2016’s best new hunting accessories

Head afield with these innovative blades, tools, blinds, attractants and other essential equipment

Presenting Outdoor Canada’s exclusive roundup of the year’s top new apparel for the Canadian wilds. Also see the year's best rifles, shotguns, optics and apparel.

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REACTOR

Featuring a stainless steel drop-point knife that’s strong enough for camp chores and cleaning game in the field, the Reactor is an ideal multi-tool for hunters. The folding knife opens quickly and reliably at the push of a thumb stud, and tucks back into the handle when it’s time to use the other tools: multi-angled needle-nosed pliers with a bolt-grip channel, a bottle opener and both flat-blade and Phillips screwdrivers. SOG, (425) 771-6230; www.sogknives.com

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ZERO-GRAVITY

With this assembly-free layout blind, say goodbye to fumbling around in the dark on cold, early mornings. The uniquely designed chair keeps you off the ground while maintaining a low profile, and the flared sides provide room to hide away blind bags and other gear. And since there’s no floor, the blind is light and easy to clean up. The Zero-Gravity’s zippered flag doors are integrated, and the backpack-style straps allow for hands-free carrying. Alps, 1-800-344-2577; www.alpsoutdoorz.com

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5 LENS KIT

Wiley X and Remington have teamed up to offer all-purpose glasses for hunters and shooters. Meeting strict standards for impact resistance, the kit’s five interchangeable, differently coloured lenses can be swapped out to match the shooting and lighting conditions at hand. The lightweight nylon frame and rubberized nose bridge are designed for enhanced comfort and grip. Wiley X, 1- 800-776-7842; www.wileyx.com

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SCENT REFLEX

Synthetic attractants are the answer when you want to avoid urine-based scent products. The Scent Reflex line offers a range of synthetic deer scents in one-, four- and eight-ounce bottles for use before, during and after the peak of rut. All are designed to smell just like the real thing. Wildlife Research Center, 1-800-873-5873; www.wildlife.com

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RACK-IT RATTLING TINES

Rattling is a long-proven strategy for bringing in aggressive bucks, but real antlers can be unwieldy to use and carry in your pack. Whether lightly tickled or smashed together to imitate fighting bucks, the easy-to-grip polymer Rack-It Rattling Tines provide realistic sounds in all temperatures. And they nest together, making them compact and easy to carry. Hunter’s Specialties, (319) 395-0321; www.hunterspec.com

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TITAN

Get the best of both world’s with this double-folding knife. One end features Havalon’s ultra-sharp Quik-Change blade system, while the other offers the strength and rigidity of a traditional fixed blade for heavy-duty chores; each blade incorporates a safety locking feature. The Titan comes with both a removable pocket clip and holster-style sheath, plus 12 replacement blades. Havalon Knives, 1-888-836-3204; www.havalon.com

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WATERFOWLER PRO BLIND BAG

With red LED lights providing internal lighting, this field bag ensures you can sort through your gear in pre-dawn hours without compromising your night vision. The Waterfowler Pro has plenty of external pocket space for calls and shells, while the interior is large enough to hold your camera, lunch, gloves and more. Plus, the rigid bottom offers structure and protection for heavy loads. L.L. Bean, 1-800-441-5713; www.llbean.com

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HL60R HEADLAMP

Featuring a micro-USB port for charging on the go, the waterproof HL60R has five output levels, allowing you to choose the best light for any situation. At the high end, the 950-lumen setting throws a beam out past 100 metres. At the lowest setting, you’ll get 100 hours of illumination from a single charge. Fenix, 1-888-775-9996; www.fenixlighting.com

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BULLET PROOF BP2

At a time when trail cams are becoming increasingly technical, the BP2 instead meets the needs of those who seek simplicity. Just insert four AA batteries and an SD card, then turn the camera on for full-colour daytime images and infrared images after dark. Photo and video capable, the unit features eight-megapixel resolution, a 45-foot nighttime range and a one-second trigger speed. Primos Hunting, 1-601-879-9323; www.primos.com