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Old 07-08-2011, 02:03 PM   #1
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Default What is your favorite and biggest waste of money gear item

Took the drive from Round Rock down to the Cabela's in Buda last Saturday with my twins. We had a great time spending 3 hours walking around the store and only left with a handfull of catalogs . Not that I could not find a ton of things that really should have come home with me.

Got me thinking after spending more time going through the Archery catalog. There are so many pieces of gear out there. Some of it is amazingly useful, some you are suprised how well it actually works and most seems to look good on paper but perform no where near what you expected. As a new hunter to be thought I would toss out a couple of questions to the group.

What would you say is a couple of items that you have used and now are part of your "essential" gear when you go out? I would exclude the bow from this list since that is a given. But there are still a lot of accessories that would make the list.

What items did not work out and now are either broken, thrown out or buried in the garage?
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:10 PM   #2
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scent control products is a must for myself.

I like to buy camo. I have a looooot of it and some of it Ill never wear but if I find a good deal on it ill get it.
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Old 07-08-2011, 03:34 PM   #3
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Thermacell is a MUST, also a nice camo backpack with either plastic zippers or take off metal zippers and tie on par-a-cord.
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Old 07-08-2011, 03:36 PM   #4
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Scent control. Honestly probably worthless, but I'm scared to hunt without it
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Old 07-08-2011, 03:59 PM   #5
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man scent control is not only a waste but it seems to be getting more expensive

best value,

extra release
thermacell
thermacell refill pack
the camping rolls of toilet paper
range finder

those are the things that I think dramatically changed hunting for me or had a serious impact on a particular outing.
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:05 PM   #6
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Range finder , good pack , flash light , first aid , extra release These are a few must have items i have. Now the money waste items would be scent blocker cause i usualy rub down with a bunch of pine straw or cedar depending on where i gun and i always hunt with the wind blowin my way. Also camo clothes cause I'm usualy I'n a blind so kinda useless to wear it . The list goes on and on.
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:15 PM   #7
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Gotta have my flashlight. Could do without doe in rut lures.
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:16 PM   #8
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Best would have to be thermacell. Then octane magnetic quiver, and Scott Silverhorn.

Worst is the old Stealth Cam that uses the old camera film. Deer could come by eat awhile and leave before it ever went off.
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:58 PM   #9
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Thermacell, Thermacell, Thermacell... and my Lonewolf Stand.
My Cyclops light is also great for getting back to the truck and scaring away the snakes!
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Old 07-08-2011, 05:24 PM   #10
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Repel, shotgun shells, camo anything.
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:12 PM   #11
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"Worst is the old Stealth Cam that uses the old camera film. Deer could come by eat awhile and leave before it ever went off."

I agree--used to have one and all I ever got was the south end of a north-bound critter, whether deer, hog, or 'yote. OK for around a feeder, but near worthless for trails.

The thing that has improved my shooting (besides practice) in the past 40 years is converting to a release from fingers--amazing improvement.
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:29 PM   #12
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thermal cell, range finder, millenium lock on, good boots an good cold jacket and pants that will keep u comfortable!!!! as for things that find there way to the bottom of the box doe bleat, estrus, rattle bag..
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:36 PM   #13
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Thermacell w/ refills, extra release (in bow case), range finder, scent control, chippewa boots, good fleece, and a quality flashlight or two.
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:40 PM   #14
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scent control. Honestly probably worthless, but i'm scared to hunt without it
yep...!
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:43 PM   #15
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Camo backpacks and clothes, most of which don't even fit me anymore and I never wore.

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Old 07-08-2011, 07:44 PM   #16
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Guess I only answered half the question, with my worthless gear. I've got an assortment of calls and gear, but usually when chasing deer, you'll see me in a pair of redhead snake boots, cheap camo pants/shirt, whatever under layers fit the weather, face painted, camo hat, my bow, release, and extra release. I bring maybe 2 calls...I've come to really like the primos hands free call with the sliding band to change between grunts, bleats, etc. I also like the knight and hale pack rack.

