River Hills Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide for adventurers

It’s just not an adventure without Saddleback Leather Company’s gladstone collection of leather bags.

We’ve been thinking about gifts for weeks now, and it’s finally time to unveil our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide.

Stumped on what to buy the outdoorsman in your life? You know, the guy who has the latest fishing or hunting gear? We’ve got you covered, don’t fret.

From leather bags to portable generators, your outdoors-loving family members or friends are sure to be thrilled with our list. 


DeLorme’s Atlas & Gazetteer of Missouri 

With an incredible wealth of detail, DeLorme’s Atlas & Gazetteer of Missouri is the perfect companion for exploring the great Missouri outdoors. 

With a total of 58 map pages, the Atlas & Gazetteer is your most comprehensive navigational guide to Missouri’s backcountry:

• Full-color topographic maps provide information on everything from cities and towns to historic sites, scenic drives, recreation areas, trailheads, boat ramps , campgrounds and prime fishing spots.

• Extensively indexed.

• Handy latitude/longitude overlay grid for each map allows you to navigate with GPS.

• Inset maps provided for major cities as well as all state lands.

• Shows remote back roads, hidden lakes and streams, hunting lands.

• Lists state and national parks and forest.

Cost: $16.98 to $21.41; available at Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and others.


Stone Hollow Studio

Combine the joys of reading with the pleasure of viewing unique artwork. 

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky is a Missouri artist known for her murals, illustrations, photography and sculpture but is most recognized for her original, hand-etched scrimshaw.  

She has developed a special way to show her talented scrimshaw artwork on recycled ivory piano keys. The recycled piano keys have become bookmarks with hand-etched trees, ships, flowers, birds, fishing tackle and many other unique items.  

The bookmarks come complete with a leather ribbon and a silver bead. Due to new federal regulations, antique ivory piano keys cannot be sent to addresses outside of the state of Missouri. 

If an order is to be shipped outside of Missouri, they offer bookmarks made with old (not yet antique!) synthetic keys. The Stone Hollow Studio will also create a custom-design piece for a special occasion or memory.

Bookmarks cost $22. The studio is located at 31 High Trail, Eureka, MO 63025. Phone: (636) 938-9570; 



Missouri Department of Conservation Calendar for 2019

The ever-popular calendar will keep you in touch with the year’s seasonal changes. Thanks to the splendid talents of contributing nature photographers, you’ll be able to enjoy wild Missouri indoors when you can’t get outdoors. 

You’ll find monthly reminders of the state’s natural treasures. Daily notes keep you posted on what’s blooming or nesting as well as a myriad other natural phenomena. 

The calendar measures 10×14 inches closed and 20×14 inches when opened.

Cost is $9 and they’re available online at www.mdcnatureshop.com.


Browning Strike Force Extreme Trail Camera

The camera continues to work in motion-detection mode 24 hours a day while time-lapse mode is selected, ensuring that you don’t miss opportunities for image capture between time-lapse intervals.  

The 2018 Strike Force Extreme cameras feature an incredible 0.4 second trigger speed and 0.6 second recovery time between pictures. Experience high-end performance with 16MP picture quality, and a new video processor that produces incredible quality 1280×720 HD video clips with sound.

The Strike Force Extreme camera also takes night pictures using our “Zero Blur” technology which eliminates motion blur from game in your pictures at a range of 100 feet at night.  

Other features include SD card management options, and Smart IR video which continues to record video during the day when game is present. The new adjustable trigger speed feature allows you to select the trigger speed that is right for your camera location.  

The Strike Force Extreme is also compatible with up to 512GB SDXC memory cards.

Prices start at $139. Available at many outdoors stores as well as online at www.browningtrailcameras.com.


Saddleback Leather Company

Most outdoorsmen travel a lot for hunting, fishing, camping, you name it. And the Traveler staff is no different.

We could be in Eminence one morning eating at Ruby’s, Springfield later in the afternoon, and over to Piedmont the next morning.

We’ve discovered a lot of things that work for us along the way — such as where the “good” restrooms are, what gas stations to avoid, and perhaps most important, what luggage works best for our travels.

And that’s where Saddleback Leather Company comes into play. Like the atlas mentioned earlier, we’ve used their products extensively over the years and this holiday gift guide wouldn’t be complete without mentioning SLC’s gladstone collection.

A gladstone-style bag features a metal frame wrapped with leather and hinged with a solid brass rivet. Gladstone-style refers to the opening of the bag, which keeps it open wide until you use both hands to close it.

Remember the “doctor’s bag” from long ago, with the wide opening that stayed open and gave the doctor easy, full access to his entire bag? Well, that’s it.

