What does your basic hunting EDC consist of?


Doug S
November 25, 2013, 02:41 PM
I enjoy reading the EDC (Every Day Carry) forums, and thought this would be an fun EDC type hunting topic thread with hunting season being upon many of us.


Gun - Remington 700ADL w/x pro trigger in 243WIN caliber
Ammo - Winchester 95gr Ballistic Silvertips
Knife - Buck 110 Folding Hunter
Saw- Gerber EZ cut bone saw
Light - Fenix E05 on neck lanyard for getting into woods & E15 as backup in pocket

Of course I carry a few other items, but those listed above are what I think of as the essentials. So if you don't mind playing along, what are your basics as per above?

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November 25, 2013, 03:27 PM
Based on your stuff, when you say hunting you mean deer hunting specifically?

Doug S
November 25, 2013, 03:31 PM
Yes, deer hunting is the big thing in my area, but others can list whatever it is that pertains to their primary hunting.

November 25, 2013, 07:18 PM
Mossberg 500 camo

12 gauge 2 3/4" number 3 fasteel loads

A dozen Carrylite inflatable mallards

Duck Commander classic single reed

Avery marsh chair

Cabela's 5mm neoprene waders when it's as cold out there as it has been the last couple of days.

Rayovac head lamp

Just to toss in something different. :D

November 25, 2013, 07:23 PM
Let's seen for deer hunting lately...

Any one of my collection of deer capable rifles or handguns. I shot one so far this season with my Remington M722 in .257 Roberts, 100 grain Sierra Game king handloads.

Rayovac head lamp (to get to my blind if the moon ain't out)

Thermocell in warmer weather. Not necessary at the moment, but the propane heater I keep in the blind sure the heck is.

Gerber Gator Serrator

I leave the Wyoming saw at the house along with a butcher's bone saw. My blind is 300 yards from my back porch, you see. :D

November 25, 2013, 08:52 PM
in the slug zone -

Mossberg 500 with sabot bbl and scope.

extra box of sabot slugs (TOTALLY UNNECESSARY, but I can't bring myself to leave them behind) - brand depends on what I have on my shelf at the time

knife picked up at a dump (4" Western brand) that I put a new handle on with a piece of deer antler

$1.99 led flashlight I got at Menards. Short and compact.

99 cent butane lighter

sometimes lunch...

rifle zone - switch out the Mossberg for my '95 Mauser in .257 Robts and take a roll-up stiff plastic toboggan to pull 'em out with. If I gets one...

Doug S
November 25, 2013, 11:09 PM
Thanks for contributing guys. I enjoy reading what others are using. I took this picture this evening.
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November 25, 2013, 11:28 PM
Hoyt Charger bow shooting Magnus Snuffer heads
Buck 110
And a small head light
Other than a phone and car keys I wont take anything else along

November 26, 2013, 12:01 AM
I carry a Remington 700 in .300 Win Mag with a Burris fullfield II 3-9x40 and 10 rounds of 180 gr Nosler AccuBond handloads. Nikon monarch 10x binocs. KOA antelope hunter and a old Buck knife. 5 game bags with 100' paracord. 1 liter of watered down powerade, sandwich bag of my own trail mix. Petzl headlamp. Bic lighter. TP and trowel. Water purification tablets. Glock 22 with 180 gr fmj. Space blanket. Electrical tape. And last but not least a celebratory cigar (nice way to calm the nerves after the shot and burn a little time before getting to the tracking). I carry my stuff in a Orvis fanny pack and keep a frame pack in my jeep. Worked well Saturday, needed most of the stuff(except survival stuff) and didn't need anything I didn't have when I got my elk.

