I’d say Father’s Day is a good time to start thinking ahead to the fall hunting season. But then again, I know true hunters focus on the sport 365 days a year. These hard-core hunting addicts put in countless hours and miles that lead up to a single moment and a single shot. They take a perfectly good farm field and plant inedible and unmarketable crops designed to feed the local deer population. They’ll gladly rise at four o’clock in the morning to drive a half-hour and sit in a tree in the cold and rain and darkness.
So, for all those dedicated dads out there who hunt, we’ve put together a list of the new items he’ll want to have on-hand this fall. These are products that will help him bag a big buck or take his limit when the autumn opener rolls around.
Father’s Day Gift Guide for Dad, “The Hunter”
MTM Case-Gard Game Trail Camera Case:
C’mon! What serious hunter has just one trail camera? Chances are, if he’s prepping for hunting season in the summer, he’ll have a platoon of cameras out in the woods gathering intel on local game movements. Those cameras are bulky, and, traditionally, it’s been hard to find a good storage option for them — until now.
MTM Case-Gard has released their Game Trail Camera Case, which offers a hard plastic locking external case with a padded foam insert inside that securely holds up to four cameras for easy storage. There’s also an SD card case included, so you will have plenty of memory to collect images of all the big bucks and bulls that are prowling around your place. In addition, the Game Trail Camera Case is designed to quickly and securely fasten to an ATV, which makes getting your cameras to and from the woods more secure and convenient.
MSRP: $27.99, www.mtmcase-gard.com
Stealth Cam DS4K:
Speaking of trail cameras, Stealth Cam is now offering their new DS4K model that features 30MP resolution and ultra HD 4K video technology. This camera has dual image sensors that provide clear images day and night, and with 42 NO GLO IR emitters, you get truly high-quality images in total darkness out to 100 feet with no flashing light to spook game. The sensor is very quick, so there won’t be any more blurred images or lost photos. The SD card slot holds cards up to 64GB in size, eliminating the issue of running out of room for photos.
Matrix Advanced Blur Reduction and Retina low-light sensitivity help capture the type of quality images that serious hunters expect when they hang their camera on an active trail. This camera also features video and USB out and runs on 8 AA batteries.
MSRP: $299.99, www.stealthcam.com
Bushnell Engage Binoculars:
Bushnell is offering a brand-new set of binos that are both affordable and compact — perfect for summer scouting or hunting. The Engage line offers four binocular configurations that have RainGuard HD lens coatings to repel dirt, oil, moisture and debris, a durable magnesium chassis, ED Prime glass and much more.
The fully multi-coated lenses offer maximum brightness and clarity, and the locking diopter adjustment ensure that you’ll get a sharp image in most any light conditions. These roof-prism binos are available in 8×42, 10×42, 10×50 and 12×50 and are backed by Bushnell’s limited lifetime warranty. Weights vary from 23 to 29 ounces, so these optics won’t weigh you down in the field, and you won’t have to worry about rough weather damaging your binoculars.
MSRP: $349.99 to $409.99; www.bushnell.com
Bear Edge Knife:
Having a pocket knife is more than a luxury; it’s an absolute necessity. Bear & Son Cutlery is now offering their American-made Edge folding knife, which features a 3 3/8-inch 440 stainless blade with OD Green G10 handle, smooth ball bearing washers, a sideliner lock and reversible pocket clip. When closed, this knife measures just 4 ½-inches in length and weighs 3.1 ounces so it’s easy to carry. The taper ground blade is perfect for a wide variety of tasks and the durable construction ensures that this knife can stand up to years of heavy use. Whether you’re opening seed bags in the summer or field dressing game in the fall, any dad would be happy to have this lightweight folder at his side.
MSRP: $59.99; www.bearandsoncutlery.com
Scent Killer Gold Field Wipes:
Wildlife Research Center is a leader in scent elimination and the company has just introduced their new Scent Killer Gold Field Wipes that are a must-have item year-round when you are in the field. Each package contains 24 7×10-inch wipes in a resealable pouch that keep them moist and odor-free and make it easy to slip them into a pack for all your scouting and hunting needs.
They work great to clean the hands when you are in the field and to eliminate human odor from items like game cameras so you won’t spook deer. During hunting season, having a pack of these wipes allows you to quickly wipe away odors from your hands. The improved formula is enriched with vitamin E, so they are gentle on the skin and great for wiping away perspiration in the summer months.
MSRP for each 24-count package: $7.99; www.wildlife.com
Browning Crossbow OneSevenOne:
Browning will always be best known for their firearms, but the brand’s crossbow line continues to grow with the launch of the OneSevenOne, the fastest crossbow ever to wear the Buckmark logo. With velocities reaching 390 feet per second, the OneSevenOne meets the demands of serious hunters. The ultra-smooth Triggertech ADF (Anti-Dry Fire) trigger breaks at just three pounds which helps this bow deliver tight groups. The flight track hook groove along the sides of the bow produces a smooth, consistent draw that further enhances accuracy. A rope-cocking device is included, but there’s an optional integrated crank-cocking device that stores in the buttstock, as well.
Draw weight is 170 pounds, and the bow itself weighs 7.2 pounds and measures 36 ¾-inches in overall length, making this a great option for long hikes into big-buck country. It comes in Realtree MAX-5 camo and has a number of user-friendly design features such as a soft-touch foregrip; left, right, and underside Picatinny rails; and custom laminated limbs. Accessories include a 1.5×32 illuminated scope, Browning Soft Sound string suppressors, Browning quiver, three 22-inch arrows and more.
MSRP: $1,100; www.browningcrossbows.com
Leupold Optics LTO-Tracker:
Thermal imaging devices are growing in popularity, and with good reason. Not only are they excellent scouting tools day or night, but they help track wounded game and prevent spooking bedded game in total darkness and are also valuable for personal defense tool. Leupold Optics recently launched its LTO-Tracker, a thermal handheld that measures just 5.6-inches long and weighs 10 ounces — the perfect size to carry in a pocket when you’re out in the field.
With a 21-degree field of view and a 6x zoom, this handheld allows you to identify objects out to 600 yards. Additionally, there are six separate thermal palettes that allow you to rotate between color patterns until you find the one that is just right for you. This is an invaluable tool for hunter, and it is powered by a CR123 battery that offers up to 10 hours of continuous use.
MSRP: $909; www.leupold.com
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