Best Hunting Camp Gear and Gadgets for 2017
Hunting season is a holiday to many people, and opening day is even an official holiday in many states. The value is often more about getting away from the everyday grind and getting back out in nature, and hanging out with friends in a “camp” environment. The question is how much “roughing it” is a positive.
We have compiled our list of our favorite gear for outfitting a hunting camp. We don’t judge… sometimes you want to hardcore back to nature, sometimes you want effectively go “glamping”.
Very powerful and portable heater:
Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Radiant Heater
- 4,000- to 9,000-BTU radiant heater for spaces up to 225 square feet.
- Approved for indoor/outdoor use; clean-burning; nearly 100-percent efficient
- When operating the heater at altitudes over 7,000 FT above sea level the heater may shut off.
- Auto shut-off if tipped over, if pilot light goes out, or if detects low oxygen levels
- Fold-down handle; swivel-out regulator; connects to propane tank (not included)
- THE USE OF UN-AUTHORIZED ACCESSORIES/ATTACHMENTS WITH THIS HEATER ARE EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED, MAY CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY, AND WILL VOID THE WARRANTY.
Move the cooking outside with this over / stove camp kitchen:
Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven
Food is one of the great things about camping. When you’re camping with the Outdoor Camp Oven you can prepare delicious homemade meals without leaving the campsite. This oven unlocks all the cooking capabilities of a home oven and range. Designed to be both portable and versatile, the Outdoor Camp Oven will provide you with the heat necessary to cook anything from a breakfast skillet to your favorite baked breads and cookies. The oven can reach temperatures up to 400° F and will easily fit a 9 x 13 pan so you can carry out all of your baking needs. Fueled by a 1 pound propane bottle, this oven will hold a temperature of up 350° F for up to 7 hours making it great for emergency preparedness.
Cast Iron is the official cookware of hunting camps. Make sure to season before using:
Lodge LCC3 Cast Iron Combo Cooker, Pre-Seasoned, 3.2-Quart
It’s a deep skillet, a fryer, a Dutch Oven, and the lid converts to a shallow skillet or griddle. The Lodge Combo Cooker is a versatile piece of cast iron cookware that allows the preparation of almost any recipe.
The black patina given to the cookware by the factory seasoning process is, in fact, vegetable oil that has been baked into a piece of cookware that has emerged from an individual sand mold. This coating of oil is a functional application and not a cosmetic application. The cookware is hanging as it rides through the electrostatic sprayer and commercial conveyer ovens at very high temperatures. This allows the oil to penetrate deeply into the pores of the iron which creates an easy release finish.
The Game Hoist is such a practical device for hunting camps, especially deer camps:
Rage Powersports Deer-Hoist Big Game 360 Degree Swivel Hitch Mounted 500 lb Winch Deer Hoist with Lift Gambrel Deer-Hoist-Swivel
Rage Power Sport 360 Degree Swivel Base Hitch Mounted Deer Hoist is designed for use with 2″ Class III/IV vehicle hitch receivers. It provides an instant setup for game skinning, irrigating, cleaning, and aging (if the vehicle is parked for a few days). Features an adjustable height from 70″ to 87″ with an adjustable support foot from 0.25″ to 11.5″ high. The 500 lb. capacity is great for large trophy bucks. 21″ Clearance from hitch pin to hoist frame allows the tailgate to be opened during use. 360 Degree Swivel Base design allows game to be loaded into a pickup truck bed. Made with heavy-duty steel construction with a smooth black paint finish.
Poker: The Official pastime of hunting camps:
Trademark Poker 500 Dice Style 11.5-Gram Poker Chip Set
Bring a little casino style to your home with this set of Trademark Poker dice-striped chips. Each chip is produced from a composite resin, with an insert that gives it the weight and feel of a heavy, casino-quality poker chip. Players will also enjoy the chips’ clever detailing, with alternating die faces and stripes around the edges. And thanks to the heavy-duty, lightweight aluminum case–which includes a black velour interior–you can easily keep your chips protected and organized. The set includes two decks of cards, a professional dealer button, two blind buttons, and 500 casino-sized chips in the following colors: 150 white, 200 red, 100 green, and 50 black. Each chip measures 39mm in diameter and weighs 11.5 grams.
Texas Holdem is taking over standard poker as the most played, but you need a table to do it correctly:
Barrington Texas Holdem Poker Table for 10 Players with Padded Rails and Cup Holders
- 10 PLAYER POSITIONS with Texas Holdem layout vibrantly designated on our iconic blue and black felt surface. No game room or man cave is complete without this stylish and durable card game table.
