Top new gear choices for 2018

The Cabela’s Instinct Hi Vis Layout Blind lets you hide from ducks and geese in plain sight.

Newer and better technology keeps the hunting industry moving and duck hunters digging in their pockets. These items are worth a look:

• Cabela’s Instinct Hi Vis Layout Blind. This versatile layout blind, backed by a lifetime warranty, has a framed hammock seat that holds you up off the ground and keeps you in an upright shooting position.

The 10-inch waterprood tarpaulin bottom seals out wet, muddy ground while the attached stubble straps allow you to attach natural vegetation to blend the blind into the surroundings and help keep you shielded from wary birds.

It also features flexible-frame window mesh, which allows hunters to mold the viewing area to their liking, while the camo doors provide added concealment, even when the blind is open.

Suggested retail price is $339.99 from

• Red Head® Canvasback Extreme Waders. These waders built to last and give duck and goose hunters great durability and protection in the blind or marsh. Laminated, ultra-rugged Span Tough outer material and waterproof 5mm neoprene naturally insulates and offers great resistance to punctures and abrasion from brush and briars.

A generous cut and new crotch design delivers a more-comfortable fit and greater movement while bending and squatting. The boots feature wool felt midsoles and 1,600 gram 3M Thinsulate Ultra insulation to shield your feet from the cold while trudging through freezing cold waters.

They also feature a fleece-lined hand-warmer pocket, chest pocket with water-resistant cell phone pouch, zip utility pocket, and a magnetic utility pocket.

Suggested retail price is $249.99 at

• Mack’s Prairie Wings’ Signature Duck Calls. This line of calls combines exotic good looks and natural sound of increasingly rare Cocobolo wood with the classy appeal and performance of ivory acrylic.

John Stephens, a three-time world calling champion, personally tunes the Original, Short Barrel, Daisy Cutter, Diablo, and Barbelly models. Jim Ronquest, another world champion, personally tunes the Mondo and Mondo LT models.

Each call has their signature engraved on the barrel along with a “tuned by” card inside the box signed by the tuner of the call.

Suggested retail price is $134.99 from

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