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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Holiday gift ideas for the anglers, hunters and target shooters on your list

Is there an angler, hunter or target shooter on your holiday shopping list?

New gear is always an appreciated gift. Below are some items they would like to find under the tree on Christmas morning:

The Z Man Turbo Crawz(Photo provided)

• For the bass angler, advanced plastic baits from Z Man Fishing.

Their proprietary manufacturing process created ElaZtech® material, which is soft and pliable, yet much tougher than traditional soft plastics, resisting nicks, cuts, and tears, for higher fish-per-bait ratios.

This unique material is super buoyant, creating a more visible, lifelike, and attractive target to gamefish. Unlike most other soft plastic baits, ElaZtech contains no PVC, plastisol or phthalates, and is non-toxic.

Their lineup of plastics includes swim baits, jerk baits, worms, lizards, creature baits and grubs.

The Z Man Turbo Crawz is a 4-inch bait that can be flipped or pitched on a jig head, or used as a trailer on the chatter bait or spinner bait. Available in more than 10 colors, a six-pack retails for $4.49.

Buy online directly from Z Man Fishing off their website www.zmanfishing.com, or at a Cabela’s store, or from their website www.cabelas.com.

• For the bowhunter and bow fisherman, the 2019 Mission Switch compound bow, by Mathews Archery.

The 2019 Mission Switch compound bow, by Mathews Archery, is a highly-adjustable, versatile bow (Photo provided)

This highly-adjustable, versatile bow is ideal for the young archer who is still growing, the old timer who wants to hunt deer but can’t handle heavy draw weights anymore, and the two-season archer who wants to shoot fish during the summer months.

A completely redesigned cam system enables maximum performance throughout the wide range of draw length and draw weight adjustments.

The draw length is adjustable in half-inch increments from 18 to 30 inches, and the draw weight adjustment ranges from 10 to 70 pounds.

Archers can choose a wide range of draw weights based on their draw length, which makes the bow ideal for bow fishing.

Shooting fish at depths of one to six feet deep, a draw weight of about 30 pounds provides enough kinetic energy for all but the largest fish.

With the bow set for a 28-inch draw length, which is typical for an average size adult, the draw weight adjustment ranges from 29 to 70 pounds, which means deer and fish can be shot with the same bow.

Other specifications on the Mission Switch are an axle-to-axle length of 31 inches, a weight of 3.84 pounds, and a string let-off adjustment of up to 80 percent.

The all-new bow from Mission has an ergonomic riser, paired with a slim grip design, and 6 7/8-inch brace height.

Available finishes include Realtree Original, and Black.

This high-tech wonder is value priced at just $399.

For more information on the Mission Switch, and to find a local retailer, visit their website at missionarchery.com.

The Howard Leight by Honeywell UVEX Hypershock shooting glasses ideal for target shooting, sighting in firearms, and hunting. (Photo provided)

• For the firearms enthusiast, high-quality safety eyewear ideal for target shooting, sighting in firearms and hunting.

The Howard Leight by Honeywell UVEX Hypershock shooting glasses are lightweight, with a matte black, wrap-around frame design, streamlined padded temples and molded nosepiece, for a secure, comfortable fit.

Amber, red, gray and blue lens tints are also available. Glasses with Hydroshield Anti-Fog Coating are fog-free in hot, humid conditions.

Lenses are scratch resistant, impact resistant, and offer 99.9 percent protection from harmful UVA and UVB ultraviolet radiation.

The various models of the shooting glasses range in price from about $14 to $30.

To buy online, visit www.amazon.com.

The Muzzy MX-3, 100-grain broadhead. (Photo provided)

• For the bowhunter, a 3-pack of Muzzy MX-3, 100-grain broadheads, ideal for deer or elk.

This broadhead has a 1 1/4-inch cutting diameter, but a shorter profile, for improved accuracy at today’s faster arrow speeds.

Other features include an anodized aluminum ferrule, standard screw-in insert, .025 thick replaceable blades, and Muzzy’s patented Trocar Tip.

An assembled 3-pack sells for $26.95.

For more information, or to buy online, visit www.feradyne.com.


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Art Lander Jr. is outdoors editor for KyForward. He is a native Kentuckian, a graduate of Western Kentucky University and a life-long hunter, angler, gardener and nature enthusiast. He has worked as a newspaper columnist, magazine journalist and author and is a former staff writer for Kentucky Afield Magazine, editor of the annual Kentucky Hunting & Trapping Guide and Kentucky Spring Hunting Guide, and co-writer of the Kentucky Afield Outdoors newspaper column.

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