June 08, 2022
By Wildfowl Staff
The perfect gifts for duck dads this Father’s Day.
Leupold – Performance Eyewear
His cheap ass hasn’t replaced that crappy old cooler with the rusty hinges and the foam sticking out of the cracks in the lid in 30 years, so you know your old man isn’t going to spring for eyewear that will protect himself from misfires or the low-lying tree branches when running the boat in the dark…much less some stylish shades that he can actually shoot with. We have been running these sunglasses all over the planet since they came out, and they are tough, easy on the eyes (heh-heh) and have a solid cool factor. The Packout is the go-to option for any hunter or shooter. No-joke ballistic protection and proven optical clarity make them perfect for every duck hunting misadventure. Get the Bronze mirror to avoid the bug-eyed shine of the louder blues and greens. Leupold’s In-Fused Polarized Technology uses an advanced manufacturing process that fuses the polarization film in-between two of the lens layers. This process provides permanent polarized protection that won’t scratch or deteriorate.
$190 | leupold.com
Gator Waders – Camp Boots
These durable, wet weather, 100% waterproof rubber boots will keep dad looking dapper while keeping his feet dry. Their interior is lined with neoprene for all-day comfort and warmth, along with scuff- and slip-resistant outsoles and reinforced heels and toes. This fashionable and functional footwear is ready to do-it-all in style, optimal for fun in the fishing boat or working chores around the house. The sporty, wear-anywhere Camp Boots are available in four ‘fowl-fanatic options including a Mossy Oak Bottomland, Realtree Max-5, brown, and Gator Waders own “Seven” camo.
$110 | gatorwaders.com
Camp Chef – Portable Grills
Make the old man the boss of the duck blind again—and the king of summer—not by shot-calling or running the dog, but by paralyzing everyone with that smell of cooking bacon. Camp Chef portable grills make his old boy scout stove look like a wooden bicycle. The VersaTop Grill System is handy, and comes with 247 square-inches of flat top freedom. Equipped with Camp Chef's True Seasoned, non-stick surface—it's ready to cook when you are. For even more added convenience, the VersaTop is compatible with most Camp Chef 14-inch cooking system accessories—making it one of our most versatile flat top griddles. Small in size, large in cooking capacity, and perfect for those on the go.
$170 | campchef.com
RigEm Right – Layout Console
If dad is a gear geek and likes to keep everything right where he needs it, he’s absolutely going to love this gift. The Layout Console is designed to securely store his favorite drink and safeguard his box of shells while grinding it out in the blind. The Console simply snaps into the blind frame and stays connected, folding flat when stored and springing back into action when the blind is setup. No more cussin’ and fussin’ about tipping over his morning coffee or scrambling to stuff shells during an epic volley.
$25 | rigemright.com
Dive Bomb Industries - Hoodie
If dad is the type that never stops talking about ducks and geese, we’ve got the top-choice threads for him to wear his feather-crushing lifestyle right on his sleeve. These artistic and colorful sweatshirts were made to epitomize the charming character of our favorite fowl including the Lumberjack, the Patriot, Hollywood, the Bandit, and Diablo Blanco to name a few. Each heart-stopping, humorous, heart-stopping hoodie is made of a warm, comfortable cotton-poly fleece blend and features an oversized kangaroo pouch.
$45 | divebombindustries.com
Old Town – Sportsman Discovery Solo 119 Canoe
Dad regales you with Boy Scout stories of how he grew up in a canoe. They now make one stable enough for big boys too. Weighing in at only 56 pounds, the Old Town Sportsman Discovery Solo 119 canoe is the ideal grab-and-go duck hunting machine. Incorporating a unique design, it offers the simplicity and utility of a solo canoe with the agility and handling of a kayak. Simply put, this isn’t your daddy’s canoe of yesteryear, which is why he needs it now. Boasting a 300-pound capacity, it features a three-layer hull construction surrounded by layers of high-density polyethylene for ruggedness, a recessed track on forward thwart for easy on/off accessory mounting, and a comfort flex kayak-style seat that is contoured, adjustable, and padded for ultimate comfort. If you are looking to explore some new duck hunting haunts, don’t overlook the versatility of the Solo 119.
$1,099 | oldtowncanoe.com
Camoretro – Gift Card
If dad is equally a fanatic for fowlin’ and the fashionable duck blind attire of yesteryear, a gift card to Camoretro is guaranteed to be the perfect gift. Camoretro is the new go-to online marketplace for all things waterfowl hunting, from vintage apparel to art, home decor, and gear. Don’t let the name overshoot your expectations, Camoretro also carries modern products as well. From camo collections no longer in production to limited edition Ducks Unlimited lids and lifestyle products, dad is sure to satisfy his search for something with style and service.
