DEER-HUNTING CHECKLIST FOR GUN HUNTERS
by Joe Arterburn
DEER GEAR CHECKLIST, BROUGHT TO YOU BY CABELA’S
Preparation is a fun part of deer season. It helps you get in the hunting frame of mind as the excitement of approaching opening day ramps up.
To help keep you organized through the preparation process, Cabela’s has compiled a checklist to keep you on track as you daydream about the big buck out there—somewhere.
License, Tags and Maps: First things first—no license, no tag, no hunt. And you need to know where you will be hunting and the more scouting you do the more success you’re likely to have. Start with onXmaps.com, where you find information on public land, private land, property boundaries, trails, even back roads. Another good source of information is HuntersHandbook.com. Know before you go.
Firearm: A personal, and important, choice and there’s a lot to choose from. Check out Browning.com, Mossberg.com, Savagearms.com, SIGsauer.com, Smith-Wesson.com, Ruger.com, TaurusUSA.com, TCArms.com (that’s Thompson/Center), and Weatherby.com. For practice, and to include up-and-coming hunters, there’s nothing like quality time with a Daisy BB gun or air rifle. Check out Daisy.com.
Scope, Mounts and Sights: Quality scopes, mounts and sights make a difference. Don’t let your success depend on unreliable optics. Learn more at Leupold.com, SunOptics.com and HIVIZ Shooting Systems at hivizsights.com
Rangefinder: A key to accurate shooting is knowing the distance to the deer. Check out SIG SAUER’s rangefinders at SigOptics.com.
Ammunition: Use quality ammunition designed for deer hunting. Practice at the range with the same ammo you will use for hunting. And check and double-check you have the correct caliber and ammunition on opening morning. Visit FederalPremium.com and Hornady.com.
Firearm Accessories and Storage: Maximize shooting potential with high-visibility sights, recoil pads and more at HiVizSights.com and secure storage at home and on the road at ShotLock.com and TruckVault.com.
Targets: Shooting practice makes you a more confident hunter. Find targets at BirchwoodCasey.com
Binoculars: Before you can bag a deer, you have to find him. Binoculars help you find and field judge the animal so you can take a confident shot. Wide selection at Zeiss.com.
Field-Dressing Knife: A sharp, reliable knife is an essential hunting tool with numerous uses from cutting rope to, hopefully, field-dressing the buck of your dreams. Check out BuckKnives.com, OutdoorEdge.com, and for sharpeners, Lansky.com
Insect Repellent: Nuisance is one thing, health concerns are another. Keep mosquitos and other insects at bay with ThermaCELL Repellers. Visit ThermaCell.com.
Treestand/Safety Harness: Safety is the top consideration. HunterSafetySystem.com has a selection of harnesses, lifelines and hunting accessories.
Clothing: Where to begin? There are a lot of factors to take into consideration, weather and terrain among them. The best advice is to go to Cabelas.com and start shopping.
Camouflage: Head to Realtree.com to see the latest developments in camouflage and a lot of other useful information.
ATV: Great choices to get you in and out of the field at YamahaMotorSports.com.
Other sources of information to help you prepare for the season include:
Find Shooting/Sight-In Ranges: Visit the National Shooting Sports Foundation at NSSF.com.
And there are a lot other items that should be on your deer-hunting checklist, including:
- Grunt Call, Rattle Bag or Horns
- Scents and Lures
- Wind Checker
- Drag Rope
- Tree Steps or Ladder Sticks
- Water Bottle
- Waterproof Matches/Lighter
- Field-Dressing Gloves
- First-Aid Kit
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