SLC’s gladstone collection includes a doctor’s duffle bag, flight bag, and toiletry bag. Each is made of cow leather, which is thicker than full grain boot leather, with strong pigskin lining and marine-grade polyester thread. 

The doctor’s bag is great for packing clothing and shoes for overnight trips, while the flight bag serves as a great daily briefcase or EDC bag. And the toiletry bag is just that.

Here’s a little info about each one:

• Doctor’s duffle bag — Includes detachable outer side straps that can be used as a belt or tourniquet when things go sideways. There’s an exterior pocket on each end of the bag and the back, as well as a shoulder strap and top grab handles.

Cost is $549, and the bag measures 10.5″ tall by 16″ wide by 9.5″ deep.

• Flight bag — Has a shoulder strap and top grab handles, plus a back outside pocket for magazines or whatnot, but the best and most practical feature of this bag is its two outside front pockets. 

Not only do they have a buckle closure, but there’s also an open pocket behind each one. Pretty neat, eh?

Same tough leather as the doctor’s and toiletry bags, the flight bag costs $549 and measures 15″ wide by 11″ tall by 5″ deep. Oh, there’s also an inside pocket large enough to fit a 15-inch laptop.

• Big mouth toiletry bag — Opens wide and stays open so you spend less time looking for that razor or toothpaste. 

Simple design is stitched from a single piece of leather. Features two interior pockets to help keep things organized.

Cost is $189. Dimensions are 10.25″ wide by 5.25″ tall by 5″ deep.

All Saddleback products, including these three bags, come with a 100-year warranty and the company’s famous motto, “They’ll fight over it when you’re dead.”

All three bags are available in three colors: tobacco, dark coffee brown, and chestnut. Order online at www.saddlebackleather.com (free shipping is included on all orders) or stop by their showroom in Fort Worth.


Crazy Creek Canoe Chair

Paddle all day in comfort! This canoe chair provides back support and seat comfort every time you venture out. 

It works great outside the boat, too, when you’re on the beach or in camp. The chair features:

• Specially-designed to fit most canoe seats.

• Straps with quick-release buckles secure the chair to your seat and detach easily for use at camp.

• Hook-and-loop strap holds chair closed during portaging.

• Memory foam and closed-cell foam construction.

• Mesh pocket on seat back.

The dimensions are 26×15.5 inches and it weighs 1 pound, 6 ounces. Cost is $44.95 and you can find it at www.rei.com.


Rio Brands Wonder Wheeler Wide Gear Cart

Make it even easier to bring along gear for a day of fun in the sun with the Rio Brands Wonder Wheeler Wide Gear Cart. 

Extra-wide back wheels make moving this handy gear hauler over any surface even easier. Tote features a large open mesh storage compartment, back pouch, and front bar to stack chairs on. 

A durable steel frame provides plenty of strength, handling up to a 48-quart cooler. Folding design for easy storage. Dimensions: 41″ long by 24.5″ wide by 32″ tall.

Cost is $59.99 and it’s available at www.basspro.com.


Ozark Trail Big Boy Director Chair, Blue

Lounge in comfort with the Ozark Trail Big Boy Director Chair. This chair features an extra-wide steel frame that is sturdy and comfortably supports up to 600 pounds. 

It features a padded seat and armrest for enhanced seated comfort, and the foldable table comes with a cup holder so you can keep your drink and other items within easy reach. 

The chair is easy to sit down in and get up from, unlike those fold-up canvas chairs which feel like you are sitting in a hammock.   

The blue director chair folds down for space-saving storage and has convenient portability. Take it along on your next camping trip, to outdoor concerts and more. 

Available at Walmart or Amazon for $52.97.


Magnetic Chess Set

Need entertainment on a road trip or in camp? Pull out the Magnetic Chess Game from Outside Inside. 

This is a game that both adults and children would find challenging and entertaining. The set consists of:

• The plastic folding board and pieces come in a polyester-and-mesh carry bag with carabiner.

• Magnetic pieces stay put even when played on uneven or jostled surfaces.

• Folded board measures 6.5″ by 3.25″ by 1″.

• Instructions are included in the Outside Inside Magnetic Chess Game.

Cost is $11.95 and it’s available at www.rei.com as well as Amazon.


Persimmon Hill Farm

On a cold winter morning nothing will taste or smell as good as a fresh-brewed pot of coffee to be shared with fresh homemade bread and jam.  

Persimmon Hill Farms has put together a special “Incredible Spreads Gift Crate” for just such an occasion.  
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You may choose any six from the 10 selections of gourmet jams, butters, preserves or fruit spreads for this “Incredible Spreads Gift Crate” collection. 

