Equipment is recommended that will aid hunters and fishermen pursue their outdoor interests. Products include boots, binoculars, knives, muscle flies, splashproof bags, camping equipment and hunting dog training equipment. Prices are listed for each product.
The no-holds-barred, double throw down, straight-up list of what our outdoor experts would most like to see under their Christmas tree – no cravats with tarpon flies on them, no wicker picnic hampers, this is the real stuff.
HUEY GUN CUE Remember those beautifully made cases that used to come with English shotguns? They are not a thing of the past and are being made light here in the United States by Marvin Huey. The beveled oak, rich leather and careful detailing make a Huey case the perfect showcase for a fine gun. In fact, they’ve come to be recognized as a work of art. The cases are made by Huey Hand-built Gun Cases, Box 22456, Kansas City, MO 64113 (816-444-1637).
ZEISS 20X60S BINOCULARS These new Zeiss glasses are an honest breakthrough in optical design that makes high-magnification binoculars a practical proposition. A mechanical stabilizing system (that’s what the S stands for) keeps the field of view remarkably free of jerks and wiggles. The suggested retail price is $4,725. They’re available from Carl Zeiss Optical, 1015 Commerce St., Petersburg, VA 23803.
HALL STAINLESS RIFLE ACTION Some time back, my shooting partner Arlen Chaney and I began working on a couple of experimental cartridges that we call the .300 CC and .330 CC Express. Our goal is to pack more punch in to aller, lighter and cheaper rifles. We need the strong yet simple Hall Express action as a “slave” for our test barrels. For more information, contact Hall Mfg., 142 County Rd. 406, Clanton, AL 35045 (205-755-4094).
LEICA GEOVID RANGE FINDER The Leica Geovid is as handy as a pair of binoculars. In fact, they are 7X42 binoculars, but with a lot of electronics packed around the optics. To read distance to an object simply aim and press a button. The retail price is approximately $6, 000 and available from Leica Camera Inc., 156 Ludlow Ave., Northvale, NJ 07647.
SWAROVSKI 1OX42 BINOCULARS Here, are field glasses that offer the ultimate in hunting optics. The roof-prism, 10X42 will easily betray a deer standing in the shadows like no other binocular you’ve ever peered through. An exclusive lens coating, Swarotop, renders color-true image reproduction and maximum contrast, even in the poorest light conditions. Push-in eyecups are ideal for the spectacle wearer with no limitations on large fields The glasses are waterproof and dutstproof with a smooth, non-slip central focusing ring and dioptric correction. Suggested retail price is $ 1, 030.
GERBER KNIFE A sharp, tough knife is a requirement on every hunting trip. A knife I’ve been eyeing for some time is one of Gerber’s brass folding knives – specifically the Folding Sportsman III with leather sheath. This beauty is a quality unit because it combines a precision-grounds stainless-steel blade with hand-fitted exotic hardwood inlays and a solid brass frame. The knife has a blade length of four inches, is 9 1/4 inches long when open and 5 1/4 inches long when closed. It can be easily sharpened and weighs just more than nine ounces. Suggested retail price is $105. Call 503-639-6161.
CABELA’S CANADA BOOT This tough boot is perfect for the cold North Country. A Gore-Tex bootie make it 100 percent waterproof yet allows water vapor to escape. Thinsulate insulation provides warmth without the bulk associated with other types of “insulation. Padded collars provide comfort and support, and heavily waxed, one-piece leather uppers make these boots water-resistant. Suggested retail price is $199.95. Contact Cabela’s, 812 13th Ave., Sidney, NE 69160 (800-237-4444).
MULTI-MOUNT WARN WINCH This is the answer for driving in rugged country, which I manage to do most of the fall. Warn winches come in many models, but perhaps the most versatile is the Warn M8000. It’s a heavy-duty 12-volt electric winch with an 8,000-pound pulling capacity that’s just right for medium and heavy-duty jobs. It features a three-stage planetary gear system. for quiet, efficient operation. Suggested retail price is $799. Contact Warn Industries, 13270 N. E. Pheasant Court, Milwaukie, OR 97222 (503-786-4462).
