Gear Checklist: Everything A Hunter Needs

“Dress me in camo, load me with ammo, with a little luck, I’ll get me a buck.”

Need a Gear Checklist for Hunters? What hunting gear is a must have and what is a nice to have? What gear does every hunter need? Maybe I should title this post “How to Overpack” because we’re all guilty, right? Our family keeps all of our hunting gear in one (big!) closet, but pretty organized in trunks and bags so we can grab and go when the time comes.

Here’s a checklist to use each time you hit the road.

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Must Haves

Hunting license

Guns secured in case or box: Depending on what you are hunting, you’ll need either a rifle or shotgun, and possibly a pistol.

Gear Checklist


Binoculars: We use Bushnell and Vortex brand

Appropriate clothing for the weather

Ice chest: We have used both RTIC Coolers and Yetis, but, as expensive as they are, our Yeti lasts season after season.


Food and snacks

Beer: For after the hunt

Water, Cokes/Soda


First aid kit

Knives and a multi-tool

Trash and sandwich bags

Baby wipes and toilet paper

Paper towels



Nice to Haves


Range Finder

Nice camera

Corn (if your state allows it)


Trail cam

What am I missing? What are your need and nice to haves?

And, if you’re looking for more information on gear, check out my e-book!

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