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Looking Sharp: The New Hunt-Season Staples

Head into the field with stylish essentials that blend function and finish

October/November 2017

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Game Knives
With a 3½-inch slightly upswept blade, the Fiddleback Forge Fish ’n’ Fowl (F2) knife can make short work of ducks, doves, quail, and trout. Handmade in Cumming, Georgia, these knives sport elegant handles—shown here are box elder burl and curly maple—that form a pleasing grip and a lasting impression.

photo: Raymond Hom

Tripod Seat and Dove Seat
Custom-made in Spain for the Atlanta-based London Trading Company, the sturdy tripod hunt seat and dove seat are just the tickets for long stints in a field, and both fold up tightly with carrying straps when you’re headed back to the truck.


Gun Case
Missouri-based Gokey’s full-zip gun case is made of oil-tanned Kodiak leather, tough and everlasting, with a plush lining that babies a treasured shotgun. orvis.com


Shooting Gloves

The unlined sheepskin on the Orvis Best-Grade Sporting Clays Gloves turns away briars but is supple enough to maintain dexterity, while a textured palm helps enhance grip when the birds fly.

photo: Raymond Hom

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Women’s Boots

Downright dashing, Dubarry’s tall leather Glanmire boot has an elasticized, laced back for custom comfort and a Gore-Tex lining for waterproof breathability, which is a fine thing, as you’ll want to break them out every time a cloud appears.


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Men’s Boots

Wrapped in split and full-grain leathers, completely waterproof, and surprisingly light, the Condor Zip LCX stalking boot from the renowned French boot maker Le Chameau is made for hunters on the move.

photo: Raymond Hom

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Dog Bowls and Blind Bag
Mississippi-based Wren & Ivy’s Expedition Dog Bowls detach into two separate containers, carry both food and a pair of water bottles, and hook to a crate or kennel, while the company’s flagship Heritage Blind Bag has pockets aplenty, an insulated compartment for breakfast, and removable dividers to hold everything a waterfowler needs and then some.


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Duffel Bag
The new leather version of Filsons time-honored, overhead-friendly medium duffel is tanned by the same 150-year-old Pennsylvania tannery that creates the company’s signature bridle leather, and it turns away water both fresh and salt.

photo: Raymond Hom

Flask

Sir Jack’s sleek six-ounce hammered pewter flask comes with a removable leather sleeve, fits nicely in a pocket, and cements the memories of a day afield with style.


Dove and Quail Strap

Made in Texas of brass and heavy leather, the pint-size Otis Leather Company Dove and Quail Carrier snaps onto your belt for a snazzy solution to having birds broiling in your vest.


Folding Knife
Based in Baton Rouge, African Custom Knives brokers the work of outstanding knife makers such as South Africa’s Theuns Prinsloo. His folders—shown here with a 2½-inch Damascus steel blade, a mammoth molar handle, and an anodized titanium thumb stud—cut a sharp figure
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Cigar Case

This leather-lined case from Florida accessories company Casa del Rio Collection is sheathed in hides from wild alligators harvested through the state’s management program, and 10 percent of the company’s profits go to Everglades restoration initiatives.


Dog Whistle
Known for his stunning wood and cast-bronze bird sculptures, the South Carolina artist Grainger McKoy is a dog man, too. This sterling-silver dog whistle is 1¾ inches long, graced with the head of a Labrador retriever, and sharp enough to attract the attention of man and beast.

photo: Raymond Hom