Winchester SX4 On this hunt I carried a Winchester SX4, the company's latest semi-auto and successor to the popular SX3 shotgun. The SX4 utilizes the same Active Valve gas system as the outgoing model, but high-strength polymers make this gun more durable and more affordable. MSRP: $939.99-1069.99; winchesterguns.com.
Winchester Blind Side Ammo Winchester’s Blind Side ammo with its flat-sided Hex steel shot is a favorite choice of waterfowl hunters for its lethality. I have used these loads from Texas to Manitoba with great success. MSRP: $24.99-$29.99 per 25-rnd. box; winchester.com.
Banded Redzone Waders Banded Redzone waders are an absolute necessity in the marshlands of Texas. Since they are non-insulated and breathable, they keep you cool and offer a level of comfort not found in other brands. MSRP: $299-$319; banded.com.
Thermacell Portable Mosquito Repeller While there are occasionally gators and cottonmouths to contend with in the marshes, hunters who venture to Matagorda Island should be more concerned about the ever-present mosquitoes. Bug spray with DEET and a portable Thermacell are both good options. Use them simultaneously when the little monsters are out in force. MSRP: $24.99-34.99; thermacell.com.