Take your pick from this selection of the hottest products on the waterfowling market
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Beretta A400 Xplor Unico Will Catch Your Eye There's no mistaking the distinctive look of Beretta's new A400 Xplor Unico shotgun. The green receiver sets it apart. After three years of development, the Beretta Xplor is the lightest 12-gauge autoloader on the market. The Xplor features a 3½-inch chamber and cycles every type of 12-gauge ammo. Recoil is reduced through this shotgun's Kick-Off system, as well as a third hydraulic damper added inside the stock. A piston elastic band cleans the internal cylinder and provides for smooth cycling.
Beretta A400 Xplor Unico, beretta.com
New Options Available on Several Browning Shotguns The Browning Silver Field autoloader is now available in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity camouflage. Ditto for Browning's BPS pump-action shotgun line. You may also recognize high-relief engraving upgrades in Browning's Cynergy Classic Field and Classic Sporting over/unders. Vector Pro lengthened forcing cones, which enhance shot performance by decreasing friction and increasing velocity, have also been added to all 2010 Citori and Cynergy shotguns in 12- and 20-gauge models.
Browning Silver Field, browning.com
Remington 11-87 Sportsman Field Models Have Classic Style Tired of composites? Seeking a shotgun with a more traditional appearance? Check out Remington's Model 11-87 Sportsman Field. Available in both 12- and 20-gauge models, the Sportsman Field features a satin-finish walnut stock and fore-end complete with fleur-de-lis checkering. The 12-gauge is fitted with a 28-inch barrel; the 20-gauge sports a 26-inch barrel. Both models come with a vent-rib barrel, nickel-plated bolt, and gold-plated trigger and are chambered for 2 3/4- and 3-inch loads. They are also fully compatible with RemChokes.
Remington 11-87 Sportsman Field, remington.com
Winchester Adds to Super X3 Line The fine folks at Winchester have been busy, introducing a Super X3 All-Purpose Field 12-gauge and a Walnut Field 20-gauge to their roster. The 12-gauge model is available with a 3 1/2-inch chamber and a 26- or 28-inch barrel. The package includes three choke tubes, Dura-Touch Armor Coating, and Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity camouflage. The 20-gauge comes with a 3-inch chamber and a 26- or 28-inch barrel. Both autoloaders also include the Invector-Plus choke tube system.
Winchester Super X3 All-Purpose Field, winchesterguns.com
Mossberg Maverick Hunter Has New Look O.F. Mossberg has gone Maverick. New to this gun maker's line is the Maverick Hunter over/under shotgun, a 12-gauge built for the field. Chambered for 2 3/4- and 3-inch loads, this Maverick features 28-inch, matte blue finished barrels and a stylish synthetic stock. Improved cylinder and modified choke tubes and a gun lock are included.
Mossberg Maverick Hunter, mossberg.com
Weatherby Waterfowler Features New Camo Weatherby has stepped outside the box in dressing up its Waterfowler edition autoloader. This 12-gauge features the Mothwing Mimicry Marsh camouflage pattern, an interesting look to be sure. The Waterfowler comes with a 3-inch chamber, 28-inch barrel, vented top rib, and unique dual valve system for a wide range of load versatility.
