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The Best and Latest Hunting Gifts For Whitetail Deer Hunters

Updated on June 7, 2013

Buying For Deer Hunters

Choosing Gifts A Deer Hunter Will Actually Appreciate

Unless you are a deer hunter yourself it is hard to pick out a gift for the avid whitetail hunter. Sure, the old standby gifts are available, but how many flashlights and wool caps can a hunter use? This article looks at gifts for the deer hunter from a hunter’s perspective and will help you choose a gift the deer hunter will appreciate and use. These products have wide price range so you can choose a gift which fits your pocketbook.

Deer hunters are a special breed. In their veins flows the blood of our earliest ancestors. These ancient people hunted to live. They understood how animals lived because they spent so much time among them. Modern deer hunters identify with the old ones because they observe some of the same animals doing the same things as our predecessors saw. Being able to feel comfortable while isolated from one’s fellow hunters is part of a deer hunters quest. But there are more reasons to enjoy this ancient sport.

Top Gift Choices For Deer Hunters

KillZone Ground Hunting Blind / One Person Chair Blind 5I
KillZone Ground Hunting Blind / One Person Chair Blind 5I

You can't go wrong giving a deer hunter one of these great chair blinds!


Watching the Wildlife

Studying Animal Behavior

This includes mammals, reptiles, and especially birds, as there are so many different species in the avian family. Most hunters can correctly identify most of the other mammals in the area and snakes are rarely encountered in cold weather. A whitetail deer hunter spends many hours sitting quietly in his tree stand or ground blind so the opportunities for observing birds are many.

A great gift for a deer hunter is a pocket size bird identification book to reference when an unknown species is spotted. A deer hunter usually has a good pair of binoculars on hand as a matter of course. Bird watching often becomes another of a hunter’s interests as they discover how interesting and diverse the avian species are.

Watching the animals and reptiles parade under one’s tree stand is an opportunity most people never experience. It is amazing how many new tales are told around the fire back at camp concerning things witnessed from a deer stand. In this, a whitetail deer hunter is like the Native Americans who had many myths and legends about the wildlife they watched and studied.

A deer hunter will observe many wonderful things in his lifetime of whitetail deer hunting. The time spent alone while waiting for that trophy buck to appear need not be wasted or boring. Learning about one's surroundings is a good way to pass the time!

Hunters and Survival Techniques

Survival Techniques and Wilderness Knowledge

Many hunters are more at ease in the woods than on a city street. They are secure in the knowledge they possess, which enables them to not only fare well in the wilderness, but to enjoy the experience immensely. It is all part of the sport itself!

Learning the art of ancient survival techniques helps hunters to identify with our very successful ancestors. Besides being extremely interesting, it gives a hunter a greater sense of security especially if a situation does arise for its use. There are many books and courses from which to choose when learning about survival techniques.

Perhaps you have watched an episode of Survivorman on television. The most important and useful item he takes with him is his multi-tool. You see these handy items for sale everywhere for very low prices but most are constructed using very poor quality steel. They seldom last very long and the tools do not work well when they are used.

A good multi-tool will cost at least $30.00 for the smallest pair with prices rising upwards of $100.00 or more for the more sophisticated and versatile models. These carry a lifetime warranty and are a source of pride and one-up-manship among many deer hunters. Sounds a little like the opposite sex doesn’t it? Not that all deer hunters are male, many ladies love the sport too!

Hunters and Cooking

Russ cooks a pig on an improvised grill!
Russ cooks a pig on an improvised grill!

Outdoor Cooking Essentials

Texsport Heavy Duty Camp 24" X 16" Grill
Texsport Heavy Duty Camp 24" X 16" Grill

Hunters love to cook on an open fire!


Learning About Camp Cooking

Camping and Cooking

Are you the type of guy who know little about cooking at home? If so, then you are probably not a deer hunter. One of the most enjoyed parts of a hunters foray into the woods is mealtime. Whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner, most hunters look forward to a manly meal. No little sandwiches without the crust, no quiche, no red wine or candles on the table. Most of the food is grilled or cooked over an open fire. Steaks, sausages, hamburgers, every type of meat which can be prepared with the least amount of fuss is served on paper plates and washed down with beer or soft drinks. Many a man has learned the basics of outdoor cooking after becoming a deer hunter much to the delight of his spouse and family.

Camp cooking is an art. Sure, anyone can grill a steak or hamburger well enough to suit most outdoorsmen, but to prepare a meal which impresses the hunting buddies takes a little more panache. Fortunantely, there are also cookbooks designed especially for the male of the species. Manly dishes (no quiche or tiny sandwiches) sure to please even the most rugged sportsman in the camp. Many men find they enjoy cooking more than they thought possible with the search for the perfect bar-be que sauce becoming their own personal quest.

Cameras and Optical Products

Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (OLD MODEL)
Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (OLD MODEL)

Shoots wonderful HD videos and great photos with unbelievable quality! A hunter's dream camera!


