This video is a guide to the basics of what you will want when hunting from a basecamp. For a more detailed list of what you would want to carry when hunting, watch our "Packing for a backcountry hunt" video. If you have any questions regarding the items in the video or what type of tent, sleeping bag, or anything else, feel free to ask.  We want to be a resource or people. When you’re out in the bush and all you have to rely on for survival is what is in your hunting pack, you really want to bring what is necessary. Especially, without carrying extra weight. If you’re hiking for hours, your body will get fatigued by the end of the day. Add a 15-pound hunting pack (and possibly coupled with 10,000 ft elevation) that you’re not used to carrying, you’re going to wish you had spent more time exercising and preparing for your hunt.  Our Factor Equipment team has always been a group of avid hunters. However, we all have different opinions about what the most important items for our day hunt packs are. So, we decided to get together and write out a list of the most important items that we never leave the hunting lodge without.

As an avid outdoorsman with years of experience in hunting and camping, I’ve gathered a wealth of knowledge that I’m eager to share with you. Whether you’re a novice hunter or a seasoned veteran, this comprehensive guide will provide you with valuable insights into hunting essentials and camping trips. Let’s delve into the details.

Safety First

Safety should always be your top priority when planning a hunting trip. Ensure you have a well-stocked first aid kit and know how to use each item. Familiarize yourself with the local wildlife and learn how to respond to potential encounters. Always let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to return.

Essential Equipment

A successful hunting trip requires the right gear. Your hunting weapon of choice, whether it be a rifle, bow, or crossbow, is naturally crucial. Opt for quality brands like Remington or Hoyt, known for their reliability and performance.

Other essential gear includes a good-quality hunting knife, binoculars for spotting game from a distance, and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. Don’t forget a durable backpack to carry your equipment.

Camping Techniques for Hunting Trips

When it comes to camping during hunting trips, stealth and comfort are key. Invest in a camouflaged tent or a hammock to blend into the surroundings. Keep noise and movement to a minimum to avoid alerting nearby game. A portable stove for cooking and a reliable water filter are also must-haves.

Choosing a Hunting Location

Research is vital when choosing a hunting location. Study topographic maps and wildlife habits to identify promising areas. Check local hunting regulations and obtain necessary permits. Consider hiring a local guide if you’re hunting in unfamiliar territory.

Recommended Products

In addition to the essentials, here are a few recommended products that can enhance your hunting experience:

  • GPS: A GPS device is important for both hunting and camping as it helps to ensure that you stay on the right track. It can help you locate hidden trails and provide exact coordinates of your current location so that you can easily find your way back. A handheld GPS device like the Garmin eTrex 30x is invaluable for navigating unfamiliar terrain.
  • Game Call: A game call is also highly useful for hunting. It can be used to attract deer from a distance, allowing you to bring them closer and have a better chance of getting off an accurate shot. A game call also helps to identify the presence of deer in the area and can even be used to simulate the sounds of other animals, such as elk or predators. The Primos Hunting Speak Easy Electronic Deer Calling System can effectively lure game within shooting range
  • Trail Camera: Trail cameras are an invaluable resource when hunting and camping. They give you the opportunity to track game movements in your area, as well as scout out potential feeding areas. Trail cameras also help protect your campsite from any nosy animals that may be wandering around. The Browning Strike Force Trail Camera can help you monitor wildlife activity in your chosen hunting area.
  • Cover Scent: Make your human smell which can otherwise alert game to your presence. It works by tricking animals into thinking you’re part of the natural environment and not a predator. There are a variety of cover scents designed for different habitats, such as pine or cedar in woodlands, or sagebrush in prairies. By using cover scent when hunting, you can help increase your chances of success!

In conclusion, preparation is key to a successful hunting and camping trip. With the right safety precautions, equipment, and knowledge, you’ll be well on your way to an unforgettable outdoor adventure. Happy hunting!

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