There are standard flavors such as Strawberry Jam and Apple Butter but also some interesting flavors such as Persimmon Butter and Gooseberry Black Walnut Jam. 

There are also two bags of Buttermilk Biscuit Mix, all packaged in an attractive wooden gift crate, and all the measured ingredients are there for a flavorful spreads spectacular.

The Incredible Spreads Gift Crate costs $45.45. Persimmon Hill Farm is located at 367 Persimmon Hill Lane, Lampe, MO 65681.

They can be reached at (417) 779-5443 or online at www.persimmonhill.com.


Original Hawken Kits

Own a piece of Missouri history. In the early 1800s Jake and Sam Hawken formed a family partnership as gunmakers in St. Louis and began producing their soon-to-be-famous “Hawken Rifle.” 

The Hawken Rifle is sometimes referred to as “The gun that settled the west.” It is reported that many famous people carried these handmade guns of choice, including Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, Jeremiah Johnson, Joseph Meek, John Fremont and Teddy Roosevelt. 

Greg Roberts and Claudette Greene purchased “The Hawken Shop” to preserve this valued part of Americana. Once again the classic “Hawken” has returned.  

They are the continuation of the shop started in St. Louis in the early 1820s and are still making the Hawken rifle, under the S. Hawken name, just as Colt is still making Colts.  

The original Hawken kits require only minimal hand tools and patience to do the final fitting. Detailed instructions are furnished with each rifle to aid you in matching original wood and metal finish. (With patience you can produce a Hawken that you can be justifiably proud of.)

Complete wood and metal finishing kits are available to assist you. Hawken plans are available for those who would like to try their skill at building a Hawken from the ground up. These plans were completed by Don Lauer of St. Louis and are life-size.

They now offer finished completed Hawken rifles from their kits. Kit cost is $1,400.

The Hawken Shop can be reached at (360) 679-4657 and online at www.thehawkenshop.com.


Dog Vest

The “Bottomland” Neoprene Dog Vest keeps a dog warm and protects its chest. The “boat handles” make getting a retriever back in the boat easier! 

Reach down, pull your swimming dog over the side of the boat, and pick him up. Works great out of the boat as well. 

The vest was originally designed to maintain body heat when he’s out working in the cold and wet. Sometimes you send a dog into the water, and he doesn’t know what’s underwater in front of him.  

This vest helps protect him from abrasions from hidden sticks and stumps, especially if you have a hard-driving dog.

The vest has several features including grab handles, a sewn-in webbing harness, and D-rings for maximum versatility. For durability, it is constructed of Avery’s “DuraStretch” material with double bar tacked seams, #10 molded zipper with neoprene zipper protector, and a cold weather pull tab. 

It has a tapered cut for maximum body coverage and 1″ Velcro for torso adjustability.

The vest comes in seven sizes because a vest must fit correctly to insulate properly. It needs to be snug on the dog so that it helps contain his body heat, but not too tight or it will affect his ability to run. 
Cost is $44.99 and it’s available at www.gundogsupply.com.


Yamaha Generator

The Yamaha Generator is designed and engineered to bring reliable power to the outdoors at an affordable price. 

The 44.1-pound unit delivers up to 2,000 watts of clean, sine-wave power to handle heaters, fish house lighting, microwaves, and more. 

Its inverter is also equipped with Yamaha’s advanced noise block technology, resulting in noise reduction to 51.5 to 61 decibels. It runs for up to 10.5 hours on a gallon of gas, with a smart throttle function that senses load and automatically adjusts RPM control.

It also includes an electric overload breaker and oil watch warning system to prevent potential generator damage. 

The Yamaha EF2000iSv2 also has an auto warm-up feature that helps cold-starting and an independent fuel petcock, which allows users to shut off the gas to run the carburetor dry, preventing stale gas problems and costly carburetor cleaning and repair. 

It also easily hooks up to a second EF2000iSv2 for a combined 30 amps of lightweight, portable power. Comes standard with a 3-year factory warranty.  

Cost is $899 and it’s available at www.yamahamotorsports.com.










Roo packable hammocks are lightweight, strong, and make it easy to sneak in a nap during an afternoon of hunting, fishing or a hiking.  

Gravitas ripstop nylon fabric provides reinforcement to protect against tearing and ripping. The Roo Single holds up to 400 pounds.

The material is treated with a DWR premium water repellent for maximum moisture resistance. The Gravitas fabric will stay cool when it’s warm and avoid condensation when it’s cold. Breathability means faster drying.  

The exclusive crinkle treatment ensures out-of-the-package softness and exceptional silky soft and packability.  

At only 10 ounces, the Roo Single allows you to travel lightly and set up camp anywhere. With a generous footprint of 4.2 feet by 8.4 feet, the Roo Single is incredibly lightweight for its size.

