foot-shape geometry. And new Climate Command Waterproof technology turns back early morning dew, and protects during rain showers and creek crossings. Made with genuine leather, this boot is available in two colors: Bracken and Potting Soil/Forrest Night ($149.99 MSRP).
Le Chameau Condor LCX. From one of the leaders in premium rubber boots comes a new ultra-light and rugged leather boot all roving hunters need to see. Made with multi-layer Le Chameau LCX Technology, the Condor LCX is guaranteed to be waterproof and breathable. This fine design also incorporates environmentally friendly Terracare full grain leather, and was designed and developed for all-terrain, active stalking, hunting and trekking in temperatures as low as -10°C. Designed in partnership with tire experts Michelin, the exclusive “Deep Forest” sole is based on motocross tire technology resulting in an exceptionally light, hard-wearing and comfortable outsole that offers flexibility and grip in the most demanding terrain.
– OFF-ROAD VEHICLES –
Textron Off Road Stampede Side-by-Side. Hauling stands and gear. Accessing remote hunting areas. The gas-powered Textron Off Road Stampede 4×4 is designed for both work and play, whether it’s hunting for deer, doing chores on the farm or attacking a challenging trail. A two-passenger side-by-side, the Stampede offers features such as a German-engineered, precision-tuned 846cc liquid-cooled 80HP EFI engine; an industry-first, customizable extended cab; and the most storage space in its class. Backed by a robust two-year warranty, the Stampede has over 70 custom-fit, purpose-built accessories to choose from.
Yamaha Wolverine X4. Hunters take note: The all-new Wolverine X4 is designed to deliver superior handling, especially on tight, technical trails, complete with legendary Yamaha durability and reliability. Smooth, quiet power comes from an all-new 847-cc twin cylinder engine while a compact, nimble chassis cradles the most versatile cab in its class with industry-exclusive stow-away full-size rear seats for expanded cargo capacity on demand. Yamaha Real World Tech driver-centric features include On-Command four-wheel drive (4WD), ultra-reliable Ultramatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) and industry-leading, speed-sensitive Electric Power Steering (EPS). Advanced self-leveling rear shocks provide a plush ride, as well as help maintain optimized ground clearance based on the terrain and cargo. And built for all weather situations, the Wolverine X4 is also the only four-seat SxS to feature a true full hard cab option available direct from the manufacturer.
– ACCESSORIES & GADGETS –
Javelin Bipod From Spartan Precision Equipment. We asked one of HuntStand’s shooting experts, Richard Mann, “What’s the best bipod you’ve ever used on a rifle?” His answer: “No question, the Javelin.” The Javelin Bipod is extremely lightweight and easily adjustable. It uses a strong magnetic system for quick attachment or detachment to and from the fore-end of just about any rifle; carry it in your pocket or pack when it’s not needed. Install Javelin receivers on all your rifles and you can use just one Javelin across an entire arsenal.
ALPS Pursuit X. This fine pack was designed by a team of Midwestern deer hunters who understand what you need in a pack, and more importantly what you don’t. The Pursuit X carries all the features that make the ALPS Extreme line a step above the rest, like a molded foam back panel, tough 1680D ballistic nylon fabric, and Hypalon to add strength to stress points. There is a built in D-ring at the top of the pack to hang from while in a stand, and a front organizational pocket can be to keep the gear that is needed most readily available. A quiver can be attached on either side of the pack using a quiet bungee and cord lock to secure and keep it accessible.
ALPS Crossfire X. Here’s the solution for the hunter on your list who is looking for a single pack for multiple uses. It is just as at home in the turkey woods as it is in the deer stand. The 2,325 cu. in. Crossfire X has a vented back panel, Lycra shoulder straps and features 680D ballistic nylon and Hypalon at stress points to ensure the comfortable carry is virtually bombproof. The removable accessory pocket can be used in three different positions; buckled to the rear of the pack, attached on the front shoulder straps, or used without the pack by its own strap. So if there is a need to ditch the pack the accessory pocket can be worn independently allowing you to keep essential gear handy. Smart.Work Sharp Combo Knife Sharpener. This fine sharpener would not only look good under the tree, it’s designed to be the company’s fastest and easiest sharpener yet. It combines powered flexible abrasive belt technology with a manual ceramic honing rod. It sharpens pocket knives, hunting knives, serrated knives, kitchen knives and more. It uses precision sharpening and honing guides to get the perfect angle every time, making it very fast and easy to restore a dull knife to a “sharp as new” edge with ease and repeatability.
