As you get ready for your next hunting trip, there are likely several things on your “must have” list. Obviously, you’ll want to bring a sturdy pair of boots, several layers of clothing, and your favorite hunting gear. But other items might arise that you forgot about, and will regret leaving behind. Though you probably don’t have much room in your bag or want to lug a ton of extras around, here are some vital items you should definitely consider bringing.
Shoot more than just animals by bringing a camera along – and we’re not talking about your smartphone. Grab a good, solid camera (like a GoPro) and snap pictures of the wildlife, sunrises, or even take a “selfie.”
2. Bear Spray
If you’re hunting in bear county , come prepared with some bear spray. This special canister acts like pepper spray with a spray range of up to 40 feet. It doesn’t hurt the bear, and it’s said to be more effective than shooting at them.
3. First Aid Kit
The woods can be a very dangerous place. Whether you get cut from a fall or you have an allergic reaction to a certain kind of plant, it’s important to have the tools necessary to take care of any medical problem until you can get professional help.
4. Overnight Hygiene Kit
You may be roughing it, but that doesn’t mean you won’t want to bring a few hygiene essentials such as a wash cloth, hand soap, and your toothbrush. Also, be sure to bring a roll of toilet paper for when nature calls!
5. Extra Batteries
You’re likely relying on batteries for several important gadgets, from your GPS to your cell phone. Don’t get lost in the middle of the woods just because your gadgets die. Make sure you bring extra batteries.
Rope is useful for a number of things when you’re hunting, but one of the handiest is for pulling things up into your tree stand, rather than trying to do it by carrying each item up one by one. Using a rope is much safer – you don’t want to have to use that first aid kit you brought!
7. Scent Killer Wipes/Spray
Animals can smell your scent from miles away. It’s a good idea to wash your clothes in unscented soap, but after a while, that won’t be enough. Scent killing wipes and spray can help take care of the rest. Nifty huh?
Hunting is often a waiting game, and it’s not exactly easy to whip up something to eat when you’re perched high in a tree. Instead, pack easy-to-eat, lightly scented snacks, like apple slices or carrot sticks. Avoid prepackaged and highly odorous snacks that will give away your position.
9. Zip Ties
These have several uses when you’re hunting, from tying back pesky tree branches, to tagging your carcasses. They’re easy and quick to attach, and they can come in handy when you’re in a pinch.
10. All Weather Notepad
A notepad is a very useful tool for tracking progress, writing down important GPS locations, and keeping a record of your hunting adventures. However, just any old notepad won’t do.
You need one that can resist all kinds of weather, like the ones offered on our site. Feel free to browse our selection of all-weather notebooks and writing utensils to find the perfect hunting journal for you.
What are your favorite hunting items to bring along on your adventures?