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 1: Anyone who’s serious about hunting the West, or who dreams about it, is going to love a subscription to Western Hunter magazine. I started reading it several years ago and it has changed my approach to hunting on almost every level. In fact, I adopted many of the tools and strategies that you see on MeatEater after hearing about them first in Western Hunter. My introduction to some of my most favorite gear items, such as Havalon knives and Outdoorsmans backpacks, came throughWestern Hunter. Before I cracked that magazine, I had never thought to put binoculars on a tripod to improve my glassing abilities. And I never heard of some of the most instructive hunting writers I’ve ever read, such as Jay Scott and Remi Warren. With every issue, I know I’m going to pick up a piece of gold. If you’ve got a serious hunter on your Christmas list, he or she is going to owe you a massive favor if you hook them up with this magazine.