Whitetail Hunting Gear Checklist – Don’t Forget a Thing!

Deer season is just around the corner. Use our hunting gear checklist and be prepared! This hunting gear list has all the hunting essentials that you need for a successful hunt.

Halfway to your tree stand, you stop dead in your tracks.

Even forgetting one tiny item can cause a big hassle in the field. If you don't have a knife sharpener, the Edgemate Carbide Sharpener will make all the difference when it's time to do the dirty work.
Forgetting a knife sharpener can have BIG ramifications.

“$%&!”

“I forgot my [fill in the blank].”

Yup. Every hunter’s been there. Especially after waiting until just before opener to get our gear together.

And with so much to pack, there’s no guarantee you’ll remember everything even if you do give yourself plenty of time. Anybody who has ever had to dress a deer with a dull knife can attest to how forgetting one small item like a knife sharpener can be a big set back.

The Importance of a Checklist

If you want to avoid the above scenario, you need a checklist. There’s simply too much to remember on your own.

And the pros at Sportsman’s Guide have put together a good one, including everything you could possibly need before, during and after the hunt. Because they know the unprepared hunter is a whitetail’s best bet at survival.

[Click here to get your printable Sportsman’s Guide Whitetail Hunting Checklist]

Sportsman's Guide Whitetail Hunting Checklist

 

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27 Responses to “Whitetail Hunting Gear Checklist – Don’t Forget a Thing!”

  1. Barry Beasley

    I am a new hunter. I want to hunt to help feed the hungry family in Florida. If I could win it would help me a lot their are a lot of family that don’t have meat to eat. I would give up my time to feed the needy if I had some kind of financial help or hunting tools or trailer and freezer. I think I can start in Florida and due for other states as well my name is Barry Beasley e-mail Carillon10@hotmail.com.

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  2. Jim Willard

    This is the first time for me checking out your web site.I have just taken on a new family and we all hunt so I will be looking forward to all you have to offer . The boys need outfitting and seems like I always need something.

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  3. Jeff Watson

    I grew up in the woods,started bow hunting at age of 12. Never really used all the gear and accessories. Probably cause it was too much for me to keep up with. Over the years I have added a few things. I love having the sportsman guide to keep my blood thumping come season. Hitting age 44 I still love to hunt and help those would love to try. I have taken several people out on successful hunt excursions with the bare essentials. I think if I could be outfitted with some gear I would be able to make this a full time hobby. One buddy in schyler county Illinois hadn’t hunted his family farm in 20 years. I got him to go and after locating good spots he was able to take down his first deer at age 41. We have been going back for the last 5 years and now our boys are involved. I really feel like a student of the hunt and love teaching others the passion

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    • Tom Kacheroski

      Tom Kacheroski

      Hi Jeff … thanks for sharing the thrill…your enjoyment of hunting, and most importantly, your effort to introduce others to our great pastime. It’s also awesome that you are getting your kids participating, and teaching them all the good the sport has to offer. Thanks again and continued success in the woods!

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  4. Doug Lipscomb

    You forgot casual shoes ie:tennis shoes,flip flops on your deer hunting checklist.I don’t think I’ve ever been hunting without forgetting something,I’m sure everyone can add or subtract from this list.Great job guys

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  5. Keith Fader

    Don’t forget the early season hunter’s newest best friend, Therma-cell. Keep those little needle nose buggers from flying around your head. Always keep one in my pack.

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  6. George Bradley

    I hunt in the northwest Ga. area where public land has alot of hunting pressure on it. However with the help of Sportsmanguides lower prices…i have killed several deer out of their lockon tree stands.Now my son is old enough to go with me more…he cant wait till season opens up again.

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  7. Kimberly Bowen

    You forgot one thing on your list “bow release” otherwise it’s a great list. I carry at least two just in case something happens to one of them.

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  8. Luis Perez

    Would that fit in just one bag

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  9. Adam

    Thanks for the list

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  10. dhamilton

    “ALWAYS FOLLOW THE MONEY”. Please note: this list is offered by Sportsmen’s Guide AND they are always ready and willing to supply every single piece of equipment listed here. it has often helped me to keep this “There’s a sucker born every minute” by David Hannum re PTBarnum where I could retrieve it at a moments notice.
    a consideration for needed:
    a simple but proper firearm in a caliber which is suitable to kill an animal cleanly.
    simple clothing and shoes to meet the weather and the terrain.
    simple and inexpensive outer layer which contains the required color for certain hunting conditions.
    consider a small but strong sharp knife which can be sharpened [careful of stainless steel].
    important: keep everything which is included carefully thought through.
    remember who is making the list…. “Your Complete Whitetail Hunting Checklist – Don’t Forget a Thing!” ?VS “ALWAYS FOLLOW THE MONEY”.

