Category: Gear Guide

What hunters should look for in a wristwatch

What hunters should look for in a wristwatch

Many view wristwatches as outdated technology—a holdover from our parents’ generation, when you had to find a payphone to call for help if your car broke down. Now, of course, we’re perpetually carrying our phones with us—even into the field when hunting. But as many have discovered, it’s frustrating to have to dig around in

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Understanding blades: The survival knife

Understanding blades: The survival knife

Written by David Maccar, this article was originally published by Free Range American on February 4, 2021. There is no such thing as a survival knife. Knives have been called that and have been marketed that way — as some kind of magical tool that will save your ass in some unlikely situation. But that idea is inherently flawed.

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What gear do you really need to get started hunting?

What gear do you really need to get started hunting?

For most new hunters, after getting their license and finding a place to hunt, the question that plagues them most is, “What gear do I need in order to get started?” There are hundreds of outdoor companies out there declaring that their products are essential to hunters and hunting success. For new hunters it can

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What’s the ideal deer stand snack?

What's the ideal deer stand snack?

Deer hunting, regardless of where it’s done or how, has some universal components. And perhaps the foremost is the inevitable hunger brought on by sitting in a tree stand, hiding in a ground blind, or still-hunting for hours in frigid temps. Staving off this hunger with a strategically selected snack is largely a matter of

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Get the most from your backcountry sleep system: Find the right sleeping pad

Get the most from your backcountry sleep system: Find the right sleeping pad

When it comes to getting your gear together for a backcountry hunt, tents, sleeping bags, and packs get all the glory. The humble sleeping pad is usually an afterthought, or is even excluded altogether in a show of faux toughness. The reality is, a high-quality sleeping pad is essential for getting the performance you expect

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The broadhead dilemma: Do I buy mechanical or fixed?

The broadhead dilemma: Do I buy mechanical or fixed?

When it comes to selecting broadheads for your arrows, you’ll find yourself wading through numerous options, including weight, cutting diameter, number of blades, and finally, mechanical or fixed. Despite all the catchy marketing and product placement on hunting shows, the best place to start your search is at your local archery shop. Still, you should

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