Just because a garment is advertised as being super-quiet doesn't mean it is. You must verify this for yourself by conducting a “crinkle-and-scratch” test. It's best to use a proven-to-be-quiet garment as a comparison for a good assessment. Treestands and backpacks are other areas of concern. Some can be loud, which can blow your cover. Be smart—test them out well before opening day.

Need for Silence
Posted on June 15, 2012

When it comes to bowhunting, quiet gear is essential. Bowhunting is a close-range sport that calls for absolute silence in the presence of game. This means that for the bowhunter, quiet clothing is a must, not an option. If you can hear yourself rustling while moving through terrain or brushing … more

Nikon’s EDG 10x42 binocular excels in optical sharpness, clarity and brightness, but it also offers outstanding handling comfort thanks to an “open tube” design. Also pictured is the Nikon’s Compact Fieldscope ED, which sets a new standard in super-bright, lightweight spotting-scope performance.

Bowhunter’s Buyer’s Guide: Binoculars
Posted on June 6, 2011

Performance-Minded Binocular When bowhunting western game, especially mule deer in the high country, I spend half my time peering through a 10–42 binocular. Last fall, I put the new Nikon EDG to the test, and I came away utterly impressed. Overall, I’d have to give it a five-out-five in every … more