Top Status Symbols for Hunters

There’s hunting gear – and then there’s hunting gear that seemingly makes you look like a rockstar. Think about it. You don’t have to be a “hardcore” hunter, you just need to look like one. At first glance, others won’t know the difference. So here’s a quick rundown on the products that will help you elevate your game when it comes to looking like you know what you’re doing, both in the woods and with your social media peers. These are the top status symbols for hunters.

Yeti Cooler

No shocker here. You had to know it was coming, right? All the serious hunters have a Yeti cooler. And if they don’t actually have a Yeti cooler, they at least have a Yeti hat on their head or decal on their truck. Who would have thought that wearing cooler swag would ever be as popular as it is today? Coleman missed their opportunity back in the day when their big green coolers were the only thing in town. No t-shirts, caps, decals or super cool cups. They truly missed out. Congrats, Yeti! You managed to make cooler swag – cool.


Don’t think for a second that anyone will be impressed with the cooler you bought at Walmart for a fraction of the price. Yeti is the cooler that makes you look like you know how to kill critters every time you step into the woods.

Costa Sunglasses

That’s right! Costa sunglasses aren’t just for bass fishing anymore. Camo clad hunters and countless rednecks across the country have shelled out a few hundred bucks so they can look good on their next hunting adventure. Sure, you can buy a pair of Strike King sunglasses for $15. But if you really want to look good for the ladies, impress the local rednecks, and  appear to know your stuff as a hunter, you better buy a pair of Costa’s.


Costa sunglasses aren’t just for fishing anymore.

Traeger Grill

You can tell a lot about a man by the grill he keeps out back. Serious meat eaters take their grilling and smoking very serious. And while you can get by with just about any grill on the market, only a Traeger  allows you to look like you’re as serious about grillin’ as you are killin’. Let’s face it – there’s really just two types of hunters alive these days. Hunters that own a Traeger and hunters that wish they owned a Traeger. Want to have the following of Jon Dudley or Eva Shockey? If you’re ready to take your status as a hunter to the next level, you really should consider buying a Traeger grill this year.


Dudley doing work at the Traeger grill.

Redneck Blinds

Willie Robertson says, “There ain’t nothin’ redneck about a redneck blind.” That’s what makes them the perfect status symbol for hunters of every bracket.  Sure, they are incredibly comfortable to hunt from when it’s raining or freezing out, but the true beauty with these blinds is how they elevate the way you feel about your hunting status. Put a Redneck Blind on the property you hunt and you’ll immediately join the ranks of hunters like Michael Waddell, Lee Lakosky, even Luke Bryan! Want to elevate your status? Climb on up into a Redneck Blind.


Elevate your hunting status with a Redneck Blind.

Mathews /Hoyt Bow

There’s a lot of great bows on the market these days, but two that continue to stand out among the rest are Mathews and Hoyt. The debate on which is best will likely last until Jesus comes back. It’s pretty much a Ford vs. Chevy kind of deal. The bottom line is the best shooters and bowhunters in the world are likely shooting one of these two bows.  And regardless of whether you shoot really well, or can’t hit the broadside of a barn, for around a thousand bucks, you too can look like one of the best shooters and bowhunters in the world.

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The Mathews Triax bow will take your status to the next level, no doubt.

Sitka Gear

You don’t have to wear designer jeans or bling-bling on your back pockets to let the world know you’re a man that appreciates fine apparel. Just buy some Sitka Gear. The stuff is amazing. You’ll find it to easily be the most comfortable hunting garments you’ll ever own. But it’s also the hunting apparel that will take you from zero to hero in a single hunting season. Just buy the gear and start posting epic hunting photos with cool hashtags like, #sickforit, #subalpine and #diverge7.


Sitka Gear can make anybody look like somebody that punches a pocket full of tags every hunting season.

Polaris Ranger

Let’s be honest. The cool kids are driving around in Polaris Rangers these days. Sure, there may be faster, quieter, and less expensive options out there, but none that make you look as legit as when you pull up to hunting camp in a Polaris Ranger. It really doesn’t matter if your 1988 Honda Foreman still runs like a champ and cranks first try on the coldest of days. If you want to look like the Chuck Norris of the hunting world, get yourself a Polaris Ranger.

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The ride you drive speaks volumes about your status as a hunter. You better make it a Polaris Ranger!

