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.

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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.

MSRP: $850

URL: SitkaGear.com

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.

MSRP: $300

URL: Bush­nell.com

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.

MSRP: $120

URL: Ir­ishSet­ter.com

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.

MSRP: $450

URL: NikonS­portOp­tics.com

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.

MSRP: $530

URL: Cham­pi­onTar­get.com

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.

MSRP: $30

URL: Hay­dels.com

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