November 06, 2017
Here are some great gift ideas for the hunter on your shopping list.
It's never too early to start putting together your Christmas list. To that end, our editors have put together a gathering of gifts that would make any hunter's holidays happy and bright. Here are just a few of the great new and proven products worth considering this Christmas.
Carbon Express PileDriver 390
Crossbow technology has continued to up the ante each year, and Carbon Express is following suite with their PileDriver 390. The crossbow weighs in at just 7.2 pounds and shoots a screaming 390 feet per second. The PileDriver 390 has a slim and light stock design with an adjustable foregrip and buttstock, and measure only 14.5 inches axle-to-axle when cocked. Pair that with anti-dry fire technology, aluminum rail, compression molded limbs, alloy cams, and a Quiet Crank Cocking Winch — this is your must-have crossbow to take afield this winter. $399 | Carbonexpresscrosswbow.com
onX Hunt Maps
Finding property line boundaries, land owner contact information, or public land to hunt no longer has to be a daunting task. onX Hunt has done the hard work for you and has created the most extensive maps on the market. New this year, the onX Hunt team has created six new features including onX Hunt's new Topo Basemap that shows every trail and 2-track in the U.S., Randy Newberg's Roadless Layer that highlights areas furthest from roads, and Historic Wildfire Layers to show areas hit by wildfires so you know where new growth is emerging. Other layers include Prairie Dog towns, USFS Timber Cuts, and Boone and Crockett Records to show you trophy records by species and counties for all 50 states. The easy user interface maps are available on your smartphone, handheld GPS, tablet, or computer. Onxmaps.com
Magic Chef 10 Tray Food Dehydrator
Every hunter knows that a pile of homemade jerky is an easy, and favorite, stocking stuffer for friends and family. For the tastiest jerky you need the right equipment. Magic Chef has the dehydrator for the job with 10 non-stick trays and over 1,700 square inches of drying space. The RealTree camo covered food dehydrator has a built-in temperature control that ranges from 100 to 160 degrees and a rear mounted fan for even air circulation. The clear viewing door allows you to view your mouth-watering treats as you wait impatiently for your jerky to reach desired dryness. $169.99 | mcappliance.com
Ravin R15 Crossbow
Featuring HeliCoil technology, the Ravin R15 boasts deadly accuracy and speeds of 425 fps, in a compact crossbow that measures just 6 inches axle to axle when fully drawn. The Frictionless Flight System provides vane clearance and a quiet shot, while the Trac-Trigger ensures a safe, balanced draw. The Predator-camouflaged R15 comes fully-assembled and pre-tuned with a 100-yard illuminated scope, six Ravin arrows, six 100-grain field points, a quiver with mounting bracket, Versa-Draw cocking handle and built-in sling mounts.
$2,049 | ravincrossbows.com
Cabela's Ultimate Alaknak 12-ft x 12-ft
If you're searching for a large reliable tent for basecamp, but not in the market for a heavy canvas wall tent, the Cabela's Ultimate Alaknak tent is your answer. Made of waterproof 250-denier polyester, the 12x12 foot tent is breathable and lightweight, but durable enough to withstand what the backcountry throws at it. A center support pole and 10 perimeter poles add rigidity, while three large multi-panel windows come complete with mesh or clear vinyl to help with ventilation. The best part? The tent is stove compatible and features a stove pipe jack and a zip-open floor panel for safe stove placement. $899 | Cabelas.com
Hornady SnapSafe Trunk Safe
Securing firearms and other valuables in your SUV or truck is often a hunter's biggest worry. The SnapSafe Trunk Safe has walls made of 13-gauge steel with a pry-resistant 6-gauge steel door and digital, key-assisted lock. The hinges are internal to reduce the chance of tampering. The safe can be secured to a seat frame or screwed down permanently through predrilled holes. $350 | snapsafe.com
KUIU Attack Glove
Durable and form fitting, the new Attack Gloves from KUIU will keep your hands warm while maintaining maximum dexterity. Weighing in at just 2.9 ounces, the gloves are water resistant and are made of stretch woven Primaflex polyester and Pittard Oiltac leather. The Attack gloves feature a neoprene cuff for an optimal fit while reinforced patches on the palm will keep the fabric from ripping when climbing over sharp rock or up a treestand. Available in KUIU's Verde 2.0 or Vias Camo. $59 | kuiu.com
Aimpoint Micro S-1
The Micro S-1 is what your shotgun has been missing. The carbon-fiber-reinforced mount sits low on the rib, aligning with the sight plane for a quick advantage on target. A 6-MOA dot is easily visible with 12 brightness settings, and it's great for adding an optical option to a non-Picatinny-equipped self-defense gun. $804 | aimpoint.com
The makers of the coolers that have taken the country by storm are spreading their wings. The new Yeti Panga fully waterproof duffel is designed to keep your gear 100-percent dry. A ThickSkin Shell and high-density nylon make the duffel completely submersible, and a waterproof zipper spans the length of the bag. Six QuickGrab lash points make it easy to tie the duffel down, while two straps are large enough to throw over your shoulder for easy carry. The Panga is available in three sizes: 50, 75, and 100 liters. $300 — $400 | yeti.com
Alps Outdoorz Big Bear X
The Big Bear X pack is a modular system perfect for the treestand or spot-and-stalk whitetail hunter. The two-in-one design allows sportsmen to choose between a lumbar or day pack, or both. The lumbar pack features a large main compartment, two side pockets, and a front pocket. A large extendable day pack unfolds for an additional 1,900 cubic inches. The padded shoulder and waist belt are adjustable and removable, and they can be paired with Alps accessory pockets. $140 | alpsoutdoorz.com
Burris Signature HD 10x42 Binoculars
Light on the strap, as well as the wallet, these binos are the perfect go-to gift for big-game hunters. The HD optics are multi-coated, allowing more light through during those first- and last-light moments when animals tend to move the most. Nitrogen-filled and rubber coated, they're so tough you probably won't need to use the Burris Forever Warranty, but it's there if you need it. $265 | burrisoptics.com
Savage 220 Slug Gun
Deer hunters in shotgun-only units won't feel restricted when toting this bolt-action performer. With a button-rifle barrel, floating bolt-head and precision headspacing, it's built for maximum accuracy at the top-end of slug-gun ranges. Of course, Savage's legendary AccuTrigger breaking clean and crisp doesn't hurt either. $619 | savagearms.com
Worksharp Combo Knife Sharpener
Sharp knives are essential to a hunter's kit, and the best way to have a sharp edge all season long is with this combination sharpener. The motor-driven abrasive belt hones hunting knives to keen edge, with 25-degree guides for simple, quick sharpening every time. An additional ceramic rod touches up dull blades with just a couple strokes. $60 | worksharptools.com
Primos Trigger Stick Gen 3 Tripod
When field conditions call for a quick, stable shooting support, the Trigger Stick is the answer. With just a squeeze of the lever, the legs drop into position, providing a solid rest for tough shots. The yoke detaches for convenience, and swivels smoothly on a rotating axis to keep hunters on target. $180 | primos.com
The Essentials Gear Box.
Our editors have hand-picked these essential pieces of gear to make you a more successful hunter when you hit the game trails this season.