Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Two must have gifts for under $50 each!

In just over a week from now most of us guys are going to be stretched out somewhere trying to recover from our food comas as our wives gear up for a night out on the town on Black Friday.  I have been getting some great reviews and feedback about the bucks we have had on our blog and I promise there are a lot more big bucks and bulls to come, but with the Christmas season fast approaching I wanted to mix things up and give the girls some helpful ammunition as they search out gifts for us!  Speaking of feedback...yes girls, I will try to give the guys some gift ideas for you as well!  As times are tough these days I have found a few gifts that are great for those of us on a tight budget...but I also have a few favorite items that I think I will have to share as well, so stay tuned over the next few weeks!

Today I want to share with you a couple of my most useful, inexpensive tools I own and use as a hunter.  A few years ago I bought my first "Wyoming Knife", and not long after the "Wyoming Saw."  First, let's talk about the Wyoming Knife. 

The Wyoming Knife is an amazing tool for field dressing an animal, as it opens the animal up like pulling a zipper.  It is by far the fastest knife I have used for performing this task.  A two in one tool, the knife has two blades, one acts as a "gut hook" the other is a skinning blade.  I love the convenient finger loops that allow for a firm, safe hold on the knife.  And for the price, it can't be beat!  With the nylon case that I wear on my belt, the knife normally runs around $20, and I have found them in Sportsman's Warehouse as well as Cabelas.  Currently you can pick them up on sale at the Cabela's website for $14.99!  You can also order replacement blades when needed, and it does come with one extra blade when you buy it.

The Wyoming Saw has been a huge time saver for me when it comes to elk!  I love how well the saw performs, how light it is, it's durability, and how quickly it can be assembled.  The saw comes with 2 blades, a meat blade and a bone blade.  I can't begin to tell you the time difference this makes in quartering an elk versus trying to make it all work with only a knife!  I also use it for butchering at home.  The collapsible saw does come with a carrying case that can attach to your belt, but I find it just a little to long and bulky for that.  However, I carry it in my pack, where it takes up very little room and adds very little weight to the pack.  You can also find the saw at either Cabela's or Sportsman's warehouse at a pretty fairly matched price in either store.  Cabela's website lists the saw at $32.99 with the nylon case.  Also available is the Wyoming Saw II which  features an 18 and 1/2 inch blade versus the 11 inch blade of the regular Wyoming Saw.  The Wyoming Saw II is listed at $42.99 on Cabela's website. 

Both the saw and the knife can be purchased with leather cases for an additional charge.  There are a lot of similar products out there that I have heard great reviews on, for example Gerber makes a field dressing kit complete with gut hook knifes and field saws.  You can find more information on those items at either sporting goods stores mentioned above, as well as Cal Ranch and Ace in Cedar City.  Still, for the price and quality it's a hard product to beat!  My Grandma had me get the set for my Grandpa a couple of years ago and he said it was one of the best gifts he had ever received!

Be sure to check back this week as we talk about some more great gift ideas, and showcase some more bucks and bulls!

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