Nikon Monarch 3 Scope

Experts agree that a high-quality scope and a mediocre rifle is better than the other way around. Few companies do lenses of any sort better than Nikon. Add in aircraft-grade aluminum alloy construction, and you’ve got yourself a durable piece of equipment with top-of-the-line optics. (Bass Pro Shops; $299.99)


Benelli SuperNova Pump Shotgun

Known for their Italian craftsmanship, Benelli’s shotguns are popular with law enforcement and hunters alike. The SuperNova is light, durable, dependable in all weather conditions, and comes standard with a recoil pad and a grooved grip surface for comfort. (Bass Pro Shops; $499.99)


Ruger American Rifle

An entry-level version that won’t put a hole in your budget, today’s bolt-action guns provide accuracy that would’ve cost thousands a few years ago. Weighing five pounds or less, the Ruger is great for beginners and, true to its name, US-made. (Cabela’s; $389.99–$449.99)


Carbon Express Intercept Axon Crossbow

The fact that it looks like it belongs in Robocop’s hands is cool enough, but this compact crossbow’s features, including adjustable grips and the ability to add tactical lights and a scope, make it a favorite with seasoned hunters. (Cabela’s; $999.99)


Beretta Two-Tone Clay Vest

Hunting vests have a way of getting heavy fast. Beretta’s lightweight cotton-and-mesh construction will keep you cool at the range, while its “gel-tek recoil pad” helps you stay bruise-free. We also like the two-toned color and slim cut. (Amazon; $129)

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