Gift Guide for Hunter Dads

Like most hunters, I have my dad to thank for introducing me to hunting. I was lucky to grow up in rural Minnesota with a dad who instilled in me a love for hunting and the outdoors. If you’re stumped on what to get your dad for Father’s Day, you can’t go wrong with any of the items listed in the following Father’s Day Gift Guide for Hunter Dads.

First Lite Traverse Hunting Gaiters

Just about anything from First Lite would make a great gift. They are a quality company that makes some truly great gear for the backcountry hunter. For a gift, their Traverse gaiters are a no-brainer. You don’t have to worry about sizes and your dad probably doesn’t have a pair. They’re made from Duraflex nylon to keep your feet dry and free of debris. These are a western-style gaiter and are perfect for use when bulky, heavy-duty gaiters aren’t necessary. I’ll be wearing mine while chasing bull elk with my bow in Colorado this fall. About $45 from First LiteClick Here to Buy

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Exotac nanoSPARK

Jack London’s short story, “To Build a Fire” made an indelible impression on me when I first read it in 7th grade. It remains one of my all-time favorite stories. If you’ve read it, you’ll want to have multiple ways to start a fire on you any time you’re in the woods. The nanoSPARK is a flint-based sparker that works similar to a traditional lighter and it would make an excellent addition to your dad’s kit. It was designed to be used with one hand, simply spin the flint wheel to generate sparks and aim them towards the quickLIGHT tabs or your choice of tinder. Tinder tabs can be stored within the waterproof body of the nanoSPARK. $27 from ExotacClick Here to Buy

Filson 1-1/2″ Bridle Leather Belt

Dad will love Filson’s Bridle Leather belt. It’s ideal for hunting and is perfect for carrying a holster or belt knife. I’ve worn my Filson belt for years and it’s still in amazing shape. Bridle leather is traditionally used to make saddles and horse tack so it’s super durable and long-lasting. This belt features a solid brass roller buckle and two brass snaps that allow buckle to be replaced. $75 from Filson – Click Here to Buy

Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener

If you’re really good at sharpening knives, you’ll most likely use an India whet or oilstone. My whetstone sharpening skills are abysmal, so I use the Worksharp Knife and Tool sharpener to make up for my ineptitude. It’s amazingly easy to use and will hone your hunting or kitchen knives to a razor edge. If your dad doesn’t already have one, he’ll absolutely love this. $70 from Work Sharp. – Click Here to Buy

Suunto M-3 Baseplate Compass

Dad can always use another compass. This M-3 by Suunto is one of our favorites. It’s perfect for use with a map with its transparent baseplate and built-in magnifying glass. The adjustable declination makes it simple to adjust for use anywhere in the northern hemisphere. When the sun goes down, the luminous bezel helps you see where you need to go. $30 by Suunto  – Click Here to Buy

Benchmade – Bushcrafter 162 Knife, Drop-Point

Readers of HuntTested know that we really like Benchmade knives. Their Bushcrafter 162 model is a terrific gift choice for Dad. This knife is built like a tank with a high-end CPM-S30V stainless steel full-tang blade and G10 handles. It’s excellent for camping, hunting, and all-around outdoor use. The Buschcrafter 162 comes with a brown, full-grain leather sheath with belt loop.  $195 by Benchmade – Click Here to Buy

Boyt Harness Signature Series Shotgun Case with Pocket

Boyt Harness sets the standard for high-quality gun cases. Their Signature Series case features Italian harness leather, super durable canvas exterior and a supple quilted flannel lining to protect your gun. I have Boyt cases that are over 20 years old and they still look great and are just as functional as new. Dad will love it. A 52″ case will fit most field shotguns. A Benelli M2 with a 28″ barrel fits perfectly in mine. $86 by Boyt Harness Company – Click Here to Buy