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Gearing Up for Fall: Your Ultimate Hunting Season Checklist

Fall. That golden season when the woods come alive with possibilities. You can feel it, can’t you? The anticipation, the chill in the morning air, and the thrill of the hunt just around the corner. We all know there’s nothing worse than realizing you’ve forgotten an essential item when you’re out in the field. That’s why we’ve crafted your definitive hunting season checklist. Let’s get you ready to tackle this season head-on.

Pre-Season Preparations

Before the leaves start to turn, there’s work to do.

  • Gear Inspection: Check all your equipment. Everything should be tip-top, from the smallest pocket knife to your trusted rifle.
  • License and Tags: Don’t wait till the last moment. Ensure you’ve got the proper forms and they’re all up to date.

The Essential Gear List

  1. Clothing:

    • Base layers for warmth
    • Waterproof outer layers
    • Insulated boots
    • Blaze orange or other required gear, depending on your game
  2. Navigation:

    • GPS and/or a physical map
    • Compass (yes, the old-fashioned kind)
  3. Hunting Essentials:

    • Rifle or bow, with extra ammo or arrows
    • Knife and tools for field dressing
    • Calls, scents, and decoys tailored to your prey
  4. Safety and Survival:

    • First aid kit
    • Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
    • Fire-starting tools and a whistle
  5. Camp Gear:

    • Shelter — camper, tent or tarp
    • Cooking — tools and food supplies
    • Hydration — Water and purification system
    • Food — meals and portable snacks
    • Hygiene — toilet paper, wet wipes, camp shower

Last-Minute Checks

  • Weather Watch: Always check the forecast. Fall can be unpredictable.
  • Communication: Radios can be a lifesaver if you’re hunting in a group. Always let someone know where you’re going.

Final Thoughts:

Fall hunting is more than a tradition; it’s a rite of passage. As the world turns to gold and the days grow shorter, being prepared means the difference between a good hunt and a great one. With this hunting season checklist, you’re ahead of the game.


Before you dive headfirst into the wilderness, make sure to check out Hightail Outdoors. We have everything you need, from bows to clothes. And for daily tips, tricks, and hunting camaraderie, follow us on Instagram @hightailhuntingbows. Here’s to a fall filled with legendary tales and monster trophies!

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