Wily widespread whitetails. Wide-racked western mule deer. If you hunt one or both, this must-see new hunt gear can help.
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– DEER HUNTING ACCESSORIES –
HuntStand App. In case you missed the news, ScoutLook has merged with HuntStand. Starting in October 2019, the ScoutLook and HuntStand platforms will be entirely unified to create the most powerful mobile mapping solution and the largest community of hunters in the world, all under the HuntStand brand.
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The HuntStand app delivers a full suite of features in the palm of your hand: mapping, weather forecasting, parcel/property boundary data (premium subscription: $19.99/year), game logging, trail camera management, real estate listings, and much more. You can also design custom maps of your hunt areas with HuntStand and order extremely high-quality prints. HuntStand is the unbeatable mobile solution for digital scouting and hunt management.
Outdoor Edge RazorMax. This replaceable-blade knife innovator has done it again with the RazorMax, the company’s first fixed-blade knife to also feature the replaceable-blade system, dubbed the RazorSafe System. The RazorMax is the first model to accept both standard replacement blades as well as a new 5-inch boning/fillet blade, making it the complete solution for preparing all types of small and big game, from start to finish. The RazorMax allows you to field dress, skin, debone and process game into perfect cuts ready for cooking—all with a single tool. The included 3.5- and 5-inch blades are Japanese 420J2 stainless steel; The 3.5-inch general-purpose drop-point blade is a true workhorse/field-dressing blade.
HME Hunting Dressing Kits. Great news for deer hunters and deer camps everywhere: Hunting Made Easy (HME) has expanded its growing line of hunting-oriented cutlery and game processing solutions to include four new multi-piece dressing kits ($34.99 to $79.99). Delivering exceptional performance at prices to fit every hunter’s budget, the new Hunting Dressing Kits include everything needed to process game animals for the table and the taxidermist. All included cutlery items are based on robust stainless steel for optimal durability and sharpness. Furthermore, all handles are made of a rubberized material to ensure a solid grip and easy cleanup. Each dressing kit includes a weather resistant, hard carry case to keep the items secure, organized, and to maintain blade sharpness.
Ontario Knife Company Old Hickory Hunting Knife. Looking to add some sweet “old-school” mojo to your deer hunting arsenal? How about a taste of a product line that was first introduced in 1924? The Old Hickory Hunting Knife lives up to the reputation and design that has made these knives favorites for decades. This knife features a classic, remarkably-crafted hardwood handle that is secured with brass compression rivets. The 5.5-inch blade is constructed of high-carbon steel, which is capable of retaining an edge better than many stainless steel knives, and it has a hardness rating of 55-57 HRC. OKC still employs manufacturing techniques used over 90 years ago and integrates them with state-of-the-art practices and facilities. The Old Hickory Hunting Knife is proudly backed by a lifetime warranty and made in the USA.
Gerber Fastball. When it comes to hunt gear, faster is almost always better. Here’s an American-made EDC knife that lives in the place where precision and polish meet. The trend-forward yet practical clip folding design of the Fastball ($120) features an intuitive finger flipper opening, a utilitarian wharncliffe blade, and an aircraft-grade aluminum handle. Pick one up and you’ll find the Fastball lives up to its name with quick, smooth deployment, every time.
Russo Steel Worx Custom Knives. For those who agree a hunting knife should be treasured as a legacy hunting tool—something special that will be passed on for generations—you’ll appreciate the fine lines and sturdy craftsmanship of Matt Russo’s custom knives. Every knife from Russo Steel Worx is unique, built one at a time to your specifications, and built to do work. Get in touch with Matt on Instagram and forge a deeper bond with your next hunting blade and its maker.
Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener. Here’s a hunting camp must-have that also belongs in every hunting pack. The nicely compact Guided Field Sharpener 2.2.1 is the first angle guided, 5-stage sharpening solution designed for sportsmen who need a complete and versatile field sharpening tool while on the go. It incorporates five stages of sharpening and honing, each with a built-in angle guide for a consistent bevel across the entire blade: Included are 2 Diamond Plates, 2 Ceramic Rods and 1 Leather Strop; the sharpening guides are purpose built for hunting knives, pocket knives and filet knives, making easy work of sharpening flat, curved and serrated blades—as well as camp tools such as axes, hatchets and machetes.
Timney Triggers. There are a handful of ways you can eke out better accuracy from your deer rifle, but one of the simplest solutions is to drop in a Timney Trigger ($100 to $300). You won’t believe how easy it is to make this upgrade (no gunsmith required), and after just one range session you’ll wonder why you waited so long to do it. Visit the Timney website to find a crisp new trigger for your rifle.
Thermacell Radius Zone Repeller. Mosquitoes are virtually synonymous with early deer seasons no matter where your hunt unfolds. The Radius Mosquito Repeller ($50) is a better way to fight these bloodthirsty pests; at the push of a button, it creates a scent-free zone of mosquito protection. The Radius uses a rechargeable USB lithium ion battery to heat the liquid repellent (instead of butane cartridges used in the older models). This allows for the unit to emit an effective zone of protection for 8 hours at any elevation, and big news: It has been approved by the DOT for air transportation! The liquid refill cartridges allow for up to 40 hours of continuous protection per cartridge.
Wildgame Innovations ZeroTrace PureIon Field Generator. When a mature buck is the goal, wise hunters realize the need to step-up their scent control regimen. The ZeroTrace generator with PureION technology ($209.99) enhances your hunt for deer and other big game by putting you closer to the action without detection. ZeroTrace is the only in-field system proven to safely neutralize human scent—with none of the damaging effects to your health or gear caused by ozone. Instead, PureION technology utilizes the flow of small-but-mighty ion molecules to safely dispel unwanted scent particles. Lightweight and rechargeable, ZeroTrace is designed to provide continuous aircover in the stand or the blind.
Wilderness Athlete Mastermind Series. Serious hunting puts our bodies (and minds) to the test, and few know this like the innovators at Wilderness Athlete. Case in the point is the new WA Mastermind Series: Edge, At Ease, and Unplug, a trio of dietary supplements that help synergize and support critical brain functions for optimal daily activity, calm, and rest. Comprised of three distinct formulations, Mastermind is the culmination of nearly two years of research and development in partnership with one of the nation’s best formulators. The task? Improve the functions critical to good health that most people struggle with each day. The Mastermind series improves executive functioning in those with healthy brain cognition as well as those suffering from neurodegenerative disease. Numerous research studies have demonstrated its ability to heighten creativity, improve thought processes, elevate mood, and aid in restful sleep. Mastermind gives individuals what they need to sharpen their mental spear tip with vitality and mental fortitude, ultimately enhancing their performance in the field while hunting…and in any situation.
HI VIZ Shooting Systems Henry Rifle Sight Sets. Dress up your favorite lever-action deer hunting rifle with the brightest sight on the market. Now available for Henry Rifles, HIVIZ offers four new tack-driving sight sets ($49.95) with its patented LiteWave design front sight. These sights deliver an amazingly bright sight picture for quick and easy target acquisition to boost your shooting performance. All sights are fully adjustable for windage and elevation. Includes red, green and white LitePipes for the front sight, and one set of green LitePipes for the rear sight.
Pelican AIR 1745 Elite Bow Case. Designed for rugged and secure protection wherever your adventures lead, the Pelican AIR 1745 Elite case ($399) offers smart organization for bows, arrows, and gear in the lightest-weight package available. Designed with the trademark Pelican Air construction, it is up to 40 percent lighter than the competition, minimizing additional travel costs. The exterior features six heavy duty, push button latches, including two TSA approved combo locks and four stainless steel padlock hasps, as well as wheels for easy transit. The interior components provide modular storage, allowing for a range of configurations for unique bows and accessory kits.
Pelican V800 Vault Double Rifle Case. Favorite deer guns deserve top protection. Built for hard use, high impact and supreme weather resistance, new Vault series gun cases are the most rugged and secure in their class. Equipped with a host of premium protective features at a price more hunters and shooters can afford, as only the 42-year veteran of hard knocks could deliver. High-impact polymer assures protection of your firearm, via road, trail or air, and heavy duty handles are ergonomic and will stand up in even the toughest conditions. Six push button latches offer secure closure with easy-open access; four stainless steel lock hasps afford extra security during transport.
Boyds Gunstocks. Dress up your trusty old rifle with a classy new gunstock ($150 to $400). Boyds makes it a breeze to find a new stock with their interactive Gunstock Configurator. Your buddies will ooh and awe over your custom build in deer camp, but most importantly you’ll finally have a rifle that fits like it should, and shoots better than ever.
Viking Solutions KwikHoist. Here’s a smart product all deer hunters can use. This simple, rugged hoist for deer and other game animals attaches to most any tree or pole in seconds. The high strength chain simply wraps around the tree or pole, and is then slid into a slot on the bracket holding the chain; then simply pull down on the lower boom to cinch the KwikHoist ($89.99)—you’re ready to hoist! Included is a ratchet-style winch and cable with a hook for attaching your gambrel. The height of the boom is determined by how high you attach your KwikHoist; adjust by easily unhooking and reattaching the chain.
Seizmik ICOS 2 AR – In Cab On Seat Gun Holder. Keep your long guns safe, secure, and accessible in the cab of your side-by-side vehicle with the ICOS 2 AR. Made of armored foam, this rugged, purpose-built gun holder conveniently straps onto a seat of your UTV with an existing seat belt. With input from Team HuntStand during R&D, this new ICOS is modified from its original design to accommodate ARs with 30-round magazines, and you can add on magazine or pistol holsters. Even better, the ICOS 2 features multiple integrated shooting rests to get on target in a flash.
TETRA AlphaShield & AmpPods. Recent studies show the vast majority of hunters do not use any type of hearing protection while hunting. TETRA, a new player in the outdoor industry, is aiming to change that, by offering comfortable, hassle-free protection for shooters and hunters chasing deer, elk, turkeys, waterfowl and more. TETRA founders Bill Dickinson, Au.D., and David Gnewikow, Ph.D., combined their 50 years in the hearing-care industry and 80 years of hunting experience, to provide outdoors men and women with innovative hearing products like TETRA’s new AlphaShield (at top) and AmpPods (above). The duo developed TETRA’s patent-pending Specialized Target Optimization (STO), the world’s first proprietary algorithm designed to optimize hearing for hunters in their specific hunting environments. STO doesn’t just amplify all sounds, it targets the most-important sounds that make the hunt enjoyable and successful, and reduces harmful sound levels. For more about TETRA and its products, and to take an online hearing test to learn which product is best for you, visit www.tetrahearing.com.
