Hunters run the gambit from minimalists to gadget junkies.
Some find joy in hunting with a single-shot .410 and a faithful dog, while others prefer having range finders, wind-detectors, and advanced ballistic-calculators.
No matter where you land on the gadget spectrum, there are some essential items you need. While you may not need to carry these items with you on every hunt, keeping them available, either at home or in your vehicle, will make you a better, safer, and more successful hunter.
An orange lined vest is one of the most important items hunters can wear. These vests signal to other hunters your location, and help you stay safe while in the field. The liner provides adequate color to signal your location, while the camouflage still allows you to stay invisible to the game your are hunting. Some states require wearing blaze orange for certain hunts, especially shotgun hunting for upland game birds like pheasant, quail, or dove.
Okay, if you are strictly a bow hunter, you can skip to the next one. If, however, you hunt with a shotgun, rifle, or handgun of any type, you must have the right cleaning tools. If you have multiple rifles, you can purchase a cleaning rod with an interchangeable end, allowing you to clean different caliber barrels with the same rod.
You should also have gun oils, solvent, cleaning patches, and brushes on hand to properly care for your firearms. You’ve invested hundreds, probably thousands of dollars into your firearms, so keep them clean and functional.
This can be especially important for hiking-in hunting trips; trips where there is a potential for being stranded in the wilderness. If you are injured or become lost, you can use this to signal help. It is also a smart item for hunting from treestands, where the majority of hunting-related injuries occur. It weighs almost nothing; so keep it in your pack just to be safe.
This classic tool can help you spot game from miles away, making it one of the most important items for long-range rifle hunts. Gun safety experts strongly caution against using your scope as a sighting tool, so keeping a set of binoculars or a monocular is a smart decision.
You can take this with you or keep it in your vehicle, but a flashlight can be extremely handy, especially if you have to track a wounded animal near dark. Make sure the flashlight is working before you go hunting and always keep a few extra batteries just in case.
By combining the usefulness of a needle-nose pliers and the versatility of a Swiss army knife, a leatherman is a must-have tool for anyone, especially hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. Leathermans have knifes, can openers, bottle openers, files, screwdrivers, and nearly everything else you could ask for.
To be an effective hunter, you need apparel that keeps your noise down your scent from escaping. If you hunt bear, turkey, or deer, your scent can quickly give away your presence. The same goes for noise, so make sure you are wearing top-quality apparel.
Give yourself the advantage of noise and scent-reduction by wearing NOMAD hunting apparel. You have been preparing all year for hunting season, so don’t let this season go to waste; give yourself the advantage by having the right pants, shirts, and jackets.
At NOMAD, we love the excitement and challenge of turkey hunting. It’s one of the most difficult yet rewarding forms of hunting, and like many American outdoor enthusiasts, we are always waiting for spring and fall turkey hunts. However, we all need to be reminded that turkey hunting, however enjoyable, can be a very dangerous sport. When done recklessly, turkey hunts can cause injury and even death.
You may have taken a hunter’s safety course, but it’s always wise to review proper turkey hunting safety so you and your fellow hunters can stay safe in the woods and the fields.
Every single state in the nation, with the exception of Alaska, has wild turkey hunting, making the sport easily-accessible to a vast majority of American hunters.
Some states, however, are better than others. According to Realtree, there are nine states that earn an “A” for turkey hunting. These states are located all over the country, so no matter where you live, you’re within a day’s drive of some world-class turkey hunting. So what are the best states for turkey hunters? Let’s find out...
If you’re a game-bird hunter of any kind, including pheasant, quail, duck, or goose, you need to be a reliable shooter if you want to have consistent success. Sure, modern shotgun technology, including choke advancements, autoloaders, and premium loads, have made shotguns better than ever, but it still takes a skilled hunter to drop a fast-flying bird moving with the wind at 30 yards.
One of the best ways to maintain your shotgun proficiency throughout the year and hit the ground running come opening day is to participate in clay pigeon shooting.
This sport can be enjoyed with larger groups or just you and your buddy, so let’s learn more about clay pigeon shooting and why you should get started this weekend.