Regardless of whether you’re shopping for a novice just getting into hunting, or someone with decades of experience afield, you’ll probably find something he or she will love on this list of the best gifts for hunters.
I think we can all agree that it can be really tough to shop for hunters, particularly if you’re not a hunter yourself. After all, many sportsmen and women just buy the gear that they want/need for themselves. So how the heck are you supposed to come up with gift ideas for the hunter who has everything? Luckily, there are some awesome and unique gifts for hunters that are almost certain to be a winner, no matter who you’re shopping for or how much gear they already have.
This article is a hunting gift guide where I share my list of the best gifts for hunters in 2021 so you can find the ideal present for that special hunter on your gift list this year.
Regardless of whether you’re looking for a Father’s Day gift, a birthday present, a Christmas gift, or something else, I can virtually guarantee that you’ll find something you like on the list below.
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Best Gifts For Hunters Under $25
There’s no better way to cap off a successful hunt than a great home cooked meal made from the fruits of your hunt. However, wild game sometimes gets a bad reputation because hunters improperly handle or cook their meat. Fortunately, Steven Rinella has done a great job in this book of providing step-by-step instructions on how to break down and cook the most popular species of North American game and fish.
After reading the The MeatEater Fish And Game Cookbook, any hunter should be capable of preparing a delicious and healthy meal out of just about any species of wild game or fish. So, regardless of whether you’re shopping for a new hunter or a veteran of many years afield, this is the perfect hunting gift for anyone who wants to be a better cook. With all that in mind, this cookbook is definitely one of the best gifts for hunters under $25.
Get one of these Zippo hand warmers for your favorite hunter and they won’t have to deal with cold, stiff, and painful hands and fingers on those cold winter mornings in a deer stand. This hand warmer produces flameless warmth without being too hot. Plus, it’s lightweight, slim, compact and will easily fit inside a pocket when not in use.
Plus, it’s made out of metal, so it’s really durable. This particular model will provide heat for 12 hours without needing a refill, which should easily prevent cold hands during a full weekend out in a deer stand. This is one of those hunting gifts that doesn’t cost much, but delivers big benefits when really needed.
A game hoist and gambrel aren’t required for butchering deer, but they sure do make the job easier. This particular hoist comes with 40 feet of rope, a pulley system, and a steel gambrel. Rated for 600 pounds (they also make a 1,500 pound version), and with a 4:1 lift ratio, a single hunter should have no issues lifting a deer or antelope (perhaps even an elk) off the ground for skinning and butchering with this hoist/gambrel combo.
Not only does this make the process easier, but it also results in better quality meat with less chance of contamination afterwards. For that reason, this game hoist and gambrel made by Hunter’s Specialties is a really nice hunting gift.
4. Sitka Beanie
Sitka Gear produces high quality, warm, and comfortable hunting gear. This includes their beanie, which is a lightweight, low-profile hat that’s ideal for chilly mornings out hunting.
This hat also incorporates Sitka’s legendary digital camouflage pattern. So not only will it keep the user’s head warm, but it will also help break up their outline and make the wearer harder for game to spot.
I have this exact beanie and wear it on almost all of my hunts. It’s warm enough for comfort in chilly weather, but is also small and light enough to just stuff in a pocket when not in use. It also looks really darn cool as well. All in all, the Sitka Beanie is another outstanding and very reasonably priced gift for a hunter on your list.
This beanie is available from Amazon as well as directly from Sitka.
There are few things as aggravating to hunters as getting eaten alive by bugs while sitting in a deer stand. I struggled for years trying to find a product to keep the bugs away without spooking game until I stumbled upon the ThermaCell. Not only does if effectively repel mosquitos and other biting insects, but it does so without producing any odor that scares off wildlife.
When I lived in Georgia, I’d have a cloud of mosquitoes swarming around me when I climbed up in my tree stand. However, they always disappeared within minutes after I turned on my ThermaCell. Not only is the ThermaCell also really effective against bugs, but it’s inexpensive, lightweight, and really easy to use. Bottom line: this is the right gift for hunters who spend a lot of time afield when the bugs are really bad, like on a spring bear hunt up in Canada or hunting deer down in the swamps of Georgia or Florida.
These mosquito repellers are available from Amazon as well as directly from Thermacell.
Dr. Kevin Robertson is well known in hunting circles as a man who has been around the block a few times. Specifically, he’s an extremely knowledgeable and experienced hunter and veterinarian from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) who is widely considered to be one of the top authorities on hunting in Africa.
He’s also quite the story teller and does an outstanding job of sharing some of his most entertaining and humorous incidents accumulated during his decades of hunting in Zimbabwe in his book It Shouldn’t Happen: Light-Hearted African Adventures.
Full of stories like the time Kevin stopped a charging lion with a bottle of shampoo, the time a cape buffalo ripped the shorts off one of his friends with its horns and tried to sink the man’s boat, or when a few hunters loaded a seemingly (but not quite) dead kudu into the back of their VW Minivan, It Shouldn’t Happen will make you howl with laughter.
Since we’re talking about being prepared to survive an emergency: yes, it’s great to have a way to make fire and shelter as well as a compass, don’t forget about water. After all, water is the source of all life.
Fortunately, LifeStraw makes a really awesome water filter for just those sorts of situations. It’s inexpensive, compact, and lightweight, so carrying it isn’t an issue at all. At the same time, it’s also really easy to use: just stick the end in water and suck out of the straw on the other end. It has a filter that will remove 99.99% of all bacteria and protozoa in water without using electricity, iodine, or any other chemicals. Basically, anyone who has this should be able to safely drink from any water source they encounter in the woods.
This is a great gift idea for hunters, anglers, or hikers who spend lots of time in remote areas.
It pays to be prepared when you’re doing any sort of outdoor recreation and this survival bracelet packs a bunch of essential tools into a small package you can easily wear on your wrist. In addition to containing several feet of paracord (also known as 550 cord), this bracelet contains a compass, emergency knife, and a steel and magnesium fire starter.
Basically, this survival bracelet is the only piece of gear an experienced outdoorsman or woman needs to survive in the wilderness. Plus, the fact that it packs all that gear into an easy to wear bracelet makes it even more likely you’ll have it with you in the unlikely event you need it one day. For those reasons, it’s another wonderful hunting gift.
9. If You Didn’t Bring Jerky, What Did I Just Eat: Misadventures in Hunting, Fishing, and the Wilds of Suburbia
Hunting is supposed to be fun and you can’t take yourself too seriously. Pulled from numerous stories that he wrote for Field & Stream over the years, Bill Heavey does a great job showing the lighter side of hunting by telling stories of his numerous misadventures in the woods over the years.
His tales should be familiar to just about any hunter and should serve as a reminder that no matter how good of a hunter you may be, everybody has done some things out in the woods that they don’t necessarily brag about to their friends. If You Didn’t Bring Jerkey is a surefire winner of a gift for a hunter with a good sense of humor. For those reasons, this book is absolutely one of the best gifts for hunters under $25.
10. Crap Taxidermy
Here’s another good gift for a hunter who has a good sense of humor. Good quality taxidermy is truly a work of art and can be an amazing spectacle to behold. Unfortunately, there are a lot more bad taxidermists than there are good ones and bad taxidermy looks REALLY bad.
Just like the name says, Crap Taxidermy is a collection of some of the worst taxidermy examples out there. In fact, the taxidermy in this book is so spectacularly bad that you won’t be able to take your eyes off it. Some of the stuff in this book is so bad that it’s really funny. That’s why this is such an awesome hunting gift, particularly if you give it to them as hunting gag gift!
11 and 12. The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game Volume 1: Big Game and Volume 2: Small Game and Fowl
These two books are the perfect gifts for hunters of all experience levels. They’re also inexpensive gifts for hunters who have everything. I’ve been hunting for years and I’ve read a lot of hunting books, but I can say without hesitation that these are the best written and most comprehensive books I’ve ever read on the subject. Covering everything from detailed information on every species of North American game (small game, big game, and birds), gear recommendations, hunting tactics, how to butcher game, and some tasty and easy to prepare wild game resicpes, these are incredibly useful books for both brand new hunters as well as those with decades of experience afield.
Volume 1 focuses on big game and Volume 2 provides the same type of information for small game and fowl. Considering the wealth of information they contain, these books are also very reasonably priced. Take it from me: this is some money well spent regardless of how much that hunter on your gift list knows about hunting. In fact, if you only had enough money to buy one thing on this list of the best gifts for hunters, I highly recommend buying Volume 1 of the Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game before anything else.
