With the holiday season fast approaching, now is the time to pick up last-minute gifts for the western hunter before the weekend rush of Christmas week. Each hunter has different gear needs, but one thing we all have in common is our love of gear and hunting apparel. Here are a few items to help that western hunter in your family prepare for the 2015 hunting season.
The Kelvin Hoody combines warmth and functionality. This can withstand the coldest temperatures mother nature can throw your way during late fall and winter hunts.
This insulation layer features PrimaLoft Down Blend Gold insulation. The jacket is available at major sporting good stores or can be found online. Retail price $369.
If you have never tried glassing with your binoculars on a tripod, then this is the season to try it out.
Glassing from a tripod enables you to be steadier and enhances your ability to pick out game. This binocular adapter will work with multiple tripod heads and optics. You will also need a binocular stud mount, (which is not included). Retail price $59.99 for the binocular adapter and $16.99 to $27.99 for the binocular stud mount.
Capturing live animal photos has always been a challange. Clumsy digiscoping setups and holding your camera up to a spotting scope is a thing of the past.
With a Phone Skope you simply place your cell phone in a custom molded holder that is specifically designed for your cell phone and spotting scope. There is no reason to pack an extra camera when most people already carry a high quality cell phone in the field. Mounts are available for binoculars, spotting scopes, rifle scopes, microscopes or telescopes. Phone Skopes are available for most major cell phone brands, as well as iPad and GoPros. Retail price $49.99.
Having a surgical-sharp knife in your backpack makes taking care of an animal in the backcountry a breeze.
Havalon Knives utilize lightweight surgical sharp replaceable scalpel blades. This knife eliminates the need for carrying extra knives or sharpening stones. When the blade gets dull, simply remove the blade and carefully snap a new blade on. Retail price $46.99.
An important item on any hunt is a multi-functioning watch. The Suunto Core watch is about as outdoor friendly as they come.
This watch combines a tough waterproof construction with an altimeter, barometer and a compass. This is a do-it-all watch that is built to handle any hunting condition. Retail price $299.
Your feet take a beating in the mountains each year. Having quality socks that are breathable and fast drying will prevent blisters and keep you climbing after the animal of your dreams.
Darn Tough’s over-the-calf full cushion socks are a perfect blend of naturally antimicrobial merino wool that will keep your feet cool in the summer and warm during late-season glassing sessions. Darn Tough socks come with an unconditional lifetime guarantee and are made in the USA. Retail price $24.
When it comes to headlamps, the Black Diamond ReVolt is a valuable addition to your hunt.
This headlamp has 130 lumens of light power, has four settings and comes with a red light setting when you don’t want to alert game. The greatest feature of this headlamp is the ability to charge the AAA batteries with a USB cord. Backcountry hunters who carry a power pack or solar panel will love this feature because you can save weight by not carrying extra batteries. Retail price $59.95.