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New Gear for Waterfowlers - 2007

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by Gary Koehler

Grizzly 700 Fi Ducks Unlimited Edition

Yamaha’s new Grizzly 700 Fi is built to handle the most demanding field conditions. The 700 special Ducks Unlimited Edition features an industry-exclusive electric power steering system that makes steering easier and lessens kickback. The 700’s fully automatic Ultramatic transmission is the most advanced drive system in the business. Four-wheel drive engages on command or with the push of a button. The digital instrument panel includes an LCD display with speedometer, odometer, hour meter, and fuel gauge. The 700 Fi features four-wheel disc brakes with separate front and rear controls, and fully independent four-wheel suspension. Yamaha is a DU official licensed partner. www.yamaha-outdoors.com

Greenhead Gear Expands Decoy Line

Not known to rest on past successes, Greenhead Gear has expanded its already massive decoy line. New goose decoys include the life-size Pro-Grade Canada and specklebelly floaters in rester and sleeper styles, as well as a speck active style. The Canadas come with flocked heads. There are also snow and blue goose floaters in active poses. On the duck front, life-size mallards and black ducks are available as no-head feeders and sleepers. Also new are mallard and black duck over-size series floaters in the sleeper position. Greenhead Gear is a DU official licensed partner. www.greenheadgear.com

Primos Floating Decoy and Blind Bags

There’s no reason to panic if you drop the new Primos decoy bag in the water. Foam strips are sewn into the mesh to keep it afloat. It holds about 30 standard-size or 18 magnum decoys and features padded shoulder straps, no-tangle cinch rope, and a no-drift clip that attaches to a belt or waders. The bag is made of 600-denier polyester with weather-resistant coating. Also check out Primos’ floating blind bag, which is available in a variety of camouflage patterns, features eight pockets, and has a rubber bottom that helps protect contents. Primos also sells a complete line of DU-licensed waterfowl calls. www.primos.com

New Calls from Haydel’s

If you are seeking a call with a different look, check out Haydel’s new Carbon Kwacker double-reed with a carbon fiber finish. Also new is the Black Hole mallard call, a double-reed styled after the popular 25th anniversary model. The DR-85 has reached legendary status over the years, and Haydel’s has now built one in pink for the ladies. The Magnum Wood Duck call, also new for 2007, provides increased volume. Finally, there’s the Compensator Crane call, which is easy to blow. http://www.haydels.com/

Plano Sportsman’s Trunk

Plano’s 1819 Sportsman’s trunk has a 27-gallon capacity and is a handy addition to your truck, SUV, or boat. The Sportsman’s trunk is lockable and features rustproof latches and tie-down brackets. It measures 37 3/4 inches long, 18 1/4 inches wide, and 14 inches high. www.planomolding.com

Rig’Em Right Anchor System

The Rig’Em Right decoy anchor system is designed for shallow-water use, with a choice of lines measuring 30 inches and 54 inches. Just snap one end of the cord onto your decoy keel and toss it out. The egg-type anchor will slide down the cord when the decoy hits the water. When you are   finished hunting, there is no need to wrap the anchor line around the decoy or keel. Simply attach each decoy’s line to the carrying clip. The company also offers a compact Jerk Rig that adds motion to your spread and will fit (minus decoys) in a pocket-sized bag for transport. www.rigemright.com

Avery’s RUFF Stand

Avery Outdoors has a new retriever platform that will keep your dog high and dry while hunting. The RUFF Stand Field System is built for easy transport, setup, and takedown. You can build a makeshift blind or combine the RUFF with the company’s Ground Force Dog Blind. The unit features an aluminum frame and PVC top, weighs 15 pounds, includes a shoulder strap and carry handle, and has six adjustable height settings. Weight capacity is 150 pounds. Avery, a DU official licensed partner, manufactures a complete line of blind bags, laydown and boat blinds, and other waterfowling accessories. www.averysportingdog.com and www.averyoutdoors.com

Guide’s Choice Waterfowl Mix

Guide’s Choice from Mossy Oak Biologic is a proven plant blend designed to help hunters and other conservationists better manage their property for waterfowl. Available in 20-pound bags, Guide’s Choice is a blend of Japanese millet, sorghum, rice, and buckwheat. It is simple to plant and can be easily grown in dry soil and flooded later like a traditional food plot. This mix works well in combination with managed native plants. Guide’s Choice matures within 60 days in some regions. Mossy Oak Biologic is a DU official licensed partner. www.mossyoakbiologic.com

Grand Passage Blind Bags

Browning’s new Grand Passage blind bags are available in two sizes, both in Mossy Oak Duck Blind camouflage. These bags feature a 900-denier polyester outer shell and reinforced liners. Closed cell foam and a hard-molded form ensure buoyancy and water-resistance. The main compartment is complemented by outside zippered storage pockets. Also new are the Grand Passage decoy bag, which features a foam bottom that allows the bag to float, and a round-bottom decoy bag. Both can hold up to three dozen standard decoys. www.browning.com

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