This is a blaze orange shirt with “This Is My Deer Hunting Shirt” printed on it. Seems pretty simple and straightforward, right? However, sometimes the most simple gifts are the ones that are the most appreciated, especially if the person receiving this gift really likes dad jokes, has a very dry sense or humor, or has REALLY great taste when it comes to clothes.
This can certainly be a nice hunting gag gift for a birthday, Christmas, or Father’s Day. However, there’s also no reason why somebody couldn’t actually wear this shirt deer hunting, especially in combination with the “This Is My Deer Hunting Hat” shown below.
The name says it all and this t-shirt is a great gift for serious waterfowl hunters. This is another funny hunting gag gift option for a birthday gift, Christmas, or Father’s Day. Don’t be surprised if the hunter you get this shirt for really likes it and wants to wear it all the time though.
Duck hunters are known for being very passionate about the sport. So, if you have a dedicated waterfowl hunter on your gift list, they’re practically guaranteed to love this shirt.
Bear Hunting Magazine is the only hunting magazine in existence that’s completely focused on bear hunting, so it’s THE place to go if you want to learn more about hunting those creatures. This magazine is owned and operated by Clay Newcomb and trust me when I say that he really knows what he’s talking about when it comes to hunting bears.
The magazine is full of stories of successful bear hunts all over the world, information on where the best places are to hunt, what tactics work best, and what sort of gear makes the cut for bear hunting. With all that in mind, a subscription to Bear Hunting Magazine is the perfect hunting gift if you know that special someone is just itching to go on a bear hunt.
16 and 17. Bullet Bottle Opener
Sure it’s a novelty hunting gift idea, but it’s still pretty darn cool, not to mention useful. Made from an actual .50 caliber cartridge originally fired by the US Military, this is a really noteworthy bottle opener and conversation starter.
Let’s be honest here: few things say “America!” like a .50 caliber bullet bottle opener!
Manufactured by Lucky Shot, they also produce a smaller .308 bottle opener on a key ring. You can also purchase a bottle opener with text engraved on the side.
Here’s an added bonus: use the promo code “BIGGAMEHUNTER” when you check out to receive a 15% discount any order you place through Lucky Shot on their web site (to include, but not limited to this bottle opener).
In addition to their bottle openers, Lucky Shot also makes a line of shot, whiskey, and pint glasses that have bullets embedded in them. Handing someone a drink that looks like it literally stopped a bullet is a sure fire way to get a reaction because it’s such a unique idea.
So, if you’re looking for a unique present for someone who enjoys guns and shooting, then this is the perfect gift for them.
Just like with the bottle opener, you can buy your drinking glass with a bullet embedded in it directly from Lucky Shot on their web site as well as on Amazon. Finally, use promo code “BIGGAMEHUNTER” when you order through the Lucky Shot web site to receive a 15% discount.
19 and 20. Buck, Buck, Moose and Duck, Duck, Goose
Hank Shaw is one of the world’s most famous wild game food writers and is a leader in the “wild foods” renaissance sweeping North America. Shaw’s books are among the best sources of information on wild game recipes you can find anywhere. So, while there are a lot of wild game cookbooks out there, his books are highly regarded as some of the best sources of information on wild game recipes.
As you can probably tell by their names, Buck, Buck, Moose focuses on big game, Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail focuses on small game and uplands birds, and Duck, Duck, Goose is about cooking waterfowl. All three of them make great gifts for hunters who enjoy eating what they harvest.
Every hunter that uses a rifle or shotgun needs a quality rifle sling to go with it.
This is one of those things that a lot of hunters try to do without or just purchase a really cheap, low quality option. However, the good news it that you don’t need to spend a bunch of money to get a nice sling.
The Quake Rifle Sling will work on any firearm with modern, quick detach sling studs. It’s also really easy to install and remove.
The sling is wide enough to spread the weight of the firearm across the user’s shoulder, but not so wide that it gets in the way. It’s also has a non-slip polymer pad that keeps it from slipping off your shoulder.
This is the sling I use and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Phil Massaro’s book is the perfect gift for hunters with dinosaurs on their mind. Written as a parody of Kevin Robertson’s “Perfect Shot” series of books (also available on this gift list), The Perfect Shot For Dinosaurs is designed to help you prepare to hunt twenty species of dinosaurs from the pre-historic age.
Though the book features a “ghost view” of the vitals on each species to help you visualize correct shot placement, the book is also chock full of information on the habits of the dinosaurs in question, recommended hunting methods, and information to help you choose the correct rifle and bullets for each scenario. So, if you’ve ever wondered what cartridge you should be using to hunt T-Rex or where you should place your shots on that massive creature, then this is the perfect book for you!
The Cascade Killer is a gripping and entertaining novel that takes place in the Cascade Mountains of central Washington. Written from the perspective of a veteran Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife game warden, this book is a criminal thriller and a murder mystery, but with a unique outdoor twist.
The story begins when two spring bear hunters find human remains inside the stomach of a bear they harvested. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that a serial killer is murdering women in the area and disposing of their bodies in the mountains.
The Cascade Killer is a definite winner for any hunter who needs an enjoyable book to read in deer camp or just sitting beside the fireplace at home. The author is clearly an experienced outdoorsman himself and the story feels both authentic and realistic.
These coasters are a really cool and novel way for a hunter or gun lover to decorate a hunting lodge or man cave while at the same time protecting wooden surfaces from drinks. Additionally, these coasters are one of those pieces of home decor that a person is unlikely to already own. For that reason, this coaster set is a wonderful hunting gift for really tough to shop for hunters.
These coasters are 3.5″ in diameter and a set consists of four coasters and a holster. In addition to the shotgun shell coasters pictured, these coasters are also available in a bunch of other designs featuring other hunting, fishing, and shooting themes like antlers and deer tracks.
Do you have a hunter on your gift list who is a gun owner that also loves cats? If so, then they really must read How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety.
Here’s another good gift for a hunter who has a good sense of humor. Written in a simple Q&A format, this book answers crucial questions such as, “What is the right age to talk to my cat about the proper use of firearms?” So, any cat owner with a good sense of humor will really appreciate this book.
At the same time, there are also lots of photos of cute cats in it, so How To Talk To Your Cat About Gun Safety is an almost sure fire winner.
Written by former US Army Ranger and Special Operations Sniper Ryan Cleckner, the Long Range Shooting Handbook articulates the principles of long range shooting in a simple and easy to understand manner. Ryan is an excellent instructor with extensive combat experience overseas and he shares a great deal of hard earned advice in this book.
Regardless of the experience level of the hunter on your gift list, I can virtually guarantee that they’ll learn a great deal from this book and take their marksmanship to the next level if they internalize the lessons it contains. I don’t say this lightly: I’m a relatively experienced shooter and hunter, but I bought this book, took the information Ryan provides to heart, and it literally changed my life and my marksmanship (both at the range and out hunting) has greatly improved.
27. Butt Out
Yeah, it’s got a funny name but believe it or not, the Butt Out tool is actually a pretty useful piece of hunting equipment. Just like you’d expect from the name, it’s designed to help cleanly remove the anal alimentary canal from a deer during field dressing.
This can be a slow and messy procedure if you’re not careful, but this tool makes it a very simple process.
So, while this can be a nice hunting gag gift (and the recipient of this gift might laugh when you give it to them), it’s also a great option to help simplify field dressing and reduce the chances of meat contamination one you get a deer on the ground.
Like it or not, spending time outdoors can be dangerous. Luckily, those dangers can be mitigated to a large extent by learning a few basic survival skills.
The MeatEater Guide To Wilderness Skills and Survival is a perfect resource for learning skills like basic first aid, water purification, and wilderness navigation. Written by experienced hunters, anglers, climbers, wilderness guides, and emergency room doctors, this is the perfect hunting gift for helping those you care about stay safe in the outdoors.
Best Gifts For Hunters Under $50
In my opinion, the best gift ideas for big game hunters are those that are practical and solve a need a hunter may not even realize they have. Well, this solar powered cell phone charger checks both of those boxes.
It seems like just about everyone these days has a smart phone. That’s great news for hunters, because there are all sorts of useful hunting apps (like onXmaps). However, keeping a cell phone charged when away from electicity for an extended period of time can be pretty challenging. Fortunately, this solar powered cell phone charger is just what the doctor ordered.
