Checklist of Hunting Essentials
Checklist of Hunting Essentials
We have created this list of must-haves specifically for beginner hunters to steer them in the right direction when they have to decide what to take with them on a hunting trip. It was compiled based on the experience of other hunters who generously shared their tips and tricks, willing to help those who are just starting to hunt and feel a bit overwhelmed. Although this checklist may not be comprehensive, you can still use it as a guide on your way to enjoying the hunt in company with these friendly folks.
Clothes for Hunting
Speaking of clothes for hunting, it’s not enough to mention bright orange and camouflage since your wellbeing on a hunting trip greatly depends on what you wear, and the choice is driven, in the first place, by the conditions you hunt in. Whether you hunt in hot or cold weather, you should feel equally comfortable thanks to proper apparel.
To have flexibility in adapting to changing weather conditions, it’s best to dress in layers when setting out on a hunting trip. The base layer of your hunting clothes should be made of synthetic polyester or merino wool rather than cotton to keep you dry because the first two materials absorb moisture faster.
You should be not only dry but also warm to perform well, so the next layer of your clothing has to be insulating, which means putting on a hoodie or sweatshirt. The top layer has to function as an outer shell made of impermeable materials to protect you from water and wind, sealing, in this way, your body heat. In terms of fit, you’d be better off wearing something oversized than too tight.
And last but not least: if you hunt in cold weather, such accessories like a scarf, gloves, a hat, and a face covering become essentials, too.
Boots for Hunting
As a general rule, a pair of your hunting boots have to withstand any terrains and surfaces. If your hunting itinerary goes along rugged land, muddy stretches, or trails covered with snow, think of choosing the boots in which your legs will feel at home. For low air temperatures, your footwear also needs to be insulated and resistant to the elements.
Like clothes, the boots shouldn’t fit too tight because such a fit constricts your feet, they don’t move properly, and get cold faster. It’s especially important if your hunting trip takes place in cold weather conditions, where you’re likely to wear more than one pair of socks. So, choose the boots one size up and socks made of merino wool — this material will maximize your warmth, keeping you dry at the same time during trekking.
The choice between a firearm and a bow is greatly impacted by your experience, skill, and personal preference, among other factors. Compared to firearms, using a bow is a more challenging but, at the same time, a more fun way of hunting. It requires getting closer to a target, which can be achieved through more practice.
Rifles and shotguns are the most widely used firearms. A rifle does better in long-range shooting when you hunt large animals like moose, deer, or bear. For fast-moving targets, including wild birds, ducks, turkeys, etc., a shotgun is really what’s needed.
Whichever weapon you choose, it has to be thoroughly protected. Since purchasing a firearm is quite an investment, which makes it, probably, the most valuable item of your hunting pack, don’t save on buying a proper gun case for this equipment. If moisture gets into your gun and affects its performance, your hunt will be spoiled.
A knife is a primary tool you will need to take with you when going hunting. It’s necessary not only for field dressing a hunted game but also to help you out in a survival situation that may pop up. Either folding-blade or fixed-blade, the knife has to be sharp and sturdy. The preferable blade length is between 3 and 5 inches.
A multitool is a convenient thing, too. It keeps all the necessary tools compact, and the versatile implements it contains can come in handy in different hunting and survival situations.
First Aid Kit
Since hunting is an adventure pastime where you stay outdoors and have weapons on you, it’s better to foresee any unexpected events than feel sorry if they happen. That’s why every hunting pack has to include a first aid kit. It doesn’t have to contain anything special — just the indispensables: a set of bandages, a hand sanitizer, antibacterial and anti-itch creams. Scissors, as well as other implements that may be needed to give first aid, are usually part of your multitool.
That’s basically it. Hopefully, this information is enough to get you started. Should you have further questions or doubts, thinking there may be something else you would need, don’t hesitate to ask us as your hunting gear consultants or your hunting buddies who can suggest to you some of their favorite must-haves.