Weatherby Waterfowler, weatherby.com
Environ-Metal Strengthens Hevi-Metal Lineup Introduced a year ago, Hevi-Metal waterfowl loads by Environ-Metal Inc. contain a weight-balanced mix of steel and Hevi-Shot pellets. This year's additions to the lineup include 12-gauge, 3 1/2-inch, 1 1/2-ounce loads of 4s (1,500 fps); 12-gauge, 3-inch, 1 1/4-ounce loads of 4s (1,500 fps); and 20-gauge, 3-inch, 1-ounce loads of 2s (1,350 fps) in 25-count boxes. The company has also added No. 7 shot to its Classic Doubles ammo roster for upland gunners using older shotguns. hevishot.com
Federal Black Cloud Loads Up for Snows Federal Premium's new Black Cloud Snow Goose steel ammo is designed specifically for taking these wary birds. These 12-gauge, 3-inch, 1 1/8-ounce loads are available in BBs and 2s and come with a mix of Federal's exclusive Flightstopper steel (40 percent) and standard steel (60 percent) pellets. These loads also feature the rear-braking Flightcontrol wad for better patterning efficiency. Muzzle velocity is a blistering 1,635 feet per second. federalpremium.com
Remington HyperSonic Steel Gets There Faster Duck and goose gunners will take note of Remington's HyperSonic Steel ammo line. These soon-to-be-introduced loads will incorporate a revolutionary wad system and slower-burning powders that provide for high velocities—up to 1,700 feet per second. They will be available in 12-gauge, 3-inch, 1 1/8-ounce loads of BBs, 2s, and 4s; 12-gauge, 3-inch, 1 1/4-ounce loads of BBs, 1s, 2s, and 4s; and 12-gauge, 3 1/2-inch, 1 3/8-ounce loads of BBs, 2s, and 4s. remington.com
Accessories: Calls, Decoys, Clothing, Tools and Blinds
1. Silver Anniversary for Haydel's Popular DR-85 Haydel's Game Calls is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its DR-85 double-reed duck call this year with a limited edition model featuring a green finish. In addition, their big-barreled Cutdown Mallard call is back in a hybrid version, a carbon fiber specklebelly call will hit the shelves, and a high-volume blue-winged teal call has been added to the lineup. haydels.com
2. Speck Call Looks and Sounds Real Central Illinois game call maker Bob Hayes went the extra mile in designing this speck call. Incorporating the markings of a white-fronted goose—or specklebelly as the bird is commonly known—Hayes created a unique-looking call worthy of notice. This nifty speck call is user friendly and has been field tested. hayescalls.com
3. Hobo Walks Tall into Calling World Three-time World Live Duck Calling Champion Kent Cullum has introduced a lineup of duck calls under the Hobo company umbrella. The Hobo Hunter is a wood/polycarbonate call available in single- or double-reed designs. The Prime Meat is a single-reed offered in both wood and acrylic. The ICU2 is Hobo's signature double-reed, capable of ringing at the top end and blowing low and soft at the bottom. hoboduckcalls.com
Greenhead Gear Decoy Line Continues to Grow Specialty packages are among the latest additions to Greenhead Gear's extensive decoy roster. New to the market are early season hen packs for mallards, green-winged teal, and blue-winged teal. The all-brown decoys more closely resemble the drab plumage ducks have in early fall. The mallard pack includes two surface-feeder hens, two rester hens, and two swivel-head active hens. The teal packs include three surface-feeder hens and three rester hens. If that's not enough, check out the company's oversize diver package, which includes two canvasbacks, two goldeneyes, and two buffleheads. All Greenhead Gear decoys are officially licensed by DU, and your purchase of these products will support DU's conservation efforts. greenheadgear.com
Final Approach Diversifies Its Decoys New to the market is the Final Approach Gunners HD line, which includes canvasback and green-winged teal floaters and mallard field shells. Designed by master carver Marty Hanson, these decoys feature custom paint schemes and intricate feather detail. The field mallards include motion stakes and a handy head attachment system. fabrand.com
Hawkeye Decoys Offers Snow Goose Silhouettes Hawkeye Decoys Inc. has expanded its product line to include three-dimensional, interlocking snow goose silhouettes. Weighing only 3 ounces each, these lightweight, collapsible decoys move in the slightest wind. Made of UV-resistant signage material, they can withstand just about anything Mother Nature can dish out. hawkeyedecoys.com
Clothing (Waders, Outerwear and Boots)
Hodgman Brightons Made for Active Use Hodgman's new Brighton wader line includes hip boots and both waist-high and chest waders. These well-constructed neoprene waders feature Dura-Stretch coating for a more comfortable fit and insulated boots. All designs will be available in Realtree MAX-4 or Mossy Oak Duck Blind camouflage. hodgman.com
