When you’re off to go hunting, forgetting the smallest thing can have an enormous impact on the success of your outing. And while you’re unlikely to forget something that is clearly an absolute essential (your gun, for instance), there are plenty of smaller – but still important – bits of gear and paraphernalia that you don’t want to be caught without. With that in mind, we’ve compiled this definitive hunter’s checklist.
Don’t ever be caught out again without that one bit of absolutely essential equipment. Instead, run through this checklist and ensure that you have packed everything you need before you even head out the door. And head to a hunting shop in Perth (such as Steelo’s Guns & Outdoors) in the event that you’ve forgotten anything.
- Obtain the landowner’s permission (this is required by law in Australia).
Check batteries on all of your gadgets to ensure they’re ready to serve you during your hunting trip.
Review and update maps when necessary.
Wash and prepare (or purchase) the clothes you’ll be wearing whilst hunting.
Take time to practice any calls that you’ll be using on the hunting expedition.
And when it comes to packing, these are the basic categories of goods and accessories you’ll want to take with you:
- Hunting Equipment – This includes the obvious pieces of equipment such as firearms and ammunition, and easier-to-forget items such as scent killer, cover scent, game cameras and shooting glasses. Pull your guns from their gun safes and check your ammunition levels. Make sure it’s all there!
- Proper Footwear – Hunting can be a cold and damp business. Be sure to pack socks, additional liner socks and sturdy hunting boots.
- Hunting Accessories – In addition to your basic hunting equipment, you’ll also need accessories such as a license holder, a hunting knife, a compass and other considerations such as hand warmers and beverage holders.
- Essential Optics – In addition to a good set of binoculars, you’ll also want to pack a spotting scope and potentially a rangefinder. There’s a good chance your gun dealer will also sell equipment like this.
- Hunting Attire – This, of course, depends to a great extent on where you’ll be hunting. Check the weather report a few days out – and then again before you depart. Make sure that you have appropriate attire to remain warm, dry and comfortable throughout the excursion.
- Camping-Style Accessories – In addition to those hunting accessories, you’ll also need some more generalised camping accessories. We’re thinking of items like a first-aid kit, torch, rope, flares, a lighter (or waterproof matches) and a multi-tool.
- Game Calls – Will you be calling any game whilst hunting? Double check to ensure that you brought those calls along with you. If you need to purchase new ones, your local gun shop may be able to help.
- Game Preparation Tools – Nothing compares to that sinking feeling you get when you realise that you got the kill but don’t have the means of dressing it to get it home. You’ll need saws, knives, grinders, game bags and more – depending on how far you are from civilisation.
Well, what do you think? Did we forget anything in this checklist? Let us know in the comments section below.