General Hunting Checklist
A general hunting checklist covers a lot of situations you won’t find in the vast array of hunting venues. Hunting squirrels or rabbits is vastly different than hunting Canada geese, and neither of these resembles the challenge of hog hunting in Texas or pronghorn on the high desert of Wyoming.
This checklist is provided to get you thinking about the hunting situations you will find yourself in. Some items, such as the weapon you’re going to use, and the need for a license and permission to hunt on private land are universal. Others like bear spray or a high-powered handgun don’t lend themselves to hunting turkeys in the Pennsylvania hardwood forest.
Things to take away from this list for your hunting situation can be broken down to: Where am I hunting? How long will I hunt? Am I prepared for any emergency that might arise while I’m hunting? Can I find my way back to the truck if I become disoriented? Do I have the wherewithal to stay out overnight, or even for a couple of days if I’m separated from my hunting party? And most important, do I have water and food with me?
As you peruse this list, please keep those questions in mind, and tie them to the type of hunt you’re about to embark on. Keep this little gem in mind as you go down this checklist: “Proper preparation prevents poor performance.”
Carried with you on the Hunt
Carried in the Truck
*Please Note: One or more of these should be blaze orange to meet state hunting regulations when hunting big game
If your hunting trip will keep you out overnight, you’ll need to choose your shelter. A camper or RV can be a great choice for hunting in the middle of nowhere when you don’t need to carry your shelter on your back. Consider whether your chosen camper can get through the terrain to your target location, and what amenities you’ll need for transporting game and gear.
A tent is another great option for your shelter, whether you’re set up in one spot or carrying your tent with you to backpack as you search for your target. A backpacking tent should be lighter weight, since every ounce counts when you’re carrying things over miles. A good tent will keep you warm, protect against the elements and bugs, and provide good ventilation with easy setup. Tents are typically found in 2-, 3-, and 4-season models sleeping 1-10 people.