Essential Bowhunting Gifts

This morning I received an email from Southwick Associates releasing the results of their most recent survey. The headline reads, “Half of All Shooting Sportsmen Give or Receive Gifts Essential to Their Sport During Holidays.” I like the way this headline reads. It bolsters the shared idea that the hunting and shooting related gifts we give and receive truly are essential. With that in mind, here’s a review of some essential gifts for bowhunters.

First on my list is a new Case Knife. The company has been in business for more than 120 years and they know a thing or two about making knives. We recently stopped at Shepherd Hills Cutlery, a Case Master Dealer in Kentucky. The array of knives on display was impressive. From the small Texas toothpick to the classic Stag-handled trapper knives and many collectible special editions, there is a knife style for everyone. My favorite was the Genuine Mother of Pearl Mini-Copperhead. Check out the selections at . You can also join the Shepherd Hills Collector’s Club to get lots of “members-only” privileges.


You can’t go wrong with a good knife. Who doesn’t want/need one?

A few months ago we attended the Western Virginia Sports Show and I discovered two products that were pretty great. First, were the Emrich Hunting Seats. Their “3 n 1” hunting seat is so adjustable it works in many different situations. You can strap it to the base of a tree, or sit on flat ground in a field or a blind on the 2 inch thick cushion that swivels 360 degrees. Their Adjustable Height seat has 1-inch increments that let you change the seat height from 15 to 20 inches. It also has the same rotating feature with the thick cushion. They don’t have a web site but you can contact them at


Comfort is key when spending long hours afield.

Our world is filled with blind choices so it takes a lot to impress me, but the blinds from Hughes Products Company were pretty innovative for the price. I specifically liked the Bow Blind because of the 10 window placements. The blind only weighs 120 pounds and can be placed on a tower or used on the ground. They call it the Intimidator. Check them out at



Concealment options are abundant, choose the one that best suits your needs.

Just recently, Spypoint sent me their Tiny-HD trail camera. I love a product that comes out of the package and is in play within minutes. That means no assembly and easy to follow instructions. The camera has so many features you might think it would be difficult to operate but it’s not – it’s a piece of cake. The camera has 38 LEDs that offer different angles of light for better photos by night and 3 motion detector that make the trigger speed ultra-fast for centered photos of the subject. The big 2.4 inch viewing screen is great (I can see and read everything without my cheater glasses, yeah!). In addition to the trail camera still pictures it also offers HD video with sound. Another nice feature is the ability to adjust sensitivity so you don’t get shots of squirrels, birds and smaller animals if you don’t want them. Spypoint has lots of other game cameras with a variety of options and even more features so check them out at



Give the gift of scouting with a new game camera.

If you haven’t heard of the Mission Craze by now I would be very surprised. This bow is taking the industry by storm. It is the only bow that can offer over 40 pounds of weight adjustments. Being that versatile means the bow can grow with a kid or be changed for adults. It can be handed down to a kid or given to another person without the usual concerns about matching draw lengths or handling a weight limit. Visit for more details.



The Mission Craze (by Mathews) is a do-all bow that is perfect for any shooter; young or old.

This Southwick Survey statistically supported what we pretty much already knew. “Most hunters and shooters are extremely passionate about their respective activities so buying them a gift related to those activities is always a pretty safe bet whether it’s for the holidays, a birthday or just to say thank you,” says Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates, which designs and conducts the surveys. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and other gift-giving occasions are just around the corner, so it’s time to go shopping for those essential gifts.

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