Make Your Hunter Happy This Holiday Season with These Gifts

   11.14.14

You probably have a hunter in the family who seems to have everything. Well, either that or you are the hunter in the family who seems to have everything. Christmas lists can be a challenge but we have some suggestions, at least some of which you haven’t thought of before. Have a look.

Nikon Aculon Rangefinder – $169

The Nikon Aculon Rangefinder. Image courtesy Nikon.
The Nikon Aculon Rangefinder. Image courtesy Nikon.

Rangefinders have always been a little too big to put in a pocket, but Nikon has solved that problem with their new palm-sized rangefinder. They have reduced the size of the unit without reducing the quality of glass. This smaller version (4.4 ounces) of the rangefinder fits in your hand and allows you to drop it into your pocket to quickly get your release on the bowstring or your finger on the trigger. The quality of the optics is surprising considering the lower price. This is the perfect entry-level rangefinder, and just right for the bowhunter who won’t leave home without one.

Celestron FireCel – $40

Technology and woodsmanship meet in the FireCel, which provides convenient, portable power for cell phones, tablets, MP3 players, and other USB-rechargeable devices. Additional features include a red LED flashlight to preserve night vision and an electronic hand warmer to supply heat in chilly conditions. The FireCel delivers an output voltage of 5V 500mA, which is suitable for consumer electronics—including smartphones. It includes four small red LEDs to indicate battery level, and three small green LEDs to indicate the function setting.

A kit for better brats – $21

A "better brat" kit from Hi Mountain Seasonings. Image courtesy Hi Mountain Seasonings.
A “better brat” kit from Hi Mountain Seasonings. Image courtesy Hi Mountain Seasonings.

Hi Mountain Seasonings offers sausage kits and spice mixes of all sorts for making the most of your game meat. Their brat kits include Spicy Beer Brat and Garlic Pepper Brat, two flavors great for pork, beef, or any wild game. I can personally attest they are great for bear and deer meat. The Spicy Beer Brat has a touch of heat, while the Garlic Pepper Brat adds a delicious twist to a German brat flavor. If you like working with your own game meat, you will love these two brat kits that contain everything you need to make 24 pounds of brats.

Redneck Portable Hunting Chair – $99

The Redneck Portable Hunting Chair. Image courtesy Redneck Blinds.
The Redneck Portable Hunting Chair. Image courtesy Redneck Blinds.

Comfort can make the difference between the long hours it takes to be successful, and going home early because your backside just can’t take it any more. The Redneck Portable Hunting Chair sports a silent swivel seat capable of 180-degree turns and three independent, height-adjustable legs that allow you to hunt effectively on uneven ground. The flexibility of this chair combined with its steel, black powder-coated frame mean that it’s fit for any conditions the season may bring.

Real Avid Viscera Knife Combo – $40

The Avid Viscera. Image courtesy Avid.
The Real Avid Viscera. Image courtesy Avid.

Anyone who has ever field-dressed a deer has wondered about finding a tool that will open the body cavity, slit the skin and abdomen, and cut through the pelvic bone. Why can’t one tool do all three? Now there’s one that can. The Viscera has the strength of a fixed blade with the versatility of a multi-blade knife. Its 440 stainless steel blade gives you the edge and leverage to handle the toughest hide. Push a button, flip the blade, and Viscera is a bone saw and gut hook. Its oversized hook is made to cut through thick hide, hair, and fat without clogging up or puncturing internal organs. Viscera’s bone saw is self-cleaning. Perfect!

Team Quacker Whacker goose call – $125

Quacker Whacker goose calls. Image courtesy Quacker Whacker.
Quacker Whacker goose calls. Image courtesy Quacker Whacker.

If you have a waterfowl hunter in your life who is hard to buy for, these custom-made premium calls may be the answer. A three-generation company, the father, son, and grandson at Quacker Whacker in Lake Park, Iowa have been turning out individual handmade duck and goose calls in beautiful acrylic and several kinds of woods. They look terrific and the tone and sound reflect the Jones family’s commitment to quality. Each premium call is different and made by hand in their garage workshop and there are dozens of colorful patterns to choose from. If you like, you can add custom engraving on the band for only $20.

Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman – $79

The Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman. Image courtesy Zippo.
The Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman. Image courtesy Zippo.

The 4-in-1 Woodsman converts to an axe and bow saw to help cut your way through a jungle of brush and tough limbs fast. A mallet and stake puller helps you set up a pop-up blind and take it down with ease. Carry this product to your campsite and have a mallet, a stake puller, a 15-inch bow saw that cuts oak up to four inches in diameter, and a hatchet with a five-inch blade. Call it a handy camping tool or a survival tool, no tool gives you more capability for the weight or the money.

Stretchback deer call – $33

The Strecthback from Duel Game Calls. Image courtesy Duel Game Calls.
The Strecthback from Duel Game Calls. Image courtesy Duel Game Calls.

There have been some attempts to make a deer call with various tones so hunters do not have to carry several calls with them. Most of them have focused on moving a rubber ring up and down the reed which means you have to take the call apart. Others require you to lengthen or shorten a noisy plastic tube. Duel Game Calls has solved the problem by offering a call with a rubber tube. The Stretchback allows you to instantly change your call sound by extending the rubber flex tube. This allows you to sound like a small buck, big buck, or moving buck. It also allows you to make all types of buck grunts. The flex tube is made out of a special rubber that produces the robust, realistic call sounds. It also perfectly grunts when you extend or contract the call.

Lambson Art whitetail prints – $38

'A Grand Entrace' by Dallen Lambson. Image courtesy Dallen Lambson.
‘A Grand Entrace’ by Dallen Lambson. Image courtesy Dallen Lambson.

Who doesn’t like a picture of a beautiful buck on the wall? Artist Dallen Lambson specializes in art prints that appeal to hunters. His beautiful prints evoke emotion and “I wish I was there right now” feelings when viewed. Lambson is offering a Christmas special in which you can buy two signed, open edition prints at $38 and get a third one free. These stunning whitetail deer prints are 12 by 16 inches and fit into a 16- by 20-inch frame when matted. There are eight to choose from in this promotion which ends at Christmas. Call 800-756-4275 to place an order or visit his website here.

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