Buying stuff for anyone else is pretty difficult for some people, so it’s always a good idea to give them something they can actually use, and which they’ll really like based on their hobbies.
That’s why we’ve thought about what the perfect gifts for hunters are since they’re rumored to be quite picky about their equipment. But before letting you in on the scoop, we’ll give you some pointers on how to choose the ideal present.
And the good news is you can use the tips below for any outdoor aficionado, or bookworm alike as long as you get the essence. Let’s dig in.
|Oakley Radar Path Sport Sunglasses||Apparel||Eye protection and comfort||Yes||Check price on Amazon|
|BioLite Wood Burning CampStove||Camping Utensils||Heating meals, drinks and charging batteries||Yes||Check price on Amazon|
|Midland GXT1050VP4 36-Mile 50-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio||Essential Gear||Communication||Yes||Check price on Amazon|
|Leatherman - MUT Multitool||Essential Gear||Crafting, fixing, and maintenance||Yes||Check price on Amazon|
|ALPEN Shasta Ridge Waterproof Fogproof Binoculars||Essential Gear||Scouting, sighting, surveying||Yes||Check price on Amazon|
|Browning 725-lumen Blackout Flashlight||Essential Gear||Lighting and illumination||Yes||Check price on Amazon|
|Browning Strike Force Sub Micro 10MP Game Camera||Surveillance Equipment||Monitoring||Yes||Check price on Amazon|
|WARN 885000 Corded PullzAll 120V AC||Camping Utensils||Lifting||No||Check price on Amazon|
|Anker 8W Single-Port Portable Foldable Outdoor Solar Charger||Camping Utensils||Charging batteries||Yes||Check price on Amazon|
|LifeStraw Personal Water Filter||Essential Gear||Water filtration||Yes||Check price on Amazon|
Things to consider before buying
Before rushing off to buy a gift for your hunter, you will have to keep in mind that there are some gift giving rules that will help you figure out if a product is worth buying or not.
Useful may have different meanings for different hunters. For instance, an electric power tool for lifting and pulling game may be sent from Heaven if they go on long hunts with their vans. But for someone going on foot for bigger distances, it’s completely useless.
So try to buy something for the person, and not just because the item is a cool gadget that costs a lot. Answer questions like:
- Can it be easily carried?
- Does the hunter have a similar piece of equipment?
- Does the specific type of hunting my friend does require this particular item?
Many hunters are into various outdoor activities, which is why getting something that can be used in other survival situations is a plus. A multi-functional item will also double as two (or more) different tools, which is again good because the hunter won’t have to carry too many items along, and your present will be a nice 2 in 1 sort of thing.
Again, be careful not to buy something your friend already has in their equipment or too similar.
The quality of a certain item is most likely emphasized by the brand name, the price and the materials used. And if you want to make a nice gift, you’ll probably have to invest a bit more in a durable tool that doesn’t get damaged easily and can be used for a long time.
However, some very useful things can be found even below $20. There are a lot of potential gifts out there on the market and a lot of options to choose from. Here are some of the most popular products that have been chosen in this regard.
The best picks
Oakley Radar Path Sport Sunglasses
Price: Around $190
Weight: 10.6 ounces
Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 3.6 inches
Specifications: USA made; resin frame; polycarbonate lens; non-polarized; 100% UV protection coating; 70 mm lens width; 21 mm bridge
Best Use: Eye protection
The Oakley brand is a renowned company in the field of sunglasses designed especially for athletes, which is why this 4.2 star pair of Oakley Radar Path Sport Sunglasses is one of the best gifts for hunters. It’s well known that they should protect their eyes at all times, but particularly during hunting trips when they need to focus and have perfect eyesight in order to take their perfect shot.
So with the Radars, they can adjust their vision to match the weather conditions in a jiffy because they can change the lens colors quickly. Besides, the fit is also user-friendly and they can choose the size they want to wear from the two that are included in the package.
The comfortable wear can be accounted by another factor: the top notch materials used, like Unobtainium for the nosepieces. This will prevent the glasses from slipping if perhaps your hunter friend begins to sweat.
