Hunting gear I carry Pt 2
Hi again, this is part 2 of my hunting gear that I carry. I know its pretty basic and Ive already received a few responses saying that.
This is meant for a beginning hunter not one who is experienced with 30-40 years of being out in the woods. Or someone who is hunting a new area and climate like coming from the far northern side of the US to the desert in Arizona.
5 gallon water jugs
The biggest single thing taking up space in my truck is usually 3-4 jugs of water, these aren’t usually for drinking as much as washing, and putting out campfires before leaving camp. This last hunt I brought 4 cases of bottled water and called it good.
That’s code for I forgot the jugs in front of the garage when I packed the truck.
I was asked what I use for game bags. I went to wally world and bought 10 yards of the heaviest cotton muslin they had, then cut it to 3 foot lengths and had them sewn up tight, with a seam on top folded over so I can put drawstrings through them at some point. I almost always have 550 cord everywhere so I wrap up the ends of the bags after they are full and tie them off.
Apparently I overthink things.
I was pleasantly surprised when it was pointed out a deer would fit into a pillowcase and there wouldn’t be a need to wash it out when I was done. This is if you bone out the deer and/or use the gutless method of getting the meat out.
Not to mention a pillowcase is somewhere around 2$ as opposed to custom made meat sacks….
Yes this trip was an eye opener for me. And I’m not afraid to admit it was a woman who pointed out they were perfect for a meat sack . And she was my Guide for that trip too. Learning new things is always welcome in my mind
Primos folding stove
I carry this in a kit with 2 bottles of fuel and a pot with cover. It used to be sold as a kit and I liked it because the pot held enough water for a Mountain House meal and a hot drink.
And it basically weighs nothing.
Heating water is basically what I use a stove for. I try to keep cooking as simple as possible when I’m out hunting and I’m not living on freeze dry for very long.
I like filling the pot with water and getting everything ready for coffee the night before. I reach over in the morning, turn on the gas and pull the igniter, my coffee water is ready before my boots are on.
Its also nice for hot cider, watching the meteor showers here late on cold nights.
I also have a plan B along in the truck
My Kelly Kettle
I love this thing. Ive given away 6-8 of these things to people I hunt with, they get attached to how simple and fast they work. I make a sandwich bag full of petroleum jelly cotton balls and stuff the bag in the chimney to keep everything together.
When I need to have hot water, I take out the bag of PJCB from the chimney, I pull out 2 balls and fray them by pulling them apart.
I stuff the bowl on the bottom with small twigs or grass and fill the water chamber. Push the cotton balls into the fuel and light it off
Takes about 5 minutes for 1.5 liters of water to be plenty hot to make freeze dried anything into food
Ive had my double wall mug a long time, all the writing is worn off mine and I love it on cold mornings when a plain metal mug will cool my coffee to fast. I really enjoyed this trip, sitting around the fire early in the morning having coffee and talking.
Good coffee is what separates us from the animals in the instant coffee isle. The best cup of coffee Ive ever made is produced by this marvelous device. This is worth the weight, and with the hand grinder along you can bring the best coffee of your life out to the bush.
I use this daily in my kitchen making incredible coffee. The accompanying hand grinder if you wish to bring beans with you instead of grinding them before you leave for camp.
Binoculars for glassing game
I use the Swarovski 10×42 EL binoculars I posted about before. I saw what a difference a tripod and the spud mount for the binos makes glassing things at long distances. Any glass over 10x tends to move when you breathe, heart beats and of course the muscle fatigue all contributes to making a tough job a bit harder.
And without getting too crazy, they are $2500 glasses, its the best move to use them as stable as possible. After seeing the improvement in clarity with a stable platform I want a tripod.
Hopefully one I can also use as a walking stick too.
An important observation
You can go really cheap on a bunch of things in your gear box. Optics and the associated equipment with them is not a great place to skimp on cheaper gear. Radios are another place you think you saving money, but you are just storing up trouble for down the road.
Barnett Ghost series crossbows
I started hunting with a crossbow this year due to not being able to draw a regular compound or a recurve. My shoulders are shot, as a short explanation.
Crossbows have advantages and serious disadvantages.
Advantages- I can break arrows at 60 yards if I don’t change my point of aim on a target while target shooting. I can put 5 arrows into 3 inches at 100 yards.
Disadvantages are in the same area. Crossbows are loud. Really loud so when you pull the trigger , there is a crack deer and other game can hear.
Even at 400 fps the arrow wont get to the target faster than the sound so a deer can easily move enough to cause a bad hit or a complete miss.
I self limit my shots to 25-35 yards because of this.
Also, ANYTHING the arrow can hit, contact etc between your shot and the target the arrow will go off into who knows where . Its going so fast it is not very forgiving with grass, twigs or even parts of your blind.
Crossbows are also a serious pain to carry easily. They are wide, balanced poorly compared to most rifles and they cant be cocked longer than 4 hours so you have to have a plan to decock them without dry firing them.
Sitting in a blind or on a stand they are great, if you have to spot and stalk you will find they are far more difficult than a regular bow.
And everything Ive said about this bow pretty much runs through all the other crossbows Ive seen or used so you are in the same boat regardless of manufacturer.
Folding Hunting blinds
I bought one of these blinds to use during disabled vet hunts, I know a few who have serious mobility issues. I can set up their chair and then put the blind over them. It works very well for that as well as 1 hunter and someone running the calls if you are predator hunting.
Where they rock is with crossbows. Crossbows are very nose heavy, they need a rest when you are in the blind and they act as an extra hand holding the bow while you glass and shoot.
They are also handy to use as a binocular rest for glassing . I have both the tall and shorter versions and I always have a set in the truck with me.
Camelbak Hydration packs
I like the hydration packs because I’m not a fan of heavy packs any longer
I carry a small fire kit on my knife, so I really need a game bag and some snacks plus water in my pack. A pair of heavy kitchen gloves for field dressing game rounds it out.
Instead of carrying a larger pack Ive downsized to the minimum and these smaller packs work well for day hunts.
I’m sure this will run into a part 3 but this is a good start on the basics
Hunting gear I carry Pt 2