November 13, 2014
If there's one thing that's true about nearly every bowhunter, it's that we love new gear and gadgets. Whether it's that award-winning spotting scope that gives us an edge during elk season or the heated insoles that keep our toes from turning black in wintertime, every piece of gear makes a difference.
We've done the leg work for you this year to help ease your holiday shopping burdens. For even more help, be sure to check out the Game & Fish 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Hunters.
Check out our list of the best gifts for the avid archer on your holiday shopping list:
Alpen | Rainier 856 EH HD
A multiple award winner, Alpen's Rainier 856 ED HD Spotting Scope
is the serious bowhunter's scope. ED HD technology utilizes extra-low dispersion, high-definition optics delivering superb optical clarity and color fidelity — defining the best in quality viewing performance. Get 25% off any purchase at alpenoptics.com. Coupon code PBH2014.
ALPS OutdoorZ | Crossfire
If you're looking for an all-around hunting pack, the vented back Crossfire from ALPS OutdoorZ
will satisfy any hunter's needs for versatile, accessible storage while in the stand or blind. The Crossfire features an accessory pocket that can be used independently of the pack and worn on the chest for easy access to calls, optics, phone or GPS.
CanCooker | Everywhere Pack
The revolutionary CanCooker
locks in heat and steam, cooking tender, flavorful meals. The lightweight, high-strength aluminum construction of the CanCooker will ensure years of hassle-free enjoyment. Perfect for hunting, camping, tailgating, and backyard cookouts. The Everywhere Pack includes CanCooker Jr, Multi-Fuel Portable Cooktop, Plank Foldable Cutting Board, and Rack.
Kodiak | Comanche Trail Camera
Never worry about having to physically retrieve SD cards again, thanks to Kodiak Series Cameras'
patent-pending wireless system. Control and view media on your camera from hundreds of feet away on your smartphone, without the need for a data subscription!
Double Deer Drag
The Double Deer Drag
is the easiest way to get your next deer out of the woods! It allows for two hunters to walk single file in the most direct route, cuts the drag weight in half, fits easily into your pack, and does not strain the fingers after hours of use.
Mathews | Chill SDX
The Chill SDX
is a top-of-the-line dual cam bow designed specifically for women who may be small in stature but demand big performance from a bow. Utilizing the proven AVS DYAD Cam system with perimeter weighting, this bow is silky smooth while providing blazing speed for tremendous downrange energy. The Chill SDX is available in black and Lost Camo, and can be enhanced with our new PNK graphics package.€‹
Mission Archery | RSD
The revolutionary RSD System
is the first-ever removable silent drawing mechanical cocking device. The RSD fits all Mission MXB crossbows
and can be installed or removed in a matter of a few seconds. Easy for anyone to operate, the RSD offers new levels of convenience and accuracy for your crossbow.
Limbsaver | Silent Quiver
Limbsaver's Silent Quiver
features a silent & flexible hood that fits both fixed and expandable broadheads. The durable double grippers securely hold 5 arrows sized .24 inches to .33 inches. The Silent Quiver includes a lightweight, innovative quick-detach mechanism, making follow-up shots a breeze.
strong, powder-coated steel is sleek and stylish. It's superior to a flat, off-the-wall look or those bulky, fixed-wood plaques. And for those skull-capped trophies, look at their new Bone Bracket, too.
34.99 (Little Hooker); $
54.99 (Big Hooker)
ThermaCELL | ProFLEX Heated Insoles
ThermaCELL ProFLEX Heated Insoles
will change cold-weather hunting forever. These innovative foot warmers provide remote-controlled heat for your feet. They are water resistant, versatile, and only cost pennies per hour of use. New in 2014, " target="_blank">ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ProFLEX
are being introduced, featuring a removable replaceable battery, extra flexibility, and USB charging, among other features.
179.99 (ProFLEX); $
129.99 (Heated Insoles)
Deadeye Hunter Trivia Pack
Become a more knowledgeable whitetail hunter — challenge family and friends with 350+ questions about all things whitetails and whitetail hunting. The Deadeye Hunter Trivia Pack
makes a great gift for all ages. The compact design enables easy transportation, so it's perfect to pack for those family gatherings at Grandma's on the holidays, deer camp or any hunting trip.
