These days, more than 38 million Americans go hunting and fishing each year, and rarely do they go by themselves. In fact, 82% of fishing trips involve more than one person, and hunting is often done in groups both for safety and for the sport of it. If you are one of the many people going on such a trip throughout 2016 or beyond, then you’ll need to make sure you have the right supplies for such a venture into the wilderness.
What should you bring for your next hunting or fishing trip? Here are some essentials you won’t want to forget for one of these outings.
- The essentials: From your camouflage coveralls and orange safety vest (or life vest for boating) to your hunting rifle or fishing pole, you should make sure that you’re well-stocked for a successful hunt or productive fishing trip. Fishing trips may also necessitate the use of a live bait cooler in order to keep the bait for the day fresh and attract as many fish as possible. While camouflage isn’t a necessity when fishing, it’s ideal for hunters to keep them hidden from their prey’s view.
- Tracking supplies: If you’re going to be on foot, you’ll need supplies that will help you track down a deer, duck, or other animal you’re hunting. Duck calls are one accessory that hunters will use in order to attract the birds and get within shooting distance. However, this category might also include some fairly unsavory items, like deer urine to mask your scent. Sounds crazy, but it certainly works!
- A cooler: No, you don’t just need one for your live bait if you’re going fishing; you’ll also need a marine cooler to keep the fish fresh. But that’s not all — whether you’re fishing or hunting, you’re bound to get thirsty, so bring a cooler with you to store some ice cold beverages. That might involve getting a bear-proof cooler, which can withstand “contact” from the animals for up to an hour, or a backpack cooler for better mobility. Plan to be out in the woods for a while? You’d better bring a tent and a camping cooler for your stay.
What do you bring with you when you go hunting or fishing? Tell us in the comments below.