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2020 Game & Fish Hunter's Holiday Gift Guide

11 awesome ideas for your favorite outdoorsmen and -women.

2020 Game & Fish Hunter's Holiday Gift Guide

Hunters who already have more gear than they know what to do with are notoriously hard to shop for. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of gift ideas that the hunters on your shopping list don’t even know they need yet. From an ultra-bright flashlight and go-anywhere boots to an instant-favorite knife and even a fun little plinker (plus a bonus stocking stuffer at the bottom), we’ve got you covered with gifts to fit any budget.


Moultrie Deer Feeder Pro II Tripod

Moultrie Deer Feeder Pro II Tripod

The Deer Feeder Pro II Tripod is one of the most economical options for a reliable wildlife feeder. The tough polymer hopper will hold more than 150 pounds of corn and features the Pro II Hunter Feeder Kit with an adjustable funnel, plastic spin plate, ABS plastic housing, feed-level estimator, battery indicator and external power port. The feeder kit will feed up to 6 different times per day from 1 to 20 seconds per feeding. The Deer Feeder Pro II is easy to fill with the fill opening sitting at 5.5 ft. tall. ($139.99; moultriefeeders.com)

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Summit Viper SD Climber Stand

Summit Viper SD Climber Stand

The Viper SD is the most popular stand in the Summit lineup. Its lightweight and strong aluminum build make it the climber of choice for hardcore hunters. The padded backpack straps coupled with the upper and lower frames ability to pack tight against each other allow for maximum portability no matter how far the distance. Once you get there, stay for a while in the suspended foam-padded seat with cushioned backrest and padded armrests. The closed front allows for simple sit-and-stand climbing and doubles as a gun and crossbow rest. The large 20”x36” aluminum platform offers plenty of foot space to stand up for a bow shot, too. The Viper SD features Summit’s Dead Metal technology that allows you to move in the stand without creating game-spooking unnatural metal sounds. Padded seat, rail and armrest are decorated in Realtree camo for maximum concealment. ($329.99; summitstands.com)

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Trijicon Huron Riflescope

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Trijicon’s reputation for rugged, reliable optics continues with the Huron—but at a price that’s lower than the company’s AccuPoint and AccuPower riflescopes. The only thing absent from the Huron is an illuminated reticle, and honestly, most deer hunters won’t miss it. Fully multi-coated with broadband and anti-reflective treatments, the Huron offers a second-focal-plane reticle and 1/4-MOA adjustments. It’s available in 1–4x24 mm, 2.5–10x40 mm and 3–12x40 mm versions—all with a 30 mm main tube—as well as the classic deer rifle configuration, 3–9x40 mm, with a 1-inch tube. The Huron is a no-frills scope made for hunters who simply want an optic they can depend on no matter the conditions. ($650–$699; trijicon.com)

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Wheeler Engineering Ultra Scope Mounting Kit

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Mounting a scope isn’t complicated, but having the right tools can make the task far more enjoyable. This kit contains everything a hunter needs to do it right. Included among its contents is Wheeler’s Professional Reticle Leveling System with two bubble units to ensure the scope’s crosshair is positioned perpendicular to the bore. The FAT Torque Wrench and bits help tighten screws with precision while avoiding stripping, and thread locker keeps them in place. Once the scope is mounted, the kit’s green laser bore sighter finishes the job by providing an easy-to-see reference point for adjusting windage and elevation so the first shot is on paper. A step-by-step instructional DVD is also included. ($270.99; wheelertools.com)

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Danner Recurve Boot

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As outdoor gear becomes more and more specialized for niche pursuits, it seems a lot of the general-purpose equipment and apparel that played a role in our formative sporting years has been relegated to musty basement of time. Enter the Danner Recurve, a boot that’s equally at home in the eastern deer woods as it is in vast fields of Midwestern CRP and the brushy, rocky draws of elk and mule deer country. The upper is a combination of full-grain leather and suede that is as durable as it is attractive and features a 100-percent waterproof lining. A Vibram midsole and outsole provide a sturdy and stable foundation, and a cushy Ortholite footbed offers a comfortable ride. The Recurve is available in uninsulated and 400-gram versions. ($210 to $220; danner.com)

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Streamlight Stinger 2020

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Flashlights are like knives: You can never have too many. Headlamps are great for close-up, hands-free illumination, but if you really need to cast a beam, reach for a high-lumen handheld, like Streamlight’s new Stinger 2020. This robust piece of hardware produces up to 2,000 lumens that shine out past 300 yards. Two additional settings produce 850 and 100 lumens, plus there’s a strobe setting. The Stinger 2020 is rechargeable and comes with several charging options, and its ergonomic design and textured surfaces make for a sure grip. ($225 to $265; streamlight.com)

