Updated: Nov 16
Some practical items for a first time deer hunter are:
- A hunting license and a deer tag, which are required by law and can be obtained from your local wildlife agency.
- A rifle, shotgun, or bow, depending on your preference and the regulations in your area. Make sure you practice with your weapon and sight it in before the hunt.
- Ammunition or arrows, enough for your hunt and some extra in case of emergency.
- A blaze orange hunting cap or vest, which is mandatory in most states and helps you be visible to other hunters.
- Camouflaged clothing, gloves, and boots, which help you blend in with your surroundings and keep you warm and dry.
- Scent control products, such as sprays, wipes, or laundry detergents, which help you reduce your human odor and avoid spooking deer.
- A tree stand or a ground blind, which provide you with a vantage point and concealment from deer. Make sure you set up your stand or blind in advance and follow safety precautions.
- A hunting knife, which is essential for field dressing your deer after the harvest.
- A deer call, which can help you attract deer by mimicking their sounds.
- A wind-checker powder, which can help you determine the direction and speed of the wind and adjust your position accordingly.
- A flashlight or a headlamp, which can help you see in the dark and find your way to and from your hunting spot.
- A hunting area map or a GPS device, which can help you navigate the terrain and locate deer activity.
- A pair of binoculars, which can help you spot and identify deer from a distance.
- A first aid kit, which can help you treat any injuries or wounds that may occur during the hunt.
- A bug spray, which can help you repel mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects that may bother you or carry diseases.
- A waterproof, deer TAG HOLDER. This will protect your paper tag against weather and other elements that can ruin the tag. The tag holder ensures your trophy is completely legal.
- A deer cart, which can help you transport your deer from the field to your vehicle.
- A field dressing kit, which can help you clean and process your deer in the field. The kit may include a game bag, a contractor bag, a reflective cord, a marking tape, an electrical tape, a pair of gloves, a pen, and a wet towelette.
Also, see these helpful pages:
The Beginner's Guide to Deer Hunting - Waking Up Wild. https://wakingupwild.com/beginners-guide-deer-hunting/ .
How To Start Deer Hunting: A Beginner’s Guide - PrecisionOutdoors. https://precisionoutdoors.org/how-to-start-deer-hunting-a-beginners-guide/ .