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Holiday gift ideas for the sporting guy or gal in 2015

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The sporting mom or dad should be excited about Christmas morning too, right? Maybe not Red Rider BB-Gun excited, but pumped up nonetheless. To be sure, if a gift or two listed below is under the tree, it’s bound to be a merry day!

Abu Garcia

Engineered for brute strength and unrelenting performance, the new Abu Garcia Revo Toro Beast delivers a unique platform designed to outlast hard-pulling fish. Its superior cranking power and overall line capacity gives anglers the upper hand on fresh and saltwater fish. They’re equipped with a Power Stack Carbon Matrix Drag System that’s built to last and an active-response drag mechanism allows for immediate drag adjustments in the heat of the battle.

Stealth Cam

The Stealth Cam GX45NG is a 12.0 megapixel camera that integrates 45 No Glo IR emitters with a 100-foot range, making it great for land management professionals, surveillance and home security, or for hunters tracking potential trophies. The GX45NG has a built in 2-inch color LCD viewing screen for quick image or video inspection.

Wildgame Innovations

Weighing only one pound and measuring less than six inches tall, the Illusion series cameras are designed for hunters looking to pack light and still have confidence in getting high-quality images. Two models are available in the series, the Illusion 8 Lightsout and the Illusion 6. Both have a fast one-second trigger speed for standard motion-triggered operation, but they also offer flextime+ time lapse technology for remote food plots or open spaces.

Rapala and Ice Force Apparel

When it comes to threads that offer both comfort, style, and practical functionality, there’s no better fit for the boat, ice house or even a night out on the town than Rapala and Ice Force apparel. Celebrate one of anglings greatest brands, and make your fishing buddy happy by gifting a new jacket, hoodie, hat, shirt this holiday season.

Beaver Dam

The new Custom Noodle Rod offers custom performance at an entry-level price tag. Ice fishing specific tapers from bluegills to big walleye means there’s a choice for everyone. High vis-orange tips for detecting subtle bites.

St. Croix Cookbook

The St. Croix Cookbook, “Recipes You’ll Get Hooked On,” came from all across the United States and beyond from St. Croix’s pro staff and other fwwriends. Profits provide financial assistance to those with special needs as the result of an illness, injury or fire. One hundred percent of the funds collected from cookbook sales go toward charitable causes with no administrative costs deducted. 230 pages

Daiwa

The new SV105 series of quality bait-caster is perfect for casting lightweight small lures on light line. It has an aluminum frame and a Zaion side plate on the gear side so it’s strong and lightweight. The SV spools are lightweight, yet strong and durable-crafted from A7075 aircraft aluminum. Nine bearings in 5.8-to-1 and 7.2-to-1 gear ratios.

Air Venturi

The new Duke Colt Single Action Army Revolver is a CO2-powered pistol in the classic six-shooter-style featuring John Wayne on a medallion detail on the grip. Available in pellet and BB versions, this new sidearm honors both the legacy of the “gun that changed the West,” and the silver screen actor who embodied the American cowboy spirit.

Whitetail’R

The PhoneRead’R allows a hunter to use a Android Smart Phone as a card reader. Just pop in the SD card from your favorite trail cam and instantly see what deer have triggered the camera. It’s just the simple!

Irish Setter

Joining the RutMaster family will be three new RutMaster 2.0 Lite styles, two lighter neoprene versions and a non-neoprene boot designed for simplicity. The bottom chassis features a lightweight rubber/RPM outsole, three-quarter shank in the sole for underfoot stability, and polyurethane footbed delivering long-lasting underfoot comfort.

Style No. 4880 is an affordable Irish Setter rubber boot featuring a removable polyurethane footbed and the Chore Sole with an aggressive lug pattern to provide stability and traction – especially on upland terrains.

Big Whitetail Dreams

The Ultimuff will keep your hands warm on the coldest of hunts or outdoor adventures thanks to its plush fleece lining and sports elastic cuffs on the extra large hand openings that lock in warmth, a heavy-duty zipper pocket, an adjustable web belt and a soft, and quiet polyester fleece outer shell.

