If your dad likes to hunt, then he deserves something this Father’s Day to help him afield come fall.
Digiscoping has become more and more popular, and there are a few good options for recording photos or video through your binoculars or spotting scope. Many of them, however, require specialized pieces for each setup. The HookUpz 2.0 easily adapts your cell phone to just about any optic, including spotting scopes, binoculars, night vision, and even some rifle scopes.
Dad can’t shoot game if he can’t find it. A good pair of binos is one of a hunter’s greatest assets, and he’ll be happy to get these. They are a great option for a good set of glass, without getting into the 4-figure price range. They also come with a limited lifetime warranty.
Is the Old Man getting bored with his compound? Or even worse, going to great lengths and expense to outfit it with every doo-dad he can find? Maybe a step toward simplicity is what he needs. Bear makes great, affordable recurves, suitable for a range of folks, from beginners to veteran hunters. And if you can get him to stick with it, he will thank you.
Gear Aid ARC 10,400mAh Rechargeable Light and Portable Power Station
Gear Aid ARC 10,400mAh Rechargeable Light and Portable Power Station • $100 Courtesy Gear Aid
Sometimes the hardest work of a hunt comes after dark. Whether it’s breaking down an animal, getting a four-wheeler un-stuck, or working on equipment, a good light is a handy thing to have. These powerful LED lights from Gear Aid are compact, and can be mounted just about anywhere for the perfect angle. As a bonus, you can also charge phones and other electronics with its USB port.
Every hunter needs a good hunting knife, and this is one Dad can use and pass down to the kids. It’s got just about everything a good hunting knife needs: fine steel, great blade profile, and enough ruggedness to last a lifetime.
Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Aggressor Wireless Game Camera
Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Aggressor Wireless Game Camera • $400 Courtesy Bushnell
For certain types of hunting, a good game camera is a tremendous asset. If Dad is having to spend all hours of the day and night running out to check his cameras, but there is available cell service, this might be the ticket for him. The cameras have great remote-management features, and while they are expensive, between both time and gas money, for some hunters, these cameras will pay for themselves in no time.
A tough, versatile scope that also lets you reach out there is something every rifle hunter wants. This scope is a great for the hunter who also likes to shoot long range, and is great for low-light conditions. The user-friendly elevation dial comes with a zero stop and easy tracking, and you have the option of using it with the windage dial covered or exposed. Backed by a lifetime guarantee, I consider it money well spent.
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If Dad has a bow, he needs a good target as well. As with most hunting gear, you get what you pay for, and these targets will still be soaking up arrows long after the others are worn out. When they finally do succumb to the inevitable, you can get a replacement core and keep shooting.
Every hunter needs to be prepared for a survival situation, and this little package gives you some great essentials. The bracelet (obviously) has a length of paracord, but it also sports a built-in whistle, compass, and most importantly, a flint striker fire starter that’s built into the buckle.
For the hunter that treks off into the unknown (beyond cell signal), having a way of navigation and communication is very important. Technology has been rapidly evolving, and now, you can get a GPS unit that you can also send and receive text messages from beyond the grid. If Dad hunts in the backcountry, he needs one of these.