If you have a hard-core hunter on your gift list, I'm betting you're feeling a little bit of despair right now. What do you get someone who already has everything he or she wants? No worries. The world of hunting gear is as diverse as the people who participate in it. Here are some items that even the most gear-obsessed hunter on your list will enjoy.
4. A-3P Sportsman Vintage Field Watch www.bertucciwatches.com / $120
Who needs a wristwatch when you have a mobile phone to tell the time? C’mon. Every real hunter needs a reliable watch, and this classy field watch from Bertucci looks as good as it performs. It features a Japanese-made all-metal quartz movement and a hard-wearing military-grade nylon strap. It’s water-resistant to 100 meters and the mineral-glass crystal is scratch resistant, even if you’re field dressing a deer and your wrist is deep in the chest cavity.
6. Gen-XTM Bow www.genesisbow.com / $200 for bow; $300 for bow kit (includes carbon arrows, rest, quiver, sight)
If you are a young archer—or you have one in your household—you should take a look at this newest bow from Genesis. Like its previous models, Genesis has produced a compound with a universal draw length that fits archers of just about any size, but this version has more adjustability and more premium components. Draw weights are adjustable from 25 to 40 pounds, and Genesis has developed a “Build-a-Bow” capability that allows users to add custom colors to the bow’s hardware. At its lowest draw weights, the Gen-XTM (which comes in right- or left-handed models) is a little light for hunting, but the bow will move a beginning archer from the target range to the field.
10. Stormy Kromer cap www.stormykromer.com / $40
It’s the classic, the head-covering shorthand for the American hunter. Isn’t that enough? No? Well, it’s also made in the USA, comes either in 100 percent wool or an 80/20 wool/nylon blend, and it belongs in deer camp, whether that’s in Wyoming or Wisconsin. It’s made in a variety of styles, but is there really any alternative to the red-and-black flannel original? No.
If you have a hard-core hunter on your gift list, I’m betting you are feeling a little bit of despair right now. What do you get someone who already has everything he or she wants? No worries. The world of hunting gear is as diverse as the people who participate in it. Here are some items that even the most gear-obsessed hunter on your list will enjoy.
Andrew McKean is Outdoor Life’s hunting and conservation editor, drilling into issues that affect wildlife, wildlands, and the people who care about them. He’s also OL’s optics editor, helping readers to make informed buying decisions.