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New Guns & Gear 2009

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1. Bayou Meto Shotgun Sling Comes With Quik Attach Duck Strap

Combine a duck strap with a gun sling and you are left with free hands, which is a good thing when hiking to a hunting spot. Heavy Hauler Outdoor Gear’s Bayou Meto sling/strap is made of neoprene with sharkskin no-slip backing. The strap, which features a side-release buckle, can be left on the sling or stowed in a pocket or bag. heavyhauleroutdoorgear.com

2. Bushnell’s BackTrack May Be Simplest GPS Unit

Waterfowlers who struggle with multi- functional GPS units may want to check out Bushnell’s BackTrack, which may be the simplest device of its kind on the market. Hunters can store and locate three locations using the latest digital technology. Featuring a high-sensitivity SIRF Star III GPS receiver and self-calibrating digital compass, the BackTrack is also compact, weather resistant, and available in five colors. bushnell.com

3. Motorola Talkabout Features 35-mile Range

Transmission range is no problem for Motorola’s new MR355R two-way radio. Dressed in Realtree AP HD, this radio is functional up to 35 miles with access to eight built-in repeater channels. The MR355R is equipped with a power-boost feature, a silent VibraCall function, seven NOAA weather channels, and an LED flashlight. hellowmoto.com

4. Super Tac Flashlight Provides Long-Range Illumination

Streamlight has gone long-range with its Super Tac flashlight. Powered by two lithium batteries, the Super Tac provides a powerful targeting light beam. Made of anodized machined aluminum, this flashlight resists moisture and operates with remote switches. streamlight.com



1. Columbia’s Super Wader Widgeon Jacket

Columbia’s Super Wader Widgeon Parka is, as one would think, short in length to allow for wading in waist-deep water. Omni-Tech provides a waterproof outer shell for this layering system, which also includes an interchangeable liner that allows you to stay comfortable in all conditions. columbia.com

2. Hodgman Offers DU Wader Designs

The Ducks Unlimited line of high-quality neoprene waterfowling waders and hip boots is now available from Hodgman. Waterfowlers can choose between 3.5 mm and 5 mm weights, and the line includes men’s, women’s, youth, and stout models available in Advantage Max-4, Mossy Oak Break-Up, and Mossy Oak Shadow Grass. hodgman.com

3. Browning X-Trafit Waterfowl Glove

Browning is excited about its new waterfowling glove featuring Gore-Tex X-Trafit technology. These waterproof, windproof, and breathable gloves feature articulated fingers and allow for complete dexterity and a sure grip. browning.com

4. QuikCamo Combines Cap, Facemask

Caps and facemasks are popular with waterfowlers everywhere. So why not put them together? That’s just what QuikCamo decided to do—combine a cap with a drop-down facemask that will help hide gunners from birds’ prying eyes. These cap/mask combos are available in three different models and seven camouflage patterns. quickcamo.com

5. Drake Goes Old School

Those who yearn for the good old days—as in the traditional brown camouflage pattern—can thank Drake for answering the call. The company’s Old School collection is a limited-time apparel and accessories offering. Among the many products featuring this look are the early-season waterproof shirt, midseason fleece-lined jacket, cap, and late-season bibs. drakewaterfowl.com

6. Scout a Perfect Match for Field Gunners

Waterfowlers who hunt in dry fields will want to check out Wolverine’s new Scout boot, which is waterproof and insulated with 400-gram Thinsulate. The boot’s rubber lug outsole provides flexibility. The Scout is available in Mossy Oak Breakup II mini print and Maxi brown. wolverine.com

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