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Winchester Wildcat 22

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The original striker-fired Winchester Wildcat 22 LR got rave reviews as a lightweight yet durable, incredibly fun to shoot autoloader. In mid-November the next iteration of the Wildcat—the Wildcat SR—will arrive in stores and will be configured with a ½-inch X 28 TIP threaded muzzle that will accept a suppressor. The Wildcat has a tool-free removable lower receiver assembly, comes with a 10-round speed-load magazine and features standard ambidextrous controls and integrated picatinny rails. An additional, hidden rail at the tip of the fore-end allows for secure mounting of a tripod or light. ($279.99; winchesterguns.com)

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ALPS Outdoorz Allure

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One of the great things about the ALPS brand is that their packs are designed by people who actually hunt, so their designs are extremely practical in the field. The ALPS Allure—a day pack made by and for women—is no exception. ALPS sought feedback and ideas from more than 2,000 women during its development. It has specially formed back contours, an adjustable sternum strap and a unique, two-piece belt system that are all designed to make the pack comfortable for women. The Allure also has a number of really handy features for practical use, including an L-shaped frame that allows the pack to sit upright on a flat surface, pockets that are well designed and roomy and a dropdown pocket to support a rifle’s buttstock or a compound bow’s cam. The fabric and stitching are tough and durable, and the pack is available in Realtree Edge and Mossy Oak Country. ($149.99; alpsbrands.com)

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Old Hickory Outdoor Fish & Small Game Knife

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Old-school styling meets modern construction with this multi-function knife. The 4-inch, smooth-ground, drop point blade is perfect for tricky tasks that involve a little finesse, like field dressing upland birds and small game. It measures 8.7 inches overall, utilizes high-carbon steel and features a classy brass-pinned hardwood handle. It comes with a stitched leather sheath. ($32.95; ontarioknife.com)

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Hunter Safety System Muff-Pak Heated

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Few things ruin a hunt faster than cold hands. The new Muff Pak from Hunter Safety Systems warms users’ hands with a set of heating coils powered by any USB battery. The system heats up in under two minutes and lasts up to five hours, depending on the battery charging capacity. It also features an soft, polar fleece-lined interior and four pockets for storing key items. A web belt and expansion strap offer adjustment from 34 to 60 inches to accommodate bulky winter clothing (or added holiday girth). It comes with ElimiShield Scent Control Technology and is available in Realtree Edge, Mossy Oak Bottomland and black. ($59.95; hssvest.com)

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Easton Deluxe Compound/Recurve Roller Bow Case

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Hunters, especially bowhunters, are finnicky about their gear. Archery equipment is expensive and transporting it in a flimsy bow case is never a wise idea. Easton’s Deluxe Compound/Recurve Roller Bow Case is spacious, with plenty of room for bows and other hunting gear. The case has a hybrid soft/hard shell construction, offering two-layered protection. It’s easy to transport with three field-replaceable roller bearing wheels. It features a double seatbelt system to securely anchor bows inside and three internal pockets to keep essentials organized. Available in 36- and 39-inch lengths. ($297.99; eastonarchery.com)

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Walker’s Razor Compact

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Finding properly fitting hearing protection for women and kids can be a challenge. Walker’s Razor Compact electronic earmuff is specifically designed to fit the smaller heads of youth and female shooters. The Razor Compact has ultra-low-profile ear cups and a perforated comfort headband, making it a comfortable wear for extended shooting sessions. It has a noise reduction rating of 23 decibels and features a hi-gain omni-directional microphone, a recessed volume control knob and an ultra-fast .02-second sound suppression reaction time. The Razor Compact operates on two AAA batteries (included). ($59.99; walkersgameear.com)

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Subscription to Game & Fish

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Give a hunter more advice than he or she will get during five seasons at deer camp with a one-year subscription to Game & Fish. Each issue is packed with region-specific info that outlines strategies and techniques for hunting a wide variety of big-game and small-game species, as well as turkeys, waterfowl, upland birds and more, along with where-to-go articles that highlight top destinations. Readers will also stay up to date on the latest guns and gear through reviews, in-the-field tests and buyers guides that compare features and costs. In addition, each issue delivers information on top hunting opportunities, trends and tactics throughout the U.S. for those who seek adventure outside their local area. Purchase now and get a year’s worth (10 issues) for just $8. That price includes access to the digital edition and represents a savings of nearly $42 when compared to the annual newsstand price.

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