Great stocking stuffers for hunters will, of course, fit into a stocking, but more importantly, they should be reasonably inexpensive — under $50. Most of these stocking stuffers for hunters are under $50 and many of these gifts for hunters are under $25.
20 Stocking Stuffers for Hunters 2016
1. Ear Plugs
Most hunters have ear plugs for sighting in rifles or shooting clay pigeons, but what about the hearing damage that can occur while hunting? Sure, most big game hunters don’t fire all that often, but still, over time it could have an effect. Of course, some shots require quick decisions and fast action — so there is no time to mess with ear protection. But every hunter has been in a situation where they had plenty of time to get a smart, well-calculated shot . . . and even bird hunters have stepped into areas where they were 100% sure they’d get into the thick of it. In these situations, it’s hard to beat ear plugs that you can wear like a necklace . . . and then pop in when you need them. For short-term use while hunting, most any banded set will be far better than nothing. Do your hunter a favor and get a set.
2. Razor Knife
Even if your hunter has a favorite hunting knife, having a backup razor knife system is a good idea, and the Outdoor Edge Razor Lite blends the form factor of a traditional knife with a razor blade system for instant super sharpness. Razor knife stocking stuffers for hunters are fantastic for those who aren’t confident in their knife sharpening skills.
3. Shooting Glasses
Most hunters know they should wear safety glasses while shooting, but many don’t. So how can you encourage it? With a pair of shooting glasses that filter out glare to provide better visibility — that’s a win all around.
A lot of hunters skip the saw — they just don’t want to pack the weight or they think they can get by without one. The reality is, a saw can be handy for those times you need to do something different to gut or quarter your big game. Better yet, your hunter could use a saw to cut limbs to build an shelter, splint a leg, or build a travois in emergency situations. That’s right, we’re thinkers here. You never know.
5. Backup Orange Safety Vest
Every now and then a hunter forgets his hunter orange hat, jacket, or vest. Or a buddy forgets his. And sometimes, well, you get out into the woods in thick cover and realize, oh boy, there are far too many other hunters in this area. So you want more hunter orange coverage. That’s why you take a lightweight safety vest that folds into a tiny package. Plus, it’s great for covering a massive rack of antlers that you strapped to your backpack to haul out at twilight. Not all other hunters are super smart, so backup orange safety vests always make great stocking stuffers for hunters.
6. Binocular Strap
The trouble with a good set of binoculars is figuring out where and how to pack them so that they a) stay out of the way, and b) are there when you need them. The answer? A binocular chest strap. So much goodness in a simple package. We don’t know how we got along without them. Oh wait, yes we do. We struggled with pockets and pouches and spent far too much time swearing and untangling. A binocular strap as a stocking stuffer for hunters is a just a crazy good choice.
7. Ammo Holder
Most hunters don’t end up in situations where they run out of ammo, but having bullets and shotgun shells handy is certainly a good plan. One of the simplest ways is with an ammo holder that slips over the butt stock of your rifle or shotgun. As a stocking stuffer for hunters, they tend to be under $10, too.
8. Hand and Toe Warmers
Even when a hunter has good gloves, sometimes taking them on and off results in cold hands. We like to slip a hand warmer inside our gloves so they rest in place over the tops of the backs of our hands — it lets you wear lighter, more hunting friendly gloves in frigid temperatures. And toe warmers? Wow, they work fantastic. Especially good if you end up down in some cold hole in the woods as darkness falls and you have a long, cold hike out ahead of you.
9. Elk Cow Call
There are all sorts of different kinds of elk calls, including bugles, but every elk hunter ought to have a cow call. Even if you’re after bulls, well, bulls in rut will follow the cows. If you get into a situation where you need to cow talk, your hunter will appreciate the ability to chat it up. In addition, even if your elk hunter has reed calls already, most hunters like having an extra cow call or two so they can throw out different kinds of tones to sound like more than one cow elk.
10. Deer Call
One of our hunting buddies with teenage boys was able to grunt back and forth with several bucks this year — a cool experience, for sure. While some hunters barely know how or when to grunt for whitetail, others have used smart calling tactics to lure big bucks into range . . . so do your deer hunter a favor and give them a new tool to try out!
