Hunting Gear & Apparel
Hunting Gear & Apparel
Gear and apparel for the hunt.
Crisp mornings, bright and sunny afternoons, occasional rainshowers, cool nights with the blankets pulled tight – autumn has arrived. And with it comes hunting season: that long-anticipated, hallowed trimester that never lasts long enough. Whether it's upland birds or big game, the gear and apparel below will help outfit you for many fine days afield.
For day trips, there's no need to go too heavy with shoes – the days are still warm, and amphibious footwear yet reigns. The Baffin Amazon performs on-trail and off, dry land or water. The ventilated mesh provides breathability, special channels drain water, and a grid keeps out the grit. It fits nice, too – the Amazon is basically a sandal with protection. Wear it as long as the weather holds out and don't worry about avoiding streams or swamps – just push on through. $75; baffin.com.
Victorinox Swiss Army Hunter Pro
A simple knife with clean lines and a solid, ergonomic feel, the Hunter Pro from Swiss Army is all the knife you need. The stout 4-inch blade opens easily with one hand and the hard plastic handle takes a beating. At 5.7 ounces, this knife may be a bit on the heavy side, but it feels good in the hand – like any good hunk of steel should. $80; swissarmy.com.
Headlamps may have ascended to the throne of personal illumination devices, but tactical flashlights are lighting up the market lately – they're super bright, they can take a beating, and are way more versatile. Take the TT3 by TerraLUX, which offers adjustable output (three settings: 4, 60, and 250 lumens), a dual button tail switch, and a strobe for emergency situations. Thin and streamlined, this light holds tight to your waist or stashes small in your pack. It's also waterproof and can withstand full immersion for four hours. In-the-box accessories include lanyard, pocket clip, and spare parts. $110; terraluxportable.com.
Lowa Tibet GTX Hi
As the fall wanes, pick up the Tibet GTX Hi from Lowa and head to the high country. With its 9-inch height, this burly backpacking boot protects your feet from impact and keeps your ankles from rolling over, all while keeping you warm and snug on those cold autumn mornings. The earthy green exterior blends in and a thick rand deflects stones and sharp branches. Excellent traction means you can clamber up steep mountainsides, while a snug, comfy fit keeps your dogs from barking regardless of how many miles you cover. The boot is also waterproof, so rain and snow won't slow you down. $380; lowaboots.com.
Brooks-Range Cloak 15
This is basically a "sleeping blanket" – a sleeping bag with the bottom cut off. Stash it in your pack for early- and mid-season hunting, so you can chase elk through the mountains all day and bed down wherever you end up. Combine it with a lightweight sleep pad (an integrated sleeve holds it in place) and it becomes a modern-day version of the cowboy bedroll. With 800-fill goose down, it'll keep you toasty to 15 degrees. $370; brooks-range.com.
Gone are the days of hunting in a red flannel shirt – camo is all the rage, with dozens of different patterns covering everything from backpacks to long underwear. To take it to the next level, get some CamoBands and make like a native, strapping grass and plants to your body. Soft plastic harnesses affix to your arms and legs, and elastic straps hold whatever natural camo you can find. Definitely overkill for most hunting situations, but for bowhunting super-wary whitetails, breaking up your bipedal outline can mean the difference between meat in the freezer and a flapping white flag disappearing into the trees. Full system includes a matching ballcap. $90; camobands.com.
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