What gear do you carry when deer hunting?


July 31, 2008, 03:02 PM
What gear do you take with you when deer hunting for the day (not overnight)? I plan to hunt Blacktails in the foothills of the Cascades this fall and am trying to put together a little hunting pack. Chuck hawks has a nice little summary here (http://www.chuckhawks.com/deer_gear.htm), but I wondered what you folks had to say.

Moderator: I decided to post this under hunting, though I suppose it could have been posted in the gear section as well.

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July 31, 2008, 03:19 PM
Usually just my rifle, extra ammunition, and a hunting knife, and whatever clothes I'm wearing.

If I were to pack something for a longer hike, though, I'd probably include a couple of quarts of water, binoculars, a small personal survival kit, a first aid kit, and some food.

Art Eatman
July 31, 2008, 03:22 PM
I've never carried much. I've hardly ever hunted more than four or five miles from camp. I've sometimes worn a little backpack for stowing outer clothing as the day warms up. Might take a paperback book if I'm gonna sit from time to time.

A canteen is good for hand-washing water after gutting a deer. I've sometimes carried a snack of some sort. Toilet paper to mark where Bambi is, so I can find him when I come back with a truck/jeep. Knife, rifle, maybe a few extra cartridges. That's about it...

July 31, 2008, 05:40 PM
Since I just hike in from the road to my stand, the gun, a few rounds of ammo, and my Gerber Gator Serrator.

Take some water, wear some good boots. When I've spot and stalked out west, I'd take something for lunch in a good day pack. I carry my shooting stix, a spotting scope, my range finder and I have some emergency stuff in a belt I made up. Lighters, space blanket, some plastic bags, some trot line twine, tape, snake bite kit (bout decided that one's not necessary), compass, ammo pouch, water purification tablets and filters, a mini-mag light, a few AA batteries, a mini tool, and I'll often carry a side arm just because.

Like Art, the back pack is for taking off layers as it warms up. It's mostly empty except for lunch and the canteen carries lighter there than on my belt.

July 31, 2008, 05:49 PM
Backpack with:
matches and lighters
poncho (got this after getting my car stuck hunting in a storm)
zip ties
a bag with a couple of rounds of common calibers and those I hunt with (in case somebody forgets ammo or somesuch)
hand warmers
two adjustable crescent wrenches
pair of socks, underwear, and a long sleeved shirt
strapped to the bottom is one of those cheap spring loaded plastic bipods, great for pistols
I practice with a bipod and the backpack under the butt of the gun. I try to hunt where I can shoot like I practice, which takes some planning but has worked out pretty well.

Most of this is overkill for where and how I hunt, but it will all come in handy at some point.

August 1, 2008, 02:24 PM
Following I think are in order of importance besides the clothes I’m wearing and the firearm that is accompanying me.

Canteen/water bottle
PB&J sandwich
Small Book

By the way that can be a tough hunt, I used to do it while living in Seattle. Let us know where about you’ll be at this fall. I used to prefer the western slope of the cascades, less under brush and dryer.

August 1, 2008, 03:24 PM
ctgmi: I think I'll target some Weyerhaeuser land near Issaquah (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=378803). But I may try further east closer to the Cascades, north of Puget Sound, or even the Island County if I can get permission to hunt on somebody's private land (thinking about putting an add in the paper).

August 1, 2008, 05:15 PM

In no order the things I usually have(most items in a fanny pack):

Fixed Blade Knife
Old rug to sit on
Deer Drag
Grunt Call
Latex Gloves
Length of Rope
wind/water proof matches
wad of paper towels
pepto tablets

The places I hunt aren't that far of a hike from the truck, but this year I'm thinking of adding:

survival-ish/first-aid items(something like the Pocket Survival Pack (http://equipped.com/psp/index.htm) which I have with a few first aid items added.)
I hate to pack a bunch of junk, but I do like to be prepared.

When muzzleloader hunting I take the usual reloading supplies but I also take a screw driver and the breech plug wrench just in case.

August 1, 2008, 08:50 PM
About the only thing I carry in a pack is rain gear or use it to stash heavy clothing.

You can easily carry everything you will likely need in a good blaze orange vest such as Cabela's sells.

