Getting equipped for action

Once upon a time in Texas, deer hunting was a simple affair ­- put on whatever drab-color clothing was handy and suited for the weather, slip a pair of work brogans on your feet, retrieve a rifle from the closet, stick a handful of cartridges in a pocket and head afield, where you either slipped quietly through the woods or sat against a tree or rock overlooking a game trail. Today, deer hunters employ a stunning amount of equipment, including commercially built blinds or stands that invariably overlook corn-slinging feeders designed to attract deer and feral hogs. Increasingly, that clothing is claimed to either block or absorb human scent, preventing these human smells from alerting approaching deer. Controls body scent by using patented Nano Silver fiber technology to help eliminate causes of body odors. A good basic trail camera with 5 megapixel images, flash range of 50 feet, infrared night photos, video capable and time/date/temperature/moon phase stamp. The 600-pound-capacity model easily converts from a spin feeder throwing grain to a gravity-fed feeder dispensing protein pellets. Large (60-inch by 70-inch) blind with exterior of molded fiberglass, roof with drip edge to keep rain off of tempered automotive-grade glass windows and vertical and horizontal windows to accommodate gun and bow hunters. Weighing less than 3 pounds, the decoy is a high-definition picture printed onto a polyester/cotton fabric for a realistic view.

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