May 21, 2020
By Petersen's Hunting Editors
Ravin debuted a family of new Broadheads at this year’s Archery Trade Show, giving x-bow hunters three new choices—aluminum, steel, or titanium—when tipping their bolts for the season. The rear-deploying design with an internal spring clip offers no-fail dependability. These broadheads won’t open during flight, even at Ravin’s blistering speeds over 450 fps, yet still deploy instantly upon contact with a full two-inch cutting diameter. All three models are available in 100-grain weight. Packed per three. $55–$85; ravincrossbows.com
Easton 6.5 Matrix
With all the advancements in manufacturing lately, you wouldn’t think companies could make arrows any more consistent. Well, Easton has with its new ultra-light 6.5 Matrix, which employs a seamless design through the Acu-Carbon construction process for exact spine and weight consistency from arrow to arrow. Inserts measure 6.5mm, beefing up impact strength at the shoulder and adding more front-of-center weight. $80 per six; eastonarchery.com
Leupold RX-Fulldraw 4 Rangefinder
Archers now can get the same advantages rifle hunters enjoy with the new RX-Fulldraw 4 Rangefinder from Leupold. Complete ballistic solutions are instantly available by simply entering arrow weight, velocity, and peep height for on-target accuracy in ½-yard increments. Easy-to-see Flightpath hash also marks the arrow’s upper trajectory to ensure clear flight between hunters and their targets. 1,200 yard range. $715; leupold.com
Hunter Safety System Shadow Vest
Aptly named, the Hunter Safety System Shadow Vest should always be with you whenever you’re hunting out of a stand. It’s so lightweight—just 27 ounces—you’ll never know it’s there, and the unique clip design keeps those annoying straps from dangling around your legs as you climb. It’s easy to dress into, even in the dark, and a pair of slim buttons snap the shoulder straps in place, eliminating bulky, loud buckles. $50; huntersafetysystem.com
Forget pigs. Peccary are the real bowhunter’s challenge, especially when they come in on a run to a distress call. Practice makes perfect in these situations, and the new Rinehart Javelina, at just 20 inches tall, provides a realistic target. Lifelike sculpting and an accurate paint scheme complements the durable FX foam body with a self-sealing, replaceable foam vital insert. Stops arrows from bows and crossbows alike. $130; rinehart3d.com
The Essentials Gear Box.
Our editors have hand-picked these essential pieces of gear to make you a more successful hunter when you hit the game trails this season.