A Quick Guide to Preparing for Your Fall Hunt
With the end of summer comes the opportunity to get into the mountains, woods, or onto the lakes one last time. As the birds migrate and the colors change, some of us begin to prepare for the hunting season; whether it be deer in the Midwest, elk in the mountains, or quail in the plains and hills, the itch begins to become unbearable to get outside and track some game.
As we begin to take our target practice and prep our gear, it’s always handy to have a prepared list of necessities for the long days ahead. From weathered veterans to newcomers to the art of the hunt, planning ahead and checking off your list will ensure you don’t get caught hungry, thirsty, or missing your lucky knife.
Rifle/Bow and Ammo
It might seem obvious, but sometimes the most obvious items are the easiest to overlook or forget. Be sure to bring twice the ammo you think you need, and carry it in a waterproof case or bag—and don’t forget your cleaning kit.
Always remember your safety glasses/sunglasses, ear protection, and a good pair of leather gloves. Throw on your favorite waterproof boots and grab your trusty knife and you’ll be ready for any unforeseen incidents.
Never venture out into nature without a few extra layers. Even if the weather looks good, bring a rain jacket, winter hat, an extra pair of socks, and dry clothes to change into, you’ll never be sorry for being over prepared.
Food and Hydration
Bring your water jug plus extra water for your truck, a thermos of something hot to drink (we love the Stanley thermos, but to each their own), and plenty of food. A cooler in your vehicle is great, but pack in some food with you. Our duck jerky is a great option, as it won’t spoil, it tastes great (and just goes so well with a good hunt), and packs in the protein. Add some pistachios and you have a healthy, hearty meal ready to eat.
First Aid Kit
Always be prepared. Have a first aid kit in your vehicle and a smaller kit ready in your bag when you head into the woods or hills. And throw a lighter or matches in your travel kit, you never know when you might need roaring fire to dry out your gear or warm up.
That’s about it for the essentials. Making sure you have the basics means you’ll have a fun and safe hunt. Hopefully you’ll also come home with a tasty creature to cook up and fill your belly. Happy hunting.