May 14, 2018
By Brian Fortenbaugh
To help you find the perfect Father's Day gift this year, the BOWHUNTER staff has compiled some of the most innovative and must-have gear for Dad
onX Hunt Maps Elite
There's nothing more frustrating than being out hunting in new terrain, looking down at your phone for a map, and getting nothing because you are out of cell range. One solution comes from onX, an app made for exploring. Before you go, you can create maps with the features you want, like wilderness areas, access points and satellite imagery, and then save the map to your phone.
The app uses the GPS in your phone and then pinpoints your position over your saved map. It tracks you, no cell reception required, and lets you check out the area via topo maps, satellite imagery or any of the other 12 types of map layers you have downloaded. The app is free, but you'll want to add features (prices are free for a trial of seven days to $119.99 per year). The Elite subscription will get you access to maps of all 50 states.
$99.99/year | Onxmaps.com
Lumenok HD Orange Combo Pack
The Lumenok HD Orange shines 30% brighter than previous models, while offering up to 40 hours of illumination. No magnets are required for activation — simply shoot it to turn it on. They are made to fit virtually every arrow, and are now being sold in a Combo Pack that includes four HD Orange Lumenoks, a pair of extra batteries, and the Lumenok Extinguisher for pulling arrows out of targets and turning off the Lumenok.
MSRP: $49.99 | Lumenok.com
While some people are still skeptical about the effectiveness of ozone in helping you defeat a whitetail's sense of smell, all they need to do is try it for themselves one time and they will change their tune. That said, if you are in the market for an in-field ozone generator, then you'll want to pick up the new Ozonics HR-230 unit. It offers two levels of ozone output for treestand and ground-blind hunting. It sets up and runs silently, is easy to operate via the newly designed keypad, and can be used in DRiWASH mode with the DRiWASH Bag to eliminate all odors from your clothing between hunts.
MSRP: $400 | Ozonicshunting.com
Scott Archery Quick-Shot
A quality release aid is integral to consistent shooting accuracy, and that's what you'll get with Scott Archery's Quick-Shot. This single-caliper release uses Scott's roller-sear design to produce seriously crisp trigger breaks. It is also designed with a leather buckle strap and a rope connector, which allows you to adjust the Quick-Shot to the exact length you prefer.
MSRP: $45 | Scottarchery.com
Montana Decoy PURR-FECT PAIR 3D
Bring gobblers within bow range with the Montana Decoy PURR-PECT PAIR 3D turkey decoys. The PAIR is comprised of Montana's MISS PURR-FECT and JAKE PURR-FECT dekes, both of which you can pose however you see fit. MISS PURR-FECT's colors are now even more lifelike, and the JAKE PURR-FECT has a new head design to better match that of the real thing. Total weight of this combo is 2 lbs. 11 oz., and both fold down to an extremely packable size.
MSRP: $99.99 | Montanadecoy.com
Tink's Dial-A-Dripper Combo
Increase the frequency of bucks visiting natural and mock scrapes with Tink's Dial-A-Dripper Combo Kit. The Kit includes one Dial-A-Dripper, a neoprene hanger, and two 4-oz. bottles of Tink's Power Scrape Starter. The Dripper screws directly on to any bottle of Tink's scent. Once hung over a scrape, you can then dial in the number of days you want it to drip scent.
MSRP: $20 | Tinks.com
Bee Stinger MicroHex
The Bee Stinger MicroHex hunting stabilizer uses Countervail Technology — a material integrated into the carbon rod — to drastically dampen noise and vibration. Available in 6", 8", and 10" lengths, the MicroHex is also equipped with three independent 1-oz. end weights, and its micro-diameter profile improves stability, especially when shooting in windy conditions. It's compatible with all current Bee Stinger hardware mounts, including the new MicroHex Counter Slide.
MSRP: $74.99 — $154.99 | Beestinger.com
Rage X-TREME 4 Blade
Rage Broadheads raised the bar even higher with the X-TREME 4 Blade. It sports the same SlipCam platform as Rage's popular Trypan. At the forefront of this broadhead is a wicked 7/8" cut-on-contact tip, behind which you'll find a pair of .035"-thick steel blades. The end result of this unique design is a massive 2.3" cutting diameter.
MSRP: $29.99/2-pack | Ragebroadheads.com
Hoyt Realtree EDGE Hoody
You can find a lot of great gifts for Dad at Hoyt's Online Store, including the Realtree EDGE Hoody. This lightweight top showcases Realtree's all-new EDGE pattern, as well as the Hoyt logo. It isn't bulky or restrictive, so it's perfect for those cool early season morning hunts, or for kicking back in camp or at home. The Hoody is available in sizes M — 3XL.
MSRP: $59.99 | store.Hoyt.com
Alps OutdoorZ Motive
If you use multiple trail cameras, then you need an easy way to transport them. Enter the Alps OutdoorZ Motive pack. The roomy main compartment has padded dividers to hold and protect up to eight trail cameras, plus numerous slots for memory cards. A large mesh interior pocket stores your essentials close at hand. The 7.5"W x 10.5"L x 1"D fleece-lined pocket is perfect for housing your tablet for viewing images in the field. You can store pruners or a limb saw in the lower side mesh pockets.
MSRP: $69.99 | Alpsoutdoorz.com
TightSpot offers quivers that will hold either three, five, or seven arrows. All TightSpot models have the company's legendary three-way adjustment system that improves bow balance, plus five noise and vibration-reduction points. The four-fastener crossbar system provides better stability, and a new Delrin saddle washer under the locking lever ensures smoother operation You can add a second set of adjustable BullDog Arrow Grippers to the five-arrow model, so your broadheads won't contact the inside of the hood.
MSRP: $167.95 | Tightspotquiver.com
Browning Trail Cameras Dark Ops Pro XD
Browning Trail Cameras has several high-quality camera models from which to choose, including the Dark Ops Pro XD. This 24MP gem has a 1.5" color viewing screen, Dual Camera Lens Technology, .15-second trigger speed (.5-second recovery), and it will capture both images and HD videos with sound. Some of its other important features include an 80' flash range, Timelapse Plus Camera Mode, programmable picture delay, and Invisible Night IR Illumination. It operates on 6 AA batteries and will accept up to a 512 GB SDXC memory card.
MSRP: $220 | Browningtrailcameras.com
Hunter Safety System Pro Series Harness
No Father's Day Gift Guide would be complete without a product like this one to keep Dad coming home safe and sound after every hunt. The new HSS Pro Series Harness has a lightweight interlocking fabric in the front, and a high-tech ventilating mesh on the back and shoulders. It weighs just 2.9 lbs. and sports binocular/rangefinder straps, two zippered chest pockets, six gear pockets, and an innovative charging port for your phone or flashlight. In addition, ElimiShield Hunt Scent control technology used to treat the Pro Series kills odor-causing bacteria for the life of the harness. It comes with sound-dampening buckles, a deer drag, suspension-relief strap, and a Lineman's Climbing Strap. It's offered in sizes S/M, L/XL, and 2XL/3XL.
MSRP: $139.95 | Huntersafetysystem.com