Find all your deer hunting gear essentials at Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
With November underway, deer hunting season is upon us. Whether you’re a first timer or an experienced hunter, there are deer hunting gear essentials you’ll need for a successful hunt.
Firearm or Archery Equipment – Deer hunting can be done a few different ways. There’s the gun season, where hunters use shotguns or rifles. In December, there’s the muzzleloader-only season. Some deer hunters also use a crossbow or other archery equipment. It all comes down to your skill level and personal preference. Whichever kind you choose, you need the right equipment. For firearm hunting, you’ll need the firearm itself, ammo (buckshot if you’re hunting with a shotgun), and a secure gun case for transport.
Tree Hunting Stand – A deer hunting stand allows you to have a better view of your terrain and get above the deer’s level of sight. Different tree stands fit different needs for every hunter. You can learn more about choosing a tree stand with our buyer’s guide. Whichever kind you choose, make sure to wear a hunter safety harness while climbing and when you’re in the stand.
Ground Blind – If you choose to hunt with a ground hunting blind, you need a hunter orange blind cap. Most states require your blind to have at least 144 square inches of blaze orange, visible from all directions. It lets other hunters see the blind but the camo still keeps you concealed from the deer.
Hunting Knives – A hunting knife has many uses when you’re out in the woods. You never know if you’ll need to cut small branches down for your tree stand or blind.
Deer Drags – Using a deer drag makes it easier to haul and transport the deer back to your camp or vehicle. A harness can be used so you can face forward to drag the deer from behind you.
Hunting Clothes – When it comes to deer hunting gear, hunter orange clothing is required. Hunter orange requirements vary from state to state, but most require you to wear at least some blaze orange above your waist. You can usually meet the requirements with a blaze orange hunting jacket or safety vest. You’ll also need a blaze orange hat or cap. Check with your state’s DNR to be sure about blaze orange regulations. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we offer men’s and women’s hunting clothes in blaze orange and camouflage. We even have hunting clothes for kids who want to get in on the hunt.
Scent Elimination – Deer can sense you by your scent. That’s why you need to use scent elimination products on your clothes and hunting gear. Deer won’t be scared off as easily if they can’t smell you.
Upping Your Hunting Game
Game Camera – If you’re hunting on your own property, you can use a game camera to see where the deer go. You’ll be able to set up your tree stand in the best location for hunting. Learn how to set up your game camera with our trail camera setup guide.
Optics – Rifle scopes can be used to make aiming easier. You don’t have to line up your front sight with a rear sight, giving you a convenient way to up your hunting game. Choose a rifle scope using our guide to optics. Binoculars are also essential for better surveying your terrain.
Trail Markers – Once you’ve found the perfect hunting spot, you’ll have to find that spot again before daylight when you’re ready to hunt. Using trail markers is an easy way to mark your route. Two of the most common trail markers are trail marking tacks and marking tape.
Deer Decoys – Deer decoys are used to spark an interest from live deer. If used correctly, deer will be curious and want to investigate the strange deer decoy. This brings them right into your hunting range.
Deer Calls – Deer calls are another way to attract deer. Calls can be used to attract does or bucks, depending on the deer call you choose.