Having the right hunting gear for your hunt can mean the difference between an enjoyable outdoor experience and a miserable trip. Whether you are going to hunt locally or in another state, each hunt will present its own unique gear needs. It is the responsibility of the hunter to determine what their needs will be to ensure a safe and enjoyable hunting experience.
The following are my Top Ten Hunting Gear besides firearm and ammo:
Backpack – When hunting in the back country you are going to need the capability to carry several small items plus some snacks. A good day pack that is comfortable is fine and has several side pockets to keep things organized.
Hydration Pack – You are going to get thirsty on your hunt and a hydration pack allows you to get a drink quietly without fumbling with a lid or a cap. Some backpacks have a spot for a hydration blatter.
Clothing – You will want to blend in to the area you are hunting at and you want to be comfortable. If you are going to wear camo make sure the camouflage pattern matches the area and the season. If hunting in cold weather you will need to understand how to layer clothing to ensure you stay warm and comfortable.
Scent Control – Animals have a much better sense of smell than humans, so it is important to mask the human smell. A top brand scent killer to mask the smell of your body could be the difference in getting a trophy deer or going home empty handed.
First Aid Kit – Accidents happen and having a simple first aid kit to dress a wound in the field keeps you in the game instead of having to walk back to camp.
Navigation – If you have done your home work you would have already previously scouted the area, set game cameras and recorded your coordinates in a handheld GPS unit or on a topographical map. GPS units are nice to help you find your hunting spot and get you back to camp at the end of the day, but always have a map and a compass as a backup.
Optics – Having a pair of binoculars or a spotting scope enable you to scan the area with a magnified view to spot your prey. A good riflescope helps improve your shooting accuracy.
Rangefinder – Some say a rangefinder is not necessary but those that have used them know the true value. Bow hunters find them incredibly useful in determining on whether or not to take a shot. Rifle hunters find them to be a great tool and easy to carry.
Flashlight – Navigating through deep woods in the early morning hours or late evening is so much easier when you can see whats around you. A good headlamp makes for hands-free use and a backup flashlight in your backpack instills confidence.
So there you have it, my top ten hunting gear, as stated earlier every hunter needs to determine what their needs will be to ensure a safe and enjoyable hunting experience. For all of your hunting, camping and ATV gear visit CampingATV.com.