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9 Hunters Share What’s in Their Packs (#3 Gave Us a Chuckle)

Ever wonder what Wide Open Spaces writers keep in their packs while they’re out collecting kills (and stories)?

We asked our great team of writers to share what’s in their hunting packs, and send some photos to accompany them. Their responses were pretty great.

It’s neat to see the diversity and differences between each writer, er, hunter’s packs. Based on their contents, can you guess what they might favor hunting, or where they do most of it?

Check out what we’re packing below.

1. Reid Vander Veen

hunting pack contents photo

What’s inside:

2. Nathan Unger

hunting pack photo

What’s inside:

3. Eric Nestor

hunting pack photo

What’s inside:

  • Camouflage shoulder bag
  • Canteen
  • Knife sharpener
  • Vintage Western hunting knife
  • Butane fire starter
  • Cheap rain poncho
  • 8 power monocular
  • Ear plugs
  • Cordage
  • Headlamp with standard and red light options
  • Camouflage bandana
  • Bundle of bags, peroxide wipes and disposable gloves (for game cleaning)
  • Hunting manual and all current permits
  • (Not pictured) a pocket full of tissues, for when nature calls…

4. David Smith

hunting pack photo

What’s inside:

  • First Aid Kit/Water Purification
  • Extra Knife
  • Saw or Hatchet
  • Flashlight/Headlamp
  • Rope/Line
  • Extra Socks, Underwear, Gloves & Wool Cap
  • Game Bags
  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Binocs (not pictured)
  • Food & Water (not pictured)
  • Towel
  • Fire Lighting/Fatwood
  • Multi-tool
  • Wool Blanket
  • Small Pot
  • Notepad & Pencil
  • Whistle
  • Game Call
  • 3 Carabiners
  • Orange Signal Tape
  • Extra Eyeglasses
  • Rain Gear
  • Pack
  • Weapon

5. Jake VanDeLaare

hunting pack photo

What’s inside:

  • Protein Bar
  • Nylon Rope
  • Binoculars
  • Doe Estrus
  • Spare Face mask
  • Spare Gloves
  • Seat Cushion
  • Grunt Tube
  • Safety Belt (You should get one better than the one I use, though). 

6. John McAdams

  • Hydration pack full of water
  • High energy snacks
  • Binoculars
  • Gloves
  • Face mask
  • Watch Cap
  • Wind Checker
  • 10′ of Paracord
  • Bear Spray (Carried on Belt when in Grizzly Country)
  • Flashlight
  • GPS
  • Spare batteries for flashlight & GPS (AA & AAA)
  • SPOT Locator Beacon
  • Small Box of Matches & Cigarette Lighter In Ziplock Bags
  • Rain Gear
  • Knife
  • Mesh Game Bags (1 for Deer, 5 for Elk)
  • 2-3 Trash Bags

7. Jacob Hofer

hunting pack photo

What’s inside:

  • Binoculars 
  • Range Finder
  • Scent Eliminating Spray 
  • Fresh Deer Scent
  • Water 
  • Cell Phone
  • Hunting License 

8. Dustin Prievo

  • ALPS Outdoorz Traverse EPS Hunting Pack
  • Nikon Arrow ID 3000 Range Finder
  • Vortex Crossfire II Binoculars
  • Walnut Grove Booger Tree Stand Item Retreiver
  • Thermacell (Early Season)
  • Face Paint
  • Hunter’s Specialty True Talker Grunt Call (2006 model)
  • Buck Knife 110
  • Back up Bow Release
  • Camera Equipment (Canon Vixia HF G10 or Canon 70D, GoPro 3+)
  • Muddy Camera Arm
  • Anker Portable Charger
  • Mini Shot of Jim Beam Red Stag (Celebratory Shot)
  • Hunting License, Rubber Gloves, Zip Lock Bags (All In One Zip Lock Bag)
  • Black Rack Rattle Pack (During the Rut)
  • Alaska Game Quartering Bags (When Hunting in the Mountains)

9. Travis Smola

 hunting pack photo

What’s inside:

  • Two light sources. You never know when something may go wrong or you may lose one. I don’t even worry about having expensive ones, as long as they’re functional.
  • Small pair of pruning shears. No matter how well you think you’ve trimmed your shooting lanes in pre-season, it’s easy to sit down opening day and find stuff you’ve somehow missed.
  • Gerber knife with gut hook
  • Extra shells/cartridges/arrows, whatever you’re using. You never know what crazy things will happen in the woods. Ideally you’ll only need one shot, but I’d rather have too many than too little.
  • Garmin Oregon 450, Useful for marking stands/blinds, etc. Can also be helpful in blood-trailing an animal.
  • My Nikon D90 camera, for the memories. Never leave home without it. Not pictured because I used it to take this!

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9 Hunters Share What’s in Their Packs (#3 Gave Us a Chuckle)