With each and every holiday season that comes around, there seems to be the lingering question, “What should I get the hunter in my life this year?” Jumping into a catalog or looking through someone’s gear pile can be a confusing jumbled mess and leave you with more questions than ideas. Here at goHUNT, we have a ton of suggestions for every season, every hunt and every hunter. And for those of you looking to shop for the hunter who seems impossible to shop for, here are five quality options for gear that are not only at a great price but are also built to last.
This is a great option for any hunter looking to get into glassing, in need of an upgrade to their old and heavy tripod system, or who needs a fresh/durable tripod for next season. With five different options to pair with a free ball head the Slik Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit is a perfect gift.
Being able to stay connected with loved ones while in the field is a must. With the Zoleo Satellite Communicator, hunters are able to do so at a cheaper cost than most other leading brands. Simply download the app on your phone, pay for access to text messages, and go into the field. Designed with an SOS button for emergencies, this satellite device is an absolute must-have.
If there was ever one knife that might last forever in my bag, it would be the Argali Carbon Knife. Built to do just about every task a hunter could dream of, there is little this lightweight blade cannot do in a backcountry camp. Use it to break down an entire animal, chop up vegetables for a stew, and much more. This blade is sure to become a favorite for many hunters.
This is the perfect gift for a bowhunter in your life. Designed to calculate archery ballistics out to 125 yards, there will never be a doubt in your mind that you have the right range next time you nock an arrow. Built with the backcountry hunter in mind, this rangefinder is lightweight, but also durable to handle long hot days in the late summer heat or the torrential downpours and thunderstorms.
This is a must-have for the big game western hunter. Engineered for high country wind barren ridges, sideways blowing snow, and chilling rains, this jacket is built to last. Weighing in at just under 2 lbs, this jacket has earned its place on any backcountry mid-late season hunt. Keep the hunter in your life warm and protected from the elements for years to come.
Hunters put their gear through the wringer each year and, during the offseason, they repair gear that should otherwise be thrown out, handed down, or gotten rid of. We are a stubborn group of people. There is no denying that which means, sometimes, we require help from our friends and families to upgrade or replace gear that is overdue for an overhaul. Here is another five great options that will help make life on the mountain, the trail, or the pack out a bit easier and more enjoyable for everyone involved.
There is perhaps no item more abused in a hunter’s kit than their game bags. We expect them to keep our prized haul safe and protected from when the animal hits the ground to the butcher’s block. These bags get dirty, bloody, and smelly. Caribou Gear has made their bags not only outperform other bags in the field, but they are also reusable for many hunts to come.
Designed to keep your weapon safe no matter the conditions. Perfect to keep in the truck at all times — for a pack in or on the hunt. Too many times I have seen a stalk in wet conditions ruined by a fogged-up scope or trying to wipe the water off the front of the scope. This GunSlicker takes all the guesswork out of the final equation for you with a barrel port.
In the age where connectivity is imperative even in the backcountry, you have to either take batteries with you or opt for the much lighter option: a solar panel. Goal Zero has successfully built and maintained their standard in the backcountry/hunting industry as a trusted brand of solar power and power banks. This is the perfect gift for the hunter in your life who complains about carrying multiple wireless batteries into the backcountry.
Whether camping or glassing, no one likes to sit in the dirt. Comfortability while hunting can make the difference between sticking it out when hunts are tough or calling it early. The Hillsound BTR Stool is ideal for a backcountry camp. Weighing in at only 14.1 oz, this is an extremely packable chair. Improve your camp life and your time behind glass with this great gift.
There is no quicker way to end a hunt than with wet boots and wet feet. Stay hunting longer next season with a great pair of gaiters. Keep the elements out of your footwear and stay on the move. Built for use in almost any terrain and conditions, these gaiters are quick and easy to put on and take off. Completely waterproof, they are a great gift for any hunter.