New Guns & Gear for 2017

DU 2017 Product Guide: Check out this year's selection of the latest shotguns, ammo, and gear for waterfowlers


By Ron Spomer and Chris Jennings


a. Benelli Super Black Eagle 3 Benelli recently unveiled the third generation of its inertia-driven Super Black Eagle autoloader. The new 3 1/2-inch 12-gauge SBE3 features several upgrades, including an improved locking bolt head, which is engineered to secure with minimal pressure and to stay locked during firing. Cold-weather performance is enhanced via an oversized safety, bolt release, and beveled loading port. A triangular-shaped magazine cap is easy to grip and open, even with a gloved hand. The gun's redesigned forearm is slimmer at the rear and wider toward the front, an improvement that minimizes the potential for your hand to slip during recoil. Improved Comfort Tech 3 chevrons embedded in the buttstock combine with a new Combtech pad to soften felt recoil. This is the softest-shooting, most reliable SBE ever.

b. Winchester Super X4 Waterfowling evolution. That's the theme behind Winchester's updated version of its Super X3 autoloader. The new SX4 features a larger trigger-guard opening and bolt handle for easier operation with gloved hands in cold weather. A fiber-optic sight allows you to see the end of the barrel in low light conditions, and a larger Inflex butt pad promises to minimize felt recoil. To improve handling, the gun's weight has been reduced by a quarter pound, and its balance has been shifted slightly forward to enhance follow-through. Additionally, the SX4's pistol grip has been slightly reshaped for better feel and control. These subtle changes result in a gun that mounts, swings, and shoots better than ever. Chromed, back-bored barrels and Invector-Plus choke tubes carry over from the SX3, as does the Active Valve Gas System, which adjusts automatically to cycle everything from 2 3/4- to 3 1/2-inch shells. 

c. Browning's New Wicked Wing A5 and Maxus This year Browning added several new touches to what it calls the Wicked Wing versions of its A5 and Maxus shotguns. Each gun comes with a handsome Cerakote Burnt Bronze finish on its barrel and receiver, as well as several camo pattern options for the stock and forearm, including Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades, Mossy Oak Bottomland, A-TACS AU, and Realtree MAX-5. Chromed bores keep things pristine inside, and an oversized bolt release combined with an extended bolt handle makes life easier for cold-fisted waterfowlers everywhere. The Wicked Wing series A5 and Maxus models are more durable and rust resistant than ever. 

d. Browning Citori CXS With its high-polished blued barrels and receiver, plus handsome glossy walnut stock, the new Browning Citori CXS should appeal to traditionalists. This 3-inch 12-gauge over/under also features vented top and side ribs for decreased air drag, Vector Pro forcing cones for reduced recoil and better patterning, and Invector-Plus Midas chokes for fine-tuning patterns. The stock's geometry is engineered to provide a flat point of impact rather than the slightly high POI found in most upland and trap guns. The Citori CXS is also available in a 20-gauge. 

e. Beretta A400 Lite 20-gauge Not every web-footed fowl requires a 12-bore invitation to dinner. Smaller 20-gauge guns can do the job nicely on decoying ducks, too. Weighing only 6.6 pounds, Beretta's A400 Lite 20-gauge may be the perfect tool for those who appreciate less bite with their shotgun's bark. This new autoloader features the GunPod2, a built-in digital hunting diary. The gun also includes modern upgrades such as Beretta's Kick-Off recoil system, Optima HP choke tubes, a fiber-optic front sight, and a microcore recoil pad.

f. Remington V3 Field Sport Walnut One of the most innovative gas systems in history is now available in a modern gun with a traditional walnut stock and finish. Remington's V3 Field Sport 12-gauge features the same VersaPort gas system found in other V3 models. The system uses the shotgun shell itself to close gas ports, which regulates the pressure to cycle 2 3/4- and 3-inch cartridges. The V3 comes with a 26- or 28-inch barrel, vent rib, satin walnut finish, twin beads, and three chokes. This smooth-shooting, lightweight gun combines state-of-the-art functionality with a touch of nostalgic class. As a proud partner of Ducks Unlimited, Remington helps support DU's conservation efforts.

