As the final weekend of this season’s 2018 Christmas shopping season arrives, do you need a few last minute gift ideas for the Texoma outdoors enthusiast on your list? If so, read on!


For the whitetail or big game bowhunter on your list, there are plenty of great Christmas gift ideas over at Big O’s Archery Shop in Sherman. The shop will be open on Saturday at 1520 Texoma Parkway — call 903-870-2114 for information on store hours.


According to owner Orvie Cantrell, Jr., gift ideas for Christmas Day include a new bow delivered by Santa. In fact, with rave nationwide reviews since it was introduced just a few weeks ago, Cantrell says it’s hard to go wrong with the new Mathews Vertix bow.


“Anyone that shot last years Mathews Triax bow model would find it hard to believe that this years new Vertix model is even smoother, faster, has less vibration, and is even quieter,” said Cantrell. “But it is. And it also has new Switchweight technology that allows bow (draw) weight changes without changing limbs.


“BowTech hit a home run this year as well,” he added. “Improving on last years popular Realm model without sacrificing smoothness or accuracy, they actually boosted the bow’s arrow speed to 352 feet per second!”


Add in the new Hoyt REDWRX Carbon RX-1 Turbo (carbon riser) and the Hoyt Helix ZT Pro (aluminum riser) and there are even more bow options to put under the tree next week.


Personally, I’m kind of hoping to see a traditional recurve bow or a long bow under the tree in a few more days. One like the Bear recurves that Cantrell carries or the Texas made recurve that he sells for about $150 bucks.


If you’re still not sure what the bowhunter on your list might want, Cantrell notes that there are plenty of smaller options like hunting knives, Surefire flashlights, and even small profile game cameras. And he says not to forget that gift certificates are becoming more popular each Christmas shopping season.


I’d also add that Cantrell carries a full line of SITKA Gear whitetail clothing, items like the amazing Fanatic jacket that is perfect for cold late season hunts. And thanks to medications I regularly take, it’s tailor made for me too since I’m a guy who can get cold in the middle of a Texas summertime.


With a quiet Berber fleece face, a GORE WINDSTOPPER barrier, body-mapped Primaloft Silver Insulation, a diagonal-zip design, a zippered front muff, a magnetic closure rangefinder pocket, a safety harness pass-through port, and internal gasketed cuffs, the Fanatic jacket might be the best piece of late season bowhunting gear that you can find on the market.


If you’re looking for a knife of any type, it’s hard to go wrong with anything made in Denison by Charles and Jodi Allen and the rest of the Knives of Alaska gang. These highly respected outdoor cutlery products are among the best hunting knives that money can buy in my humble opinion.


For the duck hunter or upland bird hunter on your list, I’ll say again that I’m a big fan of the KOA Bird/Trout Sure-Grip folder. For deer hunters, there is also the Cub Bear caping knife, the Legacy fixed blade, or the Brown Bear Cleaver/Cub Bear Caping Knife combo set.


For information on such KOA products, visit the company’s website at www.knivesofalaska.com, phone them at 903-786-7366, or drop by for a visit at 3100 Airport Drive in Denison. And while you’re visiting with the Allen’s about their fine KOA products, also be sure to inquire about their top-of-the-line DiamondBlade cutlery products too (www.diamondbladeknives.com).


There are plenty of other spots to shop for a bowhunter this weekend, from Academy Sports + Outdoors, Dave’s Ski & Tackle, Walmart, Orscheln’s, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, etc. Other Christmas gift and stocking stuffer ideas at such spots include Browning trail cameras; arrow pullers; bag or 3D targets; treestand bow holders; EZ Climb treesteps; a bow hoist rope; SD cards for trail cameras; SD card carrying cases; headlamps; toboggans; bow stabilizers; bow releases; and even a limb saw or a tree saw.


Got a bass fisherman on your list? Well, it’s always hard to beat a YETI Rambler to carry around your favorite beverage. Lures are always good stocking stuffer ideas, baits that include squarebill crankbaits; diving crankbaits (shallow, medium and deep diving); suspending jerkbaits; spinnerbaits; jigs; and topwater baits. Bags of soft plastics can be good choices as can spools of monofilament, fluorocarbon and braided line.


If there is a duck hunter on your list, give consideration to the following ideas: a SITKA Gear Delta Wading Jacket in Optifade Timber; SITKA Gear Gore-Tex waders; a YETI thermos bottle and/or a YETI Rambler cup; a Primos High Roller Whistle Duck Call; a Sure-Shot Game Calls Yentzen One2 duck call; duck call lanyards; fleece gloves; face masks; a game-hauler/duck strap; boxes of #2 shot, three-inch non-toxic shotgun shell loads by Winchester, Remington, Federal, Kent, and/or HEVI-Shot. Also consider a camouflage floating shotgun case; a 60-count container of Rem Oil towlettes; or a new duck hunting shotgun like the Benelli Super Black Eagle 3.


Hopefully a few of these ideas will help jolly old St. Nicholas finish off the holiday shopping just in time for next week’s arrival of Christmas Day.


And with that, as your family prepares to gather around the tree this year to see what Santa has left behind, let me take this time to wish you and all of those dear to you a very merry Christmas!