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12 Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Outdoor Mom

Forget the embroidered oven mitts and department store gift cards; get your outdoor-active mom one of these great items she deserves and score some major brownie points in the process

12 Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Outdoor Mom
From hunting and fishing to shooting and cooking, this Mother's Day gift guide has big-ticket items for just about any outdoor mom.

With Mother's Day approaching, what do you get for mom when she loves to hunt, fish, shoot and otherwise enjoy the great outdoors as much as anyone else in the family does?

How about some serious hunting, fishing and outdoors gear ranging from top end bows to beautiful over-and-under shotguns to a big game rifle made just for her?

Or what about a modern sporting rifle? Or a solid concealed carry pistol she can carry in a glove box, a purse or in a coat pocket?

If those gift ideas aren't what the mom in your life might want this year, then how about a high-quality fly rod and reel combo or even a set of high-end waders?

And what about something to cook game, fish and BBQ grub on the backyard deck with the whole family gathered around?

With all of that in mind, here are some options to consider:

Benelli ETHOS 20-Gauge Engraved Semi-Auto Shotgun

Benelli Ethos Engraved 20 Gauge Shotgun
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An elegant shotgun with a AA-grade walnut stock, the ETHOS comes in a 26-inch 20-gauge model weighing in at only 5.6-pounds. With a satin finish and engraved nickel receiver, this shotgun combines many of Benelli's ( recent innovations into a great shooting package. With the Inertia Driven System that handles shotshell loads from 7/8-ounce trap loads all the way up to 3-inch magnum waterfowl shells, the shotgun is comfortable to shoot. Add in the scattergun's three sets of patented interlocking flexible buffers that absorb recoil and it becomes even more so. Finally, the ETHOS' interchangeable fiber optic sight is easy to change and offers tool less switch out of red, green and yellow color options. All in all, this is a great sporting clays gun or an outstanding hunting option in a dove field, a duck blind or a Midwestern corn field push for pheasants.

Big Green Egg Grill Smoker Cooker
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Big Green Egg Grill/Smoker

If mom likes to cook up amazing wild game meals, consider getting her the Cadillac of backyard grills and smokers. You can do that with a kamado style Big Green Egg (, a cooking apparatus perfect for grilling venison, cooking a pizza or smoking a wild hog hindquarter. While these Eggs aren't cheap, they do turn out some incredible wild game dishes along with great rib-eyes, smoked briskets, ribs, barbecued chicken, and of course, backyard burgers.

Editor’s Note: If you would like to see the Big Green Egg in action, check out O’Neill Williams’ cooking videos on

Browning Citori Micro Midas Satin Hunter Shotgun

Browning Citori Ladies Over Under Shotgun
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With a shortened satin-finish walnut stock that makes for easier shouldering, this over-and-under shotgun from Browning ( is made specifically for ladies, youth and adults with smaller body frames. The company indicates the length of pull (the distance from the center of the trigger to the center of the butt-pad) is only 13 inches, something that makes this lighter model easier to carry and quick to point. With a deep blued all-steel receiver and barrels, along with a single selective trigger and hammer ejectors, this helps the gun be easily operated on the sporting clays range or out in the field. Add in the top-tang barrel selector and safety along with the 24-inch barrels and a good recoil pad and this 12-gauge shotgun should make mom smile big if she likes shooting clay pigeons or targeting ducks, geese, dove, quail and/or pheasants.

Kimber Micro Crimson Carry Pistol
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Kimber Micro Crimson Carry Pistol

One of the best conceal carry guns out there, the Kimber Micro Crimson Carry in .380 ACP is perfect for mom to carry when she's out shopping, running errands around town or working out. Featuring a solid aluminum match-grade trigger, a matte black steel slide, a two-tone satin silver finish, rosewood Crimson Trace Lasergrips and a six-shot capacity, this semi-auto handgun weighs just 13.4 ounces. All in all, this Kimber handgun ( is a solid performer in the conceal-and-carry market.

Mathews AVAIL Compound Bow

Mathews AVAIL Compound Bow
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Unveiled by the Wisconsin bow maker earlier in 2017, the Mathews AVAIL compound bow ( is specifically designed for women. Weighing in at less than 4-pounds, the bow is 30-inches axle-to-axle, has a 6-inch brace height, features draw range options from 22 to 28-inches and also sports draw weight options up to 60-pounds. With the company's CROSSCENTRIC cam and AVS technology, arrow speeds are blistering up to 320 feet per second while the bow remains smooth drawing, accurate and powerful on the 3-D range or out in the field. With several finish options available including Gore Optifade Elevated II, Under Armour's Ridge Reaper Barren and Lost Camo XD, this bow is bound to be a hit with mom as fall hunting seasons approach.

