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Here in Michigan, we’re right around the corner from opening day of firearm deer hunting season, and while I’m pretty impatient to get out in the woods, I’ve still got a few to-dos left on my list. I just bought some new Rocky 1,000-gram boots, but I have to pick up some more wool socks and a base layer of clothing. I also need to get the scope on my Remington 870 slug gun adjusted – I think it got knocked around last year – before I go sight it in at the range.
Whether you’re well into bow season, prepping for firearm season or getting in your final bird and duck hunting, there’s always last-minute gear to grab. To help you prepare, here’s a quick list of basics, as well as information about our Outdoor Gear Giveaway in case you wanted to grab some gear for free!
Do you need any new base layers of clothing? What are you planning on wearing? UnderArmour? Wool? Fleece?
Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops both have great lines of base-layer clothing for any weather and climate. Personally, for deer and turkey hunting in Michigan, I wear long underwear under a wool sweater (which is quite warm and helps wick moisture away from the body), then top it with flannel. I also rock thick wool socks. Browning has some great wool-blend options that will keep your feet warm all day long.
What about your coat, boots, hat and gloves? Have you checked them out since last year? My old boots had nice holes in them from last year, so give all your outerwear a quick double check before you’re caught unprepared in the wild.
Do you have the right hunting/skinning knives? Do they need to be sharpened? There’s not much that’s worse than harvesting a great buck but then having to tear the hide with a dull knife.
How about calls? Are you set with duck, turkey, deer and/or elk calls? Make sure to check local hunting regulations to see which calls are legal, and when.
Have you sighted in your scope this year? Remember, you’ve got to adjust the scope on your gun, then go to the range and sight in the gun to your zero. Also, are you set with binoculars and a range finder, too?
Quicken Loans wants to help boost your gear stockpile, so we’re running our Outdoor Gear Giveaway through the end of December. The grand prize is a whole package of sweet stuff including 12 months’ worth of mortgage payments, and these great prizes:
- The Bad Boy Buggies Recoil iS 4×4 is an electric ride that will take you up to 40 miles per charge with a four-wheel independent suspension.
- While not exactly a piece of hunting equipment, the Exmark Lazer Z X-Series riding mower is a zero-turn machine with a commercial-grade engine that will possibly even make your lawn mowing chores fun.
- The collection of Buck knives will provide you with a full gamut of knives, from pocket knives for general tasks to rugged hunting knives – essential for any and all of your outdoor needs.
You can enter to play the instant win game once per day throughout the contest, and you get one entry for the sweepstakes when you enter for the first time. The good news is that you can earn extra entries when you share the sweepstakes on Facebook and Twitter and someone enters via the unique link in your post.
Unfortunately, there’ll be only one grand prize winner, but we’ve got a bunch of instant win prizes that’ll still prove useful additions to your gear pack. We’ve got Hardcore Brand Dog Tag hats, Realtree Xtra hats, Tervis Realtree Tumblers, OtterBox Defender iPhone 5 and 5s cases, Grime Boss hand wipes and several other prizes.
The bottom line is, whatever you end up winning, we want to help make sure you’ve got all the gear you need to have a successful hunt. Do you still have questions about the contest? What gear tips and insight do you have to share? Let us know!
And don’t forget to enter the Outdoor Gear Giveaway here.
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