Reader Mike Benton writes:
As the temperatures start to cool, a hunter’s thoughts turn to…deer. Do you have everything you need for this year’s hunt? Beyond a good rifle, there are a few accessories can make your hunting trip even more successful and ensure you come home with something to fill your freezer.
A Tree Stand
A tree stand allows you to see further with more clarity than if you were huddled on the ground in a blind or crouching in the bushes. A good tree stand will allow you to make a better shot and hopefully a clean kill. Many tree stands have different attachment systems that will let you change your location or quickly make adjustments so you can be comfortable.
Make sure the one you buy is durable, can support the weight of you and your gear and that you install it properly. Once you’ve selected the right stand for you, it’s time to accessorize it. Some can be fitted with blinds, as well as seat pads, umbrellas, shooting rests and even recliners. You could be up there for hours…why not be comfortable?
A Good Riflescope
Your rifle’s optic isn’t a place to scrimp. Having the best scope for deer hunting will make a huge difference in ensuring a good shot and a clean kill. You may only have one chance to get your deer this season, so you’ll want to give yourself the best chance you can.
A good rule of thumb is to spend as much on your scope as you did on your rifle and, depending on where you’ll be hunting, somewhere in the 3x to 12x magnification range (your mileage may vary). Be sure to take the time to mount yours properly and get it sighted in at the range before you take to the woods this fall.
Scent Control Clothing
Deer have more scent receptors than dogs. If the wind is right, they’ll know you’re coming long before you see them. That’s why scent control clothing is so important. In addition to popular spray-on scent hiders, many companies sell clothing that’s scent controlled or sprays that you can use. There are four ways to ensure that the deer don’t pick you up on the breeze before you hit the field.
A carbon base layer will help tone down the human aroma, combined with rubber, waterproof boots that will work well in all types of weather.
Next, be sure to shower and eat before putting on your hunting gear. Scents from food and drinks will stay with you any ruin any scent control steps you’ve taken.
Third, be sure that you to wash your hunting clothes in scent-free detergent that is scent free and if possible, line-dry them outdoors. You can then also spray odor eliminators on your clothing as well as your body, but you will also want to spray it on your rifle, other hunting gear, etc.
Lastly, be sure to store your clean clothing in a scent-controlled bag. Many hunters won’t put on their hunting gear until they’re near their hunting spot and ready to head into the woods in order to avoid the possibility of contaminating their scent-free clothing. And even then, they’ll hit themselves with another shot of spray-on scent blocker.
Any time you’ll be in the field all day, you’re sure to find yourself in a variety of conditions like marshes and other wetlands. Especially during deer season. You may have to walk through streams or creeks to get to that special hunting spot. And once your feet get wet and/or cold, you’re in for a long day.
Having a good pair waterproof boots, GORE-TEX or rubber, preferably in camouflage with sturdy soles. They’ll help you handle the terrain, stay dry and be comfortable while getting you to your hunting spot of choice.
A Good Hunting Knife
If you’re successful and bag your buck or doe, you’ll need a good sharp blade field dress your kill. Fixed blade or folder, be sure to choose one that’s tough and features a steel that takes an edge and holds it.
Keep in mind that a fixed blade will require a good, comfortable sheath for carry and is generally more durable. A folder is easier to carry in a pocket, but is more difficult to clean and needs to feature a sturdy lock-up for safety reasons.
The right gear can make all the difference in a comfortable, fun and successful hunt this fall. Make sure to equip right and put yourself in the best position possible to bring home the venison this fall.
About the author: Mike is a passionate hunter and his favorite grounds are Alaska and British Columbia. He’s also an expert in hunting gear and he is one of the most reliable resources when it comes to choosing the right tools for the job. He also writes for OpitcGearLab.com