– TREESTANDS & BLINDS –
Summit Featherweight Switch Hang-On Stand. Talk about convenient. This neat new fast-setting, easy-t0-move stand weighs just 17 pounds but will hold 300 pounds. The Featherweight Switch ($219.99) comes equipped with a super comfortable and quiet 2.75- inch padded seat and features a large, adjustable platform measuring 28 inches long by 23 inches wide. The Featherweight Switch can be hung on trees from 8 inches to 20 inches in diameter. This lightweight aluminum stand is ideal for quick setups, thanks to the included Switch Receiver. Simply install ladder or step sections to a tree and attach the Switch Receiver at the desired treestand height. Then, pull up the Featherweight Switch Hang-On and quietly insert its metal tongue into the Switch Receiver for fast and simple stand installation. You can buy multiple Switch Receivers ($29.99 each) to have pre-installed on trees in your favorite hunting locations for fast stand transitions when deer change patterns.
Primos Double Bull Stakeout Blind w/SurroundView. First came the revolutionary fully enclosed blinds; here’s the exciting next step. The ultralight (4.5 pounds) Stakeout ($99.99) measures 59 inches corner to corner and is 37 inches tall, and is constructed with two exclusive one-way see-through walls. So you can see every movement in front of you without moving to peek around or above the blind to steal a glance. Three shooting windows are perfectly positioned for multiple shooting lane options.
Summit Viper Ground Blind. Good news for deer hunters everywhere. Long known for its legendary treestands, for 2019 Summit has introduced a lineup of cutting-edge blinds and the Viper is its flagship. Available in 3-person and 4-person versions ($299.99 & $329.99), the Viper combines numerous proprietary technologies designed to give you every advantage when hunting from the ground. Its Hush Silent Hatch hinged doorway system enables stealthy entry/exit without using a zipper. The windows feature TruView panels, which perfectly match the blind’s camouflage exterior, but allow for an unobstructed, near-360-degree view from the inside. The 4-person blind weighs 21 pounds, has an interior height of 74 inches, and generous 66×66-inch footprint. The 3-man model weighs 20 pounds, is 72 inches high inside, with a footprint of 58×58 inches.
Family Tradition Treestands Double Tripod. We’ve known for years that Family Tradition Treestands makes some of the strongest and most-comfortable stands on the market. Just one more great example is this ultra-mobile Double Tripod that features galvanized tubular steel for added structural integrity and rust resistance. You’ll also find a textured, baked-on powder coating for season after season of enjoyment. More smart details include 360 Degree swiveling fully welded chairs with arm rests, and quality Nylon Webbed Seats that measure 20 inches wide by 15 inches deep with 23-inch backrests for ultimate comfort. This sweet perch that comes complete with shooting rail measures 12 feet to the foot platform; available accessories include a heavy gauge plastic Roof Dome and Custom-fit Camouflage Skirt.
Redneck Blinds The Big Country Platinum 360° 6X7 Blind. Designed to be the ideal blind for 3-4 adults or a family, The Big Country delivers not only roomy luxury but also game-finding visibility for all hunters. This smart design combines 46-inch-tall vertical windows with large oversized horizontal windows and roomy interior, for the ultimate blind whether you’re using a compound bow, crossbow or gun. Made from long-lasting fiberglass with durable gel-coat finish, the 2-inch roof overhang and window drip edge help keep rain off the windows, giving you a clear view of your hunting grounds. The blind interior comes with a closed cell foam insulated ceiling, acoustical foam-covered walls, and a high-density foam pad underneath a marine-carpeted floor that provides both superior sound control and insulation. Included are three Gear Consoles and shelves with gun holders, and you’ll also find large tinted, tempered automotive-glass windows with whisper-quiet window hinges.
– DEER CALLS –
Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls #504 Dialect Deer Grunt. Carrying this fine design into the woods will simplify your deer calling. Why? The Dialect ($19.95) is an “All-in-One” multi-tone deer call able to create virtually every important deer vocalization including fawn bleat, doe bawl, trail grunt, tending grunt and rutting grunt. And operation couldn’t be easier: Simply move the tone selector to produce a full range of deer sounds. Can be used by blowing into mouthpiece, or inhaling through the sound-modulating tube end.
Primos Buck Roar II. Bring on the rut! Crisp, sharp grunts. An effortless and accurate wheeze. If your deer call can’t deliver these it might be time to step up to the new Buck Roar II ($17.99). Improving on the legendary Buck Roar, Primos re-positioned the barrel, reed, and enhanced fit and air flow to easily allow for sharp and responsive grunts. By inserting a baffle in the wheeze and trumpeting the exit, the exact wheeze sound of a challenging buck is easily duplicated. The rotating wrist strap will ensure the call is at a ready to use position, whether at full draw or calling to a buck in the distance.
Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls #502 Deer Rattle Cage. Sick of the hassles of toting around a real set of rattling antlers? So is Team HuntStand, which is why the new Rattle Cage ($24.95) is such a sweet find. This compact, lightweight system not only fits easily in your pack, it also produces amazingly consistent, realistic rattling sounds that bring those big dominant bucks running, and offers another huge advantage. The unique plunger design of the Rattle Cage also allows you to simulate rattling on the ground, even while up in your treestand, by suspending the Rattle Cage with the included rope.
Hunters Specialties True Talker OG. The first True Talker design helped revolutionize deer calling, and the new-for-2019 True Talker OG ($19.99) is set to continue the roll. This fine design features the original materials and design of the first True Talker—a soft rubber exterior for unbeatable grip and rubber sleeve that allows for manipulation of volume, tone and direction of the call sound—but the new True Talker OG also features an improved reed design that not only is extremely resistant to freezing up, it produces a fifth sound–an aggressive “growl” for gaining the attention of aggressive mature bucks. Like the original, the True Talker OG will also produce ultra-realistic mature and young buck grunts, and doe and fawn bleat sounds.
– DEER SCENTS & ATTRACTANTS –
Wildgame Innovations Young Buck Burst. Nothing gets mature bucks riled up more than an intruder in their territory. By introducing that threat with Young Buck Burst ($9.99), you can see the drama unfold from your treestand seat. Young Buck Burst contains 100-percent young buck urine; the aerosol can allows users to precisely “burst” into the air a mist that will travel great distances, to get the attention of mature bucks patrolling their area. With up to 100 bursts per can, it can be used throughout your hunt to keep the air saturated with the challenging scent of a young buck in the area. The scent can be effective all season long but is best during the pre-rut and rut phase when bucks are chasing does and chasing off challengers to their territory.
Code Blue Synthetic Pre-Orbital Gland Scent. Designed to be used on a “licking” branch that is a year-round communication post used by bucks looking to establish a pecking order. A buck will rub its pre-orbital gland, which is located near the eye, onto a licking branch to leave his own unique scent. Pre-orbital gland scent contains a specific pheromone that helps establish dominance in the herd. Code Blue’s Synthetic Pre-Orbital Gland Scent ($12.99) comes in a 2.6-ounce plastic tube with screw-on top to keep scent in and off of your gear.
Code Blue Synthetic Doe Estrous Scent Stalks. New-for-2019 Scent Stalks ($14.99/5-pack) are the latest in synthetic-scent-dispersal technology. The reusable Scent Stalks are impregnated with doe-estrous scent and last for 8 to 10 days. A great addition to any whitetail hunter’s arsenal, simply hang the Scent Stalk from a tree limb or stick into the ground in an active or mock scrape to help lure a buck into range of your stand, blind or game camera. The impregnated scent will carry over a long distance. Each stalk is clean to the touch and is not affected by rain or freezing weather. Just hang and hunt!
Moultrie Deer Magnet Attractants & Supplements. Get ready to see more bucks this fall. The Deer Magnet series of products (each with $14.99 MRSP) is infused with a proprietary, extended-range formula called PowerDraw that combines powerful aromatics with a potent flavor that deer prefer over natural forage. The unique blend draws deer from a distance and keeps them coming back to the source. Deer Magnet Liquid comes in one-gallon bottles and is available in Persimmon, Green Apple, and Acorn flavors. Deer Magnet Granular is the powder form and it, too, is available in Persimmon, Green Apple, and Acorn flavors and comes in a 5-pound bag. Deer Magnet Earth is a mineral attractant. This five-pound bag of PowerDraw-infused mineral blend creates an irresistible taste deer love; it can be spread across the ground in high-traffic areas and is an excellent choice for mineral sites. Deer Magnet Spray comes in a 24-ounce spray bottle for easy transport, in Persimmon and Green Apple flavors.
Wildlife Research Center Super Charged Scrape-Dripper w/ Golden Scrape. Savvy deer hunters know scrape hunting is one of the most-effective ways to bag a mature buck. Due to the extreme interest in mock-scrape hunting and the high consumer demand for the Magnum Scrape-Dripper, Wildlife Research Center has introduced the Super Charged Scrape-Dripper Combo with Golden Scrape ($27.69). The new Super Charged Scrape-Dripper with 4 ounces of scent, can operate for up to 7-12 days. Golden Scrape ultra-premium scrape scent is a perfect blend of Golden Estrus and intruding buck scents, with subtle tones of fresh scraped earth and Territorial Musk. It’s a smell that can shift your scrape into overdrive.
– DEER HUNTING BINOCULARS –
Leupold BX-2 Alpine Binoculars. Whatever and wherever you hunt, your glass needs to give you a bright image, feel comfortable in your hands, and be able to take a beating. The BX-2 Alpine binoculars check all these boxes and more. With Leupold’s Twilight Max Light Management System, this set of binoculars is designed to out-perform everything in its class when it comes to seeing more in less light; testing has shown they can add up to 20 extra minutes of shooting light. Even better? They’re waterproof/fogproof and backed by a Full Lifetime Guarantee. Steady your view for hours-long glassing sessions with included, easy-mounting 1/4-20 threaded tripod adapter. Available in 8×42 ($299.99), 10×42 ($324.99), 10×52 ($354.99), and 12×52 ($379.99).
