With Father’s Day approaching, what do you get for dad … when he probably already has a gun safe full of firearms, a rod closet and tackle box full of angling equipment and a garage full of treestands, sleeping bags and other assorted outdoors gear?
More outdoors gear, that’s what, but in this case, a list of specialty items that he probably doesn’t have just yet.
Until this Father’s Day, that is.
DiamondBlade Summit Hunting Knife
Sure, just about every hunter and fisherman worth his salt already has a knife. But odds are, it looks and cuts like thousands – if not millions – of other blades out there. So why not do something a little different this Father’s Day and get dad a knife that is like few others? That can be done by buying him a hand-built DiamondBlade Summit drop-point knife made with presentation grade Desert Ironwood handles. Using D2 high carbon tool steel that is friction forged – a patented 21st century process that uses localized frictional heat and high pressure to create a long lasting, wicked sharp edge – the Summit knife has a hand-inlet set of three mosaic pins and can also be custom engraved. Add in an oiled split-grained cowhide sheath (lined with a kydex insert to keep the blade from cutting through the sheath) and this is a heirloom quality hunting knife that will hold an edge for a long time.
Custom Leather Belts/Journals
While there are countless leather makers out there across the country, there are two that have caught my eye as a potential source for a custom made outdoor/hunting/fishing/wildlife themed belt for dad. One such company is the Pennsylvania based Royden Leather Belts, a company in business since the late 1940s. In addition to regular belts – many with different wildlife ornaments – the company also makes camo belts, leather accessories and even leather-bound hunting and fishing journals (the turkey hunter’s journal really caught my eye). Further south in High Springs, Florida, Gavere Leather, a well-known leather maker in business since the 1960s, offers 1 ½-inch top-grain two-toned finished leather belts with detailed hunting and wildlife themes. In addition, Jeff Gavere and his crew also offer specialty buckles, personalized items, key chains and holsters.
Lamar or Tate Williams Custom Turkey Call
Few things say love to a turkey hunter more than a brand new customized box call does. And there are few better custom built calls to consider than the box calls, paddle calls and scratch box calls made in the shop of Starke, Fla. call maker Lamar Williams (904) 964-5691) and his grandson, Tate (same phone number). A good friend and call-making protégé of the late and legendary Neil Cost, Lamar has been making turkey calls for more than a quarter century now. His grandson, Tate, has followed in his footsteps, turning out his own superb gobbler getting instruments in recent years. With a variety of wood options and design features available, please note the wait-time to receive a Williams call is approximately a year (but you can give dad a gift card this Father’s Day to tell him what’s coming). Wait-time or not, when dad receives his custom made Williams box call, it’s a gift he’ll cherish the rest of his life.
Orvis Helios 2 Fly Rod and Reel Combo
Does dad like to chase big brown trout on a Western river or stream? Or maybe stalk bonefish, permit or tarpon in the Florida Keys? Or perhaps tackle a big Lake Fork, Texas largemouth on the fly? Then get him an award-winning Orvis Helios 2 fly rod and reel combo outfit. From a three-weight for brook trout to a six-weight for a Guadalupe bass to an eight-weight for northern pike and stripers all the way up to a 12-weight for tarpon, these are some of the lightest, strongest and best casting rods you’ll ever find in a fly shop. With fast actions to power bulky flies through the wind and enough backbone to fight even the biggest fish back to the boat, this is can’t miss gift item if dad is a fly fisherman.
Pope & Young Whitetail Record Book
If deer – I’m sorry, dear – old dad is a whitetail bowhunter, then why not get him a copy of the Pope and Young Club’s 4th edition of the Bowhunting Records of North American Whitetail Deer? With separate state and Canadian provincial listings, each entry includes the final net score and pertinent numbers, along with the county where the buck was harvested and where it ranks in all-time and local listings. Add in a number of hunter photos and stories, educational pieces and an entry map for each state or province, and there’s much to like in this 850-page hardcover book edited by Pope and Young executive director Joe Bell.
Simms Waterproof Dry Creek Z Backpack
This is a virtual bombproof and fully submersible backpack from Simms Fishing, something that can carry numerous fly boxes through a downpour, a high dollar digital SLR camera on a bass boat or even a laptop and important business documents through a screening check point at the airport. Thanks to TPU coated fabrics, a TIZIP zipper and radio frequency welded seams, this lightweight backpack is totally waterproof and still big enough to carry a wide range of hunting, fishing and outdoors gear that doesn’t need to get wet. With interior and exterior stretch mesh pockets, external lashing points and stretch cord, cushioned shoulder-straps and a no-sweat foam back panel, this is something that dad will thank you for every single time he’s around water.
If none of the above unique gift items strikes your Father’s Day gift buying fancy, then how about giving dad the bucket-list hunting or fishing trip of a lifetime, either here in the U.S. or perhaps somewhere abroad?
If that sounds like a strong possibility, then why not make it happen by booking him an adventurous trip today?
Possible bucket list trip ideas can include:
- African plains game hunting for impala, kudu, nyala, warthog, wildebeest and more; Dries Visser Safaris: www.driesvissersafaris.com or call Dries Visser in South Africa at 27 (14) 7790644.
- Bowhunting antelope, elk or mule deer in New Mexico; JFW Ranch Consulting: www.newmexicobiggamehunting.com or call Jim Welles at (505) 294-7861.
- Fishing for Alaska silver salmon, hunting ducks or chasing moose and/or brown bear along the banks of the Tsiu River; Alaska Expedition Company: www.alaskaexpedition.com or call Jody Allen at (903) 786-7366.
- Fly fishing for huge rainbow trout at Argentina’s Jurassic Lake; Flywater Angling Adventures: www.flywaterangling.com or call Steve Hollensed at (903) 546-6237.
- Flats fly fishing for bonefish, permit and tarpon at Belize’s famed El Pescador Lodge; Woodruff Guide Service: www.flyfishingfork.com or call Rob Woodruff at (903) 967-2665.
- Hunting spring black bears or fall whitetails in Alberta, Canada; Ghost Ridge Outfitters: See their Facebook page or call Steve Magill at (780) 897-5504.
- Hunting Texas and/or Oklahoma whitetails, ducks, hogs and turkeys; Kent Outdoors: www.kentoutdoors.com or call Dakota Stowers at (903) 271-5524).
- Peacock bass fishing in Brazil; Emu Outfitting Company: www.emuoutfitting.com or call former Texas Rangers pitcher Jim Kern at (877) 622-6296.
There you go, a list of unique gift suggestions for the dad that might already think that he has it all in terms of outdoors gear and hunting and fishing equipment.
But really doesn’t, at least until you hand him his next Father’s Day gift, that is.