You may have noticed that the September issue cover story, "Deer Hunting in the Real World," included a large sidebar called "Hunt for Years on $2,000." In it, I wrote that the 12 bargain gear items featured (all totalling less the 2K) "are either very good or shockingly good for the price and will keep you in the game for seasons to come. How do I know? I've tested almost every one." As is increasingly the case in print media, there wasn't space for me to elaborate, so I'll do it here, starting with the most fundamental of hunting implements: The things you shoot.