Most Practical Gear for Bowhunting
Bowhunting, at least as far as many hobbies go, isn't all that
expensive of a pastime. That's not to say that you can't blow
a fortune on gear or hunts. It's all too easy to max your credit
card on, as my wife puts it, "all that stuff!" And
what's really sad about the money we spend on this sport, responsibly
or otherwise, is that it in no way guarantees we'll be more successful
While I'm pretty
frugal when it comes to going on hunts (read that as my wife
won't let me go on many hunts), I love to buy new gear. But,
I try to buy only the most practical equipment. (I point this
out to my wife constantly so that she might realize how much
money I'm saving. That way I can afford to go on more hunts.)
Of course, it's not always easy to tell what's practical until
you actually use it... or until you hear from someone you trust
about how well the equipment worked for them.
So to that end, what
follows below is my New & Practical Gear List for 1998.
This is equipment I've tested and put on my "must have"
list. I believe this gear is also worth your examination. It
may make your life a little easier in the field and help you
fill your tag... at least as much as it's possible for gear to
& Ultra-Max Bows (Mathews Archery)
- Mathews newest
bows are amazing. They're fast, yet unlike many speed-bows, very
accurate, smooth and have very little recoil (especially the
MQ-1). And on top of all of this, Mathews bows are easy to take
care of because they're one-cam systems.
- This beautiful
bow is by far one of the smoothest drawing, most forgiving and
fastest recurve I have ever shot.
- Predator Traditional
Archery, PO Box 68, Hale, MI 48739, 517-728-4231.
ATB & Mountaineer II ATB Binoculars
- There's no reason
to spend a fortune on European binoculars with these beauties
from Nikon around. Both models feature extremely clear and bright,
multi-coated optics. These binoculars are also armored and waterproof.
- Carbon Tech makes
extraordinarily consistent, strong and accurate all-carbon arrows,
and they're offered in several grades to fit your needs and budget.
The component choices are outstanding, and the fit of the components
- Carbon Tech, 9050
Ranchview court, Elk Grove, CA 95624, 916-755-3622
"Leveler" Platform and "Trophy Chair"
- Get the most
bang for your treestand buck here. By buying two or more Leveler
Platforms and one Trophy Chair, you can hang several stands and
carry the seat to whichever site you hunt. This chair is extremely
comfortable, and is about the only one I'll spend all day in.
Climbing Safety Systems
- This system is
easy to use and very well thought out. It keeps you safe while
going up the tree, putting up the stand, getting in the stand,
sitting in the stand, and on the way back down. Reasonably priced,
and a true bargain at any price considering the cost of falling
out of a tree.
- Cranford Manufacturing
Co., Inc., 1927 Junction Road, Mocksville, NC 27028, 800-307-8588
- Scent-Lok suits
do work. They're not absolutely fool-proof, but they're more
than worthwhile in the field. This is especially true now that
there's camo Scent-Lok which should be great for warm weather
hunting in that you just need one layer of clothing now. The
camo version of this odor-eating suit is also perfect is for
when you want to layer a Scent-Lok liner underneath for the ultimate
in scent elimination.
- ALS Enterprises,
821Western Ave, Muskegon, MI 49441, 616-725-6181 also our 1 800
number is 1-800-315-5799.
Odor Elimination System
- This is the best
product I've found to eliminate odors on clothing and gear (stuff
that a Scent-Lok suit can't cover). The D-Scent System includes
hair and body wash, clothes wash, and spray for use in the field.
Developed by a chemist, the active ingredients truly trap odors
and prevent them from spreading to the nose of your prey.
PO Box 32, Fostoria, IA 51340, 712-332-5072
- No backwoods
tool kit should be without this superb miniature bow press. It's
bullet-proof, fits all lengths of bows (adaptable for split-limb
models) and is easily carried.
3137 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55408, 800-438-9851
I hope this column doesn't afflict you with the "Gotta Have
It" syndrome. But if it does... just tell your wife how
practical this stuff is. And by the way, please let me know about
your experiences with these products. firstname.lastname@example.org I'm always happy to talk
with another "gear hound."