By BUSTER WOLFE
'Tis the season for credit cards and personal checks. With the official opening of Christmas buying on Friday, hunters and fishers are looking for their special presents under the tree this year.
For those shoppers who need a little help before Santa arrives, here are a few ideas:
n Under Armour ($24.99-64.99; www.underarmour.com): Under Armour is the originator of performance apparel - gear engineered to keep athletes cool, dry and light throughout the course of a game, practice or workout. The technology behind Under Armour's assortment for men, women and youth is complex, but the program for reaping the benefits is simple: wear HeatGear when it's hot, ColdGear when it's cold, and AllSeasonGear between the extremes.
The moisture-wicking fabric is engineered in many different designs and styles for wear in nearly every climate. The shirts and pants can provide a base layer for more hunting apparel or serve as the main layer in different situations.
n Dead Down Wind Laundry Detergent ($12.95): Dead Down Wind has revolutionized the scent elimination industry through a bio-engineered process known as enzyme scent prevention. Through this process a strand of enzymes is created that targets human bacteria - the source of human odor. Cover sprays try to mask these odors. Carbon clothing tries to contain it. The enzymes in Dead Down Wind actually prevent odor-causing bacteria from forming - maintaining a zero scent environment.
Dead Down Wind ScentPrevent Laundry Detergent is an effective detergent for hunting and carbon apparel. The ScentPrevent enzyme formula eliminates human odors. With added UV inhibitors, camouflage patterns will not fade, even after repeated washings.
n C'Mere Deer concentrate ($34.95 for half-gallon): C'Mere Deer is an effective deer attractant. The hunter or land manager can use it as a management tool to learn population formation and as a harvesting tool.
For maximum dilution rate, mix contents at a ratio of up to one quart of concentrate per one gallon of non-chlorinated water. For optimal performance, mix contents at a ratio of one quart of C'Mere Deer concentrate to one-half gallon of non-chlorinated water. Apply a mist or pour C'Mere Deer directly on the food source or at a location to attract deer.
n Rich-N-Tone Acrylic Original duck call ($139.99; rntcalls.com): The RNT Acrylic Original is chosen for its sound as well as its stability over the years of harsh hunting conditions. Acrylic is more dense than wood and will produce a much sharper and louder sound. Each piece of acrylic is turned down, polished, and tuned to the RNT specifications. The RNT single-reed acrylic call has been a guide favorite for years as well as capturing hundreds of calling championships.
In 1976, Butch Richenback, 1972 World Champion and 1975 Champion of Champions duck caller, began whittling on a block of wood that he later shaped into his first duck call, that established the foundations for Rich-N-Tone Duck Calls.
n "The Fishing Club: Brothers and Sisters of the Angle" ($24.95; www.bobrichbooks.com and www.richs.com): Bob Rich, who pursues his fishing passion near his home in Islamorada in the Florida Keys, has a lot of friends who fish. From President George H.W. Bush's fish savvy to baseball Hall-of-Famer Ted Williams' best fishing day ever, Rich has gathered fishing stories from several notable anglers; a group as diverse as they are insightful to the ways of the world.
Rich's excursions explore the beginnings of Don Tyson, former president of Tyson Foods, who now fishes for 1,000-pound black marlins in the tradition of Zane Grey and Ernest Hemingway. He learns how outdoor legend Bill Dance first realized the importance of proper fly presentation. English adventurer John Bailey has 30 books on fishing to his name; Andy Mill is a champion ski racer and star of the Outdoor Life Network's award-winning Sportsman's Journal; and Sandy Moret is a saltwater fly fishing guru and founder of the Florida Keys Fly Fishing School.
The proceeds from Rich's book are being donated to the 13 favorite charities of the 14 anglers in the book, among them The Jimmy Fund, The Cleveland Clinic Heart Center, St. Jude's Hospital, CF Foundation, the IGFA and SIFE.
n Surefire G2 Nitrolon ($39.99; www.surefire.com): A compact (palm-size) high-intensity incandescent flashlight for tactical, self-defense, and general use with a tough polymer body. It puts out a smooth, brilliant, pre-focused tactical-level beam with four times the light of a two D-cell flashlight - bright enough to temporarily blind and disorient a person by impairing out his night-adapted vision. Light output may be nearly doubled with optional P61 lamp. Small size, lightweight and high output make it an everyday-carry light. Models are available in black, olive drab, tan, yellow with a switch lockout that prevents accidental activation during transport or storage.
n Leaf River DC-6SS 6.3 Scouting Camera with Super-Sized View Screen ($329.99; myleafriver.com): The camera takes full-color still images with up to 6.3-megapixel quality that can be viewed on the 2.4-inch screen. The photo can be magnified up to 4X with the ability to pan in any direction. The DC-6SS internal memory stores up to 50 images, or a CompactFlash media card can store hundreds more.
Color video clips from 3 to 90 seconds can be recorded during the day, and an enhanced long-range flash captures quality stills at night. The early detection PIR sensor has five detection zones to trigger the camera just after game enters the picture window, increasing the time for the camera to respond. Motion sensitivity and the pause time between pictures are adjustable. The camera has a USB cable for downloading pictures to a computer, photo-editing software, an RCA cable for viewing on a TV, steel mounting bracket, mounting strap, steel security bar and an instructional DVD. It is powered by four D and three C batteries. The sturdy case is covered in in Mossy Oak Break-Up camo.