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Hunting Gear

  • March 13, 2014

    Gear Review: GRAYL Filtration Cup

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    By Tim Romano

    I almost never pack water when going out on a fishing adventure, unless I absolutely have to. Be that a couple of hours out on my local trout creek or a multi-night wilderness backpacking trip. I feel there's simply no reason to lug the extra weight if the water I’m fishing is relatively clean.

    Instead, I choose to bring tablets, filter straws, or most frequently, bottles with filter straws like the Katadyn MyBottle Purifier. While these items DO get the job done, most just don't work well enough in my opinion. It takes an incredible amount of energy to suck just a tiny bit of water through the filter — never quite quenching your thirst if you're craving a couple of gulps of water. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2014

    7 Reasons Why a Machete is the Only Multitool You Really Need

    By Shane Townsend


    Photo by Gorman Studio

    If I could have only one tool, it’d be a machete. People around the world have long relied on the machete, kukri (shown here), and other close kin to hunt, fish, farm, build, process food, and fashion all types of tools. Every machete has at least seven smaller tools built into it. Your creativity and practice will unlock the full utility of each, but here’s a start. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 28, 2014

    Gear Review: Ghillie Kettle

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    By Tim Romano

    If you're the type of angler/hunter/camper that likes the idea of being able to boil water without relying on any fuel, go on extended fishing or hunting trips where the weight of fuel is an issue to carry, or just like the smell of wood smoke, the Ghillie Kettle might be for you.

    I started using one last fall. It’s basically a double-walled boiler with a chimney and is remarkably simple in its operation. It does the same thing any other backpacking stove does, only you don't need to carry any fuel. You just use small sticks, dried grass or any other combustibles that might be lying around to boil water. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 21, 2014

    Knife Review: The Spartan Harsey Difensa

    By David E. Petzal

    Spartan Blades, of whom I have written before, is a maker of very high quality tactical and survival knives. It was founded, and is run, by a pair of career Special Forces NCOs. Spartan had a booth at the SHOT Show, but it was so crowded with throat slitters and kidney stabbers who were admiring the goods that I didn’t have much of a chance at conversation and so I’m reviewing Spartan’s new knife a bit after the fact.

    It’s called the “Spartan,” because that’s who makes it, “Harsey,” because it’s designed by Bill Harsey, whose knives have won several Best of the Best awards, “Difensa,” which takes some explaining. The Difensa was designed for a Canadian special ops group which does fun things in the forests, and since they are Canadian, the knife takes its name from the First Special Service Force, which was a joint Canadian/US Army unit that served in World War II, and was comprised of some of the finest throat slitters and kidney stabbers to ever pull knives from sheaths. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 10, 2014

    US Olympic Ski Team Films from Treestands

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    By Scott Bestul

    It looks as though Lone Wolf Tree Stands have made their debut in Russia—via the gear bags of the U.S. Olympic ski team. While doing a morning Facebook check, I ran into this clip on the Minnesota Whitetail Alliance’s page.

    While it’s clearly not the best footage in the world, I’m fairly certain that’s a Lone Wolf Alpha Hang-On. 

    I found it fascinating that the team has strategically placed five of these stands along the downhill course, each manned by a coach with a camera to better film the team’s skiers. No word on whether the coaches are spotting any big game from their perches. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 6, 2014

    Reader Tip: How to Sharpen a Knife with a Coffee Cup

    By Phil Bourjaily

    In the second of our sporadic series of reader tips, here is one sent in by Hugh Bryan, who writes:

    "I have bought almost every knife sharpening tool and gimmick over the years (almost everything Dave Petzal has recommended).  Some have worked better than others. Unfortunately, they are seldom with me when my knife needs a quick touch up." [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 31, 2014

    New Rangefinder: Bushnell The Truth with ClearShot

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    By Dave Hurteau

     

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    Four years ago, peering through a screen of branches, I thought I saw a clear lane for sending a shaft into a decent New York buck. What I forgot to consider was that my arrow wouldn't follow the straight-line path my eye drew to the target, but would instead arc above my line of sight and then back down. 

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 28, 2014

    New Hunting Pack: Alps Outdoorz Crossfire

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    By The Editors

    Features are the name of the game when it comes to new hunting packs and Alps' Crossfire has plenty of them. It sports a vented mesh back panel, a frame system, and a detachable accessory pocket. It also features a gun or bow carrier, a blaze orange pack cover, and more compression straps than you'll need.

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  • January 28, 2014

    Bulletproof Seaduck Decoys: Greenhead Gear from Avery

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    By The Editors

    Seaduck decoys have come a long ways in the last few years, and these new dekes from Avery are the latest evolution. The Greenhead Gear decoys are foam-filled, which means they should be able to eat some steel and keep floating. As seaduck hunters know, their hunting gear is going to take a beating. This is especially true for decoys that draw in low-flying birds that often take more than one shell to kill. So, give these dekes a shot the next time you head out for seaducks.

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  • January 28, 2014

    Gear Test: Best Turkey Vests Under $40

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    By Scott Bestul


    Illustration by Jason Lee; Vests photos by Cliff Gardiner & John Keller

    Top-end turkey vests have pockets tailored for every call and gobbler gizmo known to man, and those Cadillac models tend to run $100 or more. But an increasing number of modern hunters are adopting a more minimalist approach. Do you really need to drop a C-note to tote your gear and sit in comfort while chasing spring gobblers? Can a simpler, less pricey model do the job? To find out, I tested four budget turkey vests for under $40—two go for under $30—to see how each meets the needs of today’s turkey hunter. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 27, 2014

    Great Budget Binoculars: Leupold BX-1 Yosemite and McKenzie

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    By The Editors

    This is one of the brand-new full-featured, roof prism binos we saw for well under $200. Again, this one has the phase-coated BaK-4 prism and fully multi-coated lenses; it’s also waterproof, rugged, comes in 8x42 or 10x42, and has a full lifetime warranty—all for around $150. But while we were looking for new bargains, we spotted an old friend, the Porro prism BX-1 Yosemite, which goes for around $75.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 27, 2014

    Gear Review: Big-Game Guides Field Test 4 Alpine Hunting Boots

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    By Slaton L. White


    Photograph by Dan Saelinger

    For the past few years, hunting boots have been shedding weight, getting lighter and slimmer. That's good news for guys who stalk in forgiving country, but big-game hunters who scale rugged, mountainous terrain need stout, sturdy footwear. Heavy-duty alpine boots provide serious ankle support and commonly feature a rand (a rubber or plastic strip that protects the heel and toe) for extra toughness. We asked four Western big-game guides to spend an entire season wearing these four versions—which range in height from 7 to 10 inches and weigh around 4 pounds—to determine which boot is king of the mountain. (Scroll to bottom for test panel info.) [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 27, 2014

    Buck Marksman: New Tactical Folding Knife

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    By The Editors

    This new knife from Buck is being marketed as 'tactical' but it could just as easily find its home in a hunter's pack. It has an aluminum handle and a blade of 154CM steel. The most interesting feature on this new knife is the locking system. This system makes the knife very strong and allows it open quickly. It will retail for about $125.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 24, 2014

    SOG Zoom: New Assisted-Opening Knife

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    By The Editors

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    It's not a switch blade, but you can definitely open the new SOG Zoom with one hand. The 4-inch, drop-point blade is made of AUS steel and the handle is made of aluminum. The safety is designed to keep the knife from opening in your pocket. It will retail for about $100. [ Read Full Post ]

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