That's the question.. What is in your PACK?
Hunting season is right around the corner if your from my area or might have already started. Eitherway, if you're like me then you are getting your last minute pack stuff ready. So what exactly does that mean? The items in your pack that you take with you. Well, depneding on how long you are going for the answers are different, though ultimately the primary or essential items are fairly the same. So back to the question, what are the essential items needed for your pack?
Your pack should be large enough to carry 10 essential items for your hunt, plus all the extra "do-dads" for actually hunting.
First Aid Kit:
This is going to be a requirement regardless of how long you are hunting. Accidents happen, so you need to ensure that if they do you have the items needed to take care of yourself out in the field.
With the advent of GPS on our phones and I admit I probably rely on it in the woods more than I should. Having an "old fashioned" compass and knowing how to use it will certainly help you from getting lost.
Guaranteed at some point during your hunt you will need an extra rope. This rope will come in handy when needing to drag your harvest out, tying it up to dress it or anything else that might come by.
You should pack at least one bottle of water for while out in the field. This will keep you hydrated while hunting. Also, the food, such as protein bars or something similar that will sustain you for a decent period of time if you get lost.
Garbage bags come in handy for cleaning up after your mess with field dressing your animal or if it starts raining out, you can cover up your pack and other things that you may not want to get too wet.
Small brush Cutter:
No matter how well during scouting and checking stands you clear the area. There are some places that just seem to come back even though might have been there last week clearing the lanes. These will help emensely when you need that last small branch cut off.
There are 101 uses for zip ties. When your done with field dressing your animal and you need to attaching tags, attaching things to your stand to hold or just simply for holding your deer legs apart to dress it or tying together to carry it out. THere are tons of uses for these.
Matches or a lighter:
These come in handy for multiple reasons, though if you are going on an all day hunt or out to some new places that you aquired during the off season that you haven't spent as much time in. If you get disoriented or lost and need to build a fire, having matches and/or two lighters could be indispensable for your survival.
Flash lights are a requirement for heading out hunting. When it starts to get dark and your heading in, it can be easy to miss a mark that you made for the way out. Keeping an led flash light will keep a very bright light for you on the way out if you get turned around, which at that point your not worried about jumping deer. For your standard walk out, using a small LED light on your hat would be all that might needed to provide just enough light to get out without spooking the neighbors down the street.
Wet Ones Wipes:
These have mulitple uses from cleaning up after field dressing or when nature calls. Using Scent killing ones for sweating if it is a hot day would certainly help out as well.
So those are just some of the items that I normally keep in my pack. While each person may vary on what they might consider essential items, these are items that I typically keep in my pack. After that, you have your standard items including allergy medicines, pain killers and then the calls needed for the game your hunting, scents used and those kinds of things.