First Look: Hot New Hunting and Fishing Gear
Avian-X Strutter Decoy $120; avian-x.com. Outside of taxidermy decoys, Avian-X LCD inflatable turkey decoys are as realistic as it gets–just...
Avian-X Strutter Decoy
$120; avian-x.com. Outside of taxidermy decoys, Avian-X LCD inflatable turkey decoys are as realistic as it gets–just what you need when trying to fool late-season longbeards wary of rubber-chicken lookalikes. This new strutter works with a real fan, weighs 4.8 pounds, and comes with a carrying bag for run-and-gun hunting. It’s 15 percent smaller than your average real tom, too, making it less intimidating to subordinate birds. Hey, some of us like to shoot jakes. —Will Brantley
$80; cortlandline.com. If your garage looks anything like mine, you need an easy way to organize all your dries, nymphs, and streamers. The FlyPad is a modular fly-storage system that holds eight trays of flies. A waterproof, low-profile fly box is strapped into a recess on the side. When you’re ready to fish, grab the tray you need, snap it into the box, and you’re ready to go. The ventilated FlyPad allows wet flies to air dry, and you can purchase extra fly boxes or trays configured to hold all different kinds of flies. —Joe Cermele
Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Package
$399; diamondarchery.com. This new compound takes the recent trend of increased adjustability to a new level, with an industry-first draw-weight range of 5 to 70 pounds. The draw-length adjustability is likewise impressive, from 13 to 30 inches, with no need to change cams or mods. Lightweight and handy, the bow weighs just 3.1 pounds and measures 31 inches from axle to axle. It’s a perfect beginner’s bow that comes ready to shoot. —Dave Hurteau
Ol’Man the Drone Climbing Stand
$399; olmanoutdoors.com. The new Drone is the only climbing stand that lets you adjust the length of both cables–and thus the angle of both platforms–as you climb, with your full weight on the stand. This is a real breakthrough. An easy-to-turn crank gives you 5 full inches of adjustment for each cable, which means you’ll never have to stand or sit on another awkwardly inclined or declined platform or seat again. —D.H.
Patagonia Rio Gallegos Zip-Front Waders
$599; patagonia.com. Yes, they’re pricey, but the waterproof zipper is innovative, totally leakproof in my testing, and (speaking of leaks) extremely useful at certain critical times. The real appeal of these breathable waders is that they wear like work pants. The fabrics are durable, but the layering and seams are designed for easy range of motion, even when you have heavy base layers underneath. —Kirk Deeter
T-Reign Pliers and ProSheath
$80; t-reignoutdoor.com. Do you want better than dollar-store needle-nose, but don’t want to drop a few hundo on top-shelf pliers? Check out T-Reign’s new pliers and ProSheath. I got a sneak preview of this combo, which you’ll see on store shelves soon, and liked the built-in split-ring opener, replaceable tungsten carbide cutters, and light aluminum body. The sheath seems well made, and the built-in retractor, which quickly detaches if you don’t want to use it, is a nice touch. –_J.C.
From the May, 2013 issue of Field & Stream_