Preparation is crucial for any hunting trip. When hiking in the wild, you’ll want to pack as light as possible, but forgetting an important item can compromise your hunting success. This list of deer hunting gear is your guide to a successful deer hunting trip.
The minimalist hunter might prefer a handgun for deer hunting. Rifles, shotguns and crossbows can be also popular, but bringing a sling helps you walk with the weapon safely and easily. Something to carry extra ammunition, your hunting license, deer tag and good hunting knife are all that you really need if you know the area you are hunting in and want to pack light.
What type of gear bag, fanny pack or back pack you use for your hunting gear often determines how much you take. If you prefer a pack light, a utility belt and a fanny pack might work fine. Those who still live by the “Be Prepared” motto, prefer a real backpack or large gear bag suitable hunting gear like full size binoculars, a first aid kit and extra supplies.
Improving Your Odds When Deer Hunting
Deer have excellent hearing, so be sure to wear warm, quiet clothing. Camouflage hunting gloves are great for reducing your chances of being seen. A monocular, binoculars, scent markers, and a few maps of your chosen hunting area are useful as well.
Hunting Safety Gear
Safety in the wild is an important part of hunting. Carrying a cell phone has become standard practice for most. A GPS unit or a compass, a snake bite kit, insect repellant, water purification tablets, an emergency thermal blanket, a lighter or matches, ear plugs, a flashlight with extra batteries and a multi-purpose tool are all good items to carry in your pack.
Items for Overnight Hunting
When hunting at dusk and camping until dawn, a few items are needed in addition to the basic deer hunting gear. Compressed heating fuel, 40 feet of nylon cord and a tarp for a shelter, an extra set of dry gloves and socks, trail mix or easy to prepare meals, a utility candle, 50 feet of heavy cord to hang your deer, rain gear and possibly a change of clothes are all essentials when hunting overnight. Don’t forget extra water purification tablets, a water bottle or a plastic jug of tap water from home.
Each hunter packs his own set of gear that includes the basics and a few tried and true hunting items. Pack light and keep your gear dry. Always put safety first and your time spent hunting deer will be safe and enjoyable.