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I have been watching some of the hunting shows on TV and the hunters seem not to carry very much with them.  I assume that should I go afield to hunt I will need the following:

Harvest tool and expendables, (rifle and ammo or bow and arrows);
Clothing to walk in,
Clothing to sit in (more insulation);
Clothing for precipitation;
Water,
Food,
materials to prepare the harvested animal (knife, hoist, bags, gloves)
something to transport the harvested animal to a vehicle (drag or cart)
calling supplies, if needed.
Navigation materials, (map, compass, GPS)
First aid supplies
Communications device

What else do you carry, and why?
What would you do if you were hurt and immobilized, (e.g. broken leg)?
Do you always hunt with friends?
If you hunt with others how do you ensure safe fields of fire?
If you hunt with friends what kinds of divisions of responsiblities do you use?
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I carry:
Rifle loaded, with 9 rounds of ammo on a buttstock ammo carrier
1 box of ammo in my backback
Small camel back with 100 oz bladder
2 or 3 granola bars
4 to 5 knives one being leatherman
2 way radio with mic and earpiece
Cloths to fit the day. temp, and area I am in
Pistol with just the mag in the gun
Small LED flashlight
Small camera
Meopta binos

edited to add 2 I forgot
Ligher
TP

I usually hunt with just my dad, occasionally my cousin comes a long.

Many times one of us does a push through an area and the other gets somewhere he can see and watches for animals. 

We pretty much always drive to the area on fourwheelers and then get off and hunt from there.  All the gear we need to take care on an animal is with the fourwheelers.


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a compass my cell phone a knife a leatherman enough extra rounds of ammo to reload my rifle 3 times and a bottle of water. i hunt in a large group and we have a lot of room to hunt, we have enough stands that everybody will have a place to sit plus a few more.we are never more than probably 3/4 of a mile away from where we park our trucks and pretty much any of our stands are readily accessible by an atv if something happend. we keep extra clothes and food etc. in our trucks.


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toilet paper!!!  Bandito
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Good point.  I remember when MRE's introduced toilet paper in infantry blue.

That brings up another point.  For those of us whom age has tested with a short cruising radius, what do you do about urinating, both in the stand and on stalks, especially fi hunting whitetail, with keen senses of smell?
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Voice of experience mikey!
 
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Originally posted by mike650 mike650 wrote:

toilet paper!!!  Bandito
toilet paper in waterproof baggies.
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I carry a gallon jug. It works great for holding a couple of days worth of urine. And Dale, I carry "WetWipes" not regular TP. If I have to go that bad that I can't hold it a few hours, it will be an almost certainty that some additional clean up is needed.
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Everything, .357Sig Glock33 with 42 rounds of ammo, 25-30 rounds of rifle ammo...

My wife thinks I'm crazy, especially when I just hunt on my property...
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Tampax, tin-foil helmet, all my fabvorite comic books, The Complete Collection of Roy Orbison, Secret Squirrel decoder ring, and my favorite shower shoes.
 
Wait, what was the question again?
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

Tampax, tin-foil helmet, all my fabvorite comic books, The Complete Collection of Roy Orbison, Secret Squirrel decoder ring, and my favorite shower shoes.
 
Wait, what was the question again?
 Actually, it really doesn't matter what the question was. That was a pretty good answer for almost any question I can think of!
 
 Seriously- this is a great topic and it doesn't come up as often as it ought to. I always find myself carrying either too much stuff or not enough. It's just hard to know what you will need, as hunting is often so unpredictable. I always carry way more ammo than I'll ever need. I vowed at a young age to never run out of ammo. (I learned this from an uncle who had always prided himself on only taking three shotgun slugs with him when deer hunting-until the day he had to finish off a wounded buck that was down in the rear end but still trying to strike him with its forefeet.  Since he had missed the first two shots and was now out of ammo, he had to whittle down a hickory sapling with his jacknife to bash the buck over the head before cutting its throat.) Not me. Nuh uh...
 