The Original Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener. This is the first knife sharpener designed to sharpen every knife you (or a loved one) might own. Using flexible abrasive belts, the Original Sharpener is able to sharpen not just straight bladed knives, but also curved knives, tanto blades, filet knives, serrated knives, gut hooks and virtually any other shape of knife blade. Precision angle sharpening guides 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 and yours can have the same technology at home to use any time your knives get dull.
ALPS OutdoorZ Bino Harness X. A binocular is worthless if you can’t keep it at the ready in the field at all times. This well-designed binocular harness from ALPS OutdoorZ is a full-containment system with a bino 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. [ORDER NOW]
Arctic Ice Chillin’ Brew Cooler Packs. Why bother with the hassle and mess of ice when you can keep everything in your cooler cold with the Chillin’ Brew series of reusable cooler packs? You’ll never again need to deal with soggy sandwiches or beer that just isn’t refreshingly ice cold. These innovative packs were specifically designed with the beer drinker in mind, but are excellent for cooling anything in your cooler. Chillin’ Brew’s freezing point of 28°F makes it uniquely suited for keeping any beverage at its coldest point possible, keeping your cooler contents colder than ice. Chillin’ Brew packs have been tested to keep coolers under 32°F for days; maybe even better, they are reusable for a lifetime, making them a very economical choice. Simply store in a freezer for ease of access; they re-freeze in about 6-8 hours, and are top-rack dishwasher safe.
Ozonics HR300 Ozone Generator. Most any hunter would appreciate the gift of true cutting-edge scent elimination. Ozonics’ flagship HR300 in-the-field ozone generator delivers 45 percent more ozone output than previous models, along with 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 increase in ozone production and new housing design, you’ll also find re-engineered internal components, and the option of new silent-touch protective HR Skins for use on the HR200 and HR300 units.
Wiebe Knives Vixen. Outdoorsmen everywhere know knives make great gifts, and any sportsman would appreciate a model from replaceable-blade knife innovator Weibe Knives. Known for their durability and value, Wiebe’s line now includes the great-looking, hard-working Vixen ($34.95 MSRP). Every aspect of the Wiebe Vixen is designed under one simple premise: Don’t fight the knife. The Vixen (7.5 inches open, includes 24 wicked-sharp replacement blades) features a folding, replaceable-blade design sporting a surgical-grade scalpel for a long-lasting and consistent edge. And when the blade does become dull, simply dispose of the old blade and insert a new, wicked-sharp blade.
Duck Commander Pioneer Realtree Original Duck Call. Passion for the outdoors led both Duck Commander and Realtree to be outdoor industry pioneers—from making duck calls that sounded exactly like ducks, to creating camo patterns that made hunters virtually disappear. This fine design ($34.99 MSRP) merges the attitudes of Duck Commander and Realtree into a call that smart hunters will keep on their lanyard. Built off the Jase Robertson Pro Series reed design, this call is easy to blow, has a short barrel to maintain call pressure, and produces crisp and smooth sounds that perfectly mimic the mallard hen. Finish choice was easy: Realtree Original camo pattern.Browning Epic 1AA USB Rechargeable Headlamp. Who wouldn’t like to receive a headlamp offering the latest in rechargeable technology? The new Epic Headlamp ($65) features brightness levels from 100 to 260 lumens and an effective distance of 75 to 115 yards depending on battery used. An easy-to-use rotary mode selector knob lets the user choose between 2-hour mode, 4-hour mode and 10-hour mode for the white LED, or use the green LED for greater stealth and night vision. It uses the same lithium-ion rechargeable battery as the Browning Crossfire flashlight or one AA alkaline battery (both are included). A rubber cover protects the USB charging port. The built-in smart charger features a color-coded charging indicator. The rugged Vista camo polymer body is tough and water-resistant and is only 3 ½ inches in length.
