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Your hunting trip is only going to go as well as you prepare for it. When it comes to hunting supplies, it’s easy to forget something small in the excitement. Those small things, usually, turn out to be pretty big.

If you’ve ever made the shot, just to realize that you are miles into the woods with no rope or deer drag to pull your game out of the worst possible place it could have fallen, you know what we’re talking about. Or, fired your rifle, and gone to reload it when you realized that targetting in your scope used more rounds than you thought. Many of us have had these experiences, and if you are preparing for the hunt of a lifetime, you don’t want to come home with that kind of story.

You never want to set out for hunting without having all of the supplies you need, yet even the most seasoned hunter can make a human error and forget something.

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The Ultimate Hunting Supplies List

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It can be costly to buy things on the road, but if you forget an essential item, it could spoil the hunt or even put you in danger. Obviously, there are things you need to do before the hunt, during the hunt, and after the hunt. So that is how we broke down this list. However, there are other things to consider. Having the right hunting supplies is essential. After all, you’re going miles into an environment that has not only your prey but also many predators.

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Before the Hunt

Before you even start buying hunting supplies, there are things you need to do. Be sure you take care of all this, or you may find yourself in a situation where you can’t hunt, and all of the time and expense of preparation was for naught. Also, check your local DNR laws and regulations.

Hunting guide, rules and regulations handbook

Every state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a hunting guidebook, most of them have versions for different types of game. Small game, waterfowl, and large game may all have their own booklet. These books have sun-up, sun-down tables, rules, zones, and other important information. Think of that as your hunting bible, and never leave home without it.

Hunter safety course

Check your state’s regulations on hunter education requirements to see if a hunting safety course is required. Many require a course if you were born after a certain year. If you don’t have time to do an in-person course, see if your state will allow you to take an online course.We also recommend watching some hunting safety videos, especially if it’s been a while. Cabela’s has an extensive video library. Be sure to note whether or not wearing blaze orange vests and hats is a requirement in your state.

Landowner permission

Landowners are mighty particular about who comes onto their land with a firearm or bow, shooting at their wildlife. Before hunting anywhere, be sure to secure the proper permission. Make sure you’re clear on the landowner’s expectations and requirements. Get all of this ironed out well in advance, never assume last year’s go-ahead is still good. Some states require that you have this permission in writing.

Hunting license

Check out the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s website to get specific information about your state. Remember that you have to have the paper license with you while hunting and it needs to be signed.

Set up your blind or treestand

Plan to set up your deer blind or tree stand well in advance of the hunt. You want the wildlife to become accustomed to it; the stand needs time to become a part of their environment. If you’re hunting trophy bucks, plan to set up your blind weeks in advance of your hunt if at all possible. They’ve gotten mature for a reason.

Driver license or other ID

You don’t want to be without an ID when the game warden pulls up. Forgetting it is a good way to ruin a good hunt.

Animal tags/license

Tags are permits, added to your hunting license, that will allow you to pursue certain animals. Be sure you have the ones you need for your hunt and whatever fastener is required to attach the tag to the animal.

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Hunting Supplies Needed During the Hunt

There are certain supplies that you need during the hunt. These include your weapon, ammo, binoculars, scopes, and other essentials. Don’t forget things that you’ll need for yourself, like toilet paper, toiletries, and hand warmers.

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Your Weapon

It may seem like it goes without saying, but you need to make sure that you’ve got all the firearms or other weapons you are going to need. Whether you hunt with a rifle, shotgun, bow, or spear, an empty case or just an empty space when you get there is something you never, ever want to face.

Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow

Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow

CenterPoint Sniper 370- Crossbow Package

CenterPoint Sniper 370- Crossbow Package

RAPTOR Compound Hunting Bow Kit

RAPTOR Compound Hunting Bow Kit

Gun

If you’re hunting with a gun, you’ll need to make sure it’s cleaned, packed, and that you have all the needed supplies for it. Your gun of choice is completely up to you. However, get the best gun your budget will allow. There’s plenty of room in a hunting supplies list for saving money, but your weapon should get the bulk of your budget. Talk to the people at the establishment where you go to buy your weapon. They can help you select the one that’s best for you and your hunting needs.

Gun case

Also, keep in mind that gun cases are required by law in many states. Familiarize yourself with the local regulations. Good gun cases cost between $100 and $250. Invest in a high-quality case, as it will have the job of protecting your most valuable hunting asset: your weapon.