Shimano

The new Stradic FK utilizes Shimano’s latest technology while drawing on ways of the past. A Hagane cold forged drive gear combined with X-Ship provides a smooth, powerful and durable reel. The sleek G-Free body provides a better weight balance to reduce fatigue. Every part has been designed to improve the anglers experience on the water. Six bearings plus one roller bearing. 6.0 or 6.2:1 gear ratios.

Bass Pro Shops

The XPS Stalker Backpack Tackle Bag or System is made with heavy-duty, 600-denier, water-resistant polyester and incorporates a wealth of standard features, such as an insulated upper compartment to keep your food and beverages hot or cold and an integrated molded lure case. A lower compartment can hold up to five 360 utility boxes. There’s a tool holder and convenient line spooling pocket, plus an exterior mesh storage pocket.

Acme

The Kastmaster is kicking things up brightly with its new glow and UV series models. Available in 1/24 to 3/8 ounce versions, they are killer for ice fishing and open water alike. Daylight will “energize” the spoons but to speed up the process a flashlight or cell phone light does the trick.

Mission

The new Sniper Lite is super-easy to cock, weighs just 6 pounds, and offer awesome balance and accuracy. Smart Guide Cable slider alleviates down pressure on the cable and cams which increases durability and accuracy.

ION

ION gives you power-auger performance without the hassles. ION is powerful. ION is fast. The 6-inch ION will drill up to 72 holes through 2 feet of ice on a single charge. Go green and forget about gas, mixing, oil, or hard starts.

Clam

The IceArmor Lift Cold Weather Suit is more than just a cold weather suit. It includes an internal “lift” lining that provides added buoyancy giving the angler an extra “lift” when needed. Yielding cutting-edge design, look and function, the bibs and parka have the same great features as the original.

Walker’s 

Walker’s Ultimate Digital Quad Connect features Bluetooth sync capabilities allowing connection to mobile devices without sacrificing hearing protection while in the field. The integrated communication microphone provides clear voice transmission to mobile devices while the four Hi Gain Omni Directional Microphones pick up distant sounds of animal movements or range activity.

Wicked Tree Gear

The Ultra Light Pole Saw is the perfect saw for hunters looking for the best of both worlds, featuring a 2-in-1 pole saw that reaches heights up to 10 or 14 feet and a detachable hand saw design to fine tune trimming. A heavy duty nylon plastic scabbard with lanyard and innovative Blade Pinch design keeps the hand saw safe during climbing.

WildEars

WildEars are state-of-the-art, high fidelity hearing protection and enhancement technology designed for shooter and hunters. They isolate the harmful sounds of a gun to protect your ears, while amplifying your ability to hear the movement of distant deer, birds and predators up to five times better.

Productive Alternatives

The Slush Plunger clears 8-inch or 10-inch holes with a 60-inch handle and an unbreakable polycarbonate plunger. It’s perfect for inside a fish house because the slush Is pushed under the ice, keeping the floor dry.

Walls

Through an exclusive relationship with Walls Outdoor Goods, Kevlar will now be a key ingredient in a new line of outdoor workwear, helping to make the collection one of the toughest, most dependable apparel available. The outdoor workwear collection uses a combination of 10-ounce brushed duck cotton with Kevlar fiber for unmatched durability. The line includes three styles of jackets, a vest and a bib.

Plano

Archers seeking innovative storage and transport solutions for their arrows should check out the all-new Model 112500 Arrow Max Case from Plano

Each case securely holds six fully-dressed arrows in rattle-free rubber grips, along with additional accessories like broadheads, field tips, extra fletching, cement and broadhead wrenches.

G Loomis

Feature fast tapers for accuracy, control and power for more positive hooksets with less effort. E6X graphite allows us to maintain strength with less material to reduce overall weight and improve balance. Several models to choose from in both spinning and casting for taming any bass that bites.