You can pre-charge it from the grid before leaving home and it will store enough power to fully charge the battery or most Samsung or iPhones 2-4 times. If that’s not enough, this device is also rechargeable: simply leave it out in direct sunlight to charge it back up. This charger also comes with a compass, is a bright orange color to make it tougher to lose outside, and supports wireless charging. This hunting gift has stocking stuffer written all over it and is easily one of the best gifts for hunters under $50.
Socks are one of those underrated, yet still incredibly important pieces of hunting gear. They don’t get nearly as much attention as a new rifle, bow, or optics, but they’re just as important. Unfortunately, a lot of hunters try to get by with sub-par socks. That’s too bad because, when it comes down to it, a pair of low quality socks can really ruin a hunt, whether that’s due to blisters or cold feet.
Fortunately, it’s possible to buy some really nice new socks that don’t cost a lot of money. Specifically, Darn Tough Hunter Extra Cushion Socks are made out of Merino Wool, so they’re breathable, comfortable, fast drying, and durable. Since they wick moisture away from the skin, they prevent both blisters and cold feet. For that reason, a pair or two of these socks are really useful and are a hunting gift that just about any hunter will really appreciate. They also make a great stocking stuffer and are the sort of socks dad will actually enjoy receiving for a Father’s Day gift!
Finally, Darn Tough Socks have an unconditional lifetime warranty. So, if that hunter on your gift list wears them out over years of hard use, they can just send them back to Darn Tough and get a replacement pair for free! Add it all up and these socks are another one of the best gifts for hunters under $50.
These socks are available from Amazon as well as directly from Darn Tough.
There’s an old saying that the real work on a hunt begins after you get an animal on the ground. That’s certainly true and processing any sort of dead big game animal involves a lot of work, but having a nice, razor sharp hunting knife can make the task a whole lot easier. That’s part of the reason why knives are such popular gifts for hunters.
Fortunately, this field butchering kit by Outdoor Edge includes three quality stainless steel knives as well as a bone saw and a sharpener. Basically, it has everything a hunter needs to field process that deer, elk, bear, or whatever else they manage to harvest, which is why the Outdoor Edge Game Processor Kit is is a slam dunk hunting gift.
Just like the name says, this book is a comprehensive listing of virtually every production firearm and their current value. So, it’s literally just like the Kelly Blue Book, but for guns! This is the perfect gift for hunters and shooters who are really into guns because let’s face it: all gun owners are at least a little bit curious about how much their firearms are worth.
This is the latest edition of the Blue Book of Gun Values updated with current prices for 2021. So, if you have a shooter or hunter on your gift list who enjoys reading, this book is a surefire winner. This is particularly true if it seems like they already have just about everything else.
33, 34, 35, and 36. Sage & Braker Gun Cleaning Kits, CLP, Swabs, and Brushes & Picks
I’ve been an avid shooter for many years and have used a lot of different cleaning products. However, none of them can compare to the gun cleaning products designed and sold by Sage & Braker. Not only are they great for cleaning guns, but I was absolutely blown away by the the quality of craftsmanship that goes into making them. Trust me when I say this stuff is well built and will last for a long time
The swabs, picks, and brushes are all great for deep cleaning. However, the gun cleaning kits (bore snakes) and the CLP (clean, lubricate, and protect) are absolute “must have” pieces of equipment for hunters and just those two pieces of gear can accomplish 90% of gun cleaning tasks. These are all perfect gifts for hunters and will help ensure that special person on your gift list has clean and well maintained firearms for a long time. In addition to purchasing Sage & Braker products on Amazon, you can also buy directly from the Sage & Braker web site (they offer free shipping).
37 and 38. The Perfect Shot II and The Perfect Shot Mini-Edition
These books are the perfect gifts for hunters preparing a trip to Africa. Written by Kevin “Doctari” Robertson, a veterinarian and a long-time professional hunter from Zimbabwe, the Perfect Shot II is an updated edition of Robertson’s original book “The Perfect Shot” he wrote in the 1990s. The newer book has the same useful information on shot placement as well as just general information about some of the most popular species to hunt in Africa, but he’s included more animals and updated it to reflect newer bullets that didn’t exist when he wrote the first edition. Honestly, there is so much new information in this book that it’s worthwhile to buy it for a hunter who already owns the first edition.
The Perfect Shot Mini-Edition is a pocket-sized shot placement reference for some of the most popular species of game intended to be carried on hunts in Africa for quick reference should the need arise.
Far too many hunters obsess about choosing the best caliber to hunt with, but then go afield with rifles, scopes, and/or ammunition that are wildly inappropriate for the hunting they’re doing.
Make no mistake: a miss or a wounded and lost animal are the most likely results when hunters use the wrong rifle, cartridge, sighting system, or ammo on a hunt.
Nobody wants those things to happen, so set the hunter on your gift list up for success by purchasing the Hunting Guns 101 online course for them. This thorough and comprehensive, but easy to understand and digest course teaches hunters how to determine what sort of performance they need on an upcoming hunt and how to select the appropriate firearm set-up that actually delivers that performance.
This course is the perfect hunting gift because it will help that special hunter on your list make the most out of the time, energy, and money they invest in hunting by increasing their odds of success afield.
One of the many interesting developments we saw in 2020 is that LOTS of people have taken up hunting. While that’s a good thing in many ways, there are also simply more people in the woods now. Luckily, there’s an almost surefire escape crowds out in the woods: hunting with a muzzleloader. Many states have special muzzleloader seasons and hunting with a muzzleloader can also open up new areas to hunt.
So, if you have a hunter on your list who is always complaining about how crowded the woods are during hunting season, get that person a membership in the Muzzleloaders 101 online course. This course will teach them how to decipher muzzleloader hunting regulations, give them specific muzzleloader equipment recommendations, and teach them exactly how to safely and effectively hunt with a muzzleloader. Plus, everyone who purchases the Muzzleloaders 101 online course will receive EXCLUSIVE discounts on muzzleloader gear from the biggest muzzleloader retailer in the USA.
Quality calls are excellent gifts for duck hunters and this is one of the best ones around. The guys on Duck Dynasty sure know their stuff when it comes to calling ducks and the Duck Commander series of calls is well known for producing realistic sounds that ducks can’t resist.
The Duck Commander Jase Robertson Pro Series Duck Call mimics the sounds of mallard hen, which is sure to lure the guys in. Capable of producing both loud, piercing sounds for when you need to lure in a duck across the open water as well as soft and raspy sounds to bring the flock in the rest of the way, this is a useful hunting gift for duck hunters that they’re sure to greatly appreciate.
Speaking of quality calls, Ruger sells a great value electronic predator call for a smart phone. There’s two ways you can use it: download an app (available on both Android or iPhone) and use the phone itself as the call, or purchase an external speaker and use the phone as a remote connected via bluetooth.
Though it’s nowhere near as good as a $500 Fox Pro call, the whole Ruger iHunt package comes in under $50 and still works really darn well. So, if you’re in search of a reasonably priced predator call as a hunting gift, then the Ruger iHunt Ultimate Game Call is an excellent choice.
43. Yeti Rambler
A hot cup of coffee is really important to many hunters who need to get up early on in the morning, especially during cold weather. Well, it’s tough to beat a Yeti Rambler when it comes to keeping a hot drink hot. All things considered, most hunters will use their coffee mug a lot more than they will virtually any other piece of equipment, which is why this is such a great gift for a hunter, particularly one that already has a lot of the latest and greatest hunting gear.
The Yeti Rambler is BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and made out of stainless steel. So, it’s easy to clean and can really take a beating over many years of hard use.
Give the gift of hearing protection to the hunters on your gift list and help ensure they don’t need to wear hearing aids later in life. Fortunately, these electronic earmuffs not only protect the wearer from loud noises that could damage his or her hearing, but they also amplify quiet noises.
This means it’s still possible to carry on a normal conversation or even hear really quiet noises (like a twig breaking) while wearing ear protection. For those reasons, these earmuffs are the perfect gift for hunters. I’ve used the Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic earmuffs for years and can testify that they’re the real deal and now I never go hunting without them.
Hunters occasionally need to use a pen while outdoors to fill out harvest reports, validate hunting licenses, etc. Unfortunately, a typical ball point pen has a nasty habit of not working under the really cold and/or wet conditions hunters often encounter. That’s where the Fisher Space Pen comes in.