Steiner BluHorizons 10×26 Binocular. Here’s something new in hunting optics. Billed as the world’s first sunlight adaptive binocular, the compact and affordable BlueHorizons 10×26 ($229.99) is designed to let you see all the action without troublesome glare. Exclusive AutoBright optics offset even the most dazzling light automatically, for the best view under the sun. 10x AutoBright magnification eliminates glare, evaporates distance, and offers welcome advantages for your next hunt or scouting trip. And at just 10.6 ounces, is compact and light enough to pack anywhere.
TRACT TORIC 12.5×50 Binocular. Need more glassing power? Hunt the west? The latest from TRACT, inspired by consumer demand, might be your next bino. Featuring highly prized Schott HT (high transmission) glass for superior image quality, this bino combines this proven level of optical clarity and color brilliance with increased 12.5x magnification for improved long-range viewing. The combination of Fully Multicoated lenses and prisms, dielectric prism coatings and phase correction coatings ensures a higher level of light transmission over a larger part of the visible spectrum while the Flat Multicoating enhances the color brilliance and increases light transmission over a wide spectrum of light, especially in the green spectrum. Each TORIC 12.5×50 ($794) ships with a Neoprene neck strap, eyepiece rain guard, tethered/removeable objective lens covers and a micro fiber leaning cloth.
Leupold BX-5 Santiam HD. When “prime time” comes will you be ready? Many of us know that being able to spot the tiniest details in tough lighting conditions can make or break a hunt. That’s where the BX-5 Santiam HD was designed to excel. Featuring Leupold’s Twilight Max HD Light Management System, these premium binos were designed to deliver unmatched low-light performance, while virtually eliminating glare. Its elite optical system also delivers edge-to-edge sharpness and contrast for comfortable all-day glassing, and it’s rugged, armor-coated, waterproof body is built to take the abuse any backcountry adventure can dish out. Five models in this series include the amazing 15×56 ($1,819.99) that, when paired with a tripod, will have you leaving your favorite spotter behind for its versatility and incredible all-day glassing comfort.
Bushnell Forge 15×56. Every detail matters to avid hunters and expert shooters. Bushnell Forge binoculars are built with the most-exacting specs to ensure nothing is missed, and for 2019 there’s more good news: This fine lineup has expanded to include the far-reaching 15×56 model ($829.99). Every element in the Forge optical path features the very best coatings Bushnell has to offer. The brightness, resolution and color produced by Forge binoculars are designed to be the best in class; industry leading features include the EXO Barrier—A protective coating that bonds to exterior lenses, repelling water, oil, dust and debris for clear viewing in even the worst weather. Ultra Wide Band Coating is an anti-reflection coating for lenses and prism for the absolute brightest images, and PC-3 Phase Coating is applied to the prisms to enhance resolution and contrast.
Steiner Predator AF 8×30. There’s nothing like a truly versatile binocular wrapped in a go-anywhere compact design. Steiner’s unique, advanced CAT (Color Adjusted Transmission) lens technology lets you see deer and other game that are hiding in foliage and shade, and even better, the new Predator AF keeps prey in focus at any speed, any distance. Grab this waterproof, fogproof bino and you’ll find bright 3-D depth and detail that will enhance your target in all conditions. Also available in 10×42 ($459.99), the Predator AF 8×30 ($344.99) features a bombproof Makrolon body and agile open-bridge design for razor-sharp hunting and scouting anywhere.
Nikon MONARCH HG 8×30 & 10×30. How do you make an award-winning binocular better? Make it smaller. The all-new 8×30 ($949.95) and 10×30 ($969.95) additions to the Monarch HG series were built from the ground up to achieve class-ruling optical performance, unrivaled ruggedness and exceptional handling. Because a binocular of this caliber must perform without weighing you down, MONARCH HG’s body is die-cast magnesium alloy. The slim body profile is further enhanced with rubberized panels to provide a sure grip in any conditions. Even better, Nikon’s No-Fault Repair/Replacement Policy protects them for life. You’ll also find high-quality multilayer coating applied to all lenses and prisms, while dielectric high-reflective multilayer coating is applied to the roof prisms, achieving a bright view of up to 92 percent or higher light transmittance, and natural color fidelity.
Maven C.3 Binocular. Here’s a dependable and powerful hunting optic that’s also nicely affordable. Offered in 10×50 ($400) and 12×50 ($425) models, the Maven C.3 features a large 50mm objective lens with crystal clear extra low-dispersion (ED) glass, fully multi-coated lenses, and a durable, yet lightweight polymer frame. At 28 ounces, it is one of the lightest mid-sized binoculars in its category. It utilizes a dielectric coated Schmidt-Pechan prism system to produce a clear, bright, and high-contrast image. Waterproof, fogproof, and scratch resistant lens coatings ensure unimpeded field use.
Simmons Venture Binoculars. Hunting on a budget? Tired of hunting optics sticker shock? Simmons has developed a new lineup that won’t let you down when you’ve waited hours or even days for an opportunity of a lifetime. Specifically designed for hunters, Venture binoculars ($19.99 to $64.99) will make sure you’re ready when the chance presents itself. Fully multicoated lenses transmit the maximum amount of light, revealing the finest of details even at first and last light when game is most active. Available in five configurations, these weather-resistant binoculars can go anywhere, arming you with quality optics when you need it most. Carrying case, neck strap and lens cloth are included.
Hawke Frontier ED X Binoculars. Here’s another stand-out value in quality hunting optics. The Frontier ED X offers exceptional clarity at a price far lower ($339 for 8X42; $349 for 10X42) than you’d guess, and they come complete with a lifetime warranty. Hawke starts with Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass that provides premium optical clarity. From there, Hawke uses Dielectric Coating that increases the reflectivity of the light coming into the lens. They then fully multi-coat the optics to further sharpen the clarity of the image you see, especially at greater distances.
– OFF-ROAD VEHICLES –
Yamaha Wolverine X2 R-Spec In Realtree Edge. Start with a top-shelf, fully adjustable suspension, driver-centric On-Command 4WD, and industry-leading, speed-sensitive Electric Power Steering. Then add class-leading suspension performance that blurs the line between utility comfort and sports performance, and full-adjustable shocks that offer extensive adjustment range, plush control and long-lasting durability. The truth is these are just a few of the many features of this fine hunt-ready side by side, but you get the picture. The Wolverine X2 R-Spec (starting at $14,499) offers a balance of work-ready functionality, refined comfort and trail-proven capability that makes this versatile rig a great choice for your ultimate outdoor adventure partner.
Tracker Off Road 800SX Crew Side-by-Side. This off-road warrior offers the strength, durability, and quiet you need to take your deer hunting to the next level. Built with seating for up to six, the 800SX Crew Side-by-Side features a powerful yet whisper-quiet 812cc liquid-cooled, 3-cylinder EFI 50-hp engine, a vibration-reducing frame for rugged terrain, 2,000 pounds of towing capacity, a 1,000-pound tilting cargo box, and a Warn 4500 wire winch—all backed by an industry competitive 18-month warranty. And, with 27-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 Tires, you’ll have no trouble getting where you need to be. Available in the TrueTimber Strata camouflage pattern, it’s also easier than ever to outfit your machine with everything you’ll need for your upcoming hunts. Why? New owners receive a VIP card that stretches their dollars even further with 10 percent off leading Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s brands, plus 10 percent off almost everything else in the store, for up to two years after purchase (three years for military veterans).
Can-Am Defender 6×6 HD10. Deer hunters take note: The all-new 2020 Can-Am Defender 6×6 HD10 features outstanding 6-wheel traction to conquer tough obstacles and get the job done. It is incredibly versatile, with a box that can be adjusted to perform tasks like never before. Top to bottom, this new design is built to enhance the ride experience by allowing people to tow and carry more while traversing extreme terrain with ease.
– DEER HUNTING BOOTS & APPAREL –
LaCrosse Atlas. Here’s a great new look from LaCrosse, part of the new Navigator Series that melds the company’s expertise in rubber footwear with the versatility and comfort of leather. The waterproof Atlas offers a sturdy, molded rubber toe cap for extra protection and a heel outfitted with a DuraFit molded rubber heel cup to deliver long-lasting durability and better stability on uneven terrain. The LaCrosse LXG rubber compound creates an outsole with optimal traction and grip on both wet and dry ground while the InfiniTrac outsole adapts to terrain for improved surface contact. Men’s sizes only are available in solid brown, Realtree Edge (shown above) and Mossy Oak Break-Up Country, in uninsulated and with 400G, 800G, and 1200G PrimaLoft Insulation.
LaCrosse Windrose. Another model in the new Navigator Series, the Windrose ($139.95-$149.95) features a rugged leather and textile upper with a lightweight platform for an athletic feel.
You’ll also find a fully waterproof Dry-Core lining and two different weights of Thinsulate Ultra Insulation (600 and 1000G) that can take you right into late season. Men’s and women’s models are available in solid (shown in women’s above), Realtree Edge, and Mossy Oak Break Up Country (shown in men’s above).
Danner Thorofare. Mule deer hunters take note: Serious high-country hunts demand a very serious boot, and the all-new Thorofare ($499.95) certainly qualifies. Designed and built in Danner’s Portland, Oregon factory, this boot was made to conquer high altitudes, steep inclines, and unstable ground. The 100-percent waterproof/breathable Gore-Tex liners combine with a full-grain leather upper and a full rubber rand to offer a combination of comfort and bombproof protection. The easy-pull lacing system uses ball bearings to quickly tighten all around the foot while the Vibram Tsavo outsole is built to provide superior traction in rugged, high-angled terrain.
5.11 Tactical ATAC 2.0. This update on 5.11’s best-selling boot is near-ideal for ground-pounding run-and-gun turkey hunters, and also looks to be a fine companion for upland bird hunters and for early season big game adventures, especially for western pronghorns. The reason? It now features lighter weight and more-breathable construction, all without sacrificing durability. The ATAC 2.0 ($99.99) is available in both 6- and 8-inch heights, with or without an easy-on-and-off side zip.
LaCrosse Alpha Agility. When you’re an undisputed leader in rubber hunting boot construction, what do you do for an encore? Make one that’s lighter and more athletic. The new-for-2019 Alpha Agility ($130; available this Fall) was made to move you farther and faster thanks to its light weight, flexibility, and comfort. It begins with premium hand-laid rubber over 5mm of naturally insulating neoprene, to be waterproof and durable. Available Thinsulate Ultra Insulation extends this boot’s range into late season, and you also benefit from the company’s signature adjustable gusset that fits any size calf comfortably and securely.
