Shot Show, Archery Trade Association and many others — the events ushering in the newest hunting and outdoors products of the year — looked much different in 2021. Despite being different than what we are accustomed to, that doesn’t mean these events didn’t deliver. If you missed the opportunity to participate in these state-of-the-art virtual experiences, you still have the opportunity with NWTF’s Virtual Convention and Sport Show, which is free for all NWTF members. Register for convention HERE Not a member? JOIN NOW and receive a $25 Bass Pro Shops e-gift card and gain access to the interactive sport show days before convention begins.
In anticipation of the virtual NWTF Convention and Sport Show Feb. 15-21, we used our keen-sighted turkey vision to scope out some of the industry’s great new gear as we head into the 2021 hunting seasons. While the following is just a glimpse of what this year has to offer, we hope the following gear gets you as stoked to get outdoors as it does for us.
Winchester / Browning 6.8 Western
Winchester and Browning’s new 6.8 is designed for the big game hunter seeking excellent long-range performance without making any sacrifices. With touted long-range accuracy, low recoil and staggering knockdown power, this new cartridge is rightfully coined Western.
For more information and a list of rifles chambered for the 6.8, visit https://www.browning.com/news/articles/x-bolt-now-in-68-western.html
RAVIN R500E CROSSBOW
Being the first crossbow to guarantee arrow speeds of 500 feet per second as the standard, the Ravin R500E is undoubtedly raising the bar (or increasing the speed). In addition to its revolutionary speeds, this compact crossbow is only 3.6 inches axel to axel. Not to mention, it comes with the capability to push a button to load your arrows. It doesn’t get more innovative than this.
For more information, visit https://ravincrossbows.com/
Federal Custom Shop Rob Roberts Special Edition Turkey Loads
If you’re familiar with the quality of Federal Custom Shop loads, you know why they’re so sought after by ammo connoisseurs worldwide; for those that don’t, Federal Custom Shop loads are handcrafted by experts at Federal when you place an order. To top it off, Federal collaborated with legendary choke tube designer Rob Roberts Custom Gunworks to introduce a one-of-a-kind turkey load, made to order for you.
For more information, visit https://www.federalpremium.com/custom-shop/custom-shotshell/
Federal TSS Heavyweight
Already thought to be one of the best all-around turkey loads on the market, Federal has exceeded expectations (yet again) and enhanced its HEAVYWEIGHT TSS line. The new 2-ounce 12-gauge load of buffered mixed No. 7 and 9 shot
more than doubles the count of lead No. 5 loads of the same weight.
Avian-X HDR Strutter
Like all of Avian-X’s turkey decoys, the new HDR Strutter brings the word “real” to an almost literal meaning. The details featured on this decoy are unprecedented. The decoy comes with interchangeable heads each with distinct levels of aggression, adjustable tail fan, supplement flocked feathers, realistic legs and an iridescent paint scheme to fool the wisest gobblers.
Franchi Affinity Turkey Elite Shotgun
Franchi takes its renowned craftsmanship and applies it to the turkey woods with its all new Affinity Elite Turkey Shotgun. Available in both 12 and 20 gauge and with a seven-year warranty, 2021 might be the year to give this low-profile turkey gun a try.
For more information on Franchi’s Elite shotguns, visit https://www.franchiusa.com/affinity-elite-shotguns
Nomad NWTF Pursuit Convertible Turkey Vest
Whether you wear it as a traditional turkey vest or convert it to a fanny pack, Nomad’s new Pursuit Convertible Turkey Vest, the official vest of the NWTF, is a versatile, must-have for the 2021 spring season.
The vest includes two friction call pockets; a zippered storage cargo pocket, with striker and shotgun shell elastic loops; an external Thermacell pocket, a box call pocket with adjustable buckle; a chalk pouch and locator call sleeve; a double padded high density foam seat with magnetic closure; a water bottle holder; a stowable game bag; a roll top gear bag; a rangefinder/cell phone chest pocket; and mouth call pockets.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to be more organized, then Nomad’s Pursuit Convertible Turkey Vest has got your turkey accoutrements covered, literally.
Bushnell Trail Cameras
Bushnell adds a whole new line of trail cameras that boast qualities sought by all hunters: easy-to-use, reliable and exceptional performance, all at a price point we like to see. This line includes everything from entry level cameras up to cellular cameras.
For more information, visit https://www.bushnell.com/trail-cameras/view-all-trail-cameras/
Primos Double Bull 3-Panel Hunting Blind
Whether you’re chasing whitetails in the fall or gobblers in the spring, Primos’ new three-panel blind with SurroundView technology is sure to keep your pack light and keep you hidden. With five shoot-through windows and with one-way see through material, this blind will deliver shot opportunities that others cannot.
These products are just the tip of the iceberg for this year, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled at the NWTF 2021 Virtual Convention and Sport Show for more great products. Despite an ongoing pandemic, there are still a lot of great things happening this year. Don’t forget to get outdoors and do what you love!