With Father’s Day 2022 looming on the calendar, it’s time to think about what you could buy dear old dad, especially one who likes to get outside for a bit of hunting and fishing.
While budgets can differ dramatically for Father’s Day – from a proverbial tie card to something more extravagant, say the motorcycle or vintage Navy fighter jet that Tom Cruise piloted in the spellbinding film TopGun: Maverick Now Playing – there’s a little something for everyone’s financial needs when it comes to gift shopping for this annual holiday in June.
You can win the Father’s Day Gift Cycle right now by doing something amazing, like a new Big O’s Archery bow in Sherman (or maybe a dozen new arrows and broadheads), a new combo fishing rod and reel from Sherman’s Academy or the big three down the road (Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, and Scheel’s), maybe a Traeger-style pellet grill from somewhere like Home Depot, or even a Blackstone griddle from Walmart or Lowe’s.
And if you’re really on a good Vegas streak, maybe even find your dad a box or two of deer, dove, or duck hunting ammo, because that’s as scarce as gasoline cheap right now.
If you need more Father’s Day gift ideas, how about one of these?
Outdoor Books – Since the weather is about to get scorching hot – it’s summer in Texas, isn’t it? — what’s an outdoor enthusiast to do when the mercury hits triple digits and threatens to blow the top off the thermometer?
I would suggest a glass of iced tea – unsweetened for me, please – and a reading session in the armchair in front of the air conditioning vent. Available at local booksellers like Books-a-Million or various places to buy books online, you might consider a few like The Last Wild Road by T. Edward Nickens; Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River (which is by John N. Maclean, son of A River Runs Through It author Norman MacClean); Casting Forward: Fishing Tales from the Texas Hill Country by Steve Ramirez, and Lords of the Fly: Madness, Obsession, and the Hunt for the World Record Tarpon by Monte Burke, to name just a few of the volumes on my bedside table currently.
If that doesn’t work, head over to Amazon and try something new by top outdoor writers like John Gierach, E. Donnall Thomas, Jr., Thomas McGuane, and Tom McIntyre. There are also the classic works of authors like John Graves (Goodbye to a River), Aldo Leopold (A Sand County Almanac), Tom Kelly (Tenth Legion), Gene Hill (Hill Country and A Listening Walk), Havilah Babcock ( My Health Is Better in November and Tales of Quails n’ Such), Gordon MacQuarrie (Stories of the Old Duck Hunters trilogy) and Robert Ruark (The Old Man and the Boy).
Warm Weather Hunting Clothing – With dove season and deer archery season approaching in just a few months, those early fall hunts will be hot, sweaty and buggy. That’s what makes the new Sitka Gear Equinox Guard collection – including the Guard Hoody and Guard Pants – perfect, even though the original target market might have been spring turkey hunters.
It’s also perfect for western big game hunting and white tailed deer hunting (especially here in the southern Great Plains where fall is always warm to begin with) as it’s lightweight, wicks moisture-wicking and breathable, comes in the Texas-appropriate subalpine camouflage pattern and protects human skin from a variety of buzzing and crawling insects (thanks to the built-in Insect-Shield protection and more).
And after a recent caddis hatch fly fishing trip for rainbow trout and brown trout in Arkansas, I would also note that it works perfectly fine for a day of fishing on a renowned trout stream global like the White River, providing insect protection and sunscreen capabilities. And that’s all while keeping you cool in a lightweight hoodie and bombproof pants that perform in the field or on the water.
If this sounds like a great dad on your Father’s Day list, visit Big O’s Archery at Sherman or the Sitka Gear website at www.sitkagear.com.
Fishing Clothing and Sun Protection Gear – Fishing in Texas – in the spring, summer, and fall – can be a sweat, sun, and bug-ridden affair.
This means you can never have enough shorts, fishing pants, hoodies, long-sleeved t-shirts, breathable shirts, Buff-style masks, sun gloves, and lightweight, breathable hats. and quick-drying to keep Dad safe and away from a ER visit (sunburn and/or heat exhaustion in the scorching Texas heat) or a dermatologist visit down the road (to check for worrying spots on his skin). And since sunglasses are part of the protection equation here, don’t forget them either.
That means apparel from companies like Sitka Gear, Simms Fishing, Orvis, Duck Camp, Howler Brothers, AFTCO, Fish Hippie, HUK, and more is a welcome Father’s Day gift. Same for polarized sunglasses from Costa, Smith, Wiley X, Ray-Bans, Oakley, Skeleton, and more.
And since hydration is a must for a hot day on the water, don’t forget a YETI Coolers’ Hopper (soft-sided cooler), Tundra (hard-sided cooler), and a Rambler bottle (for carrying lots of cold water and/or Gatorade) on the water. For products from the famed Austin-based cooler company, check out local retailers like Academy or visit www.yeti.com.
Hunting and Fishing Knives – It’s hard to go wrong giving dear old dad a knife he can use for hunting, fishing, or even slicing a brisket fresh from the smoker on the back deck.
For a hunting knife, try a DiamondBlade Surge model with a SureGrip handle (www.diamondbladeknives.com). For the fishing knife, try a Rapala FLF6 six-inch fillet knife with leather sheath and sharpener (www.rapala.com). And for a knife for carving brisket, or steaks and burgers getting ready for the grill, try either the Knives of Alaska Professional Boning Knife (www.knivesofalaska.com) or the Benchmade 15500 Meatcrafter (www.benchmade.com ).
Fishing Tackle – If Dad is an angler, you can never go wrong getting him some fishing tackle. It could be a new paddling rig on the water like a Wilderness Systems or Hobie kayak or an Old Towne Discovery 158 canoe – camo, please, so he can fish and duck hunt.
For rods, reels, line, lures, and electronics, visit local fishing tackle stores around Lake Texoma, local Walmart and Academy locations, and great outdoor stores at south in the DFW Metroplex. And there’s always online, of course.
If your dad loves fly fishing like me, you can’t go wrong with a new fly rod and/or fly reel, either an Orvis setup (like a Helios rod or a Hydros reel, available from Orvis. com or the various Orvis locations in the DFW Metroplex): a Temple Fork Outfitters fly rod and reel (www.tforods.com) (from the longtime Dallas-based company that excels in manufacturing high-quality gear and affordable like the Axiom II-X); or other fly rods, reels, fly lines, leaders and big brand flies from North Texas fly shops like Tailwaters in downtown Dallas, Grapevine Fly Fishing Shop in Grapevine or Dirty Water Fly Company in Plano .
Finally, a great gift idea for the fishing dad in your family is one of the most excellent Texas Fishing Atlas series from Sportsman’s Connection (www.scmaps.com). If you get Dad the Dallas/Fort Worth: East Metro Atlases, Dallas/Fort Worth: West Metro, and East Texas Atlases, he’s ready for a lifetime of angling discovery on some prime Texas waters.
Hopefully one or more of these suggestions will give you some ideas to help give Dad the perfect Father’s Day gift this summer. Otherwise, gift cards from Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, Scheel’s, Orvis, Big O’s Archery, and more are always welcome.
With any luck, this will be the best Father’s Day gift-buying season you’ve ever had. And with even more luck, maybe the lovely Mrs. B and/or my adult children are reading this drivel outdoors and will be inspired in their own gift-giving endeavors this year for dear old Dad.
Hey, a loving dad and an outdoor writer can always dream, right?