Searching for the perfect gift to give a friend or family member who enjoys hunting? This can seem like a daunting task when such a great variety of products is available, but this guide to holiday shopping for a hunter can help you get started. Here are some hot items you'll certainly want to consider gift-wrapping this year.
Looking for the perfect gift ideas to give a friend or family member who enjoys hunting? Here are some hot items you'll certainly want to consider gift-wrapping this year.
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If you really want to make an impression, you can't go wrong with the gift of a new rifle, shotgun or handgun. Most veteran hunters already own one or several, yet all will tell you there's always room for a new caliber, gauge or style in the gun cabinet. A matched pair of collectible British doubles might set you back $40,000 or more. But more budget-conscious shoppers can find firearms that will long be treasured by the lucky hunter starting at just a few hundred dollars.
What to Buy? A reasonably priced and reliable combo the young deer hunter on your gift list would appreciate is the Remington .243 Whitetail Pro Model 770 Rifle/Scope Youth Combo made especially for the smaller-framed hunter itching to load a new gun and start shooting. The same combo in 270, 30-06, 308 or 300 Win. would be the perfect instant gratification choice for any adult hunter.
Archery & Blackpowder Equipment
If you know someone interested in bowhunting, you might ask them to make a list of archery gear showing some of the specialty items they'd like find under the tree Christmas morning or surprised with for a birthday. The possibilities are almost endless, everything from a brand new hunting bow to a new set of arrows or accessories such as broadheads, bow cases, practice targets, archery sights, bow quivers, archery releases and stabilizers. Or, perhaps the gift your shopping for is for someone who has taken on one of the hottest outdoor archery activities, Bow fishing. Bass Pro Shops is your bow fishing headquarters with everything you need from top brands like AMS Bowfishing, Muzzy, Cajun Archery, and PSE so your can hunt on the water like a pro.
The blackpowder enthusiast will probably have some great gift ideas as well. Keep them well-stocked with commonly used items such as powder, caps, bullets, lubricants and patches. Accessories such as powder measures, gunpowder flasks, speed loaders and cappers make great stocking stuffers, as well.
What to Buy? For a bow, try the best seller BlackOut® SS Compound Bow Packages. Give something truly special like a new Thompson/Center Triumph® Bone Collector® .50 Caliber Magnum Muzzleloaders or a shotgun or handgun.
Camo Clothing & Footwear
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It's hard to go wrong in this department because every hunter always can use a new camouflage shirt, pants, outerwear or other item of clothing made especially for hunting.
Cold-weather apparel always is appreciated, anything from a complete insulated waterproof parka system and bib overalls, to more moderately priced items such as thermal underwear, gloves, face masks, caps and hats. And the first time they get caught in a downpour, they'll be glad you thought about a gift of new rainwear.
There's clothing made especially for waterfowl hunters and turkey hunters, and specialty items such as scent-control apparel (Scent-Lok(r) makes some great products) that will put a smile on the face of any big-game hunter. For upland hunters, consider a new vest with game bag and shell holders, like the new . And what outdoorsman wouldn't be thrilled to find a new pair of boots or waders under the tree?
Don't forget the ladies and youngsters in the family either. Clothing made just for them is available in a wide variety of camo and blaze-orange patterns.
What to Buy? Some ideas would be the RedHead BONE-DRY C.W.S. (Cold Weather System), Under Armour UA ColdGear for men or for the ladies the SHE Outdoor Insulated Waterproof Jacket and RedHead Dove Vest. As always, Scent-Lok makes some great scent-control apparel.
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Hunting Tree Stands
If you have a budding deer hunter in the family, he'll surely appreciate a new deer stand where he can get a bird's-eye view of his hunting territory. And hunters who already have stands may need upgrades that include safety features unavailable on many early models.
Choices are many. Ladder stands, which are simply leaned against and secured to a tree, are preferred by many. But climbing stands tend to be more compact and lightweight, may be the best selection for those who hunt backcountry or public areas where stands must be carried out daily. Also available are big comfortable tower stand or blind that are more permanent in nature and ideal for hunters who regularly pursue deer on their own property or lease. With prices starting around $70, there's something for every budget. See the "Treestand Buyer's Guide" for more.
What to Buy? Can't go wrong with the API Outdoors Alumi-Tech Crusader Climbing Treestand.
Hunting & Rifle Optics
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A good set of binoculars or a spotting scope aren't necessary for many types of hunting, but they'll be appreciated anyway as they'll provide hours of enjoyment watching wildlife outdoors and at home. There are plenty from which to choose, including high-end models and more affordable picks.
Rangefinders are one of the hottest gifts for today's hunter who wants to improve accuracy on the range and in the field. And your loved one is sure to love you even more if he unwraps a package and finds one of the many new game cameras inside that will capture great photos of deer and other animals on the trails he hunts.