Ultimate Wild

The H-Tac 750 Lumen high output flashlight performs great in all settings including tactical situations. This versatile, rugged flashlight is constructed of high quality aircraft aluminum with a black anodized finish. The soft touch feature in the push button tail cap easily activates the three beam modes: ultra-bright, low beam and tactical strobe.

African Sporting Creations

African Sporting Creations’ shooting sticks are offered in over a dozen different models in an unmatched range of styles, lengths and options, all designed to fit into a full-length airline case. Super-compact versions will fit into a takedown rifle case.

Vortex

The Viper HS-T is ideal for a variety of shooting applications. It’s built on an ultra-strong 30mm one-piece machined aluminum tube to deliver increased windage and elevation travel and optimal adjustment. An advanced optical system highlighted with a 4X zoom range provides magnification versatility while a forgiving eye box with increased eye relief gets shooters on target quickly. Incredibly precise, repeatable and durable tactical windage and elevation turrets built specifically for dialing, along with its hashmark-based reticle, top off this highly versatile riflescope’s long-range performance features.

Hunter Safety Systems

The new HSS-Lifeline incorporates a woven-in reflective strip that makes locating a treestand in the dark as simple and quick as pressing a flashlight switch. It also features a recon carabiner in a new sound-dampening cow bell cover for absolute stealth while climbing and hunting.

Chaheati

Chaheati “Heated Add-Ons” and “All-Season Heated Chairs” keep you outdoors longer, doing what you love. Chaheati Heated Add-Ons and Chairs feature a long-lasting, rechargeable 7.4 volt Lithium Ion battery that will keep you warm for up to six hours on one charge. The cordless, carbon fiber elements feature non-wire heating components (no coils) and each system has four settings to keep you warm as you sit outside enjoying a camping trip, hunting excursion, tailgate, children’s sporting event.

Steiner

With improved optical performance the new Steiner XC Series is the perfect entry-level outdoor binocular. Its lightweight, ergonomic design means greater comfort when hiking, birding or watching a sporting event, and the legendary Steiner ruggedness and quality will stand up to anything Mother Nature can offer.

JP Rooster

The Rooster Wrap chest strap was designed for active consumers who want easy access to their phone. Utilizing elastic cord, molded self-centering back patch and durable machined aluminum anodized clips, the Rooster Wrap chest strap holds your phone securely to the center of your chest.

Hawke

The Endurance ED chassis has been redesigned to incorporate a top hinge system that reduces weight and creates a more natural fit in hand. Rubber armor has a tooth grip texturing that ensures a secure grip. The most important upgrade is in the optics themselves including a new ED optical system that reduces color fringing and eye fatigue while optimizing low-light performance and image transmission.

Kolpin

The High Rise plow’s innovative dual-point pivot technology puts an end to traditional plow hassles by combining the stability and traction of a mid-mount system with the “snow stacking” lift height of a front mount. Its high ground clearance allows you to trailer your ATV with the plow attached. The 17-inch high premium steel blade comes in 52- and 60-inch lengths, each providing high quality welds for exceptional structural rigidity.

Modine

It’s the ultimate final touch for a garage or workshop: a customized unit heater, available now in camo (“Huntin’ Dawg”), diamond plate (“Diamond Dawg”), carbon fiber and satin black. The Special Edition Hot Dawg heaters are now available in four sizes: 30, 45, 60 and 75,000 BTU for propane or natural gas in standard power

Hips Targets

The Hips X2 Pro Series 12-Pack is built to take on punishment from any of today’s compound bows. With more High Density Endurance Foam than our other models, the Pro Series targets take shot after shot and just keep asking for more. Measuring in at 12-by-12-by-13 inches, the compact X2 12-Pack is the perfect choice traveling.

Carbon Express

Step up this Christmas with Maxima Blu RZ, an all-new lightweight, performance bowhunting arrow. It combines the same world class, lightweight speed and accuracy of the Maxima Blue Streak with the breakthrough broadhead accuracy of the Maxima Red. The result is a new, lightweight hunting arrow that shoots broadheads so well that it is a revolution in bowhunting performance.