MUSCLE FLIES Cam Sigler’s Big Game Tube Flies are tied on soft plastic tubing. These giants are nearly seven inches long, and you can lengthen them by rigging two in tandem for a true feather duster. Use the streamers plain or with the provided Bubble Head, which slips over the tube nose of the lead fly. Though designed for big-game saltwater fish, they’ve been used successfully on pike and muskies. The cost is $9.99 from Offshore Angler, 1935 S. Campbell, Springfield, MO 65898 (800-633-9131).
REPLACEABLE BLADE PLIERS Steve Abel’s new precision-machined pliers will probably last a lifetime, largely because the cutting edge jaws are replaceable. The beat-treated tool-steel cutting edge jaws slide and lock into channels in the frame. Screws through the frame jaws bold them tight. New cutter jaws cost about $20. Cost is $89.95 for the small size and $ 99.95 for the large. For more information, contact Abel Automatics Inc., 165 Aviador St., Camarillow, CA 93010 (805-484-8789).
REEL CREEL Despite the practicality of modern plastic storage containers, there’s something about wooden sporting boxes that’s just plain neat. The Angler’s Reel Creel is made of furniture-grade white pine and is stained and sealed to prevent moisture from getting at your tackle. Wide, full-grain leather handles and brass-plated corner guards add to its beauty. The box has one large compartment and eight smaller ones that hold reels (fly, spinning or casting), fly/lure boxes and other paraphernalia. The Reel Creel costs $135 and is availablefrom Countrysport, 415 S. Union St., Traverse City, MI 49685 (800-367-4114).
SPLASHPROOF BAGS There aren’t many outdoorsmen I know who wouldn’t appreciate an equipment bag that is completely waterproof. Here’s a series of three duffels and one tote bag that are tough, crackproof, waterproof and come complete with handles and shoulder straps. To field-test the bags, they were floated in a pond – and they didn’t leak. The duffels come in three sizes. The extra large is 35 x 14 inches; large is 32 x 12 inches and the medium is 28 x 11 inches. The tote bag measures 7 1/2 x 15 inches. Prices are $ 54 for the tote and range from $67.50 to $87.50 for the duffels. For information, contact Cam Sigler Co., 11061 Patten Lane S. W., Vashon Island, WA 98070 (206-567-4836).
GIMME SHELTER Wanted: A two-person tent tough enough to withstand a two-month expedition across northern Siberia. Found: the Kusala by Garuda Mountaineering. This single-wall tent features three-layer Byro Tex canopy, material that is waterproof and breathable, eliminating the need_for a rainfly. The 5 1/4-pound,four-season tent provides excellent ventilation and minimizes buffeting from high winds. Three-row, stitching is one of the high-quality production steps that contribute to full warranty coverage and the $499 cost. For order and product information, contact Garuda Mountaineering, Box 24804, Seattle, WA 98124 (206-763-2989).
LIGHT |N TOASTY I’m tired of shivering at night in minimal-warmth sleeping bags. That’s why I want a Caribou Winter, featuring PrimaLoft. A total of only 3 pounds 9 ounces of the new ultra-fine polyester insulation rates the mummy-style bag, which costs $316, to minus 5 [degrees]. Contact Caribou Mountaineering Inc., Box 3696, Chico, CA 95927 (800-824-4153).
MULTI-FUEL STOVE Once again Coleman has made a good product better, which means I want the latest. Following the Peak 1 line introduction of the Apex stove last year, Coleman just unveiled the Apex II, which, thanks to a combination of generators, now burns unleaded gasoline and kerosene in addition to Coleman fuel. At only 18. 6 ounces, the Apex II joins Apex as the lightest Peak 1 stoves to date. The $65.85 price includes a 22-ounce fuel bottle, service parts kit and built-in aluminum beat shields, wind screen and baffles. To order, contact The Coleman Company, Box 2931, Wichita, KS 67201 (316-261-3276).
