Traditionally, hunters are difficult to buy gifts for. So often, gifts can be too personal or too expensive, but there are options that can help the gift-giver overcome these obstacles. By focusing on uniqueness, you can help a hunter avoid the fleeting appreciation that a generic gift often encourages, and you can literally give a gift that truly does keep on giving.
Nothing supports hunting more than a hunting license. License sales not only fund wildlife management in general, but they also help other non-hunted species that share the same habitat that is managed by those funds. Buying a hunter a hunting license for the following year is a good gift idea, but some states offer lifetime hunting licenses. It is a rare opportunity when you can buy someone a gift that lasts forever, but a lifetime hunting license is both unique and useful.
Gift with a Twist.
Gift certificates are so common now that they are almost expected on special occasions. However, buying a hunter a gift certificate from his/her favorite taxidermist is a special blend of gift giving that provides motivation for the hunter to pursue their next trophy, and a mount provides a lasting reminder of a hunter’s special memory.
A gift membership to a national hunting or shooting organization will instantly turn a hunter into a pro-active conservationist helping fund the future of hunting. Most of these organizations also provide a magazine subscription that is included in the membership price. Not only can a hunter enjoy belonging to a pro-hunting group that fights for the future of hunting through the courts and through advocacy, but they can also enjoy staying informed and involved while reading a monthly periodical. Some of the more reputable ones include: Safari Club International, Ducks Unlimited, National Hunter’s Association, National Rifle Association, National Wild Turkey Association, and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Knowledge is Power
What kind of heritage will hunters leave behind after they have made their last hunt? A personal library is a great endeavor to not only build a tangible resource of solid hunting information, but it is a worthy inheritance to pass on to others. You can start off a collection with one of the hunting classics like Teddy Roosevelt’s Hunting Trips of a Ranchman or The Wilderness Hunter; Ernest Hemingway’s The Green Hills of Africa, or some of his short stories such as, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro;” or you can look at contemporary works by Gene Hill, James Rearden, James Swan, Lamar Underwood, or Jack O’Conner.