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Kim Hiss, an associate editor at Field & Stream, has hunted ducks, antelope, turkeys, and deer throughout the country, enjoying a number of women's hunts along the way. She lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Click here to email Kim.

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Attention Shoppers

     When I was in college at Penn State, I never bought anything new. Considering the budget I had to work with, I rarely bought anything at all, but when the need for a pair of shoes or a warmer coat became unavoidable, I'd even pass up Walmart prices in favor of the local Salvation Army. I was a champion of second hand shopping, and considered it a personal triumph every time I outdid the last deal I'd scored.
     These days, I've broadened my buying horizons a bit. Although I still pride myself on occasional Salvation Army buys, I get a big kick out of getting new stuff. And gear is a personal weakness -- especially the accessories categories. I do my best to buy based on need, but sometimes the desire to get something just because it's cool is hard to talk down. Packs are a big one for me. New lumbar packs, a better day pack -- it seems like the more pouches and organizers, the more I want it. So are gloves - I'm very picky about them, so if I see a pair that just might work better than what I have already, I'll talk myself into picking them up. And those by-the-register impulse buys are deadly. Key chains, mini-compasses, those little Purell-holders -- I'm a sucker for the $1.99 gadget.
    Even just the promise of getting something new is enticing -- it's embarrassing how much I enjoy going through catalogs or cruising Cabela's or Campmor online, even if I have no intention of buying. And around Christmas, I've been known to order something for myself even before I start my gift purchases.
     So what are your buying habits? Do you tend to be pretty disciplined in limiting yourself to legit purchases, or do things get out of hand once in awhile? And if there's any particular piece of gear you have a weakness for, feel free to fess up. I'd feel better knowing I wasn't alone with my day pack obsession! -K.H.

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Katie

I'm the same way. I bought a new set of scent lock this year, with no intentions of getting any new hunting gear. It's easy to talk yourself into new gear, especially if you convince yourself you won't do as well with the old one, or that last time it didn't seem to work right. I tend to make last minute decisions as well. I won't get anything, then right before I leave I buy 5 things... hunting gets expensive =]

ANewMe2B

I am a electronics junkie... so most of my big purchases are electronic in some sort of way. However, I am very frugal when it comes to buying and I can sniff a bargain out.

However, I am a firm believer of spending more money on certain items to get a more quality item. Also, I research large purchases for weeks (& sometimes months) before I make the purchase.

Laura Bell

I am Cheap, Cheap, Cheap!
I try and keep myself to the things I need and sometimes stretch it to the things I want. I do shop the bargains and if I see a super cheap deal on something it's hard to resist. I'm still kicking myself over not buying a Fleece Camo Vest from Gander Mountain. They had them for $20 bucks and I had been wanting one, but I was running short on cash so I passed the deal. Haven't seen them again. Darn it!
I did make out like a bandit on a Black Friday deal. Ameristep 16ft Ladder stand, $65. Can't wait to get one all set up and start hunting out of it!

Laura Bell

I am Cheap, Cheap, Cheap!
I try and keep myself to the things I need and sometimes stretch it to the things I want. I do shop the bargains and if I see a super cheap deal on something it's hard to resist. I'm still kicking myself over not buying a Fleece Camo Vest from Gander Mountain. They had them for $20 bucks and I had been wanting one, but I was running short on cash so I passed the deal. Haven't seen them again. Darn it!
I did make out like a bandit on a Black Friday deal. Ameristep 16ft Ladder stand, $65. Can't wait to get one all set up and start hunting out of it!

Lou Alexander

My neighbors think that I have something going on with the UPS guy this time of year, but it's not me, it's my husband. I tend to make due or use some of his castoff's

When I do buy, it is usually an item that makes hunting more comfortable. I usually get a hard time about them, but have to smile when he borrows my stuff. My Gander Mt. LED cap is the most recent item. When helping clean a deer at night, I am asked to point my hat toward the cavity.

NorCal Cazadora

I can convince myself to buy almost anything. I'm not a total nut about it, but if I see a need, I go online, do my research and break out the credit card. Back killing me from hauling decoys and gear on solo hunts? Must get Cabela's gamecart. Tired of missing shots because I can't hear my hunting partners alerting me to ducks I can't hear? Must get Game Ear.

I keep thinking I must have bought all the stuff I need, but then there's always something else. The latest thing on my list? A dog. Once I get a dog, I'll be ... oh no, I'll be buying gear for the dog. Sigh.