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Need holiday gift ideas for wingshooters? Shooting Sportsman has you covered with our annual Holiday Gift Guide. Our staff has compiled a top-notch selection of gear and gift ideas for hunters, shooters and world travelers. Check out the list below, and see what’s trending for shotgunners this holiday season. And don’t forget to sneak something special under the tree for yourself!
Garmin has a legendary reputation for doing electronics right, and the Alpha TT 25 dog collar is a great example of this. For starters, the collar is designed to be slim yet rugged and is adjustable to fit both large- and small-breed dogs. The TT 25 is loaded with great tracking and training capabilities as well as general features such as LED beacon lighting for low-light conditions. The collar is also compatible with Garmin tracking handhelds. And for those who don’t need training capabilities, the Alpha T 20 stands in as a tracking-only collar that boasts all of the same general features as the TT 25.
Cold-weather waterfowl hunts can be highly productive but, man, those low temps can be downright miserable. Fortunately, the Cordia Dead Drop jacket is here to take the misery out of frigid duck and goose hunting. A combination of Primaloft insulation and a windproof lining makes the jacket super warm, but you need to be comfortable too. For that, the Dead Drop employs a DWR water-repellent, 4-way-stretch-fabric shell to allow for easy movement. The jacket is also breathable and surprisingly lightweight for something that handles freezing temps so well.
Chelsea-style boots are hugely popular, because they are practical, comfortable, durable, stylish and versatile. The Dubarry Offaly Ankle Boot possesses all of these qualities and more. A Gore-Tex lining, breathable leather and a cleated rubber outsole make this boot suitable for hard use in the countryside without sacrificing comfort, thanks to a hand-built sole and removable cushioned footbed. On the flip side, the Offaly’s incredibly handsome suede-look styling makes it equally well suited for evenings in town. One simply cannot go wrong with this boot.
The Marco Overshirt’s rustic styling and classic red/black plaid pattern are an obvious tip off of its ability to handle honest, rugged outdoor assignments. Worn over a light shirt, it’s perfect for cool temps. Beneath a coat, it will ward off chills in downright frigid conditions. At the same time, in true Field Shop of Hadleigh’s fashion, the finely appointed handmade (Italian) shirt is stylish enough to make it an excellent option for a wide variety of indoor uses. Hadleigh’s clothing brings a lot to the table, but its signature attribute is how their expertly designed garments bring a touch of technical sophistication to the field. The Marco Overshirt is no exception.
Sizes: 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60.
Lady shooters will bust brush in comfort and style with Kevin’s Huntress Brush Pant with Washable Waxed Facing. These lightweight stretch cotton pants have been upgraded with a more durable, protective waxed facing that weighs only 4 ounces. A mid-rise waist and articulated knees ensure a wide range of motion, while the 29" inseam is ideal for tucking pant legs inside tall boots. Ladies can choose between British Green and Camo Wax Facing—or not choose and just get both, as these fabulous-fitting pants are versatile enough to be worn around the lodge, at the range as well as in the field.
Sizes: Even sizes 0–16. Inseams: 29".
For a pair of shooting glasses to be considered a great buy, it has to rate highly across a wide set of criteria. It has to feature strong-yet-light frames that can be adjusted for a perfect fit. Its lenses should be crafted from industry-leading shatter-resistant material of superior optical quality. The lenses should also be interchangeable to accommodate a broad range of tints. And the lenses should be 100% prescription-ready and be equally suited for field and range applications. This seems like a lot to ask, but Recoil Shooting Glasses by Rec Specs deliver on all fronts—plus a handful of others. A great buy, indeed!
Colors: Matte Black and Matte Gunmetal frames; 8 lens tints to choose from.
The first time you put on a new pair of Gokey Double Sole Moccasins, you’ll be struck by how comfortable they feel. It’s almost inconceivable that they will become increasingly comfortable each time you wear them. Yet these mocs are handcrafted in the USA from supple, remarkably durable bullhide leather, and their built-in cushioned insoles will fit to the contours of your feet over time, making them distinctly “yours.” A double layer of rugged, vegetable-tanned leather on the sole is double-stitched for exceptional durability and amazing cushion with every step. At a hair more than 16 ounces a pair, you can wear them both as light shoes or slippers. In either case, these stylish mocs will pass the test of time with comfort and performance like you’ve never experienced before.
Sizes: Full and half sizes 8–13, widths D and EE.
Tom Beckbe’s weatherproof waxed collection has expanded over the past year to include the Fowler Vest just in time for cold-weather season. Its 8.25-ounce waxed-cloth shell protects from the elements, and its 100% natural-wool insulation provides breathability and warmth. Created with waterfowlers in mind, the vest boasts oversized handwarmer pockets lined with moleskin, plus front storage pockets and three interior pockets. It was designed to accommodate repetitive movements such as wading and stooping. A detachable hood can be adjusted with drawstrings. This vest begs to be put to hard use and with time will develop a wonderful waxed patina that brands the wearer a serious waterfowler.
Sizes: S–XXL Tall.
Colors: Rye Brown (shown), Wheat, Classic Camo (Timber), Classic Camo (Marsh)