HQ ISSUE Rifle-Bow Carry Case

HQ ISSUE Rifle/Bow Carry Case

WolfWarriorX Double Long Rifle Gun Case

WolfWarriorX Double Long Rifle Gun Case Bag

Savior Equipment American Classic Tactical Double Long Rifle Pistol Gun Bag Firearm Transportation Case

Savior Equipment American Classic Tactical Double Long Rifle Pistol Gun Bag

Compound bow

You’ll pay from $ to $$$ for a compound bow, even more when you’re done adding accessories. You’ll want to protect it with a case. A case will cost you anywhere from $ to $$$, depending on how high-end you want your case to be. Although hard cases cost more, they protect your investment.

Leader Accessories Compound Bow

Leader Accessories 50-70lbs Compound Bow

iGlow Camo Archery Hunting Compound Bow

iGlow Archery Hunting Compound Bow

If you’re hunting with a bow, make sure you’re packing extra bow strings, arrows, release, and an arm guard.

Scope

UTG 3-9X32 1 BugBuster Scope, AO, RGB Mil-dot, QD Rings

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Regardless of your firearm of choice, most hunters will have better results with a quality scope. Some scopes allow for wind compensation, drop compensation, and distance ranging. You mount the scope to your rifle with a base and rings, which you usually need to buy separately so, you may want to pack an extra set. Furthermore, the best scopes are waterproof, fog proof, and shockproof.

Bipod

XAegis 2 in 1 Bipod

XAegis 2 in 1 Bipod 6 Inch to 9 Inch Adjustable Rifle Bipod
  • Adjustable leg length (with 5 settings) with spring return, with rubber padded on top and a non-rust black anodized finish.
  • Comes with a rail mount adapter, no need to buy another one.
  • Light weight and Compact. Quickly attach or detach by using a swivel stud.
  • This bipod does not have swivel top and does not tilt from side to side.
  • We guarantee you 100% refund if you are not satisfied with our products.

You might also want to invest in a bipod for stabilization. Look for a scope that gives a very bright sight picture that allows for high-resolution images, even when you’re hunting in tough weather.

Night vision

ESSLNB Night Vision Monocular

ESSLNB Night Vision Monocular 5X40 Night Vision Infrared IR Camera HD Digital Night Vision Scopes
  • 5X40 Infrared Hunting Camera
  • Solid framework
  • Great Camouflage Infrared Camera

Stalking, or calling in varmints? You can opt for a night-vision monocular scope.

Ammo

Make sure you always carry more ammunition than you think you’ll need. It’s hard to calculate how many misses you may have on any given hunt. A good figure is to carry one and a half times as much ammo as you think you’ll actually use. If you’re bowhunting, make sure you have broadheads and/or bolts.

Ammo case

The only way to safely store ammunition is in a case that’s specially designed to hold ammo. A good ammo case will keep your ammo dry and easy to carry. Many have crates that are stackable. Also, make sure they have tie-down spots for ATV attachments. Good ammo cases cost $20 to $100.

Gun cleaning kit

Although not always possible, you really should clean your gun after every shot, so invest in a universal gun cleaning kit. They cost $25 and $35 but missing a shot or a misfire is a bigger expense. Make sure yours has a variety of rod sizes. You’ll probably need to buy your oil separately. It costs between $8 and $12 per bottle.

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Ground blind

Ameristep Tent Chair Easy Fold Over Ground Blind, Realtree Xtra

Ameristep Tent Chair Ground Blind

Ameristep Care Taker Ground Blind, Realtree Xtra

Ameristep Care Taker Ground Blind

Territory Terminator Hunting Blind, Waylay Camo

Territory Terminator Hunting Blind

There are many options for quality blinds, none of them will do you any good back home, in the shed. As we’ve already discussed, most forms of blind should be out long before you are.

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Tree stand

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When it comes to tree stands, there are three main types: ladders, fixed-position stands, and climbers. You’ll pay anywhere from $200 to $500 for a good stand.Ladder stands are well suited to situations that call for you to erect them days in advance of your hunt. They tend to be heavy and bulky and require considerable effort to erect. However, once they’re up, they’re stable — giving you a nice solid platform from which to hunt.Fixed-position stands are the middle ground between climbers and ladders. They’re suitable for semi-permanent locations. Like ladders, you’ll need to erect them in advance. They’re easier to transport than ladder stands. For these stands, you’ll need climbing sticks or steps, or a ladder.

