Looking out for the Ol' Boy: Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day. It’s the one time of the year when naps are not just permitted, they’re encouraged, perhaps while Dad casually dozes on the couch during a baseball game. That, in itself, is a gift, but the ol’ boy deserves a present, doesn’t he? Pick one from the list below, and it will make up for the ties you bought him when you were a kid.

Sturm, Ruger & Company Inc.

The Ruger 10/22 Takedown is shipped in a ballistic nylon backpack-style case that features internal sleeves, which hold the two subassemblies. As reliable and accurate as every 10/22, its portability makes it easy to keep America’s favorite rimfire rifle by your side.


The Rubber Butt Bugger is a hand-tied lure weighing 1⁄24-ounce – perfect for slab crappies. It’s constructed with multi-colored rubber legs that twitch and waddle as they pass through the water. The RBB body is made of contrasting chenille, and the head is minnow-shaped with a shad-head profile. Hackle protrudes from the body to add more natural action and fullness.

FatBoy Lures

Dad may have full tackle box, but do any of his lures have a personalized design, drawing, or photo on them? Now he can with a personalized lure from FatBoy. Sinkers, floaters, original size or even custom offerings make this a one-of-a-kind gift that is certain to please, and maybe even cause a tear or two to flow, as Dad looks back on his favorite fishing memory.

Engine Release

Sportsmen get stuck and frozen pistons every year due to poor storage conditions, but Engine Release solves the problem 90 percent of the time. If you can remove a spark plug or injector, Engine Release is the “easy way” to get your engine running without special tools or major engine work.


Yamaha’s inverter generator weighs only 28 pounds and is one of the quietest on the market with noise levels under 58dBA. It has Pulse Width Modulation that produces pure sine-wave voltage, resulting in clean electricity that works great for delicate items like cell phones to rugged ones like power tools. Smart Throttle automatically adjusts engine speed to match the electrical load required, resulting in quieter operation and greater fuel efficiency. The 4-stroke engine is air-cooled.


The Gorilla Eye Trail Spy’s multiple sensors alert you when game is detected by a wireless remote control from as far away as 80 feet – perfect for when Dad isn’t paying attention. The game monitor features a pivoting tree bracket with a 6-foot tree strap for attachment to trees up to 22 inches in diameter.


Nikon’s new 8-24×25 Compact Zoom is a portable, pocket-sized binocular that weighs only 12.3 ounces. It’s made with high-index BaK4 prisms and bright, multi-coated optics with multiple layers of anti-reflective compounds to provide excellent brightness and resolution. It features a 25mm objective diameter and a 3-time zoom capability that allows users to zoom to 24-power for a close-in view. An exclusive, centrally located zoom-control lever enables the user to change magnification power with the push
of a finger.


Dad’s buddies will be jealous when he whips out Rapala’s new Lithium Ion cordless fillet knife and makes quick work of the day’s catch. A relaxed grip is comfortable, and the 7-inch reciprocating-style blade is user-friendly for a variety of uses.


The all-new Digital 1200 12V Performance Battery Charger is a microprocessor-controlled charger that enhances the performance of Optima and other AGM batteries, recovers deeply discharged batteries, and extends battery life. A full-text LCD display is handy and easy on Dad’s eyes, and a USB connection allows for charging iPads and other devices from cameras to cell phones. The charger may be used with conventional car batteries too, and is easy to operate.


Dad’s never been that cool, but his polarized sunglasses sure can be with the new Bearing model by REVO. The lenses are made from the purest polycarbonate made, and the frames are “green,” because they’re made from the oil of castor bean seed. A flush mount spring hinge ensures a snug and comfortable fit. They offer 100 percent UV protection and cut through glare like a champ.


This ain’t no coffee can full of worms. The Crawler Can from Frabill pampers worms, keeping them lively and fresh until it’s time for “business.” Its dual purpose: crawlers in one side and leeches in the other (or ice if you prefer on those hot days). An insulated liner and tough watertight lids means it’s the last bait bucket you’ll ever buy


Isn’t it time Dad took up fly fishing? I mean, man does not live by plastic worms and crankbaits alone. The Clearwater 905-4 is a sweet ride from Orvis, but comes with an affordable price. It’s a 9-foot, 5-weight fly rod with all-new profiles and tapers taken directly from its award-winning Helios technology – making it lightweight but powerful. It’s all matched perfectly to a Clearwater LA II Reel, line, and rod tube.



Created with hunters, fishermen, and outdoor enthusiasts in mind, the new FoodSaver GameSaver Vacuum Sealing System preserves and prevents freezer burn and features an updated, rugged design with integrated carrying handle and large, rubberized buttons. This new design has intelligent sealing control, and includes a bonus 15-foot, 12V power cord, extra-large drip tray, and built-in storage compartment.


Goal Zero

Portability and power are what Goal Zero is all about with its line of solar panels and power packs for the dad who likes to get off the grid and into the woods. There are several models to choose from, like the Guide 10 Adventure kit, which is perfect for powering GPS devices and phones to the Extreme Adventure Kit that can power an entire base camp.

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