Hunting provides us with nourishment, funds for conservation, healthy wildlife populations and protects our crops and livestock. A big part of our heritage is hunting and though we no longer need to hunt to survive, the tradition of hunting is, to this day, passed down from generation to generation.
Things have come a long way since the days early man hunted and even the ways our grandfathers hunted. With each new season comes new and technologically innovative gear to make our hunts more successful.
Yes, at its heart, hunting is one of our most primitive instincts but that doesn’t mean it isn’t challenging—with or without the latest gadget. Sure, you may be able to go afield and aim at an animal or bird, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to bring home dinner. Hunting requires practice with a gun or bow, endurance, patience and the right hunting gear. From the right clothing down to the smallest of pocket calls, all hunting gear is designed to make you more efficient in the field.
We’ve searched from stand to blind to find the best products to give you our best hunting gear list 2019.
This innovative smart light from FOXPRO communicates with other FOXPRO hunting products to create an integrated hunting experience. The light has a 4-color LED for day and night use—red, green, amber and white. For seamless scanning, rotate through the different lights by pushing the selection button right at your thumb. You don’t have to switch lenses. Right under that is an easily reachable sliding brightness adjustment switch.
Designed to be used one-handed, all the controls of the Fire Eye scan hunting light are on the back of the unit next to your fingers. An on/off switch turns the flashlight on to the automatic white beam. A focus ring located at the end of the head of the light narrows or widens the beam for thick brush or forested areas to long-range spotting. It is made in the United States from durable glass-reinforced plastic.
Included is a lithium-ion battery pack with wall charger and a three-year warranty.
The Axeon Second Zero ingenious optic accessory allows you to compensate for bullet drop without calculating holdovers at a longer distance than your scope is sighted in for. Working in conjunction with both magnified riflescopes and reflex and red dot sights, the Second Zero is a prism-driven lens system which bends light at a precise MOA to provide you a “second zero” at ranges your scope isn’t zeroed at. If a target is just out of your scope’s range, but not your bullet’s, quickly flip the Second Zero in place over the objective lens of your scope or head’s up display on your reflex sight and take an accurate shot.
This neat product saves you money because you don’t have to buy an expensive higher magnification scope to make long-range precision shots. If your round can make it, you’ll be amazed how far you can accurately shoot with your regular 3x variable scope. Axeon Second Zero has helped shooters reach 5,000 yards and 2 miles!
Designed for hunters and target shooters, the Axeon Second Zero is available in two distances—330 and 530 yards.
The Sightmark Wraith digital day and night vision scope provides a full-color HD image during the day and a crisp, clear high-contrast black and white or night vision green image at night. Digital scopes use a CCD or CMOS sensor and a microdisplay as opposed to an image intensifier tube like traditional night vision devices. These sensors are more sensitive than image intensifier tubes and see more light. Unlike generational night vision, digital scopes can be used during the day.
This design though requires an Infrared Illuminator (IR) to detect and identify targets in complete darkness. The Wraith includes a removable 850nm IR illuminator with adjustable brightness and 200-yard range.
With 10 different reticle patterns to choose from in 9 different colors, you’ll find the perfect contrast in any environment so you can confidently hit your target. The Wraith also has a built-in camera, which records HD video and still images. It takes four common AA batteries, which is awesome because they are easy to find and cheap to replace.
Designed by real SWAT team members, the Reaper shooting rest blows its competition out of the field. It eliminates fatigue, steadies your rifle and pans and tilts. Our favorite design feature is how well a tapered rifle stock cradles securely in the rest due to the contoured clamp. The guys at Kopfjäger designed this thing from the ground up from a real and serious shooter’s perspective and you can tell a lot of detailed thought went into the final design.
It features both a patent-pending fixed jaw with a rotating jaw, offset mounting for smooth magazine changes and hinge block platform instead of ball head.
If you are a bow hunter, Garmin hasn’t left you out of the digital revolution. This is the first bow-mounted digital laser rangefinder system. Garmin says, “They’re the first bow-mounted digital laser range finders and targeting display systems that measure the angle-compensated distance to your target and provide an LED pin for the shot—even on those “in-between” yardages.” It has a 160×68 pixel MIP display.
The Xero A1 digital bow sight automatically measures the distance to your target and drops an LED pin on the display screen for you to take an accurate shot. The Garmin Xero A1 provides an unobstructed view of the target and the highly visible LED pins make it easy to be accurate, especially for aging eyes. It also adjusts automatically for brightness, so it eliminates the guesswork. With silent one-button operation, the digital range finding bow sight is accurate up to 100 yards (300 yards reflective) and even allows for multiple pin configurations.
This revolutionary bow sight operates on two lithium AAA batteries, weighs 14.7 ounces and has an IPX7 water rating.
For predator hunting, when we switched from traditional night vision to thermal imaging, the differences were like night and day. Thermal imaging detects heat signatures and provides a very, clear, high-contrast image of targets. With a thermal, you will see pigs rooting in cover in complete darkness. Pulsar’s newest monocular, the Axion, is palm-sized and lightweight, perfect for long stalks and scans.
The Pulsar Axion thermal monocular features 320×240 resolution, 12um pixel pitch core, 4x digital zoom, magnesium-alloy housing, picture-in-picture digital zoom, onboard video and photo recording and an HD AMOLED microdisplay. It has the highest magnification in its class and can detect objects up to 1,800 yards away. Multiple color palettes and viewing modes, along with the adjustable brightness, ensure you see your targets in virtually any weather condition.
Internally and externally designed to be as user-friendly as possible, we especially appreciate the Axion’s automatic calibration and pixel repair features, as well as an instant-on feature and easy-to-use interface.
The Ozonics scent eliminator electronically changes oxygen into ozone to chemically destroy human scent, not just mask it like other scent control systems, so you are completely undetectable to game.
Mountable to stands and blinds, the HR-300 provides up to five hours of scent control and the “Smart Battery” allows you to gauge how much time is left before it dies.
One awesome benefit of the Ozonics is you don’t have to stay downwind. This puts you in better positions to get that trophy buck.
Technologically advanced gadgets and gear make your hunt more efficient and more successful while remaining ethical.
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