Summit Treestands 81120 Viper SD Climbing Treestand, Mossy Oak 1

81120 Viper SD Climbing Treestand

Guide Gear Deluxe Hang-On Tree Stand

Guide Gear Deluxe Hang-On Tree Stand

Big Dog Hunting Treestand Blind BDB-400 Treestand Blind

Big Dog Hunting BDB-400 Treestand 

Climbers give you the most flexibility and mobility. They’re easy to carry in the same day of the hunt and if you’re agile enough, you can climb a tree quickly and quietly. Also, they’re popular because they’re usually comfortable.Most tree stands have a weight limit of 300 pounds. If you weigh more than the specified weight on the stand, you need one that will accommodate big and tall people. For example, Summit makes a stand that will accommodate folks up to 350 pounds.

Tree stand safety rope and harness

Tree stand safety is no joking matter. Statistics show that tree stand falls are deer hunting’s most common accident. In fact, researchers predict that 5,000 to 6,400 hunters nationwide will need medical attention this year from falling out of treestands. As the old saying goes, don’t be a statistic.If you hunt from a tree stand, you need a safety harness. Unfortunately, studies show that 77 percent of gun hunters in stands don’t use safety devices, while 67 percent of bowhunters fail to use safety devices. Also, don’t forget a safety rope.

Climbing sticks or ladder

If you’re hunting from a tree stand, you’re going to need climbing sticks or a ladder if your stand doesn’t come with them.

Lifting kit or rope

A good tree stand lifting kit for getting your weapon from the ground to your stand safely is a must for your hunting supplies list. You should never climb a tree while carrying your firearm or bow. You can also use a rope method.

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Portable saw

Having a portable saw is helpful for cutting small branches when you’re trying to clear a trail. It can serve any number of useful purposes.

Bahco 396-LAP Laplander Folding Saw

Bahco 396-LAP Laplander Folding Saw, 7-1/2 -Inch Blade, 7 TPI

YXGMY Folding Saw

YXGMY Folding Saw, 13.6 Inches Pruning Hand Saw Wood Camping Heavy Duty, Multi-Purpose Manganese Steel Material Saw

REXBETI Folding Saw

REXBETI Folding Saw, Heavy Duty Extra Long 11 Inch Blade Hand Saw for Wood Camping

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Rope

Hunter Safety System Rope-Style Tree Strap

Hunter Safety System Rope-Style Tree Strap
  • STAY SAFE UP AND DOWN THE STAND: Replaces your current tree strap and serves as an effective LifeLine for climbing style tree stands
  • LOSE ANY FEAR OF ASCENDING OR DESCENDING THE STAND: Makes climbing easier and safer, keeping you attached at all times during both the climb and the hunt
  • VERSATILE ENOUGH FOR MANY DIFFERENT STANDS: Accommodates most trees and allows for easy 360º shooting from nearly any angle
  • INCREDIBLY EASY-TO-USE: Simply loop it around the tree above your stand location and let the excess hang free
  • ALLOWS FOR SHOTS AT ALL ANGLES: Easy-to-adjust Prussik Knot allows for additional maneuverability in your treestand

The uses for a good rope are nearly endless. From safely lifting your gun to your tree stand, to suspending meat above marauding bears — rope is a hunting supplies list staple. A 100-foot roll of 550 paracord can be the difference between being prepared and being miserable.

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Backpack

Gelindo Military Tactical Backpack

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You’ll probably need a backpack every time you go hunting, so it makes sense to invest in a good one. If you can find one that has a hydration pack, lots of pockets, and a small rucksack, that’s even better.

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Pocket knife

Your pocket knife is something you’ll never want to leave home without. A good, sharp pocket knife is worth its weight in gold, as any outdoors person will tell you.We’ll get to the knives you need for after the hunt a little later.

Glock Field Knife with Root Saw

Glock Knife

Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade, 4.1-Inch

Morakniv

Opinel Stainless Steel Folding Everyday Carry Locking Pocket Knife

Opinel

Winchester 22-41324 Brass Folding Knife, 2.5-In. Blade

Winchester

Buck Knives 0385BRS TOOTHPICK Folding Pocket Knife with Wood Handle

Buck Knives

Multi-tool

Besides your pocket knife, a multi-tool is one more thing you’ll want. A good multi-tool will have a knife, screwdrivers, pliers, wire stripper, wire cutters, scissors, bottle and can openers, a file, and even a ruler. They cost from $30 to $50.