g. Fabarm XLR5 Waterfowler Fabarm's XLR5 Waterfowler is now being offered with a larger Kryptek Banshee camouflage pattern and a soft-touch coating for an improved feel. The XLR5 Waterfowler is built around Fabarm's Pulse Piston system, which acts as a brake to progressively slow down the gun's action as the size of the payload increases, effectively reducing felt recoil. The gun is chambered for 3-inch shells and comes with either a 28-inch or 30-inch barrel. Fabarm's Tribore HP tapered bore is designed to reduce recoil and improve patterns. Other features include a ventilated rib, fiber-optic sights, oversized controls, and three choke tubes.

h. TriStar Viper Max The Turkish-built TriStar Viper autoloader has been on the American market for many years now. The company recently introduced a 12-gauge model engineered to handle everything from 2 3/4- to 3 1/2-inch shells. The TriStar Viper Max features two interchangeable pistons. Use the light piston for smaller loads, then remove and store it in the forearm while using the heavy piston for magnum loads. The gun weighs about 7 pounds, 4 ounces and is available in Realtree MAX-5 camo with 26-, 28-, or 30-inch barrels. Other features include a ventilated rib, magazine cutoff action, fiber-optic sight, swivel studs, and four Beretta Mobilchokes. 

i. Stoeger P3500 The P in this gun's name stands for pump, and the 3500 designation means that it's built to handle 3 1/2-inch loads. Think of this gun as the P3000's big brother. This extension of Stoeger's line of rugged pump-action shotguns sports a chrome-lined barrel with a ventilated rib, a fiber-optic sight, three choke tubes, twin action bars, and a rotating bolt head. The P3500 can be purchased with a 26- or 28-inch barrel and a black synthetic or Realtree MAX-5 stock. The gun's average weight is just over 7 pounds.

j. Barrett Sovereign Albany and Beltrami Barrett Sovereign, which manufactures tactical military sniper rifles, has introduced a couple of shotguns that are anything but military in form or function. The Albany over/under is a round-action boxlock with custom-engraved, coin-finished sideplates, while the Beltrami is a side-by-side boxlock with a straight-grip stock and equally fine engraving. Both guns are fitted with an oil-finished Turkish walnut stock, a singletrigger, and high-gloss blued steel. Although not exactly your foul-weather marsh guns, these Italian-built doubles will bring a touch of class to the duck blind on bluebird days. Both guns are available in 12-, 20-, and 28-gaugemodels. The 12 and 20 come with 3-inch chambers. Accessories include five choke tubes and a Barrett-branded case and sock.

k. Mossberg International SA-28 Here's another autoloader tailored more for upland gunning and clay target practice than for waterfowling. At merely 6 1/2 pounds, Mossberg's International SA-28 puts a whole new spin on utility. This handsome 28-gauge features glossy wood, a satin-finished aluminum receiver, and a glossy 26-inch, vent-rib steel barrel. Unlike Mossberg's better-known 930 and 935 semiautos, the SA-28 features a cross safety behind the trigger instead of a tang safety.


Federal Premium Black Cloud FS Steel with Flitecontrol Flex The performance of Federal Premium Black Cloud waterfowl loads through ported and wad-stripping choke tubes has been improved with the introduction of the line's new Flitecontrol Flex wad. The shot-protecting wad employs narrow slits in the sidewalls, which allow air to pass through the shot column without catching and tearing in ported chokes. The old wad's rear braking flaps have been replaced by newly designed fins that deploy downrange at the optimal time for payload separation. The payloads still contain 40 percent Flitestopper steel pellets and 60 percent premium steel pellets.

Kent Bismuth Loads Kent brought back bismuth loads last year and is now expanding its line of these nontoxic pellets for 2017. The company has tweaked its proprietary manufacturing techniques to produce more consistent and durable bismuth pellets for increased ballistic performance. Loads are now available in 2 3/4-inch shells for 12-, 16-, 20-, and 28-gauge guns in size 4, 5, and 6 shot. Velocities run from 1,200 to 1,350 fps. Kent is also offering a 3-inch 12-gauge bismuth load featuring 1 3/8 ounces of 4 or 5 shot at 1,450 fps. If you've been waiting to get that old classic double gun back in the field, here's your chance.

