If you are still looking for the perfect gift for your favorite outdoors person, you might consider some of the following suggestions:
For hunters: How about a gift certificate that can be used toward 2014 Ohio hunting licenses, turkey and deer hunting permits? They can be purchased for any amount and are valid for one year. Gift certificates can only be purchased and redeemed online at wildohio.com. Fishing licenses can be given the same way.
A lightweight, but handy item is the Pocket Survival Pak, a kit that contains critical survival supplies in a pocket-sized pack that weighs only 3.9 ounces. It includes a compass, duct tape, scalpel blade, magnifier, utility wire, nylon cord, nylon thread, sewing needle, fishing kit, safety pins, aluminum foil, pencil, paper, fire sparker, tinder, super loud whistle, rescue mirror and survival instructions. It sells for $34 at adventuremedicalkits.com.
Deer hunters who might like a little help getting to a tree stand before dawn might want to carry the INOVA Microlight STS, a tiny pocket-sized light with a large LED illumination. Built with a "swipe-to-shine" sensor, this device recognizes when fingers slide across it and knows to turn on. It includes a clip that easily attaches to key chains, vests, backpacks, etc. It sells for $11.95 at niteize.com/product/INOVA-Microlight-STS.asp.
For anglers: Chris at Fisherman’s Headquarters on Keowee Street in Dayton recently showed me the latest and greatest in spinning reels, Shamano’s Stradic CI4+. No question about it, it’s compact, but with a smooth action. And it weighs only 7 ounces. It sells for $219.
Fisherman’s HQ does a big business in catfish gear, including those long poles and big baitcasting reels. You can get a Garcia 6500cs Pro Rocket reel for $179. A sturdy 10-foot Diawa catfish rod costs $84.95.
Something fairly new in lures is a line of Duo Realis from Japan. They come in multiple shapes, colors and sizes with various prices. Their biggest seller is the Luhr Jensen 3/4oz. Hot Lips Express.
Campers and hikers might want to try a product from Insect Shield, including apparel that protects against mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums). Treated clothing includes caps, socks, bandanas, shirts, pants, jackets … if you can wear it, Insect Shield makes it. They also make blankets and mosquito netting that keep bugs away at night. For a list of products and prices, visit insectshield.com/shop.
Getting a fire going at a campsite or in any charcoal grill can be a problem, There’s a new product that might help. It’s called “FiAir,” and it injects air into a fire while allowing you to keep a safe distance. It is battery powered, weighs 5.6 ounces and is 9.2 inches long. It sells for $29.99 at fiair.net.
Ohio State Parks are also selling gift cards to help with costs for camping, rentals and golf at one of the state park courses. Visit ohiostateparks.org.