The holidays are here, and it’s time to hit the stores. Gift-shopping is never simple, but you have a bowhunter in the family, which makes things even more challenging. Bowhunters have special gear desires that can get pricey. Fear not, mortals! We’re going to simplify your life and maybe save you some money.
For most bowhunters, one word sums up holiday giving: camouflage. Plenty of good, low-priced gifts come covered in camo. How about a replacement case for your car’s key fob? Illuminate their holidays with a camo LED flashlight. Camo field tips, inserts and replacement vanes should also be on the list for bowhunters who like to make and repair their own arrows. Just remember: Arrows come with different specifications, so visit your local archery store for expert advice on purchasing arrows for the bowhunter in your life.
$25 or Less
Take the outdoors with you everywhere by rocking some camouflage underwear! You can love Santa and all of his venison — I mean, reindeer — with a camo holiday cap, or you can choose from some signature apparel from your local archery store. Most archery shops have a clutch of logoed shirts and caps, all for under 25 bones.
With 50 bucks, you can get more creative and helpful. A great gift for deer-hunting archers is a pack of broadheads, which inflict a wide cut for taking down big-game animals. Two broadhead styles are available: mechanical and fixed-blade. Mechanicals sport a slim profile like a field tip, but expand on impact. They’re usually more pricey than fixed-blade broadheads, which don’t have moving parts, but not always. It’s best to drop some subtle hints, do a little research on the broadheads your bowhunter likes, and get advice from your local archery expert.
Arrows range widely in price, but for $50 you can buy a half-dozen arrows at your friendly neighborhood archery store. As a bonus, they’ll probably set them up for you at little extra cost. Apparel is always a winner, and there’s no shortage of great camouflage hunting clothing items at this time of year.
If you really love your bowhunter, this price range can trigger wide eyes and huge smiles as they tear open their gifts. Bowhunters want to stay warm in their tree stands. Great base layers are pricey, but worth every penny. They also like to carry food and gear to their bowhunting spot, so a backpack with lots of pockets goes over well.
Most archery stores stock many great archery accessories, which lets you thoroughly check them out before buying. So, shop locally before shopping online. Whether your archer prefers to shoot paper targets or live game, a good stabilizer makes a great investment by keeping the bow steady. Your nearby archery store can help you choose the right one, based on the intended target and the bow’s weight.
Good hunters love a great snack, so entice your bowhunter to make some jerky with a nice propane smoker! Trail cameras are getting more popular every year, and their capabilities keep improving, too, at all price points. Further, many archers carry their bows in their vehicle’s trunk or back seat, so a nice bow case is a good way to protect their investment. Quality hard-shell or soft-sided cases are available for crossbows and compound bows. Cases can also carry gear like binoculars and laser rangefinders, which are great gifts, too.
This price level can convert couch potatoes into avid archers, and get them ready for competitions or big-game hunting.
Nice entry level bows are available from $350 and up, and your local archery store might even have excellent used bows in stock that they’ve taken in on trade. Your hunter might want a nice ladder stand or two, but don’t forget the ultimate expression of love: a safety harness.
Shopping for the bowhunter in your family doesn’t have to be difficult. If you remember three words — “safe,” “warm” and “camouflage” — you’ll be right on target.
Visit your local archery store and start shopping today!