Pro-staff Contributor: Zach Raulie
It’s creeping up on us faster it seems every year; Christmas that is. My wife and family members are always asking what I’d wish for this Christmas. Another new puppy isn’t likely this year but outfitting our newest pup is. We’re not easy people to shop for, us hunters. I bet most hunters’ families agree that “he has it all, so what do I get him”. Here are some great pre-holiday thoughts on my top picks that will be for both me and my retriever Finn, for Christmas 2013.
A retriever owner can never have too many training bumpers and this really goes without saying as each season we lose some, pups chews some up or a couple extra just to make sure you have what you need next training season.
Whether by Mud River or Avery Outdoors these bags are fantastic for weekend hunting trips and overnight stays at the in-laws while you’re out of town keeping the dog food dry and transportable in an easy to tote bag.
You can never have enough. Get a fluorescent color for upland game, one for waterfowling and another for the local playground. Inexpensive and always useful in the day-to-day retriever world.
My mother mentions that Christmas is a time when you gift something to someone that they wouldn’t normally buy for themselves. Maybe the hunter in your life would like an item that they’ve done without for some time, but it sure would be nice to have. Here are those items.
- A new training collar by SportDog
Maybe that new puppy you bought last Christmas is now ready for advanced training or maybe it has taken on a few bad habits that need some attention. Whether for an upland bird dog or a new waterfowler SportDog has the right electronic collar for the job. The Sportdog Wetland hunter is by far my pick of the litter.
A retriever never knew luxury could be so good until the Ruff Stand was developed. This is a gift that every waterfowler has dreamt of and it sure makes waterfowling with your best friend a whole lot better experience whether in the marshes or the timber. On many days this has provided a dry stable location for all my retrievers.
Products made by Avery Outdoors or Drake have years of experience in fine tuning the correct fit for man’s best friend. A Dog Vest makes a great item for the retriever to insulate them on cold mornings in the blind and protect them from potential harm beneath the water’s surface.
Check out these and the entire selection of proven Guide Recommended Gear at www.krugerfarms.com