Browning Ammunition BXD Extra Distance 20-Gauge Browning has added a 20-gauge load to its BXD Waterfowl Extra Distance ammo line. Delivering 1 ounce of size 2 steel shot at 1,300 fps, these 3-inch loads offer knockdown power and consistency. 


a. Wren & Ivy Fowling Piece Case This attractive shotgun case by Wren & Ivy is custom made with the traditional wingshooter in mind. Crafted of bridle leather and waxed canvas, the Fowling Piece case is fleece-lined to protect your firearm's finish. Other quality features include brass zippers and buckles, a brass padlock, a leather shoulder strap, several storage pockets, and more. 

b. Birchwood Casey SportLock Soft Case Series Shotgun Case This soft gun case from Birchwood Casey is 52 inches long and built with two inches of quilted interior padding to protect your firearm. The case features heavy-duty zippers, carrying handles, a shoulder strap, an external accessory pocket, and a protective muzzle cap. 

c. Birchwood Casey Choke Tube Lube Avoid the headache of a stuck choke tube by using this specially formulated lubricant from Birchwood Casey. This non-evaporating choke tube lube withstands heat and provides maximum protection against friction and corrosion.

d. Real Avid Bore Boss Billed as “the smarter bore cleaner,” the Bore Boss from Real Avid is a self-contained cleaning tool that fits nicely in any blind bag. This 12-gauge bore cleaner features a braided mop, phosphor bronze brush, and 32-inch cable. Its compact storage case functions as a handle for pulling the mop through the gun bore.

e. Otis Technology Bio-Mix Starter Pack This gun-cleaning starter kit from Otis Technology comes with three tubes of biodegradable formulas to clean, lubricate, and protect your firearms. Also included is an all-purpose cleaning brush.

f. Otis Technology Dual Pack Otis offers two of its most popular biodegradable formulas in this economical Dual Pack. Firearm Surface Prep is an all-purpose cleaner designed to remove carbon and grit from your shotgun without disassembly. And Firearm Lubricant seeps into tight spaces and protects your gun's parts from friction.


a. Ducks Unlimited 80th Anniversary Performance Jacket This comfortable full-zip jacket features a fabric-bonded polyester outer shell, fleece liner, wind flaps, neck tape, and zippered front pockets. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this officially licensed product is used to support DU's conservation programs.

b. Sitka Gear Duck Oven Jacket Designed for late-season hunting, Sitka Gear's new Duck Oven Jacket will help you maintain your core body temperature in the coldest conditions. A combination of Windstopper technology, lightweight Primaloft insulation, and Gradient fabric provides warmth and comfort. This jacket also features a high neck and multiple pockets.

c. Beretta Interactive System (BIS) DryTek Active Jacket Beretta's DryTek Active Jacket is a two-layer Gore-Tex jacket designed to maximize your range of movement while providing comfort and protection from the elements. Waterproof and windproof, this jacket features a breathable mesh lining, soft polyester twill, and a 150-denier surface for quiet movement.

d. Rocky Waterfowl Waterproof Parka Rocky's new Waterfowl Waterproof Parka is built to keep you comfortable in cold, wet weather. The parka features the Rocky Waterproof system and 100 grams of Thermolite insulation. It also comes with plenty of pockets, including two cargo pockets with flip-out shell holders, a couple of hand-warmer pockets, and a waterproof inside pocket.

e. Halo Waterfowl Waxed Canvas Shell Jacket Tradition meets modern function and style in this new jacket from Halo Waterfowl. The Waxed Canvas Shell Jacket is hand-sewn in the United States and made of American textiles, including Martexin Original Wax and Heavy Martexin Water Repellent fabric. The Martin Corporation, which also dyes and finishes the fabric, has been in business since 1838.

f. Drake Guardian Elite Series New this year from Drake Waterfowl is the Guardian Elite Series line of extreme waterfowling apparel. The series includes four jackets, high-back pants, and a bib. Each piece of apparel is waterproof and windproof to stand up to harsh weather conditions. Drake Waterfowl is the official apparel partner of Ducks Unlimited, and your purchase of all Drake products helps support DU's conservation mission.