  I always carry at least three methods of starting a fire. That is the most important survival skill of all. Hypothermia is a killer that is easily prevented. Food is good for morale, but you can live a long time without it if necessary. A few sandwhiches will get me through a pretty long day afield. Water is important, but fairly obtainable where I hunt but I carry a Camelback anyway.  
 Appropriate clothing.
 A handkerchief.
 Good boots or shoes, well broken in. An extra pair of clean socks. 
 A good fixed-blade knife, in addition to my EDC folder.
 A diamond sharpening stick.
 A small folding saw.
 A 30-foot length of sash cord, or quarter-inch nylon rope.
 Surefire flashlight.
 Binoculars.
 A few folded-up Viva paper towels.
 License, tags and map.
 orange surveyor's flagging tape.
 Electrical tape.
  Other than a shotgun or rifle, that's about it...
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Originally posted by cyborg cyborg wrote:

I carry a gallon jug. It works great for holding a couple of days worth of urine. And Dale, I carry "WetWipes" not regular TP. If I have to go that bad that I can't hold it a few hours, it will be an almost certainty that some additional clean up is needed.
with astringent or just regular.
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No astringent..... That stuff is tough on my "starfish"
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Lots of good advice. I also carry an Otis cleaning cable with a patch threaded on it and the little tiny bottle of gun oil they include in their cleaning kits. I've never had to use it, but it's there if you get snow or mud in the barrel. Also, Camelbak makes a neoprene-covered tube that you can switch out. On long days, I carry two Camelbaks (72 oz) and in the morning use the one with the neoprene, then switch to the other when it warms up later.

I don't have a great answer about what to do with your pee. I sure can't/won't carry a jug along on a 13 mile hike. I try to get off the trails that the elk are using a ways but I'm sure they can smell it for a while afterwards...probably screws up the immediate area. If I can, I'll unload right before crossing into another drainage.
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Ok.... Here's a thought for those that wonder what to do about the piss. If you hate the idea of carrying around a jug all day.
Supplies needed for this trick are as follows:
 
1) about two and a half feet of rubber hose.
2) a roll of duckt tape.
3) scent lock mid calf water proof boots. (each will hold about a quart with foot inside)
 
You should be able to envision the methodology of employment.
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Now that reminds me of a paper I had to grade once when I was working as a writing class assistant. One kid claimed he would go drinking over at the farm of some Norwegian bachelor brothers. Apparently their homebrew made him incontinent the next day so he rigged up a hot water bottle down his pants leg and hooked up a hose. I gave him an A for imagination because he made it all sound like it really happened.
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For pee a tree
clothes to walk in with. Pockets have small knife, 3 Paper towels, Digital Camera, TLR-1 light stays clipped to my belt more than my phone stays with me.
If it is colder a jumpsuit rolled atop the fanniepack. Inside the fanniepack
Larger Knife, Camo face goo with mirror,  8 sheets Paper towels (can be to clean game or serve as TP), Little Debbie oatmeal cakes, 30' Green parachute cord, Small safetybelt if climbing a tree, Bottle of water. spare orange vest, Cap with face net, Light glove liners, Spare speedloader for .357, .357 loaded on belt. .
No cell coverage where I usually hunt so that saves weight.  Most of the guys I hunt with leave around 9-10 so don't need a radio. I do wish they would hang around because the deer start moving between 10 - 2. Forcing me to drag deer alone.
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For heavy snow or muddy conditions when I am dogging I just put a piece of elect tape over the muzzle - hell, it's a Ruger so not that accurate anyway.
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I keep a backpack that has two compartments the back one hasstuff I know I will need to get out, calls, winter gloves, rubber gloves, pelvic saw flashlight, hatchet, tarp, face mask camo and winter, rangefinder, fixed blade knife.  The front pocket has serious survival stuff including a nalgene bottle containing a bottle of provodone iodine to purify water, compas, knive & sharpener, flint & steel, lighter, windproof matches, roll of natural fiber string to start fires and virtually anything else you can imagine having in a survival kit as well as a few MRE food items. I always carry a pistol and plenty of ammo for it in addition to whatever the type of season will allow you to hunt with - bow musket rifle shotgun with some ammo for that.  Paper towels or napkins scavanged from resturants.  Be aware of wind direction regarding selecting you pee spot or set up your shots for 200 yds then it doesnt matter.  I tend to leave a propane single burner cook stove and propane in hunting  box blinds for cold season hunts.  I really prefer bow season though.  I dont have a cell phone or binoculars and hunt my own land from a box blind or hunt public land bow from a ladder stand (closer to home).   ATV  but I really wish I had a helicopter after seeing the hog video.  In the truck I have a fairly serious first aid kit including sutures and quick clot.
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I'll throw in a couple of tips:
 
1.  Carry two (2) compasses, not just one.  I had one around my neck that stayed in the top of a fir tree when I helped a fishing buddy retrieve his last good lure on a Canadian fishing trip.  I didn't miss it until we were well away from that location.  Fortunately, I had a second compass in the tackle box.
 