Code Blue D/CODE Scent Control System. All hunters would appreciate the gift of invisibility in the presence of their quarry. The next best thing? Hunting scent innovator Code Blue’s new D/CODE scent control system. Code Blue’s extensive line of advanced scent eliminators delivers the ultimate in “olfactory camouflage” with the patented odor-eliminating power of Silver Scent technology. From head to toe, and from the shower to the field, the full line of D/CODE products has been meticulously formulated to help hunters take scent management to unprecedented levels. The full range of D/CODE products are designed for both pre-hunt and all-season use. DryGuy Force Dry. Dry shoes and gloves are key to maximizing any deer hunting adventure and the DryGuy Force Dry provides a quick and efficient way to eliminate moisture from soaked gear. With the ability to dry a pair of shoes or gloves in about an hour, this handy and portable device is ideal for year-round use in rainy or snowy weather. In addition to hunt gear you’ll also ensure your ski boots, running shoes, and gloves are warmer, more comfortable, and smell better when dried between uses. The Force Dry gently circulates warm air for quick, efficient drying while foldable drying stacks make for a compact design that travels easy. PREGAME Tablock Turkey Kit From Birchwood Casey. This smart new kit provides hunters a quick and easy way to pattern their shotguns, or test new loads before the season. The TabLock backer eliminates the need to carry tape or a stapler to your shooting area. Included is a heavy 12.5×24-inch corrugated plastic backer board with pre-cut TabLocks that will securely hold the 12×18-inch PREGAME Turkey Targets while shooting. The kit includes a 24×9.5-inch wire frame that can be easily set up in any safe shooting area and three PREGAME Turkey Targets.
The “Nest Rest” From Birchwood Casey. Happy holidays indeed. Now shooters can make use of a durable, lightweight product that is easy to transport to the range, eliminating the need to carry heavy sand bags or metal rests. The “Nest Rest” ($25) is constructed of a soft durable non-slip rubber material and consists of a stackable rear rest and a larger front rest. The large rest is 6.6”H x 6”W x 5”D and the small rest measures 4.7”H x 5.5”W x 4.5”D. The two rests nest and lock together to save space during transport. The small rest also stacks on top of the larger one for added elevation when shooting. The Nest Rest also allows for hands-free holding of firearms for easy scope adjustments or maintenance and cleaning.Avian-X LCD Half-Strut Jake. The form of the new LCD Half Strut Jake (MSRP $119.99) portrays an intruding young male. He’s trying to establish his dominance, but has yet to fully learn fear. He’s challenging the dominance of any incoming tom and giving off signals that he’s an easy fight. Once his threatening body posture captures the attention and ire of an approaching gobbler, the full glory of the Half Strut Jake’s astounding detail takes over and commands full attention. Trademark Avian-X coloration and paint detail appear incredibly true and lifelike, while deep relief showcases the painstaking subtleties of every carefully crafted feather and crease on the Half Strut Jake’s convincing, Dura-Rubber molded body.
Hawk Hunting Accessories. This innovator offers several incredibly useful treestands and treestand accessories, aimed at helping you organize your arsenal of hunting gear in a tight space. The GoGadget Tree Arm (pictured above) not only features lightweight and strong aluminum construction, it’s also the most-adjustable bow arm available, allowing you to hang your bow and gear precisely where you want it for the fastest access with minimal movement. You’ll find both left/right horizontal adjustment and up/down vertical adjustment, along with a tactical, molded-grip bow hook that rotates a full 360 degrees. Three integrated hanging knobs allow for storage of additional accessories and an additional tree hook can be added in the Anti-Spin mounting plate. The arm extends from a 14.5-inch packing length to 36 inches, weighs 1.4 pounds, and will support up to 15 pounds. The Hawk Speed Retract Hoist Reel helps avoid frustrating knots and tangling with this unique reel and 30-foot hoist line that utilizes a 5X Faster Rewind (5:1 gear ratio) for quick, convenient line storage. Compact, slim-line design fits in your hand and features easy-twist GearTie attachments on both ends. Attach the reel to your belt while climbing and then to your stand or a nearby branch when in the tree for ultimate convenience and safety.