GREATER-AID I need a first aid kit crammed with quality items and a set of simple-to-understand instructions. The Trekker II contains brand-name wraps, tapes, dressings and splints, rubber gloves, 5 1/2-inch shears, water purification tablets and much more. The compact 2 1/2-pound kit, which costs $119.95, contains enough medical supplies to sustain a party of four for up to two months travel Included is a 55-page instructional booklet. Contact Atwater Carey Ltd., 218 Gold Run Rd., Boulder, CO 80302 (800-359-1646).
DOGS UNLIMITED I’m, easy to please for Christmas. Just get me a good, stiff check cord that won’t kink, knot and catch on every bush while training. Dogs Unlimited has one: their No. 559 solidcore, 20-foot cord for just $11.95 postpaid. It’ll cost Santa just 35 [cents] per extra foot and $1.2 5 extra for an optional bronze rope clamp. To order, contact Dogs Unlimited, Box 1844A, Chillicothe, OH 45601 (800-338-DOGS).
CAMO DUMMY For retriever enthusiasts like myself, Flagman’s new camouflaged dummies (for scent training) and black and white flasher dummies (for improving marking skills) are welcome stocking stuffers. The cost is $5.95 each postpaid, $4.95 for puppy size. To order, contact Flagman, Box 301, Oronoco, MN 55960 (507-367-4782).
STORM WHISTLE A present from someone who cares might be Howard Wright’s new all-weather Storm whistle. Whether summoning rescuers to the lost or injured or just reaching a dog at a distance, the Storm is loudest of all whistles without damaging ear drums. It accomplishes this no matter how windy and wet (it’s so waterproof it can be beard 100 feet underwater) by means of a harmonic chamber to boost the easy-to-bear, easy-on-the-ears, 3,150 cycles. The Storm costs $5.95. For more information, contact All Weather Safety Whistle Co., Box 8615-OL, St. Louis, MO 63126 (314-436-3332).
NO-CHOKE HOLD The new K-Kollar is intriguing because I’ve seen ordinary choke chains permanently damage the larynx of dogs. This training collar has a double chain section that divides the pressure more evenly across the throat. The extra weight also keeps the control rings up and accessible instead of sliding down under the neck. It comes in 12 to 32-inch lengths for $15 to $30. For more information, contact Klein Design, Box 417, Glenshaw, PA 15116 (800-442-5565).
REALLY NIFTY BIRD-HUNTING ATTIRE My snooty bird-hunting companions no longer like to be seen out in the field with me in my present bird-hunting attire, which is also my elk-hunting, deer-hunting and wood-chopping attire. They seem mostly concerned about the old blood stains in my camo jacket, which I like to let on are a result of my elk and deer hunting. Any old bird hunting setup will do fine.
A LINE COUNTER Here, I believe, is one of the truly great labor-saving devices ever invented invented for fishermen. I’m tired of being in the old school, where line depth is determined by the number of “pulls.”
“How deep are you fishing?” I ask an angler who has just hauled in a fish.
“Deep,” he replies. “One hundred eighty-five pulls.”
By the time I get the line out, it’s time to go home. Now, I’d prefer a reel with the line counter built in, but I just saw a neat little gizmo in my new Cabela’s catalog that’ll do the job for just $9.49.
PORTABLE WALKIE-TALKIES I think that these would be wonderful instruments for two hunters to keep track of each other in the woods:
“Hey, Fred, where are you?”
Here. Where are you?”
I’m here, but I’m going up there.”
“OK, I’ll meet you there.”
KLEPPER KAYAK This is a dandy kayak that folds up and stores in two bags, and you can take it with you on airplanes to vacation spots so that when you get tired of sightseeing and souvenir shopping (about eight minutes in my case) you can set up the old kayak and go for a paddle. I understand that a Klepper has been paddled across the Atlantic Ocean. Santa Claus, Bun or anyone else can find out more about these kayaks by calling 201-476-0700.