Knife sharpener

There’s a good chance you or someone in your hunting party is going to end up with a dull knife. Make sure you bring along a knife sharpener and honing steel in your hunting supplies. A good whetstone is your best bet. It will cost you between $30 and $40.

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Scent eliminator

Conquest Scents RuttingBuck Pack (Rutting Buck and EverCalm Stick)

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Deer and other wildlife are very sensitive to the smell of humans. You need to use a scent eliminating soap or spray to wash the human off of you.

Bear spray

There’s a good chance you will never need bear spray, depending on where you live. But it’s one of those things that you don’t want to be without should the need arise.

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Binoculars

Bushnell Falcon 133410 Binoculars with Case (Black, 7x35 mm)

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A good pair of binoculars is an essential tool. They are possibly as important as the right weapon and the right boots. You can get them for as low as $99 and as high as $499, so you are also going to want a good case for them.

Rangefinder

The range you need depends on what you’re hunting, of course. However, note that higher magnification can make it harder to keep the device steady. A good magnification is 6x and should have a range of 850 yards. Also, make sure you get a rangefinder for your hunting supplies that’s specifically for hunting, not for golf or archery.

TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder

TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder

Wosports Hunting Range Finder

Wosports Hunting Range Finder

Bushnell 202208 Bone Collector Edition 4x Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell 202208 Bone Collector Edition 4x Laser Rangefinder

Quick-drying towel

The Camping Trail Outdoor and Camping Towel Set

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Since you need a towel to carry into the woods with you, you may as well pack a high-quality quick-drying towel in your hunting supplies. Even better, many of them are antibacterial.

Zipper-seal bags

These are handy for storing used scent and lure items like scent wicks or drag rags. Putting this stuff in zipped bags will keep all the rest of your stuff from soaking up the stench.

Sunscreen

Even in cold weather, and even if it’s cloudy, you can still get a sunburn. Make sure you put some odorless sunscreen in your hunting supplies.

Insect repellent

Insects are an unavoidable part of hunting. Odorless insect repellent only costs between $7 and $10 per bottle.

Lip balm

We recommend going with an odorless lip balm. It’s sheer misery to be out in the woods with painful chapped lips. Lip balm that’s odorless costs between $4 and $5 per tube.

Vacuum Sealer Bags

Vacuum Sealer Bags 100 Pint Size 6″x10″ . KitchenBoss Commercial Grade for Food Vacuum Storage Bags

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant and Non-Greasy Sunscreen Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 100+, 3 fl. oz

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant and Non-Greasy Sunscreen Lotion

OFF! Deep Woods Insect Repellent V 6 oz

OFF! Deep Woods Insect Repellent V 6 oz

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm, Original Beeswax with Vitamin E & Peppermint Oil – 4 Tubes

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm, Original Beeswax with Vitamin E & Peppermint Oil – 4 Tubes

Zip ties

These are useful for any number of purposes. For example, you can use them to attach a tag to a carcass, tie back tree branches, attach stuff to your tree stand or backpack, and more. They can fix things that sometimes break, too. A package of zip ties costs between $8 and $15.

Toilet paper or biodegradable wipes

For quick cleanups, you need biodegradable wipes, paper towels, or toilet paper in your hunting supplies. Wipes are great because they can clean up messier things. They can also be used to wash your hands and face. A pack of biodegradable wipes costs between $7 and $10. Also, you may want a urine bottle in case you’re up in a tree when you need to go, keeping your scent off the ground near your stand.

Portable toilet seat

It’s going to happen sooner or later. You’re going to be out in the woods and need to go, and it’s mightily uncomfortable if you don’t have a toilet seat. You can get just a seat or a bucket with a seat on it. Whatever you opt for, be sure to have something you can use when you need it.

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Scent control is the name of the hunting game. And, yes, even toothpaste is made specially to help hunters control their human odor.

Cable Zip Ties Heavy Duty 12 Inch, Ultra Strong Plastic Wire Ties with 120 Pounds Tensile Strength, 100 Pieces, Nylon Tie Wraps

Cable Zip Ties Heavy Duty 12 Inch, Ultra Strong Plastic Wire Ties

ArcherOG Biodegradable Wipes for Camping and Outdoor Use

ArcherOG Biodegradable Wipes for Camping and Outdoor Use

Green Elephant Folding Commode Portable Toilet Seat

Green Elephant Folding Commode Portable Toilet Seat

Dental Source Travel Toothbrush and Crest Toothpaste Kit, 2-pack

Dental Source Travel Toothbrush and Crest Toothpaste Kit, 2-pack

Lighter

Zippo Matte Pocket LightersZippo Matte Pocket Lighters red matteZippo Matte Pocket Lighters red

When hunting, you may run into a situation where you need a fire. Along with wind-proof waterproof matches, it’s a good idea to have a lighter that will withstand strong winds and work in wet conditions.

