Here’s 25 Father’s Day gift ideas for the dad who has a penchant for enjoying the outdoors life. Please note that while the links may show the product featured at a particular store, in most cases the product will likely be available at other sporting goods outlets (unless specifically indicated).
- Zero-gravity Chaise Lounger. Whether at home or at the lake, dad will be stretched out in comfort with one of these popular, relaxing chairs. (range from about $40 to $150+ depending on style and quality)
- Leatherman Surge Multi Tool (~$90) or Gerber Suspension Multi Tool (~$40). Perhaps two of the most popular multitools currently on the market. Select based on price, but mostly on function because specific multitools will fulfill different needs by the user.
- ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent. Device uses a butane cartridge that heats a chemically treated repellent providing a bug-free area that lasts up to 12 hours. (about $25)
- Leech Lake Filet Knife. Considered by many to be the ultimate fishing filet knife, knife-maker Don Canney has been a regular at the Northwest Sportshow for many years. Each knife is a work of art when compared to most machine stamped production knives sold on the market. (about $90)
- Black&Decker 18–Volt Cordless Chain Saw. Not intended for major wood cutting tasks, this nifty saw should prove very useful to the deer hunter who must clear brush away from his deer stand or shooting lane. (about $110)
- The Gigantic Book of Hunting Stories. A great hard-cover book filled with over 800 pages of classic hunting stories written by 100 legendary hunting writers. ($25 or less)
- The Block 4 x4 Archery Target. A four-sided archery target that allows the bowhunter to shoot an arrow using any tip — broadhead or field point. Long-lasting with easier arrow removal for those extended practice sessions. (from $70 to $120 depending on size)
- Flambeau Masters Series Buck Deer Decoy. A realistic looking deer decoy preferred by many trophy whitetail deer hunters. (about $150)
- SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker. A personal safety device for the sportsman that alerts authorities if help is needed. Other mapping features allow user to keep in touch with friends and family. (unit costs about $100 to $150, but also requires an annual user subscription fee costing an additional $100 to $150, depending on subscription plan)
- Flip Video-MinoHD (pocket camcorder). Why let dad take boring still pictures of his next lunker fish or trophy deer when he can upload video directly to YouTube via this handy video recorder that fits neatly in a pocket. (about $209)
- Pheasants Forever Father’s Day Membership Special. Give a one-year gift membership to PF and dad will also receive a Les Kouba signed print. ($60) Or consider a membership in some other conservation organization if pheasants don’t happen to be dad’s outdoor passion.
- Cabela’s Camp Light Kit. The ultimate kit to chase the darkness from camp life. The small flashlight is especially impressive emitting 135 lumens on just two AA batteries. (currently on special in retail stores for $49.99)
- Shooting Passes To Favorite Archery/Gun Range. Buy dad some sessions at his local shooting range ensuring he gets in enough pre-hunting season practice. (varies)
- Northland Slurpies Jumbo Bass Kit. Wide assortment of popular soft plastic baits for bass (other species available). ($30)
- 45 Caliber Bullet Cuff Links. Give dad a little bling for his next dress-up affair allowing him to make a bold statement about his shooting passion. ($85)
- Cookshack Smokette II Electric Smoker Oven. The ultimate in electric smoker ovens. (about $700)
- Cabela’s Shore Side Cooker (no link). Let dad enjoy a shore lunch with the deep fat frying ease of using disposable propane canisters with this compact cooker. In-store item only. (about $50)
- Electronic Hearing Protection for shooters. Protects ears from harsh, loud noise while amplifying normal conversation-level sounds. (about $30 and up)
- Primos Double Bull Dark Horse Ground Blind. The perfect ground blind for both bowhunters and firearms hunters. (about $400)
- Humminbird ICE-45 Flasher. This unit will have dad yearning once again for those frozen lakes found in Minnesota’s winter. (about $400)
- Cobra Power Inverter. For those times when “out in the middle of nowhere” dad determines he needs to plug some device into an electrical outlet. (varies from about $40 on up, depending on size)
- CamoCarpet (sold by Camoboy Carpet on eBay). For the dad who can’t get enough camo in his life. (various products and price points)
- Quantum Walleye Grade Baitcast Reel. A baitcasting reel made especially with the walleye fisherman in mind. (about $100)
- Eton FR150 Microlink Emergency Radio. Great little tacklebox sized radio featuring AM/FM/Weather bands, plus other features. Best of all, it never needs batteries. ($30)
- Navionics HotMaps Explorer CD. Computer mapping program featuring over 10,000 popular U.S. lakes for fishing. Most popular MN/WI lakes are included. Allows the fishermen to plan his fishing strategy at home on the computer before leaving for the lake. (about $20)
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