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The Gear Game
Here is a nice game we can all play, and the worst thing that will happen is that we will spend money. The rules are: Describe an unlikely, but highly useful, piece of hunting gear. Not guns, or boots, or any of the obvious stuff. Second, give the price. Third, give the web site (or email address) of whoever sells it.
These three should get you started.
1. Wiggy's Cagoule
Wiggy makes the best sleeping bags I've ever used, and lots of other useful stuff besides. The cagoule is sort of a raincoat on steroids. It will fit over everything you're wearing, plus your backpack, and comes down to your knees. It's truly wind- and waterproof, and folds up into a package about the size of a large cow turd. The hood is big enough to fit even if you have two heads. $140, wiggys.com.
2. Knives of Alaska Wood Saw
Lets you build a blind or cut a shooting lane quietly, which is much better than whackin' and hackin'. Very light, very strong (no joint) angled handle, 8-inch blade, and cuts like a son of a bitch. $50; knivesofalaska.com.
3. Duluth Monarch Pack
If you had a strong back and were very, very lucky, you could fit Scarlett Johanson in the Monarch. It's made of heavy canvas and leather, and uses shoulder straps, a hip belt, and a tumpline, which you hardly see any more. And if you want a bigger belt or straps than standard, Duluth will put them on there. 6,970 cubic inches, and indestructible. $310; duluthpack.com.