If you’re looking for the things that will take your hunting to the next level, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve found the 7 must-haves you cannot forget on your next hunting excursion.
We won’t take too much of your time explaining how we found the gear we’re reviewing. Just know that we did a lot of research and took the advice of experienced hunters who had used the items extensively in the field. Without further ado, here are the 7 must-haves you cannot forget on your next hunting excursion.
The RUSH72 is more than just a backpack. It was designed to hold at least 72 hours-worth of supplies and equipment, with pouches and compartments created with hunters and campers in mind.
The front compartment is fleece-lined to protect your valuable documents, as well as your phone or other electronic devices. The main body of the bag has mesh storage compartments with zipper and elastic closures, allowing you to keep your supplies organized and easy to reach.
Between the front compartment and the main body of the bag is an expandable compartment that’s big enough to stow a jacket, blanket, or helmet. A rear hydration compartment features hose ports and routing so you can stay hydrated on the go.
The Tactical RUSH72 backpack is the highest-rated hunting pack on Amazon. Hunters, campers, and outdoorsmen rave about the size and durability of the pack, and the comfort of the shoulder and waist straps. The backpack has made it through baggage handlers, survival training, cross-country motorcycle trips, and more.
RUSH makes other sizes of tactical backpacks as well if you need something smaller. The RUSH24 has the same features, but with the capacity for shorter trips. If you’re a serious hunter, though, the RUSH72 is the perfect pack for you.
The Xero A1 is an auto-ranging, digital, laser bow sight from Garmin. A quiet, single-button trigger allows you to range targets at rest or full draw. The laser rangefinder automatically measures the distance to a target, adjusting for the angle. The sight then projects a virtual LED pin over the target that’s only visible to you.
The LED pin adjusts its brightness depending on the ambient lighting. You can customize the settings to allow multiple pins to be placed at a time, or to place the pins yourself manually. The size of the pins is adjustable as well.
The version we reviewed is for right-handed hunters, but there are lefty and ambidextrous versions as well. The laser sight mounts directly to your bow, so you don’t have to mess around with your rangefinder one-handed. It uses two lithium AAA batteries, which aren’t included, and has a battery life of one year.
Some states or parks have restrictions on using automatic rangefinders while bowhunting, so you should check the regulations in the state in which you’re planning to hunt.
Xplat developed an app for Android phones that gives you all the ballistics information you could possibly need at a very low price. The app is designed to work with hand-loading ammunition, providing an archived data bank that can determine the velocity, sectional density, ballistic co-efficiency, and trajectory of your cartridges.
Using the powder charge, bullet weight, and other details about your ammo, the Xplat app can tell you the maximum range limits on specific animals based on their size and can help you hit your target by knowing the drop and wind drift.
You can buy single-purpose handheld devices or books that give you the same information, but they’ll cost you ten times as much as this app, plus you’ll need to pack an extra device. With the Xplat app on your phone, you don’t need to worry about carrying the extra weight.
There is both a lite version and a pro version of the app. The pro version comes pre-loaded with the data entered by other users, making it even easier for you to find the exact information you’re looking for.
Mosquitos and other biting insects are the banes of any outdoor excursion. ThermaCELL’s lightweight, portable mosquito repeller keeps the insects at bay without alerting your game to your presence with telltale smells of something unnatural in the field.
Odorless butane gas cartridges heat a repellent pad, which is available in scentless and natural earth scented varieties. The device creates a 15-foot protection zone around you or your blind. Each fuel cartridge lasts for 12 hours, and the scent pads each last four.
When you buy the ThermaCELL, you’ll receive three free scentless repellent pad refills in addition to the fuel cartridge. You can purchase refill packs at extremely reasonable prices.
The device can be mounted to a tree or blind, or clipped on to your pack or jacket. They’re available in a variety of colors and patterns to match your camo or environment.
The ThermaCELL device is one of the most highly-rated mosquito repellers on Amazon. Customers confirm that the repellent pads don’t spook deer or other animals, while still keeping the area mosquito-free. It works very quickly, and though it does heat up a bit, it wasn’t enough to cause discomfort. Many customers described it as the best invention ever.
The Burris Eliminator is a professional-grade rifle laser scope by one of the most trusted names in the business. It takes all of the guesswork out of aiming and ballistics.
The scope has a rangefinder and ballistic calculator built-in. You can preprogram it with the information for your rifle and ammunition to get precise information. The targeting information compensates for wind speed and direction for the highest level of accuracy possible.
The lightweight design of the scope won’t add any bulk to your rifle at only 1.8 pounds. One press of the button projects a virtual red dot within the scope. All you have to do is move the dot over the target and squeeze the trigger—the scope has already made all the necessary adjustments.
Customers rave about how easy the Eliminator is to set up and use. Even an ex-Special Forces Sniper Instructor was pleased with the accuracy and found it much more convenient and precise than anything he’d used before.
The Firefly is the most advanced and accurate hand-held wind detector, which is why so many hunters know the brand name.
This handy little device can detect air movements so slight they’re undetectable by human senses, down to one inch per second. It’s capable of sampling over 512 readings per second and will report its findings in three seconds. The Firefly weighs less than three ounces, even with batteries, and is only four inches tall.
Despite the small size, the Firefly is durable enough to operate in temperatures between -35 degrees and 110 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s worth the investment. The batteries will last up to 500 uses.
The model we reviewed came in a camo pattern that will keep it from drawing attention, no matter how close your game is. You can activate the Firefly with just a single button-press, minimizing your movements. Happy customers reported that the Firefly works great and couldn’t be any easier to use.
Last but certainly not least, the Ozonics Scent Eliminator is one of the most essential gadgets this hunting season.
This little machine converts oxygen molecules to ozone and then projects those molecules downwind. When they bind with scent molecules, they completely erase any smell you put off to the surrounding animals.
The Ozonics comes with a mount, so you can attach it to the tree or roof of your blind, or set it on the ground. It only weighs 1.6 ounces, so it won’t weigh down your pack or destabilize your blind. Both the switches and the machine itself are virtually silent, and the 12-volt rechargeable battery can last up to five hours.
Customers were shocked by how well the Ozonics machine works. There were many anecdotes about deer and other game coming within a few feet of the hunter without detecting his scent. There were even pictures of victorious hunters with their trophies to prove it!
While some hunters still prefer to do things the old-fashioned way, there’s no reason not to take advantage of these gadgets. All of the gear we reviewed was designed for hunters, by hunters. Giving yourself an extra edge over your prey is well worth the cost.
While we only reviewed one specific model of each gadget on our list, most of them come in multiple styles at different price points. You can choose the version that fits your needs and budget.
Now that you know the 7 must-haves you cannot forget on your next hunting excursion, there’s nothing stopping you from having a successful hunt!