It’s that time of year again, the time in December when the chubby fellow driving a reindeer-powered sleigh needs a little help in getting all of the gifts out and placed under the Christmas tree.
If you’ve got an outdoor enthusiast on your list for December 25th and are looking for a good, solid gift idea that is bigger than a stocking stuffer, then consider one or more of these possible options:
Knives of Alaska Legacy Knife: With inspiration from the great blade maker Bob Loveless, knife maker Charles Allen and the folks at Knives of Alaska have done it again.
Done it again in terms of introducing another can’t miss member of the KOA lineup, the “Legacy” fixed blade hunting knife offered this year. With a razor sharp D2 high carbon steel blade and a full tapered tang, this superb looking stag handled knife offers hunters the full KOA package of looks, performance and high quality.
Better yet, it will perform second to none in the field in a single blade hunting knife that can be passed down from one generation to the next.
For information on purchasing a Knives of Alaska knife, visit the KOA website at www.knivesofalaska.com or call the shop at 903-786-7366.
YETI Coolers Roadie: By now, most everyone knows about YETI Coolers, the small start-up operation from Austin, Texas, that revolutionized the ice cooler industry a decade ago.
With a full line-up of coolers designed to fit a wide variety of needs, perhaps the single best all around model that YETI makes – in my opinion, at least – is the Roadie that gets used each and every single day of tournament action on the Major League Fishing circuit.
Rotomolded with Permafrost Insulation, the Roadie’s one-piece design features the DNA of the bigger and badder Tundra ice chests, but in a friendlier to carry around package that is still bear-proof and virtually bombproof. From carrying around liquid nourishment to serving as a handy dove hunting stool (in the Roadie’s desert tan model), the Roadie is a must-have gift item.
To purchase, see your local outdoor box store or visit the YETI website at www.yeticoolers.com.
Browning Strike Force Trail Camera: I’ll admit from the start that I’m a late-comer to the trail camera game. You know, I’m one of those curmudgeons that begrudgingly adopts new technology into the age-old game of bowhunting whitetails.
But now that I’m knee deep into the use of trail cameras – my arsenal seems to swell by the month – I’ve also got to admit that I’m very impressed with the ease of use and high quality of Browning trail cameras, especially the 2015 version of the Strike Force model that produces (depending on the settings used) 10 MP images and 1280×720 HD video clips with sound.
In fact, this particular unit has caused me a number of sleepless nights recently after it began to deliver high-quality images of a buck dubbed “Fred,” a giant typical roaming the local woods. Thanks to the Browning Strike Force camera images, I’m all but obsessed with chasing and tagging this great buck as the 2015 season winds down.
To purchase a Browning Trail Camera, visit your local deer hunting supply store or visit www.browningtrailcameras.com.
Mathews No Cam HTR: I’ve got to admit, when the Mathews NO CAM HTR bow was first introduced 12 months ago, I’m not sure that I bought the marketing campaign information about it being the most accurate hunting bow ever created.
Until my youngest son worked all summer long and saved up to buy his own version of the NO CAM HTR.
After watching my son’s shooting groups get ridiculously tight this fall – even with broadheads – and I’d have to agree that the bow is one of the most accurate hunting models I’ve ever seen. In a field full of great compound bows, this offering from Matt McPherson and the gang at Mathews is an impressive model.
To purchase, visit your local Mathews archery shop dealer or visit the company’s website at hwww.mathewsinc.com.
Sure-Shot Yentzen One Duck Call: Got a duck hunter on your list? Jolly old St. Nick could hardly do better than by putting a Yentzen One duck call in their stocking.
Based off of the famed Yentzen 501 wooden classic that Jim “Cowboy” Fernandez used to win the 1959 World Duck Calling Championship in Stuttgart, Ark., the newer jet-black double-reed call dubbed the Yentzen One is a complete redesign by Sure-Shot Game Calls CEO Charlie Holder and company.
With a screw-lock design and a space-age proprietary CNC body, the call is one of the best I’ve ever blown and it belongs on a duck call lanyard crowded with other high-end calls made from acrylic and exotic woods.
For information, visit www.sureshotgamecalls.com.
Nikon Monarch Binoculars: I’ve used this line of binoculars for a number of years now. And if the truth were known, I’ve abused these binoculars for a number of years now too.
