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Wildlife Photography and Hunting Gear you Need to Get Close

Wildlife photography and hunting gear you need to get close

In one of my past blogs, I shared how I became a wildlife photographer through sort of an evolution from first being a hunter. As I often point out when writing about photography techniques, wildlife photography and hunting are very similar pursuits…as wildlife photography is quite literally a matter of hunting with a camera. Naturally, the ultimate goals of the two are quite different, as for the hunter, the end result is organic food in the freezer and on the table, whereas for the photographer, he or she strives to capture and share memorable, unique images of wildlife.

No matter the pursuit, photography, or hunting, one needs to be able to get within range of their subject in an undetected manner for success. If you have read my wildlife photography books, or more specifically, my free eBook about how to safely and respectfully get close to the animals you wish to photograph, then you know how using ground blinds, tree stands, scent elimination products and other related items can be a major benefit to closing the distance. As I mentioned at the end of the eBook, I have many of those items available for purchase at my website. More specifically, I have links to buy those products right here in this article. Finally, as always, the products I review and promote are ones that I have extensively used myself, or, that come highly recommended by my experienced associates.

Ground Blinds

Ground blinds come in many shapes, sizes, camo patterns, etc. There are quite a few manufacturers on the market these days, but I highly recommend blinds made by Ameristep, who are the top, trusted name when it comes to quality concealment products. Below are my favorite models…each of which is available in a variety of camo patterns. Click on the photos below to learn more or order yours today.

Ameristep Element Hunting Blind Review
Ameristep Element Hunting Blind
Ameristep Care Taker Ground Blind Review
Ameristep Care Taker Ground Blind
Ameristep Doghouse Ground Blind Review
Ameristep Doghouse Ground Blind
Ameristep Sanctuary Ground Blind Review
Ameristep Sanctuary Ground Blind
Ameristep Tent Chair Easy Fold Over Ground Blind Review
Ameristep Tent Chair Easy Fold Over Ground Blind
Ameristep Outhouse Ground Hunting Blind Review
Ameristep Outhouse Ground Blind

 

Blind Material

Blind material can be used for making a homemade blind of one kind or another, the base layer of a ghillie suit, or, it can be stretched across trees and bushes to make a quick, spur-of-the-moment blind anywhere, in any situation. Click on the photos below to learn more about the different materials and to order yours today.

Hunter's Specialties Nylon Leaf Blind Material Review
Hunter’s Specialties Nylon Leaf Blind Material
Ameristep 3 D Blind Die Cut Blind Material Review
Ameristep 3 D Blind Die Cut Blind Material
Primos Camo Burlap Blind Material Review
Primos Camo Burlap Blind Material
Hunters Specialties Wheatfield Camo Leaf Blind Material Review
Hunters Specialties Wheatfield Camo Leaf Blind Material
Thatch Grass Blind Material
Thatch Grass Blind Material

 

Ground Blind Accessories

Whether you are making use of a manufactured ground blind or making your own out in the field from natural materials, it’s necessary to cut small limbs, as well as large branches in order to get things set up right. Having a sharp, high-quality folding saw and set of pruning shears are a necessity…as well as a comfortable place to sit for hours on end. Below are my top picks. Click on the photos to learn more and order yours.

Agawa Canyon Folding Saw Review
Agawa Canyon Folding Saw
Tajima Heavy Duty Folding Saw
ClassicPRO Titanium Pruning Shears Review
ClassicPRO Titanium Pruning Shears

 

Allen Camo Folding Stool with Back Review
Allen Camo Folding Stool with Back
ALPS OutdoorZ Rhino MC Hunting Stool Review
ALPS OutdoorZ Rhino MC Hunting Stool

 

Ghillie Suites

For those who want the ultimate in camo and concealment, without the use of a blind, and who don’t have the time or skill to make their own ghillie suit, here are a few ready-made suits to choose from. Click on the photos to learn more and order yours.

Red Rock Ghillie Suit
Red Rock Ghillie Suit
Outdero Ghillie Suit
Outdero Ghillie Suit

 

Arcturus Advanced 3D Ghillie Suit
Arcturus Advanced 3D Ghillie Suit

 

Treestands

I have probably spent a total of several years’ worth of my life in treestands. For decades, my treestands of choice were made by Gorilla, but unfortunately, they are now out of business. My other favorite stands are made by Summit. They are rock-solid, lightweight, easy to set up, very comfortable, and extremely durable. They make fantastic climbing sands as well as hang-on stands. Of course, NEVER use a treestand without the proper safety harness. Click on the photos below to learn more and order your stand and harness today.

Summit Viper SD Climbing Treestand Review
Summit Viper SD Climbing Treestand

 

Summit Titan SD Climbing Treestand Review
Summit Titan SD Climbing Treestand

 

Summit rsxRaptor Hang On Treestand Review
Summit rsxRaptor Hang-On Treestand
Summit Mammoth Hang On Treestand Review
Summit Mammoth Hang-On Treestand

 

Summit Treestands Pro Safety Harness Review
Summit Treestands Pro Safety Harness

 

Hunter Safety System Harness
Hunter Safety System Harness

 

Treestand Ladders and Steps

If you choose to use a hang-on style treestand over a climbing stand, you are going to need a portable, packable tree ladder or tree steps. While the old-fashioned screw-in steps work great and provide secure footing, they are not legal in many places due to the fact that they can damage or kill trees. The strap-on models that I show below are much better choices and are also easier and faster to set up and take down. Click on the photos to learn more and order yours today.

Summit Treestands Bucksteps Review
Summit Treestands Bucksteps

 

Summit Treestands Swiftree Double Step - 22 Ft Review
Summit Treestands Swiftree Double Step Ladder – 22 Ft

 

Hearing Amplification

You’d be amazed how quietly even large animals can sneak up on you, or, go right by you without making a sound…at least a sound that the human ear can detect. Hearing amplification devices can assist greatly in perceiving the most subtle of sounds made by an approaching animal long before you can actually see it. Below are my two favorite devices. Click on the photos to learn more and order yours.

Walker Game Ear Camo Headphones Review
Walker Game Ear Camo Headphones
Walker's Game Ears Ultimate Alpha 360 Ear Muffs Review
Walker’s Game Ears Ultimate Alpha 360 Ear Muffs

 

Scent Control

There are many scent eliminating products on the market these days, and while they are not magic, they can certainly give one a considerable edge in getting closer to wildlife by reducing the human scent from one’s body, clothing, and gear. Don’t forget though, there is no subsitiute for paying attention to the wind direction and acting accordingly! Below are the most trusted brands. Click on the photos to learn more and order yours today.

Scent-A-Way Max Kit (10 Piece) Review
Scent-A-Way Max Kit (10 Piece)
Dead Down Wind Trophy Hunter Kit (10 Piece) Review
Dead Down Wind Trophy Hunter Kit (10 Piece)
Wind Indicator