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8 Must-Have Tools for Your Next Hunt

Hunters making a game plan for a morning hunt.

Hunting has become exquisitely refined over the past years. Countless agencies offer well-planned hunting trips that entice hunters, but preparing your hunting gear may be tricky. Be mindful, though, that having the proper hunting tools with you can make the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful hunting trip. We’ve comprised a list of must-have tools for your next hunt, so that your experience will be enjoyable, successful and care-free.

Hunting Backpack

You’ll need lots of room to carry all your hunting essentials, so a high-quality backpack should be a priority. You’ll have to decide about size and specifications, the little details. What if I told you that you could get a sweet pack capable of handling as much weight as you could pick up, carry that weight extremely well, AND come in at a mere 4 lbs 14 oz? Sound too good to be true? I’m referring to the company that is Exo Mountain Gear, and specifically, the Exo 3500 backpack

Rifle Scopes

Most mountain backpacking hunting trips are done with rifle scopes, so this particular item will also have to be on your hunting gear list. Now, hunting enthusiasts may have diverging opinions as to which scope is best for the job but that’s not the issue here. Some prefer a lightweight scope that ensures maximum magnification, good range and a custom turret. However, knowing how to zero a rifle scope is something that you should definitely know how to do.

Hunting Knives

Granted, there’s nothing that compares to the rush of adrenaline that you get when deer hunting or when you’re mere seconds away from pulling the trigger. But after the hunt is over and the animal is at your feet, you’ll need a quality hunting knife if you’re not keen on spending half a day skinning and field dressing a deer. Having a hunting knife on you is essential, but aside from the small one that you probably keep in your pocket at all times, you should also have a larger one packed in your backpack.

Rain Gear and Proper Boots

This should go without saying: a hunting trip involves harsh weather conditions, extreme temperatures and most annoyingly, lots of precipitation. Investing in a pair of quality, waterproof boots as well as rain gear goes without saying. Shop around and find “breathable” gear that is both light and easy to dry. The only issue, though, is that “breathable” rain gear will eventually get wet once it’s saturated with water.


This may seem mundane, but carrying a lighter or a set of waterproof matches is essential on any hunting trip. Yes, you may only end up using them to melt threads on your clothes, but more often than not, you’ll be checking wind direction or may even have to start an emergency fire. Regardless of the scenario, fire-starting equipment (at least in the form of matches) should be something you never leave home without.

Portable Stove

Let’s be honest: your wife won’t love the idea of packing 14 days-worth of sandwiches or snacks. In fact, you won’t enjoy carrying them either. But hunting trips do tend to run long, so you’ll have to stay properly nourished. A stove is a great idea to carry with you, especially since there are multiple lightweight models. Compressed gas stoves are a great option and particularly packing friendly (since numerous models are so small that they, together with a fuel canister, can fit inside a boiling pot). The issue, though, is when you’re flying to remote destinations. Since you won’t be able to transport compressed fuel canisters, another option is to go for a multi-fuel stove (they work on gasoline, white gas, diesel or kerosene).


You’ll also have to be able to identify the direction you’re going and a compass is a tiny yet essential item to carry with you. While a GPS may seem like the more tech-friendly option, there are situations where it, too, may fail. Or at least its batteries. A compass, however, will always work, even under thick tree covers, in deep valleys or other secluded areas where a GPS may fail.

First Aid Kit

Make no mistake: however careful you are, accidents do happen and you need to be prepared to dress a wound or disinfect a cut. That’s why a first aid kit is a must-have and should never be left at home in order to save space for some other, less important item. First aid kits contain bandages, disinfectant, chap sticks, but make sure to also pack other items such as pain medication, cold and digestive drugs, an extra lighter perhaps. Also, duct tape and water treatment drops are a welcome addition.

There are other items to carry with you: binoculars, a flashlight, extra ammo, ear plugs (especially if your gun is particularly loud), glove, insect repellent, spare batteries and 550 cord. A well-equipped hunter will be able to make the best out of any situation, so, with that in mind, enjoy a successful hunting trip and let us know if there are any essential items that we missed.

22 thoughts on “8 Must-Have Tools for Your Next Hunt

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  2. Sariah Meagle says:

    My dad’s new hobby is hunting and he wants to go hunting with us next month. It was explained here that we should have a hunting backpack and proper boots when we go hunting. Moreover, it’s advisable to talk to professionals when planning to on a hunting trip.

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  4. Diana says:

    Most of the people buy big size of backpack. this is not right. you have to buy standard size. thank you for the post.

  5. Donna says:

    Must needed tools for the hunting, this post describe about these tools beautifully. Thank you for the post.

  6. Amesia Tools says:

    This is just amazing. Thanks for presenting a detailed information on hunting tools. I was really planning to go hunting next week. Love the point where you mentioned first aid kit. It indeed is a real essential item for hunting. Love it <3

  7. Mike says:

    Thank you for sharing the essential tools for an outdoor trip, the hunting backpack is indeed a piece of must-have equipment that every survivalist should have. Thanks once again.


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  10. Machete Guide says:

    Thank you for sharing the crucial gear for an outside ride, the searching backpack is indeed a bit of need to-have device that each survivalist ought to have. Thanks yet again.

    • Markjordan says:

      Thank you for providing the important items for an outdoor adventure; the hunting bag is definitely a must-have item for any survivalist. Thank you one again.

  11. austinhuntneeds says:

    Thanks for sharing such kind of information about the gear for outside ride. and also thanks for sharing the info about the tools…!

  12. Katherine Finch says:

    All of your 8 tools list make me crazy. In my last hunting, I missed a lot of important essentials items. That’s the problem. But after reading your blog I think I don’t gonna miss anything the next time. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  13. Bestbushcraft says:

    My dad’s new hobby is hunting and he wants to go hunting with us next month. It was explained here that we should have a hunting backpack and proper boots when we go hunting. Moreover, it’s advisable to talk to professionals when planning to on a hunting trip.

  14. Luisa Rey says:

    Thanks for the share. I was searching for a portable stove this article helped me to select it.

  15. Lily Sing says:

    Wonderful article, it gives one pause for thought. I always include several feet of climbing rope for the field dressing should my hunt be successful. I also include my GPS unit, especially when I’m hunting new territory. It might prove difficult finding my way in the dark. If you require special medication, be sure to include it so you can tend to yourself should you be delayed returning to camp.

  16. Wafa Sing says:

    Thanks for this blog post. I’m just getting into hiking more and looking for simple ways to increase my functional strength. I really like your specific suggestions for items to use as weights when loading your pack. I will give rice a try when I start weighted training when the weather warms up a bit. My plan is to work up to some multi-day hikes and I’m not interested in spending a bunch of extra money for ultralight gear, I’d rather work a bit harder and use the bargain equipment. We’ll see how I feel about that once I’m all loaded up with gear though lol.

  17. Eli Richardson says:

    It’s great that you talked about hunting equipment and what you’d need for a trip. Recently, my cousin mentioned he wants to go hunting in a few weeks. My cousin’s new to the hunting world, so I think your article could help him get ready for his adventure. Thanks for the advice on hunting gear and how to have a successful hunt.

  18. Cole Byrne says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I’m delighted with this information, where such important moments are captured. All the best!

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