If you have friends or family who love hunting and fishing, now is the time to find them that perfect gift. We’re here to help, with some great ideas for the sportsmen or sportswomen in your life. And while you’re at it, you may find a few items to put on your list, too.
Brite-Strike makes all kinds of law enforcement and hunting flashlights. But their new Executive Precision Lighting Instrument is at home in the box blind or the boardroom. The slim tactical light is made of high-grade aircraft aluminum with a graphite anodized finish. Two AAA batteries power the two settings, a 160-lumen or 10-lumen color-tuned beam.
As if kids need another excuse to avoid vegetables, here comes a new shirt by Button Buck that will get a laugh out of everyone, even a parent. Sizes from 2T to 12.
Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013
If you think buck fever is bad, just imagine what happens to your heart—and your shooting—when an elephant is bearing down. Now you can find out during an exciting round of Cabela's Dangerous Hunts. OK, maybe a video game isn’t the same as facing down Africa’s Big 5, but with dual heartbeat monitors and a motion-sensing infrared camera, the new Top Shot Fearmaster controller does add another dimension to this popular game series. Even the animals are smarter, with artificial intelligence software that learns as you play to put you in ever-advancing challenges as you make your way through the game.
The new line of Dirty Bird Game Targets from Birchwood Casey offer shooters four great new fun shooting games. With Battle at Sea, pictured, Shot Board, a variation of darts, Sa-loon Shootout, and Chip Shot, a golf game. 12- by 18-inch packs of eight.
Ontario Knife Company RAT
The Ontario Knife Company’s RAT Series (Jeff Randall’s Advernture Team) of folding knives answers the need for a high-quality knife suitable for everyday tasks at an unbelievably good price. Ontario Knife’s RAT Folding Knife is a workhorse for everyday tasks you’d find while hunting, fishing, camping or tactical situations. AUS8 steel. Four models. Closed, 5 inches. Open, 8 1/2 inches.
Plano FTO Elite Series
Plano’s top of the line FTO Elite series are the Hydro-Flo tackle storage systems. The Hydro-Flo name comes from the system’s unique rigid base engineered to allow water to flow right through because the box is on non-skid rubber feet. The flagship Model 4849 is 21 inches long by 12 inches high with a vertical rack system.
Revelation Folding Flashlight
The Revelation folding flashlight knife is designed to make field dressing big game in the dark easier and safer. Two water-sealed LED bulbs focus light around the cutting area of the blade. Or, use it for an emergency light. The 440 stainless steel blades are coated with black titanium nitride for increased surface hardness and corrosion resistance. Three sets of batteries included.
Rossi Rebate Youth Guns
The Rossi Youth Matched Pair line is made up of reliable rifles with adjustable fiber optic sights, which quickly allows a swapped barrel to become a favorite shotgun. The versatile long gun makes a good first gun and Rossi is also offering a $20 rebate if you order before December 31, 2012. The rebate does not apply to all Matched Pairs, but does include most of the .410 or 20 gauge that switch out with .22 LR.
The Skull Hooker mounting system is a unique, quick and easy way to display a European mount. And it’ll cost less than $40 for most deer skulls. There are two sizes. The Little Hooker is good for most whitetail, black bear, cougar, even alligator or bobcats. The Big Hooker is made for larger mule deer, elk, caribou and other big game. The Skull Hooker is all metal with a powder coat finish. Brown or black color options.
Price: $34.99 to $59.99
Smith & Wesson M&P15-22
The nifty Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 semi-auto keeps the price of shooting way down. A brick of 500 rounds of .22LR is about $20-$30. The overall price for a standard M&P15-22 is $499, which comes with a Dual Aperture rear sight, A2 Post front sight, six-position CAR stock and polymer quad-rail handguard. If you’re familiar with the popular M&P15 in .223, the 15-22 will feel right at home in your hands. The 15-22 comes with a 25-round mag. Loading up new mags is quick and easy because there is a button attached to the spring, and that allows you to hold down the tension as you load .22 after .22. after .22 (22 more times). It’s easy on the fingers. Couple that with the lack of recoil, semi-auto action, size, and you’ve got a fun gun on your hands for varmints or plinking.
Swiss Army Knife
The Wenger Realtree AP Blaze 57 Swiss Army Knife is designed with hunters in mind. In addition to many features of traditional Swiss Army knives, the Blaze 57 comes with a gutting tool and a 4.2-inch wood saw. Unlock the blade by pressing a button on the handle. It’s a well-designed system: the button is very hard to accidentally press, but you can do it easily on pur-pose with the hand that’s holding the knife. The Blaze 57 is a large knife for a true pocketknife, but there are smaller versions: the Blaze 10 and the Blaze 55.
Anglers like their tools close by. And it’s even better if it’s connected so it doesn’t go in the drink. T-Reign re-tractable gear tethers hold onto your pliers, hemostats or landing net. There are also several size options. A Carabiner connects to a D-ring, belt loop or strap, or can be used with the stainless steel clip on a belt or pack.
Price: $15.95 to 24.95