Shopping List for Fall Hunting


Hunters who are getting ready to go outdoors this fall should perform some extensive preparations far ahead of time. You never know what is going to transpire out in the wilderness. You might get stung by a bee, you could twist an ankle or you might even get lost. Let’s take a look the typical shopping list for a fall hunter.


When you’re at the sporting goods store, be sure to purchase some high visibility clothing. This will ensure that you are clearly distinguished from other hunters, animals and anything else that moves. The last thing that you want is for your hunting partner to mistake your movement for that of a deer or other animal and shoot you. Pick out the brightest clothing you can find so that there is no questioning your identity. Consider picking up a scent free jacket, pants, shoes, gloves and head cover as well. 

Hunting Essentials

Be sure to pick up a couple of high quality hunting knives and maintenance stone. You’ll need these knives for a variety of purposes including area dressing, clearing shrubs, opening packages and possibly even self-defense against a bear. Be sure to pick up a lighter as well in case you need to create a torch, start a fire or sterilize a needle or knife. If lighters aren’t sold at the sporting goods store where you buy your gear, bring some matches form home instead.

There are a slew of other items that every hunter will need. These include:

  • Enough food and water for a day
  • Your weapon
  • Ammunition
  • Your cell phone
  • At least 40 feet of rope
  • Extra batteries
  • Maps
  • Sunscreen
  • Orange high visibility tape
  • A GPS enabled device or compass
  • Binoculars
  • Cash for gasoline
  • Extra clothing
  • Battery powered alarms
  • A blanket
  • Deodorant
  • Scent remover spray
  • Your hunting permit / tags / state permits
  • Camouflage face paint
  • Camouflage tape
  • Walkie talkies
  • A range finder
  • A branch trimmer or saw
  • Deer calls
  • A tree sling
  • Field dressing gloves
  • A head light
  • Toilet paper
  • A camera
  • Hand warmers
  • A pen
  • Cotton balls with Vaseline to create a fire

First Aid Preparedness 

Never go hunting without an emergency first aid kit. It could potentially save your life or limbs. Every first aid kit should have thin latex gloves to protect you from blood. Remember, you won’t be able to sanitize your hands out in the wild. The kit should also contain SAM splints that can be cut and molded to fit any part of the body. Include a re-hydration product with glucose and sodium like Kaolectrolyte and Oral Rehydration Salts. It will empower you to retain your fluids if you are stranded and out of water. Other items to pack in the first aid kit include:

  • Wound closure strips
  • Gauze pads
  • Peroxide
  • Alcohol swabs with Lidocaine
  • Hydrogel dressings
  • Elastic bandages
  • Tincture of benzoin to make bandages stick to the skin
  • Super glue for the skin, also known as second skin
  • Safety pins
  • Scalpel blades
  • A needle and thread
  • A fever thermometer
  • Tylenol
  • Benadryl for allergic reactions

Hunting requires a plethora of gear, supplies and safety equipment. You won’t be comfortable out in the woods unless you are fully prepared. So bring all of the items listed above and anything else that you think will be necessary.

Tyler Sims is the owner of, a premier outfitter in Wyoming elk and antelope hunting.

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