Thiessens V1 Whitetail Midweight Jacket. This exciting new company was founded with the goal of making world-class performance equipment available to everyone at a fair price, and just one great example is the V1 Whitetail Midweight Jacket. In mild to cool weather, it offers Wind Defense technology that knocks the wind down to keep you warm on stand, while remaining breathable. Stretch fabric and fully articulated construction allows for unrestricted movement. The durable, quiet fabric has a water-resistant treatment that can shed light moisture, and this versatile design can also be paired with a waterproof shell for ultimate bombproof protection. You’ll also find an anti-odor treated lining to keep it fresh between washings, while a removable hood allows you to dress up or down as the weather dictates. The Realtree EDGE pattern blends easily with a wide variety of environments.
ScentLok Bowhunter Elite:1 Voyage Jacket & Pant. New for 2019, Bowhunter Elite:1 apparel is premium gear designed for the serious rut hunter, and the midweight Voyage Jacket ($189.99) & Pant ($189.99) combo designed for full-season wear is just one component of the system that includes multiple jacket, pant and base layer garments, as well as gloves, headcovers and caps. All utilize the exclusive True Timber O2 Whitetail pattern that is ideal for elevated stand hunting—and you’ll also find ultra-silent fabrics and proven Carbon Alloy technology.
Huntworth Men’s Heavy Weight Half Zip Pullover & Soft Shell Pants. When the rut hunting gets tough, this ultra-silent, heat-trapping combo is designed to be tougher. Both the Heavy Weight Half Zip Pullover ($159.99) and Soft Shell Pants ($139.99) feature InVelvet fleece construction, bonded to a waterproof breathable film and thick,
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toasty Sherpa fleece for a combined weight of approximately 300 grams. Microban antimicrobial protection on the bonded Sherpa fleece provides welcome scent reduction, and a durable water repellent finish sheds moisture and light snow. The proven, all-season Disruption camo pattern utilizes computer-generated graphics to help you remain undetected in treestands, and in a wide variety of terrain.
ScentLok Savanna Crosshair Aero Early Season Jacket & Pant. When your gear is lighter you can travel farther and hunt harder. ScentLok is helping with its new-for-2019 Savanna Aero Crosshair Jacket ($109.99-$129.99) and Pant ($119.99-$129.99) that are 20-percent lighter than previous Savanna Crosshair apparel. These feature-rich garments also combine proven Carbon Alloy odor-adsorbing technology, with a new No-Sheen fabric to reduce visibility in the field. The goal? Deliver the most effective early-season whitetail gear ever made.
ScentBlocker Adrenaline Jacket & Pant. This top-of-the-line mid-season apparel should make serious rut hunters drool. Built for those moments when the bucks are running and hunter hearts are racing, Adrenaline features Cold Fusion Catalyst, ScentBlocker’s top odor-controlling technology, combined with a 20-percent Merino wool fleece lining. This versatile mid-to-late season Jacket ($179.99) and Pant ($179.99) are absolutely dead silent with a soft, brushed face and micro-grid interior.
Sitka Fanatic Jacket (Right & Lefty Versions). Die-hard mature whitetail hunters look for gear that will help them win one of fall’s biggest challenges. Consider the newly redesigned Fanatic Jacket ($449; righty version shown) that takes the quest for silence to the next level by cutting the audible engagement distance with a deer in half. An enhanced high-loft Berber fleece face silences the new and ultra-quiet Gore-Tex Infinium with WindStopper Technology, which is packaged with PrimaLoft Silver Hi-Loft Ultra insulation for the coldest days in the stand by providing 20-percent more warmth than the prior model. A new body-mapped construction is designed to optimize the archery draw cycle for bowstring clearance on the left arm (Righty version) along with reduced bulk in the draw arm to keep you quiet and your arrow flight true. The Constant-Connect Sitka Safety Harness Port simplifies donning and doffing the jacket while secured to a torso-mounted harness tether, eliminating the need to disconnect from your harness when adding or subtracting layers.
Sitka Kelvin Active Hoody. An effective big game huntwear arsenal begins and ends with smart layering, and Sitka has it nailed. The new-for-2019 Kelvin Active Hoody ($269) is the ideal layering companion for Sitka’s Apex Hoody, providing highly breathable, lightweight, low-bulk insulation. The half-length sleeves reduce bulk, provide for bowstring clearance, and allow the wearer to utilize the elbow pads in the Apex Hoody. The 4-way stretch nylon shell provides unencumbered movement and a form-fitting hood provides optimized peripheral vision and low heat retention while on the move. A Durable Water Repellent coating repels moisture, and Polartec Alpha Direct Insulation eliminates the need for a liner to provide superior breathability and warmth in an ultralight package.
Browning Hell’s Canyon CFS-WD Rain Suit. All hunters need dependable rain gear, and this fine suit ($99.99) covered in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camo is both nicely packable (a definite bonus) and affordable. The “WD” means Warm and Dry, delivered by its water/windproof fabric with fully taped seams. You’ll also find hunter-friendly drawcord adjustable pants and hood, and harness access for treestand work.
– HUNTING PACKS FOR DEER HUNTERS –
ALPS OutdoorZ Contender X. Pack specialist ALPS is calling this new feature-packed design the ultimate whitetail day pack, and we find that statement hard to refute. The coolness of the Contender X ($199.99) begins with its innovative self-standing L-shape frame, which allows you to set your pack on any flat surface. The unique U-shaped zipper provides extra-large, flip-down top access to the main compartment—ideal for easy gear access while hanging in your stand or sitting on the ground, without losing precious pack contents. You’ll also find Elimishield Scent Control Technology to help eliminate scent, and a Drop Down pocket to carry gun or bow securely. Among the many smart touches are an included Rain cover and Hydration pocket, complete with two side-outlet hydration ports.
Nexgen Outfitters Whitetail Caddy Pack. Do you hunt hard and need to be ready for anything those day-long adventures demand? That’s the motivation behind Nexgen Outfitters’ new 32-liter (1,953 cubic inches) Whitetail Caddy, a lightweight, comfortable pack built to carry all the gear you might need while in the blind, on stand or on the trail. Featuring 18 spacious pockets, the exterior is durable, quiet, high-count tricot polyester that shuns burrs, leaves and thorns. All seams are double-stitched and bound for superior strength and durability. Both adjustable padded shoulder straps are equipped with MOLLE loops where additional gear can be attached. The lightweight structure of the pack is engineered to let it stand freely on its own, and the lid design can create an 8”x10” shelf for essential gear. It’s available in Realtree Edge or Realtree’s new Timber camo patterns (the only pack available in that pattern in 2019).
CamelBak Trophy S. Plenty of organized storage. Backcountry-hunt-friendly features. Hands-free hydration. The 4-pound, 35-liter CamelBak Trophy S ($299; 2,000 cu. in.) is designed for all-day hunting comfort, with an ingenious layout that allows you to carry all your gear plus a rifle or bow. You’ll also find an Integrated Meat Shelf/Rain Cover, and included CRUX Mil Spec 100-ounce Reservoir that’s been tested and approved by the military for easy, lumbar-centered hydration. More sweet features include a removable Organizer that keeps your calls and small tools contained for quick/easy access, and an Air Suspension Back Panel that allows you to stay cool under heavy loads with maximized ventilation; it’s also designed to increase stability over uneven terrain.
ALPS OutdoorZ Allure. Leave it to ALPS to deliver a versatile and truly functional day pack made for women, by women. The new Allure ($149.99) is designed to fit a woman’s unique frame with contoured shoulder straps and waist belt; the self-standing L-shape frame allows you to set your pack on any flat surface, and the two-piece adjustable waist belt can be instantly tailored to fit a wide range of body shapes and sizes. Like its Contender X sibling, the Allure offers a U-shaped zipper that provides extra-large, flip-down top access to the main compartment—ideal for easy gear access while hanging in your stand or sitting on the ground, while preventing gear loss. You’ll also find the same ability to tote a rifle or bow, as well as a Hydration pocket with side-outlet hydration ports, and included, blaze orange rain cover.
SITKA Gear Mountain Hauler 4000. Attention mule deer hunters: This sweet new design begs to go in light and come back heavy. The Mountain Hauler 4000 ($485; 5.75 pounds, 4,500 cu. in. max volume) is ideal for day hunts or overnight stays when you need the ability to carry gear, meat and antlers out of the field simultaneously. The pack provides 3,700 cubic inches of non-expanded volume for easy hiking, with the capability to expand 800 cubic inches when needed. The T-6 6061 aluminum frame provides for an adjustable suspension and a strong chassis, enabling you to carry monster loads upwards of 150 pounds. Two vertical exterior pockets hold most spotting scopes, tent poles or a Flash Shelter; side pockets hold tripods, trekking poles or water bottles. The triple-density foam waist belt maximizes comfort while Velcro placed on the waist belt holds most pistol holsters, bear spray, and other SITKA pack accessories. Available in Optifade Subalpine (shown) and Open Country.
Mystery Ranch Sawtooth 45. A prized overnight backcountry companion. A spacious daypack for chasing high-country mulies, or stay-all-day whitetail treestanding. Unique 270-degree zipper access and low-profile silhouette with plenty of organization make the new Sawtooth 45 ($450; 45L/2,746 cu. in.) one of the most-versatile packs you can own. Built on Mystery Ranch’s new Guide Light MT Frame, this durable-yet-lightweight (5.3 pounds) pack also incorporates MR’s patented OVERLOAD feature with a newly designed, quick-attach frame capture for easier access to the shelf when packing out your next trophy. Available in Coyote and Foliage (shown).
– SCOUTING CAMERAS FOR DEER HUNTING –
Moultrie Mobile Integrated Cellular Game Cameras. Moultrie unveiled one of the world’s most-advanced wireless game camera systems back in 2016, and for 2019, wow: Moultrie Mobile has released all-new integrated wireless game cameras. The Moultrie Mobile XV-7000i and XA-7000i ($179.99 each) combine proven Moultrie quality and reliability with revolutionary Moultrie Mobile technology to deliver game-camera images from the field directly to your smartphone, tablet and computer. The XV-7000i runs on the Verizon 4G network and the XA-7000i operates on AT&T’s 4G network. Both cameras feature 20-megapixel images, iNVISIBLE flash, 80-foot detection and flash range, illumi-Night 2 sensor for crisp and clear night images, blazing .3 second trigger speed, and records 1080p video with audio. All these features are powered by 12 AA batteries. Monthly data plans start at $9.99 and there are no contracts or activation/cancellation fees. Moultrie Mobile subscribers work directly with Moultrie, so it doesn’t matter who your current cellphone provider is. Moultrie Mobile users access images through computer with their online account or via the industry-leading Moultrie Mobile app on their smartphone and tablet.
