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Old 09-15-2021, 12:17 PM   #1
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Need some help on birthday gift recommendations from you guys/ladies. Our son turns 13 and looking at what we can get him. Loves to hunt and fish. Letís hear your ideas!!! Hard to buy when they have almost everything related to hunting and fishing.


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Old 09-15-2021, 12:22 PM   #2
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Old 09-15-2021, 12:22 PM   #3
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Buy him a custom knife. One of a kind. He may not appreciate fine craftsmanship now but one day he will.
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Old 09-15-2021, 12:24 PM   #4
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Hunting or fishing trip

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Old 09-15-2021, 12:24 PM   #5
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If he doesn't already have it, get him a lifetime hunting/fishing license... That's a gift that he will always remember and use AND it will save him untold thousands of dollars over his lifetime!
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Old 09-15-2021, 12:25 PM   #6
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Lifetime hunting license, or fishing, or both but that gets pricey. He may not appreciate it now but he will later on.
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Old 09-15-2021, 12:28 PM   #7
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That is about the age I was when my dad got me my Benelli 12 gauge to graduate me up from the 20 gauge. I'm 30 now and I took that gun teal hunting yesterday. Or something he wont appreciate now, but will when he is older is lifetime hunting/fishing license!
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Old 09-15-2021, 12:32 PM   #8
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A nice shotgun that he can keep.
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Old 09-15-2021, 12:41 PM   #9
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Bought my son a Buckmark .22 pistol when he turned 13
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Old 09-15-2021, 12:42 PM   #10
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Do you have a price range you are wanting to stay in? I agree that the lifetime license is a great idea (I wish my dad did it for me) but he probably won't appreciate it until he is older. A few other ideas are below:

High price limit:
Nice shotgun/rifle
A hunting trip for a bucket list animal

Medium price limit:
Custom knife
Quality binoculars
Rangefinder
Quality rod/reel combo
Taxidermy for animal/fish

Low price limit:
Hemingway books
TK & Mike DVD collection
Make him a set of rattling horns with leather wraps
Quality production knife
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Old 09-15-2021, 12:44 PM   #11
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Lifetime combo license. I wished I would have done it for mine when they were that age.
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Old 09-15-2021, 12:45 PM   #12
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Start him a roth retirement account. Let him continue to contribute to it. When he's ready to retire, he will be a very wealthy man! Also a nice custom knife to go with it. Both gifts will last a lifetime!

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Old 09-15-2021, 12:48 PM   #13
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Lots of good ideas. Lifetime license and his first bank account!
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Old 09-15-2021, 01:01 PM   #14
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Buy him a custom knife. One of a kind. He may not appreciate fine craftsmanship now but one day he will.
That's what I did for my boys. Get with one of the knife makers (Jank was awsome) and customize the knife and sheath a bit. My boys are late 20's now and still love whipping their custom knives out when skinning time comes. If you want to spend the money, a lifetime hunting license is also pretty awesome. Especially if they take jobs out of state when they are older.
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Old 09-15-2021, 01:08 PM   #15
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Good ideas, keep them coming.

This bucket list animal will be his gift for graduation from high school for sure. Not sure about one right now.

Since lots of you guys talking about lifetime license, we do a lot of hunting in Oklahoma since that is where I am from. The out of state lifetime will need some saving up.

He has a lot of guns passed down from my dad to him (new one never hearts). He has a savings account but thatís it right now.

He has a kayak and lots of fishing stuff. I have never regretted buying him anything hunting or fishing related. Problem is seem to be running out of options.


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Old 09-15-2021, 01:15 PM   #16
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Snake boots, quality binoculars or scope
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Old 09-15-2021, 01:15 PM   #17
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maybe a digital night vision scope that also works in the day and records video (something like the Wraith). Then he can record all his hunts and share with his buddies.

a good custom skinning knife will last forever

does he have a good bow?

game cameras

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Old 09-15-2021, 01:18 PM   #18
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Old 09-15-2021, 01:19 PM   #19
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Old 09-15-2021, 01:21 PM   #20
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Considering:

Cell camera so he could get pics (I gave in to wife and added him a phone line)

New bow

New shotgun

New fishing pole/reel

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Old 09-15-2021, 01:22 PM   #21
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A ps5

He already lost is ps4 a while back, so not sure Iím going to get him a 5. I donít like game consoles very much.


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Old 09-15-2021, 01:23 PM   #22
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Sounds like he's got "stuff". I'd opt for a hunting or fishing experience. Hire a guide on Lake Fork or go on a hunt together.

My son talks much more about our experiences than any of the things we bought him.
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Old 09-15-2021, 01:26 PM   #23
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Well, becoming 13 is sort of a right of passage... maybe a trip out with the men... fishing or hunting, you know, just one of the guys now... My dad did that with me and my brother... We went fishing, and I was the boat captain... and they did what I wanted for a whole 4 day weekend... That weekend stands out as one of the most memorable experiences of my life to this day...
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Old 09-15-2021, 01:28 PM   #24
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Does he have a subscription to one of those fishing boxes like mystery tackle box? My son enjoyed that when he was that age and ate up with fishing.

