The folks at Montie Gear carry a wide array of modern and handy troubleshooting devices for outdoorsmen, recreational shooters and hunters. One true standout gizmo that’s great for treestand hunters is its Hunter’s Friend. The Hunter’s Friend is like having a buddy sitting there in the treestand with you who never tires of holding your bow or rifle right in front of you for when a shot presents itself. Simply strap the Hunter’s Friend to the tree so that it comes over either shoulder. This places your firearm or bow right where it needs to be. The unit’s skeletonized design offers multiple places to hang other accouterments, too.
If you have a smartphone and a rifle case (or any other padlockable container), then you’ll want to get your mitts on a new Quicklock Padlock. SafeTech Products, the makers of The GunBox (thegunbox.com), has taken firearms security to the highest level of tacticool with its new electronic padlock. After initial pairing with your phone, the Quicklock Padlock unlocks via your smartphone’s Bluetooth signal or by the wave of an NFC fob or label. The easy-to-use Quicklock app (for iOS or Android) even keeps track of who has opened your padlock and when. A simple wave or phone connection gives quick access to your gun to those of your choosing—and keeps out the rest.
While one of the most critical pieces of gear for a hunter, binoculars can feel like having an albatross around your neck. Tenzing’s new TC BH15 Binocular Holster keeps glass protected from the elements and secure to the user’s chest without the agonizing feelings of binocs dangling and pulling down on neck muscles. The TC BH15 is a dream to wear, making use of ergonomic design and quality materials like breathable mesh on the shoulder straps, a soft Trico lining on the holster pocket and noise-dampening Hypalon-covered buckles. Two additional side pockets are perfect for storing calls and other items. Available in Realtree Xtra camouflage, the TC BH15 is designed to fit most roof prism binoculars.
For hitting the range, trail or for everyday carry, check out Crossfire’s The Stealth Low-Profile Revolver Series. The Stealth contours to the hip and allows for a very comfortable carry. It’s secure and fast into action, too, with its user-adjustable, “spring-loaded thumb break” system. The Stealth is also ambidextrous and can be worn on the left or right side in traditional or cross-draw carry. The holster fits most revolver sizes and is shown here securing a 2-inch-barreled Taurus 617.
No, not for you, but for your best friend you take along on waterfowl hunts! Purina Pro Plan SPORT PRiME and ReFUEL bars deliver fine-tuned nutrition that promotes strength and endurance. The Purina Pro Plan SPORT PRiME bar is formulated to deliver active ingredients, such as leucine, to promote protein building and absorption, as well as rapid digestion. If fed properly, your canine will use targeted nutrients from the bar before relying on their muscles. If fed within 30 minutes of post-exercise, the Purina Pro Plan SPORT ReFUEL bar will reinvigorate tired muscles, stabilize blood sugar levels and optimize muscle rebuilding, to positively impact future performances and/or workouts.
Turkey hunters’ prayers for the “one shotshell” solution can get off their knees. Federal Premium’s revolutionary 3rd Degree uses a multi-shot, three-stage payload to deliver lethal patterns at any range. The leading section of the 3rd Degree payload—20 percent of the total pellet count— is made up of No. 6 nickel-plated FLITESTOPPER lead. Because these pellets release from the wad first and have a lethal cutting ring, they disperse quickly and create a larger effective pattern inside of 20 yards than standard loads. The next 40 percent of the load is copper-plated No. 5 lead shot, which creates a dense, even pattern at moderate ranges. The final 40 percent of 3rd Degree’s payload consists of No. 7 HEAVYWEIGHT pellets. The tungsten-iron material’s high density gives the shot more energy than No. 5 lead shot at 40 yards and beyond. The upshot to all of those numbers and percentages is that hunters get a three-stage payload that creates optimal patterns for the entire range spectrum.
American Frontiersman editors agree that every modern mountain man should have these products in his arsenal. Whether it be a padlock, a gun holster or food for your pup. To ensure you are a mountain man prepared for the hunt check out this list of goods. The featured products are from trustworthy companies like Crossfire and Purina. So get ready, and gear up for the perfect hunting experience!
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For more information:
Montie Gear Hunter’s Friend: montiegear.com; 800-722-7987
Quicklock Padlock: thequicklock.com; 801-331-8923
Tenzing BinoHolster: tenzingoutdoors.com; 800-226-9868
Crossfire’s The Stealth Revolver Holster: crossfiregear.com; 208-461-8888
Purina PRO Plan Bars: proplan.com
Federal Premium 3rd Degree: federalpremium.com; 800-379-1732
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This article was originally published in the AMERICAN FRONTIERSMAN ™ 2015 issue #174. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.
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