by NRA Staff - Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The holiday shopping season has once again arrived, and there's no shortage of gifts out there for a hunter or huntress. That said, finding the right one amidst a flooded marketplace—particularly on short notice—can be a challenge. Fortunately for you, the hardworking elves we have here at AmericanHunter.org have put together this handy 2013 Holiday Gift Guide.
This handheld easy-to-use GPS system was designed with the hunter in mind, giving users the ability to track sunset and sunrise as well as moonset and moonrise and barometric pressure to pinpoint peak game movement. With its geocashing feature, Bushnell's HuntTrack can be uploaded to a computer to track your hunts utilizing detailed maps with the ability to set waypoints that you want to access in the field. The new HuntTrack will not only get you safely from point A to point B, but can do it with up to 25 different location markers while tracking your travel distance and time.
As hunters, we spend a fairly large portion of our year in camouflage—and many of us tend to grow attached to it over time. Camouflage furniture, curtains and bedding sets are not necessarily a new trend, but it's not always easy to find a retailer that both does our favorite patterns justice and produces high-quality goods. With that in mind, we took a look at the hunter-friendly bedding options offered by the aptly named Camo Trading. Style include: Realtree Timber, Bone Collector Black, Mossy Oak Break-Up Camo, Realtree AP and Realtree MAX-4. Camouflage patterns aren't all you've have to pick from, however—there are also designs like "Deer Meadow" and "Dogs 'N Ducks," if you're looking to shake things up.
A good head lamp is an valuable tool to have, and Extreme Beam offers a model that's both reliable and affordable. Known as one of the world's brightest focusable headlights, the OSR-800 puts out a strikingly bright beam that can reach over 165 meters (550 feet). The OSR-800 can be used on high for spotting at a distance or dimmed for hiking. It's the perfect light for hikers, campers, spelunkers and hunters on your list.
Knives are the constant companion of any hunter or huntress, and keeping them in working shape is imperative. Work Sharp has partnered with knife designer Ken Onion to produce a tabletop knife sharpener that any outdoorsman or woman should have at the ready. The U.S.-assembled device features a variable speed 1.5–amp motor that drives flexible 3/4-inch x 12-inch abrasive belts of the same type used by professional knifemakers. The sharpener comes with a five-piece abrasive belt kit with P120 extra coarse, X65 coarse, X22 medium, X4 fine and 6000 extra fine grits along with an instructional DVD.
It's hard to beat a good pair of boots—particularly when they're designed to keep you safe from the pesky snakes that roam much of the countryside.LaCrosse's innovative AirCirc system which circulates airflow inside the boot with each step, an abrasion resistant Brush Tuff exterior and 360 degree snake proof protection, the Alpha Mudlite screams performance innovation. They'll keep your favorite hunter's feet safe next season.
Every hunter needs good optics, and Nikon offers a number of great options—including its new MONARCH 5, which combine bright, high-resolution optics with proven ruggedness and a lightweight design. The MONARCH 5 incorporates Nikon's exclusive Eco-Glass for all lens and prism elements, and the roof prism features dielectric high-reflective multilayer prism coatings for extreme brightness. It's available in 8x42, 10x42 and 12x42, and each model comes with a full rubber armored body that's O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged. The hunters out there should love the Realtree APG model.
Do you know a hunter that likes to mix it up in the kitchen from time to time? Then give them a gift that will quite literally keep on giving: theNRA Members' Wild Game Cookbook. The newest edition (2nd) of the NRA Member's Wild Game Cookbook is 300+ pages of tried and true recipes provided by our NRA members. The user-friendly format includes a note page at the beginning of each chapter so you can notate your most favorite recipes.
In a perfect world, everyone would be able to visit the NRA National Firearms Museum. Since that may not be possible, our next gift is a way to deliver an inside look at the museum to your favorite firearms enthusiast. Treasures of the NRA National Firearms Museum is a stunning book featuring hundreds of never before published full-color photographs of some of the most exquisitely engraved and embellished firearms ever produced. Shown here in stunning high resolution are true treasures from the collection of America’s premier firearms museum. It's available exclusively from the NRA Store.
Given that it'll shoot a Gamo PBA Platinum pellet at 1400 feet-per-second, theMRA Showstopper is a bit more advanced than that Red Ryder that Ralphie pines for around this time of year—and it's an awful lot of fun to shoot, too. The Showstopper is a spring piston break Barrel action air rifle with a velocity of 1,400 fps. This air rifle comes with an SAT 2-Stage adjustable trigger and SWA recoil pads with 74 percent absorption. The stock is made of all-weather black stock synthetic Twin Cheek Pads for ambidextrous shooting.
You don't have to be a full-on doomsday prepper to appreciate a good survival kit, and SOLKOA produces some of the best in the industry. The PSK provides 28 top-of-the-line U.S. military-grade quality items that can be utilized world-wide for serious real world survival. these kits are highly-recommended for hunters and outdoors people. The PSK comes packed in a clam shell design nylon case with Velcro content retaining straps and an exterior map window.
Nobody likes mosquitoes—at least nobody that we've met. Therefore, this next gift should be an absolute slam dunk: ThermaCELL's Mosquito Repellent. For hunters who want to keep the bugs away when heading out into the field without smelling like they just showered in bug spray, ThermaCELL’s Mosquito Repellent is virtually odorless and effective. A patented technology, which has been evaluated for safety and effectiveness by the Environmental Protection Agency, has proved to be up to 93 percent effective against mosquitoes and other biting insects, and provides up to 50 times more protection than mosquito coils or citronella candles.
Have a diehard turkey hunter on your shopping list? Then this new release from Winchester is exactly what you're looking for. Forty yards has long been considered the standard by which turkey loads are measured—but Winchester Ammunition is aiming to change that. The company unveiled its revolutionary new Long Beard XR, which features the equally new Shot-Lok technology, earlier this fall. An innovative new design, Shot-Lok is designed to produce twice the pellets in a 10-inch circle out to 60 yards compared to traditional lead loads.
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