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Bow Hunting in the Backcountry: Your Essential Gear Checklist

Posted by Justin on

Bow hunting can be phenomenal fun, especially if you like to get in touch with nature and practice hunting in its most ancient form.

However, if you want to go bow hunting in the backcountry, far from roads or civilization, you’ll need to have a thorough collection of gear to stay safe and be successful.

Follow this checklist to ensure you’re well kitted out for hunting expeditions off the beaten path:


22. Backpack

A good backpack with enough room for the essentials, and made with durable materials, is necessary for any successful hunting trip.

21. Bows & Arrows

Naturally, you’ll need your bow and several arrows. 10 arrows is usually sufficient for most backcountry hunts.

20. Extra Broadheads

Bring some extra broadheads with you in case you need to replace them due to a missed shot.

19. Rangefinder

A rangefinder will help you make accurate shots, especially if you want to practice long-distance bow hunting.

18. String Wax

String wax is great for improving your accuracy and protecting your bowstring during transport.

17. Armguard

An armguard can protect your arms when you fire your bow: this is staple gear you should have already.

16. Bow Repair Gear

Since you won’t be able to return home very easily if your bow breaks, having some repair supplies on hand can help you return to your hunt after a minor accident instead of having to cut it short.

15. Binoculars

Grab some binoculars to spot your targets more easily.

14. Camo Face Paint

This is most important if you want to hunt deer, but it’s important regardless. Camo face paint can help you blend into the environment and make you a more deadly hunter.

13. Lighter

A lighter is crucial if you want to make fire, although a more robust fire starter kit could also be helpful - if you have the room in your backpack, of course.

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12. Flashlight

You’ll need a flashlight to see around in the dark when you camp every night.

11. First Aid Kit

Bring a first aid kit in case there’s an emergency or you injure yourself.

10. Maps & Compass

Maps and compass can help you navigate successfully, especially when you're off the beaten track and far from cell service. 

9. Calls & Scents

Bring along plenty of calls and scents to draw deer or other targets to your waiting area, and increase your chances of a tag.

8. Bow Sling

A bow sling will make carrying your bow and backpack much easier

7. Sleeping Bag & Tent 

Even if you're not planning on camping out, a sleeping bag or a tent can help keep you comfortable if the weather suddenly closes in. 

6. Toiletry Kit

A toiletry kit is key, as cleaning yourself after nature calls is necessary if you don't want deer or other prey animals to smell you from a mile away.

5. Soap

Bring soap for the same reason – you should wash your hands regularly to cut down on scents that might give you away to skittish targets.

4. Water Filter or Chlorine Tablets 

You’ll probably need to harvest water from the environment at some point to drink. A portable camping water filter or chlorine tablets can get the job done.

3. Pots & Pans

Some pots and pans can help you cook any food you bring with you and provide a comforting warm meal to boost your spirits.

2. Hunting License & Tags

Don’t forget hunting licenses are tags, which can vary depending on your state and the hunting season.

1. Game Bags

Last but not least, remember to take about six lightweight bags for elk or other animals you get on your hunt.

By packing along these 22 essential items, you'll be well prepared to stick it out for the long haul on any backcountry hunting adventure! 


Thank you for reading, stay strong patriots. 

Justin | FamTeeWorld

Maine, USA

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