Arkansas Paul
November 26, 2013, 12:50 AM
Rifle (extra ammo in the 4 sling loops)
Ruger Blackhawk .45 Colt
Thermos of coffee (when hunting in enclosed box blind)
Head light
Doe pee
iPhone with full charge

November 26, 2013, 10:41 AM
Polaris Ranger 700XP
rifle of the day with it's hand loads
Swarovski spotting scope
Zeiss binoculars
peanut butter crackers and a bottle of water

November 26, 2013, 12:03 PM
Rifle of choice - (Contender 30-30 or Savage 270 - with 4 rounds in the magazine, or on the stock)
sling pack containing
- Case Trapper (knife)
- Fenix LD20 (flashlight)
- Fenix LD01 (backup flashlight)
- buck grunt
- disposable shoulder length dressing gloves
- a Ziploc with 4 or 5 pre-separated paper towels (very nice to have to clean up the blood after dressing)
- I generally toss my gloves, mask and head cover in the pack until I am in the field
- flask of water
- iphone
- seat cushion (if not headed to tree stand - else harness and climbing rope)

November 26, 2013, 12:28 PM
This is all I have ever needed

308 rifle
pocket knife

Lazy R
November 26, 2013, 12:41 PM
Good thread idea.

Rem 700 .270. 130 Grain handloads, 5 in rifle 4 in pocket. Safari sling to work with pack.

Pack frame with fanny pack attached. LED flashlight, headlamp, Buck folder, 1 fixed blade knife, granola bar, paracord & straps, game bag, bottle of water, TP, lighter and film tube with Vaseline soaked cotton firestarter, pen with some black tape wrapped around it, binocs on chest strap, Leopold rangefinder, compass, gutting gloves. Probably some junk in there I'm forgetting. Shooting sticks in belt loop. Oh, my phone, a camera, and a teeny tripod.

And a little 1.5 ounce bottle of whisky.

Deer or elk, mountains or badlands.

November 26, 2013, 09:28 PM
The Duck Commander "Happy Happy" cap is essential.

November 27, 2013, 12:22 AM
whatever suits my fancy. for instance this year:
turkey was bagged with mossberg 535 tactical real tree using 3 1/2" #5 shot
blackbear was bagged with Arisaka type 44 cavalry carbine using 6.5x50 140gr accubonds
deer was a 9mm AR15 carbine using 147gr speer gold dots
elk was weatherby vanguard in 300 weatherby mag using light 180gr speer deep curl loads.

next year:
well I only have one shotgun so turkey will probably be the same.
had enough of blackbear for a while, will probably just ignore bear season.
deer will most likely be AR15 in 223.
elk will probably be 30-06 ruger M77 MKII.
whatever fits in my gun that has a decent group and performs decently
I'm incredibly disorganized, whatever I can find that has an edge, lately it's been a gerber folder.
should probably get one of those...
whatever I can find that has batteries...

there is no such thing as everyday carry with me when it comes to hunting.

November 27, 2013, 02:55 AM
Model 70 Winchester Model 70
Federal Premium 160 Accubonds or Partitions
Buck folding knife
Gerber saw
appropriate licenses/tags
Nikon binocs
gloves for cleaning game (loosely fitting shoulder gloves, tight fitting latex gloves)

November 27, 2013, 06:06 AM
Squirrel hunting: Savage 24- .22LR over 20ga. 7/8 oz #6
Whatever the dog puts up from rabbits to pheasants: Beretta AL391, Ruger Single Six hunter
CCI mini mags, 1 1/8 oz Copper plated #6.
Running hounds for bunnies:
20 ga 391, 1oz 7 1/2. Ruger mark III hunter, mini mags.

CRKT Titanium folder.
Garmin GPS with topo chip.
Dog bowl and water.
Trail Mix.

November 27, 2013, 08:02 AM
I hunt in my back yard, so I pack light.
Marlin .30-30 with Core Lokts
Ruger Super Blackhawk .44mag with Keith bullets
Pocket knife
Cellphone to call my wife to bring the truck out.

November 27, 2013, 08:55 AM
For hunting in the snow we've been getting, I'm taking:
.303 Enfield No. 4 & 6 rounds
grunt call
pocket compass
ALICE medium pack & frame
GI poncho with liner tied in
50' rope
climbing harness
small pillow
extra knit cap, mittens, socks
piss bottle
water bottle & snacks

November 27, 2013, 07:32 PM
Of course I carry a few other items, but those listed above are what I think of as the essentials. So if you don't mind playing along, what are your basics as per above?

