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Midland X-Talker T75

Midland Walkie Talkie

 

Walkie talkies may not be considered standard upland gear…… but maybe they should be. These Midland X-Talker radios let me check-in with a another remote hunter across miles of mountainous terrain without having to drop elevation to verify safety and location. And if you’re hunting with friends driving multiple vehicles, these radios are faster and more convenient than cell phones. The 38-mile range is terrain dependent, but we were able to stay in touch across 8 miles of forested peaks with no problems. The X-Talkers have great battery life and the Weather Scan is an added safety feature making them a must-have for backcountry adventure – $90 click here to learn more.

Gerber Center Drive Multi-tool

Gerber Multi-tool

 

There are tons of multi tools on the market. Tons. The reason the Gerber Center Drive has made it into my every day carry is one thing, military grade rotatable carbide wire cutters. These cutters give me a level of confidence that if my dogs are ever caught in a snare, I have a chance to free them quickly with minimal injury. Yes, I like the spring-loaded pliers, knife, file, bottle opener, screwdriver and all the other bells and whistles on this multi-tool. But the replaceable carbide cutters are what puts this in my vest and makes it irreplaceable to me – $85 click here to learn more.

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onX Hunt

onX Hunt

 

The ability to accurately and easily identify public hunting land in any state across the country is now at your fingertips. The onX Hunt App is a GPS on steroids: National Forest, BLM, Wildlife Management Areas, State Trust Land, even the names of private land owners who you may wish to seek out for permission to chase birds on their property. The volume of information available is amazing. If cell service is known to be spotty, maps can be preloaded for off-grid capabilities, no cell tower, no problem. And with the latest version hunters can share waypoints via text, email, or any other messaging apps that are enabled on the users smartphones. The onX Hunt App is a must have for any outdoor enthusiast – $30 per year per state, $100 per year for all 50 states, click here to learn more.

Benchmade 560 Freek

Benchmade 560

 

We’re perennial fans of Benchmade knives: high-quality, edge retention, one handed opening, reversible clips on most models. What’s not to like? But here’s what makes the Freek stand out: it’s crazy lightweight. Benchmade has found a way to replace some of the metal components with space-age materials that don’t compromise quality. Unlike other Benchmade models, the Freek’s handle is made of Versaflex which makes it grippy. Why that’s important for birdhunters is pretty simple – it’s stickier in the pocket, not exactly glued in there but seeded. While walking through heavy cover the branches or thick brush aren’t going to be able to pry the Freek from its place. The ability to clean birds back at the truck is always better than cursing the pickpockets afield – $111 click here to learn more.

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Decibullz – Custom Molded Earplugs

Decibullz

 

Give your hearing the ultimate protection with custom molded plugs that will fit perfectly. Decibullz are easy to shape and if your first attempt isn’t quite right, they are the only earplugs on the market that you can reheat and re-mold. You’ll get the perfect fit for the exact shape of your ear with plugs that will never fail – $26 click here to learn more.

All-Clad Frying Pan

 Wild + Whole

 

If I had to suggest one kitchen item that every cook should own, it is this All-Clad Frying Pan. I have been cooking for a number of years and I swear by the quality of this brand.  This pan not only heats quickly, but also evenly due to the layer of aluminum in between the steel.  This means consistent cooking – no more “hot spots” in the middle of your pan .  The second reason I love this pan so much is that it is oven proof. Pan-roasting is one of my favorite cooking techniques to use with wild birds.  I brown the breast in the frying pan on the stove top, flip it, and transfer it directly to the oven to finish cooking – $155 click here to learn more.

 

FoodSaver GameSaver Wingman Vacuum Sealing System

GameSaver

 

It always comes as a surprise to me when I hear people say they freeze their game in ziploc bags or butcher paper.  It takes a lot of effort, time and money to hunt wild game.  Why wouldn’t we invest in something that will keep our harvest tasting fresh, even after they’ve been frozen for a year?  I love my Gamesaver, I use it not only for freezing meat, but also to cook sous-vide.  Having great tasting meat each time you pull it out of the freezer is a must for me – $90 click here to learn more.

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ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide

JouleSousVide

 

Sous-Vide is the newest cooking trend in the foodie world, although it has been around for years.  The Joule is a small electronic device that can be controlled from your smartphone to heat water and hold it at a consistent temperature for extended periods of time, allowing you to cook foods with complete accuracy. No more over-cooking your birds – $169 click here to learn more.

Jacobsen Salt Set

Jacobsen Salt

 

My number one tip when cooking with wild game is to give it a “dry brine.”  I always sprinkle salt over the meat at least 24 hours before cooking.  Salt draws out moisture which will help your meat stay tender and juicy during the cooking process.  Jacobsen Salt Co. is renowned for their high quality and carefully crafted ingredients.  This salt sampler pack is a great way to get creative in the kitchen and add a lot of flavor to your birds – $45 click here to learn more.

Chef’s Choice Knife Sharpener

ChefsChoice Trizor Edge

 

A sharp knife is a safe knife!  I know a lot of people prefer to manually hand-sharpen their knives, however you can easily damage the edge of the blade if done at the incorrect angle. This Chef Choice electric knife sharpener can be used on Hunting or Chef Knives and offers three stages (with the option of a 15 or 20 degree angle) producing razor sharp edges. Your knife will feel brand new after each use – $112 – click here to learn more.