2014 Deer Hunter Gift Guide

We have compiled a list of items that most every deer hunter can use, to make it easy for you to buy gifts that they will love. We have even […]

We have compiled a list of items that most every deer hunter can use, to make it easy for you to buy gifts that they will love. We have even grouped them by budget.

Deer Hunter Gifts for $20 or Less:

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Jeff Reduce fatigue & movement. Keep gear at hand in stand. Leave the base screwed into the tree, only take the arm with you.


Jeff Help your favorite deer hunter stay hidden. Deer’s eyes detect motion MUCH better than human’s eyes. I can be overly “fidgety” at times and really rely on a good blind to mask my movement so I can stay hidden from deer. A blind can also help contain scent… one of the other ways deer figure out that hunters are near by.

Wildlife Research Center Scent Killer Autumn Formula spray

Wildlife Research Center Scent Killer Autumn Formula spray
Jeff I have been using this for 2 seasons with great success. I like to spray my gear AFTER a hunt so that the scent killer can soak in and dry BEFORE the next hunt. It can be sprayed on at the last second in the field as well.


Jeff Simple, durable, one-hand use. Proven. Oh… and cheap. Makes a great stocking stuffer.


Deer Hunter Gifts $21 – $50:

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Wildlife Research Center Scent Killer Gold for Her Ultimate Value Pack

Wildlife Research Center Scent Killer Gold for Her Ultimate Value Pack
Jeff Sure, women probably smell better than men to begin with, but to the game we are hunting, any scent gives away the hunter’s presence. This comprehensive kit makes a great gift for the female hunter in your life.”


Deer Hunter Gifts $51 – $100:

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Outdoor Edge SZP-1 SwingBlaze-Pak Rotating 2-Blade Knife/Saw Combo Swingblaze-Pak (Orange) – Box Brian Quite possibly the best big game field dressing kit ever created, the SwingBlaze Pak combines Outdoor Edge’s innovative SwingBlaze knife with their T-handle diamond cut saw. The SwingBlaze knife features a rotating blade with a drop point skinner on one end, and a unique gutting blade on the other end. The rounded end on the gutting blade and the curved shape of the blade virtually ensure that you will not puncture an animal’s internal organs when field dressing it. Not only that, but it opens up the body cavity of a big game animal so easily that it turns the oft dreaded task of field dressing your animal a relatively quick and easy task. Once you have your animal opened up, you can use the saw to easily cut through the ribcage and pelvis so that you are able to complete the field dressing process. The saw can also be used to cut branches off of trees that are hindering your climbing stand or to create shooting lanes. Both items are stored in a handy leather sheath that can be easily stowed in your pack so you have them with you at all times during the hunt, ensuring that you can field dress your animal as quickly as possible to yield the best tasting meat! Our own Brian Mitchell uses these tools extensively for all of his field dressing and says, “I never go hunting without these tools in my pack! I have field dressed several deer with my SwingBlaze knife, and it has just now gotten to the point where I need to consider sharpening it. Plus, the T-handle saw is one of the most user-friendly saws I have ever used for field dressing big game.”

outdoor edge swingblaze Orange hunting knife

Outdoor Edge SwingBlaze Knife
Brian A slightly more budget friendly option to get the SwingBlaze knife mentioned above.

Under Armour Blaze Antler Logo Hunting Vest
Jeff No more buying a cheap vest every year and hoping it survives the first hunt. This bright, durable hunting vest has accessory pouches and is built to last, year after year.


TreeStand LifeLine by Hunter Safety System
Jeff Make sure your Hunter gets home SAFE! Avoid tricky moments when trying to connect to the safety rope while climbing by staying connected to the safety rope at ALL TIMES.

outdoor Edge Game Processing Kit

Outdoor Edge Game Processor Kit
Brian Highly recommended! The “go to” kit for Gear Report’s resident Deer Slayer, Brian Mitchell. Complete budget kit of high quality game processing tools. This kit includes everything you need to process your own deer at home (with the exception of a grinder to make burger) which not only saves you a lot of money but also gives you the satisfaction of taking your game from the field to the dinner table.  The extremely sharp knives and other tools come in a handy molded plastic carrying case, making this kit very portable.  The gut hook skinning knife makes skinning your animal a relatively quick and easy task, and the boning/filet knife allows to you quarter the deer and bone out the meat right there in the field (a big help if you are wanting to get the meat on ice as quickly as possible!)  As an added bonus, the kits contains a small cutting board, so when you are in hunting camp and yearning for a juicy steak from the deer you just shot, you can cut some to your desired thickness with the butcher knife, and you and hunting buddies can enjoy a gourmet meal!  Brian says, “I love this kit and have used it to process many of my own deer! I pack it with me on every hunting I take so I am not only ready to quarter any animals I get and get them in the cooler but also cut some nice, fresh back strap steaks and cook them in the cabin or over a camp fire.”

