May 15, 2023
By Mark Demko
He’s your favorite bowhunter, so you want to make sure you get him something that’s thoughtful yet practical and impactful. However, the trouble with shopping for a bowhunting dad, grandfather or other father figure is that most archery hunters have very specific pieces of gear and equipment they like, as well as brands they are loyal to or prefer to use.
That said, some hunting gifts are incredibly versatile and universally appreciated, making them top choices for Father’s Day gifts. Here are our Top 10 picks for this year!
Covert Scouting Cameras WC20
Whether a person hunts multiple properties or prefers spending his time on the family’s Back Forty, it’s a safe bet he can never have enough trail cameras. Hence, a cellular scouter like Covert Scouting Cameras’ WC20 is a tremendous option.
Available in two models — Verizon or AT&T — the WC20 takes 20MP photos and 1080p video, with photos transmitted right to your cell phone via the Covert app. Other highlights include a turbo-shot burst mode (1-3 shots), .3-second trigger speed and 40 IR No-Glow LEDs and 100-foot flash range. Images are stamped with date, time and other data so you know when a target buck is showing up, and getting the camera up and running is easy thanks to the QR Code setup and 1.5-inch color screen. Runs on 12 AA batteries and comes with a two-year warranty. $129.99 | covertscoutingcameras.com
Yeti LoadOut GoBox
The company that brings us those impressive coolers and awesome beverage mugs is back with two new versions of its LoadOut GoBox, a waterproof, dustproof, virtually indestructible gear container designed to store and protect your most important equipment.
The LoadOut GoBox, which now comes in the original GoBox 30 and new GoBox 15 and 60 models, is perfect for storing essentials like food (it’s not a cooler), hunting accessories, camping gear, first aid kits, camera equipment and more. The spacious GoBox 60, which can literally be your personal gear locker, comes with removable cargo trays, dividers and the Pack Attic gear compartment, an innovative, zippered pouch system situated in the lid. It checks in at 17.2 pounds and measures 26.8X11.7 x10.8 inches inside. The GoBox 15, which is perfect for holding essentials, checks in a 7.5 pounds and measures 8.5x11.8x8.6 inches inside. All GoBoxes feature Yeti’s NeverFail Hinge System, LipGrip Handles, Lockdown Latches and AnchorPoint Tie-Down Slots. The GoBox 60 also has large HeftyHauler handles for two-handed carry. $125-$300 | yeti.com
Hunter Safety System ULTRA-LITE Harness
For any archery hunter who hunts from a treestand, one of the best and most important gifts they can ever receive — if they don’t have one — is a safety harness. Hunter Safety System’s ULTRA-LITE is one of the company’s lightest and most flexible harnesses, making it perfect for any bowhunter. The slim, 1.25-inch-wide upper-body webbing allows for a safe, snug fit without compromising movement, while the harness’ innovative design eliminates dangerous dangling straps and weave-through buckles. The ULTRA-LITE, which weighs only 3 pounds, is available in Mossy Oak Bottomland Camouflage and Realtree. It comes with an adjustable tree strap, suspension relief strap/deer drag and more. $119.99 | huntersafetysystem.com
Morrell Archery High Roller
I’ve shot a variety of targets in my archery career, but one of my favorites is the High Roller by Morrell Archery Targets. At only 13x13x13 inches and weighing only 10 pounds, this target is great for quick practice sessions in the driveway or backyard, and small and light enough to take on the road for practice at deer camp before the hunt. The High Roller features high-contrast red and white colors, making it one of the easiest targets on the market to see, and it’s capable of stopping both arrows and bolts using either fieldpoints or broadheads. The six target sides offer 21 different bullseyes, so you also have a variety of aiming points to extend the target’s life. $129.99 | morrelltargets.com
If funds were unlimited, we’d all love to buy dad a new bow, but that’s usually realistic. However, the next best thing is getting him a piece of merch that allows him to proudly show off his enthusiasm for his favorite bow company.
If your father, husband or granddad shoots a Hoyt target or hunting bow, get them a couple of the awesome t-shirts or sweatshirts from the Hoyt website. The company offers 30 different options, including shooter’s jerseys and stylish tees. Prices start at only $19.99, so they’re highly affordable gifts as well. Sweatshirts and t-shirts come in sizes up to 3X. $19.99 and up | hoyt.com
Browning Primal Scalpel Kill Kit
Let dad know you’re confident he’ll get a deer or elk this year by giving him the Browning Primal Scalpel Kill Kit, designed to make the work after the harvest easier. This kit comes with everything you need to field dress the animal and prepare to pack it back to camp or the truck. Included in the kit are a lightweight knife with replaceable, scalpel-style, stainless-steel blades, as well as four game bags, paracord, zip ties and a storage bag. $99 | browning.com
The Provider Spices & Rubs
Summertime is grilling time, and if your dad or husband enjoys cooking, he’ll love the rubs and spice blends from The Provider. Go bold with The Brit, a dry seasoning blend that features garlic, pepper, paprika, coconut sugar and other species. Or, put your meat in The Crosshairs, a classic combo of salt, pepper, dill and more that’s guaranteed to brighten any red meat. If you really want to cover the gamut, check out the Provider’s Ultimate Pack, featuring all 11 of the company’s rubs and spices. Starting at $12.50 | theproviderlife.com
Lumenok Red Crossbow Nock
Today’s crossbows are faster than ever, launching bolts at speeds of more than 400 fps. One of the only downsides to these blistering velocities is that it’s often hard to track the bolts in flight. Hence, using a quality lighted nock is an excellent idea.
For years, bowhunters have appreciated Lumenok nocks due to their durability, incredible brightness and solid battery life. The bright LED technology aids in tracking arrow/bolt flight and point of impact, as well as helping locate the arrow or bolt after the shot. New for 2023, the company has released a Red Crossbow Nock, complete with all of the same great features that all Lumenoks offer. They’re available in all popular sizes and configurations, as well as come on Lumenok’s Crossbow Bolt Packages. $31.49 per 3 | lumenok.com
Mathews Engage Limb Legs
Sometimes you don’t know how much you needed something until after you get it. Such is the case with a good bow stand that can hold your bow upright and at-the-ready while you’re practicing or hunting in a blind. For bowhunters who shoot a Mathews, the Engage Limb Legs, designed for wide-limb bows like the Phase4, Image, V3X, V3, VXR, Vertix and Halon, are a terrific gift. They’re easy to use, provide an incredibly steady base and keep cams and stabilizers off the ground. Plus, they can remain on the bow while you shoot and won’t impact the shot. For bowhunters who shoot a model like the Prima, Avail, Stoke, HTR and HTX, a slim version is also available. $79.99 | mathewsinc.com
Elevation Equipped Terra MGS Sleeve Quiver Package
Bowhunters who shoot 3-D courses and competitions will undoubtedly appreciate the new Elevation Equipped Terra MGS Sleeve Quiver Package. Available in Ambush color, this modular gear system features everything you need to hold your arrows and essential items. It comes with the Terra MGS Sleeve Quiver, Utility Pouch, Rangefinder Case, Utility Box and Pro Shooter’s Belt. The quiver features oversized arrow sleeve pockets, two pen sleeves and more. With this setup, you can hit the course knowing you’ll easily have everything at your fingertips! $139.99 | elevationequipped.com