Bowhunting's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Bowhunting's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

'Tis the time to start shopping for the bowhunter in your life. To help make this task easier and more fun, we here at Petersen's Bowhunting have compiled the following list of great gift ideas we are confident will make any bowhunter happy to receive this holiday season.

LaCrosse Aerohead Boots

LaCrosse's Aerohead Boots combine the waterproof and scent-containment elements of a classic knee-high rubber boot with the snug fit and ultra comfort of a standard lace-up hunting boot. Really. This is the first pair of slip-on, knee-high boots I've truly loved. They include a complete neoprene interior sock over-molded with tough polyurethane for warmth, comfort, wicking action and long wear — all with a Realtree or Mossy Oak camouflage exterior.

MSRP: $130-$140

Bushnell The Truth Rangefinder

Successful bowhunting is all about knowing the range absolutely. Bushnell rangefinders have been on the cutting edge of rangefinding technology for two decades, and The Truth with ClearShot Technology and ARC angle-compensation is a standout example. It is designed to help bowhunters shoot with confidence in brush, using a bow-speed calibration feature and red-dot 'deflection meter ' showing when obstacle collisions are possible, or when the shooter has a clean shot to the target.

MSRP: $280

Carbon Express Maxima Red Arrows

Considering all the options available to bowhunters today, buying arrows for that special someone can prove a trick. Carbon Express' Maxima Red takes some of the confusion out of the equation with just two spine sizes covering all bows from 40-93 pounds. They accomplish this via the center Red Zone, which isolates arrow flex and oscillation to the middle of the shaft for straighter flight, especially with broadheads — making Maxima Red one of the most efficient, accurate arrows in bowhunting

MSRP: $200 per dozen

Easton Injexion Arrows

The perfect Christmas gift often involves splurging for things the recipients wouldn't buy for themselves. Easton's revolutionary Injexion arrow shafts are no doubt spendy, but doesn't your dearest deserve the best? These ultra-low diameter (one of the thinnest in the business and including an all-steel Deep Six HIT Insert), thick-walled shafts (averaging around 10 grains per inch) deliver unsurpassed penetration, durability and ballistic coefficients.

MSRP: $90 (Carbon Injexion) and $150 (A/C Injexion) per 6

GlenDel Buck Target

If you own a bow, you must also own a target. Buying your little bowhunter the right target can prove confusing: block or 3-D? So, why not provide both, a realistic 3-D target built around a long-lasting and durable block core? Field Logic's GlenDel Buck represents a 200-pound deer, including realistic, 150-inch rack and replaceable Open Layered Polyfusion Technology, 11-inch cube block-type center core that's easily replaced through Field Logic's ingenious hinged/drop-in core system.

MSRP: $160

A Guided Bowhunt

Want to see a look of utter amazement? Imagine your sweetheart, sibling or offspring waking Christmas morning to discover they're going on a guided bowhunt! Arranging such an adventure is simpler than you think. First, determine a budget limit (from, say, a $500 wild boar hunt, to a $6,500 African safari), do your homework to find an outfit providing the perfect services (word of mouth best, but also check the Internet or hunting magazine ads), interview perspective outfitters and ask for references, and book that dream hunt by laying down a deposit (normally around 50 percent). Booking early often nets bigger savings, Christmas providing plenty of time to prepare for the big event. If you'd rather not do all the legwork, the experts at Bowhunting Safari Consultants work with an extensive network of outfitters around the globe and will be happy to arrange a hunt for any species you can imagine.

MSRP: Varies

Hi-Mountain Seasonings Jerky Cure

Making homemade jerky is a hunting tradition, and Hi-Mountain Seasonings Jerky Cure makes it easy to produce 15 pounds of perfect, great-tasting jerky every time. Flavors such as Original, Hickory and Hunters Blend are available in both original and low-sodium versions, original recipes offered in additional flavors such as Cajun, Inferno, Mandarin Teriyaki, Cracked Pepper and Garlic, Pepperoni and others — 23 in all.

MSRP: $8

Lumenok Lighted Nocks

Lighted nocks have taken bowhunting by storm, providing better insight into shot placement after the shot and faster recovery of expensive arrows — while also being just flat fun. Lumenoks from Burt Coyote Co. were one of the originals in lighted-nock technology; highly reliable, made to fit all common arrow sizes and offered in a multitude of colors.

MSRP: $25-$26 per 3

Mission Flare

Mission Archery's 4-pound Flare is made for serious youth and female shooters, offering draw-weight adjustability from 30-60 pounds and draw lengths from 24-30 inches within a single bow. The Flare is capable of delivering arrow speeds of up to 315 fps and includes String Suppressors, D-Amplifiers and String Stop. It's available in in Lost Camo AT or Pink Sparkle finishes.

MSRP: $499

Moultrie Panoramic 150 Trail Camera

For the bowhunter who has everything, the unique but practical Panoramic 150 from Moultrie helps feed the trail-camera obsession. The camera includes three, 50-degree detection zones and can be programmed to shoot single photos when movement is detected in any zone or a panoramic photo using all zones (plus video). Any way you slice it, you get increased coverage so capture more images of trophy deer.

