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Last-minute gift ideas for the outdoors enthusiast

From Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

Frankfort, KY - Christmas gifts such as a pair of gloves with a matching scarf, a hoodie featuring the logo of a favorite sports team or sleepwear are safe choices.

While these are useful and usually appreciated, several items from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources make excellent Christmas gifts for the outdoors enthusiast.

A Kentucky Fish and Wildlife gift certificate allows for several purchase options on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at

"New this year, you can gift someone a Kentucky Wild membership by using a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife gift certificate," said Laura Burford, wildlife program coordinator who works with Kentucky Wild.

Kentucky Wild helps power conservation efforts for Kentucky's vulnerable wildlife species. "Each membership level has different gear, such as T-shirts, bandanas, tote bags and tumblers. Members at all levels may be selected for wildlife experiences such as going out in the field with biologists from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife," Burford said.

"There is a redemption code good for five years upon purchase for any gift certificate,"

Burford said. "You can print a Kentucky Wild-themed certificate that can be presented as a gift."

Gift certificates can also be used to pay for summer conservation camps conducted by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.

Camps are open to kids in grades 4 through 6. There, youth learn about the essentials of the outdoors, such as nature, archery, boating, outdoor survival, fishing, casting and firearms safety. Campers can earn their Kentucky Hunter Education certificate while attending conservation camp.

Those buying a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife gift certificate may also choose a conservation camp-themed certificate to present as a gift. Any amount can go toward the camp fee of the gift recipient.

"It is a great way for family members, such as grandparents or aunts and uncles, to help with the cost of conservation camp," said Emily Hogue, assistant director of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife's Information and Education Division. "The gift certificate looks like a conservation camp patch when you print it."

Also, the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation offers a chance to sponsor a camper from a family in need. Visit its webpage at and click on the "Camp" tab for more information.

Anyone who fishes or hunts and is not license exempt needs valid licenses and permits. The Kentucky Sportsman's License at $95 covers the licenses and permits needed by most hunters and anglers. This license is a $67 savings over buying the licenses and permits separately. This is a fantastic gift for the dedicated hunter and angler.

For the hunter or angler on your list who does not do it all, a $42 resident combo hunting and fishing license saves $8 over buying both of these licenses separately. Most department stores, county court clerk offices, tackle shops and outdoor sporting goods stores sell licenses. You may also visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at and click on the "Buy Licenses" tab or call 1-877-598-2401 to purchase licenses. You can purchase gift certificates at the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website and let the recipients decide for themselves.

Gift seekers may also purchase Kentucky Afield merchandise such as hats, shirts, deer processing videos and past episodes of the "Kentucky Afield" television show.

Another useful gift is a subscription to the award-winning Kentucky Afield magazine, the official publication of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. The magazine brings readers information about the fish and wildlife resources of Kentucky available nowhere else. Subscriptions are $10 for one year or $18 for two years.

Subscriptions include the popular Kentucky Afield Outdoor Calendar, filled with outstanding wildlife photography, hunting season dates, outdoor tips and more. The 2020 Kentucky Afield calendar makes a great gift available for purchase separately at $7.50 a copy. The 2021 calendar is included with a new Kentucky Afield magazine subscription. You may use the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife gift certificates for these items as well.

These useful gifts bring appreciation from those who receive them and make excellent choices for those yet to make up their minds.

For information about hunting and fishing regulations or for general inquiries, contact the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Information Center at 1-800-858-1549 during weekday working hours, or email the center at

This story was posted on 2019-12-20 08:33:02
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2019-12-20 - Frankfort, KY - Photo courtesy Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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