By The Editors
It’s been a long time coming, but the season is finally here. Perhaps yours will open in a dove field or on the prairie for grouse. Maybe then you’ll shift to the North Woods or to Midwestern CRP or crops. Later on you may head south for quail or west for late-season chukar and Huns. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you’ll enjoy yourself that much more if you have the right gear for the game. Here are a few items you may want to take along with you this year.
▲ Two years ago Barrett introduced its line of Sovereign shotguns; now the company has a line of clothing and accessories to complement its smoothbores. The Upland Vest is made of waxed canvas and leather and features two front shell pockets with magnetic closures; padded, adjustable shoulder straps; elastic threads on the sides for a custom fit; and four D rings for carrying extra gear. The rear game bag is expandable and has a waterproof lining and grommets for drainage. The plastic front buckle won’t scratch your gunstock. Price: $300.
▲ It isn’t always bluebird weather when you’re hunting, and for those occasions when the skies open, you’ll be glad to have Filson’s Swiftwater Rainshell. This ultralight (10.4-oz) raincoat is made of a 2.5-layer waterproof, breathable fabric that offers four-way stretch for a full range of motion. It has a zippered front, fully sealed and taped seams, zippered handwarmer pockets, a chest pocket and a drawstring hood with built-in cap. The jacket stows in the hood, so it is easily packable. Sizes: XS through 3XL. Colors: Raven and Rugged Tan (shown). Price: $195.
▲ Danner hit a homerun when it reinvented its 8” Sharptail boot; now the company is offering the same features in a smaller package. The 4.5” Sharptail combines full-grain leather with 900-denier nylon for a very durable upper. A Gore-Tex liner is waterproof and breathable. Other features include a removable polyurethane footbed, an EVA midsole and an aggressive tread for excellent traction. The updated last provides an athletic and supportive fit with plenty of room in the toe, and the heel gets locked in place for added comfort. These non-insulated boots are made for walking—weighing only 48 oz per pair. Color: dark brown. Price: $180.
▲ Carhartt is known for its rugged workwear, and now the company is making a name for itself in hunting clothing. The Upland Field Pant is made of 8.5-oz cotton/poly/Spandex canvas and treated with Rain Defender water repellent. Rugged Flex stretch technology provides ease of movement. The pant offers a relaxed fit in the seat and thigh and a gusseted crotch. A full chap in front and half in back provide extra durability, and there are two front and two rear pockets as well as a secure cell-phone pocket in the right leg. Colors: canyon brown, Carhartt brown (shown) and black. Price: $70.
▲ Running out of water miles from your vehicle can be not only uncomfortable but downright dangerous. So imagine being able to drink from any water source, whether it’s a river, a stream, a lake, a pond or a puddle. With the MUV Survivalist Water Filter, you can. Depending on the contamination level in the water, the three filters in the system can be used separately or stacked inline for maximum purification. The unit uses NASA technology to clarify water by filtering out sediment; chemicals; heavy metals; and viruses, bacteria and parasites (such as giardia and E. coli). It can be used as a straw, as a gravity system with the included bucket adapter, inline with a reservoir pack or gravity bag, or when threaded onto a water bottle (sold separately). Weight: 9.2 oz. Price: $79.
▲ This year Beretta introduced a new upland-clothing line blending classic styles with modern technology. The Retriever Field Jacket is made of abrasion-resistant cotton and nylon hunter-orange inserts. It has two large exterior pockets, two interior security pockets, a full-length front zipper, adjustable cuffs and a packable hood in the collar. The front-loading game bag has a waterproof lining and a zippered top for easy access. Sizes Small through XXXL. Price: $225.