Good hunting gear is a need for every good hunter. It is very important to be equipped properly, you never know how will your hunt develop and will you get into trouble or not. Thus the need to pack your hunting backpack properly.
Some bags allow carrying a weapon inside of it, while others not. A gun, as an additional weapon, is mostly carried around the waist, however, it might be carried inside of a bag. Some backpack has hooks or safety pins specially designed to carry a weapon. You may also carry a bow if you are a traditional hunter.
This is definitively a need. Depending on how many days you play to spend in a hunt, more ammo will be needed. You may carry arrows if you like the traditional style.
Some forests are covered with very dense vegetation. An axe can be an amazing ally. It can also be used when you are seeking for a perfect cover and cutting branches.
You shouldn’t lose yourself while being in the forest. GPS is very precise and you will be aware of your location at any time. If you accidentally lose yourself, the precise coordinates will help you to be saved.
Time is very important. If you are in a group hunt, maybe you will start chasing animals at the specified time. Your watch should be waterproof and resistant to weather conditions, G-Shock is a great choice.
Optionally, you may have more money and buy the whole survival kit at once, or you may have separated accessories. A basic survival kit contains Mylar heating blanket, water purifying tablet, emergency food supplies, extra batteries, compass, rope, fire starter and waterproof matches.
Mylar heating blanket
You never know what may happen. A blanket is always a good option if someone has unexpected problems.
20 feet or longer rope
A rope is very important if you climb, it should be supported by safety buckles. However, a rope may also be used for other purposes.
Today, in the era of GPS trackers, a compass is a lot less used, but traditional hunters may find it great. If you are a traditional hunter, a basic survival kit is a great choice for you.
The very necessary thing, if you don’t have a fire during the cold night, you may freeze or risk hypothermia. It is always better if you buy the waterproof ones, as a part of a basic survival kit.
Binoculars (night vision goggles)
It is always great to be in the complete control of the situation. Hunting at day is a lot easier if you look animals from a distance unless you are an assault man. Those type of hunters often try to drive the animals into the open and use its fear against them. Nightvision goggles are an awesome choice if you want to take advantage during the night hunting sessions.
Knife and honing stone
What is hunted, definitively needs to be cleaned immediately. A good hunting knife is a very vital option. Here is the list of the best hunting knives, take a look at the end of an article (put an article basic hunting gear list). A good honing stone is crucial, a dull knife is the last thing you need when the cleaning starts.
First aid kit
It is contained of bandages, gauzes, patches, triangular scarf, scissors, surgical gloves, accessories for resuscitation and CPR and first aid instruction guide. However, this may be different from country to country since the regulations are not everywhere the same.
Depending on your choice, but fruit snacks, power bars or healthy sandwiches are the most appropriate meals for this type of activity. You may also prepare your own meals and carry it. An additional option is to bake the hunted prey on the fire if you go hunting for a longer period of time.
Water bottle (bladder)
Nevermind where you go, water is important for the regular functioning of the human body. Always carry at least 2 liters of water with yourself. Water bladder may reduce some space in your bag.
Depending on an animal you hunt, various decoys may be carried.
Hunting during the night is very difficult without the use of flashlight or headlamp unless you have night vision goggles. You may also check the holes for activity with flashlights or it may also be the signal between hunters in the group. Bad side – an animal may see the light and be spooked.
If an animal smells you, your hunting is over before it has even started. So make sure to buy this.
Airtight zipper bag
If you carry personal items or accessories for personal hygiene, this may be a good choice, since the smell will stay covered. Some animals have a very strong sense of smell which can harden your hunt.
Hunter education certificate
In some countries, this has to be carried and shown to the rangers, in others a computer check is available.
This is a must for every hunter. Penalties are big, and you may face a prison sentence, so don’t play with this, carry it and pay taxes regularly.
If you want to sleep in the forest, buy a good camping tent that is easy for installation and doesn’t require much space in your backpack.
Only one criterion – make sure it is a flat head.
Camo face paint
A trick used by special units to make themselves less visible during the war. Animals mostly rely on the sense of smell, but this trick may also give you better stealth and ambush. This trick is mostly used by ambush hunters or snipers.
Wind power direction checker
If the distance between your prey and your rifle is too big, the wind power direction checker will help you to calculate should you fire a bit to the left or a bit to the right. You need big experience for this, it is possible only if you are an advanced hunter.
Gun with signal flares
If you find yourself stuck somewhere, your final choice may be a gun with signal flares. This is your chance to save yourself if your life is in danger or you are heavily injured, but use it wisely.