Evolved Habitats Rack-Up Trophy Class Liquid. Effective mineral supplementation helps antlered deer grow to their potential, while providing does with beneficial minerals needed for rearing healthy fawns. Made in the USA, Evolved Habitats Rack-Up Trophy Class Liquid (MSRP $12.99) contains high concentrations of key minerals to promote antler growth, bone development, body mass and overall herd health in a convenient liquid form. Rack-up Trophy Class Liquid is sold in 1-gallon containers and will keep mineral sites and other attraction zones refreshed and holding deer. Flextone Makin’ Bacon Hog Squealer. Experienced hog hunters agree: Well-executed squeals are much more likely to elicit favorable and immediate responses from both boars and sows than grunts or other vocalizations. The Flextone Makin’ Bacon Hog Squealer (MSRP $9.99) reproduces the distress squeals of both young and old pigs by shortening or lengthening the call’s flexible and expandable hose. Higher pitched piglet distress squeals can be especially effective during the late winter and spring rearing periods, triggering a sow’s maternal instincts to protect her piglets. Lower pitched mature hog squeals can work at any time, appealing to a hog’s well-developed social instincts to aid another pig in distress. Plano Field Locker Waterproof Ammo Box. Gear protection always makes a fine gift for sportsmen. The new Field Locker Waterproof Ammo Box (MSRP $74.99) shares the familiar architecture and interior dimensions of the popular Model 1612 Ammo Box, but has been upgraded to the military-grade performance specifications of Plano’s premium Field Locker Series. Each Field Locker Mil-Spec Case has been certified by an accredited test facility as meeting military specifications for immersion, dust, vibration and transit drop per MIL-STD-810G. All thick and durable Field Locker Mil-Spec Cases are watertight and dustproof. Secure sealing with premium Dry-Loc gaskets coupled with exact measurements ensure water or dirty environments won’t adversely affect contents.Wildgame Innovations Mirage 16 Lightsout Digital Scouting Camera. Featuring a 16-MP high-resolution processor and rapid trigger speed of less than a half-second, the new Mirage 16 Lightsout (MSRP $129.99) scouting camera records professional-grade still images and stunning 30-second HD 720p video clips. Best of all, remarkable battery life up to one full year on just 8 AA batteries and the ability to accept up to 32 GB SDHC cards means this stalwart performer doesn’t require undue levels of babysitting. Set it and forget it; check it only when you want to, not because you need to. The new Mirage 16 LightsOut camera comes with a super stealthy 42-piece high-intensity invisible LED infrared LightsOut flash array with a range up to 75 feet, and is clad in Wildgame Innovations’ new HD TruBark Textured finish. Zink Calls Power Hen Hybrid Box Call. Perk up a turkey hunter’s holiday season with the Power Hen (MSRP $79.99), a compact-sized hybrid-style box call made from select cherry and maple. Traditional design combines with modern technology and custom, hand-built construction to make the small but mighty Power Hen worthy of the Zink Calls name. Its hybrid design produces that all-important double note—a desirable high-pitched front end that grabs a gobbler’s attention, with a gradual slide into the gnarly backside rasp that drives him crazy. Despite its small size, the realism of the Power Hen’s tone and pitch is unmatched. Each slide of the paddle delivers pure turkey sound, regardless of which side of the box it’s played on.
