You never know what’s going to happen when you’re hunting—isn’t that half the fun? Sometimes the unexpected makes your entire day, but other times it can get you into a pickle. For instance, one minute you’re enjoying a cool breeze in your face and the next you step in a hole and twist your ankle. Better yet, you could take a wrong turn and get lost, leave behind your clean drinking water, or get caught in a serious storm that forces you to bunker down for the night. There are countless scenarios with the potential to leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere with a lack of supplies.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger—but only if it doesn’t kill you. The following hunting survival tools could make all the difference if you get trapped in the field with limited supplies.
1. A Firestarter
If something happens and you’re stuck out in the field, you’re going to need a way to make fire for you and your pup. After all, fire is crucial to survival—it provides a way to stay warm, keep away bugs, cook food, and boil water. Keep your preferred fire starter in your bag so you can make fire no matter what.
2. Water Purification
Some hunters know how to make cool DIY water purification systems. If you don’t, there are devices like the LifeStraw—which can be inserted into a body of water and drank directly from as it actively removes waterborne viruses and protozoa.
3. A Small Glass Mirror
Keep a 3x5 glass mirror in your sack and you have the power to create large flashes of blinding light.
4. Extra Cans of Food
Keep a few extra cans of mackerel or wild salmon in your hunting survival pack. These protein-rich options pack a decent taste and make great survival food.
5. Mini First-Aid Kit
Keep a mini first-aid kit in your hunting pack just in case you or your hunting dog gets hurt. Keep the basics like gauze, bandage wraps, pressure bandages, antibacterial ointment, and an antihistamine. Check your kit regularly to ensure all supplies are there and ready to go when needed.
6. Portable Charger
There are numerous portable charges on the market that can charge devices as much as 2 times before needing to be recharged themselves. Pack a fully-charged recharger so you can always call for help, even if your phone dies.
7. A Compass
How else will you know where you’re going if you lose track of where you are?
If you’re out past dark you’re going to need a high-power flashlight with plenty of juice. Consider bringing a headlamp, which is especially helpful if you plan to travel after dark. Don’t forget to pack spare batteries just in case your light goes out.
9. 30 feet of parachute cord + 30 feet of No. 36 tarred bank line
Field & Stream recommends “30 feet of parachute cord for the basics, and add 30 feet of No. 36 tarred bank line for increased utility. The slightly tacky marine line holds knots more tightly than p-cord and won’t absorb water.”
What do you pack in your hunting survival kit?