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How to Choose
Practical Hunting Gear (Page 1)
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By Dan S. Defense

Good Gear Makes a Big Difference!


Hunting gear and accessories are critical to any successful hunting trip. In this article we'll examine different hunting gear and accessories--from hunting gear that will help you carry your gear, to hunting accessories that will help you send a stable and accurate shot.

We'll cover hunting accessories for your rifle, as well as hunting accessories for your body and comfort. Our goal is to provide specific ideas for hunting gear and accessories that will help you be more efficient and comfortable in the field.

Hunting gear and accessories make you more efficient during the hunt. Being more comfortable means being more refreshed, for that single moment in time, that will determine the outcome of your long tracking journey. H

aving the right hunting gear to aid you at that moment in time, could mean success or failure. To be more blunt, having the right hunting gear may make the difference of coming home with a trophy or just a sorry story. And with that in mind let's look at the following hunting gear and accessories:

Hunting Accessories for Your Rifle

Scope and Backup Scope

A scope is a critical hunting accessory. Depending on the game that you are hunting, select a scope that can work well in short and medium range. While hunting in the US, you will most likely engage your game in distances of less than 200 yards. Add to that some rocks, lots of trees and other obstacles, and you'll get closer to reality.

We think a great hunting accessory for that is a holographic red dot sight with an added 3X magnification amplifier, ideally one with a larger external ring which offers higher MOA. That is good for short and medium distances.

Some would prefer the added magnification of a 3X to 9X scope and that works well too. Whichever hunting accessory scope you opt to take, we highly recommend you take a zeroed, backup scope with you. I have heard and read of many hunts that were cut short, after the scope broke, during navigation of harsh terrain, or just an unfortunate fall.

Bi-pod

One of the best hunting accessories we can think of is a good bi-pod. We are partial to Harris bi-pods, but any good bi-pod will provide you with added stability on any terrain. No matter how solid your arms, a bi-pod that physically connects your firearm to the ground, will offer more stability.

We recommend a bi-pod with varying length legs that could work well in harsh and uneven terrain. When the moment of truth arrives, get the extra edge a solid bi-pod can provide, and get your game with a single, well placed shot.

Sling

During a hunt you will cover terrain and trek for varying distances. A good sling will allow you to keep your hands free and your balance in check. We recommend a sling that will hold your firearm close to the body and that will allow you free movement without hitting your legs.

A good sling can even enable you to run, with your firearm secure to your body, and ready for quick access. Since sligs are very personal hunting accessories, we recommend you try them out in a retail store, prior to buying one. Then we recommend you try your sling prior to the hunt to assure it works as well as you expect it to.

Hunting Gear for Your Ammunition

Backpack

You'll need ammunition for your firearm of choice, and as you know ammunition can be heavy. I know of people who take hunting ammo for the task at hand, and some cheaper ammo for plinking, should the hunt go badly, as far as game is concerned. If you also carry a weapon for self defense, you may also have some additional ammo for that. When you combine ammo with cloths, other hunting gear and camping gear, you end up with a heavy pack. We recommend a good, solid backpack as a must have hunting gear, and we are partial to Blackhawk gear here.

A 3 day pack is sufficiently large for a smart hunter (i.e. one that only takes the bare minimum of hunting gear ) and easy to carry along with a rifle. Make sure the straps are large enough to accommodate your body, with and without a heavy coat, and that they distribute the weight well. We also recommend you check and seek a pack with back support and possible belt to help distribute the weight while protecting your lumber back.

Ammo cases

If you hunt with a shotgun or center fire rifle, your ammunition will need to be protected from the elements and your sweat. Ammo cases come in all sizes and shapes, but a good, solid and waterproof case will make sure your ammo stays dry, and in top shape. We have had the occasional slip on slick rocks, into a stream of ice cold water, and hard landing. If your hunting gear is well protected, your ego and backside will survive too.

Ammo pouches

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