From whitetail hunts in the Midwest to elk hunts in the Rocky Mountains to football games in Texas, my 10X42 and 8X42 Monarch optics look well used around my neck because they are.
But they still perform optically like they are right out of the box, delivering high end hunting glass performance and specs at a fraction of the price of European glass that is all the rage in many hunting circles.
To purchase, visit your local outdoor supply store or go online at www.nikonusa.com.
Orvis Famous Lined Teton Shirt: At $129 suggested retail, this is a big ticket shirt for sure. But the Orvis Teton shirt is one of the best shirts you’ll ever own, thanks to its rugged eight-ounce denim construction, its soft fleece lining and its handsome looks.
From a wood cutting session in the backyard, a fly-tying session in a chilly garage or a wintertime trout fly fishing adventure on a tailwater stream, this is a great Christmas gift item sure to bring big smiles on December 25th. For information, visit www.orvis.com.
Duckett White Ice Pro Series Fishing Rod: Boyd Duckett doesn’t do anything without excellence.
From his days as one of Alabama’s leading private business owners to winning the Bassmaster Classic to founding Major League Fishing (along with Gary Klein), Duckett’s attention in recent years has helped him to build one of the premiere fishing rod companies in the world.
One of the company’s top products is the pro-designed rods found in the Duckett White Ice Pro Series line, rods that use X-Helical coil construction and high-quality ring-lock guides and tips among other things.
With plenty of fish hooking sensitivity and landing power in the same package, the various models of the White Ice Pro Series are among the best fishing rods on the planet and a rod worthy of a spot under this year’s Christmas tree.
For information or to purchase, see your local fishing supply store or visit www.duckettfishing.com.
Millennium T-100 Aluminum Tripod Stand: Few things are more valuable in a deer hunter’s arsenal than to be able to quickly move into a good spot and get a stand set up quietly without a big buck being alerted to trouble noisily arriving in the neighborhood.
Millennium’s new lightweight tripod stand is ideal for this run-and-gun bow or gun hunting strategy, checking in at only 36 pounds. With one of the most comfortable seats in all of the deer hunting industry, the T-100 is one of my favorite new hunting products of this year.
To purchase, visit your local deer hunting supply store or go online at www.millenniumstands.com.
Danner Pronghorn Hunting Boot: In my opinion, the line of Pronghorn boots made by Danner is one of the best.
Comfortable, rugged, waterproof (with a Gore-Tex lining) and with some models offering Thinsulate insulation ranging from 200 grams all the way up to 1,000 grams, there’s no better way to comfortably clothe your feet for a dry and warm hunting trip spent chasing whitetails, bull elk or ring-necked pheasants.
To purchase, see your local outdoor supply retailer or visit www.danner.com.
Cabela’s Outfitter’s Berber Fleece Windshear Vest: Living in Texas – and taking blood thinner medication regularly – I tend to get cold very easily.
Especially when the wind is blowing out of the north and I’m in a late-season duck blind looking for mallards or a Midwestern whitetail stand trying to catch up with a post-rut buck.
Because of that, I can tell you that one of the best purchases I’ve ever made was last season when I used a Christmas gift card to buy the Cabela’s Berber fleece vest with 4MOST Windshear technology.
This garment is quiet and almost too warm on some days, a great addition to a late season treestand sit, a chilly fishing trip or even a run into town to the local hardware store.
To purchase, visit your local Cabela’s store or go online at www.cabelas.com.
Simms ProDry Gore-Tex Suit: When Simms Fishing products pro-staffer Casey Ashley used a Simms ProDry suit to survive frigid weather – does 10-degrees on Day One of the Classic qualify? – en route to winning the 2015 Bassmaster Classic, these already well-known Gore-Tex lined suits gained even more nationwide attention.
Buoyed by Simms tough as nails construction, the breathable windproof and waterproof construction – which was updated earlier this year – makes this one of the top pieces of high-tech clothing on the angling market today.
And perfect for a last minute addition to Santa’s heavily packed sleigh as he prepares for his annual Christmas Eve run south from the North Pole.
To purchase, visit your local angling or fly fishing supply store. Or visit www.simmsfishing.com.
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