(BPT) - When you're excited about heading into the woods for a memorable hunting adventure, it's easy to forget why you need to bring so much gear along. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, here are some things you may forget about — especially at the beginning of the season — to help you make the most of your next hunting trip.
1. Stay comfy and cozy
You’ve checked the forecast, but if you live in the Midwest, you know fall weather can have temps ranging from 30 above to 30 below. And when you’re sitting still in a tree stand or blind for hours, your body temperature will drop even more. But no worries — it's easy to stay comfortable all day when you're prepared.
- Dress in layers. It may be cold, but then again it could get hot, so be prepared to shed or add layers of shirts, jackets or vests as needed, so you'll stay comfy all day long.
- Wear warm, roomy boots. Room to wiggle your toes helps keep blood circulating, and warm liners keep your feet and toes nice and warm.
- Keep your hands warm. Beyond good quality gloves, hand warmers can also help keep your fingers warm and toasty.
- Bring along a portable heater like a Mr. Heater Hunting Buddy Heater to help you stay cozy while waiting for the action to begin.
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2. Shed some light on the subject
The sun won’t yet be up when you first arrive, and it may be too dark to see well when you’re getting ready to leave, so make sure to have a headlamp or quality flashlight along as an extra safety measure. For example, the Coast HL40 Headlamp with Wide Angle Flood Beam is a great choice, with a virtually unbreakable LED light, and you can choose from low or high light modes.
3. Keep your batteries going
Speaking of your phone, batteries for phones or cameras die much more quickly in lower temps, so you’ll want to bring a portable charger with you. If temps are below freezing, keep your device warm before charging to help protect your batteries. Keep devices close to you, such as in a warm pocket, to avoid problems while charging.
4. Know the precise distance of your target
To ensure that your hunting trip is successful, you’ll need to gauge the target's distance as accurately as possible. Pack a Vortex Impact 1000 Rangefinder, which is lightweight and easy to use. It also features angle compensation for tree stand hunters and range goers who want a precise horizontal distance to their target.
5. Bring enough snacks and drinks to enjoy the day
Make sure everyone in your group will have plenty of tasty food and beverages to not only enjoy being out in nature together, but also to stay energized, hydrated and ready to go throughout the day. Include plenty of protein-rich snacks like nuts and protein bars — as well as some of your favorite treats.
For everything you'll need for a fun, safe and successful hunting trip — including hunting licenses and deer tags — plan a visit to your nearest Fleet Farm.
“Fleet Farm is the hunter’s one-stop shop for everything you need, whether it’s your first trip or your hundredth,” said Steve Jensen, vice president of merchandising and marketing for Fleet Farm. “Generations of families shop at Fleet Farm together to find all the gear they need for a successful hunt.”
Scope out for everything on your shopping list.