New Hunter Essentials

New Hunter Essentials

Finding the right hunting gear can be overwhelming when you start out. We’ve put together a list of essentials that will set you off on the right path without breaking the bank. Whether you need to put together a full kit or just add the finishing touches, our recommendations will have you set before you venture into the backcountry.

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    Vendor: GOHUNT Pack Out Game Bag Set

    Regular price From $64.99
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    Vendor: King's 2023 XKG Lonepeak Jacket

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    Vendor: Alpine Innovations GOHUNT GunSlicker Rifle Protective Cover

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  • Vendor: Mystery Ranch Metcalf Backpack

    Regular price From $367.50
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    • Foliage Foliage
    • Optifade Subalpine Optifade Subalpine
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    Vendor: Zoleo Satellite Communicator

    Regular price $199.99
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    Vendor: GOHUNT Nalgene Sustain 32 oz Wide Mouth Water Bottle

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    • Mocha Black Mocha Black
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    Vendor: Tender Outdoor Adventure Medical Kits Trauma Pak

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    Vendor: Caribou Gear Hunters Tarp

    Regular price $69.99
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    Vendor: Hanwag Alaska GTX

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    Vendor: Sitka Ascent Pant

    Regular price $199.00
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    • Optifade Subalpine Optifade Subalpine
    • Optifade Open Country Optifade Open Country
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    Vendor: GOHUNT Nalgene 48 oz Wide Mouth Water Bottle

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    Vendor: GOHUNT Kill Kit

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    Vendor: Leki Legacy Lite Trekking Poles

    Regular price $99.95
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    Vendor: GOHUNT Groundsheet

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    Vendor: Mystery Ranch Zoid Bag

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    • Foliage Foliage
  • From our glassing guru

    When you’re choosing optics, I always say 'get the best glass you can reasonably afford.' It's easy to get sticker shock, but great binoculars, spotters, and riflescopes will pay for themselves time and time again. One of my favorites is the Vortex Diamondback line; you’ll find it competes with much more expensive optics and when properly cared for, will last you a lifetime."

    — Cody Nelson

Gearing up for new hunt can be overwhelming. We're here to help you get started.

It’s no secret that quality gear can make or break your hunt. Each piece of gear in this list is hand-selected by our team of experts to set you up for success. We’ve burned a lot of money and used gear in the past that didn’t make the cut—with that experience we hope other hunters can learn from our mistakes.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Gear Questions

What gear is used for hunting?

The gear you need for hunting depends on the type of hunt you're going on. That said, whether you're backpack hunting the backcountry or doing day hunts close to home, western big game hunting generally requires boots, packs, optics, layering systems, communication devices, accessories, and of course, a weapon.

Weapon: All states have multiple seasons, ranging from archery to rifle to muzzleloader hunts. Having the proper weapon and bring proficient with it is critical.

What is a hunter's most important item?

A plan: Having a good plan, knowledge of the area they're hunting and how to navigate their hunt safely is critical.

Besides that, most hunters will say binoculars! Letting your "eyes do the walking" is a great way to find game without needing to walk unnecessary miles.

What are the top hunting brands?

Some of our top hunting brands are Mystery Ranch, Sitka Gear, Stone Glacier, Vortex Optics, Swarovski Optik, GOHUNT, Hanwag, Kenetrek and more. However, there are hundreds of great hunting brands in the GOHUNT gear shop and all of them have been tested by our team of diehard hunters.

What essentials should I have in my kit?

Some key essentials include things like trekking poles, game bags, knife, headlamp, and other small accessories required for a hunt.

Packs and Bags

What's the most important thing to consider in a hunting pack?

Hunting backpacks have features designed for hunters. Specifically, hunting-specific backpacks have a load shelf designed for carrying heavy weight when you've harvested an animal.

What should I pack in a day pack for hunting?

In your daypack you should pack food, extra layers including an insulation piece, plenty of water, rain gear, a knife, game bags, headlamp, first aid kit, your tags, and more. Depending on the specific area you plan to hunt, you may need more gear than this!

Clothing & Layering Systems

What clothing should I have for a hunt?

Like general outdoor clothing, hunting clothing is often purpose built for specific seasons. Having the right pants, base layers, insulation, rain gear and accessories is critical.

What is the best cold weather gear for hunting?

Having good base layers and insulation is critical for cold season hunting. Baselayers are generally available in two materials: Synthetic and Merino Wool.

What layers do you need for hunting?

For cold weather hunting, most layering systems involve a baselayer, mid layer, outer layer and sometimes rain gear.

For baselayers, it's critical that you have high quality, breathable materials lilke merino wool or polyester. Cotton does not make a good base layer as it doesn't insulated when wet and it's slow drying.

Most mid layers consist of either polyester fleece or an insulation piece like down or synthetic. For open country or long glassing sessions your down insulation could be your outer layer. If you're walking through timber, generally you'll want an outer jacket with a more durable face fabric such as a softshell jacket like the Sitka Jetstream.

Boots & Footwear

What is most important in a pair of hunting boots?

Having boots that fit well, don't cause blisters and are designed for the terrain and season you're hunting is critical. That means something lighter during early archery seasons and generally something insulated for late season hunts.

Optics & Glass

What's the minimum amount of optics equipment I need for a hunt?

Within optics there are binoculars, rangefinders, spotting scopes and accessories like tripods and adapters. At a minimum, every hunter should have binoculars and a rangefinder.

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Do I need a GPS communication device?

A GPS communication device isn't required, but it's very helpful for staying in touch with loved ones when in the backcountry or any remote place.

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