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Page 18 SP~C'~I~TA Eva - December 12, 2012 ~JD It's that time of year again when you need to start thinking about gift ideas for family and friends who enjoy the outdoors, as well as what should be on your list. Here are a Few of my favorite things: Use the BackTrack GPS to avoid getting lost There are times when I'm in the outdoors and want a simple GPS unit, not one that has all the streets of downtown L.A. or New York on it. For example, if I want to go bush- whacking off a beaten and overpopu- lated trail, I just want to mark my ve- hicle and maybe a point or two along the way. Five years ago, Bushnell intro- duced the BackTrack GPS, a sim- plified unit that helped getting from point A to point B. It provided users with simple distance and direction back to any location -with just two buttons and an easy-to-read display. This year Bushnell came out with a sleek updated version that has a new ergonomic design and is 20 percent smaller. Plus, it is one of the most budget-friendly GPS units on the market. The BackTrack com- bines advanced GPS technology with Scott Staats a digital compass and simple user interface that allows users to store up to three locations. With a simple push of a button, a directional ar- row will lead you to any of the three saved locations. It operates up to 16 hours on 2 AAA batteries. An LCD screen provides backlighting for use in low-light conditions. The BackTrack retails for $69.99. For more information call 800-423-3537 or go to www.bush- nell.com. Wildcard for winter "Quality is the Difference" CROCKERSCARS.COM "The Real Deal" MOTORS 1211 SOUTH MAIN ST AT THE "Y" IN LEBANON The Wildcard IV jacket by Columbia Sportswear is my go-to jacket in cold weather. It's sort of a combination of a warm, breathable weather-resistant hard shell and a lightweight comfortable fleece. Fea- tures include a removable, snap-back powder skirt, media and goggles pocket, and a detachable, adjustable storm hood. The Omni-Heat thermal re- flective lining provides incredible warmth while underarm venting al- lows you to dump excess heat quick- ly as conditions change. The chamois tricot lining is soft and supple for a comfortable feeling. One of the best features is the jacket's stretch capac- ity. With Lycra integrated throughout and stretch panels on the lining inside the articulated elbows, the jacket fol- lows your body's every move for a flawless fit and maximum mobility. The Wildcard retails for $250. To order call 800-622-6953 or go to www.columbia.com. With the Cheese Baiter you'll never have to touch Power Bait again Besides fli s and spinners, one of the best methods to catch trout is using Power Bait or one of the other popular soft baits. Although Power Bait catches lots of fish, there are some downsides to it as most anglers are aware - namely the stuff stinks, it gets under your fingernails, on your clothes, it doesn't stay on the hook too long and it's not cheap. Enter the Cheese Baiter. It's one of the most innovative fishing inven- tions since the rod and reel. The baiter, invented in Central Oregon, puts the bait on your hook without you ever having to touch the stuff. Load the baiters at home the night before so you'll be set to go fishing the next day. Stick them in your pocket or tackle box. I like to keep at least three baiters full - one with chartreuse, one with rainbow and another with purple or garlic fla- vor. Fish can be finicky. One minute they're hitting on one color and the next minute another. Fish have a very strong sense of smell and can detect human scent on bait and lures. The Cheese Baiter makes sure you don't touch the bait and get your scent on it. At about 4 inches long, the baiter can hold up to 25 baitings. The bait also keeps Photo by Scott Staats Looking for a unique gift for your favorite fishing enthusiast? Give 'em something they can't get anywhere else: the cheese baiter. well in the airtight baiter and won't harden. Plus, it stays On the hook longer so you won't waste bait. It's designed for size 16 treble hooks but it can also be used for size 14, 18 and 20 treble or single hooks. You may have to travel to pick this one up, though. The Cheese Baiters are available at R & R Gro- cery and Sporting Goods in Prine- ville, Centwise Sporting Goods in Redmond and Wholesale Sports in Bend. They sell for around $5 each and make great stocking stuffers. It well may be worth your trip. The TourTLS can carry all your essentials, and more If you're heading out for a day on the trail with hiking boots, snow- shoes or cross-country skis then here's a pack you're going to love. The TourTLS (Technical Lure= bar System) has 488 cubic inches of storage - more than enough room to handle all the food and water for a day's outing. Features include a zip- pered main compartment, an interior zippered hanging pocket for items such as keys and wallet, a zippered front panel pocket for quick-access items such as a flashlight or Leather- man and a pair of water bottle pock- ets. The Tour is made from recycled material and has a removable shoul- der strap with a sliding pad (great for airports) and a tuck-away waist belt. If you aeed to fit the pack into a cramped overhead compartment, simply cinch up the two compression straps. There's also a back-panel air- line ticket pocket. The Lumbar Control Point pad provides an increased ergonomic, fit. The pack is also Strapette compat- ible. The Strapettes (sold separately ......... .... for $25) are a handy shoulder harness that convert the Tour into a shoulder- carry daypack, great if you're carry- ing a heavier load. The pack retails for $74.95. To order call 800-551-5889 or go to www.mountainsmith.com. Get a lot of work done with the Zilla-Tool Many multi-tools have lots of items you'll never use. The Zilla- Tool from Columbia River Knife and Tool focuses on what you'll use on an everyday basis. This monster of a tool has a comfortable ergonomic handle, spring-loaded pliers with a slight needle nose taper, a 3-inch blade, two screwdriver hex bits stored in the handle, a wire cutter and wire stripper, and even a bottle opener. It also accepts other standard hex bits. To open the knife blade quickly, just press the little "flipper," which acts as a blade guard when the blade is open. The metallic surfaces are bead-blasted and the rugged scales are injection molded black glass filled nylon. It also comes witha stainless steel clip that holds the tool in your pocket or on your gear. The clip can be removed if you want to use the included nylon sheath with belt loop and snap closure. The Zilla-Tool retails for $49.99. TO order call 800-891-3100 or go to www.crkt.com. Hunting and fishing licenses and tags, Sports Pacs, parking per- mits, 2013 Habitat Conservation Stamps, raffle tickets and more are on sale just in time for holiday gift giving on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website and at ODFW license agents, including Sweet Home's DanDee Sales. A Juvenile Resideni Sports Pac makes a great gift. It lets 12- to 17- year olds fish, hunt, crab and clam all year for only $52. Adult anglers and hunters reap the benefits of reduced pricing in a Sports Pac for $164.75, a $69.75 savings. Senior citizens 70 and over who have been Oregon residents for five years get a fishing license for $15 and a hunting license for $13.75. Raffle tickets start at $4.50 and make a great gift for any hunter who wants an additional chance to hunt big game. Winners can hunt an ex- panded area and extended season. If you are giving a license as a gift, make sure you have the hunter's or angler's full name and date of birth, and hunter/angler ID number. If you are purchasing a license for someone who has never had a li- cense, you will have to. provide his or her Social Security number. To make a purchase, visit http:// www.dfw.state.or.us/online_license_ sales/index.asp or your local agent. Scott Staats is a full-time outdoor writer who lives in Prineville.