HOT HUNT­ING GEAR FOR 2017

ALL THE AC­CES­SORIES YOU NEED TO MAKE THE UP­COM­ING YEAR IN THE FIELD A SUC­CESS

Gun World - - Contents - By Brad Fitz­patrick

All the ac­ces­sories you need to make the up­com­ing year in the field a suc­cess

The lion’s share of new prod­ucts fea­tured at the an­nual Shoot­ing, Hunt­ing and Out­door Trades (SHOT) Show in Las Ve­gas com­prises firearms, am­mu­ni­tion and op­tics. But this event also serves as the launch for some of the coolest new hunt­ing ac­ces­sories—ev­ery­thing from boots to wa­ter bot­tles. We’ve sorted through the of­fer­ings along the aisles of the 2017 SHOT Show and picked out some of our fa­vorite new gear items—the stuff you’ll wish you had come autumn. GW

This af­ford­able, durable, Amer­i­can-made knife is what you want on your side when you’re on a hunt. The 5-inch blade is made of high car­bon steel with a tough phos­phate coat­ing. The syn­thetic rub­ber han­dle of­fers a se­cure grip, even when wet (a bonus when skin­ning game), and the sim­ple, ef­fec­tive de­sign is easy to clean af­ter you’ve fin­ished in the field.

Stealth Cam’s new game cam­era com­bines 4K Ul­tra HD video with 30 MP Ul­tra Hi Res per­for­mance to give you the ab­so­lutely clear­est im­ages avail­able. The Re­flex Trig­ger has an ac­ti­va­tion time of un­der 0.4 sec­ond so you won’t lose im­ages of pass­ing game. Forty-two NO GLO IR emit­ters take great shots at night with­out spook­ing an­i­mals. Other fea­tures in­clude Ma­trix blur re­duc­tion, Retina low light sen­si­tiv­ity, burst mode with up to nine shots and much, much more. When you’re in the field or at the range, it’s a good idea to clean your hands and ex­posed skin to re­duce ex­po­sure to items such as lead, nickel, cop­per, an­ti­mony and other con­tam­i­nants. For that rea­son, it’s im­por­tant to keep Hoppe’s Lead-B-Gone wipes in your pack. These wipes re­move 98.8 per­cent of con­tam­i­nants on their own and 99.9 per­cent with a wa­ter rinse (as op­posed to 72 per­cent with wa­ter only). They con­tain a gen­tle PH cleanser, aloe skin mois­tur­iz­ers and are dis­pos­able. There are 40 wipes in each com­pact, por­ta­ble can­is­ter.

This 100-quart cooler has a base de­signed with six tie-downs so it can eas­ily be at­tached to an ATV, UTV, boat or other ve­hi­cle for trans­port. The in­te­rior has four tiered bas­kets—if you aren’t haul­ing out elk quar­ters or deer meat. The empty cooler weighs just 40 pounds and is made with Hunts­man High Den­sity PU foam. The latches are easy to use and se­cure, and the hard­ware is ro­bust. Plus, Canyon backs its cool­ers with a life­time war­ranty.

These sturdy, hard-plas­tic cases are de­signed specif­i­cally to pro­tect ex­pen­sive game cam­eras dur­ing the off sea­son or when trav­el­ing to and from the field. Each case has four in­di­vid­ual padded slots that hold one cam­era each (so there’s no chance they’ll bang against one an­other), and the case comes with a spe­cial foam-padded SD card pro­tec­tor so you can quickly and eas­ily swap out mem­ory cards with­out fear of loss or dam­age. Plus, this hard case at­taches to an ATV—per­fect for trans­port­ing cam­eras into the kind of rough coun­try big bucks love.

No hunter should be with­out a great pair of shoot­ing/op­tic sticks. The new Trig­ger Stick Gen2 short bi­pod from Pri­mos is de­signed for a va­ri­ety of hunt­ing and glass­ing ap­pli­ca­tions. With a pull of the trig­ger, you can ad­just this bi­pod from 18 to 38 inches. The se­cure V-yoke at­tach­ment is de­tach­able. It will sup­port 1/4x20- and 3/8x16inch threaded fix­tures for use with op­ti­cal gear. This is a must-have ad­di­tion to any hunt­ing pack.

