May 15, 2023
By The Editors
Father’s Day is only a month away and we’re here to help with dad's gift this season. We've compiled a list of products that will make the best present for any outdoor dad this year. If your father needs a new pair of binoculars or boots, maybe even a new rifle, we’ve got you covered.
No matter your budget, if the father on your gift list is an outdoor enthusiast, there's an idea in here for you he's sure to enjoy.
And dads, if you’re reading this list, don’t be afraid to share this Father’s Day Gift Guide with your family. That is, of course, unless you just want another Home Depot gift card.
Weatherby Vanguard Talon
Tired of Dad toting around the ‘ole “Ought-Six” that’s been passed down from generation to generation and has more dings in it than that ’74 F100 sitting behind the barn? Check out the all-new Weatherby Vanguard Talon. Available in a wide array of popular calibers from .243 up to .300 Wby. Mag., this ultra-light upgraded version of the Vanguard line has a carbon fiber Peak 44 stock, two-stage trigger, forged barrel, and Accubrake included. With its sub-MOA accuracy guarantee, there’s no reason for dad not to punch that tag this fall.
Kuiu’s Ridgepoint Fleece Zip-T
Whether he’s hanging around camp or needs an extra layer to keep him warm in the field this fall, Kuiu’s Ridgepoint Fleece has him covered. This quarter-zip pullover is designed to be durable enough as a standalone top in mild to cool conditions, but breathable to layer for extra warmth in those later hunts. Made from the patented Polartec fleece and DWR treated, this Zip-T will even repel light rain or snow. It’s a great addition to keep Dad comfy and looking sharp this coming season.
Leupold BX-2 Alpine HD 10x42
Is your dad still using those binos that he picked up at a garage sale 20 years ago that are nearly as heavy as a cinderblock? The 10x42 BX-2 Alpine binoculars from Leupold could be the answer for him. Sitting in that “sweet-spot” for any type of glassing, with a wide field-of-view for scanning open country, but with enough magnification for hunting picking out tines from those tight spots in the woods, the BX-2 Alpine offers best-in-class glare reduction. Not to mention, they’re guaranteed for life. Being both lightweight and comfortable, the binos are just right to let your dad see more critters this fall.
Browning Dutton Jacket
Is your dad dreaming of coming to hunt elk in Montana or maybe he’s just crazy about the Yellowstone TV series; kill two birds with one stone by gifting him the Dutton Jacket from Browning. This big-game parka is perfect for those cold, late-season hunts. Insulated with 3L polyester Berber fleece, it has an added water resistance with DWR coating. This jacket will help keep him warm, comfortable, and dry while chugging around the mountains this season.
Nosler Trophy Grade Ammunition
Does your dad enjoy burning gunpowder at the range or is he need a few boxes of extra ammo before this upcoming big-game season? Head over to the Nosler website and pick him up some Trophy Grade Ammunition. This ammo is manufactured to the strictest quality standards using NoslerCustom brass and Nosler bullets to help provide optimum performance. Available in either AccuBond or Partition, Nosler Trophy Grade Ammunition has an incredible range of cartridge selections, so they’ll definitely have just the right load for your old man.
Benchmade Steep Country
Is Dad’s skinner starting to get so worn down from decades of use it hardly holds a sharp edge? The Benchmade Steep Country is sure to rectify that situation in a hurry. This lightweight and versatile fixed-blade is keenly capable of breaking down any species in any season. It’s also highly visible, which helps to easily keep track of the knife when you’re field dressing that animal in the dark. The Santoprene handle has been redesigned to help provide a great grip, even in the most slippery of conditions. With a 3 ½” blade and weighing only three ounces, it’s a must have for your dad’s pack.
Meindl Vakuum Hunter
Has dad been complaining about not keeping up with you in the woods? These “go-anywhere” hunting boots from Meindl could add an extra pep in his step for this coming fall. The Vakuum Hunter are built for the mountains with a full-grain leather upper and Gore-Tex waterproof lining, they’re sure to be durable and waterproof in the harshest conditions. The MFS Vakuum foam panels help shape to your feet for the perfect fit, while the Vibram Alpin outsoles ensure each step is both stable and comfortable.
Streamlight Protac 2.0 Headlamp
Is dad constantly complaining about not being able to follow the trail to his tree-stand in the darkness? The new Protac 2.0 Headlamp will make sure he gets in and out with no problems at all. This light boasts a powerful 2,000 lumens of light, while using just one rechargeable battery. With over a two-hour run time on high and 25 hours on low, they’ll be no excuses come hunting season why he couldn’t find that blood trail in the dark.
OnX Hunt Membership
Speaking of dad not finding his way to the treestand, how about dropping him a pin and telling him: “Hunt here!” The OnX Hunt app makes it easy showing property boundaries, laying out different pins for camp, the truck, and just about any other marker you’d need in the woods. Trust me, dad would have wished he had this back in his younger years; he probably wouldn’t have forgotten where he saw that perfect pinch point he could never find again. Help him out this year with a subscription to OnX.
Chard Game Processing Knife Set
Have you noticed in recent years that dad really wants to process meat back at home, but just doesn’t have the right equipment? This set comes with the five most practical knives to do all the at-home butchering you can think of. High-grade stainless-steel blades help provide a long-lasting sharp edge, while the ergonomic anti-slip handles negate accidental cuts when doing the work. Show him you’re positive he’s going to punch that tag this coming fall by prepping him in advance with this processing set.
LaCrosse Alpha Terra
Dad still using those rubber boots he picked up from Wal-Mart a decade ago that are cracked, full of holes and weigh somewhere in the neighborhoood of 10 lbs.? I bet he’d sure like the new Alpha Terras from Lacrosse. These versatile rubber boots have the feel and fit like his favorite sneakers he cuts grass in on the weekends. Built with a rubber sole and flexible neoprene, he’s sure to be comfortable no matter if he’s headed to the deer stand or the duck blind.
SnapSafe One-Gun Keypad Vault
This spring-loaded, keypad vault holds one handgun and is small enough to hide by the bedside. It has a programmable 4- to 6-digit keypad that helps to provide not only optimum security, but also quick access if the case calls for it. It’s constructed of heavy-duty steel and has a foam liner inside to protect your valuables from any scratches. It’s battery operated, but does have a backup key override in the instance someone forgets the passcode.
Old Trapper Beef Sticks
Have you noticed lately that Dad is always digging in your pack because he forgets to grab snacks for himself. Pick him up a bag of Old Trapper beef sticks. Available in original, teriyaki, or hot & spicy, this is on satisfying snack he’s sure to keep handy. And with their convenient packaging, they're easy to take on-the-go, making them the perfect snack for any adventure this coming hunting season.
Petersen’s HUNTING subscription
Also, don’t forget a subscription to Petersen’s HUNTING is a gift that keeps giving throughout the entire year. With eight issues in an annual subscription and the availability to receive digital access on your favorite device, you can also add a subscription to sweeten the pot for dear ol’ dad with any of the items listed above.
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.