What to Buy? If money is no issue, try the Swarovski EL SWAROVISION Binoculars or go with the budget-friendly Bass Pro Shops Rubber Armor Binoculars. Fo a spotting scope, the Oculus Spotting Scope is good one.
Electronics, GPS & Radios
The newest technological toys are big hits when it comes to gift giving, even for hunters. Near the top of list would be a handheld GPS unit that will help your hunter get into and out of the backcountry without getting lost, and help him navigate to prime hunting spots on return visits. See "Choosing a Handheld GPS Unit" to help you navigate through the options.
Other electronic options include game and trail cameras, 2-way radios for outdoor communication, electronic predator calls and accessories, electronic collars for hunting dogs, hearing enhancers and weather radios.
Does your gift recipient own an ATV? A wide variety of accessories are available, any of which might make a great birthday or Christmas gift. Choose from ATV accessories as diverse as winches, gun racks, bow racks, cargo/storage bags, ATV covers and tree stand transporters. Other add-ons include drink holders, halogen trail lights, spotlights, cell phone holders and ATV trailers. You can even purchase a passenger cart for some models that permits the rider to carry extra friends or family on a single ATV to their hunting blind. Want more options? See "Outfitting Your ATV" for more great ideas.
Hunting Calls & Decoys
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Nowadays, there's a call and decoy made for just about every type of game, from deer, elk and predators to waterfowl, turkeys and squirrels. When you gift-wrap a dozen duck decoys or a full-body deer decoy, you'll have the gift recipient wondering what that huge package is under the tree.
Hunting & Shooting Accessories
If you're can't decide on one or two gifts for your favorite hunter, consider buying a daypack, or for the hunter or shooter a travel bag and stuffing it with a variety of small hunting accessories. Some items to consider include: a hunting knife or pocketknife, multi-tool, hunting scents and scent eliminators, ammunition, shooting targets, hearing protection, gun cleaning kit, compass, flashlight or headlamp, first-aid kit, water purifier or shooting glasses.
What to Buy? If searching for a dayback, try the RedHead Deer Trail Daypack. If you've got a turkey hunter, go with a turkey vest. A turkey vest lounger like the RedHead Bucklick Creek Turkey Lounger are designed with self-supporting seat that gives the hunter the freedom to sit comfortably and in an excellent shooting position. If you're looking for a turkey vest for ladies go with the RedHead for Her Camo Turkey Vests or, for youth you can't beat the popular RedHead Turkey Vests for Youth
Hunting Books & DVDs
Hunters always are looking for ways to improve their skills, and instructional hunting books and DVDs are very helpful in this regard. Scores of titles are available for hunting sports of all sorts, from bear hunting and waterfowling to archery and dog training. DVDs and gift subscriptions to hunting magazines also make superb Christmas presents that will be appreciated year-round.
What to Buy? For the deer hunter go for the Buck Commander: Redemption Video - DVD with country music stars Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. And, for the turkey hunter pick the Primos® ''Mastering the Art® - Turkey Hunting'' Instructional Video - DVD a great how-to video for beginning and experienced hunters alike.
Cookery items will be appreciated as well, with much to choose from. A new camp stove can get your chef started, and a camper's kitchen is great for keeping everything organized. Coffee pots, grills, cooking utensils, cast-iron cookware and accessories, such as roasting forks, mugs and cookbooks are just a few of the many other items from which to choose.
What to Buy? Bass Pro Shops have many great models of tents, as well as camp kitchens in deluxe or basic models. If you're looking for a camp stove, try the top seller Browning 2-Burner Camp Stove.
For that really special someone, think about booking an outdoor hunting adventure with a reputable guide or outfitter. The cost may be more affordable than you think, and many options are available, from big-game hunting in remote wilderness areas to family affairs where hunters can spend time with their loved ones enjoying a variety of activities together. A visit to Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozarks near Branson, Mo., is one option your whole family is sure to remember for years to come.
Gift Cards for Hunting & Camping Gear
And finally, if you still can't decide on the just-right gift, let your hunter make the selection. A Bass Pro Shops gift card stuck in a stocking shows you really care and makes the perfect present for someone who seems to have everything. You pick the dollar amount, and the recipient can redeem the card for online purchases, catalog orders and purchases made in the store. And if you're one of those last-minute shoppers, you can even purchase a Bass Pro Shops E-Gift Card to send a gift almost instantly to your favorite outdoor enthusiast.
This doesn't begin to cover all the hunting-related gifts you'll have to choose from when making selections this holiday season, but for most hunters, it's the thought that counts anyway. No matter what you give this Christmas, you know the person who receives it will be thinking good thoughts of you when they use it.