by Contributor

(Jul. 10, 2022) — Hunting is an activity older than the human race. It’s one we’ve mastered and seemingly grown beyond in modern society. However, it’s still a worthwhile activity that requires plenty of skill.

There are no right or wrong tools in hunting. There are only tools that work for you and those that don’t. Let’s look at the tools that benefit every hunter and why beginners need these pieces of kit.

10 Essential Tools Every Hunter Needs

Here are the tools every beginner hunter needs to have on their trip. They will allow you to be safe and effective and will allow you to make the most out of every hunt.

1. Hunting Weapon

Humans were not made with claws or spikes, so we’ve had to rely on weapons to make ourselves deadly. We’ve also added equipment such as reflex sights to improve our effectiveness with them.

A good hunting weapon should increase your range greatly. They should be a weapon system that you can train with constantly and use comfortably without fatiguing.

Hunters usually choose hunting rifles, shotguns, or even compound bows or crossbows since they give you the right stopping power with a decent rate of fire.

2. Decoys and Calls

A good hunter can draw their prey closer to them. This means using decoys and whistles to mimic their natural sounds. Deception is a major part of their hunting strategy.

These decoys will pique the animal’s curiosity or excite their pheromones, making them more likely to come to you. This then allows you to plan the perfect shot and get your prey.

Decoys also make it easier on older or more inexperienced hunters, as you do not need to track animals for miles. You can wait in one area and bait them for a precise shot.

3. Hunting Knife

A hunting rifle or bow is designed to kill your prey. A knife, however, is designed for a variety of different purposes. An excellent hunting knife will do what you need it to.

A good pocket or hunting knife will allow you to finish an animal humanely. It will allow you to skin them, divide them into meat, cut rope, tent material, and more for your survival.

A good hunting knife can be whipped out quickly and kept even quicker. You should be able to access it, and it should be sharp enough to cut through objects with ease.

4. Good Boots

Good boots are essential in the forest, on the battlefield, and in the factory. They will allow you to protect your feet from the element, keep you from getting trench foot, and even cover your scent.

It is important to use boots suitable for your terrain. They need to protect your feet from debris while allowing you to cross harsh bits of terrain without worrying about their durability.

5. Camouflage Outfit (+Reflective Vest/Hat/Belt)

The great irony of modern hunting is that hunters are supposed to wear camouflage outfits to hide from animals while wearing a reflective vest to be visible to other hunters.

Camouflage will allow you to blend in perfectly with your surroundings. This will ensure that animals are none the wiser when you take the shot. They won’t see you coming until it’s too late.

On the flip side, you will need to wear reflective articles of clothing to inform other hunters that the moving mass is not prey or Bigfoot but a fellow human being.

6. Flashlight

You may operate during the day, but you will always need a good flashlight to identify footprints, track your prey, and even see when it suddenly rains. It’s a handy tool to have.

A good flashlight does not need to be particularly big or accessible. It should allow you to determine the depth and shape of animal tracks, which lets you know the right direction to head.

7. Poncho/Rain Gear

The weather can change in the great outdoors in a matter of minutes. It can go from sunny to rainy to snowy without any prior warning. Your gear should help you weather that change.

Having a tear-proof poncho also allows you to build a hooch or hide that lets you take a break during your trip. It will allow you to create a sniping position and move it quickly if needed.

8. Binoculars/Monocular

When on the prowl, having to whip out your rifle to access your scope is unnecessary time and energy that increases the distance between you and your prey.

You will need to move faster. Having an external monocular or binoculars in your pocket or hanging around your neck will let you spot the target from a distance while allowing you to keep up with its pace.

9. Day Pack

A good hunter prepares for every eventuality. This means packing for a 24-hour trip even if you only plan on being out for 6-12 hours. It will allow you to have emergency food and supplies.

It’s important to have a spare set of clothes, a hygiene kit, some snacks, and water purification in your pack to allow you to stay healthy in the forest or the plains.

10. Communications Equipment

The best way to develop as a hunter is to hunt in a group with more experienced hunters. This will allow you to operate with more seasoned people and gives you a better chance of hitting your animal.

When everyone is armed, it is important to maintain open lines of communication to avoid accidents. This means carrying radios, flashlights, or beepers to signal your companions.

If used properly, you can have a surveillance net that lets you know where your prey is at any given moment. It allows you all to head to its location and prepare to execute your plan.


Every new hunter can benefit from having these tools in their loadout. They will allow them to prepare for every kind of weather, make it easier to track animals, and help them maximize their potential during the hunt.

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