Wildgame Innovations Shadow Micro Cams. A new age of deer scouting has arrived. Easy to use and simple to mount, both the Shadow Micro Cam ($99.99) and the Shadow Micro Cam Lightsout ($109.99) deliver amazing 16-megapixel images and HD 720p videos. Amazingly, each of these scouting cameras is just 3x3x2 inches, making them easy to hide from curious bucks and camera thieves alike. Both units feature Wildgame Innovations’ own Adaptive Illumination technology, which determines how far away game is from the unit and automatically adjusts the camera’s image exposure setting accordingly to get the perfect shot. The Shadow Micro Cam is outfitted with high-intensity infrared LEDs, while the Shadow Micro Cam Lightsout uses both invisible black infrared LEDs and the Lightsout invisible infrared LED flash. As a result, hunters will capture crisp and vivid high-definition photos and videos to help prepare for hunting season.
Bushnell CORE DS Trail Camera. Most trail cameras use only one image sensor to capture images 24 hours a day. So you end up settling for daytime images that are less sharp and rich, and nighttime images that lack consistent illumination and range. Bushnell CORE DS Dual Sensor Technology gives you two image sensors—one optimized for more sharp and rich images during the day and another optimized for images with consistent and further illumination at night. So you can plot game animal movements more reliably and plan your hunts more strategically. Choose from the 30MP Core DS Treebark Camo Low Glow ($199.99) or 30MP Core DS Treebark Camo No Glow ($219.99).
Primos AutoPilot Trail Camera. Primos built this new cam from the inside out to be exactly what hunters want their cameras to be: Reliably Simple. This camera practically drives itself. Just put it out, flip a few switches and you are snapping best-in-class images. You’ll experience crystal-clear 16MP images with rapid 0.3-second trigger speed, as well as 100-foot detection and night range, and 1080p HD video with audio. Auto exposure prevents “white out” images. Choose from 16MP Autopilot OD Green Low Glow ($99.99) and 16MP Autopilot Mossy Oak Bottomland Camo No Glow ($129.99).
Bigfoot Cellular Game Camera. Here’s an idea that’s long overdue. Every Bigfoot Game Camera ($229.95) comes pre-loaded with a SIMHero Data Card that will automatically connect to the AT&T Cellular network (if available) and send up to 350 free pictures that can be used within 30 days of the trial period. After the 30-day free trial the card may be reloaded. SimHero provides the following options: 1,500 pictures to be used over 12 months: $29.90; 4,000 pictures to be used over 12 months: $39.90; 8,000 pictures to be used over 12 months: $63.90; 16,000 pictures to be used over 12 months: $69.90. The Bigfoot camera features 1080P video recording; 0.4-second trigger speed, and comes complete with 56 IR LEDs that deliver night vision out to 65 feet, with crystal-clear day/night photo/video quality. Runs on 12 AA batteries (not included).
Stealth Cam G34X. Tired of blurry, nondescript trail cam photos that make determining deer and antler size next to impossible? Here’s the answer; the G34X from Stealth Cam advances the popular G34 Pro platform with its new 26 Megapixel resolution, taking still photo and video clarity and detail to new heights in trail camera imaging. With its 16:9 wide image ratio, HD video recording, and SD card compatibility up to a massive 512GB, the G34X not only offers exquisite resolution but also high-capacity recording and ultimate image quality and quantity for high triggering event locations or for remote locations with infrequent card checks. You’ll also find extensive user programming options to customize recording to best suit the sight location and conditions. The 34 IR emitters have range adjustability that extends to an impressive 100 feet; a quick .5-second Reflex Trigger system works with Matrix Advanced Blur Reduction and Retina Low Light sensitivity to provide the sharpest imaging in even the most challenging lighting and subject movement conditions.
Browning Trail Cameras Strike Force HD Pro X. Building on the proven, original Strike Force Pro, the reconstructed 2019 Strike Force HD Pro X ($169.99) offers upgraded features including a 1.5-inch color view screen and an all-steel adjustable mounting bracket for easy installation in the field. Powerful IR illumination allows you to customize your night images with three modes of operation (Power Save, Long Range and Fast Motion) to get the best-possible nighttime images. Other features include SD card management, 900p video clips with sound and a unique “Timelapse Plus” feature. The Strike Force HD Pro X is also compatible with up to 512 GB SDXC memory cards and is equipped with a 12-volt external power jack.
SPYPOINT Link-Micro Cellular Trail Camera. Touted to be the smallest cellular trail camera available, the Link-Micro ($169.99; just 4.4×3.1×2.2 inches) still delivers 4G photo transmission (where available), 0.5-second trigger speed, and 80-foot flash range courtesy of low-glow LEDs. Best of all, the SPYPOINT LINK APP allows you to manage settings and view photos remotely, wherever your phone has service. As easy as that is, it gets better. The exclusive BUCK TRACKER feature sorts your photos using advanced photo analysis technology. Skip the photos of raccoons and focus on pictures of the bucks you are watching. The easiest activation in cellular trail cams has only three steps: Download the free SPYPOINT APP, connect your camera, and start receiving photos courtesy of the pre-activated SIM card. Every camera delivers unlimited photos during the first month after activation. Thereafter, choose from three easy to understand plans on a month-to-month or annual basis. You can also take advantage of the industry’s only Free Data Plan, that will send 100 photos every month for as long as the camera is operational, at absolutely no additional charge. No visiting a cell phone store. No loading up your personal data plan. SPYPOINT negotiates the data plan for you, so you can worry about finding big bucks, not spending them.
Cuddeback Game Cameras w/Cuddelink. Some of the neat news from Cuddeback Game Cameras is the company’s CuddeLink proprietary wireless mesh network that is not cell service or Wi-Fi. CuddeLink transmits images from up to 15 remote cameras to one Home image collection camera, making your scouting faster and easier than ever.
– DEER HUNTING RIFLES –
CZ 527 American. You say you like to hunt deer? And varmints? Enjoy heading to the range to punch paper? The CZ 527 American ($752) is built on a .223-length action, the tiniest of CZ’s centerfire platforms is also one of the most beloved by CZ fans. Chambered in a number of cartridges from .17 Hornet and .204 Ruger up to 6.5 Grendel and 7.62×39, it’ll take everything from small game to deer. You’ll find a classic American pattern stock, a sporter-weight hammer forged barrel, a single set trigger and a recessed target crown. Made to be used with optics, the American has no sights but is equipped with a 16mm dovetail for mounting rails or ringmounts.
Remington Model 700 NRA American Hunter. Looking for the ideal whitetail rifle? The Model 700 NRA American Hunter ($1,349) was designed to be just that, following a collaboration between the NRA’s American Hunter magazine and Remington Arms Company. The rifle, chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, balances weight, length, knockdown power and upgraded features that are all focused on ultimate whitetail success. You’ll find a 20-inch fluted barrel with 5R rifling and threaded muzzle, upgraded Leupold Mark 4 scope bases, premium Bell & Carlson stock with aluminum bedding block, and engraved floorplate. Nice touches include durable black Cerakote finish on the barreled action, and a user-adjustable X Mark Pro trigger, set at 3.25 pounds from the factory.
Savage 110 Ridge Warrior. Here’s a sweet versatile rifle that’s well equipped for a day plunking targets on the range, and then on into the field hunting our favorite game animal. Features like the low-friction PVD coating and threaded heavy barrel create an all-around utility rifle up for any challenge. The AccuFit system lets hunters customize length-of-pull and comb height of the Mossy Oak Overwatch synthetic stock, the official camouflage of the National Rifle Association. Plus, the user-adjustable AccuTrigger offers a crisp, clean pull critical for making precise shots at extreme distances. The 110 Ridge Warrior ($949) is available in .308 Win. and 6.5 Creedmoor.
Savage MSR 10 Overwatch Hunter. This great-looking rifle ($1,599) builds on the trusted MSR 10 Hunter platform, while adding Mossy Oak Overwatch camo, the official pattern of the National Rifle Association. This rugged rifle is ready for the hunt, thanks to its Magpul MOE buttstock and pistol grip, and its two-stage trigger and 5R button rifling that provides the accuracy to fill your deer tag at a variety of ranges. It’s available in .308 Win. and 6.5 Creedmoor.
Browning X-Bolt Hell’s Canyon Speed. How do you make a great deer rifle even better? Add another great caliber option. Now available in 15 calibers including new-for-2019 6.5 PRC, the X-Bolt Hell’s Canyon Speed ($1,229.99 to $1,299.99) comes dressed in great-looking A-TACS AU (Arid/Urban) camouflage. You’ll also find a composite stock, Cerakote finish, fluted, sporter barrel with threaded muzzle brake, detachable rotary magazine, short throw bolt and adjustable trigger.
Winchester XPR. If you’re looking for maximum value in your next deer rifle, the proven Winchester XPR ($549.99) demands a strong look, especially since it’s available in 13 different calibers including the new-for-2019 350 Legend that offers about 20 percent less recoil than the .243 Win., with 20 percent more penetration. The XPR is a rugged, reliable and precise bolt-action rifle with an advanced polymer stock built for durability and superior grip in wet conditions. The matte blued finish is tough and non-reflective, and the detachable box magazine is a built-in feature that is typically an expensive after-market addition, allowing you to keep extra shells in a spare mag instead of jingling loose in your pocket.
Mossberg Patriot Predator—Cerakote/Strata Camo. Deer hunters like smart options, and when it comes to deer rifles, Mossberg has added a boatload of new choices for 2019. Included is the great-looking, ultra-affordable Patriot Predator—Cerakote/True Timber Strata Camo ($524). This suppressor-ready bolt-action is available in four calibers (6.5mm Creedmoor, 22-250 Rem, 243 Win and 308 Win) and combines a weather-resistant, synthetic stock dipped in TrueTimber Strata camo with Cerakote Patriot Brown coating on the bolt and barrel, providing enhanced protection from abrasions, chemicals and corrosion. Completing the package is a 22-inch fluted, threaded barrel (5/8”-24 TPI) with protective thread cap; top-mounted, Picatinny rail; spiral-fluted bolt; and sling swivel studs.
