The best gifts for hunters in 2021
With the holidays fast approaching, here’s some ideas for gifts for hunters and anglers on your list to make them very happy. And it will make you happy too to get gifts checked off, give you more time to enjoy the season, and not be stressed over choosing presents. Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Hunt Alaska Holiday Gift Guide.
|Three Bears Alaska Grizzly Tech Dry Bags
These dry bags come in a range of sizes and options including duffels, dry bags and dry packs. Features include an airtight waterproof zipper on some models, adjustable shoulder straps, and 100% waterproof high-quality material that is easy to clean. Field tested by our editorial staff, we gave the camo backpack an Editors’ Choice Award in the 2021 Annual Gear Guide for both Fish Alaska and Hunt Alaska. Every outdoorsman needs dry bags, and with a range of sizing options, this product is a good choice for anyone on your gift list.
|Skinner Sights HTF Garment Bag
What do you get the gun owner who has everything? Something to put them in. The Skinner Sights Tactical/Concealed Garment Bag holds a long gun (up to 40” long) two handguns in generic emergency holsters, 10 spare handgun magazines, three spare rifle magazines, a tactical flashlight, and large survival/fighting knife or suppressor ALL in a conventional looking “Garment Bag” that hangs in your closet to disappear amongst your clothes. Easily folds for quick and easy “Bug Out” or convenient carry. A super-duty hanger is included to support this bag, fully filled, in your closet. Made in Montana from premium heavy-duty Cordura and materials; concealed in plain sight. Many outdoorsman would appreciate this item as a gift this holiday season.
|Leelock Crab Cracker
This new tool from Leelock will allow you to measure your Dungeness crabs to determine which ones are legal to keep, and then crack them in half, thereby separating the two clusters from the shell and guts. Crabs cleaned this way take up half as much space as whole crabs so you can cook twice as many in your kettle. It’s made from solid aluminum, and greatly aids in cleaning Dungeness crabs. If you have crab fishermen on your nice list, we’d bet they would appreciate unwrapping the Crab Cracker.
Spyderco makes many, many fine knives for outdoorsmen, hunters, anglers and chefs. We have tested myriad models over the years and they never disappoint. One of their new offerings is the Resilience. This member of Spyderco’s popular Value Folder series, the Resilience stretches all the proven features of its family to an extra-large platform ideal for big hands and demanding cutting chores. Still packed with power, the latest version of this formidable folder is lighter in the pocket than ever thanks to its injection-molded fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) handle scales. The Resilience Lightweight also benefits from an enhanced non-slip grip thanks to Spyderco’s signature Bi-Directional Texture pattern. With a full-flat-ground 8Cr13MoV stainless-steel blade available in PlainEdge, CombinationEdge, and fully serrated SpyderEdge configurations, this offering is further supported by a sturdy LinerLock mechanism, as well as full skeletonized, stainless-steel liners. The Resilience Lightweight is also available with a stealthy, black oxide-coated blade with coated liners, clip, and handle hardware to match. Rounding out the features on this workhorse folder are the fully accessible Trademark Round Hole for swift, one-handed opening and the versatile four-position pocket clip to accommodate any carry preference. Spyderco truly makes amazing knives and they most surely have a model that would make a superb gift for every person on your list.
|Hi-Point Firearms Model 1095 Carbine
The Model 1095 carbine is one of the most versatile and affordable pistol-caliber carbines in the firearms market today. This carbine is ready to take on any challenge you can throw at it. Chambered in the powerful 10mm Auto, the 1095 is at home in a variety of settings—plenty of power for hunting and home defense and still comfortable to shoot at the range. The Hi-Point 1095 carbine features a straight, blowback action for superior accuracy and reliability. It is also equipped with a 17.5” threaded barrel, with fully adjustable iron sights. A new feature is the 1913 Picatinny rail system (no more weaver-style) at the 12 and 6 o’clock positions, that will accommodate forward grips, flashlights, lasers, or any other firearm accessory you may want.
ZOLEO Satellite Communication Device
|Black Hills Ammunition 2021 6.5 Creedmoor 130 Gr. Dual Performance
Black Hills is offering a new 6.5 Creedmoor, 130-grain, Dual Performance bullet for 2021. Think a monolithic copper projectile, carefully designed and precision CNC machined for great performance at all reasonable hunting ranges. This bullet is designed to expand upon impact, creating a large wound track. Upon impact the bullet expands quickly; the petals then fracture and continue to penetrate, cutting through stretched and stressed tissue for fast, humane kills. Adequate penetration is assured by the projectile’s solid-copper shank, retaining a uniform weight, which then continues on to a depth of up to 27”. Velocity is 2800 fps from a 22” barrel. Black Hills makes excellent ammunition and shooters and hunters on your list will appreciate getting some as a gift.
|LEM Products Dual Grind Big Bite Meat Grinder
After you harvest an animal in Alaska, now all the real work begins. Have you been limping along with a sub-standard grinder, trying to make hundreds of pounds of burgers and sausage? Many years ago, we did too. Now we use professional grinders like the ones made by LEM. If you plan on grinding a few deer or caribou per year, then consider the #8 which offers an output of 4.5 pounds per minute and a .5 HP motor. If you have a big family and eat more game than that, say a moose, caribou and bear every other year, then perhaps consider the #22 with a 1 HP motor that grinds at 13 pounds per minute. Just don’t lend it to a fellow hunter, if you are lucky enough to get it as a gift this year, because you might not ever get it back!
|Alaskan Gun Guard
One of the difficulties of hunting in wet conditions and dense vegetation is keeping your scope and action dry and clean. Enter the Alaskan Gun Guard. We tested the unit on our .300 Win Mag on three different hunts in 2020 and now endorse the product. The magnetic closures allow you to put the guard on (and take it off) quickly and quietly. Once you engage the closures, cinch down both ends and you are ready to go. It is available in a range of colors and patterns. This would make an excellent gift for the hunters on your list.
|Muck Boots Apex Mid Zip
These boots fit really well, are comfortable and fully waterproof. We used them on multiple adventures and wore them moose hunting. They held up well to the abuse, especially when packing out the 1200-pound beast. The boot features a lugged rubber outsole, dual-density insole, EVA midsole, breathable mesh lining and antimicrobial footbed insert. We like that they are relatively light, while remaining rugged and waterproof, and are easy to put on and take off with the integrated zipper. Muck makes many types of boots so their is a pair that would benefit anyone on your gift list.
Kenetrek Hunting Gaiter
These gaiters provide excellent protection to stop water, snow, and debris from going into the top of your boots. They are easy to put on, stay solidly in place and are quiet. The top web straps with cam lock buckles functioned perfectly and allowed for adjustment. The bottom Hypalon rubber straps are tough and don’t collect snow, which we saw firsthand on a November elk hunt. We also wore them on a late-September moose hunt in really wet conditions, and they very much helped to keep our feet dry. Kenetrek makes top-notch gear, from boots to socks to gaiters, and hunters on your list will love Kenetrek products. We sure do.
Stone Glacier Skyscraper 2P
The Skyscraper 2P is a sturdy 2-person, 4-season tent that weighs just past four pounds. It’s equally at home on the mountain, as it is at basecamp. The tent features Stone Glacier’s WebTruss technology. This unique construction system provides strength, a low wind profile, and makes pitching the tent a snap. Keeping gear dry is vital in the backcountry and the Skyscraper 2P has two extra-large vestibules. This tent would make a pretty sweet gift for any mountain hunter on your radar this holiday season.