Seaduck decoys have come a long ways in the last few years, and these new dekes from Avery are the latest evolution. The Greenhead Gear decoys are foam-filled, which means they should be able to eat some steel and keep floating. As seaduck hunters know, their hunting gear is going to take a beating. This is especially true for decoys that draw in low flying birds that often take more than one shell to kill. So, give these dekes a shot the next time you head out for seaducks.
This is one of the brand-new full-featured, roof prism binos we saw for well under $200. Again, this one has the phase-coated BaK-4 prism and fully multi-coated lenses; it’s also waterproof, rugged, comes in 8x42 or 10x42, and has a full lifetime warranty—all for around $150. But while we were looking for new bargains, we spotted an old friend, the Porro prism BX-1 Yosemite, which goes for around $75. If you think you can’t get decent binos for so little money, you need to look through these. In the past, Porros fell out of favor for being too big and clunky, but that’s not what you get here. The Yosemite gives you an incredible-for-the-price image in a quite compact package. It comes in 6x30, 8x30, and 10x30, be we especially love the 6x for its big field of view and bright picture—perfect for bowhunting or for still-hunting the big woods, where you don’t need a lot of magnification.
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.
Introducing a sub-gauge shotgun seemed to be a theme among firearm makers at SHOT Show this year. And, this new Weatherby was one of our favorites. The SA-08 28-gauge Deluxe only weighs 5.5 pounds and handles beautifully. Don't think a 28-gauge has enough killing power? Let this new semiautomatic prove you wrong … it will retail for about $850.
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.
What with long range being all the rage, there is no shortage of tactical rifles, but this is one of the less weird, more versatile ones. The MMR can serve as a beanfield gun, terminate the careers of coyotes, compete in F-Class matches … or even shoot tactically.
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.
Bergara custom rifles out of Duluth, Georgia are bound to make noise in the precision rifle market in 2013. Bergara will offer a semi-custom line offering four rifles that can be modified to customers' specifications. The company, of course, is also offering fully customizable rifles.
Optician Frank Robertson explains how to select the proper lens tint for your shooting glasses. For bright days Robertson suggests a purple lenses. For cloudy days use vermillion and for low-light conditions use light yellow. Here's why.