By The Editors
Let’s face it, most guys aren’t that great at giving gifts. So, for this year’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide, we reached out to some of our favorite moms in the hunting industry for their personal picks of must-have gear. These ladies live the lifestyle and are great ambassadors of the sport, so we wanted you all to see their hand selected products. Here are the top picks from women hunters who live their lives in the field.
Backpacks are personal to everyone but for me it was a struggle because I am shorter and most packs I’ve tried with a frame just didn’t fit me as well because of my short height. The Alps Outdoorz Hybrid X pack has been a really good solution for me. I’ve used it on 10-day-plus mountain hunts, and it hauls everything I need for the hunt. I use it with an internal frame rather than an external frame. For me the internal frame is enough support, and it keeps the weight down. The Alps Hybrid X Pack/frame combo has everything I need with nothing I don’t.
MSRP: $400 | alpsoutdoors.com
Sr. Marketing Manager | Browning
The perfect Mother's Day gift? A rifle of course. I know more than a few mothers out there who would prefer a rifle over flowers any day. Of course, my rifle of choice for Mother's Day would be the Browning X-Bolt Speed in 6.8 Western. It’s lightweight, durable and accurate right out of the box. Making any style of hunting from whitetail, mule deer, elk and even caribou possible. Plus, this hard-hitting cartridge, paired with the rifle’s platform, recoils gently, which makes for an enjoyable shooting experience.
MSRP: $1,420 | browning.com
Chief Operating Officer | Murray Road Agency
The TrueTimber 24 Can Cooler is a lightweight, waterproof soft cooler perfect for a day on the boat, the beach, in town and everywhere in between. It features a welded zipper lid that holds in the cold and prevents any possibility of leaks. The 24-can cooler comes with a detachable shoulder strap making it extremely mobile, while the square shape allows plenty of room for food, drinks and plenty of ice for the entire day.
MSRP: $120 | store.truetimber.com
Strategic Partnerships Manager | Leupold
My top pick is the Leupold Performance Eyewear, particularly the Bridger frame in tortoise with the bronze mirror lenses. Not only are they stylish, but they're practical, too. This eyewear is designed to be more than you need so that you can give it all you’ve got day in and day out to focus on what’s important. All the moms in your life deserve a pair of eyewear that make them feel their best and can keep up with the lifestyle they live.
MSRP: $160 | Leupold.com
PR Account Manager | Gunpowder, Inc.
You never know when a disaster will happen. Whether you are cutting up a deer and end up cutting yourself or end up too far from camp and in need of an emergency blanket, this first aid kit has you covered. I’ve been in plenty of hunting situations that have turned from great to bad in a hurry and you need to be prepared. With the First Aid Pro from Uncharted Supply Co. I can head to the field with my family knowing that if things take a turn for the worst, we are prepared and can successfully manage the situation.
MSRP: $65 | unchartedsupplyco.com
Marketing Manager | Aimpoint
This is like asking you to pick your favorite child, however, in the spirit of turkey season, my current pick is the Aimpoint Micro S-1 red-dot sight for shotguns. It’s unique, simple to use, extremely rugged and provides an undeniable advantage in the field. Designed specifically for mounting on a shotgun’s ventilated rib, this model achieves an ultralow optical axis for a natural cheek weld and features a 6-MOA dot you can’t miss. Pair the Micro S-1 optic with some TSS turkey loads and you effectively extend your range and accuracy; effectively eliminating all excuses.
$599 | aimpoint.us
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, add a subscription to sweeten the pot with any of the items listed above.
MSRP: $12 | petersenshunting.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.