Red stag season – all the kit you’ll need

With red stags back in our sights from 1 August, we look at the essential equipment that makes up the ultimate stalker’s kitbag.

Hawke Frontier 2.5-15×50 LR Dot Riflescope

Hawke Frontier 2.5-15×50 LR Dot Riflescope

The essential stalking scope featuring an exposed, resettable and lockable turret design with a state-of-the-art return-to-zero function, allowing you to adapt to shooting conditions in the field, and do so secure in the knowledge that the scope will return to your zero. Six models and unique reticules designs, including first focal plane.

RRP £669
Hawke Optics 
hawkeoptics.com/frontier

Approach series 

Approach series

Approach is available in the exclusive Realtree Adapt camouflage, which allows you to blend in completely with your surroundings. The set is extremely silent and provides optimal opportunities for getting close to your quarry, making it especially suitable for all types of hunting.

Designed for the active hunter with focus on freedom of movement, high breathability and comfort, the trousers and jacket are equipped with the Deerhunter Stormliner membrane in strategically correct areas.

The entire series is impregnated with a high water repellent treatment. The series is also extremely breathable, which ensure the hunter stays comfortable during the hunt.

RRP from £149.99 
Deerhunter  
07766 323683  
deerhunter.eu

1905 Staghorn Thumbstick

This traditionally-styled stick overcomes the problem of how to travel with a long thumbstick.

Approximately 160cm overall, this stick is fitted with two screw joints, so that it can be easily dismantled into three parts (longest 56cm)when not in use.

The staghorn handle is mounted on a sturdy hazel shaft, which is fitted with a Combi-spike ferrule (a rubber ferrule over a spiked one). 

RRP £180
Classic Canes  01460 75686
www.classiccanes.co.uk 

Catalyst VX Defiant Gore-Tex Outdoor Boot

Catalyst VX Defiant Gore-Tex Outdoor Boot

The Catalyst VX Defiant is the ultimate outdoor boot for the countryside enthusiast. Boasting Ariat’s very own Colbat VX technology, this boot is designed to sustain any weather condition all year round, while comforting your feet during longer outdoor ventures. It is truly a fine boot for both comfort and performance.

RRP £320
Ariat  01367 242818
www.ariat.com

Leupold LTO Tracker 2 HD 

Leupold LTO Tracker 2 HD

With this compact handheld thermal tracker, you can clearly see the heat signature of game at up to 600 yards, day or night. The LTO is waterproof, climate tested, super durable and features virtually unbreakable Gorilla glass. With a rugged aluminium housing, the LTO Tracker 2 offers 6x digital zoom, whilst the HD version (pictured) provides 7x digital zoom.

Leupold LTO-Tracker 2 RRP £999.00
HD RRP £1,500.00
Viking Arms 01423 780810
vikingshoot.com

Kite Optics Stabi APC

Kite Optics Stabi APC

Image-stabilised binoculars provide a shake-free view at high magnification. But while rival binoculars offer a correction angle of 0.5 to 1 degree, the Stabi APC 30 binoculars correct the image stability by up to 3 degrees.

A world first that makes image-stabilised binoculars your best viewing tool either in the field or on the hill. This model is available in 10×30 and 12×30 version.

RRP £765
Kite Optics 
+32 (0) 50 69 23 19 
www.kiteoptics.com

Blaser Shooting Sticks 

Blaser Shooting Sticks 

It’s not always possible to find a support for your rifle when stalking. In that case a well-designed shooting stick is the ideal solution to ensuring a certain hit, even under difficult conditions.

Despite its low weight of only 985 grams, the new Blaser Carbon Shooting stick offers a reliable rifle rest for the forend and butt stock. Thanks to a rotating ‘pistol grip’ set into the front fork of the rest, you can stay on target without having to change the position of the shooting stick while sweeping your rifle across a 20m swath at 100m. 

RRP £265
Blaser  01483 917412 
blaser-group.com/uk/

4 legged shooting stick in Prym 1 camo 

4 legged shooting stick in Prym 1 camo 

Renowned for being one of the best shooting sticks on the market for stability and accuracy, the four-legged shooting stick is now available in the Prym 1 camo to match the Seeland Hawker suit. 

