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Christmas Gift Suggestions for Outdoor Enthusiasts

by Pursue The Outdoors on November 30th, 2007 in Equipment and Gear

This holiday season, consider one of these great gift ideas when shopping for anyone who loves to spend time outdoors. And while you’re at it, pick something up for yourself.

New from Berkley (http://www.berkley-fishing.com), Gulp! Alive! is the next generation in fish-catching technology that gives the angler in your life a way to catch fish without the hassles of live bait. Voted Best Soft Lure at 2007 ICAST, Gulp! Alive! is available in nine shapes and a bevy of colors for a multitude of fresh- and saltwater applications as well as a spray attractant that can be applied to any bait. Sold in both quart and pint buckets, Gulp! Alive! baits are suspended in powerful Gulp! liquid making them 20 percent more effective than even first-generation Gulp! baits. (800-228-4272, $8.99-$39.99)

A tried-and-true design and careful craftsmanship make the Smith & Wesson (http://www.smith-wesson.com) 1000 Series semiautomatic shotguns the new choice for hunters, recreational shooters and personal defense. Among the lightest weight and most reliable self-loading shotguns on the market, the new 1000 Series are durable, capable of handling today’s hardest-recoiling loads and come in both 12 and 20 gauge and 29 separate configurations to satisfy the needs of discriminating shooters. Between Nov. 1, 2007 and Jan. 31, 2008, purchase any new 1000 Series shotgun from a participating dealer and receive five Trulock specialty choke tubes or purchase a Smith & Wesson Model 22A for $49. (800-331-0852, $650-$925)

If there’s anything that outdoors enthusiasts love more than camping and cooking out, it’s a new gadget. New from Coleman (http://www.coleman.com), the Electronic Radio Cooler brings dad’s two loves together by doubling as a cooler and an AM/FM radio. The 36-quart cooler is built with legendary Coleman quality and has enough room for 46 12-ounce cans plus enough ice to keep them cool. And once the cookout begins, the AM/FM radio features a weather band, clock, alarm, MP3 and headphone jack — all operating on four C batteries. (800-835-3278, $65.00)


This holiday, give the hunters and shooters in your life more access to the sports they love. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (http://www.nssf.org) suggests giving family and friends a membership to a local shooting range, a few hours of range time, a bird hunt at a prime location close to town or across the country, new gear, or a 2008 hunting license. On the Internet, visit http://www.huntandshoot.org for free lists of places to get outdoors, plus many great services for all hunters and shooters.

Serious fishing calls for serious tools. Give your favorite anglers the toughest and most technologically advanced fishing tools this Christmas with the new line of TEC Tools from Berkley (http://www.berkley-fishing.com). From hook sharpeners to fillet knives, digital scales and superline shears, these TEC Tools are suited for the rigors of both serious fresh- and saltwater angling and features ergonomically designed handles, making them easier to hold and use for extended periods of time. The TEC Tool family also includes the Berkley TEC Pistol Grip, voted Best Fishing Accessory at 2007 ICAST. (800-228-4272, $9.99-$99.99)

Give the shooter in your life the ultimate way to display their firearm collection. New from Smith & Wesson (http://www.smith-wesson.com), the Gun Suite is a solid wood gun storage unit that holds up to eight firearms. With adjustable shelves and three drawers for additional storage space, the Gun Suite also features a hand-etched Smith & Wesson logo on each door. Sure to be treasured for generations, the Gun Suite can be locked with a key and is available in five different woods and seven separate finish options. (800-331-0852, $1,880)

Get the most light out your lantern this holiday season without sacrificing a lot of space. The new Exponent 4AA Pack-Away Lantern from Coleman (http://www.coleman.com) weighs just eight ounces and closes to a compact 3.2 inches tall. When darkness comes, the Pack-Away Lantern opens to less than 5 inches tall and offers up to 12 hours of illumination and three different settings to make outdoor activities more enjoyable. Featuring a carabiner clip for easy carrying, the Pack-Away lantern runs on just four AA batteries, making it easy and inexpensive to operate. (800-835-3278, $34.99)

Cold-season hunters and angler will have a decisive advantage over icy temperatures when heading out into the field this year. Whether facing cool, damp mornings on opening day or bone-chilling north winds, the new ThermoLogic (www.thermologicgear.com) line of clothing includes hats, gloves, vests and jackets and will provide users with the latest technology in heated apparel. When wearing the new ThermoLogic line from NTA Enterprises, archaic wires and bulky batteries are things of the past. Unlike other electrically powered, heated garments, the technology behind ThermoLogic is applied directly on the apparel, resulting in a product that is durable, washable and practical. (877-945-6837, $35.00-$250.00)

Feed the ones you love with recipes from Ranger Boats co-founder, Nina Wood. Nina’s favorite recipes from her own collection as well as from her family and friends, plus some of her favorite outdoor cooking tips and some stories and wisdom collected during an eventful lifetime in Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains are all collected in a cookbook entitled Nina’s Favorite Recipes. Copies of the book are available for $9.95 plus $2.50 shipping. To order, call the Forrest L. Wood Outdoor Sports Gallery at (870) 453-3210.

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