Features are the name of the game when it comes to new hunting packs and Alps' Crossfire has plenty of them. It sports a vented mesh back panel, a frame system, and a detachable accessory pocket. It also features a gun or bow carrier, a blaze orange pack cover, and more compression straps than you'll need. This should make for a solid day pack for any type of big-game hunter. Expect it to retail for about $90 to $100.
This new knife from Buck is being marketed as 'tactical' but it could just as easily find its home in a hunter's pack. It has an aluminum handle and a blade of 154CM steel. The most interesting feature on this new knife is the locking system. This system makes the knife very strong and allows it open quickly. It will retail for about $125.
This 4-inch, drop-point knife from SOG was one of the most innovative products of SHOT Show. It has a stainless steel blade and and an injection-molded handle. But the most intriguing feature is the 6 LED lights that give you 90 minutes of burn time. If you've ever found your deer after dark just as your headlamp batteries were dying, you'll fully appreciate the intelligent design of the SOG Bladelight Hunt.
It's not a switch blade, but you can definitely open the new SOG Zoom with one hand. The 4-inch, drop-point blade is made of AUS steel and the handle is made of aluminum. The safety is designed to keep the knife from opening in your pocket. It will retail for about $100.
Nightforce was able to keep the costs down on its new SHV (Shooter, Hunter, Varminter) by utilizing simpler controls, employing a less complex manufacturing process, and by reducing the overbuilding that goes into their tactical scopes. The SHV will stand up to any kind of sane treatment, but you can’t break rocks with it, or chock truck tires, or beat recalcitrant mules, as you can with the higher-priced Nightforces.
The Swedish Morakniv is as sharp as a razor. The clip-point blade is anodized to prevent rusting and the handle is made of injection-molded polypropylene and provides a positive grip. It comes with a sturdy sheath and an incredible price of only $80. We dare you to find a better all-around knife for the money.
The biggest piece of news coming out of acquisition of Bushnell Group Holdings by ATK is that there isn’t much news here. Yes, big fish get eaten by even bigger fish and in the last year ATK has swallowed a couple sizeable morsels in the outdoor industry, first with the acquisition of Savage Arms and now with Bushnell and its family of brands.
With so many brand’s under the ATK umbrella (see list below) it isn’t unreasonable to worry that after a few rounds of tequila shots that the board of directors could sink the entire outdoors industry with an ill-timed investment in bitcoins or gluten futures.
Elk are big, rugged animals that deserve respect. Underestimate them at your peril. You need a rifle that is as tough and sturdy as they are, that launches a sufficiently large bullet, and that won’t let you down when the conditions go to hell—as often happens in the mountains.
In a move to catch up with the next generation of shooters, Big Green has taken on technology from TrackingPoint to develop the Remington 2020 Digital Optic system. The heart of the system is a digital scope that inputs values in distance, temperature, elevation, inclination, and other environmental factors to calculate the proper hold (the shooter must enter a wind value).
The system is essentially the same as the TrackingPoint precision guided rifle that Shooting Editor John B. Snow reviewed except for two major points: 1) the system does not have the precision guided trigger which can be used to release the shot when the shooter is on target; 2) it's significantly less expensive. The entire Remington system, including a rifle, case, and 300 rounds of ammunition, has an MSRP that starts at $5,449. I'll leave field testing and the ethical discussion about applications for this technology for a later date. For right now, here's a quick look at what the Remington 2020 does.
I recently got this question from an OutdoorLife.com reader Kyle Turner:
"What is thought to be the minimum foot-pounds of energy required to dispatch anything from whitetail deer to moose humanely and ethically?"
The most common figure thrown around when hunters discuss the energy required to ethically kill a whitetail is 1,000 ft.-lb. By this logic, at 1,000 ft.-lb. and above, you’re being ethical; your shot becomes questionable when the energy drops below this level. The problem here is that energy isn’t what kills an animal, making this line of reasoning nearly irrelevant.