Hand warmers

Frozen hands are difficult to hold steady, and no glove is enough sometimes. The best hand warmers will give you up to 10 hours of heat and are odorless, and TSA approved.

Flashlight or lantern

Don’t forget your flashlight. You need one that puts out 1600 lumen at least. Make sure it’s waterproof and has an adjustable focus. You can find a good one for between $10 and $20. Don’t forget a lantern, either, because the perfect shot is usually right at dusk, leaving you fumbling in the dark.

Headlamp

Don’t overlook the necessity of having a headlamp. Free hands and light you can focus on your task are absolutely worth it. Make sure your headlamp is LED, emits at least 30 lumens, and has a long lifespan, maybe 100,000+ hours. Also, a beam distance of 20 meters is best. Most hunting quality headlamps cost from $20 to $40.

Thermos

It can be great to have a hot beverage to warm you up when you’re hunting. You can take coffee, tea, or even soup. Grab a good thermos, fill ‘er up, and go!

Game calls

Many hunters use game calls to bring animals closer. Whether you are calling for small game, large game, or birds — the right call can make all the difference.Doe in heat cans that release the plaintive cry of a doe seeking a buck and rattling antlers can also bring your game in range. Most good calls cost a little cash, but they’re worth it.

Decoys

guy with dead deer after crossbow hit

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Decoys are important, particularly in waterfowl hunting. Whether you’re hunting for turkey or waterfowl, if you want to fill your bag, you need to have decoys in your hunting bag of tricks and learn how to use them.

Turkey decoys, depending on whether you want hen or jake or both, cost anywhere from $20 to $81. Mallard duck decoys cost between $45 and $75 for a pack of six.You can also use decoys in deer hunting, but only in some states. Be sure to check the local laws. The folks at Mossy Oak said it best: the biggest mistake hunters make when using decoys is “not using the decoy.”

The fact is, using decoys for deer hunting is effective when done right. Choose decoys based on the conditions of your hunt. During rutting season you would use estrus doe and young buck decoys, for example, to lure in a big buck. You can try a silhouette decoy, and in places where they’re legal, a battery-operated decoy.

However, note that using decoys is not legal everywhere. Be sure to check the laws where you’ll be hunting. Doe decoys cost between $60 and $90.Last, make sure your decoys don’t smell like humans. You have to cover your scent. Therefore, handle your decoys with gloves and spray them with odor neutralizer every time you set them up.

Two-way radios

You may or may not want two-way radios. Some hunters think they’re nice to have, and can provide an extra communication device. They cost anywhere from $80 to $150.

Solar phone charger

You’re not going to have an outlet or USB port out in the woods or on the mountain. To make sure you can keep your phone charged, it’s worthwhile to invest in a solar USB charger. They cost from $35 to $50.

GPS

Why do you need a GPS system? After all, our smartphones have GPS, right? Yes, but there’s a good chance you could end up in an area without cell service. We recommend taking a GPS with you, in addition to your compass and maps.The more ways you cover yourself, the more insurance you have against disaster. A good GPS will cost you from $150 to $500. Another option is a GPS watch. They can cost anywhere from $75 to $310.

Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch, Regular fit - Black

Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch

Garmin Foretrex 401 Waterproof Hiking GPS

Garmin Foretrex 401 Waterproof Hiking GPS

Compass

Don’t make the mistake of thinking the compass on your smartphone will suffice on a hunt. We strongly recommend that you buy a good compass. Compasses cost between $10 to $30.

Maps

Speaking of GPS, we recommend that you take physical paper maps with you. They won’t fail you even if electronics do. For the same reasons that you need a compass, it also doesn’t hurt to take a map.

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Hunting Food and Beverages

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Whether you’re hunting for two hours or a week, you’re going to need to eat and drink. Minimally, you need water, but it’s also important to know what you can and can’t eat on the hunt.

