Father’s Day favorites for outdoorsmen embody lures, garments, kayaks

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With Father’s Day fast approaching on June 19th, it’s time to make sure the outdoorsy people in your life get something to appreciate.

If dad and grandpa enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking, there are endless options when it comes to shopping.

There are many items that athletes need to purchase on a regular basis.

For example, if he likes to hunt, you might want to help him get his hunting license for the new year, which starts on July 1st. Just remember, if your hunter is 65 or older, they may already have a lifetime senior license.

A gift that may be hard to find but appreciated is shotgun shells or rifle cartridges for his favorite deer rifle. Sporting goods stores are starting to get more ammo supplies, but supply shortages, more than a year after the coronavirus pandemic, are still a problem.

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If you’re not sure what to buy or are looking for something else, go to your local sporting goods store. Your employees are people who also like being in nature and can give you the right advice.

One shop in Pennsylvania that I discovered is Dunkelberger’s Sports Outfitters in Stroudsburg. The company was founded in 1972 and today has a full line of everything related to outdoor recreation. About 10 years ago they opened a second store in Brodheadsville.

“In the last two years with the pandemic … people are getting out into nature and finding out how much fun it is to be out there hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and all that stuff to do. It was a win-win situation. People go outside and be with nature. It’s simply good for the soul,” says Michael Fritz, Vice President at Dunkelberger, in a telephone interview.

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He said that some gifts that outdoor people keep buying include targets for shooting, bait and bait for fishing, and hikers need walking sticks, gloves, boots and socks.

He also recommended rain gear and insulated clothing to keep your outdoorsman comfortable in changing weather conditions.

“There’s a plethora of things that you can get for someone who is into nature,” Fritz said.

For those who enjoy spending time in the water or just soaking up the sun, there are several lines of lightweight clothing that offer protection from the sun without adding bulk. “You’re not as hot as you think you are,” he said of long-sleeve shirt options that wick moisture away from your skin.

He said the clothes also dry quickly when they get wet.

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If you like being on the water, he said: “Kayaking has been quite popular over the past two years, where you can get out…fish and paddle around lakes and rivers. It’s pretty quiet. It’s nice to be on the water.”

Another popular gift idea is Yeti mugs and coolers. He said they keep your drinks colder than traditional similar items. “You can have ice water in the morning and still have ice water after 4 p.m. They’re a great product,” Fritz said of the drinkware.

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Father’s Day is about showing appreciation and spending time together as a family. Another gift idea is to create an experience. Pick up a gift certificate to shoot skeet at a local shooting range, plan a fishing trip, or rent kayaks for the family at your local state park.

I hope these ideas will help you find the right idea to make the upcoming vacation a memorable one.

Brian Whipkey is the outdoor columnist for USA TODAY Network’s websites in Pennsylvania. Contact him at [email protected] and sign up for our weekly Go Outdoors PA newsletter via email on your website home page using your login name. Follow him on social media @whipkeyoutdoors.