Hunting Tools

10 Things You Didn’t Think to Bring on Your Hunt — Part 2

Knowing what to bring on your hunt may seem simple, but there are some things you might not think to pack along.

Packing for your hunt and gearing up for your trip is incredibly exciting. You’ve waited and prepared for weeks, if not months, for the season to start. The last thing you want is to be on the mountain without some of your essentials. You probably have the basics covered already, so today, we’re going over a few more things you’ll want to make sure you bring on your hunt. If you missed Part 1 of this series, be sure to check it out here.

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10 Things You Didn’t Think to Bring on Your Hunt

Packing the essentials is easy to do, but it’s just as important to bring this list of uncommon, easily forgotten items on your hunt, too. Here are the remaining five things you may want to consider packing:

Medications — Your first aid kit will have all of the basic medications you might need (pain relievers, antibiotic ointments, etc.). But, you won’t want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere and needing some other medications you may not have thought to pack. Bulk up your on-the-go medicine cabinet and bring the following meds:

  • Antacids
  • Antidiarrheal medications
  • Laxatives
  • Antihistamine and Benadryl
  • Anti-anaphylaxis shot if you have life-threatening allergies
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Cough and cold medications

Hand Mirror — A handheld mirror allows you to take a glance behind you without much movement and could come in handy (pun intended). Not only that, but a hand mirror can also be useful to check on your camo face paint.

Entertainment of Some Sort — While the thought of being in your blind or tree stand and scouting out the best of the best sounds thrilling, it can get a bit slow here and there. Make sure to bring something that will entertain you during the downtime. This looks different for just about everyone — some will want a book (consider using a tablet of some kind to avoid making noise when you turn pages or a downloaded movie or podcast with headphones.

Trekking Poles — It’s no surprise for an avid hunter that you may run into some rough, uneven, or steep terrain as you make your way to your hunting site. Bringing along a pair of trekking poles will help you keep your balance and stability and will reduce your overall fatigue and chances of getting hurt.

Bird Guide Book or App — When you’re out in the woods, you’re sure to see all sorts of wildlife, especially a wide variety of birds. While it’s not necessary, it can be fun to know what species you’re looking at, so bring along a pocket bird guide so you can look up and learn about the birds in your area.

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What you bring on your hunt can truly help make your hunt a success! 

If you want to increase the likelihood of coming out triumphant even more, contact the professionals at R & K Hunting Company. Our team of expert guides and outfitters will share their knowledge and pro tips and tricks to make your next Rocky Mountain hunting adventure through Utah and Wyoming unforgettable. Contact our team today to book your next hunt.

Night Vision Devices 101

Once exclusively used for war that debuted in the late 1930s, night vision technology now enhances your hunting and other outdoor adventures.

Night vision devices are a useful tool for hunters and sportsmen, whether on the mountain or at home. During the primary hunting season, the sun is only up for a short amount of time. This doesn’t allow for much scouting and stalking unless you invest in night vision gear. But before you choose just any device, it’s necessary to understand all of the workings behind the amazing technology that is night vision. 

Learn more below.

Night Vision Technology

There are two ways night vision technology works: image enhancement and thermal imaging.

IMAGE ENHANCEMENT — Image enhancement devices are the more popular choice because, rather than focusing on the light that objects emit, they focus on the light reflected off of them. Through an objective lens, these devices use an image-intensifier tube that collects infrared and visible light. It’s then enhanced so the human’s ordinary eye can see it.

THERMAL IMAGING — With the use of special lenses, thermal imaging can focus on the inferred light put out by objects (in a hunter’s case, the animals). The light is transformed into detailed temperature patterns called thermographs by the detector elements in the night vision devices.

Levels of Night Vision Devices

There are levels, or generations, of night vision technology. As the number rises, the devices become more advanced. Gen 1 devices are a very popular choice but don’t forget about the major advantages that come with generations 2 through 4 despite their heftier price tags. However, generally speaking, gen 1 devices do more than enough for most recreational activities, including hunting and scouting.

Generation 2 devices are typically used by law enforcement agents and other professionals who often add a micro-channel plate that amplifies light, giving a brighter and sharper image — much better than gen 1 models can. Gen 3 models are essentially just a better version of the gen 2 devices. Because of their photocathode with gallium arsenide, they produce an even brighter and sharper image. Lastly, gen 4s feature gated film-less technology that increases its resolution and target detection.

Considerations When Purchasing Night Vision Devices

When shopping for night vision gear, it’s best to look for a device that is specific to your activity. Consider the model’s image quality, range, and gain and remember that one size does not fit all when it comes to night vision devices. For hunting, you might want a longer lens that allows an extended viewing range, or perhaps, image quality is your priority. Determine what is most important to you and make your decision based on that.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

For an exhilarating hunting adventure, bring your night vision devices along on your next hunt with R & K Hunting Company. Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a once-in-a-lifetime Rocky Mountain experience in Utah and Wyoming you’ll never forget. Our experienced staff will handle all the prep work for you, such as obtaining tags and managing the permitting and application processes. Call our pros to book your hunt today.