RRP £129.99
Seeland
0330 027 2445
www.seeland.com

Harkila Binocular Strap

Harkila Binocular Strap

This must have piece of kit fits perfectly around the body so you can easily access your binoculars. The closure is magnetic and therefore silent, meaning it will never interrupt the perfect stalk. Fits binos up to 18cm. 

RRP £64.99
Harkila 
0330 027 2410
www.harkila.com

Geovid 3200.COM Rangefinder Binocular

Geovid 3200.COM Rangefinder Binocular

The new Leica Geovid 3200.COM features an integrated Bluetooth module which, in combination with the Leica Hunting App for iOS and Android, offers unlimited freedom and precision in range finding.

Wind direction and speed can also be taken into account in the calculation. The “Kestrel Elite” weather meter is connected directly to the rangefinder via Bluetooth and the corresponding correction values are sent to the Leica Geovid. The rugged and ergonomic design offers precise, repeatable rangefinding up to 3,200 yards (2,900m)

RRP £2,600
Leica Optics 
020 7629 1351 
uk.leica-camera.com/Sport-Optics/Hunting

Fortis 6 2.5-15×56 BDC

Fortis 6 2.5-15×56 BDC

With the Fortis 6 riflescopes, Leica combines a puristic riflescope design with outstanding optical quality. The new Leica Fortis 6 2.5-15 x 56i with BDC complements the Geovid 3200. Outstanding detail recognition, a wide field of view, and unique contrast deliver exceptional viewing comfort – from dawn to dusk.

With a very large exit pupil at minimum magnification and an enormous field of view at 2.5x magnification, the Leica Fortis 6 riflescopes are now setting new standards in the 6x zoom class.

Rugged construction makes the riflescope resistant to shocks and falls, and its absolutely precise and reliable mechanics are made entirely of metal. 

RRP £2,200
Leica Optics 
020 7629 1351 
uk.leica-camera.com/Sport-Optics/Hunting

Kestrel Sportsman

Kestrel Sportsman

This weather meter combines accurate measurement of air density and wind with a powerful ballistics calculator to deliver precise elevation and windage solutions for any gun, any round, any shot. The built-in enhanced Applied Ballistics G1/G7 ballistics solver is tested and trusted by long-range hunters and shooters.

RRP £728
Edgar Brothers 
01625 615276 
www.edgarbrothers.com

Selas sports shirt 

Selas sports shirt

This highly technical shooting sports shirt is manufactured in a blend of cotton, polyester and Lycra. However, the material has received two treatments; Silaide and Apexical which protect the shirt from the bacteria which cause adverse odours, and UV rays.

Additionally, the treatments give protection against various insects, including ticks. The classic design means this shirt can also be worn as part of your summer wardrobe.

RRP £82.95 
GMK  01489 579 999 
gmk.co.uk 

Buck Selector 2.0 Knife

Buck Selector 2.0 Knife

Made in the USA, the Buck Selector 2.0 Knife comes complete with three interchangeable blades including a drop point, serrated and gut hook. Each blade is 420HC steel, heat treated by Buck’s patented heat treating process and is covered under Buck’s Forever Warranty. Comes supplied with a black heavy-duty polyester sheath.

Price £139.95
Whitby and Co.
01539 766626
www.whitbyandco.co.uk/buck

New to market

Aoraki Boots 

Aoraki Boots

These hard-wearing and tough high-leg boots are new out from Ridgeline, and come with Vibram XS-Trek soles. Made from durable Nubuck leather (top-grain cattle leather that has been sanded or buffed on the grain side, or outside, to give a slight nap of short protein fibres), these boots are waterproof. They also benefit from an anti-scuff band and a gel insole for added day-long comfort. Laces and boot bag included. 

RRP £229.99 
Highland Outdoors 
0345 099 0252 
www.highlandoutdoors.co.uk 

Swarovski NL Pure

Swarovski NL Pure

A huge field of view combined with ground-breaking design in premium-class binoculars. This is all thanks to a sophisticated optical system embedded in incredibly compact, precise mechanics.

The NL Pure accessories also have a focus on sustainability. The newly designed bag, cleaning set, and packaging are made exclusively from recycled fabrics and natural materials.  

RRP £2,370.00 (8×42), £2,410.00 (10×42) & 2,450.00 (12×42) 
Swarovski UK  01737 856812
www.swarovskioptik.co.uk

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