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So you love hunting. Or maybe fishing. Or shooting. Maybe you're even planning a trip. Congrats! We hope it's a great one, and we want to help make sure it's your best yet.
Here's the deal: it doesn't matter if you've been a hunter for awhile, or are just starting out. When it comes to hunting, you need to be prepared, every time. You need to make sure your hunting backpack is locked and loaded, chock-full of all the gear you need to make the most of an awesome adventure.
Maybe you've heard stories of other hunters missing out on prized game because they did not have something as simple as a lure or a spare release. We're here to make sure this doesn't happen to you.
First thing's first? Make a list of everything you'll need to take in your hunting backpack. Actually, scratch that. Because we're making that list for you. Read on for the items you'll need (but most forget) to bring in their hunting backpack:
Who wants to get trapped in a dark forest filled with dangerous animals? Okay, maybe some of us. But most of us at least want a flashlight on hand for when this happens.
If you are planning an outdoor adventure, the first thing to do is to get hold of good strong tactical flashlights. A good sturdy pair can even double up as a weapon to ward off small animals who suddenly gain confidence in the darkness they're so used to.
Don’t assume that flashlights are necessary only if you are planning a night safari. Forests can also be dark during the day time. Plus, what if you stumble upon a great cave, and you want a better look? Flashlight to the rescue.
Obvious, you may say - but you may be surprised at the number of hunters who actually forget their spare batteries in the frenzy of packing other important items. Only when it is night time and the flashlight starts dying do they realize they've forgotten to pack a spare set of batteries. Whoops! Let's forgo that event, and make sure our batteries are packed. Actually...
While you are at it, why not throw in two sets of spare batteries? (Just in case.)
Don’t throw antiseptic, sanitized cotton, or pain killers randomly into your backpack. Assemble a proper first aid kit for the times when you are far away from your truck but need immediate medical attention.
Having a well thought out first aid kit can be the crucial difference between a minor and a major incident. Here are some of the essential items that must be in your kit:
In case you are wondering why "Aspirin" is listed separately from the other medications, here is why: a large number of people have heart attacks in the forest. Chewing on Aspirin till help arrives can prevent the condition from deteriorating. There is absolutely no reason to leave a matter of life and death to chance.
Imagine waiting for your game inside the treestand, sweat flowing down your face. Wouldn't it be nice to have a clean paper towel to wipe off? You can also use them to clean up after field dressing, wipe the paint off your face, or even light a fire. And yes, if you are not very confident about your trail, tear pieces of the paper towel and drop it on the way. It is thick enough to hold.
Yes, you read that right! Be it light or heavy, short or long, rope is a multi-purpose item that you'll find many uses for. Let's assume you need to carry some items up to your campsite. It's actually better to tie them with the rope and pull them up, rather than having to carry them in your hands (or your pocket).
Are your belongings starting to rattle against each other due to high-speed winds? Rope to the rescue! Tie them together (and then to something sturdy), so they hold.
Say you need to carry things up to your treestand. It is better to tie them to the rope and pull up rather than having to carry in your hands or pocket. Rope can even be used to drag carcasses or heavy things along the trail. With so many creative uses, doesn't it make sense to carry a coil of rope in your backpack?
If you ever get lost in a forest or mountain or even a large body of water, you could struggle to find your way to your truck or other team members. That's why it's always better to carry a compass with you. Why not have this extra source of protection to help find your way back to safety?
Some hunters and outdoor enthusiasts carry complete GPS units but the problem here is that they're usually battery operated. So, if the battery gives out, back to square one. Better to have the good old magnetic compass in your backpack. Better safe than sorry.
There's no doubt that hunting, fishing and shooting are fun, especially when it's time to take a trip, or go on a long excursion. That said, there are things that need to be taken seriously - and one that's often overlooked are the items in your pack. We hope we've helped take care of some of that for you, and that this guide leads to your best hunting trip yet!
Here is your list (in actual list form), as a last quick reminder to ensure you remember everything you need to take along in your hunting backpack:
While we don't think there's anything we missed, what do you think? Ever found yourself out in the field needing an item that wasn't there at the ready? What did you learn? Let us know in the comments!