2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Fruit cakes stink and white socks are a bore, so don’t even think about giving either of those items to your loved ones as a Christmas gift: NO ONE WANTS THEM!

Instead, pick something out from Santa’s list below and your loved one with surely believe they’ve been a very good boy or girl. 

Uncle Josh

Why not? If you have an ice hole, cover it with an insulated foam slab of cheese! The new Beaver Dam Cheesehead Hole Cover fits any rail style tip-up like a glove, keeping the hole from freezing during the coldest of ice fishing trips. The over-the-tip-up design allows it to be carefully removed without disturbing the tip-up for fewer dropped baits.  

Button Buck

Button Buck designs outdoor-themed clothing for kids for the perfect gift for your little outdoor enthusiast. Their premium tees feature screen-printed interior tags to prevent itch and their signature, hand-stitched Button Buck exterior label.


ThermaCELL Heated Insoles use embedded rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and a wireless remote to keep your feet warm in the coldest conditions. Water resistant, comfortable and durable, the insoles heat to the specific temperature selected via remote and then cycle off automatically, just like your home’s thermostat, to provide just the right amount of heat.

Best of Minnesota Cuffs & Collars Volume One

When you read the Cuffs and Collars section of Outdoor News each week, you see Conservation Officers stories. Most often CO's are involved in serious cases; however, we wanted to bring you some of the most unusual, strange, funny, and entertaining reports published in Outdoor News’ Cuffs and Collars over the years. In this 133 page book are actual reports gleaned from the DNR’s public field reports.  At times, it is hard to believe they are true.

Hunter Safety Systems

For the lady hunter comes the Lady Pro Series by Hunter Safety Systems. The safety vest features the same great convenience as other Pro Series vest, but with a smart pink trim that sets is apart. Ample storage, ventilated mesh, slim-line tailoring, bust strap, and convenient binocular/rangefinder straps are all standard.


The Redfeather Ambush, part of the Redfeather Technical Stealth Series, was created for hunters and nature and wildlife photographers. It provides the snowshoer with superior mobility, maneuverability, and stability in a variety of snow conditions. A camo deck makes it the perfect snowshoe for late fall and early spring snowshoeing, and is especially effective in marshes, river bottoms and wooded areas. 

Eddie Bauer

The Mabton Flats Vest is perfect for the upland game hunter and a gift that will last a lifetime thanks to the tough Cordura material ­– wild rose and briars have met their match. Tons of storage for game, accessories and shells is standard and it’s a performance fit for unrestricted arm movement. Shell pockets with tuck-in flaps offer quick access for the next shot.


These heavy-duty line of chisels have everything you need to chip through the ice, from triple-blade technology to a foam-grip, anti-vibration handle and tether rope. They make a perfect stocking stuffer for your ice-angler.


Get your kids some real hunting clothing with The Scrambler series jacket and pant by Sitka – a premium performance set designed specifically for your favorite young hunter. The jacket’s light insulation will ward off chill in early mornings and late evenings, yet provide maximum breathability throughout the day. With articulated elbows and a micro-fleece lining, it has all of the features your child needs for a day in the woods. The pant has micro-fleece to wick away moisture and articulated soft shell pants are made to be worn with or without layers underneath.  


The new 150-grain Boltcutter broadhead offers a 11⁄16-inch cutting surface and was designed specifically for handling fast crossbows. It delivers amazing accuracy and durability thanks to its painstaking design and stainless steel material.

Grubs Boots North

The Treeline 8.5 SP Hunting Boot is rated to -40 and tested in the forest of northern Sweden. The leg is covered in protective rip-stop pattern in Mossy Oak New Break-UP camouflage so its both durable and practical. It sports a Vibram multi-sport sole that gives superior grip on all surfaces, perfect for big game stalks on all terrains.

Hawke Sport Optics

The Tri-Star Pro makes the perfect addition under the Christmas tree for your varmint hunter. Powered by a lithium polymer battery, the Tri-Star Pro provides 1,600 lumens, and a 300-yard variable power beam. With six hours of run time, on a light battery, this is a must have item for varmint hunters.

Hunting Public-Land Whitetails

Here’s a unique deer hunting book for the do-it-yourself hunter. Tom Blais’s new book will inform even the most experienced hunter. You’ll learn: How to find and hunt productive public lands, successful scouting strategies, how to use today’s technology, how to hunt during any time of the rut and in any conditions, how to hunt big woods, how to hunt small woodlots, and rattling the Blais way. Softcover 6 x 9, 160 pages, over 100 black and white photos, 32-page color section. Price: $20; shipping: $3.50.