Cost is $69 and it’s available at www.kammok.com.


Daiwa Lure Catcher

Save money on your precious baits by getting them back from where they are lodged underneath so you can cast once more using your favorite tackle. 

To simplify lure recovery the Daiwa DLC-100G retriever comes with a 45-foot cord that facilitates the process of getting back a snagged bait underwater. 

To hold the supplied cord neatly, the unit ships with a storage reel, which ensures compact storage as well. This model features an anchor weight, catcher chains and catcher arms to work nicely with hooks and provide a secure hold on the lure.

You will love what this lure retriever can do and how easily it does the job.

Cost is $21.95, available at Amazon, Bass Pro and many others.


Micro Drop Pinpoint Oiler

A handy tool for those precision maintenance requirements for firearms, fishing reels boating, chainsaws and more.  

The 3-piece design has an easy push-button micro drop tip for control delivery for hard to reach places. Leakproof with rubber O-ring seals that is easily carried in your shirt pocket.

It has a large oil capacity. At 5.6″ long and under 5/8″ in diameter, the Micro Drop Pinpoint Oiler will easily fit just about anywhere.

Cost is $19.95, available at www.deutscheoptik.com.


Coleman Stove

Take camp cooking to the next level with the Coleman Triton Propane Stove. Just light it up and dial in your heat with the two independently adjustable burners and you can be cooking over 22,000 BTUs of power in no time.

The cooking surface offers plenty of room to fit a 12-inch and 10-inch pan simultaneously. Meanwhile, the PerfectFlow pressure control technology keeps the heat steady, even in extreme conditions.

WindBlock panels help shield your flame from wind, and they adjust if you need to fit a larger pan. When the meal is over, the chrome-plated grate removes for simple and quick cleanup, and the heavy-duty latch will keep the lid secure until you whip up your next family dinner.

Large enough for two pans plus room to stow the griddle. The griddle is sold separately.

Cost is $84.99, available at www.coleman.com.


Floating Shades 

These sunglasses would be a great benefit to any fisherman, canoeist or kayaker. They are lightweight, comfortable, and durable shades that also floats.  

All Rheos sunglasses feature polarized UV protected and dual-sided anti-fog coating lenses that automatically clear the lenses so you do not need to remove them and do it yourself.

The Rheos lens also includes a specialty Hydrophobic coating, which acts like RainX for a windshield helping water to bead off the lens without settling in and covering your view. 

Cost is $50, available at www.rheosgear.com.


Survival Gear Emergency Kit

Everyone should have several emergency survival kits. There should be one for each car or truck, ATV, boat, fishing and hunting gear and camping supplies. 

Global Tactical Gear’s kit is constructed with durable materials. The kit is stored in a compact, water resistant case. The kit includes a sturdy, sharp, 3.5-inch serrated survival knife with a seat belt cutter and bottle opener, Tungsten steel tactical pen, luminous display waterproof compass, stainless steel saber card, aluminum alloy whistle, paracord bracelet, LED flashlight, thermal blanket, and ferro rod fire starter.

Cost is $29.99, available at www.globaltacticalsupply.com.


Coleman Large Watertight Container

Whether you’re on the boat or getting through a rainstorm, important gear like matches, boat licenses and camping permits will stay dry inside the Coleman Large Watertight Container. 

This canister includes a sealing ring to keep water out and a lid latch to keep it shut tight. It also comes with a carabiner to hook the container to the outside of a backpack. 

The watertight design keeps important items safe and dry. It also features a silicone sealing ring for protection from the water.  Dimensions are 7.7″ by 7.2″ by 4.4″.

Cost is $17.99, available at www.coleman.com.


Wildflower Seeds

Support the pollinators of your area and also improve the looks of your property by planting native wildflowers. 

The Midwest Wildflower Seed Mix is comprised of 28 different wildflower species, all perfect for planting in the Heartland of the USA. 

Designed to provide nonstop season-long color, annuals like Plains Coreopsis and Sulphur Cosmos burst into bloom their very first summer, while perennial varieties like Purple Prairie Clover and Black Eyed Susan deliver color for many years, starting in their second season. 

The kit contains 100% pure, non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free seeds best for planting in: IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, WI and Ontario.

This premium mixture has been used by homeowners and commercial planters all over the Midwest for over 20 years. 

Expect a burst of annual color just a few weeks after seeding, plus increased bloom year after year from a great group of perennials. Plant spring or late fall.

This mixture contains 14 annuals for first-year color, plus 14 perennials or biennials for second and successive years’ bloom.

Cost is $9.95, available at www.americanmeadows.com.

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