Deer Hunter Gifts for $100 or more:

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rossi rio grande SS
Rossi Rio Grande 30/30 with Free Shipping
Jeff At Gear Report we have a genuine, documented nightmare for deer, in the form of Brian Mitchell. Mr Mitchell’s secret weapon?
Yeah. He is rather smitten with lever action rifles, especially for hunting deer and elk.
While we don’t have space here for Brian to list the pros & cons of the various different brands, calibers and cartridges available in lever guns, we can share that one of his all time favorites is the Marlin 336 series of rifles.
If you want to make a special hunter on your list incredibly happy, you can’t go wrong with a lever action rifle in the classic 30/30 winchester. While Brian has a “thing” for Marlins, Jeff has been rather pleased with Rossi’s version of the 336, the
Rossi Rio Grande (with free shipping via this link)

. It is generally about $100 cheaper than a comparable Marlin, and is darned near identical.
CVA Optima Accura
Muzzle Loading Rifle
Jeff Make deer season LONGER! In most states in the USA, deer hunting season is of a fixed duration each year. Once it is over, you are out of luck until next year. Many people don’t know that you can add a few precious weeks of hunting by giving your favorite hunter a muzzle loading rifle. Most states have 1-4 weeks every year where hunters can only use black powder, muzzle loading rifles. Today’s muzzle loaders are light, reliable, easy to clean, can be unloaded without firing and are deadly accurate. Many hunters still have the mental image of old muzzle loaders or “black powder rifles”, which were often big, heavy, hard to clean and unreliable. You can buy an old flint lock or side lock muzzle loader which can be a bear to deal with, but we recommend you look for a modern “inline” muzzle loader that is about as easy to hunt with as a cartridge fed rifle. We also like stainless steel as it resist corrosive powder a bit better than blued steel, and getting a kit that includes a case and boresighted scope that is matched to the gun’s ballistics. Something like the
CVA Optima Accura Muzzle loader
. If you don’t know what kind of black powder rifle to get for the hunter on your list I recommend you call Bret at BlueRidgeFirearms.com. He will help you sort through the options and get the right rifle at the best price.
Then again, the Gear Report crew really enjoys hunting when the woods are MUCH less crowded, during muzzle loader season. So, maybe you shouldn’t get a muzzle loader for your hunter. You know, to leave more deer for us. 🙂
Nikon RifleHunter 1000 Laser Rangefinder
Nikon RifleHunter 1000 Laser Rangefinder
Jeff Critical tool for accurate shots. Waterproof, trusted brand, 1,000 yard range

Advanced Treestand Technologies Smackdown Treestand

fully camouflaged Advanced Treestand Technologies Smackdown Treestand
Jeff Light, portable, camoflaged, with a large, stable platform and ample seat padding. What’s not to love?
Nikon ProStaff 3-9x40 riflescope
Nikon ProStaff 3-9×40 riflescope
Jeff Your hunter spends lots of time, money, and energy getting into position for a shot while hunting. It is all wasted if they miss the shot because they are using a cheap walmart scope, or don’t have a scope at all. This budget Nikon scope won’t compete with $6,000 sniper scopes, but is light years ahead of the bargain basement scopes most hunters use. Get your hunter a quality scope and watch them succeed.
primos The TRUTH® Cam Ultra 35 trail camera
The TRUTH® Cam Ultra 35 trail camera
Jeff A trail camera is one of the most useful tools a hunter has to figure out when and where the deer are active. Primos is a respected brand, and the “Truth” line are known to be durable, reliable, and with long battery life

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About Jeff

Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits. A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps http://MGECOM.com acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management. Jeff founded and manages Cress Sales & Marketing LLC, offering online sales and marketing consulting and services to online merchants and service providers.