We all know that hunting isn’t a fashion trend -- that is, most of us out there in the field all year ‘round aren’t exactly dressing up to dance. Maybe we have to qualify that a little… when you’re out doing a hunt of any kind, you are doing something of a dance with your primitive self. For most things, you have to look the part. Hunting really isn’t an exception to that -- and when you’re trying to lay low (while most importantly staying quiet), and lure a hog in, your fit should help you stay blended into your environment, but also help you stay radio silent.

Of course, hunting gear transcends the camo you’re wearing. It’s a serious necessity, though. What is a duck hunter without his or her waders? Your weapon, the sighting on your weapon, and the equipment you use to lure in your prey should all be commensurate to how seriously you take this sport.

Below, you’ll find a short list of three things that may seem obvious to you, but can prove integral to both comfort and success for a first time hunter!

#1 -- VaprTek Hunting Boots from Irish Setter

Many hunters know Irish Setter as one of the biggest names in footwear for hunters and hikers
-- one of their newer lines of boots, VaprTek, is proving to be a multi-faceted advantage for staying on your feet all day and moving through ranches just like HogWild! Touted for the strength of the waterproof protection and durability, these boots have a range of mild camouflages that are portable into many different environments and also boast a strong scent control feature which doesn’t give you away when you’re moving, or with a light wind. As a bonus, they help you stay warm. Here’s a pro-tip from us… get yourself a pair of alpaca socks! Oklahoma can get very, very cold. That doesn’t mean your hunt needs to stop, but if you’re not a big fan of a little wind chill, you’ve got to get yourself a pair of these.

#2 -- Thompson/Center Venture Weather Shield Rifle https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/thompson-center-venture-weather-shield-270-winchester-bolt-action-rifle

Of course, no hunt is complete without the right rifle. If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you’ll know we’ve mentioned that you should bring your deer rifle to a hog hunt. They transition into this sort of hunt very well...particularly because many of your shots will be long range. For the purpose of this post, we’re going to recommend a rifle that is both price accessible hunters, and to stick with our theme of weather protection, a rifle that can rough a little winter weather.

We recommend this rifle in the gauges of .240 or .273 for newer hunters as we’ve found that these calibers handle very well.

#3 -- Nikon ProStaff 3-9 x 40 Riflescope

What’s a great rifle without a great set of optics on top? We’ll keep it plain and simple for you...Nikon is one of the most trusted name in optics and lenses, so it should be no secret that they make great scopes for deer and hog rifles! Beyond that, rifle scopes can be EXTREMELY expensive! We’ve chosen a very affordable option to share with you today...and it’s available via Amazon. Hard to beat!

Once you’ve geared up for a great hunt through items like these, why don’t you give us a call and we can talk about putting them to use? Just dial 405-HOG-WILD, and we’ll be putting your excellent gear to work in no time. See you soon!

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