What to Pack for Hunting

The Complete Guide to Hunting Essentials For Beginning Hunters

Hunting Essentials

Essential Hunting Gear for Beginners

An essential hunting guide on what equipment is needed and why. The following are some of the bare essentials you will need for hunting.

Essential Clothing for Hunters

Regardless of whether you're hunting deer, Elk, or boars with a rifle, bow, or shotgun, you need good quality socks to avoid blisters and keep your feet warm and dry. Probably one of the most overlooked things in a hunter's checklist. Everything else clothing-wise is common sense. You need to wear pants, but you already know that.

Essential Hunting Tools

Hunter knives are a must if you're going on a hunting trip. Gone are the days of hunting with a knife and having to sharpen it on the way home. Instead, hunters can now carry knives with replaceable blades, which means they don't need to worry about sharpening their knives or bringing sandpaper along on their hunt. It's a real game-changer.


Essential Navigation for Hunting

Hunting Gear

The biggest challenge for hunters shouldn't be tracking down their tree stand locations. This can be frustrating and time-consuming as the hunter tries to follow instructions on a map, which often leads to lost or delayed hunts. With this GPS, you can share a Waypoint of the stand's location with other hunters on a team or just remind your forgetful self.

Essential Hunting Visual Aids

A quality pair of binoculars is an essential piece of equipment for any hunter. They allow you to see and identify prey from far away and make the hunt more efficient. However, it can be hard to find a pair that suits your needs and budget.

When choosing the right pair of binoculars for Hunting, balancing the power of magnification you want with the weight you're willing to carry crucial. The last thing you need while Hunting is arms that are already tired from using binoculars. You'd be pretty safe with anything from smaller 8x32 models to Bushnell Forge 15x50 models.

Emergency Supplies for Hunting

Consider this list as the absolute minimum you should consider carrying in case of emergency: Water and water purification system, high-calorie foods, some form of shelter (like a space blanket), first aid kit, fire-making supplies, headlamp (or flashlight), and extra batteries. I can't tell you how many times I've needed those extra batteries. Here's a little pro tip: DON'T put the used batteries where you usually keep the extra batteries. You may or may not have to resort to using your phone's flashlight so you can see what you're doing.

Cover Your Sent While Hunting

Deer have up to 297 million olfactory or scent receptors in their nose. Dogs have 220 million, and humans have just 5 million olfactory receptors. You need to cover your sent. There are a variety of scent control products on the market. From sprays to clothing, there's something for every hunter. However, not all scent control products are created equally. Odor control sprays can only mask your human scent and don't break down animal scents. Clothing can't guarantee total scent control because it doesn't cover your whole body. Covering your smell is essential for successful deer hunting.

Essential Elk Hunting Gear

When you've finally gotten an elk on the ground, you'll need quality cloth game bags to protect the quarters and meat after field dressing. Game bags keep flies and other insects off of your game, but they are breathable too. This allows the meat to cool when hung properly. Before they're needed for packing out an elk, these bags are also helpful for storing and organizing extra clothes in your pack.

 Hunting Packing List

Preparation is Key to Hunting Success. It Can Make or Break Your Hunt.

Your preparation may differ depending on what type of hunter you are. Still, some constants will make sure you are ready for anything.

#1) Know the law.

  • It's boring and gets overlooked by many hunters, but you should know hunting guidelines and limitations. It can be a real downer getting popped by the warden for something you were not aware of.

#3) Prepare your outfit with appropriate clothing and footwear, considering weather conditions and terrain.

  • I'm not much of a weather channel guy. I live my life accepting whatever weather comes at me. But on hunting day, I'm keyed in. I mentioned socks earlier, but seriously, cold, wet feet are something you'll never forget. Get good socks.

#3) To have the best chance of success, you should research.

  • Research your region to determine what season will work best. You can use either scout out areas from high ground, stake them out from a distance, or still hunt near popular food sources.
  • Research the game's typical routes, behaviors, rut times, etc. Every hunter needs to know about deer and Hunting rut times to ensure they are successful in their endeavor.

Hunting Packing and Planning

Hunting Starts Days Before The Hunt

Hunting is a gratifying and fulfilling activity, but it also requires preparation and planning. You need to know what you need before you head out for your day of Hunting so that you don't forget anything important. It's so easy to set your alarm, grab a gun, and get out there ready to shoot that dream buck, but sometimes you're toast before you even start. That's because you didn't do your prep work.

Keeping a mental or physical checklist is a great way to keep everything organized and sorted. You can take a peek at the list to make sure you're not forgetting anything before you get way out in the backcountry. I'd also say the larger or more involved the hunt is, it requires a lot more thought and prep work. Think of the dread you'd have if you bagged a killer Elk only to realize you don't have any game bags and the flies are coming in quick. Not only would it be disappointing, but it would also be insulting to the Elk. If you're going to end a game's life, you need to have everything in place to make the process the most efficient and thought out as possible.

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