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View & Click Ranging

Bushnell's Fusion One Mile binoculars are available in 8x32, 10x42 and 12x50, each with premium BAK-4 prisms and PC-3 phase-corrective coatings for superior resolution, fully multicoated optics with XTR Technology for ultimate light transmission and patented RainGuard HD water-repellent lens coating. They also include built-in 10- 1,760-yard laser rangefinder capabilities with Angle Range Compensation (ARC) technology to make steep uphill and downhill shots automatic (plus advanced rifle data). The new Matrix Display allows quick choice of Bull's-Eye, Brush or Scan modes, all housed in lightweight, rubber-armored, fogproof chassis. Includes battery, strap, case and Bushnell Bulletproof Guarantee.

MSRP: $1,000-$1,300

Contact: Bushnell Outdoor Products, 913-752-3400; www.bushnell.com

Maintaining

The Throne Nikon has taken an already popular binocular and made it better. The Monarch 7 is offered in 8x42 and 10x42 with black finish. They're compact and lightweight, weighing only 22.9-23.3 ounces. Proprietary lens designs, multiple prism coatings and Nikon Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass produce a highly efficient optical system with extremely high light transmission and wide field of view. Long eye relief and click-adjustable rubber eyecups make them compatible for anyone, including eyeglass wearers. All lenses include new scratch-resistant coatings for longer life. Each comes with flip-down lens caps, neoprene neck strap and carry case; nitrogen filled and 0-ring sealed to be water-and fogproof. They include Nikon's No-Fault warranty.

MSRP: $480 (8X) and $500 (10X)

Contact: Nikon Sports Optics, 800-6456687;

www.nikonhunting.com

Cellular Gone Wild

Wildgame Innovations introduces its Cell Series Cellular Digital Trail Cameras for 2013. The series includes the Cell 5 (with 5MP resolution and 60-foot flash) and Cell 8 (8MP and 70-foot flash). Both transmit trail-cam images via instant messaging; compatible with any GSM provider using SIM cards with 2G- or 3G-speed capabilities, depending on camera model. Both also include high-intensity infrared LEDs, providing sharp images or video day or night, along with Redux Anti-Blur and Exposure Control System, FlexTime+ and Time Lapse Technology, all with wide-angle lens. An ICON screen makes adjustment easy, the camera powered by four D-cell batteries. MSRP: $400

Contact: Wildgame Innovations, 337-8396267;

www.wildgameinnovations.com

Bowhunting Ready

Leupold's RX compact laser rangefinder lineup now includes four new models; the RX-8001, RX-8001 TBR, RX-600i and RX-FullDraw. Of these, the FullDraw is designed specifically for archers. The FullDraw's TBR provides bow-hunters with accurate aiming range to 175 yards, regardless of shot angle, delivering straight-line ranging to 800 yards. It includes 5X magnification and wide-angle lens, allowing quicker acquisition of any target. All modes have multicoated lenses and new LCD screen for super-bright data viewing. The click-stop eyepiece allows precise focusing, an intuitive menu quick setup, plus three user-friendly aiming reticles and fold-down rubber eyecup allowing use with or without eyeglasses. It's waterproof and shockproof to withstand rugged use. MSRP: $400

Contact: Leupold & Stevens, 800-538-7653;

www.leupold.com

Triple-Zone Coverage

Moultrie's revolutionary Panoramic 150 trail camera uses three different motion sensors, each with a 50-degree detection zone, combined to provide a 150-degree coverage area; three times the amount provided by most scouting cams. Furthermore, the Silent Slide rotating lens pivots with the action to capture photos or videos wherever game is detected. The Panoramic 150 includes two image modes; single and panoramic. In single image mode the camera acts as three cameras in one, Silent Slide technology lens pivoting to capture individual photos and video when . tv; motion is detected within any of the three 50-degree fields of view. In panoramic mode, the camera takes three photos (one from each field of view) and assembles them into a single, extra-wide-angle image. The camera also utilizes proven Moultrie technologies for faster triggering and better quality images.

