Still needing to buy gifts for avid outdoorsmen? Here’s Hunt Alaska’s Holiday Gift Guide Part 2 to give you some ideas on how to make the hunters on your list happy.
Nightforce SHV 3-10x42mm Riflescope nightforceoptics.com
The SHV (Shooter Hunter Varminter) family of riflescopes are excellent choices for hunters in Alaska. The 3-10x42mm model is a solid option for most Alaska hunting conditions where shots above 500 yards are very rare. Every scope that Nightforce makes is built tough and has helped us take many big-game animals over the years.
Muck Boots Men’s Apex Pro 16” Boot muckbootcompany.com
Having worn these boots on several hunts this fall, we can say that they keep you warm in cold conditions, are very comfortable to wear and hike-in, are easy to get on and off, and offer great traction. They will definitely get an Editor’s Choice Award in the upcoming annual Gear Review issue.
Spyderco Native Chief spyderco.com
The Native Chief is the new, longer-bladed version of Spyderco’s time-tested Native model. We love it for a variety of tasks, including butchering big game. It works very well as a skinning knife and sees lots of use when it’s time to breakdown game quarters into cuts like top- and bottom round, eye of the round, sirloin and shank. We have also started using this as our everyday carry. When fleshing out our field-butchering kit, we add the Enuff and Moran models to the pack.
Stone Glacier Grumman Down Jacket stoneglacier.com
We’ve hunted in this jacket for the last several years and it is awesome! It is super light, very warm, easily packable and ultimately useful. One of the features we really like is the oversized hood, which immediately warms your head once you put in on. When it’s rainy, windy and raw while hunting in Alaska, this jacket will keep you in field longer and more comfortably. We pair this jacket with the Grumman Down Pant and M7 Jacket and Pant and we are ready to roll in any conditions.
Kenetrek Ultimate Liner Lightweight Over-The-Calf Sock kenetrek.com
These socks are truly excellent. After hiking 80 miles in them while wearing Kenetrek Corrie II Hikers over several hunting trips, our feet felt great, with no blisters. Kenetrek makes great products and these are no exception.
Black Hills Ammunition 10mm HoneyBadger Hunting Ammunition black-hills.com
Black Hills introduced the 10mm HoneyBadger in 2022. This bullet has deep flutes designed for optimum terminal performance without reliance on hollow points. The bullet penetrates deeply, cutting through bone and muscle to get to vitals. This is important on all hunting rounds, but particularly so when you’re relying on your handgun for protection, including the possibility of bear attack.
If you’re relying on a 10mm pistol while trekking the wilds, the Black Hills HoneyBadger is a solid choice. We shoot Black Hills Ammunition in a range of calibers and can attest that they make fine rounds with tight tolerances.
Hilleberg Allak 3 hilleberg.com
The Allak 3 is an impressively strong tent that can handle challenging backcountry weather on any hunt in all seasons. Its fully freestanding construction is ideal for pitching in tough terrain like on rocky mountainsides or limited-space sites. And while it has a compact footprint, it boasts two entrances and two integrated vestibules that offer plenty of gear storage space and make for easy entry and exit. The Allak 3 is a tough and lightweight option that will sleep three and also makes a great choice for two who want more room with very little weight penalty.
Vortex Optics Diamondback 2000 Rangefinder vortexoptics.com
If ranging targets at 1,000 yards and beyond is a staple in your repertoire, your laser rangefinder needs the horsepower to go long and the toughness to stand up to the field. The ultra-fast Diamondback HD 2000 gives hunters 2,000 yards max range, and 1,400 yards on game. Features include: 7x magnification, red OLED display for stellar low-light performance, .1-yard increment display, Line of Sight and Horizontal Component Distance range modes and Scan Feature, and Normal and Last Target modes. The unit is tripod compatible to get the most out of its range.
Still looking for the perfect gift for the hunter in your life? Check out Part 1 here.