10 Things Every Hunter Should Carry
Before you head outdoors for your first hunting excursion, we suggest you take a closer look at your gear. Ask yourself some questions like, “Do I have everything I need to stay comfortable in the woods?’ Can you find your way back to your camp in case your GPS fails to work? And what can you do just in case you hurt yourself out there in the bush?
Hunting is not only about skills and a can-do mindset; it is also primarily about preparation. And that requires bringing the following 10 every hunter should carry.
Any list of the things every hunter should bring in the woods will have this essential resource. As they often say, water is life. That's also the case when you are hunting. Water will not only keep you hydrated while you are out there in the wild; it will also keep you alive in case of an emergency.
Many novice hunters frown at the idea of bringing water because of fears that the weight can slow them down. But you can get a good bladder capable of holding a lot of water. Make sure you fill it to the brim before you explore because you will need every single drop of water when out in the bush. You may also invest in a compact water filter or iodine tablets.
Scent elimination is critical for hunters. Deer are noted for being gifted with an impeccable sense of smell, and they would stay away from an area if they can detect your perfume or deodorant. With a scent killer, you can eliminate body odors and increase your chances of getting a kill.
A compact folding knife with a couple of blades swiveling inside its handle, a pocket knife is small enough to fit into your pocket. Also known as jackknives, it can serve multiple purposes. You can rely on it in skinning animals; cutting rope, and opening gear. A knife may also serve as your first and only line of defense. Find a knife that is comfortable to handle and carry with a blade that is at least 2 inches long.
Your choice of weapon will dictate when and where you can hunt as in the US, states break down their hunting sessions according to weapon type. You can bring standard firearms such as 308 hunting rifles, handguns, and shotguns. As for the ammo, it is advised that you carry more than you think you need because you can never tell how many misses you will have. Remember that hunts don’t go well sometimes so it is better to have plenty of stored ammunition. The worst nightmare would be to face a threat and run low on ammunition.
This may sound too old school especially if you are a young hunter who's used to GPS. But a compass is an old reliable that can save you in the event that your smartphone dies or you can’t get a signal out in the bush. With a simple compass, you can get out of swamps in a hurry. You can also find your way back to your camp with the help of this old reliable.
First aid kit
Your survival pack should have a basic first aid kit. Injuries during a hunting expedition are pretty common, and you are facing an increased risk of getting hurt if you spend days in the field. You can treat yourself with a first aid kit.
Some of the things that should be in your first aid kit are pressure bandage to stop bleeding and gauze to cover a wounded part of your body; tourniquet to help others see you when you are in trouble; and a survival blanket to keep your core body temperature stable. We also suggest keeping bandaids, aspirin, Benadryl, Tylenol, antibiotics ointment, and burn cream, among others.
This is one of the basic things hunters should be putting in their pack but unfortunately, some tend to overlook. With a headlamp, you can make your way through the bush. It can also help you haul gear, especially when it is nighttime. And perhaps more importantly, a headlamp can let you avoid confrontations with wild animals like bats, snakes, and scorpions. As a hunter, a good headlamp can also help you in seeing your target and preparing on your shot.
Rope or nylon cord. A rope is a valuable tool that you should have in your pack. You can utilize it in dragging and tying your game. It can be useful in case you are to camp overnight. And in some instances, a rope can save your life. There are numerous types of rope out there, varying in strength and material. But you should just bring a sturdy rope for hunting. Plus, a rope will not take up a lot of room in your pack.
This is a device that is useful when hunting. It lets you measure your distance to your target. For some experienced hunters, a rangefinder is even more important than other essentials like food and rain gear. After all, they say you can hunt for a short time without carrying food items or even without wearing proper clothes. But without a rangefinder, it is impossible to get a shot at long distances.
Rounding out our list is food. While it is certainly possible to hunt for a short time, that won’t happen all the time. And when you are out in the bush, you would likely need nourishment, especially when waiting for your prey. Stack up on food items like trail mix, fruit snacks, and protein and granola bars. Just don’t bring food with meat scents because the animals may smell it and scare off your prey. We suggest that you store your food in a zip-lock bag so you can quietly remove them and eat.
These are the 10 things every hunter should have in their pack. Do you have them in yours?