July 07, 2021
By Jace Bauserman
The heat of summer has you daydreaming about falling leaves, scarred saplings and freshly pawed earth. We get it. Though your daydreams won’t make the season come any faster, time spent in whitetail la-la land is always time well spent.
As you plan future hunts and new strategies materialize, it’s likely your mind will cook up some fresh gear ideas that could boost your DIY whitetail success. Here are a few solid hunting products we recommend to help make your 2021 whitetail dreams a reality.
Ideal for capturing your next whitetail venture on video, Browning’s all-new Aspect Cam mounts easily to bows and firearms. Built to be bulletproof, this camera absorbs shock and recoil to better stabilize the 4K UHD video. Use is easy. Just mount the camera and connect wirelessly using the Aspect Cam App. With this innovative app, you can record, play and store videos using just your fingertips. The camera has up to 8X zoom and will record up to four hours of video on a single charge. This unit will be available in the summer of 2021.
Sporting a compact design and weighing just 6.5 ounces, Leica’s 7X magnification CRF 2400-R rangefinder is just what the whitetail doctor ordered. Ideal for bowhunters and gun hunters alike, the unit has been upgraded with a newly designed LED display for increased readability of scanned distances. The unit’s fast scan mode is equally as impressive. This mode takes measurements every 0.5 seconds, up to a measuring distance of 200 yards, and it displays the results in decimal figures.
The trusted ally of whitetail fanatics across the country, the Ozonics Orion is a must-have for those that put a premium on scent elimination. When placed in HyperBoost mode, the Orion produces 25 percent more ozone than the popular HR300. Integrated Pulse Technology balances time and oxidant concentration to ensure only the proper amount of ozone is applied to your gear when the unit is placed in the DRiWASH mode. The Orion promises double the battery life with the included XL battery, and the rubber overmold thwarts game-spooking noise.
Ready to tackle daunting terrain and get you and your gear where whitetail roam is Polaris’ new-for-2021 Ranger XP 1000 Big Game. Engineered for maximum ground clearance, arched A-arms, and 29-inch ground-grabbing Maxxis tires ensure you can rollover rocks, logs and other debris with ease. Promising the load won’t buckle under heavy weight is the self-leveling rear suspension, which automatically maintains ride height when weight — like that of a gagger buck — is applied to the bed. Hunters will also cheer the high-output LED headlights and Active Descent Control (ADC) engine braking system.
Known for making self-filming cameras held in high regard by the outdoor crowd, Tactacam jumps into the trail camera ocean for 2021. Capable of being used as a standard SD camera or a wireless cell camera, the all-new Reveal is turning heads. This 24MP scouter captures images up to 96 feet and is fitted with customizable night illumination. Those that go the cellular route will find monthly plans for AT&T and Verizon starting at just $5 per month, and the Reveal App makes setup and image viewing a breeze.
With four models available (8x42, 10x42, 8x54 and 10x54), those looking for a premium bino/rangefinder system need look no further than Zeiss’ Victory RF Series. Integrated with a real-time ballistic computer, the unit works in concert with the Zeiss Hunting App to ensure on-the-money shots at any distance. The app allows up to nine personalized ballistic profiles. A Zeiss-developed lens coating, LotuTec promises clear viewing in all weather conditions, and when married with T* technical coating, users can bank on high-contrast images even in low-light situations.
Giving you the ability to prep a tree and trim shooting lanes in minutes is Hooyman’s Lithium-Ion Pole Saw. Weighing under 10 pounds, the saw is fitted with a 10-foot extendable handle, and the 40V Lithium-Ion battery charges in just 60 minutes and provides fade-free power for extended use. The battery easily snaps in and out of the saw and is fitted with a battery-charge indicator for power-level checks. This whitetail must-have boasts an aluminum handle construction and a built-in bar oil reservoir.
Perfect for the ground blind or a natural hide, Millennium’s G100 Shooting Chair tips the scale at just 8.5 pounds, and thanks to the adjustable tripod legs, it can adjust from 13 to 18 inches in height. All three legs are independently adjustable, and the all-aluminum build boosts longevity. The ComfortMAX seat swivels 360 degrees, and the chair has been pre-drilled to accept the G101 shooting stick or M600 bow holder.
Lean and mean, Lone Wolf’s Assault II Hang On has a fighting weight of just 11 pounds, and the sizeable (26-inch x 19.5-inch) platform gives the elevated whitetail hunter plenty of room. Easily adjustable, this stand is perfect for those less-than-friendly crooked trees and a great choice for hunters who wander the public-land whitetail woods in search of that perfect aerial ambush tree. The Assault II fits trees from 4 to 22 inches in diameter and is branded with a 300-pound weight rating.
A do-all jacket that combines breathability, stealth, comfort and weather protection into a single garment, Forloh’s AllClima Shoftsheel w/RECCO is a solid choice for the whitetail woods. Airadigm Pulse Plasma Technology bucks the weather and boosts breathability, increasing on-the-move comfort. Multiple pockets line the jacket, and the three-way adjustable hood with bonded and reinforced brim will be cheered when Mother Nature gets nasty. Another hat-tipper of this garment is RECCO technology, which makes you searchable to professional rescuers via RECCO detectors located within the jacket.
Available in insulated and non-insulated models and throngs of popular camo options, the Alphaburly Pro from LaCrosse is your rubber boot go-to. The boot joins high-quality, scent-free rubber with insulating neoprene to thwart stink, boost comfort and keep your feet toasty. The Alphaburly Pro is fitted with a thick cushioning EVA midsole for added comfort, and Active Fit ensures the boot will keep your foot in place when on the move.
From the field to the table, Outdoor Edge’s JaegerPak has you covered. Everything you need and nothing you don’t, this kit comes complete with gutting, skinning and boning blades featuring blaze orange handles. Other tools include a bone saw, pelvis spreader, knife sharpener and medical gloves. The kit is housed in a durable case, and the total weight is a mere 1.8 pounds.
Engineered to keep you comfortable in the extreme cold, KUIU’s Kutana Gale Force Hooded Jacket marries a durable waterproof seam-taped shell with breathable synthetic active insulation. The Torain 3-Layer Fabric creates a 6/6 stretch-nylon outer layer and a microporous hydrophobic waterproof and breathable membrane. Sweating, which is common when trekking to and from the stand, is mitigated by 3DeFX+ active insulation. This insulation evaporates moisture during periods of activity.
Zippers are out and magnets are in. That’s what Yeti engineers decided when they gave the popular Hopper M30 Soft Cooler a slight face-lift. Featuring HydroShield Technology, a strip of strong magnets that line the mouth of the cooler, the tough-as-nails M30 practically closes on its own. Plus, the redesigned wider mouth makes loading and unloading all the easier. This soft cooler is great for any DIY mission and is available in an array of color options.
Crafted especially for the whitetail hunter, Alps’ new-for-2021 Impulse pack is stealthy and easy to use. An all-day pack, the Impulse is hugged with a layer of DEADQUIET fleece to reduce noise. Rainy and snowy conditions are no match for the pack, thanks to waterproof membrane that protects inner contents. Hunters will also appreciate the pack’s overall structure and zipper-less main compartment lid.