Having the right gear for this hunting season

Hunting is hard. Good gear makes it exponentially less so. With a quality spotting scope, say, you can pinpoint a big bull elk bedded down on a distant hillside that you would have never seen otherwise. Or, with a solid treestand, you can stay above a whitetail’s line of sight as it approaches your food plot. Beyond these tactical advantages, good gear protects you from cruddy weather, which is more or less a given if you spend any amount of time outdoors. And the less cold and wet and miserable you are, the longer you can endure in the field—significantly upping your chances of bagging a duck, a deer, an elk, or whatever your quarry. This duffel’s worth of surefire products, including some gear I’ve tested on dozens of hunts, will equip you for your next big outing.