We’ve made our list and checked it twice – here’s our bumper selection of the best Christmas gift ideas for hunters
This new smock might just be the ultimate garment for Scottish stalking. Silent, waterproof and windproof, it comes in a lightweight Argyll or Grampian tweed pattern with a zip in anti-midge veil that doesn’t impede vision.
The wearer also benefits from a binocular pocket, interior pocket, deep side hand pockets and a zippered pocket on the back. With a flexible cut, the smock also has two mesh lined vents to allow a breeze through while keeping the mosquitoes out.
RRP £565 (AUTUMN WEBSITE SALE: £510)
Night Master Christmas kit
Have a Night Master Christmas with their latest quality gear. Stay warm and dry with the new water repellent beanie hat1. Get the easy-to-use QMD multi-directional lamp mount2 – just move the lamp yourself and tighten the screw to fix its position. Upgrade to a Night Master NM1 SL3, with easy-change LED, smooth dimmer switch, beam focusing from the tail-switch, battery indicator light and lots more – available LEDs include white, red, amber, green, blue, UV, IR850 and IR940.
Available from UK stockists. Contact Night Master for prices
Redesigned from the ground up, with Hawke’s H5 optic, the latest Sidewinder models are a huge upgrade on the outgoing range. Lighter, stronger, four inch eye relief, better crown glass, improved illumination and a new locking turret system with witness window – these are just some of the reasons to upgrade this winter. Pictured: Sidewinder 30 FFP 6-24×56 (RRP £629)
RRP from £459
Hawke Sport Optics
Cens Proflex DX
Hearing protection is viewed as more important than ever, so be sure to protect your ears in the very best way possible. CENS’s DX range of custom earplugs, designed exclusively for shooters, is packed with technology, using digital microprocessors optimised and programmed by experienced shooters and technicians. The DX1, DX3 and DX5 are available, differing in the number of modes they offer; they all come in six different battery colour options and 33 earpiece options.
RRP from £399
Ogden’s Three Piece Set
Made from superb quality leather, this set of three rifleman’s accessories is a truly great gift item. The set comprises a bolt holder, seven-round bullet pouch and double licence wallet – so both shotgun and rifle owners are catered for. These are available individually or with a discount for buying all three.
RRP £29.99 each or £69.99 for the set + free P&P
Apex 46 & 46D Knives
The 46 and 46D (Damascus) knives from Napier have a specific drop blade shape that can easily handle precision work on a muntjac yet have the weight and strength required to tackle the sternum of a roe or larger species.
Each knife is ergonomically designed with a palm-swell Micarta handle, attached to a full-tang best quality blade, along with stainless bolsters. Each one is presented with a premium quality tan leather sheath, slim and well positioned for a belt. It features a strong Napier brass logo press stud fastener, and double-stitched, brass-riveted cow hide.
Apex 46 RRP £204
Apex 46D RRP £224.50
Rigby Whisky gift set
Nothing is more pleasing than sharing a dram in a Glencairn glass after a jolly Christmas Day. Toast the host with this Rigby Whisky gift set, featuring our distinguished Blair Athol 18-year-old single malt whisky and presented in a luxurious wicker basket.
John Rigby & Co
If you are a home loader or looking to get into home loading or load development, the Quickload software is for you. With over a thousand cases, powder and design functions pre-loaded, Quickload can calculate the ballistic performance of just about any load. Plus, if you are interested in developing your own custom rifle, the ballistics analysis functions in Quickload can be used to meet your requirements.
Aimcam Pro 2i
The world’s most advanced line of sight camera glasses designed to capture video as you really see it. The easy one-touch control and functional design allow you to effortlessly film all your hunting, shooting and outdoor adventures hands-free.
The AimCam allows for specific calibration to any firearm type, stance and mounting style, it can even be set up for anyone that requires prescription lenses.