Mossberg Patriot Walnut—450 Bushmaster. Your next deer stops here. Packed with stopping power, the new Patriot Predator and Patriot Walnut bolt-action rifles ($410-$542) chambered in 450 Bushmaster are ideal for deer, hog or bear hunting at moderate ranges. Deer hunting opportunities are also expanded with the knockdown power of the 450 Bushmaster in areas where straight-walled cartridges are now allowed in previously-restricted (slug-shotgun, handgun and muzzleloader) zones. These classically-styled bolt-action rifles feature a 16.25-inch threaded barrel on the Patriot Predator offering and a 20-inch threaded barrel on the Patriot Walnut (shown above) and Patriot Synthetic-stocked versions. The stock is reinforced with a crossbolt in the Walnut offering.
Weatherby Vanguard First Lite. What do you get when you mesh Weatherby’s legendary fit and finish with a special Monte Carlo stock covered in great-looking and proven First Lite Fusion camo? For many deer hunters, the answer is their next gun. The special stock of the Vanguard First Lite ($1,099) comes complete with a right-side palm swell and textured forearm and grip areas, and you’ll also find an Accubrake included on all calibers, as well as an Adjustable Match Quality, Two-stage Trigger, Fluted Bolt Body, and One-piece Machined Bolt Body. Choose from 10 popular calibers including 6.5 Creedmoor and 240 Wby. Mag.
Weatherby Mark V Sitka Subalpine. What a stunner. Sitka aficionados will be happy to see a Weatherby Mark V production rifle wrapped in proven Gore Optifade Subalpine camo ($2,700). Weighing as little as 5 1/2 pounds, this combination of weight, accuracy, and finish means this rifle deserves to go deep into the backcountry. The composite stock with aluminum bedding blocks gives this rifle a strong foundation to make those challenging cross-canyon shots. The fluted bolt body aides in the reduction of weight, and the Flat Dark Earth Cerakote finish on all metalwork guarantees rugged dependability. Choose from 257 Wby. Mag., 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5-300 Wby Mag., 270 Wby. Mag. and 300 Wby. Mag.
Bergara Premier Highlander. Deer beware. This fine new-for-2019 rifle ($1,850) features the proven Bergara Premier action and is available in 9 different calibers including 6.5 Creedmoor and 6.5 PRC. You’ll also find a Fiberglass stock, hinged floor plate and Cerakote Sniper Gray finish, as well as a pre-threaded 5/8×24 muzzle with knurled thread protector, and a trigger featuring TriggerTech Frictionless Release Technology.
– DEER HUNTING RIFLE AMMO –
Hornady ELD-X Bullets. Would you like to extend your range and never compromise at any distance? The ELD-X (Extremely Low Drag – eXpanding) bullet is a technologically advanced, match accurate, all-range hunting bullet featuring highest-in-class ballistic coefficients and consistent, controlled expansion at all practical hunting distances. Verified by Doppler radar, the Heat Shield tip is immune to the effects of aerodynamic heating and retains its shape to maintain the highest-in-class BC over its entire trajectory.
Hornady Precision Hunter Ammunition. Because Hornady knows you might get only one chance at a trophy buck this fall, accuracy and terminal performance are the cornerstones of the company’s Precision Hunter factory loaded ammunition. Great care has been given by Hornady engineers to develop superior, match-accurate hunting loads that allow the ELD-X bullet to achieve its maximum ballistic potential. Propellants used in the Precision Hunter ammunition line are clean burning and loaded to uniform capacity for consistent shot to shot results regardless of temperature. This attention to detail provides the highest levels of accuracy and performance uniformity for the most demanding and diverse hunting situations.
Federal Premium Berger Hybrid Hunter. Looking for stand-out deer ammo? Why stop there? Federal knows that when you blend the profile of a low-drag match bullet with a traditional hunting projectile design you’re ready to take on almost anything that walks on four legs. Federal Premium Berger Hybrid Hunter bullet weights have been fine-tuned to provide exceptional accuracy through any rifle. Ballistic coefficients exceed those of comparable designs thanks to a hybrid nose design that combines tangent and secant ogive features. The bullets are loaded with the finest nickel-plated brass, Gold Medal primers and specially formulated propellant for the best consistency and reliability.
Federal Premium Barnes Triple-Shock X. Good news for deer hunters everywhere. Federal has brought back the immensely popular Barnes Triple-Shock X. This proven all-copper hollow point groups tightly at long range and delivers consistent, lethal expansion. The monolithic design retains more than 99 percent of its weight on impact to penetrate deep, and its grooved shank minimizes barrel fouling and improves accuracy.
Nosler BT (Ballistic Tip) Ammunition. What makes this legendary ammunition among the best choices you could make for hunting deer or most any big game? Nosler Ballistic Tip Ammunition is loaded up front with the accurate and reliable Nosler Ballistic Tip Bullet; it has seen more than 30 years of continual improvement and design refinement. Every bullet weight and muzzle velocity is optimized for maximum effectiveness on deer, pronghorns, and wild hogs. The tapered bullet jacket controls expansion for the ideal balance of penetration and energy transfer. The result? A proven track record of accuracy and game-killing terminal performance.
Browning BXS Solid Expansion Lead Free Centerfire. Lead-free ammunition is required in some states, and hunters are seeing benefits from a solid expansion bullet. BXS Solid Expansion lead-free centerfire rifle cartridges ($32 to $35, add $5 for magnum) feature a copper bullet with a polymer tip for consistent performance and penetration. Initial offerings include .30-06 Springfield, .270 Win., .308 Win., .300 Win. Mag., 6.5 Creedmoor, .300 WSM, and 7mm Rem. Mag.
Winchester Deer Season XP Copper Impact. Whether you’re chasing deer or other big game, this ammo delivers. The first thing you’ll notice on the Deer Season XP Copper Impact ($28 to $30) is the large polymer tip. Bigger tip, bigger impact is the clear message with this new lead-free bullet from Winchester. The huge energy transfer means even deeper penetration than standard, proven Deer Season.
– CROSSBOWS FOR DEER HUNTING –
Excalibur Assassin 420 Takedown. Designed for the shooter who wants a high-performance crossbow with trouble- and maintenance-free technology, the Assassin 420 Takedown ($1,899.99) builds off the company’s wildly popular Assassin 360 and adds some serious speed (420 fps!) and new Quick Loc technology. Due to the simplicity of Excalibur’s recurve limb design, the Assassin 420 TD features the unique ability to quickly detach the front limb assembly from the mainframe, allowing for convenient storage and compact transportation. Using an innovative tool-less design, the limb assembly can be removed and reassembled in a matter of seconds without the slightest change in the point of impact. And like its Assassin 360 brother, the Assassin 420 TD also features a Charger built-in silent crank, a 3-pound match grade Proshot trigger, and Tru-Fit fully adjustable stock.
Mission SUB-1 XR. Last year Mission Crossbows made a huge splash with its ultra-accurate SUB-1 crossbow that remains in the line, and the company has followed up that success for 2019 with two new models including the top-of-the-line SUB-1 XR ($1,699.99) that’s designed for blistering speed and impressive accuracy. It’s designed to deliver speeds up to 410 fps with the capability of shooting 1-inch groups at 100 yards. You’ll also find exciting features like Benchmark Fire Control technology, which includes a 3-pound match-grade trigger, the Easy-Load bolt retention arm and the ability to safely de-cock with the push of a button. The compact frame is 9.1 inches axle-to-axle and just 30.5 inches long. It weighs 7.6 pounds and is available in Black or Realtree Edge camo (shown).
Bear X Crossbow Saga 405. Looking for top-of-the-line premium speed in a truly affordable package? You need to check out the new-for-2019 Saga 405 ($349.99) that is the fastest model in the Bear X lineup. Producing speeds of 405 fps with a draw weight of 210 pounds, the Saga 405 measures 14 inches wide cocked and 18 inches wide uncocked; you’ll also find an adjustable fore end grip, ambidextrous safety, and rear adjustable stock. More smart features include an anti-dry fire inhibitor, dual string suppressor system, and picatinny scope mount rail. Better yet? It comes complete with all the accessories needed including a 4×32 scope with multi cross-hair reticle and functioning eye piece, as well as a four-bolt quiver, cocking rope, three carbon bolts with field points, and rail lube/string wax.
Barnett HyperGhost 425. Speed. Power. The new-for-2019 HyperGhost 425 ($1,299.99) has plenty. Like its name suggests it delivers a blistering 425 fps and 152 foot-pounds of kinetic energy in a 7.7-pound, 36.25-inch-long package that measures 20 3/8 inches wide uncocked. The bow comes packaged with Barnett’s exclusive HyperFlite .204-inch small-diameter arrows designed to deliver ultra-deep penetration and one-shot kills. Also included is a premium 1.5-5×32 illuminated scope, CNC machined aluminum flight track, retractable counterbalance underarm support, Soft Lok floating bristle arrow retainer and anti-dry fire TriggerTech trigger.
TenPoint Nitro XRT. Get ready for the next step in crossbow evolution and performance. Tested to deliver speeds up to an industry-first 470 feet per second, and generating a jaw-dropping 190 foot-pounds of power, the Nitro XRT ($2,499.99) is touting 25-percent flatter arrow trajectory. And that means you can expect precision down-range accuracy and devastating knock-down power. The reverse-draw bow assembly features a center-mounted riser that’s designed to provide superior balance. By shifting the riser from the front of the crossbow to its center, the design eliminates the “nose-heavy” feel of traditional crossbows, making it easier to hold steady and keep the crosshairs locked on target. The bow and stock assemblies combine to create a perfectly balanced, sharp-shooting crossbow that weighs 7.4 pounds, and measures a mere 30.7 inches long.
Wicked Ridge RDX 400. Industry-leading technology starting at under $800? That’s what you can get with the reverse-draw RDX 400 ($759.99 w/Rope Sled; $859.99 w/ACUdraw) that measures just 9 inches wide and shoots up to a lightning-fast 400 feet per second. Its machined, lightweight aluminum riser is fitted with the company’s Over-the-Top limb pocket that both separates and isolates the limbs from direct contact with the riser to reduce sound and vibration. The bow and stock assemblies combine to create a balanced crossbow that weighs 7.1 pounds, and measures just 33.5 inches long (w/o stirrup). Equipped with either the ACUdraw or Rope Sled cocking device and TenPoint’s Multi-Line Scope, the RDX 400 is double-dip fluid imaged in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camo. The model sells only as a complete package that includes the cocking device, scope, three arrows, string stop system, and a quiver.
