Essential Checklist: The Beginner Hunter Edition

If you’re a beginner hunter, make sure you’re prepared with all the essentials before heading out on your hunting adventure.

There isn’t much that is more exciting than the anticipation of your very first hunt. It is an exciting moment in your life, and you’ll want to make sure you are as prepared as you possibly can be. Thankfully, we’ve curated a checklist to get every beginner hunter ready for their first hunt.

Find out which essentials all beginners need below:

The Checklist Every Beginner Hunter Needs

Before heading for the highlands, here’s what you’ll need to do:


Hunter Safety Course — Before you can obtain a hunting license, most states require you to complete a basic hunter education course. These programs help you develop practical hunting techniques and learn essential safety skills.

Get Land Permission — If you want to hunt on private land, you’ll need to get in contact with the landowners and get their permission. Learn more about that here.

Check Area Hunting Regulations — Regardless of where you are hunting, you’ll want to make sure you become familiar with the rules and regulations of that area. You’ll be able to learn important information regarding how much blaze orange you have to wear, which areas are legal or illegal to hunt, and more.

Obtain License, Permits, and Tags — To hunt just about anywhere and any type of animal, you’ll need a valid hunting license, permit, or tag. You can get your Utah license here.


Bring Necessary Hunting Gear — As you prepare for your hunt, you’ll want to make sure you have all the essential hunting gear you may need. This includes your rifle or bow, ammo, scent control, a trail cam, binoculars, GPS, food and water, game calls, hand and foot warmers, and anything you might need.

Have Necessary Hunting Clothes — Make sure you’re prepared with all the essential clothing items, such as camouflage, boots, rain jacket, gloves, hats, and more. Make sure to dress in layers with a warm, sweat-wicking inner layer and a warm, cozy outer layer.


Field Dressing Kit and Essentials — So you can get your harvest down the hill, you’ll need to bring along all of the essential field dressing items, like gloves, knives, tarp, saws, a cooler, and any other tools.

Take Pictures — This is an exciting moment you’ll never forget, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a few pictures to help you remember the day. Here are some tips for taking an excellent hunting photo.

Beginner Hunter? Contact the Experts at The R & K Hunting Company

If you’re a beginner in the sport of hunting, all of this can feel overwhelming, which is why the professionals at The R & K Hunting Company are here to help you. We take the stress and hassle out of planning and preparing for a hunt and do all the hard work for you. Located in Henefer, Utah, we have access to the best hunting grounds in the Mountain West.Enjoy an exciting hunting experience in the scenic mountains of Wyoming and Utah with our experienced guides. Contact us to book your next hunt now.