I've given up on lighted nocks also. Fun kind of when they work, but overall more hassle and money than it's worth. I might kick the scent control soon. I'll still wash my camo in non UV brighteners and no scent, but the sprays I will go without. Probably gonna keep the scent free shower stuff too since it doesn't cost much more than regular shower stuff.

Honestly, if they are downwind of you, nothing in the world can keep them from smelling you. Playing the wind is your best bet. Pick your spot wisely.
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:46 PM   #17
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Must haves for me are Thermacell, good head lamp, good knife and face paint.

Wish I hadn't bought... Face mask (paint only for me) and any of the many "food attractants". Like flavored mineral blocks, acorn rage, swamp donkey, etc... None ever brought anything in to speak of.
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:45 PM   #18
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Just remembered my most useless thing--the Cough Muffler.
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:27 PM   #19
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If I'm in a tree for 2-4 hours I carry a couple of lights, a bottle of water, a backup release, a small pair of binos for birdwatching, and my rangefinger. If I'm in a pop up, I may also take a snack, and maybe a magazine or mp3 player.


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Old 07-08-2011, 11:28 PM   #20
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None of y'all have mentioned THE CRUNCHER!!!
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Old 07-09-2011, 12:55 AM   #21
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Scents, 2 or 3 good lights, knife, rope, zipties
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Old 07-09-2011, 01:08 AM   #22
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My bag is packed! Binocs, rangefinder, gloves, face masks, baclava, thermacell, flashlights (atleast two), replacement batteries for anything in pack, the list goes on and on.

Most useless item Ive ever bought deer feeder noise maker... It makes the noise of a spinning feeder to attract deer. And pig boar call, it actually scares pigs away!
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:24 AM   #23
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I see lots of you giving great marks to the Thermacell. That is one that looked like a gimic to me but now I am going to have to pick one up. Thanks for all the other tips.
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:28 AM   #24
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I see lots of you giving great marks to the Thermacell. That is one that looked like a gimic to me but now I am going to have to pick one up. Thanks for all the other tips.
Thermacell is a bowhunters must NOTHING will ruinin a hunt more the Gettin wore out by mosquitos!!! Also can e used when hangin out round the house durin summer days!
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:28 AM   #25
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The thermacell is a life saver! Cant bow hunt without it! Face mask and bug suits are now obsolete!
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Old 07-09-2011, 12:17 PM   #26
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If its the latest,best,most spectacular product to ever come on the market(especialy deer attractants),don't waste your money!
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Old 07-09-2011, 12:46 PM   #27
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I have spent some money on a high end flashlight, sharp knife, a good pop-up. I find it all on sale and it lasts a long time. I've also found some ladder stands on sale after season that were a good deal.

I don't mind spending a lot of money on a bow as long as I know I'll have it for a long time...and I hunt a lot so I definitely will get my use out of it.

All the money I've ever spent on scent control was basically flushed down the drain. Good thing it's relatively cheap. Also, about 6 years ago I bought a cheap plastic feeder/timer set up from Bass Pro. It was one of those $100-$150 rigs. Complete junk. After that I bought a 650# metal feeder and it works like a champ.
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Old 07-09-2011, 01:34 PM   #28
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The most useless piece of equipment I have is not one, but two different GPS units.
I can't figure out how to use them.
I need an 8 yr old to teach me.
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Old 07-09-2011, 05:27 PM   #29
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Pelican 20/20 hand held flash light and a spare pelican led headlight in my pack. I keep assorted handfull of zip ties, a gear pull rope, thermocell with refill's, gloves, water, range finder, release and a realtree screw in bow holder that doubles to hold my pack. I try to keep things light because i hunt with a summit climber mostly. My worst money spent was a tree lounge climbing stands they had the marketing locked up and fooled me.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:08 PM   #30
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A Thermacell is definitely on my "must get" list.
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Old 07-17-2011, 03:34 AM   #31
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I would have to say the BIGGEST life saver on here and not even mentioned yet besides the Thermacell is my hunting safety harness....... The Biggest waste of my time and money I have come across is the bait attractants like PIG OUT and other stuff like it.
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:37 AM   #32
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Biggest life saver? Underarmour cold gear shirt and long johns.

