Any good Boy Scout will tell you: “Be prepared.” Whether you’re planning a trip, readying for a house project or anticipating the next viral lockdown, it’s always good to think ahead and be ready for anything. With this in mind and with bird seasons just around the corner, now is the time to begin gathering gear and supplies for coming hunts. The following items are worth considering for your essentials list.
The Filson Upland Guide Strap Vest was designed for hunters trekking long miles in rough country no matter the season. From the wide, padded waist belt for bearing heavy loads to the low-profile shoulder straps for an easy gun mount, everything was thought of. The vest has generous shell pockets, zippered security pockets and water-bottle pockets. The lined rear game bag unzips for easy cleaning and has interior pockets for extra layers and a hydration bladder and exterior pockets for storage. There are also D-ring and webbing attachment points for extra gear as well as an adjustable sternum strap.
Color: Dark Tan/Blaze Orange.
Sizes: Regular, Super.
For helping keep your dog protected, the Scheels Outfitters Kennel Cover 22 is the perfect fit. Designed for roto-molded kennels as well as most standard kennels, the Cover helps trap and retain heat and reduces wind noise. On milder days the zippered front flap as well as side and rear windows roll up for ventilation. Added features include carrying handles, side bellows pockets with buckles, and training-supply and water-bottle pockets.
Sizes: M, L, XL.
Price: $130 to $180.
When the temperature drops, there’s nothing more important than a base layer. A good one will not only regulate temperature and keep you comfortable, but it also will resist absorbing odors. Enter Duck Camp’s Merino Wool Base Layer Crew. This shirt is made of 100-percent merino wool, a performance fabric that is soft, breathable and odor resistant and that remains warm even when wet. Thumbholes increase warmth and prevent bunching when layering.
Colors: Woodland camo, Sage.
Sizes: S through 3XL.
Upland hunters can wade into the nastiest cover without fear, thanks to Pyke’s Dakota Upland Brush Pant. With a tough nylon base layer faced with three-layer waterproof, breathable stretch nylon, the Dakota Pant sheds not only moisture but also the nastiest briers. Features include two front pockets, two zippered rear pockets, articulated knees, a gusseted crotch and an elastic stretch waistband. The standard inseam is 32”, but a double hem allows it to be lengthened to 34”.
Weight: 20 oz.
Waist sizes: even 32 through 40.
For stylish warmth in the field—or in town—Wild Hare’s Oil Tin Winter Field Coat has you covered. Made of water- and wind-resistant 11-oz oil tin canvas with leather shooting pads and trim, the coat is insulated with double-layer, quilted fleece. Outside are large shell pockets with cover flaps, fleece-lined hand-warmer pockets, a zippered accessories pocket, rear shoulder gussets for freedom of movement, and adjustable cuffs with brass snaps. Inside are shoulder pockets that will accept a ShockEater recoil pad.
Sizes: S through 4XL, XL Tall, 2XL Tall.
For a tracking-and-training collar, the new Garmin TT 15X is hard to beat. The collar uses both GPS and GLONASS satellite networks for faster, more accurate tracking and can be used to locate dogs up to nine miles away. The collar provides up to 80 hours of use from a single battery charge and even has a remotely operated sleep mode that can further extend battery life. The TT 15X has 18 levels of continuous and momentary stimulation plus tone and vibration. It also has LED beacon lights that can be activated remotely. The collar is compatible with Alpha, Astro 430 and PRO 550 Plus handhelds.
Weight: 10 oz. Strap width: 1”.