11. Deer Rattling System
One of the most adrenalized forms of deer hunting is rattling in a big, mature buck looking for a fight. A lot of hunters find themselves in the right spot at the right time . . . but don’t have rattling antlers with them. Lost opportunity. No more. Some new systems sound great and pack small, especially the Knight & Hale Rattle Calls, which make them a fantastic stocking stuffer for hunters.
12. Wool Socks
Remember the toe warmers? Smart hunters wear wool socks for excellent durability and performance while wet. And wool is warm, of course, while naturally fighting funky-smelling microbes. Look for socks that have at least 60% merino wool. Thick for cold weather hunters, thinner for warm weather hunters. Seriously, synthetics still can’t beat wool, so get wool.
13. Fiber Optic Shotgun Sights
We’re not sure exactly why, but we are simply more accurate bird hunters with tru-glo sights on your shotguns. In green. You can get orange, but for some reason we like the green better. These sights provide a dirt-simple beacon that somehow makes it easier to find a pheasant in flight and line up your shot. We have not yet found a fellow hunter who didn’t appreciate them.
14. Packable Emergency Rain Jacket
Of course, hunters should have a waterproof or rain-resistant jacket, but not all do — and often they don’t technically need one. But what happens when Mother Nature decides through a fit? Survival might depend on staying dry. The best survival packs include, at minimum, a tiny light emergency poncho, but having an inexpensive rain jacket is even better.
15. Shooting Sticks
Shooting sticks have been around for hundreds of years, but recently hunters have been figuring out that they’re definitely worth carrying. We like lightweight single-post shooting sticks for easy packing the best. Fancy trigger pull extensions are cool, but simpler options get the job done, too. Oh, they’ll probably poke out of the top of the stocking, but don’t worry about it — it will still be a delight upon first site.
- Mossy Oak Deluxe Shooting Stick
- Primos Gen 2 Tall Monopod Trigger Stick (a bit spendy, but it’s awesome)
Smart hunters realize that elk and deer pay attention to their noses as well as communicate with scents. Tidily packaged urine helps mask human odor and attract big game interest. Bottom line? It can make a difference.
- Conquest Scents EverCalm Deer Herd Scent Stick
- Hunters Specialties Prime Time Cow Elk Urine Scent Wafers
17. Scent Removers
On the flip side of smelling like a buck or doe, smelling like the inside of your pickup and a breakfast burrito is no good either. Enter easy-to-use spray-based scent removers. When your hunters steps out of the pickup, he can give himself and his hunting buddies a few sprays and increase their chances of finding critters when the wind turns against them. Because good hunters use this stuff up every season, scent killers are a great stocking stuffer for most any elk or deer hunter.
18. Game Bags
A lot of hunters get an animal down in the woods and then haul out the entire carcass intact on an ATV. There’s a better way for backpack hunters, though, and that’s quartering or boning a deer or elk in the field (and other big game, of course). The best way is to use a clean, breathable, fabric-based game bag. The bag will let the meat cool (very important) while protecting it from dirt and bugs. Every hunter should have at least four in their packs, and if your hunter is successful, fresh big game quarter bags are always appreciated in a stocking.
Paracord lets a hunter hang a quartered elk if needed, repair a backpack, build a shelter, lash up a broken leg, or tie on an extra large quarter or rack of antlers to a backpack. Or even help tie an animal to the overloaded rack on a four-wheeler. Always welcome.
20. Emergency Fire Starter
Have you noticed the safety theme of these stocking stuffers? If your hunter gets out into a bad situation with cold and stormy weather, you want him confident in his ability to stop and build a fire to survive. The alternative is to freak out, get lost, overheat with sweat trying to get back to the pickup, and then dying of hyperthermia once the sweat starts freezing. An ability to start a fire is a confidence builder, and while most hunters won’t need to, having the ability can help keep them calm in the face of adversity — and that’s the real life saver here.
Bonus Hunting Stocking Stuffers!
If you made it this far, you probably need a couple more options. Here you go:
Out of stock? Cabela’s still has some available online.
A lot of hunters also have pistols and like to keep their handgun skills up, but they need targets. Enter the Do-All Outdoors line of targets. The hard rubber compound takes a beating almost as well as Superman’s chest. Amazing things, really. (They work with rifles, too.)
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