Christmas gifts a sportsman would love under tree
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The Sportsmen’s Report
By Bill Hanson
I do like camping in the dark. I will get up at zero-dark-thirty in the morning to gear up for a day in stormy weather…just for the chance of shooting at ducks.
I will arise early to slog out into the woods to get in my spot to catch the first deer of the morning or that gaggle of turkeys I spotted weeks before. On the other hand, I’m not standing in the dark, cold rain in front of a store to get merchandise at steep discounts. It must be a guy thing or a duck thing.
There are some things a sportsman might like to get under the tree. Some ideas are a new fishing pole or one of a zillion different fishing items at Outdoor Pro. Even a nice tuna boat trip is a great gift, I have no idea how to wrap a tuna boat. It may be more prudent to buy him a gift certificate to go out on a commercial tuna boat. For the hunters in your family, scout the B-2 store across from Lowes. Everything for the hunter and target shooter can be had there, including gift certificates.
One more idea is more for the whole family. Looking ahead, the Sportsman’s Expo in Sacramento will be Jan. 10-13. Last year, there were more booths, lectures, merchandise and dogs than you could fit into two days.  They also go all out to engage the kids.
Kid camping, fishing, and outdoor fun are all on the menu during the whole show. One of my favorites is the Splash Dog trials. Even stroller age kids love to watch the dogs try for distance off the deck. Nothing brings a smile to your face like a jacked up lab leaping off the dock and landing in a huge splash.
To purchase advance tickets for the Xmas stocking and to check out the listings go to
For the budding fungi-phile, consider two books by David Aurora, “Mushrooms Demystified,” and the field guide companion “All That the Rain Promises,” for about $42 and $18, respectively. Consider a family membership in the local mushroom club SOMA at $20 per year for the whole family. It is a bargain. Go to the club Web site for information at

Bill Hanson is a Sonoma County native and a lifelong sportsman. He is president of the Sonoma County Mycological Association. Look for his column in The Community Voice each week.

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