Another quality material used for the manufacturing of these glasses is O Matter for the frame, which can withstand different sort of damages, scratches, and stress from continuous use. Durability is a key point when it comes to outdoor equipment, as well as exceeding standards, which is why the Radar glasses have the lens made from Plutonite which doesn’t let UV rays affect the eyes, offering a flawless protection apart from great vision and above-average optical clarity.
- Comfortable to wear
- Sleek design
- UV protection coating
- Not polarized
- Not resistant to extreme weather
Related: A great addition that Oakley has made to the market is the Oakley Square O Hard Case, allowing you to better protect your sunglasses when you are not wearing them.
BioLite Wood Burning Campstove
Price: Around $130
Weight: 2.1 pounds
Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 8.3 inches
Specifications: Appropriate for most USB devices; charging time triples the amount of talking time; boils 1-liter water in 4.5 minutes; internal starter battery
Best Use: Gadget charging; meal preparation
This 4.5 star BioLite Wood Burning CampStove is another well-regarded product in the sphere of outdoor equipment. Since versatility is a very important factor for all sorts of wilderness trips, and since your friend probably doesn’t want to carry extra luggage, a multi-functional item like this one would be a nice gift.
Basically, it comprises two necessary pieces of gear: a camp stove and a USB charger for various gadgets. After the fire is lit, the stove generates enough energy in 20 minutes’ time to provide an hour of interrupted call time for a regular smartphone. Of course, this period varies depending on the gadget you’re charging and the action you’re using it for.
In the same 20 minutes’ time, the camp stove can boil between 4 to 5 liters of water, which is enough for making a whole lot of food or coffee for everyone.
But what’s more is that you don’t need to buy additional fuel that would be necessary for using other brands of camp stoves, as this one works with leaves and branches they can easily find in the forest. Therefore, they can stay eco and use clean energy without polluting the environment unnecessarily with propane-based fuels.
Since this stove is quite small, compact and lightweight, it can be packed and used in various outdoor camping trips apart from hunting, plus it’s a good thing to have in an urban emergency situation.
- Lightweight and easy to carry around
- Easy to set up and use
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Limited fire performance
- Cannot be used as an actual campfire
Related: The designers and engineers at BioLite also came up with the BioLite SiteLight which enables you to carry a little light and use it regardless of where you are.
Midland FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio
Price: Around $58
Weight: 4.8 ounces
Dimensions: 9.75 x 1.75 x 2.5 inches
Specifications: 50 channels; 36 miles range; 142 privacy codes; NOAA/ all hazard weather channels; vibrate alert; weather scan; 9 levels VOX
Best Use: Weather and animal alerts
This 4 star Midland FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio is particularly designed for use during hunting trips for various reasons. Take the color palette for instance: this radio is camouflage, but you can also get it in two other earth colors: black and black/ yellow for different prices.
Either way, it helps hunters remain hidden while providing various useful alerts like weather and animal alerts for turkeys, ducks, crows, cougars, and wolves.
Besides, with the help of a mere push of a button, they’ll be able to get clear communication access to 50 channels, at a very long range of 36 miles provided they’re in an open field. This range will decrease if they have obstacles around. But with its 142 privacy codes, this radio provides more than 5000 channel options in order to block other conversations.
So they can easily get the latest NOAA weather reports, and the included vibrate alert will let them know if the scanning function has found severe weather threats around their area. And if they find themselves in a dreary situation, they can always use the SOS siren that emits a distress signal, as well as a location signal to let others know where they are. Plus the radio won’t break during bad weather since it’s waterproof.
So if they want to stay stealth and whisper, other members of the group can still hear them flawlessly whether they’re using the group call option or the direct call option to speak only to certain people. These functions are made easier by the eVOX option which allows hands-free use on 9 levels since the radio only needs voice activation without having an external mic.
- Camouflage print makes you harder to be spotted while using them
- Easy to use
- Able to provide clear communication regardless of conditions
- Does not come with a portable charging solution
- Cannot withstand heavy blows or physical shock
Related: There are a lot of communication solutions offered by Midland, one of them is the Midland 5001Z 40-Channel Mobile CB with Switchable Noise Filter, allowing you to communicate with others from your base or your car.