Hunters as Shutterbugs

Photographic Opportunities

There aren’t many better places to photograph wildlife than from a deer hunter’s tree stand. Besides the deer, there are plenty of other animals and birds to be seen while waiting for a trophy whitetail to make an appearance. With the modern digital cameras being available at price ranges anyone can afford many deer hunters have become avid camera buffs. A telescopic lens is recommended for getting those wonderful close-ups and the extra detail which makes the difference between an ordinary shot and one a magazine would love to print. Having the ability to download photos quickly and effortlessly allows the deer hunter to obtain wonderful pictures of the many local species of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Digital games cameras, placed on trail crossings or other heavy traffic spots, gives the deer hunter a chance to see his prospective quarry long before deer hunting season begins.

Another item some deer hunters may enjoy is a telescopic spotting scope. Oftentimes the deer are far enough away that identifying their size and sex is impossible without a spotting scope. This small telescope has a larger field of view and better magnifying capabilities than the rifle mounted scope . If the area the deer hunter’s stand overlooks is large it is hard to survey the entire surroundings efficiently without a spotting scope or binoculars. The ability to produce inexpensive high quality lenses has enabled many companies to offer cameras, binoculars, and telescopes, at very reasonable prices suited to any budget.

Keep a Hunter Warm With These Gifts!

Keeping a Hunter Warm and Dry

Withstanding the Weather Elements

The avid whitetail deer hunter can identify with the postal carriers motto: “neither rain nor snow nor dead of night will keep the deer hunter from his appointed stand.” Of course it’s mostly rain and cold weather which causes the deer hunter the most discomfort while huddled in tree stand. There is no such thing as having too many warm clothes if you are a die hard whitetail deer hunter. The hands and feet seem to be the body parts which suffer the most from the cold weather, especially when the wind is blowing directly in a hunter’s face. This makes insulated gloves and socks an important part of a deer hunter’s wardrobe. The type of gloves used is of the utmost importance as the hunter’s fingers must be warm and nimble when attempting a shot at his quarry.

A warm hood covering the ears and face is always appreciated by a hunter as well as warm pants and insulated underwear. A deer stand is no place to be wet or cold when the oject of deer hunting is to enjoy yourself. Camoflauged hunting clothes are appreciated by any type of hunter with the whitetail deer hunter being no exception. A waterproof parka also comes in handy for those rainy, foggy, morning and evening hunts when the cild seems to cut right through regular hunting clothes. If the deer hunter has a tree stand without a roof covering they will appreciate a camouflaged umbrella not only for the rainy weather, but for those early season hunts when the sun beats down relentlessly on an exposed tree stand.


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      Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks troutdude. My pal Russ bagged all of the bucks in this hub and has since gotten an even bigger buck. I mostly grow these deer on my land and had rather eat them than shoot them. Thanks again for your time and input.


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      troutdude 6 years ago


      Nice hub.Way to go on the buck - that's a nice one for ga. That mass/palmation on the buck above the birdwatching books is real unique. Congrats

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      Randy Godwin 7 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Gun season started here Saturday, GH! Will check out your hub! Thanks for the time!

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Nice hub. Love the pics. Hunting starts next month for us. I can't wait! Did you see my hub on tree stand safety? I took the course so I could write an accurate hub.

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      Randy Godwin 7 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Having a cup now, bskinny! Thanks for checking out my hub and for the comments!

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      bskinny 7 years ago from US

      Thank you for the article. Gives me some good ideas (actually reminds me of what I should have already known) for gifts for my hunting buddies. Nice hub !

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      Randy Godwin 7 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks Stimp! Peace and good luck!

    • Stimp profile image

      Stimp 7 years ago from Upper Midwest I learned something here. My fiancé is an avid hunter and I struggle to find the right gift. Thanks.

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      Randy Godwin 8 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I suppose not Kiwi gal, but thanks for reading anyway. I'll bet you have tree houses though!

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      kiwi gal 8 years ago

      Interesting. Tree stands for the deer hunter is something we Kiwi's don't use in this country. Look forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      Randy Godwin 8 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Ask John-boy about beer. He could tell you a few things about that I bet.

      Don't forget, I had a whisk broom and some Pudding Pops too! It sounds harder to do with just a can of beans and I wouldn't want your readers to think it is easier than it is.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Big surprise there! hahaha

      Bet you won't write about horses, either, except maybe for grilling tips or how to make pony cracklings. And I certainly won't be writing about hydraulics! John-boy did say today that he wants to dictate some articles for me to write, but I don't think he knows anything about that stuff, either.

      BTW, I'm thinking about writing a hub about how you can fix a battery cable with a can of beans. May I use your name?

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      Randy Godwin 8 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Nope, I never think about pageants.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Good article, RD! I was working on the same article on Word. I might not finish it now. I'm waiting for you to start writing about pageants, since we seem to think alike...hahahahaha!!