Hunting is popular in Canada, there’s no doubt about that. If you’re going on a hunting trip, though, things can go south quickly if you’re not prepared. I’ve taken what I’ve learned from hunting in my past years to put together this list. Running my own Oahu tree service company for over a decade also helped me to understand the great outdoors. So to make sure things go as smoothly as possible, here’s an initial checklist of essential hunting gear and supplies that you must bring with you:
1. Food. Jerky will do fine.
2. Water. You need water rather than juice or soda, which may make you thirstier afterwards.
3. Map. By this we mean a paper map instead of a map on your smartphone, since this won’t run out of battery juice. Also, some smartphone maps aren’t really accurate.
4. Compass. Hopefully you also learned how to use this with a map.
5. Weapon and ammo. Unless you’re “hunting” for great pictures, which will instead require that you get an effective and hardy camera.
6. Binoculars or monoculars. These are crucial since you need to find your prey from far away. It’s also very helpful in determining whether a target is actually prey or just another hunter.
7. Flashlight. Bring spare batteries, and if possible a small spare flashlight too.
8. Lighter. A Zippo or something similarly tough will work well, and a few matches for backup is a sensible idea. Place them inside a waterproof pouch.
9. Knife. A skinning knife is also crucial.
10. Parachute cord. You’d be amazed at the many ways a cord like this can be useful for a hunt.
Pack them all in your bag, and you’re good to go!