At this year’s SHOT® show in Las Vegas, I wandered into the booth of Sitka Gear, a long-time favorite of mine. Sitka Gear has revolutionized the idea of “Turning Clothing into Gear®.” Their designers and engineers seem to pull the thoughts of hunters and outdoorsmen and women, and incorporate them into their clothing. The smallest details are considered and included in every aspect of their clothing, including the Sitka Gear Territory Pant that we'll look at today.
Read Sitka Gear Territory Pant on the 1800Gear Blog.
While the spinning reel choice makes a difference in the fishing experience, the spinning rod choice may be a more important piece of the puzzle to consider. Rods enable anglers to cast lures, work the lures, feel the strike, and retrieve the fish effectively.
Read How To Select A Spinning Rod on the 1800Gear Blog.
Spinning rod and spinning reel outfits give anglers the option to cast a selection of lures and baits in a complete range of environments and varied conditions. Spinning outfits are forgiving when unexpected wind gusts show up and when lure choices change unexpectedly from small lightly-weighted jigs to heavy top water plugs.
Read How To Select A Spinning Reel on the 1800Gear Blog.
Design and glass quality are two things at which Zeiss excels, and this shows in every element of the Terra ED‘s. In fact, Zeiss has been building lenses for optics since 1846, and they are widely recognized as one of the top optic manufacturers in the world. They are recognized so widely, the owner’s manual is in 14 languages.
Read Zeiss Terra ED 10x32 Binoculars Review on the 1800Gear Blog.
Never has so much performance been available in this price class…” Zeiss Sports Optics makes this claim in the introduction to their Conquest HD binocular and Conquest DL riflescope lines. Also described as “the perfect all-rounders,” Conquest binocular models are known for their ruggedness, outstanding image quality and near perfect ergonomics.
Read Zeiss Conquest HD 10x42 Binocular Review on the 1800Gear Blog.
For years, wading gear has always been considered primary equipment for fishing for cold water trout in the mountainous parts of the nation. Whether made of neoprene, PVC, or some other type of engineered fabric, anglers would rarely leave home without some sort of protective barrier to shield anglers from the chilly and wet conditions.
Read NRS Hydrosocks Review on the 1800Gear Blog.
The MOJO Scoot’N Shoot decoy is a life-size replica of a mature tom. For convenience in size, the decoy is only the front portion of a tom, with semi-rigid flared wings for added coverage of the user. The decoy has a built-in handle with a foam cover for ease of carrying and reaping.
Read How To Use A Reaping Decoy on the 1800Gear Blog.
To prepare for this trip, I needed a new rod for walleye and pike. I looked directly to St. Croix Rods for this combination. The St. Croix Premier Spinning Rod in 6.6 feet was ideal for the tackle and fish we were landing. This rod uses the Premium quality SCII graphite for outstanding strength, sensitivity and power.
Read St. Croix Premier Spinning Rod Review on the 1800Gear Blog.
It has been my good fortune to test Nikon’s Monarch ED Fieldscope during almost two dozen hunting and scouting outings over the past six months. These have included identifying duck species on the water a half mile away and scouting pronghorn from the comfort of my truck cab, picking apart dense cover in search of bull elk in Arizona’s White Mountains behind a tripod, and evaluating mid-Asian ibex more than a mile distant, from snow covered observation points high in the Tien Shan Mountains of eastern Kyrgyzstan.
Read Nikon Monarch ED Fieldscope - Extreme Field Test on the 1800Gear Blog.
The Alps Outdoorz NWTF Grand Slam Turkey Vest quickly became a hot commodity on the expo floor, and the item was a sellout on its debut. We had to wait until later in the season, but finally we were able to acquire a vest in our chosen pattern for this year's hunt.
Read Alps Outdoorz NWTF Grand Slam Turkey Vest Review on the 1800Gear Blog.
A locator call can be critical to finding that hot spot in a particular area in the early morning. There are a ton of them on the market, but not all of them are user-friendly. I know this for a fact, because I have a drawer full of the ones I cannot use. The Houndstooth Game Calls Morning Striker Owl Call is very user-friendly, and after a few blows on the call and a few hand adjustment and lip adjustments, I was getting the hang of it.
Read Best Of NWTF 2018 - Part 2 on the 1800Gear Blog.
As with every year since its beginning, turkey hunters from all over converge upon the largest turkey hunting expo in the United States, and for a good reason. All of the turkey hunting gear favorites, including the newest turkey hunting gear in the industry, is on display.
Read Best Of NWTF 2018 - Part 1 on the 1800GunsAndAmmo Blog.