Youth Hunting Gear: 7 Items That Actually Work For Waterfowl

Youth Hunting Gear: 7 Items That Actually Work For Waterfowl

Finding youth hunting gear that is worth your money is insanely difficult; that is, if you’re looking for gear that actually works, isn’t cheap, poorly engineered, or just all out cotton which is useless in many cases. I’ll never forget the process of introducing Cole to duck hunting several years ago. I honestly had to retrain my mind on everything, and it started with youth hunting gear. His first duck. With a legendary dog GRHRCH "Max" We were planning on hunting flooded timber. About two weeks before the hunt I was driving down the road and it hit me like a 2x4 to the face: we can’t hunt this timber hole, because water that is waist deep on me is going to be over his waders. Wait. We can’t hunt a pit either. He can’t see over the top of the pit. The same is true for a sled blind. He can’t shoot over the rail. Those were the thoughts that came rushing in to my head. Talk about a rude awakening. We were 2 weeks from the hunt. This duck hunt was all he could think about, and all I could think about is how I’m going to pull it off, keep him warm, and hopefully get him a chance to kill a duck. We were able to figure out the hunting situation, but that was only half the battle. The other half was keeping him warm, comfortable, and having a good time. To do that, I had to think long and hard about youth hunting gear designed for a 7 year old. And friend, let me tell...

Banded Waterfowl: The Ultimate Gear Bag

Banded waterfowl gear is made incredibly well, but I would be lying if I told you I wasn't partial to one particular item from Banded Brands.The Arc Welded Backpack ​Last year was my first year to hunt with this titan of a gear bag, and after one hunt, I left the levee wondering where it had been all of my life.  Here's what I love about it. Duck Killers Consulted. For starters, Banded waterfowl gear is designed by real duck killers. The people that design these things wade through the same mud you do. So, they know what it takes to make gear that is functional and versatile. Waterproof & Weightless. Perhaps the greatest asset it a split decision for me between the waterproof material with welded seams, or perhaps the light weight. I can't decide which I like more. I'd have to say that it comes down to the fact that it doesn't leak, but I'm telling you, the sheer gravity defying load this thing bears is going to stun you my brother. Roll Top Design. It has one big mouth. You stuff in your stuff, roll down the top, buckle it, and you're off and wading. ​Backpack Straps. Personally, I hate shoulder straps. They just are not functional if you ask me, and backpack straps are much more secure. If you're hunting a pit or a levee, just sit the bag on the ground. If you're hunting timber, it has a loop to hang from a tree hook. Either way, you're good to go. We've all had blind bags, but I can promise you my waterfowl warrior brother, you've never...