Early Walkers
Warm-weather hiking boots and shoes Happy feet will keep you hunting longer. So don't lug hefty "all-season-¿ boots into the warm early-season deer woods. Instead, keep your feet cool with lightweight, breathable models. Here are six great choices in three popular and useful styles: Columbia Tigertooth
($80; 503-985-4000; columbia.com)
The look of the new Tigertooth says running shoe, but a seriously sticky tread and airy suede-and-mesh construction make this a low-cut, non-waterproof option ideal for scouting or hunting in hot, dry conditions. Field & Stream Online Editors
Montrail Stratos XCR
($130; 206-621-9303; montrail.com)
To keep your feet cool and dry, the waterproof Stratos has generous vents and interior mesh. Its midrise profile provides good ankle support over rough terrain. Field & Stream Online Editors
Browning 10-inch Kangaroo Featherweight
($249; 800-438-7026; browningfootwear.com) Thin but strong kangaroo-leather uppers and sharkskin toe protectors make these boots both attractive and tough. A Gore-Tex lining repels water, and removable Dryz inserts move foot moisture into a gel within the insole. Field & Stream Online Editors
Irish Setter Aero Tracker
($149; 888-738-8370; irishsetterboots.com)
Designed especially for active hunting in warm weather, the Tracker’s eight nylon-screened “airmesh-¿ panels vent heat without sacrificing waterproofing. A 10-inch leather upper and toothy treads combine support and traction with tennis-shoe comfort. Field & Stream Online Editors
Cabela’s Dura-Trax
($80; 800-237-4444; cabelas.com)
Rubber-coated neoprene uppers make the Dura-Trax lighter (2¿¿ pounds each) than traditional models. Aggressive lugs bite hard on slippery turf but shed mud quickly, and a snug ankle-lock fit tames boot-sucking bogs. Field & Stream Online Editors
Muck Boot Co. Muckmaster
($90; 877-438-6825; muckbootcompany.com)
Lighter still at just over 2 pounds each, the Muckmaster employs the same grippy sole as the company’s popular Woody Max field boot but has a 17-inch waterproof upper made of ultralight CR foam. Rubber extends halfway up the boot, and an elastic cuff provides a calf-hugging fit. Field & Stream Online Editors
Bow Hunting Guide: 2006
Buy the Right Gear
If you need bow hunting gear, this is the right place to start. We’ve got reviews and field test reports on the latest bows, boots, broadhead, tree stands, and more.
Gear Review: New bows for 2006 We test six new bows from Hoyt, Matthews, PSE, Diamond, Bear, and Reflex, and break down the pros and cons of each. If you’re shopping for a bow this season, read this article. Click here for the story
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The Best New Boots for Bow Hunters Happy feet will keep you hunting longer. So don’t lug hefty “all-season-¿ boots into the warm early-season deer woods. Instead, keep your feet cool with lightweight, breathable models. Here are six great choices. Click here for the story
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The Best Broadheads of 2006 A bad broadhead can cost you a deer when a broadside animal takes a step quartering toward you just as you shoot, when your arrow nicks a rib on its way to the vitals, or when you make a slightly shaky shot. These six models, when used correctly, should help you avoid these problems. Click here for the story
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Tree Stands: This year’s best fixed-position models Fixed-position stands have not been considered particularly stealthy in the past, but today’s portable hang-ons, with vastly improved fastening systems, can be put up in virtual silence. Here are six great models: Click here for the story
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Gear Review: Two high-tech solutions to cold blood trails The Gerber Carnivore uses LED lights to make old blood appear brighter in low light. The Game Finder scans the woods for your downed deer’s body heat. Keith McCafferty reviews both. Click here for the story
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