If there is one thing I enjoy more than being outdoors its shopping for new outdoor gear. Even if I am not buying I love to see the latest and greatest in items designed to help me hunt better, catch more fish or be more comfortable while doing so. Of course, one of the problems is it usually requires hopping from one specialty store to another or surfing numerous websites. The first takes more time than I generally have and the latter prevents me from handling, feeling and testing what I like. But once a year I get the opportunity to see everything in one convenient place when I visit the Great American Outdoor Show.
The Great American Outdoor Show, held each February in Harrisburg Pa, is billed as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Show” and places 1,100 exhibitors under one roof. Over 650,000 sq. ft. of outfitters, vendors and industry representatives all in one place at the same time means you can see, handle and even try all the best in outdoor gear. It is a true sportsmen’s smorgasbord.
Although I often have a list of tried and true favorites I am hoping to pick up what I most look forward to is seeing the new groundbreaking ideas that have made it off the drawing board. This year I not only attended the show but I collected some of the more interesting items to share with you. Enjoy!
Bow Mounted Decoy
As soon as I saw this I had to stop and learn more. The idea of a portable decoy blind that looks like a wild animal is not new, the Montana Decoy has been a mainstay with elk and antelope hunters for years. But what makes this version different is its compact size, designed to be mounted to your bow rather than carried in front of you.
Available in several models including antelope, deer, turkey, elk & cow and collapsible for easy carry this may be the next revolution in stalking wild game!
Get more information on it at: www.ultimatepredatorgear.com
If you’ve seen one spinnerbait your seen them all, or so I thought. The Deathshimmer adds a new twist, or bends to be exact, to the traditional design.
With a series of bends in the wire arm it looks like it was repeatedly slammed in your truck door, but once you toss it into the water you see these bends add a whole new dimension of action to your presentation. Increased vibration and shaking means more fishing attracting action, and the design also limits the dreaded flip during the retrieve.
Check them out for yourself! Go to: www.deathshimmer.com
Hands Free Weapon Carry System
At first glance the WCS by Pointblank Hunting appears to be a camouflaged load-bearing vest, similar to what your see SWAT officers wearing. While this may be the foundation for the design it is actually a whole lot more – a means of safely carrying a variety of long guns or bows hands free but readily accessible and able to be used at a moment’s notice.
Imagine if you could have your firearms ready to go but still have your hand available for calling, climbing or a host of other tasks? Well, now you can and you will not sacrifice a second in deployment time – its quicker and more secure than a traditional sling.
Learn more at: www.pbhunting.com