Here’s our annual hunter’s checklist
By Hookemharry

Posted: October 17, 2003

Last year, I developed a hunters checklist that many readers found useful. I have added a couple more items to the list this year, so feel free to clip it out and use it as a guide to get ready for your next hunting trip.

If you have a tip you would like to add to the list, e-mail me at

And remember, before going east to hunt, wash the undercarriage of your vehicle and trailer to rid it of any knapweed. Good Luck!


Cell phone in your vehicle – it just might save your life.
Toilet paper, small bucket, and shovel in your vehicle – for when nature calls.
Hunting license (yes, check it again to make sure) – so you can hunt when you get there.
Regulations booklet – so you can check on seasons, bag limits, laws.
2000 sunrise/sunset tables – so you know when you can start and have to stop shooting.
Good pair of boots and warm socks – there’s nothing worse than wet or sore feet.
Sharp knife, and a pack saw – one for the hide, one for quartering.
Game bags and a quarter-pound can of pepper – they keep flies off your game after you field dress it.
Binoculars – they give you an edge and are better and safer than glassing through your rifle scope.
Electrical or duct tape – to tape your license onto the carcass (after you validate it by cutting out the month and date).
Hunters’ orange sweatshirt or vest and cap – it’s the law, 400 square inches above the waist.
Compass or GPS unit – if you want to get back to camp.
Map of your hunting area – so you don’t trespass or get lost.
Sighted in rifle and ammo – a one-shot hunt is the best hunt.
Ammo carrier – makes things easier in the heat of the moment and keeps your cartridges clean.
Orange marker tape – it helps you get back to camp and can help mark the site of your kill.
Five to 10 feet of rope – a hundred uses.
Small flashlight – it helps before dawn or after sunset.
Matches in waterproof case and small candle – it will help keep you warm if you need to start a warming fire.
Whistle and mirror – Both items can be
valuable if you are in a situation where you need to signal people for assistance
Energy bar – it helps you keep going and is light to pack.
Leatherman tool – a thousand uses.
A good spare tire, jack and tire wrench – ever been stranded?
Two pairs of gloves – in case one pair gets wet or lost.
Two one-gallon jugs of water – many uses, including washing hands or washing out carcasses.
Sunglasses – if you get in a snow situation, you won’t be squinting all day.
Warm cap – most body heat is lost through your head (with or without hair).
ALSO, PUT THESE SUPPLIES IN A FANNY PACK: a pocket first aid kit, small pkg of trail mix, small water bottle, pocket-size emergency blanket, plastic garbage bag (cut armholes and head hole and you have a rain-proof vest) small packet of fire starter, short piece of nylon cord to help drag game out, sharpening stone, and throw-away cigarette lighter.
Finally, a camera – a picture is worth a thousand words.