Hunting Tips, Things to Take

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  1. Neale

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    I was going through my notes from my last trip and I had some points that I wrote that may help someone in the future. Maybe others can add their tips.
    • Take medication with you ( I took cold and flu tablets, doxycycline, diarrhoea tablets) all of which came in handy when I came down with some form of African bug.
    • Keep lip balm in your pocket and apply regularly
    • Keep a point and shoot camera on your belt or pocket so it is always available for those quick shots. It is not accessable enough in your back pack.
    • Make sure you have a good quality wide sling if you intend walking a lot.
    • I had a Camelbak that came everywhere with me. ( If the PH said that we would just get out and have a look over here I would grab my rifle and Camelbak because often we would see something and then walk for an hour).
    • Take enough ammo as I found myself rechecking my rifle zero regularly ( It gives you some confidence in your rifle)
    • Take a bore snake to give your rifle a pull through each night even if you did not fire a shot.
    • Take quiet clothes. I had one pair of heavy cotton canvas pants that were very noisey when stalking.
    • Take a warm jacket that wraps up into a small space that you stow in your camelbak after the morning session. ( I had a RAB jacket that would wrap into a very small bundle and was appreciated late in the arvo)

    I am sure there are many other tips that others with experience could add but these are some I made note of.
     

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    Thank you sir! I've been collecting tips, notes, suggestions etc as I prep for my first trip next spring.
     

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    This is a good idea. After carrying water bottles in my pocket and hoping the truck could meet us to replenish my water supply (and not being their) I now bring mine along quite often.
     

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    I take a headlamp and extra batteries on every trip and a Leatherman.
     
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  6. Neale

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    A torch is always handy and I had one of these in my Camelbak. Small and work well.

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    The lighter is also carried just in case I came across anybody with cigarettes and no lighter.


    I also took a photo of most things I took with me for future reference

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    Don't know how the tide book got in there???
     
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    +1 on this, plus a journal to write down your thoughts and the days experiences.
     
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    Almost no limit to what might be needed- some lists would surely make any boy scout proud :)

    Pretty good suggestions so far. I do take along some Cipro for whatever stomach bugs but have never had to use it. Really, have never been sick in Africa. And do use a generic form of malaria preventative if in malaria areas.

    The two items I've used the most are: high SPF lip balm which can also be used on face and on top of ears. And XL, serious type adhesive bandages. The large bandages have come in vary handy twice. Once for torn skin on palm of hand gotten from racking the bolt with "authority" on follow up shots on buffalo and once for puncture/cut on leg. Very handy and glad I had those! xl adhesive bandages.JPG
     

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    Be reminded to travel light where daily laundry service is included...
     

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    Depending on what, where, how long and how you hunt. Much more to add to the basic list. Going with a PH and vehicle you just need water and a snack

    HUNTING LARGE BACKPACK
    Bank card /Cash
    ID /Driver’s License
    Sunglasses
    Hunt Camo Jacket
    Hunt Camo Trousers
    Hunt Camo Shirts
    Hunt Camo Hat
    Hunt Belt webbing
    Hunt Boots
    Hunt Ghillie Jacket
    Hunt Ghillie Trousers
    Hunt Ghillie Shoot Gloves
    Hunt Ghillie Facemask
    Hunt Ghillie Boots Covers
    Hunt Ghillie Hydration Bag
    Hunt Ghillie Backpack Day
    Drawers /socks
    Handkerchief
    Towel /Swim suit
    Gloves /Balaclava
    Slops /Sneakers
    Track suit /Pajama
    Sleeping bag /Pillow
    Toilet ware
    Sunscreen /Body lotion
    Insect repelant
    Bandage /Ointment
    Medicine
    Groundsheet /Poncho
    Rubber mat
    Plate /Paper plate
    Cup /Glass
    Knife /fork /spoon /Rag
    Gas stove /Gas lamp
    Gas bottle (spare)
    Pot + lid
    Water bottle 2L/1L
    Braai Grid
    Insect net
    Panga /Kukri
    Pruner Shears /Bow saw
    Shoot chair
    Shoot tripod
    Plastic Bag
    Meat container
    Meat knife /cut /skin /saw
    Biltong hooks
    Food /Food container
    Coffee /milk/sugar
    Salt /Spices
    Dishwashing liquid /Rag
    Thread and Needle

    HUNTING DAY BACKPACK
    Binocular
    Cellphone /2 Way radio
    Range finder /Strap
    GPS /Compass /Roadmap
    Camera /Battery /charger
    Torch Hand /Head /charger
    Torch Battery /charger
    Hunt knife /Pocket knife
    Tool Utility /Pliers
    Lighter /Matches
    Whistle Survival
    Raincoat /Poncho
    Utility rope
    Space Blanket
    Sunscreen /Body lotion
    Insect repelant
    Bandage /Ointment
    Insulation Tape
    Toilet paper
    Food /Food container
    Water bottle 2L/1L
    Pruner Shears /Bow saw
    Camo Net /shelter
    Trail Marking Tape

    RIFLE

    Hunting License
    Range finder /Strap
    Binocular /Strap
    Rifle /Bag
    ID /Rifle License
    Rifle Ammo /Container
    Cleaning Kit /Tools
    Shooting Bag /Carpet
    Shooting Tripod

    BOW
    Hunting License
    Range finder /Strap
    Binocular /Strap
    Bow Trigger
    Bow Sling
    Bow /Bag /Arrow case
    Bow Arrows /Broadheads
    Tools
    Allen /Keys
    Rattlers /Calls
     
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    I always take a paracord/shoelace spare. nothing ruins a day like a busted shoelace 5K from the bakkie. I substitute a pack of wet wipes (unscented) instead of the toilet paper. something you can wipe your face with, also works well as trail markers.
    Another tip is to take a picture of everything you put in each suitcase/bag. If you are old and forgetful like me, helps to know where it is. If anything comes up "missing" or "liberated" you also have proof.
     

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