1. Bow and Arrows:
Depending on what type of bow you are using, you will need to make sure that it is in good working condition with no frayed strings or broken parts. You should also carry enough arrows for the hunt, as running out could prove disastrous depending on your location. Make sure to choose arrows that are the correct weight and length for your bow.
2. Hunting Clothing:
Whether you’re hunting in warm or cold weather, it’s important to wear clothing that is designed for hunting and can keep you both warm and dry. Camouflage clothing can help keep you hidden from the game, while breathable fabrics are better suited for warmer conditions. Make sure to layer your clothing so that you can take off or add layers as necessary.
3. Safety Gear:
It’s always a good idea to bring along some safety gear when out hunting, such as a first aid kit, a fire starter (such as matches or a lighter), flares, a flashlight or headlamp, a whistle, etc.
You will need to bring food and water with you on a hunt, as you never know how long the hunt may take. In addition to snacks or light meals, it’s always a good idea to have emergency rations in your bag just in case.
From field dressing game animals to cutting rope for shelter building, having a good knife or multi-tool is essential for any hunt. Make sure that your knife is sharp enough and in good working order before heading out into the field.
6. Binoculars/Spotting Scope:
Having either binoculars or a spotting scope can help you better spot potential games from a greater distance.
Knowing how far away you are from your target can give you the edge in bow hunting, and having a rangefinder is essential for that task.
8. Rain Gear:
It’s important to be prepared for any kind of weather when out hunting, so make sure to have some rain gear in your bag just in case the skies open up.
9. Hunting Tags and License:
Always make sure to have your proper hunting tags and license with you before heading out on a hunt, as well as any other paperwork required by your state or local area.
10. First Aid Kit:
Make sure to include a basic first aid kit in your bow hunting checklist. This should include bandages, gauze, antiseptic wipes and creams, painkillers, etc.