If your mom is anything like mine, she’s doing a little extra worrying these days. So you’d better not forget to do something thoughtful this Mother’s Day. If you’re short on cash or a gift won’t arrive in time with the current shipping delays (definitely not because you remembered too late), make her something. You could turn a friction-call striker, make a para-cord turkey tote (try blaze orange—moms are usually sticklers for safety), or print out a bunch of her favorite family hunting and fishing photos and slip them in an album. If you’re not the crafting type, break out the back straps you’ve been saving and cook her dinner, even if you have to sit on the other side of the porch. If you’d rather buy her a gift, check out our new favorites for hunting moms.
1. Camp Chef 4-Piece Carving Set
Most good cooks are picky about the tools they use, and the knives at deer camp—or the sad paring knives in your car-camping kitchen box—usually leave something to be desired. That’s what makes this portable set from Camp Chef so great. It’s got the essentials for grilling (tongs) and slicing (two knives), plus a carving fork for when you’ve got a fancier setup.
2. Lacrosse Hail Call Waders
Maybe Mom’s favorite waders are springing leaks, and she could use a new pair. Or maybe she’s been wanting to come shoot ducks with you for a while now, but everyone’s waders are too big for her to borrow. Either way, be sure to get her a women’s-specific pair, since the boots and the fit will make all the difference.
3. Garmin Fenix 5S Plus
The Fenix is the ultimate smartwatch, and it’s got every bell and whistle a hunter could ever want, including pre-loaded topo maps, navigation, and more. (The S model has a down-sized bezel, which makes it a great option for anyone with a smaller wrist.) Best of all, the Fenix is on sale for Mother’s Day.
4. LOWA Explorer GTX Mids
If your mom has been dreaming about a new pair of hunting boots, now’s the time to get her some. She can wear them while hiking and scouting this summer, and they’ll be perfectly broken-in come fall. These new mid-height boots from LOWA are ideal for packing into the back country (though she’ll probably want something stiffer if she’s hunting steep terrain), and they’re also just right for trips into her favorite, farthest public-land spots.
5. Magellan Outdoors Lodge Socks
The official initiation into adulthood doesn’t happen when you turn 18, or even 21. It happens when someone gifts you a pair of socks and you’re actually happy about it. And if you’re going to get your mom socks for working from home or camp this fall, it should be these. They look like ordinary socks, but the only word for them is plush. They’re soft and thick, and come in patterns that fit right in at camp—sort of like slippers, but without the robe-lady look.