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