The fall hunting season is almost here, and that means it’s time to start preparing for it. While there’s a lot for everyone to do before this time of year kicks off, no one will be as busy as those who have never been hunting before.

A person’s first time is quite exciting, but there’s a lot of gear they’ll need to make sure they pack that many of us instinctually grab. If you’re a beginner yourself, here’s a list of the basic gear you’ll need to ensure that you have packed and ready to go for the upcoming hunting season.

Your Weapon of Choice

Let’s start with the most obvious thing you’ll need: your weapon. More often than not, this will be a standard hunting rifle. Some people might go with a compound bow or crossbow, but we’d recommend using a firearm if you’ve never hunted before. Guns are much easier to learn how to use than a bow. This will make it easier for you to better understand the other necessary skills of hunting, like breathing techniques and moving into position silently.

The Right Clothing

When out in the wild, you’ll never know what kind of weather you might run into. On top of that, autumn weather can be quite unpredictable. That’s why you need to bring the right layering system builds for fall hunting. If you bundle up properly, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself—no matter if it’s rain or shine.

Food and Shelter

Some of the most vital gear for a beginner to ensure they have for an upcoming hunting trip are food and shelter. Even though it’ll be your first trip and you probably won’t be out there for more than a few hours, you always have to prepare for the worst. Due to weather conditions or other natural causes, you might get stuck out in the wild for longer than you planned. If you bring along proper forms of nourishment and a place to hide from the cold and rain, you’ll be all set.

First Aid Supplies

While on the topic of preparing for the worst, you should make sure you have a basic first aid kit with you. Hunting accidents can happen from time to time. While most of them will be minor in nature, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bring the supplies needed to deal with any injury you might have. You can either buy a prebuilt first aid kit or put one together yourself.

Individual GPS Device

Many people forgo this last one since anyone with a smartphone can triangulate where they’re at, but phones are unreliable. Their batteries don’t last long, and most built-in GPS apps only work effectively on roads. You need a system that was made specifically for the outdoors. They will be way more useful to you than a phone’s GPS ever could be.

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Dianne Pajo

Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.