Got a hunter or an angler on your Christmas gift shopping list?

Got a hunter or an angler on your Christmas gift shopping list?


Then you probably know that it’s t-minus five days and counting until the big day next week.


If you’re scrambling to play catch-up after last week’s ice storm or due to the hustle and bustle of the season, then consider these gift ideas as you shop between now and Dec. 24th:


DiamondBlade Meridian Knife — Denison knife maker Charles Allen did it again this year, hitting a home run in the world of hunting cutlery. That came thanks to his DiamondBlade knife company’s new Meridian model, a drop point blade made of 440C stainless steel bolster. How good is it? Good enough for the company’s fourth Field & Stream "Best of the Best" award in seven years. If Santa leaves the Meridian under the tree, it’s sure to be a big hit. (DiamondBlade, 3100 Airport Drive, Denison; www.diamondbladeknives.com; 903-786-8044).


Knives of Alaska Jaeger Boning Knife — Named after the German word for hunter, this is one of the best caping and boning knives on the market. Strong, lightweight, and sleek, the stag-handled Jaeger features non-slip ridges on the back of the blade and individual finger grooves on the front of the handle. Those features give a hunter total control as he works a cape off the hide or cuts meat for the freezer. (Knives of Alaska, 3100 Airport Drive, Denison; www.knivesofalaska.com; 903-786-8044).


Mathews Monster Chill — In the aftermath of "Icemageddon 2013" with temps in the 20s and 30s along with 2-4" of sleet on the ground, I guess there’s not a better gift to suggest for the bowhunter on your list than the Mathews Monster Chill. With the legendary bow maker’s perimeter weighted Dyad AVS cam system, the Chill is one of the smoothest shooting two-cam bows ever made. With lightning fast arrow speeds and the bow’s ridiculously light weight, you can’t go wrong with the Chill. (Big O’s Archery, Sherman: www.bigoarchery.com; 903-870-2114).


BowTech Carbon Knight — At just 3.2 pounds, this is perhaps the lightest high-grade bow ever made. But don’t let its weight fool you — it shoots like a big-league champ. With the bow’s "Knight Riser" fashioned from a durable carbon fiber material, the Carbon Knight has a brace height of seven inches and an axle-to-axle length of 32 inches. With adjustable draw lengths and weights, this Knight can checkmate the "King of the Local Woods" buck with blistering IBO arrow speeds of 330 feet per second. (Big O’s Archery, Sherman www.bigoarchery.com; 903-870-2114).


Easton Hexx Arrows — Every year when I think that the Easton Archery engineers can’t top their latest and greatest carbon arrow creation, they do. This time, it’s the Easton Hexx arrows, the flattest shooting, ultra light, small diameter, and deepest penetrating carbon arrow ever made. Check a dozen out and see if you don’t agree. (Bullzeye Outdoors, Sherman: www.bullzeye.us; 903-816-2925).


H2O Express Mettle Max-4 Camo Reel — With a one-piece aluminum frame, a forged aluminum spool, high strength alloy gears, a six-pin centrifugal braking system, and 10-ball bearings, this reel is as good as many costing four and five times as much. Add in the fact that it is also available in Realtree Max-4 camouflage and you’ve got a "can’t miss" gift idea for the bass angler on your list. (Academy, Sherman: www.academy.com; 903-813-3860).


Duck Commander Teal Hen Call — Got a duck hunter on your list? Then put a Duck Commander teal hen call in his or her stocking. Those soft, staccato quacks from teal are just the ticket during the late season to help lure in a flock of seasoned mallards over your decoy spread for a closer look. And when they swing by, tell them that Phil, Willie, Jase, and Uncle Si said "Hi." (Gander Mountain, Sherman: www.gandermountain.com; 903-815-8585).


Strike King KVD Squarebill Kit — When Kevin VanDam won the 2011 Bassmaster Classic, it was hip to be square — a squarebill crankbait, that is (my apologies to Huey Lewis). KVD won his fourth Classic using Strike King squarebill cranks like the 12 baits contained in this kit available at Bass Pro Shops. With five silent running 1.5 cranks, three 1.5 rattling cranks, three 2.5 silent cranks, and one 2.5 rattling crank, this might be the ticket to your angler’s first big bass of 2014. (Bass Pro Shops: Grapevine 972-724-2018 or Garland 469-221-2600; www.basspro.com).


RNT Bocote Daisy Slayer Diablo Duck Call — A single-reed duck call that will bring the greenheads in really close, so close that even I can’t miss, this duck call is designed by Rich-N-Tone president and three-time world duck calling champ John Stephens. Made of bocote-wood, the new Daisy Slayer is loud and raspy on the top end and whisper-quiet soft on the bottom end. (Cabelas: Allen 214-383-0502 or Ft. Worth 817-337-2400; www.cabelas.com).


Orvis Clearwater Eight-Weight Combo — Interested in catching Texoma striped bass on the fly? Lake Fork largemouth? Texas Gulf Coast redfish? Then Orvis has a deal for you, the Clearwater 908-4 (nine-foot, four piece, eight-weight) fly rod and reel combo. It has enough backbone to fight the big fish, enough punch to power a fly line with a big fly on the end, and the ability to make pin-point presentations. All in a packaged set that will not break the bank. (Orvis: Plano 972-596-7529)or Dallas 214-265-1600; www.orvis.com).