INDIANAPOLIS A rattle bag, binocs and a blind. Those are some of the new items on the floor of the Indiana Convention Center for the Archery Trade Association's annual show. The show designed for the bow hunter in mind fills 300,000 square feet of exhibit space with 500 exhibitors, 3,000 buyers and 300 media representatives and runs through Saturday.
Here are some of the top finds on Thursday's Day One:
Sitka Gear Optifade camouflage
As big-name camouflage patterns evolve toward more realistic depictions of nature, Sitka Gear has opted to apply a pattern to their gear that looks like nothing. Together with Gore, Sitka is unveiling a radically new camouflage design called Optifade.
Optifade is advertised as the only concealment system to combine a symmetry disrupting macro-pattern with a fractal geometry based micro-pattern designed to become nothing in the eyes of prey at engagement ranges of 20 meters and beyond.
For more information, call (877) SITKA-MG or visit www.SitkaGear.com.
Brushwolf's Treestand Rattl'r Rattle Bag
Ever been busted by a buck while rattling from a treestand?
If so, Brushwolf would like to help. Their new rattle bag is attached to a long cord, which allows it to be dropped to the ground and rattled from above.
Slamming the bag against the base of the tree and raking the string through limbs and leaves gives the bag an even more realistic sound.
"Used in combination with a decoy, this bag is deadly," said Brushwolf Gear spokesperson, Larry Boehm. MSRP: $18.95
For more information, call (320) 333-8576 or visit www.brushwolfgear.com.
Swarovski Optik EL 32 Traveler Series binoculars
Swarovski's new EL Traveler Series binoculars aren't cheap, but as the saying goes, "you get what you pay for," when it comes to sporting optics.
The new magnesium housed binoculars have an exceptionally large field of view and maximum eye relief for comfortable viewing. They are also airtight, dustproof, watertight and come in a new brown color. 8x32 MSRP: $1,998.89
For more information, call (800) 426-3089 or visit www.swarovskioptik.com.
HuntMore 360 degree stool
With the explosion of ground blind hunters in America, it was only a matter of time until someone came up with a better way to sit in them. HuntMore's 360 degree stool is very lightweight, has an adjustable back support and rotates to allow the sitter to shoot in any direction.
Its wide feet can accommodate soft ground, and leg adjustments allow it to be used on uneven terrain. MSRP: $199.
For more information, call (616) 399-4673 or visit www.huntmore.biz.
Already recognized for making packs that are easy to use and ruggedly functional, Badlands carrying systems found a way to make a great lineup of products even better. They replaced zippers with Rare Earth Magnets.
According to Badlands, the magnets are the strongest on the planet and make their packs totally quiet to operate. They can now also be opened and closed with one hand. Gear bag MSRP: $259.
For more information, call (801) 386-7839 or visit www.badlandspacks.com.
Hunting Cam Online Scout Guard
In the crowded world of infrared trail cameras, the Scout Guard is quite unique. It has all the functions of other more expensive cameras but is half the cost and half the size.
Only the size of a beer can, the Scout Guard delivers five MP photos and videos, and boasts a 1.2 second trigger time. It is programmed by an innovative remote control that can be used with several units. MSRP: $200.
For more information, call (803) 223-9710 or visit www.huntingcamonline.com.
G5 XR2 bow sight
G5 found a way to improve on perfection. Their new XR2 bow sight upgraded last year's model in a couple ingenious ways.
The XR2 has a larger floating pin adjustment knob, which creates more space to set distances. It's also easier to use with gloves on. In response to hunter input, the new sight also only has two pins. MSRP: $209.95.
For more information, call (866) 456-8836 or visit www.g5outdoors.com.
Paradigm S.O.S. Archery Stabilizer
Truly unlike any bow stabilizer ever made, the S.O.S. allows the user to offset the mass of the unit in any direction. This means, for the first time, bows can be balanced up, down, left or right with a simple adjustment.
The stabilizer can be broken down into three separate sizes to suit the bows needs, and has a quick detach feature complete with a soft touch triad knob. MSRP: $119.99.
For more information, call (610) 285-1535 or visit www.paradigmarchery.com.
BowNear Bear Claw Mounting System
Mounting BowNear's retractable bow holders used to be a problem for public land hunters since it required screwing a lag bolt into the tree. To accommodate those hunters, BowNear devised a strap-on system that holds the unit without harming the tree.
Private land hunters who aren't subject to rules against drilling into trees can purchase extra T handles to transfer the bow holder to several different trees. MSRP Bear Claw MSRP: $27.95.
For more information, call (262) 825-6497 or visit www.bownear.com.
Popularized in Texas brush country, elevated plastic hunting blinds have found their way to hunting fields all over America. The makers of The Blynd have been making their version for 28 years, and for 2009, found a way to make it better.
Besides effectively sealing in the scent of the occupants, The Blynd is constructed of weather resistant polyethylene. New units also come in brown, helping them to blend better with their surroundings and absorb less heat than the old black ones. Ten-foot model MSRP: $980.
For more information, call (251) 228-1880 or visit www.blynd.com.
While most camouflage patterns resemble limbs, leaves and bark, the makers of EyeDeal created a pattern that simply looks like a tree trunk. Developed for treestand hunters, the pattern also matches the sky on either side of the tree trunk.
The goal is to avoid the "blob effect' the makers say happens with most other camouflage patterns. MRRP: $105.
For more information, call (715) 305-9277 or visit www.eyedealcamo.com.
Best Outdoors Row Model
With the rise in popularity of food plots, it's only natural that hunters move closer to becoming farmers every year. That means regular guys are expanding their plantings beyond broadcasted seeds, and entering the world of row cropping.
Row Model is an easy to use row crop planter that is small enough to be dragged behind an ATV. It's made to plant large seeds like corn, beans and sunflowers, and has adjustments for planting depth and row distance. MSRP: $2,949.
For more information, call (989) 429-9804 or visit www.bestoutdoors.com.