Adventure is where you find it. Whether you’re trekking halfway around the globe, across the country or simply to the next county, the anticipation of getting there and of the experiences once you arrive are what make traveling to hunt and shoot exciting. Having the right gear to make the trip more comfortable and the visit itself more enjoyable makes all the difference. The following items might serve well the next time you’re bitten by the travel bug.
For everything from identifying distant ducks to checking out a lion while on safari, Swarovski’s NL PURE 32 Binocular will enhance your viewing pleasure. This smaller, lighter version of the company’s NL PURE 42 binocular features the same optical system as the larger version but has an extremely compact and precise focus mechanism. It comes in either 8X or 10X, and the 32mm objective lens provides up to a 450-foot field of view at 1,000 yards. Its ergonomic shape is designed for relaxed viewing over long periods. Dimensions: 5.7" (l) x 5.1" (w) x 2.6" (h). Colors: Green and Burnt Orange. Price: $2,777 (8x32) and $2,832 (10x32).
Whether on the prairie or out to dinner, Avedon & Colby’s Bush Poplin Guide Shirt offers plenty of comfort and style. Combining features from the original Willis & Geiger Bush Shirt and Avedon & Colby’s Signature Field Shirt, the Guide Shirt is made from 100% long-staple cotton bush poplin, which is tough, breathable and moisture-wicking. The shirt has 2 large bellows pockets, a center back pleat with hanger loop, a hidden button-down collar, epaulets and roll-up sleeves with interior tab loops. Underarm gussets and articulated elbows allow for freedom of movement. Sizes: S through XXL plus L Tall and XL Tall. Colors: British Tan or Khaki. Price: $169.
Kevin’s Reversible Quilted Puffer Jacket is perfect for traveling and for hunting once you get there. With an abrasion-resistant nylon shell, the jacket is lightweight and has a low profile—making it an excellent outer layer on mild days or an ideal mid-layer on brisk winter days. There are two horizontal front pockets on the olive side and vertical zippered pockets on the camo side. Sizes: S through XXXL plus XL Tall, XXL Tall and XXXL Tall. Colors: Green Vintage Camo/Olive (shown) and Brown Vintage Camo/Olive. Price: $279.
With room for a day’s supplies in the field or on a plane, the Tom Beckbe Daypack is a rugged and versatile carry-all. The stylish and functional pack has a 14-oz, waxed-cotton-canvas shell and waterproof interior liner, and there is an external-access, padded laptop compartment and zippered main compartment—both covered by a weatherproof hood. The Daypack has 5 exterior pockets (2 large front pockets, 2 cinchable side pockets and a zippered pocket beneath the weatherproof hood) as well as 3 slip pockets inside the roomy main compartment. Other features include adjustable padded shoulder straps and a removable sternum strap. Dimensions: 15" (w) x 21" (h) x 6" (d). Colors: Bark (shown) and Classic Camo. Price: $275.
Made in Scotland from 4-gauge wool, Filson’s 4GG Heritage Crewneck Sweater is both sharp-looking and functional. The midweight yarns come from sheep raised in the UK, and the wool is not only breathable but also insulates well—even when wet. Raglan sleeves offer freedom of movement, and a rib-knit collar, hem and cuffs keep out the cold. Wear the sweater alone with a strap vest or as a layer in cooler weather. Colors: Sycamore (shown), Heather Gray and Pine. Sizes: XS through XXL. Price: $275.
For traveling to the field or range, the Scheels Outfitters Shotgun Case will keep your smoothbore safe and secure. Sized to fit shotguns up to 52” long, the soft case has a 600D outer shell and extra-thick padding with a soft lining inside. There is a large zippered front pocket with choke-tube loops and a flap that closes over it with Velcro fasteners. Other features include a rope handle with neoprene handle closure, a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap, D-rings for hanging, and an interior pocket to keep the muzzle(s) from wearing through the case and stabilize the gun during transport. An open-edge design allows the case to open completely flat. Dimensions: 53" (l) x 8" (w) x 2½" (d). Color: Coyote. Price: $85.