Ten Great Christmas Presents for Hunters
Got a hunter on your Christmas list? Here are some great tips to get the perfect present. Whether your hunter’s game of choice is deer, turkey, elk, moose, pheasant, quail, rabbit or grouse, these presents will fit the bill quite nicely.
Don’t you just love Christmas? It’s that time of the year when normally placid individuals turn into desperate, near psychopathic, mercenaries combing the malls and department stores for that perfect gift. Compounding that problem further is having a hunter on your list especially when you don’t hunt. So here are some tips to get you on the right path. In this article, tips will be provided for the selection of the best binoculars for birding 2020. The selection of the right path should be done through the hunters to enjoy hunting.
First, let’s start with stocking stuffers. Disposable hand warmers are a great place to start. They come in little plastic sleeves sometimes individually, but more often in packages of 10 or so. These are very cheap and very useful. They create a small amount of heat to keep fingers from falling off. They can even be placed inside boots or used to warm ears, cheeks, and anything that gets too cold. Hunters are a small group that actually likes to receive socks for Christmas. Standard wool socks are always needed. Also check out the high tech socks that are ultra thin and are used to wick perspiration away from the skin. Most hunters are unlikely to buy them, but they are great. Flashlights of various kinds are also great, you can never have enough.
A standard present always in need is a multi-tool. Made by companies like Gerber and Leatherman, these tools are like a Swiss Army Knife on steroids. They generally revolve around a plier platform and come in a multitude of sizes. I have a set in each tackle box, my muzzleloader bag, hunting backpack, and glove box. The smaller sizes are great for slipping into a pocket.
Any of the combination hatchet and knife sold commonly these days is a great present as well. These two widely used tools for field dressing big game in one package is a handy thing to have. Some models are actually a hatchet with a knife in the handle cutting down even further on space.
A headlamp is an item usually reserved for raccoon hunters but has its place in other hunting as well. A headlamp is nothing more than a flashlight attached to a headband. The light generally pivots to adjust the aim of the beam. Whether tracking a deer or working on the truck after dark, a headlamp can be an invaluable tool.
Other great ideas for hunters include GPS (designed for use in the field), targets, satellite phones (to make emergency calls for pizza where there isn’t cell phone service), hunting books and videos, jerky makers (food dehydrator), and wild game cookbooks.
Stay away from clothing, boots, binoculars, and scopes as these are generally items that the hunter has a personal preference. If you want to buy your hunter a gun, go for it! I’ve yet to see a gun that I wouldn’t take as a present regardless of my ‘need’ for it.