Ram Winter Gloves
It’s essential that you protect your hands while hunting in the depths of winter. The risk of frostbite and other conditions, in some circumstances, can be life threatening. The Deerhunter Ram winter gloves combine reinforced trimming and adjustable wrist with elastic that provide warmth and breathability as well as an extra comfortable fit. The Ram series is also available for females and goes under the name Lady Raven.
(+45) 74 22 35 20
TLR-1 Gamespotter Gun Light
The TLR-1 Gamespotter Gun Light features IR so it’s great for night-time stalking. This gun-mounted tactical light features the latest C4 LED technology and provides 1.75 hours of continuous regulated run time. The TLR-1 Gamespotter also includes a shock-proof green power LED; rail clamp designed to rapidly attach/detach from side of your gun; and either standard door switch or remote door switch.
TLR-1 Gamespotter STD RRP £172
TLR-1 Gamespotter RMT (with remote switch) RRP £245
Harkila Mountain Hunter Rucksack
Made from soft, brushed and low-noise tricot fabric, this rucksack has a detachable holster that, when attached to the pack, allows the stalker’s rifle to be carried down the back instead of over the shoulder and is designed so the rifle can be drawn without removing the rucksack.
The rucksack also has ventilation panels down the back and on the upper part of the waist to wick moisture away during high-intensity activity and ensure good air circulation. There are four elastic straps to attach gamebirds or miscellaneous gear, and a rain cover to keep your kit dry.
SRP: £159.99 • Harkila
UK South and Eire: 01844 237944
UK North and N Ireland: 07912 934389
Walther Hunter Set
The Walther Hunter Set is the all-in-one set for any deer management. The kit contains a large skinning knife with gut hook, small skinning knife for more precise areas and a compact saw.
All three tools are kept securely in a pouch that can be carried either in your day pack or on your waist with the attached belt loop. Each blade is high-quality 440 stainless steel and each handle is rubberised to give a secure grip in all conditions.
Seeland 4 Legged Shooting Stick
Designed based on real-world feedback from stalkers, these shooting sticks offer a quick set-up and quick target acquisition by rotating on one leg. The rifle cradle is rubberised to protect the stock, and soft, movable foam handles prevent sticks clanking together. The telescopic legs extend up to 175cm high and 90cm when broken down.
UK South and Eire: 01844 237944
UK North and Northern Ireland: 07912 934389
Buffalo River Butcher’s Set
A gift for the busy deer manager, this set includes everything you need to get carcass prep work done. The kit includes bone saw, ribcage spreader, gut hook, skinner, butchers’ knife, skinning knife and fillet knife. Plus there’s a knife sharpener to keep your tools in tip-top condition, and the whole kit is supplied in a hard case.
0845 099 0252
Stag All-Terrain Seat
A light, portable chair designed for easy transportation, with a swivel arrangement (360°) that ensures the best possible shooting position, adaptable to all kinds of terrain thanks to its adjustable legs and featuring a comfortable seat for enjoying the time spent hunting.
Completely foldable and lightweight, it’s also got a padded cushion so you can sit out waiting for a fox for hours without getting uncomfortable. Adjustable legs for stability on uneven terrain.
RWS rifle slings
New RWS Neoprene rifle slings offer softly cushioned, wide shoulder support for comfort and a non-slip fit at the same time. Features quick-release fasteners on both sides.
SRP starting at £45.00
Kestrel (Remote) HUD Heads Up Display for K5700 Series Ballistics Meters
View critical target data and information without ever breaking out of the scope. The Kestrel HUD Remote is a gun-mounted display that gives you instant access to real-time shooting solutions from your Kestrel 5700. The 2.5” screen puts bold, sunlight-readable numbers right in your line of sight – maximising your focus for effective rapid engagement of multiple targets. Read the full review on page 37.
Sporting Rifle Special Offer £526.95 Use Promo Code: SPHUD20 at www.rpr.co.uk.
