Your Regional Fish and Game office might be able to help!
For your favorite hunter or angler of any age, consider buying a gift certificate that can be used toward the purchase of licenses, tags, or permits. Attach the certificate to a box of shotgun shells or to a headlamp or stuff it inside a pair of new wool socks, and you have a fun and useful gift any sportsperson would be thrilled to receive.
Keep in mind that certificates must be redeemed at a Fish and Game office, but the great thing is that a gift certificate from Fish and Game is never the wrong size or wrong color for those on your list. For those of you who tend to wait until the last minute, gift certificates can be purchased anytime– even on December 24.
Maybe you have a wildlife watcher in the family. While supplies last at regional offices (may not be available at all locations) the “Idaho Birding Trail Guide” priced at $5 and the “Idaho Watchable Wildlife Guide” priced at $10 make great gifts at great prices. Both guides are filled with beautiful color pictures and a wealth of information about Idaho’s wildlife and viewing areas. And, money generated from the sale of these books supports Fish and Game’s non-game program.
The Fish and Game office in Pocatello also has a nice selection of extraordinary pencil sketches by the late Pocatello artist and naturalist, Edson Fichter. Unframed prints showcasing various wildlife species come in all sizes and start as low as $15.00. All money generated from the purchases of the Edson Fichter prints goes toward the continual maintenance and improvements of the wonderful Edson Fichter Nature Area in Pocatello near Indian Hills Elementary School.
Of course, it doesn’t take money to remember family and friends during the holidays or to simply spend time together. It is fun and inexpensive to just get outside and enjoy Idaho’s backyard together.
The upcoming months will present some fun opportunities for ice fishing and waterfowl hunting, snow shoeing and skiing, sledding and winter camping.
You can even get your family bundled up for a game of “Outdoor Bingo”. Make your own Bingo Cards to include pictures of animals, plants, or landscape features you might encounter on an outdoor excursion.
During your outing, keep an eye out for birds, wildlife tracks, deer, a creek, an icicle, an animal’s burrow—and mark them on your Bingo card. If you laminate the cards, you can use dry erase pens for marking the squares. That way the cards can be used multiple times. Wrap the cards up with ribbon, attach some packets of instant cocoa to enjoy when your game is over, and you have a fun stocking stuffer that promises to deliver on hours of outdoor fun and quality family time.
Hopefully, these gift giving ideas will help you go a little “wild” this holiday season without spending many “bucks”, and will help build some great outdoor memories for you and yours.