Bowhunting essentials

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  1. RobbyL

    RobbyL Refuge Member

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    I'm getting into bowhunting this year. I've done it before. My hunting experiance has been limited to Rabbit and Waterfowl. I've got a bow and the bells and whistles but what are some of the smaller things i need to take along on most hunts. The things I can think of that I will need form reading and watching shows are below:

    Backpack
    Saw, pruner kit
    pocket knife
    Flashlight
    duct tape
    wind detector
     
  2. widgeon

    widgeon Elite Refuge Member

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    A good first aid kit is an essential.

    Water bottle.

    Rope.

    Chapstick.

    GPS.

    An extra bowstring and a portable bowpress is nice, but not essential.
     
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    The most important thing I see missing from that list is a gun.
     
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    widgeon Elite Refuge Member

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    Got reminded of this yesterday.

    Thermacell. If you have misquitos.
     
  5. Ducky CPA

    Ducky CPA Senior Refuge Member

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    Range finder and safety harness
     
  6. STRAIGHT-GUT

    STRAIGHT-GUT Senior Refuge Member

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    Binoculars.
    And for after the shot, something for tracking, field dressin, and draggin.
    In my truck, I keep flashlights and extra batteries, a roll of toilet paper, a good knife, paper towels, and a piece of rope.
     
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    Save room in your pack for 3-10 gallon ziploc bags
    Fred Meyer ( if you have one there) carries them these are great meat bags.
    I use to carry several knives now I carry 1. Havalon!!!. You won't need any other knife. You get 12 blades with the knife. I skinned a deer and half an elk with 1 blade.
    Change the blade in 15 seconds and you have a new knife. Carry a leatherman tool
    and use the pliers to change the blade.
    Tie a piece of yard on your riser for wind providing is not raining or get the puffer bottle. If you use a release keep an extra one in your pack. try to keep them the same and practice with them both so they feel the same.
    A roll of dental floss in your pack helps sometimes. If a serving or a string breaks you can fix it with dental floss until you can get to a bow shop.
    Your gear bag changes if you just day hunt and your home or in our caes
    were gone for 2-3 weeks. 1/4" nylon rope about 10-15'.
     
  8. RobbyL

    RobbyL Refuge Member

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    CAn a decent range finder be had in the $40-50 range. I'm terrible at judgin distances and would really like one of these. I've spent so much just getting into bowhunting i don't feel this a must have right now but I would like one.

    Ill probabaly just try to mark off somedistances with a measuring tape or something and use them in the woods for refeence. It'll help on my private land but what about public land. Anybody have any suggestions?
     
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    RedDog Elite Refuge Member

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    Bow and arrows and a good sharp knife. I got into bowhunting 35 years ago to get back to the basics and away from complicated gadgets. They seem to break at the worst possible time.
     

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