Leatherman – MUT® Multi-Tool
Price: Around $158
Weight: 1 pound
Dimensions: 5.9 x 4.1 x 1.8 inches
Specifications: 16 tools; one-hand maneuvering handle bit storage; replaceable pocket clip
Best Use: Outdoor projects
A plethora of different outdoor handiwork can arise during hunting trips, like fixing equipment, making small repairs or even building new means of transportation for the game hunters catch. This 4.6 star Leatherman – MUT Multitool is exactly the thing they’d want along on hunting trips because it’s a perfect multi-tool which comprises a whole lot of useful items like:
- 2 different pliers.
- 3 types of wire cutters.
- Electrical crimper.
- Cutting hook.
- Bolt override tool.
- Cleaning rod.
- Brush adapter.
- Carabiner/ bottle opener.
- Large bit driver.
- Disassembly Punch for firearms.
Although the MUT is pretty hefty at a weight of 1 pounds, it has some items hunters actually need during their hunting trips like the disassembly punch for firearms which can be easily replaced. While most items above can be used especially by hunters, they’re a good addition to any outdoor/ camping equipment.
And the vast array of tools enumerated above won’t stand in their way when they’re using just one, as they can easily store them inside the handle.
Another good feat of this multi-tool is that it can be used with just one hand, which means it’s user-friendly and can be operated easily and quickly in emergency situations. Plus if you really need it fast, you can wear it attached to your waist either with the help of the included pocket clip or by placing it inside the sheath, whatever feels more comfortable.
- Easy to use and intuitive
- Covers a very wide range of tools
- Strong and durable
- The blades need regular sharpening
- You will have to make sure it is properly cleaned every now and again
Related: For hunters that find themselves negotiating difficult mountain terrain, Leatherman makes it possible to purchase the Leatherman – Rail Pocket Tool.
ALPEN Shasta Ridge Waterproof Binoculars
Price: Around $160
Weight: 26 ounces
Dimensions: 10X magnification; 42 mm objective lens diameter
Specifications: Waterproof; fog proof; nitrogen filled; long eye relief; fully multicoated lens; roof prism PXA™ phase coating; nylon case; BAK4 prism material; 7 feet close focus; 330 yards FOV
Best Use: Close range hunting binoculars
These 4.6 star ALPEN Shasta Ridge Waterproof Binoculars are another unique gifts for hunters, especially because they can be used in different weather conditions since they’re made from top-shelf materials that render them both waterproof and fog proof.
The 10x magnification offered and the 42 mm objective lens diameter makes the use of this equipment more appropriate during the day rather than at dusk or dawn. But in case you need that, Alpen Optics also provides an 8×42 model which could be more appropriate for these conditions.
Being nitrogen filled and having multicoated lens offers a very clear view of your target. The phase coating for the roof prism is PXA™, the prism material is BAK4, and the case is made from nylon – all of which are great materials.
The 7 feet close focus and the 330 yards FOV complement a perfect circle of viewing because they don’t overlap the image between the lenses. And if you don’t need binoculars for professional hunting in open spaces, the Alpen Ridge provides perfect optics for hunting in the woods.
- Decent magnification range
- Small and portable
- Limited to 7 feet close focus
- Long eye relief
Related: For hunters that are more proficient at very long ranges, Alpen offers the ALPEN ApexXP 6-24×50 Side Focus Waterproof Fogproof Riflescope for purchase.
Browning 725-lumen Blackout Flashlight
Price: Around $80
Weight: 12.8 ounces
Dimensions: 8.4 inches length
Specifications: 725 lumens brightness; 500 yards effective distance; 3 CR123A batteries; Cree® XM-L white LED; lock-out tail cap switch; 3 strobe modes non-slip; finger retention ring; waterproof; 72 hours lifespan on low
Best Use: Long-distance flashlight
This perfect 5 stars Browning 725-lumen Blackout Flashlight can turn night into day at a distance of 500 yards. This can easily be achieved with the help of 3 CR124A batteries, that are very powerful themselves, have a shelf life of 10 years and can operate at temperatures as low as -40°F so you don’t need to replace them frequently. Another item that doesn’t need replacing is the LED bulb used, which is a strong one: the Cree® XM-L that provides a very luminous white light.