Fisher Space pen currently manufacturers several different pens based on the same general design of the pens astronauts have taken into space since the Apollo program. Basically, they have a special gas pressurized ink cartridge which means they will write upside down, at any angle, under water, through grease, in extreme temperatures (-30 to +250 degrees F), on almost any surface, will last up to three times longer than the average pen, and will even write in the gravity free vacuum of space. They’re also made in the USA.
In addition to being really functional, these pens also just look really cool and are available with a camouflage pattern finish or even in the shape of an actual .338 Lapua Magnum rifle cartridge. This is the perfect gift for deer hunters, waterfowl hunters, or just anyone who needs a pen that will write literally anywhere and under any conditions. Plus, it’s also another one of those unique gift ideas for hunters that will fit the bill for those really difficult to shop for people. For those reasons, a Camouflage Space Pen is definitely one of the best gifts for hunters under $50.
These pens are available from Amazon as well as directly from Fisher Space Pen.
46. Pocket Shot 2.0
The Pocket Shot 2.0 is a SERIOUS sling shot. With an aluminum body and a rotating gimbal that helps with precision aiming, the Pocket Shot 2.0 is easy to use, is very powerful, and has a pretty long range.
It’s great for just having fun in the back yard shooting at cans or boxes. However, it can also be a good tool for pest and varmint control, especially in areas where it’s not safe or legal to discharge firearms or air guns.
Finally, just like the name states, the Pocket Shot is very compact and easily fits in your pocket for easy and simple carry. This is an almost guaranteed win for any hunters on your gift list!
I went through a number of cheaply made headlamps before discovering the Black Diamond Storm several years ago. To be perfectly honest with you, I don’t know how I ever got by without it.
It’s waterproof, really durable, super bright, easy to use, and comfortable to wear. Best of all, the Black Diamond Storm 400 lets me shine the light on whatever I want while leaving both hands free to work.
This is a great hunting gift, but that’s not all it’s good for. It’s ideally suited for a number of other tasks as well ranging from working on a car to fixing the plumbing underneath your sink.
Best Gifts For Hunters Under $100
Hunting can be a pretty noisy activity at times, especially for waterfowl hunters. Basically any type of hunting except for bow hunting can risk permanent and immediate hearing damage. Many hunters are reluctant to wear hearing protection because they don’t want to compromise their ability to hear approaching game though. Fortunately there’s a solution to those problems: AXIL GS Extreme ear buds.
AXIL GS Extreme electronic ear buds use advanced hearing aid technology to protect the user from loud noises while at the same time actually providing up to 6x hearing enhancement. So, they actually deliver the best of both worlds by providing protection from loud noises (like gun shots and heavy machinery) and amplifying quiet sounds (like the sound of a deer walking through the woods).
If all that weren’t enough, AXIL GS Extreme ear buds also have 5.0 bluetooth connectivity that allow the user to listen to music or podcasts. Since they’re designed using hearing aid technology, these electronic ear buds are also very comfortable to wear for hours at a time. Finally, you can purchase AXIL GS Extreme ear buds for up to 65% off MSRP at the link below. Add it all up and these electronic ear buds are a guaranteed winner as a hunting gift under $100!
Evening deer hunts can be very productive, but they’re also much more likely to involve following a blood trail at night than a morning hunt. As anybody who has done it can tell you, blood trailing a deer after dark can be an extremely difficult and frustrating endeavor.
That’s where the Primos Bloodhunter Blood Tracking Light comes in. The flashlight uses a special lens that makes blood drops stand out from the various shades of brown and red leaves on the ground. Basically, it’s a perfect gift for deer hunters because the light makes the trail much easier to follow and really increases the odds that you’ll find your deer. Don’t go out for an evening hunt without this flashlight! For those reasons, I think this flashlight is definitely one of the best gifts for hunters under $100.
Premium hunting gloves are really worth the money when it comes to keeping a hunter’s hands warm while at the same time ensuring the hunter has the dexterity necessary to make a shot when the time comes. These lightweight Sitka Ascent gloves are perfect for use in mild or moderate weather where that hunter on your gift list wants to ward off a moderate chill and receive a little bit of concealment without wearing a really bulky glove
Fortunately, Sitka Ascent gloves are absolutely perfect in that role. Not only do they provide a little warmth and camouflage while preserving dexterity, but the wearer will still be able to operate a touch screen GPS or cell phone while wearing them.
This is the sort of gear that many hunters won’t buy for themselves, but they’ll REALLY appreciate receiving them as a gift from a friend or loved one. So, it’s the perfect gift! These gloves are available from Amazon as well as directly from Sitka.
Few things are as miserable as cold, wet feet. Unfortunately, it seems like hunting boots take forever to dry when it’s cold. That’s were a boot dryer like this one from DryGuy comes in.
Simply place whatever needs to be dried (boots, gloves, etc.) on the tubes and turn on the timer. This boot dryer will heat up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.5 degrees Celsius), which is warm enough to speed up the drying process without damaging the clothing being dried, and rapidly circulate air to dry virtually any boots or other articles of clothing within a couple of hours.
An added bonus of using the DryGuy Boot Dryer is that it also helps eliminate odors. So, not only will wet boots dry faster, but they’ll also smell better!
Hunting is a very gear intensive activity. Fortunately, the folks over at Buddy Outdoors are changing the way hunters shop for gear. Just tell them what sort of activities (deer hunting, waterfowl hunting, turkey hunting, fishing, etc.) that hunter on your gift list enjoys the most and they’ll ship a box full of premium hunting equipment personalized according to their preferred activities straight to their door.
All of the equipment they ship has been vetted by pros, so you know it’s good stuff. This isn’t just a box full of cheap junk either. Depending on the exact subscription and preferences of the hunter you’re shopping for, these boxes can contain things like ground blinds, coolers, fishing reels, trail cameras, etc. In other words: these boxes are full of high end gear that hard to shop for hunter on your list will actually use and enjoy!
This is what I’d recommend buying if you have a particularly difficult to shop for person or a hunter who already has everything on your gift list. Everybody loves getting hunting gear and these boxes are a great way to discover and enjoy some new gear that you might not have even known existed otherwise.
You’ll also end up paying significantly less for all gear shipped via Buddy Outdoors when compared to buying the exact same stuff at a retail location. Finally, use promo code BIGGAME20 when you sign up to get free shipping and an additional 20% off your first purchase from Buddy Outdoors. With all that in mind, I think this gift box subscription is definitely one of the best gifts for hunters under $100.
Nothing will suck the motivation out of a hunter faster than really cold temperatures. Any hunter can tell you how hard it is to get out of that warm sleeping bad for an early morning hunt when it’s really chilly outside. However, a good space heater can make cold weather a lot more tolerable.
The Little Buddy is specifically designed to be portable, but still put off a good amount of heat. It’s an ideal size for for warming up a deer stand or a duck blind. It also uses the same 1 pound (16 ounces) propane tanks as the Coleman lantern and camping stove discussed earlier in the article. I have one of these heaters that I use on some of my really cold weather hunting trips and it’s done a great job of taking the edge off those frigid mornings.
54. Trail Camera
Trail cameras are very useful tools for hunters, particularly for whitetail deer hunters. Luckily, there have been many really good developments in the game camera field over the past decade or so. Trail cameras these days are lighter, smaller, less expensive, and take better quality photographs than ever before.
This trail camera embodies a lot of those improvements and retails for less than $100, but performs better than $200-300 trail cameras several years ago. Among other things, it uses AA batteries, has a very good detection range, an IR flash for taking photographs at night, a fast trigger speed, and can take both high resolution photos and video. Add it all up and it’s one of the best gifts for deer hunters currently available.
Every hunter needs a good hunting knife. The unfortunate truth is that most of the really popular hunting knives are not actually designed by hunters. However, the new Gerber Randy Newberg DTS is a notable exception. Randy Newberg has been in the game A LONG time and he really knows a thing or two about the features a good hunting knife really needs to have, regardless of whether it will be used for skinning and butchering whitetail deer, mule deer, pronghorn, elk, moose, or bear.
Well, Randy teamed up with the folks at Gerber to design this new knife and they absolutely hit it out of the park. This knife features a primary blade made out of rust resistant 440C steel that’s perfect for meat processing. However, one of the most awesome features about this knife is that it ALSO has a secondary D2 steel blade with a serrated edge that’s designed for cutting through tough tendons and joints without dulling the primary blade.
