Christmas is almost here. Shopping for an outdoorsman that has everything can be a challenge. For stocking stuffers, federal waterfowl stamps or hunting and fishing permits for 2019 are great gifts.
Rod and reels or a tackle box with hooks, sinkers and bobbers is inexpensive and a great gift for children. Then you or someone has to take them fishing in the spring – a great present for you too!
Here are some other unique suggestions:
Floating Deer Antlers
Hover Helmets, Hunter Safety System has created Floating Deer Antlers, a unique, patented tabletop display of a scaled re-creation of a 207-inch European-style whitetail skull encapsulated in a clear acrylic globe that is illuminated and appears to defy gravity. The Floating Deer Antlers 6.5-inch diameter globe hovers in mid-air with no strings or other physical attachments, and with a light nudge, it will spin indefinitely.
The Floating Deer Antlers stand measures 10 1/4-inches tall and is powered by an included 110V AC/12V DC power adapter. To operate, simply plug in the adapter, place the included spacer above the globe and center it on the stand; remove the spacer, and the globe will remain suspended in an electromagnetic field.
Floating Deer Antlers are available on Amazon.com as well as the Hunter Safety System website (www.hssvest.com) for $79.99 where you can watch a video of this product. It is also available with a clear 9x9x12-inch acrylic display case that protects and accentuates the Floating Deer Antlers for $129.99. Note they have a Kansas City Chiefs helmet version too.
For additional information, write to: The Hunter Safety System, 8237 Danville Road, Danville, AL 35619; call toll-free 877-296-3528; or visit www.hssvest.com.
This is the handiest hunting knife I have ever used. Push the lock button and the SwingBlade changes from a drop-point skinner to the ultimate razor-sharp gutting blade that easily slices open deer or elk hide.
Outdoor Edge’s signature gutting blade cuts underneath the skin without cutting hair, and the blunt tip prevents punctured internal organs that can spoil fresh game meat. The 3.6-inch Japanese AUS-8 blade is precisely heat treated and hand finished shaving-sharp for superior edge retention and performance.
The rubberized TPR handle ensures a non-slip grip, even when wet, and is ergonomically shaped to eliminate fatigue during long use. Available in black, blaze-orange or hot-pink, and as a knife/saw combo set SwingBlade-Pak. The blaze-orange handle is easy to spot on the ground, saving valuable time in the field while preventing loss. The SwingBlade comes complete with a nylon belt sheath. You can order one for $79.95 at www.outdooredge.com or from Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shop.
Make Your Own Goose Jerky
Many of you love to hunt geese but don’t like them as table fare. Goose jerky is very tasty. Here is a kit to get you started.
Hi Mountain Seasonings offers three seasonings kits original, hickory and mesquite, all specially blended for geese. The ingredients in these jerky cures have been specifically selected to enhance natural succulent flavors of the goose, no matter what its diet has been.
Jerky is one of the easiest and best ways to prepare geese, and will
result in a moist, tender and healthy snack for the entire family to enjoy. Hi Mountain Seasonings offers a variety of cooking methods as well as all of the tools necessary to make jerky using your own oven. With these easy and convenient seasoning packages, there is no need to spend hours using a smoker to get that great jerky taste.
With 16 Jerky Cure and Seasoning kits to choose from finding a favorite flavor or two. All of the kits contain cure, seasoning, shaker bottle and
easy to follow instructions to season up to 15 pounds of meat or about 20 geese. The recipes allow you to make as little as one pound of jerky at a time if desired.
Each kit has a suggested retail price of $7.19 and can be found at sporting goods stores such as Bass Pro, Cabela’s, Academy Sports or at your local grocery store chain.
Hi Mountain products, too, can also be conveniently purchased on the web at www.himtnjerky.com. For added ideas to treat your family and friends, check out the great recipe book posted on their site for delicious recipes.
For additional information on the company, call toll-free 1-800-829-2285,
visit the website or write to Hi Mountain Seasonings, 1000 College View Drive, Riverton, WY 82501.
Hopefully last but not least, want a good, inexpensive historic Christmas present? 2018 is the 25th anniversary of the 1993 flood. Hardbound coffee-table copies of my award-winning book, “Missouri’s Great Flood of ‘93 – Revisiting an Epic Natural Disaster,” are $33 and softbound $23, including tax, shipping and handling. My book is full of more than 80 photos mostly taken by me during a two-week period in police and fire department boats. You can order it at Kenneth L. Kieser, P.O. Box 901414, Kansas City, Mo. 64190.
– Kenneth Kieser, a veteran outdoors writer and member of the Waterfowlers Hall of Fame and National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, writes a weekly outdoors column for The Examiner. Reach him at email@example.com.