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Russ, Archer talk about what hunters want for Christmas

A Browning .270 Short Mag is a gun with more fire power to hit larger targets with force. (Brittney Lohmiller / The Natchez Democrat)
A Browning .270 Short Mag is a gun with more fire power to hit larger targets with force. (Brittney Lohmiller / The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — Christmas is right around the corner, and it runs perfectly in the middle of deer season.

Christmas is the perfect time to save up and give a husband, wife, child, relative or friend a gift that would definitely be put to use this season.

Avid hunters Jason Archer and Kurt Russ recently discussed what hunters, and specifically themselves, would want for the holidays going into the last two months of deer-hunting season.

The easiest way to figure out what to buy a hunter, Russ said, is by knowing what every hunter dreams about.

“What every hunter wants for Christmas is a buck of a lifetime, but how do you get that?” Russ said. “That’s the secret.”

In order to get the buck of a lifetime, a hunter would need some serious firepower.

A Meopta Meostar R1 scope can be used on top of most guns. Local hunter Jason Archer said it is better to have a top-of-the-line scope than a high-priced gun. (Brittney Lohmiller / Then Natchez Democrat)
A Meopta Meostar R1 scope can be used on top of most guns. Local hunter Jason Archer said it is better to have a top-of-the-line scope than a high-priced gun. (Brittney Lohmiller / Then Natchez Democrat)

“In my opinion, the best caliber gun is a 270 short mag,” Russ said. “With a big clip on the AR gun, you can get just about any caliber. I would love to have a .308 and an AR.”

But if one is stuck between buying a good gun or a good scope, Russ said, it’s an easy decision.

“A good scope on the gun itself is as important or more important,” he said. “You can have a really inexpensive gun, and a great scope would be great.”

For Archer, there are several other items other than guns that would make a great gift for a hunter.

“A flashlight is great, and there are different kinds depending on price,” Archer said. “My favorite is made by Stream Light. It’s a Stream Light Stinger LED.

“(A flashlight is important because) hunters usually go out before daylight and hunt until dark, so you have to find your way in and out of the woods.”

Archer also said a sharp knife is something every hunter could use to cut and skin a deer.

A KA BAR Kraton G serrated knife is good for hunters to cut and skin animals. (Brittney Lohmiller / The Natchez Democrat)
A KA BAR Kraton G serrated knife is good for hunters to cut and skin animals. (Brittney Lohmiller / The Natchez Democrat)

Though giving a hunter a gun, scope or flashlight seems simple, there are other items that non-hunters haven’t heard of, but Archer said it could be a great unexpected gift.

“I would want an Ozonic Machine, it’s a human scent eliminator,” Archer said. “You put that in the tree above you, and it blanks your scent and keeps animals from being able to smell you.

“They can pick you up a good way, so this thing takes your scent and pushes it to the ground.”

Russ said there is an unlimited number of options of items for hunters.

“The hunting industry has got to be a several hundred million dollar industry, and they’re gadgets from lures, to calls to clothing and there’s all types of things,” he said.

If all else fails, Russ said spending money on something someone is not sure is right for a hunter can be stressful, so there is an easier route to take.

“My suggestion to a wife or child to buy a hunter something is to get a gift certificate and let them go and get it themselves,” Russ said.

With Christmas just a few days away, it’s not too late to stop by a local outdoors store and pick up a thoughtful gift for the avid hunter.