    I began deer hunting @ age 12 here in the mountains of Pocahontas County, WVa 1958. the old men here [one was born in 1867] had to keep everything simple. there were almost no deer left in those days so ‘the hunt’ was a hard one. BUT these old hunters trained me to be extremely careful of the direction the bullet was headed in and “boy, you better have hair in your sights before you pull that trigger.” also, when I was put on a “deer stand” I was to stay there no matter the weather. I learned this hard earned lesson and have wanted to live it out as an adult. “Y’r Complete W H C – Don’t Forget a Thing!” this ‘don’t forget a thing’ was the true lesson from the old men. summed up: ‘it wasn’t about me’. I’m sorry Sportsman’s Guide, but I must suggest to folks to be very careful to determine what is foolishness here.

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  11. dhamilton

    btw, thinking back, the real trophy was to have stayed on that ‘deer stand’ when the weather was cold and wet. to stand still and to not tromp your feet. no fire. to have only taken a shot when I knew exactly where the ‘drivers’ were. to want to have “hair in your sights before you pull that trigger”.

    thus the real trophy had nothing to do with size of horns or whatever ‘the hunt’ was. it was to ‘sense’ acceptance when I passed their muster. they didn’t have to say ‘it’… ‘it’ being ‘boy, you toughed it out”. I knew then, it was the massive “thrill” of being accepted as a man amongst men who hunted the old way. I was 12 when I started with them…. what a blessing it was. the deer I have forgotten. to have walked in their foot step, my heart is still filled at this moment.

    I apologize for going on. but everywhere I turn in this new hunting world, it seems to always be about what you can get no matter the cost to the animal. chatter about calibres? that is very simple. gun? single to auto? all will do it if it shoots where it is aimed. just do a bit of checking.

    all you need is one good banjo; not the expensive one nor several sitting around. then get to know that banjo as an extension of you. you can ‘feel it in the tool you are using’. your music then can be about others, not you. thus “– Don’t Forget a Thing!”. play your music for others and you wont forget.

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  12. BH Bradley

    I started hunting back in the late 1970’s. Back then (and I’m sure for eons before me), having fancy gear was only a prerequisite of the wealthy hunter. Camouflage, if you could find it, was recycled military. I was perfectly happy wearing a pair of faded Levi’s, a flannel shirt, a pair of work boots with scratchy wool socks, and whatever else the weather called for. To me, it was about the experience, not the kill. I didn’t (and still don’t) get a deer every year, but I get my share. When I get one, it’s frosting on the cake. As for Sportsman’s Guide’s list, it’s nothing more than a suggestion. Be selective and leave the kitchen sink at home. Most sporting goods on the market today are not required. Stick with the basics: a reliable/legal kill method and a quality sharp knife above everything else. Heck, our ancestors were pretty much naked and they found a ways to successfully hunt without a lot of “stuff”.

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  13. Jeanne Godar

    Living where I hunt really cuts down on the list.

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  14. larry wall

    What ever it takes.

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  15. Steve Reed

    Very insightful, yes I am the hunter who forgot his hunting knife and couldn’t gut my buck taken in Idaho. Try dragging a ten point mule deer through the brush that isn’t gutted, not happening. Thank you sportsmans for that extensive list of must have gear. Keep up the informative articles and information related to being a sportsman.

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  16. Harry

    Very helpful information, indeed!
    I have always been looking for a complete checklist out there. This one is by far the best!
    Thank for sharing and keep the good works!

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  17. Jeff Mc

    Great list but the one thing I would add is trash bags. (unscented) You can never have enough.
    I use them for all my dirty clothes as to not contaminate anything. You should get a whiff of my feet after a day out in the field!

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  18. Bruce Swafford

    The more tree stands you have the more places you have to hunt

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  19. Bradford Snelson

    I loved the info graphic you made for a checklist of things to remember when you go hunting! I can definitely imagine how frustrating it would be to get all the way out to your spot only to realize that you’ve forgotten something. If you’re trying to get hunting gear late in the season, it might make sense to order it online instead of going in to a physical store location.

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  20. Jordyn Crane

    This was an awesome with helpful content. I believe in professionals so this is a very useful article for everyone. Thank you very much for sharing..

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  21. Steve Simmons

    Your Article is Wonderful! A lot of Great Tips and Very nicely written. I have learned a lot from your article Thank you for sharing with us.

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  22. Bree Byrd

    A whistle should be added to this list.

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  23. Roger Middleton

    I have been wanting to take my son out hunting for awhile now but I don’t really know much about it and I’m worried that I might mess something up. I liked that you had mentioned that it can be important to make a checklist of everything that you need before, during, and after the hunt. We might have to start making a list, although to avoid mistakes, I might have to look for a professional to guide us when hunting whitetail.

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  24. AJIT SINGH

    Status of my gun delivery

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  25. Ron Thomas

    Two items of the utmost importance weren’t on the list. 1) ThermaCELL with refills, and 2) toilet paper which is probably the single most important item to carry into the woods!!!!!!!!!

    As for the rest of the list, I’m one of the lucky few who only has to walk out of my back door in order to deer hunt, so the majority of stuff isn’t even on my radar.

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