Best electronic game call | FoxPro Scorpion X1B
With 50 preloaded calls and the capacity for 150 more, the Scorpion X1B will handle all your calling needs and then some. The built-in speaker should cover most situations, but two external speaker jacks let you add to your wall of sound. The remote controls volume and sound selection, while the FoxBang feature automatically switches the call to a preset sound at the report of the gun.
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Best hearing aids | Boost BTE Series
Unfortunately, many of us suffer from shooter’s ear—hearing loss associated with too many years of unprotected shooting. Primos’ Boost BTE (behind the ear) series of hearing aids rival the very best in any market. They weigh less than 1/4 ounce and provide up to 48 decibels of gain, meaning you’ll be able to hear as well as the deer you’re pursuing. Best of all, they come with sound-activated compression, protecting your hearing from the harmful effects of muzzle blast.
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Best reloading tool | Turbo Sonic Ultrasonic Case Cleaner
Able to process up to 900 cases in less than 15 minutes thanks to the large 21/2-litre tank, the Turbo Sonic Ultrasonic is efficient and
easy to use. The five cleaning cycles ensure all brass cases are thoroughly cleaned of carbon, dirt and other residues, inside and out, including primer pockets. Use Lyman’s gun parts cleaning solution and this unit will also clean steel and stainless steel gun parts, reloading dies and other small tools.
More information: Lyman products
Best headlamp | Remix Pro MPLS
Offering two output levels, the waterproof Remix Pro MPLS comes with an array of LED colour option mixes, including white, red, blue, green and infrared, powered by a CR123 lithium battery. It also has a unique mounting system that lets you wear it on a headband or clip it to your pack, jacket or belt—great for when you need hands-free lighting.
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Best vacuum sealer | GameSaver Silver
Getting game meat home safely from the field is often a challenge. Enter the GameSaver Silver. Adding a new twist to vacuum sealers, it comes equipped with a 15-foot, 12-volt DC adapter, perfect to plug into the cigarette lighter of your vehicle. Designed for heavy, repetitive use, it has a built-in carrying handle along with roll storage and cutter, and a removable drip tray. It also comes with its own field-ready canvas storage bag.
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Best watch for hunters | Nomad Compass
Marketed in Canada under the Swiss Military name, a division of Wenger, the Nomad Compass features both an analog clock and an LED digital display with day, date, time and a compass. The compass readout is in degrees and is easy to discern, day or night. Water resistant down to 100 metres, you have your choice of metal or rubber strap.
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Best weather meter | Pocket Weather Tracker
Understanding what weather to expect can help you make key decisions in the field, and save you from potentially disastrous situations. When your weather meter also provides ballistically accurate aiming solutions in seconds, you’ve really got a valuable dual-purpose tool. Along with providing temperature, pressure, humidity, altitude and wind speed/direction, the Weather Tracker’s ballistics software allows you to pre-enter data from up to nine of your favourite loads. It then provides in-the-field calculations to help identify precise aiming adjustments for windage, elevation and distance.
More information: Nielsen-Kellerman