Most guys just starting to hunt only look at the most prominent piece of gear: the rifle or the bow depending on which type of hunting you’re planning on doing. They rarely think of things like a quality tactical flip knife, a set of hunting boots, a quality tree stand, a warm hunting jacket or a trusty pair of binoculars. The things I listed are just a handful of items you’re going to want to get yourself geared up with before you go out hunting. If you’re going to participate in the sport you minus well be playing with a full deck of cards.
There are a lot of great sites dedicated to helping you find all the gear you need, however we wanted to highlight a few of our personal favourites.
Hunting & Tactical Knives
Regardless of whether you call it a hunting knife, a tactical knife or a survival knife they’re all pretty well the same thing. They’re designed to cut when you need to cut. Simple right? Hunting knives and tactical knives do differ a little bit, because you’ll normally be using them for different purposes. However, at the end of the day they’re both knives with slightly different profiles.
The Blackhawk Assisted Opener Knives is a terrific place to start. It’s a rugged knife that features an assisted opening mechanism so you can quickly arm yourself or a boot knife. The knife is relatively compact as the blade is just 3.25″ long. I guess “just” isn’t the correct word here, a 3.25″ blade is pretty daunting. It’s built from high quality materials that will last a lifetime if you take care of it. It’s perfect for any hunting trip or as a day to day knife as it’s fairly discreet.
If you’re going to be buying binoculars head over to your local Cabelas. They have one of the largest selections of binoculars around and you know when you shop at Cabelas you’re shopping quality goods. I personally like the Vortex brand binoculars. The Vortex Diamondback offers high quality at a very reasonable price. They’re rugged so you don’t need to worry about mucking them up in the bush. These ain’t no bird watching binoculars.
Boots are perhaps the most overlooked aspect of hunting equipment. Without a high quality set of boots you’re in for a long day. Either you’ll end up with blisters or cold feet. Either of these issues are enough to put a serious damper on a guys hunting trip. Head over to Red Wing boots and grab yourself a pair of boots. Make sure you try them on before you buy! Unlike most products which I normally suggest to get online, you ought to go in person to make sure you’re getting the correct boots. If you’re going to be on your feet all day you want to make sure they’re warm and blister free!