a. Muck Boot Woody Arctic Ice Boots When the mercury drops, these calf-high boots from the Muck Boot Company stand up to the challenges of cold-weather waterfowling. Woody Arctic Ice boots are fleece lined and feature an 8mm layer of CR flex-foam in the upper boot and a 2mm underlay of thermal foam in the foot area. The boots' Bob-Tracker outsole is molded to be rugged for steady footing even on ice.

b. LaCrosse Aero Elite Breathable Waders New from LaCrosse, these Aero Elite Breathable Waders are lightweight and comfortable for early-season hunts. Durable construction includes double-stitched seams, gaiter brush guards, a MOLLE-compatible shell belt, and a 3.5mm neoprene core for maximum mobility. Roll them down and convert them to wader pants by simply removing the suspenders.

c. Hard Core All Seasons Breathable Waders Hard Core Brands launched a full line of waders for 2017, including the company's flagship All Seasons Breathable Waders. These new waders feature a four-ply polyester shell with a single seam, 1,200-gram Thinsulate boots, 900-denier gaiter brush guards, and a unique zip-out insulated liner. They're available in Realtree MAX-5 and Realtree Original camo.

d. Gumleaf Norse Boots for Women Built for style and function, these handmade women's boots from Gumleaf USA are constructed of 85 percent natural rubber. They feature a top strap that can be adjusted for a perfect fit, as well as an air-cushioned heel and forefoot for support and comfort. These waterproof hunting boots are also lined with 4mm neoprene for warmth.

e. Itasca Marsh Trekker 800g Neoprene Boots Itasca's new Marsh Trekker 800g neoprene hunting boots sport DU's official Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades camo pattern. Wear them with pride and keep your feet warm in the coldest conditions. Completely waterproof, these DU-branded hunting boots feature a 4mm neoprene upper, 800 grams of 3M Thinsulate insulation, a comfort-cushion insole, and an EVA midsole. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this officially licensed product is used to support DU's conservation programs.


a. Pacific Deuces Acrylic Double-Reed Mallard 

b. Zink Greenhead Rocker Acrylic Double-Reed Mallard

c. Haydel's H2 Traditional Acrylic Double-Reed Mallard

d. Black Ops Flock Bomb Cut-Down Acrylic Single-Reed Mallard

e. Pure Hen Lights Out Acrylic Single-Reed Mallard

f. Power Torque CTi Carbon-Fiber Double-Reed Mallard

g. Echo Ace in the Hole Cut-Down Acrylic Single-Reed Mallard

h. 737 DOS Acrylic Double-Reed Mallard

i. Buck Gardner C3 Acrylic Double-Reed Mallard 

j. Let 'Em Lite Timber Master Acrylic Double-Reed Mallard


a. Riceland Acrylic Specklebelly

b. Pacific 530 Speck Acrylic White-Fronted Goose

c. Power Gravity CTi Carbon-Fiber Short-Reed Canada Goose

d. 737 Nitro Acrylic Canada Goose Short-Reed

e. Zink Long Neck Rocker Acrylic Short-Reed Canada Goose 


a. HydraPak Trek Kit Keep your retriever hydrated during training or hunting outings with the Hydrapak Trek Kit, which stores and delivers 100 ounces of water on the go. This collapsible water-storage pack features HydraPak's innovative dispensing system, complete with a drink tube, squeeze bulb, and pressure-activated valve. 

b. Mud River Magnum Hoss Food Storage Bag This handy bag from Mud River can hold up to 30 pounds of dry dog food. It features a water-resistant laminate shell, a roll-and-buckle closure, and a separate zip-up compartment at the base for holding food and water bowls.

c. SportDog NoBark SBC-R Collar SportDog's new electronic training collar is designed to effectively stop barking. The NoBark SBC-R collar features three training modes and 10 different levels of static stimulation that allow you to dial in the precise amount of correction necessary for your retriever. The collar, which is waterproof and submersible to 10 feet, runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that charges in two hours and lasts 200 hours per charge. As an official DU licensee, SportDog donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this product to support DU's conservation programs.

