Gear To Step Up Your Hunting Game

If you’re armed with the latest in hunting gadgets, Bambi’s mom won’t stand a chance.

TECH  |  October 18, 2013By Seth Porges

You are a ghost of the woods. You are a silent killer who stalks his prey like a greased-up ninja robot. You slowly pull back the arrow, ready to pierce the life out of the hapless whitetail who had the grave misfortune of crossing your path when…Damn it, the bastard ran away! Yeah, it sometimes takes little more than the ever-so-slight sound of a vibrating bow to tip a deer off to his impending doom—which is why silence is as much a weapon as, well, your weapon. Thankfully, this compound bow is about as quiet as they come. The Hoyt Spyder 30’s ridiculously compact and lightweight (under four pounds!) design features a vibration-vanquishing brake that catches the just-released limbs, muffling their movements and letting you send off smoother shots without sacrificing accuracy and feel. The result? That wily buck with the Superman-like hearing will have no idea what’s happening till it’s too late. (By the way, we’re pretty sure this isn’t the first time you’ve been called silent but deadly.) $999
To supercharge the sense of sight, most species have to spend millions of years in the brutal bog of evolution. Humans? We just pick up a pair of binoculars. These 8x zoomers don’t just let you cheat Darwin—they also double as a one-mile laser rangefinder for spotting the precise distance to your dinner. $1,000
If you’re lost in the woods, chances are you’d trade a bar of gold for a bar of phone service (sexting is a great way to kill time while you wait to be rescued). This outdoor GPS uses satellites and an integrated electronic compass to guide you, and it acts as a two-way radio for deep-woods gabfests. $600
Until we get our invisibility cloak, this Predator-grade camo jacket will have to do. A scattershot of limbs and a hazy backdrop create an illusion of depth, while the light-dark contrast hides you under any level of sunlight. Wear it to terrify your gardener. $200
 
Pitch-perfect optics for homing in on your prey? Check. A light 1 oz. build that won’t cramp your nose after a day in the woods? Check. A sweet camo design that makes fellow hunters think your face is a talking bush? Check, check. $155
 
The little things really do make all the difference: flowers for her birthday, breakfast in bed, and the tiny hooked tip on this four-inch blade, which makes it extra easy to slice open a boar’s gut and leave the intestines behind (sorry if you were eating lunch). $105
Superhero tights aren’t just for branding: Base layers also serve as a second skin to wick away sweat and keep you warm with minimal poundage. This layer offers a killer dose of climate-control comfort while doubling as a deer-scarer by popping your pecs to epic effect. $40