- PLAY LIKE THE PROS with this casino style Poker Table by Barrington. The felt cover features Texas Holdem appointments, but you can use this versatile table for all of your favorite card and board games.
- COMPACT PORTABILITY lets you take the action to your friends’ homes. This durable table folds in half for easy storage under your bed or loading into your car. Unfolded dimensions: 84″L x 42″W x 30″H.
- PADDED RAILS let players comfortably rest their forearms on the table during play. Built-in cup holders keep sweaty glasses and tumblers off of the felt surface without depriving guests of refreshment.
- 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE ensures your satisfaction. If you’re not delighted with this fun and functional Poker Table, return it for a 100% refund of your purchase price. No questions asked.
Get some copies of this book for the young hunters, and make them put away their electronic devices:
The Deer Hunting Book: Short stories for young hunters
The Deer Hunting Book is a wonderful collection of deer hunting short stories for boys and girls interested in the outdoors. The book captures the excitement of hunting whitetails through a variety of adventurous and humorous stories about young hunters. Ages 9 & up.
This is no cooking bowl, it is your gathering bowl where everyone puts in their mobile phone when entering the camp!
Black Bear Serving Cabin Serving Bowl – Wilderness Dining Tableware
Hand-painted black bear scenes and scalloped edges make the terracotta ceramic Black Bear Forest Serving Bowl a welcoming touch in your kitchen. Dishwasher, oven and microwave safe. Measures 10 3/4″ Dia. x 4″H.
A great gift for all the hunters, get them a copy of this wilderness survival guide:
Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival
Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors. Based on the 5Cs of Survivability–cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages–this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness. Inside, you’ll also discover detailed information on:
- Choosing the right items for your kit.
- Manufacturing needed tools and supplies.
- Collecting and cooking food.
- Protecting yourself from the elements.
With Canterbury’s guidance, you’ll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation, you’ll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you’ve never imagined.
Not everyone can handle a “camp bed”. Have a few of these ultra-comfortable air beds:
Coleman Support Rest Twin Elite Air Bed with Built-In Pump, 20″
- Antimicrobial sleep surface resists odor, mold, mildew and fungus on the Product
- Swift rise built-in 120V pump inflates your bed in under 2 minutes
- Support lock reinforced construction lets you enjoy a more stable sleeping surface
- Approximate inflated dimensions: 75 x 40 x 20 in
- 1-Year limited warranty
One of the coolest devices for keeping a camp clean, which you can have for years, the collapsible trash can:
Stansport Collapsible Campsite Carry-All/Trash Can
- Lightweight, collapsible campsite trash container minimizes your environmental impact
- Made of durable polyethylene material, sets up in seconds
- Bin features fully zippered top and two padded web carry handles
Measures 19 by 24 inches (W x H)
- Can also be used as ball bag, poolside towel hamper, or simply for gear storage
Make cooking for a group easy by making several crock pot dishes:
TRU Triple Buffet Server with 3 2-1/2-Quart Oval Removable Inserts
- Three 2-1/2-quart oval removable stoneware inserts
- Three independent heating controls
- Three heat settings (low, high, warm)
- Integrated cool touch handles
- Lid Rest & Spoons Included
Nothing better than a boot warmer for cold weather, outdoor activities. You will wonder how you ever went without:
PEET Dryer – Advantage 4 Shoe Electric Express Dryer
The Advantage PEET powers air through the Air Chambers and DryPorts with a fan, to dry gear faster than our traditional natural convection models. The Advantage PEET dries most footwear in 1-4 hours, depending on the saturation of the item. The large, sturdy base can easily handle 2 pairs of heavy ski boots or skates and easily plugs into any standard 110-120 volt U.S. household currents. You can see a lot more versions of this boot dryer on their website at Peet Dryer.
This air clear / diffuser fits in with a hunting camp:
Real Bamboo Wood Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser and Humidifier with Cool Mist – 4 Timer Settings, Auto Shut-Off and Colored LED Lights
- NEW model V-150B offers 400 square foot of coverage. Natural outer shell made of REAL Sustainable Wild & Natural MOSO Bamboo – both neutral and exotic. NO LOGOS or branding to distract from the real wood beauty.
- Super easy to fill, top lifts off – NO Twisting or Turning! Ideal for home, office, spa, yoga studio or any private or public environment. Adjustable feet for uneven surfaces.
- High frequency ultrasonic electric vibrations create an ultra-fine mist. No heat involved which maintains the essential oils integrity and holistic properties. Phthalate, PVC and BPA free.
- Extremely quiet with 4 timer options: 1 hour, 2 hour, intermittent or continuous. Up to 14 hours intermittent and 7 hours continuous. Auto shutoff when the water is running low. Colored LED lights can be turned off, set to fade gradually or fixed color.
