Gift Shopping List for Hunters and Anglers: Captain’s Column
By angelamontana

Posted: December 19, 2013

The time is now to start thinking what you are going to buy the person that hunts and fishes on your Christmas list. If you want my two cents worth, I would get that person something that he or she would definitely use. I, for one, love to get simple items that I can use every day, things like socks, a sweatshirt, a tackle box, a box of shells, and even a pair of long underwear to help me keep warm this winter.

When you buy a gift that you know they will use it makes it that more special. Plus, the recipient of your gift doesn’t’ have to spend the time to exchange it. 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.

There are also many exciting items for the outdoor person that are new to the market that would make a great gift. One more tip to help get you through this holiday season. Attach a dollar amount to the people on your gift list. It might help you get your shopping done quicker. For example you might have a person on your list you want to spend up to $10 on or another person you feel comfortable spending up to $50 on or maybe you have no limit.

In any case, I thought I would give you some gift ideas that might just give you a head start:

  • Binoculars
  • A dozen duck or goose decoys
  • A box of Hi Country wild game seasoning
  • A box of shotshells
  • A GPS unit equipped with BLM maps, National Forest Maps, and Landowner Maps
  • Four small LED flashlights so they can have one for the car, home, boat, and camper
  • A leatherman tool
  • A 6-pack of Kits Tackle glass minnow jigs
  • Four or five crankbaits good for trout, walleye, or northern anglers
  • A hand or gas ice augur.
  • A sportsman sled to haul gear
  • A bucket with a nice swivel seat, good for a waterfowl blind or for ice fishing.
  • A pair of rag wool gloves and a pair of winter smart wool socks
  • 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
  • An emergency kit for their car
  • 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 camo hat, shirt, gloves, jacket, or pants
  • A Duck Dynasty hat
  • A new smart phone with a great camera
  • Thermos
  • A knife
  • A spotting scope
  • A box of hand, toe, and foot warmers
  • A rangefinder up to 1000 yards
  • A gift card for a restaurant
  • If they own a RV then a gift card at an RV store will always come in handy
  • If they like to work on things a gift card to a parts or hardware store

Have fun shopping, I hope the list helps and have a Merry Christmas!

(Written by the Captain; Cover photo: flickr.com)