1. Satellite navigation
Delorme calls the inReach Explorer the world’s first satellite communicator with built-in navigation. Simply put, it could be a life-saver. It allows hunters to navigate, create waypoints and plan routes. It provides 100 percent global coverage, GPS tracking and SOS alerting in a hand-held device.
Get one: Cabela’s, $299 and $379.
2. Tie Boss
Tie Boss bills itself as the World’s Easiest Tie Down. Easy? Yes. Multifunctional? That too. It’s the perfect tool for hanging game or “bear bagging.” It can also be used to tie down your ATV or as a clothesline. It’s also handy around the house: Use it for hanging bikes or to lift items while you’re on a ladder. It is field-tested by North American Hunting Club members, with an average rating of 8.6.
Get one: Boise Army Navy Store, $19.97.
3. Game bags
These are essential items for every successful hunting trip. And if you’re a hunter who likes to buy Idaho products, you’ll be glad to know that Hunter Game Bag Co. is located in Coeur d’Alene.
Get one: Boise Army Navy Store, $12.97 for the elk bag (Prices vary for deer, moose and multipacks.)
4. Camp stove
The Primus ETA Lite 3560 is an all-in-one camp stove. It is a lightweight, packable stove that will allow you to boil water for your morning cuppa joe in no time. It features a 500-milliliter, hard-anodized aluminum pot and has a foot-support feature for use on unstable surfaces.
Get one: Boise Army Navy Store, $99.97.
5. Lightweight bow
The Diamond Carbon Cure bow is designed to give hunters performance equal to that of aluminum bows. It weighs in at a little more than 3 pounds and would fit well in a treestand or ground blind, but it can be a perfect bow to pack for a long trek.
Get one: Cabela’s, $599.
6. Cutting edge knife
Looking for something for the hunter who has everything? Consider the Benchmade Infidel OTF automatic knife. In essence, this is a very finely crafted switchblade.
Get one: Cabela’s, $419.
7. Cool camo
Your hunting outfit changes with the seasons when you wear Cabela’s ColorPhase camo gear. The camo clothing is printed with temperature-activated dye that morphs from green to late-season shades of brown as the temperature drops.
Get one: Cabela’s. Hats start at $19.99 and hooded jackets and other gear is priced up to $79.99.