It’s also compact, light, and easy to carry. With a blaze orange color and a reflective grip, this knife is also designed to be easy to find, even at night with a flashlight. So, you won’t have to worry about the hunter on your gift list losing this knife after setting it down in the leaves while butchering an animal at night.
So, the Gerber Randy Newberg DTS folding knife is the perfect gift for that hunter on your gift list. The fact that this is a brand new knife (released in 2020) also means that this is a great gift for the hunter who already has everything. In addition to Sportsman’s Warehouse, the knife is also available at Cabela’s and Amazon.
Proper nutrition is essential for peak performance, especially when a person is operating under the demanding conditions common in many hunting situations. Well, Peak Refuel freeze dried meals are the perfect solution to this problem: they’re packed with the nutrients, fast to prepare (just add hot water), and delicious.
I started using Peak Refuel meals on my hunts last year and my only regret is that I didn’t make the switch sooner. Freeze dried meals have come a long way in recent years and I’ve been eating really well on my hunts since I discovered Peak Refuel. They work just as well on week long hunts hunts deep in the backcountry as they do for short day hunts. With all that in mind, it’s really tough to go wrong with getting a few of these meals for your favorite hunter.
You can purchase a pack of 6 meals in a variety pack, or mix and match individual meals. Note that 1 pouch basically works out to 1 meal for 1 person. For what it’s worth, the variety meal kit pictured includes a few of my favorites with the Breakfast Skillet, Chicken Alfredo, Strawberry Granola, and Beef Pasta Marinara. In addition to Black Ovis, these meals are also available on Amazon.
A gun vice is an essential piece of gear for securely holding a rifle during cleaning, mounting a scope, or conducting other maintenance. Not everyone has the space to set up a permanent gun work bench though. Fortunately, this gun vice by Tipton is portable, but still works really well.
I personally love the Tipton Best Gun Vice and use it whenever I need to work on any of my rifles or shotguns. This is another one of those pieces of gear that I really didn’t know how much I was missing until I got one and it has dramatically simplified a lot of the work I do. This is a nice gift for hunters who like to do a lot of work on their guns themselves (as opposed to taking it to gunsmith).
A good bipod can dramatically improve accuracy while shooting from the prone position by acting as a rock solid rest. Spartan Precision is renowned for making some of the best bipods and tripods for hunters. In fact, their bipods are the primary choice for countless hunters and shooters all over the world.
Their Javelin Lite model is designed to accommodate hunters wanting a lightweight, yet still extremely effective bipod. This bipod will pivot from side to side and also features a locking mechanism so the user can stabilize the bipod at the proper angle. This is an essential feature for shooting off uneven ground, which is a common occurrence while hunting. It’s also really easy to install, simple to use, and is incredibly durable. I recently switched over to a Javelin bipod myself and my only regret is that I didn’t make that change sooner! That’s why it’s a great gift idea for any hunters you know.
Ammo is on everybody’s wish list this year. Fortunately, Nosler makes a lot of great ammunition and their Trophy Grade rifle ammo is especially popular for hunting game like whitetail and mule deer, elk, moose, and everything in between. Available in almost all of the most common hunting calibers in the United States (like .243 Winchester, .270 Winchester, 7mm-08 Remington, 7mm Remington Magnum, .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, .300 Win Mag, .300 WSM, and .338 Win Mag (just to name a few), this stuff is well made, extremely accurate, and is great for hunting most species of North American big game.
Based in Oregon, Nosler is a family owned company and all of their products are made in the USA. To top it off, Nosler also donates a portion of the proceeds from several different loads in the Trophy Grade line to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. So, not only they provide some great ammo, but you’re also helping wildlife conservation by purchasing from them. I’ve hunted with Nosler rifle ammunition for many years and they’ve never let me down. So, if you have a rifle hunter on your gift list, a box or two of this ammunition will make an outstanding Christmas gift. An avid hunter will often have very particular ammo tastes, so you can also purchase gift cards from Nosler so they can pick out the exact load they prefer
60. & 61. Black Ovis and Caribou Gear Game Bags
When a hunter takes a really big animal (like an elk or moose) or harvests an animal a long way from a road, there is only one way to get it out: on his or her back in pieces. High quality game bags are essential in situations like these because they help keep dirt and bugs off the meat while at the same time allowing air to circulate so the venison doesn’t spoil.
There are a lot of game bags out there, but the ones made by Black Ovis and Caribou Gear stand head and shoulders above most of the competition. They’re both made out of nylon, so they’re washable, reusable, and durable. They’re also designed specifically for use in rough conditions and are the choice of serious hunters all over North America. That’s why they made the grade and are listed as one of the best Christmas gifts for hunters.
In addition to purchasing them directly from Black Ovis, you can also buy these game bags on Amazon.
A set of two way radios are really useful when hunting in a group and the GXT1000 radios made by Midland should work nicely for what most hunters need them to do. These radios come with 50 channels, can tune into NOAA radio frequencies to receive severe weather updates, are available in Mossy Oak pattern camouflage, and are lightweight and portable. These radios also have a whisper to talk feature as well as a vibration alert and can accommodate an ear piece, all of which are great features for hunters.
The Midland radios also have a relatively long range that compares favorably to Motorola radios of a similar price. Keep in mind that these are relatively inexpensive radios and the surrounding terrain can limit their performance (realistically expect 1 mile or so of range). That being said, they will likely work relatively well for most hunting situations to allow hunting buddies to stay in touch with each other afield.
The SteriPen water purifier is another really good choice for getting safe water to drink out in the backcountry. It’s pretty simple to use: just fill up a bottle with water, then dip the light into the bottle and start stirring. The SteriPen uses a battery powered UV light to remove 99.9% of all bacteria, viruses and protozoa in water within 90 seconds without boiling, using a filter, or any chemicals like iodine. It’s also compact, lightweight, and easy to carry.
There’s a reason why this is such a popular tool for backcountry hunters, hikers, and other people who spend a lot of time in areas without ready access to clean water. This is a wonderful hunting gift to use in conjunction with some of the other recommendations on this list like the HydroFlask water bottle.
A set of good decoys is an essential piece of gear for most waterfowl hunters. Most serious duck hunters probably have a pretty big decoy collection, but there’s always a need for additional ones. Decoys do eventually wear out or get lost. Sometimes waterfowl hunters just want a bigger decoy spread.
In any case, this makes duck decoys a really nice gift for hunters and they’re often on a duck hunter’s Christmas list. Well, this set of mallard decoys from AvianX is an especially nice choice. It includes 6 decoys: 4 drakes 2 hens. If you have a duck hunter on your gift list, this is the perfect gift for him or her! For what it’s worth, the same company also manufactures teal, wood duck, canvasback, redhead, gadwall, wigeon and pintail decoys if the person you’re shopping for wants or needs decoys for different types of ducks.
65. Steel Target
It’s definitely fun to shoot at paper targets, but steel targets take things up to the next level. A steel target provides instant feedback to the shooter with a satisfying “clang” sound with a hit.
Luckily, it’s possible to get a really nice steel gong target that’s easy to store, transport, and set-up for a reasonable price. This particular model comes with a steel frame stand, a 1/2″ thick steel plate that’s 10″ in diameter, and hardened steel chains attached to the steel plate with S-hooks.
This steel target is designed for use with centerfire rifle cartridges up to .300 Win Mag at 100+ yards. Get one for a rifle hunter on your gift list and I can guarantee they’ll get years of use out of it!
Best Gifts For Hunters Under $500
Though a machine that claims to eliminate your scent might sound like a gimmick, it’s actually possible to do just that with an ozone generator. Whitetail deer in particular have incredibly sensitive noses, so scent control is very important for serious deer hunters.
The Scent Crusher Ozone Gear Bag is the perfect hunting gift for a deer hunter who wants to maximize his or her time afield and do as much as possible to remove any scent from their clothes or equipment that a deer might key in on. Just put the clothes or other hunting gear in this duffel bag, zip it up, plug in the bag to a wall outlet or a car charger, and turn it on. The ozone generator inside will virtually eliminate all odor from gear inside the bag within 30 minutes.
This is the sort of equipment that can help that special hunter on your gift list fill their deer tag on the buck of a lifetime. So, it’s the perfect gift! This bag is available from Amazon as well as directly from Scent Crusher.
