December 08, 2011
The holidays are upon us, and 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!
BROWNING A-5 SEMI-AUTO
new A-5 semi-automatic shotgun looks a lot like the famous original Auto-5. But that's where the similarities end. The new gun sports a new recoil-operated Kinematic Drive System, Vector Pro lengthened forcing cones, and new Invector-DS choke tube system. Three chamberings. 26-, 28- and 30-inch barrels. MSRP, [imo-slideshow gallery=20],399.
and TOPS Knives have created a new version of the award-winning CSAR-T tactical knife. The new 090 TOPS/Buck CSAR-T Avid has a stainless steel handle with a Santoprene rubber overmold and a 3 1/2-inch modified Tanto blade made of 420HC stainless steel. $110.
GARMIN ASTRO 320
has been listening to bird hunters. Their new Astro 320 handheld dog-tracking receiver now has increased range, a simplified user interface and better mapping. The 320 can track up to 10 dogs per receiver at once, and the unit is fully compatible with Garmin's DC 20, DC 30, and DC 40 collars and accessories. $499.
NIKON MONARCH BINOS
The new Nikon
Monarch 3 All Terrain Binocular, available in 10x42 and 8x42 versions, was engineered to maximize time in the field with bright, high-contrast optics on an ultra-rugged, waterproof and fogproof body. Lenses are fully multicoated and phase-corrected. 8x42 (pictured), $229. 10x42, $249.
BRUNTON GET-BACK GPS
Get-Back GPS gets you back to your starting point via the shortest, most direct route. Programable for three waypoints. Up to 12 hours off continuous use with re-chargeable battery. A digital compass works with or without satellite. $90.
are versatile head and neck wraps designed to give anglers and hunters comfort afield. A new style is called BugSlinger, and has vibrant designs created for fly fishermen. They are breathable, repel UV rays and have many uses, from a hat to a neck wrap to fish rag. $23-$33.
are easy to light, have up to a 15-second burn time and are longer in length for added safety. They are water-resistant and even remain lit after being submerged in water. The Stormproof Match Kit contains 25 matches, three strikers and a waterproof container that weighs less than an ounce. $5.99.
BOBBY GARLAND CUSTOM SOFTBAITS' 2-INCH SWIMMING MINNOW
Custom Softbaits' new 2-Inch Swimming Minnow has a uniquely positioned paddle foot. The crappie bait starts its swimming action with the slightest motion and keeps it swimming even during slow retrieves. The Swimming Minnow also gets several new colors, including four within Garland's popular Mo'Glo glow-in-the-dark series.
UNCLE MIKE'S RIFLE ASSAULT BAG
Rifle Assault Bag is rugged and versatile for owners of AR-style guns. Built with tough 600D polyester and lined with 2-inch closed-cell foam padding, the Rifle Assault Bag also features a hidden interior pocket for handgun storage. Various lengths and colors. $101-$113.
ARIZONA E-Z FLETCH CROSSBOW BOLTS
Crossbow bolts are usually thicker than vertical arrows and tougher to fletch. Arizona E-Z Fletch
Bolt utilizes the popular E-Z Fletch design but the lets you fletch up to three bolts or large-diameter arrows at a time. The jig applies a radical helical to 2-inch vanes to improve accuracy. $46.95.
VERO VELLINI'S RETRACTABLE RIFLE SLING
Rifle sling maker Vero Vellini's
new utomatic Retractable Rifle Sling is designed to stop rifle bounce while you walk or stalk game. It also retracts any excess strap, which can get caught on objects when bringing your rifle up to shoot. Since it takes up the slack, you don't have to worry about extra strap getting in the way of a shot. They are made from premium leather and non-slip neoprene, and the shoulder is padded for comfort. MSRP, $159.99.
GAME & FISH SPORTSMAN MAGAZINE
To find the best hunting & fishing hotspots near you, subscribe to your state's edition of Game & Fish or Sportsman magazine. You'll discover terrific places to hunt or fish, as well as the latest strategies, gear guides and much more. It's the perfect gift for the hunter or angler in your life. Click here and have it delivered straight to your mailbox! Subscribe Today!
holds your cell phone and most hand-held video camera on your gun, bow, stand or blind. Flex Cam will mount to any bow using its stabilizer hole and can also be used with most shotguns using the firearm adapter. $59.