2018 HUNTER’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
THIS CHRISTMAS, GET THE HUNTER IN YOUR HOUSE SOMETHING THEY’LL REALLY ENJOY. HERE ARE SEVEN OF THE BEST NEW PRODUCTS FROM THIS YEAR.
Christmas is a hectic time, so wouldn’t it be nice if we could help ease your shopping chores a bit? Gun World can’t help you pick out a cashmere sweater for your cousin or a toaster oven for your mom, but when it comes to picking gear that hunters want, we might be able to assist you and make the process a bit easier.
On this list you’ll find seven great items for whitetail, waterfowl, upland, varmint and big-game hunters at varying price points. As an added bonus, these gear items are all new, so odds are that the hunter on your list doesn’t already have them. Regardless of the one(s) you choose, they’ll still like it more than a toaster oven. GW
SITKA DELTA WADER
Sitka Deltas are the Cadillac of waders, with features that include LaCrosse Aeroform boots, GORE OPTIFADE concealment patterns (Timber, as shown here, or Marsh) and a Quantum adjustable, no-buckle suspension system. The boot is attached to the wader with a heat-treatment system that ensures your feet will stay dry, and there are both waterresistant zippered pockets and high handwarmer pockets built into the front of the waders. Because they are built in the U.S.A., it’s also very simple to have your Delta waders repaired, should the need ever arise. Comfortable in all seasons, the streamlined Delta Wader allows for freedom of movement and fits better than just about any competing brand.
BUSHNELL IMPULSE CELLULAR TRAIL CAMERA
Instead of taking the time to load up and head out to the woods to check your trail cameras, you can now have those images sent straight to your cell phone—thanks to the technology packed into the new Bushnell Impulse Trail Camera. The Impulse comes equipped with a high-tech processor that’s capable of snapping one picture every second; this is far better than some competing cameras that take just three pictures per minute. During setup, the user can see the camera’s view on their phone for proper alignment, and all the camera’s major functions can be controlled with your cellular device. If criminals decide to swipe your camera, the Bushnell Impulse automatically shuts down every feature except GPS so that the camera can be tracked down. This camera is available for AT&T and Verizon cellular phones.
IRISH SETTER DRIFTER TRAIL SHOE
Many outdoor enthusiasts, myself included, wear trail shoes for just about everything from scouting expeditions to range testing to trips to the post office and grocery store. Irish Setter’s new Drifter Trail Shoe offers the comfort and versatility buyers have come to expect from the best trailready footwear. It includes such features as Quick-Dry linings and Armatec abrasion resistance. ScentBan material in the shoe helps eliminate odors, and the CuShin Tongue provides maximum comfort, even for all-day walks in rough country.
NIKON BLACK RANGEX 4K RANGEFINDER
The new RangeX 4K Rangefinder from Nikon offers incredible 2-plus-mile ranging capabilities in a surprisingly affordable package; yet, it is still light enough and compact enough to carry in a pocket all day. Like other Nikon rangefinders, the RangeX comes with a bright-red OLED display, and the ID drop-compensation feature displays the corrected aiming distance when shooting at targets at steep uphill or downhill angles. Nikon’s HYPER READ hardware returns ranges in under a second, even at extended distances, and the OLED display offers five brightness levels for comfortable use in dim light, bright sun or anything between.
PRIMOS DOUBLE BULL SURROUNDVIEW 360° BLIND
The Double Bull Surroundview blind launched last January, so this is the first full season that hunters will be carrying these blinds into the woods—and you can expect to see a lot of them. As the name suggests, these blinds offer a full 360-degree view of the areas surrounding you, while one-way camo makes it impossible for the game to see inside the blind. The Primos patented hub system is durable, yet it sets up and tears down very quickly for easy transport of the blind in and out of the woods. The interior is very spacious and provides plenty of space for hunters. The TRUTH Camo exterior does a very good job of breaking up the Double Bull’s outline, allowing it to blend into the surroundings. This would also be a great purchase for the bird watcher or non-hunting nature lover on your list, because the Double Bull Surroundview 360° allows you to get extremely close to wildlife.
MSRP: $500 (Surroundview 270°: $400) URL: Primos.com
CHAMPION WHEELYBIRD 2.0
If you’ve never spent time breaking clay targets with a shotgun, you don’t know the fun you’re missing. Champion’s Wheelybird 2.0 is an affordable, portable, electronic clay target launcher that’s compact enough to be loaded into your car for a trip to the family farm or the shooting range. It is light enough for one person to load into a vehicle. Nevertheless, it offers such high-end features as a wireless remote with a 15-second programable delay and a 100-yard range. With a cycle time of just 1.75 seconds, you can burn through targets very quickly with this machine. Thankfully, there’s a 50-target vertical clay stack that reduces reload frequency.
HAYDEL’S GAME CALLS BLACK HOLE MALLARD
The Haydel family knows how to build extremely effective duck calls that mimic a wide range of natural sounds, so when this company introduced a call that “turns the hole black with mallards,” it became an instant best-seller. Indeed, the Black Hole will help any caller bring in the most birds. The double-reed design that Haydel uses for these calls is the secret ingredient that makes them so good, and they are designed to provide natural tines, even when hunting in terrible weather.