Gun & ammo - Varies, depends a lot on what I'm hunting
Backup handgun - Glock for non-dangerous game, Colt Anaconda for bear & larger
Knife - Cold Steel Sisu & Gerber rubber handle folder
Light - Skyray x4 headlamp kit, Sipik SK98 backup, a few spare 18650 batteries
Binoculars - Vivitar 10x25, 80's vintage
Rangefinder - a well-worn Nikon
Thermal - FLIR PS24, it'll help you find anything you might have shot
First aid kit + emergency adrenaline syringe - The essentials
Water - at least a quart, preferably two

When hunting alone in wilderness, I carry an "emergency survival kit" backpack, with everything from MRE:s and snare wire to VHF radio and anything in between; everything I need to keep me alive for at least three days in a worst case scenario. When I hunt within 10-15 miles of inhabited areas, I usually don't bother.

November 27, 2013, 07:55 PM
I rue the day when my scoutmaster told me to "be prepared" so a kitchen sink is not out of the question. OK, here we go for rifle season.

Remington 760 pump in .06 _____________In shotgun area Ithaca pump & copper solids
Xtra mag w/4 rounds total 9 rounds
Ruger Redhawk 6 rounds .44 mag________sometimes Glock 23 with extra mag (archery)

Day pack with:
Buck knife
dressing gloves
double shoulder drag
thermos of caff
bottle of water
butt out :)
sandwiches/ granola bars/ candy
Head lamp
G2 Nitrolon
pruning shears ( I use them every year)
wallet/keys/pocket knife
Plastic bag
hot seat
pee bottle for archery stand
toilet paper

I wear a couple long sleeved teeshirts in, use them as towels to dry and change into dry layers ( probably too much but I will not be cold)
Hand warmers and toe warmers dependent on temp ( I was just in a tree at 16 degrees for 4 hours till I shot a doe a couple days ago.
I layer up with 2 long sleeved duofold tees, flannel, quilted flannel, fleece vest or hooded sweatshirt and goretex jacket

When I archery hunt and spend 9+ hours in a treestand, I weighed myself, stripped down and found out I carry 50 lbs ( thats everything ,clothes, Loggy Bayou, ten point crossbow and all my crap).
Small folding saw to trim branches
rope for raising & lowering bow & pack
strap with hooks for hanging stuff
Extra orange hat, vest and tree wrap when required

Where the hell is that kitchen sink??? :)

November 27, 2013, 10:19 PM
29-2, 6 1/2", Sierra 200 jhp, 20 grains 2400.

November 28, 2013, 02:07 AM
Upland game hunting

Shotgun - model varies
Shells - obviously
Leatherman clipped to my pocket
Sometimes an M&P45 on my belt
Digital camera

Upland vest with
-small typical first aid kit beefed up with some quikclot and larger bandages
-light duty nylon leash
-Garmin Alpha e-collar/GPS remote
-1 liter water bottle with squirt cap for the dog
-smaller water bottle for me (dog is working harder than I am)

Usually this is on farms where I couldn't get lost if I tried, so I don't bother with any sort of survival kit. When I venture out a little farther I add in to the vest a very basic kit:
-couple of granola bars
-flashlight in my pocket
-survival bivvy
-bic lighters and tinder
-cell phone (which even works at some of the places I go!)

November 29, 2013, 11:28 PM
Loadout for my deer hunt a few weeks back:
Pack: Camelbak
Weapon: Mossberg 590A1, 6 3" slugs
CCW: M9 with 15+1 124 gr Gold dots, 1 spare mag with same ammo
Knife: Benchmade Griptilian (need something else), Gerber fixed blade
Saw: Need one of those
Head lamp
Required blaze orange stuff
License and tags
Pen and paper
Blow out kit
Cliff bars
3L water
100' paracord
Charged iPhone

November 29, 2013, 11:55 PM
Gun: Rem 700 in .270win with Federal 130gn ammo
Knife: Either my EDC Kershaw Leek or my older Gerber Gator
Light: XL50 Maglite

I also usually carry my 1911, some paracord, water, a couple of calls, plus the required license and blaze orange etc.

