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    Rank-Order Your Equipment

    While thinking about what my new hunting purchases might be I wondered what order of importance hunters would place there hunting gear in. Assuming that weapons and ammo are at the top I will leave those off the list; however, I wanted to see how others would rank-order their equipment and what would be on the list. We each hunt in different areas and I assume the area will determine what is on the list and the order we put it in. I was thinking of keeping it to a top 10 list. Here is mine-I think:

    1. Boots
    2. Camo
    3. Cover-up Scent
    4. GPS
    5. Water Purifier
    6. Bino's
    7. Knife
    8. Sleeping bag
    9. Tent
    10. Spotting Scope

    What is on your list?

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    1-optics
    2-pack
    3-clothes
    4-boots
    5-sleeping bag/pad
    6-shelter
    7-tripod
    8-knife
    9-game bags
    10-water filter


    I'm winging it here for sake of the thread

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    My list would be:
    1. Boots
    2. Rain Wear
    3. Sleeping bag/pad
    4. Clothes-camo & otherwise
    5. Optics
    6. Knife (s)
    7. Tent/shelter
    8. Eye protection-sunglasses
    9. Wide brim western hat (Stetson type)
    10. Camp comfort - A good coffee pot & a bottle of Baileys: When you get old like me, your priorities change!
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    If I was starting out, here is the order I would purchase quality gear.

    1. Knife (Havalon and Benchmade folder)

    2. Boots (Mine are Lowa Tibet. Take a month to wear various ones inside at home to find a boot that fits YOU)

    3. Flashlight/headlamp (Petzl headlamp)

    4. Quality Binoculars (Swarovski 10X42 with internal rangefinder)

    5. Quality Clothing (Kuiu Attack Pants, Arcteryx fleece pullover, Kuiu waterproof shell)

    6. GPS (Garmin Oregon 450 with land status cards)

    7. Spotting Scope & Tripod (Vortex spotting scope)

    8. Sleeping bag

    9. Backpack

    10. Trekking Poles (Huge help when packing a load)

    Last year I actually forgot my boots on a hunt. Had to hunt the first day in a pair of dress-up shoes, so I know it can be done….lol
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    Ive always considered myself kind of a minimalist.

    1- optics binos then spotter ( including tripod & good fluid panhead)

    2- boots

    3- pack

    4- shelter

    5- sleep kit ( pad and bag )

    6- clothing

    7- stove (pocket rocket or jet boil)

    8- water filter

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    If I'm just hunting and not camping my list goes like this

    1. Knife (sharp)
    2. Boots
    3. Comfortable clothes, hat is a must to keep sun out of eye's (camo or not)
    4. Pack
    5. Water/food
    6. Light
    7. Fire starter (lighter and pitch)
    8. Compass and map of the area, if I don't already know it.
    9. Rope
    10. Timber ribbon

    I guess I am a minimalist. I never have spent the night in the woods without planning on it, god willing I never will.

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    I think it really depends on what type of hunting you are doing. For me, we hunt Walk In Areas for the most part, so we are usually staying in a cabin or hotel. My gear list for the leave your truck at dark and come back at dark hunting would be...

    1: Binos
    2: Boots
    3: Pack (day pack, then frame pack or one that functions as both)
    4: Knife and Saw
    5: Range Finder
    6: Flashlight/Headlight
    7: Spotter
    8: Hunting clothing (start at what you can afford and work your way up)
    9: GPS
    10: 2L-3L water bladder

    My ranking may seem a little weird, but this is basically how I started off. I bought 1-6 my first year and borrowed the spotter I used. I am still borrowing the spotter as of right now, but I was able to purchase Russell gear, borrow a GPS, and get a couple water bladders for my pack.
    Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.
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    Good optics and a comfortable pack aside, I'm thinking safety first in terms of importance. I never go off without more items than are on this list, like my knife and phone, while the sleep items I don't take on a day hunt and sometimes my my spotter & tripod stay behind.

    1. Boots, comfortable, stiff sole and tough
    2. Clothing (layered, functional, dry, quiet, not big bucks)
    3. Water/tablets/filter
    4. GPS/maps
    5. Sleeping pad & bag, in that order
    6. Optics – good binos minimum, then spotter w/tripod (spotter is useless w/o tripod)
    7. Light – headlamp and small flashlight w/ extra batteries
    8. Fire starting materials
    9. Pack (different packs for different hunts)
    10. Spare glasses

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    I'll assume this is for a hunting trip where a camp is set in a remote area.

    The logic I use when purchasing equipment is simple, I put the money, hence importance, into objects that I use repeatedly and daily on a hunt. Survival stuff and killing gear aside, I'll partake in the discussion.

    1. Optics (Votrex 10X50)
    2. Backpack (Eberlestock J34)
    3. Boots (Cabelas)
    4. GPS & Radio (Garmin Rino 610)
    5. Clothing (Mostly Cabelas)
    6. Sleeping Bag (Cabelas)
    7. Tent (Montana Canvas)
    8. Headlamp (Energizer)

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    1) Optics
    2) ...Optics
    3) Clothing
    4) Boots/Pack
    6) Camera
    7) Sleep system
    8) Cooking system
    9) Hydration system
    10) Lighting

 

 

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