With just a few shopping days left before Christmas, if you haven’t bought a gift for the sportsman women on your list, you are probably looking for a little guidance.
As I do every year, it’s time throw out some final-days gift ideas to help guide you through the shopping process, so you can spend a little more time outdoors yourself.
We have added some new items to the list this year, items that are sure to please anybody who loves the outdoors.
Flathead Lake lure package good for lake trout-perch-lake whitefish-small mouth bass
A gas card for $100 from a local convienience store.
A portable ice fishing shack¡Kwhen it is below zero they will thank you for getting out of the wind and cold.
Pair of chest or hip waders for the duck hunter and angler on your list
Outdoorsman cold weather pack ¡V wool hat and two pair of gloves (in case they loose one) and a pair of wool socks.
Thermo-logic powered cold weather gear-jackets and hats
Therma Rest camo self inflating mattress-great for laying on in a duck or goose blind
A dozen Mallard duck or Canada Goose decoys
A Digital Camera. If the outdoor person on your list takes pictures this is a must. They will use it everytime they go and e-mail you the photos the same day.
Two-way radios with up to 10 miles of range
Duck or goose looking retriever dummy for in field dog training
Elbow length neoprene gloves with fleece lining great for cold weather water and ice activity
A duck or goose call. Waterfowl season runs into the first part of January and the Canada goose hunting has been good in Western Montana.
A Lucky Duck or goose for the waterfowl hunter on your list. Shop around you should be able to pick one up for under a $100.
Shotshells by the case or box are always great presents or stocking stuffers. Some manufacturers also offer attractive cash rebates this time of year.
A portable blind either in the “coffin” or “hay-bale” style. The waterfowl hunter on your list will appreciate the easy set-up $200
A bucket with a nice swivel seat, good for a waterfowl blind or for ice fishing.
A smoker, either electric or propane, plus brine, mixes and smoker chips
A powered auger for ice fishing. The ice angler on your list will never forget you for this present.
A fish-finder for the ice angler on your list.
A sled for hauling game or ice fishing gear.
A stainless steel Thermos.
Can’t go wrong with a Sportsman Gear bag
Camo clothing that comes with a scent prevention system ¡V ideal for archery hunters
A headliner ¡V keeps your head, face and neck warm
A cookbook from Missoulian wildlife cooking specialist Chef Vince on how to cook that wild game the hunter on your list has in the freezer. Vince¡¦s Cookbook III is only $13.95. Chef Vince also features the cookbook on a CD Rom with over 200 recipes ready to print off your computer
A gift certificate from a local sporting good store or hardware store. I got one last year and I enjoyed every minute shopping with it.
A pair of binoculars or a spotting scope or a GPS unit. Chances are they don¡¦t have them all.
A gift certificate from a local restaurant. I never met an outdoor person who didn¡¦t like to have meals cooked for them.
A gift certificate from a wild game processor or a taxidermist.
A meat or cheese slicer. Makes it easier to prepare lunches and snacks.
Foodsaver to vacuum seal what you shoot or catch. It helps keep the fish and wild game fresher longer in your freezer
I hope this helps you out. Most of these gifts are under $100 and many are in $10 to $50 range. If you are having a hard time locating any of these just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 406-728-0516 ext 2. I will do my best to help you out.
From all of us at the Montana Outdoor Radio Show, have a Merry Christmas.