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Our gifts for hunters include everything from crazy high-end binos to an affordable saw that everyone should throw in their pack.

There’s nothing better than spoiling your loved ones (or come on, yourSELF) for the holidays. And if you’ve got hunters in your crew, we’ve got gifts.

From clothes to maps to bows to just plain cool gear, check out our picks for the 2023 holiday season.

Gifts For Hunters: 2023

Archery

Easton Bow Go 4118 Soft Side Bow Case (Under $70)

The Easton Bow Go 4118 Soft Side Bow Case is your ideal on-the-go solution for safeguarding your performance hunting bow and gear. Designed to fit modern compound bows up to 41″ in length, this case offers an extra-wide 5″ depth, providing ample interior storage space, even accommodating bows with mounted quivers.

The case is lined with durable stamped fabric and includes a dedicated pocket for arrow tote and storage box (not included), along with four additional pockets for essential accessories, making it a comprehensive and protective choice for bowhunters.

PSE Archery Razorback/Razorback Jr. Recurve Bow for Youth (Under $150)

The PSE Archery Razorback is the perfect choice for introducing young archers to the world of recurve bows. It comes in two lengths, with the Razorback at 62″ and the Junior at 54″, each offering matching draw weights. The Razorback’s recommended brace height is 7-1/2″ to 8″, while the Razorback Junior’s recommended brace height is 6-1/2″ to 7″. These bows are excellent options for youth getting started with recurves.

Bear Archery Cruzer G3 RTH (Under $500)

If you’re in search of a dependable bow under $500 that will stand the test of time, the new Cruzer G3 is the perfect choice. It boasts impressive features such as arrow speeds of up to 315 FPS, a versatile 10-70 lb. draw weight range suitable for a wide range of shooters, and a flexible 14-30″ draw length to accommodate archers of all ages and skill levels. What sets it apart is the convenience of making all adjustments with a simple Allen wrench, eliminating the need for a bow press.

With a 6.5″ brace height and a comfortable 75% let-off, it caters to various archers. Plus, it comes with a Ready-to-Hunt Accessory Package that includes a Trophy Ridge Sight, Quiver, Whisker Biscuit Arrow Rest, Peep sight, and D-loop, making it a comprehensive package for your archery needs. With a 30″ axle-to-axle length, the Cruzer G3 is ready to elevate your archery experience.

Bowtech Carbon One 70lbs Right Hand OD Green Compound Bow (Under $1700)

The strategically engineered carbon riser, along with Orbit Dampeners, effectively minimizes felt vibration during the shot. Additionally, it includes the Integrate Mounting System dovetail, compatible with arrow rests equipped with IMS, and strategically placed Orbit Dampeners that substantially reduce vibration and noise upon firing.

Hunting Clothing

Duck Camp Mesa Merino Hoodie (Under $150)

The Mesa Merino Hoodie boasts lightweight comfort, temperature regulation, and sun protection. It serves as an excellent base layer for cool nights or a standalone piece for warm coastal days. With options in hunting and fishing colors, this all-season hoodie offers endless versatility.

I wore the Mesa all summer and fall, both as a nice evening layer when chill sets in and under my hunting gear. And I even wore it four days in a row in hunting camp. Merino is legendary for scent control, pretty sure I could have worn it for four more days.

Sitka Equinox Guard Hoody (Under $150)

The Equinox Guard Hoody, crafted from ultra-lightweight, breathable, tightly woven stretch fabric, aids in shielding against insect contact and features Insect Shield technology to deter bug bites.

I love this hoody. It’s awesome for everything from fishing to buggy nights to a light layer for early season hunting.

Zamberlan Lynx BOA Hunting Boots (Under $500)

I’ve hunted in these boots all season and they’re the best I’ve ever had. They offer premium support, comfort, and protection for early-season backcountry bowhunts. Made in Italy with nubuck leather and Hydrobloc water-resistant treatments, they have a protective rubber toe rand and camouflage design for concealment.

