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The New Gear You Crave

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Part of the fun and challenge of preparing for hunting season is scoping out new gear. Field and Stream‘s Slaton L. White attended the Outdoor Retailer Show and chose some of his favorite finds for hunters. From items that help you sleep more comfortably to GPS devices to modern conveniences for your hunt camp, check out the new hunting gear you need.

Packnet Photo by Tribe One Outdoors

When you first peer down the long aisles of the Outdoor Retailer summer show in Salt Lake City, you instantly know you’re not at the SHOT Show. Camo? Nope. Bolt-actions? Nah. Treestands? Nada. Given the emphasis on mountain bikes, climbing, and standup paddling, you might be forgiven if, at first glance, you think the show doesn’t merit your attention. That would be a grave error, as this show has a lot to offer hunters and anglers. Many of us camp, and many of us backpack into remote areas to enjoy the wilderness. This show caters to that spirit, and as a result, it has a ton of tents, sleeping bags, packs, boots, knives, flashlights, and all the other cool stuff that make camping fun. If you peer deep enough, you’ll also find a surprising number of hunters here as well…. Most of these products won’t be seen at SHOT Show, but they still will interest you, because they help make the outdoors more enjoyable.

Photos: Outdoor Technology (top); Tribe One Outdoors (above)

Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.