I carry too much stuff often. But it fits in my vest. The list includes: knife(s), rope, a few zip lock bags, plastic flagging to mark blood trails, binoculars, paperback book, cell phone, compass (even though I never have needed it.), topo map of area at 1"=2000' scale, scent, ammo, wool scarf, gloves, ear protection, monopod, munchies, hard candy, paper towels for whatever, matches, bic lighter, small flashlight, and water.

Of all the stuff I carry, what do I consider most important?

August 1, 2008, 11:31 PM
rifle, ammo, tag, knife, water, candy bar, binoculars, laser, gps, and a spotter w/ tripod.

first in, last out, a mile deeper, and no breaks will get you using your knife and tag.

the water will easily be consumed throughout the day. your lunch (candy bar) will also be consumed. travel light - it is much easier than being bogged down and tired at the end of the day.

August 1, 2008, 11:37 PM
All I seem to carry is ammo, my gun, gloves, a hat, a knife, zip ties, binoculars, maybe some rope and food/drinks.

I hunt on land that I know and that isn't very far from my friends house.

Deer Hunter
August 1, 2008, 11:55 PM
Blue jeans, a jacket depending on how cold (usually just a shirt), rifle, flashlight, and my M1 Carbine bayonet (first version of it, grabbed it for a dollar at a yard sale. It has a lovely edge on it now.)

August 1, 2008, 11:57 PM
In my pack

small sharpening stone
small saw (breast bone if the deer is tough or wood if I'm lost)
clothes I am wearing appropriate for the expected weather (duh)
gloves, stocking cap in the back pack in case it gets chilly
tag (obviously)
extra box of ammo beyond my belt pouch since I am paranoid
latex gloves
several feet of duct tape wrapped around a dowell (for attaching tag, I have a system)
2qt canteen left over from the Army days
lighter and space blanket (paranoid again)
couple of energy bars
couple of chemlights
a couple of old Army chemical warfare training cleaning pads (basically a alcohol soaked stridex pad the size of a baby wipe) for cleaning my hands after gutting.
basic first aid kit (small)
20'ish feet of 550 cord and a small tarp (deer drag/shelter)

Whatever rifle I decide to use
Ruger Security Six with just the 6 .38 wadcutters in it (why? because if I have to deliver a finishing shot it is safer from close in and yes I could do it with the rifle safely but I just feel better that way, not that it has ever come up)

Mostly I'm within a mile or two of the truck, but want to be able to survive the night if I get lost and it is too cold.

August 2, 2008, 09:15 AM
I carry a fanny pack with extra ammo, poncho, snack bars, water bottle, cigarette lighter, hunting knife and sharpener, compass, and a paperback book.

August 2, 2008, 09:22 AM
I do not go afield without a good compass and binoculars. I've been known to go a hunting with these and no gun or bow, so they are the most important items to me.

If I'm unfamiliar with the area, I will carry a map of it as well.

I guess a GPS would be better, but I'm snobby and think GPS is for sissies. Except for the one on my Blackberry of course...

August 2, 2008, 11:00 AM
Rifle to harvest deer
Side arm to complete costume - accessorized
Backpack containing:

Canteen/water bottle
H2O purifying Pills
Matches / Lighter with butane and refill
very small blanket - folds up to almost nothing and very warm
Field dressing kit
Cell Phone
Camera - H2O proof one time use
Paperback Book
Jerky / PB&J sandwiches / Trail Mix
First Aid Kit
small wallet for: Hunting License, Deer Tag, Bear Tag, and pen/Pencil.
Rope, Deer drag, Zip lock baggies, Duct tape
and last but not least...Bio degradable TP for my imatation of bear in woods!!!

August 2, 2008, 11:41 AM
I forgot, I also carry a small towel to wipe my hands after gutting or anything else I might need a towel for.

August 2, 2008, 12:09 PM
Hunting locally, my rifle 3 rounds of ammo, hunting knife with 4" drop point blade, compass in the flat woods, binocular, water bottle, snake leggin's before the first heavy frost, cell phones and GPS's seldom get a signal in the heavy hardwoods around here, so I elect to leave them home, PB&J sandwiches and a trail bar or two. Harness and 12' of half inch nylon rope.

August 2, 2008, 12:10 PM
Gun, ammo, deer tags, pen, knife and wet-wipes.


