Deer Hunting Checklist

Imagine this – you wake up well before dawn on the first day of deer season and you begin digging in the darkness for your gear. Once you think you’ve gathered everything, you grab your coffee and head out into the chilly morning air. It’s not until later that day, after you’ve shot a trophy buck, that you realize you forgot your trusted field dressing knife. Not to mention a flashlight that would have really come in handy in the dim light of dusk.

Our deer hunting checklist below can help ensure you never end up in the field without the essentials. Our list includes everything you might need before, during and after the hunt including deer attractants, binoculars, and hunting backpacks.

Whether you’re a beginner buying hunting equipment for the first time or a veteran trying to get organized, you can use our checklist to keep your preparation on target.

Preparing for the Hunt:

  • Hunting License
  • Scout Land
  • Clean and Test Gun
  • Site in Gun
  • Gain Landowner’s Permission
  • Know Area Hunting Regulations
  • Fully Charged Batteries
  • Game Camera
  • Setup Tree Stand or Blind
  • Scent Reduction Wash

On the Hunt:

  • Ammo
  • Flashlight/Headlamp
  • Gun
  • Backpack
  • Gun Case
  • Gun Cleaning Kit
  • Blind
  • Hunting Apparel (camo or orange regulation)
  • Deer Call
  • Hand and Foot Warmers
  • Scent Reduction Spray
  • Rain Jacket
  • Scent Attractant
  • Hunting Vest
  • Folding Knife
  • Binoculars
  • Boots
  • First Aid Kit
  • Walkie Talkies/Mobile Phone/GPS
  • Bug Spray

After the Hunt:

  • Deer Tags with Tie
  • Permanent Marker
  • Field Dressing Knife
  • Field Dressing Gloves
  • Field Dressing Kit
  • Deer Drag Rope or Cart

Be sure to double check the list a few days prior before deer season begins to take the stress out of opening morning. If you notice anything missing from your equipment pile that’s included in the checklist, stop by your local hunting goods store, Triggers and Bows, and we will make sure you’re geared up for the perfect shot.