If your deer hunting pack has the space available, why not take advantage by tossing in a few additional essential items and backup gear? Hunt long enough and one day you’ll be glad you were prepared.
Before your next hunt, take a few minutes to make sure you have the following items tucked away in your deer pack. Yes, there are a lot of items listed, but it’s always better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it; time in the deer woods is precious – don’t waste it.
MUST HAVE GEAR:
- Gun: You need a shotgun that can shoot either 3″ or 3.5″ loads.
- Turkey Calls: Bring a call you are comfortable using – mouth calls work well as do box calls and pen/slate calls.
- Hunting Clothes: Bring your camo, both lightweight and waterproof are recommended.
- Hunting Gloves: Bring your waterproof camo gloves and a second pair just in case.
- Hunting Boots: You need comfortable boots that are camo and waterproof.
- Face mask/ Face Paint: We prefer the mesh face masks that keep away mosquitoes, gnats, and other biting insects.
- Range Finder: Can be helpful when setting up a blind.
- Blind: If you prefer to use a blind, please bring your favorite along.
- Backpack: We like to pack our gear, water, and snacks in a lightweight camo backpack.
- Turkey Decoys: We like to use them, you should too.
- Binoculars: Glassing the woods and draws is a great way to spot a bird.
- Bug Repellent / Spray: We can’t stress this one enough. Bring your best non-scented stuff along.
- Blind Chair / Stool: Our back and legs get tired, so we like to bring a small stool along, you might want one too.
- Water Bottle: Great for quenching your thirst and doubles as urine container.
- Snacks: Bring your favorite jerks, sweets, crackers, or whatever else you like.
- Camera: Great for capturing shots of your bird after the hunt.
AFTER THE HUNT:
- Gutting Gloves: Not necessary, but sure makes cleanup easier.
- Shears: Makes preparing your bird easy.
- Plastic Bags: Great way to store your bird meats, spurs, and beard.