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A Wide Variety Of Gifts Abound To Please Sports And Outdoor Enthusiasts This Holiday Season


(Monday, November 22,1999 - Scottsboro, AZ) The popularity of outdoor recreation continues to grow, and chances are you'll be shopping this season for a hunter, angler, boater, backpacker or camper. No matter what your budget, gifts abound this year for that special outdoor enthusiast on your list. The following list provides gift ideas in a variety of price ranges that are sure to please any outdoor enthusiast this season, and can be found in retail dealers and sporting goods stores.

Gifts for under $25
Calling all turkey hunters — Hunter's Specialties has taken its Silencer Plus Field Champion Natural box call, a favorite among turkey hunters, and elevated it to a work of art just in time for the holidays. Natural wood tones make this call as eye-catching as it is effective, and the laser-engraved detailing elevate this particular call to showpiece status. The Strut 101 Silencer Plus includes a 30-minute instructional video that takes callers through all the steps necessary to become proficient and confident with this most traditional of turkey calling instruments. Hunter's Specialties' products are available at your local sporting goods store or call (319)395-0321. About $20.

Santa wishes he wore camo — Wrangler Rugged Wear has enlarged its camouflage collection of functional outdoor apparel. This denim-inspired line of tops and bottoms includes Bill Jordan's original Advantage, Advantage Timber and Hardwoods by Realtree patterns. These garments give hunters a competitive edge in the field. The basics of Wrangler's Rugged Wear line are the Camouflage Jean and Camouflage Field Pant, featuring the everyday comfort of denim. The Field Pant offers Teflon-coated Cordura nylon panels for a smooth, abrasion-resistant surface, and the Camouflage Jean is available in the classic five-pocket style. This Rugged Wear line is also available in boy's sizes 8-18. Other garments include shorts, shirts and hats...even camouflage diaper covers for Santa's little helper. To find the Rugged Wear dealer nearest you, call (888) 4-WRANGLER.

Gifts for around $100 or less
For the serious angler — For less than the cost of a rod and reel, you can help your favorite angler learn what it takes to be a pro. At just $39.95 for a year's subscription, Tim Tucker's Pro Angling Insider, a bimonthly newsletter for fresh or saltwater anglers, is the perfect gift. In each issue, Tucker, the senior writer at Bassmaster magazine, along with other experts in angling promotion, lays out everything needed for anglers of all levels to make their hobby or occupation really pay off. It's chocked full of tips on finding sponsors, how to work with the outdoor press, business tips and industry trends. There's no other newsletter like it anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed. To subscribe, call (800) 252-FISH.

190 ways to an angler's heart —Experienced travelers pay up to $5,000 a week to enjoy the meals served at Alaska's world-famous fishing lodges. Now, you can enjoy the best recipes from these blue-ribbon lodges in the comfort of your own home...at a fraction of the price. In her book — Best Recipes of Alaska's Fishing Lodges — Adela Batin shares 190 of the best recipes from sixteen lodges. These recipes are easy to fix and use ingredients that you normally have in your home. Its colorful, easy-to-read layout and design makes it a best seller. To order autographed copies, call toll-free (877) 430-8222 or send $28.95 to Alaskabooks.com, P.O. Box 82222, Fairbanks, Alaska 99708.

Don't know what to get? Get them an electronic gift certificate — With nearly 15,000 outdoor recreation products for sale on-line — everything from rods, reels and riflescopes to boots, backpacks and bilge pumps — in a single Internet location, the new beOutdoors.com on-line retail store is sure to have something for everyone. According to some estimates, as many as 27 million households in the United States will shop on-line via the Internet this holiday season. Now those consumers have a one-stop shop for all their fishing, hunting, camping, boating and other outdoor gear. beOutdoors offers detailed product information and photos, wide product selection from well-known manufacturers, ready product availability and great prices. A stringent privacy policy, credit card security and a 30-day return policy make shopping at beOutdoors a risk-free proposition as well. The beOutdoors cyberstore is organized into five storefronts. With the "e-tailer's" new electronic gift certificate, you can e-mail your presents to the sports enthusiast on your list and let them browse the cyberstore to their heart's content.

