The best new deer hunting gear has hit the market once again, and now is the time to capitalize on the latest gear out there.
Whether you’ve got an extra $1,000 stashed away for that new rifle you’ve been eyeing all year, or are raiding the piggy bank for a value-priced crossbow, the options are plentiful.
Following is the top-of-the-line deer hunting gear for 2016.
NOSLER | M48 LIBERTY
The Nosler Model 48 Liberty comes in 18 different caliber options, but the new one is 30 Nosler, with a 26-inch barrel. At 7.65 pounds, it has a synthetic stock, pillar bedding, a tuned trigger and a push-button lightweight floorplate. MSRP, $1,795. Nosler.com.
REMINGTON | MODEL 783
This rifle might be priced right for the working man, but it shoots like a bank-breaking custom job with its adjustable CrossFire Trigger and new synthetic stock design complete with the SuperCell recoil pad. Choose from 10 different calibers in this go-anywhere rifle. MSRP, $399.
MOSSBERG | PATRIOT
Fans of the bolt-action Mossberg Patriot lineup will see that the rifle now has a stock covered in Kryptek Highlander camouflage. The 6 1/2-pound Patriot has a Lightning Bolt Action trigger, adjustable from 2 to 7 pounds. MSRP, $421.
WEATHERBY | MARK V ACCUMARK
They’re calling it the fastest 6.5mm there is. In keeping with some long-range shooters’ need for speed, the new 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum pushes a high-ballistic coefficient 127-grain bullet at over 3,500 feet per second. The Mark V comes with a sub-MOA guarantee. MSRP, $2,300.
MONTANA RIFLE COMPANY | COLORADO BUCK EDITION
This rifle stands out with a carbon fiber Kevlar reinforced stock in caramel brown with black spider webbing. The barrel is 24 inches of hand-lapped stainless steel, Cerakoted in tungsten grey and finished off with a muzzle brake. Best caliber options for the Western deer hunter are 7mm Rem Mag and .300 Win Mag. MSRP, $1,850.
BROWNING | HELL’S CANYON SPEED
This new sub-7-pound X-Bolt rifle is designed with a composite stock, a fluted and muzzle-brake threaded barrel, and the adjustable Feather Trigger. Choose from calibers ranging from .243 Win to .300 Win Mag 23- or 26-inch barrels. MSRP, $1,200-$1,240 for magnums.
HORNADY | PRECISION HUNTER
The business end of this ammo is the new ELD-X bullet, a feat of engineering that utilizes a heat-shield tip to offer unprecedented accuracy by defying the effects of aerodynamic heating and allowing it to retain its shape. Precision Hunter ammo is available in eight options for all-range performance. MSRP, $43-$127.
FEDERAL AMMUNITION | POWER-SHOK COPPER
Looking for non-lead ammo that’s still lethal? Federal’s latest is a hollow-point, copper-alloy bullet designed to create nasty wound channels. Four calibers. MSRP, $34.
BROWNING | BXR
The BXR Rapid Expansion Matrix Tip is made for deer and antelope hunters. .243 Win, .270 Win, .30-30 Win, .308 Win, .30-06 Sprg, .300 Win Mag and .300 WSM.
CARBON EXPRESS | X-FORCE ADVANTEX
This crossbow is one of the best deals on the market with its pauper-friendly price tag and ready-to-hunt kit, which contains a scope, PileDriver bolts, and a quiver. Downrange speeds of 320 fps are possible with this 6.9-pound, 165-pound draw crossbow. MSRP, $400.
MISSION ARCHERY | MXB-SNIPER LITE
Three accessories packages are yours to choose from with this x-bow, which weighs in at less than 6 pounds, measures 20 1/2 inches wide, 32 3/4 inches long, and can send bolts downrange at 310 fps. It has a 14-inch power stroke and draws 150 pounds. MSRP, $599.
HORTON CROSSBOW INNOVATIONS | STORM RDX
Measuring only 15 1/2 inches between axles and weighing a shade over 8 pounds, this new crossbow is capable of generating 122 foot-pounds of kinetic energy and 370 fps of bolt speed thanks to its 16 1/2-inch power stroke and 165-pound draw weight. MSRP, $1,269.
TENPOINT CROSSBOW TECHNOLOGIES | CARBON NITRO RDX
This new bow is the Rolls Royce of crossbows thanks to its carbon fiber barrel and adjustable C3 carbon stock. When cocked, it measures only 10 inches axle-to-axle and when fired bolts can achieve 385 fps and KE measurements up to 125 foot-pounds. MSRP, $1,819.
BROWNING CROSSBOWS | ONESIXONE CROSSBOW
Browning’s latest is a 7.2-pound sweet-shooting rig that is outfitted with the Triggertech trigger and is made in the USA. Capable of generating bolt speeds of 350 fps, the OneSixOne comes complete with a scope, quiver, and bolts. MSRP, $1,000.
BURRIS | VERACITY RIFLESCOPE
All Veracity Series scopes have accurate, repeatable quarter-MOA adjustments and 5-times zoom for a wide field-of-view. Nitrogen-filled to prevent fogging, and Hi-Lume multicoated to provide glare elimination, these are designed for low-light performance. MSRP, $719-$1,079.
LEUPOLD | VX-3i Riflescopes
This latest 12.6-ounce offering from Leupold boasts the Twilight Management System for maximum brightness, clarity, and ease-in-target acquisition in all lighting conditions. More than a dozen models. MSRP, $520-$1,170.