Outdoor Wrist Watch

No status symbol list would be complete without a wrist watch. The watch has been a status symbol since bling-bling first came on the scene back in the day. It’s no different for hunters today. However, instead of gold and flash, the hunter’s watch boasts fine features such as topo maps, GPS, emergency features, and of course, music for downtime while hanging around camp. The good thing is you’ve got several options when it comes to a watch that’ll help make you look like the real deal. One is the Garmin Fenix 5S Plus. It’s a multisport GPS smartwatch with wrist heart rate technology and color TOPO maps featuring Trendline popularity routing to help you find and follow the best paths. Another great option is the Suunto Ambit3 Peak watch. It’s a GPS watch for hunters and outdoorsmen with heart rate monitoring, weather functions and mobile connection. Both watches will get you in and out of the woods more comfortably, help you hunt safer, and make you look like Chuck Adams with every step you take. Don’t miss this one! Though it’s small in size, having a status-symbol-style watch can make a huge difference in how you are perceived among your peers this hunting season.


Gone are the days when the Timex Ironman watch will do. It’s time to step up your wrist watch game.

So there you have it! A short and sweet list of the status symbols for hunters you should consider adding to your arsenal if you want to take your hunting image and status to the next level this season.

Did we leave anything out? What other gear do you think should be included in our list of top status symbols for hunters? Comment below and let us know what you think.



Brodie Swisher

Brodie Swisher

Editorial Manager at
Brodie Swisher is a world champion game caller, outdoor writer, seminar speaker and Editor for Brodie and his family live in the Kentucky Lake area of west Tennessee.
Brodie Swisher


  1. Jachin says:

    Or hunt like a normal hunter on a realistic budget.

  2. Lou Salamone says:

    You had to be endorsed to write that stupid crap. Real hunters are in hang on and climber stands, not a stupid treehouse or a ladder stand. Yeti is not that good, Sitka is cool looking I give you that and I do shoot a Triax but I do think most TV hunters are stupid copycat and it’s not cool. I would never buy anything duck / deer dynasty so good luck with you’re fancy hunting career.

    • Derriick says:

      Are you too stupid to sense the sarcasm in this article?

  3. Thanks for reading, Lou. I’m glad you’re shooting the Triax…and already eye ballin’ the Sitka. You’re on your way! Seriously though, you must have missed the sarcasm this article was based on.

  4. Axle foley says:

    You forgot under armor. Nothing says poser like the ‘ua’ symbol. Plus I hear there sleeves fall off if you grab a spear.

  5. Richard says:

    Let’s see, I shoot a Tenpoint crossbow, Hunt out of a ground blind, don’t own a Yeti cooler, don’t wear sunglasses, have a bunch of Stika hunting cloths, can’t afford a off road toy as I walk into my hunting spot. Bless you if you can afford to hunt like the “Pro’s”.

  6. Well, I feel so left out. I wear whatever fits and is on sale at BPS. My newest compound is a Bear Pledge that I picked up new in the box for $98.00. Hunting vehicle is a 1998 Dodge Dakota, now that I am over 65, I don’t have to pay for a license. Public lands fill my days afield.

  7. Alan Kerley says:

    Thanks Brodie. This made me laugh. I’ have a few friends in the industry and I hear them speak of what you wrote about with a chuckle. I know the folks we watch on tv are endorsed by their sponsors, so they have to sell the experience, but it’s sad to see what we all love so much has come to. I see so many kids that think this is the only wat to hunt now because of what they watch on the tv and it’s sad. I say hunt with what you can afford and get out there and enjoy God’s beautiful and perfect creation. Love reading your articles. Keep up the good work.

  8. Joe Bob Cooter says:

    Is this real life, or just really really douchey? Hunting is about connecting with nature, not trying to impress people.
    Don’t buy this over priced swag. Invest your money instead of blowing it, and over time you’ll have enough to buy land.

  9. Dustin Edwards says:


  10. HAAA!! That was good I just neeed to spend like 45 grand and I will be killing giant white tails in no time.

  11. I’m Sorry, I don’t own, or want a traeger, I know people love them, I just like to do it old school, My smoker has a firebox that I actually have to monitor, and tend, and I build my own seasoning rubs, no jars, its a labor of love for me I guess, No dis on Traeger people, I guess I’m just more of a traditionalist, No Electric timers for this guy,

  12. Definitely not wanting a traeger…I’d rather go for all stainless steel with the Rec Tec grill..


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