Art Lander’s Outdoors: Last Minute Gift Ideas For The Anglers, Hunters And Bird Watchers On Your List

Just two weeks away from Christmas, now is the time to finish shopping.

Is there a fisherman, hunter or birdwatcher on your shopping list? Here are three last minute gift ideas:

• For the passionate muskellunge fisherman, a subscription to Musky Hunter Magazine, published in Frenchburg, Kentucky.

Get the latest news on record catches, read lure and lure reviews, discover muskellunge fishing destinations, get fishing tips from guides, shop for gear and calendars, and check out muskellunge fishing shows and exhibits in your region.

A one-year subscription costs $ 28.95. Their 2022 schedule is $ 14.99, plus shipping.

Call (800) 23-MUSKY, or visit their website at

Make sure to sign up for their email newsletter.

Editor Gregg Thomas is a musky guide to Cave Run Lake, Lake St. Clair near Detroit, and five lakes in Minnesota.

• For the big game hunter, Rocky ProHunter Gore-Tex insulated hunting boots.

On sale for $ 99.97 at BassPro Cabela’s.

Quality boots are important to support your soles and ankles when walking on uneven ground.

Rocky branded hunting boots are designed to withstand the roughest terrain, with complete comfort and protection. Rugged full-grain leather and 900D Cordura uppers stand up to undergrowth, rocks and other dangers found in the woods and their Gore-Tex linings repel water while allowing your feet to breathe.

Available in men’s sizes: 8 to 12.

Buy online at

• For the ornithologist, a copy of The Birds of Kentucky by Burt L. Monroe Jr., published by University Press of Kentucky.

Author Burt L. Monroe Jr. (1930-1994), who was professor and chair of the biology department at the University of Louisville from 1970 to 1993, details 345 species of birds that have been documented in Kentucky.

This includes extinct and extirpated species, native and non-native species, and birds that are permanent residents, winter residents, summer residents, visitors or transients.

The 152-page hardcover book is richly illustrated with 51 color paintings by animal artist William Zimmerman (1937-2011).

The addendum contains records of 33 birds noted after the main text was written, and there is a six-page table of occurrence and abundance records for all species.

There are many historical references from John James Audubon, Constantine Samuel Rafinesque, Alexander Wilson, and other naturalists and birders who visited or lived in the state in the early 19th century.

Kentucky’s diverse landscape, with five physiographic regions, is one of the main reasons the state has such a diverse birdlife. This book is based on a lifetime of observation and research in the field.

Writing in Birding Magazine, Brainard Palmer-Ball Jr., author of The Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlas, said The Birds of Kentucky is “a nice mix of art and informative text that will be difficult for local bird enthusiasts and occasional bird watchers resist, especially at the reasonable price.

The 152-page, 9-by-12-inch hardcover book sells for $ 40.

To order online, click, visit

Art Lander Jr. is outside editor for the Northern Kentucky Tribune. He is a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Western Kentucky University and a lifelong hunter, fisherman, gardener, and nature enthusiast. He has worked as a newspaper columnist, magazine reporter and author and is a former editor of the Kentucky Afield Magazine, editor of the Kentucky Hunting & Trapping Guide and the Kentucky Spring Hunting Guide, and co-editor of the Kentucky Afield newspaper column. Outdoors.

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