November 03, 2017
This holiday season, skip the ugly pajamas, festive socks and tacky ties, and get the bowhunters on your shopping list what they really want — the latest gear to keep them outfitted for the field. Whether you need gifts for a seasoned crossbow maven or an aspiring archer, we've found the best picks to please any bowhunter in your life.
Ravin R15 Crossbow
Featuring HeliCoil technology, the Ravin R15 boasts deadly accuracy and speeds of 425 fps, in a compact crossbow that measures just 6 inches axle to axle when fully drawn. The Frictionless Flight System provides vane clearance and a quiet shot, while the Trac-Trigger ensures a safe, balanced draw. The Predator-camouflaged R15 comes fully-assembled and pre-tuned with a 100-yard illuminated scope, six Ravin arrows, six 100-grain field points, a quiver with mounting bracket, Versa-Draw cocking handle and built-in sling mounts. MSRP: $2,049 | ravincrossbows.com
onX Hunt App
The updated onX Hunt app offers several new features that provide hunters with more detailed digital mapping. Users can access information on trophy records by species and county with the Boone and Crockett Records or explore backcountry areas with Randy Newberg's Roadless Layer. Other additions include the Topo Basemap with hill shading and geographic features, Prairie Dog Layer with a comprehensive map of existing prairie dog towns, USFS Timber Cuts on National Forest Land and Historic Wildfires Layer with details on the acreage affected.
MSRP: $29.99-$99.99 per year | onxmaps.com
Carbon Express PileDriver 390
Crossbow technology has continued to up the ante each year, and Carbon Express is following suite with their PileDriver 390. The crossbow weighs in at just 7.2 pounds and shoots a screaming 390 feet per second. The PileDriver 390 has a slim and light stock design with an adjustable foregrip and buttstock, and measure only 14.5 inches axle-to-axle when cocked. Pair that with anti-dry fire technology, aluminum rail, compression molded limbs, alloy cams, and a Quiet Crank Cocking Winch — this is your must-have crossbow to take afield this winter. MSRP — $399 | Carbonexpresscrosswbow.com
Magic Chef 10 Tray Food Dehydrator
Featuring a Realtree Xtra pattern, the 10 Tray Food Dehydrator from Magic Chef features a clear viewing door and 1,703 square inches of drying space. Mounted in the rear, the drying system circulates air from back to front through each tray. Non-stick trays ensure that food can be removed with ease, and an indicator light is present so that you know with certainly when the unit is on. A built-in temperature control allows you to set the dehydrator from 100-160 degrees for all your cooking needs. The unit weighs in at 20.3 pounds. MSRP — $169.99 | mcappliance.com
Bear Archery Cruzer G2
Adjustable from 5-70 pounds and boasting a draw-length range of 12-30 inches, the Cruzer G2 from Bear Archery provides great value and flexibility for bowhunters of any age. The compact rig measures 30 inches axle to axle and weighs in at 3 pounds, while producing speeds of up to 315 fps with a 6 ½-inch brace height. The Cruzer G2 comes as complete Ready-to-Hunt package, including a Trophy Ridge Whisker Biscuit, 4-pin sight, stabilizer, sling, quiver, peep sight and D-loop.
MSRP: $499.99 | beararchery.com
Plano Pro SE Bow Case
Choose Plano's Pro PSE Bow Case for a perfect fit for the archer on your holiday list. The versatile case can easily secure any fully-loaded quiver in the lid without additional mounts or brackets and comes with an Arrow Max Case which protects up to six arrows equipped with broadheads. An improved strapping and tie-down system allows for transporting a variety of bowhunting equipment, while a molded handle provides comfortable carrying.
MSRP: $109.99 | planomolding.com
Bee Stinger Sport Hunter Xtreme
Bee Stinger's Sport Hunter Xtreme reduces shot-induced vibration and provides superior stabilization for bowhunting accuracy. The Sims Internal Damper and De-resonator minimize vibration from the riser when an arrow is released, and three separate 1-ounce end-weights allow for customization based on individual bow requirements. The Sport Hunter Xtreme is available in 6-inch, 8-inch and 10-inch models with several solid color and camo options.
MSRP: $64.99-$99.99 | beestinger.com
Featuring Decreasing Diameter Pins, TRUGLO's HYPER-STRIKE can increase effective range, plus a TRU-LITE PRO rotary light illuminates pins during low-light conditions. A MAXAMOUNT bracket allows for a variety of mounting option to suit any setup, and the sight is second- and third-axis adjustable. The durable, lightweight carbon-composite and aluminum construction is completed with a soft-feel TRU-TOUCH coating.
MSRP: $121-$133 | truglo.com
Summit Safety Harnesses
Ensure the bowhunter in your life stays from the treestand without sacrificing comfort with the Summit SPORT and PRO Safety Harnesses. Both harnesses are available in men's or women's models and feature a high-performance bungee tether, quick-release buckles, padded shoulder straps and a lineman's climbing belt. The Pro Safety Harness also includes a military-inspired MOLLE system for accessory attachment. All harnesses are ultra-quiet and have a weight rating of 300 pounds.
