Long Range Hunting Checklist

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by NHGriff, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. NHGriff

    NHGriff Active Member

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    I've been searching around for a thread on this topic but unable to find anything. I'd like to begin a checklist for either a new hunter or even experienced hunters that often get to the field and slap their forehead when they forget something. I'll start and then edit this first post with your additions.

    1) Rifle, with sling
    2) Rangefinder
    3) Ammunition
    4) Shooting sticks
    5) Minimum 10X Bino's
    6) 20X - 30X Spotting Scope
    7) Field dress kit including knife and drag rope.
    8) Ballistic Chart
    9) Bipod or shooting sticks
    10) Hunting License
    11) Pen to sign tag and method to attach tag can be in field dress kit.
    12) Backpack to carry all of the gear.
    13) Batteries
    14) GPS or Compass
    15) Radios
    16) Flashlight and batteries
    17) First aid kit
     
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  2. Gene Jr.

    Gene Jr. Well-Known Member

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    First things that come to mind are:
    -good pack
    -binos, spotting scope
    -field dress kit


    the list can go on and on and on....


    Gene
     
  3. SBruce

    SBruce Well-Known Member

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    I would add:

    Ballistic chart or PDA, whichever is used
    Notepad/data book and pen or pencil, maybe even a small calculator
    Bipod, back pack or lightweight bags for shooting prone.
    Wind Meter
    Extra batteries for rangefinder and windmeter
    Two way radios for talking someone to the downed target
    Extra batteries for radios
    Spotting scope and tripod
    Binoculars
    Knive
    Hunting Liscenses/Permits
    Toilet Paper/Paper Towel
    Water/Food
    Compass/GPS and extra batteries for it too.
    Hearing Protection if a muzzle brake is used.
    Rainy weather clothing
    Rope or twine

    There's probably some things I am forgetting.
     
  4. NHGriff

    NHGriff Active Member

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    Thanks Gene...I've edited the first post. I don't want to get into a long thread here about best binos or spotting scopes...but can you tell me what power of each you use?

    I'm leaving for Kansas for a whitetail hunt and I'm trying to make sure I have everything I need and I'm planning it all out now.
     
  5. Gene Jr.

    Gene Jr. Well-Known Member

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    I use 10X swaro binos and a 20X Kowa spotting scope. I've been wanting to upgrade the eyepiece on the kowa to 27X. 20X is nice for scanning but to low for serious viewing at long range.

    Gene

    ps: The best thing is to look through different optics and choose what works well for YOU. Mostly you do get what you pay for but there are some less expensive options that are a real bargain.
     
  6. SBruce

    SBruce Well-Known Member

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    I would also add a rifle cleaning kit, at very least a bore snake or compact portable system like the Otis..............just in case you get caught out in a down pour or accidentally stick your muzzle in the dirt/mud, or get dirt/mud in the action.

    Tire Chains and tighteners for vehicle..........depending on area you hunt, but in some areas they are a must if it rains or snows.
     
  7. royinidaho

    royinidaho Well-Known Member

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    For shooting from a hide just keep stuffing stuff in until you get to about 40 pounds.:rolleyes:
    For Shooting: After rifle, bipod, scope cover, rifle cover, ziess lens wipes are packed.
    Range chart
    Compass for wind value calcs
    Crystal Light container with pens, paper, sharpies, fish scale
    Range record book
    Fanny pack that carries all range stuff, rear bags, range finder, range book etc. (Just in case boredom sets in and you decide to take a stroll.)
    Surveyors tape for wind flags

    Optics:
    Range finder
    Binos (10x50)
    Spotting scope
    Camera w/video capability
    Digicam adapter

    Comfort:
    Shooting mat/drag bag
    Canopy for shooting mat - for shade
    Bivey if rain or snow potential
    A good book:)


    For team work a spotter works well. Plus the spotter can carry most of the stuff.:)

    and on and on and on!
     
  8. SBruce

    SBruce Well-Known Member

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    Add a good flashlight, extra bulb and extra batts for it too.

    For multiple tags, animals or elk.............sharpening stone or extra knive, possibly a bone saw too.
     
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  9. Sendero_Man

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    +1 on the spotter... big strapped guy to carry all the stuff ! LOL
     
  10. sideshowbob

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    I have seen a few guys with ruggedized PDAs. This might be useful for ballistics software and GPS functionality. Can anyone else suggest more uses?
     
  11. HUAINAMACHERO

    HUAINAMACHERO Well-Known Member

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    Good list.
    A must have is a First Aid Kit. Just in case.
    A set of tools to work with your scope in case it gets out of zero in the trip there.
     
  12. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

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    Plenty of food and water.
     
  13. joseph

    joseph Well-Known Member

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    Did anyone mention warm & cold weather clothing, boots, hand warmers and such?

    joseph
     
  14. mthunter86

    mthunter86 Well-Known Member

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    only thing i can add is knee pads, i HATE finding a cactus with my knees, kinda hard to concentrate!