Hunters can be a pain in the a** to shop for, because there’s an overabundance of gear on the market and also an overabundance of gear in most guys’ garages. Out of sympathy for anyone who has a hunter on their shopping list, I’m going to put together the MeatEater’s 12 Days of Gifts Guide. These items are gonna please any hunter out there, no matter how picky or overstocked he or she happens to be. What’s more, these things can be purchased quickly online without having to drive around and endure hordes of competing Christmas shoppers.
Day 9: The Vortex Ranger 1000 is a solid and versatile laser range-finder that’s perfect for someone who’s looking for a tool that can handle both short-range archery and long-range rifle situations—in other words, if you buy this for anyone who hunts with a bow or a gun, they’re going to be happy. It gives angle-compensated distances, which eliminates the need to screw around with tricky, hard-to-remember formulas for calculating horizontal distance on uphill and downhill shots. And while I hate to acknowledge this, as you shouldn’t mention a tame and manicured pastime like golf in the same sentence as something as wild and fecund as hunting, I suppose this range-finder would serve as a great double-duty tool for a hunter who also likes to smack some balls around on the golf course. Remember, Christmas isn’t a time for judging; it’s a time for giving.