10 Ingenious Deer Hunting Gear Items New for 2018


Have You Seen These New Pieces of Tech Yet?

Bear Divergent BowTenPoint Eclipse RCX CrossbowsEaston Axis Match-Grade ArrowsMagellan Outdoors Men’s Ozark Insulated BibsVanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 BinocularsTenzing TZ 2220Moultrie S-50i Game CameraKlymit 0-Degree Sleeping BagsPelican Elite 50-Quart CoolerWinchester Deer Season XP Copper Impact Ammo

1 | Bear Divergent Bow

This new bow has been hyped up for days. And quite a buzz it’s created. The new Divergent is hot off the press and ready for the deer woods. This new bow feels great in the hand. It’s quiet and sports minimal vibration. Plus, it’s fast. But don’t take my word for it. Check it out yourself. It’s a smooth bow.

MSRP: $699.99

Speed: 338 fps

Weight: 3.9 pounds

Brace Height: 6.5 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 28 inches

Let-Off: 75 percent

Draw Weight: 45 to 60 or 55 to 70 pounds

Draw Length: 25.5 to 30 inches

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2 | TenPoint Eclipse RCX Crossbows

The new Eclipse RCX from TenPoint is a sweet piece of tech. It boasts incredible power, handles really well and is extremely accurate. This bow carries on the legacy that’s long been established by TenPoint.

MSRP: $1,149.99

Speed: 370 fps

Power: 116 fp

Weight: 6.9 pounds

Axle-to-Axle: 13.5 inches

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3 | Easton Axis Match-Grade Arrows

Need to restock your quiver? This all-carbon arrow shoots faster and gets deeper penetration. Plus, it’s really durable for a small-diameter shaft. It features high-strength carbon composite material. They come with high-quality nocks and inserts. Consider these if you are looking for small-diameter carbon arrows.

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4 | Magellan Outdoors Men’s Ozark Insulated Bibs

You like wearing insulated bibs on those cold hunts? This pair from Magellan Outdoors is both water-resistant and windproof. It also has reinforced fabric at the hem, Flex technology for added mobility, low-profile suspenders, two waist and two cargo pockets and is made with 100-percent polyester. These will keep you warm and dry in the field.

MSRP: $59.99

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5 | Vanguard Endeavor ED 10x42 Binoculars

These new binoculars from Vanguard are pretty sweet. Their 10x42-power makes for the perfect viewing in the timber and out in the open as well. Their rugged design will help them to last longer than many other competitor’s models currently on the market. These come in Realtree EDGE camo.

MSRP: $299.99

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6 | Tenzing TZ 2220

This pack is built so you can be a mobile hunter. This pack has a 2,220-cubic-inch capacity. But get this — it only weighs 4 pounds. Plus, it even has 11 compartments to keep your gear separate and organized. Comes in Realtree camo.

MSRP: $219.99

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7 | Moultrie S-50i Game Camera

This Moultrie camera is a great model from Moultrie. It has a 0.3-second trigger speed. That’s pretty fast. It also sports a 100-feet flash range and 80-feet detection range. Plus, it takes great night photos with the Illumi-Night Sensor technology. Simply put, this camera will get the job done for you.

MSRP: $199.99

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8 | Klymit 0-Degree Sleeping Bags

I’ve went on deer hunts where I’ve camped in sub-freezing temperatures. And it isn’t fun if you don’t have a quality sleeping bag. This awesome new option from Klymit is a great choice for those backwoods hunts or even when in the cabin. The draft collar, over-stuffed material, flexible baffles and insulated hood work together for excellent heat retention. This is a solid model if you’re looking for a new sleeping bag.

MSRP: $224.95

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9 | Pelican Elite 50-Quart Cooler

This new cooler has press-and-pull latches, molded-in tie downs, tethered plug, sloped drain, cup holders and a ruler. It’s 30 inches long, 20.3 inches wide and 20.4 inches tall. The interior size is 50 quarts (47 liters). Comes in Realtree camo.

MSRP: $349.99

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10 | Winchester Deer Season XP Copper Impact Ammo

Deer Season XP was already a great option for deer hunting. It wasn’t that it needed improving. But that’s exactly what Winchester decided to do — take an already incredible load and perfect it.

Some people wanted to see more pass-through shots on deer with the Deer Season XP load. They wanted the pass through to get an exit wound which would produce better blood trails. But it didn’t really matter, though, because most of the time deer were dropping within sight due to the sheer shock-power of the bullet.

That said, Winchester delivers. And now you have both the deeper penetration and the huge energy transfer. How? The new copper design allows the bullet to retain more weight when compared to the standard jacketed lead-core bullets. More weight translates to more momentum. And more momentum leads to deeper penetration.

Another great thing about the new offering is it boasts incredible rapid expansion. This is due to the large-diameter hollow-point polymer (red) tip that adorns the business end of this bullet. It mushrooms out just beautifully and really holds together well — even when making contact with excess amounts of bone and cartilage.

This new load will be available to deer hunters in 2018. Starting out, it’ll be offered in .243 Win. (85-grain), .270 Win. (130-grain), .308 Win. (150-grain), .30-06 Sprg. (150-grain) and .300 Win. Mag (150-grain). These will be sold in 20-round boxes.

I used the .30-06 Sprg. option on this hunt. But my favorite centerfire caliber for whitetails is the .300 Win. Mag. It's hard to beat for older/bigger, more experienced hunters.

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