Hunters are nearly impossible to shop for, as a hunter I can openly admit this. First off, there are very few things–short of a new spotting scope or a new bow–that we don’t just go out and buy the minute we have a remote chance of possibly needing it at any point in the future. Secondly, we spend so much time and effort analyzing every piece of gear that we are very particular about model, size, color, and every other configuration that our non-hunting family and friends do not dare try and navigate that slippery slope. Last but not least, if you are like me, and someone asks you what you want for Christmas, you draw a complete blank, give the standard “I don’t know” answer, and end up with more junk that you don’t need.
So, in writing my list to Santa, I thought it would be fun to team up with the gohunt.com gear junkie himself, Brady Miller, and go over some gift ideas for hunters. We set out to come up with a few things in every price range, so that no matter your budget you could have something to either add to your list for Santa, or to add to that list for your impossible-to-shop-for significant other that is completely obsessed with hunting. If you are feeling extra generous this year, a stone sheep hunt is never a bad option, but for the rest of us, here are some great options for gear that Brady and I are really love and recommend. We also broke the Hunting Gear Gift Guide into various price ranges depending on the naughty to nice scale that your hunter falls into.
Hunters Gift Guide over $250
DeLorme AG-009871-201 inReach SE
The Delorme inReach is a great way to stay in touch while you are in the field and a great way to give your loved ones and yourself piece of mind while you are in the backcountry. Having a way to communicate with the outside world and knowing that help is only a sat message away is a huge peace of mind.
The Yeti Hopper is the handiest little coolers I have ever owned. This is my go-to cooler for everything now. I love that it is light and can go anywhere–including the cab of the pickup.
Hunters Gift Guide: $100-$250
A great gift for any serious mule deer or antelope hunter, the RimRock Stalkers are deadly silent yet provide enough cushion to allow you to comfortably put on a stalk in the worst terrain.
Trekking poles have become a must-have for any serious backcountry hunter. This was my first year running trekking poles and I can’t believe I fought it for so long. It’s a night and day difference from not having them and anything that saves energy is worth it’s weight in gold. Not only are these amazing for getting heavy loads out of the backcountry, but they save a ton of energy when getting into an area.
Hunters Gift Guide: $50-$100
Klymit Inertia X Lite Ultralight Backpacking Pad
At 6.1 ounces this is a great sleeping pad for backcountry hunts. We recommend it more for early season hunts, as the 3/4 length can be a bit colder than a full length pad, though if coupled with a Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Mattress it would work well in late season as well.
This is one item that is on my personal list to Santa this year. I have used my original Jetboil for about 10 years now and absolutely love it, though it is finally time to replace it with a new one. The only reason I need to replace the original is because while nestled nicely in a side pack on of one of my mules, it was crushed against a tree somewhere along a trail. I think both are great options, though I am happy to cut weight where I can and am looking to try Jetboil’s newest version.
Hunters Gift Guide: $25-$50
KUIU has taken a technical approach to game bag design, applying advanced construction and patterning to make a better performing and longer lasting system for meat care.
This is a new addition to my hunting gear for 2016 and I love this thing. I carry an empty water bottle with me, and whenever I come across some water I can grab a quick drink or even fill up my hydration bladder. This little guy makes getting water quick and painless.
Hunters Gift Guide for Stocking Stuffers: Under $25
Real Gains Vanilla Powder (Not under $25 but this is the powder mentioned in the podcast)
Powdered Peanut Butter
Life Blend oil- Grape seed, Hemp seed, and Chia seed oil
Havalon Piranta® Quik-Change Blades 60XT (12 Count)
Cooking Stove Fuels (Primos is my favorite but don’t buy that on Amazon because shipping is ridiculous!)
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