• Help the hunter on your list to play the wind. Evolve 3-D Field Spray by Dead Down Wind eliminates human scent without leaving an unnatural odor. The deer don't know that someone is there. $12.98, Dick's Sporting Goods.
• Simms' no-frills, storm-proof Headwaters Gore-Tex Jacket features a plush fleece and taffeta liner and nylon YKK zippers and zipper sliders to minimize freshwater and saltwater corrosion. Generous chest pockets and fleece-lined hand warmer pockets store everything from fly boxes to loose fishing gear. $199.95 ($179.95 Dec. 7-8 only) at International Angler, Robinson.
• The next step in live-bait maintenance technology is the Frabill Min-O-Life Bait Station. The totable cooler comes with a built-in aerator powered by two D batteries, giving minnows 24 hours of life-giving oxygen. Includes a convenient bait-lifting net, lid clasp and handle. $49.99, Gander Mountain.
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• Give a hungry family the gift of venison. Pennsylvania's Hunters Sharing the Harvest program allows successful hunters to donate their deer to participating processing centers, which prepare and package ground venison for the needy. Since 1991, nearly 200,000 hunter-provided meals have been given to food banks, churches and social service feeding programs. The hunters chip in a $15 co-pay; HSH pays the rest. Find participating processors at www.pgc.state.pa.us. For details or to make a financial donation in your hunter's name, call 1-866-474-2141.
• Kayaks have evolved from all-purpose river-running recreational crafts to flatter bottomed, fishing-specific angler delivery systems. The 60-pound, 12-foot sit-in Eagle Run fishing kayak includes rod holders, drain plug, pads and bunjees, and floats up to 500 pounds. $549.99, Field & Stream, Cranberry.
• The limited-production Smith M&P V-TAC 9mm includes two sighting systems: fiber optic and Trijicon night sights. With a polymer frame and grip and two standard-capacity magazines, it's ideal for recreational shooting, competition and home protection. $714.95 at Braverman Arms in Wilkinsburg, $680 if you mention the Post-Gazette.
• Houston, Pa., hunter Scot Gump has an injury that makes shouldering his rifle difficult, and he noticed his young sons struggling with their sporting arms. That's why he invented and developed the Ready Aim Rifle Carrier, a fabric and foam support that safely, legally and with no hands cradles long guns and bows in a quick-fire position. $59.95 at www.alldaygear.com.
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