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Hunting Season Must-Haves

With the temperatures dropping and the UP's favorite season approaching, it's time for hunting season- a strong tradition in the Upper Peninsula to be sure!  From grouse & waterfowl, to whitetail deer season, dedicated hunters will be spending lots of time in the outdoors in a wide variety of conditions. Don't forget to stop by and check out our amazing gear so that you will have a safe and successful hunting season!  Good luck hunters!

Yeti Rambler

Upper Peninsula Yeti Rambler

What better way to kick of hunting season than representing the good ole U.P.! Built for top ruggedness and temperature insulation, the YETI® Rambler™ Tumbler. This tumbler keeps cold drinks frosty and hot drinks steamy for full enjoyment. Made of durable, kitchen-grade 18/8 stainless steel with double-wall vacuum insulation, this tumbler delivers proven performance in a convenient, handheld design.

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In the Marquette store we carry topo maps of the central Upper Peninsula and if you are hunting "up north" our Houghton store carries the western UP as well as the Keweenaw Peninsula.

The Silva Polaris Base Plate compass is an instrument for the advanced orienteer, as well as novices to map-and-compass work. The slim profile, durability, and excellent accuracy make this compass our choice for grouse hunting and for early morning walks to your blind. Used in tandem with a topo map and never fear getting lost walking back to da camp!

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Camo Jetboil Flash


The Flash is designed to be one of the safest cooking solutions out there. The cooking cup clips onto the burner, preventing accidental spills, and the fuel canister tripod ensures overall stability. The insulating cozy has a color-changing heat indicator that signals when contents are hot.  Perfect for java while you wait for the geese to fly in!

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Hands down the best foldable saw out there. Does the sauna need some wood cut up? Little sapling in your shooting lane? The foldable F180 by Silky is the perfect light weight saw for all of your camp, and hunting needs.

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Silky Folding Saw
Capilene Long Underwear


Ray-Ban Cockpit sunglasses contemporize the aviator classic with an updated lens size and color options. These glasses have less dominating lenses, which complements most face shapes. Cockpit RB3362 allows you to wear the timeless, classic frame that we all know and love, with an added edge. While a fashion-forward style of sunglasses, the Cockpit sticks to its roots of piolet sunglasses with teardrop shaped lenses and laser cut metal that ensures a thin and lightweight frame.

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This compact headlamp features a powerful 400 lumens of light, a red night vision setting, making it the perfect light for pre-hunt walks, tracking, or field dressing your harvest. The Spot 400 has an impressive IPX8 waterproof rating, which is very competitive compared to most headlamps. If you plan to hunt in consistently wet conditions, you will want to choose the Spot 400!

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Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
Fits Socks


The ultimate hunting sock, Merino wool for cold weather insulation and the performance that comes from a perfect fit. This sock is loaded with 100% Merino wool on the inside against your foot, keeping you comfortable against the cold wet conditions of a hunting season in the U.P.

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This fall as you walk down a U.P. two track with a family member searching for grouse, running the fields with your bird dog Sadie, or heading to the family deer camp, enjoy your time together as these are very special times.

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
-Henry David Thoreau

Good luck hunters, stay warm, safe, and as always be good stewards of the land!