Whitewater Outdoors Offers DU-Branded Warm-Weather Apparel Early season waterfowl hunting can often mean balmy weather. Whitewater Outdoors has concentrated on filling that apparel niche by offering four new garments designed to keep you cool. These garments—all of which will be available in Mossy Oak Duck Blind camouflage—include a long sleeve T-shirt, seven-button shirt, six-pocket pant, and S3Bamboo mock turtleneck. S3 is a lightweight technical fabric resembling silk that naturally regulates body temperature, making it suitable for a variety of conditions. Whitewater Outdoors is an official licensee of Ducks Unlimited. whitewateroutdoors.com
Filson Outfitter Sweater Has New Look Filson has revamped its Outfitter sweater, a garment custom made for cold mornings in the duck blind. The new version is made of Merino wool with oil finish cover cloth on the shoulders and sleeves for water repellency and abrasion resistance. Ribbed cuffs and waistband ensure a snug fit to retain heat. filson.com
Columbia Moves Ahead with Omni-Heat Technology There will no longer be any reason to be cold in the duck blind. Columbia is adding Omni-Heat thermal reflective technology to its Wader Widgeon and Quad parkas. This reflective lining provides added warmth without the bulk of heavier apparel. Combine that with the company's Omni-Tech waterproofing system, and you've got the ultimate in cold-weather outerwear. And, yes, this clothing retains breathability. The company says that these products will have the highest warmth-to-weight ratio of any branded insulation in the industry. columbia.com
LaCrosse Mallard Hip Waders Provide Custom Fit Hunters who primarily hunt in shallow water should take a look at LaCrosse's Mallard hip waders, which stretch for a personalized fit. These puncture-resistant hippers are made of 3.5 mm neoprene and feature 1,000 grams of Thinsulate Ultra in the boot. They are available in Mossy Oak Duck Blind camouflage. lacrossefootwear.com
Wolverine Forester is Warm and Waterproof Whether you're tromping through a muddy cornfield, hiking through the woods, or hanging around camp, being waterproof and warm are keys to comfort. Enter Wolverine's Forester, an 8-inch boot insulated with 600 grams of Thinsulate Ultra. The body is constructed of waterproof full-grain leather and 1,000 Denier nylon. Inside is a removable foot cushion. This boot will be available in brown or Mossy Oak Break-Up II. wolverine.com
1. Browning Expands Knife Roster with Obsession Series Browning continues to add to its sporting knife roster with the Obsession Series. These folding lock-back knives feature Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel blades. The main blade has a drop-point design, and the two-blade model comes with an accompanying gut hook that's handy for dressing wild game. Handles are made of stainless steel with either G-10 or wood inserts. A nylon sheath is included. browning.com
2. Nightlighter Cap Features Beam in the Bill There's a new wrinkle in the lighted cap market called the Nightlighter, which features a bill with three built-in LED lights. The cap is made of cotton twill. Replaceable batteries are housed in the cap's lining and last up to 25 hours. An on/off switch is hidden under the bill. All electronics are waterproof. totes.com
3. Wenger RangerGrip Has Ergonomic Feel Multi-tools are handy complements to any duck hunter's blind bag, especially if they are comfortable. Wenger has got that covered with its RangerGrip 179 Patagonia Expedition Race Swiss Army Knife. Built for a survival competition in the rugged wilds of Patagonia, this multi-tool features 11 implements capable of performing at least 15 functions. The yellow body makes it easy to find on the ground or in your blind bag. wengerna.com
L.L. Bean Duck House Designed for Portability It's always best to hunt where the birds are, and L.L. Bean's Duck House blind allows you to do just that. This portable blind can accommodate up to three hunters and a dog. Made of lightweight nylon, the Duck House sets up quickly and features a retractable roof panel, built-in windows, and a side door for your retriever. llbean.com
Field Bully Keeps Your Dog Hidden Keeping your retriever concealed is a priority for many duck and goose hunters. Rig'em Right's Field Bully dog blind may fill the bill. This blind is 18 inches high at the peak to accommodate both large and small dogs. The Field Bully has a padded floor and opens at either end. This blind will be available in Realtree Max4-HD camouflage. rigemright.com
Ghillie Covers Can Help You Disappear The traditional Ghillie suit has expanded its realm. In addition to the personal camouflage version, you can now purchase Ghillie mats, blankets, and blind covers. These products are made of lightweight synthetic material that does not absorb water. Four color patterns are available in various sizes. Also, check out the company's folding blind. ghilliesuits.com