Eye in­juries are a con­cern for hunters, and in some en­vi­ron­ments, po­lar­ized sun­glasses are a huge help in spot­ting game. The Omega line isn’t new, per se, but these con­toured glasses of­fer a level of eye pro­tec­tion that’s pretty in­cred­i­ble (at SHOT, I saw a video of them be­ing shot, run over and even blown up with fire­crack­ers). Add to that the cool­look­ing Typhon camo frames, and you’ve got the ul­ti­mate hunt­ing and shoot­ing eyewear.

Dan­ner’s new Vi­tal hunt­ing boot is de­signed for a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent hunt­ing con­di­tions— ev­ery­thing from rocky, desert moun­tains to snow­pack. The upper is made from an abra­sion­re­sis­tant tex­tile and leather, and the hard­ware on this boot is sturdy enough to last sev­eral sea­sons. Vi­tal boots also come with Dan­ner Dry wa­ter­proof tech­nol­ogy and a mesh lin­ing on the tongue to wick mois­ture and per­spi­ra­tion and keep your feet dry and com­fort­able. These com­fort­able, ver­sa­tile hunt­ing boots are avail­able in a va­ri­ety of in­su­la­tion lev­els in brown or camo (Real­tree Xtra and Mossy Oak Break-Up Coun­try) and will be on sale for the 2017 fall hunt­ing sea­son.

Although it is de­signed for wa­ter­fowlers, this pack is great for just about any hunt­ing ap­pli­ca­tion. It’s made from durable 900D fab­ric for years of hard use. The wa­ter­proof bot­tom and tree hook will help keep your gear out of the mud and muck. There are large main and sec­ondary pock­ets, as well as a front ac­cess com­part­ment, padded waist belt and ster­num strap for ex­tra com­fort. There’s even a zip-out gun sling and wa­ter­proof cell phone pocket. No mat­ter where your hunt takes you, this pack will carry your gear ef­fec­tively. It’s avail­able in Real­tree MAX-5 and Mossy Oak Blades camo pat­terns.

Sitka’s new­est pat­tern is its sub-alpine dig­i­tal camo, which is one of the most ver­sa­tile camo pat­terns you’ll find—per­fect for al­most all hunt­ing con­di­tions. It’s avail­able across Sitka Gear’s line, but the As­cent se­ries of hats, shirts, vests, gloves and pants cov­ers just about any need. With breath­able, four-way stretch fab­rics, you won’t hold in mois­ture or be bound up by heavy, high-vol­ume gear. This is per­fect for the ac­tive hunter who is se­ri­ous about purs­ing big game in any en­vi­ron­ment. The Poly­giene anti-mi­cro­bial treat­ment re­duces body odor, and breath­able mesh pock­ets are easy to ac­cess. It’s per­fect for early-sea­son hunts.

Be­ing able to hit a tar­get is one thing, but be­ing able to place the bul­let into the vi­tals of a big-game an­i­mal to en­sure a quick, clean kill is some­thing else. Ahead of this hunt­ing sea­son, prac­tice with tar­gets that will help get you on tar­get and in the vi­tal zone with Cham­pion’s VisiColor Big Game Tar­gets. Each pack of 12 con­tains four an­te­lope, four white­tail deer and four bear tar­gets, and the VisiColor de­signs ap­pears in­stantly when you shoot so you’ll know ex­actly where the bul­let struck. These are great for off-sea­son prac­tice and make ex­cel­lent tools for field drills, shoot­ing off sticks, prone and stalk­ing.

