One of the greatest blessings that have been bestowed upon me are my three wonderful children. They are currently paying me so far forward that I may never realize how much better of a man I am because of them. But let’s face it, I’m human so I want some instant gratification. What better way for them to thank me for being their dad than with some wicked awesome hunting and outdoor gifts. It just so happens I have a few things in mind. So kids, if you’re reading this, don’t be shy when it comes to letting your dear old dad know how much you appreciate him!!!
Let’s face it, I love YETI products. I’ve not been shy about it on HuntingFit.com but the thing is they keep coming out with more stuff. I suppose they’ve got me figured out. Here are a couple Spring releases that any dad would want.
A few years back I purchased an original Roadie as a thank you gift for a friend. Then I kept getting jealous every time I would see him with it so I had to go and buy my own. The new Roadie 24 only improves on its predecessor by offering a 10% lighter weight, 20% more capacity, and 30% better cold retention properties.
If for no other reason, anyone to offer a can huggie in my favorite fishing lure color (chartreuse), gets my vote. However, on top that, I’ve had YETI’s original beverage sleeve for may years after my wife picked one up for me. It’s not very often that I’d forget about my beer for 3 hours after I opened it. But, it’s good to know that YETI has my back and it would still be cold after I relocated it.
I’ve been putting Sitka Gear through the ringer for many years now. This has ranged from snowy, sub-freezing elk hunts to 100 deg sun blazing pig hunts and they just continue to perform. Why wouldn’t you want a bag designed to keep your gear clean and dry even through the harshest conditions? I’ve not had the opportunity to trial the drifter duffle series but with waterproof welded seems and TPU (Thermoplatic Polyurethane that helps bridge rubbers and plastics) coating everywhere I’d be hard pressed to believe it wouldn’t outperform any other bag I’ve ever owned.
Here is by far my favorite hunting invention in the last 10 years. I use it for everything. I use it in Colorado, Texas, Michigan, Indiana, and many places in between. As a matter of fact I just used it this week to see if my Aunt still owned some great whitetail property up in Wisconsin (spoiler alert, it appears she sold it!). I used it extensively last year when seeking out my own hunting property. If you haven’t purchased OnX Hunt yet, do it. You’ll be happy. For starters onX Hunt maps encompass 985 million acres of public land and more than 121 million private properties. It works on your phone and even when there is no cell service. Amazing tool.
Here is another item I haven’t had the chance to trial yet but based on my previous experiences with Maven Binoculars I have no reason to believe I’d be anything but impressed with their S.2 Spotter. One of the biggest draws to the S.2 is its light weight (34 oz) and compact size (11″). For reference, I checked out several other spotting scopes from some popular brands and they were in the 58-59 oz range and 14″-16″ in length. For those who will be traveling deep into the mountains and usually leave their spotting scope behind this may be the option for you.
Gerber is a very well known player in the knife and multi-tool category. I’ve had my eye on their gear for many years but for whatever unknown reasons just never ended up with any in my pack or truck. That may make me an outlier, but I decided to change that this year.
Not gonna lie, when I saw this neat little pairing I couldn’t resist getting my hands on one. You may be thinking why would a dad want something like this as a gift? Trust me, if your dad (or you!) has ever been on a backpack hunt or even just a quick solo hunting camp out of the truck, this little gadget will make him happier than you think. It has a fork, spoon, spatula, and a multi tool that contains a can opener, veggie peeler, package opener, and bottle opener. Oh, here is the kicker, the spatula and fork/spoon can be combined to create tongs. I was seriously giddy about the Compleat. Simplicity and function in less than 2.5 oz. The other thing that I learned the hard way is the value of long handled utensils when eating out of a dehydrated or freeze dried meal bag. With my time to spend in the woods becoming more and more limited having the Compleat in my go box will keep me ready to go at a moments notice.
Gerber knives have been a staple in many hunting packs for years. This year I’ll have one in mine. When I first got the Gator in my hand and wrapped my fingers around the Gator Grip (think textured rubber) handle, I had no idea what I had been missing. I wouldn’t call this the handle of the knife, it should more accurately be referred to the knife grip. Maybe even the Kung-Fu Grip. Two things I prefer in my hunting knives are a fixed blade and drop point. I’m not saying it’s for everyone but it’s the best thing going for me. My new gator follows that same path with a 420HC drop point that I shaved my arm with in their fixed blade model (Gerber also offers a folder). I haven’t tested it in the field yet but the blade appears stout enough to handle big jobs but certainly the 4″ blade will be nimble enough for small game. The other thing that drove me to the Gerber Gator is the fact it’s made right here in the USA. So far I’m digging the knife and I’ll be the first to tell you, Dad always needs a new knife!
Having the latest and greatest technical hunting gear has really upped my game over the last several years. However, Filson wool garments and rugged, hardcore clothing has and continues to hold a place in my heart. Their Mackinaw Wool Vest and Wool Cape Coat are staples in my winter wardrobe. I have one of their denim shirts that I just can’t seem to wear out. Based on the longevity and performance of the Filson items I’ve bought over the years I felt that any father would be more than flattered to receive something from them on his special day.
This little gem really caught my eye while I was researching the perfect gift for your dad. It seems like I’ve spent a lifetime dragging folding chairs or bag chairs to all kinds of sporting events, blind sits, or even lakeside and they’ve all been a pain in the butt. Heavy, difficult to fold, rip easily, unstable, you name it. At just 3 lbs 4 oz and rated to hold 320 lbs dad shouldn’t have any problems getting the Helinox where he wants to be. The other nifty thing is that it packs up into a fairly compact stuff sack. I haven’t laid eyes on one yet, but if one showed up at my door I’d be a very happy camper!
I mean really? How could your dad not want a Filson Smokey The Bear Shirt? It’s made from 5.3 oz cotton and goes great with smores and is perfect for setting tents up with all your little helpers! Remember, “only you can prevent forest fires!”.
While your cooking dad his favorite breakfast here are some of my latest articles for him to read while sipping his morning coffee:
American Outdoor Revolution Summer 2020 – Here is an article about my thoughts on measuring the success of your hunts. Hopefully it provokes some thoughts about your past seasons and those still to come.
Adventure Sports Outdoors Magazine June 2020 – Here is a recap of an epic bowfishing trip I was able to on with my brother in Kentucky. It had everything I could imagine.
Pick up a copy of the Summer issue of Michigan Out-of-Doors and read about some big habitat management plans I have. I also interviewed a wildlife seed provider to find out some very specific details on putting in food plots.
In the Apr/May issue of Great Lakes Angler he can read about a family trip of mine out on Lake Michigan. The sun was shining and the fish were biting. It made for an epic trip!
Whew! That was a long post. Hopefully I helped you find something that he’ll love. There are tons of good options here and most importantly go hunting or fishing with him. Better yet, if you’re a dad, take your kids out and wet a line, hit the trails, or pitch a tent. Most likely your dad did the same or you wouldn’t be reading this. As always, make it happen!