Gifting is something we do year round and since my guys are all hunters, I am always on the prowl for fantastic add-on essentials for their hunting gear. This year, I have begun looking even earlier so that when the seasons change and that big game hunting, known in Pennsylvania as Deer Hunting(lol) begins, their bags will be set! The excitement that my dad, husband and son start to spew over those licenses is just amazing to me. I don’t get that excited for the season as I know that a whole lot of things are about to happen in our home.
You know me as the diva of shopping, all things beauty, a DIY Expert and of course an all around foodie, but did you know that I have been learning so much about hunting? My dad hunted for as long as I can remember, my husband joined in when we got engaged and now my son is off with them and hunting as well.
It’s amazing how much stuff a family can enjoy and how where crossovers of items can make things great, like accessories, fashion, and food! Here’s a little bit of our Hunting Preparation List as the guys get ready to lavishly live the great outdoors out loud!
Hunting Preparation List
My mom starts to bake like crazy and so do I, as food prep and lunches, breakfasts and dinners are very important to the hunters in our homes, but it is also unload the storage closets and that means a mess! Baking, we fill their pockets, and shopping we fill their closets.
I do find that hunting seems to be an excuse to just get together with the guys in our house, and to really just take a few days off to hang out, but in reality, I know it is a sport and they take great pride in what they catch.
There is a lot of preparation that goes into hunting and trust me my family takes all the steps to be successful with their sport from safety to the prized game! This is a little bit about our hunting experiences in our homes from preparation to accessories it is all part of the hunter’s game!
Obtain A License and Get Schooled And Be Inducted into the Secret Society Within A Family (lol)
A few years ago when my son was able to obtain a license you would have thought it was like a ‘debutante affair’ with a celebratory meal, and toasts and just general excitement. For as long as I can remember my dad has been hunting, and when I met my husband he joined forces and they have been hunting and now then the inaugural add-in of my son just seemed natural. As natural as it was, there was studying, time spent int the classroom training and plenty of time scouting out the best spots, and places for hunting.
Scout, Scout, And Learn The Land – I Still Think This Is Just A Reason To Get Out Of The House For The Day:)
My Dad takes my son and they are off to seek the best vantage points for the season. They make an absolute day of it and it does not end with just one trip, there are multiple trips, and I don’t get it. I mean, are you not just going to look at the same trees that were there last week? Apparently there is some strategy to this and looking at the lay of the land on multiple days at different times gives them a better idea of where they want to be when the opening day occurs.
THINK MULTIPLE CLOTHING OPTIONS FOR ALL WEATHER FASHION
Weather is often a bear of a problem, but not for the well-prepared hunters. My family of hunters have multiple wardrobes for the different weather challenges from rain to snow and everything in between, however, I don’t have multiple wash machines and this stuff comes home DIRTY and stinky.
My husband, dad and son line up all their clothes, try everything on, test out all the pockets, make sure there are no holes and see if they need any new inventory in their supplies?
To me, Orange is orange, Camo is Camo, but to them, the right pieces, the right brands, the right accessories make those days spent outdoors so much more comfortable. I can relate to this, but I would never put myself out in the cold weather and sit there watching for animals all day when I could shopping in nice heated stores sipping on lattes.
What I do understand is that the right pieces make the difference and are essential.
It’s all about the weather!
AcuRite knows that sportsmen need to know the elements, and the forecast and the AcuRite Sportsman’s Forecaster makes hunting and fishing even more successful with its ability to predict high wildlife activity based on weather forecast and lunar activity!
This is a 2 piece set and the most worshiped item in our home(lol, if you have hunters you understand). The piece you see hanging in my tree is outside, not directly getting nailed by sun, or the nasty weather(though it is weather resistant). This piece is a readout to the monitor so you can know the month, the time, the weather, the possibility of deer hunting(woot woot) and of course today’s temperature.
This has a Fishing and hunting success meter, outdoor temperatures, Intelli Time Self Setting Clock, Barometric Pressure, Moon Phase and the Future Forecast. In addition there is the outdoor sensor that has the integrated hanger so you can easily hang it and the LED indicator.
The set up on this was super easy, pop a few batteries in, and pick you time zone and you are off and running, or off and waiting to see the deer activity!
Hunting translates to 4 AM wake-ups and early travel into dark areas. I have the best solution for seeing whatever is in your backpack, fanny-packs. and on the ground and area around you without taking out your phone, or a flashlight. I have found the ultimate in gloves with built-in lights that offer low and high settings and have a removable, compact light: RunLites.
There are 2 brightness settings on these gloves and that is great for when the guys are traveling in the trucks to their hunting locations and inevitably someone drops something between the seats. No need for phone flashlights, just let your glove do the job. If you were to use the brightest setting (80 lumens) it will work for 6 full hours on its charge. The low setting (40 lumens) will offer 12 hours of light!
The RunLites are very comfortable, fit well and run true to size, follow the sizing chart on their website and you will be very pleased with your order, we are!
The batteries on the gloves are rechargeable and there is a USB cord included.
Here are a few more suggestions to complete the well-rounded list for Hunting Supplies:
Boots that can take ANY type of terrain and weather elements are boots you definitely want on your feet, check out the pairs we have tested out!
Great Bags to tote back up clothing in and gear – those that can take a beating and keep on moving!
Some form of READERS that are terrain safe and weather able
Warm Socks are so important, even in great boots, feet still get cold and if you can wick away moisture and deliver a sock that does not cause blisters you have an amazing trek ahead.
Hydration Please! It is important to drink, and keep well hydrated and I have found the way to hydration bliss in a bottle!
Don’t forget to invest in a great hunting knife like this Surviv-All Survival Knife from StatGear Tools.
This is one of those staples that every hunting bag needs. The Surviv-All survival knife can be found at StatGear. What exactly is this tool of the trade? The Surviv-All Survival knife offers up a high carbon 440 Stainless Steel Full Tang, keep on smiling there’s more! Check out the handle on this as it offers a rubberized texture and there is a stainless steel pommell on the handle bottom, but wait there’s more….
The knife offers a heavy duty belt sheath, that’s right it is included and you will find a fire starter rod and a cord cutter! What else could possibly be built-in to this amazing hunting knife that every hunter needs? How about an integrated knife sharpener stone right on the rear of the sheath.
This is one bad-ass knife. The knife handle is secure to the sheath, offers a 9.5″ blade length and the weight is 7.5 oz, and when the knife is in the sheath it will weight in at 13 ounces.
These are just a few tips, tricks, suggestions and great products, be on the look out for more. Get ready to lavishly live outdoor life out loud as we discover and uncover hunting! All of these are perfect gifts for any hunters in your lives.
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