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Gary’s GREAT Christmas Gift Ideas

Entered by Gary Howey

Former tournament angler, hunting and fishing guide. Inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing "Hall of Fame" in 2017. Active member of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW), Past Executive Director (AGLOW). Howey has been an outdoor communicator since 1980 with his award winning syndicated "Of the Outdoors" columns appearing in magazine, newspapers, and tabloids throughout he upper Midwest and nationally.

December 14, 2020

It’s that time of the year, as we’re heading into the holidays, where there are a lot of folks looking for a gift for their individual whose into the outdoors.

  If your outdoor folks are anything like me, if they need something, they simply go out and purchase it.

  Well, I’ve been rummaging through numerous sites on the internet and have come up with some great gift ideas for those in your life that love the outdoors.

  SneakyHunter BootLamp How many times, when you’re heading for your deer stand, with your backpack full, your gun or bow in your hands while trying to find your way before sunrise where the light from your flashlight you’re holding is lighting up the trees and the surrounding area, alerting everything in the woods that something or someone is walking through the woods?

   The new SneakyHunter BootLamps will solve that problem as their lights will light the way and not spook game because they attach to your boots.

   The SneakyHunter BootLamps are a great gift for hiking, hunting, ice fishing or just about any outdoor low-light situation.

  When you head out before sunrise, you need a light allowing you to see where you’re going, one that lights your way, yet isn’t going to spook game.

 By having the light down at your feet and away from your eyes, your visual perception, your night vision is stabilized.

  These headlamps for your feet, allow you to light your way hands-free and are the perfect gift for any outdoor person.

   SneakyHunter BootLamps attach to your boots via an easy-to-use 18-inch long, 1-inch-wide elastic cinch strap. The hook and loop strap is placed under your instep, and the two prongs on the front of the unit are slipped under your boots shoelaces, resulting in a slip-proof attachment. The unit is made so that when it is mounted in the proper position, the light will shine where you’ll be walking.

  These headlamps for your feet allow you to light your way hands-free are the perfect gift for any outdoor person.

     The lights on the SneakyHunter BootLamps operate using three AAA batteries and have three settingswhite, for general hiking; red and green, for hiking with a soft light that will not spook animals and a violet on the hunter version for blood trailing.

   To turn them on you simply push the button on top – one click for white, two clicks for red, three clicks for green, and It’s rated as highly water resistant.

  Originally designed to be put directly on the boot, the SneakyHunter BootLamps also work well when strapped on the knees. This directs the light where you are walking and is ideal in situations when walking in water, snow or other inclement ground situations.

  To order or for or more information on SneakyHunter BootLamps visit www.sneakyhunter.com

  If they’re into ice fishing, there are several products out there that would make great gifts or stocking stuffers

    Northland Fishing Tackles ¼ ounce Rattlin’ Puppet Minnow® This is a bait, I’ve used while fishing turbid open water with limited visibility and is a bait that will draw the fish in from afar, with its lifelike finish, aerodynamic triangular lipped design, 3-D eyes, it darts and swims like a dying minnow with its glass rattle that attracts the fish, perch, crappie, walleye, trout, and other species, as it’s a deadly all-species lure.

  This is a two-way bait which can be fished two ways through the ice or in open water.  

  On the business end of the Rattlin Minnow you’ll find a #10 2/0 wide gap hook and along the bottom a super sharp treble hook that will hook and hold your fish.

Available at all mass merchandisers or at www.northlandtackle.com › rattlin-puppet-minnow 

 

 Outdoor Edge’s Jaeger Pack:  Another great holiday gift for the hunter is the Outdoor Edge’s Jaeger Pack, everything you need to butcher your Big Game.

  The knives have precisely heat-treated 420J2 stainless steel blades that ensure excellent edge, its retention, it’s shaving-sharp hand-finished edges.

  Its Blaze-orange handles are easy to spot and the antler texture provides enhanced grip for perfectly balanced full-tang blade

  The Pack includes:  a 3.7 in Gutting Blade, 4 in Skinner Blade, 8.6 in, 5 In. Boning Blade, 5 in Saw Blade, Rib Spreader, plastic gloves and a Tungsten Carbide sharpener.

   Available at area Sport Shops, Mass Merchandisers, for more information on other Outdoor Edge products you can go to https://www.outdooredge.com/

 Swagger Bipod is another great gift Idea, developed by a hunter in Niobrara, NE. now manufactured in Grand Island, NE.

The bipod mounts on your rifle, helping to manage the recoil for faster follow up shots, it’s useable on all terrains, allow the hunter to shoot from prone, sitting and standing position.

  It has Flex Ready Leg Technology, with Shock Corded legs that automatically connect when deployed and can change from full flex legs to rigid legs.

  The legs of the Swagger Bipod adjust with a single twist, extending out to 42”, with the legs retracting into the body for protection, when not in use.

  More information on the Swagger Bipod is available at Swaggerbipods.com

 Kent Fasteel 2.0-line addition to their line of shotshells   The Kent Fasteel shotgun shells are perfect for all types of hunting especially if you’re hunting waterfowl production areas where non-toxic shot is required.

  Kent Cartridge, has a full line of high-quality shotshells for hunters and competitive shooters, which include their Bismuth Non-Toxic, Tealsteel®, Fasteel® 2.0, Kent Elite®, Diamond Dove®, Steel Dove®, First Dove®, Fast Lead®, Ultimate Turkey, ProTrial® Field Blanks, TK7 Penetrator® and Tungsten Matrix®.

  This year, they’ve added several loads to Fasteel 2.0 line of Fasteel 2.0 and responding to customer demand, they’ve developed these three new “Fast” loads.

  • 12ga 3-1/2” 1-3/8oz 1550 FPS in #1 Shot
  • 12ga 3-1/2” 1-3/8oz 1550 FPS in #3 Shot
  • 12ga 2-3/4” 1-1/4oz 1300 FPS in #3 Shot

 For more information, visit the Kent Cartridge web site at www.kentcartridge.com Follow them Facebook at  www.facebook.com/kentcartridge and Instagram @kent_cartridge

 

 These are a few of the outdoor gifts that will light up the holidays for that outdoor person in your family.

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