Food

Quest Nutrition Ultimate Variety Pack

Quest Nutrition Ultimate Variety Pack, High Protein, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Keto Friendly, 12Count
  • 20-21g Protein, 4-6g Net Carbs, < 1-3g Sugars, 14-16g Dietary Fiber, 170-200 Calories, 4.5-8g Fat
  • Certified Gluten-Free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization.
  • No added sugar and keto-friendly protein bar
  • Includes 1 bar each of the following flavors: Blueberry Muffin, Double Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate Brownie, Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Mocha Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Hazelnut, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Peanut Butter, S’mores, Cookies and Cream, and White Chocolate Raspberry

For food on your hunt, pack some things like protein bars and granola bars, energy bars, fruit, trail mix, and things like that in your hunting supplies. Avoid anything with meat scents like beef jerky. Your prey will smell it. So will other predators.If you’re planning an overnight or multi-day hunt, you’ll need to plan for that grocery-wise. There are also complete meal kits. All you have to do is add water.

Beverages

First of all, you need water and plenty of it. Plan for how much you’ll need based on how long you’ll be out there. Buy a good hydration bladder. Fill it completely before you head out. Hydration bladders cost between $20 and $30.You can also take some stainless steel bottles full of water. You can get a camo stainless steel bottle for between $17 and $25.

LifeStraw Steel Personal Water Filter

LifeStraw Steel Personal Water Filter with 2 Stage Carbon Filtration

Hydration Bladder 2 Liter Leak Proof Water Reservoir

Hydration Bladder 2 Liter Leak Proof Water Reservoir

AVEX FreeFlow AUTOSEAL Stainless Steel Water Bottle

AVEX FreeFlow AUTOSEAL Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Also, another thing you should have on hand is a LifeStraw. If you need to drink from a stream or other water source, this will remove 99.99 percent of waterborne parasites.

Having some Gatorade on hand is nice, or some electrolyte tablets or liquid that you can add to your water to help restore hydration if needed.

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Clothing

MOPHOTO 5 in 1 Ghillie Suit, 3D Camouflage Hunting Apparel

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For most hunters, clothing is the only thing between them and the elements, so the right inner- and outer-wear is important. From boots to a balaclava, make sure you’re covered, literally. Your clothing should be as insulated as your climate calls for, and the more you layer, the easier it is to get comfortable.Some hunting clothing comes with advanced technology that uses antimicrobial silver that blocks odor, so it helps alleviate worries about masking your scent.

Hunting jacket

Most likely, depending on where you’re going hunting, it’s going to be cold out there. Therefore, you’re going to need a good hunting jacket, and one that has scent control is ideal if it will keep you warm enough. Depending on your climate, you may need a thicker jacket. Furthermore, some jackets have built-in inner liners, and even removable hoods, making it convenient to add and remove layers.Your hunting jacket will cost you anywhere from $50 to $300. It all depends on your needs and the quality you want to pay for.

ReFire Gear Men’s Soft Shell Military Tactical Jacket Outdoor Camouflage Hunting Fleece Hooded Coat

Gamehide Deerhunter Parka

Gamehide Deerhunter Parka

SITKA Gear Timberline Jacket

SITKA Gear Timberline Jacket

Camo hunting pants or suits

In tough weather, you want to plan to be as comfortable as possible so you can make sure your hunt lasts. Whether you wear pants or a camo coverall, you want it to be water resistant and insulated and/or have moisture wicking. The price range of good hunting pants is wide, varying from $20 all the way up to as much as $150 or more, depending on the features you’re looking for.Depending on what you’re hunting, and where, you may want a ghillie suit. Expect to pay between $65 and $85.

ScentLok Savanna Reign Pant

ScentLok Savanna Reign Pant

Gamehide Trails End Waterproof Pant

Gamehide Trails End Waterproof Pants

Natural Gear Camouflage Hunting Pants, 100% Waterproof Pants for Men and Women

Natural Gear Camouflage Hunting Pants

Balaclava or face mask

Your Choie Balaclava Outdoor Sports Mask Windproof Face Mask for Men & Women

Your Choie Balaclava Outdoor Sports Mask Windproof Face Mask for Men & Women

It can be great to have a hot beverage to warm you up when you’re hunting. You can take coffee, tea, or even soup. Grab a good thermos, fill ‘er up, and go!

