Sportsman's gadget wish list

JEFF MORRISON

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Every sportsman likes receiving hunting and fishing equipment for Christmas. It's about the most fun you can have during the "off season."

Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to test out various hunting and fishing gadgets and equipment, some of which might very well make an appearance under the Christmas tree tomorrow.

DANNER HUNTING BOOTS

The Montana Hunter GTX hunting boots I field-tested this past hunting season made me feel like a spoiled yuppie. But I'm not saying that's a bad thing.

Danner's classic European design and premium quality is evident throughout. With thick one-piece Italian leather uppers and only a single adjoining seam, these boots wrap the foot like a gentle vice for optimum fit and support.

I especially liked the speed lace system and hook combination, which made for great ankle support.

The Montanas boast layers of comfort and insulation in addition to the soft, comfortable interior full leather lining. They also feature a waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX lining with 400 grams Thinsulate Ultra Insulation, which came in handy during snowy days. They are the perfect footwear for long strolls on the backwoods trails.

For more information, visit www.danner.com,

FUMBLE-FREE BINOCULARS

The new Bushnell Permafocus 10 X 42 binoculars would be welcome gift for any sportsman.

I can't tell you how many times I have fumbled with binoculars, trying to focus in on something in the field.

With the new Permafocus, you simply raise them to your eyes and catch the action instantly with no adjustment required.

Their unique focus-free feature keeps these binos dialled in for instantaneous viewing at virtually any distance. If you're all thumbs, like me sometimes, dummy-proof optics is the way to go.

Another feature of the Permafocus I like is weight. At a scant 14 oz., they are about half the weight of my Elite's, and at $100 a pair, barely make a dent in your pocket book.

For more information, www.bushnell.com.

HUNTING GLOVES

Any hunter who doesn't take his hands seriously will suffer the consequences after a long day in the bush.

This fall, I tested out two hunting gloves by Mossy Oak apparel, one for warm weather and another for cold, wet weather.

During the earlier part of the season, Mossy Oak's Raintamer gloves went to work. These warm and comfortable gloves feature Torrent 2 waterproof-breathable fabric and 60 grams of Thinsulate insulation to protect you from the elements. They allow for ample dexterity and come in size 2X for those with big paws, like myself.

When things warmed up a bit, Mossy Oak's Pass Through gloves snapped into action. These little beauties are actually designed to work in tandem with a wrist release for bow hunting, but as I discovered, are equally as effective during the rifle season. The pass-through gloves fit like a second skin, provide excellent grip and allow full firearm movement.

For more information, visit www.mossyoakapparel.com/home

TRIVIA TIME

Question No. 3: In an Outdoors column this fall, I discussed the importance of catch & release for what fragile fish species?

A) The walleye

B) The muskie

C) The brook trout.

Remember to keep track of your answer for the contest finale Jan. 8.


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