d. Dogtra Pathfinder High-Response Tracking and Training System Dogtra's new Pathfinder is a fully waterproof e-collar with GPS technology that allows you to track and train your retriever via your smartphone. Just download the free app and pair your phone with the collar and GPS tracking system. The Pathfinder, which features live-action mapping, tracking, and e-collar functions, has a nine-mile range. Track up to 21 dogs and hunters with this state-of-the-art technology. 

e. Gunner Kennels G1 Large Kennel This premium dog crate from Gunner Kennels features a sturdy, double-wall roto-molded design that's capable of withstanding up to 4,000 pounds of force. Engineered for your dog's protection and comfort, the G1 Large Kennel also includes secure tie-down pins, inline rear wheels, a paddle latch lock, strong carrying handles, and more. 

f. HydroPet Automatic Water Bowl Designed for outdoor use, this water bowl easily connects to a garden hose or sprinkler system to provide a continuous supply of fresh drinking water for your retriever. Three spray nozzles help expel dirty water from the bowl as it fills. 

g. Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Grain Free Formula New from the Purina Pro Plan SPORT line of performance dog foods is this grain-free formula, which offers concentrated nutrition for increased endurance and performance in the field. Containing 30 percent protein and 20 percent fat, this dry food will help fuel your retriever's metabolic needs while allowing him to maintain lean muscle mass. Purina Pro Plan is the official performance dog food partner of Ducks Unlimited, and your purchase of these products helps support DU's conservation mission.

h. Mud River Renegade Collapsible Travel Bowl This collapsible travel bowl from Mud River rolls up to fit conveniently into any blind bag. It's leakproof, so it can hold water—and lots of it. The Renegade's 12-cup capacity will help you keep your retriever well hydrated in the field. It's also a great food bowl.


a. Mud River Ducks Unlimited Shoulder Bag This messenger-style shoulder bag from DU partner Mud River is as fetching as it is practical. Carry it proudly at work or play to show your support for the ducks. Available in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades or Bottomland camo, this water-resistant bag features the DU logo, a nylon shoulder strap, and a fold-over flap with quick-release fasteners. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this officially licensed product is used to support DU's conservation programs. 

b. Wren & Ivy Heirloom Ditty Bag This stylish bag from Wren & Ivy is handmade of bridle leather and waxed canvas. The Heirloom Ditty Bag comes with a shoulder strap for easy carrying and an oversized rain flap that buckles down to keep your gear secure and dry. The main interior pocket features a zipper for added security. There's even a handy water-resistant smartphone pocket with a clear window that allows you to use your phone without removing it from the bag.

c. Heavy Hauler Outdoor Gear AR-1 Layout Blind Bag Heavy Hauler's new AR-1 Layout Blind Bag has a unique design that makes it adaptable to different hunting situations. Basically, it converts from a standard-style blind bag to a narrower size that you can fit inside a layout blind or strap around a tree. Use it to hunt dry fields or flooded timber—the bag's versatility is built right in.

d. L.L. Bean Waterfowl Blind Bag A built-in LED system allows you to view the contents of this new blind bag in the predawn darkness of a duck blind. Better still, the soft glow of the red light won't interfere with your night vision. The L.L. Bean Waterfowl Blind Bag's outer shell is made of lightweight ripstop polyester while its lining is 100 percent nylon. This bag is available in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades camo.


a. Dakota Decoy Dabbler Pack Floating Mallards Dakota Decoy's new Dabbler Pack Floating Mallards contains three surface-feeder and three rester decoys with flocked heads. Molded with a new flush keel design, these decoys will float in less than one inch of water and can also be placed on ice or dry ground to imitate resting or sleeping birds. 

b. Avian-X AXP and AXF Full Body Specklebelly Fusion Packs New to Avian-X's goose decoy line are AXP (painted) and AXF (flocked) full-body white-fronted goose decoys. Made of an advanced rubberized material and featuring highly realistic paint schemes, each AXP and AXF Fusion Pack includes three feeders, two walkers, and one sentry as well as motion stakes and a six-slot decoy bag.