$10-$250 | camoretro.com
Mossy Oak – Ryan Kirby Mallard Tee
This Tee from Mossy Oak is perfect for the barbeque pit master. It is highly breathable and goes great with a pair of crocs on a summer night with its soft, relaxed fit. The classic mallard artwork is done by renowned artist Ryan Kirby and will remind all your friends that politics are as boring as an oven-baked steak, and ducks are still in fact on your mind.
$25 | store.mossyoak.com
Chêne – Sherpa Fleece Wader Pant
Everyone is grumpy when freezing their nethers off, and you’re probably tired of seeing the old man wear saggy, cold-loving sweatpants around duck camp. The Sherpa Fleece Wader Pant provides both insulation and comfort in a streamlined design. Constructed of 100% polyester with 4-Way stretch, it's designed to move with you as a subtle extension of the wader. They are lined with 300g Sherpa-bonded fleece for warmth on the coldest January mornings and include built-in, adjustable belt, zippered rear pockets, and elastic foot stirrups.
$230 | chenegear.com
Benchmade – 15500 Meatcrafter
There is nothing quite as embarrassing around a tailgate cleaning party as a dull knife. Don’t let your dad be that guy. Enter the 15500 Meatcrafter from Benchmade. It is perfect for reliably breasting out your biggest geese and ducks for decades with its amazing lifetime guarantee. The fine, smooth edge and blade flex also provide versatility for both the truck or kitchen.
$170 | benchmade.com
SportDOG Brand – SportTrainer 1275
Keep your retriever from going into business for himself and be a more effective trainer. The 1275 gives you long distance control of your pooch and features an easy-to-read OLED screen that clearly displays the selected dog, static stimulation level, and mode, as well as battery status. Large +/- buttons make toggling between dogs and changing stimulation levels a breeze, making the SD-1275 especially suited for multi-dog situations. With SportDOG Add-A-Dog Collar Receivers, the remote trainer can be expanded to control up to 6 dogs at once. With 10 levels of static stimulation, as well as vibration and tone options in select modes, you can customize this system to fit any situation or particualr dog’s temperament.
$250 | sportdog.com
"The Labrador Retriever" Paper Print – Ryan Kirby Art
This print from renowned artist, Ryan Kirby, is the perfect gift for those of you who enjoy the smell of wet dog in a November Blind. It features three classic retrievers with historical information, breed qualities and much more. It will hang proudly over your fireplace for a lifetime full of great gun dogs.
$99 | ryankirbyart.com
“Stories of the Old Duck Hunters” by Gordon MacQuarrie
This is a classic novel for any duck hunter. MacQuarrie’s stories are timeless and belong displayed on the coffee table next to your freshly tuned calls. It has over 53 stories of the adventures, and misadventures of MacQuarrie and his fellow duck hunters. "Ducks? You Bat You!" is just one of the man stories within its covers and may just be one of the best ducky stories ever written.
$55 | amazon.com
YETI – Hopper M20 Backpack Soft Cooler
For the waterfowlers who just happen to own a boat (wink) and are feverishly scouting for the next biggest goose mecca in the summer heat—this is the cooler for you. Put it on your back and carry it into an ag field with a few cold ones or leave it on the driver’s seat next to your binos with some windshield time. The Hopper M20 Backpack will go wherever you want to go.
$325 | yeti.com
ALPS Outdoorz – Vault Blind Bag
If you can’t fit all your gear into your blind bag, it’s not your Vault. Blind bags mostly fall in the same category: too damned small. The Vault Blind Bag hits an innovational sweet spot. The Vault will comfortably haul a horde of waterfowl gear and you can confidently secure it with the stowaway tree straps that offer 62” of length to reach around most trees. The oversized, padded waist belt affords high-quality comfort, and acts as a secondary tree anchor reaching 66”. Rely on the cleverly designed internal shelf to quickly access in-hunt items and stow unused gear or extra shells below when the shelf is deployed. The oversized hold-open shell pocket will easily hold 2+ boxes of live or empty shells. Brave the elements and tame the thickest brush with rugged 600D external fabric and structured interior.
$230 | alpsoutdoorz.com
Slayer Duck Calls
Tried and true is great, but a flashy new duck or goose call can light a fire for dad. Last season we used the Drake Slayer Double and Single reed acrylic duck calls to talk dirty mama mallard and pulled in wigeon, gaddies, pintail and oh yeah, all those greenheads too. They both performed well on multiple hunts in several states for a mix of species in a range of weather conditions. They're some of the easiest calls we’ve run, and beginners will love the double reed. The single reed reaches high volumes, tones, and pitches that seasoned hunters will appreciate. These American-made calls have a superior tone from the high end all the way down to the bottom. From open water hails to quiet timber whispers, you’re ready to suck in waterfowl in any terrain.
$134 | slayercalls.com