Whether you're hunting elk, antelope, whitetails—or even something bigger—there's something on this list for you
Big game hunters can be pretty picky about their gear. Whether your version of a big game hunt is a whitetail trip to the lease or a multi-day mountain adventure during the elk rut, we have you covered. Check out this list with good boots, packs, calls and more.
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Tired of buying cheap coolers that are trashed after one hunt? Me too. That's why I’m investing in a quality cooler that's ready for a lifetime of terrible treatment. This one can take a bona fide beating.
It also has a 30-quart capacity with a food-grade liner. It quickly converts from a shoulder carry to backpack design. It has a wide mouth for easy access, leakproof seals that protect and secure inner contents, and an accessory mounting system. Its water-resistant exterior pockets keep other packable things dry, too. Finally, the premium-grade thermal insulation keeps ice from melting for up to three-plus days. That's important on day two of an elk hunt, when you need to know the bacon is still fresh.
Buy Now: Otter Box Trooper LT 30 Cooler
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These pants are designed for comfort, durability and performance. At 18.7 ounces, they are pretty lightweight. Plus, they're breathable and water-resistant. They're made from four-way-stretch polyester, with articulated knees for comfortable walking. A grip strip waistband keeps them from sliding down. Plus, they feature reinforced pockets, snapped cargo pockets and roll-up snap loops. The XKG Ridge pants are offered in 14 different sizes.
Buy Now: King’s Camo XKG Ridge Pants
These gaiters are perfect for both tall boots and regular hiking models as well. They slip on easily, but have a snug fit. The Stormblocker waterproof membrane keeps out moisture, yet it’s breathable. The Hypalon rubber straps won’t collect snow, and the micro-fleece exterior won’t get twisted or bunched up. Keep your boots and pants dry and clean.
Buy Now: Kenetrek Hunting Gaiter
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These covers serve a dual purpose. First, they protect your seats. Dirt, grime, moisture and sharp objects have nothing on these. Second, they add a little flare to your ride. No shame in being a hunter who shows it, right?
Buy Now: Wet Okole Hawaii Auto Seat Covers
Layering is the key to staying warm, particularly on a western hunt. Vests are great options for keeping your core insulated, without restricting arm movements. The new PrimaLoft Hunting Vest from Browning is made from lightweight, 40-gram synthetic material. It has a single Napoleon pocket on the left, front side and two zippered hand pockets. It comes in the brand new Realtree EXCAPE.
Need some new glass that doesn’t empty your piggy bank? This set does the trick. It has twist-up eyecups, multi-coated glass for superior resolution and image clarity, and both waterproof and fog-proof construction. That’s important on those cold, wet hunts. And with 10-power magnification, you’ll be able to see all that junk on your buck before you pull the trigger.
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A large-frame-style hunting blind for less than $100? That’s impressive. And you can get it at Rural King. This model boasts a five-hub design, brush loops for adding natural cover, and shoot-through mesh windows. It incorporates zipper-less entry for a quiet arrival and departure. This product is ideal for both bow and gun hunting. It’s 75 inches by 75 inches hub-to-hub, 58 inches by 58 inches at ground level, and it rises to 66 inches at its center height. You can fit up to three large people in it. Yet it only weighs 18.6 pounds and comes with a backpack, stakes and tie-down ropes.
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The Elk 101 Combo Three-Pack is ideal for anyone planning a trip to the mountains next fall. It comes with the C1 All Star, a versatile mouth call for making everything from calf sounds to bugles; the open-reed C50 Temptress, and the C25 Bully Bull Extreme Grunt Tube for bugling.
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At 4 pounds, 7 ounces, the Falcon pack is a perfect day pack that's capable of hauling heavy loads in a pinch. It has a dual directional frame, and a vented-back design that doesn’t restrict airflow. It has two main compartments, as well as smaller ones, with a combined 2,500 cubic inches of space. It comes with a blaze-orange rain fly, webbing straps for attaching additional gear and a drop-down pocket for carrying your gun or bow.
Buy Now: Alps Outdoorz Falcon Backpack
While this 8-inch pair of boots sports an aggressive design, they’re still stealthy and quiet under normal conditions. These non-insulated, nylon boots are waterproof, weigh 46 ounces, and are very comfortable for those all-day hunts.
Buy Now: Danner Vital Boots
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