Offer ends 31/01/2021
Offer only on Kestrel HUD with remote
0044 (0) 1590 641223
Wildcat Moderators are the UK distributer of Praesidia fieldsports accessories, including moderator covers, rider bags, bean bags and bullet wallets. They are also Hornady, Redding and Lapua dealers, as well as selling their own, best loved British-made Wildcat Sound Moderators. The Wildcat website is now live with all of these goodies and more for you to buy that special shooter in your life a fabulous Christmas prezzy!
UK Custom Shop
Blaser Mens Active Vintage Smock
The Active Vintage Smock features taped seams and a Vintage shell fabric with TeflonEcoElite finish to stay waterproof, windproof and breathable. The lightweight mesh lining, high stand up collar, and peaked reinforced hood add extra comfort and protection. Fashioned with a spacious, waterproof front pocket with zip and decorative magnetic Argali flap and a huge kangaroo pouch with two zips. Available from small to 4XL.
Lee Reloading Stand
Reloading your stalking ammo is the path to ultimate accuracy, but what if you don’t have the space for a full-size reloading bench? This compact loading stand places your press at the perfect height, with the tripod design secures absolute steadiness. Weigh it down with bricks and never worry about space or availability again.
Tweed Travel Bag
Featuring pure wool tweed outer with durable oak leather handles & trim, this capacious bag measures 57cm x 26cm x 26cm. This handy travel bag also features a detachable, adjustable webbed cotton shoulder strap (full length 100cm), antique brass fittings, secure outer zipped pocket and internal zipped pocket and attractive check lining – available in Landscape tweed
Kestrel 2700 Ballistics Meter
Extend your range with confidence you can land a sure shot the first time around. The K2700 simplifies the challenge of shooting at a longer distance – allowing you to quickly load your gun and bullet data and get the right elevation and wind hold to put you on target.
Sporting Rifle Special Offer £199.95 Use Promo Code: SPORT20 at www.rpr.co.uk. Offer ends 31/01/2021.
0044 (0) 1590 641223
Beretta Nyala Two Blade Knife
A two blade folding knife that features a 75mm blade and a bird hook. Made from high quality French Inox 440c steel and in partnership with renowned Italian knife manufacturer Raserin, these knives feature a combination of Walnut and G10 material scales. The knife also features a blade locking mechanism.
CL Pocket Binoculars
Binoculars that are always with you and are a part of everything that you do, no matter what you’re doing, are practical. Binoculars that promise absolutely unrestricted viewing comfort are wonderful. But compact binoculars that also offer outstanding optical quality are simply brilliant – just as brilliant as the new CL Pocket binoculars!
CL Pocket 8×25 RRP £600
CL Pocket 10×25 RRP £660
Hunter Tech Rifle Case
This striking new accessories range combines ergonomic design with functionality and comfort. The styling of these accessories, with a smart “break-up” pattern, is reminiscent of shotgun stock checkering. Designed for most rifles, this type of long case allows users to store the rifle without removing the optic.
AriatTEK Alpaca Performance Socks
Wool is wool, right? Wrong. Alpaca wool is superior to sheep wool in almost every regard. It is warmer, which is our principal concern here. It is also more waterproof, more fire resistant and free from lanolin, which means it is hypoallergenic. Combining these pretty properties into a high-tec boot sock, means that these socks are simply gorgeous, soft and warm while still wearing well.
RRP £20 (men) / £18 (women)
Remington Gun Sack
Remington offers a thick 100 per cent polyester fabric gun sack that protects against dirt and scratches and has a drawstring closure. It is treated with silicone to help protect from rust and one size fits most. The Remington gun sack is 52 inches long and works on guns with or without scopes.
Sporting Rifle Subscription
Don’t forget that a magazine subscription is an excellent gift – and of course there’s no magazine better than the one you’re reading right now… Subscribe now and never miss an issue again, as well as saving money compared to buying individual issues. With festive discounts available across three-month and yearly subscriptions, there’s never been a better time to sign up. Head to page 30 for more details.