MSRP: $250

Contact: Moultrie Outdoors Brands, 800653-3334;

www.moultriefeeders.com

Grand Tetons

Alpen's new Teton family of binoculars includes EDHD extra-low dispersion optical design for cleaner, brighter images in any light. The Teton is based on the company's award-winning Apex XP platform, wrapped around newly designed EDHD optical sys-tern for the best quality images Alpen has yet produced. All models include fully multicoated lenses and BAK-4, phase-corrected glass, long eye relief compatible with eyeglasses, unique-design twist-up eye cups and 100 percent water- and fogproof 0-ring and hermetically sealed body construction. As with all Alpen optics, Teton binoculars are covered by Alpen's No Blame/No Fault/No Problem lifetime warranty. They're offered in 10x42, 10x50 and newly designed 15x50 for extra-long-range spying. MSRP: $695-$812

Contact: Alp en Optics, 877-987-8370; www.alpenoptics.com

Budget Quality

Distributed by Bass Pro Shops, Oculus Binoculars 5.0 offer a high-quality option for the bowhunter on a tight budget. They include fully multicoated lenses for long life and sharp, bright images, nitrogen-purged to eliminate annoying interior fogging and 100 percent waterproof to take on the roughest weather. They include ultra-light polycarbonate frames, center-click diopter adjustments and center focus knob. Rubber armor makes them easy to grip, even when wet or while wearing heavy gloves. They come with custom soft case, neck strap, protective lens covers and soft microfiber cleaning cloth. Look for them in 8x42 or 10x42 models, both including Oculus' Lifetime Warranty.

MSRP: $2004230

Contact: Bass Pro Shops, 800-227-7776;

www.basspro.com

Night Watcher

The all-new FLIR Scout PS-Series Thermal Camera provides clear thermal imagery in a palm-sized, portable unit with simple, three-button operation. The lightweight, easy-to-use unit allows you to. gather visual information day or night. The Scout creates images from heat, not light, giving you a big advantage when darkness falls or brush is thick. Use it to navigate rough terrain in the dark, observe nighttime animal activity, sneak into an early-morning treestand or find downed game. It includes a rugged, watertight case, multiple resolution choices, digital e-zoom, image freeze-in-frame capability, three detection palettes, embedded LED flashlight and internal Li-Ion rechargeable battery.

MSRP: $1,999

Contact: FLIR, 877-773-3547;

www.flir.com

Lighter & Brighter

Designed for exceptional user comfort, the Carson 3D Series is even more lightweight and ergonomically pleasing than before. Each model includes High Definition optical coating technology, enhancing light-gathering qualities for sharper, brighter images in low-light conditions and better color fidelity. BAK-4 prisms are fully multicoated, barrels nitrogen purged and 0-ring sealed for weatherproof assurance. They're now available in 8x42 and 10x42 versions, both equipped with BinoArmor Deluxe case/wrap, harness system and neck strap.

MSRP: $395-6400

Contact: Carson Optical, 800-967-8427;

www.carsonoptical.com

Choose Your Razor

Wildgame Innovations' new Razor Series comes in three models; 6, 8 and 10 MP. All can last up to 50,000 images using eight AA lithium batteries. IR LED technology provides detailed images or video day or night (21, 24 or 27 LED pieces contained in 6, 8 and 10 models, respectively), quality boosted with Redux Anti-Blur Technology and Exposure Control System, along with Flex-Time+ and Time Lapse Technology with wide-angle lens combined with 1-second trigger speed. SD cards up to 32GB may be used to store images or video.

MSRP: $1304170

Contact: Wildgame Innovations, 337-8396267;

www.wildgameinnovations.com

The Name Says It All

The Aim-It from Bohning is a fully adjustable trail camera mount allowing you to make the best of twisted or crooked trees, or precisely place cameras for the best angle of a trail, food plot or ridge point. Aim-It is quickly and easily attached to any tree using the "clawed" base and adjustable nylon webbing strap (included), or four wood screws (not included), Three points of rotation allow it to turn to nearly any angle, the small footprint making it easy to hide from thieves. It's constructed of lightweight but tough, glass-filled nylon and includes a tripod-type mount that screws into most popular trail cameras.

