Archery accessories highlighted one of the biggest trade shows in the space.
Last week, it seemed like everyone in the hunting industry was flocking to Tennessee to check out the wares at the 2014 ATA Trade Show. The ATA (Archery Trade Association) routinely gives professional bow hunters, bloggers, and other hunting experts first looks at some of the great products in the pipeline for the archery industry and for the hunting world in general.
This year’s show was no exception, showcasing exciting new compound bows from nearly all the industry heavyweights, as well as trail cameras, tree stands, clothing, accessories, and other gear. Quite simply, this event is like Christmas morning for bow hunters, and we’ve previewed a few of the most notable items below.
Trail Cameras: You could probably fill a short novel with all of the trail cameras that were on display on the floor of the ATA show this year. Indeed, there were so many cameras that we had difficulty picking favorites, but perhaps the two camera-related that stuck in our minds the most were new products from Muddy Outdoors and Moultree.
The new Muddy Outdoors product is not a camera, but a camera arm, and an update on the company’s existing Outfitter camera arm at that. The arm gives hunters newfound flexibility in mounting their trail cameras to trees, and does so with easier installation procedures than the original Outfitter arm had. Where the older camera arm generated a significant amount of noise during installation, the new product is much quieter and easier to use – perfect for a silent assassin.
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The other product, the Moultree Panoramic 150i, is a new camera in the Moultree Panoramic line, which has already made an impression despite the fact that it was introduced just last year. The camera, like its predecessors, gives a wider field of view than many other trail cams on the market, but also adds subtle improvements to nearly every facet of the camera. If you are looking for a new trail cam, this might be the one for you.
Treestands: Similarly to trail cameras, ATA didn’t lack for treestands this year. One of our favorites was the Summit Stands “Peak,” an incredibly roomy treestand that looks like it might well bring new levels of comfort to all day hunts. Supposedly, the stand is designed for bigger hunters, but we can imagine just about anyone being swayed by the Peak, which is as comfortable as any lawn chair and as stable as any tree stand.
Other Notable Products: If you’ve been looking around for new scent control, look no further than the brand new line from Under Armour, which should be making its marketplace debut within the next few months.
The company, which began as a maker of athletic clothing, has been making bigger and bigger forays into the hunting industry over the past few years. We don’t know much on what will set Under Armour’s scent control products apart from the competition, but they will definitely have all the usual essentials – sprays, laundry detergents, dryer sheets, etc. – for keeping your scent under control.
If the ATA show was any indication, then there’s proof that the big brands in the hunting world are bringing out the big guns this year. And speaking of big guns, the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s annual SHOT Show, going on this week in Las Vegas, will be even bigger, with plenty more new products to talk about.
Lucky for you, Wide Open Spaces will be in Las Vegas, covering the SHOT Show and getting the scoop on all the buzz. We’ll share what we find, as we find it, so stay tuned through Friday for more.