In Alberta, smokepole hunters are allowed to mount glass, and it’s wise to do so. Credit: Kevin Wilson.
In Alberta, smokepole hunters are allowed to mount glass, and it’s wise to do so. Credit: Kevin Wilson.

Backwoods wit: Inventions we’d like to see

Hunters are an inventive lot. Just take a look at a typical hunt camp for examples of some impressive jury-rigging. Still, there are more than a few jobs out there that could be made much easier if we just had the right devices. In the spirit of backwoods ingenuity, we put the Outdoor Canada research and development team on overtime to dream up the following gadgets.

Camo Pill: Take one tablet before opening day, and your skin continually changes colour to match the foliage all season long.

Retractable Wall Mount: Your wife’s invited over some delicate dinner guests? No worries—the Retractable Wall Mount hides away in seconds and is replaced with your choice of generic art.

Tree Boots: Tired of climbing up to your treestand? Just click the heels of these gravity-defying beauties and you’re lifted slowly—and safely—to your lofty perch.

Field-Dressing Box: Open lid, place entire animal inside, push button. Instant freezer-wrapped steaks and other choice cuts! (For trophy treatments, see below.)

The Trophy-Maker: No more expensive taxidermy fees. No more damaged capes. Just insert the animal’s head into the Trophy-Maker for five minutes and—presto!—perfect mount. Also available in full-body model.

AutoClothes: It happens without fail: just after you put on that last layer of clothing, nature calls. With the AutoClothes self-dressing system, now you can take the stress out of piling on those pesky long-johns, sweats, bibs and so on. Simply set AutoClothes on your bed, lie on top of them, stand up and you’re ready to go. If you have to pee, just lie back down and reverse the process.

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