Hunting boots

Your boots are one of the most important tools in your hunting supplies because nothing else about the hunt will go well if your feet aren’t ready to move quickly and safely. All it takes is one blister to make for a day of misery. Besides your weapon, your boots are one of the items you should plan to spend good money on.You want to make sure your boots are waterproof. It helps if they’re infused with a scent control product to minimize foul odors. Good boots aren’t cheap. You’re going to pay anywhere from $50 to $250, but these boots will last a long time.If you’re going to be hunting in a snake-prone area, make sure your boots are snake-proof or that you get some snake-proof gaiters. They cost between $15 to $60.

Lacrosse Hunting Boots

Lacrosse Hunting Boots

Danner Women's High Ground Hunting Shoes

Danner Women’s High Ground Hunting Shoes

Bogs Men's Bowman Waterproof Hunting Boot

Bogs Men’s Bowman Waterproof Hunting Boot

Rainwear

If you know you’re going to be dealing with a lot of rain, you may want to invest in hunting boots specially designed for rain. You’ll also need outerwear in your hunting supplies that will protect you from the elements if it starts raining. Either a rain suit or a poncho should provide what you need. A rain suit costs between $45 and $65 depending on size, and a poncho costs between $20 and $30.

COMPASS 360 Sport Tek 360 Non-Woven Rain Suit

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Moisture-wicking or heated socks

GLOBAL VASION Heated Scoks

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Your socks will save you on a hunt. You need to have an extra pair for every day you’ll be out there. Heated socks are nice to have if you’re in a cold climate. They’re not cheap. They cost between $40 and $60 per pair, but your feet will thank you.If you don’t need heated socks, you’ll still need some warm hunting socks with moisture wicking. For good hunting socks, you’ll pay between $10 and $30 per pair.

Gloves

Getting out there without gloves will make for a day of misery. Make sure yours are with your hunting supplies. A good pair of gloves will cost between $15 and $35.

Performance base inner layer (long underwear)

Thermajohn Men's Ultra Soft Thermal Underwear Long Johns Set with Fleece Lined

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If you can get some that are scent controlled, even better. You’ll need bottoms and a pullover shirt, and it doesn’t hurt to have an extra pair. Depending on what you get, your inner pants will cost between $10 and $70, and your undershirt will also cost between $10 and $70.

Orange vest and hat

Hunters Specialties Safety Vest

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Be sure to check to see if your state requires you to wear an orange hat and hunting vest. For a hat, you can opt for a cap or a hat that will help keep you warm. If the area in which you’ll be hunting requires it, make sure to include them with your hunting supplies.

Extra set of clothing

You need to have an extra set of clothing nearby, in your vehicle or with you and your hunting supplies, in case you get wet. Also, if you’re hunting for more than one day, you’ll want to change clothes. You’ll need an extra of everything.

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Hunting Supplies Needed After the Hunt

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You did all of that work to get ready for the hunt and checked off all of the items on your checklist to get your hunting supplies in order. Now imagine you’ve taken down a buck and don’t have the tools and supplies needed to get that fellow home. Don’t forget all of the supplies you’ll need for after the hunt.

Rubber gloves, apron

Be sure you have some heavy duty rubber gloves for cleaning and gutting your game. It will be a messy job if you don’t have a couple of pair of these in your hunting supplies.

Scale for weighing game

You’re going to need to weigh your kill at some point. Hanging game scales will hold up to 660 pounds.

Supplies for wrapping meat

If you’re going to be processing your meat, take the supplies. You’ll need butcher paper. It costs between $15 and $25 per roll. Also, you’ll need some freezer tape, which costs between $3 and $5 per roll. Last, carry along some Sharpies in your hunting supplies. They cost anywhere from a few bucks each at a discount store to $20 for a box of 36.

Pink Butcher Kraft Paper Roll

Pink Butcher Kraft Paper Roll – 18″ x 175′ Unbleached Unwaxed Uncoated Sheet

Duck Brand 280124 Write-On Freezer Tape

Duck Brand 280124 Write-On Freezer Tape, 3/4-Inch by 30-Yard, Single Roll, White

Sharpie Fine Electro Pop Marker

Sharpie Fine Electro Pop Marker, Fine Point, Assorted, 24/Pack

Processing knives and pelvic saw

When you down an animal, you’ll probably need to do some of the processing and gutting in the field. You can get good combo processing sets that have a gut hook and filet knife, along with other tools like a boning knife, saw, and brisket spreader. Some kits even include sharpeners and game cleaning gloves. If your kit doesn’t have a pelvic saw, you need to buy one and they cost between $15 and $25. A butchering knife kit will cost $30 to $65.

