Get your hunting gear from Wyoming makers

When you’re outfitting yourself for your hunt this fall, keep in mind that there are quite a few companies that make outdoor gear that are based right here in the Cowboy State.

If you’re planning to upgrade your gear for your fall hunts, you don’t have to look too far. We have more than a few great companies right here in Wyoming that make some very impressive gear.

Take Maven, for instance. The company is based in Lander, and it makes some of the best optics you can find. Equally as impressive in quality is Lucid Optics out of Riverton. Both companies offer rifle scopes, spotting scopes and binoculars, all of which are built to the highest specifications. They aren’t cheap, but they’re worth every penny.

And of course there’s Brunton, out of Riverton. In a world of GPS, compasses are often neglected, but you want to make sure you have a good one in your pocket anytime you’re in the backcountry. And Brunton makes the best compasses you can get.

We have several gun companies here, too. Weatherby made headlines when it moved to Wyoming a couple of years ago, and their barrels are now stamped with “Made in Sheridan, Wyoming.” But Freedom Arms has been making big game hunting handguns here for years, and Gunwerks offers long-distance rifle systems that are becoming very well known in the shooting world. There’s also Stag Arms and Wyoming Arms, both of which make precision rifles.

And don’t forget the accessories. Magpul builds most of its products here in Cheyenne, and ThunderBeast is also a Cheyenne company. They both offer bipods that can help you steady your aim.

While you’re gearing up for your hunt this year, buy local as much as you can. And rest assured that some of the best outdoor products are made right here in Wyoming.