Wiley X Offers Kryptek Camo Sunglasses. Crystal-clear vision. Military-grade eye protection. Great-looking and functional Kryptek camouflage. All can be found in three new sunglass models from Wiley X, and that’s a whole lot for outdoorsmen to like. The Climate Control Series WX Boss Model #CCBOS12 features a sleek, wraparound style frame outfitted with Polarized Venice Gold Mirror lenses. And the popular Changeable Series WX Valor is now available with a Kryptek Typhon frame. This dark-as-night pattern is the perfect complement to the Valor’s stealthy look and no-nonsense performance, key reasons for its popularity with military, law enforcement and tactical wearers. And those with a passion for offshore angling will love the WX Omega Model #ACOME12, featuring Wiley X’s Polarized Emerald Mirror lenses with an Active Lifestyle Series frame dressed in Kryptek Neptune camouflage.Canyon Coolers Quest 25-Quart Soft-Sided Backpack. Designed to be as highly functional, durable and state-of-the-art as you’d expect from this cooler innovator, this backpack will not disappoint. Delivering unsurpassed insulation on your next hunting or outdoor expedition, the Quest (MSRP $139.99; 20” tall x 12” wide x 10” deep) will keep your hands free for easy travel, and body fueled all day with ice-cold refreshments. Built with a tough-as-nails raft-grade 800 denier RF welded PVC shell, the Quest is made to go just about anywhere. It features closed-cell AirCore insulation lined inside with a newly upgraded, closed-cell IceSkin, offering three times the insulation found in normal soft coolers, to keep ice for days.
Summit Treestand Accessory Bags. One of the ways to make any treestand setup more deadly is to ensure quick, easy (and silent) access to all your hunting gear once up in your perch. Thankfully, Summit is offering a handful of smart solutions with a variety of new gear bags. Deluxe Side & Front Bags stow all the gear for your hunting and video projects within reach of your seat with reduce clutter on ladder stands, tripods, and climbers. Theses Mossy Oak camo bags offer silent operation with outside and inside zippered pockets to carry even more gear, while addressing the demands of discriminating hunters: silence, durability and organization. Designed to hold their shape through the rigors of the heaviest use, the bags are weather-resistant and will endure the long hours and rough conditions every day of the season. The new Side Bags (pictured above, $46 per 2) feature zippered storage designed to fit under the armrests of any Summit stand, and measure a roomy 11x6x4 inches. The Front Bag ($26) features front-zippered storage that fits any Summit stand with a front shooting/safety bar, and measures 13x7x4 inches.
Hooyman MegaBite Handsaws. 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.
Thermacell MR450 Mosquito Repeller ($34.99). It’s like voodoo against mosquitoes. Thermacell’s invisible magic is the real deal, providing a 15-foot zone of protection against the most annoying flying, biting insects. The MR450 is an upgrade from the original Thermacell Repeller, with new features such as rubber armor, a heavy-duty clip, and an accessory mounting system. [ORDER NOW]Thermacell MR300 Mosquito Repeller. Here’s the result of decades of feedback from Thermacell customers about the Handheld Repeller. The redesigned grill of the MR300 ($24.99) allows for better airflow in an upright position, which will emit a more effective zone of protection if attached to your belt. The re-designed ignition system features a sliding on/off switch and the ignition button is 80-percent muted. This allows for quieter ignition when crawling into the turkey blind or treestand, and no more accidentally turning on the unit.
Engel Tumblers ($12.49-$24.99). Hot coffee, ice-cold Coke or a tasty adult beverage at the end of a long day—Engel Tumblers are the way to go. Choose from the 22-ounce version or its 30-ounce big brother. They’re both built with high-grade stainless steel and spill-proof lids, complete with a convenient and reliable flip top for a sweet sipping experience every time. No more spilling that cup of Joe on the way to work, or even worse … party fouling a fresh pour of fire water (such as the last item on our gift list). The Tumblers’ narrow base fits in a wide range of cup-holders on boats, cars, trucks, ATVs and off-road vehicles. [ORDER NOW]Leatherman Signal. Here’s the answer for hunters looking to pack light and yet be ready to tackle a variety of outdoor jobs as well as emergencies. In the all-new Signal, Leatherman’s traditional functional tools pair with new preparedness features like a shaped diamond coated sharpener for maintaining your straight and serrated blade, fire-starting ferro rod, and an emergency whistle. Weather have you socked in at basecamp? Lightening your load on a long still hunt? Pack the compact and lightweight Signal (closed length 4.5 inches; weight 7.5 ounces) and you’ll always be ready for the expected (and unexpected) no matter where you are.