December 1, 2013, 07:23 AM
My deer hunting kit is

1. FN mauser .30-06 with 22 inch fluted stainless barrell
2. 7 rounds of 165 gr hornady interlock loaded rounds
3. bushnell 3-9 x 40 scope (soon to be changed to a schmitd 6 x 42)
4. old british forces respirator bag.
5. normark 5 inch hunting knife
6. spare knife
7. latex gloves
8. hand wipes
9. gerber ezizip
10. gerber exizip
11. head torch
12. 10 ft of nylon rope
13. stainless flask
14. mosquito repellant (in season)
15. 6 inch long pieces of cotton string. (for gralloching)
16. 8 x 40 binos
17. Stalking sticks

We do things a little differently to how you do.


Doug S
December 1, 2013, 09:02 PM
Good stuff, everyone. Thanks for playing along.

December 3, 2013, 02:18 PM
K31 with Burris Fullfield II.
Custom built hunting knife and a Buck 110
Blaze Orange vest and hat
Nikon Binos
Blood Glucose test kit
Glucose tabs
Insulin pen
Glucogan in a syringe
Cell Phone
Paperback book, usually cowboy or sniper themed.

December 3, 2013, 02:43 PM
My typical carry for few hour hunt is...

Remington 700 ADL in .243 Winchester (with 9 rounds on the butt cuff)
Short barrel Ruger Single Six in 22 mag
Cold Steel Hunter knife with sharpening stone
Leatherman or Gerber multi-tool
2 pairs of rubber glove
Small first aid kit
Surefire P6
Cellular phone
Blazing orange vest and hat and glove

and the most important item around here

Camelback (3 ltr water)

we never go out without water as you can easily die within few hours without water in this heat.

December 3, 2013, 02:53 PM
Model 700, 3006
2 knives
small bottle of water
small flashlight

I travel light

December 3, 2013, 09:46 PM
lately I just carry a gun, whichever one I deem appropriate at the time, and whatever I've got in my pockets, usually a spyderco folder and a leatherman along with a bic lighter and my cigs :-) can't go anywhere without those babies. I don't exactly "hunt" though, I just walk around the farm and shoot deer and it isn't exactly hard here.

when I did actually go "hunting" I would carry a good fixed blade knife, my rifle, a pocket knife, a few snacks and a bottle of water or thermos of coffee, sometimes both. Something waterproof to sit on. I always felt like I was overpacking, but it sure is nice to have some tobacco and a hot cup of coffee out there. Never noticed the cigarette smoke running anything off, although maybe it did and that's why I never got that 12 pointer hanging on my wall :cool:

December 5, 2013, 01:51 AM
Pack: Eberlestock half track! Just awesome
Gun: Rem 700 BDL .270 with Vari-X II 3x9
Protection side arm: Glock 20 gen3
Knife: ESEE 6 and Izula 2
First aid trauma kit
Extra mag for Glock

December 5, 2013, 12:54 PM
Here is my normal setup:

Ruger Super Redhawk (480 Ruger) + 11 shells (6 in the cylinder + 5 in a pouch)
Simply Rugged Holster with Chesty Puller chest mount system

3.25" Dunn Skinner knife with antler scales
Tekka head lamp w/ green filter + extra batteries
GPS/Compass/map (whatever is appropriate for where I am hunting)
Drag Rope
Latex gloves/baby wipes/paper towels (the latter two will work if ah-hem...nature calls)
Bic Lighter
1 bottle of water
1 sandwich and a couple of cliff bars
All of that goes into my backpack.

If treestand hunting I will add:
Saftey harness
20-30ft of 550 paracord
Bow/equipment hooks

Colder weather obviously gets more warm gear that gets packed in and put on when I get to where I am going.