- 100% Money Back No Questions Asked Guarantee, if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase. One year warranty, contact us should you have any issues with your diffuser!
Turn off the TV and break out the vinyl, which is making a huge comeback (Google it):
Electrohome Winston Vinyl Record Player 3-in-1 Classic Turntable Natural Wood Stereo System, AM/FM Radio, CD, and AUX Input for Smartphones, Tablets, and MP3 players (EANOS501)
- Listen to your favorite vinyl with this authentic retro design 3-in-1 turntable record player with real wood veneer cabinet inspired by over 100 years of developing analog audio systems
- Plays vinyl records, CDs, AM/FM radio with illuminated tuning dial, and a 3.5mm auxiliary input for any music playing device including your iPhone, iPad, Android or any other tablet or smartphone
- Built-in stereo speakers with room filling hi-fi sound, housed in an all wood acoustic cabinet for optimal audio performance.
- Conical-shaped sapphire tipped ceramic needle provides increased audio performance with a warm and natural tone and will not harm even your most cherished albums
- Fully automatic belt-driven turntable spins 7, 10 or 12-inch records at speeds of 33 1/3, 45 & 78 RPM so you can enjoy your – and dad’s – vinyl collection with ease
These super long distance 2 way radios make hunting communication so much more convenient:
Motorola MS350R 35-Mile Talkabout Waterproof 2-Way Radio (Pair)
- Motorola MS350R 35-Mile Waterproof Talkabout 2 Way Radio (Pair)
- Improves Your Coverage Beyond the Horizon
- pack Includes 2 radios, 2 belt clips, 1 dual drop-in charger, 1 charging adaptor , 2 NiMH rechargeable battery packs and User’s Guide.
- Range Up to 35-mile Range and also 11 Weather Channels (7 NOAA) with alert feature
- Battery Life of 23 Hours Alkaline (3 AA) or 9 Hours NiMH
- Eco Smart and has LCD Battery Meter
- Has 10 regular Call Tones and also a Flashlight.
Classic book on cooking game and fish, give it a read before heading to camp to surprise the hunters:
Afield: A Chef’s Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish
Afield throws open the doors of field dressing for novice and experienced hunters alike, supplying the know-how for the next logical step in the local, sustainable food movement. Stemming from a commitment to locally grown vegetables and nose-to-tail cooking, Griffiths is an expert guide on this tour of tradition and taste, offering a combination of hunting lessons, butchery methods, recipes, including how to scale, clean, stuff, fillet, skin, braise, fry and more. Fellow hunting enthusiast and food photographer Jody Horton takes you into the field, follows Griffiths step-by-step along the way and then provides you with exquisite plate photograph of the finished feasts. Filled with descriptive stories and photographs, Afield takes the reader along for the hunt, from duck and dove to deer and wild hog.
One of the coolest devices to come around recently, the light bulb insect killer:
Sunnest Electronic Insect Killer, Bug Zapper Light Bulb, Mosquito Killer Lamp, Mosquito Zapper, Fly Killer, Mosquito Trap, Fits in 110v Light Bulb Socket, For Indoor Porch Deck Patio Backyard Garden
- Advanced Technology: 3 in 1 function of LED light bulb and bug mosquitoes killer, there are 3 modes of this device: lighting, lighting and bug zapper, bug zapper. Just flip the switch twice if you want the zapper function only.
- Very Economical: Saving Money on electric bill with this energy-efficient light bulb and do not need buy mosquito zappers and repellent any more.
Safe Guarantee: No more pesticides or potentially harmful sprays. Get rid of mosquitoes fast without sticky, messy poisons or sprays.
- Electrostatic Capture: Adopt light-wave technique to capture the mosquitoes in 360 degrees, effectively preventing being disturbed by mosquitoes.
- Wide Application: Can be used indoors or outdoors in any standard bulb fixture. Widely used in deck, patio, porch, backyard, warehouse, garage, garden, park, home, living room, kitchen, office, hotel, restaurant, school etc.
There is always a “winner” of the hunt. Have a trophy ready to give to the best hunter each year:
Rifleman Trophy Awards 12 1/2″ Hunting Trophies Free Engraving Color Choice
- Trophy height is 12 1/2 inches.
- Color choices – Black, Blue, Green, Pink, Purple or Red.
- Trim choices – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Eagles or Stars (mix them if you want).
- Free engraving – Up to 3 lines – 30 letters or spaces per line.
- Send your information through Your Account / Your Orders / Contact Seller.
We recommend the new Amazon grocery delivery service. Great for cabin owners:
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