c. Higdon XS Crazy Kicker Higdon's XS Crazy Kicker is a mallard drake feeder decoy that splashes water with two spinning legs. Powered by a rechargeable 12-volt battery, the Crazy Kicker turns on and off at regular intervals to mimic the natural movements of a feeding greenhead. Higdon is the official decoy partner of Ducks Unlimited, and a portion of your purchase of these decoys helps support DU's conservation mission.

d. GreenHead Gear Pro-Grade Fully Flocked Decoys GreenHead Gear is now offering Pro-Grade FFD floating mallard, black duck, northern pintail, and green-winged teal decoys. Made with durable flocking material, realistic paint schemes, and swivel heads, each six-pack includes four drakes and two hens.

e. Final Approach LiveCraft Full-Body Canada Geese Created in consultation with award-winning wildlife sculptor Doug Eck, Final Approach's new LiveCraft full-body Canada goose decoys feature flocked heads and tails, detailed paint schemes, and shock-cord motion systems. Each combo six-pack includes two feeders and two sentries as well as a walker and relaxed-body decoy.

f. Mojo King Mallard Mojo Outdoors has completely redesigned its trademark spinning-wing decoy. The decoy body is made of soft plastic and the motor and wings are connected directly to the pole to prevent wobbling. The King Mallard also comes with a built-in remote receiver and removable rechargeable battery.

g. Gerber Decoy Weights These pre-rigged Texas-style decoy cords and weights are available in 36-, 48-, or 60-inch lengths of 400-pound monofilament or PVC-coated steel cable. They can be ordered with mushroom or egg sinkers in weights ranging from 4 to 12 ounces and come with heavy-duty ball-bearing swivels, aluminum crimps, and a carabiner.

h. Cabela's Northern Flight Blue-winged Teal A recent addition to Cabela's Northern Flight series, these blue-winged teal decoys feature soft plastic bodies and weighted keels. They are sold in six-packs consisting of three drakes and three hens, which come with a lifetime guarantee.


a. K2 Summit Series in Mossy Oak K2's popular Summit Series roto-molded coolers have a new look. The K2 Summit 20 and 50 Series are available in Mossy Oak camouflage. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these officially licensed products will be used to support DU's conservation programs. 

b. Camp Chef Pro 60X Camp Stove Cook like a culinary champ anytime, anywhere with Camp Chef's new Pro 60X dual–propane burner stove. This 14-inch stove comes with two 30,000-BTU burners, matchless ignition, a three-sided windscreen, two side shelves that fold down, convenient folding legs, and built-in leg levelers.

c. Camp Chef Deluxe Grill Box 30 This versatile grill accessory can be placed on top of one of the Pro 60X's burners or on any other Camp Chef 14-inch burner. A patented heat diffuser system minimizes hot spots and converts flames into infrared heat. 

d. K2 Element Gripper The new K2 Element Gripper is a no-sweat, BPA-free, stainless steel can koozie that's guaranteed to keep beverages cold. This duck camp essential is available in Mossy Oak camouflage.

e. Yeti Hopper Two Yeti Coolers is offering a redesigned version of its popular soft-sided Hopper. New features include a wider opening for easier access and a tapered body for more comfortable carrying over long distances. The Hopper Two is available in 20-, 30-, and 40-gallon sizes.

f. Camo Gorilla Tape From the makers of Gorilla Glue, this rugged, weather-resistant duct tape has a variety of potential applications for waterfowlers. The nonreflective tape has a matte finish and Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camouflage.

g. Wren & Ivy Traditions Game Strap Made of bridle leather and waxed canvas with solid-brass trigger snaps and D-rings, Wren & Ivy's Traditions Game Strap is as functional as it is classy. This strap comes with 12 detachable stringers, which are designed specifically to hold ducks and geese. h. Fenix HP25R Rechargeable Headlamp This high-performance headlamp offers a wide range of capabilities, including a high-output 1,000-lumen spotlight, neutral white floodlight, and red light. The HP25R is USB rechargeable but will also run on two standard batteries when in remote locations.