When you’re starting out hunting deer, sometimes it can be a challenge to know what gear you really need. And once you’ve been hunting for a while and have the gear you need, it can be a real headache getting all your gear together for a trip and making sure you’re not forgetting something crucial.
That’s where this checklist comes in. We’ll cover the deer hunting gear that’s generally considered required to get the job done, and we’ll throw in some ideas for optional gear that can make for a more comfortable and fun hunting experience.
Plus, check out the Big Game Hunter’s Ten Essentials, which lays out the ten things you shouldn’t leave home without if you want to make sure you come back alive.
You can print this list out and use it when you’re shopping for gear or when you’re packing for a trip. It's not intended to be all-encompassing, and as you become more experienced, you may end up disagreeing on what gear is “required” and what gear is “optional”. That’s great – just pencil in the changes. Every hunter has to decide for his or herself what gear is essential. This is just a tool to get you started.
(NOTE: This list is focused on the stuff you need to have with you for a day-long hunting excursion. What to bring on a backcountry backpacking or packstringing trip is a whole different topic…)