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May 23, 2014
18 Father's Day Gift Ideas for the Hunter and Fisherman - 2
by The Editors
What do you get the man who already has it all? Well, we have 18 ideas for you. Our editors picked some of their favorite gear items covering all different price ranges. If you're a father, go ahead and share this list with your kids.
1) Rapala Scatter Rap Deep & Shallow Crankbaits
Dad will be able to cover the entire water column with this lure duo from Rapala. The erratic swimming, 5/16-ounce balsa baits are available in 18 different finishes. The “deep” model runs between 10 and 12 feet, while the “shallow” one runs between four and five. ($9 apiece; rapala.com) —John Taranto
2) Gun Slicker
If you want to protect your firearm from the elements, but you’re not keen on lugging around a zippered soft case, this water-resistant, breathable sock may be just the ticket. And if you’d rather just cover your riflescope, the Utah-based company also makes a “Scope Slicker.” ($25; gunslicker.com) —Andrew McKean
3) Outdoor Life Apparel
The hugely popular Outdoor Life branded clothing line from Sears can make any dad look his best. On sale from May 30 through June 15 at Sears are three popular summer shirts at seriously great prices:
Woven: This short-sleeve shirt is made of durable cotton twill has a subtle textured grid pattern woven into the material—perfect for casual wear. If you need an all-around workhorse with some understated sophistication, this is the shirt for you (50% off Outdoor Life wovens for men, reg. $26.00-$36.00).
Polo: Comfort was a top priority when constructing this polo. Made entirely of jersey material with a ribbed square collar and two-button placket, this soft material compliments the casual design. A horizontal stripe across the chest is the classic addition associated with polos, and a vented hem permits you to wear it without tucking. ($9.99 Outdoor Life striped polos for men, reg. $26.00) Henley: Throw on this Outdoor Life men's short-sleeve henley for a mix of comfort and class. The round neck will never feel tight, and you can unbutton the henley-style opening at the front for even more room. Tagless and made from super-soft cotton, you'll grab this shirt when you're craving relaxation after a long day out in the elements. ($9.99 Outdoor Life jersey henleys for men, reg. $26.00) —Gerry Bethge
4) Dickies Ultimate Work Shirt
They might call it a work shirt, but this lightweight short-sleeve button up easily transitions from the work site or the yard to the water. The nylon fabric wicks sweat to keep Dad cool, and a mesh vent across the back increases comfort and will let him focus on the fish rather than summer’s oppressive heat. On top of all that, the shirt features UPF 50 sun protection. ($37; dickies.com) —J.T.
5) Gear Of The Month Club
Whose dad wouldn’t want new fishing gear delivered to his door every month? Tackle Grab is an online subscription fishing tackle service that provides anglers with customizable boxes of baits from around the world. Just fill out your dad’s angler profile, choose a membership level and gear will automatically be sent to him according to his profile. Tackle Grab ships free anywhere in the U.S. and a three-month membership is available for $42. A special limited-time introductory offer is available for $5 for the first month. (tacklegrab.com) —G.B.
6) Mountainsmith Deluxe Cooler Cube
No fishing road trip is complete without a good cooler. Here’s a great one. The 26-liter capacity is spacious enough to haul a sixer of dad’s favorite beverage and enough food for a proper streamside lunch, with room leftover for a few Styrofoam tubs of nightcrawlers and leeches. The front compartment even converts into a four-drink holder. Bottle opener included. ($50; mountainsmith.com) —J.T.
7) Orvis Gamefish Ribbon Belt
If the old length of sisal rope dad has used to hold up his britches for years has finally frayed past the point of repair, perhaps it’s time for him to graduate to an actual belt. Orvis has a couple of nice options that are adorned with embroidered tarpon and bonefish. ($59; orvis.com) —J.T.
8) ENO Hammock
Who doesn’t love a good hammock nap? The beauty of Eagle Nest Outfitters’ SingleNest model is that it packs down in a stuff sack to about the size of a grapefruit, and weighs just 16 ounces. ENO hammocks are made of breathable, quick-drying nylon, their seams are triple-stitched, and they support up to 400 pounds. ($60; eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com) —J.T.
