Gerber Gator Premium Fixed Drop Point Knife
$146 / gerbergear.com
I’ve used a lot of knives over the years while deer hunting, and while they’ve all done the job, very few of them have actually wowed me. That is, until I got my hands on Gerber’s new Gator Premium Drop Point knife this fall. Right out of the packaging this knife felt balanced in the hand and could shave off a fingernail. Since then, I’ve cleaned three deer with my Premium and the razor-sharp blade made of high-grade CPM-S30V steel made quick work of each, while staying solidly in-hand thanks to Gerber’s renowned rubberized Gator Grip.
$15 / nosejammer.com
I was thoroughly a skeptic when I first heard about Nose Jammer, but relentless testimony from serious deer hunting friends eventually led me to give this scent control product a try last fall. And since that first test, I haven’t headed into the woods without a can. As proclaimed by the manufacturer, when sprayed on your boots and tree, Nose Jammer works by essentially “jamming” up a deer’s sense of smell and keeping them from being able to parse out exactly what they might be smelling. The secret to its power seems to be the use of vanillin, which is a naturally occurring compound that overwhelms the olfactory system of a deer
Sitka Celcius Shacket
$199 / sitkagear.com
Sitka Gear’s latest insulation piece at first might seem a bit wonky. A t-shirt jacket? But after learning the thought-process behind the product and giving it a try, I can now attest to its value. Filled with PrimaLoft Silver Hi-Loft insulation that covers your whole upper-body except your lower arms, the Shacket provides incredible warmth, while still providing the flexibility and comfort of a vest. On top of that, a diagonal zipper allows for a kangaroo hand-warming pocket that is a must-have for any bow hunter who appreciates toasty fingers without having to wear huge gloves.
Comfort Zone Tree Umbrella/Ground Blind
$20 / dickssportinggoods.com
Rain, sleet and snow, while uncomfortable to hunt in, can also really get the deer moving. But with a high quality tree umbrella, those long soggy sits can be a thing of the past. The Comfort Zone Tree Umbrella is just that and represents a significant jump in quality over past umbrella brands. With a substantially more sturdy screw-in base and a smartly designed elastic band to secure the umbrella into place, the Comfort Zone is a dependable tool for those looking to hunt on bad-weather days. On top of all that, the umbrella’s design also allows it to double duty as a ground blind.
Stic-N-Pic Original Trail Camera Stand
$45 / sticnpic.com
Most trail camera users can relate to the stress of trying to find the right tree in the right spot for their camera, but those days are quickly fading. With a Stic-N-Pic trail camera stand, hunters can find the perfect place for their cameras and not have to worry at all about trees. With several points of adjustment, steel construction and sturdy tripod design, this trail camera stand can be placed just about anywhere and tweaked to provide whatever angle or camera view is desired. It’s perfect for getting trail camera pictures in food plots, ag fields or CRP.
Redneck Blinds Portable Hunting Chair
$99 / redneckblinds.com
Chairs are a dime a dozen, but the new Portable Hunting Chair from Redneck Blinds takes things up a notch for the serious ground- or box-blind deer hunter. With a well-padded back and seat, this chair provides plenty of comfort for long sits in the blind, but a swiveling seat cushion, allowing for infinite shot angles, really sets it apart. Additionally, the feet of the chair legs are designed to allow you to easily lean forward with the chair, if necessary, while also providing a level purchase on uneven terrain. Finally, the chair is fully adjustable and folds down nicely to transport via a shoulder strap.
Celestron Elements FireCel
$40 / celestron.com
This little guy works as a hand warmer, LED light, and phone charger. I’ve been using one all deer season (mostly as a hand warmer because I try to keep my phone time to a minimum while on stand) and it heats up frozen fingers in a hurry. It gets much warmer than the chemical hand warmers and if you get chilled, you can tuck it in an inside shirt or vest pocket and stay in the hunt. It provides continuous heat for three hours, but you don’t need to run it continuously, just flip it on when your hands start to get cold. If you forget your headlamp, it also serves as a fine backup light. Just recharge it each night and it will be ready to go for your morning hunt.
— Alex Robinson
Alps Outdoorz Big Bear
$90 / outdoorz.alpsbrands.com
I hunted with the Big Bear on a Saskatchewan whitetail hunt and it just might be the perfect pack for deer hunters. It’s really two packs in one: a fanny pack for when you want to go lighter, and the fanny pack extends to a large day pack (2700 total cubic inches). Like most Alps packs, it has thoughtful design and extra pockets where you need them.
Bushnell Legend L Series Binocular 8X42
$336 / bushnell.com
The L series binocular has hung around my neck for an elk hunt, and a couple pothole jumping missions, but I appreciated it most while sitting in a treestand this fall. These binoculars offer a killer bargain (the M Series won our 2015 Optics Test Great Buy award) and the L Series is even one price point lower. Features include ED Prime glass, locking eyepiece diopter, and RainGuard HD water-repellent coatings. This binocular is a great option for any deer hunter who doesn’t need a $900 optic and won’t to spend hours on end glassing, but still wants a great binocular at first and last light that will feel comfortable in-hand all day long.
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