Big Game Hunting Gift Ideas
The approach of Christmas means some time off work and the opportunity to hunt. Being that it’s also the gift-giving season, we’d ought to start thinking about what sort of products the people in our lives would benefit from having. Since we don’t know dear Aunt Sally and what she fancies in her free time, we’ll focus on the hunters. These hunting gift ideas are tools that your friends and family will use and benefit from as they take a much needed break in the deer woods for years to come.
My personal favorite hunting socks, from a small company out of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, come from Smartwool. They keep my feet warm and provide cushioning in all the right places so that I can avoid blisters. Perhaps most importantly they wick sweat which further helps stave off blisters and keeps my feet from stinking. You won’t be afraid to wear the same pair of socks for several days in a row.
Stanley Classic Vacuum Thermos
It seems like I drink coffee all day while I’m deer hunting. Even though I don’t always carry a full thermos (rather just a to-go cup), I would bet that many deer hunters have warmed their innards with a midmorning cup of coffee from a Stanley Vacuum Classic Thermos. You know something doesn’t become a classic unless it has value. If you’re hunting out of a shooting house or blind, the Stanley Classic Vacuum Thermos is a perfect companion. It will keep you warm and your coffee hot during throughout the day.
Traeger Grills & Smokers
If you don’t have one, a meat smoker can become a centerpiece of hunting camp. Much like a grill, it’s a gathering place where you might stand around telling stories and enjoying a toddy. Except the great thing about a smoker, and in this case a Traeger, is that you can throw on a pork shoulder, Boston butt, or brisket either the night before or the morning of and have barbecue for lunch. Ribs and chicken as well. Traeger’s technology allows you to control your smoker from anywhere, including the deer stand.
If you’re going to implement cooking, might as well throw in a cookbook. Check out Project Smoke by Steven Raichen. Another good one for the all-around wild game cook is Eat Like a Wild Man: The Ultimate Game & Fish Cookbook by Rebecca Gray. It’s fun to try new game recipes. Plus, you can help break up the repetitiveness of your uncle’s chili you’ve learned to accept every Saturday night of deer season.
Remember the days when everyone was required to bring about five bags of ice to hunting camp? Thanks to the double roto-molded cooler made most popular by Yeti, you can make it through a weekend or even a whole hunting trip with much less. The Yeti Tundra has helped change the very important aspect of preserving meat for hunters. With CWD on the rise and the need for hunters to debone animals before crossing state lines, a good cooler will keep your meat fresh until you’re able to store it at home or with a processor.
And of course if you’re looking to draw more big bucks or wily gobblers to your setup, we know where to find the most realistic, lightweight decoys on the market. It’s never too early to start thinking about the spring turkey season!
From all of us at Montana Decoy, we wish you a very Merry Christmas season!