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December 15, 2013

Outdoors gifts worth setting your sights on

Deer season in the North Country officially ends today. The holiday season, meanwhile, is steadily upon us.

Each year I enjoy compiling a small list of items for the sportsman (or woman) on your shopping list. These are simply products I’ve come across throughout the year that I either use myself, or find interesting enough to recommend to others. I’m in no way endorsing these products over their competitors, I’m just telling you what I’ve used (or want to use) and why I think it’s applicable in the outdoor world. 

Likely one of the hottest products in the hunting industry right now are trail cameras. The fact is that they are being used not only by hunters but by wildlife watchers of all types. Trail camera prices have moderated and many can be found for under $100. Yet, high-end models can be very expensive.

Like a digital camera, resolution in terms of megapixels dictates the quality of the photos as well as the price of the camera. Some other features to look for include video, infrared versus flash for night photos, and range. Most trail camera enthusiasts will tell you that those that operate on AA batteries seem to have the longest battery life in the field.

Moving on to footwear, a few years ago I purchased a pair of Muckboots (www.muckboots.com) prior to going on a moose hunt in Newfoundland. Muckboots are pretty much tops in the industry for pull-on, waterproof boots. They have a variety of styles for everything from hunting to farming. While I’m not crazy about pull-on boots, I wore my Mucks throughout my recent whitetail hunt in some swampy territory up in Maine and always wear them turkey hunting and during archery season. In my opinion, they’re about as good a boot that you’ll find in this style in terms of comfort and ankle support.

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