Hunters can be a pain in the a** to shop for, because there’s an overabundance of gear on the market and also an overabundance of gear in most guys’ garages. Out of sympathy for anyone who has a hunter on their shopping list, I’m going to put together the MeatEater’s 12 Days of Gifts Guide. These items are gonna please any hunter out there, no matter how picky or overstocked he or she happens to be. What’s more, these things can be purchased quickly online without having to drive around and endure hordes of competing Christmas shoppers.
Day 6: In my mind, paying someone to process your wild game is about as fun as paying someone to hunt for you. I’ve handled my own game for my entire life, beginning when I helped my dad and grandfather chop up whitetails in our garage in Michigan. Back then we used a temperamental hand grinder that would gag up on the slightest bit of sinew, which was frustrating to the extreme. Things have come a long ways since then, both for me and my meat grinder. Nowadays I’m using a Weston commercial-grade grinder (#12) that can whiz through the toughest cut of venison without even changing tune. I’m serious, this grinder has completely changed the task of home processing. Properly-chilled meat goes through at about 6 lbs. a minute—which, in case you don’t know, is really, really fast. Anyone who likes to process wild game, or who wants to get into it, is going to use the hell out of one of these. Be a Christmas hero and buy one for your favorite hunter.