Game bags

Allen Big Game Quarter Game or Meat Bag (Pack of 4)

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With a specially designed game bag, you can keep your carcass at 36 to 40 degrees using ice bags. Most game bags have an antimicrobial liner to prevent mold and mildew. Plus, they have a durable polyester outer shell. 

Cooler(s)

If you’re packing up your meat, you’ll probably want to put it in some coolers unless you’re hunting near home. You can get coolers as big as 70-quarts or 125-quarts. While a 70-quart cooler costs $55 and $65, a 125-quart cooler will set you back $450 and $550. You’ll also need a smaller cooler for your own food if you’re on an overnight hunt. 

Coleman Wheeled Cooler

Coleman Wheeled Cooler

YETI Hopper Flip Portable Cooler

YETI Hopper Flip Portable Cooler

Igloo 14.8 Quart Playmate Cooler with Industrial Diamond Plate Exterior Design (Pack of 1)

Igloo 14.8 Quart Playmate Cooler with Industrial Diamond Plate

Deer cart or drag

How are you gonna get that big old buck out of the woods? Be sure to take along your game cart. These are super heavy duty two-wheel devices that you can pull your deer up onto to wheel out of the woods. Most will hold about 500 pounds. 

You can also use a deer drag, which is a heavy duty cable with a handle that you use to drag your deer out of the woods. 

Lift system and gambrel

Viking Solutions VS-VHK001 Game Processing

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With a game lift system, you can easily raise and lower upwards of 600 pounds of game. Therefore, these are used to get your deer into your truck or to get an animal up to cap and skin. 

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Emergency Gear Hunting Supplies

No one ever goes into a hunt thinking the worst will happen, but it’s good to prepare for the worst. Besides needing to start a fire, you may need first aid or medication, an emergency blanket, fishing and snare wire, etc…

First aid kit

Be sure to bring a basic first aid kit with your hunting supplies and just plan for Murphy’s Law when packing it. You need medical tape, gauze, triple-antibiotic ointment, butterfly stitches, and a good assortment of band-aids. You can use butterfly stitches to patch up larger cuts that may normally require stitches. Pre-moistened alcohol pads are handy and could be invaluable if you need to sanitize something for any reason. ​If you are hunting where dangerous snakes are a factor include a snake venom extractor kit. Additionally, pack some basic medications like pain relievers and Benadryl, which is an antihistamine and invaluable if you have an allergic reaction to anything. Most importantly, make sure you have any prescription medication you need.Finally, if you’re prone to stomach upset, you’re going to want your go-to relief, be it Tums or Pepto-Bismol. One last thing for your first aid kit is Calamine or Caladryl lotion. It will give you much-needed relief if you run into some nasty poison ivy or poison oak.

Emergency thermal blanket

If for some reason you’re stuck in the cold, you can quickly get hypothermia. Don’t risk that when you can carry an emergency thermal blanket in your hunting supplies. They are usually lightweight, with some weighing about two ounces.

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Emergency snare and fishing gear

Survival Kit for Trapping by Thompson Snares

Survival Kit for Trapping by Thompson Snares
  • Made in the USA
  • Contains (1) 0S-30 30″ inch, 1/16” cable snare & (1) 00S-20 20 inch, 1/32” cable snare
  • Also includes tie wire and instructions for setting loop size
  • Check local game laws before using

In case of an emergency, will the items in your backpack save you? Although an emergency snare and fishing kit doesn’t take up a lot of space in your hunting supplies, it can buy you a lot of peace of mind for $20 to $30.

Flares

The Original Highway Flare Kit (6-Pack Emergency Flare Kit)

The Original Highway Flare Kit (6-Pack Emergency Flare Kit)
  • Kit contents: (6) 30 minute highway flares plus (1) FREE high visibility safety vest.
  • Protect you and your family during a roadside emergency. Flares prevent injuries and save lives. Flares are safe and easy to use.
  • Flares store safely in the trunk of your vehicle. Made in USA.

Having some flares is a must. It’s one surefire way for help to find you.

Wind-up flashlight

It’s nice to have a wind-up flashlight. It can mean survival if you get stranded in the woods, so keep one with your hunting supplies.

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Hunting Supplies, Wrapping It All Up

Finally, a hunting trip can be the most rewarding experience of your life as long as all goes as smoothly as possible. However, it’s all about being prepared and having the right hunting supplies. Your survival is on the line. Being prepared for yourself, and for the people you’re hunting with, will ensure that everyone enjoys a rewarding hunt.