Ever look in a bowhunter’s backpack? You’ll find more items there than you could ever imagine, and if you ask them about it, they’ll likely say they’d like to have even more. The fact is bowhunters can be successful with just a bow and arrow, but chances of success are far greater for those who have all the proper tools for the job—that includes simple products and high-tech electronic gadgets. When shopping for a Christmas present for someone who loves bowhunting, you won’t go wrong with these three gift ideas.

Game Camera

This trail camera has a 0.2-second trigger speed and 100-foot detection range. Bushnell

Game cameras have revolutionized deer hunting as much as just about any other gear advancement, and enabled hunters to pattern deer in their hunting area, along with other critical information. If someone hangs a quality game camera in the perfect location in a hunting area, he’ll alleviate the need to do much on-foot scouting, which can push a nice buck out of an area. When looking for a good game camera, consider several features like photo and video resolution, detection range, trigger speed/recovery time, battery life, flash capabilities and the presence or absence of a built-in viewing screen.

Ground Blind

At 69 inches wide and 66 inches tall, this hub-style ground blind is big enough for archery or gun hunting. Ameristep

A nice ground blind is a fantastic gift for anyone who loves to hunt with archery equipment. Finding a good tree suitable for hanging a tree stand isn’t always possible in an area where a hunter wants to set up, so a ground blind can be a good second option. In fact, a good ground blind can hide your hunters from prying eyes well enough to get a shot on a buck that would easily spot a hunter without a blind. Portable ground blinds come in two basic types—pop-up style and hub blinds—and both can be used successfully for deer hunting. Note that although turkey seldom notice a ground blind, deer are sometimes suspicious of setups.


This rangefinder gives accurate distances from 6 to 550 yards, making it suitable for hunting with bow, muzzleloader or modern firearm. Nikon

A good rangefinder can make the difference between whether someone’s next big game hunt is a successful one or not. The truth is, many times hunters miss game animals with bows because they miscalculate the shot distance to the animal. Because of forces like gravity affecting an arrow along its path, knowing the exact distance to a target is always of utmost importance. A rangefinder can give bowhunters that exact distance to a target, within a yard or two. Then, it’s just a matter of using the sight pin that matches that range.