Along with good quality hunting pants, I also need a warm, but lightweight and easy to pack jacket for the sort of hunting I do. After all, it can get really cold while sitting on a windy hillside glassing for hours at a time, but I warm up quickly once I’m up and walking.
That’s why the Sitka Kelvin Lite Hoody is such a great hunting gift. It’s really warm and comfortable to wear, but it’s also extremely lightweight and easy to stuff into a backpack when it’s time to get up and start moving. Don’t let the extremely low weight of this jacket fool you: it is not limited to just spot and stalk hunters and it’s warm enough that it will also work for whitetail hunters who are stationary for long periods of time in cool weather as well.
The Sitka Kelvin Lite jacket is available from Amazon as well as directly from Sitka.
The Garmin InReach uses the same sort of technology as the Spot 3 to allow users to communicate in areas without cellular reception. However, it’s combined with a fully functioning GPS unit and allows hunters to send and receive detailed text messages to stay in touch with loved ones, receive weather forecasts, and trigger an SOS message to call for help from trained search and rescue teams if the worst should occur.
All things considered, the Garmin InReach Mini has a lot more features than the Spot 3. On the other hand, it also costs a lot more. That being said, this is an extremely capable device and there is a reason so many hunting guides in remote parts of the world use it to stay in touch with civilization. Depending on their exact needs, this may or may not be a better choice for a hunter on your gift list when compared to the Spot 3, but all hunters spending time in areas without phone coverage should have either a Garmin InReach or a Spot 3.
While cell phone coverage of the world continues to improve, many prime hunting destinations in the USA still do not have cell phone reception. However, the Spot 3 allows hunters to stay in touch with their loved ones even when they are located in some of the most remote locations on the planet.
The Spot 3 does not rely on cellular service and instead uses satellite coverage to send messages. With just a simple press of a button, the Spot 3 can send a message to a loved one to check in and say that everything is “OK.” On the other hand, it can also send an SOS signal in case of an emergency. All messages are sent with the exact GPS coordinates of the device, so the people receiving the message know exactly where the user is located. It can only send (not receive) pre-programmed messages though, so if you’re looking for something more advanced, consider a Garmin InReach.
I’ve carried a Spot 3 messenger with me on every single hunt for the past few years and I don’t ever plan on doing another hunt without one. If you worry about a hunter important to you who spends a lot of time in a remote area, this is the perfect hunter gift.
There are a lot of different rangefinders out there to choose from. However, Vortex really made a winner with the Ranger 1300: it has a really long (1,300 yard) range, angle compensating technology, a really fast measurement return time, and a bunch of other advanced features packed into a small, reasonably priced package. It also has a higher than average 6x magnification (most other rangefinders have a 4x magnification) to aid in target acquisition.
In short, no other laser rangefinder I’ve ever tested at a comparable price point can come anywhere close to the performance of the Vortex Ranger 1300 Laser Rangefinder.
Many hunters (myself included) take a great deal of pride in butchering and processing their own wild game meat. Fortunately, this is a task that’s made a lot easier with the right tools.
Getting a high quality meat grinder has significantly reduced the amount of time necessary for me to process my own wild game meat. This particular 500 Watt Meat Grinder is really easy and fast to use, but it’s also very reasonably priced and is dishwasher safe! While it’s great for grinding meat, it’s well suited for a variety of other tasks as well like making sausage. So, if you have a hunter on your gift list who needs a little assistance in processing his or her wild game meat, this is the perfect hunting gift for them!
Archery hunting isn’t easy and there’s a lot that can go wrong. However, as the saying goes, practice makes perfect. Shooting at a bull’s eye is all well and good sometimes, but realistic practice is essential for ethical archery hunters and there’s nothing that can really compare to a good 3D archery target in that regard.
That’s why the Shooter Buck 3D Archery Target is such a great gift for bow hunters. Not only is it a good representation of a whitetail deer and can great assist hunters in quickly determining appropriate shot placement to hit the vitals, but it also facilitates realistic practice from multiple angles. If there is a bow hunter on your gift list, you’ll be doing them a big favor by purchasing this 3D archery target for them.
Every hunter needs a good quality ice chest and they don’t get any better than Yeti Coolers. These coolers are heavily insulated and ruggedly built, so they can take a bunch of abuse and still keep your food cool for upwards of a week afield.
I spend a lot of time outdoors in the deserts of west Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona and I haven’t found another cooler that does as good of a job of keeping my food and drinks cold under those brutal conditions as my Yeti Tundra cooler. I’ve had multiple instances where my Yeti Cooler still had unmelted ice in it (and some VERY cold food/game meat) after upwards of a week in really hot conditions. By the way, they’re also bear resistant.
Add it all up and Yeti coolers make perfect gifts for hunters all over the United States.
Self-guided, “do it yourself” hunts in on public land in the United States can be really fulfilling, but tend to have a steep learning curve. Navigating the web of random draws, preference points, and bonus points to draw a tag can be extremely frustrating. So what do you do?
I discovered goHUNT several years ago and it changed my life. They provide extremely comprehensive information on where to go to hunt iconic animals like mule deer, pronghorn, elk, moose, sheep, and mountain goats as well as how to draw the necessary tag. With their help, I’ve found and drawn “hidden gem” tags in several different states that there’s no way I would have known about otherwise.
This is a perfect gift for hunters who enjoy self-guided hunts on public land. Use the promo code “BIGGAMEHUNTER” when signing up new membership to get $50 in store credit at the goHUNT gear shop. So, not only will the hunter on your gift list receive the most up to date western drawing odds, but they’ll also get a discount on some good quality hunting gear to go along with it.
Finding a spot to hunt can really tough. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a product you could buy that aggregated all of the public land in a state into a single GPS overlay?
Well, you’re in luck because that’s exactly what OnXMaps has done. They provide incredibly detailed and accurate maps displaying property boundaries of federal, state, county, and private lands. You can purchase a chip for your GPS or download their app to use on your phone. I used their GPS chips for a long time, but now use the service almost exclusively on my phone and computer.
This is another essential resource that I’ve used in conjunction with goHUNT to have a few great hunts on public land over the past couple of years. I can access all their map data from my computer and “E-Scout” before the season opens. Then, all of my map markups transfer automatically to the app on my phone. Finally, if you’re hunting in an area without cell service, you can download the appropriate map and still have access to it when you’re off the grid.
Without question, onXmaps subscriptions make for great gift ideas for hunters, especially DIY hunters.
If you have a boy or girl on your gift list who is ready to hit the woods and begin hunting this year, then a Crickett Youth Rifle is an ideal gift for them. Crickett rifles are built specifically with smaller framed shooters in mind, so they’re short and light enough for a young boy or girl to comfortably shoot. Additionally, this rifle is chambered in the mild recoiling and inexpensive to shoot .22 Long Rifle cartridge. These rifles are also made in the USA.
Add it all up, and these rifles are a wonderful hunting gift for teaching the fundamentals of marksmanship, the principles of gun safety, and the importance of our hunting heritage to children as they take their first steps into the hunting world.
The BX-1 McKenzie is Leupold’s base level line of binoculars. While they are indeed the least expensive roof prism binoculars Leupold sells, they are absolutely not “cheap” or low quality binoculars. Indeed, these binoculars are likely more solidly constructed and incorporate higher quality glass than binoculars that sold for more than twice as much 10-20 years ago.
This line of binoculars lacks some of the features on some of Leupold’s more expensive binoculars though. However, the BX-1 McKenzie line is still very capable and will perform really well for the vast majority of situations most hunters face while afield. With all that in mind, Leupold BX-1 McKenzie 8x42mm Binoculars are perfect gifts for hunters who want a no frills optic that doesn’t cost a lot of money.
Similar to the BX-1 McKenzie binoculars, the VX Freedom is Leupold’s entry level line of rifle scopes. This is a new product line that replaced the old VX-1 and VX-2 rifle scopes Leupold used to manufacture. However, the VX Freedom is an updated version of the old VX-2 scopes that still has all the great features people loved about the old scopes with a few updates.
While the VX-Freedom lacks some of the features on some of Leupold’s more expensive scopes, they are still great choices for the vast majority of hunters. For that reason, Leupold VX Freedom scopes are perfect gifts for hunters who want a great value rifle scope that will still get the job done under most circumstances.