Mossberg Patriot Predator Rifle

Mossberg Patriot Predator Rifle
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Think mom might want to go deer or big game hunting this fall? Then consider the all-new Mossberg International Patriot Predator model ( which features a Flat Dark Earth color scheme on the stock and several other attractive features. Those include a LBA adjustable trigger (from 2 to 7 pounds), a fluted and threaded barrel, an oversized bolt handle, spiral fluted bolts, a top-mount Picatinny rail/scope base and a 4-round box magazine. Add in a 22-inch barrel, a threaded muzzle and three popular calibers (.243, .308 and the 6.5 Creedmoor) and this new Predator offering from Mossberg is a solid performing shooting platform that mom is sure to enjoy using out on the range, in a deer blind or near a mountain crossing where a big bull elk is known to roam.

Orvis Clearwater Fly Rod and Reel Combo
(Photo courtesy of Orvis)

Orvis Clearwater Fly Rod and Reel Combo

Is mom interested in learning how to catch a trout on the fly? A sunfish? A bass? A Gulf Coast redfish? Or maybe even a bonefish, permit or tarpon? Then Orvis ( has a deal for her in the form of the company's Clearwater fly-rod and fly-reel combo with models ranging from a two-weight for bluegills all the way up to a 12-weight for Florida Keys tarpon. These rods have enough backbone to fight even the biggest fish, enough punch to power a fly line with a big fly on the end and the ability to make pin-point presentations. All in a packaged set that will not break the bank.

Savage Arms MSR 15 Recon Rifle

Savage Arms MSR 15 Recon Rifle
(Photo courtesy of Savage)

How about a MSR (Modern Sporting Rifle) for mom? If that's something that she'd like, consider Savage Arm's ( new MSR 15 Recon model that shoots recoil friendly .223 Rem or 5.56X45mm ammunition. With a BLACKHAWK! trigger with Nickel Boron treatment, a free-float hand guard and a top-end Savage barrel and the bottom line is that this gun is a winner on the shooting range. Add in 5R rifling, a flip up sight, a mid-length gas system, a Melonite QPQ finish, a custom-forged lower receiver and a BLACKHAWK! adjustable butt-stock and pistol grip and this modern shooting platform is sure to bring a smile to the mom in your life.

Simms Women's G3 Guide Waders
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Simms Women's G3 Guide Waders

Sized just right for women anglers, this former International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) new product award winner offers a slim boot stocking foot design, microfleece-lined hand warmer pockets and a zippered chest pocket. With women-specific cuts, the Simms Women's G3 Guide Waders ( features a patented front/back leg seam design with the aim being to minimize wear and tear while delivering enhanced mobility for women wading a Western trout stream, a Pacific Coast steelhead run or an Alaskan river brimming with autumn's silver salmon.

Smith & Wesson Model 442 Pro Series Revolver

Smith & Wesson Model 442 Pro Series Revolver
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Said to be a variation of the well known Smith & Wesson Model 42 Centennial Airweight (, this J-Frame revolver packs quite a punch, just like all of the S&W models have since 1950. With a five-shot capacity of .38 S&W Special +P ammunition, this wheel-gun weighs in at 15 ounces. With the revolver featuring a lightweight alloy frame, a stainless steel barrel and a carbon steel material cylinder, it's easy to carry concealed. With no internal lock and a snag-free enclosed hammer, this time-tested firearm features competition ready specs and features, not to mention several modern advancements. All in all, this rugged S&W firearm is ready to perform as a conceal carry weapon or something utilized for home defense.

Weatherby Vanguard Camilla Rifle

Weatherby Vanguard Camilla Rifle
(Photo courtesy of Weatherby)

With the number of lady shooters, hunters and gun owners increasing in recent years, Weatherby ( has introduced one of the industry's best new offerings for women shooting enthusiasts and hunters. That's with the introduction of the Vanguard Camilla, a firearm that the company says is designed for women and by women. After building the Camilla from the ground up over the last two years, the gun comes to market this year with a short, slim forearm that reduces weight and gives a better feel. Featuring a satin finish on a Turkish A-grade walnut stock with rosewood forend and grip caps, a high comb provides optimal eye-to-scope alignment and faster acquisition of the downrange target. With other features included, the result is a balanced, compact-size and easy-handling rifle named after the first lady of Weatherby. All in all, the Weatherby Vanguard Camilla is a great value that will be a proven winner this summer and fall on the shooting range and in the field.

YETI Flip 12 Cooler

YETI Flip 12 Cooler
(Photo courtesy of Yeti)

Believe it or not, it's hard to beat the innovative products from YETI Coolers ( as a potential Mother's Day gift. From the Austin, Texas based company’s innovative Rambler drink ware to the well-known Tundra Series hard-sided coolers to the new soft-sided Hopper Two and Flip series coolers, there's a high-quality YETI product available in just about every price range. From keeping morning coffee piping hot to chilling down steaks for a family campout to even using a small YETI cooler as a seat in the family boat, there is no end to the outdoors applications that these products can provide for outdoors enthusiasts.

And there you go, a Mother's Day gift idea list that is tailor made for the mom in your life, the one who doesn't want any more perfume, soaps, jewelry or clothing this year.

Instead, get mom what she has always wanted for Mother's Day – something that shoots, helps her catch a fish or a cooking apparatus that helps her cook a wild meal that will be remembered for months to come!

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