MSRP: $69.99 (SPORT); $99.99 (PRO) | summitstands.com
Duel Game Calls Rut Pack
Give the gift of a full range of whitetail sounds with the Rut Pack 3 from Duel Game Calls. The Double Back Grunt Call features a dual-resonating chamber for deep, authentic grunts, and seven different sound positions create a wide range of calls. Inhale for subtle sounds or exhale for far-reaching calls. The Doe Next Door Micro Heat Bleat Call produces estrous bleats or fawn bleats by swapping out O-rings. Both calls in the Rut Pack 3 sport Mossy Oak Breakup Country, and the set includes a double-spring lanyard.
MSRP: $36.99 | duelgamecalls.com
G5 Dead Meat
You can't go wrong with the gift of broadheads for a bowhunter, and the G5 Dead Meat is no exception. The three-blade mechanical design is constructed of super-tough stainless steel, and the heavy-duty blades create a 1.5-inch cutting diameter for short tracking jobs. A SnapLock retaining collar secures blades for reliable, flawless flight. Dead Meat broadheads are available in 100-grain and 125-grain configurations as well as a crossbow model.
MSRP: $54.95 | g5outdoors.com
QAD Ultrarest MXT
QAD's Ultrarest MXT is a full-containment, drop-away rest, equipped with micro-adjustment. An improved thumb actuator with rubber pads provides additional gripping power. QAD's internal Anti-Backlash System ensures precision performance, and Lock-Down Technology guarantees complete fletching clearance. The Ultrarest MXT is lightweight at only 2.9 ounces and allows for easy broadhead flight tuning.
MSRP: $234.95-$249.95 | qadinc.com
T.R.U. Ball eXecute
T.R.U. Ball's eXecute is the first nickel-plated, brass-bodied wrist-strap release, with independent travel and tension adjustment settings for ultra-light to ultra-heavy trigger feels. The eXecute won't build up trigger pressure due to a crisp Double Sear internal firing mechanism. All internal components are made of the highest quality metals available.
MSRP: $179.99-$189.99 | truball.com
Scent Crusher Ozone Go
A great stocking stuffer for hunters and non-hunters alike, the Ozone Go from Scent Crusher eliminates all odors and contaminants from vehicles in just 30 minutes. Employing ozone technology, the chemical-free unit plugs into any DC outlet to leave car interiors — and everything inside — scent-free. The Ozone Go is maintenance-free and comes with a two-year warranty.
MSRP: $49.99 | scentcrusher.com
Sitka Gear Fanatic Vest
Constructed of silent, wet-printed fleece, Sitka's Fanatic Vest keeps bowhunters warm to the core without added bulk in the arms. Body-mapped Primaloft throughout is sealed with Gore Windstopper Technology for all-season insulation. An angled zipper design allows for a kangaroo pocket to keep hands warm, and a rangefinder pocket provides easy access to the most important bowhunting equipment.
MSRP: $229 | sitkagear.com
Cabela's Zoned Comfort Trac Rubber Boots
Your favorite bowhunter will appreciate warm, dry feet in the field with Cabela's Zoned Comfort Trac 800-Gram Rubber Boots. The boots ensure optimal thermal regulation through strategic placement of Thinsulate: 800-gram in the toes, 400-gram in the saddles and 200-gram in the heels. Toecaps add durable protection, and 3.5mm neoprene and rubber overlays block out moisture. The boots feature anti-odor technology and are available in Cabela's Zonz Woodlands or O2 Octane.
MSRP: $100 | cabelas.com
Yeti Hopper Flip
Yeti's portable soft cooler is now available in three easy-carry sizes — the Hopper Flip 8, 12 and 18. Perfect for transporting meat or keeping provisions cold in the field, the cooler features ColdCell insulation and a DryHide shell to provide all-day ice retention and rugged durability. The Hopper Flip sports a wide-mouth opening with a leak-proof Hydrolok zipper and is available in Fog Gray or Field Tan.
MSRP: $199.99-$299.99 | yeti.com
Spartan GoCam Blackout
Spartan's GoCam Blackout is the gift that keeps on giving in the form of trophy snapshots. The trail camera uses wireless technology to instantaneously deliver photos to a phone number or email address, and the GoWireless mobile app and web portal allow users to easily adjust settings or view photos, even from hundreds of miles away. Data plans start at just $5/month. The blackout flash provides illumination up to 60 feet for crisp, clear nighttime images, and photo resolution can be set as high as 8 MP.
MSRP: $469.95 | spartancamera.com
Scent Killer Gold Spray
Scent Killer Gold Spray is now equipped with Hunt Dry Technology for maximum potency, even after it dries. The powerful formula eliminates 99 percent of human odors for 20 days after application on hunting gear and works when both wet and dry. Spray bottles feature a high-output sprayer that works even when upside down.
MSRP: Starting at $9.99 | wildlife.com