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#6507249 - 10/23/16 06:50 AM Every deer hunter should own a ....
Texas Dan Offline
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Despite the obvious such as a gun and ammo, what items do you feel every deer hunter should own?

The value of a range finder hit home with me this past weekend when I put up a tripod in a new spot that I know other hunters will be using. It's at the edge of a small pasture where the shots are likely to be long, which is why my range finder became so valuable. I was able to determine the maximum distances of shots that a hunter could expect to make when hunting the stand, which helps them better recognize their limitations.

I was afraid the distances might be beyond the capabilities of several guys in my group, but the range finder proved the shots were very doable. Still, I want the guys to know how far away a deer would be at various points around the edges of the pasture. IMO, having the discipline to wait for a closer shot, or even passing on a shot, is one of those things that differentiates a mature sportsman from a novice. And being able to safely determine when a deer is within your safe shooting distance is a must. Of course, that distance is not the same for everyone. For me, it's roughly 100 yards.
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#6507330 - 10/23/16 09:03 AM Re: Every deer hunter should own a .... [Re: Texas Dan]
JJH Offline
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Binoculars.

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#6507342 - 10/23/16 09:16 AM Re: Every deer hunter should own a .... [Re: JJH]
Tff caribou Offline
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Originally Posted By: JJH
Binoculars.


That's my answer too. If you are hunting an area you know well, and the shots won't be very far, you can get by fine without a range finder. I couldn't get by with out my binoculars.
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#6507359 - 10/23/16 09:35 AM Re: Every deer hunter should own a .... [Re: Texas Dan]
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I would have to say a good whet rock and steel.

Is that 100 yards max with a bow?

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#6507360 - 10/23/16 09:35 AM Re: Every deer hunter should own a .... [Re: Texas Dan]
JKC Offline
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Binoculars first, range finder second just my two cents for what it's worth
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#6507362 - 10/23/16 09:36 AM Re: Every deer hunter should own a .... [Re: Texas Dan]
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Good knife

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#6507399 - 10/23/16 09:59 AM Re: Every deer hunter should own a .... [Re: Texas Dan]
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Flask.......

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#6507407 - 10/23/16 10:07 AM Re: Every deer hunter should own a .... [Re: scalebuster]
Tff caribou Offline
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Originally Posted By: scalebuster
I would have to say a good whet rock and steel.

Is that 100 yards max with a bow?


Most folks are better off with a modern sharpener. Even people who think they know how to use a whet stone or a steel, really don't.
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#6507410 - 10/23/16 10:09 AM Re: Every deer hunter should own a .... [Re: Big_Ag]
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Originally Posted By: Big_Ag
Good knife

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#6507483 - 10/23/16 11:30 AM Re: Every deer hunter should own a .... [Re: Texas Dan]
TheDman62 Offline
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I was going to say binoculars but after thinking about it, you can use your rifle scope if you had to. So Im going to say the must have is a good knife.

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#6507497 - 10/23/16 11:37 AM Re: Every deer hunter should own a .... [Re: Tff caribou]
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
Originally Posted By: JJH
Binoculars.


That's my answer too. If you are hunting an area you know well, and the shots won't be very far, you can get by fine without a range finder. I couldn't get by with out my binoculars.


Bingo. Bino's are by far the 2nd most important thing to me after a loaded rifle.
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#6507500 - 10/23/16 11:42 AM Re: Every deer hunter should own a .... [Re: Texas Dan]
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Thermocell
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#6507551 - 10/23/16 12:36 PM Re: Every deer hunter should own a .... [Re: Texas Dan]
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Roll of TP! Then sharp knife, binocs & Rangefinder......

Got to get priorities in order! clap
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#6507619 - 10/23/16 01:39 PM Re: Every deer hunter should own a .... [Re: Hunt n Fish]
Texas Dan Offline
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Originally Posted By: Hunt n Fish
Roll of TP! Then sharp knife, binocs & Rangefinder......

Got to get priorities in order! clap


Yes, and a pocket size pack of wet wipes is easier to carry and works better.
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#6507653 - 10/23/16 02:11 PM Re: Every deer hunter should own a .... [Re: Texas Dan]
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Rangefinder is invaluable to me as a bow hunter....as a whitetail rifle hunter not so much. It becomes vital again when hunting out west.

I would say one of the most important things to me is a good pack.
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