MSRP: $250

Muzzy Trocar Broadheads

One-piece, all-steel ferrule with milled-in cutting tip, interlocking blades and some of the sharpest edges in the business — what more could your bowhunter ask for? This is Muzzy's newest model, the Trocar, a straight-flying 100-grain (125-grain in Crossbow version) 'mini ' design with 1 3/16-inch cutting diameter for devastating big-game performance.

MSRP: $30 per 3

Outdoor Edge Cutlery Wild-Pak

Knives and hunting go together like peas and carrots. And while the 'perfect ' hunting knife largely depends on personal preferences, the Wild-Pak from Outdoor Edge assures your serious bowhunter has everything they need to transform their bag into delicious table fare. The eight-piece, orange-handled set includes full-tang caping knife, gut-hook skinner, boning knife, carbide sharpener, wood/bone saw, rib-cage spreader and cleaning gloves contained in a hard case.

MSRP: $60

Plano Parallel Limb Bow Case

A sturdy hard bow case is cheap insurance against inadvertent damage in the field and between hunts. Plano's 9.5x17x43-inch (7 inches deep) Parallel Limb Bow Case is made for the latest compound bows, plus it includes multi-position pillars to help your special bowhunter accommodate any model bow. It's sturdy enough to keep compound bows safe from airline baggage handlers and has plenty of room for spare arrows and archery gear.

MSRP: $80

Primos Neoprene Bow Sling

A fully accessorized bow can prove a handful — quite literally. Primos' Neoprene Bow Sling not only makes any compound bow easier to tote into the field but protects cams, strings and cables from wear and tear during rough and tumble bowhunts. Neoprene cam cups protect from damage, string covers from wear, while the built-in sling leaves your hands free while hiking or climbing.

MSRP: $40

Sitka Gloves

Every bowhunter needs a pair of camouflage gloves. Why not give your bowhunter the best? Sitka Gear's Traverse Glove is patterned from stretch material for a sleek, tighter feel — perfect for bowhunting. They wick away sweat and keep hands under cover with Gore Optifade camouflage while maintaining dexterity.

MSRP: $30

Summit Treestand

Every bowhunter can use another treestand, even if they already own a bevy. Summit Treestands makes some of the industry's best, and the new Mini-Viper SD climber is a shining example of the engineering and practical know-how that has earned the company its stellar reputation. The Mini-Viper's closed-front design weighs only 18 pounds without sacrificing comfort. Dead Metal aluminum construction also makes it extra quiet while setting up or climbing.

MSRP: $260

Tink's Hot Shot Scents

Tink's Hot Shot eco-friendly scent-dispersal spray system attractants are designed for longer-range potency. The unique 'bag-in-can ' system separates lures from the pressurizing agent for purer, more concentrated scent dispersal. The fine mist travels farther and wider, and operation is silent so it won't spook nearby game. They're offered in eight versions for whitetail, bear, moose and predator hunting.

MSRP: $13 per 3 oz.

Robinson Outdoors Tree Spider Safety Harness

If your special someone regularly bowhunts from elevated positions, make sure they come home safe by giving them a ground-breaking Tree Spider safety harness. The new FeatherLite SpiderWeb integrated harness is built right into Sola (for women) and ScentBlocker (for men) clothing with Trinity Technology scent-suppression systems, while providing 100 percent reliability in the event of an accidental fall.

MSRP: Varies by product

Tenzing TZ 4000 Daypack

If your significant other's bowhunting adventures include treks into wild backcountry, Tenzing's new TZ 4000 will make a welcome and highly practical gift this Christmas season. The 4,000-cubic-inch pack's designed for light weight, extreme comfort under a load and extra-long life. It's also versatile, adjusting from a small to mid-sized daypack or full-sized backpack. Performance features include Dyneema-reinforced stress panels, adjustable torso suspension, fluted internal frame and color-coded zippers.

MSRP: $350

Scent-Lok Outfit

Scent-elimination clothing has become an essential part of successful bowhunting for the cutting-edge bowhunter. Scent-Lok's Alpha Tech outfit is one of the best, a layering garment perfect for early to late seasons and including textured polyester fabric that sheds light moisture, half-zip styling allowing larger pockets and hand-warmer, non-slip shoulders and elbows and zip sides for faster dressing. Carbon Alloy Technology increases the spectrum of adsorbed odors to unprecedented levels.

MSRP: $300 (jacket), $200 (pants)

Remington Luminox Navy SEAL Watch

Popular with elite military and law enforcement units, the durability, versatility, and reliability of this Swiss-made timepiece is realized in features like the scratch resistant hardened mineral crystal, protected security screw-on PVD steel crown, and screw down stainless steel black PVD back.

The 44mm Steel Colormark series uses the self-powered system of illumination, Always Visible, powered by very small gas lights (borosilicate glass capsules). Perfect for low-light or no-light situations, the night vision tubes will glow continuously for up to 25 years. Water resistant to 200m and shock resistant.

Price: $595

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