When you want to find out what kind of deer-hunting gear to buy for the upcoming season, you ask the people who know. Our readers are hardcore deer hunters who take a lot of deer and have a lot of experience behind rifles, shotguns, bows and crossbows.
So we asked them, “What’s the best new deer gear?” We asked manufacturers to nominate their new products; that is, gear that has been in the retail market for less than three years. We set up an online survey and invited magazine readers and our web-site surfers to comment on their favorite gear in 18 categories, from guns and bullets to optics and trail cams.
More than 2,800 responded! Many left comments and uploaded photos. We thank you all for your opinion.
Without further ado, here are the results of our 2013 hunting Readers’ Choice Awards.
- BROWNING X-BOLT-HUNTER
Longtime names in the hunting industry dominated the Rifle category. Browning’s X-Bolt Hunter and Remington’s 50th Anniversary 700 ended up in a statistical tie. The X-Bolt has many features of the A-Bolt but a lighter price tag. David Haggard, one of our more than 2,800 voters in the survey, said he likes the X-Bolt gun for several reasons. “Wide ammunition choices. Short, crisp trigger. Light weight but not too light to control recoil.” Favorite 18.8%
Winchester Model 70 Featherweight, 10.1%