Hunter Ed Blog

What should be in my “essential” hunting kit?

The type of hunt you plan on should dictate exactly what you bring with you, but there are, generally speaking, some essentials every hunter should have.

You’ll need to bring along your preferred method of take (aka gun or bow), as well as any accessories and ammunition. (Remember, it is essential that your ammunition match your firearm, and that you inspect your arrows for any damage.)

Dress for the weather and the terrain. This typically will mean camouflage, sturdy boots, gloves, rugged pants, and under-layers. Waterproof or water-resistant clothing is useful in every environment, and moisture-wicking clothing will also help keep you comfortable. For warmth, seek wool or synthetic fibers; cotton will retain moisture and make you colder.

Be sure to wear the correct amount of blaze orange for your season and your area—it will keep you safe from other hunters, who may mistake you for game. It’s proven to be effective, and most game animals can’t even see it!

All of this equipment can be found online, in sporting goods stores, or perhaps as hand-me-downs from a family member or friend.

Here are some specifics you may need, depending on your hunting needs.

Game Care Kit for Field Dressing

Survival Kit and Equipment

Equipment for Firearm Hunters

Equipment for Archery Hunters

If You Use an Elevated Stand

Hunters Using a Boat

Having the right gear can be the difference between a difficult situation and a perfect hunt, so always plan accordingly!