SIG SAUER | WHISKEY3
Great glass and coatings. Comes with a free ballistic turret to match your ammo. Five models. MSRP, $190-$300.
BEAR ARCHERY | ESCAPE SD
This Escape SD addresses the need for quality women’s offerings with its 40- to 55-pound peak draw, mass weight of 4 pounds, and axle-to-axle length of 32 inches. Draw lengths from 23 1/2 to 27 1/2 inches are available in this rig, which can produce elk-killing arrow speeds up to 325 fps. MSRP, $900.
HOYT ARCHERY | CARBON DEFIANT 34
Measuring 34 inches between axles and built with a 7-inch brace height, this flagship bow is capable of producing arrow speeds of 325 fps. At 3.8 pounds, it’s also one of the lightest weight bows on the market and is available in draw weights from 30 to 80 pounds. MSRP, $1,499.
BOWTECH ARCHERY | BT-X
This 4.2-pound bow is designed with the new Micro Sync Dial for easy, precision cam timing (without a bow press), and a host of other Bowtech technologies. Available in peak draw weights of 50, 60, 70 and 80 pounds and draw lengths of 27-31 inches. MSRP, $1,099.
PSE ARCHERY | CARBON AIR
PSE enters 2016 with their first carbon offering, which weighs just over 3 pounds, measures 32 inches axle-to-axle, and generates 340 fps-plus arrow speeds. A litany of technologies like HD hybrid cams round out this revolutionary offering. MSRP, $1,500.
MATHEWS | HALON 6
With its No Cam technology, the 4.55-pound Halon 6 is a bow-tuner’s dream. It’s also capable of generating arrow speeds in excess of 340 fps. It’s available in 40- to 70-pound peak draw weights, and draw lengths of 25-31 inches. Half-inch sizes offered as well. MSRP, $1,099.
BUSHNELL | AGGRESSOR WIRELESS
Download a free app and get impressive 14-megapixel images to your smartphone. Uses AT&T’s network. It also promises to never miss a shot thanks to its extremely fast 1/3-second trigger speed. MSRP, $515.
CABELAS | OUTFITTER 12MP
This cam also takes high-res, color photos at night, and has nighttime color video, an 85-foot daytime and 50-foot nighttime detection range. Review images right on the cam with a 2-inch LCD. MSRP, $200.
STEALTH CAM | G45NG PRO
Ten-percent smaller than their popular G Series cams, this model is a 12-megapixel, HD-video-capable. It has advanced technologies like blur reduction and a 1/2-second trigger speed. MSRP, $200.
WILD GAME INNOVATIONS | VISION 8 LIGHTSOUT
Thirty-six invisible LEDS, 65-foot detection range in this 8-megapixel cam. It also features a 16:9 aspect ratio image and a 1/2-second trigger speed. MSRP, $130.
PRIMOS | THE CLUB
DuraMatte HD fabric helps ensure this big, 15-pound blind lasts for many seasons. Designed with Max-View window openings and SS Hook blind windows for silent operation. MSRP, $160.
REDNECK BLINDS | SOFT-SIDED 6×6 360
Six-foot square with multiple vertical and horizontal shooting windows, this blind is ideal for both bowhunters and firearms hunters. Spring for the heavy-duty portable blind stand, and you’ll have an elevated option. MSRP, $399 blind; $499 blind stand.
SUMMIT | SENTRY SD
This climbing stand has a 20- by 30-inch platform, contoured mesh folding seat and 300-pound capacity. Choose from open-front or closed-front models. MSRP, $270 open; $290 closed.
MILLENNIUM TREESTANDS | L100
Sit 21 feet high with this 80-pound ladder stand. Rest your feet on a folding footrest and your rifle on a fully adjustable shooting rail. Powder-coat finished and outfitted with a stabilizing strap for secure setup. MSRP, $240.
SCENT BLOCKER | THE BEAST
This ghillie suit has answered bowhunter prayers by offering full concealment and outline breakup through 3D Realleaf technology. Yet it still fits snugly, thanks to full elastic sleeve cuffs, ankle cuffs, and waist. This suit also utilizes Trinity technology to fool whitetail noses as well. MSRP, $179 jacket, $130 pants.
NOMAD | INTEGRATOR SHELL
Designed with intelligently positioned accessory pockets, and SilverZ scent-containment technology, the waterproof shell will carry through the season. Kryptek Banshee or Mossy Oak Break-Up Country. MSRP, $170.
SITKA GEAR | FANATIC LITE
Ideal for early to mid-season sits, this jacket is form-fitting, loaded with accessory pockets, and even features a built-in hand muff. It’s also covered in Sitka’s Elevated II camouflage pattern, a perfect design for tree stand hunters looking to confound whitetail eyesight. MSRP, $289.
UNDER ARMOUR | STORM BARRIER
A water-repelling finish and scent-control technology work together to ensure you stay dry and undetected. ColdGear Infrared technology that uses a soft, thermo-conductive material to absorb and retain body heat. MSRP, $150.
ROCKY BOOTS | STRATUM
Brown leather uppers with Venator camo accents make these boots aesthetically pleasing, but they offer more than good looks. Both the 5- and 6-inch versions feature aggressive outsoles, a comfortable fit, and seven-millimeter lug depth — ideal for scouting or stand-hanging trips. MSRP, $140.
LACROSSE | AEROHEAD SPORT
This boot is constructed using AeroForm technology, which results in extremely lightweight yet durable footwear that actually fits like an athletic shoe. To further enhance durability and functionality, these boots also feature abrasion-resistant shin guards and adjustable gussets. MSRP, $170-$180.