Hunting clothing is a good inVESTment — Hunters need a rugged field vest such as the Dual Season vest from Hunter's Specialties. The Dual Season vest has been improved by sewing D-rings into the vest at strategic points. By using the improved H.S. Tree Belt, the vest can be fastened to a tree and used as a work station. It's easy to store all the gear every archer takes into the field. Waterfowlers who work flooded timber will find the vest excellent for holding calls, canteens and shotshells — high, dry, out of the water and close at hand. The built-in game bag is ideal for the pheasant, quail, grouse and dove hunter, too. Available at sporting goods stores or call (319) 395-0321. About $79.

Gifts for over $100
Entry-level satellite navigation — The new GPS 315 is the ultimate outdoor guide. This pocket-sized unit will navigate you to over 15,000 worldwide cities or bring you back to up to 500 user-entered locations. The optional DataSend CD-ROM can be used to upload detailed land and nautical Points of Interest (POI) to greatly enhance your outdoor activity. Magellan's new POI technology lets you customize your GPS to your individual needs and adventures. The DataSend CD has thousands of POIs with information on golf courses, campgrounds, ATMs, parks and highway exit services. Up to 20,000 of these points can be uploaded to the GPS at any one time. DataSend also offers a complete database of marine navaids. Whether they're cruising the Intercoastal Waterway or trolling offshore, boaters will find it easy to locate and identify buoys, beacons, lighthouses and other fixed and floating navaids. About $149.

Distance yourself — Most sportsman and golfers have one thing in common. They both have trouble estimating distances over 20 yards. For hunters, knowing the exact distance to a trophy deer can greatly increase the odds of success. Golfers on your holiday list will also benefit from knowing the distance from the fairway to the green on their favorite par 5. No matter what their favorite hobby is, Bushnell's Yardage Pro Compact 600 laser rangefinder instantly and accurately measures distances from 16 out to 800 yards with incredible accuracy of +/- one yard. Simply punch a button and the distance in -yards (or meters) appears on an LCD display viewed through a 4x PermaFocus monocular eyepiece. Unlike many laser rangefinders, this new model will fit easily in a jacket pocket or pack. Hence, the perfect gift for hunters and golfers. About $349.

What to get the sportsman who has everything? How about a bigger wake for wakeboarding? — Today's wakeboarders don't want a skiboat that glides wakeless over the water; they want a boat that hunches down and makes a huge wake. Wakeboarding is the fastest growing segment of boating and is a great way for families to enjoy time on the water. Toyota wants to help you make the most of that time with its Epic X22. With a 300hp 4.0-liter V-8 and a 70-gallon ballast system in the trunk, the X22 makes the ideal choice for a wakeboarding boat. The ballast system uses a high-speed fill and discharge system so it can be quickly filled for wakeboarding or just as quickly drained for waterskiing. An aluminum tower allows for more air on jumps and makes for handy mounting of speakers and storage racks. An optional 10-disc CD changer can be coupled with a 140-watt amplifier and twin tower-mounted speakers to ensure the X22's nine passengers have a great time even when not wakeboarding.

East-to-assemble dock system — So that special someone on your list just bought that cabin up on the water. What do you get for someone who obviously needs to invite you up for a weekend of relaxation? Waterfront cabins aren't so great unless they have a usable dock to fish from or tie the boat up to. A Genuine ShoreStation Dock fits the bill perfectly. It's easy to assemble and can be configured in any number of ways to make the most out of available dock space. It's easy to put in place at the start of a season and easy to take down as winter approaches. Accessories like the swivel chair make all-day fishing a breeze while an optional gear tower lets you prepare your catch for dinner. Add a ShoreStation Boat Hoist and you've got a complete dock solution. Available in cedar or polyethylene, a Genuine ShoreStation Dock will add the finishing touch to that new lakeside retreat. See dealer for pricing.

Yamaha's ultimate gift — The ultimate gift for boaters this year is Yamaha Marine's all-new F115 four-stroke outboard, Yamaha's largest four-stroke to date. The F115 delivers all the power, reliability and fuel economy needed for a wide variety of boats and is aimed at the segment of boats that is most popular — mid-size fishing boats and runabouts. The F115 is perfect for anglers with larger boats or for families who need the extra power and lower noise levels for a pontoon or deck boat. The F115 also weighs less than competitive four-strokes giving better fuel economy and overall performance. For more information call toll-free (800) 88-YAMAHA. About $9,662.