Maybe a Gopro so he can video his hunts and fishing trips. I know alot of kids are into posting things on youtube. Since he has a kayak, you can get him rigged up with the special mounts for the camera on his kayak.

Or his own pair of Costas?
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Old 09-15-2021, 01:51 PM   #25
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I say take him & some friends out paintballing
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Old 09-15-2021, 02:39 PM   #26
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Guided fishing trip and lots of pics.
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Old 09-15-2021, 02:47 PM   #27
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I think I guided fishing trip would be great.
Maybe a bowfishing or flounder gigging trip.
He's old enough now that he'll definitely remember the trip.

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Old 09-15-2021, 02:52 PM   #28
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Dirt bike….Ha! I was thinking the exact same thing!
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Old 09-15-2021, 02:57 PM   #29
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Lots of good ideas here. I'm thankful my parents bought my lifetime license when I graduated college as a gift. It doesn't sound like that's an option right now but if that does become one it's hard to beat.

There's a number of bows that are really slick these days that have a broad range of draw weights/lengths. There's one by Bowtech (think it's called the Amplify) that goes from 7-70lbs and 21"-30" draw. I remember getting a real bow about his age and the bug has been with me ever since, and he would certainly be able to use it for the foreseeable future. Good luck!
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Old 09-15-2021, 03:01 PM   #30
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An old classic car or truck...y'all have 3 years to restore it
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Old 09-15-2021, 03:13 PM   #31
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I bought two of my boys atv's at that age and the other got a dirt bike. It's their first taste of freedom.
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Old 09-15-2021, 03:17 PM   #32
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Experience / memory maker..... at 13 he will definitely remember.
Coastal fishing, gigging, dove hunt are all great right now
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Old 09-15-2021, 03:30 PM   #33
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Definitely an experience

If he's really into fishing, maybe a starter fly rod. I wish I would have started when I was 13
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Old 09-15-2021, 03:31 PM   #34
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Cool fishing/adventuring kayak
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Old 09-15-2021, 03:37 PM   #35
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My 12 yo told me last weekend he wants a black F250 lol. I bought him a dirtbike last year for his bday. Hes kind of outgrown it and now he wants to sell it to get a 4 wheeler. I bought myself a dirtbike off craigslist when he got his and we had a lot of fun.

Paddleboard is a good option also.
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Old 09-15-2021, 03:49 PM   #36
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Old 09-15-2021, 03:54 PM   #37
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Give him an iphone 13 (get it? 13?)


Or a guided fishing trip/guided hunt.
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Old 09-15-2021, 03:58 PM   #38
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Gopro is a good idea too. I'm sure at 13 he could probably make some pretty slick fishing and hunting videos.
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Old 09-15-2021, 04:10 PM   #39
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Something that creates an unforgettable memory, or something of high quality that he will use to make memories with you and the family.
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Old 09-15-2021, 04:18 PM   #40
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13 years old? Do like my Dad did and just cut a hole in his pocket.
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Old 09-15-2021, 04:43 PM   #41
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Take him on a trip somewhere! Mine will be 13 next year. Iím going to take him to Venice after redfish!
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Old 09-15-2021, 04:44 PM   #42
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Boaters safety course and a small aluminum boat.
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Old 09-15-2021, 05:31 PM   #43
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Some type of trip related to hunting or fishing.

Custom knife
Rifle
Shotgun

Another good one is a custom leather sling for his favorite rifle I had one made for my FIL years ago he loved it. Someone on here made it.


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Old 09-15-2021, 10:31 PM   #44
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Maybe a shopping spree at a Sports Store and limit the $$$ too what you think is right.
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Old 09-15-2021, 10:58 PM   #45
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Well, becoming 13 is sort of a right of passage... maybe a trip out with the men... fishing or hunting, you know, just one of the guys now... My dad did that with me and my brother... We went fishing, and I was the boat captain... and they did what I wanted for a whole 4 day weekend... That weekend stands out as one of the most memorable experiences of my life to this day...
I think this would be a great idea. Sounds like my kids, already have plenty of stuff, so an experience would be better than more stuff.
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Old 09-15-2021, 11:42 PM   #46
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Bought my son a Buckmark .22 pistol when he turned 13
X2, thatís a cool gift for any age.
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Old 09-16-2021, 05:54 AM   #47
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Not sure of your budget, but I do like some of the ideas thrown out. A nice gun that he can use and pass down, or an experience with you such as a hunt. Just took my 13 year old and he was able to shoot a Scimitar Oryx. I think it was as much as a present for me to make those memories as it was for him.
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Old 09-16-2021, 05:56 AM   #48
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If he doesn't already have it, get him a lifetime hunting/fishing license... That's a gift that he will always remember and use AND it will save him untold thousands of dollars over his lifetime!
This.

1000% this
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Old 09-16-2021, 07:11 AM   #49
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Another vote for a nice hunting trip or fishing trip. The memories he will have with you and a buddy, uncle or cousin are the real gift and they will last a lifetime.
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Old 09-16-2021, 07:25 AM   #50
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Give him his first Rolex watch.
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