Biggest waste of money? My Motorola 2-way radios. They advertised 5 miles range, and in the mountains when I needed them they barely got 1/4 miles- and they were so dern complicated to program all the different features, they were almost impossible to use. And then when it was really quiet, they'd start to beep or buzz or blink.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:01 AM   #33
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Best investment-Double Bull Magnum Tripod chair. Went through three busters before I found this one.

Worst investment-any deer attractant. I've watch deer step over buck grub to get to a kernel of corn.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:55 PM   #34
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I'll add another vote for a thermacell. I have had hunts without them where i thought i was going to go insane. Those lil buggers will drive you MAD!

As far as worthless....i have had poor success with deer calls and lures.
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:33 PM   #35
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Must have my thermacell and my Danner Boots
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:48 PM   #36
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Worthless = all of the rechargeable flashlights,,,,,never found one that works for long periods of time without replacing the battery pack.
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:13 PM   #37
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deer attractants are mostly worthless I do like the deer cane black magic powder though it seems to actually work some.
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:27 PM   #38
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My rangefinder is a must and I couldn't imagine hunting without it anymore. I used to step off yardages from my tree early before the hunt and put rocks or sticks so I'd know. Wonder how much scent I laid down stompin around back then. LOL There are some great products out there and some not so much. Kind of half the fun IMO.
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Scentlock apparel.
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:50 PM   #40
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A good headlamp is gold, when trying to gut out a deer at night.
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:07 AM   #41
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The thermacell is a life saver! Cant bow hunt without it! Face mask and bug suits are now obsolete!
does it keep the nats away too?
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Old 07-25-2011, 10:14 AM   #42
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Probably best and worst... Protein Feed
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Old 07-26-2011, 09:11 PM   #43
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Favorite - Thermacell

Waste - can't find waterproof gloves for duck hunting that I am happy with.
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None of y'all have mentioned THE CRUNCHER!!!
Hopefully... non of us were stupid enough to buy one.
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:25 AM   #45
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scent control products is a must for myself.

I like to buy camo. I have a looooot of it and some of it Ill never wear but if I find a good deal on it ill get it.
I buy A LOT of camo as well. Most of it I don't "need," but if it is something that I will end up buying in the future and it is a good price then I buy it up.
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Old 07-27-2011, 02:08 PM   #46
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The most usefull gear I have....

1. Cabelas Revolution Fleece Dry Plus pullover. 50$
2. Surefire Flashlights 65$
3. Chippewa Snake boots 120$
4. 1995 Toyota 4Runner 4???$
5. Stanley Job Box 59$

I'm throwing the scent killer in the trash this year.
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:33 PM   #47
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As an entering bowhunter and really pretty new big game hunter too (mammals, anyway, not just birds), this is probably the best question I've ever heard anyone ask. As a result, I've bought a Thermacell, and will try to learn the K.I.S.S. system a little better...resist the temptation of consumerism ;-) Except on my birthday!
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:48 PM   #48
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I got to have my Double Bull Ground Blind and leupold optics. Thermacell works really well too. I am a sucker for tink's #69 doe in rut but I can't say i have ever harvested a buck that came in because of it. Every year it seems like I buy a bunch of crap that I probably don't need. (scent elimination, attractants ect.) That "bunch of crap" adds up when you go to check out at the sporting goods store... That's for sure!!
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Old 08-01-2011, 01:32 PM   #49
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must have Copenhagen!!!! i usually grab that before I even get dressed!! hahaah
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Old 08-01-2011, 02:09 PM   #50
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my biggest waste has been all the different camo I've bought in the past,

2nd would be knives, have way more than I need given most away....
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