Essential Backcountry Bowhunter Gear
August 02, 2018
Base Camp Basics
Browning Camping Granite Creek
The Granite Creek tent from Browning Camping features low-profile, lightweight construction, created with active hunters in mind. A freestanding design and pole clips that attach to the aluminum poles allow for quick and easy setup. The tent's vertical walls offer increased interior space and large vestibules for gear storage. Half-mesh walls provide ventilation, while a weatherproof fly buckles on for maximum protection from the elements. The Granite Creek tent features factory-sealed seams to lock out water and is available in one-person or two-person models.
MSRP: $119.99 (one-person); $149.99 (two-person) | www.browningcamping.com
Outdoor Edge Chow Pal
Rather than weigh down your pack with several gadgets, plus silverware for dining in camp, travel light with Outdoor Edge's ChowPal â€” an all-in-one eating/multi-tool. The single-bevel knife, fork and spoon quickly and easily slide apart for everything you need to eat a meal in the backcountry. The ChowPal is crafted from 420J2 steel for strength and stability and also features a can opener, bottle opener, flathead screwdriver and graduated wrench. At just 2.4 ounces, the unique tool seamlessly locks together when not in use to fit in the convenient nylon carry bag.
MSRP: $27.50 | www.outdooredge.com
YETI Hopper BackFlip 24
Get YETI performance in a convenient-to-carry design with the new Hopper BackFlip 24. A HydroLok Zipper provides leak-proof toughness, while ColdCell Insulation delivers superior cold-holding power. The waterproof exterior fabric resists mildew, punctures and UV rays. Capable of carrying 25 pounds of ice, the 5.3-pound cooler features an ergonomic shape for efficient weight distribution and comfortable shoulder straps plus a removable waist belt and chest strap for the long haul to camp.
MSRP: $299.99 | www.yeti.com
Cabela's Getaway 20F Sleeping Bag
Cabela's Getaway 20°F Sleeping Bag delivers a comfortable night's sleep at an affordable price. Double-layer construction with solid-fiber in-
sulation provides warmth in chilly conditions down to 20 degrees, while a polyester taffeta lining offers next-to-skin softness. The sleeping bag is finished with a polyester ripstop shell for durability and features an inner pocket to keep essentials close. A draft tube along the convenient two-way zippered opening locks out the cold. The Getaway 20°F Sleeping Bag includes a stuff sack for easy carrying.
MSRP: $110 | www.cabelas.com
MTN OPS Slumber
Get deep sleep recovery during physically demanding backcountry hunts with new MTN OPS Slumber. The HIBERN8 formula features trace minerals from the Great Salt Lake, melatonin and L-theanine to help you relax and reach a calming slumber. Collagen, antioxidant-rich Rooibos tea and magnesium help your body recover while you sleep so you're ready to tackle another day of bowhunting. The sugar-free formula comes in a 30-serving, resealable pouch with a soothing Sleepy Chai flavor.
MSRP: $39 | www.mtnops.com
Pack It Up
ALPS Hybrid X
Get the best of both worlds with the new ALPS Hybrid X, a Western-inspired pack that combines an internal-frame meat hauler with a detachable 2,750-cubic-inch top-load pack. The Hybrid X is constructed with 1680D Ballistic nylon and Robic nylon, along with hypalon reinforcement for rugged strength, while a molded-foam suspension system and Lycra shoulder straps provide all-day comfort. The Hybrid X also features a waist belt with clip-style holster, hydration port and rain cover. A drop-down weapon pocket allows for hands-free carrying of your bow.
