Subscription to a sporting magazine makes a great gift
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By Bill Hanson  December 14, 2012 12:00 am

Short of taking the sportsman/woman in your life on a moose hunt, consider giving Santa’s good boy/girl a subscription to “Western Outdoor News,” a weekly paper on the hot spots for hunting and fishing in the whole state. It’s a great resource and only $20 for a year. Go to and scroll to ‘gift subscription.’ It’s a sure bet. Consider joining the National Rifle Association, as a year is only $35, and you get access to a most excellent Web site and the monthly American Hunter magazine. Go to: for more information.

For the hand gun and ammo lover, consider a subscription to “Guns & Ammo” magazine. Go to for more information. The site will offer a link to, which is the site for subscriptions to specific Sportsman media.

For your fisherman/woman, consider giving a gift subscription to the hottest, most up-to-date Web site for Northern California fishing action. To subscribe, e-mail or call (209) 610-1600. A year’s subscription is only $42 and gets you hooked up to the “Hot Sheet” online. Daily updates will keep you in the loop all year.

The mushroom wannabe in your family will love reading the ‘Bible’ of Northern California fungi, “Mushrooms Demystified,” by David Aurora for around $42 and the companion field guide. “All That Rain Promises,” also by Aurora for about $19.

A nice basket hand made in Ghana, Africa, with a goatskin-wrapped handle is $35, available at many local markets. For the fun guy in your family, consider a telescoping walking stick or a wide-brimmed waterproof hat.

A must have is a ‘family’ subscription to the local mushroom club:

For $20, you will be on top of the fungal happenings here in our own backyard.

For a goodie catalogue go to to purchase a gift certificate.

They carry tons of fishing, hunting, camping and outdoor clothing for everyone on your list.

A great gift for the outdoor family is a ticket to the SportsExpo in Sacramento in January. Go to for more information. This three-day event is packed with hunting, fishing, camping, dogs and dog training.

A very cool day for all ages and interests. You can also check out the bookings for everything from Alaska moose hunts to African big game and day trips to the famous Red Bank Quail and Ale near Red Bluff.

Bill Hanson is a Sonoma County native and a lifelong sportsman. He is the former president of the Sonoma County Mycological Association. Look for his column in The Community Voice each week.

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