MSRP: $25

Contact: Bohning Archery, 231-229-4247;

www.bohning.com

Plot Your Next Move

PlotWatcher technology allows you keep an eye on your area's deer activity using time-lapse photography to record up to 1 million images, with 20 times more battery life than most trail cameras. The PlotWatcher Pro captures images of animals regardless of how far away they stand from the camera, allowing more scouting coverage area. Tru-Video technology allows Plot-Watcher to save files straight to video for hassle-free viewing. Using included GameFinder software with MotionSearch, you can view hours of footage quickly to find frames in which motion is detected, all in HD.

MSRP: $250

Contact: Day 6 Outdoors, 706-256-2578;

www.day6outdoors.com

Big Bang, Little Bucks

Kowa SV roof-prism binoculars are designed to offer a top-quality optic at an affordable price. They're 100 percent waterproof and nitrogen purged (to be fogproof), with fully multicoated lenses. They're also phase coated and use highly reflective prism coatings to maximize light transmission. The SV Series utilizes an objective-focus mechanism to reduce cost without sacrificing optical performance. They include lightweight, rubber-armored designs for comfortable use during long hours in the field. They are available in three models, each in two magnification sizes. There are SV32, SV42 and SV50 models, each in 8X or 10X magnification, model numbers correlating to objective lens diameters in millimeters; weighing from 20 to 26 ounces.

MSRP: $220-$305

Contact: Kowa Optimed, 310-327-1913;

www.kowa-sporting-optics.com

Razor-Sharp Glassing

Vortex's incredibly popular Razor HD has been expanded for 2013 to include 10x50 and 12x50 models, for those looking for steadier long-range glassing. The Razor HD offers a proven combination of advanced technologies and premium components in a lightweight, ergonomic package. Premium, hand-selected, high-density, extra-low dispersion glass provides top-grade images, lenses fully multicoated with proprietary XR anti-reflective coatings for maximum brightness during low-light periods. Armor Tek optical coatings also protect against scratches, oil and dust. The True Open Hinge design, wrapped around 0-ring-sealed and argon-purged magnesium chassis and durable rubber armoring, assures a firm grip in any weather and protection from hard knocks and moisture. Positive-click, twist-up eyecups accommodate eyeglasses. MSRP: $1,489-$1,499

Contact: Vortex Optics, 800-426-0048;

www.vortexoptics.com

Lock 'En' Down

The new LockDown X Binocular Deployment System from S4 Gear builds on the success of the original LockDown design with an ultralight form designed for maximum, all-day comfort in the field. The harness material is highly breathable to allow cooling when working up a sweat, with multiple adjustment points providing a custom fit. The low-profile binocular shield protects glass against nasty weather or debris but allows you to put optics to use instantly, without undue tension while holding optics to your eyes. It fits binoculars from 5.75-7.5 inches long, in black or Realtree APG camo.

MSRP: $55 (black) or $65 (camo)

Contact: S4Gear, 866-574-8743;

www.s4geancom

Camouflage Micro

Opti-Logic, the first company to offer a consumer -priced ballistics compensating laser rangefinder, also makes the smallest unit in the business. The Micro I measures only 1 3/8x2 1/2x3 1/4 inches and weighs only 3.5 ounces, but is packed with bowh unter-friendly functions such as a red-dot LED aiming sys- tem and three-level display brightness. Ballistics compensation with VAC (Vertical Angle Compensation), waterproof and shockproof case and three operation functions are also included. And all this is now finished in Mathews' Lost Camo with "velvet touch" coating. Each comes with neoprene neck strap, Corclura carry case with noise-free magnetic closure, belt loop and tether clip, plus full two-year warranty. MSRP: $340

Contact: Opti-Logic, 931-454-0897; ummopti-logic.com

Cabela's Exclusive

Stealth Cam's Delta 8 No Glow Scouting Camera is a Cabe-la's exclusive that delivers high-quality images or video (with audio) day or night, 1-second trigger speed and incredibly easy setup. The camera includes three image resolution settings (1.3, 5 and 8MP), taking one, three or six images per triggering. It can also be set for 15- or 30-second video clips. Trigger delays of 20 seconds, or one, five or 10 minutes may be selected. Its IR emitters are invisible, flash adjustable to fire all 46 for a 50-foot range, or 36 to reach 30 feet. Other features include an external LCD image counter, low-battery indicator, video output and weatherproof 3D digital camo housing. Time/date stamp includes moon phase and temperature, the unit operating on eight AA batteries and accepting SD cards to 16GB.

