Captain’s Column: The Hunter’s Christmas Gift List
By Matt Schauer

Posted: December 15, 2011

Can you believe it? Christmas is only 10 days away! It is time is now to start thinking what you are going to buy the person that hunts and fishes on your Christmas list. There are many new products and gadgets that the outdoor person on your list would be excited to receive. There is also the items that seem simple but get use all year long, like socks, a sweatshirt, a tackle box, a box of shells, and even a pair of underwear. When you buy a gift that you are positive that they will use it will save the person you give the gift to time and money. We all have heard “I need to buy a Christmas gift for so and so and he or she already has everything”. A gift card always works well. Gift cards are easy to buy and that way they can get what they want. . Here is another helpful hint! People tend to put the person into a dollar category when they go shopping for a gift. For instance you might have a person on your list you want to spend up to $10 or another person you feel comfortable spending up to $50. Maybe you have no limit. In anycase I thought I would give you some gift ideas that would fit into a budget of around $100 or less. Here goes:

  • A duck, goose, elk, turkey or cow elk call
  • A digital camera
  • A meat grinder or smoker to help them enjoy their deer, elk, and fish year round.
  • A box of their favorite Hi Country spice or maybe a flavor they haven’t tried.
  • A box of shotshells
  • A membership in a local trap club
  • Membership in a Wildlife Conservation organization.
  • A real dependable flashlight
  • A Leatherman tool
  • A SD card that fits in your Garmin GPS from Montana Mapping that shows land ownership and private and public boundary lines
  • Four or five crankbaits good for trout, walleye, or northern pike
  • A gas powered ice auger.
  • A sportsman sled to haul gear
  • A pair of boots to use for hunting and ice fishing.
  • A pair ice cleats to fit over their boots while on the ice
  • A bucket with a nice swivel seat, good for a waterfowl blind or for ice fishing.
  • A pair of wool gloves or warm winter socks
  • A gun case for a rifle or shotgun.
  • A year subscription to a hunting and fishing magazine like the Montana Sporting Journal
  • A 12-volt operated electric air pump for low tires or rafts
  • A dozen of assorted flies
  • Tip-ups if the angler on your list likes to ice fish for walleye or pike
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • Any warm flannel long sleeve shirt (buy it big)
  • A fanny pack to keep gloves and stocking hats all in one place
  • An ice strainer (it helps them clear ice out of their ice fishing hole
  • A dozen arrows and a membership into the local archery shooting club
  • A oil change
  • Thermos
  • A knife
  • Pair of binoculars
  • A cold avenger mask
  • A gas card

Hope this helps!