A Last Minute Checklist Before You Go Deer Hunting

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Robistow, a Wounded Warrior and active-duty member with the 319th Civil Engineer Squadron participates in a deer hunt sponsored by professional military organizations from Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., and the Oberg Land Company. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Tomorrow at noon marks the beginning of North Dakota’s 2019 Deer Gun Season. You’re probably far more organized than I’ve been at times when it comes to prepping for the hunt. If not, then you can probably relate to things like scrambling to find ammunition, blaze orange, and even your tag/license— on the same day season begins.

Life is busy for most of us. But with a little planning, you can avoid the scramble and actually get to that prime hunting spot when you’re supposed to. Here’s a checklist of some of the basics you may want to gather up ahead of time. After all, arriving in the field and realizing you’ve forgotten something is pretty darn frustrating.

Hunting Clothing

  • Coat/Jacket (Layers are appropriate.)
  • Blaze Orange Vest
  • Blaze Orange Hat/Stocking Cap
  • Gloves
  • Scarf/Face Mask


  • Extra Socks
  • Hunting Boots


  • Ammunition
  • Rifle
  • Shooting Stick
  • Binoculars
  • Range Finder
  • Spotting Scope
  • Fannypack/Backpack
  • Sharp Knife
  • Sharpening Stone
  • Deer Call
  • Folding Saw (Makes splitting that pelvis much easier.)
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Phone Charger
  • First Aid/Survival Kit
  • Ziploc Bags (If you keep the heart and/or liver.)
  • Rope/Deer Cart

Pocket Essentials

Naturally, this list may vary from hunter to hunter. Everyone has their preferences. Besides that, the unit in which you hunt may dictate that you include things others may not. Nevertheless, I think the basics are covered pretty well.

Make sure you check the weather forecast. If you plan on staying out for the duration of a day, then you’ll want to make sure to pack a lunch and have plenty of water available. Also, don’t forget to let people know the areas you’ll be hunting— especially if you’re alone.

It’s important to know the regulations for your hunting unit. This is especially true for those in areas affected by Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

Hopefully you’ve sighted in that rifle already. Shoot straight, be safe, and enjoy the experience. The day will come when you don’t get to do it again.

(Note: If there’s items you feel should be included on this list, feel free to drop them in the comments on Facebook.)



  1. https://gf.nd.gov/gnf/regulations/docs/deer/deer-guide.pdf
  2. https://gf.nd.gov/regulations/deer
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