MSRP: $180

Contact: Cabela's, 800-237-4444;

www.cabelas.com

Longer-Range Backup

Expanding on the success of the original Tiny-W, Spypoint's new Tiny-W2 camera includes expanded transfer range. The system includes a separate "Black Box" wireless backup unit now accepting photo transmissions from up to 250 feet away, 8MP resolution and 38 IR LED flash, sound-recording video, 2.4-inch viewing screen, seven zone sensors, lightning-quick trigger speed, time-lapse mode, date/time/tem-perature/moon-phase stamp and compact 2 3/4x3 1/2x4 1/2-inch dimensions. This means that if your main camera is stolen, you have backup images stored in your Black Box. It also means you can check the main camera from 250 feet away, reducing scent at stand sites.

MSRP: $300

Contact: GG Telecom, 514-868-1811;

www.spypoint.com

Let There Be Light

Own the night in any nocturnal wild hog, varmint or bowfishing situation with the new Sabre Bow-Mounted Light from HawgLite. It offers an industry-first adjustable beam allowing bowhunters the option of a tight red beam effective to 150 yards or wide-angle beam for shorter ranges. The Sabre operates up to 10 nonstop hours on three AM. batteries by utilizing a powerful Cree LED as a light source. As with all HawgLites, both remote pressure-pad and standard flashlight switches are included. The Sabre's red beam is also useful while accessing stands or blinds in the dark.

MSRP: $100

Contact: HawgLite, 512-636-1798;

www.hawglite.com

Mix & Match Spotters

New Swarovski ADUSTX scopes include modular, ergonomic design for greater versatility. This new design places zoom and focusing rings side by side for quicker, one-hand access. The ATX/STX system includes two eyepiece modules (angled or straight) and three objective modules (65mm, 85mm and 95mm) to provide six potential spotting-scope combinations to suit individual needs. Field flattener lenses produce edge-to-edge clarity and require less refocusing. HD lenses promote rich contrast and color fidelity in a wider view, extended eye relief and optimized Swarodur, Swarrotop or Swarroclean specialty coatings.

MSRP: $3,398-$4,531

Contact: Swarovski Optik North America, 800-426-3089;

www.swarovskioptik.com

Spot & Share

The new Spot-On Quick Sight from Clean-Shot Archery is a handheld sighting tool allowing you to quickly direct a second person's line of sight, focusing their attention on a specific object you wish to point-out. Now, within seconds, you and a companion I can be looking at the same object without pointing, attempting to explain terrain features or frustration when they cannot see what you can. Just lock the Quick Sight on target through one set of apertures, while the other person uses the other apertures to find the target object. MSRP: $13

Contact: Clean-Shot Archery, 800-242-9023;

www.clean-shot.com

Packed With Features

Moultrie's M-60 Outfitter IR is a Cabela's exclusive that offers 6MP images and day or night video, plus innovative Plot Stalker Hybrid Mode for up to 3,600 time-lapse photos daily. The IR flash has an effective range of 50 feet. Image resolution can be set to four settings and video (with audio) to two. The advanced internal sensor provides sharp nighttime images, FastFire Continuous Shooting Mode capturing up to three photos per second with photo delays of 5, 15 and 30 seconds or 1-60 minutes. Time/date stamp includes moon phase, temperature and camera ID. SD cards up to 32GB are accommodated, the camera operating on four or eight AA batteries. Also includes weather-resistant camo case and mounting strap.

