by Daren Rifen
According to the United States Fish & Wildlife Service an estimated 90 million US citizens aged 16 and above participate in some form of wildlife-related recreational activities. 13.7 million of these are hunters, 12.7 million of whom use rifles, shotguns or handguns for hunting. This means that the remaining 1 million hunters use bows. With such a huge number of hunters, it is no wonder that an estimated $ 70.4 million is used on hunting gear annually. From this statistics, it is clear that hunters invest heavily on their hunting equipment. As a novice or beginner hunter figuring out what hunting gear to invest in can be a daunting task, especially given the wide selection of hunting gear available. While this can be challenging there are certain equipment that you should prioritize over others. If you want to make the transition from rookie to advanced hunter these are the hunting gear, you should buy.
- A good hunting weapon
- A quality pair of hunting optics
- Camouflaged clothes
- Knife and honing stone
Now let us consider the importance of each one of these hunting tools individually. This way you will know which one to buy first and which to buy last. However, if it is possible, it is recommended that you purchase them all at once.
A good hunting weapon
As already observed a staggering 12.7 million hunters use rifles, shotguns, and handguns for hunting. Another 4.5 million use bow and arrows while another 2.9 million use antique muzzle loaders. Thus, different hunters have varying preferences when it comes to hunting weapons. As a beginner, a rifle is a better hunting weapon than a bow. When choosing a rifle, it is important to consider the weight. A bulky rifle will weigh you down, and its recoil action will probably interfere with its accuracy. The cartridges or ammunition you are using on your rifle should be humane on the animals you are hunting. Light cartridges are more accurate but have minimal impact on far-off targets. When buying a rifle do some research on its cartilage and weight.
A quality pair of hunting optics
One of the most important hunting gear any advanced hunter must have in their arsenal is a good pair of hunting optics. There are several optical instruments used for hunting, with the most common being binoculars and spotting scopes. The latter have a more powerful magnification power than the former but are heavier. Thus, if you are a beginner having a good pair of binoculars will be instrumental to the success of your hunt. The best binoculars for hunting will give you an even playing field. Especially since a deer or any other wild animal have better eyesight than humans. If you can, also buy a best rangefinder to improve your hunting. Standard hunting binoculars have a magnification of 8X and 10X. However, some binoculars have high magnifications of up to 15X. It is important to note that the higher the magnification the harder it is to stabilize. Thus, if you are newbie a binocular with either an 8X or 10X magnification will be ideal.
Camouflage is the greatest asset that both hunters and soldiers have in their quest to conquer the great outdoors. Thus, it is important that you get clothes that blend well with your hunting area’s surroundings. In addition to clothes scent inhibiting products. Commonly known as scent blockers, these liquid products help you mask your body’s natural scent thus minimizing detection by animals. Scent blockers are available in the form of sprays and lotions that you can apply on your skin. In addition, to clothes you also need to get a great pair of boots that can withstand the roughness of your hunting terrain. If you are hunting during winter, then your hunting boots need to be insulated. Also, the outsole of a hunting boot needs to be made from rubber so that it does not make any sound that may alert your target of your approach. Finally, a good pair of hunting boots needs to be waterproof.
A knife and honing stone
Another important tool that you will need when going hunting is a hunting knife. There are generally two types of hunting knives, fixed blade, and folders. Fixed blade knives are cheaper, lighter and stronger compared to their folding counterparts. However, due to their size, they are not easy to carry around. Folding knives, on the other hand, tend to be costlier due to their folding mechanism. However, they are versatile and come in handy when you need to cut through bone and cartilage.