August 2, 2008, 12:57 PM
rifle, knife, compass, tags, water

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
August 2, 2008, 03:17 PM
I would arrange the gear into categories like this:

First and foremost, stuff to keep you alive and get you back to camp:
-Appropriate Clothing/boots to match the weather, and a backpack to stick the unneeded layers into as you peel them off as the day warms up. This is a whole can of worms unto itself in really cold weather, and will cover under layers, mid layers, outer layers, boots, socks, gloves, head & neckware, etc. It it's very cold, you MUST be well-educated on proper dress!!
-Compass and/or GPS to find your way home if you are wandering quite a ways. I normally carry 2-3 compasses in case one fails or gets lost.
-Space blanket to wrap yourself in overnight in case you cannot find your way home.
-Water bottle (or two) with liquid if there is not plenty of water where you are hunting. Maybe even some water purification tablets or one of filtering straws.
-Small flashlight and/or headlamp - I normally carry 1-2 small flashlights, plus a miner's style headlamp. I think having at least 2 working lights with strong batteries is a must, with one on the slightly more powerful side, in case you stay out too late and are finding your way back in the cold of night.
-Blaze orange if gun season
-(if tree stand hunting) Harness - no ifs, and, or buts.
-Knife to gut your game and cut your harness - if you find yourself hanging - must be easily accessible.
-Cell phone and/or whistle and/or 2-way radio, depending on the buddy situation - also must be easily accessible.
-Big fanny pack to keep all this crap in.

Then other "musts":
-Weapon & Ammo, with sling/carry strap
-Tags & license
-Wallet & keys

Highly Preferred
-Monopod or bipod stick if hunting with rifle or handgun
-Folding saw to clear shooting lanes, etc.
-(if you have to cross any creeks or go through swamps) Chest waders
-(early season only) bug spray and/or thermacell

-Calls & scents, particularly extra cover scent
-(unless stalk hunting) Blind & chair, or tree saddle, or packable stand, or at least just a chair to sit in or pad to sit on. I normally just carry around one of those full sized folding camp chairs around with me, and sit on them in the woods. Have taken deer with both bow and rifle while sitting on a chair like this.
-Backup knife(s). I normally have 3 knives on me - a neck knife, a pocket folder, and a belt fixed blade

-Tarp w/rope to use as a game sled, or other pulling method/ropes
-small first aid kit
-small .22 revolver for coup de grace, and/or for shooting squirrels
-lightweight binos
-small squeeze bottle with a fine powder for wind-checking
-snackage (granola bar, fruit, etc.)
-(if very cold) chemical hand warmers
-(if very cold and/or humid) anti-fog wipes for your glasses & scope
-couple packages of wet wipes for after gutting
-TP (if there's not a lot of broadleaf flora around, like a pine forest :eek: )
-Ziplocs for liver/heart
-Book or magazine if you want to read
-(if in hog/cougar/feral dog country) Defensive handgun, like a .45 colt revolver or similar.

Remember, the optional stuff that has to do with "after the kill" - you can always go back to camp and get those things (dragging apparatuses, ziplocs, wet naps, etc.)

Hmmm, lemme think......

August 13, 2008, 09:35 PM
xtra socks,
dif style of hat,
more gloves.
hand warmers
,Deer calls
Deer scents
deer drag
latex gloves
paper towles in a bag,
bag then would be used for Deer heart n LIVER\
Folding knife
Fire starter,
more hand warmers
lite poncho.or half shelter
Extra arrow points
maybe a book or a mag,
did i mention hand warmers

High Tower
August 16, 2008, 09:37 PM
Thought I would give my two cents. First of all, it depends on what kind of hunting I am doing, stalking versus still hunting. It most cases, I prefer to stalk my deer so I travel light. Usually in South Dakota, by late November or early December the weather is turning colder. I usually dress light because when I walk, I generate enough heat to stay warm without sweating. That means I am cold in the morning but just right by afternoon. With that out of the way, here is what I carry:

1. My rifle
2. Two fixed blade knives on my belt.
3. Ammo usually 10 extra rounds.
4. My binoculars.
5. Spotting scope.
6. Water
7. FRS radio to talk to my buddies.
8. Small maglite flashlight.

I heavily use my binoculars to find the deer and use the spotting scope to see if it is worth the stalk.

August 16, 2008, 11:55 PM
Glock in OWB holster
hunters orange
wet wipes
bags for vital organs (tasty)

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