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The Best Hunting Gear Investment You've Made in the Last 10 Years


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I've been pondering this topic for quite awhile. I guess it really isn't close for me. It is the base layers for the cool to cold temperatures during bow season. It was always a pain in the neck when you got weather cold enough that you needed to wear more clothes to sit in your stand.

Now, long johns helped for sure, but I usually still needed to add a hoodie or something similar. Then, if it really got cold, I was forced to wear a coat that was heavier and bulkier. It made it hard to draw and hold form.

The performance clothes that have improved more and more. Hell, I can sit all day in a climber in cold weather with a coat on that is soft and pliable, and it allows me to draw and hold with no worries about the string hitting a sleeve, or a damn string from a hood going up into my cam.

None of my clothes are the expensive stuff either. They were all bought from guide gear or on clearance.

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As you age, boots like that with zero real support will be a no go...........you'll be using a boot with laces and good insoles down the road.
Enjoy while you can........
 

I thought that was going to be this year with my broken foot but some stiff insoles and I’m feeling really good.


I hope by the time I need to go to a more supportive boot I won’t be hunting the way I do and won’t need them anyways.


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9 hours ago, coonhunter said:

I've been pondering this topic for quite awhile. I guess it really isn't close for me. It is the base layers for the cool to cold temperatures during bow season. It was always a pain in the neck when you got weather cold enough that you needed to wear more clothes to sit in your stand.

Now, long johns helped for sure, but I usually still needed to add a hoodie or something similar. Then, if it really got cold, I was forced to wear a coat that was heavier and bulkier. It made it hard to draw and hold form.

The performance clothes that have improved more and more. Hell, I can sit all day in a climber in cold weather with a coat on that is soft and pliable, and it allows me to draw and hold with no worries about the string hitting a sleeve, or a damn string from a hood going up into my cam.

None of my clothes are the expensive stuff either. They were all bought from guide gear or on clearance.

check into a heated vest.  Started using one last year and what a difference. I wear it most of the time now even if i dont think i will need it.  But even if i get a little chill can turn it on and warm up for a bit.  big difference. 

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Yup, I got one for Christmas. I thought it might be nice to have on the days it is about 40 degrees and misting or raining lightly. They are the days that chill me the most. I can take the cold a lot better than most people, but I sure do like the advancement in clothing.

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a lot of stuff has been a great investment. when you're really into hunting, over the years you weed through a lot of BS gear/products and keep or buy only the stuff that works. i will say that over the last 10 years my greatest leap of faith was alpaca socks and hats. holy hell do they perform like soft premium wool on steroids.  

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There are so many great things I have, bows and guns, cams, clothing, ammo, shoes, backpacks, the list goes on and on.

I would have to say that in the last 3 or 4 years scouting has really been a priority and I have been very fortunate in my hunts. I lend much of this success to scouting, So in my world powerful clear binos are number 1! I waS using crappy Wal-Mart tascos and it gave me a headache.  My new vortex 12x50s closed the scouting loop for me. 

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37 minutes ago, Kmartinson said:

There are so many great things I have, bows and guns, cams, clothing, ammo, shoes, backpacks, the list goes on and on.

I would have to say that in the last 3 or 4 years scouting has really been a priority and I have been very fortunate in my hunts. I lend much of this success to scouting, So in my world powerful clear binos are number 1! I waS using crappy Wal-Mart tascos and it gave me a headache.  My new vortex 12x50s closed the scouting loop for me. 

I feel like i am the only guy that never uses binos.  I carry them in my pack and just never use them.  i also hunt a real thick area too.  

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I feel like i am the only guy that never uses binos.  I carry them in my pack and just never use them.  i also hunt a real thick area too.  

I only hunt hardwoods, never fields. I’d be lost without binocs. So many times I glass deer that I wouldn’t have otherwise seen or at least can make out the head. Especially in low light


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I feel like i am the only guy that never uses binos.  I carry them in my pack and just never use them.  i also hunt a real thick area too.  

I never did either, now I wear my bino harness anytime I’m going to the woods. A good set of binos has changed the way I hunt, I also very rarely hunt fields.

Binos during Turkey season make it very easy to pick out a gobbler on a limb in early dawn light.


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1 hour ago, BizCT said:


I only hunt hardwoods, never fields. I’d be lost without binocs. So many times I glass deer that I wouldn’t have otherwise seen or at least can make out the head. Especially in low light


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i am mainly a bow hunter so i guess i look at it as if i cant see them im not getting a shot.  There are times i could have used them but its been rare.  But it is so thick there cant really see anything unless its close anyway.  If i was woods hunting more i can def see the advantage.  

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55 minutes ago, Robhuntandfish said:

i am mainly a bow hunter so i guess i look at it as if i cant see them im not getting a shot.  There are times i could have used them but its been rare.  But it is so thick there cant really see anything unless its close anyway.  If i was woods hunting more i can def see the advantage.  

Same. I hunt 8-10X more with bow than gun. I find it helps me the most in that 50-70 yard range trying to see the head/rack

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3 hours ago, Robhuntandfish said:

I feel like i am the only guy that never uses binos.  I carry them in my pack and just never use them.  i also hunt a real thick area too.  

I dont necessarily hunt with them as much as I do scout with them. 

 

2 hours ago, CapDistPatriot said:

All this would be moot without land access, so I would have to say my lease renewal. People who have never hunted state land are the ones that scoff at the price of a hunting lease.

I agree with this for deer but nothing else.

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I didnt read through all the posts , but for me its been the advancement in muzzleloader supplys.  From BH209 to projectiles.  I'm not saying a PRB won't work but there are some superior choices for today's inline . That's a smoker or non smoker too .

Not to mention fast 1/20 twist .45s

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1 hour ago, The_Real_TCIII said:

Binoculars are the first thing I reach for after a shot


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Have you considered switching to swhackers?

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Well I have to say I " Acquired " this just a little over 40 years ago and my quality time in the woods was the best investment I've ever made ... LOL !

Its my Son , once I finally got him into hunting with me its the best thing !  We are much closer now than we've ever been and he is as successful if not more than me . He became the Bow Hunter I never was - Compound and Crossbow - and been successful with both !

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I mentioned this camo poncho once before, I got it for varmint hunting and have used it also for Deer and Squirrel hunting and this spring I have been using it for Turkeys. By every measure this garment works great for everything I have hunted, light weight and airy I can wad it up and stuff it in a large coat pocket, I also have it sprayed down good with Sawyers and have been completely bug free from black flies, skeeters and those damned ticks. 

A lot of bang for the buck right here,

Al

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Hands down best investment was my redneck blind in conjunction with a Mr. Buddy heater, nothing beats hunting on a snowy, freezing day and I'm hunting in just a hoodie. Don't need to haul a bunch of clothes or gear up the mountain anymore to keep warm.

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