Summit Treestands / Heated Seat
An adjustable all-day heat source perfect for those long, cold days on stand, Summit’s Heated Seat ($80) fits the current Summit stand lineup as well as most competing brands. The seat boasts multiple heat settings to match the mood of Mother Nature and comes with a rechargeable battery pack.
For more information, visit www.summitstands.com or call (800) 353-0634.
Bohning / The Shelter Combo
Not your typical soft-sided bow case, Bohning’s The Shelter Combo ($80) includes a protect-your-cam/strings/cables bow sling and is fitted with multiple accessory pockets as well as an arrow pocket. The case was specifically designed for bows between 28 to 40 inches axle to axle but will accommodate rigs up to 42 inches axle to axle. The case and sling can be purchased separately.
For more information, visit www.bohning.com or call (231) 229-4247.
BowJax / Silence-Saver Dampener
The sound- and vibration-dampening experts at BowJax cooked up a new wonder – the Silence-Saver Dampeners ($10). Sold in packs of three and available in red, black and fluorescent green, these made-in-the-U.S.A. dampeners are super-soft and slide easily over your existing stabilizer to help tame noise and vibration.
For more information, visit www.bowjax.com or call (208) 762-3692.
Ozonics / HR-300
Featuring DriWash and Boost buttons, the all-new Ozonics HR-300 ($500) is the ultimate in human scent control and elimination. The DriWash mode, when used with Ozonics’ DriWash Bag, promises a good clothing cleanse. The Boost Mode is ideal for open-air environments like treestand and natural ground blind hunting. This mode emits a stronger dose of Ozone to help you get away with more than you should. In addition, Pulse Technology balances time and oxidant concentration to ensure the proper amount of ozone is deployed to effectively deodorize.
For more information, visit www.ozonicshunting.com or call (979) 285-2400.
BCY / #24 Two-Tone
Extend the longevity of your bow’s D-loop and give it a little flair with BCY’s (860-632-7115; www.bcyfibers.com) #24 Loop Rope ($18 50-foot spool) two-tone color options. Popular mixed color options are in stock, but if you don’t mind waiting up to seven days for your made-to-order pattern to arrive, the customization possibilities are endless. Preferred by serious bowhunters and competition archers around the globe, BCY #24’s stiff-braided polyester provides a consistent burn when installed to the bowstring.
For more information, visit www.bcyfibers.com or call (860) 632-7115.
Carbomask Waterfowl Pack
A grease-free face-paint option that goes on as easily as it comes off, Carbomask (855-897-6688; www.carbomask.com) has added a new trio of colors to its existing lineup. The Waterfowl Pack includes Shadow Black, Swamp Brown and Marshgrass Tan — perfect color blends for the waterfowler and bowhunter alike — and, like all Carbomask products, are 100 percent scent-free.
For more information, visit www.carbomask.com or call (855) 897-6688.
Bee Stinger Sport Hunter Counter Slide
Looking for that perfect option to offset the weight of your sight and quiver? One answer is Bee Stinger’s Sport Hunter Counter Slide stabilizer ($130). Designed for bowhunters and target shooters alike, the Sport Hunter is available in lengths of 10, 12 and 15 inches, and five one-ounce weights allow the shooter to customize weight. An easy-to-use sliding bracket ensures quick length and weight adjustment.
For more information, visit www.beestinger.com or call (866) 243-2444.
Pine Ridge Archery Kwik Stand Bow Support
Fitting limb widths between 1.28 and 3.14 inches, the Kwik Stand Bow Support ($20) from Pine Ridge Archery solves the won’t-fit-my-bow-stand dilemma and is ideal for tournament archery, ground blind hunting or just shooting in the backyard. The rubber jaws promise no-scratch bow comfort, and the adjustable legs improve balance points on less-than-even terrain.
For more information, visit www.pineridgearchery.com or call (877) 746-7434.
Tactacam / 4.0
Capture the hunt with the Tactacam 4.0 ($329). A quality camera that promises Ultra-HD 2.7K resolution and brilliantly clear video, this lightweight, compact beauty features an external battery indicator, 5X zoom and an ultra-sharp lens that captures the action even in subpar lighting conditions. Few things will check the shock-proof nature of a product like a blast from .50 caliber firearm, but the Tactacam 4.0 passed with flying colors. The 4.0 comes with a rechargeable cold-weather lithium battery that delivers up to two-and-a-half hours of recording time.
For more information, visit www.tactacam.com or call (844) 482-2822.
Hunter Safety System ElimiShield Scent Control Technology
Hunter Safety System has taken the next forward-thinking step in safety-vest evolution with the addition of ElimiShield Scent Control Technology. Available in four HSS vest models including the Hybrid, Elite, Crossbow and Contour ($130 to $160), ElimiShield is an odor-control product that produces a strong molecular chain of atoms that resembles a microscopic “bed of nails.” Piercing the cell walls of odor-causing bacteria, ElimiShield mechanically kills odor-causing bacteria. Testing has shown that ElimiShield, even after 50 washes, was 99 percent effective at controlling odors.
