What would you add to our list of the 5 best things to eat on a hunting trip?
So hunting season is here and you want to mark the occasion with an overnight hunting trip with your best buddies. Hunting trips can be a ton of fun, amplifying the escapist nature of hunting and giving you a better chance to get in tune with nature - as well as to kill more deer.
Hunting trips also fit into the category of "roughing it," so keep in mind that you aren't going to get a full, home-cooked meal while out in the woods with your best friends. Some like to turn their hunting trip into a camping trip, complete with fires, grills, burgers, and hot dogs. However, you won't be effective in your hunting if you have to lug a ton of gear with you wherever you go.
Better food options are constituted by on-the-go options with little cooking, preparation, or clean-up needed - and with little residual smells or odors that are going to alert animals to your position. After all, you don't want to spook all the deer in the area when you go to eat your lunch.
Read on to check out what's on our menu when we hit the woods for a hunting trip.
Water and Gatorade: They may not qualify as food, but there is arguably nothing more important during hunting than making sure you stay hydrated. Leave the soda, the unhealthy energy drinks, and the beer at home and pack a bag full of beverages that will keep you hydrated throughout the length of your trip.
Jerky: Delicious, full of protein, and easy to transport and eat on-the-go, beef jerky might just be the ultimate hunting trip snack. And of course, if you've got some, venison jerky is even better! It's tough to make a meal out of it, but when it comes to keeping yourself going through a long day in the tree stand, a container of beef jerky does the job quite nicely.
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches: It's not fancy, but a peanut butter and jelly sandwich stands as the ultimate hunter's meal for a number of reasons. Not only are PB&J sandwiches ridiculously easy to make in bulk, they are also easy to eat and filling enough to keep you going until you get back to your home kitchen.
Snickers, Granola Bars, Power Bars, or other dense "energy" bars: Snickers are tasty; Power Bars are not. Both work well as food for hunting trips because they fill you up and give you the energy you need to last through a long day. You'll have to be careful to avoid wrapper crinkling, and you don't want to be the hunter that leaves piles of wrappers all over the woods, but snack bars can be the ultimate hunting food if you learn to eat them right.
Bananas: Some hunters like to take apples on their trips because they are portable and filling. However, apples cause quite a racket while you eat, something that bananas don't do. Bananas also don't have much of a lingering scent, and once you're done, you can - in good conscience - toss the peel into the woods. Who knows, it might even draw a deer.
Do you have any other suggestions for hunting snacks? What's on your personal menu when you're in the blind or tree stand? Share your ideas in the comments.