Gerald Almy: New gear unveiled for hunters
If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for the sportsman in the family or just need to upgrade your own hunting gear, here are some excellent new items worth looking into for the 2018 season including ammo, optics, footwear, rifles, and knives.
Kuiu Scarpa R-Evolution Trek Boots. I’ve been fortunate to be able to field test many high-quality hunting boots in my job as an outdoor writer, but this may be the best pair of boots I’ve ever had a chance to wear in the woods. If you like light weight and footwear with a lot of support, these new offerings from Kuiu fit the bill perfectly. They’re also sharp-looking and quite rugged, putting up with some heavy use in my field testing in rocky and brushy terrain.
The Vibram-soled featherweight hikers will be getting lots of use from this hunter unless snow over 6 inches is in the forecast. Then I’ll switch to a higher-topped boot. But in light rain and hunting in wet vegetation conditions, the Gore-Tex linings in these R-Evolution Trek boots kept my feet completely dry and comfortable.
The Scarpa boot uses the company’s Sock Fit Technology to embrace the total foot, supporting both ankles and arch firmly yet comfortably. Weight is less than 3 pounds, so you can go longer hiking those high ridges and mountain peaks in quest of that elusive trophy whitetail buck or burly-shouldered black bear. Kuiu.com.
Remington Model 700 AWR (American Wilderness Rifle). This venerable company’s new Model 700 AWR bolt-action features a Grayboe fiberglass and epoxy stock with a black Cerakote finish anchored to Remington’s rugged 416 stainless steel action. The free-floated barrel is a 24-inch 5R, allowing longer periods between cleanings. Trigger used is the crisp-breaking X-Mark Pro with near zero creep, externally adjustable by the user.
This attractive new rifle is available in .270 Win., .30-06, 7mm Rem. Mag., and .300 Win. Mag. It has a 13.375-inch length of pull and magazine capacity or 3 or 4, depending on the caliber chosen. Remington.com.
Federal Premium Edge TLR Rifle Cartridges. Whether your quarry is a 200-pound bear at 50 yards in brush or a deer 250 yards across a soybean field, Federal Premium’s new Edge TLR ammo has you covered. Up close, its bonded lead core and copper shank provide deep penetration. At long range, the Slipstream tip ensures low-velocity expansion with reduced wind drift while Accuchannel groove technology minimizes drag.
The cartridge has a high ballistic coefficient and boasts match-grade long-range accuracy. It’s available in .308, .30-06, .300 Win. Mag, and .300 Win. Short Mag. Federalpremium.com.
Buck Momentum Knife. This elegant offering from Buck springs open with a quick flick of the thumb using its patented ASAP Technology. The anodized black 6061 T6 aluminum handle has a removable stainless steel clip and heavy-duty fasteners attach the 3 1/8-inch drop point, satin-finish blade.
The 330V steel used contains chromium, molybdenum, and vanadium, double-tempered to a Rockwell hardness of Rc 59.5-61 for superb edge retention and corrosion resistance. The blade is full-bellied with a strong point, making it good for general outdoor camp work, but also perfect for field-dressing game with it’s drop-point design. Buckknives.com.
Leupold Mark 8 Riflescope. This versatile riflescope from Leupold will cover all hunting situations with its 8:1 magnification range. The front focal plane reticle magnifes along with the image, allowing easy range estimation at all settings. Different coating materials are incorporated for each lens surface based on the lens’ index of refraction and function so each coating eliminates reflections.
Lens exteriors are then treated with DiamondCoat 2 for higher light transmission and abrasion resistance, exceeding military standards for hardness and durability. Scope adjustments are 1/10th mil per click. It’s offered in a 1-8×24 and 3.5-25×56, with or without illumination. Leupold.com.
Leica Magnus I Riflescope. This is the second generation of Leica’s top end European riflescope, now available to American hunters featuring a slimmer eyepiece design, improved battery life, and easier battery replacement. The Magnus series includes 1-6.3×24, 1.5-10×42, and 1.8-12x50mm models built on 30 mm tubes to suit a wide variety of hunting conditions.
The scopes offer superb light transmission, crisp images and a wide field of view for quick target acquisition. The brightness control features 60 micro steps for precisely dialing in any light condition and an automatic off feature when not in use. The center-dot illuminated reticles come in plex, German 4, or ballistic. us-leica-camera.com.
Swagger All-Terrain Bipod. Using patented Crazy Legs Technology, Swagger’s new All-Terrain Bipods overcome the handicap of ordinary bipods and shooting sticks by offering flexibility if the quarry moves and you have to follow it with your riflescope. The adjustable hyper-extending legs use flexible joints that give you stability for making the shot, but maneuverability if the animal changes position.
Shoot prone, sitting, or standing. Lean forward or back, swing right or left, up or down. With the push of a button, the bipod can also function as a rigid-leg traditional model. Weight is just 23.6 ounces. Swaggerbipods.com.
Koola Buck Anti-Microbial Spray. When you down a deer or bear on a warm afternoon, you immediately face two battles. Bothersome flies start swarming as you field dress and quarter the animal, and bacteria begin to cause meat deterioration.
You can dramatically reduce both problems with Koola Buck’s cotton-poly Anti-Microbial XL Game Bags and new Anti-Microbial Spray, which lets you protect the meat without using bags. Citrus preservatives keep flies away and flavorless acids derived from the fruits plus other bacterial inhibitors reduce bacterial growth eight times more than untreated game. Koolabuck.com.
Award-winning outdoors writer Gerald Almy is a Maurertown resident.