For more information, visit www.hssvest.com or call (256) 773-7732.
Cajun Bowfishing /The Winch
A name synonymous with bowfishing success, Cajun Bowfishing, unveils its new-for-2017 reel wonder. The Winch ($99) utilizes a Fighting Brake, which literally helps you “winch” the fish back to the boat with ease. This means quicker retrieves and fewer fish lost. The large bottle holds 25 yards of 250-pound test high-visibility line, and vertical and horizontal adjustments ensure an ideal reel-to-bow fit. Field-tested by some of the hardest-on-bowfishing-equipment men in the business and in a number of aquatic environments, the solid aluminum mounting brackets and stainless-steel hardware withstand maximum wear and tear.
For more information, visit www.cajunbowfishing.com or call (800) 694-9494.
Rinehart / Spot & Stalk Turkey Decoy
Just in time for spring and part of Rinehart’s new Doloma Decoy line, the Spot & Stalk Turkey Decoy ($130) gives run-and-gun bowhunters something more than a tail fan – it gives them a shield. The life-sized fake is hand-painted, and its foam construction makes transport through the turkey woods a breeze. The decoy comes with a manufactured turkey fan to add extra realism.
For more information, visit www.rinehart3d.com or call (608) 757-8153.
Sig Sauer / KILO850 and KILO1250
For 2017, Sig Sauer expands its popular rangefinder line to include the KILO850 and KILO1250 models ($240-$265 KILO850; $360-$385 KILO1250). Both feature immediate target read-back (.25 seconds) thanks to Lightwave DSP Technology, and HyperScan delivers four range readings per second. In addition, these rangefinders provide one-handed operation, measure in yards or meters, and sport angle-modified and line-of-sight distance-reading modes that are a breeze to toggle between. The KILO850 features a Transmissive LCD display, and the KILO1250 boasts a High Transmittance LCD display. The KILO850 ranges critters out to 600 yards and is fitted with a 4x20mm monocular. The KILO1250 provides accurate animal range out to 750 yards and is fitted with a 6x20mm monocular.
For more information, visit www.sigoptics.com or call (603) 610-3000.
Mystery Ranch / Quick Draw
A new bino harness that keeps your pricy glass protected and ready at a moment’s notice, the Quick Draw ($75) from Mystery Ranch is a great choice for those who prefer a harness-style bino system. 500 D Cordura fabric says “yes” to durability, and the MOLLE webbing on the bottom provides a bear spray/pistol holder. The magnetic buckle closure allows for one-handed flip-open access but also keeps the system locked down when closing the distance on your target animal. The side stretch woven pockets are ideal for a GPS or wind powder, and the zippered top-access compartment is great for securing smaller-sized gear. The unit tips the scales at just 10 ounces.
For more information, visit www.mysteryranch.com or call (406) 585-1428.
Stealth Cam / Ultra HD DS4K
From the minds at Stealth Cam comes the Ultra HD DS4K trail camera. Burst Mode allows you to set this 30MP high-resolution camera to capture between one and nine images per trigger, meaning you’ll be sure to get that buck hot on the trail of an estrous doe. Images should be crisp and clear thanks to 42 NO GLO IR Emitters and Matrix Advanced Blur Reduction. In addition, trigger speed has never been better via the less than .4-second Reflex Trigger, and the adjustable PIR lets you control detection range. For those looking to preserve battery life, dual image sensors provide four daytime resolutions and four nighttime resolutions.
For more information, visit www.stealthcam.com or call (877) 269-8490.
Big Game Butter / 8-Pound Buckets
Now under the umbrella of Arcus Hunting Brands, Big Game Butter will be available this spring in 8-pound buckets ($20) in flavors that include Peanut, Persimmon and Apple. For best results, simply remove the lid and shake this nutrient-packed attractant – which boasts 22 percent crude protein, 44 percent fat and 5 percent crude fiber – from the pail directly onto the ground in a single location.
For more information, visit www.biggamebutter.com or call (800) 624-5988.
Wind Pro / Mock Scrape System
Utilizing a golf-ball-shaped dispenser and 100 percent synthetic powder, Wind Pro’s Pro Mock Scrape System ($30) is a mess-free, sure-to-get-that-big-buck on camera, mock-scrape system. Just kick out the ground, spray the powder in and walk away. The powders are available in Dominant Buck and Doe Estrus varieties, allowing you to customize the smell of your scape to the time of year.
For more information, visit www.thewindpros.com or call (800) 400-1453.
Primos / Take Out Food Plot Clover Seed
Don’t have access to heavy equipment but want to develop a lush food plot on the back 40? Primos’ Take Out Food Plot Clover ($15) was specifically designed for those hard-to-reach low-till and no-till locations. Packed with protein, clover is a great year-round perennial food source.