December 5, 2013, 11:55 PM
I have a deer lease with a well stocked travel trailer, so I will go over actual blind gear. In the 4x8 box blind, I have a small wooden box with a few bottled waters, toilet paper, a few rounds of .308 & .30-30, leather gloves (to use as shooting rests on the metal window frames, so as not to scratch the rifles), surgical gloves in case I shoot one too big to load by myself without parting it out, some inexpensive but surprisingly bright bushnell 12x50 binocs, bug repellant, and a quality LED flashlight.

For the evening hunts, I make sure to have a very bright mag light LED in the Sammy for tracking in the dark.

All I carry to the blind is the rifle, cell phone, leatherman waive, Gerber folder w/ gut hook, case stockman and zippo lighter in the pocket, plus an LED headlight if cloudy or moonless. Both my blinds are a couple of miles from camp, so I keep a 1992 Suzuki samurai parked there year round. I usually park a few hundred yards from the blind, and walk in quiet an hour before first light.

In the Sammy, I keep some "hard use" gloves for loading animals, some rope for dragging big boars to the boneyard, spare batteries for the game cams.

For guns, I have a marlin 336 w/ a 2.5x7x33 leupold for the shorter blind and for walking around, and this year I've been using a savage weather warrior .308 w/a bushnell elite 5x15x50 ao in a DNZ tactical base most often. I do rotate other guns a bit just to convince myself I need them, but the marlin and the savage are my two primary game getters.

With so many pigs this year, I've been wearing a 4" S&W 686 on my hip, loaded with hot 158gr Golddots.

December 8, 2013, 09:27 PM
If I forget my mini Snickers bars, I am miserable. They taste great and are lucky for me

December 8, 2013, 09:52 PM
I enjoyed this thread so I'll add my stuff to the mix:
I always have a Kershaw lockblade, a Streamlight Stylus penlite, and a Leatherman or Gerber multi-tool. EDC, hunting or not.
When hunting deer I am a short atv ride from home, so not much survival type stuff.

WEAPON>H&R Ultra-lite 12ga or .45c Blackhawk or T/C .54 Hawken or Bear Recurve.
KNIFE> cheap Remington folder clipped in hunting coat pocket.
BINOS> Bushnell 10x42
WATER> 8 oz Gatorade bottle filled with water (I'm cheap, been using this for years)
SNACK> big double handfull of salted in shell peanuts in a ziploc bag.
CALLS> diaphram turkey call for fall archery turkeys or coyotes.
LIGHT> good bright LED flashlight.
PERMITS> pinned into my coat pocket in a ziploc bag.
SHOP TOWELS> in a ziploc for cleaning hands after field dressing or well, you know.
LENS CLEANER>small microfiber towel for glasses and optics

>>>>>in a smallish drawstring bag that can be quickly swapped from coat to coat or atv bag or glovebox or whatever I keep the following emergency items:
12-8" zipties
2 bic lighters
magnesium firestarter
spare flashlite
small ziploc of paper tinder
whistle on lanyard
hand sanitizer (flammable)
Altoid tin with a few band-aids and some ibuprofin
......and one more thing. The beautiful Mrs kb made a paracord sling for my gun using 2 33' lengths of cord.

December 8, 2013, 11:26 PM
Rifle- Tikka t3 270 win with 5 rounds
Handgun- HK p30 40 SW with an extra magazine
Peanut butter crackers
Liter of water
Latex gloves
Galaxy SII
Ear Protection
Required Blaze orange garb
cotton balls dredged in KY
Zip ties

December 12, 2013, 08:04 PM
I noticed many carry a rifle and a handgun, which leaves me wondering what benefit the handgun could possibly be other than adding 2# to the loadout.
For example if you have 7 or 8 rounds of 270Win for a rifle you are proficient with, wouldn't that cover most contingencies?

Having said that, I can totally see the handgun as backup to the bow or crossbow.

My hunting loadout on cool days includes many of the items mentioned earlier, plus a couple spare top layers (1 thin, 1 heavy) and a waterproof shell, thin gloves, thin hat.

