Put Your Mouth where Your Money Is

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by MattShannon, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. MattShannon

    MattShannon New Member

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    Other than the weapon itself, what is the best piece of hunting equipment, clothing, or other accessory that you've spent your hard earned money on. There are so many things on the market now, and most will agree that a lot of them are gimics and a waste of money.

    For me, I would have to say my ladder stand. And most recently I got a pair of Muck rubber boots, which I love. Please share and save us all from wasting money on more junk.
     
  2. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    Scope! I spent more on my scope than on my rifle.
    Next, I'd say, would be a good custom knife that you will use for the rest of your life.
    Stands, clothes, etc, can vary over time.
    The main thing is to keep buying new toys. LOL
     

  3. MattShannon

    MattShannon New Member

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    What kind of scope is it? What makes it different from the ordinary Simmons, Tasco, etc.? Thanks
     
  4. lroyal

    lroyal New Member

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    my best peice of equipment is my simmons atech scope. my most useful peice of equipment is a cheap seat cushion. keeps me from movein near as much.
     
  5. flathead willie

    flathead willie Well-Known Member

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    The best piece of equipment I have is my API stand. It is so comfortable it keeps me in the woods longer.
     
  6. BLKCLOUD

    BLKCLOUD New Member

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    FOUR WHEEL DRIVE FOUR WHEELER!!!!!!
     
  7. Mi11er

    Mi11er New Member

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    I bought a Seat-o-the-pants safety harness last year and I can enjoy hunting high now. I am a little leary of high( and when I say leary I mean scared #@#$less) and now I can enjoy the hunt instead of worrying about falling out of the tree. It is very comfortable and fits me very well ( I am 6'1" 290) You can even climb the tree with it still attached to the tree, very nice for us with high places phobea.
     
  8. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    It's a Leupold Vari-X III 4.5X14, but that's besides the point. There are many great scopes. Everybody has preferences. The point is that while most folks, I believe, skimp on the scope, I would rather go the other direction. As I often have said, great speakers can make even a cheap stereo sound good, but cheap speakers will make a top end stereo sound bad.
     
  9. bnorth

    bnorth New Member

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    This might come as a surprise to a few...but so far, one of my best buys has been the National Geographic TOPO! computer software...lets me scout any area long before I would like to step into the woods, I do some homework on potential new spots, find funnels, pinch points, and water ways with just the click of a mouse. Then I can print out the topographic maps to take with me; mark deer sign on them and stand sites. Excellent buy.
     
  10. psychomekanik

    psychomekanik New Member

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    i totally understand where you're coming from brother. "My back is killing me"!!
     
  11. bigfatcat

    bigfatcat New Member

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    my summit viper climbing treestand. so comfortable and it keeps me out of the sight line of the deer
     
  12. Zing

    Zing Member

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    Toilet paper:smile2:, I would have to agree with the above post, summit tree stand, four wheeler, scope, rubber boats. I have to agree with scope issue, do not scimp there, spend as much as you can afford on the scope. I need to throw in there for you smokers and that is myself included is a film canister for ashtry and butts. I would have to also add tostie toes, I wish I would have invented them.
     
  13. BLKCLOUD

    BLKCLOUD New Member

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    Zing..what do rubber boats have to do with deer hunting??
     
  14. MattShannon

    MattShannon New Member

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    Thanks fellas, that's exactly what I was looking for. Some of the mentioned, I also have. The ones I don't have or use, I now have a peaked desire for. I haven't read a post that I can disagree with yet. Thanks again.

    I've been peaking around at one of those seat of the pants harnesses, but wasn't sure if they were worth buying. I've been interested in a harnesses with the vest, instead of just straps over the shoulders like I use now. I'm also interested in one that has a rope that goes around the tree versus the belt. My buddy has one, and they are so quick and easy to adjust.

    Seems like a I buy something every year or so that I don't have any luck with. I have a gun cabinet drawer full of junk. I love the user reviews on the net, but more so, I respect the advice I get from BOC brothers.
     
  15. bigfatcat

    bigfatcat New Member

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    i have the hunter safty system vest safty harness very comfortable to have on i dont even notice it, and i use the rope vs. the strap so i can move it up the tree a i climb up the tree in my climber.
     
  16. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    i do a lot of huntin round water and i have to say the best rubber boots and hip waders i ever used was lacross.
     
  17. MattShannon

    MattShannon New Member

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    I also have a pair of rubber Lacross boots. Probably a different kind from yours though. Mine are about the heaviest artic wheater they make. They're about 7 yrs old and still in new cond. They have really thick inserts for the coldest days. The only thing I don't like about the style I have is that they are so heavy and bulky, but man do they keep your feet warm.

    The Mucks I have now are lighter, but also warm. They keep your feet dry, but absorb and store the moisture, so you have to dry them after every use if your feet sweat from a lot of walking. They have neoprene uppers rubber lowers. Your socks don't slide down. They're probably good to about 35 degrees without extra socks.

    Rubber boots are my favorite. They don't leave and absorb scent like leather.
     
  18. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    My 01 ford F250 powerstroke, Without it I couldnt leave town to GO huntin l:tounge_out:
     
  19. xringer3

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    Number 1 piece of equipment has to be the clothes. If I'm cold and wet, then I won't be in the woods, and neither will all the other gear I've got either! LOL
     
  20. jlingle

    jlingle New Member

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    My wife bought me a set of 10X50 Pentax binoculars about 7 years ago, and she spent about $500 on them. At the time, they were the best binos I'd ever looked through, and they have literally transformed the way I hunt. These binoculars are the single best piece of hunting equipment that I own. I now buy the best scopes I can afford as well, because if I can't see it..... there's no way I can shoot it. I used to subscribe to the cheap scope theory as well, thinking that it made no difference. One evening while hunting with a .308 rifle that was wearing a $30 tasco scope, I couldn't see the buck next to a pond that my buddy wanted me to shoot. I ended up having to pass on the biggest buck of my life because I couldn't see to shoot it. Never again. Now all my rifles wear pretty good scopes, and I haven't had that mistake happen to me again. My best hunting rifle wears a Leupold scope that cost more than the rifle is worth.

    A very wise man once told me to never skimp on boots or optics. I now believe him.