We recently asked our Facebook fans - What are your essential hunting items? What would you NOT leave home without when hitting the hunting trail? Some we can help you out with, some not. Here are the responses...from one customer to another.
Sara H. said - "Handgun, license, extra ammunition, gear bag, hunting knife,
binoculars, & bug spray."
Sounds like Sara has all the bases covered...and good thinking on the license. You definitely want to ALWAYS have that with you! You can get them at the Customer Service counter at BPS!
Mason says - "AR-15, warm dry clothes, warm dry boots, hunting knife, scent block, calls, whatever it takes to be comfortable...because if you're not comfortable you can't concentrate on hunting!"
Mason is planning on some cool, wet weather finally arriving sometime! Eventually, it will get cool enough you may want to have some Toasti-Toes in your boots, too!
Mike C. says - "Beyond the standard things, pliers are a vital part of hunting!"
A Leatherman or Gerber multi-tool, perhaps?
James O. - "Beef jerky!"
Absolutely! Need to keep the energy levels up with some protein!
Jeff N. - "All the items sold at BPS!!! But I think the most important thing to take with you is a buddy...a wife, husband, son, daughter, your best friend or man's best friend like my black lab Belle...just seeing the look on a pal's face during a day in the field and/or watching my dog work for and making a solid retrieve keeps me going back out for more..."
Yes - Share the thrill of the hunt, introduce a friend or youngster to enjoying the great outdoors...or just spend the day with your four-legged friend!
Todd T. - A good dog!!!
Teach your dog to hunt sheds, too, and you've got an extra "hunting" season!
Joey F. - "Good friends and family make any hunt memorable."
Kenny R. - I need ammo!! And a new Bennelli would be nice!!!
We've got 'em both!
Mandy R. - The right clothing, for me, either my Matthews bow or black powder rifle, knife/saw, flashlight, extra ammo, call and rattles, have your treestands in place. Rope is a must to drag that big buck out. My number one thing this year will be my son going with me for the first time.
That's wonderful to hear - introduce the Next Generation! We hope you'll share pictures!
Uriah H. - "I think the most important thing to bring with is a cell phone. You never know when you're going to get in a sticky situation where you may need to call for help. Whether it be an accident that you need medical help or to call a buddy to help drag a deer out of the woods. It also helps a ton when you're sitting in the treestand to help time pass :)"
Make sure the battery is charged, too. Plus, you can buy a cool foneGEAR iPhone 4 camo hardshell case...we even have them in pink!
Gina G. - "Camo and comfortable boots"
Ah-h-h - Once again, comfort! Lots of camo on clearance right now!
Aaron K. - "Knife and a 4 ft length of 550 cord"
Have you checked out the Chums paracord keychains and bracelets yet? 550-lb paracord unravels to lengths from 3 ft to 21 ft. Easy to pack/wear and perfect for emergency situations.
Rick G. - "Camo and Scent-a-Way"
Yep...you don't want them to see your OR smell you! My husband had a deer peering in his blind last fall...about two feet from his face...and coyotes hanging out, too. But his Scent-a-Way detergent, shampoo, etc., kept him undetectable.
James S. - Knife, gun, compass (no one thinks they will get lost until they do), bottle of water, coffee, and a nice cigar to smoke after you've finished the hunt and have the game in the truck.
James, you're so right about the compass....trail markers of some sort, too,
especially if you're in an unfamiliar hunting area.
No matter the season...remember, safety first! Good luck out there and share your photos at www.facebook.com/bpsaltoona!