Trying to come up with a gift for that certain whitetail hunter in your life can seem to take as long, and become as frustrating, as his or her own quest for a monster buck. About all you’re really sure of is that the hunter in question—young or old, male or female—is nuts about deer hunting. Beyond that, you might not have a clue what the universe of possible gifts includes, much less exactly which one would be seen as “perfect.”
To take the guesswork out of the equation—and to save you some precious time—we rounded up the best gifts for the deer hunter on your holiday shopping list. Check out the 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for the perfect gift this year.
Specially designed for the Kinect for Xbox 360, the game offers hectic entertainment as the player races around the world in search of hunting success. There are single- and multiple-player options. Precise sensors track body movements, allowing the “hunter” to jump, dodge, aim and fire his or her way to the next level. Avoid obstacles, grab power-ups, harvest trophies and just generally have a good time. Maybe they’ll even let you play. The game is rated T for Teen...or is that Trophy?
Also available are stylish caps, unique DVDs and how-to books for the serious trophy whitetail hunter. These items are sure to keep the recipient thinking about big bucks every day of the year. And that’s a very good thing.
The Rack Jack, from Viking Solutions, is a lightweight mechanical hand winch built with the whitetail hunter in mind. The solid-steel frame mounts into a standard 2” rear hitch receiver or (with an optional accessory) can be used freestanding. The frame is rated for up to 300 pounds. And once you have your deer off the ground, the top of the frame swings to make it easy to get the carcass into your truck bed. Leave the linebacker at home.
The flexible rubber soles have case-hardened steel cleats (34 per pair) that bite into ice and snow, providing much-needed traction when the going gets tough. A pair of lightweight, compact Stabilicers Maxx will easily fit into a glove box or backpack until needed. A wide range of colors and sizes are available.
That problem has been solved by the Terralux TLH 50 headlamp. Unlike many budget headlamps, it features not just hands-free convenience, but also high performance. How about a maximum output of 540 lumens—for 3 hours on a single charge? The TLH 50 weighs a mere 5.3 ounces, including the included CR123A batteries. It’s even rated waterproof for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter.
The toxins released in many insect bites and stings are thermolabile; that is, they’re controlled by heat. So the folks at Therapik decided to use that against the toxins. Their battery-powered, handheld device uses a targeted application of heat in just the right temperature range to temporarily neutralize the toxins.
While this device doesn’t permanently relieve pain or itching, it makes life more comfortable in a tree stand or ground blind, especially during the warm weather of early season. It reportedly even works on jellyfish stings, though not on spider or snake bites.