April 2012 Waterfowl Gear Guide

Preparing for the season
Preparation for the 2012-2013 waterfowl season begins now! Whether you're heading to the range or training a pup, the DU Newsletter editorial team has selected several items which will benefit avid waterfowl hunters this time of year. 

Cabela's - "Bullet Proof" Two Takedown Shotgun Case

Be prepared to follow the migration this fall. Cabela's "Bullet Proof" two takedown case offers an indestructible option for traveling with your firearms. 
  • New 45-degree heli-arc welded corners
  • Made of .063-inch marine-grade aluminum 
  • Heavy-duty closed-end rivets attach hinges, latches and handles 
  • A weather seal keeps out moisture, and dense, thick urethane foam cradles and protects your firearms and gear
  • Meets airline requirements
Size: 36" x 14" x 4-1/2" 

Get more information at www.cabelas.com.

Bushnell - New BackTrack Personal GPS

Bushnell's new BackTrack will come in handy for waterfowlers looking for that hard-to-find new hunting spot. Whether in the timber or hunting large tracts of public land, the BackTrack allows you to easily follow your trail back to your starting point. The easy-to-use, two-button GPS fits in the palm of your hand.

Redesigned for 2012, the BackTrack combines advanced GPS technology with a digital compass and simple user interface that allows users to save up to three locations. Whether it's marking a car in a crowded parking lot or a campsite in the woods, the BackTrack provides distance (yards/miles or meters/kilometers) and a directional arrow to any of the three saved locations at the push of a button. In addition, the BackTrack can be used as a digital compass.
  • 14-16 hours on 2 AAA batteries
  • Grayscale LCD screen is backlit and ready for use in low-light conditions
  • Three color combinations: black/green, orange/black and gray/white
Get more information on the BackTrack at Bushnell Outdoor Products.

Caldwell - Orange Peel Adhesive Animal Targets

Understanding how your shotgun's pattern allows you to be a more effective shooter in the duck blind. Take advantage of the off season and pattern your shotgun using life-sized waterfowl targets. 
  • Self-stick adhesive back sticks to virtually any surface
  • Huge array of target options to fit all your shooting season needs
  • Hits in the bulls-eye explode in neon green
  • Hits outside the bulls-eye explode in neon orange
  • Instant target feedback you can see from the bench
Get more information at www.battenfeldtechnologies.com/caldwell/.

Orvis - Fully Loaded Sporting Clays Kit Bag

Sporting clays provides waterfowlers the opportunity to shoot targets at similar angles and situations they will see in the duck blind. Time spent on the sporting clays range will improve your shooting abilities, and having the right gear for the range is important. 

This kit bag is designed to help clays shooters keep all their accessories organized and within easy reach. The front pocket has storage tubes for chokes, a pocket for a silicone cloth, a small pocket for tools and two key pockets. The side pocket provides a place for muff-style hearing protection. The other side has a small zipper pocket and a rain fly that covers the bag during inclement weather. 

Lift handles on both sides allow for easy carrying when full of shells. Inside the lid is a case for shooting glasses and two small pockets for inside-the-ear hearing protection. Main compartment holds shell boxes, gloves and glasses. 

This kit comes fully loaded with:
  • shooting glasses
  • entry-level ear muff
  • gloves
  • clays pouch
  • color: olive
  • dimensions: 8" (H) x 14" (L) x 10" (W)
Get more information on the kit at www.orvis.com.

Avery DriStor Dog Food Bags

Traveling with your retriever during the summer will familiarize your dog with the road and prepare him to follow the ducks this fall. Avery DriStor Dog Food Bags keeps food dry and fresh in any conditions, on the road and in the field. Available in two sizes to meet your needs. 

  • PVC-backed DuraMax fabric
  • Supported vinyl see-through window
  • Welded seams for air-tight storage
  • Roll top seals in freshness
  • Available in Weekender (60 cups) or Vacationer (40 lbs)
Get more information at www.mackspw.com.

Coleman - CPX™ 6 Ultra High Power LED Spotlight

Coleman's new CPX 6 ultra high-powered LED spotlight is a must for any waterfowler. With more than 50 hours of run time, even on high, you won't have to worry about being left in the dark. 
  • CPX™ 6 compatible, powered by 4 "D" batteries or one rechargeable cartridge (both sold separately) 
  • High-power, water-resistant Cree® XP-C™ LED 
  • Ultra-bright 250 lumens of light 
  • 50 hours of run time on high 
  • 300-meter beam distance on high 
  • Folding handle for compact storage 
  • Four locking handle positions to help aim the spotlight 
  • LED will never need to be replaced 
  • RealTree® AP Camouflage pattern 
Get more information on Coleman products at www.coleman.com.

DU Travel Vest

The Ducks Unlimited Travel Vest was built for comfort and versatility when you're on the go. The design for this vest came from DU members. Features multiple pockets to keep your belongings secure and organized - stow your passport, tickets, mobile phone, keys and more. Shoulder yoke and other stress points are padded and reinforced. 
  • Corrosion-resistant hardware and fasteners
  • DU logo on the zipper pull, left side pocket and suede leather patch
  • Features four outside pockets and one inside pocket
  • Tan color matches everything
  • Machine washable
Get the DU Travel Vest today!

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