Shopping for a hunter isn't always an easy task. We've put together a solid list of hunting gear and other gifts that the hunter in your home is sure to love!
GIFTS UNDER $25
There's nothing better than going hunting and filling your freezer with some delicious venison. However, hunters struggle to get creative with how we cook that venison after the hunt. If you want to spice up your kitchen and impress your friends and family with your cooking skills you're going to want to have this book in your life. Steven Rinella has done a great job with this book in showing you many different ways to prepare anything from Squirrel, Fish, Deer, Elk, etc.
After Reading The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook any hunter should be capable of preparing some very delicious meals.
There is nothing worse than being on a hunt and finding yourself under assault by mosquitos. The Thermacell Mosquito Repeller does a fantastic job at creating a barrier that mosquitos don't want to penetrate. The refills are cheap and can be found almost anywhere. Its compact, light and is a great addition to any hunters pack no matter where they hunt. This is a gift that is sure to keep on giving year after year.
For most hunters heading out to hunt isn't anything that you need to be too worried about. But that doesn't mean it's not important to carry items with you that can keep you alive if you have an emergency.
The LifeStraw Water filter is something I would consider an essential item for your pack. Especially since water is the source of life. These handy tools make it easy to find water just about anywhere. Its a tool you hope you never need, but you'll be glad you have it if an emergency arises.
The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival is the perfect antidote to the sensationalism of the modern survival genre. Among other skills, readers will learn about old-school navigation and essential satellite tools, how to build a basic first-aid kit and apply tourniquets, and how to effectively purify water using everything from ancient methods to cutting-edge technologies. This book is a great way to make any hunter feel comfortable and competent when out in the wild.
when purchasing a rifle it is often a big purchase. Its important to protect that investment. a Soft Rifle Case is a great way to protect your gun at home and in the field. They're light, but often provide good padding that will protect your rifle in various situations. They make a great gift for anyone looking to protect their guns.
GIFTS OVER $25
A GPS is an essential piece of equipment when hunting. Knowing where you are, where you've been, and where you plan to go can literally make or break your hunts. On X Hunt has created a tool that I consider an essential item for all hunters. It enables you to see hunting unit boundaries, view property lines for private land, get contact info for private land owners to request permission to hunt, download maps for offline use, etc.
I use this every year to e-scout my areas and ensure I have a solid plan, prior to my hunt. This is definitely a gift for every hunter!
Cell phones and other electronic devices are becoming more and more critical in the field as hunter. Many hunters will leave early in the morning and spend the entire day in the field, often using their phone mapping software as their guide. Due to the high amount of usage you will likely find that you need to recharge mid-day. The Solar Powered Cell Phone Charger is a great device that supports both wireless and wired charging for your devices. I've loved having this in my pack. This product makes a great gift for any hunter in todays world.
A headlamp is a critical tool for every hunter, regardless of time of year. Hunters often leave long before for sunrise and head home after sunset especially if you just shot an animal. $50 for a headlamp may sound pricey, but if you've gone through as many headlamps as I have you know getting a good one can make a huge difference when you need it. The Black diamond headlamp includes some great features including being waterproof. It's a very reliable headlamp designed to be ready when you need it.
A hunting Knife is a necessity for every hunter. While many different brand exist for knives you ofter find your blade going dull after a few uses. The Outdoor Edge knives are great because the blades replaceable, so at the first sign of dullness you can quickly swap them out. Outdoor edge offers a variety of knives and kits for outdoorsmen. I recommend picking one up for the hunter in your home. This is a gift that every hunter is sure to love!
Communication is key with everything we do in life. Whether you're hunting with someone or have people waiting for you back a hunt camp solid communication can be invaluable. Midland has done a great job with these 2-way radios not only do they have a 38 mile range, but they also have a vibrate mode and allow you to disable all sounds. This will make it a lot less likely that you'll spook an animal when you're communicating with others. These are a solid set of radios that I have used for a few years and have loved them.
I've found that successful hunts typically come from those who prepare. Taking the time to setup a trail camera can give you good insights into animal movements (and people too if you hunt public land). There are literally hundreds of trail cameras on the market today ranging anywhere from $25 to $500. I personally prefer to stay under $50-75 for any cameras I purchase because it allowed me to purchase a few at the time. The Campark Trail camera has tons of great features, is compact and reliable. This makes a great gift for anyone looking to improve their future hunts and be more prepared on which area could deliver increased odds on your hunt.
GIFTS OVER $100
Protecting your feet in the wilderness is essential. So ensuring you have a solid pair of boots to protect them should be at the top of your list. These Columbia Bugaboo II Boots are fantastic boots that are rated well for cold and wet winter weather. Not only will they keep your feet warm and dry, but their extremely comfortable. These would make a great gift for any hunter who enjoys hunting during the colder months of the year.
Over the years blinds have continually gotten better and better. The Primos Double Bull Surround View 270 Blind is a prime example of just how good a blind can be. From the outside, the blind looks like a normal hunting blind. From the inside you have a 270 degree open view. No longer are you limited to just one or two windows to look through on your blind. This blind would make for an amazing gift that any hunter would be lucky to receive.