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2016 Revised & Updated Hunters Checklist: Captain’s Column (10.20.16)
By angelamontana


Opening day for Montana’s general rifle season for deer and elk is just 2 days away. We have experienced fall weather with rain and some snow recently, but cold weather will be here before you know it and you need to be prepared. Last week I gave you my vehicle check list for hunting. This week it’s my hunters check list and since you only have two days before opening day this list should also help you get ready. Remember to let someone know where you are going to hunt and when you expect to return.  Oh yes if you have a tip you would like to add to the list e-mail me at captain@montanaoutdoor.com

2016 Revised and updated HUNTERS CHECKLIST

  • -Hunting Pack
  • -Game carrier
  • -Personal medication
  • -Small bottle of hand sanitizer-it’s almost 100% alcohol, can be used to help start a fire when placed on toilet paper
  • -Cell phone in your vehicle-it just might save your life, plus doubles as a camera
  • -Toilet paper, small bucket, and shovel in your vehicle-when nature calls
  • -Hunting license and tags (yes, check it again to make sure) so you can hunt when you get there.
  • -Thermos
  • -2016 sunrise/sunset tables-so you know when you can start and have to stop
  • -Good pair of hunting boots and warm socks plus an extra pair of socks-there’s nothing worse than wet or sore feet
  • -Sharp knives, and a pack saw-one for the hide, one for quartering
  • -Sharpening stone or steel
  • -Game bags and a spray can of Pam-they keep flies off your game after you field dress it
  • -Rain gear-dry is better than wet
  • -Extra clothing-it would be nice if you could take layers off as the day warms up
  • -Plastic tarp-to place your animal on when cleaning or to cover up when transporting
  • -Binoculars- they give you an edge and are safer than glassing from your rifle scope
  • -Range finder-better chance if you know your distance
  • -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
  • -Garmin GPS unit loaded with the up to date Montana mapping System from huntingGPSmaps.com
  • -Map of your hunting area-so you don’t trespass or get lost
  • -Sighted in rifle and ammo-one-shot is the best hunt
  • -Shooting stick or bipod
  • -Ammo carrier-makes things easier in the heat of the moment and keeps your cartridges clean
  • -Bottle of smoke so you know which way the wind is blowing
  • -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-hundred uses
  • -Small flashlight-helps before dawn or after sunset
  • -Head lamp for hands free in the dark
  • -Matches in waterproof case and small candle- it will help keep you warm if you need to start a fire
  • -Energy bar-it helps you keep going and is light to pack
  • -Leatherman tool-thousand uses
  • -Two pairs of gloves-in case one pair is lost or wet
  • -One pair of rubber dishwashing gloves-use when field dressing your animal
  • -Two one-gallon jugs of water-many uses, including washing hands and 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 supplies into 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, waterproof matches and a throw away cigarette lighter. Finally an extra set of vehicle keys.