I’m back with some awesome info after you guys sent me a bunch of questions last month, so in the hope of answering them all, I’ll be covering all your needs over a series of 10 jam-packed articles.
Let’s start with the first one:
*Nick* had a very interesting question: “My life long bud (who is a pro hunter by the way) has a birthday coming up and I’m wondering if you have any suggestions as to what I can get him for the occasion?”
I know that finding great gift for hunters seems like a hard task at first glance.
I mean it’s not like you can just buy someone a rifle or a bow, those are seriously personal gadgets!
But the truth is that finding a hunting gift is much easier than you think because there are literally hundreds of small pieces of gear that hunters want, need and want to try out.
How to establish what gifts will be golden:
It’s useless to buy a gift that nobody wants, which is why fishing for some hints is always a good idea.
Is there anything that he is complaining about? Like his binoculars for instance?
How are his hunting boots treating him?
Does he have a smoker at home for making is on jerky for example?
Does he often miss shots, and if so, does he own a good rangefinder?
Does he have a reliable action outdoor camera like a GoPro?
You get what I’m aiming at right?
Ask some useful questions and you’ll get the answers you need. But with that being said, I will acknowledge the fact that us men are…well just not that great with figuring out what gifts are great for giving to our friends.
That, plus we don’t like to moan, so we won’t necessarily tell those around us (in that many words) what it is we need.
Honey, if you’re reading this by the way, you do know that my birthday is also right around the corner right? Nudge-nudge, wink-wink!
Okay so let me show you what I’m talking about here.
I sat down, got my creative juices flowing and drew up a list of 7 of the best gift ideas for hunters. These are items that you can just go ahead and buy because I promise you; he really won’t mind having a second pair around.
The 7 Best Gift Ideas for Hunters
I’ve got options here. Lots of them too. So here are my picks for the best gifts for hunters:
Opt for a 10×42 binocular which has awesome balance of magnification with field of view. These kinds also produce lots of light with the “exit pupil”. Keep in mind that binoculars that produce clearer, brighter images will tip the cost scales heavily. Alpen and Vortex are two great names if you’re aiming for high quality at affordable costs.
ALPEN Apex XP , Extreme Performance Waterproof Fogproof Binoculars
I love using a great (weather and waterproof) camera out in the field, but I don’t like complicated gadgets, and I’m betting neither does your hunter friend. I’m a big fan of Panasonic’s TS6 and the GoPro Hero4, although the Panasonic gives you the zoom function while the GoPro leaves you stuck with a wide angle zoom. GoPro on the other hand is small and will mount to just about anything. The choice is really up to you though.
Panasonic DMC-TS6Z LUMIX WiFi Enabled Tough Adventure Camera
A good old walkie-talkie allows hunters to communicate with each other over miles out in the woods. They’re great for safety and efficiency, so you should buy a reputable brand’s product. I recommend something like Motorola or Midland.
A smoker is one of the best ways to process game meat and they can make some wicked jerky, summer sausage and smoked fish. It’s as manly as can be and I’d recommend something like the Bradley or Smokehouse brands.
Smokehouse Products Little Chief Front Load Smoker
While nighttime hunting is illegal for the most part, there are plenty of hunters out there that would love to see the world in details once the sun goes down. It’s not the most practical gift or something that’s really necessary, but it’s still a rad gift option. Good picks include Firefield and Armasight.
In order for a hunter to be effective with his shots, he has to have confidence. Confidence is greatly helped on by shooting sticks. They are what hunters use to rest their rifles on. Got a younger, less experienced hunter friend? This is a great gift idea for hunting newbies! Have a look at Primos Tall Monopod Trigger Stick
Primos Gen 2 Tall Monopod Trigger Stick, 33-65-Inch
Yes, long underwear if you prefer the term. These layers are perfect for cold weather hunters. The best base layers are made with merino wool, which feels great against the skin, will work when it’s wet and has natural skunk-fighting anti-microbial fibers but they’re expensive. Synthetic polyester is cheaper, but wool reigns supreme.
Look, a hunter can never have enough hunting knives. The sky really is the limit and you can choose between a massive array including razor knives, boning knives and utility knives to name but a few.
If you didn’t get the best gift ideas for hunters here, and you’d love to see some more awesome ideas, make sure you check out my post on The Best Gifts for Hunters where I have loads more to keep your imagination running.
This was just the first of many posts to come, so I’ll just say that I’ve got heaps and bounds of great info and advice coming up.