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Whitetail deer hunting gear, discover a list of 10 things deer hunters need
Whitetail deer hunting check list
It seems to me, and I think you will agree. Hunters are forever hunting for one thing or another. Weather it is a good investment opportunity, or the latest and greatest new shiny object. We just cannot help ourselves it is in our DNA. So it should come as no surprise, we never seam to have the proper deer hunting stuff. Shoot, some of us mind you, have trouble deciding on what things we want, let alone what 10 things we should have. As you continue reading this article, I believe you will discover what every whitetail deer hunter should absolutely have, to ensure his or her hunting success.
Tree stand and hunting blind
With over 30 years of deer hunting memories to look back on, I have learned a great deal from not only my personal experiences, but also from other hunters I have had the good fortune to have hunted with, newbie’s and seasoned hunters alike.
The list of the 10 things every deer hunter should have, works for all deer hunters regardless of the hunting method he or she uses. Archery hunters, will benefit from the list, high power rifle hunters, shotgun or muzzleloader hunters all should have these 10 things.
Deer hunter's check list, hunting gear
1. Fanny pack or daypack will make it a lot easier to keep things organized and easy to find.
2. Binoculars and or Range finder, a high quality pair of 8X30 or 10X40 binoculars are a joy to use, and will absolutely make hours of looking for deer a lot easier on your eyes.
3. Safety harness, anyone that hunts from an elevated position absolutely should use a safety harness system. They not only prevent a hunter from falling out of a tree stand, they come in handy when it comes time to drag a deer out of a thicket.
4. Water bottle, it is important for anyone, working or playing outdoors to drink plenty of water, and hunters should take steps to prevent dehydration.
5. Flash light with an extra set of batteries, LED lights are easy to carry, last a long time on a single battery and are available in several different configurations, Small hand held, models that are easily attached to the brim of a hat, and models that have a band that is easily worn around a hunters head. LED lights are also available in a wide range of colored lights, red, green, blue, and the bright white are the most popular. You will be glad you have a good light when you need to blood trail that monster buck after the sunsets in the western sky.
6. Toilet paper, when you need to wipe something or other, and you simply do not like the option of a handful of leaves or your shirttail, a nice dry roll of Charmin toilet paper tucked nicely in a zip lock bag stored in your fanny pack, will be a bit more comfortable, not to mention more effective.
7. Hunting knife, there are folding knives, fixed blade knives, pocket knives. There are knives you carry in a sheaf or pouch worn on your belt. For many generations of avid deer hunters and sportsmen or women, their knife has been the most trusted and cherished hunting thing they own, and reward them with a lifetime of service and memories. That is, unless they loose the darn thing, camo or black anodized finishes make it easy to lose your knife when you lay it down to reposition the deer you are field dressing. Bright and shiny is a good thing in this case, the deer will not see it in your fanny pack or daypack anyway.
8. First aid kit, please remember, plan for the worst and hope for the best. First aid kits do not have to be large and complex, carry what you know how to use, OK, check that, a surgeon need not carry his or her surgical kit with them in the field, leave that in the truck. Carry a first aid kit that contains aspirin or Tylenol, something for bee stings, an antiseptic, bandages and a set of tweezers.
9. 20-30 feet of parachute cord or small diameter nylon cord, works well to pull your weapon into your tree stand and back to the ground after your hunt is finished.
10. Snacks, yeah I know, many hunters think any strange smells attracts the attention of the whitetail deer’s keen sense of smell, spook him and end their hunt straight away. They would be right, just like those people that use tobacco and other smelly substances; you must manage the wind direction. When you are up wind of a whitetail deer he will smell you, end of discussion.
Hunt hard, be safe and make good memories, Mike
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