Ah, my kingdom for a bow hook, I was thinking.
During the last week of the Pennsylvania
archery season, I chose a stand I rarely used except during the whitetail rut.
And since I hadn't used the stand since hanging it, I'd forgotten that key
little piece of equipment that can make an afternoon infinitely more enjoyable. A simple thing like a bow hook can make an afternoon much more comfortable.
As I had before, I resolved to order a pack of them, planning to put some in
trees with existing stands and carry more in my hunting backpack. And I got to
thinking that bow hooks would make a perfect stocking stuffer for any
hunter, whether they used bows or guns.
As I wiled away the hours in the stand, I made a mental list of perfect
stocking stuffers for hunters, in addition to the bow hooks:
1. An assortment of rechargeable batteries and chargers. The battery on my
rangefinder always seems to die during hunting season. I never think of
replacing it until that happens and I find myself bleary-eyed in hunting season
fatigue, standing in line at a big box store.
2. A hand-crank flashlight. Two seasons ago, I shot an awesome buck and
called a friend to help on the blood trail, and hopefully, the recovery. I used
a feature on my headlamp which allows me to widen the cast of light, and made
steady progress on the trail. That is, until (you guessed it), I ran out of
battery juice. My friend had brought a hand-crank flashlight. Admittedly, the
noise can be a little annoying, until (you guessed it), you find that next spot
3. Hand-warmers. They are indispensable, invaluable and inexpensive. We
hunters have a tendency to hoard them, saving them for the "really cold" days.
With a huge supply, we'd splurge on comfort for our hands and feet.
4. A small thermos, dark-colored or camouflage, if possible. Why is it that
the hotdog you eat while attending an outdoor sports game tastes so good?
During the year, I occasionally eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches;
however, I find them delicious when I'm in a treestand.
The same goes for coffee or hot chocolate. A warm drink is a treasure in the
5. A field-dressing knife. You can never have too many. And they seem to be
easy to lose!
6. A pair of ratcheting shears. I prefer these over limb saws for the
smaller stuff. They are much quieter in use, and don't leave any "evidence" of
disturbance, such as sawdust. Anyone who uses a climbing stand should keep
these handy and they also are helpful in clearing shooting lanes for permanent
These are just suggestions, but each item makes a great stocking stuffer for
any hunter, archer or gun hunter, fur or fowl. This year, forego the boring,
traditional stocking stuffers and target the hunters on your list.
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