From November 1st on there is a risk of sudden drastic weather changes including snowstorms, so thicker gloves & liners, warm hat, cagoule, spare socks, and wind/waterproof overpants are added to the mix.

For comfort I love having a small thermos of hot tea and a really good sammy to munch on. A foam pad to sit on is a blessing.

Doug S
December 12, 2013, 09:25 PM
why hg and rifle


I noticed many carry a rifle and a handgun, which leaves me wondering what benefit the handgun could possibly be other than adding 2# to the loadout.

I'm thinking some are most likely CCW.

December 14, 2013, 04:08 PM
I carry the .44 as a backup in case of rifle malfunction.

December 14, 2013, 11:45 PM
I carry a handgun because my rifle is usually out of reach when I am dropping a loaf or when I am gutting or boning out something. Every year it seems like someone around here gets mauled while dealing with their kill or are headed back in to get the next load. A friend of the family got messed up by a grizzly 3 or 4 years ago while quartering an elk, by the time he knew the bear was there it was between him and his rifle.

Nite Ryder
December 15, 2013, 03:00 AM
Most of the hunting I do anymore is Elk hunting. When I leave my vehicle I leave with a day pack on my back. In it I carry binoculars, a GPS, compass, a range finder, a quart of water in a canteen with a canteen cup, cow elk call, small Gerber hatchet, walkie talkie, flashlight, spare batteries for flashlight and GPS, 4 or 5 high energy bars, 5 or 6 packets of instant coffee, rain poncho, small block and tackle, 25' of quarter inch nylon rope, 50' parachute cord, fire starter kit and water proof matches. Pair of gloves, extra pair of wool socks. sometimes extra long underwear, Flagging tape for marking trails, sheath with a hunting knife. I also carry either a Model 30 Glock or a model 627 Taurus Revolver, a rifle suitable for Elk hunting. In the past that has been one of the following rifles, a 340 Weatherby, 45-70 Marlin, 30-06 Weatherby Ultra Lite, or a 7 Mag BAR. I use camo clothing and try to keep the pack as light as possible, but still have necessary items if I have to stay longer than expected, I could spend the night in the woods if I had to and would be comfortable. Most of the equipment in my hunting pack stays in the pack all the time except the food stuffs and the water, the pack stay in my pickup throughout hunting season and sometimes all winter long.

Loyalist Dave
December 17, 2013, 08:39 AM
.54 caliber flintlock PA Mountain Rifle
Cow's knee lock cover
Rifle bag with ball and tools and flint
powder horn with 3Fg powder
Small, Mora knife
medium, Mora brand knife
small tomahawk
Food wallet with parched corn and venison jerky
clay pipe and tobacco
fire kit (gotta light the pipe)
Water gourd
Drag rope.


December 19, 2013, 12:08 PM
Gun. Marlin 336 30-30
Ammo. Remington cor-lokt or Federal
Knife. Buck 119
Saw. don't carry one
Light. Streamlight or Surefire, not sure of the model of either.

December 31, 2013, 10:19 AM
Remington 3006 w/ 165 acubonds for elk, 165 sst or ballistic tip for deer, usually w/ bipod
Brunton Echo 10x42 binoculars
Leupold rx1000 rangefinder
Schrade fixed blade knife
Sagen saw
Matches and magnesium sparker
Silva Ranger compass
GPS and map
And ALWAYS carry a leatherman!

December 31, 2013, 11:50 AM
Gun: Circuit Judge .45 Colt, Mosin Nagant, or 20 gauge
Ammo: Box of a good hunting round for whatever gun I'm shooting
Knife: Which ever one I can find
Other: flashlight, tags, binoculars, food, & water

December 31, 2013, 01:04 PM
Light, Medium and heavy caliber rifle + fowling guns
10 cases ammo
Tents and kitchen mess
Wine spirits and beer
Formal dining wear and safari kit x 5
Surgery ward and medical equipment
Salt for hides 500 lbs
Trade good for locals

Makes for a very nice weekend deer hunt..
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