CAMX A4. They’ll never hear you coming. This innovative design features a unique suspension system that uses an inboard cam with special swing-arm design that completely protects cams, reduces felt shock to nearly zero and improves accuracy, all while sending arrows at 370 fps. The Pivoting Arrow Retention (P.A.R.) system provides consistent arrow pressure so it can’t come loose or fall out, allows for manual, one-hand let-down and works in concert with the CAMX Lo-Drag Fire Control Trigger as an ADF mechanism. Patented Thumbsaver technology protects the shooter’s forehand for the full travel path of the string and the cables. And like all CAMX bows, the A4 ($1,149.99/Base Package) comes pre-sighted at the factory from 10 to 100 yards. Includes four Accuspine arrows and field points, CAMX’s Wishbone patented quiver and a rope cocking aid, in Realtree Max-1, Mossy Oak Treestand or Ninja Black.
– COMPOUND BOWS FOR DEER HUNTING –
Bowtech Realm SR6. You might recall the 2018 Bowtech Realm took home our well-earned HuntStand Steal award, and our only concern was that bow’s relative lack of speed. Hang on, because Bowtech was listening. The new-for-2019 Realm SR6 ($1,099) took home our well-deserved 2019 Editor’s Choice award, in part because of a welcome speed increase; the two bows weigh the same at 4.3 pounds, but the Realm SR6 is slightly longer at 32 inches axle to axle (versus the Realm’s 30 ¾ inches) and the SR6 features a shorter brace height at 6 inches, versus the 7 1/8 inches for the Realm. The big difference is that the SR6 generates up to a reported 352 fps, versus the 340 fps of the Realm. If you’re looking for high performance, the SR6, one of four in the Realm series, might be your next bow.
Elite Ritual 30. Here’s another example of refining a great design. Last year the Ritual (a 33 ¼-inch bow that has now become the Ritual 33) turned a lot of serious bowhunter heads. The new-for-2019 Ritual 30 brings many of the same attributes but does it in a more-compact (30 ½-inch axle to axle) design, and as you might guess a bit lighter overall package at 4.1 pounds, versus the 4.3 pounds of the Ritual 33. A notable note: The Ritual 30 ($1,049) was, impressively, the most dead-in-hand (shock free) bow shot by our team at the 2019 ATA Show.
Mathews Vertix. Mathews was the big winner in our 2018 Bow Test, with the ultra-compact 28-inch axle-to-axle Triax taking home our Editor’s Choice award. At first glance the new-for-2019, 30-inch axle-to-axle Vertix ($1,099) is definitely reminiscent of that design, but there are some notable differences. Maybe the coolest is new Switchweight technology that allows bowhunters to change draw lengths, and peak draw weights (in five-pound increments), without changing cams. You’ll also find the Mathews Engage grip for better balance, and 3D Damping technology for reduced recoil/vibration.
Bear Kuma 30. Sometimes when you take a very solid bow design and make it lighter and more compact, bowhunting magic happens. The new Kuma 30 ($899.99) appears to be a prime example, with less weight and smaller axle-to-axle than the proven Bear Kuma, another member of the exclusive, dealer-only Bear Legend Series compounds. The Kuma 30 and its hybrid cams launches arrows at a reported 345 feet per second; it’s been designed to deliver a super-smooth draw cycle while keeping speed and accuracy. With an axle-to-axle length of just 30 inches, the bow features a rigid 1-inch-thick forged riser that has been strategically “hollowed out” to lighten the load–yet still prevents side to side flex, thereby increasing accuracy.
Pearson Atlas 32. Any way you slice it, compact bows hold some serious bowhunting advantages. With an axle-to-axle length of 32 ¼ inches and weighing just 4 pounds, the compact Atlas 32 and its 6.5-inch brace height is ideal for the treestand, ground blind, or your next backcountry adventure. Team HuntStand had an opportunity to shoot this neat new design at the 2019 ATA Show and we were pleasantly surprised by its balance, speed and lack of hand shock. Plenty of options for this middling-speedy (330-plus fps) design include covering draw lengths from 27.5 to 31.5 inches, and letoff from 60 to 85 percent.
Prime Logic CT3. More speed and more customizable? Those are good things. At 33 inches axle to axle and featuring a 6.5-inch brace height, Prime has designed the new Logic CT3 ($999) to deliver 335 fps, which is a welcome 5 fps faster than the 2018 Logic. You’ll also find a new riser design and limb- and cable-stop options that allow you to customize the feel of this bow’s back wall. And those who appreciate stellar fit and finish will dig the new integrated mounting system for Prime’s Sherpa quiver, as well as several new camo and finish options.
Hoyt Carbon RX-3. As you might recall we thought the 2018 Hoyt Carbon RX-1 was an incredible bow (it took home our HuntStand Silver award in our yearly test), but you might be surprised to see that bow is no longer in the Hoyt lineup. The reason? Hoyt feels it’s been substantially upgraded by the new-for-2019 Carbon RX-3 ($1,699), a bold move that definitely caught our eye. The RX-3 offers the same 6-inch brace height but is a bit shorter (30.5 inches axle to axle) and its carbon riser is completely redesigned, although the overall mass weight (3.9 pounds) is unchanged. The RX-3 also features a new weight-forward balance designed to produce a rock-steady, reduced-vibration shot. You’ll also find a new adjustable grip, and a new sight plate that allows more-streamlined mounting of sight to riser.
PSE Evoke 31. Back in 2017 the 31-inch PSE Evolve took home the HuntStand Steal award in our annual test, and now PSE says it has taken that original sweet-shooting platform to the next level. The new-for-2019 PSE Evoke 31 ($999.99 to $1,049.99) delivered, taking home our 2019 Silver award. It features the company’s proven Evolve Cam System (ECS), known for its stand-out comfort and shootability with 90-percent letoff. But now PSE has engineered the ECS onto a caged riser for upgraded stiffness, strength, and a welcome infusion of speed; the Evoke 31 was the fastest bow in our 2019 Ultimate Compound Bow Field Test. Overall weight is 4.2 pounds; the 31-inch axle-to-axle bow features a 6-inch brace height.
– BOWSIGHTS FOR BOWHUNTING DEER –
Burris Oracle Rangefinding Bow Sight. Burris has long been a leader in laser riflescope technology and that knowledge and experience has flowed neatly into the Oracle laser-rangefinding bowsight ($829.99), which instantly provides compound bowhunters exact distance to target and an exact aiming point while at full draw. Team HuntStand was among the very first to field-test this incredible
sight; HuntStand Executive Editor Mark Melotik used one recently to anchor a trophy Alberta black bear (shown above). Our advice? All bowhunters need to consider this incredible design and experience its jaw-dropping capabilities. The Oracle eliminates aiming between pins by instantly calculating and displaying the EXACT aiming point for any distance and shot angle. A quick push of the button activates the built-in IR laser rangefinder; within seconds, the range to the target is shown along with an illuminated pin for the exact drop and angle-compensated aim point. The illuminated aiming pins are displayed on the vertical LED trajectory bar running through the entire midsection of the sight. The Oracle converts easily to right- or left-hand use.
IQ Bowsights DEFINE Pro. A new three-digit display and 30-percent reduction in weight versus the original DEFINE, highlight this new premium sight ($549.99, right hand only) that combines a laser rangefinder and pin sight into a single unit. The DEFINE Pro allows for precision ranging while at full draw, resulting in less movement during the critical moments leading up to the shot. You’ll also find +/- 1-yard accuracy out to 150 yards, instantly displayed on an illuminated blue OLED strategically placed within the user’s line of sight.
Garmin Xero A1i Bowsight. Know the range, and shoot the exact pin with minimal movement using the Xero A1i bowsight ($999.99). It’s the first bow-mounted digital laser rangefinder and targeting display system that measures the angle-compensated distance to the target and provides an LED pin for the shot, even on those “in-between” yardages. Dual-color LED pins automatically adjust brightness to conditions and allow you to see your target,
See The Garmin Xero A1i In Action Here
unobstructed by physical pins. A single trigger mounted to your bow grip lets you range at rest or full draw to game up to 100 yards away, or to reflective targets up to 300 yards. To help you track game or arrows, Laser Locate works with compatible Garmin devices (sold separately) to show you exactly where the target was located when the shot or range was taken. The Xero A1i bowsight saves settings for various bow setups, and it’s customizable for single- and multi-pin configurations, or for manual pin selection. The slightly less feature-rich Garmin Xero A1 Bowsight ($799.99) is also available. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of electronic bowsights for hunting; always know and obey all state hunting regulations before using this device.
TruGlo Archer’s Choice RANGE•ROVER PRO. When it comes to critical gear, bowhunters love options. Thankfully, TruGlo is listening. Last year the company introduced a dual LED dot aperture option for its RANGE•ROVER PRO ($129.99), and for 2019, following popular demand, a new retrofit 2-Dot Aperture Kit option allows existing RANGE•ROVER PRO owners to also extend their sights’ downrange capabilities and accuracy. This aperture includes all the standard features found on the (TG6402GB) RANGE•ROVER PRO yet can be installed on the (TG6401GB) 1-dot RANGE•ROVER PRO.
Apex Gear ATTITUDE 7-Pin Bowsight. For 2019 the proven ATTITUDE sight series grows with the inclusion of a 3- and 7-Pin model (shown above), which is ideal for shooters and hunters who are confident in stretching out their shooting on 3-D courses, or when hunting open country. Both new sights come with a new detachable bracket that allows for a longer sight radius for improved accuracy, and since it’s removable, is ideal for traveling or when storing your bow in a compact case.
HHA Optimizer Tetra Bow Sight. Latest in the HHA Sports line-up of Optimizer single-pin bow sights, the Optimizer Tetra ($269.99-$379.99) features an integrated SP-50 Infinite-Adjust bracket that offers a full 2.1-inches of vertical travel and allows for infinite adjustability to the scope housing, so shooters can dial their bow to extreme levels of accuracy while maximizing range of the preprinted yardage tapes. An all-new windage adjustment allows for both major adjustments as well as micro adjustments while second and third axis adjustments have also been integrated into the Tetra, all with tool-free adjustability.
