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The Vortex Viper HD Series Optics!

Hunter Scott Reekers reviews the latest release from Vortex Optics, the Viper HD series. The Viper HD is available in binoculars and spotting scopes. These lightweight binoculars are perfect for the backcountry hunter and the low-light quality of the spotting scope is ideal for hunting. Combined with the durability and …

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Eastmans’ Gear Lab: Backcountry Sleeping Pads

Big Agnes Q-Core Deluxe Brandon Mason Big Agnes is a name synonymous with quality backpacking gear and has been for a long time. Their line of sleeping bags, pads and tents is nothing short of impressive. The Q-Core sleeping pad line is full of options, including the insulated deluxe option. …

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The Apex System- New From Sitka!

Bowhunter Ike Eastman reviews the latest release from Sitka Gear, the Apex system. The Apex Hoody and Pant are purpose built for big game hunting when mornings are cool, but weather is still warm and mild. Combining Merino wool and poly-blend fabrics, these camo pieces are durable without sacrificing moisture …

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How To: Clean Down Sleeping Bags

Backcountry hiker and hunter Dan Pickar shares his favorite method to wash a dirty down sleeping bag. Sleeping bags filled with down require extra care to make sure they last a lifetime. Using the right laundry detergent and washing machine can make all the difference. Protect your investment and get …

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Pistol Review: Kimber Super Jagare

Hunter and shooter Ike Eastman reviews his experience shooting the 10 mm, 1911 model pistol SUPER JÄGARE by Kimber. Combined with a red-dot scope by Leupold this pistol is intended for quick action when it counts most. Like on a backcountry hunt with a predator that won’t leave your camp …

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Step 3- Gear UP!

Step 3 – Gear Up If the clothes make the man does the gear make the hunter? Mmm… partly. While it is true that our forebearers hunted with equipment that most of us wouldn’t dream of using today and were still successful and that no amount of equipment is a …

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Eastmans’ Gearlab: Backcountry Lighting

Headlamps, one of the most vital pieces of equipment any hunter can have. Whether you pack into the backcountry six miles or day hunt, the best time to find animals is always during the grey light hours. Which means you have to be hiking to and from the glassing points …

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Eastmans’ Gear Lab: Backcountry Food

In our office I might be known for occasionally getting a little “hangry” when it gets close to lunchtime. In the backcountry this can just become a flat-out dangerous situation where I might be inclined to roast the closest squirrel, or better yet, an unlucky pine chicken if I am …

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The New Yeti Silo

Western big game hunter and soccer dad Ike Eastman shares his thoughts on the new six gallon water cooler from YETI. The YETI Silo is designed to keep pouring no matter how many times it’s spout has been rattled, bumped or beaten in the back of your truck or the …

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