Hunting accessories and gear to make the most of your time in the woods this spring, and the rationalization behind your need to buy them.
April showers may bring May flowers, but muddy, washed out roads and trails are first in line as those showers come through. When the standard 4-wheel drive on your truck just isn’t enough, what better way to get around your property than on your new ATV?
Whether you’ve got a deer strapped onto the front, or a few bags of corn weighing down the back, these things are virtually indestructible and can get you just about anywhere with ease. You don’t even have to be carrying a deer or corn. Let’s be honest – Who doesn’t want to ride around the woods on an ATV for fun?
What else does the warm spring weather bring? Snakes. And lots of them. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve nearly run over a cottonmouth on the 4-wheeler, or heard the unmistakable sound of a rattlesnake much too close for comfort.
Snake boots are not an item to skimp on, and it’s worth spending the extra money to get a decent pair. When there’s only a boot between your calf and a rattlesnake’s fangs, you want to make sure you’ve got the best protection possible. These Danner boots are as comfortable as they are functional, and will keep your legs from becoming a cottonmouth’s mid-morning snack.
Have you ever checked your trail cam with great anticipation, only to catch the back end of what is clearly a large deer? Now you have no idea what you’re working with on the front end of that monster, and you’re imagination is left to wander at the possibilities… Is it an unusually large, yet youthful 6-point, or a perfectly mature 10-point?
Your problem is solved with a panoramic game trail camera like this one from Moultrie. Between the current open turkey season and the anticipation of deer season this fall, a panoramic trail cam is a great way to watch and monitor the game on your property.
Rangefinders aren’t just useful when you’re in the treestand – you can make use of them year round. It’s important to make sure you’ve got your rifle sighted in before the season opens, particularly if you’re anticipating an extra long shot.
At long distances, precision is key, and rain and humidity easily come between you and your target. A rangefinder that is both weather and fog proof, like this one from Bushnell, is exactly what you need.
What happens when you’ve put in the effort of scouting locations, put up a stand in an ideal spot, patiently waited for your trophy buck to appear and give you a perfect shot, only to throw your back out trying to get said buck out of the woods once he’s down? The rest of your season could easily come to an end just as soon as it began.
Save your back, and snag a Tilt-N-Go. With the versatility of your everyday hitch-hauler, detachable wheels, and a handle for pulling your load with ease, you can be sure a back injury won’t get in the way of your hunting season.
Now that I’ve given you more than a few valid reasons to splurge on these hunting accessories and gear, you can move them to your “necessities” list instead. Come on, now you need them, right?