The holidays are closing in fast, and you need gift ideas ASAP. Shooting Sportsman has you covered. We’ve sorted through a mountain of gear to assemble the ultimate list of “must haves” for the wingshooter. Check out the surefire holiday hits below . . . and don’t forget to pick out a lil’ something for yourself!
Bridle-leather-and-waxed-canvas construction make Wren & Ivy’s Heirloom Ditty Bag tough and stylish, and its 35" x 10" dimensions make it compact yet roomy enough to hold all the essentials. Perhaps the coolest of this bag’s numerous features is a see-through pocket that allows you to access and use your phone without removing it from its protected compartment. Limited lifetime guarantee.
Made of 8-oz waxed shelter cloth, Tom Beckbe’s Tensaw Jacket can stand up to the elements. The zippered front has a snap-closure storm flap; large front bellows pockets will hold shells; and there are handwarmer pockets and an interior storage pocket. The bi-swing back and gusseted underarms allow a full range of motion, and the stand-up collar lined with Bedford corduroy provides extra protection from the weather. Simply put: This jacket is tough and good-looking.
Colors: Rye Brown (shown), Tobacco and Hardwood. Sizes: S through XXL. Price: $495.
Designed for negotiating serious terrain, Kenetrek Corrie 3.2 Hikers are light yet sturdy. The 7" boots are comfortable and stable, featuring K-straps that tie the base of the heel to the leather-and-nylon padded upper. There is double- and triple-stitching in high-wear areas; a Windtex waterproof, breathable membrane; a 5mm nylon midsole; and rubber toe and heel caps for abrasion resistance. Grapon outsoles provide plenty of traction.
Colors: Brown (shown) and Black. Sizes: whole and half size 5 through 12 plus 13. Weight: 3.2 pounds per pair. Price: $275.
A vessel for carrying gear, a cooler and a comfortable place to sit, the Insulated Venture Bucket Pack is a veritable Swiss Army Knife for dove and duck hunters. (It works well at the clays range too.) Ergonomic padded shoulder straps allow for easy packing, and non-slip rubber feet prevent slip-sliding on hard surfaces. The Bucket Pack is backed by a lifetime guarantee, but its reinforced fabric and stress-resistant stitching make this a moot point.
Colors: Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades (shown), Break-Up Country and Brown Duck Canvas. Price: $110.
NEGRINI UPLANDER O/U OR SXS CASE WITH MATCHING SHOTSHELL CASE
This matching shotgun-and-shotshell-case set makes a can’t-miss gift for the upland hunter. Handcrafted by Negrini of Italy utilizing the company’s proven ultralight double-wall ABS case technology, the Uplander Travel Case fits your best sub-gauge over/under or side-by-side shotgun with flat-rib barrels up to 30 inches. The velvet-padded and leather-trimmed interior offers plenty of room for your stock, chokes and accessories. A quick-release shoulder strap allows for hands-free carrying. Limited lifetime warranty. Price: $869.
Match the Italian-leather gun case with Negrini’s 150-count travel-grade Shotshell Case. Fits 6 boxes of shells and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Price: $269.
The fun of clay target shooting is breaking birds. Now, thanks to the Garmin Xero S1, it is being able to review one’s performance as well. This touchscreen device takes the guesswork out of missed targets and feeds back data to turn whiffs into hits. The 5" touchscreen display provides metrics on shot position, reaction time, target distance and tons more. Trap and Upland modes make the device useful to target shooters and hunters alike.
The Codorniz Camp Shirt is not a blouse; it’s the blouse. It’s comfortable, it’s versatile, it’s fashionable and it’s fun! With built-in sun protection, wrinkle-free and lightweight breathable fabric, and roll-up or -down customizable sleeves, the Camp Shirt works as well in town as it does in the field. Made in the US, to boot! Pairs great with Upland Bespoke vests.
Colors: Thistle (shown), Chambray, Stone, French Blue and White. Price: $190.
See faster, see farther and see with precision in all lighting conditions and environments with RE Ranger’s newest innovation. The RIACT A.I. kit’s low-, mid- and bright-light lenses are all AR coated and crafted from HD fusionate materials. The state-of-the-art wizardry of RE is in the lenses, but the kit comes with a frame (choice of Falcon Pro, Edge or Classic), semi-rigid carrying case and cleaning cloth.