Even the best binoculars won’t do you any good if you don’t have them on hand when you need them. That’s where the Sitka Gear Optics Harness comes in. Basically, it’s a great binocular chest harness that will keep your binoculars handy so they’re easily accessible when you need them, but also stay safe, protected, and out of the way when not in use. It also has easy to access (and removable) pouches on either side where hunters can safely store other pieces of gear like a rangefinder, cell phone, or a wind checker for easy access.
Just unhook the top, take out the binoculars, look around, then put them back in and hook the cover back up when you’re done. A good bino harness is an essential piece of gear for many hunts and this particular harness fits the bill nicely. It’s also available in both subalpine and optifade open country camouflage patterns, so you can buy the right color harness for that special hunter on your gift list. I started using this exact model (in optifade open country camo pattern, which is what’s in the picture) this year and my only regret is that I didn’t get one sooner! This optics harness is available from Amazon as well as directly from Sitka.
The VX-3D is the mid-level rifle scope in Leupold’s latest generation of optics. Nothing against the Leupold VX Freedom line of scopes (which are also nice), but the VX-3HD is a big step up in performance from the VX Freedom, particularly in terms of the glass quality and low light capabilities of the scopes. The VX-3HD is the upgraded version of the old VX-3i that incorporates a lot of features shared with the higher end Leupold VX-5 or VX-6 scopes, but with a lower price point.
For those reasons, the VX-3HD fills that “sweet spot” which makes it an ideal fit for the majority of rifle hunters who don’t necessarily need a specialized long range rifle scope, but would still like something a cut above the run of the mill scope.
I’ve used a 3.5-10x40mm VX-3HD rifle scope for several years now and it’s served me very well. It’s also available with Leupold’s custom dial system (CDS) and with an illuminated reticle. The Leupold VX-3HD scope is an excellent gift for hunters in who need a reasonably priced, yet still durable and high quality rifle scope for taking shots out to 400-500 yards or so.
The SX-1 is Leupold’s entry-level spotting scope and is available with either an angled or a straight eyepiece and in 15-45x60mm as well as 20-60x80mm configurations. I’ve had one of these spotting scopes for years and it’s served me very well at the shooting range as well as afield. Truth be told, this is an outstanding spotting scope for the vast majority of shooters who need a decent set of optics to check their targets at the range. It’s not really designed for hunting, so it’s bigger and doesn’t have quite as good quality glass as a lot of other scopes specifically designed for the job, but it will work in a pinch.
If you need top end optics for an upcoming sheep hunt, consider buying something a little nicer. However, the Leupold SX-1 Ventana Spotting Scope is a great gift for hunters who need a good, reasonably priced spotting scope.
Just about everybody loves eating wild game jerky. However, not everybody can make it. So, why not give that hunter on your gift list their very own dehydrator?
Not only will that person really appreciate the gift, but giving him or her the means to make jerky will also make sure that you’re first in line to actually receive some jerky for yourself!
Now that’s what I call a win-win situation! This dehydrator isn’t limited to just making jerky either and it’s also perfect for drying fruits and vegetables and offers 360 degree circulation and temperature adjustment from 90 to 167 degrees Fahrenheit for perfect cooking!
Though the Remington 870 may be the most popular shotgun in the United States, the semi-automatic Mossberg Model 930 isn’t far behind. Made famous by the television show Duck Dynasty, this 930 has quickly become a very chic shotgun for duck hunters. That being said, the guys on TV used the shotgun because it was really good for the task at hand.
So, if you have a hardcore duck hunter on your gift list, then the Mossberg Model 930 Shotgun is the perfect shotgun for him or her. However, it’s not limited to waterfowl hunting and it’s a great all around hunting shotgun, particularly for those who want a semi-automatic shotgun.
Originally founded by the legendary hunter Fred Bear many years ago, Bear Archery is still producing archery equipment for hunters to this day.
This particular Bear Archery Compound Bow is well suited for hunters of all ages and experience levels, from smaller children up to fully grown adults. This isn’t the most advanced or fastest bow on the market. However, it’s reasonably priced and it’s also designed as an introductory bow. This make it an ideal hunting gift step for those just getting started bow hunting to help them build a good foundation of archery fundamentals before moving onto more advanced bows later on.
Sous Vide cooking has been a fixture of high-end restaurants for years, but it’s only recently made it into mainstream use. Basically, a Sous Vide uses a hot water bath to cook meat over a long period of time. This ensures that the meat is evenly cooked while still retaining its moisture and flavor.
The Chef Steps Joule Sous Vide uses your Apple or Android smart phone to control the water temperature and cook food to your exact specifications. It’s very compact and easy to use: just season and bag the meal, put the bag in a pot full of water with the Joule Sous Vide, and let it cook for the necessary amount of time. This is a great hunting gift for those who particularly enjoy preparing the fruits of the hunt as well as those who like to cook for large groups of people.
A good tree stand is an essential piece of hunting gear for many whitetail deer hunters all over the United States. Climbing tree stands are very flexible, simple to move around, and easy set up in new locations, but many climbing models are also notoriously uncomfortable.
However, the Lone Wolf Wide Sit And Climb Tree Stand has a well deserved reputation for being one of the most comfortable climbing tree stands currently on the market, which can make an all day sit that much easier. It’s big enough for both rifle and bow hunters to use, but it’s still relatively lightweight and packs down into a pretty compact profile that’s easy to carry in and out of the woods.
Primos has been in the business of making game calls for decades and their Alpha Dog predator call is an outstanding choice for serious predator hunters who need a great electronic call.
The remote has a really long range, the call itself is loud and sounds incredibly realistic, and it comes with dozens of pre-programmed sounds as well as 6 proven sequences of calls based on what expert predator hunters use while they’re out hunting coyotes, bobcats, or other predators and varmints. For all those reasons, the Primos Alpha Dog Electronic Predator Call is an outstanding hunting gift for those who want the best possible gear to hunt predators.
Nothing will ruin a late season hunt faster than cold and/or wet feet. Good socks are certainly important for keeping your feet warm, but high end boots are also a vital part of the equation.
That’s why the Muck Boots are so darn popular with hunters: they’re REALLY warm and they’re waterproof. They’re also extremely durable, comfortable, and easy to put on and take off.
It’s not a good idea to attempt to skimp on quality when it comes to boots, but a lot of hunters do just that. So, do that hunter on your gift list a big favor and buy them a pair of Muck Arctic Pro boots. That’s a gift they’ll get a lot of good use out of and will warm their hearts along with their feet.
I do a lot of spot and stalk hunting in really rough terrain, so I need some quality camo hunting pants that are comfortable and durable.
To date, Sitka’s Timberline Pants are the best I’ve found. They’re wind and water resistant, have removeable knee pads, and are reinforced in the seat and along all seams. I’ve used these pants successfully on hunts in the snowy mountains of New Zealand, crawling across the cactus filled plains of Wyoming, and while hiking across the rocky desert of New Mexico.
Not only are they really durable, but these pants are also comfortable across a wide range of temperatures. I cannot recommend them highly enough and they’re definitely one of the best gifts for hunters under $500.
The Timberline pants are available from Amazon as well as directly from Sitka.
Best Gifts For Hunters Under $1,000
Leupold’s VX-5HD is one of their higher end rifle scopes and combines excellent glass and a custom dial system (CDS) that facilitates taking ethical shots at longer ranges. The VX-5HD incorporates high quality glass specifically designed to maximize light transmission, particularly for red and blue colors. For this reason, the VX-5 has superior low light performance, great contrast, and clear, crisp images that will give hunters that extra edge when trying to pick out your quarry, especially right at the beginning and end of legal shooting hours each day.
The VX-5HD also comes with one set of free CDS dials that Leupold will manufacture to the exact specifications of your hunting load. In short, these dials take all the guesswork out of determining the proper amount of holdover when taking a shot out past the range you zeroed at. Just set the dial to the range of your target, hold the crosshairs exactly where you want to hit, and squeeze the trigger.
While it does cost more than the VX Freedom and VX-3HD, the VX-5HD is a much higher quality rifle scope. Indeed, this is one of the most capable rifle scopes designed specifically for hunters in mind. Not all hunters need all of the features offered on the Leupold VX-5HD, but this is the perfect gift for hunters who want the best possible scope for hunts where top end glass is a big advantage.
I’ve used this scope on successful hunts for multiple species of game all over the world and it has never let me down. It’s a big step up in quality compared to other scopes and this is an outstanding rifle scope for serious hunters on serious hunts. With all that in mind, this scope is absolutely one of the best gifts for hunters under $1,000.
