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As most of the big game seasons come to an end, hunters are busy doing one thing -- looking forward to next year. Whether it's a big-ticket purchase like a new gun or something in the stocking stuffer category, there are always plenty of items on our wish lists.

SHE Vintage Camo Hoodie

$54.99, Wholesale Sports, Cabela's

Deep kangaroo pockets make this roomy pullover a perfect choice for fall afternoons in the field or evenings around the campfire. Contrast colour blocking on the hood, cuffs and waistline give this hoodie a feminine touch. In other words, he won't be stealing it.

Puma Skinner

$129.99, Cabela's

This good-looking knife features a 4.7 inch blade specifically designed for skinning. It's made from German 440C steel with a grooved thumb indent for better control. The knife features brass rivets and a leather sheath and comes boxed for easy gifting.

Zippo Hand Warmer

$29.99, Canadian Tire

Say goodbye to those endless little packages of charcoal hand warmers. This compact unit produces radiant heat without flame. It's endlessly reusable, pollution-free and lasts up to 12 hours when filled with lighter fluid. Perfect for those late-season hunts when snow is on the ground.

Columbia Trophy Shot Jacket

$239.99, Cabela's

Omni-Heat is a thermal reflective lining that adds insulation for maximum lightweight and long-lasting warmth. It works! And you'll find it inside this silent, waterproof, breathable parka. Make the investment once, have a hunting parka you'll use for years to come.

Peet Ultimate Gear Dryer Bundle

$199.99, Cabela's

There's nothing worse than damp gear. This unit dries two pairs of wet boots, gloves, socks or waders for the next day's trip. The completely silent convection element gently circulates air through four ports, removing uncomfortable moisture. The kit includes two sets of boot adapters, two sets of air-chamber extensions for waders and two glove adapters. It plugs into any standard outlet.

HI-TEC Altitude IV

$140, Canadian Footwear, Mark's

When your day calls for a long walk, you need the right footwear. This sturdy boot is waterproof to keep feet dry and warm. The leather upper provides structure, support and comfort to make long walks on uneven ground a little easier.

Predator Den Blind

$209.99, Cabela's

This quick-set, hub-style ground blind can make all the difference in your success. It's made of premium, black-backed, water-resistant camouflage fabric. All the windows are covered with removable shoot-through mesh. Two interior gear pockets keep hunting items off the ground.

Cuisinart Waring Pro Meat Grinder

$129.99, Canadian Tire

Transform your harvest into delicious burgers and irresistible sausage with this durable grinder. It has a stainless steel housing, 300-watt motor and diecast hopper. It includes three cutting plates and two sausage attachments.

Shel Zolkewich writes about the outdoors, travel and food when she's not playing outside, traveling or eating. You can reach her with your comments at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 24, 2012 C12

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