Unfortunately, I missed the Black Friday shopping spree due to a previous commitment in the woods, but while I was sitting under a tree, I managed to pen a “small” letter to Santa about the things I really want.
Actually, it is a rather long list, but it covers all of my outdoor interests, and I think there’ll be some things on it you really do “need” also. As a subtle reminder to those who will be giving you something on Dec. 25, you can cut this list out, circle those items you’d like to see under the tree and hang it on the refrigerator. Here’s my list, and I’m sticking to it.
If you are a shooter and/or hunter, I’m sure you spend some time at the shooting range throughout the year, sighting in your gun. The best way to insure its accuracy is with a solid rest. My choice for insuring this accuracy is Caldwell’s Lead Sled Solo. Magnum rifles and 12-gauge slug guns have quite a bit of felt recoil, but the Solo can really reduce “kick” for your range shooting. This unit secures a gun in a durable rubber boot while protecting it from abrasions. And with its steady, heavy-duty construction and the addition of a 25-pound bag of shot, it all but eliminates the felt recoil of non-magnum guns, and greatly reduces it in those larger calibers.
I also like the Solo’s smooth pivoting and accurate elevation system, which is controlled with a single knob. It eliminates any human movement error before and during the trigger pull. Those with a Modern Sporting Rifle (AR) will find it fits perfectly, with the clip, in the Solo. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $100. Your shoulder’s worth it (www.battenfeldtechnologies.com).
My choice for the Christmas Story youth gun is the new Savage Model 42 rifle-over-shotgun. A rebirth of their highly popular and collectible Model 24, this new model offers a .22 or .22 mag over a .410 shotgun barrel. What better combination to put in those young hands while he/she is sitting next to you awaiting a bushy-tailed squirrel, or just plinking at the range.
The 42 weighs in at 6.1 pounds, has 20-inch, matte finished barrels, synthetic stock, adjustable sights and Savage’s excellent AccuTrigger. When the recipients see this under the tree, the gifter may be dragged into the squirrel woods that afternoon, instead of lying on the couch watching football. I’ve reviewed several tests of this gun on the Internet and they’re all very positive. Suggested retal price is $480 (www.savagearms.com).
I’m asking Santa for the BSA Optics Majestic MD39x40 for my recently purchased (an early Christmas present) Savage .308 Hog Gun. I recently tried their tactical scope on my Modern Sporting Rifle DPMS .223, and I know of two coyotes who would agree to its accuracy.
The Majestic line has a one-piece, one-inch tube with fully coated optics, giving the shooter crisp and clear sight pictures. Features include low-profile windage and elevation turrets, ballistic compensating reticle and a four-inch eye relief. It’s water, fog and shockproof, 11.52 inches long and weighs 16 ounces. Suggested retail price is $125 (www.bsaoptics.com).
Hunters and ice fishermen all know the importance of warm feet. “Dancing” feet in a tree stand or on watch in a deer drive will reduce chances of seeing a deer before it sees you. The boot I’m asking for this year is the RedHead 10-inch Ultra Hunter Side-Zip boot. That side-zip really caught my eye because I hate sitting down early in the morning and spending much time and effort lacing up my boots. The zipper makes it quick and easy, both putting them on and off.
They have 800 grams of 3M Thinsulate Ultra insulation and GORE-TEX 100-percent waterproof membranes. The uppers are tough and rugged and made from waterproof premium full-grain leather and 1,000 denier nylon. The inside of the boot features a Cambrelle moisture-wicking lining, odor-fighting Poliyou footbeds, lightweight midsoles and rubber lug outsoles. The Ultra Hunters come in Brown/Realtree AP and have been reduced from $140 to $90 (www.basspro.com).
OUTDOORS PHONE APPS
There’s a very useful free app for Android phones to help in outdoor emergencies and other activities. Cradar is a motion-sensing application activated whenever the phone falls. When the phone senses a fall, it waits for a predefined amount of time (30-120 seconds), and if the phone doesn’t move at least eight feet within that time, or if you don’t press the “I’m OK” button, it sends an alert to a predetermined contact telling them you may be hurt.
The text message contains your location pinpointed on Google Maps, and the GPS coordinates so it’s easier to find the phone and, hopefully, its owner. Any contact can be specified and the contact and/or text of the message sent can be altered at any time.
Now, wouldn’t this be a good thing to have in a pocket when sitting/standing in a tree stand 15 plus feet off the ground or just sneaking and peeking around the woods, swamps, hills? Actually, it’s a good thing to have anywhere, aany time. I’m sure anyone can think of 100 good reasons to have this type of security/lifeline on their phone. To download Cradar, click here.
Next week, in Part 2 of my Christmas list, I’ll present a few more ideas of what the outdoorsman/woman might like to see under the tree on Christmas morning. In the meantime, circle those that you like here and get it up on that refrigerator door.