9) Mountain Khaki Alpine Utility Pant
These pants are built to work, but unlike a lot of other outdoor items these days, they don't have that "tactical" look, making them suitable casual wear too. I wore mine on a moose hunt in Alberta last year and then on the sidewalks of New York the next week -- I didn't catch any sideways glances in either place. They feature double-weave 10.4-ounce cotton canvas, reinforced knee and seat panels, utility pockets, triple-stitched seams, and “Mudflap” reinforced heel cuffs. They're available in 4 earth tone colors. If your dad is the kind of guy who only needs few good pairs of pants, get him one in every color. ($89.95; mountainkhakis.com) —Alex Robinson
10) Black & Decker Lithium Trimmer/Edger
Now you can maintain your food plots without firing up a gas-powered trimmer. This new 20-volt unit features a 12-inch cutting swath and a run time of about an hour on a rechargeable lithium battery. Your family may think you’re getting it so you can maintain your lawn without disturbing the neighbors. Only you need to know it’s really to keep your shooting lanes clear. ($100; amazon.com) —A.M.
11) Camp Chef Browning Dutch Oven Set
This campfire-ready unit combines two of Dad’s favorite brands: Browning and Camp Chef. The 3-piece cast iron set is designed to be used interchangeably: the lid fits both the 12-inch Dutch oven and the 12-inch skillet. Completing the kit are a sturdy lifting tool and a pair of heat-resistant leather gloves, complete with Browning’s iconic “Buckmark” logo. ($115; campchef.com) —A.M.
12) Cabela’s XPG Low Hikers
For everything from summertime hikes with the family to pre-season scouting missions, the old man will be able to go just about anywhere his feet might take him in these new hikers. A Gore-Tex lining will keep his feet dry and let them breath, while the aggressive Vibram XS Trek outsoles will provide sure footing over uneven terrain. Available in two color schemes. ($130; cabelas.com) —J.T.
13) Muck Excursion Pro Mid
Everything dad loves about his knee-high Muck boots is now available in an easy-on, easy-off ankle-high version that’s ideal for around camp. A specially designed antimicrobial sock liner will keep both odor and blisters at bay. Available in brown, black, Mossy Oak, and Realtree. ($145; muckbootcompany.com) —J.T.
5 Big-Ticket Items (if your dad took you to Alaska last summer or you've missed the last 3 Father's Days).
1) GunSport PRO Electronic Earplugs
Yes, I know your dad is hard of hearing. He’s also a shooter. Do the math. Get a pair of these in-ear noise-cancelling earplugs and watch his hearing acuity improve. The tiny units amplify sound up to five times but they switch to noise-cancelling units when a blast occurs. And they are much more natural looking than either oversized muffs or those orange foam plugs. ($399; etymotic.com) —A.M.
2) Eddie Bauer Immersion Wading Jacket
Your father finally bit the bullet and booked his dream Alaska fishing trip. Ensure that he brings you back a few salmon filets by outfitting him with this killer new wading jacket. The super-tough three-layer Cordura nylon shell, treated with a state-of-the-art durable water-repellent finish, and the waterproof zippers will stand up to the nastiest weather the Final Frontier might dish out. ($349; eddiebauer.com) —J.T.
3) X Stand Xpedition Lite
If your pops still wants to run and gun but is getting a little too old for a climber, this is the treestand he needs. The ultra-lightweight hang-on stand and 4 climbing sticks pack together into a 20-pound bundle. The best thing about the system is how easily it mounts to the tree. It works off of a hitch system (similar to the one on your truck) that you mount to the tree first and then fix the stand to. The stand runs $219 and the climbing sticks go for $169. (X-stand.com) —A.R.
4) Cabela’s Pellet Grill
What outdoorsy dad doesn’t like to burn meat? Here’s the ultimate backyard (or campsite) grill, a pellet-fed unit that can slow-smoke meats or sear steaks at 600 degrees. A digital thermometer ensures even cooking, and an electronic probe lets you check internal temperatures without opening the lid. ($600; www.cabelas.com) —A.M.
5) Gerber Legend
This is about as close to a high-end custom knife as you can get: a limited-edition clip-point sheath knife with premium American components. Only 1,200 of these Gerber Legend blades will be made, and the packaging is nearly as well-appointed as the knife itself. The Legend is housed in a custom box and paired with a handmade Tanner Goods sheath. The blade is made of CPM S35VN steel tempered to a hardness of 58-61 HRC and the handle is crafted from spalted maple from Oregon, sourced not far from Gerber’s Portland headquarters. ($750; gerbergear.com)