– ARROW RESTS FOR BOWHUNTING DEER –
Vapor Trail Gen 7. Here’s proof that not all fall-away rests are created equal. The new side-load, full-capture containment design of this limb-driven rest utilizes carbon-core technology, creating what Vapor Trail is calling the strongest and lightest containment system in the industry. Weighing in at a mere 2.9 ounces, the Gen 7 ($159.99) is one of the lightest fully-machined aluminum rests available in its class. With bow-specific model options that are even lighter (2.5 ounces), the user is able to choose an exact-fit for certain popular bow models. Got a hankering to customize? The Gen 7 is available in 12 different cage colors (replacement cages sold separately, $25 each), which can easily be swapped out for a new, custom look.
Trophy Ridge Sync & Sync MD. Veteran bowhunters know one of the smartest additions to an arrow rest is micro-adjustability. Fast and precise tuning are the benefits. Trophy Ridge has done just that with the new Sync and Sync MD fall-aways. The Sync features a removable full-containment arm to ensure your bow is ready when you are, as well as laterally adjustable launcher arms that allow bowhunters to fine-tune their shot, while cable-driven technology delivers a smooth, reliable draw cycle. The Sync MD (shown above) takes adjustability up a notch with micro-adjustable windage and elevation, with the same removable full containment arm and laterally adjustable launcher arms.
Quality Archery Designs Ultrarest Integrate MX. Two great companies, one sweet new arrow rest. QAD’s partnership with Mathews has resulted in the ground-breaking new Integrate MX drop-away rest ($249.99). Instead of mounting to the time-honored bow riser berger button hole, this new rest uses a patent-pending dovetail mounting system integrated into the back of the bow riser.
The design allows the ultra-compact rest to automatically level itself once attached, and unlike most all other rests, this rock-solid design eliminates any chance of movement. You’ll also find precise micro-click adjustments designed to deliver extreme hunting accuracy.
TruGlo EZ-Rest. Lots of bowhunters can benefit by tapping a simple and dependable, proven biscuit-style design that is the TruGlo EZ-Rest ($23.99). This ultra-affordable, full-containment design features no moving parts; maybe just as helpful it effectively holds nocked arrows silently and securely no matter how you tilt or torque your bow during an awkward draw, or while covering those final critical yards on your next spot-and-stalk adventure.
HHA Sports Virtus. This recent introduction ($130) features full containment and fall-away operation, and is constructed with the same quality as HHA’s proven Optimizer sights. It’s also available in both Universal and Mathews Edition models. It comes out-of-the-box ready to mount on your bow with the launcher silencing kit pre-installed. Windage adjustments ensure perfect center-shot alignment, while witness marks on all adjustments ensure precise alignment and timing. Every day in America, 22 military veterans take their lives, struggling to cope with the physical and mental scars sustained during their service. To raise awareness, the number 22 is being used in the part numbers for the Virtus (VR-22 and MA-VR-22). Additionally, 2.2 percent of profits from all Virtus sales go to Operation HHAUSA, a program directed at involving veterans in archery/hunting.
– BROADHEADS FOR DEER HUNTING –
Rage Hypodermic NC (No Collar). Rage knows that when the tiniest details count big, simpler is better. The new Hypodermic NC ($49.99/3) utilizes cutting-edge finger-like tabs on the blades’ Slip Cam pivot point to “anchor” them in place while in the closed position, completely eliminating the need for a Shock Collar, dental band or O-ring, while still providing reliable blade retention. Upon impact, the blades are designed to instantly deploy to a 2-inch cutting diameter, leading to gaping wounds that bowhunters have come to expect from the field-proven Rage Hypodermic series. The new Hypodermic hybrid tip offers an even narrower profile and needle-like ferrule, a streamlined package designed to deliver field-tip accuracy. The two .035-inch thick blades are designed to deploy on impact, sliding into a swept-back blade angle.
Rocky Mountain Switchblade. Looks alone can’t kill but this four-blade hybrid design and its rugged aircraft-grade aluminum ferrule is one wicked package. And even better, it earned our 2019 Best Value award following the 2019 Ultimate Broadhead Field Test. The 7/8-inch cut-on-contact leading-edge blades of the Switchblade ($24.99/3) are designed to deliver bone-crushing power for deep penetration. Those leading-edge blades are followed by two wide-cutting expandable wing blades held in place with a rock-solid O-ring blade-retention system. Upon impact, the beefy .035-inch thick wing blades are designed to spring instantly into action, deploying to a full 2-inch cutting diameter and creating a whopping 2 7/8-inch total cut.
Muzzy ONE. How many pieces does your broadhead have? As you might guess the Muzzy ONE ($44.99 per 3, both vertical and crossbow models) is machined from a single piece of premium stainless steel, giving Muzzy the ability to precisely control all tolerances. The hybrid chisel/cut-on-contact tip is designed to blast through bone and deliver incredible penetrating power, while precision positioned vents on the blades help ensure the ONE flies with proven Muzzy accuracy. This solid 100-grain head features three hefty .046-inch thick blades with a 1 1/8-inch cut; the head can be easily resharpened on a flat stone.
G5 Striker V2. The Silver award winner in our 2019 Ultimate Broadhead Field Test, the cool thing about this “next-gen” design is its meaningful refinement. The Striker V2 Broadhead improves on the original Striker head with a fully machined stainless steel ferrule that delivers tighter tolerances and thereby a stronger blade retention system. Like its predecessor, the Striker V2 ($44.99/3) features three scary-sharp Lutz blades designed to produce lethal hits and impressive blood trails. You’ll also find a slightly larger 1.25-inch cutting diameter.
Wasp Havalon HV. This exciting three-blade fixed head is the 2019 Editor’s Choice winner of our Ultimate Broadhead Field Test; the design is a collaboration between Wasp Archery (also the overall Editor’s Choice Award Winner of the 2018 HuntStand Ultimate Broadhead Field Test), and Havalon Knives, makers of scary-sharp replacement-blade hunting knives. Designers and engineers from both companies collaborated over the course of two years, sharing their knowledge of blade technology and materials for the ultimate in strength, surgical sharpness, and precision. Leading the way on the Wasp Havalon HV ($44.99/3) is the trademark Stainless Smart Tip (SST), a 100-percent stainless steel TROCAR tip designed for deep penetration. You’ll also find an aerospace-grade 7075 T6 aluminum ferrule, and .35-inch thick surgically sharp stainless steel blades that combine for a 1 3/16-inch cutting diameter. As with all Wasp fixed-blade heads, HV blades are easily replaced and each pack comes with three complete broadheads and six replacement blades.
NAP Dark Knight Aluminum 125. Why choose between a fixed and mechanical head? This innovative new hybrid design combines the guaranteed cutting width of a fixed-blade head with the shooting precision of a mechanical, while delivering pass-through performance to rival either design. The Dark Knight Aluminum 125 ($39.99/3) begins with a durable one-piece aluminum ferrule and a sharp, ultra-penetrating steel tip. Incorporated into the ferrule is a completely unique three-blade, two-stage deploying blade system. The main blade configuration is of a hybrid design. The sharp stainless-steel blades ensure a maximum 1 3/8-inch-wide cutting diameter as they pass through an animal. The truly significant advantage, however, is the locked blades’ ability to pivot in the ferrule. When the locked blades encounter bone, for example, they pivot away from the obstruction, rather than skip or deflect like conventional broadheads, and then re-center. This action, combined with the large 1 1/8-inch bleeder blade, allows your arrow to maintain a straight flight path and provides the greatest potential for pass-through shots.
SIK Broadheads SK2. This nifty premium broadhead brand launched in 2018 and the unique two-blade SK2 ($49.9/3) mechanical is just one of its must-see heads that also include fixed models. Using patented FliteLoc Technology, the SK2’s signature Offset Blade Design is guaranteed to deploy on impact, producing a 3.625-inch cutting surface and leaving the target with a 2-inch offset wound channel.
– TARGETS FOR BOWHUNTERS –
Morrell Back To Back Combo 2. Hands-down one of the coolest new concepts in an easily portable target made for use with any type of head, from field points to fixed and mechanical broadheads, traveling up to a blistering 450 fps. Like its name implies, the four-sided Back To Back Combo 2 ($199.99) features realistic turkey and deer vitals “back to back,” with two additional sides offering your choice of six or three bullseyes. The real stand-out feature of this nicely portable 18x12x20-inch design might be its easy pulling and durable Flex-Back Self-Healing Solid Foam construction, which is also fade resistant, and 100-percent weatherproof.
Morrell Dual Threat. Here’s a versatile new crossbow/compound compatible design that’s ready to be every bit of the “all-around” target most bowhunters will ever need. The six-sided Dual Threat ($259.99) ensures you won’t ever get bored by including 2 lifesize Whitetail vitals, as well as lifesize Bear and Turkey vitals, and two separate dot faces offering a total of 15 Bullseyes. Like its new Back to Back cousin, this 19x19x19-inch design stops field points, fixed and mechanical broadheads traveling up to 450 fps, with its easy pulling and durable Flex-Back Self-Healing Solid Foam construction that is fade resistant, and 100-percent weatherproof.
Rinehart Mr. Perfect. Here’s a fine example of next-level 3-D target realism, one that all bowhunters need to consider. Rinehart has upped the ante with precision airbrush painting on this ultra-lifelike design, as well as given users the option to use its new locking antlers, or a set of their own. Mr. Perfect ($269.99) stands 52 inches tall and is 36 inches long, and like most all other Rinehart designs the solid FX Woodland Foam construction, with its Signature Series foam replaceable core, is compatible with both compound bows and crossbows, shooting field points or broadheads.
Glendel Full Rut Buck. This proven design has stood the test of time and continues to gain fans because there’s so much to love, whether you’re shooting a compound, crossbow or trad bow, with arrows tipped with field points or broadheads. Few targets can give you more confidence than the gigantic Full Rut Buck ($259.99), which simulates a muscular 250-pound whitetail that stands 37 inches high at the shoulders and a full 62 inches tall, while toting an eye-popping 150-inch 10-point rack. You’ll also appreciate the large 14x14x14-inch replaceable insert that features long-wearing, arrow-stopping Open Layered Polyfusion Technology that also somehow features ultra-easy arrow removal. A truly classic 3-D design.