Must-Have Waterfowl Gear for 2017

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posted on November 25, 2017
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Banded Black Label Breathable Insulated Waders
These waders wear like a pair of your favorite hunting bibs. They are breathable and insulated with 60 grams of Primaloft Silver. Welded seams provide maximum leak-proof protection. Padded and reinforced shin guards protect from sharp ice and other things that can spell disaster. Shell holders and fleece-lined pockets, as well as an interior pocket for your cell phone, round out the package. MSRP: $599; banded.com.

Browning Wicked Wing Timber Rain Jacket
This lightweight shell is 100 percent wind- and waterproof with enough room to allow for layering space in the late season. Complete with fully adjustable hood, hand warmer pockets, taped seams to prevent leakage, a drawstring bottom hem to seal in warmth and glove-friendly zippers. MSRP: $319; browning.com.

Mojo King Mallard
A redesign of the classic spinning wing decoy, the new King Mallard takes the shake, rattle and roll out of the equation by condensing the working guts into a sturdy removable housing that attaches directly to the support pole. The new flexible decoy body fits over the unit like a glove. Wings are attached with strong magnetic U connectors. Drop-in battery and built in remote receiver. MSRP: $169.99; mojooutdoors.com.

RedHead Bone-Dry Hobbs Creek Hip Waders & Big Spread FLD Decoys
Constructed of rubber sandwiched between two layers of durable nylon to resist cracking and punctures, these waders are lined with 600 grams of Thinsulate and house a wool-felt midsole for warmth. Decoys have weighted keels, a true-to-life paint job and flexible bodies that can take abuse at an unbeatable price. MSRP: $119.99, waders; $39.99/dozen, decoys; basspro.com.

Avery Heritage Wading Jacket
With a soft-to-the-touch feel and none of the stiffness you’d expect from an 8-ounce waxed-cotton coat, water and wind won’t stand a chance. Fleece-lined chest pockets keep your hands ready for action and the large cargo-style pockets come complete with shell loops on the interior. Add a hood and you’ve got a field-tested and time-proven winner. MSRP: $219.99; averyoutdoors.com.

Motion Ducks Ultimate Decoy Spreader
This isn’t your run-of-the-swamp jerk-string rig. With the ability to run two, four-decoy rigs separately or jerk up to seven decoys at once, you can bring an entire spread to life. The hub and tent-like pole design is quick and easy to deploy, adding swimming-duck realism to any spread or needed motion on windless days in a matter of minutes. MSRP: $97.99; motionducks.com.

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