Featuring the Zamberlan Flex System (ZFS) for comfortable forward movement and a unique Boa lacing system for quick fit adjustments, these boots also have waterproof GORE-TEX linings, a wide ZWL last, a 4mm Flex insole, dual-density polyurethane midsoles, and Vibram 3D outsoles for excellent traction.

Kings Camo Hunting Kit (Varies)

Kings Camo hunting kits are one of the best deals in hunting clothing. The gist is that you go onto the brand’s website, search for kits appropriate to your style of hunting, and you receive an immediate discount when purchased altogether.

Personally, I love this way of buying gear. It makes it super easy to get friends or loved ones into quality gear quickly, and it will absolutely make their day as a holiday gift.

Gifts for Hunters: Gear

Gerber Vital Pack Saw (Under $30)

This exceptional tool delivers on its promise, making bone-sawing for big game animals effortless and comfortable. Its vivid orange handle, rubberized for a secure grip, ensures a comfortable hold while cutting. The serrations are thoughtfully configured to enhance efficiency and reduce strain on your body.

I’ve seen this little saw go through a bull elk’s pelvis. It’s an incredible, affordable, and necessary tool for big game hunters.

Primos Rivers Cut Turkey Pot Call (Under $130)

Introducing the Primos Rivers Cut Turkey Pot Call, born from an insatiable desire to outsmart wild turkeys and expertly crafted by master call makers. This call, designed for Wilbur Rivers Primos, is made from exotic woods with intricate engraving and a premium glass surface, making it a work of art for both the woods and your mantle. Named after Wilbur Rivers Primos, it produces a unique sound only achievable with carefully selected hardwoods. The Rivers Cut Pot Call comes with two specially chosen strikers, each designed for distinct tones, featuring cut knurled guides for precise finger placement. Due to the rarity of these exotic woods, the Rivers Cut Pot Call is available for a limited time.

Spypoint Flex-X Trail Camera (Under $200)

The FLEX-S, one of the latest cellular trail cams from SPYPOINT, offers hunters a season-long battery life with an integrated solar panel and optional battery backup. This dual-sim camera captures & transmits 36MP photos & 1080P videos to the SPYPOINT APP. Whether you are a seasoned user of cellular trail cams or not, its set-up is effortless & intuitive. It offers many features, including on-demand requests, remote management, GPS-enablement & much more. It’s part of every hunter’s holiday wishlist!

MKC Blackfoot 2.0 Hunting Knife (Under $310)

This knife is in my hunting pack this fall, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Master Bladesmith Josh Smith founded Montana Knife Company with a mission: to craft the ultimate all-purpose knife. “The Blackfoot,” his flagship creation, embodies this vision. It’s compact and lightweight for goat hunting, yet rugged enough for moose field dressing. Its design excels in tasks like gutting, caping, skinning, and deboning, making it Josh Smith’s trusted go-to blade.

Federal Ammunition (varies)

We’re big fans of everything Federal ammo. If you know what your loved one shoots — or to add an ammunition supply in addition to the gift of a gun — get dialed in at Federal.

A few of our favorite hunting rounds include Power-Shok for whitetail slugs, Terminal Ascent for hunting rifles, and Premium HEVI-Bismuth for upland birds and waterfowl.

Gifts for Hunters: Online Memberships

Outdoor Class ($100/Year)

Outdoor Class is one of the more thorough ways to engage with information from hunting experts. Built on the concept of Master Class, hunters like Remi Warren (pictured), Randy Newberg, Corey Jacobson and more impart wisdom on how to best hunt a variety of game.

In addition to hunting, wild game chefs like Hank Shaw and Bri Coelho add flavor for how to better cook what’s in your freezer. Classes are continually added and the membership can easily be gifted.

