Hunting is a very controversial subject; you either love it or you hate it. But it seems to me that when people love hunting, they love it. It seems to be more of a lifestyle than just an activity. There are so many factors that go into hunting, and it can seem like an intimidating world where you’re an outsider.
If you’re still relatively new to hunting, you may not have everything you need. Keep reading to see which products you can add to your hunting kit to truly make it a memorable experience.
Of course, you’ll need a hunting weapon. There are various options for this, but the most popular one by far seems to be a firearm. The bow and arrow is also a reasonably popular choice, but it is much trickier to handle.
You’ll also need to ensure that you have permission and licenses for whatever weapon you’re carrying. Make sure to renew your gun licenses and maybe even go for a few shooting classes to improve your aim. While you’re at it, you can renew any other firearm licenses you have, such as concealed carry renewal.
Whether you’re hunting by vehicle or on foot, it’s a good idea to wear clothes that will help you blend into your surroundings. Make sure that you are dressed in all neutral colors such as brown, beige, or khaki, although camo is the best if you want to be inconspicuous.
You’ll need pants, socks, a shirt, and a jacket, as well as study boots and a decent hat. Some people even paint their faces to go for full effect and remain unseen.
Binoculars are an absolute necessity. If you need binoculars to spot your target, you probably won’t be able to shoot it from the distance where you are, but it will be helpful in terms of letting you track your target as you try to get closer.
Depending on the area in which you’re hunting, you might also need to be aware of any possible dangers. Scanning the area with your binoculars now and then will hopefully help you spot any dangers before they get too close, giving you plenty of time to find a safer location.
One thing is for sure: if you’re going to be outdoor, you’re going to need protection against nature, especially during the summer, when insect life is buzzing with activity. Insect repellent is vital to protect you from possible diseases, as well as helping you remain comfortable.
Not much is worse than the feeling of being constantly itchy, and it would be horrible to have your aim set on your target and then lose it due to the uncontrollable need to scratch a bite mark. Bug repellents come in various forms, from air fresheners to oils and lotions, to deodorant.
One of the most important things you’ll need to take on a hunting trip is your backpack since you won’t be able to carry all of your other necessities without it. Your backpack should also blend in with your surroundings, since it won’t help if you’re covered in camo from head to toe, only to be given away by a bright pink backpack.
Your backpack should be sturdy and preferably have lots of small little pockets where you can store ammo and other necessities and easily find it without having to unpack the entire back. It should also be comfortable since you might be spending a lot of time walking with it on your back.
You’ll need all valid documents on hand in case anyone requests them, so it might be wise to print out a document checklist that you can go through before leaving on your trip. You’ll need proof of identification, a driver’s license (if you’re driving), licenses for your weapons, a hunting permit, and proof that you are allowed on the hunting property.
As mentioned before, the bow and arrow and firearm seem to be the two most popular weapons, so we’ll focus on that. You’ll need to stock up on arrows for your bow and arrow or make sure that you have enough ammo for your gun.
Imagine you’ve got your target in sight, and it’s a surefire shot. . . Until you realize you’re out of ammo. Not a fun thing to picture, right? Be sure to pack way more ammo than you’ll need. Rather safe than sorry, as they say.
If your hunt will be an overnight trip, there are a few extra items you’ll be needing. If you’re sleeping at a lodge or something similar, just pack what you’d usually pack for a night away. If you’ll be camping, you might need a few extra items.
Warm clothes. Even in summertime, it tends to get cold in the outdoors, so be sure to pack lots of layers. A sleeping bag. You’ll need somewhere to sleep, right? You can of course take a tent or risk sleeping on the ground (although I wouldn’t want to take that chance!). You’ll also need a flashlight for when it gets dark, as well as the basic items for making a fire. Oh, and toilet paper. Do I need to elaborate on that one?
Boots are your best bet, but you can get away with other sturdy shoes. They need to be thick, especially when it comes to the soles. They also need to offer a lot of support, since you’ll be walking on uneven ground for most of the time.
Make sure they’re comfortable enough to wear for long periods. Bonus tip: make sure they are fully worn before your trip. If you’ve specially bough them for this trip, wear them around the house for about a week so that they’re ready to go by the time your trip rolls around.