PSE | Full Throttle
What do you do when you already make the world's fastest compound bow? You make one that blows past it at a record-breaking 370 fps! But lightning speed is just one amazing feature of the PSE Full Throttle
— the bow is also incredibly accurate and great to shoot. To see more, friend PSE on Facebook
SPOT | Gen3
For those looking for a critical, life-saving line of communication while adventuring off the grid, consider the SPOT Gen3
, a simple one-touch GPS locator/tracker/messenger. Using 100 percent satellite technology, it tracks your movements and relays them back to a website where others can see your real-time progress. It also sends out prepared text messages/emails to a contact list to let them know you are fine, you need help, or you simply need more supplies. In an emergency, it also features an SOS button that will send out a distress signal with your exact coordinates to rescuers.
ATN | BinoXS-HD 4-16X
If you're looking for some of the most advanced optics in the world, you can't miss the BinoXS-HD 4-16X
from ATN. The BinoXS works day or night, comes loaded with WiFi, Smooth Zoom, records video and takes photos, and has a built in compass. It's fully capable of GPS geotagging, so you can mark waypoints as you go. With WiFi technology you can see the viewfinder on your smartphone, take photos and record video in 1080p HD. What's not to love?
Wolverine | Ramsay Hunting Boot
Styled after the quintessential upland boot of the last 50 years, the Wolverine Ramsay
is every bit as well made as its predecessors. Made with an ultracomfortable Vibram rubber outsole and EVA molded footbed, the Ramsay is a fully waterproof hunting boot that protects your feet when you're pounding out the miles. We took it deer, grouse and turkey hunting in Michigan, and there's not one of those genres it can't manhandle. It also features stylishly cut leather and stitching, making it at home in the workplace or at your favorite pub on Friday night.
Mathews | NO CAM HTR
Mathews recently announced its newest bow, the NO CAM HTR
, just in time for the holiday season. The new NO CAM Technology utilizes two circular and concentric string tracks to create a balanced system with a radically smooth draw cycle and straight and level nock travel for superior accuracy.
The NO CAM HTR features shorter, more rigid quad limbs, a less-reflexed riser, twin Harmonic Stabilizers and the Mathews patented Focus Grip. RockMods come standard on the HTR and are available in 65-, 75- and 85-percent letoff.
The bow comes in five finishes, including the new Stone Tactical and Lost Camo OT.
Louisville Slugger | Realtree Camouflage Bat
Know someone (maybe even you) who's looking for the perfect addition to their man cave or gun rack? Knock this holiday season out of the park with one swing of the bat thanks to world-renowned baseball bat maker Louisville Slugger. In collaboration with Realtree, Louisville Slugger is offering a one-of-a-kind personalized Realtree Camouflage Bat
, complete with your name or other unique message of your choice. Made from the finest high-grade maple wood available, Louisville Slugger utilizes a hydrographic finishing process to apply the Realtree Xtra camo print to the 34-inch bat for a high gloss finish.
Mission | Craze
Let's not forget about the youngsters and beginning bowhunters on your holiday gift list. They'll need a starter setup that not only makes bowhunting more accessible, but one that will actually make them an effective hunter in the field. Luckily Mission Archery
has this covered with the Craze
. Neither you nor the recipient will regret the choice.
With an impressive IBO speed rating of 306 fps, the Craze combines adjustability with lethality for an ideal starter bow or effective option for even the most veteran of bowhunters. With a 28-inch axle-to-axle length and 7 ½-inch brace height the Craze is one of the quietest and smoothest drawing bows on the market for the price. Mission achieves this by offering a wide range of adjustability on the Craze's dual cam system with the ability to adjust draw weights from 15 to 70 pounds and draw lengths from 19 to 30 inches, all with an 80 percent let-off.
Be sure to get them started on the right foot by selecting either one of Mission's Basic, Bow Hunter, or Pro Hunter outfitting packages which include a rest, quiver, sight and stabilizer (depending on the chosen package) to accompany the bow. The Craze is also available in a wide variety of standard camo finishes and Mission's 'Splash ' finishes.