The BX-4 Pro Guide binoculars are one of Leupold’s higher end optics and there’s a big difference between them and all the lower end binoculars they manufacture. While there’s nothing wrong with BX-1 McKenzie or the Maven line, the BX-4 Pro Guide binoculars use much better quality glass for superior image quality, particularly during periods of low light.
After all, there is a reason why these binoculars are marketed towards guides and others whose livelihood may depend upon having high end optics. They’re not limited to hunting guides though and any hunter who spends a lot of time glassing (like mule deer, elk, and pronghorn hunters out west) will love these optics. That’s why Leupold BX-4 Pro Guide Binoculars are the perfect gift for hunters who already have everything and are ready to make an upgrade to their gear to some really high end stuff.
The Accura MR-X is CVA’s top of the line muzzleloader and this particular model comes topped with a 3-9x40mm scope, a sling, and a soft carrying case. Additionally, this muzzleloader has a shorter 26″ barrel with a fast rifling twist suitable for use with very long and aerodynamic bullets. So, it’s perfect for hunting chasing whitetails in the Eastern US or climbing the mountains of the Western US for elk and mule deer.
Similar to Weatherby, CVA guarantees that the Accura will be the most accurate muzzleloader you’ve ever shot. As you can see, the CVA Accura MR-X Muzzleloader is a top end muzzleloader that mades an ideal hunting gift for those who want to go afield with the best possible muzzleloader.
93. PSE Compound Bow
As you’d expect from the name, this compound bow from PSE is both lightweight and incredibly powerful. Weighing in at just 3.5 pounds, it has an advertised top velocity of 328 feet per second. It also has an 80% let off, so, not only is the bow itself lightweight and capable of shooting arrows really fast, but that massive let off allows hunters to hold at full draw for longer periods of time to ensure they get the perfect shot at their target.
So, if you have a bow hunter on your gift list who wants a really nice new bow, then you should really consider getting them a PSE Compound Bow. Combine this bow with a skilled archer, some high quality arrows, and few really tough broadheads and you’ve got a recipe for success out in the woods.
Exo Mountain Gear produces some of the best hunting backpacks currently available anywhere in the world. Unlike many other companies that make backpacks, Exo Mountain Gear packs are designed by hunters and for hunters. So, every single part of these backpacks is designed for the best possible performance for hunters afield. This also includes packing out a heavy load of meat with some giant elk or antlers strapped to the frame, which is a situation where a lot of other packs really struggle.
The K3 4800 is one of their most popular models because it just flat out performs when the chips are down. It’s big enough to carry enough gear for a week long hunting trip in the back country, but it’s also light enough to tote through the woods on an afternoon stalk.
This backpack also incorporates a strong, but really lightweight frame and is incredibly well designed for an ergonomic perspective. For those reasons, it’s great for carrying really heavy loads. I’ve hunted with a bunch of different packs and none could hold a candle to the Exo Mountain Gear K3 4800. My only regret is that I didn’t get one sooner! So, if you have a hunter who spends a lot of time in the back country (or who is thinking about getting into that sort of hunting) on your gift list, then the Exo Mountain Gear K3 4800 is the perfect gift for them and they’ll really thank you the next time they have to pack an elk out of the mountains on their back. These backpacks are available in a couple different styles and colors, to include the camo pattern pictured.
Best Gifts For Hunters Over $1,000
There are some great binoculars and an excellent laser rangefinder on this list of the best gifts for hunters. However, the Vortex Fury HD Laser Rangefinding Binoculars does a great job of combining those two pieces of gear into one.
Not only does this mean the hunter on your gift list will be able to carry one less piece of gear, but it also simplifies things in those hectic moments leading up to a shot. Instead of finding an animal in his or her binoculars, then having to reacquire the animal with a lower magnification laser rangefinder, these rangefinding binoculars make it a simple matter to get the range to an animal as soon as it’s spotted. Especially considering how reasonably priced these binoculars are, this is a real game changer.
Since they’re brand new, these binoculars are also a great gift for hunters who already have everything else.
While the Leupold SX-1 Ventana is a nice entry-level spotting scope, the Vortex Razor HD is a significant step up in terms of overall quality and size. Available with either an angled or a straight eyepiece and in 11-33x50mm, 22-48x65mm, and 27-60x85mm configurations, there is a model that will fit the needs of almost any hunter or shooter.
I recently upgraded to the Razor HD from the SX-1 Ventana and the difference between the two scopes is stunning. The Ventana works well at the shooting range, but the Razor HD has FAR superior glass that offers incredible image quality. It’s also quite a bit smaller, lighter, and easier to carry than the Ventana.
This is an ideal gift for hunters who need top end optics for an upcoming pronghorn, mule deer, or elk hunt as well as something that works great at the range.
A great deal of the fun and satisfaction that derives from a successful hunt comes from enjoying the fruits of that harvest for many months afterwards. While there are a number of different ways to preserve wild game, freezing vacuum sealed meat is one of the most effective ways of preserving that meat for a long period of time.
The VacMaster VP215 Chamber Vacuum Sealer is a great hunting gift because it stands head and shoulders above the other vacuum sealers out there. For one thing, it seals the meat in bags without sucking the juice out of them. So, when you open the bag up later, the meat is preserved almost exactly like it was when first sealed and still tastes delicious. Second, it uses very sturdy bags that will hold up for a long period of time without breaking in the freezer. All in all, this is one of the best vacuum sealers money can buy and is ideal for hunters who need to store large quantities of meat for a long time.
Hunters who spend their days afield in wide open country, like those hunting mule deer and pronghorn out west, need top end optics to help spot and judge game thousands of yards away. Well, Leupold’s BX-5 Santiam HD binoculars are about as good as it gets on that front. They use the best glass currently available on the market and their optical clarity is absolutely stunning.
Mount these binoculars on a tripod and spend a little time glassing with them and you’ll find yourself spotting all sorts of game that you would have no idea was there otherwise. Not only are they incredibly binoculars, but they’re also a relatively new product, which makes Leupold BX-5 Santiam Binoculars the perfect gift for hunters who have everything.
If you want an awesome hunting gift, you don’t necessarily have to fly across the ocean to an exotic destination. Canada is slightly larger than the United States, but has about 10% of the population. This helps explain why Canada still has such a gigantic amount of undeveloped land that’s home to fantastic hunting for a wide variety of big game ranging from whitetail deer to bighorn sheep.
If you have a hunter on your gift list who has always dreams of taking a really big black bear, then an Alberta black bear hunt is the perfect gift for that person. Alberta is known for having high success rates on very big bears.
Additionally, the remote reaches of northern British Columbia in particular are known for having some of the best Moose hunting anywhere in North America. That part of the country also has excellent Mountain Caribou hunting. Those hunts aren’t for the faint of heart though, but a hunt up in the wilderness of British Columbia is an excellent hunting gift for those with a burning desire to match wits against their quarry on a serious backcountry hunt.
Many people assume that an Africa hunting safari is exorbitantly expensive and only the fabulously wealthy can afford them. However, that’s not true. Indeed, even when you factor in the cost of air fare, a week long Africa hunting safari for several popular species of plains game costs less than most elk hunts in North America. For that reason, an African safari remains one of the best bargains remaining in the hunting world.
South Africa is Africa’s premier hunting destination: it’s the easiest country in the continent to travel to, there is a wide variety of game to hunt ranging from plains game to Cape Buffalo, and it’s the least expensive country in Africa to hunt when all things (air fare, taxidermy, etc.) are taken into account. That’s why a South Africa hunting safari is the perfect gift for hunters who dream of an adventure of a lifetime.
New Zealand is another incredible exotic hunting destination right up there with Africa, but with a slightly different flavor. New Zealand doesn’t have any native big game animals, but hunters have introduced a number of species over the years like Red Stag, Himalayan Tahr, Fallow Deer, Alpine Chamois, and even Rocky Mountain Elk that have absolutely thrived in their new Kiwi home.
New Zealand is perhaps best known for having some of the best Red Stag hunting in the world. Additionally, the steep slopes of the Southern Alps also have some incredible hunting for Tahr and Chamois, which are truly underrated hunting trophies for mountain hunters. New Zealand is also a premier tourist destination and there are plenty of other things to do there besides go hunting. Add it all up, and there is something for just about everyone, which is why a trip to New Zealand is an excellent hunting gift.