What to bring on a Fall Hunting Trip

A good hunter does not hunt sans a fanny pack or a backpack. They also have an exhaustive list of items within that backpack and are used to lifting 10-15 pounds of extra weight due to that baggage.

Here are some of the things that should be in your backpack while on a hunting trip:


These items should be in your backpack:

What goes into the backpack will need to be customized, based on your needs and preferences.


When it comes to clothes, you should start with safety first. That means, the first thing to go in the pack is your hunter orange clothing, including a hat and mesh vest. If you’re picking up new clothes for a hunt, then it is better to have them washed and worn a few months in advance to get used to them. The same goes for any new boots that you buy. If the nights are going to be cold, then you would also need some warm clothing, such as wool that will keep you warm, even if it gets wet.

Hunting Licenses

Do your research and read up on the hunting rules and regulations before you leave, especially if you are going to another state. Talk to the state and local agencies for the hunting information, fees, and licenses that you will be needing. For instance, you will need to purchase a special license in most places. There are states where your name is entered into a non-resident lottery and you only get a hunting permit if you win! The rules will be different for each state, as well as, especially if you’re hunting on private land owned by family or friends.

Meat Carrying/Storing Essentials

You also need to pack stuff that will take care of the animal once you have achieved your ultimate goal. The animal hunted will need to be quartered so you can carry back to the camp. For that, you will need to pack sharp cutlery, a sharpening stone, and plastic bags. A bear proof cooler to seal the meat in and dry ice to pack it with will also be needed. Since dry ice will wreck many regular coolers, you would need to buy the Frigid Rigid or Yeti cooler. They will be more expensive but they will also stay in usable condition for a long time!


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  • Gloves
  • Boots (weather/water proof)
  • Jacket/Coat
  • Shoes
  • Flannel Shirts
  • Jeans
  • Wool Pants
  • Woolen Socks
  • Underwear
  • Insulating Long Johns
  • Soap
  • Towels
  • Gortex Jacket
  • Shaving/Hygiene kit
  • Water Bottle
  • Bear Spray
  • Hunting Knife
  • Licenses
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Sunscreen
  • Binoculars
  • Rifle and Ammunition
  • Camera and Film
  • Florescent Gear

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Toys for the New Hunter

Game Cameras

If you know the area where you will be hunting well and the animals that inhabit it, you could come home successful after each hunting trip. One gadget will help if you want to familiarize yourself with both when it’s not your full-time job. That gadget is of course, a game or trail camera. With it, you will not only know the area where you will be hunting but also be able to predict the animal’s movements. Another advantage of capturing the footage of animals with a trail camera is that it will let you know that you are in the right area. Moreover, with the help of game cameras, you would also know how big an animal is and what gender they are.  MDS Optics currently has game cameras on sale at some pretty good prices.


ATV stands for All Terrain Vehicle and its use is gradually becoming acceptable during hunts. The reason for their newfound acceptance has to do with how helpful ATVs can be during hunting. Not only will they make it easier to track your prey but they also make it possible to haul big game, such as elk, moose, and bear. Since the price of an ATV will vary depend on the features that it has, you will need to decide how much to spend will. You can also make additions to your ATV to improve the hunting experience. A few such improvements include a gun boot that you can use to store your firearms and equipment. Other things that you can add to the ATV are two-way radios and GPS mounting brackets for your GPS device.

Hunting Backpack

A good hunting backpack has the following qualities:

It is made of the right kind of fabric that is strong enough to suit your needs. That means the first thing you need to look for in a hunting backpack is that it must be made of synthetic fibers that make it waterproof. It should also be made of a material that is not too noisy when it brushes against objects. Most importantly, the backpack material should be lightweight so that it can be carried around while you’re on a hunt.

It needs to be larger than a daypack if big game is what you are interested in since you will need room to stuff the meat. The backpack should be expandable from the upfront or have an expanded area. For an even weight distribution, get a backpack with an external or internal adjustable frame.


Riflescopes offer the following benefits to their user:

  1. Better sight of your target, which makes it easier to shoot.
  2. Increase the range of the rifle range and you will be able to target distant objects.
  3. Allow for consistent better shooting. When you shoot better in a consistent manner, you are more likely to keep on practicing and thus becoming better and better. Soon you would have started to shoot at objects that are at a much long range than you could before.

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Packing Heat and Other Things – What to Carry in your Hunting Pack when going Big Game Hunting

The essentials, which are as follows:

  • Survival kit
  • Compass
  • Lighter
  • Chapstick
  • Bandana
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Knife Sharpener
  • Map
  • Hunting License
  • Hunting Tags
  • Ziploc Bags

Aside from the things mentioned above, here is what else you should be packing while hunting big game:


It is a good thing to have lots of water and you can make that possible by carrying a quart military canteen. However, that single canteen could get lost or misplaced and you should be carrying several collapsible ones in anticipation of such an event. A collapsible canteen won’t weight too much and still be available, if you need to carry more water. All you’d have to do is open them and use them. Throw in a sport bottle that also has a built-in water filter, just in case.


If you are going big game hunting, then you need to be carrying gallon contractor trash bags. The bigger ones can easily be used for emergency shelter. Of course, you will also be needing them when you pack the meat that you have hunted. Moreover, you can also split a bag and use it as makeshift tarp while butchering.


If you have packed everything that you will be needing on your hunt, yet have failed to pack it in a proper pack, then all that prep will be worthless. Imagine having to lug around such a backpack throughout your hunting trip. Now that we have your attention, here are the types of bags that you should be carrying, depending on the type of hunt you are on:

  1. If you going on a hunt that will last for several days, then you will need a backpack to carry your gear in the wilderness. Look for ones that have an external frame and you can’t go wrong.
  2. If the hunt is going to be an all day long event, then you should opt for a daypack. Such a pack should be sufficient, even if you want to leave the camp. Look for a mid-sized accessory that will let you pack lots of food, water, clothing, and rain gear.
  3. Fanny packs are good when you are looking for a bag that is easy to carry around. This is because a suspender design in such packs prevents sagging and keeps the weight divided evenly between shoulders and hips. These are suitable for shorter hunts.

Ursine Deterrence

You might want to think your plan out clearly, if you are going moose- or elk-hunting in grizzly country. The trouble with hunting in such areas is that if you dangle that much meat in front of a bear, then they are likely to come knocking at dinnertime! If you are not leaving your camp immediately, then it might be a good idea to hang the meat sacks 100 yards or more away from the carcass. For extra protection, you can also hang a can of bear spray nearby. If a bear does come looking for the meat, then it won’t catch you unawares!

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