GOHUNT Membership ($20-150/Year)

GOHUNT’s memberships range from a $20 gear membership that allows members to earn points towards future gear purchases to a $50 membership for mapping products for the entire U.S. to Insider, which is the whole dang shebang. Insider, to me, is one of the greatest tools for planning in hunting. If not the greatest. GOHUNT truly does an incredible job of helping folks map out hunting units, draw odds, and more. It’s a great gift for anyone who dreams of hunting in limited draws, out-of-state, or just generally wants to be competitive for tags.

OnX Elite ($100/year)

I’ve used OnX for years and it’s an indispensable tool for any public land hunter. With an onX Hunt Elite Membership, you gain access to comprehensive maps covering all 50 states and Canada, complete with onX Hunt’s exclusive Basemaps, property boundaries, landowner details, and a suite of GPS Map Tools (including Waypoints, Tracker, Line Distance, Area Shape, and more). You also get Wind & Weather data, Offline Maps for cell service-free use, sharing options, and a multitude of specialized hunting layers. Put the nation’s most precise land ownership information at your fingertips with onX Hunt Elite.

Gifts for Hunters: Optics

Sig Sauer Kilo Canyon Monocular Rangefinder (Under $200)

The Sig Sauer Kilo Canyon Monocular Rangefinder is an affordable, high-performance tool for outdoor enthusiasts. It features an illuminated red LED display for low-light readability and a user-friendly interface. The 6x22mm monocular with SpectraCoat coatings ensures exceptional clarity. Powered by Lightwave DSP Technology, it offers lightning-fast and precise distance readings. With HyperScan technology providing 4 range updates per second and RangeLock for accurate information on distant targets, it’s your ideal outdoor companion.

Sightmark Core HX 3-12×56 HDR Hunter Dot Rifle Scope (Under $300)

Engineered to overcome the challenges faced by modern rifle hunters, the Sightmark Core HX 3-12×56 HDR Riflescope offers versatility in the field and excels in low-light conditions. This dependable riflescope with 3-12x magnification features a 56mm objective lens for superior low-light performance and a dot duplex reticle for precise shot placement.

Designed to complement a wide range of hunting rifle calibers, the Core HX 3-12×56 HDR Hunter Dot is meticulously crafted from a single piece of rugged aircraft-grade aluminum, ensuring durability even in the harshest conditions. It is also shockproof, fogproof, and waterproof, making it a reliable companion for your hunting adventures.

Bushnell Prime 20-60x 65mm Spotting Scope (Under $400)

The Bushnell Prime 20-60x 65mm Spotting Scope in a straight design offers an impressive 20-60X65mm magnification range without breaking the bank. It incorporates Bushnell’s exclusive EXO Barrier technology, fully multi-coated lenses, and boasts IPX7 waterproof construction, ensuring a crisp and clear image in various conditions.

With fully multi-coated optics providing bright, high-contrast images, a rotating tripod ring for versatility, a sliding sunshade for glare reduction, and argon purged fog-proofing to maintain stability regardless of temperature changes, this spotting scope is ready for any outdoor adventure.

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars (Under $6000)

The Merger LRF XL50 elevates your thermal imaging experience to the next level. With its new 1024×768 pixel thermal sensor, it delivers high-definition images with rich detail, making it perfect for identifying trophies without compromise. You can clearly distinguish animal silhouettes, anatomy, and behavioral peculiarities with ease. And maybe you’ll feel like you were in Jurassic Park in the process.

Maven C.2 Micro Binos, 7 x 28 (Under $300)

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Similar to its larger counterpart, the C.2 shares identical optical qualities with the C.1, yet it comes in a more streamlined form. Thanks to its compact design, it stands as our top choice for mid-level optics suitable for a variety of purposes such as observing wildlife, sports, and travel.

I really like this size of binos as extras for the truck, a starter bino for a kid, a bino for a non-hunting partner, and an excellent option for hunters who don’t need major distance. At under $300, it’s packable and affordable.


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