If you are a passionate American hunter, chances are that you want the majority of your hunting money going to companies based proudly within United States borders. Between firearms, bows, hunting equipment, and outdoor gear, we hunters spend a fair chunk of change on making sure our hunting experience is as enjoyable and successful as possible. Keeping our money in domestic hands helps give the United States economy a kick and assures that superior hunting merchandise is still being manufactured on this side of the Atlantic. In that spirit, here are some of our favorite born-and-bred American hunting brands.
Founded all the way back in 1816, the Remington Arms Company has long been synonymous with hunting and shooting. Chances are, if you've been firing shots at deer for more than a couple of years, you've at least tried your hand with a Remington rifle. Tied with Ruger as the most popular rifle brand - according to a survey done by AmmoLand.com - and still the dominating force in ammunition, Remington has continued its tradition for excellence in spite of rapidly-advancing technology.
It's tough to mention Remington without also bringing up Ruger, a Connecticut-based company that has been delivering fine firearms to hunters since 1949. If you are beginning hunter, you will have a difficult time going wrong with a rifle from either Ruger or Remington.
When it comes to binoculars, scopes, and other optics-based hunting accessories, Bushnell is the best brand in the business. Bushnell scopes give hunters the tactical advantage they need to plan an accurate and lethal shot, and our Bushnell scopes and binoculars have helped us bring down trophy deer more times than we can count. Add trail cameras, GPS systems, night vision goggles, and flashlights, and it's no secret why Bushnell is considered the go-to source for technological hunting helpers.
As far as hunting weapons manufacturers are concerned, it's easy to write companies like Hoyt off simply because they don't have the name recognition of longtime industry stalwarts like Remington and Ruger. However, for compound bow enthusiasts everywhere, Hoyt is absolutely becoming one of the most important brands in hunting. With a slew of state-of-the-art weapons, designed to fit every kind of bowhunter, Hoyt is an American company with a reputation for high-quality products and the leading archery market share to show for it.
5. Eddie Bauer:
This 1920s Seattle-founded company may not be the first thing that comes to mind when most people think about hunting, but over the years, Eddie Bauer has earned such a reputation for developing quality outdoor gear that we would be remiss to exclude them from this list. From the durable clothing that keeps you warm on all of those early fall mornings in your treestand, to the tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks that you bring out for a overnight camping/hunting trip, Eddie Bauer is an iconic brand name for a reason, and that reason has a lot to do with years of satisfied hunters.
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