The newest products from Realtree partners for finding and getting a shot at next year's buck
Serious bowhunters know that a successful hunt is usually just the culmination of a months-long puzzle. It's the prep that truly matters. Today’s hunters know more about the big game they’re chasing than any generation prior — and they’re more successful at it, too. This is partly because of all the great resources and gear we have at our disposal that helps us prepare for the big moment. These new products from our partners can make the difference in getting a shot next season — or not. Check ’em out, and keep checking in because our 2020 coverage of the Archery Trade Show is ongoing. When we find new stuff, you’ll learn about it here.
Plenty of blinds claim to fit multiple hunters and be both bow- and gun-hunter friendly. The Rhino R600 actually delivers the goods, with a 60-inch X 60-inch floor space and a 71-inch center height. Large front windows on three panels, plus a smaller window near the door, ensure plenty of shooting opportunity regardless of your weapon choice. Even better, each window features both shoot-through mesh as well as solid fabric covers that open and close on adjustable “silent slide” tracks. The R600 is built with 600 denier polyester thread that’s both wicked-tough and weatherproof; capable of withstanding rain, snow, ice and wind. All stress points are reinforced with triple-stitched corners and reinforcements. It's finished in our all-new EXCAPE camo pattern.
Spartan’s all-new “The Ghost” sports some upgraded features from their popular Go-Cam, like illuminated buttons for easier setup handling, a larger profile for durability, an anti-slide back cover, and two tripod threads. In an age when cam-theft is a problem, the Ghost has an on-board GPS that allows you to track the cameras even when the batteries are removed. The Ghost also features an internal battery which can be charged with a 12 Volt external power source or 12 AA batteries. The cam features an 80-foot detection range and an impressive .06-second trigger speed.
It’s no secret that the longer you can stick in a treestand, the better your chances of tagging that dream buck. Make those stand hours more comfortable with the new Treestand Hunter, which incorporates the traditional warmth and comfort of Thermaseat products with the added benefit of a backrest that straps around the tree. Softek closed-cell foam construction provides the cushioning needed for long stints in a stand, and the Silent Touch fabric ensures whisper-quiet maneuvering. In addition to being lightweight and durable, the Treestand Hunter is also waterproof.
The brand known for treestand safety makes good products for treestand comfort, too. The new HSS Heated Muff Pak brings the firepower you need to win the battle against cold hands. Heating coils, warmed by plugging them into a USB port, are distributed throughout the muff. The coils heat up within 2 minutes, yet provide up to 5 hours of comfort in a deer stand. Four exterior pockets — two zipped pockets and an accessory pocket in the front, and a mesh bellow pocket in the back — provide storage, and a polar fleece lining ensures maximum comfort. The generous web belt adjusts from 34 to 49 inches, and an included expansion strap, which extends up to 60 inches, is perfect for the days that require multiple layers. ElimiShield scent control is standard on this innovative hand warming system.
Hunters who don’t have a few acres of lush food plots or the option of sitting over a timed feeder can now compete with those who do, thanks to Big & J’s new Liquid Luck Attractant Spray. This new-for-2020 deer magnet is formulated with a long-lasting, deer-attracting aroma that can simply be sprayed on stumps, limbs, or wherever you want to position a buck for an easy shot. Not only does Liquid Luck give you an advantage while hunting, it will also allow you to take inventory much easier with your trail cameras.
Summit is dominant in the world of climbers, and the Viper SD is king. It has a closed-front style, weighs 20 pounds and has a 300-pound weight limit. The seat frame size is 22.5 inches wide by 37.5 inches deep. The platform frame size is 20 inches wide by 36 inches deep. And it’s a breeze to climb with.
The Viper comes in 3-person or 4-person models. The 3P weighs 20 pounds, is 72 inches tall, 73 inches wide and 58 by 58 inches wide at the ground level. The 4P weighs 21 pounds, is 74 inches tall, 82 inches wide, and is 66 by 66 inches where it meets the ground. Both models have very quiet doors, silent window adjustments, water-resistant material, and a nearly-360-degree field of view.
Coming in at 66 inches tall and 75 inches wide, this is a roomy ground blind. It weighs 16 pounds and has a 58-inch by 58-inch footprint. It’s has a three-person capacity, offers silent door and window technology and even comes with brush strips.
Want a ground blind on stilts? The new 12-foot Homestead offers elevation and concealment. It’s made from durable 210D material, has four double-zippered horizontal windows, four double-zippered porthole windows, and padded shooting rails. It has a 60-inch by 60-inch platform. Climb up into your blind with a sturdy ladder and double trap doors. It’s made of steel, weighs 171.08 pounds and has a weight rating of 500 pounds. It’s solid quad pod.
BOG Grave Digger Ground Blind
The brand-new Grave Digger is every ground blind bowhunter’s dream. It’s easy (and quiet) to pop up, and you have standing room inside of it while doing so. It has a silent zipper and track technology that makes opening windows and doors very quiet. It’s made of 300D Oxford fabric with UV protection, so it should weather long trips afield. It even comes with a 360-degree curtain window and mesh system for better viewing capabilities.
LazyMan Outdoors Econo Hut
Want a hard-sided blind that’s more affordable? This is the option for you. It’s 5 feet wide, 5 feet deep, 6 feet tall and weighs only 100 pounds. It has tinted plexiglass windows, corrugated material and will definitely keep you warm and dry during the hunt.
Covert Blackhawk 20 LTE
Covert has long been a leader in the camera market. The Blackhawk 20 LTE is part of that legacy, and now it’s offered in Realtree EDGE and Timber. This model has a 64-degree field of view, 100-foot flash range and 0.4-second trigger speed. It’s powered by 12 AA batteries and can take up to 10-shot bursts. The Blackhawk 20 LTE has an extremely quiet trigger and comes with a 2-year warranty. It's lean, mean muscle in a trail camera.
Need a new cushion for your tushy? This 2-pound, 16x14x2.5-inch option will keep it warm, dry and comfortable. Its proven GelCore layer sports fabric technology that’s durable. It effectively redistributes seated pressure and reduces nerve compression. It has two side elastic loops and one top strap for extra security.
This little guy packs a big punch. It’s lean, mean and makes you a hunting machine, as they say. It’s great for those who have long walks in, hunt in hilly terrain, or simply need to cut weight to make those long entry and exit routes into the stand more bearable. All in all, this harness doesn’t have the pockets you might want. But it does have the lightweight design all deer hunters need, especially on those hot, early season hunts. It also features, a more breathable mesh upper design, ElimiShield Hunt Scent Control Technology (heat-fused into fabric), hidden mesh cell phone pocket (in chest strap), maneuverability-optimizing slim design, and more.
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