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Christmas presents that sportsman will love


With the Thanksgiving holiday running one week early in 2012, this gives shoppers some extra time to locate sporting gifts for loved ones. After a mild winter in 2011, we may be due for some cold weather, and gifts to keep one warm are in focus. Accessories for ammo and guns are always useful, plus specialty items for dove hunters, and also learning what makes spending a night on the ground just a bit more bearable.

It’s likely that everyone is familiar with the Thermacell bug machines that sportsmen have come to love during hot weather. Now Thermacell is expanding their reach to include footwear accessories. Their new heated insoles are a hot item in the cold weather markets, and would make a perfect gift for anyone who suffers from cold feet while outdoors.

With a price point of $119, these remote controlled insoles are durable and comfortable. Hunters know that if your feet get cold while sitting in a duck blind or a deer stand, then it can make your whole body feel chilly. It’s hard to explain, but that clammy feeling that starts with your feet and works its way up is well known to outdoorsmen. The Thermacell heated insoles offer one possible solution towards such a dilemma, and more info can be found at www.Thermacell.com.

Unlike the other heated insoles where you peel off the backing and then stick it to your socks, the Thermacell insole can be turned on or off. It has a remote control that allows mild heat, high heat or no heat at the push of a button. Using the Thermacell insoles requires removing the insoles that are already in your boot, so that there is ample room for your feet. The rechargeable insole does not get so hot that they make your feet sweat, rather their heating is designed to be close to one’s normal body temperature.

Another recommendation for cold weather accessories are the base layers and wicking socks made by Terramar. Known for being good garments for snow skiing enthusiasts, since they are thin but warm, Terramar has crossed over to offer their garments to hunters in regular solid colors but also in camo too. The Men’s Thermolater II Body Sensor half zip shirt offers a silky soft feeling and a quick dry technology that make it a great undershirt option.

The patented Thermawool and Thermasilk sock liners by Terramar are another option that won’t break the bank to combat cold and clammy feet while in the field. You put these socks on your feet before your regular boot socks and they serve to keep moisture wicking away from your skin. It is amazing what a difference a sock liner can make if you have sweaty feet. Find out more info at www.TerramarSports.com.

Know anyone who likes to go deer driving in the morning and then heads to the treestand later in the day? How often does the change in ammo from shotgun to rifle require that hunter to search for the right shells to carry? I recently found a neat item by Vero Vellini gunslings that will serve both purposes. The brown suede cartridge case that attaches to your belt will conveniently hold four buckshot shells and six rifle bullets, keeping one organized and ready for that next possible deer hunt.

Of course Vero Vellini is known for their neoprene shotgun and rifle slings, plus they offer a darn good binocular sling. I have used the non-slip bino strap for the past five years and I can relate that it holds up well, and is the more comfortable binocular strap I have seen offered. If you are looking for a new gun sling, I recommend the regular width sling and not the wide-top version by Vero Vellini. To see a full selection of slings and cartridge cases visit www.gunslingsdirect.com.

Browning has expanded into the genre of camping and new to the lineup of camping stools is the Dove Shooter stool. This camo stool with a leaning post offers an insulated bag under the seat and two mesh pockets with a purpose on the outside. The pockets were deigned to carry a robo dove motion decoy and the break down metal post they require, which is a great idea since dove hunters don’t want to make two trips to their hunting position.

It takes a special brand of hunter to spend the night out in the woods or the swamp before a special morning hunt, but often the cold hard ground takes a toll on one’s comfort. The new Browning airpad, which is thinner than a standard air mattress, inflates and deflates fast to give overnight trips a better ending. Again, it’s often not the cold that keeps an outdoorsman awake, it’s the acorns and twigs underneath them that can feel very uncomfortable. If you can relate to this, then visit www.BrowningCamping.com.

 Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com

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Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com