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2016 Gift Guide: Hunting & Outdoor Gear

Here are some ideas to ponder for anyone who enjoys hunting, camping, hiking, and just spending time in the great outdoors.

By GRIT Editors


Yeti cooler

The Hopper Flip 12 from Yeti is a leak-proof, ice-for-days, tough-as-nails, portable personal cooler that can withstand serious abuse in the field, even with everyday use. Its wide-mouth opening makes for easy loading and access to food and drinks, and its compact, cubed design makes it easily portable. It's the perfect personal cooler for full days in the tree stand, early mornings in the duck boat, or afternoons on the water.

Where to buy: Yeti

Comments from the GRIT editors: Well-made, sturdy, and leak-proof. Keeps ice for days. Smaller size and carrying strap makes it easy to carry. Perfect for food and drinks for one or two people.

Duck & Goose Calls

Duck callGoose call

The Duck Hunter Duck Call and Hunter Series Goose Call from Rich-N-Tone Calls (RNT) are sure to be a welcomed gift. The calls are made from hand selected wood, and feature an amazing sound.

Where to buy: Rich-N-Tone Calls

Comments from the GRIT editors: Beautifully made. Amazing sounds. RNT calls are the best of the best when it comes to duck and goose calls.

Hobo 3-in-1 Utensil Kit

All in one silverware

The Hobo 3-in-1 Utensil Kit from KA-BAR is a portable fork, knife, and spoon, with nylon carrying case that's designed for on-the-go or outdoor dining. All three utensils slide apart and back together for an all-in-one dining kit.

Where to buy: KA-BAR

Comments from the GRIT editors: Handy little tool. Compact size makes it easy to carry. Great for camping trips.

Spoke Knife


The Spoke Knife from Kershaw is one sweet little knife. With a blade length of just 2 inches, the knife is easy to take along just about anywhere. Even with such a compact blade, though, the knife is plenty useful. It opens quickly and easily, and the steel handle features an unusual textured pattern that provides a solid grip. Black-oxide coating gives it a nice look, and a sturdy liner lock secures the blade open during use.

Where to buy: Kershaw

Comments from the GRIT editors: Small and compact. Ideal size for everyday use. Sturdy little knife that's made to last. Sharp blade. Useful for a variety of tasks.

Wildlife Camera

Wildlife camera

The Backyard Wildlife Cam from Gardener's Supply Co. features an 8-megapixel camera, an ultra-responsive motion sensor, a white LED flash with 40-foot range, a durable weatherproof case that measures 5¼ inches wide by 6½ inches high by 2½ inches deep, and is easily mounted in nearly any location. Whether watching birds, monitoring the garden for rabbits or raccoons, or tracking deer for hunting, this camera will capture it clearly.

Where to buy: Gardener's Supply Co.

Comments from the GRIT editors: Easy to install and set up. Takes clear full-color photos and videos. Flash works well when using the camera at night. Lightweight yet durable. Works well as a security camera too.

For more gift suggestions, see: GRIT's Guide to Holiday Gifts for 2016.

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