Opening day is fast approaching – archery season may even be underway, depending on where you are – and the Gear Up Bass Pro Shops sale will get you ready for your first day back. .
The sale runs from now until September 21, with some great deals. Most intriguing is a handful of bundles that offer great savings. So I’ll shut up and take what we’re here for: the offers.
Easily the best deal on the sale, you can get a 6-pack of Rage Hypodermic Mechanical 100-Grain Hunting Heads for $40. If you buy them in regular 3-packs, you’ll pay $90 for the wide tips and an additional $20 for the case. If you use mechanics, you should jump on this one.
It also helps that they are really good broad spikes. Rage knows what it’s doing, and the Hypodermic NC+P was our favorite mechanical elk hunting head. These broadheads on sale are the base model, so you’ll always have to go wrong with a shock collar. But at a price and with the level of performance, you probably won’t mind.
Another nice package is on these Moultrie Mobile EDGE cellular trail cameras. These are solid cameras with decent specs: 33MP images, 720p video with sound, 80ft detection and flash, a 0.85 second shutter release. Besides the sale, the real plus is that they are simple to set up. Moultrie uses Auto Connect, which connects you to the strongest signal from major national providers. No need to mess around checking service and changing SIM cards.
The last package is on this BlackOut compound bow. For $250 you get the bow, a Trophy Ridge Volt 5-Pin Sight, a Trophy Ridge Quick Shot Whisker Biscuit Arrow Rest, a Trophy Ridge 5-Spot Quiver, a Trophy Ridge Blitz Stabilizer, a D-ring, and a wrist strap.
Now it won’t win any compound bow awards, but if it’s for a new bow hunter or you need a beater, this one will make you happy. It’s capable of reaching up to 315 fps, has a highly customizable draw weight and length, and comes with plenty of accessories. None of these bundles will be the best arc ever, but enjoy it for what it is: killer value.
One of our favorite cell cameras is also on sale. The SpyPoint Link-Micro S has great features – 0.4 second trigger speed, 80ft flash and detection and an easy to use smartphone app – with the added benefit of solar charging. In theory, if you use this camera long enough, it will pay for itself and should work fairly quickly since the standard model runs on 8 AA batteries. If you don’t mind using all those batteries, this regular model is also on sale for $80.
This one’s not a crazy deal, but Cabela’s Bow and Rifle Bundle is our favorite budget hunting bundle. If you can grab it for a discount, it’s a good buy. The only downside is that it’s only on sale when you buy it in TrueTimber Strata. Not a huge downside, given that Strata is their all-purpose, blend-everywhere camo, but a downside nonetheless.
A teardown model of the Viper Pro SD, which won the top overall ranking in our climbers roundup, the Viper Steel is a capable climber. This steel makes this model cheaper, a little heavier and not very quiet. Still, it’s only a few pounds heavier, and if you’re observant, you shouldn’t worry too much about the noise. It has a nice seat and low profile sides to make it work for bow or rifle hunting.
Fast lighting performance ranging from 1,800 meters and good low-light performance, what’s not to like? If paired with a Sig Sauer Buckmasters scope, it has eight pre-loaded ballistic profiles that indicate which restraining point to use in your corresponding scope. But without that extra help, you’re still getting a great rangefinder at a great price.
A good drink is necessary if you’re doing any sort of spotting. These Vortex binoculars will up your glass game. You get an HD optical system, multiple anti-reflective coatings on your glass, and multi-layer prism coatings for crisp, clear images. They’re gas purged, O-ring sealed, and come packaged in a nice looking Strata TrueTimber.