Father’s Day is approaching faster than a flock of teal, but there is still plenty of time to get a gift that Ol’ Pops is sure to love. All you have to do is figure out what to get him and place the order. Shooting Sportsman is here to help with a selection of top-notch gear and accessories that any wingshooter would be thrilled to own. And there’s no law against picking up a little something for yourself along the way . . . .
Final Rise could easily choose to bask in the glory of having produced the Summit Vest System, one of the world’s best strap vests. But the people at Final Rise are no laurel-resters. So it comes as no surprise that the company has now launched an upgraded version called the Summit XT Vest System. Full 1000D Cordura fabric construction, magnetic shell-pocket closures and G-hook functionality are just some of the seven ways the vest differs from the standard Summit System. What hasn’t changed is the amazing light weight and comfort for which Final Rise has become famous and its 100% American-made guarantee.
Sizes: S–L. Price: $350.
Keeping the basics in mind, the Garmin Delta SE handheld and collar have helped simplify dog training. The intuitive palm-size handheld weighs only 3 oz and allows for one-handed operation. The screenless unit operates with three simple buttons allowing for tone, continuous or momentary correction. A top dial varies between 10 stimulation levels, and an auxiliary setting can change the tone setting to vibration. The handheld can be used to train up to two dogs out to a half-mile range, and the rechargeable battery lasts up to 70 hours. The handheld can also be paired with the Delta XC/Delta Sport XC and PT 10 collars.
Price: $200 (Garmin Delta SE handheld and collar).
Warm temps or chilly winds, easy terrain or tough trekking, bird hunting conditions can vary significantly. The Scheels Outfitters Endeavor Softshell Jacket was designed to handle them all. The wind- and water-resistant shell offers protection from the elements, and its snag-resistant, 4-way-stretch fabric ensures a maximum range of motion and comfort. Two-way underarm zippers allow for quick heat release. Whatever upland species you’re after in whatever type of cover, you’ll be prepared in this jacket.
Sizes: S–4XL. Price: $130.
Strap vests are all the rage in the upland hunting world, but their versatility also makes them an excellent choice for the turkey woods. A perfect example of this is the Chief Upland Run N’ Gun Turkey Bundle, which uses the company’s Earth Tone Over/Under Vest as a platform for all kinds of super-cool modular add-ons, such as a padded seat, a call carrier and a waterproof ammo box. Whatever curve that old Tom throws at you, you’ll be ready for it with this system.
Sizes: S–XL. Bundle Price: $329.
Whether you wear it in the field, at the lodge, or in your living room, Field Shop by Hadleigh’s Performance JD Shirt will have you looking sophisticated and feeling great. It functions exceptionally well in the field, thanks to its moisture-wicking, breathable stretch fabric. At the same time this handcrafted Italian garment has a luxurious, easy-to-wear quality that gives it stylish versatility. This shirt will become an instant favorite the second you put it on.
Sizes: S–XXL. Price: $395.
Want your dog to “bust brush” without having to worry about the brush busting your dog? Then equip your canine bird finder with a Field Armor Full Mesh Upland Vest. The two-piece vest is designed to protect dogs not only from nasty cover, but also from heat, thanks to its heavy-duty breathable mesh fabric. The skid plate is made of English bridle leather for maximum protection and durability. The vest sports plenty of Blaze Orange, as well, which many hunters consider the most important safety feature of all.
Sizes: S–XL. Price: $100.
Ultra strong, ultra compact, ultra light and ultra handy, this airline-approved case sets a new standard for the compact sporter category. It fits any O/U or side-by-side with barrels up to 32" with extended chokes while tipping the scales at a mere 6.8 pounds. A detachable-sling system allows for hands-free use, which is a huge plus when traveling. And for all its practicality, the case still boasts a luxurious hand-upholstered interior. The Fluro O/U-SxS Ultra-Compact Sporter Shotgun Case is typical Negrini: All “pros” and no “cons.”
Falcon Pro shooting glasses are the product of months of field testing, shooter feedback and trials in the state-of-the-art Ranger Product Development Lab. The result is that shooters now benefit from a larger field of view, less visual distractions through the nose bridge, greater adjustability, ventilation control and unmatched comfort. The Falcon Pro is available as the frame only or in a kit featuring Ranger’s exclusive, cutting-edge RIACT A.I. lenses, which help you see faster, farther and with greater precision, thanks to artificial-intelligence technology.