MSRP: $249.99 | www.alpsoutdoorz.com
SIG SAUER ZULU9
The ZULU9 from SIG SAUER was designed with Western hunters in mind. A unique Abbe-Koenig prism, paired with HDX optical design, produces superior light transmission and brightness, even in low-light conditions. This waterproof and fogproof binocular includes multi-position twist-up eyecups for generous eye relief. With fully multi-coated lenses surrounded by a magnesium housing and durable rubber armor featuring a non-slip STEALTH ID grip design, the rugged ZULU9 can stand up to extreme climates. The ZULU9 is available in 9x45mm, 11x45mm and the new 15x56mm model for increased magnification and a larger objective. Backed by SIG SAUER's Infinite Guarantee, the tripod-compatible binocular comes with a tethered objective lens cover, neck/shoulder strap and padded ballistic nylon case.
MSRP: $1,379.99-$1,599.99 | www.sigsauer.com
Badlands D-Mag Bino Case
Keep your optics secure and protected during backcountry expeditions with the new D-Mag Bino Case from Badlands. Separate binocular and rangefinder compartments fit most optics on the market, and the quick-access Badlands Zip-No opening features a watertight, dust-tight full magnetic seal. The streamlined, close-to-chest design sports a four-point shoulder harness, adjustable interior shelf, built-in tethers and removable rain cover. The D-Mag Bino Case is finished in Badlands Approach FX.
MSRP: $149.99 | www.badlandspacks.com
Koola Buck Anti-Microbial Spray & Game Bags
Keep your meat safe, even in warm temperatures, with Koola Buck's Anti-Microbial Carcass Spray and Game Bags. Bacteria-reducing technology significantly slows the growth of mold and repels egg-laying insects while you haul your trophy out of the backcountry. Carcass spray comes in a 10-ounce aerosol spray bottle and will treat two to three deer or an entire elk or moose. The cotton and poly game-quarter bags come in a vacuum-sealed four-pack and are available in three sizes for packing out deer, elk, moose and more.
MSRP: $12.99 (Carcass Spray); $24.99-$39.99 (Game Quarter Bags) | www.koolabuck.com
Bear Edge Model 61519
At just 1.7 ounces, the Bear Edge Model 61519 was built for field dressing big game without weighing down your pack. A razor-sharp gut hook makes safely cleaning game a breeze, while a 3â€‰7â'„8-inch drop-point blade is perfect for everyday tasks. The stainless steel, double-blade design includes a strong aluminum handle that is easy to grip and finished in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country. Pair your knife with the GATCO Scepter 2.0 to ensure it stays sharp in the field. The 2.3-ounce, multi-functioning tool features a diamond rod sharpener for serrated edges or pointed instruments, a tungsten carbide sharpener for plain-edged knives and a magnesium fire rod.
MSRP: $44.99 (Bear Edge Model 61519); $39.99 (GATCO Scepter 2.0) | www.bearandsoncutlery.com
Leupold RX-1600i TBR/W
Featuring True Ballistic Range/Wind technology, the RX-1600i TBR/W is Leupold's most accurate laser rangefinder with a 1,600-yard reach. With the ability to compensate for wind and incline, the RX-1600i TBR/W is ideal for chasing game in the backcountry. An impact-resistant polymer armor and an aluminum housing provide rugged, lightweight durability. The waterproof rangefinder is fitted with a 6X monocular and fully multicoated lens system for a crisp, bright image, while fold-down rubber eyecups can be used with or without glasses.
MSRP: $519.99 | www.leupold.com
For backcountry jaunts that require you to carry plenty of gear in tow, the Kifaru Cavern offers 6,500 cubic inches of storage capacity. It includes a full-zip spotting scope pocket on one side and a 21-inch access zipper on the other. Three compression straps across the front and along the sides allow for easy carrying of your bow. The Cavern also features a built-in meat shelf, water bladder sleeve and snow collar that folds down into a lid. The bag pairs with Kifaru platform frame and suspension systems for comfortably hauling heavy loads.
