No matter the occasion, everyone appreciates a thoughtful gift. But when the recipient eats, breathes and sleeps whitetails, coming up with the right gift can be an intimidating process.
First off, as a group, deer hunters are pretty finicky about their gear. It’s not always easy to know which of 1,000 items in a store of catalog is exactly the right one. On the market are a vast number of whitetail-related products, and without specific guidance, it can be hard to know which ones are most appropriate. No wonder a Cabela’s gift card is such a popular item these days. (And of course, that’s still a fine alternative, particularly if you’re just not sure which way to go in selecting a hunting item.)
The second reason some are reluctant to give whitetail gifts is timing. Many deer hunters have wrapped up their annual time in the field before gift time even arrives. So rather than purchase something that might not even be used for the better part of the following year, some gift givers simply go in another direction.
But that second argument holds less water every year. Today’s whitetail enthusiast is expanding his “season” far beyond the traditional hunting period. Increasingly, he’s spending time in the field shed hunting, scouting or working on habitat improvement. With this year-round increase in time outdoors comes an increase in the number of appropriate gifts in a range of categories. In fact, some whitetail gifts can start getting use use before the holiday decorations even have been put away.
If you’re searching for just the right whitetail item for someone on your holiday gift list, check out the following suggestions. Almost everyone who chases deer would be happy to find one of these beneath the tree:
- The name might suggest this model is strictly for western mountain hunting, but that’s hardly the case. This rugged but featherweight boot from Zamberlan is an outstanding choice for mild-weather whitetail pursuits, especially for the avid hunter who wants to push well beyond where others tread. The Vibram soles get plenty of bite, and the GoreTex membrane repels moisture with ease. These boots are tough and well made.