2020 Opening Day Gear Guide

Start your season off right with this great selection of outdoor products

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 By Chris Jennings

Higdon Outdoors Apex Full-Size Full-Body Canada Goose Decoys

Higdon’s Apex Full-Size Full-Body Canada Goose decoys are the culmination of more than a decade of research and development by the company. These remarkably lifelike decoys come with flocked heads and XHD Hyper Feathering detail on the bodies for greater contrast and visibility. The one-piece full-body design is lightweight and easy to set up and break down, and the Apex stake system provides natural movement in the slightest breeze. Each variety pack includes two sentries, three feeders, and one decoy with a relaxed head position, as well as six stakes. Higdon Outdoors is a Proud Partner of Ducks Unlimited. higdonoutdoors.com 

Beretta B-Xtreme GTX Jacket

Part of Beretta’s new complete line of waterfowling gear, the B-Xtreme GTX Jacket offers both durability and protection from the elements. This stylish Gore-Tex 3L tricot jacket is windproof, waterproof, and breathable to keep you comfortable in a wide range of activity levels. Gore-Tex stretch inserts located under the arms offer excellent mobility, and the seams are reinforced with Kevlar fabric. The jacket is available in Veil Avayde camouflage. Coming this season at berettausa.com.  

Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Formula Dry Dog Food

Purina has revised its popular Pro Plan Sport Performance 30/20 Dry Dog Food. This special blend is designed to nourish muscles by boosting amino acids, increase endurance with proteins (chicken, beef, or salmon) that optimize metabolism, and support joint health and mobility with an omega-3 fatty acid and glucosamine. Nestlé Purina Petcare is a Proud Partner of Ducks Unlimited. purina.com/proplan 

Adventure Medical Kits Sportsman 200

Designed to treat common outdoor injuries, the Sportsman 200 medical kit contains enough first aid supplies for a group of four on trips of up to four days. The kit includes forceps, moleskin, medications, EMT shears, and a trauma pad, all of which are neatly organized in clearly labeled pockets. adventuremedicalkits.com 

Ben’s Tick and Insect

Repellent Wilderness Formula Don’t let mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting bugs wreak havoc on your early-season hunts. Ben’s Tick and Insect Repellent features a water-based, 30 percent DEET formula to keep these harmful pests away. The 100 ml spray bottle is a perfect fit for a blind bag and comes with a hard-plastic cap to prevent leaks and spills. bens30.com 

Low Profile Duck Bag

This innovative product is designed to help kayak, canoe, and wade-in hunters access ammunition quickly and easily. Made of 500-denier water-resistant Cordura, this pack comes with adjustable straps, nylon loops for shotshells, and a pocket for additional gear. It’s available in 12- or 20-gauge versions and in several camouflage patterns. lowprofilewaterfowl.com

Alps OutdoorZ Wetland Seat

Sometimes the simplest solution is to tuck into the high grass or behind a tree. The ALPS OutdoorZ Wetland Seat is a lightweight, portable option that provides comfort no matter where you plan to set up. This seat features an aluminum leg with a wedge for a secure foothold, two feet that extend to the sides for support, a durable cushion seat, and a carry strap. alpsbrands.com  

YETI Roadie 24

YETI engineers took the original Roadie cooler back to the drawing board for a complete redesign. Enter the new Roadie 24 Hard Cooler. It is 10 percent lighter, holds 20 percent more, and boasts 30 percent better thermal performance. The new taller, sleeker design accommodates wine bottles and fits behind the front seat. yeti.com