Camp Chef stoves are ex­tremely pop­u­lar with ev­ery­one—from back­coun­try hunters to back­yard grill mas­ters. The com­pany’s new­est of­fer­ing is the Pro Se­ries line of grills, which fea­ture a unique fold­ing de­sign: The legs can be folded up and also have built-in lev­el­ers for un­even ground. The side shelves also fold up, mak­ing this one of the most eas­ily trans­ported grills you’ll find. The Pro 60X comes with two 30,000 BTU cast-alu­minum burn­ers and al­most 450 square inches of cooking area. The Pro 90X has three burn­ers with more than 600 square inches of cooking area. The Pro 60X works with Camp Chef’s 14-inch cooking ac­ces­sories, while the Pro 90X works with its 16-inch ac­ces­sories.

Water­fowl hunters will ap­pre­ci­ate these ul­tra­light waders made from breath­able and abra­sion­re­sis­tant ny­lon. They’re 100 per­cent wa­ter­proof and fea­ture dou­ble-stitched, taped seams that can with­stand years of hard use. The Aero Elite waders also fea­ture belt lum­bar sup­port, MOLLE at­tach­ments for adding ac­ces­sories, a top bungee cord and side leg gus­sets. The waders can then be low­ered with­out hav­ing to re­move the sus­penders, al­low­ing you to con­vert from a chest to pant wader quickly and ef­fort­lessly. They are avail­able in Real­tree Max-5 and Mossy Oak Bot­tom­land camo pat­terns.

These hunt­ing boots are de­signed to get you any­where game goes. The long list of fea­tures in­clude a Silent Cell sin­gle in­jected mid­sole, Sym­mPlate in­te­grated ex­ter­nal shank and three lev­els of in­su­la­tion (unin­su­lated, 400g Thin­su­late, 800g Thin­su­late). Per­haps the coolest fea­ture is the ad­vanced OUTDRY tech­nol­ogy uti­liz­ing a breath­able mem­brane layer that blocks mois­ture from com­ing in but is highly breath­able. Camo op­tions in­clude Real­tree Xtra, Mossy Oak Coun­try, ATACS AU and ATACS FG.

MAKE: Hoppe’s

MODEL: Lead-B-Gone Skin Cleans­ing Wipes MSRP: $13

WEB­SITE: www.Hoppes.com

MAKE: Stealth Cam

MODEL: DS4K

MSRP: $250

WEB­SITE: www.Stealth­cam.com

MAKE: On­tario Knife Com­pany MODEL: Spec Plus Al­pha Sur­vival MSRP: $43

WEB­SITE: www.On­tar­i­oKnife.com

MAKE: Pri­mos

MODEL: Trig­ger Stick Gen2 Short Bi­pod

MSRP: $100

WEB­SITE: www.Pri­mos.com

MAKE: MTM Case-Gard MODEL: Game Trail Cam­era Case MSRP: $28

WEB­SITE: MTMCase-Gard.com

MAKE: Canyon Cool­ers MODEL: Prospec­tor 100 MSRP: $440

WEB­SITE: Cany­on­cool­ers.com

MAKE: Dan­ner

MODEL: Vi­tal

MSRP: $150–$170 WEB­SITE: www.Dan­ner.com

MAKE: Wi­ley X

MODEL: Omega

MSRP: $140

WEB­SITE: www.Wi­leyX.com

MAKE: Camp Chef

MODEL: Pro Se­ries

MSRP: $230–$280 WEB­SITE: www.Cam­pChef.com

MAKE: Sitka Gear

MODEL: As­cent Cloth­ing MSRP: $169 (As­cent shirt) WEB­SITE: www.SitkaGear.com

MAKE: Fi­nal Ap­proach MODEL: Hunt­ing Pack MSRP: $89

WEB­SITE: www.FABrand.com

MAKE: Cham­pion MODEL: VisiColor Big Game Tar­gets

MSRP: $28 WEB­SITE: www.Cham­pi­onTar­get.com

MAKE: LaCrosse MODEL: Aero Elite Breath­able Wader

MSRP: $500–$550 WEB­SITE: www.LaCrosseFootwear.com

MAKE: Brown­ing Footwear MODEL: Buck Shadow

MSRP: TBD (avail­abil­ity: fall 2017) WEB­SITE: www.SPGOut­doors.com

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