While most people tend to do hunting trips when the weather is warm, a great hunting trip can also be had during the winter. If you agree, you may be in the process of packing for your next excursion. But since the weather can change in an instant during the winter and you may be out in the middle of nowhere, knowing what to bring with you can make all the difference in the world. Before you depart on your hunting trip, here’s what you should bring along.
If you plan to be hunting during the winter, having a pair of Long Johns to wear while you are out in the woods can make even the coldest of days feel warmer. While they should fit comfortably, you don’t want them to be too tight. Otherwise, those hours spent walking through the woods or sitting in a tent may be far less desirable than you expected.
Should you forget to bring bottled water with you on your winter hunting trip, you may be left with few options other than eating the snow that’s on the ground. Rather than do this, bring along five or six bottles of water so that you can stay properly hydrated, which is critical even when the temperatures turn cold.
Guns and Ammo
While this may sound like a no-brainer, you would be surprised at how many people head off for a winter hunting trip, only to find out when they arrive at their destination that they forgot their favorite gun or their ammunition. Therefore, not only make sure you have your guns and ammo with you, but also that you have plenty of ammunition with you to last throughout the trip. Additionally, you’ll need to bring the right size guns and ammunition. This is not only based on the game you’re hunting, but also any other needs that you may have such as protection against bears. Many people choose to also carry a 9mm gun, which will need 9mm ammunition.
If you expect to be walking through woods that have quite a bit of snow on the ground, packing some snow pants will be one of the best decisions you will make for your trip. Available in camouflage, they are well-insulated and can be paired with your long underwear to keep you extremely comfortable, even when temperatures get close to zero. If possible, make sure the snow pants you have are waterproof as well, just in case you have to wade through a creek.
By not waiting until the last minute and creating a checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything important, you can embark on your winter hunting trip and know you’re heading to the woods well-prepared and ready to snag a deer or other wild game.