For more information, visit www.primos.com or call (601) 879-9323.
Code Blue D/CODE
Relying on microscopic silver nanoparticles to destroy bacteria and other odor-causing sources, Code Blue’s new D/CODE ($5-$13) scent-control lineup gives hunters a full spectrum of scent-management options that include: laundry detergent, dryer sheets, body wash and shampoo, deodorant, field spray and field wipes.
For more information, visit www.codebluescents.com or call (844) 282-0455.
Fuse Archery / Blade Quick-Disconnect Quiver
Ambidextrous in design, Fuse’s Blade Quick-Disconnect Quiver ($70) is available in four- and six-arrow configurations and can be purchased in black or Realtree Xtra. The coolest part, though, is the quiver’s lightweight fit-tight-to-your-bow design — a design that promotes better balance and stability at full draw. Double Gripper arrow support ensures arrows stay safely in the quiver.
For more information, visit www.fusearchery.com or call (801) 363-2990.
Hunters Specialties / Rack-It
Taking on the look of a pitch-fork end or something an Orc would carry into a battle for Middle Earth, the new Rack-It ($15) from Hunter’s Specialties features four extending tines and wide, rigid grips. The sturdy grips and distance between the tines give you the ability to crash them together violently without bloodying the knuckles, and the two halves slip together perfectly for easy transport.
For more information, visit www.hunterspec.com or call (319) 395-0321.
Nikon / ARROW ID 7000 VR
Equipped with intuitive angle-compensating ID Technology — a technology that provides actual target distance in one mode and horizontal distance in another — the ARROW ID 7000 VR rangefinder ($400) is ideal for shooting on flat ground as well as extreme up- and downhill angles. Nikon didn’t stop there. This rangefinder is infused with Optical Vibration Reduction Technology. Yep, those moments when you’re resting your rangefinder on your bow’s top limb and shaking so bad you can’t get a clear range are over. You may still get the shakes, but a clearer image will remain. Ergonomic and compact, the ARROW ID 7000 offers ½-yard accuracy out to a distance of 700 yards.
For more information, visit www.nikonsportoptics.com or call (800) 645-6687.
Browning / Defender 850 Trail Camera
Browning’s Defender 850 ($240) delivers quality 20MP stills and captures full 1080p HD video as well. Equipped with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi functionality, the camera gives you the ability to control it without ever getting close to it. Simply walk to your woods, pair your Bluetooth, and view your images and control your settings from a distance. The unit’s Economy Mode increases battery life by up to 30 percent, while Blur Reduction Mode boosts the shutter speed to 1/40 of a second and extends the flash range to 100 feet.
For more information, visit www.browningtrailcameras.com or call (888) 618-4496.
Dead Down Wind / Natural Woods
Take on the smell of your home woods and fool the olfactory system of the brute you’re chasing with Natural Woods ($6 to $15) scent products from Dead Down Wind. Natural Woods products marry the proven, odor-eliminating enzymes traditionally used in DDW products with the calming scent of the outdoors. The foundation for the system starts with the laundry detergent and dryer sheets. Once in the field, hunters can apply the field spray.
For more information, visit www.deaddownwind.com or call (816) 421-4397.
Moultrie / S50i Trail Camera
A .3-second trigger speed and a 100-foot infrared flash range work in perfect harmony on Moultrie’s new S50i ($200) trail camera to ensure you never miss that buck of a lifetime. Capable of taking up to 28,000 images on a set of 12 AA batteries, the S50i is fitted with a 2-inch full-color display that lets you view
images right in the field. Compatible with the Moultrie Mobile scouting system, a system that gives you the ability to view pictures and videos on your mobile device, the S50i offers the best of both worlds. The camera captures 20MP stills and records video clips in 1080p HD.
For more information, visit www.moultrie.com or call (800) 653-3334.
Tink’s / Gel Stream Hot Shots
A new addition to the Tink’s Hot Shot line, Gel Stream Shots ($15) showcase Gel Stream Technology — a technology that shoots 10-foot streams of long-lasting scented gel. Available in #1 Doe-P Non-Estrous, #69 Doe-In-Rut Estrous and Trophy Buck Urine, these fit-easily-in-your-pack canisters are ideal for off-the-beaten-path excursions.
For more information, visit www.tinks.com or call (800) 624-5988.
Bushnell / Legend L Series
Taking Bushnell’s Legend Ultra HD Series to new heights, the new-for-2017 Legend L Series ($337-$420) of binoculars feature a soft-to-the-touch rubber housing, increased eyecup resistance, custom objective covers, a locking diopter and thumbhole cutouts. Keeping weight down while promising durability is the magnesium chassis, while the Rainguard HD coating keeps the binos working perfectly when Mother Nature is at her worst. ED Prime Glass provides amazing clarity and low-light viewing of game, and the PC-3 phase-coated prisms enhance the overall viewing experience.
For more information, visit www.bushnell.com or call (800) 423-3537.
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