For your favorite sportsman.
By Trent Jonas
Whether it's a family member or a good friend, the sportsman in your life will always appreciate a new piece of gear. If you're shopping for a bowhunter but you don't have the technical knowledge of the sport, we're here to help you out. From useful multitools and high-quality rangefinders to arrow cases and bow packs, any bowhunter would love to add one of these great gifts to their collection. Here are our top picks for this holiday season!
The Leatherman Cam is a multitool that is specifically designed to meet the needs of bowhunters. This single-piece pocket tool is equipped with eight bit options, a gut hook, a broadhead wrench, and a broadhead sharpener—all in a single, carabinered package that you can clip on or slip into a pocket on the way to the field or the range.
A rangefinder is a key piece of equipment for any bowhunter. The Nikon Arrow ID 3000 will help your favorite bowhunter aim more precisely and make more accurate shots. This compact, lightweight rangefinder is designed with superior optics, including Tru-Target Technology, which allows a hunter to toggle between two different ranging modes. The onboard ID Technology adjusts for inclines and declines when aiming, allowing for arrow drop compensation over longer distances.
The MTM Compact Arrow Case is a great storage solution for those times when you’re not in the field. The compact case holds 24 target arrows or 18 broadheads. The foam liners ensure that the arrows’ fletching stays protected and separated. Rugged construction and padlock tabs will help secure your arrows until you’re ready to use them.
If you head out into the field early in the morning, are coming back late at night, or on a multi-day hunt, a headlamp is always a wise thing to have along. You can light your way while keeping both hands free. The Petzl TacTikka + RGB Headlamp was designed with the hunter in mind. It comes in camo colors and, in addition to bright, white beam, the headlamp can be toggled to red, green or blue light to preserve night vision and ensure stealth. Add the USB-rechargeable Petzl Core battery, and you won’t have to worry about bringing extras.
Help your favorite bowhunter make shots with more precision (while preserving their fingers) with a Scott Archery Shark Release. One of the most popular releases on the market, the Shark is a dual caliper release with a solid swivel adjuster. Five adjustment holes will make sure it’s the right fit, and the forward-positioned trigger will maximize your draw length.
When bowhunters aren’t in the field, they need to keep their archery skills sharp, and that means target practice. So, any bowhunter would be more than happy to receive a Block Classic Archery Target as a gift. Block Targets come in a variety of sizes and use a patented technology that stops arrows with friction rather than force. The layered design also allows for easier arrow removal, so that your favorite archer can spend more time shooting and less time pulling arrows.
All bowhunters need a good pack for gear, and few do the job better than the ALPS Outdoorz Pursuit Bow Pack. Tailored specifically to archers, the Pursuit has a built-in, expandable bow pocket, so you can keep both hands free, as well as quiver holders on each side of the pack. The large pockets have plenty of room to carry gear for multi-day hunts or to pack out meat.
Big game season for bowhunters often coincides with chilly weather, so it’s always a good idea to have some solid outerwear like the Under Armour Ridge Reaper Windstopper Jacket. The jacket comes in camo and is made with GoreTex Windstopper technology to keep the wind out and a soft, microfleece lining to keep the warmth in. The Ridge Reaper is designed to be quiet, helping you stay silent in the field.