The art of hunting dates back thousands of years. Thousands of years ago, it used to be said that the strongest and most-skilled hunters would survive and the rest could easily perish. These were the hunters that not only had the know-how, but also had the best gear. Hunting gear has continuously gotten better and more user-friendly over the years. If you love the taste of venison and the pride factor of a solid stalk and kill, you need to have some solid gear- not to mention a solid hunting rifle. Now while it’s not everything that you need or could want to have on your hunting trip, having these on your next hunting adventure could increase your chances to eat!

Binoculars/Spotting Scope

Without a solid pair of optics (often referred as ‘glass’ around the campfire in camp) to help scan the terrain for that perfect trophy, you may find yourself leaving empty-handed. A great pair of binos or spotting scopes will save you time and energy. Let’s say you see a herd of elk a long distance away. If you don’t have good glass, you could easily waste all of your energy and time tracking animals that may not be big enough or old enough.

Binocular harness

Now that you have that perfect pair of binoculars, you need to learn how to properly bring them on your next hunt. No, this does not mean “I’m just gonna throw them in my backpack.” While there are many bino harnesses on the market, and everyone has their own preferences, a solid bino harness should have three things. First, it should have padded slings. When you are out from camp for 11 hours of the day, you do not want slings that will dig into your shoulders or back. The bino harness should also have a cover or top flap to cover your eye pieces. Whether stalking a cape buffalo in Zimbabwe or on horseback for an elk in Montana, debris, rain, and snow can all get on your lens and affect your vision (and even worse possibly scratch your glass). Lastly, it needs the ability to ride high on your chest. You do not want to be belly-crawling from sage bush to sage bush on your antelope stalk with a pair of binoculars down by your stomach.

Range Finder

We are all “great guessers of distance” but in all seriousness, a range finder just makes sense. You need to know the exact distance of your target for a good, clean, humane kill. Yes, it would be nice to be called “One Shot” around camp, but do it for the animal. He or she is giving its life so you can eat, so reciprocate the kind gesture by making a humane shot.

Leather Gloves

If you have ever belly-crawled for a waterbuck in Mozambique, or been up to the horse’s belly in snow for a moose, or on a deer drive in South Carolina; you know why you need a good pair of leather gloves; to protect your hands. You need the palm of your hand free of burrs, so you can have a good grip on your firearm. You need to have your trigger finger free of thorns. You need to be able to skin your animal without having to worry about your bleeding cuts on your hands since you didn’t wear gloves.

Cleaning Knives

If you have followed some of these gear suggestions, then odds are your hunt will be a success. After your successful hunt, you need a good skinning knife. You will need to be able to butcher your kill for the meat, but also be gentle on the hide in case you want to mount the animal.

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