Print Subscription to Outdoor News

The Most Popular Hunting and Fishing Publication in Minnesota.

Give Outdoor News for Christmas to that hunter, fisherman or outdoor enthusiast on your list.

They'll think of you when each new issue of Outdoor News arrives in their mailbox.

Each Issue of Outdoor News is packed with MInnesota information:
• Statewide hunting/fishing report
• A lake profile complete with map
• Statewide calendar of events
• Season and permit dates
• Legislative updates
• Hunting/fishing tips
• In-depth fishing and hunting news
• Reader photos

St. Croix

Four new models of St. Croix’s Legend ice rods make a great wintery gift. They come in 30- to 48-inch lengths in a variety of powers. Stand up or sit down – there’s a size that’s right and they’re built with solid carbon blanks with stainless steel guides and a built-in spring bobber.


Finally, fishermen have a series of camo patterns just for them; not for cover or to conceal, but simply to be enjoyed. Walleye, bass, crappies, muskies and more species are available for Christmas and built with long lasting, high performing fabrics.

Heater Body Suit

If Mom or Dad were cold this deer season, make sure they are warm for 2013 with a Heater Body Suit. A new waterproof membrane in the foot-area offers added protection against the cold and wet ground. You stay warm or you get your money back. The suit is available in smaller sizes for youth and women hunters.

TopSaw Pocket Tool

The TopSaw Pocket Tool is nine tools in one and everything you need to work on a chainsaw in the field. From the large screwdriver to several sockets and more, it’s all you need. The tool can also be used as a file handle and comes complete with a nylon sheath.


The new Rapala PRO Bass Fishing game for Wii is sure to cure those winter blues when lakes are frozen but you still have the urge to cast. Cast, crank and drive the hook home in realistic game play. Even fish against other players live!    

Outdoor News Print of the Year by Scot Storm

Wildlife artist Scot Storm's painting of 3 hunting wolves reveal his attention to the fine details that breathe life into "On Track" and draw the viewer into the scene.

This year Outdoor News is offering two versions of its Print of the Year.

Option one is unframed, 20"x16" print on acid free paper is a limited edition, only 600 numbered & signed prints available for $59.

Option two is unframed, 28"x21", numbered & signed, limited edition Giclee print on canvas for $195.

Strategic Fishing Systems

Finding the best fishing spots used to take years of experience, word-of-mouth and a little luck. Now, Contour Elite, by Strategic Fishing Systems, is changing the game. Loaded with LakeMaster lake maps and designed by people who  fish, anglers can uncover the best spots on a lake in mere seconds. This new program uses data to allow anglers to predict fish location, often narrowing productive areas on a lake to less than 1 percent of total fishable water in just minutes. It also saves time by enabling waypoints to be added, named and exported to on-board mapping units in a variety of ways.  

Fairchase Products

The Pro-Pack kit combines their most popular Nose Jammer products into one convenient package. It comes with: shampoo, body wash, laundry detergent, deodorant, and Nose Jammer field spray made with compounds that are emitted from trees and shrubs commonly found in the forests and plains of North America. The spray takes the natural compounds and delivers them at concentrated levels to overwhelm a deer’s sense of smell.


Leupold BX-2 Cascade binoculars have a slim, in-line design that makes them trim, light and easy to grip in all conditions. The rugged binoculars are smooth focusing and have twist-up eye cups and have a close focus distance of 10 feet. The Cascade is armor coated, water proof, fog proof and built to withstand the rigors of extensive field use.


The new Ice Spooler sports a fly-type-reel that is perfect for shallow-water, tight-lining for panfish. A larger arbor reduces line coiling and twisting while a longer reel foot provides a comfort fit. The reel is sold separately or as a combo with rods from 20 to 26 inches. 

First Light Color

Give your loved one a memory for a lifetime with a beautiful canvas print this Christmas. Your canvas art print will come to life with your fish or game photo printed on the high quality canvas ready to hang on the wall for all to see.

Rimio Products LLC

Replace your old seat or change out an uncomfortable one with a Slumper Seat. These quiet and cushy seats are perfect for an all-day sit in the woods. The pads offer just the right amount of comfort and are water resistant.

High Mountain Seasonings

Create your own summer sausage with High Mountain Seasonings new Hunter’s Blend flavor. This special blend of garlic and pepper with a subtle hint of hickory is finished with just a touch of heat and is sure to please the hunter in your family. Makes 30 pounds


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