Whether it's providing a great protein source or our dogs or a nice shotgun that might become a family heirloom, gun dog enthusiasts have a never-ending stream of fun products and gear to consider. Here are five items that caught our eye recently that we feel every gun do hunter will want to know about.
An old salt we hunt honkers with swears by a few dozen wooden mega-goose floaters his father's father must've carved. His decoys may be retro, but not his rigging, relying on Rig'Em Right's Xtreme Texas Rig because of its un-snappable 600-pound mono lines and heavy-duty swivels. Available in lengths from 18" to 66" with three- to 12-ounce weights.
$26 (start) | rigemright.com
Bird Dog Drive
It's hard to find a higher-quality source of protein than salmon, which is why it's the number-one ingredient in Purina's new high-energy formula. Pro Plan's Sport Performance 30/20 protein-to-fat ratio is also chock full of antioxidants, amino acids, and natural sources of glucosamine and omega-3 fatty
acids to help support joint health and overall mobility.
$47-$55 | proplan.com
Beretta is running a killer deal from now until the end of November. Buy an A400 Xtreme, A350 Xtrema or A300 Outlander, and receive up to $150 in free Beretta gear. The A400 has been in our gun closet for a few years now. Available in right- or left-handed, the KickOff system dampens recoil to sub-gauge levels, and Blink technology makes this gun run faster than most — it can burn through four shells in 1 second.
$670 — $1,650 | berettausa.com
Elegant with its gold pheasants setting off the color case-hardened action protected by their Invisalloy finish, Caesar Guerini's Magnus Field comes in 12, 20 and 28 gauges. The oil-finished Turkish walnut stock with its sleek Prince of Wales grip ends with a distinctive wood butt plate for slick mounting. The 28- or 30-inch barrels come with five chokes, a single selective trigger and automatic ejectors.
$4,775 | gueriniusa.com
Best of Both Worlds
A hunting/domestic dog hybrid, the D.T. Systems CC 360 has a 360-yard range and 16 stim levels, plus a training tone "beep" option. The CC charges in two hours, is waterproof and has a built-in battery savings mode and auto safety shutoff, so you won't run out of juice when Fido runs the first blind retrieve of the season.
$120 | dtsystems.com