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Gift Guide for the Late-Season Deer Hunter

You know the late season hunter: the person in your life who will get up early in the morning to hit the woods and chase some deer, even if the thermometer read-out is in single digits, the snow is up to your knees, and the wind is whipping at 20 miles per hour. Some die-hard hunters can simply not be stopped, no matter what Mother Nature throws their way. However, in order to hunt late into the season and into the winter weather patterns, a hunter needs the kind of wardrobe and gear arsenal that can withstand those extreme conditions. So if there’s a late-season hunter on your holiday shopping list this year, think “warm” when you head out to buy something for them.

Ground Blinds: While most hunters prefer to set up in a treestand for the bulk of deer season – due to increased visibility radius and better aiming opportunities – there comes a time when the wind, snow, and cold make sitting out in the open at all – let alone up in a tree – incredibly dangerous. Therefore, if you know someone who is going to hunt late into the season in a particularly chilly or snowy locale, consider getting them a warm and stable ground blind.

Ameristep offers a range of great, warm, durable, and generally affordable blinds. The Bone Collector blind ($169.99) is one of our favorites, with windows on all sides that give a hunter a 360 degree shooting radius. However, cheaper blinds can do the jobs of keeping a hunter warm, hiding their scent, and concealing their movements. The Ameristep Doghouse ($69.99) or the Brickhouse ($129.99) offer similar levels of stability, durability, and overall wind protection to the Bone Collector. They lack the all-sides visibility, but they also lack the extra dollar bills.

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Warm Clothes: It goes without saying that a hunter hoping to charge headfirst into the cold and late part of the season is going to need a few very warm and insulated clothing options. Our choice for warm, comfortable, wind-stopping clothing comes from the aptly-named Sitka Fanatic line, which includes a jacket ($389.99), a pair of bibs ($369.99), and a vest ($199.99) that together form the perfect winter warrior hunting armor. Sitka designed the products for all-day bowhunters, but rifle carriers and shotgun blasters will love these gear designs as well.

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Other Miscellany: Beyond the blind and the basic clothing options, there are plenty of things that a cold weather, late season hunter may also be interested in adding to their arsenal. For instance, the HotHands Cold Weather Pack ($14.99) can be a great thing to have in pinch, featuring hand warmers, foot warmers, super warmers, and even an emergency space blanket.

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The Code Blue EliminX Xtreme Cold Weather Scent Control Spray ($13.99) can be another great gift if you are shopping on a limited budget. The spray is specially designed to work in environments as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit. In other words, it won’t freeze in the bottle or turn to ice crystals as you are spraying it.

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Gift Guide for the Late-Season Deer Hunter