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What gear do you take on a deer hunt?

Discussion in 'Big Game Hunting Forum' started by WoodieSC, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. WoodieSC

    WoodieSC North/South Carolina Flyway Forum Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Just a curious question...

    I have a bad tendency to follow the Boy Scout's Oath, i.e., "Be Prepared", and thus, my backpack or guide bag tends to get a little heavy.

    Right now I think my pack includes:

    - A bag with several zip locks for organ meat(s)
    - 25' 3/8 rope for dragging a deer out
    - Small bottle of Doe scent with wicks and/or PB wafers
    - Orange flagging material to mark trails or whatever
    - Leather gloves and possibly another spare pair of gloves (depending on the weather)
    - Lightweight 4' x 8' sheet camo material
    - Portable flip-open shooting stick
    - 2 grunt calls - 1 for doe bleats/grunts, 1 for bucks
    - Small pruning clippers
    - Emergency whistle
    - FRS Radio (partner has the other one)
    - Water bottle (or 2)
    - Rattle bag
    - Cookies or crackers
    - Hunting knife and a 4" tanto blade folding knife
    - Cell phone
    - ?

    Edited to add:
    - 2 AA Flashlights - 1 white, 1 w/red filter (+ blue filter)
    - Rifle w/5+ shells or a bow
    - 10 x 25 Binoculars
    - A good book
    - Waterproof matches and lighter
    - Hefty garbage bag or poncho (depending on the weather)
    - Compass and GPS if in new territory

    If I'm packing in a tree stand in the future (I've always hunted from ground blinds) I know I need to pare things down due to weight because I'll be adding a safety harness.

    What's in your pack?
     
  2. Hitman

    Hitman Elite Refuge Member

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    Rifle hunting:

    Rifle & 4 shells. Knife, (Buck Crosslock). 2 thermos' of Coffee. Ziplock bag for heart & liver. Ziplock bag for tarsal glands. Pen to fill out tag. Shooting "crutches". Pack of smokes & matches.

    Bow hunting:

    Crossbow & bolts. Knife. 2 Thermos' of coffee. Ziplock bags. Pen. Pack of smoke & matches.
     
  3. CodeBlue

    CodeBlue Senior Refuge Member

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    My pack:

    Cord to lift my rifle up to my tree stand/climber.
    Buck grunt
    Doe bleat
    Doe scent & wick
    Radio's
    Gatorade bottle for bathroom break if necessary.
    Book/magazine to read
    Gloves
    Camo duct tape
    Extra flashlight batteries for my Surefire (Lithium)
    Binoculars
    Scent Killer
    Bright Eyes (trail markers)
     
  4. marshrat

    marshrat Senior Refuge Member

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    I think you're on track. You might be able to save some weight going with 1/8" rope instead of 3/8"; gotta have water; everything else just sounds smart. Out west, I put an emphasis on survival and 'just in case' stuff...2 quarts of water, extra wool army surplus gloves and socks (they're light), reflector blanket, first aid kit, compass, trail mix, 2 snickers bars, 3" folding knife on my belt, extra Swiss army knife in pack, 3 fire starting methods, 2 mini maglights, extra batteries. If you don't already have it, get a pack that has a belt strap and cinch those shoulder straps snuggly. That'll make a difference.
     
  5. Blue Duck

    Blue Duck Elite Refuge Member

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    A cheap thro away lighter like a bic or other brand is light and handy. You can hold the flame on something damp and get it going when matches won't.
     
  6. gonehuntingagain

    gonehuntingagain Senior Refuge Member

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    Rifle, 4 shells + box of 20
    44mag pistol, 1 speedloader (keeps ammo quiet), 3 shot shells for grouse (grouse are really stupid out west), 2 300gr HP for whatever
    Drag harness w/ rope
    Knife, folding saw
    at least 1 liter of water
    Windproof/waterproof matches and lighter
    fire starting material
    compass and gps with extra batteries
    mini mag light
    bipod
    Leica 1200 rangefinder
    main entree from a MRE
    snacks (jerky, sausage, etc)
    space blanket
    headlamp

    All easily fits into the back of my orange vest.

    Can't carry it, but I let someone know where I am going and when I will be back. I call them when I get back to the house.
     
  7. NDTerminator

    NDTerminator Elite Refuge Member

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    Rifle & 10 rounds (4 in weapon, 6 on butt stock)
    or
    Bow & 4-6 arrows in bow quiver (depending on situation)

    In Crooked Horn Outfitters Pack:
    2 knives (Gerber Gator folder & Gerber Gator fixed blade)
    Sagen Saw
    Folding saw
    rachet pruners
    2 pair rubber gloves
    First Aid kit
    small powder bottle (to check wind)
    grunt tube
    rope & drag harness
    ranger cord
    flashlight
    headlamp
    compass
    GPS
    range finder
    binoculars
    spotting scope (optional)
    chow
    water
    Pole Cat (if rifle hunting)
    extra release (if bowhunting)
    extra gloves
    extra socks
    stocking cap
     
  8. Sasha and Abby

    Sasha and Abby Elite Refuge Member

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    Geezzzz... :eek: I can't believe you guys tote all that crap around. I take a rifle and binocs. All that other stuff stays in the truck with the spare tire, maps and other stuff that I use OCCASIONALLY... :l :yes

    I go just about every day, and if I had to tote around all that crap yall take, I'd look like an Ethiopian Refugee after a month.
     
  9. NDTerminator

    NDTerminator Elite Refuge Member

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    I would guess it it's a matter of where a person lives & hunts, S&A. For sure what what I need out here in the west is much different than what you would feel you need in SC. For example, when I'm out in the Badlands, I carry even more survival oriented items, and don't walk 50 yards off trail to take a dump without my pack. It's not unusual to spend the night under a cedar tree, rather than try to make it back to the truck in the dark...
     
  10. Captain "T"

    Captain "T" Senior Refuge Member

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    Items in my pack & vest. I, mostly, hunt from a tree stand.

    Pee Bottle
    folding saw
    pruners
    safety harness (which can be modified as a deer drag)
    Poncho
    Compass
    Head lamp
    Hand held flashlight
    LED flashlight (I love flashlights)
    Reflective tacks
    engineers tape
    Toilet Paper
    Pen
    Chapstick
    Grunter
    Gum
    Tinks 69 and scent bombs (if I'm using them at the time)
    Rattle bag (if I'm using it at the time)
    Treestand umbrella
    A leatherman/Gerber-style multi tool
    1 20' paracord gun string
    1 20' paracord pack string
    1 20' extra piece of paracord
    2-way radio (if I'm hunting with buddies)
    Cell phone-ALWAYS...just in case
    All points possible bag (if I'm muzzleloader hunting)
    Binoculars (if I'm hunting in open areas, which isn't very often)
    Snacks and water if I plan to be in the stand for more than 4 hours at a time.
     

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