If you’re using the high mode of 725 lumens, you’ll get a beam range of almost 500 yards, and you can use it for 90 minutes continuously. The same goes for the fast strobe mode which also achieves a brightness of 725 lumens. If you’re more interested in a lower light intensity, you can employ the low mode with 15 lumens that have a range of 46 yards and can be used for almost 72 hours straight.
Changing between these modes is pretty easy, and the lock-out tail cap switch will also give you access to 3 different strobe modes: momentary, continuous and fast. This tactical switch has momentary and constant-on features while being the perfect way to protect your battery life.
The grade A materials used to manufacture this flashlight are aluminum for the housing, which makes it non-slip, and a type of scratch-proof glass for the lens that provides perfect optics too. The whole torch is pretty sturdy, and resistant to various damages, being also able to withstand water submersion for half an hour under up to 3 feet of water.
- High lighting performance
- Comfortably shaped grip
- Easy to carry around and integrate into your gear
- Rather limited battery life
- Cannot be properly mounted on a weapon
Related: For hunters that find themselves in relatively close proximity to their game, Browning also makes it possible to purchase the Browning Buckmark Reflex Sight, giving a lot more accuracy at closer ranges.
Browning Strike Force Game Camera
Price: Around $122
Weight: 1 pound
Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.5 x 3.2 inches
Specifications: 0.67 seconds trigger time; HD videos recording of up to 2 minutes; 6 AA batteries; 100 feet flash range; Browning Buck Watch time-lapse viewer software included
Best Use: Daytime video
This 4.1 star Browning Strike Force Game Camera can easily be included in the best gifts for hunters category since it has a very low trigger time of just 0.67 seconds, which means a hunter can actually capture a wild animal on the run with perfect clarity. The videos are recorded in HD with 10 megapixels of picture quality, which is amazing when it comes to daytime use, as well as night quality.
The black and white night photos come up looking good, and the infrared flash will emphasize some details too. In fact, the infrared range is another plus, as it works very nicely even when using it in thick timber.
The great versatility and many options available are courtesy of features such as the burst mode, the timing adjustability, and the Browning Buck Watch time-lapse viewer software that comes with the package. Besides, the incredibly fast trigger speed and the great detection range of 100 feet complement the good overall video quality.
Even the batteries work well and are very efficient, though over time the Browning camera will use up more battery power as all electronics do.
The good news is that it has a battery life indicator which displays how long you have left. The same goes for the remaining photo memory so you can plan how many photos you can take. Basically, this product is very user-friendly, easy to operate and with simple menu options, while the customer service center is helpful and responsive.
The only downsides are that there’s no USB cable included and that the IR light is visible so the hunter who uses it may be spotted by a certain game.
- Very fast trigger time
- Long battery life
- Come with the software included in the box
- Requires a lot of planning and setting up
- Can be easily spotted in the wrong environments
Related: To make things easier for hunters, Browning also offers the Browning Trail Cameras BTC-TM Tree Mountfor purchasing, which makes it a lot easier to mount your cameras up a tree.
Warn 885020 Corded PullzAll
Price: Around $177
Weight: 15 pounds
Dimensions: 20 x 12.50 x 13.25 inches
Specifications: Hand-held; electric tool; lifts/ pulls 1000 pounds; 3 speeds; requires 120 volts AC current
Best Use: Lifting/ transporting game
This 4.5 stars WARN 885000 Corded PullzAll is indeed one of the unique gifts for hunters because it’s a hand-held tool that can lift and pull up to 1000 pounds, which makes it perfect for transporting heavy game once they’ve been hunted down. So you don’t need to lose time with using chains or come-a-longs for this purpose, and the time spent with manual labor can easily be replaced with more hunting or planning.
Besides getting the job done very fast, it also does it precisely since it has three speeds: forward, reverse and variable. The tool is powered with the help of a 120 volt AC power source, and even though it may be a bit on the hefty size, it’s still great for hunters who take their car or vans with them.
Being able to carry animals that weigh up to 1000 pounds is amazing, but the LED indicator the Warn tool is equipped with will let you know if you’ve gone past that total weight.