MSRP: $150

Contact: Cabela's, 800-237-4444;

www.cabelas.com

Rock-Steady Viewing

Nikon's new EDG VR 85 Fieldscope provides steadier views and sharper digi-scope images via VR (Vibration Reduction) system seen only in Nikkor camera lenses before now. This reduces vibrations and blur caused by wind, focusing or adjustment to about one eighth that observed in scopes without VR. Top-quality ED glass with advanced field-flattener lens system and multilayer lens and prism coatings also aid in sharper, clearer pictures. VCM sensors are capable of detecting movement every thousandth of a second for uninterrupted viewing. Choose straight or angled body, each with 20-60X Zoom Eyepiece and water- and fogproof construction. The scope weighs about 84 ounces and measures about 15 inches long. Four M batteries operate the VR function for 17 to 32 hours.

MSRP: $5,500

Contact: Nikon Sports Optics, 800-6456687:

www.nikonhunting.com

Primo Ranger

Bushnell and Team Primos have partnered to bring you The Truth laser rangefinder. It's compact and precise, acquiring targets from 5-850 yards. In Bow Mode it features Angle Range Compensation (ARC) technology for true horizontal ranging on angled shots and +/-1 yard accuracy at any distance. It includes a slim, vertical profile and one- button operation, with 4X optical magnification and eyepiece diopter adjustment for fine focus. The rainproof unit features a battery life indicator in the view screen, all covered by the Bushnell Bulletproof Guarantee.

MSRP: $200

Contact: Bushnell Outdoor Products, 913752-3400;

www.bushnell.com

An Angelic Rangefinder

The Wildgame Innovations XRT HALO Rangefinder includes 6X magnification and maximum 500-yard reflective target range with -F1-1 yard of accuracy. Scan mode can be used for constant ranging on moving targets or in brushy conditions. The rugged, non-slip rubber overmolded housing is compact and ergonomically designed to assure a firm grip even when wet. The unit is weather resistant and carries a one-year warranty. It operates on one CR2 lithium battery and comes with a neoprene case.

MSRP: $120

Contact Wildgame Innovations, 972-3526600;

www.wildgameinnovations.com

90-Degree Capture

Moultrie's all-new D-555i game camera is an 8MP unit with No Glow IR flash and unprecedented 90-degree, wide-angle view. It includes 1-second trigger speed and 60-foot range producing 16:9 widescreen images. It can be set as an IR-triggered camera taking 1-10 images per firing, time-lapse plot camera, plot cam by day/motion-detection by night or for day/night HD video with audio. Illumi-Night sensor assures fast capture, Motion Freeze blur reduction sharper images. All settings are made via the built-in, two-inch LCD screen and time stamp also includes barometric pressure, moon phase, temperature, date and camera ID. The camera is password protected. The new Moultrie camouflage case includes integrated mounting blocks and Python mounting strap. It accepts up to a 32GB SD card and can take up to 24,000 images on six C-cell batteries. MSRP: $150

Contact: Moultrie Outdoor Brands, 479-7828871; www.moultriefeeders.com

Long-Shot Sharing

Kowa's new TSN-IP4S iPhone adaptor for iPhone 4 and 4S models allows you to use your cell phone to take quality, close-up images of wildlife through your binoculars or spotting scope. This makes it easier to share images after capture via e-mail or picture messages. The adaptor comes with two standard rings, one for 88/77 series scopes and one for BD/SV/YF series binoculars. Additional lens rings are also available and are easily installed in seconds for other optic models. The aluminum adaptor rings are lined with soft material for a snug but non-marring fit, the lightweight adaptor molded of epoxy resin that won't damage the finish on your iPhone.

MSRP: $50

Contact: Kowa Optimed. 800-966-5692

www.kowa-usa.com

Clean Glass = Better View

Use the improved-design LensPen to clean binoculars, spotting scopes or cameras, employing the retractable natural brush to remove loose dust, twisting the cap off on the other end to utilize the carbon-impregnated cleaning pad to safely clean away fingerprints and other smudges. The carbon compound is like that found in printer's ink, the reason newspapers remain an effective glass cleaner. The newly designed twist-action cap makes the LensPen more compact, also recharging the carbon on the cleaning tip after each use.

MSRP: $20

Contact: The LensPen Group, 877-608-0868;

www.lenspen.com
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