Also look out for other fieldsports titles from Future Plc including; Shooting Times, The Field, Airgun Shooter, Sporting Gun, Clay Shooting, Shooting Gazette & Bow International.
0330 333 1113
Jackson Rifles are a one-stop shop for mods, supplying some of the biggest brands out there. We’ve pictured two of their products: first up, the Ase Utra SL5i, weighs 335-345g, adds only 103mm to the barrel length and reduces sound by 22-30dB.
Second, the A-Tec H2. The standard two-baffle version of the H2 weighs in at 345g, adding 111mm to the barrel length and with a sound reduction of 25-32 dB. Both mods are threaded for the most popular calibres.
Ase Utra RRP £268
A-Tec RRP £224
Spartan Lite Bipod
With interchangeable leg options, the Javelin Lite bipod is available in three lengths to accommodate shooters wanting a lightweight modular bipod that will serve a multiple of disciplines from shooting on the range to hunting in the most demanding environments.
By using high-grade carbon fibre, the Javelin Lite weighs just 130 to 135 grams and does not compromise the balance of a rifle, making it perfect for hunters on the move, especially as it can be attached and detached in an instant using the ‘Spartan Magnetic Attachment System’.
Leica have launched their first thermal imaging device especially for hunters: the Leica Calonox. Debuting in November, the Leica Calonox will be available in two versions: as a pure observation device – Leica Calonox “View” – and as a clip-on device for mounting in conjunction on a riflescope – Leica Calonox “Sight”. Look out for a full review in Sporting Rifle – coming soon!
Leica Calonox “Sight” RRP £3,450.00
Leica Calonox “View” RRP £3,950.00
Leica Sports Optics
ShooterKing Huntflex Jumper
The ShooterKing Mens Huntflex Jumper is made from a blend of high-quality merino wool and cotton. These natural fibres offer effective fast-drying, high breathability and warmth to the wearer. The high collar offers protection against wind and rain, whilst the ¼ length zip allows for fast ventilation. The jumper’s elbows are reinforced with 100 per cent lamb suede leather for added comfort, protection and durability. Available in either brown or green from small to 5XL.
SRP £109.95 (Inc. two year warranty)
The 3HGR secures your rifle in the field and transforms into a harness to carry the weight across both shoulders. In rough terrain you can then turn it into a safety sling for your rifle so that you get more use of your shoulders and avoid the stumbles and trips that damage your kit.
Kite Optics Stabi APC
Image-stabilised binoculars provide a shake-free view at high magnification – but while rival binoculars offer a correction angle of 0.5 to 1 degree, the Stabi APC 30 binoculars correct the image stability by up to 3 degrees! A world first that makes image-stabilised binoculars your best viewing tool including in the field or on the hill. This model is available in 10×30 and 12×30 version.
+32 (0) 50 69 23 19
Zeiss DTI 3/35
This is the first thermal imaging camera Zeiss has developed for the hunting market. The ambition is to be able to clearly identify prey, even in poor light. Thoughtfully, the camera zooms in extremely fine increments, and the buttons are easily used with gloves. Images can be live streamed via the ZEISS hunting app. With a battery life of seven hours, this may find its way into several backpacks this Christmas. Check out Chris Parkin’s review on page 38.
RRP from £2,650
01556 503 587
Game & Gatherings
This 256-page hardback showcases Rachel Carrie’s favourite game recipes and promotes the use of game meat while dispelling the myths. Featuring images from acclaimed photographer Matt Austin, Game & Gatherings presents the best ways to prepare, cook and serve game. Rachel adds; “I encourage you to scrawl notes on its pages, tweak my recipes and create your own family favourites to pass down to your children.”
A new book publisher specially formed to publish the popular “Uteliv” books by Swedish survival expert Lars Fält. The series is called Outdoors the Scandinavian Way. Having retired from the army, Lars is now passing on the knowledge and experience he has amassed over the decades in a series of books that have attained cult status in Sweden. Now available in English.
+44 1628 330 330