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First Time Hunter Starter Kit

If you’re considering jumping into hunting or want to know more about what goes into a first hunt, then you have come to the right place! We are going to cover some essential tools that the experts recommend you have before setting out. We are excited to be featuring some products from our friends at ATN Corp as well!

Documentation & Education

This one might seem like it’s common sense, but there is a lot more to hunting than what the movies portray. Hunting licenses vary in each state and the rules and regulations are also different everywhere you hunt. It’s so important to have some education on the area that you will be hunting as well as have the proper licensing and permissions to do so. In addition to this point, we cannot stress this enough, ALWAYS practice hunter safety and get educated on best-hunting practices. There are hunter education courses designed for first-time hunters that teach you almost everything you need to know!

Hunting Attire

You want to be prepared for any weather conditions. It’s best to layer up, warmth and comfort are essential. You want to be wearing a jacket, undershirts, and pants such as long underwear, coats, thick socks, boots, hats, rainwear, and gloves. A billed hat is good to have as it shields your eyes from the blinding sunrise or sunset. Another important factor is you want to be incognito and blend into your environment. Dressing in camo is a great option which includes khaki, brown, dark green, and whites mixed to create an illusion of you blending into the environment. Ghillie suits are also a great option. Be sure you are dressing for the type of hunting you’re planning on doing. If it’s fall you might want something lightweight but also make sure it’s waterproof clothing. In the wintertime, you’ll want some insulated camo and if you plan on getting in the water for decoy purposes make sure you’re wearing waders. You want waterproof pants and boots when hunting in those marshy lands. Be sure you check out the requirements in your state for orange blaze accessories which are to distinguish you from other hunters. Orange blaze accessories are offered as vests, hats, beanies, caps, and gloves offered at many outdoor stores. You may need to have different accessories depending on the season so be sure to take a look at the requirements of your state.

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Rifle Scope

The ATN X-Sight LTV 3-9X is an ultra-light day and night vision rifle scope. The starting cost is $599 that has a field of view of 460 ft (9 degrees). It has a QHD+ (2688×1944 px) sensor with HD optics. It offers an enhanced HD night vision mode that wonโ€™t let darkness slow you down. The ATN X-Sight LTV 3-9X video records at 720p. You can now record your hunting adventures in HD to bring your adventures back home to share with family and friends. The X-Sight LTV scopes are powered by the new revolutionary ATN Obsidian LT Core which is optimized for low power consumption in a small and ergonomic form factor having 10+ hours of continuous use. It is designed to withstand the pressures of high-caliber weapons and is built out of hardened aluminum alloy with impact-resistant electronics. Sighting in your scope has never been easier with the One-Shot Zero. You take a shot then adjust your reticle then youโ€™re good to go. It is easy to mount and simple to use. The X-Sight LTV is the lightest day/night scope from ATN. It provides more versatility to mount to your air rifle, crossbow, or other platforms where weight is a critical factor. It weighs 1.6 lb/745 g. 

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Thermal Rifle Scope

The ATN THOR LT 160 3-6X is an ultra-light thermal rifle scope with a starting cost of $999. It is simple and easy to use with a black hot and white hot mode. It is easy to mount and easy to use. It has the familiarity of a traditional scope but has ATN’s new eyepiece assembly which gives you a traditional scope feel with a 3″ eye relief and HD display 1280x720p. Sighting in your scope has never been easier with One Shot Zero. Take a shot, adjust your reticle and you are good to go. It’s ultra-low power consumption with over 10+ hours of continuous battery power. It’s recoil resistant and has been designed to withstand the pressure of high caliber weapons, the Thor LT is made from Hardened Aluminum Alloy. The ThOR LT is the lightest Thermal Scope in the ATN ThOR line weighing at 1.4 lb/650 g. It provides more versatility to mount to a Crossbow, Air Rifle, or other platforms where weight is a critical factor.

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The ATN BinoX 4K 4-16X day and night smart HD binoculars with an integrated laser rangefinder. The starting cost is $899 and has SMART BIX technology, which will keep your target ready by providing you instantaneous POI adjustment to your ATN riflescope. Thatโ€™s right, the optics talk to each other. Simply build a ballistics profile in your SMART HD scope and range the target with the BinoX 4K. Or, use with your traditional glass scope, BIX tech will provide the same capabilities with the aid of our Laser Ballistics app. These hunting day and night vision binoculars also have an internal battery that will give you 15 hours of run time between each charge. Giving you the convenience, speed, efficiency, and valuable dual-purpose functionality of high-definition binoculars with a camera, and perfectly paired with an angle compensated rangefinder. Plus, as with all the ATN Corp SMART HD optic lines, you can easily record video and take photos directly to your micro SD card. Providing the ability to share with friends and family.

Must-Have Equipment & Processing Tools

Once you’ve taken your hunter safety course and gotten your hunting license, you’ll also need to have your driver’s license or other ID on you during your hunting excursion as well as your tags, permits, and stamps for what you’re hunting. You want to be as prepared as possible, during the hunt, you’ll want a backpack filled with ammo, ammo case, binoculars, a rifle or bow with a scope, knife sharpener, toilet paper, headlamp, plenty of food/water, GPS, scent attractant, two-way radios, dry towel, batteries, hand warmers, seat/cushion, game calls, trail-marking tape/tacks, and a lighter/matches. Once you’re done hunting and it’s time to process you’ll need gutter gloves, a permanent marker, processing knives, a butt-out tool, a pelvic saw, a deer drag, and a cooler.

Night Vision Monocular

The ATN NVM14-2 is a night vision monocular that is $1,895. It can be used as a hand-held, head-mounted, helmet-mounted, or weapon-mounted night vision system that enables walking, driving, weapon firing, short-range surveillance, map reading, vehicle maintenance, and administering first aid in both moonlight and starlight. Each unit allows for vertical adjustment (by using head straps), fore-and-aft adjustment, objective lens focus, and eyepiece focus. The ATN NVM14 Device is also equipped with an Infrared light-emitting source. The ATN NVM14 Gen 2 Night Vision Monocular utilizes the principle of intensification of the residual light which is reflected from the surrounding objects. The optical system of the Monocular consists of an objective lens, an Image Intensifier Tube, and an eyepiece.

From all of us at Cowboy Lifestyle Network, we are here to promote the education of hunting and conservation and hope that you will do your own research as well before jumping into this sport. Make sure to check out all the products that our friends over at ATN have as well because it will definitely take your hunting game to the next level.

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