Almost every facet of our life is now dominated by new technology, and this includes some of the most advanced hunting gear ever created. 2014 continues to be shaping up to be a great year for hunters of all types with changes to everything from clothing and footwear to advanced optics and GPS devices. Here is a closer look at a few of the leading products and how they are helping to revolutionize this pastime.
Camouflaged Wide-Range Cams
Both live and recorded cameras have become a major component of hunting, especially when it comes to seasonal prey or more difficult quary. Unfortunately, this technology has not seen many advances over the years, but this has all changed recently. Camouflaged wide-range cams offer hunters a variety of new features that will help them on their next trip. Wide-range cams are especially important as their field often expands up to 150 degrees or more for a better view of movement and game trails.
Multi-Direction Traction Boots
It may not seem like footwear for hunting and hiking has had many improvements in the recent past, but this has all changed with four-way traction. The concept of multi-directional traction has been around for years, but combined with Gore-Tex material and durable outer layers, it makes it a perfect option for a hunter. The traction on these boots has been designed to help hunters create a stable platform on any surface that will maximize their shooting efficiency.
Long range hunting has increased in popularity and this means that a dramatic shift in hunting optics like those for the AR-15 and hunting scopes needed to take place. Modern mated-optics combines the advantages of both high-end scopes and laser-assisted scopes for maximum efficiency and accuracy. These optics are multi-purpose tools and will help by lowering one’s hunting load, improving target acquisition speed, and eliminating user error.
Much like mated optics have transformed long range hunting, angle-compensated rangefinders are another powerful tool for a hunter. Traditional rangefinders were very simplistic with a simple dot reticle and the ability to gauge the range with line-of-sight technology. Modern rangefinders, on the other hand, can be used in conjunction with the best & most powerful optics to assist hunters that are shooting at odd ranges or a more difficult angle, often affecting trajectory and bullet drop. You can check out a great example of one of these below.
GPS Animal Locator
For those that are hunting smaller game or bird hunting, few things will improve the experience as a much as a well-trained hunting dog. Even with all of the training a dog undergoes, however, accidents and miscalculations can take place mid-hunt. GPS animal locators begin with an extremely precise collar that is linked to a handheld GPS unit. With new products being released throughout 2014, these handheld devices will help hunters know if their companion is running, sitting, or treeing an animal and can be tied to upwards of 9 dogs over a 10 mile area.