The swivel anchor hook, the front hook and the 15 feet worth of rope will help you drag and elevate different items into the bed of your truck, from pray to gear. Plus you can use it for other DIY projects or jobs that require lifting heavy objects.
- Large pulling weight
- Able to work under difficult conditions
- Requires you to be in proximity of a power outlet
- Not portable
Related: For people that require a little more portability and a lot less reliance on power outlets, WARN also offers the WARN 910500 Drill Winch for purchasing which requires a drill or a torque wrench to operate.
Anker Single-Port Solar Charger
Price: Around $60
Weight: 1.1 pounds
Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
Specifications: PowerIQ; single port; 5V / 1A; monocrystalline; PET panels; polyester canvas; eyeholes
Best Use: Short hunting trips
With 4.5 stars, the Anker Single-Port Solar Charger is manufactured by a reputable brand which has exceeded 10 million happy buyers in the entire world because its products are very high-quality. Take the PowerIQ technology for example, which is trademarked by this company: this is used for instant recognition of the plugged in device. Since gadgets differ regarding their charging speeds and necessities, this charger will deliver the optimal energy required for each.
However, the total 5 volts and 1 amp it can deliver through its single port will be able to charge just one gadget at a time, which shouldn’t be very power-consuming either. If you have a tablet, for instance, this solar charger isn’t enough to fully charge its battery, though it works fine for a smartphone.
However, the monocrystalline used for the solar panel is one of the best materials you can find, plus the PET panels are very sturdy themselves, more so since their outer canvas is made from polyester. So if you have a friend who’s not taking a lot of gadgets along on their hunting trips, this is a convenient, high-quality charger to consider, especially since it’s foldable, portable and lightweight.
- Able to function in extreme conditions
- Can deliver the optimal amount of energy required by the device in question
- Requires care and attention in order to not be damaged
- Must be properly cleaned up before setting up
Related: Anker understands the need to recharge batteries on the go, so it makes it possible to purchase the Anker PowerCore+ 10050 Premium Aluminum Portable Charger in order to be able to recharge your batteries without any actual dependencies.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Price: Around $20
Weight: 1.8 ounces
Dimensions: 8.86 x 0.98 x 8.86 inches
Specifications: Award-winning; removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria; removes minimum 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites; 0.2 microns filtering; filters 1000 liters of water; sealed bag
BEST USE: Emergency water filter
Related: LifeStraw Steel; LifeStraw Go; LifeStraw Go Replacement Filter; LifeStraw Family 1.0; LifeStraw Mission 5 or 12 Liter
For someone who’s out hunting all the time and doesn’t want to add clean water bottles to their baggage, having the 4.7 stars LifeStraw Personal Water Filter can indeed be a lifesaver. Plus it’s one of the least expensive, yet very useful gifts you could make. But it’s been successfully used by millions of people, including NGOs after various disasters or in emergency situations, which is why it’s won three awards to date, as well as many praises from the media.
But most importantly, it’s safe to use since it’s EPA approved and can remove at least 99.9% waterborne bacteria and protozoan parasites including E.coli, Giardia and Cryptosporidium oocysts which are the most frequent water contaminators.
With a thorough filtering up to 0.2 microns, and an ability to clean 1000 liters of water without using added chemicals, this is the perfect item to be used for emergencies. The only downside is that you can only filter the water as you drink it, and can’t clean vast quantities of water to store it for later. But we’ll assume the cooking is done at home, once the game is caught and the hunt is over.
- Easy to carry and use
- Can filter decent amounts of water
- Filters out the vast majority of bacteria, viruses, and impurities
- Does not work properly in extreme temperatures
- Can be damaged by physical shocks
Related: In order to make it easier for hunting parties to ensure their hydration needs, LifeStraw makes it possible for them t purchase the LifeStraw Community Hollow fiber filter which allows them to filter large quantities of water at once.
The ultimate present can only be chosen if you invest a bit of time into understanding a hunter’s passion for chasing down the game and for their equipment.
That being said, have you ever bought a hunter something and had an outstanding success or a miserable fail? We’re curious to see what worked or didn’t work for you, so let us know in the comments!