2.  Include some self-relighting (trick) birthday candles in your fire-starting gear.  Once they are lit, they won't go out until you cut off the wick with a knife.  Makes starting a fire much easier.
 
I always carry a good small flashlight with fresh batteries, since it gets dark at the end of every day!  I back that up with a Photon keychain light (which outlasted the flashlight on one cold hunt). 
 
I also carry water purification tablets, and a firestarter.  (I've had Butane lighters stop working in really cold weather.)  As for "TP" and cleaning up, some sanitary wipes in a ziplock plastic sandwich bag can be very handy.
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You guys have certainly covered all the bases. I thought I carried alot of stuff when I hunted, but evidently not. Ofcourse what ever I drive is always packed. To the stand or blind I carry rifle +10rds. and bow +4 to 6 arrows, steady-ready or shootin stix (for bad left arm) bino's, rangefinder, lighter, phone, flashlight, this agrivating forearm crutch and if needed my lock-on stand. Cloths for the conditions. If I plan to be on stand for more than 4hrs. I'll take water and something to eat. In my truck I keep extra arms/ammo, cloths, tp, firstaid, skinnin knife, bags for the meat and tools.
I've heard many times "don't pee near your stand". Unless you have experience to the contrary I believe it is irrevelant. If anything it may cause curiousity. In fact I have used the need to go to bring young bucks in for a closer look. The sound of water hittin leaves from 16ft. has been more help than hurt. And I have also heard of a few stories where someone peed on a scrape to mess up another hunters stand and the other hunter killed the trophy at that very scrape the next day. I preferr no scent if posible, but thats not always possible.
Something I learned yrs. ago from an old timer is you can sharpen your knife on the top edge of your truck, jeep, car door window. It works very well, especially if it just needs a touch up. Use it just like you would a stone wet or dry doesn't matter. The only time I use anything else is if the knife is really bad or damaged. I even use this to sharpen all our kitchen knives.
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Depends on whether I am on horse or foot, but much is still the same.

Gun, full mag + one chambered (unless I am on horse), +10 to 20 rounds
Handgun
Binos
Rangefinder
Knives - several style
Rope
Map and compass, GPS and spare batteries
Backcountry first aid kit
Firestarter, lighters, matches, candles, flint
Water
Food
Clothes - layered to handle all conditions
Space blanket
Cell phone, although many places I go, don't have coverage.
Sunglasses (might seem weird, but on bright days they actually help, especially on the days with lots of snow and bright sunlight.  I use polarized ones.)
Wyoming saw - save me on the last trip I was on.  Can't tell you how handy those things are.

That is about what I can think of.  Will add to it if I remember something.
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"The Essentials"

hunting license & tags
rifle (full mag) with Harris Bipod
10 rounds spare
binos
rangefinder
knifes (2)
two-way radio
light weight fanny pack (suspender style) or Camelback pack
water
energy bars
headlamp
small hand held flashlight
couple of glow sticks
small camera
spare batteries
gloves (2 types)
knife sharpener
calls (buck & coyote)
light weight bright orange fabric (towel size)
small first-aid kit
field lens cleaning kit
zip lock baggies
tie wraps
light weight jacket (BDU style shirt or warmer depending on the conditions)
watch
sunglasses (depends)

I'm sure there's a couple more items I'm forgetting about...


If I go on a longer hunt where the terrain makes the retrieve a challenge (so to speak)...

pack frame
bungee cords
same light weight fanny pack with all it's gear (bungee to the frame)
Wyoming saw
portable hanger & hardware
rope
brisket knife
light weight deer sack
couple more waters
cell phone
2-way radio with GPS (depends)
pistol (depends)


and...

toilet paper.




(edited for spelling error)


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