We've put together a list of affordable hunting-related tools than any hunter would like to get under the tree or in a stocking. As you read through, we don't just have hunting gear like trail cams and affordable binoculars, you'll find some unorthodox items, like the Deer Splitter and a buck-head waffle maker. But keep in mind, as you buy for your sportsman or woman, he or she loves the sport and anything to do with it! If you're a sportsman yourself, you know what I am talking about, If not, just trust me on this one and you'll put a holiday smile on his or her face! Happy Holidays!
Here are our top picks for our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for the hunter on your list:
LIGHT 'EM UP
Browning Blackout flashlights feature a powerful Cree XM-L white LED that never needs replacing. The lock-out tailcap switch has momentary, continuous and fast strobe modes. Both 6V (pictured) and 9V versions feature an all-aluminum body and a non-slip design with finger retention ring.
MSRP 9V, $204; 6V, $157
These shirts will make any hunter chuckle. You'll get people saying, 'Love that shirt ' as you walk down the street. This t-shirt is one of many at buckwear.com
TEMPERATURE CHANGES COLOR
Cabela's revolutionary ColorPhase is the first camouflage clothing to be printed with rapid-change, temperature activated dyes. In mild temperatures, elements in the patterns to show as vivid greens that blend with early season foliage. When temperatures drop, the greens change to browns or grays. For now, only available in a limited number of cotton and cotton-polyester garments.
Champion DuraSeal Wobble Targets have a weighted, round bottom that provides an easy-to-see wobbling reaction when hit, as they return to an upright position after every hit, ready for the next shot. Lots of fun. The vivid color schemes of these targets allow for easy target acquisition.
Hunters and anglers looking for new ways to cook their quarry now have ChefMate, an app with more than 650 recipes that include preparation for game and fish. It's like a huge cook-book optimized for your iPad. Find information about weights, measures, temperatures, fresh to dried herb conversions, high altitude cooking tips, food prep, purchasing, storage, FAQ's, safety and a lot more.
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Sort of. Chef'sChoice Sportsman Classic WafflePro Model 853 bakes two waffles with a deer head imprinted"http://www.sportsmanswarehouse.com/sportsmans/Chefs-Choice-Classic-Sportsman-WafflePro/productDetail/Beverage-and-Dessert-Making/prod999901366749/cat110131"target="_blank">chefschoice.com
The Deer Splitter is a new tool that makes it a breeze to split a deer's chest cavity and pelvic bone. Its compact, bone-crushing leverage design, and heavy duty construction lets you keep your knives sharper because you won't be using your hunting knife to cut bone.
LIMIT OUT AGAIN?
GameSaver's new Titanium G800 Vacuum Sealing System now has a 15-inch seal strip with two settings: Single-seal mode can produce up to 100 seals with no waiting time. Double sealing provides extra adhesion with an added enclosure. Made for hunters and anglers who store large amounts of game and fish.
WATERFOWL WADER BAG
The Deluxe Wader Bag from Hard Core is designed so that it's easy to pack up your waders after a hunt. It has a waterproof pocket on the outside of the bag to accommodate a spare pair of socks, underwear and t-shirt so you have something dry to put on. The Deluxe Wader Bag also has a mesh rain hood that allows air to flow through the bag to dry your waders and keep them from develop-ing mold and mildew and avoid smelling.
HOT TUB FOR YOUR GUN
Hornady Hot Tub has a 9-liter capacity and is long enough to accommodate and clean a 16 inch AR-15 upper. It has four transducers, and there is also a heating element that enhances cleaning action, which is especially useful when cleaning gun parts. Sonic cleaners can clean internal and external surfaces of cartridge cases and primer pockets.
COOL NEW MOUNT OPTION
SkullHooker's Bone Bracket is now a new option for mounting a a skull-capped deer head. Like their Skull Hookers, this bracket securely holds the bone and lets you move it on a hinge to give it a different look. You can save money but still have a cool mount.
"There's something liberating about cooking and eating outdoors. Away from the constraints of the table, we're a little more sensual in our appreciation." - Chef Charlie Palmer
A new cookbook collaboration from Chef Charlie Palmer and Remington, Remington Camp Cooking is chock full of outdoor game and fireside cooking recipes, as well as camp cooking pointers from Chef Charlie Palmer. Replete with artwork from the Remington Arms collection, consider this cookbook your how-to"http://www.shopremingtoncountry.com/Remington-Cooking-Charlie-Palmer-17177/dp/B00C79FBSI?utm_source=IMO+GameandFish&utm_medium=Gift+Guide+Gallery&utm_campaign=2013+Q4+Holiday+Media"target="_blank">shopremingtoncountry.com
I used to consider a ThermaCELL a nice thing to have along on a hunt or on the water. The more I use them, the more I realize they are essential. Sure, you can deal with mosquitoes buzzing your ears and landing on your face even if you have to stay statue-still in a tree stand or sitting against an oak hunting turkeys. But you don't have to. These marvels operate on a butane cartridge that heats a small mat soaked with allethrin, an effective insect repellent. I've never seen evidence that the slight smell also repels deer. But it does keep those bugs away. If the hunter in your life doesn't have one, it's a great gift. Buy a refill pack, too.
Realtree Camo Version MSRP: $29.99
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