MSRP: $330 (solid); $379 (camo) | www.kifaru.net
Nikon MONARCH ED Fieldscope
Spot your next target with the 20-60x82 MONARCH ED Fieldscope from Nikon. The Advanced Apochromat Optical System with ED glass minimizes color fringing, while the Field Flattener Lens System delivers sharp images to the periphery. Nikon's Optimized Focusing System allows for fast focusing on game from long distances. The waterproof fieldscope has an aluminum alloy body for backcountry durability and sports a built-in sliding sunshade.
MSRP: $1,599.95 | www.nikonsportoptics.com
Functional Field Wear
Sitka Vapor Shake Dry Jacket
Part of Sitka's new TTW line, the Vapor Shake Dry Jacket is ideal for scouting, training and camping in the backcountry during unpredictable conditions. GORE-TEX SHAKEDRY technology creates a permanent beading surface to keep you dry and offers windproof protection from the elements while remaining breathable. The featherweight jacket is packable and features zip-secure hand pockets and a three-panel adjustable hood.
MSRP: $299 | www.sitkagear.com
Kenetrek Mountain Guide Boots
Kenetrek's Mountain Guide Boots were designed for hunters traversing tough terrain with 10-inch premium leather uppers and a one-piece vamp construction for abrasion resistance. Reinforced stitching on high-wear areas, anti-corrosion hardware and a protective rubber toe cap ensure these boots will stand up to the backcountry. A Windtex membrane locks out water while allowing perspiration to escape. Mountain Guide Boots now feature Kenetrek's high-traction vulcanized rubber K-73 outsole and are available uninsulated or with 400-gram Thinsulate. Pair them with Ultimate Liner Socks for a next-to-skin layer that will stay put all day. The socks feature a perfect material blend for moisture-wicking comfort and durability.
MSRP: $480-$495 (Mountain Guide Boots); $19.95 (Ultimate Liner Socks) | www.kenetrek.com
Browning Hell's Canyon Speed Javelin-FM Vest
Created for the Western athlete-hunter, Browning's new Hell's Canyon Speed Javelin-FM Vest provides protection from backcountry brush without slowing you down. The lightweight vest is packable and constructed of a rugged, double-weave softshell fabric that is water-resistant, wind-resistant and breathable. Lower zippered hand pockets, Napoleon chest pockets and internal pockets offer easy access to gear. The Speed Javelin-FM Vest is available in exclusive A-TACS Camo patterns.
MSRP: $99.99 | www.browning.com
Pnuma IconX System
Pnuma's IconX hunting base layer system features 13 strategically placed performance zones for enhanced muscle support, thermal regulation and breathability during any hunt. Hollow HydroWick fibers pull moisture from skin and keep you cool in warm weather while providing warmth when the temperatures dip. SilverStrike technology offers anti-microbial odor control to help you go undetected. The shirt features seamless shoulders, and both pieces prevent chafing with flat stitching. The lightweight IconX system sports an athletic fit for easy layering.
MSRP: $80 (shirt); $60 (pant) | www.pnumaoutdoors.com
KUIU Guide Glove & Beanie
Lightweight and highly breathable, the Guide Glove and Beanie from KUIU are constructed of Primeflex 4-Way Stretch Soft Shell fabric and treated with Kudos DWR to keep you dry and comfortable in the field. The Beanie features a bonded micro-fleece backer for added warmth and comes in two sizes for a precise fit. Sporting a seamless leather palm and reinforcement patches, the glove offers durable dexterity as well as a secure fit with a hook and loop wrist closure.
MSRP: $25 (beanie); $69.99 (glove) | www.kuiu.com
Rocky Stratum Burr-Resistant Pants
Part of Rocky's Stratum Collection for easy layering in any season, the Burr-Resistant Pants will keep you protected while scaling the backcountry with double-layer articulated knees and a polyester shell construction. The fabric is treated with a DWR coating, and Rocky's Scent IQ Atomic technology destroys human scent at the microbial level to help you go undetected. The Burr-Resistant Pants are finished in Rocky Venator Camo.
MSRP: $79.99 | www.rockyboots.com