Any serious hunter knows that bad or cheap equipment leads to unsuccessful hunts, or even injury from equipment malfunctioning. All hunters need the right equipment to track, shoot, and dress the animals. There are a variety of brands making outdoor gear and camping supplies, but not all of the equipment is created equal. There are also a few pieces of specialty equipment that have fallen in price recently. Serious hunters may want to consider adding one of these specialty pieces, such as infrared cameras, to their gear. While these pieces may have been too expensive to add to a collection before, new options in technology may put them in the budget of more hunters.
Gun cases are a vital piece of hunting equipment that is often overlooked. Many people buy the first gun case they find that fits their guns, or they purchase the cheapest one they can find. While it’s possible to get lucky and find a gun case that works perfectly this way, it’s recommended that hunters do some research on the case before they purchase it. Cheap gun cases can be made improperly or out of flimsy materials, leading to cracks or tears. This can let moisture and dirt into the gun case, which can cause rust or damage to the gun. Soft gun cases can drop the gun if they rip or tear. This can be extremely dangerous if the gun is loaded.
Before buying a rifle scope, be sure to read other hunter’s reviews on the brand in question. Due to manufacturing issues, it’s possible that a scope from even the best company can be off or crooked, but some companies have more rigorous quality control and have less incidences of this happening. Sometimes rifle scopes don’t perform as well as they claim on the packaging, leading to disappointment during a hunt. Hunters are often very vocal about rifle scopes, and it’s easy to find out which rifle scopes are sub-par and which really shine. You also should check to make sure the rifle scope you’re interested in is fog and water proof. Not all of them are, and you may need to apply additional sealants or coatings to the lens.
For field dressing, the proper set of sharp knives are crucial. Not all hunters choose to field dress their own animals, but for some it’s an indispensable part of the hunt. Buying a set of high quality animal dressing knives is a straightforward procedure. It’s also recommended that hunters purchase a compatible knife sharpener to keep their hunting knives in top condition.
Finally, high tech hunting devices like infrared thermal game locators and infrared camera have become increasing affordable in the past few years. Many hunters who once passed them by as expensive and unneeded toys now rely on them to get some of the biggest and best animals they’ve ever caught. Infrared cameras are usually set up on game trails, and are triggered by the approach of an animal. They take an infrared photo, which gives fine detail about the quality of the animal. Thermal game locators use infrared technology to detect large heat sources, such as those of humans or animals. These work on the fly in the brush, and can lead hunters to game they would never otherwise detect.