Weird New Products From The 2007 SHOT Show

Weird Gear from Shot Show 2007
Golden Retriever
Drop something out of your treestand? Lower the Golden Retriever to within a few inches of the fallen item, drop it, and the hook snaps shut, like that claw in arcades. Only problem is, picking up fallen gear from 10 feet in the air is way more fun than sitting still. Hunter's Golden Retriever (207)-469-1900;huntersgoldenretriever.com
Jaime Santa
Weird Gear from Shot Show 2007
Hunter's Specialties Butt Out
Here's one of those little products that made the big time. Hunter's Specialties bought the "Deer-e-ere" from its northwoods inventor and re-dubbed it the "Butt Out." It does exactly what its name suggests, making one of the trickier parts of field dressing a breeze. Stick it in, twist, and tie. Hunter's Specialties Butt Out (800)-728-0321; hunterspec.com
Jaime Santa
Weird Gear from Shot Show 2007
Big Bobber
"SHOT-¿ stands for Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade Show, but every once in a while a fishing product sneaks in. The Big Bobber holds 12 cans plus ice, and it floats next to your boat. The uses are endless. Actually, it only has one use: keeping beer cold, but that's more than enough. Big Bobber (406)-892-3070; bigbobberfloatingcooler.com
Jaime Santa
Weird Gear from Shot Show 2007
Repell-Em Trash Bag
These stout trashbags and tablecloths are impregnated with non-toxic chemicals that are supposed to repel everything from ants to raccoons. I tested the Repell-Em on my setter, and he didn't like the smell at all. If it works as well on other critters, it will change camping and picnics forever. Repell-Em Trash Bag (631)-273-3992; repellem.com
Jaime Santa
Weird Gear from Shot Show 2007
A-Way Scent Web
How's this for a concept? Scented Silly String. Shoot food and estrus scents up to 15 feet away from your stand, where it hangs from branches or forms trails on the ground. Each aerosol can contains 300 feet of "She-Heat,-¿ "Scrape Venom-¿ or "Vanilla/acorn.-¿ A-Way Scent Web (989)-435-3879; awayhunting.com
Jaime Santa
Weird Gear from Shot Show 2007
360 Hunting LLC Deer Silhouette
You've seen the five-legged buck on the website; here's a four-headed doe. Two corrugated plastic sheets go together to form a stand-up "Chernobyl-¿ deer. It's light, it folds for transport, and actually looks like two does feeding when you set it up. 360 Hunting LLC Deer Silhouette (803)-632-4246
Jaime Santa
Weird Gear from Shot Show 2007
Hunter's Edge TransFan
File this one under "crazy enough it might just work-¿. The TransFan pops open just like a ladies' fan. It spins and ruffles on its stake in the breeze and might be the ticket to bring dominant gobblers running. If not, you can use it to keep yourself cool. Hunter's Edge TransFan (229)-248-6228; hunters-edge.com
Jaime Santa
Weird Gear from Shot Show 2007
LAW Rocket Shoulder Mounted Potato Rocket Launcher
Don't want to make your own spud gun? This replica of the military's Light Antitank Weapon from Power Extreme products shoots spuds or soft rockets using hairspray as a propellant. LAW Rocket Shoulder Mounted Potato Rocket Launcher (312)-543-1202
Jaime Santa
Weird Gear from Shot Show 2007
Expedite Quiver Critter
I can't look at the Quiver Critter without thinking of the groundhog in "Caddyshack-¿ but predators will see it as "lunch.-¿ Actually, it's a rabbit, not a groundhog, and it twists and spins on a tall stake that keeps it up high for added visibility. Expedite Quiver Critter (715)-381-2935; edgebyexpedite.com
Jaime Santa
Weird Gear from Shot Show 2007
Boar Hunter Magazine 3-in-1 Multi-Grunt
If you don't have feral hogs in your woods yet, you will soon. They're spreading across the country fast. "Soooeeee-¿ won't call these hogs. You need to squeal like a pig to bring them in. Boar Hunter Magazine produces a line of calls and (phew) pig scents. Boar Hunter Magazine 3-in-1 Multi-Grunt (888)-297-2627; boarhuntermagazine.com
Jaime Santa