Setting up a spread of decoys seems simple enough, but experienced hunters know that variables like frozen ground, diverse soil conditions and divergent decoy styles can result in a laborious task that takes hours.
So Avian-X, which has been been making fine waterfowl decoys since 2011, has developed a better way to handle decoys, called the X-Stand.
Each stand holds four full-body decoys and is made of powder-coated steel, allowing easy storage and transport and rapid placement and pickup. Drilling and hammering of motions stakes is eliminated, even on frozen ground.
The list price for a set of six X-stands is $159.99. For more information, go online to avian-x/com.
A Speed Load Tactical model knife has been introduced by Browning for 2017. The new knife features a folding liner lock blade with four replaceable 420J2 stainless steel razor blade inserts. The four inserts include one partially serrated drop point, one modified tanto, one modified sheepsfoot and one standard utility blade. A handy feature of the Speed Load Tactical knife is that it will accept any replacement blade for a common utility knife, easily purchased at most hardware stores.
The handle is sculpted black G-10 scales with anti-skid grooves on rear of handle. The knife also features a steel pocket clip, thumb stud and rugged flapped nylon belt sheath with polymer hard case insert for storing extra blades.
Overall length is 7-5/8” and blade length is 3-1/4”.
Suggested Retail, $39.99.
For more information on Browning products, please visit the website at www.browning.com.
Ridgemont’s Outback II boot is now available in an auburn and red color for men or women.
The low-rise Outback II is comfortable out to dinner, at a skate park or on the trail.
Edgy, comfortable, lightweight and designed to stand up in any environment, the Outback II is constructed of durable 2mm waxed full-grain leather, waxed cotton canvas, a bespoke open cell insole and a 100 percent rubber, lugged vulcanized outsole.
A lockstitch side seam offers a secure outsole bond, and the BiFit composite lasting board means durability, comfort and improved flex in the forefoot. Water-repellent coating is added.
Outback II lists for $135 and was selling for $95 at shopus.ridgemontoutfitters.com.
Bloodsport’s Gravedigger hybrid mechanical broadhead has inspired confidence in bowhunters since its 2011 debut. It flies straight, penetrates deep and cuts wide channels. The Night Fury head is known as the most accurate mechanical available with its penetrating chisel tip and pair of cutting blades.
Bloodsport is now offering Extreme versions of both. On Gravedigger Extreme, the cutting diameter of the fixed blades is extended from 1” to 1.25” and the cutting diameter of the cross-opening, curved mechanical blades goes from 1.75” to 2.25”. Night Fury Extreme increases its overall cutting diameter from 1.875” to 2.25”.
Ideal for both compounds and crossbows, the no-fail Gravedigger Extreme and Night Fury Extreme require no fussing with rubber bands or O-rings. Bloodsport’s blade retention system controls deployment of the mechanical cutting blades inside the target.
A small, threaded set pin controls tension on the expanding blades, giving the hunter full control and adjustability based on arrow velocity and the game being hunted.
Extreme broadheads are sold in packs of three, listing for $39.99. Go online to bloodsportarchery.com.
The Buck Hunter 101 knife is a fixed, full-tang version of its classic 110 Golding Hunter, providing a sturdy option for hunters who need a clip-point, fixed-blade knife.
The handle is the classic Macassar Ebony Dymondwood with brass bolster. Made in the U.S., the 101 weighs 5.1 ounces and has a 420HC stainless steel blade 3.75” long and .12” thick plus a leather sheath.
The blade material has the wear resistance of high carbon alloys plus the corrosion resistance of chromium stainless steels – and it’s easy to sharpen.
Its crescent tip makes the blade thinner with a sharper point, providing control for detail work, cutting in tight places and intentional punctures.
The Buck Hunter 101 lists for $100 and can be seen online at bucknives.com.
Heat Holders USA offers performance thermal wear for men, women and children. Heat Holders socks are produced using a three-stage knitting process that will keep feet warm like no other socks.
The range includes men’s original thermal socks ($15.99) available in sizes 7-12 and in a choice of 10 colors. The ladies’ collection starts at $9.99 (for ankle socks) with a range of styles and colors.
Kids’ sizes start from age three upwards with a choice of character styles available ($14.99) including the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Disney Princess, Frozen and Minions.
For more information and to see other products, go online to heatholders.com.
Flextone’s new Bone Bag is the most versatile and convenient rattlin’ option a hunter can carry into the woods. Bone Bag creates loud and realistic antler sounds that attract the attention of all deer and bring big bucks running.
Real or synthetic rattling antlers can be cumbersome. Hunters looking for a highly portable and packable rattlin’ option should check out the Bone Bag, which uses premium hardwoods of maple and oak in a mesh fabric bag to create rattlin’ sounds with maximum, unrestricted volume.
Bone Bag can be operated with a single hand to simulate the light sparring of young bucks early in the season, or two-handed to mimic aggressive, mature buck fights during the pre-rut and primary rut periods. It features an extended cord for easy access.
Flextone’s Bone Bag is available from several retailers and lists for $9.99 at flextonegamecalls.com.
FLIR Systems, Inc. introduces three rifle-mounted thermal imaging sights in its ThermoSight Pro Series, using the high-performance, 12-micron pixel pitch Boson thermal camera core.
ThermoSight Pro was designed to set a new standard in thermal image quality and features for the tactical and outdoor enthusiast markets.
The Boson thermal camera core delivers smaller, lighter optics with increased image performance and range, using on-chip video processing and an uncompressed video signal fed directly to a high-definition display.
That results in improved object detection and classification in the field and clean thermal imagery in any light – from low contrast daylight to total darkness.
It records up to two hours of video or 1,000 JPG images. Lenses of 19 mm or 75 mm are available, with digital zoom.
The 19mm ThermoSight Pro PTS233 lists for $2,199 and is offered by several retailers See it at flir.com/TSPRO.
Showers Pass’s new line of premium Crosspoint Waterproof Socks are designed with a water-resistant knit exterior and moisture wicking lining to keep feet dry and comfortable, no matter what.
The socks, popular for cycling, running, hiking or any outdoor use, are available in regular, crew cut or high tops.
They are fully waterproof because of a three-layer system of a wear-resistant knit exterior that feels like a regular sock; a waterproof, breathable Artex membrane; and a Coolmax FX moisture-wicking anti-bacterial lining.
The result is a sock that feels like a sock but protects like a rain bootie.
Crosspoint Waterproof Socks list for $35 at crosspoint.com and are available from other retailers as well.
The most popular BB gun in the world, the Daisy Red Ryder, remains faithful to its original design.
From the pages of comic books to the famous holiday motion picture, a Daisy Red Ryder has been the dream of youths since its introduction in 1940. It has taught more young people safe gun handling than any other product.
Over the years, the Daisy Red Ryder has achieved a legendary status. With its solid wood stock and forearm, and a lariat ring with a leather saddle thong, today’s version is the spittin’ image of the one you cherished growing up. It is recommended for ages 10 and older with adult supervision.
Red Ryder weighs 2.2 pounds, is 35 inches long and shoots a 4.5 mm BB up to 195 yards with its smooth-bore steel barrel. It holds 650 shots
Daisy Red Ryder still lists for just $39.95. See it online at daisy.com.