Hunting requires a fair amount of gear, and naturally, hunters are a gadget-intensive lot. In Alaska, quality gear is a must in order to brave the harsh environment and come out victorious. With that thought in mind, we’ve conversed with some of our advertisers to bring you items that are both useful and battle tested, so that you can make decisions on gifts to buy the loved ones on your list. There’s also a few options for the hunter who has it all. We wish you the best this holiday season, fine fellowship with friends and family, with merriment and stories of days afield in 2023.
Hunting Gifts for every hunter on your list!
The Can-Am Defender is built extra tough to get you through the daily grind and beyond. Whether it be for hunting, on worksites, in agricultural ventures or anywhere you need it, this Side-by-Side gets the job done. And with new 2024 low HP packages, the value segment is even better. Come visit Alaska Mining and Diving and check out the options available.
The Allak is an all-season, fully freestanding dome tent that can handle any backcountry hunt. Its dual entrances and vestibules give plenty of room for gear storage, and with the Allak 2, each person has their own designated entry and exit. You can “size up” and use Allak 2 solo or use the Allak 3 with a partner, giving yourself extra space with very little weight penalty. The Allak is built with robust yet lightweight 9 mm DAC NSL Featherlite poles and a Kerlon 1200 outer tent fabric, making it an excellent choice no matter where the hunt takes you.
Three Bears Alaska Gift Card
This chain of Alaska stores offers one-stop shopping and is a great resource for both Alaskans and visitors to the Great Land. With 12 Alaska locations and more in the works, Three Bears Alaska is truly Alaska’s super store. Sporting Goods are an important product category at Three Bears, so getting an angler or hunter on your list a gift card to Three Bears this holiday season is a good choice.
Skinner Sights Cartridge Pockets
Cartridge Pockets are great for carrying a few spare rounds in your pocket while out and about. Built from premium materials in Montana, USA, all Skinner Sewing Shop products are made with durable stitching designed to last. From Alaska to Africa, this product has been tested by Professional Hunters (PH) and sportsmen from around the world, and have proven handy and effective for managing ammunition in the field. This “pocket” carrier is just right. It will fit in a front- or rear pocket, securely holding four rounds of ammo. It fits .30-30 to .45-70 ammo and almost anything else.
The pocket’s rectangular shape stays oriented in clothing pockets allowing easy single cartridge withdrawal while leaving the carrier in your pocket. It is small, lightweight, lightly padded, made of Cordura, has a secure rim for ease of withdrawing rounds, and is available in Calming Olive Green, Rustic Brown, and Tacticool Black.
ZOLEO Satellite Communication Device
Over the last several years, this unit has been our go-to communication device when we travel to remote locations. It has never let us down. In conjunction with the ZOLEO app which we use on our iPhones, this device allows you to send and receive messages when you don’t have cellular coverage. We find the app on the cell phone to be easy to use, making the communication device more functional and providing a better user experience. Some noteworthy features include: Medical Assist with 24/7 access to non-emergency medical advice, SOS alerting with 24/7 monitoring and progress updates, a dedicated SMS number and email for your device, weather forecasts, a check-in function, location sharing, and the ability to type messages of 900+ characters.
Version 6.1 of the ZOLEO app was recently released and offers new features including the ability to automatically start sharing Location Share+ Updates when the device is powered on, and message details now include remaining battery life. Three affordable monthly usage plans are available based on your needs. Without question, this device would make an outstanding holiday gift to any outdoorsman on your list.
Alaska Sausage & Seafood Company The Diamond Gift Package
This gourmet, glittering gift package was created in honor of Alaska Sausage and Seafood’s Diamond Anniversary: 60 years in business in Alaska. It contains an unparalleled array of their best and most popular items, with many traditional favorites. The package includes Smoked Sockeye Salmon, Smoked King Salmon, Smoked Halibut, Salmon Lachs, Smoked Salmon Strips, Alaskan Sausage with Reindeer, Alaskan Salami with Reindeer, Louisiana Hot Links, German Bratwurst, Hunter Sticks, Teriyaki Sticks, Cheese, Crackers, Alaskan Chocolate, Alaskan Moosetard, and much more. Finished with some diamond bling, this special package is truly a gem.
Hi-Point Firearms YC9
The Hi-Point Firearms YC9 is their new flagship pistol and is the next-generation pistol you have been waiting for! Loaded with features from top to bottom, the YC9 has a new contoured slide, front- and rear cocking serrations, industry compatible front sights (Glock style), and fully adjustable rear sights that are optic ready. The rear sight can be swapped out for a pic rail or direct mount (RMS footprint) to accommodate multiple pistol red-dot optics. The YC9 has a threaded barrel (1/2×28), along with a standard 1913 rail for compact lights, reversible magazine release, grip safety, new grip design, and comes with a 10-round magazine.
Spyderco Native Chief Lightweight
An “extended” version of the timeless Spyderco Native, the Native Chief stretches the overall length of the original design by about one-third while maintaining its slim, pocket-friendly profile. The all-new Native Chief Lightweight continues that evolution, replacing its G-10 scales with a lightweight, fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) handle. The injection-molded handle includes high-traction Bi-Directional Texturing, and its linerless construction trims the knife’s weight by 21% compared to its G-10 counterpart. It retains the same precision-machined back-lock mechanism and includes threaded inserts to allow fully configurable mounting of the knife’s four-position pocket clip. The blade of the Native Chief Lightweight is full-flat-ground from CTS BD1N stainless steel and features a fully accessible trademark Round Hole to complement the knife’s symmetrical, completely ambidextrous design. It is also available in a choice of all three edge configurations.
White River Knives Liong Mah 2 Knife Chef Set
The White River/Liong Mah Chef Knife Collaboration is a set of two knives designed to be the go-to for food prep. Liong Mah is a renowned knife designer and a former full-time chef in New York City. He knows the importance of having the right cutlery for the job. He used this experience as well as 19 years of knife design to develop this beautiful, and functional set. The Liong Mah Chef Knife is just the right size for chopping and carving. It feels like an extension of the arm with a modern twist on a traditional Japanese octagonal handle shape that tapers toward the blade.
This provides a comfortable hold when chopping and pivoting the knife vertically. The Liong Mah Utility Knife is the smaller counterpart and just as useful for smaller, more delicate tasks. As with all White River knives, these are made in the USA and guaranteed for life. They come in a beautiful wooden box, making for an attractive and highly useful gift.
Big Ray’s Arolik Waders
Elevate your fishing adventures with Arolik, Big Ray’s exclusive line of fishing waders. Inspired by the majestic Arolik River in remote western Alaska, Arolik waders were designed by Alaskans and proven for the diverse waters of the Last Frontier. Crafted with quality reinforced materials, secure seals, and ergonomic fit, these waders offer unbeatable durability and performance. Waders are available in three styles; the Karluk and the Naknek are designed for men and the Togiak is designed for women. Make this holiday season unforgettable by gifting the ultimate gear to the outdoor enthusiast and angler in your life.
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