What gear to carry when out hunting?

Deciding what to wear or carry with you on the next hunting trip varies a lot depending on what your hunting activity is based on. An upland hunter may carry very different gear than a stand hunter or why not, a safari hunter. That is why this guide is more general in order to include the basic gear that theoretically every hunter should carry.

  1. Water and food supplies

The trap many hunters fall for is that they underestimate the amount of water and food they have to carry thinking that some crackers are enough. Well, hunting is a very demanding activity that requires a lot of attention and time. No animal will be easy to hunt down, especially not the noteworthy ones, so be prepared to have at least a meal in your bag so that you don’t get home hungry and empty handed after a only a few hours.

  1. Your hunting license or any other legal documents

While you might think that no one will come after you in the middle of nowhere to ask you about legal stuff you are dead wrong. I can’t say it enough how many of my friends got caught red-handed and some of them hadn’t even bothered to apply for a legal permit in the first place. I do not assume that you are that kind of person so I recommend you to carry every document that is required by law just to avoid any trouble with that ranger who came out of nowhere.

  1. Ammo and proper knives

So I assume you can’t forget your main rifle but forgetting to get the ammo required can often happen. In addition to that make sure you get the best knives you can find and I also recommend a multi-tool. Those come in handy every now and then.

  1. Compass or navigation

Nowadays many hunters rely on their smartphones. I agree with this to some extent since a smartphone can replace a lot of tools like a flashlight, a compass and even act as a great GPS navigation system with hunting tracks and all that. However what is not so reliable about a phone is the battery life. That is why I recommend various other alternative items like an outdoor watch for the compass features (many G-Shock watches come with some nice sensors and design) or a standalone cheap navigator.

  1. An outdoor watch or the best G-Shock for your hunting activity

Speaking of outdoor watches, I highly recommend the G-Shock line from Casio for your next hunting trip. They come in really handy with all those sensors, and since they are shock resistant you do not have to worry about their integrity. It’s hard to decide which is the best G-Shock for the type of hunting you practice, but for example, I really love the features and design of the G-Shock GW-9400 Rangeman and of the G-Shock G9300 Mudman. There are a lot of articles online which can help you decide which is the best G-Shock for you or the best outdoor watch.

  1. First Aid Kit

Unfortunately, hunting is a sport where a lot of injuries happen, some of them leaving scars for life. I don’t like talking about that but the truth is the truth. When it comes to your personal body integrity there is nothing more important. You must assure that you will come home without scars and more importantly, alive. A first aid kit is a must for a lot of reasons. You might get a scar from your sharp knife that you neglect and start losing blood and after that maybe your conscience. That is why any injury must be treated on spot to avoid any complications and then professionally at a hospital.

  1. Insulated clothes and boots

Things are pretty simple here. Go for high-quality gear and you will be safe and warm on your trip.

  1. Bags and different types of packs

You will need those for various waste or items. You might drop your knife in a mud pit and do not have the means to immediately wash it. A plastic bag can save you from the hassle.

That’s pretty much it, I hope this was helpful.

Duck hunting 101

Even though you might not see it, duck hunting is more popular than you’d think, especially in the Midwest.

Either you go hunting for “local” ducks, either you shoot the ones that migrate down from the North, duck hunting is one of the greatest types of hunting.

And, if you think you got the rules, think twice as duck hunting regulations change every single year! As hens, quantities, specific species and season dates change yearly, so do the regulations on duck hunting. You need to know what exactly you can shoot and the rules don’ bend for any hunter.

The most efficient way to duck hunt is to get up “before the birds” and set up some sort of blind (near a water, of course). You can use surrounding natural materials or a “little hut” and almost nobody builds a sophisticated blind with 2X4s or metal sheeting. If you go for a “permanent structure”, keep in mind there are rules on that also as you can’t build them all the time.

A blind give you some comfort when hunting and it’s easier to call ducks with a mouth call or keep an eye on the displayed decoys. It’s important that you always use decoys and duck call together for an efficient hunt. And you need to stay alert as some other species may get interested in the decoys.

It’s easier to duck hunt early in the season as the ducks aren’t too familiar with the presence of hunters. As the season progresses, the ducks pay more attention and you also need to spend more time for an efficient display of decoys or use of your calls.

And, in the end, this is one of the best qualities of duck hunting: that you always need to keep up the pace with the ducks and stay alert every single season!